CA Foundation 2021 - Result (July Session Out), Exam Dates (Dec Session Out), Registration, Study Material
CA Foundation 2021- ICAI released the CA Foundation exam result for May/ July session on September 13, 2021. Candidates can request for inspection/ certified copies of their answer books by logging into their registered accounts till October 12, 2021. Earlier, it RELEASED the exam dates for the CA Foundation November/December session. For the may session exams, it provided the opt-out option for candidates who were unable to take the ICAI CA foundation 2021 exam (July session) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The CA Foundation application form for May 2022 is open. ICAI made it compulsory for all CA Foundation (old scheme) candidates to submit a fresh exam form for CA May 2021 cycle. The CA foundation, as the name suggests, is the first of the 3-level CA exam conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
ICAI conducted the May/ July session exams between July 24-30. The test is the entry-level exam for the Chartered Accountancy(CA) course. For more information related to the exam, like important dates, eligibility criteria, application process, exam syllabus, and more, read the complete article below.
Overview of CA Foundation 2021
Name of exam
Chartered Accountancy (CA) Foundation
Commonly known as
Exam conducting body
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)
Twice a Year (May and December)
|Scope of the exam||The UGC has now recognised CA qualification as equivalent to a PG degree, making CA qualified students eligible to pursue PhD in commerce and allied domains.|
Mode of exam
Medium of exam
Type of questions
Objective cum descriptive
Number of CA foundation papers
Duration of exam
Paper 1 and 2 - 3 hours
Paper 3 and 4 - 2 hours
Passed class 12th or Appearing for Class 12 in Current Year
Candidates with Equivalent Qualification or Graduates and Post Graduates
What is the ICAI CA foundation?
CA Foundation exam is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Accountant. Candidates who pass the class 10th exam can apply for CA foundation course through provision registration. Students who have passed or are appearing for the class 12th examination can register for ICAI CA foundation course.
Steps in CA Foundation Course
Register with the Board of studies (BoS) after passing or appearing for the class 12th examination.
Study for 4 months
Pass the class 12th examination
Appear for CA foundation exam
Qualify the examination to be conducted in May / November
Those who qualify Foundation exam are eligible to Register for CA Intermediate
The CA Foundation 2021 results for January 2021 was declared on March 21, 2021. ICAI announced the result for CA foundation Nov 2020 on February 8, 2021.
Candidates may check the exam date for CA foundation, candidates from the table given below.
CA foundation exam date 2021
Dates (May/July session)
Dates (November session)- Released
|Release of Online CA foundation exam form||April 20, 2021||September 16, 2021|
Last date to submit the online CA foundation exam form
|May 04, 2021||September 30, 2021|
Last date to submit the exam form with a late fee of Rs 600
|May 07, 2021||-|
|CA exam form (May) correction window||May 8-10, 2021||-|
Email request for city change to Patan and Malegaon
|May 29-31, 2021||-|
Release of ICAI CA foundation admit card
|June 21, 2021||To be notified|
June 28- July 30 (up to 7 pm), 2021
|To be notified|
CA foundation exam date 2021
July 24, 26, 28, 30 (Revised dates)
|December 13, 15, 17, 19, 2021|
CA Foundation result date
|September 13, 2021||To be notified|
CA Foundation Result 2021 (Released for July 2021 session)
ICAI has released the result for CA foundation exam for the July 2021 session on September 13, 2021 The result was declared in an online mode on the result link available on the official website. Candidates need the CA foundation registration ID and password. Candidates can also apply for getting their result through text or email.
Note- CA Foundation result for January 2021 session was released on March 21, 2021. The Institute released the CA Foundation result for November 2020 session on February 8, 2021.
CA Foundation Answer Sheet 2021
Candidates who are not satisfied with their CA Foundation July 2021 result can apply for obtaining their evaluated answer sheets. Request for "Inspection or Certified Copies of answer books" can be made by candidates from September 14 to October 12, 2021.
Within 30 days of the announcement of the CA foundation result, candidates can apply for verification of their answer booklets. The verification cost is Rs 100 for each paper. To obtain each answer sheet from ICAI, candidates need to pay Rs 500 per paper.
