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SOF International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO) 2016-17

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open04-Sep-2016
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AwardCash prize, medal and certificate
EligibilityStudents of classes 11 and 12
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What is SOF International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO) 2016-17?

SOF International Company Secretaries Olympiad (ICSO) 2016-17 will be conducted on 2 dates i.e,. 15th Sept & 4th Oct 2016.

The ICSO is being launched in partnership with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, a statutory body under an Act of Parliament, under the administrative control of The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.

Registration of Students: The International Company Secretaries Olympiad is open to the students of classes 11 and 12. Students from Science, Commerce & Humanities stream may participate in the ICSO. Prospectus containing the Registration forms are sent to all schools registered with SOF. Schools not registered may also request for prospectus by sending an e-mail at /phone call. Schools must return the registration forms to SOF (SRF& SRS), duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.

SOF will generate the students' Roll Numbers as per the guidelines given. The roll number slips will be sent to the respective schools in soft / hard copy.

Foundation will register the applicant school and the students and dispatch question papers and guidelines for conducting the examination. Principals / teachers may please note that any school can be registered as a center for ICSO. No fee is required from the institution to become a registered examination Centre. A minimum of 10 students need to be registered from each school for feasibility reasons.

The ICSO will be conducted on 2 dates i.e,. 15th Sept & 4th Oct 2016.

Each school may select a date for conducting the ICSO as per its convenience. Each date of exam has a separate question paper.

Students should register through their respective schools only. Individual registrations by students is not accepted.

A nominal participation fee is charged from each student. Part of it is retained by the school for its expenses as exam center. Details about the fee / mode of payment etc. are given in the School Registration Forms sent to schools.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Students of classes 11 and 12 are eligible to apply.

How can you apply ?

SOF does not encourage individual participation. Students have to register through their schools only.


How does a student benefit by taking ICSO exam? 

Students pursuing 11th / 12th are at the threshold of making the most crucial decision about their career.  TheICSO assists the students inself realisation of his / her potential and aptitude.  Besides the self realisation,  SOF also recognizes the potential of the student by conferringupon them awards on Merit Basis.

Participants of Olympiads are ranked on the basis of marks obtained. Hence, after taking the exam, students can judge themselves academically at four different levels - within the school, at city level, at state level and above all at International level.

Each student is provided a Student Performance Report (SPR). The SPR analyses the strong and weak areas of the student and also gives a detailed performance comparison of the student vis-à-vis other students at school, state and international level. Analysis of the student’s past years’ performance will also provided in subsequent years.

Students are suitably awarded based on their international, State and School ranking. Prizes are announced annually and include cash awards, medals, gifts, certificates etc. The International toppers from each class are awarded at a grand prize distribution ceremony held in Delhi, presided over by an eminent personality. Prizes for state winners and school winners are sent to their respective schools. For the year 2016-17, a sum of Rs. Fourteen Crores will be incurred towards awards, felicitations, scholarships etc.

What are my career prospects after completing Company SecretaryCourse?

Company Secretary is a key functionary in the corporate pyramid. Career as a Company Secretary is not only prestigious and financially rewarding but also carries with it a high level of job satisfaction. Qualified Company Secretary can be employed as a Company Secretary or any other corporate job related to Corporate Law, Taxation etc. and also have opportunity to act as a Practicing Company Secretary.

Who all are eligible to sit for the Olympiads?

Students of classes 11 & 12th are eligible to appear for the ICSO. There is no other eligibility criterion like minimum marks. Students from Science, Commerce & Humanities may appear for the ICSO.

I am interested to take part in the Olympiads. Tell me how will I come to know about the details of the exam?

All the relevant information is sent to the schools registered with us across countries, along with prospectus, registration forms, posters and other details before the exam. The students come to know about the necessary details from their school teachers or through the Foundation's official website or through the foundations face book page

Myself and few of my friends are interested to take part in the Olympiads but our school has not yet received any information regarding the Olympiad. What can we do?

Please let us know the name, e-mail ID, complete address of your school along with name and contact details of the principal. We will send detailed information and registration forms to your School so that your Principal / Olympiad Teacher-in-charge can register your names for the exam. 

What is the syllabus for the ICSO?

The details of syllabus are posted on the Foundation’s website. Please click following link to access the syllabus

Are there any special books which the participants should refer to for the ICSO preparation?

In general, NCERT books/course books prescribed by the CBSE/ICSE/STATE BOARDS may be referred to for the preparation. 

