CPT (Common Proficiency Test)

CA CPT 2018

CA CPTCA CPT 2018 – Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the exam conducting authority released the online notification of CA CPT December 2018 session exam on July 25, 2018. ICAI will conduct CA CPT 2018 examination for December session on December 16, 2018 (Sunday), in two sessions- one morning from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and another afternoon session from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The application form of CA CPT 2018 will begin on October 4, 2018, in online mode. Candidates will able to fill and submit CA CPT 2018 application form till October 25, 2018, without late fee, and up to November 1, 2018, with late fee of INR 600/-. The link to register for CA CPT 2018 and fill the application form of CA CPT 2018 will be provided below as soon as the CA CPT application forms are opened by the ICAI. Candidates will have to pay CA CPT application fee for filling the application form of CA Foundation 2018 on the basis of the place of exam centre chosen by them- INR 1,000/- for an exam centre in India, INR 1,700/- for exam centre in Kathmandu and US$ 300/- for an overseas CA CPT exam centre. The admit card of CA CPT 2018 will be tentatively released about 15 days before the date of the exam. Before the release of CA CPT admit card, candidates will also be given two CA CPT application correction windows, first for free of cost and the second window will be chargeable, in the online mode to facilitate students to make corrections to the mistakes made in filling CA CPT application form 2018 like in the fields of choice of exam centre or medium of language, et.al. The CA CPT 2018 application correction windows will likely be opened in the months of October and November 2018, tentatively. Aspirants can check here complete details about CA CPT 2018 December session exam including important dates, eligibility criteria, application form submission, exam dates, syllabus, etc.

LATEST- The CA CPT 2018 Application Form (December session) to begin from October 4, 2018.


Chartered Accountant – Common Proficiency Test (CPT) is conducted for candidates who wish to pursue a career in Chartered Accountancy. CA CPT 2018 December session under the old scheme will be held on December 16, 2018. Only those candidates who are registered with ICAI for Common Proficiency Course (CPC) of Chartered Accountancy will be eligible to give CA CPT exam held in December 2018 session. Candidates can check here complete details about CA CPT 2018 examination including important dates of exam, CPT registration process, how to fill the application form, admit card, exam pattern, declaration of result, etc.


Important Note: CA CPT exam will NOT be conducted after June 2019 session. CA CPT 2019 June session will be the last session of CPT exam. It has been decided in lieu of the introduction of new CA entry level exam, i.e. CA Foundation 2018, under the revised scheme. After June 2019, CA Foundation will become the sole CA entry-level qualification examination. Until this period, both CA CPT and CA Foundation Examinations will be conducted by ICAI.

CA CPT is an entry-level qualification test held twice a year- once in June and once in December under the old scheme. As per the official notification, CA CPT will cease to be conducted beyond June 2019 session. Candidates who will qualify CPT exam will be enrolled to IPCC (Intermediate Professional Competence Course) which would train them for the next level of Chartered Accountancy course.


Key features of CA Common Proficiency Test 2018

CA CPT 2018: Overview

Exam Name – Chartered Accountants Common Proficiency Test

Exam Type – National Level

Conducting Body – The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Exam Mode – Offline mode

Exam Level – Entry level national examination

Number of Exam Cities – 196 in India and 5 in Overseas

Medium of Exam  – English / Hindi

Subjects – Four


CA CPT Important Dates 2018


ICAI will conduct CA CPT 2018 for December session on December 16, 2018 (Sunday). Candidates who wish to appear for the entry-level examination of CA CPT 2018 in December can check below events of CA CPT in the table below –


Important Dates related to CA CPT December  2018 Session

Events of CA CPT  Important Dates
CA CPT December 2018 notification July 25, 2018
Online Application Form of CA CPT 2018 begins October 4, 2018
Last date of filling CA CPT application form 2018 and making the payment (without late fee) October 25, 2018
Last date and time for New User Creation First week of November 2018*
Last date of filling CA CPT application form 2018 and making the payment (with late fee) November 1, 2018
Last date of receipt of printout of filled CA CPT application by ICAI offices First week of November 2018*
Application Correction Window I (without fee) Second week of November 2018*
Application Correction Window II (with fee) Last week of November 2018*
CPT Admit Card First week of December 2018*
Date of CA CPT Examination December 16, 2018
Result Declared Third week of January 2019*



