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ICAI (Open) CA Foundation Registration 2021- Complete Guide

The ICAI has started the new online registration for the CA Foundation courses at the official website, i.e., CA foundation course is the ICAI first level exam, therefore candidates have to register with BOS, i.e., Board of Studies and with the foundation course. The last date to register for the CA foundation course for May/June is January 1, 2021, and for Nov/December is July 1, 2021.  

Nowadays, being a CA is an inspiration for various commerce students but it is a tough course that is easy to enter but difficult to exist. Through the entrance examination, ICAI tests the aptitude level and ability of students to do the course efficiently.

CA Foundation is an entrance test which is introduced by ICAI in place of CPT. CPT is an entrance test for the students who want to pursue the Chartered Accountancy course. With effect from 1st July, 2017 ICAI has revised its syllabus and replaced CPT with the CA Foundation. The registration for the CPT has ceased from 30th June 2017 and registration for the CA Foundation has started from 1st July 2017. Exams for the Foundation course held twice in the year May and Nov same as its other levels CA Intermediate and CA Final.

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    CA Foundation 2021 Registration Last Date

    CA Foundation 2021 Registration Last Dates
    AttemptLast Date for registration
    May/June 2021 1st January 2021
    Nov/Dec 2021 1st July 2021

    NOTE: Candidates who want to pursue CA Foundation Courses have to register online for the course. Candidates will be eligible for the CA foundation 2021 exam only if they fill the CA foundation 2021 application form. Your registration will not get end in case you could not pass the Examination in either one or two attempts. The registration for the CA Foundation course will be valid for three years i.e. up to six attempts. Even after three years, you can revalidate your registration for a further three years by depositing Rs 300/- as revalidation fees.

    Eligibility for CA Foundation 2021 Registration

    You will be eligible to register for this after appearing in the 12th examinations constituted by Law or conducted by an examining body recognized by the Central Government. Earlier, a student after clearing the 10th examination could register himself for CPC (Common Proficiency Course) but now a student only after appearing in class 12th examination can register himself for the CA Foundation. And he will be eligible to sit for the exam only after passing the 12th Examination.

    However, for the November 2021 CA Foundation Exam, ICAI has allowed ‘Provisional Registration’ for the students of class 12th. Due to the state board and central board exams being rescheduled, the 12th class students are eligible for this Provisional Registration in two scenarios: 

    1. Students who have a valid admit card and have given one or more board exams and students, 
    2. Students who have an admit card issued by the central board or state board of India but have not appeared in any of the board exams.

    So in place of the 12th Marksheet, students will have to submit a scanned copy of their admit card. After the results are announced, students will have to submit their Marksheet as well. Students who have given their exams but results are awaited can also register under Provisional registration. 

    The fascinating aspect of this course is that anyone can start this course without having an age limit as a constraint. In addition to this, there are no such reservation criteria in passing percentage or campus placement which adds to the reputation of this course

    A student has to undergo the four months study period for appearing in the CA Foundation Examination. For example, if you want to appear in the next Examination then you need to get yourself register on or before 31st December 2019 and in case if you want to appear in November 2020 Examination then the registration of the CA Foundation course must be completed before 30th June 2020. Do understand in detail and want to know the answer to all your eligibility related answers read the CA Foundation Eligibility article.

    CA Foundation 2021 Registration Process 

    Step 1- New students who want to register for CA for the first time click here. The following screen will open. Please enter your details as shown on the screen: salutation, name, gender, DOB, email id, mobile number, country. Now click Generate OTP. The OTP will be sent to your mobile number and the verification link will be sent to your email ID. 

    ca foundation 2021 registration

    Step 2- Enter the captcha text. And click on the submit button to receive your OTP.

    Step 3- You will receive an OTP for validation.

    Step 4- Enter OTP to complete the validation and complete the Login process.

    Step 5- Once OTP Validations is Completed, the Applicant will receive login credentials on Email/SMS for login and completion of the Course Registration Process. You can log in by clicking here. The following screen will open.

    CA foundation 2021 registration process

    Step 6- After logging in, candidates will see 2 options. Select ‘Student Cycle’ on the left side. 

    Step 7- Click ‘Apply for Foundation’ on the new screen. 

    On the next window, some of the details will be already filled as you have entered them initially. The other details to be provided in the CA Foundation BOS Registration 2021 are:

    1. Marital Status
    2. Father’s Name
    3. Mother’s Name
    4. Aadhar Number (optional)
    5. Pan Number (optional)
    6. Your correspondence and permanent address
    7. City
    8. Pin code
    9. Category
    10. Nationality
    11. and other more details

    Step 8- After filling in all the details, click on ‘Save and Next’.

    Step 9- Next window will require details about your 10th and 12th qualification like Roll no, Board name, Year and month, Result details (Marks, Percentage/CGPA). You also have to upload the scanned copies of the original documents- 10th and 12th Marksheets. (12th Admit card in case of provisional registration.)

    Step 10- Select the medium of study- English or Hindi. Click Save and Next to proceed further.

    Step11 Now upload your photograph and a specimen of scanned signature (should be on a blank white paper with blue ink.) The maximum aspect ratio of the image is width: 21 centimeters and length:27 centimeters. The file size of every scanned document should be less than 1 MB and in a pdf or jpeg file format. Satisfy the given condition to avoid rejection of the application. Click on Generate OTP and enter the OTP you received.

    Step 12- The last step involves the payment of the CA Foundation registration fees. You will be redirected to the payment gateway. You can make the payment through Net Banking/Debit Card/Credit Card. On successful payment of the fee, the system will automatically generate the form along with a successful transaction message.