For any query regarding CA foundation answer sheet, candidates can contact:
The Joint Secretary (Exams)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
New Delhi 110 002
Email id: email@example.com
Helpline Contact numbers: 0120-3054 851 (Available 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
To appear for the CA Foundation 2021, candidates must fulfil certain eligibility criteria. The CA Foundation eligibility criteria are given below:
(i) Be registered for the ICAI CA foundation course with the BoS before January 1, 2021.
(ii) Be converted from the CPT to foundation course on or before January 1, 2021
(iii) Pass the Senior Secondary Examination (12th examination) conducted by an examination body recognized by the Central Government or constituted by the Law of India
CA Foundation 2021: Exemptions
Some students can skip the CA foundation 2021 and directly register for the CA intermediate course. To do that, they must have the following qualifications:
Candidates that hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a minimum of 55% in Commerce or a minimum of 60% in any other stream.
Candidates that have qualified the intermediate level of examination from ICSI or ICMAI.
*Candidates who have been allotted the admit card for Class 12th examination or passed class 10th examination can provisionally enter the ICAI CA foundation course. But they must have passed the 12th examination before appearing for the CA foundation 2021.
The ICAI keeps the CA foundation registration process open all through the year. The total CA Foundation fee is Rs 9000 for registering with the CA foundation course. CA foundation registration for May 2021 and November 2021 session was to be done on or before January 1 and July 1, 2021 respectively. Candidates who are eligible to appear for the CA foundation exam need to register with the Board of studies (BoS).
Application fee: The CA foundation fee for registration and application fee is different. The fee also differs as per the exam centre for CA foundation 2021. The application fee can be paid online using Master/Visa/Maestro Credit/Debit Card, or Rupay Card / BHIM UPI or through Net Banking.
CA Foundation Application fee
For Indian exam centre
For Kathmandu exam centre
For overseas centres (Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Muscat)
For reach mode of payment, there is some extra fee attached. The details are given below:
Domestic Credit cards: 0.50% + GST
Domestic Debit/Rupay Cards:- up to Rs. 2000/-: No Charge, greater than Rs. 2000: 0.9+ GST
International Card: 0.5% +GST
Net Banking: NIL
BHIM UPI: Upto Rs.2000: Nil, Greater than Rs. 2000: 0.65% + GST Excluding Bank Commission and Service Tax
CA Foundation 2021 exam (November/ December session) will be conducted in offline mode across various 402 Indian cities and 8 overseas centres. Candidates will have an option to choose CA foundation exam centre while filling their exam form. Candidates were allowed to change their exam centre option within the correction window. The CA Foundation 2021 exam centres are divided into 4 different zones. The exam centre list is available on the ICAI website under exam details.
It is important to understand the CA foundation exam pattern to give the main exam. The May and November session of the exam is based on a specific exam pattern. The exam pattern consists of question paper details such as mode of exam, the medium of the exam, type of questions, marking scheme. ICAI CA foundation consists of both subjective and objective modes. The subjective exam will have no negative marking.
CA foundation exam pattern
Mode of exam
Duration of exam
3 hours - Paper 1 & 2 (2 PM to 5 PM)
2 hours - Paper 3 & 4* (2 PM to 4 PM)
Level of exam
Frequency of exam
Twice a year
Number of CA foundation papers
CA foundation marking scheme
Paper 1 and 2- No negative marking
Paper 3 and 4: 1/4th mark will be deducted
400 in 4 papers
*There will not be any advance reading time in paper 3 and 4. However in paper 1 and 2, 15 minutes of an advance reading time (1:45 PM to 2 PM)
ICAI has set a syllabus for CA foundation which includes topics and subtopics to be included in the main exam. These CA Foundation subjects focus on knowledge, application and comprehension of Chartered Accountancy courses. Refer to table below to read about the topics on the CA foundation syllabus 2021.
CA Foundation subjects 2021
Principles & Practice of Accounting
Business Law & Business Correspondence and Reporting
Section A: Business Law
Section B: Business Correspondence and Reporting
Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Statistics
Section A: Business Mathematics
Section B: Logical Reasoning
Section C: Statistics
Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge
Section A: Business Economics
Section B: Business and Commercial Knowledge
ICAI will open the exam form window for the November/ December session on September 16. Candidates who wish to give the exam can fill the exam form till September 30, 2021. All the CA foundation 2021 candidates under old scheme including those who opted out of the November/ December cycle were required to fill fresh exam forms. ICAI will adjust the CA foundation exam fees for such candidates and only differential fees will be applicable. ICAI released the CA foundation exam form on their exam website, icaiexam.icai.org. The exam form was to be filled in an online form before the last date.
