CA Vs Mba

There has always been an ongoing debate in the Indian corporate world about who is a better professional out of a Chartered Accountant and a Mba. People have put forward various arguments in this context. Some say that an Mba being better equipped with skills such as presentation, communication, analytical etc turns out o be a better professional and others argue that a CA who is more thorough, intelligent and hard working is much better. But if the recent placements and campus recruitments etc are to be seen, Mbas turn out to be the winners. Further, the Indian Inc has over a period shown more liking towards them.They certainly have scored over the Chartered Accountants in this regard.
So shall we all start believing that Mbas are better that us Chartered Accountants???????????
I invite your comments in this subject. Madhur Khandelia

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177 Responses to “CA Vs Mba”

  1. bharat

    Nov 04. 2011

    sum1 is forgetting nd ignoring a huge fact here-and dat is initial investmnt-an avg CA course can b cmpletd within 1-1.5 lacks in totality-wheras an avg MBA course requires around 8-10 lacks-for which dey tak loans and dn spend arnd 5-6 yrs in repayng d loans nd its intrest-so hw cn such a course b cmaprd wid CA…morover-dere r jst few IIM passed out Managemnt exec., wat abt rest-der packages stand nowhre as cmaprd 2 dat of an avg CA’s

  2. sanjay bhs

    Nov 07. 2011

    Do CA , they r never unemployed and will never , u can Earn with no limit, its cheapest course , and much guidance, online material is available After 1 or 2 years situation will change According to report ( American jobs council , UK accountancy , EU accountancy)Indian CA’s will be higher paid CA’s in the world with many fold increase in demand for them and fresher CA, s would get around minimum 10-12 Lac and more package, there would be hiring spree for Indian CA, s, will be in much great demand therefore many foreign students r also trying to get this professional course , it will be highest paid Accountancy professional course in the world and they would be scarcity of CA’s.They earn many times more than engineers ,BHMS and homeopathy doctor And even more than MBBS Doctors

  3. Suman Shrestha

    Nov 14. 2011

    well it all depends upon your Passion…
    do it which is meant for you..
    both are superior in their own world…
    both seems win win for me
    but only question you need to answer is .. do i deserve this?
    i know CA is harder than MBA.. but it doesn’t mean that harder is always better.. on the other hand MBA requires lot of skill too…
    so its proving youself in the battlefield..
    so i guess its comparing like oranges and apples…
    both r gud for health and its tasty too!!..
    its just how you take it…
    :)
    i hope both CA and MBA lovers will agree this.. :) :) :)

  4. mumbaikar

    Dec 09. 2011

    Being an MBA, I can say that a CA is in not less relevent than an MBA. Dont compare the starting salaries which are hyped by media. The true test is workplace. After a five years of work experience what one has achieved is more important.

    Students get selected at top MBA institutes after an competitive examination which is recognised by companies. But CAs are serving the corporate world/nation in their own way.

    I think a particularly designed one year MBA/Diploma program on part-time or correspondence basis for learning management concepts for CAs at any finance heavy IIM like Lucknow or calcutta would be very beneficial to CAs in finding a job opportunities they want. ICAI should work in that direction.

  5. Ashima Agrawal

    Dec 29. 2011

    One thing to focus.. A Chartered can anytime go for MBA …thats not always possible vice-versa…n the MBA degree in itself doesn’t brings in the communication skills,although it matters..but 4 all this we CA’s have GMCS much improved residential courses too…!!Chartered can always have MBA s cup of Tea but not a B -school Student..!!Each one is a polished diamond…!!
    Every one enjoys his share of respect …the debate doesnt matters till one is enjoing his life wid watever amount they take home…!!Happiness is Priceless,Beyond All..!!
    With regards and respect,
    Ashima.

