If you are appearing for CA Foundation then check out the eligibility criteria for CA Foundation. Read more and learn about it in detail.

CA Foundation Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who want to register for the Chartered Accountancy course have to clear the CA Foundation exam, a national level exam. The test is conducted twice a year by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. The purpose of the exam is to train and certify the candidates who want to become Chartered Accountants. 

Before applying for the CA Foundation exam, the candidate must know the eligibility criteria, to avoid rejection of the application form. Let’s look at the eligibility criteria for CA Foundation in detail.

Eligibility Criteria for CA Foundation

Age Limit

There are no age limit restrictions for candidates who want to apply for the CA Foundation exam.

Educational Qualification

The educational qualifications guidelines set by ICAI are:

  • Candidates who have passed the Class 10 examination from the state or central government board or an equivalent examination can apply for the CA Foundation exam.                                              However, these candidates can only take provisional admission that will be regularized after clearing Class 12 exams.
  • Candidates appearing in Class 12 or have already passed the exams can register for the CA Foundation exam
  • Candidates who have passed Class 12 with a minimum of 50 percent marks can register for the CA Foundation exam

CA Foundation Exemptions

ICAI has laid certain exemptions for certain candidates and they don’t need to appear in the CA Foundation exam. Instead, they can register themselves for the second-level CA Intermediate course.



UG & PG Candidates

Candidates with an aggregate of 55% marks in Graduation or PG in Commerce stream or equivalent from a recognized university


Undergraduate or PG candidates who have passed out from Open University 


Candidates with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in a discipline other than commerce. They must have secured a minimum of 60% or equivalent marks from a recognized University

Examination Treated as Equivalent to Class 12

Board of Intermediate Education, Andhra Pradesh

Assam Higher Secondary Education Council

Bihar School Examination Board

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)

Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)

Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education

Gujarat Secondary & Higher Secondary Education

Board of School Education, Haryana

H. P. Board of School Education

J & K State Board of School Education

Jharkhand Academic Council

The government of Karnataka Department of Pre-University Education

Kerala Board of Higher Secondary Education

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education

Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh

Council of Higher Secondary Education, Manipur

Meghalaya Board of School Education

Mizoram Board of School Education

Nagaland Board of School Education

Council of Higher Secondary Education, Orissa

Punjab School Education Board

Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan

Tamil Nadu State Board of School Examinations

Tripura Board of Secondary Education

U.P. Board of High School and Intermediate Education

Board of School Education, Uttarakhand

West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education

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