Chartered accountants offer financial advice, audit accounts and provide trustworthy information about financial records. This might involve financial reporting, taxation, auditing, forensic accounting, corporate finance, business recovery and insolvency, or accounting systems and processes.
Careers are available in most areas throughout the India
but are more commonly found in cities and larger towns
where higher salaries are typically earned. Post-qualification opportunities exist overseas. The CA or ACA qualification provides a foundation for many different career routes
and opportunities for post-qualification progression are numerous and varied.
Staying in public practice offers the opportunity for secondments or transfers to different areas of practice (e.g. tax
corporate finance or management consultancy) or
a move to a different-sized firm.
In the large international firms
overseas secondments are possible.
Progression is often structured and an accountant may become a manager two years after qualification and a senior manager three years after that. Progress to partnership is competitive but is achievable between eight and 15 years after qualification. In small firms
progression may be more rapid.
Top Colleges In India
Institute of Banking and Finance, Delhi
Address: Shankar Rd, Pocket R, Rajender Nagar Part 2, New Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110060
Phone: 011 4515 5533
George Telegraph Institute of Accounts
Address: The George Telegraph Training Institute
136, B.B.Ganguly, Street,
Phone: +91 (033) 22272605
Courses to be pursued
While a bachelor's degree is the minimum educational requirement to become an auditor at some companies
other employers may prefer a master's degree
such as the Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Accounting.
A course in computer accounting softwares such as Tally or some other related diplomas.
More advanced courses like ICWA
Company Secretary ship or CPA ( a recognizedcertified public accountant in the USA)etc.
There are certain auditor certifications provided by international audit associations such as Institute of Internal auditors (IIA)
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) etc which are globally accepted.
The Institute of Internal auditors gives Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation and ISACA provides Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification
CISA qualified Auditors recognised as qualified to conduct Systems Audit by Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Ministry of Information Technology (MIT)
National Stock Exchange
Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG).
PG Diploma in Banking & Finance with International Trade Finance
Certification in Industrial Accounting
Certified Course in Accounts and Taxation with GST
Working hours vary depending on the role and the organisation, but are not typically 9am to 5pm. Working extra hours in the evening and at weekends is quite common in order to meet deadlines, particularly in larger firms. Trainees can usually have time off in lieu of any overtime worked.
Flexible working arrangements are possible (usually after qualification). There is also the opportunity to work independently by setting up as a sole practitioner.
• general business interest and awareness; • self-motivation and commitment
in order to combine study while working; • communication and interpersonal skills; • organisational and time management skills; • a methodical approach; • IT proficiency; • strong analytical and problem-solving skills; • numeracy; • leadership qualities and effective teamworking skills; • motivation and initiative; • integrity and trustworthiness.
Entry is open to graduates of all disciplines and, while a large number have business-related degrees, other subjects are strongly represented, including: • arts; • languages; • maths; • science; • social sciences.