The Council of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India in exercise of the powers vested under clause (a) of sub¬section (2) of Section 15 of the Company Secretaries Act, 1980, as amended by the Company Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 2006 has approved, on the recommendations of its Syllabus Review Committee, the detailed contents for the four papers of 100 marks each for Foundation Programme under the new syllabus.
2. The revised syllabus shall be applicable w.e.f. February 1, 2012.
2.1 The Council further decided the following:-
i. The first examination for Foundation Programme under the new syllabus would be held from December, 2012 session under the Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) system.
ii. The students pursuing Foundation Programme under existing syllabus would be given option to change over to new syllabus without any exemption.
iii. Existing students would be provided two attempts to complete the Foundation Programme under the existing syllabus unless they switch-over to the new syllabus.
iv. The last examination for Foundation Programme under the existing syllabus would be held in June, 2013.
v. The students shall be eligible for appearing in examinations on the basis of self study. The requirement of coaching completion certificate shall be discontinued and no suggested answers would be provided to students of Foundation Programme under new syllabus.
vi. Study material shall have two test papers containing multiple questions, the key answers and the specimen OMR Sheet appended at the end of the study material for Foundation Programme, for self study.
vii. Students registering for Foundation Programme under new syllabus shall be provided exemption as in the existing system, e.g., a student securing 60% or above marks to be exempted to appear in the same paper in next attempts under new syllabus.
viii. There will be no negative marking under OMR based examination for Foundation Programme under new syllabus.
The first examination for Foundation Programme under new syllabus shall be held in two days, each day having two sessions of two hours.
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