CPA - US Course in India


A Certified Public Accountant is the highest standard of competence in the field of accountancy by AICPA, which is the world's largest accounting body. The US CPA education deals with knowledge of US GAAP, GAAS and US Federal Taxation & Business Laws. This gives a great advantage to a CPA when working with a US based financial firms or Indian firms working for US clients.

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Why CPA - US?

  • CPA US gives you a global passport in the world of Accounting & Finance.

  • Opportunity with Big4 & MNC's across India & Globally.

  • CPA's engage in a wide range of jobs like Audits, Tax, Finance, Reporting etc.

  • Starting salary package is expected to be 6 lacs per annum.

  • Mutual recognition with global accounting bodies helping in direct membership.

CPA - US VS CA India

The table below gives you a brief of the differences between CPA-US, CA courses.

Content CPA CA
Area Of Focus US GAAP, Regulations, Audit & Financial Management IndAS, Financial Management, Auditing & Indian Tax Laws
Terms 18 Months Minimum 5 Years
Level / Papers 4 Papers 20 Papers
Average Investment 4,50,000 2,00,000
Average Expected CTC 7,30,000 6,50,000

CPA Course Details - Content & Syllabus

Part 1 Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) - US GAAP
Part 2 Auditing & Attestation (AUD) - US Auditing Standards
Part 3 Regulation (REG) - US Taxation & Law
Part 4 Business Environment & Concepts (BEC) - Business & Finance
  • Duration of exam will be 4 hours each

  • 50% MCQs & 50% Simulations/Written.

  • Students can appear for the exams in India, Middle East & US, throughout the year.

CPA Course Eligibility

  • In order to appear for the Certified Public Accountant Examination, the candidate has to be at least a Graduate, preferably from commerce stream.

  • There are states who accept B.Com graduates with CA from ICAI as well. However, the eligibility criteria varies from state to state, you may get in touch with us for further details.

    • CPA exams - 120 credits
    • CPA License - 150 credits

? As a general rule each year of college education gives 30 credits, so a 3 year Graduation give 90 credits

Why CPA US with FPA ?
  • FPA has a decade plus of expertise in providing Banking & Financial Services related trainings having trained 6,00,000+ professionals across 58 countries
  • All trainers are CPA US or CA certified professionals
  • Comprehensive support until CPA US exams are cleared
  • 100% Job placement assistance & support in obtaining CPA US license
  • Online live, pre-recorded & face-to-face classes available where faculties focus on conceptual clarity
  • Study material used for CPA US are all constantly updated as per sylabbus

Frequently Asked Questions

A Certified Public Accountant is the highest standard of competence in the field of accountancy by AICPA which is the world's largest accounting body. The US CPA education deals with knowledge of US GAAP, IFRS, GAAS and US Federal Taxation & Business Laws. This gives a great advantage to a CPA when working with a US based financial firms or Indian firms working for US clients.

The basic eligibility requirement for US CPA is that they require 120 accounting credits in the academics to sit for the exam. In India, it is equivalent to a 16-year education, for example, B.com + M.com, B.com + CA, B.com + MBA, or any post-graduation is required after your graduation. 150 credits required for obtaining a CPA license from the state.

Each State in the U.S. has a "State Board of Accountancy" that is responsible for licensing Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) who practice in that state. Each board issues rules that govern what a person must do in order to become eligible to take the Uniform CPA exam. As such, most State Boards require an individual to have 120 US semester hours credit to be eligible for the exam.

Generally, most Indian B.Com graduates are eligible to take the CPA exam. Every year of university education in India is equivalent to 30 semester credits of US Education, totalling to 90 credits at the end of 3 years. If B.Com is completed in 1st division from a NAAC 'A' university, the 3 year B.Com would be treated as 4 years of US education, i.e., 120 credits for B.Com alone. Having a 2-year Masters degree (e.g., M.Com, MBA) contributes to 60 education credits. Further, professional qualifications like CA/CS/CWA are recognized by few States as 2 years of US education.

In Order to clear CPA - US one has to clear 4 examinations

CPA - US has a total of 4 examinations. Passing criteria for each examination is 75%.

Yes and no. All CPAs are accountants, but not all accountants are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). The principal differences between accountants and CPAs are education, experience, and opportunity. Becoming a CPA is a challenging goal, but one very much within your reach.

In order to become a CPA, there are education and experience requirements you'll need to fulfill, and a Uniform CPA Exam that you must pass. Receiving your CPA certification distinguishes you from other business professionals – the benefits are increased trust, opportunity, and financial reward.

India has in total of 8 Prometric / Exam centres in india & they are as follows

  • Hyderabad
  • Ahmedabad
  • Mumbai
  • Dehli
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Kolkata
  • Trivandrum

To take a test in India, you must be or become an eligible CPA exam candidate with citizenship or a long-term resident of the following countries:

  • India
  • Bhutan
  • Bangladesh
  • Myanmar
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • United States

Given the case that you have already paid for the international administration process for another international test region and wish to switch to India, you are required to send an email to iexam@nasba.org with the following information:

  • Name

  • Jurisdiction

  • Jurisdiction ID

  • Exam Section

  • Exam Section ID

  • Current International Testing Country

  • New International Testing Country

Your score for each section of the CPA Exam is reported on a scale that ranges from 0 to 99. To pass a section, you must score a minimum of 75. Your total reported score does not represent a percentage correct, nor can you interpret it as such. Scores are not curved.

Your total score in the AUD, FAR, and REG sections is a weighted combination of scaled scores from multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and task-based simulations (TBSs).

For the BEC section, your total score is a weighted combination of the scaled scores from the MCQs, TBSs, and written communication tasks.

Candidates can appear for CPA US examination anytime of the year. They can take any or all sections of the examination during any testing window and in any order. The passing grade for each section - 75%.

Once you pass a section(s) of the examination, you are allowed a maximum of 18 months to pass all remaining sections in order to retain the credit on the passed section(s).

While every state/jurisdiction has its own unique requirements for obtaining a CPA license, they all require that a candidate pass the CPA Exam, and you have 18 months to finish all four parts of the CPA Exam (clock begins ticking after you pass your first section), so be mindful of scheduling and studying.

After successfully passing all four sections of the CPA Exam, the next step is to complete the other requirements for obtaining a CPA license in the state in which you plan to ultimately practice as a CPA.

In India, the salary of a US CPA entry-level is around ? 6 LPA. According to Indeed, the US CPA salary in India is ? 9.25 LPA. US CPA salary in big 4 in India is in the range of ? 12.5 LPA – ? 20.4 LPA.

The CPA exam requirements vary by state jurisdiction. Every state board of accountancy has a different set of requirements, but most states have a core set of qualifications for a candidate to be eligible for the CPA exam. Below are the requirements to obtain a CPA license.

  • Pass the 4 CPA exams

  • In general, many states ask for 150 credit hours in some specific courses from a university or an accredited institute under NASBA.

  • Pass the Ethics exam. It is Online on-demand exam.

  • Need minimum 1 year of work experience in taxation, auditing, accounting and management consultancy.