How to Apply to Big 4 for Articleship?

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How to Apply to Big 4 for Articleship?

This is an oft asked question on this blog. Big4 in a way created brand for themselves – and doing articleship training with them is much sought after. Usually Big4 would take students who have got good marks and cleared the groups in one attempt. The way to apply to Big4:

1) ICAI BoS Articleship Placement Portal

2) Most often the Big4 firms put out the application for articleship on the local ICAI office notice board – so one can apply through it

3) Direct deposit of application form to their office. Its often wiser method to get telephone number of such firm and try to speak to the articleship recruitment dept. In some firms, one can meet the HR people, but in others, one may not be let inside their office!

4) Application through email

5) If you know some CA who is working in such firm, then that may be a good route to apply.

A few things to remember about Big 4

In India, the Big 4 is a tag for the Big Consultancy firm on a worldwide basis. However from the articleship perspective, one should remember that each of such firms have different CA firms attached to them. It is these CA firms where one would be doing articleship.

Now, these CA firms may have the same name as the Big4 or may have different name. So for example one of the Firms related to E&Y is SR Batliboi & Co etc, similarly one of the CA Firm attached to KPMG is BSR & Co, for Deloitt one is AF Furguson & Co.

In PwC, the firms attached go by the name of PriceWaterHouse and Lovelock & Lewis. Now, even PriceWaterHouse is not one firm – but there are 7 to 8 different CA Firms in different cities in India that go by this same name of PriceWaterHouse! So PwC in Delhi may be pretty different than that in Bangalore!

Moreover such firms may even be Proprietorship! One of the firms that go by name of LoveLock & Lewis is Proprietorship! – but then these are Big!

Another thing to remember, that while in a Big4 firm, at a place there may be 10 to 15 partners, but there may be 70 to 80 CA employee working under them – so its big hierarchy! And CA students may not even be able to meet the Principal (if the Principal is a partner)

Avenues to articleship in Big 4

Apart from doing the ‘normal’ articleship in one of the CA firms attached to Big4, there are other ways also:

1) As per ICAI, one can take training under a CA who is employee in a CA firm. So, if the Big4 firms allows such a thing, then one can do articleship under any of the CA employee of such Big4 firm

2) One can do industrial training in the Big 4 during last year of articleship, as the Big4 (the private limited consultancy company) is eligible for providing such industrial training by ICAI

Induction Process in Firms

The usual way of inducting an Article is interview. In Big firms there may be two levels of interview – HR interview & Partner level interview. In other firms it may be the partner directly taking interview. If you have worked previously with any CA firm, and the CA knows you well, he would not need to take your interview.

Key aspects for entry are as under (requirement)

1. Communication skill – 

English (verbal & written) is very critical for entry into Big4. If your English is OK then try to further improve it with correct pronunciation & accent while speaking English.

At the time of Group discussion, decide your position to speak & respond depending upon knowledge of topic. Starting the discussion is not necessary, you need to listen others, respond in logical manner, if you don’t agree to something raise your views with caution and defend with very strong logic. Give chance to others to speak.

2. Technical knowledge – 

Depending upon your current exam status, you need to be very strong in Accounting Standards, Income Tax Act, Companies Act, Auditing Standards, etc.

Please mark my word, even if you are not excellent in English & you have strong technical knowledge & capability to showcase that knowledge during written test / Group Discussion & interview then you will definitely get entry into Big4.

3. Computer Skills –

You should have good knowledge of Ms-Word, Excel & PowerPoint.

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  1. #1 by jayakumar badijana on February 8, 2015 - 5:30 AM

    I completed IPCC both groups in first attempt I bagged 456 marks and lagged bY 10marks for rank 8374551254

  2. #2 by DHAMANIDHI on May 10, 2014 - 9:39 PM


  3. #3 by sourabh pahuja on August 8, 2013 - 2:02 PM

    hello sir actully i hav cleared ipcc both groups with 60% marks in may13 so and i just want to do my articleship in big4 so pls send me the procedure for that my email id- and my cont no. is 8950694200

  4. #4 by Vivek goyal on August 4, 2013 - 6:36 PM

    Sir i am cleared both group in 1st attempt in may13 with exemption in 3 subjects may i m apply for big 4 firms for articleship .

