CA FOUNDATION 2020 - Exam Date, Syllabus, Registration, Last Date, Exam Fees, Study Material

Exam Date : December 8, 2020 To December 14, 2020
Result Date : December 18, 2020

Every commerce student dreams of becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA) one day. CA Foundation is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), which helps the CA aspirants to achieve their goals. The regulatory body ICAI conducts 3 exams- CA Foundation, CA Intermediate and CA Final. CA Foundation Exam is a must for the aspirants who want to carve a niche in the sector of business accounting.

Latest News on CA Foundation 2020

Latest Updates:

  • November 24, 2020: The ICAI has announced that the November 2020 exams will be postponed for all the cities that are affected due to the Nivar Cyclone, and the candidates who have applied will be given a re-exam on December 9 (CA Intermediate & IPC) and December 11, 2020 (CA Final [Old and New]).
  • November 19, 2020: As per the official notification released by the ICAI, the CA Jan 2021 Exam is scheduled to be conducted from January 21, 2020, onwards. the detailed schedule will be announced after the last date of the opt-out scheme for the Nov 2020 Exams.
  • November 1, 2020: The admit card for the CA Foundation 2020 Exam is now released. Candidates can download the same by logging in. Check the CA Foundation Admit Card section for more details.


What is CA Foundation?

About CA Foundation: CA Foundation is a national level exam conducted in the month of June and November/December. It is taken up by the candidates who are aspiring to become Chartered Accountants in India. It was formerly known as CA Common Proficiency Test (CA CPT).

About ICAI: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) is a statutory body established on July 01, 1949, for regulating the profession of Chartered Accountancy in the country. The ICAI is the second largest professional body of Chartered Accountants (CA) in the world. It is headquartered at New Delhi.

Different levels of CA: In compliance with the Chartered Accountants Regulations 1988, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) conducts and administers CA Foundation Exam twice every year. The ICAI conducts 3 levels of CA exam - CA Foundation, CA Intermediate and CA Final. The CA Foundation is an entry-level examination for students who need to qualify in their journey to become a Chartered Accountant. Students who have completed their class 12 are eligible to take the CA foundation exam. CA Foundation Course is the entry-level for the candidates who are willing to do the Chartered Accountancy Course. Students who are appearing for their class 12 exam are also eligible for this course. Candidates have to register for the Chattered Accountancy course and have to study at least four months to appear in the foundation exam.

Results: The results for CA Foundation Exam will be tentatively published within 3-4 weeks after the exam is completed. The score is considered valid for 3 years.

CA Foundation Exam Highlights

The exam details relevant to CA Foundation are tabulated below.

CA Foundation at a glance
Elements Details
Exam Name CA Foundation (earlier known as Common Proficiency Test)
Acronym CA Foundation (earlier known as CA CPT)
Conducting Authority The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
Level of Exam National
Exam Category Undergraduate (UG)
Course Offered Chartered Accountancy in India
Mode of Exam Offline i.e. Pen and Paper-based Test (PPT)
Exam Medium English
Duration of Exam 4 Hours (2 Hours for each exam Session)
Frequency Twice a year

CA Foundation 2020 Exam Date

Candidates must note that the ICAI CA July 2020 is cancelled and it is merged with ICAI CA November 2020 cycle. The application process will start from August 5, 2020 in the official website of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Below are the details of all the important dates of CA Foundation 2020 as well as for Intermediate and Final course exams.

Exam Date
Foundation Course Exam - Under New Scheme December 8, 10, 12, and 14, 2020
Intermediate (IPC) Course Examination - Under Old Scheme  Group-I: November 22, 24, 26, and 28, 2020
Group-II: December 1, 3, and 5, 2020
Intermediate Course Examination - Under New Scheme Group-I: November 22, 24, 26, and 28, 2020
Group-II: December 1, 3, 5, and 7, 2020
Final Course Examination - Under Old Scheme Group -I: November 21, 23, 25, and 27, 2020
Group -II: November 29, December 2, 4, and 6, 2020
 Final Course Examination - Under New Scheme Group -I: November 21, 23, 25, and 27, 2020
Group -II: November 29, December 2, 4, and 6, 2020
International Trade Laws and World Trade Organisation (ITL & WTO), Part I Examination Group A: November 21, and 23, 2020
Group B: November 25, and 27, 2020
International Taxation - Assessment Test (INTT - AT)  November 21 and November 23, 2020

Candidates should be aware of CA Foundation Exam Dates and other important dates. These dates are as follows.

