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CA CPT Syllabus 2020 ICAI Common Proficiency Test Syllabus PDF Free

CA CPT Syllabus 2020

Common proficiency test is an entry level test for Chartered Accountancy Course. So candidates who are going to participate for exam, check complete updated ICAI CA CPT Syllabus 2020 from here for better preparation.

Due to worse condition of COVID-19, CA Foundation May 2020 exam that was going to be held in August month has been cancelled out by ICAI. The institute has decided to merge the May 2020 exam with November 2020 examinations.

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ICAI Common Proficiency Test Syllabus PDF is prescribed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Students should be familiarize with each and every topic of CA CPT Syllabus 2020 to score best possible marks

CA CPT Syllabus

Detailed ICAI Chartered Accountant CPT Syllabus is available here!!! Students participating in the Common Proficiency Test may refer CA CPT Exam Syllabus for immense preparation

Session I:

Section A: Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Accounting Process- Books of Accounts leading to the preparation of Trial Balance, Capital and revenue expenditures, Capital and revenue receipts, Contingent assets and contingent liabilities, Fundamental errors, include rectifications thereof.
  • Bank Reconciliation Statement
  • Inventories- Basis of inventory valuation and record keeping.
  • Depreciation accounting- Methods, computation and accounting treatment of depreciation, Change in depreciation methods.
  • Preparation of Final Accounts for Sole Proprietors
  • Accounting for Special Transactions- Consignments, Joint Ventures, Bills of exchange and promissory notes, Sale of goods on approval or return basis
  • Partnership Accounts- Final accounts of partnership firms – Basic concepts of admission, retirement and death of a partner including treatment of goodwill.
  • Introduction to Company Accounts- Issue of shares and debentures, forfeiture of shares, re-issue of forfeited shares, redemption of preference shares.
Section B: Mercantile Law
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872- An overview of Sections 1 to 75 covering the general nature of contract , consideration , other essential elements of a valid contract , performance of contract and breach of contract.
  • The Sale of Goods Act, 1930- Formation of the contract of sale – Conditions and Warranties – Transfer of ownership and delivery of goods – Unpaid seller and his rights.
  • The India Partnership Act, 1932- General Nature of Partnership – Rights and duties of partners – Registration and dissolution of a firm.

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Session II

Section C: General Economics
Micro Economics


  • Introduction to Micro Economics- Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study, Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve.
  • Theory of Demand and Supply- Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, Price, income and cross elasticity, Theory of consumer ’s behaviour – Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of supply.
  • Theory of Production and Cost- Meaning and Factors of production, Laws of Production – The Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale, Concepts of Costs – Short-run and long-run costs, Average and marginal costs, Total, fixed and variable costs.
  • Price Determination in Different Markets- Various forms of markets – Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly, Price determination in these markets.
Indian Economic Development-


  • Indian Economy – A Profile- Nature of the Indian Economy, Role of different sectors – Agriculture, Industry and Services in the development of the Indian economy, their problems and growth, National Income of India – Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income, Growth of national income and per capita income in various plans, Basic understanding of tax system of India – Direct and Indirect Taxation.
  • Select Aspects of Indian Economy- Population – Its size, rate of growth and its implication for growth, Poverty – Absolute and relative poverty and main programs for poverty alleviation, Unemployment – Types, causes and incidence of unemployment, Infrastructure  Energy, Transportation, Communication, Health and Education, Inflation, Budget and Fiscal deficits, Balance of payments, External debts.
  • Economic Reforms in India- Features of economic reforms since 1991, Liberalization, Privatization and Disinvestment, Globalization
  • Money and Banking- Money – Meaning and functions, Commercial Banks – Role and functions, Reserve Bank of India – Role and functions, Monetary policy, Money – Meaning and functions
Section D: Quantitative Aptitude
  • Ratio and proportion, Indices, Logarithms
  • 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.
  • Inequalities- Graphs of inequalities in two variables common region.
  • Simple and Compound Interest including annuity, Applications
  • Basic concepts of Permutations and Combinations
  • Sequence and Series – Arithmetic and geometric progressions
  • Sets, Functions and Relations
  • Limits and Continuity, Intuitive Approach
  • Basic concepts of Differential and Integral Calculus (excluding trigonometric functions)
  • Statistical description of data- Textual, Tabular & Diagrammatic representation of data, Frequency Distribution, Graphical representation of frequency distribution – Histogram, Frequency Polygon, Ogive
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion- Arithmetic Mean, Median – Partition Values, Mode, Geometric Mean and Harmonic, Mean, Standard deviation, Quartile deviation
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Probability and Expected Value by Mathematical Expectation
  • Theoretical Distributions- Biomial, Poisson and Normal.
  • 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 .
  • Index Numbers- Textual, Tabular & Diagrammatic representation of data, Frequency Distribution, Graphical representation of frequency distribution – Histogram, Frequency Polygon, Ogive

