CA Foundation Exam Pattern 2020
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 - 2:32 p.m. IST by Ridhi.Khurana
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CA Foundation Exam Pattern 2020 - The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) releases the exam pattern of CA Foundation. As the exam schedule for CA Intermediate May 2020 session is also announced, candidates need to fill the CA Foundation exam form 2020 and refer the CA Foundation 2020 exam pattern for better preparation. The exam pattern of CA Foundation 2020 includes various aspects of the question paper such as medium and type of questions to be asked, distribution of marks, time limit, etc. It is essential to know and understand these points from the CA foundation exam pattern 2020 to be able to prepare efficiently and face the day of exam with full confidence.

According to the changes brought about by ICAI in the CA Foundation 2020 exam pattern as well as other levels, CA Foundation has replaced CA CPT after the May/ June 2019 session. CA Foundation is the sole entry-level exam for ICAI. As per the CA Foundation exam pattern 2020, out of the four papers, paper 1 and 2 are descriptive in nature, and paper 3 and 4 consist of MCQs. Details about the exam centre and important instructions are available on the CA Foundation admit card. For more details regarding the CA Foundation 2020 exam pattern, read the article below.

CA Foundation Exam Pattern 2020

Candidates must check the exam pattern of CA Foundation 2020 and then prepare a practical time table which they must follow sincerely. This will ensure that they prepare according to the ICAI exam and gain confidence for the exam day and bring applaudable CA Foundation result. Check the table below to know the complete CA Foundation 2020 exam pattern:

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CA Foundation Exam Pattern

Mode of exam

Pen and paper based

Type of question

Paper 1 and 2- Subjective

Paper 3 and 4- Objective

Exam Duration

Paper 1 and 2- 3 hours

Paper 3 and 4- 2 hours

Medium of Exam

English/ Hindi

Number of Papers

4

Total Marks

100 per paper

Negative Marking

Paper 1 and 2- None

Paper 3 and 4- ¼ mark will be deducted



CA Foundation Syllabus 2020

Candidates must make it a point that they check the syllabus of ICAI exams to know the subjects and topics that will be covered in the exam. The CA Foundation 2020 syllabus focuses on enhancing the application skills and promoting comprehensive knowledge among the students.

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CA Foundation Weightage of Marks

The table below contains the topics covered under CA Foundation syllabus and the corresponding marks held by such sections accordingly. Thus candidates can have a look at the same and then prepare for the upcoming session of exams accordingly.

Paper 1: Principles and Practice of Accounting (Main Sections)

Section Number

Topics

Weightage

I

Theoretical Framework

5%-10%

II

Accounting Process

20%-25%

Bank Reconciliation Statement

Inventories

Concept and Accounting of Depreciation

III

Accounting for Special Transactions

15%-20%

IV

Final Accounts of Sole Proprietors

25%-30%

Partnership Accounts

Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Organisations

V

Introduction to Company Accounts

10%-15%

VI

Basic Accounting Ratios (Probability, Solvency, Liquidity and Turnover)

10%-15%

Paper 2: Business Laws and Business Correspondence and Recording (Main Sections)

Section A: Business Laws (60 Marks)

Section Number

Topics

Weightage

I

The Indian Contract Act, 1872

25%-30%

II

The Sale of Goods Act, 1930

20%-25%

III

The Indian Partnership Act, 1932

20%-25%

IV

The Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008

5%-10%

V

The Companies Act, 2013

15%-20%

Section B: Business Correspondence and Recording (40 Marks)

Section Number

Topics

Weightage

I

Communication

10%-15%

II

Sentence Types and Vocabulary

20%-30%

Vocabulary Root Words, Synonyms, Antonyms, Prefixes, Suffixes, Phrasal verbs, Collocations and Idioms.

