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What is CMA Foundation Course?

CMA Foundation course or exam is an First Level for students interested to pursue a career in Cost and Management Accountancy (CMA). CMA Foundation course is conducted by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) also know as ICMA or ICWA.

What is the eligibility criteria to do  CMA Foundation Course?

Candidates who wish to pursue Cost and Management Accountancy (CMA) Course can register for CMA Foundation Course after appearing in the 12std or HSC (State Board or CBSE) examination but the candidates are only eligible to write the CMA Foundation exams once you clear your 12th Std. or HSC (State Board or CBSE) .

What are the subjects in CMA Foundation Course?

CMA Foundation Course consist of Four subjects which are listed below. Click on the papers to  know about their chapters.

Paper 1: Fundamentals of Economics and Management (100 Marks)

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Section A: Fundamental of Economics (50 Marks)

Chapters
Topics
Chapter 1. Basic Concepts of Economics
1.1 Definition and Scope of Economics
1.2 Few Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 2. Theory of Demand and Supply
2.1 Demand
2.2 Supply
2.3 Equilibrium
3.2 Factors of Production and its Classification
Chapter 3. Theory of Production
3.1 Meaning of Production
3.3 Production Functions
3.4 Law of Variable Proportion
3.5 Law of Return to Scale
4.2 Cost Function
Chapter 4 : Theory of Cost
4.1 Meaning of Cost
4.3 Cost Curves
4.4 Economies of Scale
Chapter 5 : Market
5.1 Meaning of Market
5.2 Perfect Competition
5.3 Imperfect Competition
6.2 Functions of Money
Chapter 6 : Money
6.1 Definition of Money
6.3 Components of Money Supply
6.4 Quantity Theory of Money
7.2 Commercial Banks
Chapter 7 : Bank
7.1 Meaning of Banking
7.3 Central Bank
7.4 Financial Institution
Chapter 8 : Money Market
8.1 Meaning of Money Market
8.2 Structure and Functions of Indian Money Market

Section B: Fundamental of Management (50 Marks)

Chapters
Topics
9.3 Management – Science, Art, Profession
Chapter 9 : Management Process
9.2 Definition of Management
9.1 Introduction
9.4 Management Principles
9.5 Management Process
9.6 Planning
9.7 Organising
9.8 Staffing
9.9 Leading
9.10 Contro
9.11 Communication
9.12 Co-ordination
9.13 Directing
10.2 Concept of Power
Chapter 10 : Management – Concepts
10.1 Concept of Authority
10.3 Delegation of Authority
10.4 Concept of Responsibility
10.5 Authority, Responsibility and Accountability
Chapter 11 : Leadership and Motivation
11.1 Leadership
11.2 Motivation
12.2 Types of Decision
Chapter 12 : Decision Making
12.1 Concept and Definition
12.3 Decision – Making Process
12.4 Techniques of Decision Making
Paper 2: Fundamentals of Accounting (100 Marks)

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Section A: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (80 Marks)

Chapters
Topics
1.2 Capital and Revenue transactions - capital and revenue expenditures, capital and revenue receipts
Chapter 1 : Accounting Basics
1.1 Accounting Principles, Concepts and Conventions
1.3 Double entry system, Books of prime entry, Subsidiary Books, Cash Book, Journal, Ledger, Trial Balance
1.4 Depreciation - Methods (Straight Line and Diminishing Balance methods)
1.5 Rectification of Errors
1.6 Opening entries, Transfer entries, Adjustment entries, Closing entries
1.7 Bank Reconciliation Statements
Chapter 2 : Accounting for Special Transactions
2.2 Consignment (cost price, invoice price, commission & valuation of stock)
2.1 Bills of Exchange (excluding accommodation bill, insolvency)
2.3 Joint Venture
Chapter 3 : Preparation of Final Accounts
3.1 Profit making concern (for sole proprietorship concern only)
3.2 Not-for-Profit making concern

Section B: Fundamentals of Cost Accounting (20 Marks)

Chapters
Topics
Chapter 4 : Fundamrntals of Cost Accounting
4.1 Meaning, Definition, Significance of Cost Accounting, its relationship with Financial Accounting & Management Accounting
4.2 Classification of Costs
4.3 Format of Cost Sheet
Paper 3: Fundamentals of Laws and Ethics  (100 Marks)

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Section A: Fundamentals of Commercial Laws (70 Marks)

Chapters
Topics
1.2 Void and voidable agreements
Chapter 1 : Indian Contract Act, 1872
1.1 Essential elements of a contract, offer and acceptance
1.3 Consideration, legality of object and consideration
1.4 Capacity of Parties, Free consent
1.5 Quasi Contracts, Contingent Contracts
1.6 Performance of Contracts
1.7 Discharge of contracts
1.8 Breach of Contract and Remedies for Breach of Contract
2.2 Transfer of ownership
Chapter 2 : Sale of Goods Act, 1930
2.1 Definition
2.3 Conditions and Warranties
2.4 Performance of the Contract of Sale
2.5 Rights of Unpaid Vendor
2.6 Auction Sales
3.2 Definition of Promissory Note, Bill of Exchange and Cheque
Chapter 3 : Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
3.1 Negotiable Instruments –Characteristics of Negotiable Instruments
3.3 Differences between Promissory Note, Bill of exchange and Cheque
3.4 Crossing – Meaning, Definition and Types of Crossing

