CA Course Duration:
The CA Course duration is 42 months. In these 42 months, students need to clear three levels – Foundation, Intermediate & Final and complete the articleship training. However, students joining the Chartered Accountancy course after graduation will take a total period of 36 months (through the direct entry scheme).
It is the minimum duration, and 6 months will be added if you fail to clear the CA exams. Furthermore, students of any age can pursue the CA course and get a professional certification, as there is no age limit.
The table below mentions the CA course duration of all levels:
|CA Course Duration(in Months)
|CA Foundation Study Period
|Waiting Period of CA Foundation Result
|CA Intermediate Study Period
|Waiting Period of CA Intermediate Result
(Complete ITT and OT during such period)
|Preparation Period for CA Final
|CA Final Result
|CA Course Duration
In this article, you’ll get all the information regarding the duration of the CA Course after class 10th, 12th and graduation. Furthermore, you’ll also know the fees, qualifications, and other CA course details.
CA Course Duration after 12th
Class 12th students will take at least 5 years to complete the Chartered Accountancy course. They need to clear three exams and complete the articleship training of three years.
In the below table, we have prepared the complete timeline of the CA course that also includes the duration of each level.
|CA Foundation June 2024 Registration
|Feb 1, 2024
|Appear in 12th Exams
|Fill the CA Foundation Exam Form
|Appear in CA Foundation Exams
|CA Foundation Result June 2024
|CA Inter Registration May 2024
|Jan 1, 2024
|CA Inter Exams
|CA Inter Result Declaration
|Register for Articleship Training
|CA Final Registration (After 2 Yrs of Training)
|CA Final Exams
|CA Final Result Declaration
|Complete Remaining 6 months of Training
|Total CA Course Duration
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has proposed a new scheme of education and training for CA. Under the CA new scheme 2024, the ICAI will reduce the duration of becoming a CA by 6 months.
Therefore, the minimum time period to become a chartered Accountant under the new scheme is 4.5 years. Check the entire article to get all the details.
Students can also read the CA course guide for 12th science students.
Duration of CA Foundation Course
The duration of the CA Foundation course is 6 months.
Students, after clearing their 12th, can register for the CA Foundation exams. After registration, they have to undergo a four-month study period to appear in the CA Foundation Exam. The CA Foundation Result for Dec 2023 will be declared on 07 Feb 2024 (Officially).
CA Intermediate Course Duration
The duration to complete the CA Intermediate course is 10 months.
After registering for the CA Intermediate exams, a candidate has to undergo a study period of eight months to appear in the exams. ICAI releases the CA Intermediate result within 2 months of the last exam date.
ICITSS Time Period
As your CA Intermediate exams are over, you can enrol for the ICITSS training. You must undergo 100 hours of Information technology and one week of an Orientation program to complete this training. Students can complete such training while waiting for the CA Intermediate result.
CA Articleship Training Period
The duration of the CA Articleship training is 2 years which is mandatory for each CA aspirant. In the span of these 2 years, students will get practical experience in the work of Chartered Accountants. After clearing single or both groups of CA Intermediate, CA Students become eligible to register for Articleship training once they clear either single or both groups of the CA Intermediate.
AICITSS Time Period
AICITSS is an Advance Information Technology and Management and Communication Skills Program. Students can undergo this program while pursuing their last two years of Articleship Training.
Duration of CA Final Course
Students must clear both the CA Intermediate groups to register for the CA Final Course. One can appear in the CA Final Exam while completing the last six months of Articleship training. Therefore, to save time, students generally fill out their CA Final registration form during the training period.
Hence, to complete the CA Course in five years, you’ll need to crack all the levels on the first attempt. As each number of attempts will increase, your six months in this journey.
With VSI Jaipur coaching, you can become a CA in just 5 years. VSI provides quality education at affordable prices, conducts regular mock tests and gives personalised guidance to each student.
Chartered Accountancy Course Duration After 10th
ICAI has allowed students to enrol for the CA Course after the 10th class. They can provisionally register for the course after clearing the 10th class. However, they can give their exams only after they have cleared their class 12th.
A class 10th student will take 7 years to complete the Chartered Accountancy course. The journey is the same as doing CA after the 12th, just 2 years are added to the timeline for the 11th and 12th classes.
CA Course Duration After Graduation Through Direct Entry Scheme
The CA Course duration after graduation is 4 years. Students who have graduated can directly apply for the CA Intermediate Course. They don’t have to pass the CA Foundation exams.
After CA Inter registration, they have to complete the 1-month ICITSS training and undergo the artricleship training for at least 9 months. After clearing the CA Inter both groups, they need to complete the remaining training and clear the CA Final exams.
