Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Exam

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Exam

Mode of ExamOffline
Level of ExamNational Level

The ICAI exam, also known as CA exam, is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), to produce chartered accountants in India. The ICAI conducts various examinations corresponding to different levels of the Chartered Accountancy course, in accordance with the Chartered Accountants Regulations 1988. Candidates who wish to take up Chartered Accountancy as a career, are required to enroll for the programme at ICAI and qualify all the levels of exams within a stipulated period of time to be certified as a Chartered Accountant. 

ICAI Examination Levels

  • Common Proficiency Test (CA CPT)

  • Foundation 

  • Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Examination

  • Final Examination


ICAI Exam Highlights



Exam Name


Conducting Body

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Exam Level

National Level Exam

Exam Frequency

Twice a year

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

Two hours



Exam Purpose

Training and Certifying Chartered Accountants in India

Course Offered

Chartered Accountancy 

No. of Test Cities

192 cities in India and 5 abroad

Exam Helpdesk No.

1800 419 2929

Exam Website



ICAI Exam 2020 Registration Dates


ICAI Foundation, Intermediate & Final Examinations


Registration begins

February 05, 2020

February 05, 2020

Last date of application 

 February 26, 2020

February 26, 2020

Last date of application with late fees

March 04, 2020

March 04, 2020


How to Fill CA Exam Application Form:

  1. Register on the official ICAI website as a new user

  2. Choose registration number in the drop down

  3. Authenticate using course+SRN+DOB

  4. Once authentication is done, enter email and mobile number

  5. Login with the help of registration number and password

  6. Provide address and other details

  7. Validate email and mobile number

  8. Fill up the form and upload the necessary documents

  9. Make payment of application fee to complete the process

  10. Download the duly filled form

The option for uploading scanned passport size photograph and signature will be given, but in case the photo and signature do not appear on the printout. Paste a recent passport sized photo on the printout and sign it.

The print out should be sent to the following address by speed/registered post only:

NEW DELHI – 110 002

The candidate must mention "Online Application Form for CPT Exam" on the envelope.

ICAI Exam 2020 Eligibility

CPT Eligibility

  • Candidates who have passed Class 12 examination from a recognized school/institute are eligible to register for Common Proficiency Test.

  • A candidate who registered for Common Proficiency Test 60 days prior to the first day of the month in which CPT examination is to be held i.e. on or before 1st April and 1st October, can appear in the CPT examination to be held in June and December respectively.
  • Candidates who are Graduate or Post Graduate in Commerce with a minimum of 55% of total marks or its equivalent grade in the examination conducted by any recognized University (including Open University) with certain subjects OR Graduates or Post Graduates in any other stream having secured a minimum of 60% of the total marks or its equivalent grade in the examination conducted by any recognized University (including Open University) are exempted from passing CPT.

Intermediate (IPC) Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for Intermediate examination is divided into three categories:

Category I:  Candidates who have passed CPT and 10+2/PE I/ Foundation/Entrance Examination.

Category 2 :  Candidates who were already registered for erstwhile Intermediate Examination as per syllabus under paragraph 2 or 2A of Schedule B or Professional Education (Course-II) or Professional Competence Course and converted into Intermediate (IPC) Course/ Accounting Technician Course (ATC)

Category 3: Direct Entry

a) Graduates/Post graduates:

Under this category, those candidates are included who registered for the intermediate course/ATC and also completed or wouldbe completing 9 months of practical training(including study course for a period of 8 months)

Candidates converted from Intermediate/PE II/PCC/IPCC/CPT into the Intermediate (IPC) Course/ATC under this category and also completed 9 months of practical training.

Candidates who registered for Intermediate (IPC) course through CPT route and appeared in the Intermediate (IPC) Examination in one or both groups but did not pass any of the groups, and converted to Intermediate (IPC) under the Direct Entry Scheme.

For Intermediate level examination passed students of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India/The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, eligibility criteria is same as Graduates/Post Graduates.

Additionally, one must ensure that:

  • He/She is enrolled for the relevant level(s) of the Intermediate (IPC) Course or/and their registration is valid. Registration to the Intermediate (IPC) course is valid for 4 years.

He/She has undergone a study course, for a period not less than eight months, as may be specified by the Council for the relevant level(s), and can produce a proof of the same when sought. 

CA Final Eligibility

  • The candidate who have passed the Intermediate examination or Professional Education Examination – II./PCC/IPCC, are eligible to apply for Final exam.

  • The candidate must also have completed 3 years or 3½ years or must be due to complete, as the case may be, of article training as on the date of filling the form.

  • The candidate must be serving the last twelve months of articled training including excess leave, if any.

  • The candidate must be serving the last six months of articled training including excess leave, if any, and due to complete 3½ years on or before 30th April, 2019. (for PCC stream student)

  • The candidate must be serving the last six months of training including excess leave,iIf any, and due to complete 3 years on or before 30th April, 2019. ( for Intermediate IPCC student)

  • The candidate must be serving the last twelve months of training including excess leave, if any, and due to complete 3½ years articleship on or before 31st October, 2019. (for students converted from PE-II to PCC  as well as students converted from PE-II to PCC and then to IPCC)

  • Candidates who have taken termination are advised to re-register for the balance period of training.

CA course comprises, three levels - CPT, Intermediate and Final. The exam pattern and syllabus for all these three are different.

Here we have shared each level's exam syllabus topic wise:

CPT syllabus:

Fundamentals of Accounting

1.Theoretical Framework

  • Meaning and Scope of accounting
  • Accounting Concepts, Principles and Conventions
  • Accounting Standards – concepts, objectives, benefits
  • Accounting Policies
  • Accounting as a measurement discipline – valuation principles, accounting estimates

2.Accounting Process
3.Bank Reconciliation Statement
4. Inventories
5. Depreciation accounting
6. Preparation of Final Accounts for Sole Proprietors
7. Accounting for Special Transactions
8. Partnership Accounts
9. Introduction to Company Accounts

Mercantile Law

  • The Indian Contract Act , 1872
  • The Sale of Goods Act, 1930:
  • The India Partnership Act, 1932

General Economics

  • Micro Economics: Introduction
  • Theory of Demand and Supply
  • Theory of Production and Cost
  • Price Determination in Different Markets
  • Indian Economy – A Profile
  • Select Aspects of Indian Economy
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • Money and Banking

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Ratio and proportion, Indices, Logarithms
  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • Simple and Compound Interest including annuity ? Applications
  • Basic concepts of Permutations and Combinations
  • Sequence and Series – Arithmetic and geometric progressions
  • Sets, Functions and Relations
  • Limits and Continuity - Intuitive Approach
  • Basic concepts of Differential and Integral Calculus (excluding trigonometric functions)
  • Statistical description of data
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Probability and Expected Value by Mathematical Expectation
  • Theoretical Distributions
  • Sampling Theory
  • Index Numbers

The Intermediate IPC course exam syllabus:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law, Ethics and Communication
  • Cost Accounting and Financial Management
  • Taxation
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Information Technology and Strategic Management

Final Examination Syllabus:

Group I:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Advanced Auditing and Professional Ethics
  • Corporate and Allied Laws


Group II:

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Information Systems Control and Audit
  • Direct Tax Laws
  • Indirect Tax Laws
Application Start Date :

5th February 2020

Application End Date :

26th February 2020

Exam Date :

7th August 2020

Result Date :
Conducted By :

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)

Official Website : https://www.icai.org

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