CA Foundation Important Dates
Important Events Dates
Application Form Start Date August 5, 2020
Last Date to submit the application form August 25, 2020
Submission of Application with Late Fees of INR 600 or US$10 September 4, 2020 
Application correction window   September 7, 2020, to September 13, 2020
Online exam forms re-opened September 9, 2020, to September 11, 2020
Admit Card Availability November 1, 2020
CA Foundation November 2020 Exam Date December 8, 2020 to December 14, 2020
Results Date December 18, 2020 

Time and Schedule of CA Foundation Exam

The schedule of CA Foundation 2020 exam is tabulated below.

CA Foundation Time and Duration
Examination Paper(s) Exam. Timings (IST) Duration
Foundation Paper 1 & 2 2 PM to 5 PM 3 Hours
Paper 3 & 4* 2 PM to 4 PM 2 Hours

Note: In Paper 3 and 4 of Foundation Examination and all papers of Post Qualification Course Examinations there will not be any advance reading time, whereas, in all other papers/exams mentioned above, an advance reading time of 15 minutes will be given from 1.45 PM (IST) to 2 PM (IST).

CA Foundation 2020 Eligibility

Candidates must check the eligibility criteria before registering for the CA Foundation exam. The basic eligibility criteria for CA Foundation Exam is given below.

CA Foundation Eligibility Criteria
CA Foundation Eligibility Criteria Details
  • Candidate must have passed 10+2 (Senior Secondary) or equivalent.
  • The aspirants must have passed 10+2 level (Senior Secondary) qualifying examination from a national or state-recognized Board of Secondary Education in India. The aspirants are required to register/ switch over to Common Proficiency Course with Board of Studies (BoS) of ICAI. They should do this before October 2, 2020.
  • Candidates should get his/her registration to Common Proficiency Course re-validated in case it has been three years from their CA Foundation registration. This is because the CA Foundation course registration has a validity of three years.
Age Limit No Age Limit

CA Foundation 2020 Registration

Application form for CA Foundation Exam will be available from August 5, 2020. Candidates can fill in the CA Foundation Application Form and submit it on/before August 25, 2020. The last date for the submission of the application form with a late fee of INR 600 or US$10 is September 4, 2020. Candidates can read the following section to get more details about the CA Foundation Registration.

How to apply for CA Foundation?

Candidates can follow the steps given below to apply for the CA Foundation 2020 exam.

  • Candidates can visit the official website and click on the 'login/register' icon.
  • Register yourself as a 'New User' by filling all the required details and then by clicking on the 'Register' button.
  • You will receive your login ID and password on your registered email id.
  • Now login and fill your details and address details for registration and save the details.
  • Then fill the academic details, exam centres option, etc in the application form.
  • Pay the application fee for CA foundation and then upload your scanned photograph and signature and click on the submit button. Now you have completed the application process.

Correction Window: If you have made a mistake in the application form, ICAI will provide a correction window and in this period you can change the mistakes.

CA Foundation 2020 Registration Fee

The registration fee of CA Foundation is tabulated below:

Details of Fee For Indian Nationals (INR) For Foreign Students (USD)
Cost of Foundation Prospectus 200 20
Foundation Registration Fee 9000 700
Subscription for Student’s Journal (For One Year ) (Optional) 200 20
Subscription for Member’s Journal (For One Year ) (Optional) 400 40
Total 9800 780

CA Foundation 2020 Application Form

The CA Foundation 2020 application form will be available on the official website, candidates can visit the website and apply for CA foundation. Candidates have to submit the application form before the last date. 

Application Fee

An application fee for the CA foundation depends on the location of candidates' selected test centre.

Exam Centre

Application Fee

For Indian Centres

INR 1500

For Katmandu (Nepal) Centre

INR 2200

For Overseas Centres (Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Muscat)

US$ 325

Documents required to apply for CA Foundation

Various documents and details required to apply for CA foundation are as follows.

  • Candidate's name, valid email address, and other personal details.
  • Permanent Address
  • Academic details
  • Scanned images of the candidate's recent photograph and signature.
  • Online fee payment options.

