Madurai: The Institute of Company Secretaries of India will introduce Open Book Examination (OBE) for five elective subjects in Module III on a trial basis, its President R Sridharan said here today.

He said the OBE for subjects like Banking, Insurance, Intellectual Property Rights, International Business (all law and practice) and Capital and Commodity and Money market would be held from June 2014.

Sridharan said OBE was not as easy as thought to be and students need to have widely read the subject before writing the examination.

It would also inculcate and develop skills of creative thinking, problem solving and decision making among students, he said.

Unlike in conventional/typical examination, the success of OBE would depend on candidates’ ability to understand questions, identify inherent issues and apply various techniques, laws and principles while solving the paper.

The institute had decided to introduce computer-based exam for its foundation students from Jun 2014 and examinees would continue to be assessed through Multiple choice questions, he said.

ICSI was also contemplating revising the study material in the light of Companies Act 2013, Sridharan said.

He said ICSI had also decided to do away with the coaching completion certificate.

On job opportunities for company secretaries, he said there was no dearth of employment opportunities now and all are getting placed.

“If the Company Law Act 2013 comes into force… at least 98 sections are yet to be notified…the job opportunities will increase manifold, so also pay of company secretaries.”

Company secretaries should ensure that their firms comply with applicable secretarial standards, he added.

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