First Chartered Accountant of India (M.No. 001)

The Certified First Chartered Accountant in India is CA.Gopaldas Padamsey Kapadia. He was awarded the first CA Certified in India on 9th June, 1950. It is the in which CA Act was passed in the Parliament. The First CA Certificate was signed by the then president Mr.S.Venkatraman.

In the year 1930 it was decided that the Government of India should maintain a register called the Register of Accountants. Any person whose name was entered in such register was called a Registered Accountant.

Later on a board called the Indian Accountancy Board was established to advise the Governor General of India on accountancy and the qualifications for auditors.

However it was felt that the accountancy profession was largely unregulated, and this caused lots of confusion as regards the qualifications of auditors. Hence in the year 1948, just after independence in 1947, an expert committee was created to look into the matter.

This expert committee recommended that a separate autonomous association of accountants should be formed to regulate the profession.

The Government of India accepted the recommendation and passed the Chartered Accountants Act in 1949 even before India became a republic. Under section 3 of the said Act, ICAI is established as a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal.

India’s First Chartered Accountant Certificate

Below is the signed Certificate of Membership of Mr.Kapadia. You can see No.1 written on the extreme top right.

First Chartered Accountant In India

Members of the Institute are known as Chartered Accountants. Becoming a member requires passing the prescribed examinations, three years of practical training (known as articleship) and meeting other requirements under the Act and Regulations.

A member of ICAI can use the title CA before his/her name. A member of ICAI may either be an Associate Chartered Accountant (A.C.A.) or a Fellow Chartered Accountant (F.C.A.) based on his experience.

Further based on holding Certificate of Practice, they may also be classified as practising and non-practicing Chartered Accountants. As of 1 April 2016, the Institute has 2,80,000 members out of which 172,899 are Associates and 86,247 are Fellows.

Updated: April 16, 2018 — 5:41 am


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  1. Salute to ICAI

  2. Yes 5 years of article

  3. CA. Antony M Malayil

    Good to see that …. Need a correction to the First Para:
    The certificate was issued to G P Kapadia and signed jointly by the first President ICAI, G P Kadia itself & the secretary S. Venkitaraman
    (And not first president S Venkitaraman)

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