Career In ICWA & Cost Accounting

If you are interested to become a Cost Management Accountant…. then ICWA will be one of the best course for you as per your interest.

The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) formerly known as ICWAI (Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India) is a premier institution of India which offers education and develops the profession of Cost Accountancy in the country.

“ICWA course is a gateway to become a cost management accountant.”

At present ICWA course has been renamed to CMA which stands for Cost Management Accounting. This course provides you an in-depth knowledge to manage business within the available resources. As a cost accountant, you have to collect and analyze the financial information from all the areas of a company.

This course comprises of three stages, i.e. CMA Foundation, CMA Intermediate and CMA Final. You can pursue this course through correspondence or through online from an accredited university.

career in cost accounting

Difference between CA & ICWA:

  • ICWA degree provides the knowledge on how to manage finance competently and CA degree gives you the knowledge of taxation, auditing, and accounting.
  • You can apply for CA course after passing 12th while for the ICWA foundation course you have to pass a 10th or equivalent exam from any recognized board.
  • CAs are involved in the core accounting work of a company while Cost Accountants are involved in the costing part of a financial transaction.
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Skills Required for a Cost Accountant:

  • You should be able to manage cost accounting procedures & methods.
  • You must have a good knowledge of standard concepts, procedures, and practices in the related field.
  • You should be able to perform several tasks and must have good presentation skills.

Eligibility and Duration

What is the eligibility to pursue ICWA & Cost Accounting courses?

The ICWA course has been divided into three stages which are Foundation, Intermediate, and Final. The detailed information about these stages are mentioned below:

Course Duration:

ICWA Foundation: Minimum 8 months duration.

ICWA Intermediate: Minimum 10 month duration.

ICWA Final: Minimum 18 months duration.

Course Eligibility:

ICWA Foundation: To apply for this course, students must have passed 10th or equivalent from any recognized institution or board. Candidates who have passed or appearing in 12th are also eligible to apply. Candidates must have completed the age of 17 years.

ICWA Intermediate: Students must have passed the Senior Secondary School Examination (10+2) and Foundation Course/ Graduation in any discipline other than fine arts.

ICWA Final: You can apply for this course after qualifying the ICWA Intermediate course from the institution.

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How to apply for admission in these courses?

Admissions will be based on ICWAI entrance examination organized by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) i.e. Foundation, Intermediate, and Final exam. These examinations are conducted two times in a year, i.e. June and December.

Students who are seeking for applying for the entrance examinations in December month are needed to apply latest by 30th June of the similar year. Those students want to apply for exams in June month are needed to apply by 31st December of the previous year.

ICWA Registration Fee:

  • ICWA Foundation Course – Rs. 4000/-
  • ICWA Intermediate Course – Rs. 20000/-
  • ICWA Final Course – Rs. 17000/-

Are there any good colleges to pursue ICWA & Cost Accounting courses in India?

Some good colleges to pursue ICWA & Cost Accounting courses are listed below:

  • The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI), Bangalore
  • Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
  • Bharathy Educational Centre, Namakkal
  • GC Rao Academy, Bangalore
  • Knowledge Academy of Research and Education (KARE), Palarivattom

Career Scope

“There are plenty of employment opportunities are available for the ICWA qualified people. Once you have completed the ICWA course, you can start up your career as a Cost Accountant”.

ICWA degree holders are highly demanded in the government sector, private enterprises, development agencies, banking & finance sector, education and training sectors. With the advancement of the economy, demands for cost and management professionals are rising rapidly.

The course is pursued by students who aim to become a cost management accountant. The institute helps in developing the professional qualifications in its candidates and offers them the education required to excel as a cost management accountant world-wide.

The ICWA foundation stage is the first and foremost stage of the course. In this foundation stage, students are introduced to basics of cost management tactics and whereabouts regarding the financial industry.

Duties of a Cost Management Accountant:

  • Plan, study and collect data to determine the costs of business activities.
  • Analyze financial information and prepare reports accordingly.
  • To work with computer technology related to accounting.
  • To give advice to managerial staff about revenues and costs.
  • Implement cost accounting strategies to increase a company business.
  • To maintain cost accounting system.

Some popular areas where you can find jobs are consultancy firms, developmental agencies, departments of company affairs, training & research organizations, service industry, stock exchanges, public utility sector and other regulatory bodies.

Job Titles:

  • Finance Director
  • Managing Director
  • Associate Professor
  • Accountant
  • Cost Controller
  • Chief Auditor
  • Cost Accountant
  • Chief Accountant
  • Chief Internal Auditor
  • Financial Consultant
  • Managing Director
  • Financial Controller

Some Recruiters are:

  • Micro Inks Limited
  • Inext Infotech Services
  • Zexus Air Services Pvt Ltd
  • Government and Private Institutions
  • ALTRET Industries Pvt. Ltd.