CA Foundation 2020 Exam Pattern

CA Foundation 2020 is an offline test (Pen and Paper Based). CA Foundation 2020 Examination can be taken up in either English or Hindi, as preferred by the student twice a year.

There will be four papers in CA Foundation out of which Paper 1 & 2 are subjective while Paper 3 & 4 are objective. 

  • Paper 1: Principles And Practice Of Accounting.
  • Paper 2: Business Laws And Business Correspondence
  • Paper 3: Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, And Statistics
  • Paper 4: Business Economics And Business & Commercial Knowledge

Details regarding CA Foundation Exam Pattern is given below:

CA Foundation: Exam Pattern
Particulars CA Foundation 2020
Conducting Body Institute Of Chartered Accountant Of India (ICAI)
Level of Exam National Level
Frequency of Exam Twice a Year ( May and December)
Mode Of Exam Offline
Mode of Registration Online
Number of Papers 4

Paper 1 &2: 3 hours & Paper 3 & 4: 2 hours

Negative marks Only for Paper 3 and 4 (0.25), i.e is 1/4th of marks
Basic Eligibility Passed Class 12 or Appearing for Class 12 in Current Year
Exemptions Graduates and Post Graduates or Candidates with Equivalent Qualification
Marking Scheme 100 marks each paper
Negative Marking No negative marking for Paper 1 & 2, 0.25 marks for Paper 3 & 4.
Official Website
Difficulty level Moderate

CA Foundation 2020 Syllabus

Candidates preparing for the CA Foundation 2020 must have a good idea about the latest syllabus and should also refer to the detailed topics for each subject. This gives candidates a better understanding of the type and content of questions to expect in the CA Foundation exam.

The questions in CA Foundation 2020 will be based on topics like Fundamental of Accounting, General Economics, Mercantile Laws, and Quantitative Aptitude.

The CA Foundation Syllabus is given in the following below:

CA Foundation syllabus for Principles and Practice of Accounting

  • Theoretical Framework
  • Accounting Process
  • Bank Reconciliation Statement
  • Inventories
  • Concept and Accounting of Depreciation
  • Accounting for Special Transactions
  • Final Accounts of Sole Proprietors
  • Partnership Accounts
  • Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Organisations
  • Introduction to Company Accounts
  • Basic Accounting Ratios (profitability, solvency, liquidity, and turnover)

CA Foundation syllabus for Business Laws & Correspondence and Reporting

Section A

  • Business Laws The Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • The Sale of Goods Act, 1930
  • The Indian Partnership Act, 1932
  • The Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008
  • The Companies Act, 2013

Section B

  • Business Correspondence and Reporting
  • Communication
  • Sentence Types
  • Vocabulary Root Words, Synonyms, Antonyms, Prefixes, Suffixes, Phrasal Verbs, Collocations & Idioms
  • Comprehension Passages
  • Note Making
  • Introduction to basic writing
  • Precis Writing
  • Article Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Writing Formal Letters
  • Writing Formal Emails
  • Resume Writing Meetings

CA Foundation syllabus for Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning & Statistics

The syllabus of the CA Foundation for Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning & Statistics are given below:

Part A

  • Business Mathematics
  • Ratio and proportion, Indices, Logarithms
  • Equations and Matrices
  • Linear Inequalities with Objective Functions and Optimizations
  • Time value of Money
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Sequence and Series
  • Sets, Functions, and Relations
  • Basic concepts of Differential and Integral Calculus

Part B

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Number Series
  • Direction Tests
  • Setting Arrangements
  • Blood Relations Syllogism

Part C

  • Statistics
  • Statistical Description of Data
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
  • Probability
  • Theoretical Distributions
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Index Numbers and Time Series

CA Foundation syllabus for Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge

The syllabus of the CA Foundation for Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge is given below:

Part 1

  • Business Economics
  • Introduction to Business Economics
  • Theory of Demand and Supply
  • Theory of Production and Cost
  • Price Determination in Different Markets
  • Business Cycles

Part 2

  • Business and Commercial Knowledge
  • Business and Commercial Knowledge: An Introduction
  • Business Environment
  • Business Organizations Government Policies for Business Growth
  • Organizations Facilitating Business
  • Common Business Terminologies

CA Foundation 2020 Admit Card

ICAI has released the admit card on the official website on November 1, 2020. The applicants can download the admit card from the official website by entering their login details.

