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1-1.5 years
4 subjects
Exam Location
Exams in India
Exam frequency
on demand

Certified Public Accountant

  • Exclusive CPA-Qualified faculty
  • Passing Rate - 58%
  • Training for all 4 exams
  • Wiley US premier study material
  • Recorded Lectures
  • 100% Placement Assistance
  • Tests & Mock series
  • In-house Learning Management Platform

Minimum eligibility criteria for the program

To be eligible to appear for the CPA qualifications, the students must have earned 150 accounting credits during graduation.

Otherwise, the student must have completed :

B.Com + M.Com / MBA / CA or equivalent.

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CPA means Certified Public Accountant. In countries such as USA, Canada, Australia, the accountants are known as a CPA. The US CPA qualification allows a professional to become a CPA who can practice in their state in USA and work as a CPA professional across the world.

Every company requiring to comply with the rules and regulations set by authorities in the USA, which is basically every MNC hailing from the US, needs US CPAs in their company to do the same. CPA scope in India and across the world is increasing as long as US companies keep expanding. A US CPA can practice in their US state and work as a CPA professional across the world in the domains of Tax, audit, finance, accounting advisory, business consulting and much more.

One of the biggest advantages of CPA is global mobility. CPA allows a professional to work across the world in any company requiring to follow US GAAP. 

The choice between which course to do simply depends upon the career path for any professional. The accounting world has two main pillars having international acceptance, IFRS (ACCA) which is followed by more than 180 countries and US GAAP (CPA) which is followed by every company having to comply with US Regulations. The scope for both is tremendously high in both India and internationally. CPA is better if a professional wants to upskill on their existing qualifications with something of a global pedigree. 

CA consists of 3 levels with over 20 papers to be completed over the course of 5 years. On the other hand, CPA has 4 levels that can be completed within a year.

Unfortunately, ACCA, CFA and CMA do not provide any credit for CPA eligibility.

CPA In India has seen a growing scope over the last few years with several US-based multinational companies setting shop in India.

B. Com gives you a total of 90 credits and to qualify for the CPA exam you need 120 credits but there are certain states which allow you to sit for CPA exam even with 90 credits provided you sign an undertaking that you will meet the balance credits within 18 months of appearing for the first paper. 

Considering that a candidate has an 18 month window to complete all 4 parts of the exam, CPA can generally be completed within one year.

The average salary for a CPA fresher in India begins from 7 lakhs per annum.

The CPA exam requirements vary by state jurisdiction. Every state board of accountancy has a different set of requirements, but most states have a core set of qualifications for a candidate to be eligible for the CPA exam.

Below are the requirements to obtain CPA license:

  • In general, many states ask for 150 credit hours in some specific courses from a university or an accredited institute under NASBA.

  • The candidate should pass the Ethics exam.

  • Must have 2,000 hours of work experience in taxation, auditing, accounting and management consultancy.

  • Age limit: 18+ years.

As a rule of thumb, you need a graduation degree to pursue CPA. Thereby, CPA cannot be pursued after 12th

The exams are conducted 8 out of 12 months in a year, whereby a student can schedule the exam at their convenience in advance and appear for them. The exam months are: January, February, April, May, July, August, October, November.

CPA enjoys a high passing rate, with the 2020 pass rates ranging from 49-52% for papers like FAR and AUD and 65% for BEC and REG.

You can write all 4 CPA exams in any attempt, provided you have registered for them and have received the notice to schedule (NTS).

CPA exams are 4-hour long computer-based exams consisting of various MCQs and simulations.

CPA exams have a 50-50 weightage of MCQs and Simulations. The no. of MCQs and simulations is informed and is variable per paper, but there is no specific marking per question. You need to score more than 75 in order to consider the paper cleared.

The CPA Exams are administered by AICPA, the world's largest accounting body. AICPA offers membership to all the aspirants successfully clearing all 4 CPA exams. CPA license, however, is issued by the 55 state boards of accountancy of the US that are part of NASBA. Each state board has different eligibility criteria that the aspirant needs to meet to take the US CPA exams.

  • Master's Degree in any of the streams of Commerce, Accounting or Finance

  • An aspirant needs 120 credits to take the US CPA exams and 150 credits to get his CPA license

  • It's considered that one year of university education in India is equal to 30 credits of US education

  • In some cases, first division graduates of a three-year degree from NAAC-A accredited universities of India are qualified to take the US CPA exams too.

There is no score set by the board to pass CPA. However, as a rule of the thumb, it is advised to score above 75 or higher in each subject to have a better chance of passing CPA.

There is no negative marking for CPA examinations.

There are 4 sections of the CPA exam and each of these 4 sections are tested for 4 hours each.

Unfortunately, there are no exemptions available for CAs.

Yes, a candidate must complete all the 4 parts of the CPA exam within 18 months of appearing in the first paper that the candidate has passed.

The Notice to Schedule (NTS) is your notification that you may begin scheduling your examination with Prometric. It is a Hall ticket. NTS is issued in 2-4 weeks of exam application at the CPA Central.

The NTS is valid for 6 months.

If you are appearing for exams in any country other than the US you will have to take the license within 3 years of passing the CPA exam or your credits will lapse. If you appear for the exam in the US you have to apply for a license within 10 years.

CPA fees vary based on location of exam. If you’re giving the exam in US, you have to pay $250 for Evaluation and $238 per exam for 4 exams. If you are giving the exam outside the US, there is an additional fee of $1486 which is payable to facilitate the exam coming to your country. On top of this, the fee payable to a tutor is also to be considered. For Indian students, the overall fee can range from 3.2-3.6 lakh rupees.