CA Foundation Question paper

Everything You Need to Know About CA Foundation Question Paper

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CA foundation question paper and its contents have constantly remained a topic of intensive discussion among students and coaches. It happens so because everyone understands that reviewing question paper patterns and subject-wise distribution will reveal mark-scoring secrets. This will greatly improve the ability of students to give their best performance.

This is the reason why we at IndigoLearn analyze previous year's question papers extensively to create the right material and mock question papers for the CA foundation. Such analysis, combined with visual intensive classes leaves a lasting impression, enabling our students to ace the CA foundation exams with fantastic marks. 

If you want to take advantage of the benefits we offer, you can always reach out to us. You may also choose to check out some of our free materials in our app 1FIN. 

Sample CA Foundation Question Papers

Practicing on a sample question paper based on the above pattern and distribution will improve your problem solving skills as well as confidence. You can get free access to all previous years question papers as well as mock/sample question papers at IndigoLearn’s question papers section. You can also find the keys and answers so you can practice as many times as you can. 

Practice & Attempt Question Papers in Pure Exam Conditions

You should practice and solve at least 2-3 mock tests, as well as the sample papers, in pure exam conditions. The benefit of doing so is you will gain confidence first and foremost; and then your speed of solving will increase. You will also learn the ability to handle exam pressure and stay calm.

Once you attempt these mock tests, you will realize the subjects that you may have missed. This will push you to learn all the subjects, making you all the more prepared and ready for the exam.

CA Foundation Question Paper Pattern 2024

Now let’s quickly look at the pattern of the question paper.

As mentioned earlier, understanding the pattern of CA foundation question papers will give you an advantage in scoring higher marks and a better rank. 

As we know, paper 1 and paper 2 are subjective-based questions whereas paper 3 and paper 4 are objective (MCQ) based questions. Paper 3 and paper 4 will also have a negative marking of 1/4th mark for every wrong answer. 

The exam duration for papers 1 & 2 is 3 hours and you will get 15 minutes of reading time before the start. It will be wise to read all the questions quickly before you start answering the questions. For papers 3 & 4, the exam duration is 2 hours each and you will not get any additional 15 minutes time to read through the paper. 

Now let’s look at the marks distribution of the CA foundation question paper.

CA Foundation Mark Distribution
Paper Name

Marks Distribution
Paper 1 Accounting

Paper 2 Business Laws

Paper 3 Quantitative Aptitude Section A: Business Mathematics 100
    Section B: Logical Reasoning
    Section C: Statistics
Paper 4 Business Economics 


Section-wise Weightage

Here’s the section-wise weightage of each paper. 

1. Theoretical Framework 5% - 10%
2. Accounting Process 30%-35%
3. Bank Reconciliation Statement
4. Inventories
5. Depreciation and Amortisation
6. Bills of exchange and Promissory notes 
7. Preparation of Final accounts of  Sole Proprietors 20%-25%
8. Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Organization
9. Accounts from Incomplete Records
10. Partnership and LLP Accounts 15%-20%
11. Company Accounts 15%-25%

1. Indian Regulatory Framework 0%-5%
2. The Indian Contract Act, 1872 20%-30%
3. The Sale of Goods Act, 1930 15%-20%
4. The Indian Partnership Act, 1932 15%-20%
5. The Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 5%-10%
6. The Companies Act, 2013 10% - 15%

Part A: Business Mathematics  (40 Marks) 

1. Ratio and proportion, Indices and Logarithms

2. Equations
3. Linear Inequalities
4. Mathematics of Finance 30%-40%
5. Permutations and Combinations


6. Sequence and Series
7. Sets, Relations, and Functions. Basics of Limits and Continuity functions.
8. Basic applications of Differential and Integral calculus in Business and Economics (Excluding the trigonometric applications).
Part B: Logical Reasoning (20 Marks)

9. Number series coding and Decoding and odd man out 20%-30%
10. Direction Tests 20%-30%
11. Seating Arrangements 20%-30%
12. Blood Relations 20%-30%
Part C: Statistics (40 Marks)

13. Statistical Representation of Data & Sampling 45%-50%
14. Measures of Central tendency and Dispersion
15. Probability 25%-30%
16. Theoretical Distributions
17. Correlation and Regression 10%-15%
18. Index Numbers 10%-15%

1. Introduction to Business Economics 5% 
2. Theory of Demand and Supply 10% 
3. Theory of Production and Cost 10%
4. Price Determination in Different Markets 15%
5. Determination of National Income 15%
6. Business Cycles 5%
7. Public Finance 10% 
8. Money Market 10% 
9. International Trade 10% 
10. Indian Economy  10% 


Do Not Be Afraid - Get The Right Help

We will not be surprised if you are scared with all this vast material and the breakdown of question papers. But the fact is you don’t have to be scared as we’re here to help you. 

Reach out to us at your earliest convenience and we will give you the right guidance. In the meanwhile, download our app 1FIN and get started on your CA journey.


  • Is CA Foundation easy to pass?

Yes, if you plan and study consistently and get yourself good guidance, it will be easy. With our interactive and visual-based learning material, we can assure you that it will be easy. Checkout our free resources!

  • Which type of questions are asked in the CA Foundation exam?

You will have both subjective and objective questions. Paper 1 (100 marks)  and Paper 2 (100 marks) are subjective-based questions whereas paper 3 (100 marks) and paper 4 (100 marks) are objective (MCQ) based questions. Paper 3 and paper 4 will also have a negative marking of 1/4th mark for every wrong answer. 

  • Is CA foundation maths difficult?

If you were good in math through your schooling then you shouldn't find it that difficult. However, even if you do, with right amount of practice and guidance, it shouldn't be that difficult, we can help you get good at it.

  • What are the passing marks for CA Foundation?

Candidates must score a minimum of 40% marks in each paper and a minimum of  50% marks in aggregate of all the papers to pass the CA foundation exam.

  • Is maths compulsory for CA?

Yes, it most certainly is. 

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