Online copy: Candidates should remember that no hard copy of the admit card will be sent to the candidates, the CA Foundation Admit Card will be available on the official website. Candidates need to take a printout on an A4 size sheet.

Requirement: All the candidates will have to carry the printed copy of the admit card for admission to the examination hall during CA Foundation 2020.

How to download CA Foundation Admit Card?

Once ICAI releases admit card on their official website, candidates can follow these steps to download them.

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. You have to log in with your credentials.
  3. Now you can see an icon "Admit Card", click on it and view your admit card.
  4. Click on print admit card to take the printout in an A4 size sheet.

Note: If you lose your admit card, you can take printout again by following the same steps.

CA Foundation Admit Card Contents

The contents present on CA Foundation Admit Card are:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Candidate’s Photograph and Signature
  • Name of the Examination Centre
  • Roll Number
  • Examination City
  • Medium of Examination
  • Candidate’s Address
  • Exam day instructions for candidates

Note: Candidates can download the CA Foundation Admit Card for a maximum of three times.

CA Foundation 2020 Exam Centres

Candidates have to choose the exam centre during the ICAI CA Foundation 2020 application process. A total of 350+ Exam Centres in India and 6 overseas exam centres for CA Foundation 2020 have been assigned and they are as mentioned below:

  • Overseas Exam Centres: Abu Dhabi (UAE), Doha (Qatar), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Muscat (Oman) and Kampala (Uganda).

CA Foundation: Exam Centres
CA Foundation Exam Centre Cities
Agra Guntur Ongole
Ahmedabad Gurgaon Palakkad
Ahmednagar Guwahati Palghar
Ajmer Gwalior Pali Marwar
Akola Haldwani Panipat
Alappuzha Haridwar Panvel
Aligarh Hisar Parbhani
Allahabad Hubli Patiala
Alwar Hyderabad Patna
Ambala Ichalkaranji Pimpri-Chinchwad
Amravati Indore Pondicherry
Amritsar Jabalpur Pune
Anand Jaipur Raipur
Anantapur Jalandhar Rajamahendravaram
Asansol Jalgaon Rajkot
Aurangabad Jalna Ranchi
Badlapur Jammu Ratlam
Banswara Jamnagar Ratnagiri
Bareily Jamshedpur Rewa
Bathinda Jhansi Rewari
Beawar Jhunjhunu Rohtak
Belgaum Jind Rourkela
Bellary Jodhpur Saharanpur
Bengaluru Junagarh Salem
Berhampore Kaithal Sambalpur
Bhagalpur Kakinada Sangli
Bharatpur Kannur Sangrur
Bharuch Kanpur Satara
Bhavnagar Karimnagar Satna
Bhilwara Karnal Shimla
Bhiwandi Kishangarh Shimoga
Bhiwani Kolhapur Sikar
Bhopal Kolkata Siliguri
Bhubaneswar Kollam Sirohi
Bhuj Kota Sirsa
Bikaner Kottayam Sivakasi
Bilaspur Kozhikode Solapur
Bundi Kumbakonam Sonepat
Burhanpur Kurnool Sri Ganganagar
Chandigarh Latur Srinagar
Chandrapur Lucknow Surat
Chennai Ludhiana Surendranagar
Chhindwara Madurai Thane
Chittorgarh Malappuram Thiruvanthapuram
Churu Mandsaur Thrissur
Coimbatore Mangalore Tinsukia
Cuttack Mapusa (Goa) Tiruchirapalli
Dehradun Margao (Goa) Tirunelvelli
Delhi/New Delhi Mathura Tirupati
Dhanbad Meerut Tripura
Dhule Moradabad Tuticorin
Durg Mumbai Udaipur
Durgapur Muzzafarnagar Udupi
Eluru Muzaffarpur Ujjain
Ernakulam Mysore Vadodara
Erode Nagpur Vapi
Faridabad Nanded Varanasi
Fatehabad Nashik Vasai
Firozabad Navi Mumbai Vellore
Gandhidham Navsari Vijayawada
Gandhinagar Neemuch Visakhapatnam
Ghaziabad Nellore Warangal
Gondia Nizamabad Yamuna Nagar
Gorakhpur Noida Yavatmal

Additional Exam Centres

Due to COVID Pandemic, the ICAI has announced on August 4, 2020, that they will open additional test centres for all the CA Exams. Candidates can select the above or below mentioned new test centres at the time of CA Foundation 2020 application process.

