Experience – Preparing For CA (Chartered Accountant) Entrance Exam, CPT (Common Proficiency Test) | Do’s and Don’ts while preparing for CPT Exam


In our life, we all have been through that stage where we have to face entrance exams. It might be for admission purpose to a college or it might be for any professional course as well. We all have heard the term ‘hard work’ but very few know about ‘smart work’.

My experience of giving CA entrance exams which are called CPT, the common proficiency aptitude test is more about smart work. As we all know CA is a respectable profession and every commerce background students try professional courses in order to improvise their skills and outlook. ICAI provides standard study materials as soon as you get registered for the exam and from then and there, they give a gap of 6 months to prepare for the exam. The exams were mainly conducted in the months of June and December and cracking CA entrance is not a cakewalk definitely.

There is sectional cut off for each subject and aggregate cutoff as well. The subjects were mainly – Maths, Eco, Mercantile Law, Accounts. I remember studying 6 hrs daily and covering 2 subjects at least. I tried to keep 1 hour for maths reserved and 1-hour accounts because this subject requires regular practice.

CPT accounts syllabus is mainly objective type but there is depth in concepts and sums. CPT maths is very basic leaving calculus, people weak in the subject can choose to do statistics part only and that will do for 40 marks as well. Since the weight of Accounts is 60 marks, I solved accounts every day for 2 hours. I had eco from class 9 so I knew the subject but it was easy to cover as well. In the last 3 months, I mainly solved the question model books provided by ICAI.

CA is a tough course because it is hard, people remark on the difficulties they faced during the process as it requires immense patience and dedication just like any good thing to prosper.

As per the syllabus is concerned, the exam is conducted in a single day in two halves respectively. In the first half, law and accounts are kept for 2 hrs. In the second half, there is maths and eco for 2 hrs again.

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Do’s and Don’ts while preparing for CPT Exam

  • The 30 to 40 minutes break given in between the exams should be properly utilised for revising
  • Revising is the key to crack.
  • Keep your stationery always ready with you.
  • Don’t try to mug up every theory because it is going to lead to sheep work and not smart work.
  • Revise only the summary and the important percentage slabs especially in eco
  • Have faith in yourself and practice the sums like a bible.

The normal students can also have the ability to crack the exam. The syllabus is very basic but the limiting factor is mainly the time as solving 50 questions of maths in 1 hour is quite a challenge. Moreover, there is negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer, so every question counts. If you are not sure, don’t attempt. Knowing your strengths and weakness is going to help you a lot in cracking CPT in one go.

Good luck.