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Cost & Management Accountants - Study and Training
The Institute of Cost and Work Accountants is the only recognised statutory professional organisation and licensing body in India specialising exclusively in Cost and Management Accountancy. Cost and Work Accountancy can be studied after +2 or after graduation with the institute.
The study goes through 3 stages - Foundation course, Intermediate course and the final course. Students must pass the exam of each stage to move on to the next. Graduates and some specified categories get exemption from the Foundation course.
ICWA foundation course
Admission to the foundation Course is open to students who have passed the Senior Secondary School exam under 10+2 scheme or the national Diploma in Commerce examination of the All India Council of Technical education or any State Board of Technical education under the authority of All India Council or Diploma in Rural Service examination conducted by the National Council of Higher Education. Age - 17 years.
Foundation course examination was held in June 1994 for the first time. Students on completion of the prescribed syllabus can take the examination. The completion of the foundation course entitles the student to register himself for the ICWA programme.
Direct admission after graduation
Eligibility- The following categories are exempted from the foundation course:
- Passed foundation course
- Honours Graduates
Post Graduates or MBA's (IIM)
Engineering Graduates of a university or any of the Indian Institute of Technology or the Indian Institute of Science
hose who have passed the final examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or England and Wales, or Scotland or Ireland or the Final examination of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India
- Section ‘A' and ‘B' Examination of the Institute of Engineers
- Subordinate Accounts Service Examination conducted by the Central/State Governments organisations
- Part I and II of Banking examination.
Age 18 years
It is obligatory on part of the students to undergo and complete a course of tuition either through postal or oral teaching to take the Intermediate or Final exam. The postal coaching is conducted by the Coaching Directorate through its regional councils . Oral coaching is given at recognised centres and students may choose the centre for such tuition.
The normal period allowed for completion of postal tuition for Intermediate or Final examination is 18 months under the new syllabus. Students may be eligible for coaching completion certificate in 12 months for Intermediate or Final as a whole or 6 months for one group in Intermediate or Final. A minimum time gap of 6 months per group is required. For students who are graduates/ postgraduates the postal coaching is slightly modified. Oral coaching is also organized for those opting for this pattern of study. This is conducted in the Semester pattern.
Students enrolled from December to June can take the exam in December. While those appearing for the June exam must complete their enrollment from June to December.
The new syllabus focuses on knowledge of Management, Strategy, Financial Reporting & Regulatory Functions.
Foundation Course- Organisation& Management Fundamentals, Accounting, Economics, & Business Fundamentals, Business Maths & Statistic Fundamentals
Intermediate Course- Group 1- Financial Accounting & Commercial & Industrial Laws & Auditing, Applied Direct Taxation
Group 11- Cost & Management Accounting, Operation Mgmt & Information Systems, Applied Direct Taxation
Final Course Group 111- Capital Market Analysis & Corporate Laws, Financial Mgmt& International Finance, Management Accounting- Strategic Mgmt, Indirect & Direct Tax Mgmt.
Group 1V- Mgmt Accounting- Enterprise Performance Mgmt, Advanced Financial Accounting & Reporting, Cost Audit & Operational Audit, Business Valuation Management
Associateship of the Institute of Cost and Work Accountants
Students completing the Intermediate and Final exams of the Institute can apply for the associateship after they have 3 years of practical experience. This experience must cover different branches of costing or industrial accounting. The practical training can be done after the final exams or along with the study.
Registration - Rs 500/-
Postal Coaching ( compulsory) Rs 3,500/-
Oral coaching - Rs 3500)
Postal Coaching both groups - (Rs 7000)
Oral Coaching both groups- Rs 11,000
Postal Coaching both groups Rs 9000
Oral Coaching both groups Rs 14000/-
Addresses of the Institute and its Regional Chapters
Assam, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Eastern Indian Regional Council
Orissa, Tripura, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, of ICWAI, 84, Maish Mukherjee Road
Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Island Calcutta 700025 www.eicicwai.com
Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Northern Indian Regional Council
Punjab, Rajasthan , Uttarnchal, Uttar Pradesh of the ICWAI, ICWAI Bhavan
Union territories of Chandigarh and Delhi 3, Institutional Area, Lodi Road
New Delhi 100003
Gujarat, MP, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman, Diu and Western India Regional Council of
Dadra and Nagar Haveli the ICWAI, Rohit Chamber (4th flr)
Janambhoomi Marg, Fort,
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Southern Indian
Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Regional Council of ICWAI
Pondicherry & Lakshwadeep 65, Montieth Lane, Egmore,
There are 96 chapters located located across the country.
Exclusively for ICWAI Students
Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068
B. Com with majors in Financial and Cost Accounting( B.Com F& CA) This program incorporates all courses of Foundation & Intermediate Course of ICWAI. Students can study for B. Com along with ICWAI. Students get exemption from all those courses in B. Com (F & CA)on completing ICWAI intermediate
Eligibility 10+2 and registration in ICWAI Foundation course Duration- 3 years and maximum6 years . Course is in Hindi & English.
M. Com in Management Accounting & Financing Strategies . Thsi consists of ICWAI Final courses On completion the students are exempted from all subjects covered in ICWAI final.
Eligibility- Graduates with ICWAI Intermediate course. Duration 2 years and maximum 5 years.
Note- Some universities offer cost and works accounts courses. Refer to article Financial Managers -Study and Training.