Additionally, class XI and XII students can refer to  various other publications

My school does not want to register for the Olympiads, but I am very eager to write the exam. Can I do it on my own?

SOF does not encourage individual participation. Students have to register through their schools only.

I have already appeared for the Olympiads while I was in a lower class? Can I appear again?

Certainly. This will give you an opportunity to improve your previous rankings, and if you are successful in doing so, you will again be eligible for certificates and prizes. 

My school has already dispatched the registration form. I am left out and I want to register myself for the Olympiad exam. What should I do?

You can request your school authority to send your relevant details and fee immediately to us. We will accept it if it reaches us before the last date of registration (usually 30 days before the exam). 

I am going to write the Olympiads for the first time. Can I get sample papers?

Sample Papers are sent to all schools registered for Olympiad exams. SOF website also contains these papers

What is the structure and pattern of the examination?

For details please click following link.

When are the results of Olympiads declared?

Results of Olympiads are declared within 8 weeks of the last date of examination. The results are sent to the schools concerned. The results are also made available on our website. 

Can I take part in more than one Olympiad exam?

Although conducted by the same Foundation, NCO, NSO, IMO, IEO, ISKO & ICSO are completely different competitions. Students can register for all the Olympiads in a year – based on their class.

Do I have to regularly visit your website for the latest update of SOF activities?

All the important information regarding Olympiads, Seminars, etc., like date, time and venue is available on our website. So it is beneficial for you to surf our site

I have still not received my Roll No. / Admit Card / Participation Certificate. I have checked from my school authorities and they are also not in receipt of the same. Kindly advise what to do?

Please request your Principal / Science Teacher to inform us about the non-receipt of the above. We will send duplicate copies to your school as soon as we hear from them. 

We have come to know about your Foundation and we are interested. How do we enroll our school with you?

Send us the complete address of your school in the following format and we will send relevant information and registration forms to you at the appropriate time.

School Name: Postal Address, E-mail: Principal’s name, phone number & e-mail ID.

Are the Olympiads conducted in English only?


We have less than 5 students in our school who are interested to take part in an Olympiad. Can we still enroll for the test?

For less than 5 students a school, it is not viable for the Foundation to hold the ICSO. Hence at least 5 students should be enrolled from a school so that a school becomes a center. 

Terms and Conditions

ICSO Exam Syllabus

CLASS Topic/ Section No. of questions Marks per Question Marks
11 & 12 Quantitative Analysis/ Reasoning 15 1 15
Economics 10 1 10
Business Studies 10 1 10
Accountancy  10 1 10
Achievers Section 5 3 15
TOTAL 50   60


Total Questions : 50                                                                                                Time: 1 hr


Section – 1 :Sets and relations, Functions, Complex numbers and Quadratic Equations, A.P. & G.P., Permutations & Combinations, Probability, Linear inequality, Verbal and Non- Verbal Reasoning.

Section – 2 :Indian Economics, Statistics

Section – 3 :Nature and Purpose of Business; Forms of Business Organisations; Public, Private and Global Enterprises; Business Services.

Section – 4 :Introduction to Accounting, Basic Accounting terms, Theory Base of Accounting, Recording of Transaction, Ledger and Trial Balance, Bank Reconciliation Statement, Depreciation, Bills of Exchange.

Section – 5 :Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section-2, Section-3 and Section-4.


Total Questions : 50                                                                                            Time : 1 hr.


Section – 1 :Sets and Relations, Functions, Complex numbers & Quadratic Equations, A.P & G.P, Permutations & Combinations, Probability, Linear Inequality, Matrices & Determinants, Limits & Derivatives, Applications of Derivatives, Verbal and Non- Verbal Reasoning.

Section – 2 :Indian Economics, Statistics, Micro, Macro.

Section – 3 :Nature and Significance of Management, Principles of Management, Business environment, Planning, Function of Management, Financial Management.

Section – 4 :Introduction to Accounting, Theory Base of Accounting, Recording of Transaction, Bank Reconciliation Statement, Depreciation, Provision and Reserves, Bills of Exchange, Rectification of Errors, Financial statement for sole proprietorship/Not-For-Profit organisation, Accounting for Partnership Firms, Accounting for Companies, Analysis of Financial Statements and Ratio Analysis, Cash Flow Statements.

Section – 5 :Higher Order Thinking Questions - Syllabus as per Section – 2, Section – 3 and Section – 4.

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