Candidates who fill the CA foundation exam form after the last date will have to pay a late payment fee of Rs 600.
Candidates need to provide important details such as their email address, mobile number and personal identification number (PIN), signature and photograph at the respective columns in their CA foundation 2021 exam form.
After completing their exam form, candidates need to check important details such as registration number, gender, medium, centre and eligibility criteria before making the online payment of CA Foundation fee.
Candidates are allowed to keep a copy of their ICAI CA foundation exam form for future reference.
In case the Candidate’s photograph and their signature do not appear on the CA foundation exam form, candidates need to download the pdf, take a print out and send it to the ICAI examination department along with the candidate’s photograph and signature pasted at the designated place.
The form must be attested by a Chartered Accountant or a Gazetted Officer or Head of an Educational Institution.
Note: Nov 2020 opt-out candidates required to fill fresh CA foundation exam form for May 2021.
ICAI released the CA foundation admit card link on the official website. The admit card is released in online mode on the official website. The CA foundation 2021 admit card can be accessed by entering their registration ID and password. CA Foundation Admit card for the May session exam contain information including candidate’s name, roll number, signature, exam centre and photograph.
CA foundation admit card 2021 also consist of exam-related instructions. In case there is any discrepancy in the hall ticket, contact the ICAI helpdesk. The admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam hall for verification by the invigilator.
What to carry on the day of the CA Foundation Exam?
Apart from the admit card for CA foundation 2021, candidates have to also carry the following items to the examination hall.
Government-issued id card
2 passport size photographs
Admit card which is attested for candidates whose admit card did not have image and signature.
ICAI releases the CA foundation study material for each session of the exam. CA foundation study material for the May 2021 session has been released. Apart from study material, candidates can find sample papers, mock test papers, and CA foundation previous year question papers on the official website. The study material is released paper-wise for all 4 papers. Apart from the official ICAI CA foundation study material candidates can also look through some CA foundation books for better preparation. There are some CA foundation books suggested by ICAI faculty and rank holders.
Candidates are advised to go through every sample that appears for ICAI CA foundation along with the solution. ICAI publishes CA foundation sample papers as per CA foundation subjects. Candidates who solve maximum sample papers get good practice for the main exam. CA foundation 2021 sample papers give the students an idea of the exam pattern and the difficulty of the paper. It also boosts each candidate’s performance and helps them qualify for the ICAI CA foundation exam.
CA Foundation Preparation Tips 2021
1.Divide time carefully: Candidates must make a proper study plan to cover each topic of the CA foundation study material. Students need to follow the timetable carefully to perform well in the exam.
2. Concentrate on topics with higher weightage: Candidates who have not studied core Maths should concentrate on important topics such as Stats and Logical Thinking as it can help them score well in the main exam.
3.Revise and practice: Candidates will have enough sample papers, CA foundation previous year question papers and mock tests to practise the CA foundation syllabus. This will keep all the topics fresh in mind for everyone.
4.Practise using a calculator: ICAI allows certain calculators for the ICAI CA foundation exam. It is advisable to be well versed with the calculators to solve the CA foundation papers for previous years well. Calculators help in saving time for preparation of CA foundation exam.
5.ICAI's official study material: Candidates must prepare using official study material, mock tests and CA foundation previous year question papers for self-study. Candidates need to study for 4 months for the CA foundation exam.
CA Foundation Passing Criteria 2021
There is a minimum passing criteria for ICAI CA foundation 2021. The passing criteria include sectional cut off and an overall cut-off. The CA foundation passing criteria is given in the table below.
