CA Inter - Conversion to Direct Scheme


CA Inter - Conversion to Direct Scheme





CA Direct entry route as the name suggests refers to the straight entry to the Chartered Accountancy course without having to appear for the entrance test i.e. CA  Foundation. Direct Entry Scheme was implemented by the ICAI w.e.f 1st August 2012 which allows students to enroll directly for CA Intermediate Course.

However, students who have originally registered for CA Foundation or  Intermediate Course under CA Foundation Route can later convert into the Direct entry scheme. Read on below to know about the complete procedure for conversion to the CA Direct Entry Scheme.

Eligibility for Direct Entry Scheme

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

Procedure for Direct Entry Scheme

After having registered for the direct entry scheme of the Chartered Accountancy course, a student has to undergo the following two pieces of training before appearing for the CA Intermediate exams:

  • four weeks of Integrated Course on Information Technology and Soft Skills (ICITSS).
  • nine months of Articleship training.

Procedure to convert to Direct Entry Scheme

If a student originally registers for CA Foundation Course or CA Intermediate Course through the CA Foundation route, he/ she can later convert into Direct Entry Scheme by following the simple procedure elucidated below:

  • Go to ICAI Self Service Portal (SSP)
  • Sign in to the SSP Portal with your User ID and Password
  • Click on Student Cycle
  • Click on the Student module option available on the left side
  • Select the Other Forms option from the Student Module
  • Click on Conversion Application
  • The conversion form will be displayed on the screen having three parts which are Personal details; Conversion details and Payment details.
  • Fill in all the required details, upload all the required documents and click on I Agree
  • Click on Generate OTP
  • Pay the required fees for conversion to direct entry scheme through the online payment method
  • The PDF of the form will be displayed on the screen after successful payment of Fees
  • Save the form pdf for later use

Fees for Conversion to Direct Entry Scheme

Students can convert to the Direct Entry scheme from their existing scheme by paying a fee of Rs.500/- on the SSP Portal.

Documents required for Conversion to Direct Entry Scheme

The following documents are required for converting into the Direct Entry Scheme on the SSP Portal:

  • Scanned copy of Candidate’s Photograph
  • Scanned copy of Candidate’s Signature
  • Previous Course Marksheet e.g. CA Foundation

Relaxation by ICAI in the eligibility criteria of completion of nine months of practical training

Students who originally registered for Intermediate (IPC) Course through CPT Route and appeared in Intermediate (IPC) Examination (s) but unable to pass the said examination (s) and later on after graduation shifted to direct entry scheme, be exempted from the eligibility criteria of completion of 9 months of Practical Training (which include study course for a period of eight months concurrently commences from the date of registration to the Course) for appearing in Intermediate (IPC) Examinations.

Further, such students having secured exemption in any of the paper(s) of Intermediate (IPC), be given the benefit of availing the exemption by appearing in immediately next three following examinations excluding the examination which he could not avail of due to shifting to direct entry scheme.”

Procedure for availing benefit of the above relaxation

 (i) An eligible student with valid registration needs to convert into the Direct Entry Scheme. At the time of conversion, a self-declaration is to be enclosed stating that the student has already appeared in the Intermediate (IPC) Examination(s) through CPT Route but could not qualify for the same.

(ii) Such student, after completion of the ITT and Orientation Programme, should commence their Practical Training on or before 31st Oct. / 30th Apr. for being eligible to appear in the Nov. / May Intermediate (IPC) Examinations respectively.

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