CA Foundation

ICAI CA Foundation Eligibility and Registration

Want to Know CA Foundation eligibility criteria?? CA Foundation Course is the entry level exam for pursuing Chartered Accountancy Course in India.  After appearing in class 12th examination or equivalent examination recognized by the Government or Government body, Student can register with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for CA Foundation Course.


CA Foundation Eligibility

Students are eligible to appear in the Foundation Examination only after qualifying the senior secondary (10+2) examination conducted by an examining body. After registration with ICAI,  Students are required to complete a minimum of 4 months study period starting from the date of registration in order to be eligible to appear in the Foundation Examination, i.e., students registered on or before 30th June/ 31 st December will be eligible to appear in November/ May examination, as the case may be.

List of Examinations treated as equivalent to Senior Secondary Examination are as follows:

  1. Board of Intermediate Education, Andhra Pradesh
  2. Assam Higher Secondary Education Council
  3. And Host of other exams approved by Government or Government Body

As per the revised CPT New Course of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India, the aspirant of CA shall be required to pass the CA Foundation Examination instead of Common Proficiency Test to enter in CA Course.

Consequently, the registration for the Common Proficiency Course (CPC) shall discontinue effect from July 1 2017 though exams of students enrolled before July 2017 for Common Proficiency Test will be conducted till June 2019.

Information about Schedule of both Exams: Common Proficiency Test (CPT) and CA Foundation is as follows

Type of Entry Level Exam Date
Last Date for CPT Registration June 30, 2017
First time registration for CA Foundation July 1, 2017
Schedule of First Foundation Exam May, 2018
Schedule of last CPT Exam June 2019

Parallel Attempts – There will be three parallel attempts

CPT CA Foundation
June 2018 May 2018
December 2018 November 2018
June 2019 June 2019

CA Foundation/CPT Registration

Last dates for appearing in the CPT and CA Foundation examinations:

Last date of registration in CA Foundation Course for appearing in  CA Foundation May 2018 Exam 31st December 2017
Last date of registration in CA Foundation Course for appearing in CA Foundation Nov 2018 Exam 30th June 2018
Last date of registration in CA Foundation Course for appearing in CA Foundation May 2019 Exam 31st December 2018
Last date of registration in CA Foundation Course for appearing in CA Foundation Nov 2019 Exam 30th June 2019
Last date of registration in CA Foundation Course for appearing in in CA Foundation May 2020 Exam 31st December 2019

Change in Curriculum

Along with shift from CPT to CA foundation, changes in curriculum and pattern of CA foundation has also been made.  It comprises four papers, out of which two are objective and two are subjective type. Besides, Negative marking for choosing wrong options is applicable. Foundation Examinations are held twice a year in the months of May and November. Examination Department of ICAI  issues notifications/announcements regarding the conduct of Foundation Examination on Institute’s website.

Thereafter, students now can only register for the foundation course.


CA Foundation Registration by Online Application form

The process of CA Foundation registration starts with filling Online Registration Form. You can start filling your online registration form from below online registration link.

CA Foundation Online Registration Form

While filling the online form, candidates should take into consideration the following points

  • After filling the Online Form, a candidate has to pay the required fees online using the payment gateway.
  • On successful payment, the system will automatically generate the Form. Then take the print of the form.
  • Along with print out of the online registration form, following documents are to be submitted to concerned Regional Office of ICAI within 7 days of the date of online registration
    • The duly signed printout of online successful registration form in hard copy
    • One recent colour photograph (affixed on the printout of the online successful registration form)
    • Attested copy of the 10th Marksheet/ Admit Card of 10th class indicating the Name & Date of Birth
    • Attested copy of Admit Card / Mark sheet of Class 12 examination issued by the respective Board
    • If student is a foreigner, then attested copy of proof of Nationality should also be submitted,
    • For students of reserved category and disabled students, attested copy of proof of special category certificate i.e SC/ST, OBC and Differently abled should be provided.

CA Foundation Registration is not the end

After getting registered for Foundation Course, students are also required to fill the CA Foundation application form for appearing in Foundation Examination. The registration in Foundation Course is valid for 3 years. It can be revalidated any number of times for further 3 years period by paying revalidation fee of Rs. 300/-. Subjects covered in Foundation Course introduced recently

Paper-1: Principles and Practice of Accounting (100 Marks)

Paper-2: Business Law & Business Correspondence and Reporting (100 Marks) Section A: Business Law (60 Marks) Section B: Business Correspondence and Reporting (40 Marks)

Paper-3: Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning & Statistics (100 Marks) Part I: Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning (60 Marks) Part II: Statistics (40 Marks)

Paper-4: Business Economics & Business and Commercial Knowledge (100 Marks) Part I: Business Economics (60 Marks) Part II: Business and Commercial Knowledge (40 Marks) Paper-3 and Paper-4 are objective type papers with negative marking.


For abovementioned papers, The Board of Studies issues its comprehensive study materials covering all four subjects.

Passing Criteria for Foundation Examination

A Foundation Course candidate shall be declared to have passed the examination if he/ she obtains at one sitting a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all the papers, subject to of negative marking.

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Offices of Registration for CA Foundation

Candidates wishing to enroll in any one of the mentioned states- Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand –should submit the form and documents at the following Regional Office:

Northern India Regional Council of

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

ICAI BHAWAN, 52-54, Institutional Area,

Vishwas Nagar, Shahdara, Near,

Karkardooma Courts, Delhi – 110 032

Phone: 011-39893990, 30210601, Fax: 011-



The details of the CA FOundation  registration fee are as follows:

CA Foundation Registration Fees

Serial Number Fee details Optional or Compulsory Fee for Indian Students (in Rs) Fee for Foreign Students

(in US Dollars)

1 Prospectus of Foundation Course Compulsory 200 20
2 Registration fee Compulsory 9,000 700
3 Subscription for Students’ Journal (For One Year) Optional 200 20
4 Subscription for Members’ Journal (For One Year) (Optional) Optional 400 40
9,800 780


After the registration process is over, the study material will be dispatched to the address of the candidates.

So the above-mentioned text lays down the CA Foundation eligibility and registration process that is the first step in a journey to pursue CA.

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