How to apply for CA articleship in Big 4 ?

How to Apply to Big 4 for
This kind of question is often asked by visitors of this
blog. After completing IPCC students thinking for
Big 4's for articleship. Due to Brand image that Big 4's
have created students rush to join them. Usually they
prefer rank holder of IPCC or lastly students who have
cleared both group with good marks and obviously in
1st attempt. The way to apply to Big 4's is as under.
1. ICAI Board of studies portal
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India have
started new web portal for students searching for
articleship. Students may visit http:// for aritcleship in Big 4's
2. Notice board of ICAI
So many times Big 4's puts their advertisement for
requirement of articleship on the notice board of local
ICAI office. so one can apply my mode mentioned in
such advertisement.
3. Direct Contact with Big 4's
What happening is that after IPCC results students who
have cleared both groups or either group rush to Big
4's with their resume and they people just collect
resume and tell that they will call you for interview if
shortlisted. In some firms you can meet HR people and
but in some cases they may not be allow you to go
inside their office.
4. Application through e-mail
Their are least chances that Big 4's reply to you by
email even though if they prefer you can apply for
articleship by email.
5. Reference
Last and Important mode to apply for Big 4's is that if
you have any good contact who is working with such
firm than that may be good route to apply.
Some thing about Big 4's. . . . .
In India, Big 4's are a tag for big firm on a worldwide
basis. these firms may have different name or may
under same name, e.g., one of the firm related to
Deloitt is AF Furguson & Co, similarly one of the CA
firm attached to E&Y is SR Batliboi & Co, for KPMG is
BSR & Co, PwC is as Love lock & Lewis. so we can
conclude that PriceWaterHouse is not one firm but 5
to 6 different firms in India that go by such name. like
PWC in Gujarat have a different name than a PWC in
Such firm in India is such big form attched with a firm
may be proprietorship or partnership firm having 10 to
15 partners, but there may be 50 to 60 Chartered
Accountants working under them so as a article
assistant you may not even able to meet your principle.


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