How to become a CMA and what role do they play?

CMA also known as Cost and Management Accountant is one of the highest accounting professions, especially in India. The cost accountant profession does not relate to Cost only but also the general efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of the organization.

If you aim to be an individual in the professional world, who is a contributor to the cost and management strategy and execution of the organisation and want to make big in your career, then this is definitely the right profession for you.

How to become a CMA?

The journey of becoming a Cost and Management Accountant (CMA) comprises of the three key steps. These 3 steps are the 3 levels of the Cost and Management Accountant (CMA) course. These are -

 ●  CMA Foundation

 ●  CMA Intermediate

 ●  CMA Final

Let's discuss about these steps in detail.

Step 1 - CMA Foundation


Students can register for this course after passing 10th or equivalent examination from a recognized Board. To appear for CMA Foundation, candidates must have passed the 12th examination.

CMA foundation syllabus 

 ●  Paper 1: Fundamentals of Economics and Management 

          Section A:  Fundamentals of Economics (50 marks)

          Section B: Fundamentals of Management (50 marks) 

 ●  Paper 2: Fundamentals of Accounting

          Section A: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (80 marks)

          Section B: Fundamentals of Cost Accounting (20 marks)

 ●  Paper 3: Fundamentals of Laws and Ethics

          Section A: Fundamentals of Commercial Laws (70 marks)

          Section B: Fundamentals of Ethics (30 marks)

 ●  Paper 4: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics and Statistics

          Section A: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics (40 marks)

          Section B: Fundamentals of Business Statistics (60 marks)

Passing criteria for CMA Foundation 

A student is declared to pass CMA foundation exam of he/ she has secures minimum of 40% marks in each paper and aggregate of 50% of total marks.

Step 2 - CMA Intermediate


For appearing in CMA Intermediate exams, students must have passed 12th class and any of the CMA Foundation/ CS Foundation/ CA Foundation or should have passed Graduation in any discipline other than Fine Arts.

CMA Intermediate syllabus 

Group - 1

Paper 5: Financial Accounting (100 marks) 

Paper 6: Laws and Ethics (100 marks)

Paper 7: Direct Taxation (100 marks)

Paper 8: Cost Accounting (100 marks)

Group - 2

Paper 9: Operations Management and Strategic Management (100 marks)

Paper 10: Cost & Management Accounting and Financial Management (100 marks)

Paper 11: Indirect Taxation (100 marks)

Paper 12: Company Accounts and Audit (100 marks)

Passing criteria for CMA Intermediate level 

A student is declared to have passed a group of the CMA Intermediate exam, if he/she secures a minimum of 40% marks in each paper of the group and aggregate of 50% of total marks of non exempted papers of that group.

Step 3 - CMA Final


Students can apply for this course after passing the CMA Intermediate course.

CMA Final syllabus 

Group - 3

Paper 13: Corporate Laws & Compliance (100 marks)

Paper 14: Strategic Financial Management (100 marks)

Paper 15: Strategic Cost Management & Decision Making (100 marks)

Paper 16: Direct Tax Laws and International Taxation (100 marks)

Group - 4

Paper 17: Corporate Financial Reporting (100 marks)

Paper 18: Indirect Tax Laws and Practice (100 marks)

Paper 19: Cost and Management Audit (100 marks)

Paper 20: Strategic Performance Management and Business Valuation (100 marks)

Passing criteria for CMA Final level 

A student is declared to have passed a group of the CMA Final exam, if he/she secures a minimum of 40% marks in each paper of the group and aggregate of 50% of total marks of non-exempted papers of that group.

The job opportunities available after completion of the CMA course are:-

 ●  Cost management

 ●  Performance management

 ●  Profitability analysis

 ●  Investment decisions

 ●  Internal controls

 ●  Financial reporting

 ●  Planning and budgeting

 ●  Financial Analyst

 ●  Internal Auditor

 ●  Business Analyst

 ●  Pricing Analyst

 ●  Director- Finance / Chief money handler (CFO)

 ●  Financial Management or Management of Accounting

Hope, you are now clear about the levels of CMA course. 

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 ●  ProEdge is one of the largest institutes for CA Foundation, CSEET, and CMA Foundation in India. We have trained more than 10000 students over the last 3 years.

 ●  We have more than 7000 students currently studying with us.

 ●  In Nov 2019 CA Foundation exams, our students secured All India ranks 35 and 43 

 ●  In the CSEET Nov 2020 and Aug 2020 exams, over 80% of our students cleared the exams in 1st attempt.

With the extremely high success rate, 'ProEdge’ aims at guiding students successfully through their CA, CS and CMA courses. Hence, it is the right coaching partner for you.

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