The Chartered Accountancy (CA) Course Duration depends upon the factor when did you start this course i.e either after 12th or after graduation. The minimum course duration of CA after 12th is 4.5 years while it is 3 years after graduation. Well, the above figure states only the minimum duration. Every single attempt increases your six months in this course.
Here in this article, we are going to discuss the Chartered Accountancy Course duration separately after 12th and after B.com or any other graduation course .
CA Course Duration After 12th
CA Foundation –
Candidates who wish to pursue Chartered Accountancy course after 12th have to qualify an entrance examination; CA Foundation. Students can register for CA Foundation after appearing in 12th board examination from a recognized board of education. Once the registration has been completed, they have to undergo four months of the study period to appear in Foundation Examination.
Students have to wait for 2 months approx for the CA Foundation result. Hence the total time taken by CA Foundation is 6½ months.
CA Intermediate –
CA Intermediate is the second level test after CA Foundation. Candidates can get themselves enroll for the CA Intermediate as soon as they qualify CA Foundation. After registration, they have to complete 8 months of the study period to appear in Intermediate Examination.
ICAI conducts CA Intermediate Examination within 16-17 days and thereafter students have to wait 2½ months for its result.
After registration and before the commencement of articleship training, students have to complete 100 hours of Information Technology Training program and one week of Orientation Program. Often students complete such programs during the period waiting for the CA Intermediate result.
For More Information on ICITSS follow the link.
Hence the total time devoted in CA Intermediate is 11 months approx.
3 Years Articleship Training –
Articleship training is a mandatory part of the CA Curriculum. Each and every student have to undergo 3 years of articleship training after passing out either both or single group of CA Intermediate.
While pursuing the last two years of Articleship training, one has to get complete 100 hours of Advance Information Technology training and Management and Communication Skills program.
Formore information on AICITSS follow the link.
CA Final –
Students while pursuing their last 6 months of articleship training can appear in CA Final Examination. ICAI has a tendency to declare the CA Final result within 2 months after the examination. Candidates also have to complete their remaining period of Articleship Training during such awaiting period.
Hence, the total duration in CA Course taken by articleship and CA Final is 3 years.
Now we can say that the total duration taken by the Chartered Accountancy course after 12th is 4.5 years approx. Again, this is a minimum period, the number of attempts increases the duration in this course.
CA Course Duration after Graduation –
ICAI has facilitated graduates and postgraduates to get register for CA Intermediate course without passing out CA Foundation. Even students pursuing their final year of graduation can also register in Chartered Accountancy course through Direct Entry Route on the basis of provisional registration.
Direct Entry Route students have to complete nine months of articleship training before appearing in CA Intermediate examination. Although, they have to undergo the first ICITSS before the commencement of Articleship Training.
After completion of nine months of training, they can appear into Intermediate Examination and thereafter complete AICITSS while undergoing the last two years of the training period.
Similar to the normal route students, they can also appear in CA Final Examination in the last six years of articleship training.
Hence, according to the above particulars, the minimum duration for becoming a Chartered Accountant after graduation is 3 years.
CA Course Duration after Passing Intermediate Level of ICSI/ICWA –
Besides the Graduates and Post Graduates, students who have cleared the Intermediate level of ICSI/ICWAI can also pursue Chartered Accountancy without giving its entry-level i.e. CA Foundation. Such students can directly appear in CA Intermediate.
Once they have registered with the course, they have to undergo eight months of study period similar to normal route students. Thereafter complete ICITSS before the commencement of Articleship Training. The further process is same as normal route students.
Hence the minimum Chartered Accountancy / CA course duration for the above students who cleared Intermediate Level of ICSI/ICWAI is 4 years.