ICAI CAT: Application, Syllabus, Fees, Exam, Eligibility & Jobs

Have you passed 10th standard? Do you want to pursue a short-term accounting course? If yes, this post will be of help to you. Here, we will have an in-depth analysis of Certificate in Accounting Technicians course.

Certificate in Accounting Technicians

It is a job-oriented training program. This skill development program is ideal for students who want to pursue a short-term training program. Also check – Best commerce courses after 10+2.


Students who are studying in 11th grade (after completing 10th grade) are eligible to pursue this course. Candidates studying in first academic year of Bachelor’s Degree course too are eligible to apply for admission.

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It is a certification program. This training program will help you get entry level jobs in accounting sector. Also check – Life insurance agent course.


In this post, you will find all the important details that you need to know about Certificate in Accounting Technicians course. Duration, eligibility, training centers, scope, fees – I’ve covered all the important details in this post. Also check – How to become a CA in India.


What is Certificate in Accounting Technicians course all about? What’s it like to become an accountant? Will I get a good job after completing this course? You will find answers to these questions in the next section. Let us start –


Certificate in Accounting Technicians: Basic Details

As the name suggests, this training program deals with the trade of accounting. Accounting trade falls under finance sector.


Finance market is doing pretty well in India. This sector is known to generate ample amount of job opportunities. If you have the right set of skills, this sector will help you build a decent career in it.


Finance market consists of markets, trade, banks, financial institutions/organizations, services etc. Accounting forms an integral part of finance market/sector.


Accounting involves aspects such as –

  • Maintaining books of accounts
  • Preparation of trading accounts
  • Preparation of payment accounts
  • Preparation of receipts
  • Preparation of balance sheet
  • Relevant formulae
  • Filing tax returns
  • Relevant computer software
  • And more…


Certificate in Accounting Technicians course will train you in the above mentioned areas. Skilled accountants are in huge demand these days. They are hired by the likes of banks, financial institutes, MNCs, offices, shops etc.


In order to thrive in this field, you must be good at mathematics. You must be comfortable while playing around with numbers!


Modern day accountants use computer software for maintaining books of accounts, preparing balance sheet, preparing receipts etc. So, computer application skills also play an important role in this trade.


This training program is offered by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. Evaluation of candidates is carried out by ICAI. On training completion, the certificate is also offered by ICAI.


ICAI has introduced this course keeping the needs of 10th pass, 11th, 12th grade students in mind. Even Bachelor’s Degree students may pursue this course!


The training program is popularly known as CAT. CAT program consists of three main stages –

  1. Foundation course (Entry level) part 1
  2. Competency Level part 2
  3. Internship


Come, let us take a closer look at the course details. In the next section, you will find details such as – duration, eligibility, training centers etc.


Certified Accounting Technician Course Details


Type of course

It is a certification program.



It is a short-term program. The training consists of different stages and levels. Duration of each stage has been provided below –

  • Foundation course (Entry level) part 1 – 200 hours of coaching and self-assessment (online and offline)
  • Competency level part 2 – 100 hours of computer training, training on filing returns, cost sheet preparation and self-assessment (online and offline)
  • Orientation program – 5 days
  • Internship – 45 days


Eligibility Criteria

Students who have passed 10th class may enroll for this program and continue 11th and 12th standard schooling while pursuing this training program. Candidates who have passed 12th class are also eligible to enroll for this program.


ICAI CAT Syllabus

Here are some of the important subjects present in the curriculum –


Foundation course (Entry level) part 1

  • Fundamentals of financial accounting
  • Applied business and industrial laws
  • Financial accounting
  • Statutory compliance


Competency Level part 2

  • Fundamentals of computers
  • Filing of statutory returns
  • Costing principles and preparation of costing statements
  • Orientation program


Study note for CAT program will be provided by the ICAI. No additional amount will be charged for it. Oral coaching can be obtained at regional councils/chapters/recognized oral coaching centers of ICAI present across India.


ICAI CAT Admission and Registration

Admission form and prospectus is available at Head Quarter, Regional Offices, Chapters and Recognized Oral Coaching Centers of ICAI present across India. Interested candidates have to fill up the application form and submit it along with identity card (present in the prospectus) to the coaching center from where he/she wants to obtain oral coaching. When the registration process is completed, candidates will obtain identity card and registration number.



ICAI charges 9800 INR for this training course. Other notable expenses include – exam fees (730 INR) and orientation program fees (500 INR).



CAT examination is conducted twice in a year by the ICAI. Online examination is conducted to evaluate applicants who have applied for foundation course. Similarly, online assessment test is carried out to evaluate competency level part 2 candidates.


Accounting Technician scope & jobs

After completing this course, you will be able to find work financial institutions, MNCs, offices etc. You may also choose the path of self-employment.

Arun Kallarackal
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