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Frequently Asked Questions (CA CPT)

Common Proficiency Course Related

What is the Common Proficiency Test?

CA-CPT is an entry level test to the Chartered Accountancy Course. It is an MCQ based test consisting of four main subjects i.e. Accounting, Mercantile Laws, General Economics and Quantitative Aptitude. The test is conducted in two sessions of two hours each conducted for 200 marks.

Who can join the course?

A student who has passed the 10th standard examination conducted by an examining body constituted by law in India or an examination recognized by the Central Government as equivalent thereto may register for Common Proficiency Course (CPC).

Do Graduates/ Post-Graduates or Intermediate level examination passed students of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India or the Institute of Company Secretaries of India need to appear for CA-CPT? 

No, all these students are exempted from passing the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) as per Notification No. 1-CA (7)/145/2012 dated 1st August 2012:-

This includes

(A) Graduates or Post Graduates in Commerce having secured in aggregate a minimum of 55% of the total marks or its equivalent grade in the examination conducted by any recognised University (including Open University) by studying any three papers of 100 marks each out of Accounting, Auditing, Mercantile Laws, Corporate Laws, Economics, Management (including Financial Management), Taxation (including Direct Tax Laws and Indirect Tax Laws), Costing, Business Administration or Management Accounting;


Graduates or Post Graduates other than those falling under Commerce stream mentioned above having secured in aggregate a minimum of 60% of the total marks or its equivalent grade in the examination conducted by any recognised University (including Open University). Above category of students can commence practical training after undergoing Orientation Course and Information Technology Training (ITT).

Provisional Registration: Students who are pursuing the Final year of Graduation Course shall be eligible for provisional registration to the Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Course. Such students would be required to submit satisfactory proof of having passed the graduation examination with the specified percentage of marks within six months, from the date of appearance in the final year graduation examination (i.e. from the day of commencement of the examination). During the period of provisional registration, a student can undergo and complete Information Technology Training (ITT) and Orientation Course. It is clarified that in their case, the practical training shall commence only on becoming a Graduate with specified percentage of marks. Such students shall be eligible for appearing in the Intermediate (Integrated Professional Competence) Examination on completion of nine months of practical training. If such students fail to produce the proof within the aforesaid period, his provisional registration shall stand cancelled and the registration and other fees, as the case may be, paid by him shall not be refunded/ adjusted and no credit shall also be given for the theoretical education undergone.


(B) Candidates who have passed the Intermediate level examination or its equivalent examination by whatever name called conducted by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Above category of students shall be eligible to appear in the Intermediate (IPC) Examination after undergoing study course period of 8 months.

How to apply for admission to the Common Proficiency Course (CPC)?

A student is required to apply in the prescribed form. A student can buy a Prospectus from all Regional Offices/ Branches of the Institute by remitting Rs.100/-. The Application form for Registration to the course is available with the Prospectus. Alternatively, · The application form can be downloaded from Institute’s website www.icai.org; if Registration Form is downloaded from Institute’s website add Rs. 100/- or US $10 as the case may be with Common Proficiency Course (CPC) Registration Fee. · Candidates can also fill CPC registration on-line. The same is available on Institute’s website www.icai.org. · The Prospectus can also be procured by post from any of the offices of the Institute stated in Point 8 below on payment of Rs.140 (Rs.40 on account of postal charge).

What are the fees for registration?

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Fee Details

(i) Indian students residing in India and other SAARC countries; and (ii) students belonging to other SAARC countries

(in INR)

the students of foreign countries other than SAARC countries; and (ii) Indian students residing abroad other than SAARC countries (in US $) 


Cost of CPC Prospectus (Prospectus will be supplied subsequently to those student who have down loaded the form for CPC Registration and have remitted Rs. 100/- alongwith CPC Registration fee)




CPC Registration fee *




Subscription for Students’ Journal (for one year) (Optional but strongly recommended)




Subscription for Members’ Journal (for one year) (Optional)






* Registration fee includes the supply of reading materials along with Model Test Papers Volume I and Volume II.

CPC registration fee is to be paid in the form of Demand Draft drawn in favour of “The Secretary, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, payable at concerned Regional Office i.e. Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Kanpur or New Delhi”. If Registration Form is downloaded from the Institute’s website, add Rs. 100/- or US $10 along with Common Proficiency Course (CPC) Registration fee for supply of a copy of the Prospectus along with the study package.


What are the documents/ proofs to be to be enclosed along with the CPC registration application?

