In CA (Chartered Accountancy) profession, there is a compulsory 3 years articled training for those students who have either Passed Group-I or both Groups of the Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Course i.e. CA IPC (erstwhile IPCC/PCC/PE-II) or have been admitted under the Direct Entry Scheme for Intermediate (IPC) Course, and are eligible for undergoing articled training for selection as articled assistants in the CA Firms.
Thus, this practical training, an integral part of chartered accountancy curriculum, is required to acquire on-the-job work experience of a professional nature in which a student gets exposure to professional activities.
Update [15-Sept-2017]: Pursuant to the amendment in CA Regulations, 1988, a candidate who has passed either or both the Groups of Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Examination can commence their Practical Training.
In other words, now students of Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Course can commence their Practical Training even after passing Group 2 or Group 1 or both the groups of Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Examination.
All CA Intermediate/ CA IPCC candidates who are eligible for undergoing articled training generally visits their nearest ICAI branch for getting information about recent vacancies available in CA Firms for selection as articled assistants. On the other hand, the Chartered Accountants in practice have to post such required number of articleship vacancies details along with contact details in CA Institute Notice Board.
The Board of Studies (BOS) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has now introduced online Articles Placement Portal (BOSAPP.ICAI.ORG) for both the firms of CA (Chartered Accountants) and students to register themselves for the Articles Placement Scheme. The services to the Online Placement Portal for articled training are available free of charge for both CA Firms and Students.
Under this scheme, the students have to fill up an online form requiring their educational details including the details on Articled Training preferences, preferred ICAI Center etc. After successful registration, a unique candidate code is generated by the system and this unique code will be used as the reference number for any communication with CA Institute.
Now, recruiting entities shortlist candidates for the Interview and the shortlisted students would automatically receive an e-mail through the Portal for the details like interview date, time and address of CA Firms offices to appear for interview.
Process to register on BOS Articles Placement Portal
Step-1 (Official Website):
Visit the Board of Studies (BOD) Articles Placement Portal (bosapp.icai.org) of ICAI.
Step-2 (Initial Registration):
Click on New User Registration under “CA Student”. Candidate Registration form shall be opened for fill up. You are required to provide only four mandatorily required basic details in order to proceed with the Registration to the Portal.
- Name of Candidate searching for vacancy in CA Firms for articleship training.
- 10 Digit Student Registration Number (SRN) to be entered as a single word without any space between region code and number.
- You are requested to submit your latest Email Id and ensure that it is functional until the interview is over, since the queries/correspondence shall be made only through emails.
- Password (minimum 4 characters) of your choice which will be required at the time of login on this portal.
Now, click on submit button at the right-bottom corner of the window to complete your initial registration on BOSAPP.icai.org.
Step-3 (Login to Account):
After successfully registration you will see two button viz. HOME and LOGIN. Thus, you may either click on “Login” button directly or may go to home page and then click on Registered User to login and access your zone in the site.
Step-4 (Articles Placement Registration Form):
On successful login, you will be required to fill up registration form which is divided into 7 sections as show hereunder:
A) Personal Details: Sex, Date of Birth (DOB), Address, City/Town, Pin code and Mobile/Telephone number.
B) Educational Details: Secondary (10th) as well as Higher Secondary (HS), CA CPT and qualifying course for articled training IPC/IPCC etc. However, students registered under Direct Entry Scheme i.e. commerce graduate and post graduate shall select/tick at least three papers studied of 100 marks each.
C) Training Details: Orientation Course (batch number and period) and ITT (Batch No. and date of examination passed).
D) Work Experience (if any): Name of organisation and its location with details of period, salary, designation and area of work.
E) Hobbies and other Achievements: This is not mandatory but you may enter your scholarship, prizes, certificate details and participation in social programmes etc.
F) Articled Training Preference: If you have passport then provide its number. Choose the city you prefer for interview. However, you may select All India under the drop down option menu.
G) Declaration: At last read carefully the declaration section then select I Agree option and then click the button click here to View Profile.
Step-5 (Unique Code):
Finally, you will have to click on Submit button in profile screen window. Now, you will see your Unique Code with a message that your application form for the interview has been registered.
How CA Firm Select Candidates for Articleship Training
Participating CA Firms shall short list the candidates registered on the Portal as per their requirement. CA Firm shall call the shortlisted candidates for interviews/interactions as per date and time convenient to them at their offices.
Candidates appearing for the interviews are required to carry proof of their identity along with a copy of the mark-sheet(s) relating to CA Intermediate/ IPCC Group-I or both Groups or Graduation/Post Graduation, duly attested by a CA or a Gazetted Officer. Students are advised to follow the proper Dress Code as prescribed by the Institute while appearing for interviews/interactions.
Each student who would be given letter by the CA firm for pursuing articled training is required to give acceptance to the firm within 7 days’ time.
The consent is given by the Article to the firm shall be irrevocable from both sides. Accordingly, student will not be registered by ICAI under any other CA firm without the consent of the firm who were originally given the consent.
After giving consent to the CA firm, he shall be required to indicate about his selection at the appropriate place on the Portal so that he should not be invited for further interviews by the CA firms.