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Charter Accountant/Auditor

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.

Career Options

  • 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
  • alternatively
  • 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.

Educational Qualifications

  • 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.

Personal Skills

  • • 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.

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
  • CA
  • 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
  • respectively.  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  Executive MBA  Certified Course in Accounts and Taxation with GST

Top Colleges

  • 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, Kolkata 700012 Phone: +91 (033) 22272605

Working Conditions

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.

Top Companies

  • Deloitte https://www
  • PWC
  • Ernst & Young(known as EY)

Successful Persons


Being a recipient of India’s fourth civilian award “PADMA SRI” CA manoharan the former president of ICAI brought glory to CA profession. He was appointed by the government of India as its representative in Satyam Scandal restructuring. And he did his job extremely well and received CNN “Indian of the year”.

Naina Lal Kidwai

First Indian women to graduate from the prestigious Harvard University…..Sri Naina lal kidwai took the pride of our profession by successfully heading the HSBC, India. She is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. She is the Former President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Government of India honoured her with PADMA SRI.

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