ICAI Exam 2019- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) conducts the ICAI exams twice a year, i.e. in May and November. There are three levels of programmes (Foundation, IPCC/ Intermediate and Final) wherein, candidates have to pass all levels of ICAI exam to attain the tag of a Chartered Accountant. The ICAI 2019 exams are conducted for students who are enrolled with ICAI board of studies (BoS) under the course of Chartered Accountancy. Candidates need to register with BoS and then fill exam forms to appear for ICAI exams after expiration of mandatory study period. Broadly speaking, those who pass the ICAI exams 2019 at first level (CA Foundation) have to proceed with the second one (CA IPCC or Intermediate), complete the articleship training of 3 years and then proceed with the final stage (CA Final). Having passed the CA Final makes one eligible to apply for ICAI membership and enjoy the prefix of CA against their names. Candidates may refer the complete article below for all details related with ICAI exams November 2019.
Name of the Exam
ICAI Exams (CA Foundation Exams; CA IPCC Exams; CA Intermediate Exams; CA Final Exams)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Frequency of Exams
Twice a year
Medium of ICAI Exams
English and Hindi
Medium of Exam
The concerned authorities started the conduct of ICAI Exams 2019 from November 1, 2019. However, the exam dates for CA Foundation, IPCC, Intermediate as well as CA Final exam dates are different. Thus, the table below contains ICAI CA exam dates of ongoing November 2019 session.
ICAI Exam Dates November 2019
Course wise CA Subjects
Paper 1- Principles and Practice of Accounting
November 9, 2019 (Postponed)
Paper 2- Business Laws, Correspondence and Reporting
November 13, 2019
Paper 3- Business Mathematics,
Logical Reasoning and
November 15, 2019
Paper 4- Business Economics and
Business and Commercial
November 17, 2019
Paper 1- Accounting
November 2, 2019
Paper 2- Business Laws, Ethics and Communication
November 4, 2019
Paper 3- Cost Accounting and Financial Management
November 6, 2019
Paper 4- Taxation
November 8, 2019
Paper 5- Advanced Accounting
November 11, 2019 (Posponed)
Paper 6- Auditing and Assurance
November 14, 2019
Paper 7- Information Technology and Strategic Management
November 16, 2019
Paper 2- Corporate and Other Laws
Paper 3- Cost and Management Accounting
November 11, 2019 (Postponed)
Paper 7- Enterprise Information Systems and & Strategic Management
Paper 8- Financial Management & Economics for Finance
November 18, 2019
Paper 1- Financial reporting
November 1, 2019
Paper 2- Strategic Financial Management
November 3, 2019
Paper 3- Advanced Auditing & Professional Ethics
November 5, 2019
Paper 4- Corporate and Allied Laws or Corporate & Economic Laws
November 7, 2019
Paper 5- Advanced Management Accounting
Strategic Cost Management and Performance Evaluation
Paper 6- Information Systems Control & Audit
Risk Management/ Financial Services and Capital Markets/ International Taxation/ Economic Laws/ Global Financial/ Reporting Standards/ Multi-disciplinary Case Study
Paper 7- Direct Tax Laws & International Taxation
Paper 8- Indirect Tax Laws
As the authorities have specified eligibility criteria for ICAI exams 2019, all the applicants have to comply with the same, as ineligible candidates are not allowed to appear for ICAI exams. As there are three levels of ICAI exams, the criteria of eligibility also varies for them all. Hereunder, the ICAI CA exam eligibility criteria has been discussed:
ICAI Exam Eligibility Criteria for CA Foundation
Class 12 Qualification
Candidates must have passed Class 12 or other equivalent examination as recognized by the Central Government. The list of recognized boards are given below in this article.
Registration into Foundation Course
Candidates must register for the CA Foundation course at least 4 months prior to the exam.
Conversion from Old scheme
Those candidates registered with BoS under the old scheme (CPT) need to get converted to new scheme.