Name of the State Name of the Exam City
Andhra Pradesh Srikakulam and Vizianagaram
Assam Silchar, Golaghat, Jorhat, Nagaon, Sibsagar and Tezpur
Bihar Banka, Begusarai, Arrah, Motihari, Gaya, Gopalganj,
Jamui, Jehanabad, Katihar, Lakhisarai, Madhepura, Madhubani,
Munger, Bihar Sharif, Nawada, Purnea, Sasaram, Samastipur, Chhapra,
Sitamarhi, Siwan, Supaul, Hajipur and Bettiah
Chattisgarh Janjgir, Korba and Rajnandgaon
Dadra & Nagar Haveli Silvassa
Gujarat Amreli, Palanpur, Nadiad, Mehsana, Godhra, Porbandar and Himatnagar
Haryana  Narnaul
Himachal Pradesh Hamirpur, Solan, Kangra, Mandi and Una
Jharkhand Bokaro Steel City, Deoghar, Dumka, Giridih, Hazaribagh and Ramgarh
Karnataka Bagalkot, Bidar, Vijayapura, Chamaraja Nagar, Chikamgalur,
Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Gadag, Hassan, Haveri, Madikere, Kolar,
Koppal, Mandya, Raichur, Tumakuru and Sirsi
Kerala Idukki, Kasaragod, Adoor and Kalpetta
Maharashtra Bhandara, Buldhana, Hingoli, Nandurbar, Osmanabad, Sindhudurg,
Wardha and Washim  
 Meghalaya Shillong 
 Manipur Imphal  
 Nagaland  Kohima / Dimapur 
Odisha Angul, Balangir, Balasore, Bargarh, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur,
Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Jeypore, Puri and Rayagada
Punjab Mandi Gobindgarh, Ferozepur, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Mansa
and Sri Muktsar Sahib
Rajasthan Bundi, Dausa, Dungarpur, Hanumangarh Town, Jalore, Jhalawar,
Nagaur, Rajsamand and Tonk
Sikkim Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Nagercoil, Karur, Hosur,
Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Ooty, Pudukkottai, Karaikudi, Theni,
Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai and Villupuram
Telangana Adilabad, Sangareddy, Shamshabad, Khammam, Mahabubnagar,
Medak and Nalgonda
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Faizabad, Azamgarh, Baghpat, Bahraich, Ballia, Basti, Bijnor, Badaun,
Deoria, Etah, Etawah, Ghazipur, Gonda, Hathras, Jaunpur, Amroha,
Lakhimpur Kheri, Kushinagar, Mirzapur, Pilibhit, Pratapgarh, Rae
Bareli, Rampur, Bhadohi, Shahjahanpur, Sonebhadra and Sultanpur
Uttarakhand Almora, Kotdwar and Kashipur
West Bengal Haldia, Hooghly, Purulia and Kharagpur

CA Foundation 2020 Result

Results for CA Foundation 2020 June will be announced along with the November cycle results, by the ICAI on December 18, 2020. Candidates can check their qualifying status for Chartered Accountancy Foundation Exam online on the official website.

How to check the CA Foundation Result?

Candidates can check the CA Foundation 2020 results by following the below steps.

  1. Visit the official website of ICAI and click on Foundation Exam Results.
  2. After clicking, it will redirect to the exam results page where candidates need to enter the credentials. 6 digit Roll number and Pin number/registration number of the candidate has to be entered.
  3. Candidates need to enter the captcha as shown in the box provided and click on "Submit". The candidate's CA Foundation Result will appear on the screen.

CA Foundation 2020 Scorecard Details

The Result for CA Foundation 2020 exam will consist of the following details.

  • Candidate's Roll Number
  • Candidate Name
  • Paper number
  • Subject Name
  • Minimum and Maximum marks
  • Total Marks obtained
  • Result Status

Certification: Also, candidates who obtain a minimum of 70% marks in the CA Foundation 2020, will receive a “Pass with Distinction” certificate from the ICAI.

CA Foundation 2020 Merit List 

After the CA Foundation 2020 results are declared, the ICAI will publish the merit list of the top 50 rank students who cracked the exam. Candidates need to click on the "Merit list" option and enter their Roll number/Registration number to access the merit list.

