Difference between Chartered Accountant (CA) and Company Secretary (CS)

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The post of a Company Secretary is to act as the mediator between the company and its Board of Directors, and the CS provides guidance to the Chairman and the Directors on how to make the best use of their responsibilities under various laws. The CA course is pursued by those who wish to pursue a career in financial accounting and auditing. The admission to both the fields is mostly after graduation in any discipline, but candidates can enroll after passing their 10+2 in order to start the foundation course while candidates who have completed their graduation with 55% marks are enrolled directly.

CA course and opportunity

Chartered Accountancy Course is a professional course in the field of Accounting. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) was formed to admit the CA practitioners and to set rules for the CA course. The CA course is about financial management, taxation and accounting. As it shows, it is much broader in syllabus and hence the opportunities associated with it are wider too. CA course can help you start your own CA firm or join a firm’s financial accounting department or serve in taxation departments and so on. Candidates who have passed the course in CA can find employment in the fields of Finance, Corporate finance, Management consultancy, Tax Compliance, Change management etc.

CS course and opportunity

A Company Secretary is a professional and the major role played by him is to ensure whether the Company complies with all applicable laws and endeavors. The Company Secretary (CS) is a professional course which is conducted by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). To become a Company Secretary, the candidates need to pass the Foundation Programme, Executive Programme, and Professional Programme. Candidates who have passed their 10+2 are eligible to apply for the Foundation Programme.  Candidates who have cleared the Executive Programme can apply for the Professional Programme. A Company Secretary can find employment in government accounts or law departments OR he can become a Managing Director or Chairman of a Company and be a part of the Board of Directors of a Company.

Key difference between CA and CS

The CA is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India while a CS is a member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. A person can become CA after passing exams conducted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a candidate person can become a CS only after passing exams conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. A CA may also appear before various appellate authorities of direct and indirect tax departments like The Commissioner of Income Tax, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal etc and defend his client like a lawyer but a CS cannot do so. The CA would have good aptitude skills with concentration ability, figures, a systematic and careful way of working, and good skills in analyzing. For becoming a Company Secretary,  candidates requires a proficiency for law and management, the ability for good communication to deal with many types of people, and the capacity to fit in the corporate environment.

 
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27 Responses to “Difference between Chartered Accountant (CA) and Company Secretary (CS)”

  1. 27
    jegadesh.p:

    Hello sir/madam
    Am complete B.COM (CA) please tell me what is the procedure for to enter into company secratory?

  2. 26
    vinay k s:

    Hi sir I am vinay studied for B B M in Hassan I am doing for company secratory course sir pls advise me I will wait sir thanks

  3. 25
    mohan:

    hello sir/madam
    I completed MFM ,PLS TELL ME WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR TO ENTER INTO CS

  4. 24
    R.Devika:

    In intermediate i had been taken vocational course (CSE).
    This vocational course is eligible or not to study CA.

  5. 23
    preeti pandey:

    i have just completed b.com and i want to join c.s.
    is there some minimum percentage requirement for joining it after graduation?

  6. 22
    Nikhil sharma:

    I m pursuing a CS. However I m not sure about the period of their articleship. Therefore, please tell me some information about cs articleship.

  7. 21
    Mahesh:

    what is the total fee of c a course

  8. 20
    Vani:

    I want to do cs please sir can you say their is any university for cs and wheir it was located?

  9. 19
    Dan:

    I studied public administration and woud like to become a chartered accountant. Advise me and recommend books that will help buid me.

  10. 18
    Dan:

    I studied public administration and woud not like to become a chartered accountant. Advise me and recommend books that will help buid me.

  11. 17
    SHARMA:

    I am B.COM (hons.) 1st year student and i am going to give the foundation exam of C.S in december 2012, I want to ask what course should I do after passing C.S Professinoal examination ?

  12. 16
    nainjyot:

    I am a student of B.com 1 yr nd i m confused that what should i do CA or CS ? Which one is better?what wil be the duration of the both courses????

  13. 15
    prashant pratap:

    I am astudent of c.s. executive and i want to do l.l.b. after graduation. how i choose good law institute. Please also suggest me that law from distance education is good for future or not.

  14. 14
    subrat das:

    Hi everyone,

    I just want to know about the CS course & what would be the registration Fee for it & how many papers i have to pass. What would be the duration of the course. And would be the fee structre..
    Where can i take addmission..

  15. 13
    SHAHNAWAZ:

    Can i do CHARTED FINANCIAL ANALYST after completing COMPANY SECRETARYSHIP

  16. 12
    Tej singh:

    can I give CS intermediates exam . I have passed ca -Ipcc
    & I get any individual paper Exemption for cs

  17. 11
    Tej singh:

    can I give CS intermediates exam . I have passed ca -Ipcc
    & I get any individual paper Exemption

  18. 10
    shefalika:

    which is better option ca or cs for girls ?

  19. 9
    sagar:

    IF I DO CA+CS+LLB SO WHAT CAREER IN FUTURE & STARTING A SALARY & AFTER 5YER SALARY.AND IF IDO CS +LLB SO I CAN BE A LAYER IN SUPREME COURT OR HIGHN COURT.

  20. 8
    SUBRAMANIAM:

    how many people become charted accountants in india.

  21. 7
    M Danish:

    Which course is best with B.Com, C.S. or C.A. ?

  22. 6
    showkat khan:

    i am doing cs in our state kashmir there is no prpper guidance ,what i can do

  23. 5
    shashank p divate:

    how many fields in company secretary

  24. 4
    Amrut:

    “A CA may also appear before various appellate authorities of direct and indirect tax departments like The Commissioner of Income Tax, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal etc and defend his client like a lawyer but a CS cannot do so”

    Now CS also have authority to file a tax and so on… Do the above statement is still valid???

  25. 3
    Alpesh:

    my IT training exam Aptech in 9th Jan. I have no Sample paper or which type of Que.asked in exam.

  26. 2
    RAHUL:

    what are the career oppourtunities after mtech in energy system (mechanical engg branch) ??

  27. 1
    harshita:

    best BBA colleges in India ?