CA Foundation 2021: Dates Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus,Exam Pattern

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CA Foundation 2021: Dates Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

Details of CA Foundation 2021

ICAI come up with various announcements due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, they postponed dates, ease the procedures, and relaxed some terms and when everything is getting back to the track, ICAI postponed the exam earlier and now released new dates for CA Foundation 2021.

CA Foundation exam replaced the CA-CPT exam, and now is conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) twice a year and it is an entry-level exam for students who want to make a career in Chartered Accountancy. The CA Foundation is the first stage to become a Chartered Accountant (CA) after it you also have to clear, Intermediate, and Final stage. Students need to clear all three stages to become a CA.

To appear in the CA Foundation November and December exam candidates have to register with ICAI online.

Here you will get everything you should know about the CA Foundation 2021.

Basic Details of CA Foundation 2021

Here are the basic details of CA Foundation 2021 exam

Exam NameCA Foundation 2021
Conducting BodyInstitute Of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI)
Level of ExamNational Level
Frequency of ExamJuly 2021 & December 2021
Mode Of ExamOffline (Pen and Paper Based)
Mode OfRegistrationOnline
Number Of Papers4
Medium of ExamEnglish/ Hindi(English compulsory for Section B of Paper 2)
Basic EligibilityPassed Class 12 or Appearing for Class 12 in Current Year
ExemptionsGraduates and Post Graduates or Candidates with Equivalent Qualification
CA Foundation Total Fees 2021 Rs 11,300 (registration fees, examination fees, and others)

CA Foundation 2021 Dates

Here is the updated schedule of CA Foundation 2021.

Starting of Application Process20th April 2021
Last Date to Apply without Late Fee4th May 2021
Application correction window (Change exam city)8th May 2021, 10th May 2021
Last Date to Apply with Late Fee7th May-2021
Release of Admit cardReleasing soon
CA Foundation ExamJune 24, 26, 28, and 30, 2021
CA Foundation ResultTo be Announced

CA Foundation Registration 2021

To register for CA Foundation, candidates must first register with the Board of Studies (BoS) and undergo the four months study period. Registration for CA Foundation November and December 2021 exams has been stated. Interested candidates who want to appear in the CA Foundation exam this year can register now on or before the last date June 30, 2021. The last date for CA Foundation Registration for December Session ended on August 16, 2021.

Candidates may provisionally register in the Foundation Course on or before 16th August 2021 and appear in December 2021 Foundation examination.

CA Foundation Registration is valid for three years. The exam is held twice every year, once in May and the second in November. You can register now for the CA Foundation November exam before the last date.

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Registration Dates of CA Foundation 2021

Registration May amd June 2021 1st January 2021
Registration November and December 2021 16th August 2021
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Latest Updates –

Here you can look for the latest updates & news from the ICAI Foundation related to the CA Exam.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Results of the Chartered Accountants Final Examination(Old Course & New Course) and Foundation Examination held in July 2021 are likely to be declared on Monday, the 13th September 2021(evening)/Tuesday the 14th September 2021 – (10-09-2021)

official announcement: Click here

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India is pleased to announce that the next Chartered Accountants Foundation, Intermediate (IPC) (Old Scheme), Intermediate (New Scheme), Final (Old Scheme as well as New Scheme) Examinations.

official announcement: Click here

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT -“Extension of the time period for admission in Foundation Course for appearing in Foundation Examination to be held in December 2021”

official announcement: Click here

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Observations of the candidates on the question papers of CA examinations- July 2021 (05-07-2021)

official announcement: Click here

Announcement Foundation, Intermediate (IPC), Intermediate, Final and Final-New Examination Admit Cards – (21-06-2021)

“Admit cards in respect of candidates admitted to the Foundation, Intermediate (IPC), Intermediate, Final and Final-New examination, with their photographs and signatures on them, are hosted on”

official announcement:

Important Exam Announcement – (09-06-2021)

“Considering the prevailing COVID-19 situation and in the interest to mitigate the anxiety and hardships of the students concerned, it is hereby informed that the Guidelines for Examination Centres, Examination Functionaries and Candidates for July 2021 CA Examination shall be the same as was announced vide Announcement dated 8th October 2020 for November 2020 / January 2021 CA Examinations.”

