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ICAI CA Intermediate Examination Course Guide – 2021 Announcement

The Institute of Chartered Accountants has three steps for the Chartered Accountancy course. The Entrance exam CPT is replaced by the CA Foundation by the new curriculum introduced by the ICAI.

The second level after the CA Foundation or CPT will be CA Intermediate. IPC is replaced by the CA Intermediate. The last level is the CA Final. It has come into effect from 1st July 2017.

In this CA Intermediate Course Guide, we will be sharing the journey of CA Intermediate level. This Course Guide also gives you all the relevant and updated information from ICAI announcements. 

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An Overview on CA Intermediate course

Name of ExaminationCA Intermediate
Conducted by ICAI ( Statutory body of India)
Exam levelNational level
Mode of ExaminationPen & Paper based
Medium of ExaminationHindi & English Both
Type Of QuestionObjective and subjective
Number of Papers8

CA Intermediate Course: Important Dates

Below are the dates important for all Chartered Accountancy students of the Intermediate level.

Last Date for registration for CA Intermediate May 2021 attemptSeptember 1, 2020
Submit Application FormApril 13, 2021
Submit Application Form (with late fee)April 16, 2021
Correction Window ILast week of March 2021
CA Intermediate May 2021 Attempt Exam Dates (old course)Group-I: 6th, 8th, 10th & 12th July 2021
Group-II: 14th, 16th & 18th July 2021
CA Intermediate May 2021 Attempt Exam Dates (new course)Group-I: 6th, 8th, 10th & 12th July 2021
Group-II: 14th, 16th, 18th & 20th July 2021
Correction Window Reopen-ITAB
Last date to register for May 2021 Exams
CA May Exam Forms 5th August 2020 to 25th August 2020
Admit Card Release Date21th July 2021

See the new dates of CA Intermediate Exam Schedule

Eligibility for registration in CA Intermediate course

After clearing the CPT/CA Foundation a student will become eligible to register for the CA Intermediate.

There is also a direct entry route through which a candidate can enroll for Intermediate directly without going through Either CPT or CA Foundation.

  1. Students who are Graduate/ Post Graduate in Commerce and secured a minimum of 55% can register directly for Intermediate without passing CA  Foundation or CPT.
  2. Similarly like Commerce Graduates, Non-commerce Graduates/ Post Graduates can also register for Intermediate by securing 60% marks in Graduation/ Post Graduation.
  3. Apart from the above, the students who cleared the Intermediate level of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India or The Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

The above students can get registered directly for the Intermediate level without passing the entrance level.

For complete details read CA Intermediate eligibility criteria

CA Intermediate Registration Procedure

A student can register for the CA Intermediate by filling the online registration form and by making the requisite fees. As soon as the payment is successfully done the system will automatically generate the form which is required to get print.

The printout of such online registration form is required to be submitted to the concerned regional office duly signed by the candidate along with the following documents –

Foundation Route Students –

  1. Submit the attested copy of the Marksheet of class 12th or its equivalent Central Govt. recognized examination pass Mark statement.
  2. Affix a colored and latest photograph on the hard copy of the registration form.
  3. Attested copy of the proof of Nationality, if the student is a foreigner.
  4. Attested copy of the proof of special category certificate i.e. SC/ST/OBC or Differently abled.

CA Intermediate Direct Entry Route for Students –

  1. Submit an attested copy of the Graduation / Post Graduation Marksheet  OR Marksheet or Mark statement of Intermediate level Examination of ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India) or ICWAI (Institute of Cost Accountants of India)
  2. One colored and latest photograph should be attested to the print out of the online registration form.
  3. Attested copy of the proof of the Nationality, if the student is Foreigner.
  4. Attested copy of the proof of the special category i.e. SC/ST/OBC or Differently abled.

Once the above formalities are completed Study Material will be dispatch to the students within one month through the Centralised Dispatch System.

Are you going to register for CA Intermediate May 2021? Read the CA Intermediate Nov & Dec 2021 Registration procedure and fee details.

Validity Period CA Intermediate Course

Intermediate Course registration is valid for 4 years and can be revalidated any number of times for a further 4 years period by paying a revalidation fee of Rs.400/- or as decided by the Council from time to time.

