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How Many Years Does It Takes to be A CA After 12th

CA course duration after 12th

Many a time students are hesitant to pursue their career in Chartered Accountancy because they dread about the long time it takes to be a CA. As a matter of fact, it is a huge misconception. Today we will talk about the time needed to become CA when you start pursuing Chartered Accountancy after 12th. CA is one of the most reputed courses in the commerce stream but students are afraid of pursuing it seeing how long it takes to become one. The time needed to do  Chartered Accountancy course increases with the number of attempts.

This article will help you with clearing out the myths regarding chartered accountancy course duration, starting from its entry-level to the Final test. We will discuss the total amount of time needed to complete the chartered accountant course after 12th.

In Nutshell, total CA course duration after 12th can be estimated to be 4.5 years.

The only condition is that you have to complete all its levels in your first attempt. Because each number of attempts increases your six months in this process.

Here are the details of CA Course Duration After 12th –

CA Foundation – 4 Months study period

Waiting Period of CA Foundation Result – 2 Months

CA Intermediate – 8 Months study period

Waiting Period of CA Intermediate Result (Complete ICITSS during this period) – 2 Months

Articleship Training ( CA Final while completing the last six months of Articleship) – 3 Years

Total Duration to become a CA after 12th – 4.5 years

The Above details show that one can become a CA in just 4.5 years on one primary condition being you clear all your exams in the first attempt. The Entire Course of Chartered Accountancy requires consistent efforts, hard work, knowledge and commitment. Many people who have complained about how long it takes to become a CA are the ones who might have failed in the exams and had to take multiple attempts to pass. If you are one of those students who has set their eyes on becoming a CA hard work and dedication are your best bet.

CA Course Duration After 12th

Foundation Examination –

The First step towards the Chartered Accountancy is the CA Foundation. You can register with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) anytime after receiving admit card for 12th exam and you become eligible to give exams after passing your 12th board exams. CA Foundation is the entry-level for the Chartered Accountancy course. CA Foundation exams are conducted twice a year in the month of May and November. You get approximately four months to prepare for Foundation Exams. You can start your preparation with CA online classes after filling the form.

Intermediate Examination –

Upon clearing the Senior Secondary Examination (10+12) and Foundation. The CA Aspirant can register for Intermediate course. One has to register for Intermediate examination eight months prior to the first day of the month in which examinations are held. After the Intermediate exams, the candidate needs to go through four weeks of  Integrated Course on Information Technology and Soft skills (ICITSS) training which can be taken after appearing any of the one group of the two groups of subjects. The ICITSS is made of Courses on Information Technology and Orientation Course and is to be completed compulsorily before the start of their articleship.

Articleship and CA Final –

This is the last step which consists of practical experience as well as theoretical exams. The Candidate who has cleared any of the two groups of the intermediate are qualified to get registered for Articleship and the practical training can be started. While undergoing 3 years of compulsory training or Articleship under a registered CA, you start earning a stipend and can register for Final level in the last 6 month of Articleship training by filling the CA Final exam form online. CA final is the last level Exam in CA course.

Even though there is no due date for the CA final course enrollment, it is compulsory to appear for final exams which are held in May and November. The Student needs to go through Four Weeks of Advanced Integrated Course on Information Technology and Soft skills (AICITSS). AICITSS consists of curriculum on Advanced Information Technology and Management Communication Skills throughout the final two years of articleship but before taking Final Examination.

You can appear for your Final exams after completing your Articleship or during the last six months of the articleship training or before the last day of the month prior to the month in which the examination is to be held after effectively completing the  AICITSS.

Once you complete your mandatory articleship of three years and pass your final CA exams you can Enroll as a member of the ICAI and be designated as “Chartered Accountant”.

Hope you get clear with CA course duration after 12th board exam from this article.


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