CA Course Duration in India after 10th, 12th & Graduation (Complete Details)

The CA (Chartered Accountancy) course duration is 5 years.

However, students joining the Chartered Accountancy course after graduation will take a total period of 4.5 years (through the direct entry scheme).

The breakdown of the CA course duration is as follows:

  1. Passing the CA Foundation Exams – 6 Months
  2. Passing both groups of CA Intermediate – 10 Months
  3. Completing the Articleship Training – 3 Years
  4. Passing CA Final both groups – 8 Months

But, if you fail an exam, you need to give another attempt, and each number of attempts will increase the course duration by 6 months.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has proposed a new scheme of education and training for CA. Under the CA new scheme 2023, 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 full article to get all the details.

In this article, you’ll get the CA Course duration after the 10th, 12th and graduation. Furthermore, you’ll also know the fees, qualifications, and other CA course details.

CA Course Duration after 10th, 12th & Graduation

CA Course Details

Full-FormChartered Accountancy
Conducting BodyICAI
FeesRs. 4 lakhs
Duration of CA Course5 Years
Levels3 levels + Articleship
Minimum Required Percentage50% in class 12th
CA Salary in IndiaRs. 7 – 8 Lakhs
Job RolesAccountant, Banker, Financial Manager, Consultant, Auditor

CA Course Duration after 12th

Check the table below to know the complete duration and timeline of the CA Course after the 12th:

CA Foundation May 2023 RegistrationJan 1, 2023
Appear in 12th ExamsMarch 2023
Fill the CA Foundation Exam FormFeb 2023
Appear in CA Foundation ExamsMay 2023
CA Foundation Result May 2023July 20236 Months
CA Inter Registration May 2024Sept 1, 2023
CA Inter ExamsMay 2024
CA Inter Result DeclarationJuly 20241 Year
Register for Articleship TrainingJuly 2024
CA Final Registration (After 2.5 Yrs of Training)Dec 2026
CA Final ExamsMay 2027
CA Final Result DeclarationJuly 20273 Years
Complete Remaining 6 months of TrainingDec 20276 Months
Total CA Course Duration5 Years

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How Many Years to Complete CA after 12th?

A candidate will take at least 5 years to complete the Chartered Accountancy course. He needs to clear three exams and complete the articleship training of three years.

Now, let us discuss the duration of the Chartered Accountancy course at each level.

Chartered Accountancy Course Duration

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 months study period to appear in the CA Foundation Exam. The CA Foundation results will be declared two months after the exams are over.

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.


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 3 years which is mandatory for each CA aspirant. In the span of these 3 years, students will get practical experience of 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 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

CA Final Course Duration

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 their last six months of Articleship training.

Hence, to complete the CA Course in five years, you’ll need to crack all the levels in the first attempt. As each number of attempts will increase your six months in this journey.

ProcessDuration(in Months)
CA Foundation Study Period4 Months
Waiting Period of CA Foundation Result2 Months
CA Intermediate Study Period8 Months
Waiting Period of CA Intermediate Result
(Complete ITT and OT during such period)
2 Months
Articleship Training3 Years
Preparation Period for CA Final6 Months
CA Final Result2 Months
CA Course Duration5 Years

Students can also read the CA course guide for 12th science students.

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 4.5 years. Students who are 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 CourseDuration
Complete ITT and OT during1 Month
CA Intermediate study period8 Months
Waiting Period of CA Intermediate Result2 Months
Articleship Training3 Years
Preparation Period for CA Final6 Months
CA Final Result2 Months
CA Duration after Graduation4.5 Years

Therefore, students thinking of pursuing the CA Course after BCOM, BBA, BCA, or BSc will take a minimum duration of 4.5 years.

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 4.5 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.

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Duration of CA Course if You Can’t Clear Exams in the First Attempt

Duration of CA Course if You Can’t Clear Exams in 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.

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.

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 FeesIndian StudentForeign Student
CA Foundation₹11,300$1105
CA Intermediate (Single group)₹28,000$925
CA Intermediate (Both groups)₹34,200$1500
CA Intermediate (Direct Entry)₹34,400$1500
Articleship Fee₹2,000
CA Final₹39,800$1650

Check out our detailed article on the CA syllabus.

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.


Ques:- Can I become CA in 2 years?

Ans:- No, you can’t become CA in 2 years as the minimum CA course duration is 5 years.

Ques:- What is the CA Course Duration after B.Com?

Ans:-  The total CA Course duration after B.Com is 4.5 years. Provided you have cleared all the exams in the first attempt.

Ques:- Can I do CA after the 10th class?

Ans:- 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 give the exams.

Ques:-  What is the per month salary of CA?

Ans:- The monthly salary of a CA in India is Rs. 67,000.

Ques:- How to become a CA in India? 

Ans:- 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 3 years.

Ques:- Can I crack the CA exams on the first attempt? 

Ans:- Yes, you can pass all the exams of CA on the first attempt. But you have to prepare well for the exams and join good coaching.