CA CPT Eligibility Criteria 2018


Candidates who plan to appear for CA CPT 2018 in December 2018 session exam, they should have registered with ICAI in CPC course. Only registered candidates are eligible to apply for CA CPT 2018 December session. Following are the eligibility criteria of CA CPT 2018.

  • Candidates must have passed their 10th and 12th level qualifying examination from a recognised board of education or equivalent examination,
  • Candidates must have registered with ICAI for CPC course before June 30, 2017, to be eligible for appearing in CPT exam.
  • Candidates who have completed bachelor or masters degree in commerce with at least 55% marks are exempted from appearing in CA CPT 2018,
  • Candidates holding bachelor or masters degree in a stream other than commerce must have obtained at least 60% marks in aggregate of all subjects are also exempted from appearing in the entry level test.


CA CPT Application Form 2018


ICAI will open the CA CPT 2018 application form for December session exam from October 4, 2018. Candidates will be able to fill the CA Foundation application form 2018 till October 25, 2018, without late fee, and till November 1, 2018, with late fee of INR 600/-. The application fee of CA CPT 2018 will be hinged on the place of the exam centre chosen by an aspirant. The aspirants will be able to remit the application fee for CA CPT 2018 application form online using (VISA/Master) Debit Card or Credit Card. The application fee of CA CPT 2018 December session will likely be similar to previous sessions as mentioned below. The link to fill the application form of CA CPT 2018 December session exam and remit the fee will be made available here. ICAI will also open two CA CPT application correction windows to facilitate students to make changes to their applications in case of a mistake committed by the student.


CA CPT Application Fee 2018 (Tentative)

Category CPT Application fee 
For exam centres in India only INR 1,000/-
For exam centres in Kathmandu (Nepal) INR 1,700/-
For exam centres in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai and Muscat US$ 300


CA CPT Admit Card 2018


Candidates who register and apply for CA CPT December 2018 examination will be issued the admit card of CA CPT 2018 in online mode. The admit card of CA CPT 2018 will likely be released in the first week of December 2018. Candidates will be able to obtain their CA CPT admit card 2018 by logging in their accounts through their registered id and password, through the link given above. CA CPT 2018 admit card will mention details about the candidate including name, roll number, photograph and signature, exam centre, etc. It will also contain other exam related important instructions. Candidates will be required to take a printout of CA CPT admit card 2018 and carry it with them to their allotted exam centre. In case of any discrepancy regarding admit card, candidates are advised to contact ICAI Helpline desk (given at the end of this article).


CA CPT Exam Pattern 2018


CA CPT 2018 will be conducted on December 16 2018, in two shifts, i.e. morning shift from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and evening shift from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. CA CPT exam will comprise of objective type questions of 200 marks. Candidates must note that there is a negative marking of  0.25 or one-fourth for every wrong answer. Four subjects whose test will be taken in two sessions of CA CPT December 2018 session exam are mentioned in the table below –


CA CPT 2018 Exam Pattern

CA CPT Exam Details
Exam Mode Pencil Paper
Test Medium English or Hindi
Shift Sections Marks Timings
First session of CA CPT Sec A – Fundamentals of Accounting 40 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (two hours)
Sec B – Mercantile Laws 60
Second session of CA CPT Sec C – General Economics 50 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (two hours)
Sec D – Quantitative Aptitude 50
Total 4 sections 200 4 hours


