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Chartered Accountancy (CA) Course Duration in India


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 CA Course details after 12th and CA duration separately after 12th and after or any other graduation course.

CA Course Duration After 12th

CA Course DetailsDuration
CA Foundation4 Months study period
Waiting Period of CA Foundation Result2 Months
CA Intermediate8 Months study period
Waiting Period of CA Intermediate Result (Complete ITT and OT during such period)2 ½ Months
Articleship Training (appear in CA Final while completing the last six months of Articleship)3 Years

CA Foundation –

Candidates who wish to pursue the Chartered Accountancy course after 12th have to qualify for an entrance examination; CA Foundation. Students can register for CA Foundation after appearing in the 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.

Also Read: CA Foundation Jan 2021 Exam Dates and Time table released.

Also Read: CA Foundation Jan 2021 Application Form/ Exam Form Out Now check here.

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 for CA Foundation. After registration, they have to complete 8 months of the study period to appear in the 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 to 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 a 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.

For more information on AICITSS follows the link.

Also Read: CA Intermediate 2021 Exam Dates are out now Check here.

CA Final –

CA Final is the last stage of the Chartered Accountancy course. One can enroll himself for the CA Final Course after clearing both the groups of CA Intermediate and completing AICITSS.

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 an awaiting period.

Hence, the total duration in CA Course taken by articles 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 of this course.

CA Course Duration after Graduation –

Details of CourseDuration
ITT and OT Program4 weeks
Articleship Training (Students have to undergo CA Intermediate Exam after completing nine months of Articleship Training and CA Final while pursuing the last six months of this training).3 Years

ICAI has facilitated graduates and postgraduates to get register for the CA Intermediate course without passing out CA Foundation. Even students pursuing their final year of graduation can also register in the Chartered Accountancy course through the 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 in the 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 the CA Final Examination in the last six years of articleship training.

Hence, according to the above particulars, the minimum duration of the CA course after graduation is 3 years.

CA Course Duration after Passing Intermediate Level of ICSI/ICWA –

Details of CourseDuration
CA Intermediate8 Months study period
Waiting Period of CA Intermediate Result (Complete ITT and OT during such period)2 ½ Months
Articleship Training (appear in CA Final while completing the last six months of Articleship)3 Years

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 month of study period similar to normal route students. Thereafter complete ICITSS before the commencement of Articleship Training. The further process is the same as the 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Can students do CA after class 12th?

Ans: To do CA after class 12th students need to register for the first level of the CA foundation. For the CA foundation exams, students have to prepare the CA foundation course in the four months of study time. 


Q2. Does class 12th marks of students matter for CA?

Ans: Class 12th marks of students do not matter. But students need to clear class 12th exams with minimum passing marks. 


Q3. Do any age limit is required to do CA?

Ans: After completion of class 12th, candidates are eligible for CA and there is no age limit required to do CA. 

Q4. Do CA students do CA without CA coaching?

Ans: Yes definitely, students can do CA without CA coaching. But joining the best CA institute helps students for the smooth preparation for CA exams. 

Q5. How many years for CA are proposed?

Ans: For complete CA courses 4.5 years are proposed.



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