CA Foundation Examination Complete Course Guide

CA Foundation is a part of the revised scheme introduced by the ICAI. CA Foundation is an entry-level test designed for students who want to pursue the CA Course. Exams for the ICAI CA Foundation will conduct twice a year in June and November. CA Foundation is replacing the current entry-level test CPC (Common Proficiency Course). A student after appearing in the 12th examination can register for the CA Foundation course. The complete CA Course is of 4.5 years duration. Below is the article, you get all the CA Foundation course details.

Latest Announcement of ICAI About CA Foundation 2021

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has recently got the government’s approval for amending the regulations 25E, 25F and 28F of Chartered Accountants Regulations, 1988, which now allows candidates to preliminarily register for CA Foundation after passing Class 10th examinations. The ICAI announces that this preliminary admission will only be modulated or regularized when the candidate will pass the Class 12th exams.  The main motive behind this is that the students will get plenty of time to gain knowledge and obtain necessary techniques while pursuing Class 11th and Class 12th, and finally clear their CA Foundation exams with good grades.

CA Foundation – New Entry Scheme

The ICAI executed it’s plan to make the entry-level difficult, not like IIT-JEE or PMT but better than CPT, in the form of CA Foundation. As we all know the CA Course is easy to enter and difficult to exist. CPT is considered much easier compared to its other two levels i.e. CA Intermediate and CA Final. So, in order to fill this gap, an initiative has been taken by the ICAI by replacing CPC with the CA Foundation.

    Want VSI Mock Test Papers for CA Foundation 2021?

    Get VSI Mock Test Papers with Answer Keys via E-Mail.

    ICAI president said that they are introducing the subjective pattern in the CA Foundation because of the objective pattern in the CPT it welcomes the guesswork of hundreds of candidates and in this way, many ineligible candidates get entrance in this course. To overcome such vulnerabilities in the entrance test of CA Course ICAI has introduced CA Foundation in place of CPT.

    Your Journey to CA Foundation Examination 

    It is your complete journey that you will follow in CA Foundation Examination June this year from registration to appear in the examination

    1. Eligibility –After appearing in the 12th examination you will be eligible to get register for this course so register yourself.
    2. Preparation – Once you are registered you have to undergo a study period of four months to appear in the exam.
    3. Application Form – Apply for the Foundation exams that mean fill the application form through the ICAI portal.
    4. Admit Card – ICAI issues the admit card generally 21 days before the exams. You can download your admit card from the ICAI portal. You will not get the admit cards offline.
    5. Error Correction – If any error has occurred in filling the application form regarding the center/medium then one can apply for the correction. ICAI has provided the facility of two correction window, each has a separate time limit.
    6. One Month Preparation Prepare well for the exams. Don’t limit yourself just to crack this exam. You should prepare for a high score.
    7. The result – It is probable that the CA Foundation result will declare within 2 months from the Exams.

    Important Dates for CA Foundation June 2021 Attempt

    Last Date for registration for June 2021 attemptMarch 25, 2021
    Last date to submit Application Form04 May 2021
    Last date to submit Application Form (with late fee)07 May 2021
    CA Foundation June 2021 Attempt Exam Dates24th, 26th, 28th & 30th JUNE 2021
    Correction Window open-I8 May 2021
    Correction Window closing-I11 May 2021
    CA Foundation June 2021 attempt Exam Forms10th May 2021
    Admit Card Release Date14 days before exam
    CA Foundation ResultTo be Announced 

    Eligibility for Registration in CA Foundation

    Exams for the CA Foundation will conduct twice a year i.e. June and November. A student can register in this course after appearing in the 12th examination constituted by the law or recognized by the Central Government and appear in the Foundation examination after passing the 12th Examination.

    The students are required to undergo a study period of four months after the registration in the CA Foundation course to appear in the Exams. That means if one wants to appear in the June examinations then he is required to get himself register in or December or if one wants to appear in November examinations then he will be required to get registered in this course before June.

    However, due to the delay in the Class 12th Central and State Boards Results declaration, ICAI has modified the eligibility criteria and allowed provisional registration for students who have not cleared their 12th Exams. We have explained the other requirements in case of provisional registration in our CA Foundation Registration Guide. (Link is given in the next section)

    CA Foundation Registration Procedure

    You can register for the CA Foundation course through the ICAI portal under the Course registration forms under the student’s tab by making the requisite payment. Once the payment is successful it will automatically generate the form which is required to get print.

