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There are 3 major steps for becoming a CA. They are:
Step I - Register with the Board of Studies at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for the Common Proficiency Test (CPT). The registration has to be done 60 days prior to appearing for the exam. This can be done after Class 10 exam itself. But you can write the CPT exam only after passing Class 12.
Step II - After passing Class 12 & CPT exam, you can register for register for the Integrated Professional Competence Course (IPCC). You can choose Group I and/or Group II. A nine month of course study is required. The orientation course is for one week with thirty-five hours credit. After completing this course, you will have to complete hundred hours of Information Technology Training (ITT), followed by Articleship training.
Step III - After completing the 9 month Foundation course study, you will have to appear for the Group I and/ or Group II examinations. Group I has four papers while Group II has three papers. This is the Integrated Professional Competence Test commonly known as the Intermediate Examination.
Step IV - After completing all the above steps, you can register as Articled Assistant for a three-year period.You can join the final CA course, during the last six months of these 3 years. During the last 12 months of Articled training, you will have to complete a 15-day course on General Management and Communication Skills (GMCS).
Note* - GMCS can also be done after taking the final examination.
Only after you complete your ICAI membership, you will be designated as Chartered Accountant. Good luck!