CA Foundation Passing Criteria
Sectional cut off
Minimum overall %
CA Foundation Toppers 2021
ICAI used to declare the merit list of top 50 candidates for the ICAI CA foundation exam. Candidates will not get the topper list for CA foundation starting from November 2020 session. ICAI will only release the merit list for CA intermediate and CA final exam from now on. The merit list is declared along with the CA foundation result. Candidates can check the toppers list for CA foundation exams below:
CA Foundation Nov 2020 Toppers
CA Foundation AIR I
CA Foundation AIR I
CA Foundation AIR II
CA Foundation AIR III
Nidhi Dinesh Kumar Lalwani
Prasanna Kumar Prafull Surana
CA Foundation Toppers Nov 2019
CA foundation ranks
Aksha Mohd. Faruk Memon
CA Foundation Toppers May 2019
CA foundation ranks
Rajat Sachin Rathi
Kalivarapu Sai Srikar
Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh)
ICAI released the pass percentage for July 2021 through press releases on the official website. The institute has released the CA foundation pass percentage for the CA exams. Check the table below to analyse the pass percentage for CA foundation.
CA Foundation Pass percentage July 2021
Number of candidates appeared
Number of candidates passed
CA Foundation Pass Percentage January 2021
CA Foundation Pass Percentage Nov 2020
CA Foundation Pass Percentage Nov 2019
% of passed students
CA Foundation Pass Percentage May 2019
% of passed students
CA Foundation Pass Percentage November 2018
% of passed students
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CA Foundation 2021 - Result (July Session Out), Exam Dates (Dec Session Out), Registration, Study Material
Question: When can I register for the CA foundation exam for November 2021?
The CA Foundation registration for November 2021 session was open till July 1.
Question: How many attempts will I be able to give for CA foundation exam?
You can attempt the CA foundation exam 6 times within 3 years to qualify for the exam.
Question: What is the ideal time to prepare for the CA foundation 2021?
You should study for approximately 4 months for the CA foundation exam.
Question: Is the CA foundation study material enough for the main ICAI foundation exam?
Yes, the CA foundation study material is a detailed analysis of all the topics of the CA foundation syllabus. Candidates should find it enough to score well in the ICAI CA Foundation 2021.
Question: Can I apply for inspection of my CA Foundation paper again?
Question: What is the exam date of CA Foundation December 2021?
CA Foundation exam for November/ December session will be held between December 13-19, 2021.
Question: When is CA foundation result 2021?
ICAI declared the CA foundation result 2021 on September 13.
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Questions related to CA Foundation Exam
i have completed my registration process but i couldnt login to my account. what should i do?
You must have received your login details through a mail when you first registered. Please go through the mail once as it can be that your application ID details can be there. And if you are sure that you have filled in the correct information, that is, your ID and password then in that case you may send an email addressing your problem or you may also call on the helpline provided on the official website. Make sure that your details are correct and if you have forgotten your password then you may click ok forgot password column if the option is available.
hello sir,I am completed my intermediate,in andhrapradesh open school society.can I eligigible to write ca foundation exam? but ap open school society board name not available in foundation registration form.how can apply that?
Hi, hope you are doing well!
The basic criteria for being eligible to enroll for CA Foundation is:
Candidate must have passed the class 12th or equivalent examination and be registered with the Board of Studies after appearing for class 12 or equivalent examinations. But, to appear for the CA Foundation exams, candidates must have passed the class 12th or equivalent exams from a state or central board of education.
If you are unable to find you School Name while filling in the form please contact the helpline number of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. The contact details of ICAI support is written below:-
Email Id (SSP Support): firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)
Contact no.- 01204648888
I have passed CA foundation exam in December 2021 , when is the last date for registration for CA intermediate May 2022 ?
ICAI CA intermediate course is open throughout the year for registration but you have to register yourself on or before the cutoff dates. The CA intermediate exams are held twice in a year that is in may and november.
Since you will be appearing for the exam in may 2022, the last date for registration is 1st september 2021 to be eligible for appearing in May 2022.
Hope this helps!
plz tell me that in 2020 may attempt for ca foundation is there any change in syllabus
Three chapters were removed from the CA foundation course. Chapter 2-unit 2-matrices, Chapter 13-unit 2-syllogism, and Chapter 19-unit 2-time series.
Hope this helps.
last date of november 2021 ca foundation exam
The last date for CA November 2021 exam registration was July 1st 2021. The application forms were available in the official website icai.org. Now you cannot apply for the CA foundation November exam. The registration fee for CA foundation course is Rs. 9000. Candidates have to register for the CA foundation course to be able to sit for the exam. The forms were available only in the online mode now the registrations are closed.