CA/CMA/CS : Pursuing Multiple Courses Simultaneously

A student is permitted to take up any one or more of the three courses as is convenient to him/her.

Since all the three courses are related to the accounting profession itself, the subjects are all similar. The total academic syllabus to be studied contains a majority portion which is common to all the three courses.

Because of these similarities it would be possible for a student to take up the study of more than one course at the same time. Everything is dependent on the ability of the student and the academic support that he/she gets.Each course has its own area of specialization which is built over the common academic content.

One another factor that a student has to consider in deciding to do multiple courses is the expenditure that you he/she may have to incur. With systematic planning a candidate can attempt the three courses or at least two courses together along with their graduation/post graduation course in the formal stream.

Even the examination dates (which fall on the same dates of the year every year except under exceptional circumstances) would be convenient for the same. There would not be a clash of examination dates also. The only time there is a clash in exam dates is for CS and CWA/CMA in December.

A practical approach would be to attempt two courses together along with the formal graduation/post-graduation.

Same Subjects!!

Subject Course Level CA ICWA CS
Financial Accounting Fundamentals Foundation_CPT : 60 100 100
Business Mathematics and Statistics
Quantitative Techniques
Foundation_CPT : 50 100 50
Intermediate_ : 100
Economics Foundation_CPT : 50 50 100
Commerce and Business Fundamentals Foundation_ : 50
Business Communication Foundation_IPCC : 20 30 60
English Foundation_ : 40
Organisation and Management Foundation_ : 100 50
Information Technology and
Management Information Systems
Foundation_ : 50
Intermediate_IPCC : 100 100 50
Final : 100
Corporate Laws and Secretarial Practice Foundation_CPT : 25
Intermediate_IPCC : 60 40 200
Final : 100 300
General, Industrial
and Commercial Laws
Foundation_ : 25
Intermediate_IPCC : 40 30 200
Final : 100
Advanced Financial Accounting Intermediate_IPCC : 100 100 50
Final : 100
Corporate Communication Intermediate_ : 50
Cost and Management Accounting Intermediate_IPCC: 50 150 50
Final : 100 100
Direct Taxation Intermediate_IPCC : 50 50 60
Final : 100 40
Indirect Taxation Intermediate_IPCC : 50 50 40
Final : 100 60
Tax Management Final : 100
Auditing Intermediate_IPCC : 100 100
Final : 100 100 100
Financial Management
Financial Markets
International Trade
Intermediate_IPCC : 50 100
Final : 100 300 200
Operations Management Final : 50
Strategic Management and Marketing Final : 100
Human Resource Management Final : 100
Industrial Relations Final : 100


  1. The numbers against a course level indicate the marks for the subject in the examination at that course level.
  2. Each paper in the examination is for 100 marks. Therefore, where there is a mark of less than 100, the subject is a part of a paper which also includes another subject. Where the marks are more than 100, the subject is present in more than one paper at that level in the examination.

How Possible?

As you can see above, if you are studying a subject as a part of the preparation for an examination, it would be equivalent to preparing for all the examinations in which the paper is present. Only the examination orientation changes.

Prepare in a subject to the highest depth possible at a level and attempt all the exams that have the subject as a paper. It is as easy as that…If you can go through the past question papers you would be able to manage this easily

Need to study additional subjects

Since all the courses do not have the same syllabi a candidate preparing for an examination at a particular level may have to prepare in additional subjects (compared to a candidate studying only one course) for attempting all the examinations.

The additional subjects that a candidate studies as a part of the preparation for the other courses would be of use while he/she studies the subsequent course level. For example, the “Information Systems” paper in CS foundation is a part of the IT papers in both CA and CWA/ICWA at the higher levels.


It would be advantageous to do more than one course, provided a student is capable of coping up with the extra efforts one has to make as well as getting adopted to the needs of different examinations in the same subject at the same time.

Please do not take up more courses out of greed for achievement or hurry. If you start doing these courses with graduation, you have enough time to make a wonderful career. If you strongly feel that it would disturb your approach in any way, please refrain from doing multiple courses simultaneously.

For those who will and who can put efforts there is no reason why he/she should not.

There is a Restriction though!!!

Candidates taking up the professional accounting course of CA are allowed to pursue only one additional course in the related stream apart from CA while doing their articleship. Since articleship is pursued after completing the IPCC gr. 1, it is a restriction that would come up after 1 years after starting pursuit (even if the student gets through the CPT &IPCC  level in the first attempts). Candidates of CWA and CS courses have no such restrictions.

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