    You have to deposit such form within 7 days duly signed by the candidate along with the following documents –

      1. Attested Copy of the Admit Card/ Marksheet of class 12th examination issued by the respective board.
      2. You need to affix the latest colored photograph on the hard copy of such registration form.
      3. If the student is a Resident of another country, then attested copy of proof of Nationality.
      4. Attested copy of proof of special category certificate i.e. ST/SC/OBC, differently-abled.
      5. Attested copy of 10th Marksheet/ Admit card indicating the Name and Date of Birth.

    Although registration is not a one-time procedure. Once the registration is done for the Foundation course it will be valid for three years. In addition to that, it can be revalidated any number of times for a further three years by depositing nominal fees decided by the council from time to time.

    If you are willing to appear in CA Foundation in June 2021. Read CA Foundation Complete Registration Procedure and Eligibility Guide.

    CA Foundation Registration Fees

    A student can register for the CA Foundation course with the prescribed fees –

      S.No.Details of FeesRupees For Foreign Students (US $)
        1.Cost of Foundation Prospectus20020
        2.Foundation Registration Fees9000700
        3.Subscription for Students Journal (For one Year- Optional)20020

    Once the above registration process is completed the Study Material will be dispatch to the candidates through the Centralised Dispatch System (CDS).

    Exemption: ICAI has given a 75% concession in the registration fees for the CA candidates from some specific states. Read more details at CA Foundation Fee Structure.

    Duration of Study Period for CA Foundation Students

    Once your registration is done, open your books and prepare well for the CA Foundation exams. Don’t just think to crack the exam instead of it prepare for a high score. Dream big from the beginning so that you will not face failure in the entire journey as a CA student.

    You will get four months study period after the registration which is more than enough to secure 70% marks. Select the correct coaching institute which can provide you proper guidance or you can also opt for CA Foundation online classes and study at the comfort of your home, work hard, and work smart.

    CA Foundation Application Form (Exam Form)

    Registration in the course is not enough to appear in the Foundation exams. You have to fill the exam form to inform the ICAI that you are appearing in the Exam. You can fill the CA Foundation Application form from the ICAI portal after making the requisite examination fees.

    Where due to any unavoidable circumstances if the registration details entered by the candidate do not match with records maintained by the ICAI, for example, your registration number and date of birth showing some error then you can be offered to register provisionally.

    You are expected to check your profile before filing the application form online. In case your photograph and signature are not attached then you are required to attach your photograph and signature and the candidates who wish to change their photograph or signature can do so, in such a case you are required to print the PDF of the form. ( Affix his/her photograph, duly sign the form and get them attested. Attestation can be done only by a Practicing Chartered Accountant or Head of an Educational Institution or a Gazetted Officer) and submit it to the Exam Deptt. in the normal course. But the candidates whose photograph and signature are already appearing on the PDF are not required to send the hard copy/print out of such PDF to the Exam Deptt.

    While filling the form candidates are also required to upload the attested and scanned declaration. The size of the scanned file should be within 100-300KB  and the file should be in the JPG format.

    After completion of the above formalities, you are required to send the printout of such form in an envelope (without folding)  by speed post to the Joint Secretary Exam (Examination Department), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, ‘ICAI Bhawan, Indraprastha Marg, New Delhi – 110002.

    CA Foundation Admit Card

    Admit Cards are required to sit in the Examination Hall. ICAI generally issues admit cards 14 days before the exams. ICAI has ceased to send the admit cards physically. Now you can only download Admit Card for CA Foundation online from the ICAI website.

    You can download the admit cards maximum of three times. Take the print out at least 10 days before the exam to avoid a last-minute hurry.

    After downloading, in case you found there an error in Center/Medium (resulting from wrong details submitted in the application form), then you have an opportunity to rectify such error related to the Center/Medium. Read the steps you need to follow to rectify the errors of your admit card in our CA Foundation Admit Card blog.

    Correction Window in CA Foundation

    The Correction facility has two windows one of which is without fees ( called correction window) and another one is with correction fees (called “corrections with fees-window”) of Rs 1000/- per application.