  5. #5 by surendra on August 3, 2013 - 5:48 PM

    sir i completed my ipcc in 1st attempt with 50% and i got 71 in accounts. sir please tell me,may i apply for big four audit firm?

  6. #7 by Mohd Nazeem on August 3, 2013 - 11:17 AM

    Respected sir,
    I have cleared my both group of ipcc in first attempt,group 1 in nov 2012 & group 2 in may 2013
    want to join articleship in big 4.

    • #8 by Dushyant Kumar (Maddy) on August 3, 2013 - 11:32 AM

      Requires both group at ist attempt, Good knowledge of English and more than 60% of marks

  7. #9 by taranjeet singh on August 2, 2013 - 7:03 PM

    i have cleared my first group in first attempt in may-13 with exemption in accountacy – 77

    and will go for second group in nov-13

    can i get articalship in big 4 or a medium firm ??

    • #10 by Dushyant Kumar (Maddy) on August 2, 2013 - 10:09 PM

      Sorry taranjeet, Big4 Firms only gives chance to those students who have cleared their IPCC level in first attempts both groups. You can apply for a mediator firms only

  8. #11 by rajat sharma on August 1, 2013 - 7:18 PM

    hii sir ,i have passed CA ipcc both group in 1st attempt in nov 12 . i want articleship in big4 firrms how can i apply for it plz suggest me.

  9. #12 by palaparthi sai srikanth on August 1, 2013 - 9:26 AM

    sir…! i have completed my ipcc botjh groups in first attempt with 60% n with exemptions in 5 subjects, I want to do articleship in Big4 firms but my query is WILL I GET PRATICAL KNOWLEGE ON ALL FIELDS….???
    Please reply to my email…

  10. #14 by Ram kumar keshwani on July 20, 2013 - 4:08 AM

    sir i cleared ipcc group1 in november 2012 with 58.5 percent marks and got 92 marks in accounting. i want to do articleship in big4 please tell me the requirement and details about big4 firms at my email id

  11. #15 by Deepika on July 7, 2013 - 5:56 PM

    sir i am doing my article ship through direct entry scheme and given my exam in may 2013 can i take transfer to big four firm now. please reply to my mail id

  12. #16 by Rina chawda on July 3, 2013 - 12:20 PM

    Sir i have pas both gp of ipcc in 2nd attempt & i want to do artcle in big4 frm
    plz write abt requirement 4 this & pro..

    • #17 by Dushyant Kumar (Maddy) on July 3, 2013 - 3:52 PM

      Big 4 requires their Flat patterns, they took those students who cleared in first attempt both group and having exemption in one or more subjects, Still if you wanted to join any BIG 4 Firms then you need to found some internal person to join through back-door entry.


  13. #18 by ABHEEK DAS on May 28, 2013 - 12:23 PM

    Completed IPCC. Please advise the procedure for going Articleship Training under BIG 4. I am confident to make a satisfactory outcome if get a chance.

  14. #19 by 9000097472 on April 26, 2013 - 10:55 AM

    hai sir this is praveen and iam comleted my graduation with bcom computers and now iam registering to ca-ipc and i have direct articles chance so pls give me the procedure for enter into big4firms reply to my mail and my number 9000097472

  15. #20 by trinath on April 16, 2013 - 9:39 PM

    sir I am going to write my ipcc exams in may 2013if so I have passed both groups how can I enter onto big4??

  16. #21 by Ashi Gupta on April 2, 2013 - 10:02 PM

    sir i want to do my articleship frm big4… specially frm EnY n PWC… have cleared my cpt n ipcc grp 1 in first attempt….. pls send m proceduree….. my id is …….n kyaa source lagsktii h kyaa??????/

  17. #22 by Vikash Lunia on March 20, 2013 - 8:26 AM

    I had cleared my IPCC G1 and took transfer from Gujrani & Co. is there any chance to do articleship in big4 ?

