Direct Entry Scheme in CA After Graduation


CA Direct Entry Scheme is discussed thoroughly in this article. Direct Entry Route refers to direct entry in the Chartered Accountancy course without appearing for the entrance level test i.e. CA Foundation. ICAI has implemented the Direct Entry Scheme w.e.f. 1st Aug 2012 according to which students can directly enroll themselves for the CA Intermediate Course. Students can go through the CA Intermediate Registration Procedure.

CA Direct Entry Scheme – Eligibility

The candidates who are eligible to register themselves with the Direct Entry Route are given below –

  1. Commerce Graduates / Post Graduates scored a minimum of 55% marks or other graduates or Postgraduates who scored a minimum of 60% marks.
  2. Candidates who have passed the Intermediate level of Institute of Companies Secretaries of India or Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Provisional Registration for the Final Year Students –

Candidates who are pursuing the Final Year of Graduation can register for the Intermediate course on a provisional basis and they can commence articleship training after submitting the satisfactory proof of having passed the graduation examination with the above-specified marks. Download the CA Intermediate Application Form from here!

The proof shall be submitted within 6 months from the date of appearance in the final year of graduation exam as well as the successful completion of ICITSS (Orientation course and Information Technology).

It has been clear that during the provisional registration, one can undergo and complete ICITSS. But if such student failed to produce the proof within the aforesaid period, his provisional registration shall stand canceled and the registration and any other fees shall neither be refunded nor a credit shall be given for any of the theoretical information undergone.

Students can also check the detailed step by step procedure on how to become a CA, by visiting the given link.

Procedure for Intermediate Passed Students of ICSI/ICWA-

The candidates who have passed the Intermediate level of Institute of Company Secretaries of India or Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India can register directly for the CA Intermediate level.

  • The procedure for registration in the CA Intermediate for such students will be the same as normal route students.
  • After registration, they have to undergo eight months of the study period to appear in CA Intermediate Exams.
  • Appear and pass either single or both groups of CA Intermediate.
  • Register themselves for the three years articleship training on passing either single or both groups of CA Intermediate.
  • Enroll for the CA Final after qualifying both the groups of CA Intermediate.
  • Undergo and Complete four weeks of AICITSS while pursuing the last two years of practical training but before appearing in Final Examination.
  • They can appear in the CA Final Examination during the last six months of articleship training.
  • Complete Articleship Training.
  • Qualify both the groups of CA Final.
  • Become a member of ICAI.

Procedure for Graduates / Post Graduates –

    • Graduates and Post Graduates from the commerce stream who have secured a minimum of 55% marks or other graduates with a minimum of 60% marks can enroll themselves for the CA Intermediate through the Direct Entry Route.
    • Successfully complete 4 weeks of ICITSS (Orientation Program and Information Technology) before the commencement of Practical Training.
    • Get yourself, Register, for Three Years of Practical Training.


  • Successfully complete 9 months of practical training to appear in CA Intermediate Examination.
  • Qualify both groups of Intermediate course.
  • Get Register for the CA Final after qualifying both Groups of Intermediate.
  • Undergo four weeks of AICITSS during the last two years of practical training but before appearing in Final Examination.
  • Successfully complete such practical training.
  • Qualify both groups of CA Final.
  • Become Member.

Registration Fee for CA Intermediate for the Direct Entry Route Students –

Candidates enrolling themselves for the CA Course through the Direct Entry Route have to register themselves for Both Groups of Intermediate. See the chart below –

Registration Options / Various ChargesBoth Groups (INR)Both Groups (US$)
Registration Fee15,000
Student Activities Fee2,000
Registration fee as an articled assistant1,000
Total Fees18,0001,000

Direct Entry Route students have to pay Rs 200/- (US$ 20) over and above.

Practical Training Fee for CA Direct Entry Scheme

Candidates before appearing for the CA finals have to register for the training. Candidates have to do four weeks of ICITSS and 3 years of articleship. 

Particulars Intermediate levelFinals 
Integrated course information technologyRs 6500Rs 7000
Soft skillsRs 7000Rs 7500
Articleship for 3 yearsRs 2000

Students can check more information about the CA Intermediate fee structure, on the given link.

Registration Fees for a Student at the Final Level

CA direct entry registration fees for both the groups is given below.

Registration fees for both the groups-  Rs 22000


Duration for CA Direct Entry Scheme

Once the candidates have registered for the direct entry scheme, they have almost one year for the exam. Students take 8 month study period time to prepare themselves after registering for the CA direct entry scheme in the month of Feb or Sept. Candidates need to go for the 4 weeks ICITSS training and 9 months of articleship training before the examinations. Candidates registering after graduation have to appear for the first group and both group exams after an 8 months study period. They require ICITSS training for a month. And, after clearing both the groups students can do practical training.

Allow the student to appear Intermediate level, hence save time by exempting from the foundation level.Since students skip the basic level,  the understanding of this course is sometimes nebulous.
Allow integrating different streams of commerce studies at Intermediate levels.Students find it hard to register as an intern in prestigious firms, as these firms prefer merit holders from Intermediate and foundation levels.

For students who want to know how many years does it take to become a CA, then they can check out the complete CA Course Duration.


In the above article, we have discussed the complete details about the Direct Entry Route implemented by ICAI w.e.f. 1st Aug 2012 say it, eligible candidates, to pursue CA through Direct Entry Route and complete steps for all such category students to become Chartered Accountant.

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Q1. Can candidates opt for a direct entry scheme without passing the Foundation exam?

Ans: Yes, candidates opt for a direct entry scheme without passing the Foundation exam, if they have passed class 12th exams and graduation.

Q2. How can candidates register for the direct entry scheme?

Ans: The procedure for the direct entry scheme is mentioned above on this page.

Q3. How can students pursue CA after their completion of graduation?

Ans: Once the graduation is over, candidates can register for CA IPCC exams of both the groups. After clearing both the groups of CA IPCC, candidates can register for the CA final courses. 

Q4. How many years are required by the students to complete the CA course after completion of their graduation?

Ans: It requires 3 years for candidates to complete the CA courses after graduation if they clear all their CA exams in the first attempt. If candidates do not clear their CA exams in the first attempt then their duration of completing the CA course will be increased.