ICAI Exam Eligibility Criteria for CA IPCC
Candidates already registered under Intermediate/PE II/PCC
Converted to CA IPCC as on November 1, 2019
Passed the CPT and 10+2/PE I/ Foundation/Entrance Examination
Registered into CA IPCC before March 1, 2019
Direct Entry for Graduates and Post Graduates already registered into CA IPCC
Completed 9 months of practical training
Completed 8 months of study period
Candidates already registered and appeared into CA IPCC but not cleared both groups
Converted to direct entry scheme and started Practical training before October 31, 2019
ICAI Exam Eligibility Criteria for CA Intermediate
Passed CA Foundation Examination
Passed CA CPT
Passed Professional Education (Examination-I)
Graduation in Commerce (above 55% score or equivalent grade) having studied any three of the following subjects with a minimum of 50 marks- Accounting, Auditing, Mercantile Laws, Corporate Laws, Economics, Management (including Financial Management), Taxation (including Direct Tax Laws and Indirect Tax Laws), Costing, Business Administration or Management Accounting,
Graduate in any stream with an aggregate of 60% or above
Post Graduation in Commerce (above 55% score or equivalent grade) having studied any three of the following subjects with a minimum of 50 marks- Accounting, Auditing, Mercantile Laws, Corporate Laws, Economics, Management (including Financial Management), Taxation (including Direct Tax Laws and Indirect Tax Laws), Costing, Business Administration or Management Accounting,
Post Graduate in any stream with an aggregate of 60% or above
Intermediate level examination of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICWAI)
Intermediate level examination of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI)
ICAI Exam Eligibility Criteria for CA Final
At least 8 months before appearing in ICAI exams
Should have passed both groups of CA Intermediate
Candidate should have completed at least 2.5 years of articleship training
Candidates must have completed ICITSS and AICITSS before appearing in ICAI CA Final exams
Candidates who are interested in pursuing the course of Chartered Accountancy have to register with the ICAI Board of Studies (BoS) at all three stages. Eligible candidates have to spend 4 months of study period after successful CA Foundation Registration, i.e. before June 30 for November session and before December 31 for May session respectively. For CA Intermediate registration, there has to be a study period of 8 months for candidates through Foundation/CPT, while those through direct entry have to complete a 9 month practical training as well in order to appear for ICAI exams. Candidates who have passed both the groups of CA Inter are eligible for CA Final registration and those who have completed at least 2.5 years of articleship training can appear in ICAI exams as well.
The ICAI Exam forms 2019 are released in online mode, usually a few days after declaration of ICAI result (for the session that precedes). The ICAI CA exam form November 2019 was released on August 16, 2019 and the last date to fill the same was both with and without late fee. One exam form correction window was also provided so that those candidates who made a mistake while filling the CA Foundation exam form, or that of Intermediate or Final, can correct the particulars.
Candidates can download the ICAI Exam admit cards at icaiexam.icai.org through login.
The authorities release ICAI Exam admit cards almost 14 days before the conduct of either session of ICAI exams. The same is released in online mode wherein, candidates have to login using their login ID and password. For November 2019 exams, the CA Foundation admit cards along with IPCC, Intermediate and Final were released on October 14, 2019. The ICAI admit cards are available in downloadable form which contain the following details:
Candidate’s signature and photograph
Candidate’s registration number/ roll number
Medium of exam (English/ Hindi)
Name and address of CA Final exam centre 2019
Group appearing for (In case of CA Intermediate admit card as well as CA Final admit card)
The authorities announce ICAI Exam centres a few days before every session, and any addition or change in the existing exam centres is also notified. There are almost 209 cities across India as shown in the table below, wherein ICAI exams 2019 are conducted. There are 5 overseas exam cities as well that include Kathmandu, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Muscat. Candidates have to opt for the ICAI exam centres as per their choice while filling CA exam forms.
