How to become a Chartered Accountant

A Chartered Accountant (CA) is a professional accountant by virtue of his/her being a member of the professional body of accountants conducting the chartered accountancy course.

Accounting, Auditing (verification of accounts), Taxation are the core areas dealt with by chartered accountants. They area also capable of expert level services in the areas of General Management, Personnel Management, Financial Management, Operations Management, Human Resources Management.

Chartered Accountants carry on professional practice as Chartered Accountants either individually or as a firm (in partnership with other chartered accountants). They may also be found working as employees/consultant in organisations. Some carry on professional practice and work as employees/consultants in organisations part time.

How To Become a Chartered Accountant:

The Chartered Accountancy course is designed and conducted by the body that regulates the profession. The course generally consists of a mix of theoretical study and practical training.

There is only one entry level for this course. All students, irrespective of their academic qualifications have to start their pursuit of this course, at the CPT level only. A candidate can start pursuing this course immediately after completing his/her 10th standard. However, they can appear at the first level examination only after appearing in the 10 + 2/Senior Secondary/intermediate.

CPT/CPE

Common Proficiency Test/Examination
[4 subjects arranged into 2 papers of 100 marks each.]

IPCC/IPCE

Integrated Professional Competence Course/Examination
[9 subjects arranged into two groups. 4 papers of 100 marks each in Group I and 3 Papers of 100 marks each in Group II]

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Articleship

Practical Training
[Apprenticeship under a practicing chartered accountant for a period of 3 years]

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ITT

100 Hours of Information Technology Training.
To be completed before joining the final course

Final

Final Academic Level
[8 subjects arranged into two groups of 4 papers  of 100 marks each.]
Can appear for the first time after two and half years of articleship

GMC Course

[Compulsory General Management Course to be completed during or after final]

Associate Membership

Post Qualification Courses
[Optional]

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