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CA foundation exam is very important exam for aspiring CA students.  CA Foundation exam is an entry-level exam for students interested to pursue a career in Chartered Accountancy. CA Foundation Exam is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) twice a year. It is a national level exam which consists of four papers. CA Foundation exam was previously called as CA – CPT exam.

Students need to clear three major stages to become a Chartered Accountant (CA). The three stages are Foundation, Intermediate, and Final stage. Candidates who have either passed Class 12 or going to appear for Class 12  exam conducted by an examining body constituted by the law in India (or any examination recognized by the Central Government as equivalent thereto) are eligible for this exam. ICAI will conduct the upcoming CA Foundation exam in May 2019. All eligible candidates need to register with Board Of Studies (BOS) and apply for the Exam. This article will provide you with complete details regarding CA Foundation 2019.

CA Foundation 2019: Everything You Need To Know

CA Foundation exam is going to be conducted in May 2019 (tentative). ICAI will release the official notification and all the eligible candidates will be able to apply for the exam from February 2019.

Before getting into the details of CA Foundation 2019, let’s have an overview of the exam:

Name Of The Exam CA Foundation 2019
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
Basic Eligibility Passed Class 12 or Appearing for Class 12 in Current Year
Exemptions Graduates and Post Graduates or Candidates with Equivalent Qualification
Official Website

CA Foundation Exam Dates 2019

Starting of Application Process1st Week of February 2019
 Last Date to Apply without Late Fee last Week of February 2019
  Last Date to Apply with Late Fee 1st Week of March 2019
 Release of Admit card 2nd Week of April 2019
 CA Foundation Exam May 2019
 CA Foundation Result 3rd Week of July 2019

As the CA Foundation Notification for 2019 is yet to be released, let’s go through the tentative dates for CA Foundation 2019:

CA Foundation 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the CA Foundation 2019, candidates must go through the CA Foundation eligibility criteria and check if they are eligible to appear for the exam:

  1. Candidate must have passed or appeared in this year for Class 12 or any equivalent examination carried out by a recognized board.
  2. Candidates registered for the CA Foundation must have undergone a minimum of 4 months of the study period before appearing for the foundation exam.

List of examinations boards conducting Class 12 exams which are treated as equivalent to the senior secondary examination is as follows:

  1. Board of Intermediate Education, Andhra Pradesh
  2.  Assam Higher Secondary Education Council
  3. Bihar School Examination Board
  4. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
  5. Chhatisgarh Board of Secondary Education
  6. Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
  7. Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education
  8. Gujarat Secondary & Higher Secondary Education
  9. Board of School Education, Haryana
  10. H. P. Board of School Education
  11. J & K State Board of School Education
  12. Jharkhand Academic Council
  13.  Government of Karnataka Department of Pre-University Education
  14.  Kerala Board of Higher Secondary Education
  15. Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education
  16. Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh
  17.  Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur
  18. Meghalaya Board of School Education
  19.  Mizoram Board of School Education
  20. Nagaland Board of School Education
  21. Council of Higher Secondary Education, Orissa
  22. Punjab School Education Board
  23.  Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan
  24.  Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examinations
  25.  Tripura Board of Secondary Education
  26.  U. P. Board of High School and Intermediate Education
  27. Board of School Education, Uttarakhand
  28. West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education
  29. Chhatisgarh State Open School
  30. M.P. State Open School
  31. National Institute of Open Schooling
  32. Rajasthan State Open School
  33. The West Bengal Council of Ravindra Open Schooling
  34.  Banasthali Vidyapith
  35. Students who have completed two years of higher education including Diploma course after passing 10th class, conducted either by Central/ State Government(s) and on passing such a course have either been admitted to first year of graduation course or have passed the graduation course conducted by any University, including Open Universities, established by law in India shall be also eligible for admission to the Foundation Course.
  36. 10+2 Examination of any other recognized Board/University not covered above but recognized by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as equivalent to Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination as recognized by Central Government.
  37. 5 (Five) passes at GCE ‘O’ level/GCSE/IGCSE in A/B/C Grades and two passes at GCE ‘Advanced’ level examination of the approved British Examining Bodies is recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to +2 stage qualification of an Indian Body.

How To Apply For CA Foundation 2019

CA Foundation registration is expected to start from 1st week of February 2019. ICAI will release notification for the upcoming exam shortly and we will update you regarding the further updates from ICAI.

Candidates can apply for the exam in the online mode from the official website. Candidates have to successfully apply and make the payment before the last date to ensure further processing of the application form.

Once you have registered with ICAI it will be valid for the period of three years. Candidates can attempt for CA Foundation exam for a maximum of six times as the exam is conducted twice a year. however, If you need to extend the validity of your registration, you can do so by paying the applicable fees to ICAI.

CA Foundation 2019 Registration Fees

The CA Foundation registration fees are tabulated below:

Details of FeeFor Indian Nationals (Rs)For Foreign Students (USD)
Cost of Foundation Prospectus20020
Foundation Registration Fee9000700
Subscription for student’s Journal (For One Year ) (Optional)20020
Subscription for member’s Journal (For One Year ) (Optional)40040

CA Foundation 2019 Exam Pattern

CA Foundation exam consists of 4 papers. Paper 1 and Paper 2 consists of subjective type questions. Paper 3 and Paper 4 consists of objective type questions.

  1. Each paper carries 100 marks and the maximum duration is 3 hours.
  2. Paper 3 and paper 4 have the negative marking scheme and 1/4th of the marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  3. Candidates must score a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and a minimum of  50% marks in aggregate of all the papers to pass the CA Foundation exam.

The papers of the exam are listed below:

  • Paper 1: Principles And Practice Of Accounting (100 Marks)
  • Paper 2: Business Laws And Business Correspondence
    a) Business Laws (60 Marks)
    b) Business Correspondence And Reporting (40 Marks)
  • Paper 3: Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning And Statistics
    a) Business Mathematics (40 Marks)
    b) Logical Reasoning(20 Marks)
    c) Statistics (40 Marks)
  • Paper 4: Business Economics And Business & Commercial Knowledge
    a) Business Economics (60 Marks)
    b) Business and Commercial Knowledge (40 Marks)

CA Foundation 2019 Admit Card

CA Foundation Admit Card is expected to be released online on the official website by the 2nd week of April 2019. Admit card will be made available only after successful completion of the application and payment process before the last date.

Candidates need to download their Admit Card by logging in using their Registration Number and Password. The admit card consists of all the necessary details like candidates name, roll number, photo, signature, etc. If there is any discrepancy in your admit card, contact the official authorities immediately.

Candidates who are going to appear for the upcoming exam need to compulsorily carry the hard copy of their hall ticket along with valid ID proofs. Candidates without hall ticket will not be allowed to attempt the CA Foundation exam 2019.

CA Foundation 2019 Result

The result for CA Foundation 2019 will be released on the official website ( after the exam is conducted. All the registered users will be notified through mail and SMS when the results are announced.

Candidates can download their CA Foundation Result from the official website by logging in using your Registration Number and Password. Candidates will also be able to download their scorecard.

Now you know all about CA Foundation exam 2019. As there is less time now it is absolutely necessary to go through the syllabus thoroughly and put this little time to use as much as possible.

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