1. ICAI’s IPCC course examination: All you wanted to know

ICAI’s IPCC course examination: All you wanted to know

Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Course: This is the first stage of the chartered accountancy curriculum wherein only working knowledge of core and allied subjects to accountancy profession is covered, while at the Final course, advanced application knowledge of core and allied subjects to accountancy profession has been intended to be inculcated.

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Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Course: This is the first stage of the chartered accountancy curriculum wherein only working knowledge of core and allied subjects to accountancy profession is covered, while at the Final course, advanced application knowledge of core and allied subjects to accountancy profession has been intended to be inculcated. The unique feature of the entire theoretical education of the Chartered Accountancy curriculum is the supportive and complementary practical training. A student would undergo theoretical education and three years of practical training after compulsorily during the course of chartered accountancy. This balanced approach will help the students to appreciate the underlying practical applications of the theoretical education scheme.

In order to develop a strong theoretical base, students of Intermediate (IPC) Course, who have registered through CPT route or Intermediate level examination passed students of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, are required to undergo eight months study course before appearing for the first time in the Intermediate (IPC) Examination. Since proper understanding of the modern world necessitates knowledge of present day technology and skills, students are imparted 100 hours Information Technology Training (ITT) and have to undergo 35 hours Orientation Programme before joining for the practical training. It is to be noted that such students can join practical training practical training only after passing Group I/ Both Groups of Intermediate (IPC) course. Simply passing Group II of Intermediate (IPC) course is not sufficient.

Students who are Graduates/ Post Graduates in Commerce having secured in aggregate a minimum of 55% of the total or its equivalent by studying any three papers of 100 marks each out of Accounting, Auditing, Mercantile Laws, Corporate Laws, Economics, Management (including Financial Management), Taxation (including Direct Tax Laws and Indirect Tax Laws), Costing, Business Administration or Management Accounting or other than those falling under Commerce stream having secured in aggregate a minimum of 60% of the total marks or its equivalent grade in the examination conducted by any recognized University (including Open University) are eligible for straight away registration to Intermediate (IPC) course and undergo Orientation Course and ITT. They can register for practical training after completing Orientation Course and ITT and need not wait for clearing Intermediate (IPC) examination Group I/ Both Groups They are eligible to appear in the Intermediate (IPC) Examination after completion of nine months of practical training (including study course for a period of eight months which shall commence from the date of registration to the Course).

Students who are pursuing the Final year Graduation Course can also register for the Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Course on provisional basis and such students, registration would be regularised and they can commence articled training only on submission of satisfactory proof of having passed the Graduation examination with the specified percentage of marks within six months from the date of appearance in the final year graduation examination. During the provisional registration period, a student can undergo and complete Information Technology Training (ITT) and Orientation Course. If such student fails to produce the proof within the aforesaid period, his provisional registration shall stand cancelled and the registration and other fees, as the case may be, paid by him shall not be refunded/ adjusted and no credit shall be given for the theoretical education undergone.

Intermediate (IPC) Course registration is valid for 4 years and can be revalidated any number of times for further 4 years period by paying revalidation fee of Rs. 400/- or as decided by the Council from time to time – details are available on the link: http://220.227.161.86/29106validity-registration-CAcourse.pdf .

Highlights

Improved knowledge of accountancy linked to accounting standards to build strong foundation for developing knowledge of Financial Reporting at the Final stage;

Inculcating ethical values through a module of Business Ethics;

Updated knowledge of business communication through modules of developing soft skills, leadership style, group dynamics and developing knowledge of business meetings and legal documents;

Building knowledge of business strategies, business environment and corporate governance;

Introducing Service Tax and VAT as special module with the purpose of strengthening knowledge of indirect tax;

Upgraded module of Information Technology linked to the 100 Hours Information Technology Training and Advanced course on Information Technology Training;

Upgraded modules of Audit and Assurance, Cost Accounting and Financial Management;

Imparting basic knowledge of e-filing under the company law leading to development of advanced knowledge of e-governance at the final stage.

The subjects of Intermediate (IPC) Course are classified into two groups which a student can study and appear in the examination group-wise or both the groups together.

Subjects covered in Intermediate (IPC) Course

Group I

Paper 1: Accounting (100 Marks)

Paper 2: Business Laws, Ethics and Communication (100 Marks)

Part I: Business Laws (60 Marks) comprising

Business Laws (30 Marks)

Company Law (30 Marks)

Part II: Ethics (20 Marks)

Part III: Communication (20 Marks)

Paper 3: Cost Accounting and Financial Management

Part I: Cost Accounting (50 Marks)

Part II: Financial Management (50 Marks)

Paper 4: Taxation

Part I: Income-tax (50 Marks)

Part II: Service Tax (25 Marks) and

VAT (25 marks)

Group II

Paper 5: Advanced Accounting (100 Marks)

Paper 6: Auditing and Assurance (100 Marks)

Paper 7: Information Technology and Strategic Management

Section A: Information Technology (50 Marks)

Section B: Strategic Management (50 Marks)

Source: ICAI

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