ICSI and ICMAI sign MoU for Mutual Paper Exemptions: Here's how students will benefit from it.

ICSI and ICMAI Sign MoU for Mutual Paper Exemptions

  • The Institute of Company Secretaries of India and The Institute of Cost Accountants of India have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
  • It would provide a paper-wise exemption to students under their new syllabus on a reciprocal basis.
  • See how both the institutes and the students will benefit from it.

ICSI signs MoU with ICMAI 

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India and The Institute of Cost Accountants of India have agreed to an MOU (memorandum of understanding).

They want to provide paper-wise exemptions to students under the new syllabus of both institutes on a reciprocal basis.

This arrangement has been in place for more than 25 years where ICMAI and ICSI have been granting reciprocal paper-wise exemptions to students for the papers of their respective courses.

This agreement will help foster a synergistic relationship and prove advantageous to the students.

The MOUs were signed in the presence of notable individuals such as CMA Vijender Sharma, President of ICMAI, CMA P Raju Iyer, Immediate Past President of ICMAI, CMA Biswarup Basu, Former President of ICMAI, CMA Kaushik Banerjee, Secretary of ICMAI, as well as representatives from IGNOU and ICSI.

CS Manish Gupta - President, The ICSI posted on LinkedIn

How the MoU will help students

ICSI and ICMAI agree that the following papers under CMA Syllabus, 2022 will be exempted straight forward and unconditional for Professional Programme pass students of ICSI:

Intermediate Level

  • Group I: Paper 7 Direct and Indirect Taxation
  • Group II: Paper 10 Corporate Accounting and Auditing

Final Level 

  • Group III: Paper 13: Corporate and Economic Laws
  • Group IV: Paper 19 - Indirect Tax Laws and Practice
  • Group IV: Elective Paper 20B - Risk Management in Banking and Insurance

On the other hand, the following papers under ICSI Syllabus 2022 will be exempted straightforward forward and unconditional for final pass students of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India:

Executive Programme

  • Group 1: Paper 4 - Corporate Accounting and Financial Management
  • Group 2: Paper 7 - Tax Laws and Practice

Professional Programme

  • Group 2; Paper 5 - Strategic Management and Corporate Finance
  • Group 1: Elective Paper 4.2 - Internal and Forensic Audit
  • Group 2: Elective Paper 7.2 - Goods and Services Tax & Corporate Tax Planning
  • Elective Paper 7.4 - Banking & Insurance - Laws & Practice (eligible for one exemption out of 7.2 and 7.4)

How the MoU will facilitate collaboration between the ICSI and ICMAI

The MoU between ICSI and ICMAI will facilitate cooperation and collaboration between the two institutes in several ways.

Firstly, it will promote a more comprehensive and integrated education system for aspiring Company Secretaries and Cost Accountants.

Secondly, the agreement will foster a synergistic relationship between the two institutes. It will enable them to share their best practices, research, and resources to enhance the quality of education and training for their students.

Thirdly, it will create opportunities for joint initiatives, such as organizing conferences, seminars, and workshops, which will benefit both institutes and their students.

Lastly, the MoU will pave the way for the development of a mutually beneficial relationship between the two institutes.

Overview of ICSI

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a professional body in India that regulates and develops the profession of Company Secretaries (CS) in the country. It was established under the Company Secretaries Act, of 1980, and is headquartered in New Delhi.

ICSI is responsible for setting the education and examination standards for Company Secretaries and for regulating their professional conduct.

The Institute offers a range of courses and certifications for students and members, including the Executive and Professional Programmes, which are the primary qualifications required to become a Company Secretary in India.

In addition to its educational and regulatory functions, ICSI also provides a range of services to its members, including professional development programs, research and publications, and networking opportunities.

The Institute has more than 70,000 members and is recognized as one of the leading professional bodies in India.

Overall, the Institute of Company Secretaries of India plays a crucial role in promoting the profession of Company Secretaries in India and ensuring that its members uphold the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics.

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Overview of ICMAI

The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI) is a professional body established under the Cost and Works Accountants Act, of 1959.

ICMAI was also known as The Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India. It is headquartered in Kolkata and has regional offices across India and overseas.

The institute is responsible for regulating and governing the cost and management accounting profession in India.

ICMAI is responsible for the education, training, and certification of Cost Accountants in India.

Cost Accountants are highly trained professionals who specialize in cost accounting, financial management, cost audit, and other related areas.

Apart from regulating the field of cost and management accounting, ICMAI also strives to advance the profession and serve the interests of its members.


The agreement between ICSI and ICMAI for reciprocal exemption of papers will allow students from both institutes to be exempted from certain exams. This will reduce the time and cost required to complete their courses.

Students will get more flexibility to focus on their studies in areas where they require more attention.

Overall, this agreement will benefit students by making their educational journey more efficient and effective.

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