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

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An aspiring Chartered Account should be adept in analytical and quantitative skills. This is primarily why Quantitative Aptitude forms a part of the CA-CPT syllabus. In CPT, this paper is allotted a full 50 marks, and can be a jackpot for you to score more, given that you have a firm hold on Maths and Statistics. Too bad, most commerce students who did not have Maths in their +2 dread this paper. However, with 60 days left to go before your exam, you still have time to master the basics of QA.

So, how should you go about CA-CPT Maths in the remaining 60 days? The first thing you should do is not panic. Maths may not be your strongest zone but you can still manage to sail through with a proper study plan.

Syllabus for CA-CPT QA

  1. 1. Ratio and proportion, Indices, Logarithms.
  2. 2. Equations 
    Linear – simultaneous linear equations up to three variables, quadratic and cubic equations in one variable, equations of a straight line, intersection of straight lines, graphical solution to linear equations.
  3. 3. Inequalities 
    Graphs of inequalities in two variables – common region.
  4. 4. Simple and Compound Interest including annuity, Applications
  5. 5. Basic concepts of Permutations and Combinations
  6. 6. Sequence and Series – Arithmetic and geometric progressions
  7. 7. Sets, Functions and Relations
  8. 8. Limits and Continuity – Intuitive Approach
  9. 9. Basic concepts of Differential and Integral Calculus (excluding trigonometric functions)
  10. 10. Statistical description of data
    1. Textual, Tabular & Diagrammatic representation of data.
    2. Frequency Distribution.
    3. Graphical representation of frequency distribution – Histogram, Frequency Polygon, Ogive
  11. 11. Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion 
    Arithmetic Mean, Median – Partition Values, Mode, Geometric Mean and Harmonic, Mean, Standard deviation, Quartile deviation
  12. 12. Correlation and Regression
  13. 13. Probability and Expected Value by Mathematical Expectation
  14. 14. Theoretical Distributions 
    Binomial, Poisson and Normal.
  15. 15. Sampling Theory 
    Basic Principles of sampling theory, Comparison between sample survey and complete enumeration, Errors in sample survey, Some important terms associated with sampling, Types of sampling, Theory of estimation, Determination of sample size.
  16. 16. Index Numbers

Overview of Important chapters:

  •  Maths- Ch. 1 Ratio, Proportion and Indices; Ch. 5 Permutations & Combinations; Ch. 6 Sequence & Series and Ch. 8 Limits & Continuity
  • Statistics- Measures of Central Tendency, Probability and Theoretical Distribution

Marking Scheme for CA-CPT QA

Total Marks Allotted for CPT


Marks Allotted to QA


Marks Division

25- Maths ; 25-Statistics

Minimum Passing Marks


Marking Scheme

1 mark for each correct answer

Negative Marking

0.25 deducted for every wrong answer

CA-CPT Maths Study Plan

If your strength lies in Maths, go ahead, plunge in! Solve sample papers to get the hang of CPT question pattern. Keep practicing till you become perfect. And, scoring in this paper will be but a child’s play for you. But what if that’s not the case?

Does the sound of ‘Maths’ give you the chills? Relax, you still have a chance to clear this paper. Just that, start with Statistics; focus all your energies on the 25 marks allotted to it. Make sure you score at least 15 here. Now that your minimum passing criteria is met with, tread carefully. Make a list of the most important topics in Maths, and master the basics. Learn the formulas by heart. In the CPT exam, attempt only those questions from the Maths section that you are absolutely confident about to avoid negative marking. So, there you go! It’s easier than what you thought, eh?

CA-CPT Maths Study Timetable

No. of active hours per day


Hours kept aside for tuition/college


Hours available for self


Allocating hours effectively:

  •  Cover two subjects regularly
  • Club one practical subject with a theory paper
  • Number of hours to be devoted to each subject is your call
  • Practice CPT QA on every alternate day
  • Allocate at least 2 hours to CPT QA

Tips to prepare for CPT Maths in the last 60 days:

(i)  Divide Quantitative Aptitude in three Section arithmetic, calculus and statistics.

(ii)  Arithmetic includes topics like ratio and proportion, calculation of interest etc. which is usually covered in course curriculum leading up to the 12th Grade.

(iii)  Statistics Comprises of probability, sampling, correlations and regression etc. which are less complex hence, easier to score and understand.

(iv)  Calculus having topics like Derivatives and Integration which is little difficult and complex for students with a non-math background in the 12th Grade. But still it’s not a problem they can start with this first and practice them daily. If student has less time for preparation it is advisable to cover at least simple topics.

(v)  Try to solve sums step-wise and slowly for better understanding concept and techniques.

(vi)  Practice all model test paper, previous years question papers.

(vii)  Solving at least one Mock Test Paper before the exam is a must

Avoid starting with brand new chapters just a few days before the exam. Focus on what you know and revise them repeatedly. Always remember that practice equals speed. Refer to the study plan chalked out by our expert and tweak it to suit your needs. Most importantly, take good care of your health. You surely don’t want to fall sick before your CPT exams.

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