CA Foundation 2020 Cut off

Candidates have to score the minimum marks set by the ICAI to get shortlisted for Common Proficiency Course (CPC). The candidates must have scored a minimum of 50% average and a minimum of 40% marks in each paper. The cut off is issued by the exam authority along with the result of the exam. Candidates must remember that there are different cut off for all the categories, so they must check the related cut off with respect to the categories. 

Factors Affecting CA Foundation Cut Off

CA Foundation Cut Off depends on several factors which determine the eligibility of the candidates for the further round of counselling process. Some of the important factors which are considered for the CA Foundation Cut Off are listed below:

  1. The number of candidates who have applied for the exam.
  2. Seat Availability
  3. The number of candidates who have appeared for the exam.
  4. Previous years' cut off trends.
  5. The number of candidates who qualified for the exam.
  6. Reserved Categories
  7. Marking Scheme
  8. Paper difficulty levels

CA Foundation Cut Off 2020 (Expected)

The minimum marks to qualify for the CA Foundation 2020 exam for each of the papers is tabulated below. Candidates can check the expected sectional cut off marks for each of the papers in the table below.

CA Foundation Cut Off Marks (Expected)
Section Sectional Cut Off for CA Foundation Overall Percentage Required
Paper I- Principles and Practice of Accounting 40 Marks 50%
Paper-II- Business Laws and Business Correspondence and Reporting 40 Marks
Paper III- Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning & Statistics 40 Marks
Paper IV- Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge 40 Marks

CA Foundation Cut Off 2019

The table below represents the sectional cut off marks for the CA Foundation and the overall percentage required to qualify for the CA Foundation exam. Candidates can check the sectional cutoff for each of the subjects to be eligible for the counselling process.

Section Sectional Cut Off for CA Foundation Overall Percentage Required
Paper I- Principles and Practice of Accounting 40 Marks out of 100 (40%) 200 Marks out of the maximum marks (50%)
Paper-II- Business Laws and Business Correspondence and Reporting 40 Marks out of 100 (40%)
Paper III- Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning & Statistics 40 Marks out of 100 (40%)
Paper IV- Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge 40 Marks out of 100 (40%)

Past 6 Years Application Trends for CA Foundation

The following table has details as to how many students have passed CA Foundation over five-plus years.

CA Foundation: Students Pass Rate
Exam Appeared Passed
Jun-16 107058 41727
Dec-15 99077 34129
Jun-15 128916 32619
Dec-14 100957 14880
Jun-14 130291 37303
Dec-13 113553 42706
Jun-13 138746 37489
Dec-12 111961 30305
Jun-12 149348 56091
Dec-11 115984 40975
Jun-11 139226 46372

Graph of total students who have taken up the CA Foundation from June 2011 to June 2016:

Number of candidates attempted exam between 2011-2016

Inference: The above graph depicts the trend in the last 6 years; students who appeared for the exam and passed in the same.

Red and green bar: The red bar denotes students who have appeared for the exam and green bar shows the students who passed the CA Foundation exam.

June 2016 Exam Trends

Data of the number of candidates who appeared and qualified in CA Foundation exam in June 2016.

Demographic information: The above graph shows the demographic distribution of the candidates who have appeared for the exam in June 2016. You can infer from the graph that the pass percentage for CA Foundation June 2016 was 40.5%.

December 2016 Exam Trends

CA Foundation December 2016 - Number of candidates appeared and passed.

Demographic information: The above graph shows the demographic distribution of the candidates who have appeared for the exam in December 2016 and qualified in the same. One can infer from the above graph about the pass percentage for CA Foundation December 2016 was 46%.

Important Guidelines

Time of the registration: The candidate has to reach the allotted examination centre 30 minutes before the start of the examination to complete the registration formalities well before the time.

Stationery products: Ensure carrying 2 black ball pens, 3-4 HB pencils, and other requirements for examination. The candidate has to mark the responses with an HB pencil and write details with a black ball pen.

Carefully fill the circles in the OMR sheet: Aspirants need to check twice after filling the circles in the OMR sheet and other details in the examination.

Use a rough page for calculations: All calculations should only be done in the rough pages of the question paper. Avoid calculations at any other place.