Test Centre Names
Exam Centre Names
Ambikapur* (Only for Foundation Exam)
Balotra* (Only for Foundation Exam)
Kalaburgi* (Gulbarga) (Only for Foundation Exam)
Port Blair* (Only for Foundation Exam)
Raigarh* (Chhattisgarh) (Only for Foundation Exam)
As already provided by the officials, the ICAI exam pattern is different for all three programmes. There are different subjects and different modes of their conduct. Hence, the tables below contain ICAI Exam Pattern November 2019 for all three programmes:
ICAI CA Foundation Exam pattern 2019
Mode of exam
Pen and paper based
Type of question
Paper 1 and 2- Subjective
Paper 3 and 4- Objective
Paper 1 and 2- 3 hours
Paper 3 and 4- 2 hours
Number of Papers
100 per paper
Paper 1 and 2- None
Paper 3 and 4- ¼ mark will be deducted
ICAI CA Intermediate Exam Pattern 2019
Objective cum subjective
3 hours per paper
Number of Marks
ICAI CA Final Exam Pattern 2019
Mode of Exam
Total Marks (eight papers)
800 (400 per group, 100 per paper)
Type of questions
Objective (OMR based) cum descriptive
As the concerned authorities have provided a very detailed syllabus for all three programmes, candidates are always advised to frame their exam preparation focussing upon the syllabus. ICAI also notifies on their official website, whenever some amendment is introduced.
The CA Foundation Syllabus contains topics covered under all four subjects, i.e Principles and Practice of Accounting, Business Laws and Business Correspondence and Recording, Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Statistics, and Business Economics and Business and Commercial Knowledge. Students have to make sure to understand important topics with the help of CA Foundation study material only.
Candidates having passed the first step of CA Foundation enter the second of of Intermediate where, there are two groups. CA Intermediate Syllabus for group 1 covers topics under Accounting, Corporate and Other Laws, Cost and Management Accounting, and Taxation. That of group 2 covers Advanced Accounting, Auditing and Assurance, Enterprise Information Systems and & Strategic Management, and Financial Management & Economics for Finance.
The CA Final Syllabus again contains topics covered under 8 subjects of 2 groups. The CA Final group 1 covers Financial Reporting, Strategic Financial Management, Advanced Auditing and Professional Ethics, and Corporate and Allied Laws (Old Syllabus) Corporate and Economic Laws (New Syllabus). The second group of CA Final old syllabus covers topics of Advanced Management Accounting, Information Systems Control and Audit, Direct Tax Laws, and Indirect Tax Laws. While that of new syllabus covers Strategic Cost Management & Performance Evaluation, Elective papers, Direct Tax Laws & International Taxation, and Indirect Tax Laws respectively. Students may also refer the CA Final sample papers for practice.
The concerned authorities are expected to announce ICAI result in the month of January- February 2020. As its not sure if the ICAI exam results will be announced simultaneously for all the programmes or separately, for now there is a tentative idea on the declaration of results.
CA Foundation result will be announced in the mid of January 2020 in online mode for exams conducted between November 9 and November 17, 2019.
CA IPCC result will be announced in early February, 2020 for exams conducted between November 2 and November 16, 2019.
CA Intermediate result November 2019 will also be announced in early February, 2020 for exams conducted between November 2 and November 18, 2019.
CA Final result for both old and new syllabi will be announced in the third week of January, 2020 for exams conducted between November 1 and 17, 2019.
To access the ICAI exam result, candidates have to visit the ICAI website at icaiexam.icai.org and enter their roll number or PIN along with ICAI registration number. The result is displayed for the group appeared for indicating score obtained against the particular subjects. Candidates have to pass individual subjects with at least 40% marks and overall aggregate of at least 50%. ICAI also shares the CA Final pass percentage and those of Foundation as well as Intermediate after declaration of ICAI exam result. The concerned authorities also release a list of Foundation, IPCC, Intermediate and CA Final toppers containing top three candidates having scored the highest marks in ICAI exams.
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