CS - Executive Programme : Module I - General and Commercial Laws

ICSICS (2008)EPSyllabus and Books • Module I - General and Commercial Laws

CS_EP :: Executive Programme
Paper 1 : General and Commercial Laws
[One paper: Three Hours – 100 marks]

Level of Knowledge :

Working knowledge.

Objective . . .

To provide to the students basic understanding of some of the general and commercial laws which have a bearing on the conduct of the corporate affairs.

Contents . . .

1.Constitution of India
Broad framework of the Constitution of India; fundamental rights; directive principles of state policy; ordinance making powers of the President and the Governors; legislative powers of the Union and the States; freedom of trade, commerce and intercourse; constitutional provisions relating to State monopoly; judiciary; writ jurisdiction of High Courts and the Supreme Court; different types of writs - habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, quo warranto and certiorari; Concept of delegated legislation.
2.Interpretation of Statutes
Need for interpretation of a statute; general principles of interpretation — internal and external aids to interpretation; primary and other rules.
3.An Overview of Law relating to Specific Relief; Arbitration and Conciliation; Torts; Limitation and Evidence.
4.Law relating to Transfer of Property
Important definitions; movable and immovable property; properties which cannot be transferred; rule against perpetuities; lis pendens; provisions relating to sale, mortgage, charge, lease, gift and actionable claim.
5.Law relating to Stamps
Methods of stamping; consequences of non-stamping and understamping; impounding of instruments; construction of instruments for determination of stamp duty payable; adjudication; allowance and refund; penal provisions.
6.Law relating to Registration of Documents
Registrable documents - compulsory and optional; time and place of registration; consequences of non-registration; description of property; miscellaneous provisions.
7.Information Technology Law — An Overview
Important terms under Information technology legislation; digital signatures; electronic records; certifying authority; digital signature certificate; Cyber Regulation Appellate Tribunal; offences and penalties.
8.Code of Civil Procedure
Elementary knowledge of the structure of civil courts, their jurisdiction, basic understanding of certain terms - order, judgement and decree,stay of suits, res judicata, suits by companies, minors, basic understanding of summary proceedings, appeals, reference, review and revision.
9.Criminal Procedure Code
Offences; mens rea, cognizable and non-cognizable offences, bail, continuing offences, searches, limitation for taking cognizance of certain offences.
10.Law relating to Right to Information
Salient features of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005; Objective; Public Authorities & their obligations ; Designation of Public Information Officers (PIO) and their Duties; Request for obtaining information; Exemption from disclosure; Who is excluded; Information Commissions (Central & State) and their powers; appellate authorities; penalties; jurisdiction of Courts; Role of Central/State Governments.


Relevant Bare Acts
General Laws and ProceduresN.D.Kapoor & Rajni AbbiSultan Chand
Constitution of IndiaDurga Das BasuPrentice Hall of India
General and Commercial LawsTaxmann’sTaxmann Publication


Mulla on the Transfer of Property Act. 1882A.M.SatalvadN.M.TYripathi
Civil Procedure CodeM.P.TandonAllahabad Law Agency
The Law of Specific ReliefDr.S.C.BanerjeeLaw Book Company
The Law of TortsRamaswamy IyerN.M.Tripathi
V.N.Shukla’s the Constitution of IndiaDr.D.K.Singh(Ed.)Eastern Book Company
Indian Trusts Act, 1882; Revised by Dr.R.G.ChaturvediN.Suryanarayana IyerLaw Book Company
Elements of Law of EvidenceV.P.SarathiEastern Book Company
Law of LimitationV.G.RamachandranEastern Book Company
Principles of Statutory InterpretationG.P.SinghWadhwa Publishing Company
Law of Arbitraion and ConciliationS.K.Roy Chowdhary & H.K. SaharayEastern Law House
Code of Criminal ProcedureEastern Book Company
Kelkar’s Lectures on Criminal ProcedureDr.K.N.Chandrasekharan PillaiEastern Book Company
Interpretation of StatutesB.M.GandhiEastern Book Company
Civil ProcedureC.K.TakwaniEastern Book Company
Law of Transfer of PropertyVepa P.SarathiEastern Bookk Company
Torts Ed.by WVH RogersWinfield and JolowiczSweet and Maxwell
Law of Contract and Specific ReliefAvtar SinghEastern Book Company


Student Company Secretary (Monthly)The ICSI, New Delhi-110 003
Chartered Secretary (Monthly)The ICSI, New Delhi-110 003
All India ReporterAll India Reporter Ltd., Congress Nagar, Nagpur
The Law of TortsRamaswamy IyerN.M.Tripathi


1.Students are advised to read the above journals for updating the knowledge.
2.Students are advised to read/refer the latest editions of the books in the reading/reference lists.
3.Students are advised to read/refer the latest editions of the books in the reading/reference lists.