Registration Fees for the CA Intermediate Examination

Foundation route students have an option to register either for both groups or for a single group at a time. However, direct-entry route students are required to get register in the Intermediate for both the groups at a time along with the payment of prospectus.

Details of FeesBoth Groups (Rs)Both groups (US $)Single Group (Rs)Single Group (US $)
Registration Fee1500011000
Student’s Activity Fee20002000*
Registration Fee as article assistant1000
Total Fees18000100013000600

* To be paid once.

The students who are entering the CA Course by the direct entry route have to pay Rs 200 (US $ 20) as a cost of a prospectus in addition to the above fees.

Addition to the above fees, Direct entry students also need to register themselves for the ITT and OP training program before registering for the practical training each for the 15 days.

The fee for ITT(Information Technology Training) Program is Rs 6500/- inclusive of the Study Material and tea/refreshment provided by the  ICAI.

And the fee for the OP (Orientation Program ) is Rs 7000/- inclusive of Study Material and tea/refreshment provided by the ICAI.

However, the students from the normal route or the students who are registered after clearing the Intermediate level of the ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India) or ICWAI (Institute of Cost Accountants of India) can complete these training after passing either single or both the groups of Intermediate but before the commencement of practical training.

Required Marks to qualify CA Intermediate Examination

 As per the ICAI guidelines, a candidate shall be declared to have passed in CA Intermediate by scoring minimum of 40% marks in each individual subject and 50% marks in aggregate of all the subjects at one sitting either both the groups or a single group.


75% Special concession in registration fee till 31st March 2022

CA Intermediate Registration fee18000
75% Concession13500
The registration fee to be paid4500

This relaxation in the registration fee is given only to the CA students from—

  • the new Union Territories of J&K, 
  • Ladakh, 
  • North-eastern states: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura.

Students will have to present a permanent residential address proof along with a valid ID.

Eligibility for appearing in CA Intermediate Exam

The students who are appearing in the Intermediate examinations through the Foundation route are required to undergo 8 months of study period after CA Intermediate course registration.

AttemptLast date for Registration in Intermediate
May 2021September 1, 2020
Nov 2021April 2021

The candidates who are there in the last year of their graduation can register for the Intermediate course on the Provisional basis.

However, they can commence practical training only on the successful submission of the proof that they have passed their graduation successfully with the specified percentage discussed above. During this provisional registration period, they can complete ITT (Information Technology) and O.P (Orientation Programme).  But if they failed to produce such evidence then their provisional registration shall stand canceled and fees will neither be refunded nor be adjusted. Addition to this, if he has undergone through theoretical Educational Programme then no credit shall be given of such.

ITT and OP training must be completed before commencement of practical training for the graduate students / Post Graduate students who are taking direct entry in the CA Course.

And in order to appear in the Intermediate examination, they need to successfully complete nine months of practical training.

However, the candidates who are registered directly in the CA Intermediate after clearing the Intermediate level of “The Institute of Cost Accountants of India” or “The Institute of Company Secretaries of India” are eligible to appear in the Intermediate examination after undergone through 8 months of study period similar like students who are appearing through the CA Foundation route.

CA Intermediate Application Form/Exam Form

You have to fill the application form before the exams to appear in the Examination. The application form can be filled from the ICAI portal by making the requisite payment.

See the important dates for the Intermediate Application form in the table at the beginning of this article.

CA Intermediate Examination Fee

The fee for selecting as a single group or both groups of CA Intermediate is different.
Candidates can apply either for a single group or for both the groups at a time. They can fill their application form through the ICAI website. If the candidate is registered then he can directly login to their account and fill their application form. However, if he is a new user then will have to register first.

CA Intermediate Application Form/Exam Form

See the complete step-by-step process to fill the exam form, complete fee structure, how to apply for corrections, and other important details in the link above.

CA Intermediate Admit Card

ICAI generally issues admit card 14 days before the exams. Students can download the CA intermediate admit card through the website. Admit cards will not be sent through offline mode. The only way is downloading the admit cards through the ICAI website.

After downloading, in case you found there an error in Center/Medium (resulting from wrong details submitted in the application form), then you have an opportunity to rectify such error related to the Center/Medium.

