CA CPT Exam Pattern and Details

CA CPT- Chartered Accountancy Common Proficiency Test is a first level examination to become CA. The concerned authority of Chartered Accountancy is the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). The aspirants can apply even in 10th grade, however they can only take the examination after completing 12th grade. CPT examination is held twice a year, in June and December. Usually, the results are out after a month of examination, that is, July and December. The examination has objective type questions, which is divided into two sections: Accountancy+Mercantile Law; Economics+Quantitative Aptitude. There is 0.25 negative marking. To clear this examination, candidates are required to score minimum 30% in each section, with 50% in aggregate of all four sections. With the law amendment in 2012, students having scored 55% in commerce and 60% in other subjects in graduation are exempted for this level and are allowed to directly apply for IPCC level. Being the most common field of career, CPT has a level too moderate yet not easy to be cleared without thorough study. Thus, candidates are advised to attempt previous year question papers and mock tests to practice well.

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Key Highlight
of CPT - Common Proficiency Test
Registration Period:
4 April to 3 May 2020
Application Fee:
Indian Exam Centre- INR 1000/- Kathmandu Exam Centre- INR 1700/-
No. of Sections:
1. Accountancy+Mercantile Law 2. Economics+Quantitative Aptitude
Educational Qualification:
passed 10+2 level (Senior Secondary) qualifying examination from a national or state-recognized Board of Secondary Education in India
Exam Date:
16 June 2020
1 July 2020
Exam Duration:
2 Sessions of 2 Hrs Each
Marking Scheme:
1 Mark for each correct answer -1/4 Mark for each wrong answer


  • Students who have cleared 12th Grade.
  • Students with 55% in commerce and 60%in other subjects in graduation are exempted to give CPT.

Exam Pattern

  • The examination application fees is for Indian Exam Centre- INR 1000/-; Kathmandu Exam Centre- INR 1700/-; Overseas Exam Centre- US$300.
  • CA CPT examination is held twice a year, in July and December.
  • Admit cards are released 15 days before the exam.
  • CPT has 200 objective type questions.
  • The exam duration is 4 hours in total of all four sections.
  • There are two sections:


  1. Accountancy+Mercantile Law
  2. Economics+Quantitative Aptitude


There are 200 questions for 200 marks in total. The syllabus required to study is the course studied till 12th Grade, and other chapters of Mercantile Law.

  1. Accountancy(60marks) +Mercantile Law (40marks)
  2. Economics(50marks) +Quantitative Aptitude (50marks)


Tips and Tricks

  • Candidates must attempt questions carefully, as there is  0.25 negatiive marking as well.
  • Candidates must revise their concepts thoroughly.
  • Candidates must have thorough knowledge of law terms.
  • Take online mock tests to know your strengths and weaknesses to better prepare all the four sections.
  • Candidates must practice placement papers and mock tests to prepare well.

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