III

Comprehension Passages and Note-Making

20%-30%

IV

Developing Writing Skills

35%-40%

Paper 3: Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Statistics (Main Sections)

Part A- Business Mathematics (40 Marks)

Section Number

Topics

Weightage

I

Ratio and Proportion, Indices and Logarithms

20%-30%

Equations and Matrices

Linear Inequalities: Linear Inequalities in one variable and the solution space and

optimal Solution

II

Time Value of Money

30%-40%

III

Permutations and Combinations

30%-50%

Sequence and Series

Sets, Relations and Functions

Basic applications of Differential and Integral calculus

Part B- Logical Reasoning (20 Marks)

Section Number

Topics

Weightage

IV

Number series coding and Decoding and the odd man out

60%-70%

Direction Tests

Seating Arrangements

V

Blood Relations

30%-40%

Syllogism

Part C- Statistics (40 Marks)

Section Number

Topics

Weightage

VI

Statistical Representation of Data, Diagrammatic representation of data, Frequency distribution, Graphical representation of Frequency Distribution –Histogram, Frequency, Polygon, Ogive, Pie-chart

45%-50%

Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion: Mean Median, Mode, Mean Deviation, Quartiles and Quartile Deviation, Standard Deviation, Co-efficient of Variation, Coefficient of Quartile Deviation

VII

Probability: Independent and dependent events; mutually exclusive events.25% Total and Compound Probability; Bayes’ theorem; and Mathematical Expectation

25%-30%

Theoretical Distribution: Binomial Distribution, Poisson distribution–basic application and Normal Distribution – basic applications.

VIII

Correlation and Regression: Scatter diagram, Karl Pearson’s Coefficient of Correlation Rank, Correlation, Regression lines, Regression equations, Regression coefficients

10%-15%

IX

Index Numbers and Time series

10%-15%

Paper 4: Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge (Main Sections)

Part 4A- Business Mathematics (60 Marks)

Section Number

Topics

Weightage

I

Introduction to Business Economics

15%-20%

II

Theory of Demand and Supply

35%-40%

Theory of Production and Cost

III

Price Determination in Different Markets

25%-30%

IV

Business Cycles

15%-20%

Part 4B- Business & Commercial Knowledge (40 Marks)

Section Number

Topics

Weightage

V

Introduction to Business

15%-18%

VI

Business Environment

15%-18%

VII

Business Organizations

15%-18%

VIII

Government Policies for Business Growth

15%-18%

IX

Organizations Facilitating Business

15%-18%

X

Common Business Terminologies

15%-18%

CA Foundation Study Material 2020

After knowing the exam pattern and syllabus, candidates can prepare accordingly. However, time and again, they need to test their level of preparation too. Thus, ICAI has released adequate study material of CA Foundation May 2020 to help candidates practice their acquired knowledge. Practicing from these official CA Foundation sample papers 2020 will help candidates identify their weaknesses, improve their speed and accuracy, etc.

CA Foundation Sample Papers

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Principles and Practice of Accounting

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Business Laws & Business Correspondence and Reporting

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Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Statistics

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Business Economics & Business and Commercial Knowledge

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CA Foundation Exam Pattern 2020

Question: What is the date of CA Foundation exams May 2020 session?

Answer:

The CA Foundation exams for May 2020 session are to be held on May 11, 13, 15 and 17, 2020.

Question: Is there any negative marking in CA Foundation?

Answer:

There is negative marking only for Paper 3 and 4. There will be a deduction of 1/4 mark for each wrong/ incorrect response. Multiple darkened circles will also be treated as wrong responses in these two papers. 

Question: How many attempts are allowed in CA Foundation?

Answer:

There is no fixed number of attempts stipulated for CA Foundation. Registration to the programme has a validity of 3 years (6 attempts), however, it is subject to re-validation for another 3 years. 

Question: How many subjects are there in CA Foundation course?

Answer:

There are 4 subjects in total for CA Foundation. These include:

  • Principles and Practice of Accounting
  • Business Laws & Business Correspondence and Reporting
  • Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Statistics
  • Business Economics & Business and Commercial Knowledge

Question: How many times is CA Foundation exam conducted in a year?

Answer:

ICAI conducts CA Foundation exams twice a year, i.e. in May and November. 

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