The table below mentions the CA Course duration after graduation:
|CA Course level
|Complete ITT and OT during
|CA Intermediate study period
|Waiting Period of CA Intermediate Result
|Preparation Period for CA Final
|CA Final Result
|CA Duration after Graduation
Therefore, students thinking of pursuing the CA Course after BCOM, BBA, BCA, or BSc will take a minimum duration of 4 years.
Also Read: Courses after B.COM
Duration of CA After Intermediate Level of ICSI/ICWA
Students who have cleared the Intermediate Level of ICSI or ICWA can directly register for the CA Intermediate course without appearing in the CA Foundation exam. They have to undergo a study period of eight months after registration to appear in CA Intermediate Examination. After that, all the procedures for such Direct Entry Route students will be the same as normal route students.
Hence, the duration of the Chartered Accountancy Course after clearing Intermediate levels of ICSI or ICWA can be estimated as 4 years.
How many years to Complete the CA Course After Post-Graduation?
The post-graduate students who have completed their MBA or other degrees will take a minimum of 4.5 years to complete the CA Course. After completing your post-graduation degree, you can directly enrol for the CA Intermediate Course.
Duration of CA Course if You Can’t Clear Exams on the First Attempt
In our teaching experience of more than 20 years, we have seen that many students take more than 1 attempt to crack the exams. This is especially in the CA Intermediate and Final examinations.
So, if this is the case with you, then the time period will be increased by 6 months with each extra attempt. Students might also take 7-8 years to complete the CA course.
Must Check: All Information regarding CA Exams
CA Course Details
|Rs. 4 lakhs
|Duration of CA Course
|3 levels + Articleship
|Minimum Required Percentage
|50% in class 12th
|CA Salary in India
|Rs. 7 – 8 Lakhs
|Accountant, Banker, Financial Manager, Consultant, Auditor
Qualification of the Chartered Accountancy Course
Check the eligibility criteria for the CA Course:
- Students must clear the Class 12th exams.
- Need to clear the 12th exams with at least 50%.
- There is no age limit to registering for the CA Foundation Course.
Check out our detailed article on the CA syllabus.
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CA Course Fees in India
The total CA Course fees in India is approx Rs. 87,300 for all three levels and the articleship training. This does not include coaching fees and other expenses, as they are variable and not the same for everyone.
|CA Course Level
|Fees for Indian Student
|Fees for Foreign Students
|CA Intermediate (Single group)
|CA Intermediate (Both groups)
|CA Intermediate (Direct Entry)
Check out our web story for CA Cours fees for all levels.
We hope that you got a fair idea of the Chartered Accountancy Course Duration. In this article, you have read about the time needed to become a CA in India after 12th and graduation.
References & Sources
This detailed guide on the CA Course duration is written and reviewed by the VSI Jaipur team. Here are the references and sources that we have taken into consideration during the editorial process.
About VSI Jaipur
VSI Jaipur is an excellent CA coaching Institute in India, It has been offering offline and online classes for CA courses for 25 years. VSI is famous for its student’s achievements and result-oriented approach. In the last 10 years, 7 Students of VSI achieved All India 1st Rank in CA Intermediate and Final Exams. Moreover, hundreds of students place their names in All India Rank under the top 50.
VSI Provides standard CA online classes from experienced teachers in their respective fields, who follow result result-oriented approach consistently. Apart from that VSI conducts periodical mock test series for the students based on ICAI pattern. Additionally, the expert counsellors at VSI provide personalised guidance for every student based on their performance in the mock test series.
If you are going to pursue a CA course and want to pass all levels of CA on the first attempt, then you must consider VSI Jaipur classes for your preparation.
Ques 1. Can I become a CA in 2 years?
No, you can’t become a CA in 2 years as the minimum CA course duration is 4 years.
Ques 2. What is the CA Course Duration after B.Com?
The total CA Course duration after B.Com is 4 years. Provided you have cleared all the exams in the first attempt.
Ques 3. Can I do CA after the 10th class?
Students can take provisional admission to the CA Foundation after completing their 10th class. However, they must complete their class 12th to be eligible to take the exams.
Ques 4. What is the per month salary of CA?
The CA salary in India is Rs. 67,000 per month.
Ques 5. How to become a CA in India?
To become a Chartered Accountant in India, you need to crack the three levels of the CA Course and complete the CA articleship training of 2 years.
Ques 6. Can I crack the CA exams on the first attempt?
Yes, you can pass all the exams of CA on the first attempt. But you have to prepare well for the exams and get good coaching.