The Correction facility has two windows one of which is without fees ( called correction window) and another one is with correction fees (called “corrections with fees-window”) of Rs 1000/- per application.

  1. Free Window Facility–  Under Free Window Facility a student can change his/her Center/Medium within one week after the last date of submission of the Examination form(without late fees). The details of the form are available on  ICAI website.
  2.  Correction Window Facility (with fees)– Under this window, a student can change his/her     Center/Medium with the payment of Rs. 1000/- per application. Generally, this window is open for correction up to one week before the exam. But request made immediately before 7 days will not be entertained by the ICAI under any case.

How to prepare for the CA Intermediate Exam?

To prepare well for the CA Intermediate Exams, the most important thing is to dedicate yourself to your studies and follow a balanced routine. You will also need the best resources, study material, and guidance to prepare for CA Intermediate/IPCC Exams. Below are the quick links to download the required resources.

There is a little change in the syllabus of CA Intermediate as one new subject is introduced at the Intermediate level and two subjects are separated. Although with the introduction of a new subject there will be eight papers as per the revised syllabus. The eight papers are divided into two groups each consisting of four subjects.

Subject covered  in CA Intermediate course 

Download the latest CA Intermediate Syllabus 2021 before starting your preparation.

Download the latest Study Material for CA Intermediate Level

List of most recommended books that will help you in learning the concepts of CA Intermediate curriculum.

ICAI has introduced certain changes in the examination pattern of CA examinations to be held in 2019 attempt and onwards. Now, the following papers of CA Intermediate shall have Multiple Choice Question (MCQ’s):

CA Intermediate New CourseCA Intermediate (IPC)
Paper 2: Corporate and other LawsPaper 2: Business Laws, Ethics and communication
Paper 4: TaxationPaper 4: Taxation
Paper 6: Auditing and AssurancePaper 6: Auditing and Assurance
Paper 7: Enterprise and Information Systems and strategic managementPaper 7: Information Technology

and strategic management

The question papers of the respective papers will have two parts:

Part 1st comprising of MCQ’s (30 marks) and Part 2nd containing the descriptive type question questions (70 marks).

Stay up-to-date with the latest Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, and see other changes.

Solved CA Inter Mock Test Paper Series

Solved RTP and Previous Year Papers

The above resources will help you in exam preparation, but to become a CA Topper, you must follow these success mantras and have a unique study plan.

Each subject is different; therefore, they require a distinct approach to study. To help you save time, we have listed some of the best tips for preparation strategy that our CA Toppers follow.

Study Plan for Group 1 subjects

Study Plan for Group 2 subjects

As you know ICAI permits the use of a calculator in CA exams, you must learn these quick tricks to use calculators and save your exam time.

CA Intermediate: Details of Training 

After clearing either or both of the CA Intermediate Exams, a student has to undergo some practical training as directed by ICAI.

  1. ICITSS 
  2. Articleship

The ICITSS and AICITSS are of 4 weeks duration each, while the articleship training is of 3 years. Each training has a fee structure and curriculum. All these three trainings of the CA Course are compulsory.

CA Intermediate Result

ICAI declares IPCC Result 2 months after the exam and following the same trend CA Intermediate result will be declared by the ICAI two months after the exam. The result of the Nov & Dec examinations will get declared in the first week of February.

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Ques 1. For how many years is the CA Intermediate registration valid?

Ans. Your registration for CA Intermediate is valid for four years only, and you get eight attempts to appear in the exams. After the end of these four years, you have to pay a fee of Rs. 400 to renew your registration. 

Ques 2. What are the CA Inter exam dates?

Ans. The CA Inter Exams are now cancelled and will be held in Nov & Dec . The new dates haven’t been released by ICAI.

Ques 3. When are the CA Inter Results announced? 

Ans. CA Intermediate Results are announced after the two months from the last date of the exam.

Ques 4. What are the ICAI exemption rules in CA Exams?

Ans. ICAI has allowed some exemption rules in the passing criteria of CA Exams. However, they apply to certain conditions only. Our article on understanding ICAI CA Exemptions explains all the conditions in detail.

Ques 5. What is the average salary of a CA in India?

Ans. A Chartered Accountant can earn in lacs. The average package is from 6-7 lacs and higher once you establish your reputation in the industry.