  6. Sanjay from UK

    Dec 30. 2011

    After 1 or 2 years situation will change According to report ( American jobs council ,UK accountancy ,EU accountancy)Indian CA’s will be higher paid CA’s in the world with many fold increase in demand for them and fresher CA,s would get around minimum 18-20 Lac package,there would be hiring spree for Indian CA,s, will be in much great demand therefore many foreign students r also trying to get this professional course ,it will be highest paid Accountancy professional course in the world and they would be scarcity of CA’s ,we need 1.89 crore more CA’s .And it has started and one Fresher CA(passed in second Attempt)was recruited for 1.38 crore per annul in India, and one Fresher CA got job in US firm with whopping salary of 58 crore Annual(4.85crore monthly )ready to get recruit with such salary ready to get recruit with such salary we need millions OF CA’s desperately and demand is increasing many times day by day.

  7. Sanjay from UK

    Dec 30. 2011

    ..After 1 or 2 years situation will change According to report ( American jobs council ,UK accountancy ,EU accountancy) Indian CA’s will be higher paid CA’s in the world with many fold increase in demand for them and fresher CA,s would get around minimum 18-20 Lac package,there would be hiring spree for Indian CA,s, will be in much great demand therefore many foreign students r also trying to get this professional course ,it will be highest paid Accountancy professional course in the world and they would be scarcity of CA’s ,we need 1.89 crore more CA’s .And it has started and one Fresher CA(passed in second Attempt)was recruited for 1.38 crore per annul in India, and one Fresher CA got job in US firm with whopping salary of 58 crore Annual (4.85crore monthly )ready to get recruit with such salary ready to get recruit with such salary we need millions OF CA’s desperately and demand is increasing many times day by day.

    http://www.caclubindia.com/forum/why-ca-s-are-hot-property-everywhere-173266.asp

  8. Navneet

    Jan 13. 2012

    I think its the first comment of 2012. Okay here if ppl think that MBA rules over CA then think again ,Is every MBA gets best packages like above 6 lakhs? I know a person done MBA and doing job only for 7000 INR then how can we compare a CA WITH MBA …. CA is reputed person.It never matters in how many attempts you done CA because u done CA .But it matters if you fail MBA. hahaha.. Okay second point is not all MBAs can do CA but any CA can qualify MBA as its too easy for a CA………:)

  9. shivi jain

    Jan 19. 2012

    Shivi,
    hi friends,

    i think this debate is useless ,as the students of CA gets training for almost 3 years and even after that they have to cross so many exams so that they become specialized in their work but for an MBA student its just 2 years , where they actually enjoy their life ……….. but to be a CA we just have work harder and harder.Many people can do MBA but only a few people can afford to be in the field of CA.

  10. mohit kumar

    Jan 26. 2012

    you fools are self obsessed with ur degree , we especially indians have a major problem in them , they always claim that what they did was the best , what they are doing is best , what they will do will be the best , how can you stupid retards can comment on both courses , have u done both, if not then why are u so aggressive in defending ur stance that has no base at all . let me introduce myself ,i am ca & mba graduate from iim (indore) , ca’s have definitely more knowledge because they have longer period & more subjects to study , & regarding practical training that u are boosting of is nothing , but a repetitive boring work & nothing to learn much new, as claimed by everybody. mba’s are definitely more groomed , more analytical training, more abilities to deal with changing business situations etc.. Regarding the dependence of industry on ca’s , even a normal b.comm accountant can perform the work of consolidation. let me tell one more thing, most of u will not like it but it is a reality & people so self obsessed like u will never agree ‘CA’S ARE THE BIGGEST CRAMMERS’ of our indian professional courses . & people say that in ca ,students may take 10 years to get the degree , but my stupid friends have u forgotten how difficult is to admission in top notch management colleges , that can take even life to get an admission there

  11. Saket Tiwari

    Feb 20. 2012

    Dear friends,its really interesting debate.There are thousands of MBA colleges throughout the country and lakhs of MBA’s. Do all of them enjoy the same realibility by the employers (except mba’s from few recognized institutes)? There are huge number of jobless mba’s in the country. Now coming towards CA’s. We are best in Accounting,taxation, audit,finance,corporate laws. A ca is soul of every small to big business concerns.But small concerns don’t hire mba’s. Many ca’s are sitting in top governance of co.

