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Wondering how to become CA after 10th?

ICAI has released a notification dated October 13, 2020 making it possible to pursue CA after 10th. This is a major announcement for students who choose the Commerce stream in 11th standard and wonder how to become CA after 10th.

The amendment that allows students to register for CA after 10th class was summed up by the ICAI as, “The Competent Authority has conveyed its approval on the ICAI proposal for amending the Regulations 25E, 25F & 28F of Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988 which now enables candidate to provisionally register in the Foundation Course of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) after passing Class X examinations.”

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How to become CA after 10th – eligibility criteria

In order to make use of this facility, you must fulfil the following eligibility criteria to become CA after 10th:

  1. Students after passing Class 10th examination conducted by an examining body constituted by law in India or an examination recognised by the Central Government or the State Government as equivalent thereto, may provisionally register in Foundation Course of ICAI.
  2. Eligibility Criteria for appearing in Foundation Examination is as under:-
    1. (a) Student has to register with the Board of Studies of the Institute on or before 1st day of January or 1st day of July for the examination to be held in the months of May/June or November/December respectively. In other words, 4 months study period is required before appearing in Foundation Examination.
    2. (b) Student should have appeared in the Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination conducted by an examining body constituted by law in India or an examination recognised by the Central Government (or the State Government) as equivalent thereto (for the purpose of admission to graduation course)
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The most important points to note about the eligibility to register for CA after 10th standard are:

  1. You must have cleared your 10th standard exams and currently be a student of either 11th or 12th standard.
  2. If you wish to appear in the May/June exam session, you must register on or before January 1st of that year.
  3. If you wish to appear in the November/December exam session, you must register on or before July 1st of that year.
  4. Simply put, a student must have at least 4 months of preparation time between registering and appearing for the exam.
  5. The candidate must have appeared in their class 12th (10+2) examination.

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Other noteworthy points regarding how to become CA after 10th

  1. There is no change in the Syllabus and Registration Fee of the Foundation Course.
  2. For Registration in the program, visit https://eservices.icai.org/
  3. If you are a class 12th student and you register for the exam in May/June after writing your class 12th exams in March/April and you clear your CA Foundation exams but you fail to clear your class 12th exams then your CA registration will not be valid. Your provisional admission to Foundation course will be regularized only when you clear Class XII exams.

Summary and explanation

While this notification by the ICAI does answer to some extent the age old question of how to become CA after 10th, the fact is that it is mostly a provision to register early for the exam to save 6 months of your time.

You will be able to take the Foundation exams only after having appeared in your 12th standard exam and your registration will become normalized only after you clear your 12th standard exams.

This provision only allows you to register for the exam early on – in 11th standard itself – if you’re absolutely sure about your aim of becoming a CA. So, it offers you mental peace that you have taken the first step towards your dream career and it also lets you take the very first attempt after your 12th standard exams, thus saving almost 6 months of your time.

Keep in mind that this notification does not allow students to write any CA exams immediately after 10th. It only paves way for your future CA journey.

Read the official ICAI notification

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Here’s the official notification by ICAI.

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