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 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.

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.

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  1. PUSHPA Raj Vaishya says:

    I’ve completed M.Com account I’m interested in icwa

  2. Hritvik roy chaudhary says:

    I have cleared ca if i want to apply for ICWA course,for which stage will be i eligible?

  3. Tanya verma says:

    I m just passed b. Com1st year what should i do after this

  4. Bharti Sharma says:

    I want to know that in the couse of ICWA learn tally..or not????

  5. Rejuan azam fakir says:

    I completed…so can i go for CMA course,plz tell me

  6. Sagar phirangi says:

    I HaD finished my bcom wheather it is the right time to ICWA

  7. panneer selvam says:

    I completed Bcom(CA) now im worked in accounts department of private company.i need this feature and career crowing from this ICWA cource details…and then i thinking about complete the Mcom(CA) then complete ICWA cource is better my career!!!

  8. Akash nayak says:

    Information about which
    Field of working in icwa course

  9. M.keerthivasan says:

    I’ve completed 12 th I’m interest in CMA

  10. M.keerthivasan says:

    I’ve completed 12 th I’m interested in ICWA

  11. Madhu says:

    I am doing b.comca is there any possibility to do icwa

  12. Manasi says:

    I just completed my bcom, now can i go for the icwa..?? I dont have an any experiance. So for me it is usefull or not..??

  13. khushi says:

    I am still not sure about my knowledge for this course.. Also, doing it from India will make me applicable for foreign job as cost accountant ??? Please answer

  14. Abeer chatterjee says:

    Dear sir,
    I have just passed my ICMAI Intermediate Exam in December 2017 . My question to you sir, after completing my final exam how will student get a job since there is no practical knowledge only theoretical. And everything is on software so after passing CMA final exam as a fresher how will I get a job. I just want a suggestion from you.


    Abeer Chatterjee.

  15. Rishabh Bindra says:

    I wanted to know about the qualificatins like graduation courses and other requirements to persue icwa(cma).
    I also want to know what kind of jobs can we get after the copletion of course

  16. gnaneswari.r says:

    i m working as junior accounts officer in bsnl
    can i do icwa
    in what ways it will be useful for me

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