The said guidelines can be viewed for strict compliance by clicking of link as given below:


“In view of the ongoing COVID-19 and in the interest of welfare & well-being of students and to mitigate their hardships, it has been decided to postpone the Chartered Accountants Foundation Examination. The said Examinations will, now, be commenced from 24th July 2021 across the globe. The detailed schedule/NotificationsforthesaidExaminationsisbeingannouncedshortly.The Candidates are advised to note the above and stay in touch with the website of the Institute,”

Read more official announcement: Click here


“In continuation to Announcement dated 5.6.2021, students may note the revised schedule of Chartered Accountant Foundation Examinations commencing from 24th July 2021as per details given below” Read more Check attachment official announcement

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Important Announcement – June 2021 Foundation Examination – (26-04-2021)

It has been informed to the Institute that the students who wish to appear for June 2021 Foundation Examination in terms of Announcement No. 13-CA (EXAM)/Foundation/June/2021 dated 5th March 2021 that they are facing problem while filing of Examination Application Form on account of

(a) Getting their application/declaration attested from a CA Member/Gazetted Officer/Head of the Educational Institute due to COVID-19; and

(b) Filling of Admit Card/Roll No. of Senior Secondary Examinations as the same has not been received due to postponement.

Read more official announcements: Click here

ICAI CA Foundation Online Exam has been postponed amid the situation arisen due to COVID-19 Pandemic. The exam will now be held on June 27, 29 & July 1 and 3. Click Here to read the official notification

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, ICAI has postponed the CA Foundation May examination from May 11, 13, 15, 17 to June 27, 29, and July 1 & 3. Click Here to read the official notification

Steps In CA Foundation Course

To clear the CA Foundation candidates have to go through 5 steps

1st Step: Pass 10+2 and then register with the Board of Studies (BOS). Do registration by December 31 for CA Foundation May Session and by June 30 for the November session.

2nd Step: Finish the four-month study period for CA Foundation

3rd Step: Apply for CA Foundation as per the schedule.

4th Step: Appear for Foundation examination in November/ May.

5th Step: Qualify Foundation Course and then register for the Intermediate Course.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to fulfill the eligibility criteria to appear in the CA foundation exams, here are they

The candidate must have cleared or appeared in this year in Class 12 or any equivalent examination carried out by a recognized board.

Must have registered for the CA Foundation in any secession as per the schedule.

After the registration candidate has gone through a minimum of 4 months of study period before appearing for the exam.

The Registration Process for CA Foundation 2021

The registration process is online, and one-time successful registration will be valid for three years. The candidate can apply and appear for a maximum of six attempts.

CA Foundation Online Registration

  • Head to the ICAI Exam official website –
  • Register there and apply online by entering the details and verify with the OTP. Login credentials will be generated.
  • Using the Login credentials log in with the ‘Login ID’ and ‘Password’. Fill in all the asked details in the application form and also upload all the required documents.
  • Check all the filled details and submit the Application Form.
  • Complete the Payment for the application. Get a preview and take a printout of the filled application form.

ICAI has released the CA Foundation online application form 2020. Click on the link below to apply online and register for CA Foundation.

CA Foundation Online Application Website linkClick Here
CA Foundation Online Registration link Click Here

CA Foundation Registration Fee

Registration is open throughout the year, and the candidate can register with BOS, here is the fee detail for registration.

Details of FeeFor Indian Nationals (Rs)For Foreign Students (USD)
Cost of Foundation Prospectus20020
Foundation Registration Fee9000700
Subscription for student’s Journal (For One Year ) (Optional)20020
Subscription for member’s Journal (For One Year ) (Optional)40040

CA Foundation Application Fee

CA Foundation exam is conducted in May or November every year and application windows gets open for a time period. The Application fee details are provided below.

Exam CentreApplication Fee
For Indian CentresRs. 1500/-
For Katmandu (Nepal) CentreRs. 2200/-
For Overseas Centres (Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Muscat)US$ 325

CA Foundation Exam Pattern

  • There is a set of 4 papers. 
  • Paper 1 & Paper 2 will have subjective type questions. 
  • Paper 3 & Paper 4 will have objective type questions.
  • Each paper will carry 100 marks.
  • The maximum Time duration will be 3 hours.
  • There will be no negative marking in Paper 1 & Paper 2.
  • Paper 3 and paper 4 will have a negative marking scheme. 1/4th of the marks will be subtracted for each wrong answer.
  • Candidates have to get a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and a minimum of  50% marks in aggregate in all papers to pass the CA Foundation exam.
  • Exams will be conducted through Offline Mode.
  • Papers will be available in Hindi and English but Section B of Paper 2will be conducted in English Medium only.