Must Go through These CA CPT Related Links:

CA CPT Application FormDetails
CA CPT Time TableDetails
CPT Admit CardDetails
CA CPT Question PaperDetails
CA CPT ResultDetails
CA CPT Syllabus PDFDownload
ICAI Official WebsiteLink

CA CPT Exam Pattern 2020:

    • CA CPT Exam will be conducted in 4 parts i.e. Part 1 – Fundamentals of Accounting and Mercantile Laws, Part 2 – Mercantile Laws, Part 3 – General Economics and Part 4 – Quantitative Aptitude.
    • Exam will be conducted through Offline mode (Pencil Paper Mode)
    • Medium of exam is English OR Hindi
    • The question paper carries 200 objective type questions for a total of 200 marks
    • For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted from the maximum obtained.
Session I 
Section AFundamentals of Accounting40
Section BMercantile Laws60
Session II 
Section CGeneral Economics50
Section DQuantitative Aptitude50

Common Proficiency Test Exam Date 2020:

CA Foundation 2020May 2020Nov 2020
Availability of CA Foundation Exam Form05 Feb 2020Available!
Last date to fill CA Foundation application form26 Feb 202030 Jun 2020
31 Aug 2020
Last date to submit application form with late fee04 Mar 2020to be announced
Last date for receipt of print out of online
examination application form duly filled up
09 Mar 2020to be announced
Correct window opens07-13 Mar 2020to be announced
Correction window reopens07 – 09 Jun 2020 
17 – 20 Jun 2020
to be announced
Opt out facility21-27 Jun 2020
21 – 30 Jun 2020
Issuance of admit cardTo be notifiedto be announced
CA Foundation exam date27, 29 June and 1 and 3 July 2020
07, 09, 11 and 14 Aug 2020

to be announced
Declaration of CA Foundation resultTo be announcedto be announced


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13 Responses to "CA CPT Syllabus 2020 ICAI Common Proficiency Test Syllabus PDF Free"

  1. Archana Pangul.

    I want to CPT syllabus PDF file 2017.

  2. Ajay bhosale

    i want a pdf file of cpt syllbus

  3. Nikitha shivam

    Sir / Mam , m taking cpt in December 2017 need to know the syllabus . Please provide the same.


  4. kiran jagtap,

    Sir/ Mam,
    I want a previous CPT question paper in pdf file…


    Kiran jagtap,

  5. Vani


    Im taking cpt in December 2017, i want to know new cpt syllabus .Please provide the same.



    • Sakshi Rawal

      Hello Vani,
      You can download CA CPT Syllabus from here: Get PDF

  6. alisha

    mam can yo please get me some study material for CPT examination……held in june 2017

  7. Ramanathan

    Since the CPT syllabus is revised, is it easier to tak up under old syllabus or under new syllabus. I am now studying in XII and will be completing in April 2018.

    Based on your reply i will either register before 30th June or if old syllabus is easier

  8. Subhash Rathod

    Dear sir/madam
    Im registered for CPT through offline
    But I didn’t get my confirmation & registration number what can I do now
    Please help me

  9. Ankita

    Respected Ma’am/Sir

    please can you share previous year question paper of CPT?

  10. Mallikarjuna

    Dear Sir,

    I want to full details in PDF format…reply
    I have graduate I am getting 53.44% shall I join direct inter….or CPT..

    • admin

      Hii Mallikarjuna,
      Check Chartered Accountancy ( CA) – Course structure , Fee and Syllabus Details: Download PDF

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