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CA Age Limit: Eligibility Criteria for Chartered Accountancy Exams

Before choosing any course, you may know about its   eligibility criteria and age limit. In this article, we’ll provide information about the age limit and eligibility criteria for the CA course.  

CA Foundation is the entry level of the Chartered Accountancy course. It is a four – paper exam conducted thrice in a year by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). You will study the

  1. Accounting
  2. Business Law
  3. Quantitative Aptitude.
  4. Business Economics
  •  Eligibility criteria: 

               To register for the CA Foundation Exam, you must be aware of the eligibility requirements, which are set by ICAI.

Age limit: There is no age limit for registering for the CA Foundation Course.

   Educational Qualifications: ICAI sets the following educational qualification guidelines :-

Students in class 12th may register provisionally for the CA Foundation course. However, they cannot sit for the CA Foundation Exam until they have completed their 12th grade with a minimum of 50% marks.

Those students who have passed class 10th from a recognized university by the state Ø or central government board or an equivalent exam, can apply for the CA Foundation or Common Proficiency Test (CPT). However, he can give the CA Foundation Exam or CPT only after completing the class 12th.

  • Direct entry route: 

Undergraduate and postgraduate: Those students who have completed undergraduate and post-graduation from a recognized university and have obtained 55% marks. They can directly register for CA Inter through the direct entry route.

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): By direct entry route, they can register for CA Inter who have qualified UG and PG from open universities.

Non-commerce: Those students who have UG and PG degrees in other than the commerce stream, like arts or science stream and have obtained 60% marks from a Ø recognized university can directly register for the CA Inter.

  • CA Foundation Overview  



Exam name

CA Foundation


3 times in a year, i.e. June, September, and December/ January.

Conducted by


Exam level

National level


Completed or appearing in class 12th

Preparation period

4 months

Duration of the exam

3+2 hours

Mode of exam


Passing criteria

Each subject: 40%

Overall: 50%

CA Foundation Course subjects

1.   Accounting

2.   Business Law

3.   Quantitative aptitude

4.   Business Economics

  • Registration process for CA Foundation  

 Register and complete 4 months of theoretical education for the Foundation Course. Apply to appear in the Foundation examination by  filling up the prescribed exam form released by the examination section or department.

The following are the step by step process for apply the registration:-

  1. Go to the official link of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
  2. Click on the students’ option and go to the ‘course registration’ section.
  3. On the registration form section, click on ‘new user’.
  4. Enter your personal details.
  5. Click on ‘Generate OTP’ and verify it.
  6. After the completion of the verification process, your personal profile is created, and you will get the login details.
  7. Log in now and select ‘student cycle’.
  8. Click on ‘apply for foundation’ and fill in the necessary details, then click on ‘save and next.’
  9. Pay the registration fees.
  10. You will receive the registration form, and the form must be deposited within 7 days with the candidate’s signature.
  • Registration validity

       The foundation course will be valid for 4 years after you register for it.

  • Documents required for the registration of CA Foundation 

  1.            Passport size photograph of the candidate
  2.            Candidate’s signature
  3.            10th  class report card
  4.            12th class admit card
  5.            Proof of nationality

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  • FAQs for the CA Foundation Course

         1. How many subjects are covered in the CA Foundation course?

 Ans. There are four subjects in the foundation course. In which two are objective whereas the other two are descriptive.

          Descriptive subjects: Accounts and Business Law

         Objective subjects: Quantitative methods and Business economics.

       2. How to join a CA course after graduation

 Ans.You can get direct entry into an intermediate course after completing graduation.

      3. Is the CA Foundation easy to clear?

 Ans.Foundation exam is not a difficult exam, students cover a large portion of the content in classes 11th and 12th. However, to clear the exam easily, students have to work hard.

     4.   What is the duration of the CA course after class 12th?

 Ans.The CA course takes 4-5 years to complete after class 12th.

    5. What is the criteria for negative marking in the CA Foundation Course?

 Ans.In the CA Foundation course, the negative marking is 0.25 for objective papers only.

   6. How many times can I appear for the CA Foundation exam? 

 Ans.The registration of the CA Foundation course is valid for 4 years, so students can appear in the CA Foundation exam for a maximum of 12 attempts under the new scheme by ICAI.

  7. What is the registration fees for the CA course?

 Ans.CA Foundation: INR 9,000

       CA Intermediate: INR 18,000

       CA Final: INR 22,000

 8. Is there any age limit for CA?

Ans.After completing the class 12th, candidates can apply for the CA course, and there is no upper age limit for the CA course.