CA CPT Exam Centres 2018


ICAI will conduct CA CPT 2018 in as many as 201 exam centres across 196 test cities in India and five abroad. Candidates can select the exam centre of their choice for appearing in CA CPT 2018, while filling their CA CPT applications. Candidates will also be able to change their choice of exam centre for CA CPT 2018 December examination when the application correction window becomes available. The list of exam centres for CA CPT has been released by ICAI along with the official notification. Scroll down to check major test cities of CA CPT 2018-


CA CPT 2018 Test Cities

S.No. Exam City S.No. Exam City
1 Ahmedabad 99 Durgapur
2 Ahmednagar 100 Guwahati
3 Akola 101 Kolkata
4 Amravati 102 Rourkela
5 Anand 103 Sambalpur
6 Aurangabad 104 Siliguri
7 Badlapur 105 Tinsukia
8 Bharuch 106 Agra
9 Bhavnagar 107 Ajmer
10 Bhiwandi 108 Aligarh
11 Bhuj 109 Allahabad
12 Chandrapur 110 Alwar
13 Dhule 111 Banswara
14 Gandhidham 112 Bareilly
15 Gandhinagar 113 Beawar
16 Gondia 114 Bhagalpur
17 Ichalkaranji 115 Bharatpur
18 Jalgaon 116 Bhilwara
19 Jalna 117 Bhopal
20 Jamnagar 118 Bikaner
21 Junagadh 119 Bilaspur
22 Kolhapur 120 Bundi
23 Latur 121 Burhanpur
24 Mapusa (goa) 122 Chhindwara
25 Margao (goa) 123 Chittorgarh
26 Mumbai 124 Churu
27 Nagpur 125 Dehradun
28 Nanded 126 Dhanbad
29 Nashik 127 Durg
30 Navi mumbai 128 Firozabad
31 Navasari 129 Ghaziabad
32 Palghar 130 Gorakhpur
33 Panvel 131 Gwalior
34 Parbhani 132 Haldwani
35 Pimpri-chinchwad 133 Hardwar
36 Pune 134 Indore
37 Rajkot 135 Jabalpur
38 Ratnagiri 136 Jaipur
39 Sangli 137 Jamshedpur
40 Satara 138 Jhansi
41 Solapur 139 Jhunjhunu
42 Surat 140 Jodhpur
43 Surendranagar 141 Kanpur
44 Thane 142 Kishangarh
45 Vadodara 143 Kota
46 Vapi 144 Lucknow
47 Vasai 145 Mandsaur
48 Yavatmal 146 Mathura
49 Alappuzha 147 Meerut
50 Anantapur 148 Moradabad
51 Belgaum 149 Muzaffarnagar
52 Bellary 150 Muzaffarpur
53 Bengaluru 151 Neemuch
54 Chennai 152 Noida
55 Coimbatore 153 Pali-marwar
56 Eluru 154 Patna
57 Ernakulam 155 Raipur
58 Erode 156 Ranchi
59 Guntur 157 Ratlam
60 Hubli 158 Rewa
61 Hyderabad 159 Saharanpur
62 Kakinada 160 Satna
63 Kannur 161 Sikar
64 Karim nagar 162 Sirohi
65 Kollam (quilon) 163 Sri ganganagar
66 Kottayam 164 Udaipur
67 Kozhikode 165 Ujjain
68 Kumbakonam 166 Varanasi
69 Kurnool 167 Ambala
70 Madurai 168 Amritsar
71 Malappuram 169 Bathinda
72 Mangalore 170 Bhiwani
73 Mysore 171 Chandigarh
74 Nellore 172 Delhi / new delhi
75 Nizamabad 173 Faridabad
76 Ongole 174 Fatehabad
77 Palakkad 175 Gurgaon
78 Pondicherry 176 Hisar
79 Rajamahendravaram 177 Jalandhar
80 Salem 178 Jammu
81 Shimoga 179 Kaithal
82 Sivakasi 180 Karnal
83 Thiruvananthapuram 181 Ludhiana
84 Thrissur 182 Panipat
85 Tiruchirapalli 183 Patiala
86 Tirunelveli 184 Rewari
87 Tirupati 185 Rohtak
88 Tirupur 186 Sangrur
89 Tuticorin 187 Shimla
90 Udupi 188 Sirsa
91 Vellore 189 Sonepat
92 Vijayawada 190 Srinagar (j&k)
93 Visakhapatnam 191 Yamunanagar
94 Warangal 192  Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.)*
95 Asansol 193  Doha*
96 Berhampore 194  Dubai*
97 Bhubaneswar 195  Kathmandu (Nepal)*
98 Cuttack 196  Muscat*