  18. #23 by bhavesh on March 9, 2013 - 1:17 PM

    i hav passed ipcc both group in 1st i wanna to know about some regulation & restriction on transfer of articleship?

  19. #24 by ronit jogi on March 5, 2013 - 1:47 PM

    SIR, i have cleared my IPCC G1 in 2nd attempt is there any chance to do article ship in big4?

  20. #25 by A. Meghana on February 26, 2013 - 1:23 PM

    hai this is meghana completed group in 1st attempt in ipcc. waiting for articleship . pl inform me about the vacancies in hyderabad.

  21. #26 by Sourabh Bhootra on February 11, 2013 - 4:25 PM

    I am from the direct entry one so how can i get in the Big4

  22. #27 by Ankit Lakhotia on February 10, 2013 - 8:43 PM

    hi i have cleard ipcc grup 1 in 2nd atempt and got exmption in a/c..pls sugest how to get entry in big4

  23. #28 by VIVEK KUMAR VARSHNEY on February 10, 2013 - 12:49 PM


  24. #29 by Mandeep Jangra on November 26, 2012 - 3:23 PM

    I have passed ipcc group 1st and group 2nd result is awaited.
    Now i want to take transfer form my existing ca firm, so how can I apply for big 4 ca firm, plzz reply me
    Thank You.

  25. #30 by anjali on November 22, 2012 - 11:16 PM

    hi i have cleared first group in first attempt and now going to clear second group also in first attempt want to do internship in big 4 but it is often said that only approach can work to get there. is this right?
    suggest something

    • #31 by saurabh on November 27, 2012 - 10:51 PM

      yes it is true, but it is also possible without approach. actually the ratio is 65:35 (i.e. if there are 65 articles selected with approach then 35 also selected without approach)

  26. #32 by neeraj on September 17, 2012 - 11:35 AM


  27. #33 by Manish kumar on September 4, 2012 - 10:22 PM

    I have completed IPCC group 1and B.COM also so plz. Suggest me , how could I get entry in a big C.A. Firm…..

  28. #34 by Anshul Rathore on August 9, 2012 - 8:02 PM

    I have cleared both the groups of IPCC how can i get articalship in Big4

  29. #35 by DIVYA on May 27, 2012 - 6:22 PM

    i wanna do my articleship in big4 . plz tell me how to apply for that.

  30. #36 by akshay on May 26, 2012 - 11:49 AM

    good info

  31. #37 by sudhakar patro on April 3, 2012 - 10:20 AM

    hello guys… any1 tell me wht types of questns r askd in interviews while recruit articleshp students in big firm?

    • #38 by pramod on November 14, 2012 - 12:33 PM

      first of all how to join man

  32. #39 by Anonymous on March 29, 2012 - 11:42 AM

    is this possible to ordinary people

  33. #40 by VIVEK SHAW on February 13, 2012 - 4:06 PM


  34. #41 by dayanand thakur on February 12, 2012 - 11:34 AM

    require articalship in 4 big firm in NCR

  35. #42 by umar farooque on February 12, 2012 - 11:31 AM

    require articalship in 4 big firm

  36. #43 by vijay on February 10, 2012 - 7:15 PM

    sir how can i get articleship in big four firm??
    i have passed ipcc group 1..

    thank you

  37. #44 by Sahil Malik on January 16, 2012 - 1:42 PM

    But Big 4 are taking people only on what is the alternative?????

  38. #45 by sushil R vispute on January 9, 2012 - 6:06 PM


    • #46 by Dushyant Kumar (Maddy) on January 10, 2012 - 9:40 AM

      Why not Sushil. first You need to fulfill all formalities relating to transfer your article ship training.

  39. #47 by Nagendra singh on January 7, 2012 - 8:42 AM

    If we complete our articlship from big4 then we find a better expouser in market.
    industry always assum that if anybody articl from big4 then its good.

    • #48 by Mayuri Patel V. on May 21, 2012 - 5:31 PM

      sir how can get job in big 4…my sister already finished with her she want some much knowledge..

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