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What is CIMA?

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), established more than a century ago, is a globally recognized qualification for careers in Business & Finance. CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of Management Accountants with more than 218,000 members working in 177 countries. 

In collaboration with the CPA (USA) institute, CIMA members receive an additional qualification- CGMA. CIMA has more than 4500 training and recruitment partners across the globe.

Who should enroll? 

Management accountants analyse information to advise strategy and drive sustainable business success. Anyone can study the CIMA qualification, whether they’re new to finance and business or an experienced professional. CIMA qualified professionals work in the field of Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting, Financial Analysis, Business Analysis, Project Finance, Treasury Management, Risk Management etc.

Course Benefits or Course outcome

Since the tie up of CIMA & CPA which together give the CGMA Qualification, you are sure to catch the eye of the recruiter. CIMA has collaborations with professional bodies CPA Australia and CMA Canada, and due to this CIMA members get preferential immigration status in the respective countries.

Course Structure

There are 4 levels and 16 exams in total.

Certificate level, 

  1. BA1 – Fundamentals of Business Economics
  2. BA 2 – Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  3. BA 3 – Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  4. BA 4 – Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Exam : 4 Objective Exams

Certificate : CIMA Certificate in business accounting

Operational Level

  1. E1:Organizational Management
  2. P1: Management Accounting
  3. F1: Financial Reporting and Taxation

Exam: 3 Objective Exams and 1 Case study

Certificate: CIMA Diploma in management Accounting


Managerial level

E2: Project and Relationship Management

P2 : Advanced Management Accounting

F2: Advanced Financial Reporting

Exam: 3 Objective Exams and 1 Case study

Certificate :CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management accounting

Strategic level

E3 Strategic Management

P3 Risk Management

F3 Financial Strategy

Exam: 3 Objective Exams and 1 Case study

Certificate: Assessment of Practical experience

Eligibility, duration and entry route

Exam pattern in CIMA-operational level onwards  across all the levels

Objective Type  Case Study
Exam at each level 3 1
Duration  90 min 180 min
Paper Type Objective type Integrated case study
Exam frequency  Any day based on the availability at Pearson Center
4 times a year (Feb, May, Aug, Nov)
Result declaration Immediate After one month of the exam