Every commerce student dreams of becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA) one day. CA Foundation by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India helps the CA aspirants to achieve their goals. CA Foundation Exam is a must for the aspirants who want to carve a niche in the sector of business accounting.
- July 1, 2020: The ICAI has extended the late date to register for the CA Foundation Exam to August 31, 2020. The examination that was to be conducted on June 19, 2020 stands postponed until further notices due to the health concerns caused by the COVID-19. Read more about the extension in our news section.
- The ICAI CA Foundation July 2020 exam will be merged and conducted with the ICAI CA Foundation November 2020 examination.
- What is CA Foundation?
- CA Foundation 2020 Exam Date
- CA Foundation 2020 Eligibility
- CA Foundation 2020 Syllabus
- CA Foundation 2020 Registration
- CA Foundation 2020 Application Form
- CA Foundation 2020 Exam Pattern
- CA Foundation 2020 Admit Card
- CA Foundation 2020 Exam Centres
- CA Foundation 2020 Result
- CA Foundation 2020 Cut off
- CA Foundation Question Papers
- Related Exams
What is CA Foundation?
CA Foundation is a national level exam conducted in June & 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).
In compliance with the Chartered Accountants Regulations 1988, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) conducts and administers CA Foundation Exam twice every year.
Results: The Results for CA Foundation Exam will be tentatively published within 3-4 weeks after the exam is completed. Your score is considered valid for 3 years.
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.
|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)|
|Duration of Exam||4 Hours (2 Hours for each exam Session)|
|Helpdesk||[email protected] 419 29290120-3054 851, 3054 852, 3054 853, 3054 854, 3054 835, 4953 751, 4953 752, 4953 753, 4953 754|
CA Foundation 2020 Exam Date
ICAI CA Foundation May 2020 Exam Dates are given below:
|Foundation Course Exam - Under New Scheme||To be announced|
|Intermediate (IPC) Course Examination - Under Old Scheme||To be announced|
|Intermediate Course Examination - Under New Scheme||To be announced|
|Final Course Examination - Under Old Scheme||To be announced|
|Final Course Examination - Under New Scheme||To be announced|
|International Trade Laws and World Trade Organisation (ITL & WTO), Part I Examination||To be announced|
|International Taxation - Assessment Test (INTT - AT)||To be announced|
Admit Card: The Admit Card will be released by the conducting authority i.e. ICAI on August 31, 2020.
Exam: ICAI CA Foundation 2020 November will be conducted from June 19, 2020 in two sessions viz. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm.
Result: Results for CA Foundation 2020 November will be announced on July 15, 2020.
Candidates should be aware of CA Foundation Exam Dates and other important dates. These dates are as follows.
|Application Form Start Date||February 5, 2020|
|Last Date to submit the application form||August 31, 2020|
|Submission of Application with Late Fees||To be announced|
|Admit Card Availability||To be announced|
|CA Foundation Exam Date||Postponed|
|Results Date||To be announced|
Time and Schedule of CA Foundation Exam
|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
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 CA Foundation course registration has a validity of three years.
Basic eligibility criteria for CA Foundation Exam is given below:
|Education||10+2 (Senior Secondary) or equivalent|
|Age Limit||No Age Limit|
CA Foundation 2020 Syllabus
Candidates preparing for CA Foundation 2020 should refer to the detailed syllabus for each subject. Because this gives them a better understanding of the type and content of questions to expect in the exam.
The questions in CA Foundation 2020 will be based on topics like Fundamental of Accounting, General Economics, Mercantile Laws, and Quantitative Aptitude.
CA Foundation Syllabus is given in the following table:
|1. Principles and Practice of Accounting||
|2. Business Laws & Business Correspondence and Reporting||Section A:
|3. Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning & Statistics||Part A:
|4. Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge||Part I:
CA Foundation 2020 Registration
Application form for CA Foundation Exam was available from February 5, 2020. Candidates can fill in the CA Foundation Application Form and submit it on/before August 31, 2020. Candidates can read the following section to get more details about CA Foundation Registration.
How to apply for CA Foundation?
Candidates can follow these steps to apply for CA Foundation:
- 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.
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. And if there are some mistakes in the application form then ICAI will provide an Application correction window and the candidate can edit/modify details such as the medium of exam and exam centre.
Application Fee: An application fee for the CA foundation depends on the location of candidates' selected test centre.
|Exam Center Location||Application Fee||Late Fee|
|Within India||INR 1000 + GST||INR 600|
|In Kathmandu (Nepal)||INR 1700 + GST|
|In Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Muscat (UAE)||USD 300 + GST||USD 10|
|In Doha (Qatar)||USD 300 + GST|
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 Exam and they are:
- 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:
|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|
|Duration||3 hours for each paper|
|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|
CA Foundation 2020 Admit Card
ICAI released the admit card on the official website on August 31, 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.
- Visit the official website "icaiexam.icai.org".
- You have to log in with your credentials.
- Now you can see an icon "Admit Card", click on it and view your admit card.
- 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 2020 Exam Centres
Candidates have to choose the exam centre during their application process. A total of 191 Exam Centres in India and 5 overseas exam centres for CA Foundation 2020 have been assigned and they are as mentioned below:
Overseas Exam Centres: Abu Dabi (UAE), Doha (Qatar), Dubai (Dubai), Kathmandu (Nepal), Muscat (Oman).
- Exam Centres in India: List of CA Foundation exam centres is given in the following table:
|CA Foundation Exam Centre Cities|
CA Foundation 2020 Result
Results for CA Foundation 2020 June will be announced by the ICAI on July 15, 2020. And candidates can check their qualifying status for Chartered Accountancy Foundation Exam online on the official website.
Format: CA Foundation Result will be published in the form of a PDF file, which will have roll numbers and names of the qualified candidates. The published result also mentions the qualifying status of candidates, individual subject marks, and minimum qualifying marks for CA Foundation 2020.
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 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.
CA Foundation Question Papers
Along with reference books for CA Foundation Exam, candidates can refer to the following material to prepare for CA Foundation Exam.
- Comprehensive Material: The ICAI provides comprehensive reading material including a large question bank.
- Model Test Papers: Candidates are advised to take benefit of the Model Test Papers and question banks.
- Mock Exam: Candidates need to take up the mock exam and go through CA Foundation 2020 Previous Year Question Papers to get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam.
Choice to Answer Papers in Hindi
Candidates of Foundation will be permitted to select the English/Hindi medium for answering papers. Point by point data will be found in guidance notes facilitated at https://icaiexam.icai.org. Anyway, the mechanism of Examinations will be just English regarding Post Qualification Course viz.: Insurance and Risk Management (IRM). Specialized Examination, International Trade Laws and World Trade Organization (ITL and WTO) and International Taxation – Assessment Test (INTT – AT)
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.
Graph of total students who have taken up the CA Foundation from June 2011 to June 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
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
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%.
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.