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10 Quick Tips for Sure Success in CPT

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How desperate are you to clear CA-CPT in this attempt? With exams breathing down your neck, preparation can get really frantic. Especially, if you are a CPT repeater you will find it difficult to silence that little voice in your head that keeps telling you, ‘you can’t do it (this time also)’.

You may find yourself succumbing to the pressure of the approaching exams. It’s okay; that happens. Take a small break and read this blog post.  In this installment, we have covered 10 quick tips that will ensure assured success in CPT.

But before we get started with preparation tips and tricks, let’s a take a look at the syllabus, duration and marking scheme of the CPT exams.

CPT In a Nutshell:

As you may already know, CPT is the entry level entrance exam that students need to crack to become a Chartered Account. As announced by ICAI on June 30th, 2017, CA-CPT will soon cease to exist. In fact, the June 2019 attempt will be the last time the CPT exams will be conducted. Under the revised scheme of syllabus issued by ICAI, CA-CPT has been replaced by a new examination, CA-Foundation.

So students, it’s time to gear up! Let us combine your acute hard work with our astute preparation tips and tricks to ensure that you crack CPT in this attempt.

But first, let’s take a quick look at the syllabus, duration, exam pattern and marking scheme of the CPT exams.

Subject-wise syllabus for CPT

Section A: Fundamentals of Accounting

1. Theoretical Framework

2. Accounting Process Books of Accounts

3. Bank Reconciliation Statement

4. Inventories

5. Depreciation accounting

6. Preparation of Final Accounts for Sole Proprietors

7. Accounting for Special Transactions

8. Partnership Accounts

9. Introduction to Company Accounts

In order to understand the syllabus in depth and know how to tackle it, you can read this blog here:

How to Prepare For CA-CPT Accounts in 60 days?

Section BMercantile Law

1.The Indian Contract Act , 1872: An overview of Sections 1 to 75 covering the general nature of contract , consideration , other essential elements of a valid contract , performance of contract and breach of contract

2. The Sale of Goods Act, 1930: Formation of the contract of sale – Conditions and Warranties – Transfer of ownership and delivery of goods – Unpaid seller and his rights

3. The India Partnership Act, 1932: General Nature of Partnership – Rights and duties of partners – Registration and dissolution of a firm.

Read this blog to know more about how to score more in CPT Law

Section C: General Economics

(I) Micro Economics

1. Introduction to Micro Economics

2. Theory of Demand and Supply

3. Theory of Production and Cost

4. Price Determination in Different Markets

(II) Indian Economic Development

5. Indian Economy

6. Select Aspects of Indian Economy

7. Economic Reforms in India

8. Money and Banking

Struggling to master the concepts of CPT Economics? This blog can help.

How to Prepare For CA-CPT Economics in 60 days?

Section D: Quantitative Aptitude

1. Ratio and proportion, Indices, Logarithms

2. Equations

3. Inequalities

4. Simple and Compound Interest

5. Basic concepts of Permutations and Combinations

6. Sequence and Series

7. Sets, Functions and Relations

8. Limits and Continuity

 9. Basic concepts of Differential and Integral Calculus

10. Statistical description of data

11. Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion

12. Correlation and Regression

13. Probability and Expected Value by Mathematical Expectation

14. Theoretical Distributions Binomial, Poisson and Normal.

15. Sampling Theory

16. Index Numbers

Feels like QA is not your cup of tea? This blog on Study Planner for CPT QA will indeed make life easier for you.

CPT Exam Pattern

Sessions for CA CPT 2018 

Question Paper Sections


Max. Marks

Passing Marks

First Session (10:30 am to 12:30 noon)

Sec A Fundamentals of Accounting 


60 Marks 


Sec B - Mercantile Law


40 Marks


Second Session (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

Sec C - General Economics


50 Marks


Sec D - Quantitative Aptitude


50 Marks


CPT Marking Scheme

CPT follows an MCQ based question paper. For each right answer, you will be awarded 1 mark. For every wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks. Students need to score at least 30% in individual papers and 50% in aggregate to clear the CPT exam. Here are a few quick tips you need to keep in mind to correctly answer questions in CPT:

•  It’s not the question that makes it hard, it’s the options that make it hard

•  Use the elimination method to answer questions in CPT

•  Rely on common sense and pre-existing knowledge

•  If you don’t know the answer, make an educated guess

•  If you can at least eliminate one option, go for that question

•  If you have ‘none of the above’ as an option, watch out! In most cases, this option won’t be the correct answer.

•  If you have ‘all of the above’ as an option, consider it seriously. This option usually has a higher chance of being the correct answer

•  Don’t be afraid of negative marking

•  Look out for words like ‘NOT’, ‘CORRECT’, ‘INCORRECT’ in the question. If you encounter a question with any of these words in it. Make sure you read the question a couple of times before answering it.

•  Between Accounts and Law, allocate more time for Accounts while writing the exam

•  Between Economics and Q.A., finish answering Economics first before going on to QA

Now that you know everything you need to know about CPT exams, let’s take a look at the preparation tips and tricks for CPT that will help you to clear the exam in a single attempt.

10 Quick Tips to Clear CA-CPT in single attempt

 1. Prepare short term and long term goals and targets, and work hard to achieve them. If you are planning to finish one subject in ‘x’ number of days: it is your long-term goal. When you allocate hours to specific chapters within the subject, it becomes your short-term goal.

 2. A positive attitude is half the battle won. Develop confidence in yourself. In this context, it is important to remember that failure is not fatal. It is not the end of the world if you have failed to crack CPT once or twice or even thrice, just get up and do it the fourth time! Make sure you clear the exams this time.

3. Understand the syllabus well and figure out your strengths and weakness.

 4. Make a study planner and stick to it. Prepare a timetable by understanding your aptitude and the time available at hand. If you are not from a commerce background, you may find it difficult to cope up with accounts so allocate your time likewise. But let’s say, you are pro in accounts but QA is your weak point, then you should focus more on QA. 

 5. Develop a conceptual understanding of fundamental accounting and solve practical problems.

 6. Understand the legal provisions and rules of Indian Contract Act, Sales of Goods Act and Partnership accounts thoroughly. Try to prepare notes, it will help you revising again and again.

 7. Economics requires both conceptual understanding and practice as it has graphs and diagrams. Also be well versed with the latest statistics applicable to your attempt.

 8. For Quantitative Aptitude, understand the formula and elementary concepts of mathematics and its applications. Normally student from commerce stream finds this subject difficult. If you find any chapter difficult, don’t skip altogether. At least cover basics and simple numerical from it.

 9. Follow your plan. For success, it is important to follow strictly what you have planned.

 10. Practice, practice, and practice using a number of resources available including mock test papers, model test papers, sample papers and PYPs.

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