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In this article, you will get all the necessary details of the ICAI CA Foundation Syllabus of 2019-2020 examination. You will get to know the pattern of the exam. Also, the complete syllabus of the course with the chapter-wise weight-age. Further, you will get to know whether you are eligible or not for the exams, the registration procedure of the course, and how to download the syllabus in PDF format. Finally, you will get some tips for the preparation of the exams.

ICAI CA Foundation Syllabus

First, let us check out what this CA Foundation course is all about!

CA Foundation is an entrance exam for the CA aspirants. Earlier, the ICAI used to conduct CA CPT (Common Proficiency Test) at entry-level. Then, it replaced the CA CPT with CA Foundation Course in order to shortlist the right students for CA Exams. The registration of CA Foundation started on 1 July 2017, and the registration of CA CPT closed on 30 June 2017 and introduced new CA Foundation Syllabus.

Exam Pattern of CA Foundation

Here is the pattern of exam for CA Foundation:

  • The exam consists of 4 papers
  • This exam is conducted offline in the month of May and November. You have an option with two languages, i.e., English and Hindi.
  • Each paper carries 100 marks so, the aggregate marks of this exam are 400
  • You need to score at least 40 per cent in each subject in order to pass each subject individually.
  • Additionally, the aggregate percentile must be at least 50 for passing the whole exam. So, you need to score 200 or above out of 400 marks in these exams.
  • The exam duration of 1st and 2nd paper is 3 hours each. The duration of 3rd and 4th paper is 2 hours each.
  • Two of them are subjective, and the rest of the two are objective.
  • Further, in objective papers, there is a negative marking of ¼ for the wrong answers.

CA Foundation Examination Syllabus with Chapter-Wise Weightage

Paper 1. Principles and Practice of Accounting Syllabus                                              

  • Theoretical Framework

(weightage is between 5 and 10%)

  • Basic Accounting Ratios

(weightage is between 10 and 15%)

  • Accounting Process;


Bank Reconciliation statement;

Concept and Accounting of depreciation

(weightage is between 20 and 25%)

  • Accounting for Special Transaction;

Final Accounts of Sole Proprietors;

Partnership Accounts;

Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Organization

(weightage is between 15 and 20%)

  • Introduction to Company Accounts

(weightage is between 10 and 15%)

Paper 2. Business Laws and Business Correspondence & Reporting Syllabus

Section A: Business Laws (60 marks)

  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872

(weightage is 25 to 30%)

  • The Companies Act, 2013

(weightage is between 15 and 20%)

  • The Sale of Goods Act, 1930

(weightage is between 20 and 25%)

  • The Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008

(weightage is between 5 and 10%)

  • The Indian Partnership Act, 1932

(weightage is between 20 and 25%)

Section B: Business Correspondence and Reporting (40 Marks)

Part I. Communication

(weightage is between 10 and 15%)

Part II. Sentence Types and Word Power

(weightage is between 20 and 30%)

Part III. Comprehension passages and note-making

(weightage is between 20 and 30%)

Part IV. Developing Writing Skills

(weightage is between 35 and 40%)

  • Introduction to basic writing
  • Article Writing
  • Precis Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Writing Formal Mails
  • Writing formal Letters
  • Meetings
  • Resume writing


Paper 3. Business Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, and Statistics Syllabus

Part A: Business Mathematics (40 Marks) 

  • Ratio and Proportions;

Indices and Logarithms;

Equations and Matrices;

Linear Inequalities

(weightage is between 20 and 30%)

  • Time Value of Money

(weightage is between 30 and 40%)

  • Permutations and Combinations;

Sequence and Series;

Sets, Relations, and Functions;

Basic Application of Differential and Integral Calculus:

(weightage is between 30 and 50%)

Part B: Logical Reasoning (20 Marks)

  • Number Series, Coding & Decoding and odd man out;

Direction Tests;

Seating Arrangement:

(weightage is between 60 and 70%)

  • Blood Relations;


(weightage is between 30 and 40%)

Part C: Statistics (40 Marks)

  • Statistical Description of Data;

Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion

(weightage is between 45 and 50%)

  • Probability;

Theoretical Distributions

(weightage is between 25 and 30%)

  • Correlation and Regressions

(weightage is between 10 and 15%)

  • Index Number and Time Series

(weightage is between 10 and 15%)

Paper 4. Business Economics and Business & Commercial Knowledge

Part A: Business Economics (60 Marks)

  • Introduction to Business Economics

(weightage is between 15 and 20%)

  • Theory of Production & Cost;

Theory of Demand & Supply

(weightage is 35 to 40%)

  • Business Cycles

(weightage is between 15 and 20%)

  • Price determination in different markets

(weightage is between 25 and 30%)

Part B: Business and Commercial Knowledge (40 Marks)

  • Introduction to Business

(weightage is between 15 and 18%)

  • Business Organizations

( weightage is between 15 and 18%)

  • Business Environment

(weightage is between 15 and 18%)

  • Organizations Facilitating Business

(weightage is between 15 and 18%)

  • Government policies for Business Growth

(weightage is between 15 and 18%)

  • Common Business Technologies

(weightage is between 15 and 18%).

How to Download Syllabus for CA Foundation

Students can download applicable syllabus for 2019-2020 examination through the ICAI website.

For downloading the CA Foundation syllabus in PDF format you will need to visit ICAI website and go to the BOS knowledge portal. After this you will need to click on Foundation and then Syllabus.

You can download it by clicking on the download button.

Eligibility to Appear in CA Foundation Exam

Now, you may check whether you are eligible or not for this course:

Any student can become eligible to take this exam by fulfilling these requirements:

  • Should pass 12th class exams
  • Should register for the exams at least before four months from the month of the exam.
  • For example, if you want to appear in May 2020 exams then, the last date of registration is 31 December. You may register at any time for the exams, but the gap of registration and exams must be at least four months.
  • Moreover, last date of registration for the Nov 2019 exams has been closed on 30 June.

Now, if you are eligible for this course then, you can go for registration

Registration Procedure

  1. There is an official website of ICAI, so first login to the website.
  2. Now, create an account on the website by filling all the necessary details like email, name, mobile number, aadhaar number, etc.
  3. After creating an account on the website, you will find an option named the registration portal. Log in to the portal for the registration process.
  4. You will find an option for the registration of the foundation course. So, open that form and fill all the asked detail in the form
  5. Further, upload all the asked documents like 12th class mark sheet, ID proof.
  6. Then move further for the payment option and pay through online medium
  7. Now, you may save and print the document

Preparation Tips for the Exams

  • First, list all the important chapters for you, which are scoring as well as easy for you. Like, there are three parts in paper no. 3, i.e., logical reasoning, mathematics, and statistics. So, if you are not good at math, then you can focus on statistics and reasoning and vice versa.
  • Make a schedule of study and plan for the exam.
  • Complete the course before 2 or 3 months of the exams so that you can get sufficient time for revision.
  • Try to solve maximum sample papers and previous attempts papers. It will help you in developing confidence as well as efficiency.
  • Prepare last time revision notes as you will get only a one-day holiday in-between your exams. So, it will help you in revising the whole course at the last moment.


As we have told you all the details regarding the CA Foundation syllabus, exam pattern, registration, etc.

Hope this information was helpful for you.

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