CA CPT Sample Papers 2018


ICAI has also provided sample papers of CA CPT 2018 examination to help candidates prepare well for the exam. CA CPT sample papers 2018 includes mock test papers and model test papers released by the exam conducting authority. Candidates can download CA CPT sample papers 2018 for free or can take it from the official address of ICAI. Candidates, please note that the exam conducting authority also provides study material for each section of CA CPT exam.


CA CPT Syllabus 2018


The syllabus of CA CPT 2018 is released by ICAI. Aspirants of CA CPT examination can check below syllabus of CA CPT 2018 for each of the four sections mentioned below –

Sections of CA CPT Syllabus
Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Accounting Process
  • Bank Reconciliation Statement
  • Depreciation accounting
  • Preparation of Final Accounts for Sole Proprietors
  • Accounting for Special Transactions
  • Partnership Accounts
  • Introduction to Company Accounts
Mercantile Laws
  • 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 Indian Partnership Act, 1932: General Nature of Partnership – Rights and duties of partners – Registration and dissolution of a firm
General Economics
  • Micro Economics
  • Introduction to Micro Economics
  • Theory of Demand and Supply
  • Theory of Production and Cost
  • Price Determination in Different Markets
  • Indian Economic Development
  • Indian Economy – A Profile
  • Select Aspects of Indian Economy
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • Money and Banking
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Ratio and proportion, Indices, Logarithms
  • Equations
  • Inequalities
  • 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
  • Statistical description of data
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Theoretical Distributions
  • Sampling Theory
  • Index Numbers


CA CPT Answer Key 2018


ICAI does not release official answer key for CA CPT 2018. However, careers360 will provide CA CPT 2018 answer keys released by various coaching Institutes. The CA CPT answer key 2018 will be helpful for candidates to cross-verify their responses as marked by them in the examination. Moreover, ICAI also provides candidates with the facility of getting their answer sheet re-evaluated after CA CPT result announcement. CA CPT 2018 answer key will help candidates verify their answer sheets already prior to the declaration of result. Candidates will need to pay some fees if they get their answer sheets revalued.


CA CPT Cutoff 2018


Candidates who appear for CA CPT 2018 will need to score minimum qualifying marks as mentioned by the exam conducting authority in order to proceed to next level of CA course. CA CPT 2018 cutoff mentions the minimum marks a candidate requires in each section and overall in order to be shortlisted for IPCC course. As per the cutoff of CA CPT 2018, candidates will need to obtain 30% marks in each section and overall 50% marks in order to qualify CA CPT 2018 exam.


CA CPT 2018 Cutoff

Section Sectional cutoff for CPT  Overall cutoff for CPT 
Fundamentals of Accounting 30% of 60 marks

50% marks

Mercantile Laws 30% of 40 marks
General Economies 30% of 50 marks
Quantitative Aptitude 30% of 50 marks


CA CPT Result 2018


ICAI will announce the result of CA CPT 2018 December session exam in the third week of January 2019 tentatively. The result will be declared in online mode. Candidates who appear for CA CPT 2018 December examination will be able to check their result by logging in through their registered account. Moreover, ICAI will also intimate candidates about their qualifying status through registered email id and phone number. Candidates who wish to obtain their CA CPT 2018 result through email and SMS will be able to submit their request for receiving of the result via these modes once the facility becomes available. Candidates will later be able to download their CA CPT result card, rank card and certificate through ICAI registered account.



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The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
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