  12. debty

    Mar 12. 2012

    1. Compare MBAs with CA when both are involved/ engaged in same functional areas say finance function. Then see over the long run who is the winer.

    2. Most of the Directors( finance) are CA and not MBA. Why corporate can not rely MBA in the longrun. Why?

    3. In most of the group, CMD / Chairman’s personal / close advisors are CA not MBA. Why?

    4.Worlds most renowned corporate advisory companies are mostly owned and run by big 5 accounting firms of the globe. Why?

    5.Even if a CEO is MBA , all financial statements presented by CEO to the board / to the share holders are to be audited and signed by the CA. MBAs performance is subject to an opinion of a CA at the end of the year.

    6. Communication and Presentation skills are mostly required in market function which is not the domain of CA.

    7.MBA term does not express any profession which is governed by a legally authorised national professional body. It is merely a degree which has divergent values and acceptability in the industry depending upon the institute from where that MBA comes from.

    8. CA is a complete professional qualification and its profession is regulated , governed and developed by a national professional body ICAI which was establised by way of enactment of a central law

  13. manisha

    Mar 13. 2012

    A CA can live without MBA but An MBA……………you know.
    iim n iit guys only know good excels n how to live like parasite on the others.they suck the blood by useless pressuring n they only know how to calculate mean median mode etc

  14. chandran-kandy

    Mar 16. 2012

    Sir, according to my knowledge Chartered accountants are the best.Because they have professionally experienced & ability to do the workin any where in the world rather MBA.

  15. Aditya

    Apr 02. 2012

    Well i think you are being Unfair to the MBA’s from the top notch institutions who are as smart as CA’s by comparing them to the avg tom dick and harry calling himself an MBA after studying in some college like IIPM 😛 which chases students. so firstly the distinction needs to be made.

    The MBAs from the top 10 colleges are better paid for sure ..
    but a CA with a good personality makes just as much as long as he is social and outgoing / knows to teach .. frankly half the CA’s seem to be doing that 😛

    However An MBA is not about only euphemism’s like teamwork etc it’s also about rigour. ask any one from an IIM you given a project at midnight after a grueling day full of lectures and asked to submit the project by DAWN! .. it is this rigor what makes an MBA stand out from the crowd. and accepted better by the corporate world cos he can be made to slog 😀

  16. Sunil gakhar

    Apr 24. 2012

    Hello frnds there is no comparison between ca & mba ..A ca has a authority to audit acording to proviso of law but in the case of mba i did not see any authority ..if we r behind in presentation and other skill .den we can get it in short duration when we want .but an mba cant get knowledge which an avg ca have in short duration.moreever there is only icai for cas which is standard rules and regulation but for mba there is many institute .some 1 is highly trusted on the other hand some institute r very low level..so all cas became mba but all mba not became ca..thank u

  17. komali

    Jun 13. 2012

    Hi..please suggest me now am doing CA and i want to join MBA also..is this good for me.kindly replay as soon as possible to mail id..im in confusion right now..

  18. CA. KAPIL MITTAL

    Jun 14. 2012

    Guys,

    Just to add, many of my clients are MBAs and equally from Stanford, IIMs etc CFAs and they all frequently visit me for advice and not just for finance,but for all other matters eg: even for discussing their marketing plans, corporate structuring etc. I think we are fighting for nothing at all. Depends upon one’s aptitude. I would just say I know alot of CAs who are not in parctice but still they are CEOs and doing best. I also know people who are not even MBAs and they did really well and we all run after them to know how they did. Just visit and read thru Dhiru Bhai Ambani, was he an MBA. But equivalently I would say there are MBAs who have really made a mark in their roles.
    I would also add just go and hear from a small hawker selling fruit or ice cream and see how he sells, I thinks you don’t need to learn anything else. He knows where and how he has to station himself to sell to small kids and where & how much to bell or call and he is able to do justice with his little business. He is not MBA or CA.

