Friday, 3 July 2015

Can a Science Student Become a CA?

I know a few CA's who have done their graduate degree in one of the sciences like Physics and Chemistry, but later decided to pursue Chartered Accountancy and are doing quite well.

It wouldn't be too difficult for a student who has studied science in school or college to start with and complete CA. The primary reason is that the CA curriculum is divided into 3 main stages viz. CPT, IPC and Final.

The CPT stage tests students on the very basics of accountancy, math, economics and law. There is no reason why a science student cannot understand these subjects. Economics and Law are theoretical subjects in the CPT, and Math is a favorite of students from the sciences. The only subject which may require a science student to devote more time would be Accountancy, which again covers only preliminary topics of 11th and 12th grade. So every CA student is first tested on the basics and your background does not matter.

The IPC stage tests every student, including those who have studied commerce in school, on various new subjects such as Taxation, Financial Management, Audit and Cost Accounting. Those who have studied these subjects in their graduate courses may have a stronger base to understand them, but these days, most students join CA right after school. So a science student will be at par with most others after having brushed up on a few basic topics of accountancy.

I would also like to congratulate you on your wise idea of considering a career in the Chartered Accountancy profession. Just have faith in yourself. Don't listen to anyone who says that you cannot do it. Wish you the very best in life :)

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