The following documents to be enclosed along with the CPC Registration form:

(1) Demand Draft towards registration and other fees.

(2) Attested copy of Date of Birth and 10th pass Marks Statement.

(3) Attested copy of proof of Nationality, if student is foreigner.

(4) Attested copy of proof of special category certificate i.e. SC/ST, OBC and Differently abled. CPC Registration form to be submitted to the Regional Office in consonance with the address of the student.

Where to submit/dispatch filled-in application form?

The form is to be submitted at the offices of regional councils of ICAI depending upon the state category they fall in. The form can also be submitted at the local regional centers in various cities, if available.

Link for Details: http://resource.cdn.icai.org/45099bos35101cpc.pdf

What is the detailed syllabus of CA-CPT?

Common Proficiency Test Related

What is the eligibility to appear in CA-CPT?

A student who registers to CPT course on or before 1st April will be eligible to appear in June CPT examination and student who registers on or before 1st October will be eligible to appear in December CPT examination on completion of specified period of 60 days upto the first day of the month in which examination is to be held. Further, a registered student is entitled to appear in Common Proficiency Test (CPT) after he has appeared in the Senior Secondary Examination (10+2 examination) conducted by an examining body constituted by law in India or an examination recognised by the Central Government as equivalent thereto and has complied with such requirements as may be specified by the Council from time to time.

When is CA-CPT held?

CPT is held twice in a year i.e., in June & December. Students who are desirous of appearing on-line CPT have to look for announcement on Institute website www.icai.org on regular intervals.

How to apply for CA-CPT?

A student has to follow the examination notification issued by the Examination Department of the ICAI and apply in the prescribed form along with the examination fee. The Examination Department will announce the examination centers in India and abroad in the notification and issues admit card.

How to make application for appearing in CPT?

ICAI accepts the applications for appearing in CA-CPT in online mode only. These applications are to be filed once ICAI releases the notification on http://icaiexam.icai.org/

What are qualifying marks to pass CA-CPT?

A candidate for the Common Proficiency Test is declared to have passed the test if he obtains at one sitting a minimum of thirty per cent marks in each section and a minimum of fifty per cent marks in the aggregate of all the sections, subject to the principle of negative marking (i.e. 0.25 marks for every wrong answer).

CA - CPT and CAPrep18

Is CAPrep18 providing for any coaching to assist the students for preparation?

Yes, we have tied up with the India’s premier CA coaching professionals to provide our students with the best learning facility.

What is the medium of classes and how can we attend the classes?

These classes would be delivered in both English and Hinglish (Mix of English and Hindi) and would be beamed through internet technology direct to your home. You just need to login to study on to your computers and study live with India’s best teacher at the ease of your home.

What is the fee to be paid for the classes?

The fee for different products can be found at http://www.caprep18.com/ca-online-classes/store/subscription/ca-cpt/b1c1

What is the batch schedule of the classes to be delivered?

The batch schedule for CA-CPT can be found at http://www.caprep18.com/ca-online-classes/ca-cpt/live-classes/b1c1e37

How will I enrol myself for CA-CPT classes at CAPrep18?

You need to go to the Plans and Pricing page and you can enrol yourself by purchasing a product from your course.

What are the modes of payment acceptable for subscribing to CAPrep18 CA Classes?

CAPrep18 accepts credit and debit cards and bank transfer.

What are the advantages of joining CAPrep18?

  • Dedicated Coaching at ease of your home
  • Inexpensive coaching
  • Availability of recorded lectures for further reference
  • Rigorous test series
  • Proven track record of producing 1000s of CAs and many more…

What if I miss a class? 

The classes that are beamed direct to your home are available in recorded versions too. So, if you miss a class anyhow, it is always accessible from your account in past sessions. 

What support do we get from CAPrep18 except from Live Classes?

We offer a complete satisfaction to our students that includes dedicated helpline from registration till a student finally appears in his/her exams. Also, we offer free access to the students to Past Year Papers, Revision Test Papers, Latest Amendments and Notifications by ICAI, Sample Papers, Mock Test Papers. 

Can I make payments for a product in parts? Do you accept a part payment?

Yes, of course! We have an option of part payment for products priced at more than Rs 15,000. However, your package will be activated only after we receive a full payment. We suggest that you make a full payment (in one go) so you can start studying immediately and can save money as well.


To make a part payment, please contact our sales team who will send you a payment link of the agreed amount by email and SMS.




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