    These are platforms which are there for further advancement and one has to complete his journey based on his on……….

    Enjoy doing what ever you want to do.

    Can contact me, when you need any advice on following contacts:

    kapilmittal.delin@gmail.com

    Also invited to join Linkedin.com, one of the very good portal for networking.

    Thanks

    CA. KAPIL MITTAL
    Personal Cell:+91-9868272909
    http://in.linkedin.com/in/cakapilmittal

  19. s gautam

    Aug 07. 2012

    Friends,

    CA is a overburden course. It is a perfect course to destroy one’s life and carrier. Pass % should be hiked to 70% + otherwise very few student will join CA. MBA is better option . With in 3 year student can complete double MBA and earn lot of money….while by the same time CA student work as dogs in article firms…..or preparing for CPT

    Sorry for strong words…………

  20. sudharshan

    Aug 29. 2012

    my best word is that whether a CA or an MBA if both work together it will result in the development of a glorious nation called INDIA so work together to bring the merits of both ca & mba

  21. ritika

    Oct 07. 2012

    CAs are the masters of 8 fields in particular …..MBAs lag far behind ….take the knowledge or skill they stand nowhere….infact a CA has no replacement in any organisation….we can affet results, figures n infact everything….
    Jst a matter of presentation or communication can’t challenge us….

  22. ri

    Oct 07. 2012

    CAs are the masters of 8 fields in particular …..MBAs lag far behind ….take the knowledge or skill they stand nowhere….infact a CA has no replacement in any organisation….we can affet results, figures n infact everything….
    Jst a matter of presentation or communication can’t challenge us….

  23. harsh

    Mar 10. 2013

    no, mba is better than ca………

    mba from harvard university or mba from iim ahmdabad……..so, CA is nothing in front of top tier b schools……….ok

    after mba you become CEO……which is top most job in the company……..ok

    and even actuary is better than ca…….

    and even operations research is better than ca……..

    and so on……

    mba from top b school is the best……….ok

  24. harsh

    Mar 10. 2013

    mba is a decision making job…if you do mba from top tier b schools….. iim ahamdabad, then ca is dust in front of you guys………..ok

    ca is good professional course……..but nothing in front of decision makers top iim aluminis

    amd most important compare salaries of harvard university mba student with CA, then you feel mba from top b school is far better than ca……….

    CA is even not comparable with software developers and actuaries……..so, how can u compare CFO with CEO……….

    CEO………is top

    ok

    first you all CA’A clear GRE or CAT , then you are able to say CA is better than MBA ( from cat and gre )……….

    even i agree with that…….iim student could be ca’s ….but ca’s can’t be iim alumini’s……………fact

  25. harsh

    Mar 10. 2013

    and fact is that……..CA is hard from internally whereas MBA’S entrance is the toughest ( even toughest than the CA INTERNAL EXAMs….my mean final level )…………….ok

    both CA and MBA ( from top bschools iim ahmdabad ) works like a hardwork dog…………..ok

    but you can’t compare ca with harvard university…………..ok

    TOP CA’S even can’t be comparable with TOP SOFTWARE developers of architect………

    example : ca vs software architect ( software acchitect wins )

    cfo vs ceo ( ceo wins )

    so, MBA wins
    we are decision makers………….ok

  26. aslam malik

    Mar 26. 2013

    i think that no study is as deep as cA in d whole world

  27. Pratheep

    Jul 08. 2014

    Hi,

    CA Vs MBA in finance can’t be compared. CA is the core and MBA is the managing the core. Its like comparing the efficiency of a bike and its driver for its performance.

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