ICAI (Open) CA Foundation Registration Dec 2021- Complete Guide

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The ICAI has started the new online registration for the CA Foundation courses at the official website, i.e., icai.org. 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 now CA Foundation 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 are held twice in the year May and Nov same as its other levels CA Intermediate and CA Final.

To get all the latest updates regarding CA Foundation 2021 registration bookmark this page.

Ca Foundation Registration Important Updates

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has extended the application deadline for the December 2021 Foundation exam. Candidates will now be allowed to register for the ICAI CA December foundation exam till August 16. However, these students will be required to send their Class 12 examination mark sheets to the Additional Secretary, Examination Department of the institute by September 10. 

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Basic Details of CA Foundation Dec 2021

Exam Name CA Foundation 2021
Conducting Body Institute Of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI)
Level of Exam National Level
Frequency of Exam May and June 2021 & November and December 2021
Mode Of Exam Offline (Pen and Paper Based)
Mode Of Registration Online
Number Of Papers 4
Medium of Exam English/ Hindi(English compulsory for Section B of Paper 2)
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 icai.org
Paper 1 & 2 2 PM to 5 PM(3 Hours)
Paper 3 & 4 2 PM to 4 PM(2 Hours)

CA Foundation Dec 2021- Important Dates

Here is the updated schedule of CA Foundation 2021.

Event Date
Starting of Application Process 20th April 2021
Last Date to Apply without Late Fee 4th May 2021
Last Date to Apply with Late Fee 7th May-2021
Release of Admit card To be announced
CA Foundation Exam Dec 2021 13th, 15th, 17th & 19th December 2021
CA Foundation Result July 2021 To be Announced

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 Registration Dec 2021

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 December 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 Registration 2021 Process 

Registration Dates of CA Foundation 2021

Registration May amd June 2021 1st January 2021
Registration November and December 2021 16th August 2021

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 Dec 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 Registration Fees Dec 2021

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

Details of Fee For Indian Nationals (Rs) For Foreign Students (USD)
Cost of Foundation Prospectus 200 20
Registration Fee 9000 700
Subscription for student’s Journal (For One Year ) (Optional) 200 20
Subscription for member’s Journal (For One Year ) (Optional) 400 40
Total 9800 780

Important Update regarding Registration Fee: 

ICAI has made an exception in the CA foundation Fee. Through a recent announcement on their official website, ICAI has allowed a 75% fee concession.

Registration Letter of CA Foundation Dec 2021

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 (www.icai.org), 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.

CA Foundation Correction Window

Candidates appearing for the CA Foundation 2021 exam scheduled in August will have an opportunity to make changes in their test city preference in the online application form. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, students have given an opportunity to make changes in the exam centre preferences at their convenience.

How to Check the CA Foundation Registration Dec 2021 Status Online

To ensure your CA Foundation Dec 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?

Sometimes the data does not get validated but still, the registration process allows for submitting the form. ICAI shall look into this and set it right. In case you are sure of your eligibility, please apply with the particulars that you have and create a provisional login by ticking against “YES. Register me as Provisional Candidate”. The registration will be provisional against a PxxxxxXXXX number due to the authentication issue. Please Do Not worry. The ICAI office will try to regularise the registration with the help of particulars provided by you and will bother you only in case it remains unresolved at the ICAI end.

What after CA Foundation Registration Dec 2021

  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.

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.

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-

  1. For May Attempt, you can register on or before 31st Dec of the preceding year.
  2. 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

Ques 4What 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 5- 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.