CA CPT Exam Pattern and Preparation Tips


The CA CPT examination is an entry level examination. Those who qualify for the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) will become eligible to register for the next stages of Chartered Accountancy (CA) course. Students who have cleared the 10+2 examination or an equivalent from a recognized board are eligible to register for CPT with the Board of Studies at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Students who are awaiting results are also eligible to apply.

CA CPT Exam Pattern

The CA CPT examination is conducted twice every year. It is usually conducted in the month of June and December every year. The registration has to be done 60 days prior to appearing for the examination.

The examination is divided into two sessions. Each session is for 2 hours duration with two sections each. The four sections included in the Common Proficiency Test are as follows:

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Mercantile Laws
  • General Economics
  • Quantitative Aptitude Test

CPT carries a total of 200 marks with each section carrying 50 marks. It follows the multiple choice objective based question model. There will be negative marks for marking incorrect answers. Candidates can opt for the Paper Pencil mode (PP Mode) or the online registration mode. The medium of the examination is English. Candidates are required to secure a minimum of 50% marks to qualify for the CPT.

CA CPT Preparation Tips

Candidates can prepare for the Common Proficiency Test by referring to model question papers and previous year question papers. A number of reference books and online materials are also available that can aid students to prepare for this exam. Some of the books that can be referred to are as follows:

  • Lawpoint Modern Accountancy for CA-CPT
  • S Chand key to Unlock CA - CPT Entrance
  • S.Chand Advanced Accounts
  • S.Chand Investment Management: Security Analysis & Portfolio Management
  • Shroff Financial Management Problems & Solutions
  • Tata McGraw-Hill Fundamentals of Accounting For CA Common Proficiency Test CA-CPT CA Examination Series
  • Taxmann Company Law And Practice
  • Taxmann Fundamentals of Accounting & Mercantile Laws
  • Upkars Objective Commerce for CA. ICWA, CS, MBA, MCOM

Candidates should also learn to manage time to complete the two sessions within 2 hours each. Since there is negative marking, candidates should take care not to guess the answers. Candidates can follow the elimination method for answering doubtful questions. Candidates should also keep in mind the minimum qualifying marks while answering. The required number of questions should be answered by the candidate. A strong base in mathematics can help in clearing the exam. Preparation should be done for each of the four sections.



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49 Responses to “CA CPT Exam Pattern and Preparation Tips”

  1. 49

    I am passed 10+2 in biology group so I can join c a intrance exam?.

  2. 48

    I am weak in maths hw cn i bcme better in maths cpt.nd hw cn i pass in cpt exam preparng 2 months fr june exam

  3. 47
    Ashwini rakesh:

    Hii mam
    ths is ashwini im preparing very well fr my cpt exam which is in june 2014 im so confused about my exam and i dnt knw frm were to start my preparation i want u to suggest me some useful books for ca cpt wch would help me to achieve all india rank as passing cpt is very important to me so plsssssssss help me
    thanking you

  4. 46

    hyy..i am maths student,,dec 2013 is my 2nd attmp,the mistake i have did in previous paper that gussed many answr nd ticked them..i was attmptd 170 que in june 13 but got only 97 mrk besides i hv passed in all section..even i got 35 out of 50 in math &stats but i failed..the mistake i have taken is only i gussesd answrs nd got negative marks mch..nw in this i will care nd i will pass..its nw my confidence

  5. 45

    how to get 200 marks in cpt?

  6. 44
    Ria khurana:

    i m weak in maths how can i prepare for it and how much time should be given to each subject daily and how should i study before exact one month of exam

  7. 43

    i want to more details about cpt exam and how to prepare for ths exam

  8. 42
    Om prakash singh:

    Give suggession for december exam

  9. 41

    can i clear cpt exam in 1 month preparation.

  10. 40
    sarvesh laddha:

    can I prepare for ca cpt in last 20 days….????

  11. 39
    amrit randhawa:

    how much percentage is required for cpt in 12th?

  12. 38

    how can i improve my maths i am weak in maths help me is in ca cpt maths is important?

  13. 37

    How we can enroll CPT for the month of june 2014. What are the procedures?

