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Reference books for CA/CS/CMA courses.

In some of our earlier posts, we had discussed on tips to prepare for CA/CS/CMA exams. Some of the students asked us to provide a list of books which can be used for reference and additional reading. Many students have confusion regarding selection of reference books for different subjects. There are many books available in the market and the students need to be careful while selecting reference books. There are students who have cleared the exams by just studying the institute’s study material alone. The students may use reference books for the most difficult subjects. Students engaged in self-study also may use reference books for subjects involving practical questions (especially for accounts, tax etc). Reference books are meant for clearing your doubts and increasing conceptual clarity. Using more than one book for a subject would not be a good practice.  Students who are doing  training/ internship/ articleship /employment may get only limited time for preparation and in such cases, they may limit the use of reference books. All the students should go through previous question papers for getting an idea about the structure question papers. Please note the following points while selecting reference books-

-        ‘Simplicity of language and conceptual clarity’ should be given priority.

-        Always buy latest editions.

-    Ensure that the book belongs to your course & stage/level of study eg. CA IPCC, CS Executive Programme. (Some authors prepare books targeting a course or stage of study while some authors prepare books keeping in mind, the needs of students of all three courses).

-        Ensure that the content of the book is according to the syllabus of your institute.

-      Some authors who concentrate on accounts/ tax/ financial management, may have two books for the subject ie. one book for theoretical part and the other book which concentrate on practical aspects or problems & solutions. Student should try to buy the book based on his needs.

-        Ensure that the book is in good condition.

-        Some publishers offer free computer CD’s on the subjects. Ensure that the same is enclosed with the book.

We have prepared a list of best authors based on the suggestions of qualified professionals, students community and teachers. Students may go through the table given below for knowing the best authors/publishers for various subjects and try to procure those books from law book shops/library/friends.

Recommended Author (s)

Financial Management
        1. Ravi M Kishore
       2. M.Y Khan & PK Jain
MC Graw-Hill
        3. P.C Tulsian
Sulthan Chand
       4. Prasanna Chandra
Tata McGraw-Hill
       5.  S.N Maheswari
Sulthan Chand

Corporate Law/Allied Laws
        1. Munish Bhandari
Best word Publications

Direct Tax/ Income tax
      1. T.N Manoharan
Snow White
      2. Vinod K Singhania
      3. Girish Ahuja
Bharat Law house
     4. G Sekar

Accounting  Standards
1.      D.S Rawat

Strategic Financial Management (CA)
       1. A.N Sridhar
Shroff Publishers
       2. S.D Bala & Pattabhiram
Snow White
        3. J.B Gupta

Advanced Cost & Management Accounting or Cost & Management Accounting
      1.  Ravi M Kishore
      2. V.K  Saxena & CD Vashist
Sulthan Chand
     3. P.C Tulsian
Sulthan Chand
     4. J.B Gupta

Indirect Tax
       1.  Mohd Rafi
Bharat Law House
      2. Yogendra Bangar
Aadhya Prakshan

Financial Reporting
1.      M.P Vijayakumar
Snow white
2.      P.C Tulsian
Sulthan Chand

Financial Accounting
1. P.C Tulsian
Sulthan Chand

Fundamentals of Accounting
1. P.C Tulsian
MC Graw-Hill

Cost Accounting  & Financial Management
1. Saravana Prasad
2. Ravi M Kishore
3. M.Y Khan & P.K Jain
Tata McGraw-Hill

Information Systems Control and Audit
1. Manish Valechha
2. Dinesh Madan
Pooja Law

Auditing (CA)
1. V.K Agarwal
AS Foundation
2. Surbhi Bansal
Best Word Publications

Cost Accounting
1.  M.Y Khan & P.K Jain
Tata McGraw-Hill
2.  P.C Tulsian
Sulthan Chand

Note: The above list contains suggestions to help students and teachers. Neither the author nor his relatives has material relationship with the authors/publishers mentioned here. Blog disclaimer applies.

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Prepared by

Victor J. Uruvath
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