CA Foundation Syllabus 2021

The official CA Foundation Syllabus has now been declared by the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI). The same is now available here. Candidates who are going to attend the CA Foundation exam this year can check the full exam syllabus here and download CA Foundation Syllabus PDF for future reference.

There will be a total of 4 papers in the CA Foundation exam, and each paper will have a time duration of 3 hours. Those who are going to participate in the Foundation exam this year must have a clean understanding of the exam syllabus and papers so as to prepare well for the exam. In addition to the CA Foundation Syllabus, you can also find here CA Foundation Exam Pattern to know what subjects are there in the exam and what type of questions will be asked. In this article, you can find complete details about the upcoming CA Foundation Exam Syllabus and Pattern as well as download the CA Foundation Syllabus PDF here.

CA Foundation Syllabus PDF Download  Click Here

CA Foundation Papers

Paper 1Principles and Practice of Accounting (100 Marks)
Paper 2
Business Laws and Business Correspondence and ReportingPart A : Business Laws (60 Marks)
Part B : Business Correspondence and Reporting (40 Marks)
Paper 3Business Mathematics and Logical Reasoning and StatisticsPart A: Business Mathematics (40 Marks)
Part B: Logical Reasoning(20 Marks)
Part C: Statistics (40 Marks)
Paper 4Business Economics and Business and Commercial KnowledgePart A : Business Economics (60 Marks)
Part B : Business and Commercial Knowledge (40 Marks)

Dates and Timings of the FOUNDATION EXAMINATION, December 2021:

13th, 15th, 17th & 19th December 2021

Foundation Examination,December 2021

Extension of the time period for admission in Foundation Course for appearing in Foundation Examination to be held in December 2021

So as to eliminate the difficulties which are implemented to the candidates as per the spread of covid-19 or otherwise responsible authority has urged as beneath: 

  • The students might  provisionally enroll in the Foundation Course on or prior to 16th

August 2021 and sit for the exam in December 2021 Foundation examination.

  • These candidates are needed to send their class 12th examination mark sheets to the additional  Secretary, Examination Department (ICAI) dated 10th September 2021.
  • Under the regulations 25E and 25F the mentioned relaxation is provided as a one-time measure.

Kindly ensure that you are eligible to appear in the Foundation Examination –June 2021before submission of your Online Examination Application Form for Foundation June 2021Examination to avoid any hardship at the later stage.

Read more official Announcement: Click here

CA Foundation Admit Card

The admit card releasing date is not in the updated dates but we know that CA Foundation Admit Card will be available online on the official website. Candidates who have completed the Registration process, filled and submitted the application, and completed the payment process in due time will get the admit card.

All the candidates can download admit cards from the official website by using registration number and password. They also have to carry the same at the examination center.

CA Foundation 2021 Result

The Result will be also released on the official website. After appearing in the exam candidates will receive the result releasing date through SMS or Email.

Just like admit card, Candidates can access and download their results by using the registration number and password on the official website. ICAI will also release a CA Foundation Merit List which will consist of details of the top 50 qualified candidates of CA Foundation exam.

Check out all the relevant FAQs based on commonly asked queries CA Foundation – New Entry Scheme.

Read more official FAQ’s by ICAI website : Click here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the CA Foundation Course’s

Q1. What is the CA Foundation exam?

Ans: CA Foundation exam is the first stage or the entry-level exam to become a Chartered Accountant. It is conducted by ICAI, This is the first step after passing Class 12 to become a Chartered Accountant. However, candidates also have to qualify for the Intermediate, and Final stage after this.

Q2. Is CA Foundation Easy?

Ans: CA Foundation replaced CA CPT exam and it is an exam of higher difficulty level compared to CA CPT. Very few candidates qualify for this exam.

Q3. Who is Eligible for CA Foundation?

Ans. Eligibility criteria are engraved above however the main points are, only 12th Pass candidates are eligible for this exam, but Graduates, Post-Graduates, and other equivalent qualifications can’t apply for the exam.

Q4. What are the covered subjects in CA Foundation Exam?

Ans: CA Foundation papers cover the following subjects:

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

Q5. Is the calculator allowed in CA Exam?

Ans: Yes, but only a normal one. A scientific calculator or calculator with more than 6 functions, 12 digits, and/or having 2 memories are not allowed during the exam.

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3 Replies to “CA Foundation 2021: Dates Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern”

  1. Appu Abbigeri
    July 1, 2021

    Very helpful one thank you so much 🙂

    June 12, 2021

    Thank you so much. Very helpful 🙂

    March 20, 2021



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