    1. Free Window Facility–  Under Free Window Facility a student can change his/her Center/Medium within one week after the last date of submission of the Examination form(without late fees). The details of the form are available on the ICAI website.
    2. Correction Window Facility (with fees)– Under this window, a student can change his/her  Center/Medium with the payment of Rs. 1000/- per application. Generally, this window is open for correction up to one week before the exam. But request made immediately before 7 days will not be entertained by the ICAI under any case.

    In an announcement by ICAI, dated on 6th June, the re-opening of the correction window from 7th to 9th June 2020 was postponed.

    CA Foundation Syllabus and Study Material

    The entire Foundation syllabus is divided into four subjects –

    1. Principles and Practices of Accounting
    2. Business Law and Business Correspondence and Reporting
    3. Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning and Statistics
    4. Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge

    To complete the syllabus, you need to download the study material and buy some of the most recommended books.

    CA Foundation Exam Pattern and Papers

    The first two papers (accounting and law) are subjective, consisting of theory and practical questions while the latter two (mathematics and economics) are objective with MCQs. A negative marking of 0.25 will continue to remain in the objective papers as per the revised scheme.

    ICAI has also given a detailed Revised Exam Pattern with marks and weightage distribution in all four subjects. You must refer to the latest Exam Pattern before starting your preparations for the Foundation Exams

    You can also download the new CA foundation question paper, mock test papers, and revision test papers as per the latest scheme of the CA Foundation for practice. 

    Related: Do you know these simple time-saving tricks to use a calculator in CA Foundation Exam?

    CA Foundation Result

    The result for the CA Foundation will be declared with its other levels either with the CA Intermediate or CA Final that means approx two months after the exams. You can check your CA Foundation Results through ICAI website/SMS/Email. You can see the steps on how to get your results on our blog and also check the toppers list and pass percentage.

    CA Foundation 2021 Result Score Card Details

    The CA Foundation result 2021 scorecard will inclusive of the following information:-

    1. Student’s Roll Number
    2. Student’s Name
    3. Paper Number
    4. Subject Name
    5. Maximum and Minimum Marks
    6. Marks Obtained
    7. Status of the result

    In addition to this, if any student has scored more than 70% then he will receive a certificate i.e. “Pass with Distinction” from ICAI.

    How to Prepare for CA Foundation Exams?

    Here are some important points that you should keep in mind while preparing for CA Foundation exam:-

    1. Set a proper schedule.
    2. Make a list of important topics according to the syllabus.
    3. Have good proficiency in the calculator.
    4. Revise chapters 2 or 3 times a day.
    5. Test your knowledge by solving more and more mock test papers.
    6. Plan your time management strategies so that you can manage your time while appearing for the examination.
    7. Solve previous years’ question papers that will give you a brief idea about the questions asked during the CA Foundation examination.

    CA Foundation Coaching

    For a successful result, there is a need for correct mentors. We have provided correct guidance to thousands of students till now. As you can see VSI CPT results and VSI IPCC results in every attempt, we have given AIRs and top marks in both. We don’t limit our students to just get pass. See our miracle wall, even an average student with us score high in the CA Exams. Join VSI for  CA Foundation classes and begin your Chartered Accountant journey.

    What after CA Foundation?

    After passing the CA Foundation examination, now you have to prepare and register yourself for the next step i.e CA Intermediate. Start your preparation by going through the CA Intermediate study materials and recommended books. Also, by solving the previous year’s question papers, MTPs and RTPs. provided by the ICAI.


    Ques 1. What is the registration fee charged by ICAI Foundation Course Exam?

    Ans. Rs. 9200 for Indian students and US$ 720 for foreign students.

    Ques 2. What is the exam form fee for the CA Foundation Exam?

    Ans. Rs. 1500 for selecting a center in India, Rs. 2200 for the Kathmandu center, and US$ 325 for the overseas center (excluding the Kathmandu center).

    Ques 3. What are the criteria for negative marking in the CA foundation paper?

    Ans. ¼ mark is deducted in objective papers for every wrong answer.

    Ques 4. How many times can I appear in CA Foundation Exam?

    Ans. Your registration is valid until 3 years, so you have a total of 6 attempts. After this duration, you have to renew your registration.

    We have hundreds of articles to manage. If you find anything missing from the article then click the button below and give us your precious feedback. We will update your query on the page within a couple of hours. Your feedback will help us make our content better for you and your friends.