CA Intermediate Eligibility: What are The Criteria to Be Eligible for The Course?

By now it is a known fact that ICAI has revised the syllabus since July 2017, replacing IPCC with CA intermediate. IPCC registration is no longer available and CA students have to choose CA Intermediate instead.

CA foundation course


Now that the registration period for Nov  2021 exam eligibility is over, we want to quickly cover the eligibility criteria for CA intermediate registration. You need to remember that the first and obvious step is to clear the CA foundation exam, without which none of the other criteria will be applicable. Alternatively, you can enrol for CA Inter under Direct Entry Scheme as well. 

Assuming that you have cleared the CA foundation exam, here’s the list:

Eligibility criteria for CA intermediate Registration

  1. Any student or candidate looking to pursue CA intermediate should have cleared their high school (10+2) examination conducted by the relevant examination body and they should have also cleared Common Proficiency Test (CPT) or CA Foundation (as per the new scheme)
  2. Candidates can choose a direct entry without going through CA Foundation if they possess the following:
    • Commerce graduation or post-graduation with a minimum cut off of 55%
    • Non-commerce graduation or post-graduation with a minimum cut off of 60%
    • Intermediate level from the Institute of Cost Accountants of India or The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

A Few Guidelines After Clearing the CA Intermediate Eligibility Criteria

It is important to remember that students who go through the foundation route are required to go through 8 months of study after registering for the Intermediate course.

For graduates & postgraduates

Students who are in the last years of their graduation can register for the CA intermediate course by passing all the traditional requirements. 

Nevertheless, a student choosing that route can start their CA practical training only upon clearing their graduation. They have to submit their certificates as a proof of accomplishment with the required percentage. Only then will they be eligible to start the course. 

During this period of waiting, they can pursue other programs such as the orientation program or the ITT (information technology) program to prepare themselves. These courses should be completed before the start of practical training.

However, if these students fail to produce the evidence required by the ICAI then their registration will be cancelled and the fees will not be refunded. 

And another critical aspect, is that they need to successfully complete nine months of practical training in order to appear in the Intermediate examination,

However, the candidates in the CA Intermediate who are registered directly after clearing the Intermediate level of “The Institute of Company Secretaries of India” or “The Institute of Cost Accountants of India”, gain the eligibility similar to students who’ve chosen the CA Foundation route. This means they have to go through only 8 months of study.

It is important to remember these guidelines as they are essential for the overall program.

Documents Needed for CA Intermediate Registration

Now that we know the CA intermediate eligibility criteria and a few guidelines to remember, let’s look at the documents you as a student would need during the registration:

  • A student choosing the CA foundation path should submit an attested copy of their 10+2 mark sheet and a copy of the CA foundation main exam paper. 
  • Students choosing the direct entry must submit attested copies of their graduation or post-graduation certificates.
  • Professionals who graduated from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India or the Institute of Cost Accountants of India should provide the relevant attested mark sheet. 
  • A color photograph which was recently taken affixed to the form.
  • Proof of identity and nationality (Aadhar Card for eg.). An attested copy will suffice.
  • Proof of special category such as SC/ST/BC or disabled. An attested copy of the same.

Do ensure that you have all the above documents for a smooth registration process.

Registration Procedure

The procedure for registration is actually simple and straightforward. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Enter the ICAI website and under the “student tab” click on course registration.
  • Select the appropriate registration form. In this case, it will be CA intermediate.
  • Fill in the username and id.
  • Authenticate it with OTP verification.
  • Once this is done, your profile is created and you are taken to the next step. 
  • Fill out all the pending details. 
  • Now you will be prompted to make a payment. The fee for Registration is INR 11,000 for one group and INR 15,000 for both groups. You also have to pay articleship fees of INR 2,000 along with student activity fees of INR 1,000, if you are choosing both groups.
  • For direct entry, you need to pay for both groups and an additional INR 200 for the form. You should also make a payment of INR 6,500 as ICITSS fees.
  • If you are switching from the old scheme to the new scheme, then you will have to pay an additional fee of INR 500.
  • You are allowed to make these payments using a debit card, credit card, or net banking.
  • Once the payment is successful, all your details will appear before you in PDF format and you can download them.
  • You have to print out the details, paste the color photograph, and sign the form.
  • Now you need to attach all these documents and send it to the regional office within 7 days of registration. After a month’s time, you will get your registration certificate. 

If you do not receive a registration certificate, please do the following.

  • Open the ICAI website and click on E-services in the top right corner. 
  • You will find an option called Reprint Letter. Choose that option and fill in all the details.
  • The system will then generate a letter showing your registration status. 

You have to continuously check the site after doing this process as it takes more than 30-40 days to get an update. 

If the problem continues to persist after all these steps, then you need to contact the ICAI support team or any local body that takes care of these issues. However, in most cases, it goes through successfully. So, there is no need to panic.

Choose the Right Pathway to CA Intermediate

Now that you have all the details, choose the right way and the best way to get to the next level of pursuing CA. If you need any help then we at Indigo Learn would be more than happy to help you out.

So, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.