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CA Inter Pass Percentage

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Overview

CA Inter is one of the toughest exams and it takes a lot of hard work to crack it. The number of students that appear for the exam each year compared to the number of students who clear the exam each year has always been disproportionate.

For example, here is the CA inter pass percentage from Jan 2021 (new scheme) exam:

Jan 2021 Attempt

Group

Appeared

Passed

Pass % 

Group I

26496

3430

12.95%

Group II

27611

5154

18.67%

Both Group

12046

1184

9.83%

 

Look at the pass percentage of each group. They are very low. In Group I, 26,496 candidates appeared but only 3,430 have cleared it. 

The big question is, why does it happen?

Well, there are a number of reasons why it happens but the most important reason is rote learning and memorizing.

We need to remember that when ICAI changed its course and the contents of the course in 2017, it understood that practical application of concepts is more important than theoretical memorization. 

The entire purpose of a Chartered Accountant is to help a firm or a company in effectively navigating through its finances. It is a critical job and it needs practical & analytical thinking. In real-time, if a CA does possess these qualities, it can drastically affect the company in many ways. Also, a CA who is not equipped with the right skills and knowledge will shatter right at the beginning of a challenge. 

That’s why ICAI has introduced a more practical approach to the CA course and exams. Of course, there are many CA training institutes and CA Faculty who are yet to adapt to the new system and it takes time for old practices to change.

However, things are slowly changing with training institutes across the country adopting more practical ways of teaching. In fact, at Indigo Learn, we understood the need for practical and visual training for CA inter exams right from the beginning. So, we have always concentrated on making our courses as interactive and realistic as possible. It is the reason behind the success of our students.

Now, getting back to CA inter pass percentage, the first thing to do is to aim at equipping yourself with all the knowledge needed to get the minimum pass marks. Once you are confident that you have all the knowledge necessary to do so, you can then move on to studying for higher marks.

Passing Critera

CA Intermediate Papers

Paper-wise Qualifying Percentage

Overall Passing Percentage

Appearing in One Group

Appearing in Both Groups

Paper 1

40%

50%

50%

Paper 2

40%

Paper 3

40%

Paper 4

40%

Paper 5

40%

50%

Paper 6

40%

Paper 7

40%

Paper 8

40%

 

As you can see, the overall aggregate to clear your CA inter is 50%. So, you should start concentrating on achieving this percentage. Like we mentioned before, try to understand each concept and learn it, instead of just memorizing it. 

A lot of students often get dissuaded by the overwhelming negativity surrounding the pass percentage. From peers to neighbors, to faculty, and even parents, at times, make the entire process much harder for the students by not encouraging them the right way.

If you are stressed out about the upcoming CA inter exam then let us tell you that it is not an impossible task. In fact, some of the best All India Rankers (AIRs) have also had difficulty but they have aced it because they have worked very hard to achieve these ranks.

You should also concentrate on working hard and we’re pretty sure you will ace your exams.

How to check results?

To check your ICAI CA Intermediate results, you should do the following 

  • Go to the ICAI website OR use this link: https://icaiexam.icai.org/icai_results/index.php
  • Click on 'result' and 'merit list'
  • Click on the CA Intermediate option to get your score.
  • Enter your roll number and pin number or registration number. 
  • Click 'submit' to check the CA result.

For the Jan 2021 exams, results were announced in the last week of March 2021. Likewise, results will usually be declared at least 2 months after the exams are over. ICAI announces the result date at least a month before the eventual day. 

Now let’s look at the pass percentages from the previous years.

Analysis May'13 to Jan'21

Month & Year

Group I

Group II

Both Groups

Attempted

Passed

%

Attempted

Passed

%

Attempted

Passed

%

May 2013

124310

24161

19.44%

112465

16675

14.83%

63871

7489

11.73%

Nov 2013

122253

23342

19.09%

117834

21076

17.89%

62033

5038

8.12%

May 2014

125187

20537

16.41%

121855

16878

13.85%

66625

6326

9.49%

Nov 2014

123488

17603

14.25%

104435

15982

15.30%

47795

2963

6.20%

May 2015

129886

17697

13.63%

114655

15816

13.79%

58188

4927

8.47%

Nov 2015

119449

15197

12.72%

107145

11450

10.69%

50892

2108

4.14%

May 2016

65672

14307

21.79%

56742

4050

7.14%

47979

2295

4.78%

Nov 2016

69,653

13,424

19.27%

62,123

18,701

30.10%

47,766

15,543

32.54%

May 2017

66,680

6,562

9.84%

65,453

11,440

13.62%

49,967

11,550

23.12%

Nov 2017

72,148

10,042

13.92%

65,393

13,330

20.38%

49,215

13,149

26.72%

May 2018 (O)

38,696

9,853

25.46%

37,350

5,768

15.44%

27,727

2,520

9.09%

May 2018 (N)

13135

7945

60.49%

445

33

7.42%

19108

3435

17.98%

Nov 2018 (O)

40,157

5,093

12.68%

68,888

22,232

32.27%

25,375

5,011

19.75%

Nov 2018 (N)

24,411

4,571

18.73%

8,652

5,670

65.53%

21,909

6,103

27.86%

May 2019 (O)

45857

6716

14.65%

73091

15932

21.80%

17061

324

1.90%

May 2019 (N)

51755

9153

17.69%

41350

13109

31.70%

25794

4413

17.11%

Nov 2019 (O)

30571

3695

12.09%

54489

10952

20.10%

10678

164

1.54%

Nov 2019 (N)

69886

15719

22.49%

45449

8122

17.87%

31856

4578

14.37%

Nov 2020 (O)

9608

1129

11.75%

21119

3192

15.11%

4094

74

1.81%

Nov 2020 (N)

64243

16473

25.64%

43134

9425

21.85%

28644

4895

17.09%

Jan 2021 (O)

8215

420

5.11%

19807

1575

7.95%

3749

14

0.37%

Jan 2021 (N)

26496

3430

12.95%

27611

5154

18.67%

12046

1184

9.83%

(O) - Old Syllabus (N) New Syllabus

Attempt wise Pass % ( Old + New Combined)
Combined Data

May Attempts

Nov Attempts

Conclusion

As you can see, the trend is almost unpredictable. There is only one thing that is in your hand - Hard work. If you can study hard and work hard, then you will clear the upcoming CA inter exams. If you have any questions, then feel free to reach out to us IndigoLearn - we are here to help you.