Are CPA exam held in India?

  • 2019-09-25
  • In CPA USA
Are CPA exam held in India?

The US CPA exam is designed to test your deep knowledge on areas related to US GAAP, US Tax, US Audit. If you are looking for roles/opportunities (that need knowledge on these areas) in Big 4s and US-based MNCs in India, then US CPA can even give you an edge over Indian CA/CS/CMA. The US CPA has global recognition, and the scope is not just limited to India or the US, but you can find a plethora of opportunities in the field of accountancy across the globe. 

Until 2019, the Uniform CPA exams were not held in India, but due to the unprecedented changes that are taking place around the world owing to the current pandemic, NASBA has taken into consideration the challenges that candidates from the Indian subcontinent may face. NASBA has, thus, released an official statement on its website:

In this extremely difficult time, we know you have many concerns - the health of your families and friends, your colleagues and your communities. The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in a way that we could not have imagined. Almost overnight, the world changed.

In the midst of this disruption, we want to help alleviate a concern that you may have - take your American CPA exam. We know you have spent an incredible amount of time preparing for this next step in your professional development. We also recognize that current travel restrictions, test center closings and other factors make it difficult or impossible for you to take the US CPA exam as scheduled. So, to help you on your way towards obtaining a CPA license and to maintain your health and safety, we will now administer the exam in India in eight Prometric test centers (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum). We hope that the convenience of taking the exam in your country will ease some of your burden while you think about your family, friends and colleagues.

As of today, Indian applicants can plan to take any CPA exam section in the United States during the months of June and September 2020. We hope that Prometric test centers will be open from here, and we will keep you informed of any developments. Here is what it means for you.

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

Candidates testing at any international test center must pay an exam administration fee before planning with Prometric. To do this, log in to your NASBA CPA Candidate Portal and select International Administration. The international administration process for the India region is now available.

If you have already paid for the international administration process for another test region and wish to move to India, please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

Jurisdiction ID
Examination section
Exam Section ID
Current international test country
New international test country

Our thoughts are with each of you during this difficult time. We do what we can to help you on your journey to the US CPA.

Source: NASBA


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