CPT Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking, Total Marks

Exam Date

Jun 24, 2021

Apr 7, 2021 | Commerce


Exam Pattern of CA-CPT

The exam pattern for CPT 2021 is discussed below. Candidates can find the weightage of each section, marking scheme and other specifications in this section. Any changes made to the exam pattern by the conducting authorities will be updated here soon after. 

Headings Description
Mode CPT 2021 is conducted in Paper and Pen mode only.
Type of examination CPT 2021 is an objective type examination.
Total marks The exam is written for a total of 200 marks.
Sessions The exam is divided into 2 different sessions consisting of two subjects each and each session is for 2 hours.
Negative marking CPT 2021 exam is in a multiple-choice format with negative marking for incorrect answers.
Minimum marks To clear the CPT, a candidate must score overall an average of 50% and a minimum of 30% in each subject.

CA CPT 2021 Subject-wise Exam Pattern

Candidates can check for the subject-wise exam pattern of CA-CPT 2021.

Subject Maximum marks Minimum marks
Sec A: Fundamentals of Accounting 60 18
Sec B: Mercantile Laws 40 12
Sec C: General Economics 50 15
Sec D: Quantitative Aptitude 50 15
Total 200 100

CA CPT 2021 Number of Sessions

Session Timing(IST) Shifts
First Session (i.e. Morning Session) 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM (IST) Section - A Fundamentals of Accounting Section - B Mercantile Laws
Second Session (i.e. Afternoon Session) 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM (IST)  Section - C General Economics Section - D Quantitative Aptitude

SESSION – I (Two Sections– Two hours – 100 Marks)

Session-1 consists of two sections mentioned below. The candidate will be given 2 hours to attempt the questions. The paper is for 100 marks and the division of marks are as follows.

  • Section A:  Fundamentals of Accounting (60 Marks)

  • Section B: Mercantile Laws (40 Marks)


SESSION – II (Two Sections– Two hours – 100 Marks)

Session 2 has different weights for the two subjects. It also consists of 100 questions and has a time limit of 2 hours to answer all the questions.

  • Section C: General Economics (50 Marks)

  • Section D: Quantitative Aptitude (50 Marks)


CPT 2021 Important Instructions

  • Details: The candidate while writing in the OMR answer sheet should ensure that they write the correct question paper number, Roll No, Registration Number, Question paper Series code as given him/ her. It is mandatory to darken the appropriate circle of correct answer with a black ballpoint pen.

  • Booklet and OMR sheet: Each candidate will be given one question paper booklet of English/Hindi language as preferred by the student and one OMR answer sheet  (In English Language only) for each session.

  • Marking the Answer: Each column in the answer sheet corresponds to the serial number of the question given in the question paper booklet. In each column, there are 4 circles which correspond to the four options for the answer of which one is to be darkened on the answer sheet only. Any answer marked/darkened in the question booklet will not be taken cognizance of and no marks will be awarded.

  • Marking Scheme: The question paper for each session will consist of 100 objective type question. Each question will be of 1 mark and for every question, four options for the answer will be given in the booklet. The candidate is required to select the correct out 4 options if it is A, B, C or D and mark the circle using a black ballpoint pen or HB pencil. The below image you can see how the OMR sheet answers should be marked.

         CA CPT  Marking Scheme 

  • Correct Answer: For each correct answer, 1 marks will be awarded.

  • Wrong Answer: For each wrong answer, 0.25 Marks will be deducted.

  • Multiple Darkened Circles: Multiple darkened circles for a question will be treated as a wrong answer.

  • Not Answered: And for questions not answered i.e. blanks, zero marks will be given.

  • Option: The candidate has the option to erase the answer if he/she wants to change the answer already darkened.

  • Essentials: In such a case, he/she should with a good eraser so that no marks will be visible after erasing.


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