Introducing Our First CPA Exam Blogger from India: Sumit!

cpa exam blogger from IndiaSumit is our very first CPA exam blogger from India. He writes for us every Monday. This is his first post.

I am Sumit Gupta, a working professional from India. I was motivated to start a CPA course with the goal of earning a prestigious qualification that impacts the global competitive market.

CPA is the highest degree of accountancy in the US and it is exciting to be associated with the brand. There are various advantages of being a CPA – the opportunity to change industries, industry recognition, gain knowledge on accounting, audit, tax and business related concepts which can be applied at the work place, also it will be helpful in coaching/training other individuals. It empowers and gives an individual the ability to start their own CPA firm after attaining the license.

Becoming a CPA is not an easy task. There are more than a few challenges involved such as putting in efforts, making time to study in a busy schedule, keeping motivated, approach, intent etc. to complete this course.

There are few key factors to overcome these problems such as Time management – it is important to budget the total time for all the subjects, Self-discipline – prepare a time table and strictly follow the same, Complete preparation – a comprehensive review program. However, I have learned that a focused game plan and staying on the path regardless of road bumps will take you a long way ahead.

I have made CPA as my passion and this has become my priority. I can foresee the improved quality of life with a higher standard of living after attaining the CPA qualification which I am sure will be achieved in the near future.

The key is to stay focused and approach your CPA studies with a positive frame of mind.

Watch out for the next blog which will talk about my accounting work experience with the Big 4.

Note from Stephanie

Hello, Sumit, glad to have you here! I am excited to learn from your perspective on how the CPA exam is helpful in your country, as well as how you plan to manage your studying in a demanding job. Looking forward to your next post.

About the Author Sumit G

Hello, I am Sumit, an Audit Senior at KPMG Global Services in India. We serve Channel Islands team (UK) in their Auditing tasks. I have an MBA in Finance and I plan to start my CPA Journey in January 2016.

  • Bulukwa Dominic says:

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  • Ankita says:

    Hi Sumit,

    I want to do CPA.

    I Have done my graduation in BCA ( Bachelor of Computer Application )

    I have qualified all the exams from Institute of Company secretaries of India.

    I have recently taken my CA final group 2 exams. My group 1 is cleared.

    can u tell me how did u send ur transcripts to NASBA ..whether diectly or you asked the Institute to send NASBA. ( as in my case , both the institutes would be sending it at different dates so how do i get my marksheets evaluated).

    can i send marksheets for evaluation either

    BCA + CS
    BCA + CA
    BCA + CA + CS

    Do you think my qualification would get me enough credit hours.

    Thanks alot

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ankita, note that Sumit has an master’s degree (MBA) which makes him qualify in almost all states in terms of educational requirements. The case would be very different with CA, wihch is not a degree. CS may or may not count given it is not as relevant to accounting and cannot be seen as a gradual progression from BCA. Also, from your description you may be lacking quite a few accounting credits… Regards, Stephanie

  • ahamed khan says:

    as there are lot of changes happened in eligibility for CPA since 2012, i would like to know if i am eligible for enrolment. I hold with CWA and CMA USA.

    Please anyone can confirm

  • Srinivas says:

    I have a 3 year B.COM with a MSc in International Business from University of Birmingham and I am a Certified Fraud Examiner from ACFE, USA. Do I fulfil the entry requirements to register for CPA?

    Thanks and Regards

  • Keshav gupta says:

    Hi i’m doing CA with integrated bcom from ignou university i just wanted to knw that wether i am eligible for doing CPA

  • May says:

    Hi This is May

    Firstly I want to congratulate you on your website. It is an excellent source of information and really helps a lot especially for students who are new to the course and its requirements.

    I have done bcom + inter ca from India and am currently living in california thus planning to pursue CPA from california state.I understand that bcom+ inter Ca which is level 2 of the CA examination doesnt qualify for the 150 credits as p er your earlier posts.

    i had the following question and would really appreciate if you could help me out here.

    1. Can we complete the rest of the credits at a community college locally?

    2. In case a student wants to apply via California state, the requirement states that a bachelors degree is required and a total of150 credits is necessary. Here would a 3 year degree along with extra credits done at a community college or other university be sufficient? or is a 4 year bachelors degree mandatory to qualify for the bachelors degree requirement.

    3. Also if we complete 120 units (bachelors plus some extra courses taken that amount to 120 units in total) can we apply directly to the CBA and then provide the completion of the 30 extra credits at a later date?

    4. I understand that the CPA certification is different from the CPA licensure. Does the CPA certification alone help you get a job or is the license a must have? The reason i am asking this question is a lot of international candidates do not have a social security no. which is a pre requisite to get the CPA license.

    Once again i want to thank you in advance for the great work your doing! keep up the good work.



  • Nadeem Raza Khan says:

    I am an ACCA member as well as holding a 3 year bachelors degree in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University UK.I hold a master of commerce from HEC Pakistan on the basis of ACCA membership which is a degree awarding body in Pakistan.Can I eligible for my dream qualification CPA….really humbled!

  • SIVA says:

    Am I eligible to give the CPA exam as I have a bachelor’s degree (BCom 3 years through distance learning course) from the University of madras (INDIA) and cleared CA cpt(INDIA) (that is 1st level in CA)???

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