Response & marks: Attempt only those questions in which you are confident. Your every wrong attempt will reduce your marks.

Test conducted as per schedule: No candidate will be allowed to leave his/her seat or the examination hall until the test concludes as per schedule.

Scribble pads: Scribble pads will be provided to the candidates in the examination hall by the invigilators. The same should be used for all rough work.

Minimum attempt of questions: The candidate should attempt 160 questions with full confidence than attempting 200 questions with 40 wrong attempts.

Avoid carrying expensive products: Except for the CA Foundation 2020 Admit Card and identity proof, candidates are not allowed to carry any textual material, Electronic Watches, printed or a bit of paper, mobile phone, pager, or any other device inside the Examination Room/Hall.

How to prepare for the CA Foundation 2020 Exam?

To prepare for the CA Foundation 2020 exam, candidates must follow these strategies.

  • Make a proper schedule.
  • Prepare short notes as per the topics listed in the syllabus.
  • Have a good command over the calculator.
  • Do three to four times of revision per day.
  • Attempts mock tests as much as possible.
  • Follow time-management strategies for each section to manage time during the exam.
  • Practice previous year papers. It will help the candidates to analyze what type of questions are being asked in the exam.

Contact Details

Address: The Additional Secretary (Exams)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
ICAI Bhawan
Indraprastha Marg
New Delhi 110 002
Helpline Numbers: 0120-3054 851, 3054 852, 3054 853, 3054 854, 3054 835, 4953751,
4953752, 4953753, 4953754.
E-mail address: [email protected]

Official Website:

Frequently Asked Questions

If a student aspires to take up a career as a Chartered Accountant then CA Foundation Exam is the first step towards that direction. It is conducted twice a year by ICAI.

Although calculators are allowed in CA Foundation Exam, scientific calculators and calculators with more than 6 functions, 12 digits, and 2 memories are not allowed.

There are four papers in CA Foundation, they are

  • Principles and Practice of Accounting,
  • Business Laws And Business Correspondence,
  • Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, And Statistics and
  • Business Economics And Business & Commercial Knowledge.

To pass in CA exam candidates must have scored a minimum of 50% average in all the papers together and a minimum of 40% marks in each paper.

You will have a total of 6 attempts to clear the exam.

You can give CA Foundation after your 12th exam.

CA foundation will have four papers namely

  • Principles and Practice of Accounting,
  • Business Laws And Business Correspondence,
  • Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, And Statistics and
  • Business Economics And Business & Commercial Knowledge.

And the topics will be from these papers.

The last date to apply for CA Foundation 2020 is  August 31, 2020.

CA Foundation was formerly known as CA CPT.

No, there is no exemption in CA Foundation Exam, but there is the concept of exemption in CA Intermediate and CA Final exams.

Yes. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has announced that the ICAI CA July 2020 cycle exam will be merged with the upcoming November 2020 cycle. Candidates are opted out of the July 2020 cycle by default, and they can attempt the exam in November without paying any extra fee or re-registration.

Discussion Forum



Hello Sandeep,

In CA Foundation, Paper-1 and Paper-2 will have subjective/long answer type questions. Paper-3 and Paper-4 will have multiple-choice based objective type questions and hence Paper-3 and Paper-4 will have negative marking.

Check out the detailed exam pattern on our article: CA Foundation

Answer By: Getmyuni

01 Jul 2020


How much is the CA Foundation Exam Fee

Asked By: Anonymous 29 Jun 2020


Hello Bharath,

The application fee of CA foundation varies based on the location of the exam. However, if you choose to write the Exam within India the fee will be Rs.1000 + GST. Check out the application fee for other locations here: CA Foundation 2020

Answer By: Getmyuni

02 Jul 2020


Hello Arav,

The application process for CA foundation began on 5th FEB 2020 and the last date to submit the application form is 31st AUGUST 2020. The Exam is postponed as of now and the rescheduled dates will be announced soon. Check out our article to know more the dates CA Foundation 2020

Answer By: Getmyuni

07 Jul 2020



Hello Shivajith,

Check out the reference books, mock test papers and previous year question papers of CA Foundation

Answer By: Getmyuni

26 Aug 2020


Why don't you try applying online for the examination? Visit CA Foundation Application Form 2020 to learn more about the online application process.

Answer By: Getmyuni

25 Aug 2020

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