The current is defined as the rate of flow of charges across any cross sectional area of the conductor. If a net charge q passes through any cross section of a conductor in time t, then the current I=q/t, where q is in coulomb and t is in second. The current I is expressed in ampere. If the rate of flow of charge is not uniform, the current varies with time and the instantaneous value of current is given by,
i = dq/dt
Current is a scalar quantity. The direction of conventional current is taken as the direction of flow of positive charges or opposite to the direction of flow of electrons.