(FAQs) : FAQs for Common Proficiency Test (CPT)
1. What is the Common Proficiency Test?
It is an entry level test for Chartered Accountancy Course.
It is an objective test of four subjects i.e. Accounting, Mercantile Laws,
General Economics and Quantitative Aptitude. The test
is divided into two sessions of two hours each conducted for 200 marks.
2. 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).
3. Is there any scheme available for student of Entrance/ Foundation/
Professional Education (Course-I) to switchover to Common Proficiency Course
All earlier respective students of Entrance/ Foundation/
Professional Education (Course-I) who have not passed respective examinations
are required to register afresh for Common Proficiency Course (CPC) by paying
full registration fees for CPC, i.e., Rs.6,000/- as applicable at present to
continue their studies in CA Course.
4. Is it correct that 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 are exempt
Yes. The following categories of students shall be exempt from passing the
Common Proficiency Test (CPT) as per Notification No. 1-CA (7)/145/2012 dated
1st August, 2012:-
(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).
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
5. How to apply for admission to the Common Proficiency
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.
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).
6. What are the fees for registration?
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 alongwith Common Proficiency Course (CPC)
Registration fee for supply of a copy of the Prospectus alongwith the study
7. 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
(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
CPC Registration form to be submitted to the Regional Office in consonance with
the address of the student.
8. Where to submit/dispatch filled-in application form?
The application form can be obtained and / or submitted to
the following Offices of the Institute in consonance with the address of the
student as stated below: