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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Yes, any student can do US CMA after clearing their 12th class exams, and while doing graduation as well. It is just a 6 to 8 months professional certification which is also globally recognized.


Once the student clears the CMA exams, they get an email confirming they have cleared both the papers, this email can be used to get a job. Once they get 2 years of experience, they can show that to IMA, and apply for the certificate.


ICWAI takes 3 years to be completed and the student has to write about 20 test papers. The US CMA has just 2 exam papers and can be completed within 1 year. Since US companies are everywhere, the scope of jobs is evergreen in this sphere.


Regular students going to college can apply for scholarships to IMA, requesting them to waive the paper fees for both the CMA exams. This request needs to go via the college through email to IMA. If the student gets a scholarship, he will pay only the IMA entrance fee and membership fee, the papers fees will be waived.


CMA (Certified Management Accountant) certification has been the global benchmark for management accountants and financial professionals. The CMA is an advanced professional certification specifically designed to measure the critical accounting and financial management skills. This is especially relevant for success in a business environment.


The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), USA to enable mutual recognition and cooperation between the two institutes to develop the profession of Management Accountancy for the benefit of their members and students in the pursuit of excellence in education and training and continuing professional development in Management Accountancy. b. The MoU will enable recognition of the professional qualification of the respective Institutes. A member of ICWAI can get enrolled as a member of IMA USA and vice versa.


Yes, students can write US CMA exams in India and abroad as well.


Many US-based companies are hiring for US CMA roles too. The course deals with all aspects of financial strategy, budgeting, cost management, etc. The only thing missing would be taxation, so anyone who is not much into core accounting or tax can opt for US CMA.


Once the student clears the first paper, he gets 3 years to complete the last paper.


  • International Credibility
  • Strong Knowledge Base - Management Accounting and Financial Management
  • Significant career progression opportunity

a. Academics – 2 Exam Papers & one Level only.
b. Duration – Shorter duration course, Indian certifications where pass percentage is less than 10%, in the case of US CMA pass percentage is about 50 % globally & will be 70% with the support by Simandhar Education.


Institute of Management Accountants is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. IMA offers its members exclusive access to the CMA program. We are committed to helping you to expand your professional skills, better manage your organization, and enhance your career.


There are two parts to the exam. Each part is 3 hours long for 100 multiple choice questions, representing 75% of the exam score. The second section is essay writing representing the remaining 25%. You will be given 30 minutes for each of the two essays. The total testing duration is 4 hours. b. You must pass at least 50% of the first (i.e. multiple choice) section in order to advance to the essay questions. You can use any time remaining from the multiple-choice questions towards the essay portion. c. The exam is held with three examination windows in a year namely Jan & Feb/May & June/ Sept & Oct. d. What are the total marks & the minimum marks to pass? - The total marks per paper is 500, and minimum passing is 362 marks and minimum 75%.

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