Different levels of Chartered Accountancy Course

1   Entry Level Test   Common Proficiency Test
2   First Stage of Theoretical Education   Integrated Professional Competence Course
3   Final Stage of Theoretical Education   Final Course

The Entry level test is named as Common Proficiency Test (CPT) which is designed in the pattern of entry level test for engineering, medical and other professional courses. It is a test of 4 hours duration comprising of two sessions of 2 hours each, with a break between two sessions. The test comprises of objective type questions only with negative marking for choosing wrong options. The Common Proficiency Test (CPT) has replaced Professional Education (Course-I) effective from September 13, 2006. The last Professional Education (Examination – I) was held in November, 2007.

COMMON PROFICIENCY TEST
One Paper, Two Sessions 200 Marks

Session I :
Section A: Fundamentals of Accounting 60 Marks Section B: Mercantile Laws 40 Marks


Session II :
Section C: General Economics 50 Marks Section D: Quantitative Aptitude 50 Marks


We will now analyze the different subjects on the basis of various parameters :

Session I(Two Sections– Two hours – 100 Marks)

Section A : Fundamental of Accounting(60 Marks)


  • Objective : To develop conceptual understanding of the fundamentals of financial accounting system.
  • No of Questions : 60
  • Negative Marking Scheme : Yes
  • Nature of Questions : Fill in the Blanks / Statement /Paragraph / Case Studies
  • Skill set tested : Basic Accounting Concepts / Application of Basic Concepts

Case Study Analysis/Numerical Testing

Section B: Mercantile Laws ( 40 Marks )


  • Objective : To test the general comprehension of elements of mercantile law
  • No of Questions : 40
  • Negative Marking Scheme : Yes
  • Nature of Questions : Fill in the Blanks / Statement /Paragraph / Case Studies
  • Skill set tested : Basic Legal Knowledge / Application of Law

Case Study Analysis/Numerical Testing

SESSION – II (Two Sections– Two hours – 100 Marks)


Section C: General Economics ( 50 Marks )


  • Objective : To ensure basic understanding of economic systems, economic behavior of individuals and organizations.
  • No of Questions : 50
  • Negative Marking Scheme : Yes
  • Nature of Questions : Fill in the Blanks / Statement /Paragraph / Case Studies
  • Skill set tested : Basic Economic Theoretical Knowledge


Case Study Analysis/Numerical Testing

Section D: Quantitative Aptitude ( 50 Marks )


  • Objective : To test the grasp of elementary concepts in Mathematics and Statistics and application of the same as useful quantitative tools.
  • No of Questions : 50
  • Negative Marking Scheme : Yes
  • Nature of Questions : Fill in the Blanks / Statement /Paragraph / Case Studies
  • Skill set tested : Basic Mathematical and Statistical Concept / Application of Basic Concepts / Numerical Crunching
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