CA Foundation Exam Pattern

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) releases the CA Foundation Exam Format on its official website, The exam pattern specifies the types of questions and amount of questions that will be asked, as well as the topics that will be covered, topic-by-topic weighting, marking system, and length of the exam.

CA Foundation Exam Pattern


Details Of CA Foundation Exam

Conducting Body

The Institute Of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)

Mode of Exam

Online centre based exams 

Exam Frequency

Thrice in a year

  • January
  • June
  • December

Level of Examination

National level

Level of Difficulty

Easy to Moderate

Number of Papers/Subjects

The CA Foundation exam includes FOUR subjects:

  • Paper 1 - Accounting
  • Paper 2 - Business Laws
  • Paper 3 - Quantitative Aptitude
  • Paper 4 - Business Economics

Duration of Each Paper

  • Paper 1 and 2 are of 3 hours
  • Paper 3 and 4 are of 2 hours

Paper Type

  • Paper 1 and 2 - Subjective
  • Paper 3 and 4 - Objective


Each paper is of 100 marks.

Total Marks


Marking Scheme

For subjective (Paper 1 and 2) - No negative marking

For objective papers (Paper 3 and 4) - 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Medium of Exam

English/Hindi except for Paper 2 (section b which will be in English only)


Class 12 Passed or Appearing for Class 12 in Current Year


Candidates with Equivalent Qualification or Graduates and Post Graduates


CA Foundation Subjects with Marks Distribution

Papers Subject Name Marks Distribution
Paper 1 Accounting 100 Marks
Paper 2 Business Laws 100 Marks
Paper 3

Quantitative Aptitude

Section A: Business Mathematics
Section B: Logical Reasoning
Section C: Statistics

100 Marks
Paper 4 Business Economics 100 Marks


CA Foundation Passing Criteria

A student is declared to have passed the Foundation examination, if he/she obtains at one sitting a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate of all the papers.

ICAI CA Foundation Syllabus

To Download CA Foundation Syllabus, Click Here

CA Foundation Topic-Wise Weightage:

To Download CA Foundation Syllabus, Click Here

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Some FAQs:

1. Is there negative marking in Foundation Examination?

 Yes, there is negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer in objective type papers.

2. When will I get the Study Material of Foundation Course?

Study Material of Foundation Course will be available on the BoS Knowledge Portal. Hard copy of the Study Material will be available for ordering on Centralized Distribution System (CDS) Portal upon confirmation of registration in Foundation Course.


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