  14. 36

    how to prepare for a exam??? nd how to study each subject

  15. 35

    i’m regiater ca and i like to write cpt in december…so give me a tipes for styding …wr i get cpt old question paper plz help me……

  16. 34

    full detail for ca exam
    how to apply,qualifications nd everything else

  17. 33
    Lalit Sharma:

    How do CA after cpt

  18. 32

    I am doing UG in open univeristy can i eligble for CA IPCC

  19. 31
    Akshay Bhardwaj:

    sir/ma’am .
    i am currently studying . i am in class 12th . i am confused regarding taking maths or not . i am really weak in maths . i want to pursue CA as a profession . so i want to know is maths really compulsory for CA ?

  20. 30

    Plz help me to clear cpt at 1st attempt

  21. 29
    sharad yadav:

    how much percentage is requre for cpt in 12th.

  22. 28

    hi, i am goin to appear in june cpt so i want to know whether i should go for any other model test papers or practise with the ones provided by the institute?

  23. 27

    give detail icwa exam cpt &last date of registration

  24. 26
    shivani singh:

    any maths question is also come in cpt exam

  25. 25
    gaurab roy:

    what are the important tips for passing ca-cpt exam? what are the important chapters of maths and economics? this is my 3rd time in ca-cpt exam. please help me.

  26. 24

    howto prepare ca cpt for passing marks . this is the second attempt of me last time i got 96 marks but i failed and i got very dipress plz give me a tips for prepering ca cpt exams?

  27. 23

    my maths is average sud i opt for CA exam

  28. 22
    Rathinam A:

    I require paper wise and chapter wise model question paperto download and answer. kindly let me the link or set me the pdf for download.
    with regards
    Rathinam A

  29. 21
    Dhruv Bhandari:

    Will dis books beneficial??? For exm?? N plezz tl mei hw 2 gt previous year papr …

  30. 20

    How to prepare maths for cpt??plz help me

  31. 19
    shubham joshi:

    i m the student of class 12th and i havent take maths as my additional subject
    so sir plz help me for preparation for cpt
    how to prepare for maths

  32. 18
    Aishwarya Joshi:

    Hello I had given Cpt in privious year I get less marks . Please send me some tricks to study and score good marks . Provide me some self study tips

  33. 17

    after cpt registration book when come to home ..

  34. 16

    For CA which book is important or popular in studyng ca or cpt

  35. 15

    how to prepare for mths of cpt?

  36. 14
    rajneesh kumar:

    i want to prepare for cpt exam so please help me in prepared please send me some modal paper in hindi langauge

  37. 13
    aishwarya gupta:

    i have sent my registration form on 24 march 2013. when i will get my study material and registration no. ?

  38. 12

    Sir, how to study CA CPT exam? Any institutes in Hyderabad ?
    what are the books to study? Any method to study? how should i prepare for cpt exam? Plz help me.

  39. 11

    what are the important chapters for ca cpt exams?
    Please provide tips for self study

  40. 10

    My daughter is studying plus 2 and will be appearing ISC board exam in March 2014.Can I register for CPT now.When can she take the exam.
    I also wanted to know that she wanted to pursue CA alongwith BCOM after her plus 2.Is it possible and what are the formalities for that.
    In which colleges in India is this possible.
    please do mail for my queries.

  41. 9
    solanki aniruddh:

    how to prepare for CPT exam?

  42. 8
    solanki aniruddh:

    How to prepare cpt books for pass to first try?

  43. 7
    akancha suman:

    i given the exam of cpt june 2013 attempt bt i failed i got 90 marks. i am fully confusused nd depress also. how can i prepare for cpt exam i am weak in maths nd economics. so plese help me how should i have to do study.

  44. 6

    what are the important chapters for ca cpt exams

  45. 5

    i want to know about cpt exam.plz tell should i prepare for cpt exam???

  46. 4

    Sir, how to study CA CPT exam? Any institutes in chennai?
    what are the books to study? Any method to study? how should i prepare for cpt exam? Plz help me.

  47. 3

    how to get a good marks in ca cpt june 2013 exam,how to prepare syllabus who are non maths.

  48. 2
    Ankita Singh:

    i want to know about some books which can help me in preparing for ca entrance exam and also want to know that is there any provision for offline registration for ca-cpt?

  49. 1

    in quantitative aptitude paper we have to get aggregate 30% or maths30% n stats 30%
    plz reply me sir r madam