The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants popularly know as ACCA is a globally recognised course with over 200,000 members and 600,000 students across 180+ countries. The ACCA qualification is considered the largest professional accounting qualification in the world.
ACCA is one of the most prestigious certifications in accounting and is preferred by many students who want to build a successful career abroad.
In India, ACCA is said to be equivalent to CA and ACCA professionals are hired at the same salary in most companies such as PwC, KPMG, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, and BDO.
ACCA Eligibility Criteria
- ACCA Course Eligibility: To be eligible to register for ACCA qualification, students should have qualified their 10+2 examinations with an aggregate of 65% in Mathematics / Accounts and English, and a minimum of 50% in other subjects.
- Students who have just cleared their class 10 examinations, or do not qualify as per the aforementioned criteria, can still register for the ACCA qualification via Foundation in Accountancy (FIA) route.
ACCA Course Exemptions
ACCA offers exemptions to Commerce Graduates, Post Graduate (M.Com) Inter CA Students and CA Qualified. Students who have just cleared their class 12 examinations, do not qualify as per the aforementioned criteria, but are still qualified to register for the ACCA Exam via Foundation in Accountancy (FIA) route.
|Qualifications||Number of exams to give
|Completion of Class 12th||13 papers*||NIL|
|Commerce Graduate||9 papers||BT, MA, FA, LW|
|MCom Post Graduate||9 papers||BT, MA, FA, LW|
|CA IPCC (Both Groups)||8 papers**||BT, MA, FA, TX, AA|
|CA||4 papers**||BT-FM (9 subjects)|
*The applicant should have passed 5 subjects including English and Mathematics / Accounts, with 65% in at least 2 subjects and over 50% for the rest.
**A CA Final candidate is eligible to attain additional exemptions if they’ve scored 40 and above marks in their examination for relevant subjects.
You can also check Our Video on ACCA Exemptions
ACCA as a course covers aspects of Chartered Accountancy such as Accounting, Financial Reporting, Auditing, Taxation, Business Finance and Financial Management.
This programme has a total of 13 examinations that a candidate must appear for. The 13 exams are split into 3 levels – Knowledge, Skill and Professional.
The Knowledge Level exams are on-demand exams that can be appeared at any time in the 365 days of the year. The Skill and Professional Level exams are conducted every March, June, September and December.
While before 2021, the Professional level exams were paper-based, all 3 levels of the ACCA exams are now computer-based (CBE).
Fundamental (9 papers in total)
- Accountant in Business (AB)
- Management Accounting (MA)
- Financial Accounting (FA)
- Corporate and Business Law (LW)
- Performance Management (PM)
- Taxation (TX)
- Financial Reporting (FR)
- Audit and Assurance (AA)
- Financial Management (FM)
- Strategic Business Reporting (SBR)
- Strategic Business Leader (SBL)
Optional (2 of 4)
- Advanced Financial Management (AFM)
- Advanced Performance Management (APM)
- Advanced Taxation (ATX)
- Advanced Audit and Assurance (AAA)
Ethics and Professional Skills Module
This module helps you gain professional and ethical skills required in real-time work situations.
To become an ACCA Affiliate member, students are required to complete 36 months of work experience and achieve about nine performance objectives. This experience documentation should be signed by a supervisor.
Scope of ACCA in India
The Scope of ACCA in India has been increasing tremendously over the last few years. Candidates who’ve successfully completed their ACCA and gained professional skills are hired by the best of companies such as PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, Grant Thornton, and BDO.
They are hired in various profiles such as Accounting Advisory, Risk Advisory, Statutory Audit, Internal Audit, Forensic Auditing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuations, and more. The ACCA salary (₹5 to 8 lacs) is the same as CAs, just with the same profile.
We at Zell Education, have placed hundreds of students in various companies across India, in Mumbai and Delhi and Pune. Simultaneously, we are in contact with thousands of ACCAs across India placed in prestigious corporations in all departments.
Scope of ACCA overseas
ACCAs are hired across the world in 180+ countries. For students studying in India, the most popular countries are the UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Dubai. ACCAs have signing authority in the majority of these countries.
CA vs ACCA
Several students have asked us questions regarding the differences between CA and ACCA. Here are some of the factors to consider before you choose one between the two.
Difference between CA & ACCA
|Signing authority in India||Yes||No|
|Signing authority overseas||No||Yes|
|Recognition in India & overseas||India||India & Overseas|
|Time taken for full course||5 years||2.5 years|
|Exam pattern||Group system||One paper at a time|
|Frequency of attempts||6 monthly||3 monthly|
|Salary packages||₹5 – 8 lacs p.a.||₹5 – 8 lacs p.a.|
|Companies hiring||All companies||Big 4, MNCs|
|Countries recognised||India||180+ countries|
Fees paid to the ACCA body:
Exam fees: £108 to £140
Registration fees: £30
Subscription fees: £111
Study Material: ₹2,500 to ₹3,000
The training fees include the training for the ACCA examinations, tests & mock exams, 100% placement assistance, registration assistance, and most importantly – exclusive ACCA faculties. This depends on the Level you are appearing for.
ACCA Exemptions Waivers With Zell :
Due to Zell’s Platinum ALP status, you are entitled to exemption waivers of:
The ACCA qualification is recognised in over 180 countries including Canada, Singapore, and Australia. If you’ve made the decision to become a global CA and are contemplating your next move, we can help you take a step forward. Check out our Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) course to learn more.
What is the eligibility criteria for ACCA?
To qualify for ACCA course, you should be of 18 years of age and should have completed your 10+2 with 65% average score in Math and 50% average in English.
How many exemptions can one get for ACCA exams?
As per the official website of ACCA global, a maximum of nine Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams of the ACCA Qualification can be awarded. However, there are no exemptions awarded for the Strategic Professional Exams
Are ACCA exemptions free?
The ACCA global website states that if you’ve completed your AAT Level 4, you are eligible to get exemptions from papers under Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills with no additional cost.