    Step 13- Take a print of the automatically generated and filled CA Foundation form. Attach the required documents. Finally, you will have to post them to the postal address of ICAI. 

    On completion of the registration process, the study material will be sent to the candidates through the Centralized Dispatch System (CDS). 

    Documents You Require for ICAI CA Foundation Registration 2021

    You should arrange a scanned copy of the below documents for the online registration of the CA Foundation Exam. After the online CA registration is complete, you need to send the physical documents (printouts) of the CA Foundation registration form along with the documents.

    1. Attested copy of the Admit Card/ Marksheet of class 12th Examination issued by the respective board.
    2. One latest colored photograph should be affixed on the hard copy of the CA Foundation registration form.
    3. Attested copy of the proof of Nationality, if the student is a foreigner.
    4. Attested copy of the proof of special category certificate i.e. ST/ SC/ OBC or differently-abled.
    5. Attested copy of the 10th Marksheet/ Admit card of 10th class indicating the Name and Date of Birth.

    On completion of the registration process, study material will be sent to the students at their registered address through the CDS (Centralised Dispatch System).

    CA Foundation 2021 Registration Fees

    Registration fees for the CA Foundation course 2021 are given below in the table –

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

    Important Update regarding Registration Fee: 

    ICAI has made an exception in the Registration Fee for all levels of the CA course. Through a recent announcement on their official website, ICAI has allowed a 75% fee concession… Read more

    Registration Letter of CA Foundation

    ICAI issues CA Foundation course registration letters for the students who have registered for this course. It takes around one month to reach the registration letter to reach your address. In case time has passed then you can inquire with the regional office.

    You can also download the registration letter online –

    The candidate has to go on the ICAI official site (, then click on the e-services at the top of the site on the right side.

    1. After clicking on the e-services you will found Reprint Letter under the head Members and Students.
    2. There you need to select the type of letter which you want to get print i.e. registration for the CA Foundation course.
    3. After selecting the letter type you need to select the candidate type i.e. student.
    4. Now, you have to enter your registration number and thereafter date of birth.
    5. After submitting the above details you can get a print of your acknowledgment letter.

    Why You Need  CA Foundation Registration Letter Before the Exam

    It is always advised by ICAI to bring your CA Foundation registration letter along with the admit card. In the absence of the availability of admit cards, If a student has a registration letter then he/she can appear in the examination after some procedures.

    If you lost your registration number, the registration letter helps in claiming your registration number.

    How to Check the CA Foundation 2021 Registration Status Online

    To ensure your CA Foundation Nov 2021 registration, you need to check your CA Foundation 2021 registration status. By these two methods, check and confirm your registration.

    1. At the end of your CA Foundation course registration procedure, you receive a confirmation mail including your registration number and password. It confirms your registration.
    2. You can also check your registration status here from the above registration letter link. If you can successfully access your registration letter, it confirms your registration.

    What if the Registration No. and Date of Birth Entered Doesn’t Match  While registering as New User?

    Due to technical issues, data does not get validated and candidates face this issue. For more details, you can click here and get to know how to resolve this issue. 

    What after CA Foundation 2021 Registration

    1. After registering for the CA foundation course on due time, Icai provides the study material to the students by CDS.
    2. Students take compulsory study leave for 4 months for CA Foundation preparation as scheduled by ICAI.
    3. But this doesn’t make a student eligible to appear for the CA foundation exam!!!
    4. The CA Foundation exam is held twice a year in the month of June and November.
    5. The students are eligible to appear for an exam only after registering for the CA foundation exam. The CA foundation exams form or Application form is available on the ICAI website one and a half months prior to exams.
    6. Students can only submit the CA Foundation application form online, along with examination fees of Rs 1500, and generate their CA Foundation admit card.
    7. Admit card is also issued online, which needed to be printed and carried to the examination center. After giving exams you will get your CA Foundation result within 2 months of the day your exams get over and you can check it from our website.

    About CA Foundation Exam

    CA Foundation Exam is the first exam of the CA Course. It is conducted twice a year by ICAI, in the month of May and November.

    CPT is being replaced by CA Foundation, priorly CPT was totally Objective but in CA Foundation two subjects are Objective and two subjects are Subjective, each paper is 100 marks.

    Students need to attain a minimum of 40% marks in each subject and 50% aggregate of all papers to clear the CA Foundation Exams.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques 1- What are CA Foundation Registration Fees?

    Answer: CA Foundation Registration Fees for Indian Students is INR 9800 and USD 780 for Foreign Students

    Ques 2- When can I register for CA Foundation?

    Answer: Students can register themselves for CA Foundation-

    For May Attempt, you can register on or before 31st Dec of the preceding year.

    For Nov Attempt, you can register on or before 30th June of the same year.

    Ques 3How to do ICAI Registration or register for CA Foundation?

    Answer: Students need to register with the ICAI Board of Studies for CA Foundation Course

    We hope that this article would help you in completing your CA Foundation registration status. So, you are welcome to the Chartered Accountancy course. And if you want to clear the exams smoothly then you need a wise and knowledgeable mentor who can guide you in the correct way. VSI teachers have proven great mentors for the number of students. So, we welcome you to the VSI for the CA Foundation Coaching. And after completing the CA foundation course with the VSI, you will join for the Intermediate and CA Final course.

    Ques 3What is the time limit for uploading the 12th mark-sheet after provisional registration?

    Answer: Students need to submit the signed copy of the 12th mark-sheet to the concerned regional office within 7 days of online registration with a signed online registration.

    Ques 4- From where can we download the CA Foundation Mock Test Papers?

    Answer: Students can download the CA foundation mock test paper from the given link.

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