“This is a field which provides satisfaction in terms of position as well as salary for successful candidates.”

In India, you can expect a starting salary between Rs.3 to 4 lacs per annum. Your salaries will also depend upon your working job profile, sector and experience in this field.

In abroad (USA), the average salary of a Cost Accountant is around $53k per annum.

“With good qualifications and experience, the pay packages offered to Cost Accountant are beyond the limits”.

Books & Study Materials

Presently, the market is full with a number of books & study materials of ICWA & cost accounting. Here we are listing some best books for the ICWA courses:

Accounts study Material, Law and audit by N.D kapoor

Students Guide to Accounting Standards (CA/ ICWA Final Examination) by D. S. Rawat

Scanner ICWA Stage I by Dr. Arun Kumar

  • Cost Accounting Text and Problems for CS/ICWA Examinations by N. K. Agarwal
  • Direct Tax by Girish Ahuja
  • Cost and Management Accounting (for All India) by S.P. Jain & K.L. Narang
  • Essentials of Cost and Management Accounting (for ICWA Inter, Stage 1) by V.K. Saxena & C.D. Vashist
  • Advanced Cost and Management Accounting – Problems and Solutions by V.K.Saxena & C.D.Vashist
  • Modern Cost and Management Accounting by M Hanif
  • Advanced Management Accounting (Cost Management and Operations Research) by Dr. J.B. Gupta

If you have any other queries regarding Cost and Work Accountancy (ICWA), you can leave your queries below.

Displaying 23 Comments
  1. Mukesh Jha says:

    Why you are spreading wrong information? Only ICWA has right to provide CMA Certification. For correct information Plss visit institute web site. Everything is on the ICMAI Web site.

  2. Krishna parmar says:

    Hallo sir icwa cours mandsaur me kha se karena hai . Or ise konse college se karna chiye mp me kha hai college hai Sir ji ?

  3. Vandna JOSHI says:

    Is there any artical ship to reach final stage?

  4. Ahana baid says:

    I m a Govt employee I want to do the course of ICWA and I have completed M. Com in 2014 entance is required or not

  5. Abhishek Jain says:

    I had cleared Intermediate course of ICWA. But I could not apply for final examination due to some personal reasons. Can I now apply for the finals.

  6. MS says:

    ICWA के लिए ऑनलाइन या मैनुअल में आवेदन कैसे करें… ..प्लस का सुझाव है

  7. Syed says:

    Which clg is best for ICWA

  8. Sakshi singh says:

    I am currently in class 12 i want to do cma with bcom hons so is it possible that any university or college provide both bcom hons and cma together at a same time

  9. Anjali Khatri says:

    I will do cs bt now I want to do cma so wht should i do for doing cma wht qualifications required & how i register for it??

  10. Md saifuddine says:

    Hi i am pursuing my bcom 1years can i join for icwa course now plz reply i am interested and can i study icwa course along with my graduation plz reply help needed

  11. Pruthvi maidasu says:

    Sir i have completed my degree with and I want to do CMA which is the best Institute & how can I contact them please give guidance sir

  12. Kannu says:

    I have completed CWA in the year 2009 but after that I am doing job in accounts now what are the prospectus as ICWA

  13. Vikrant Mistry says:

    Dear sir madam
    I am completed my diploma in mechanical engineer in 2016 and also I am study 11th & 12 commerce field line in 2008.

    Now I wont to study about costing accounting cores is that possible after completing diploma then join this force for further study

  14. GOKUL says:

    is icwa a regular course( studying at college mandatory) or a exam which we can clear by preparing from home and attend the exam .

  15. Ansari Waseem says:

    I have completed Masters in commerce then Can i take direct addmission in intermediat of the CMA.
    Please reply as soon as possible

  16. Ansari Waseem says:

    I have completed Masters in commerce then Can i take direct addmission in interimmidiat of the CMA.
    Please reply as soon as possible

  17. Pragati says:

    Can you tell me how can I apply for cma.. Also share the link to contact any icwa institute in UP..

  18. Rajesh Kumar Anand says:

    I cleared inter in 1996 can I go for final now

  19. Upasna Date says:

    Kindly give the addresses of the Installation of ICWA course in Nagpur Maharashtra

  20. arshad shaikh says:

    Max how much salary is given to icwa

  21. arshad shaikh says:

    Max how much salary is given to employe

  22. Durgesh says:

    I have passed 10th on 2006
    And i want to do this course
    Sir inform me may i apply for same course

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