Section B: Fundamentals of Ethics (30 Marks)

Chapters
Topics
4.2 The “Seven Principles of Public Life” - Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership.
Chapter 4 : Ethics and Business
4.1 Ethics – Meaning, Importance
4.3 The relationship between Ethics and Law
4.4 Ethics in Business
Paper 4: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics and Statistics (100 Marks)

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Section A: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics (40 Marks)

Chapters
Topics
Chapter 1 : Arithmetic
1.2 Simple and Compound Interest
1.1 Ratios, Variations and Proportions
1.3 Arithmetic Progression and Geometric Progression
2.2 Indices and Logarithms (Basic Concepts)
Chapter 2 : Algebra
2.1 Set Theory
2.3 Permutation and Combinations (Basic Concepts)
2.4 Quadratic Equations (Basic Concepts)

Section B: Fundamentals of Business Statistics (60 Marks)

Chapters
Topics
3.2 Diagrammatic Representation of Data
Chapter 3 : Statistical Representation of Data
3.1 Introduction to Statistics
3.3 Frequency Distribution
3.4 Graphical Representation of Frequency Distribution
Chapter 4 : Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
4.1 Measures of Central Tendency
4.2 Measures of Dispersion
4.3 Measures of Skewness
Chapter 5 : Correlation and Regression
5.1 Correlation
5.2 Regression
6.2 Some Useful Terms
Chapter 6 : Probability
6.1 General Concept
6.3 Measurement of Probability
6.4 Theorem of Probability
6.5 Bayes’ Theorem
6.6 ODDS
6.7 Some Important Terms and Concepts

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CMA Foundation Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing for the CMA Foundation exam should know about the exam pattern to understand what to expect on the exam day.

  • CMA Foundation Exams are conducted twice in a year June and December.
  • Exam Medium - Hindi and English
  • Candidates must score at least 40% of marks in every paper and minimum aggregate of 50% in all the papers to pass the CMA Foundation
  • No Negative marks
  • The maximum duration is 3 hours and each paper will be of 100 marks
  • Only one Examination for a day
  • CMA Foundation Exam has to be written manually

CMA Foundation Question Papers

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Fundamentals of Economics and Management
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What is the Registration procedure for CMA Foundation?

Candidate has to register for Foundation Course by filling Online Registration Form available on ICMAI website www.icmai.in.

While filling the online form, candidates should take care of the following

  • After filling the Online Form pay the required fees online using the payment gateway.
  • On successful payment, system will automatically generate the Form, which is to be printed.

CMA Foundation Course Registration Date?

Cost and Management Accountancy (CMA) Registration date and examination date. The dates are applicable for all three levels CMA Foundation, CMA Inter and CMA Final.

Event
June Exam Batch
December Exam Batch
Exam
1st or 2nd week of June
1st or 2nd week December
Registration form available
Throughout the year
Throughout the year
Last Date for Registration
January 31st
July 31st
Revalidation of coaching for CMA Intermediate / CMA Final Course
2nd Week of March
2nd Week of September
Last date to submit the Examination form
1st Week of April
1st Week of October
Apply for Paper-wise Exemption
Before filling Examination form
Before filling Examination form
Announcement of Exam Result
In the month of August
In the month of February

The dates mentioned above are subject to change. For more details about the cut off date visit www.icmai.in.

What are the documents required for registration of CMA Foundation Course?

The below mentioned documents are to be scanned and upload at the time of registration. You can register for CMA in www.icmai.in. All documents has to be scanned and uploaded in their site.

CMA Foundation Registration Documents

These are the documents required for CMA foundation Registration

  • Passport Photo
  • Specimen Signature
  • Age Proof
  • 10th & 12th Pass Mark sheet - For 12th Passed Students
  • 10th Pass Mark sheet -  For 10th Passed Students. Where the students has to submit 12th marks sheet after passing 12th std.

What is the Registration Fees for CMA Foundation Course?

The Fees mentioned below is the registration fees both oral and postal, not coaching fees. The registration fees has to be paid to "The Institute of Cost Accountants of India" (ICAI). For more details about the fees visit www.icmai.in.

CMA Foundation Registration Fees

Details of Fee
CMA Foundation Registration Fees
CMA Inter Registration Fees (Option 1)
S.No.
1
2
Total (Rupees)
4,000
20,000
3
CMA Inter Registration Fees (Option 2)
Installment 1
Note: Fees can be paid in two instalment.
12,000
4
CMA Inter Registration Fees (Option 2)
Installment 2
Note: Fees can be paid in two instalment.
8,000
5
CMA Final Registration Fees
17,000

Candidate has to register by payment of the fees as per the below chart.

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Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ

What is the CMA Foundation?

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It is the First level of CMA course

What is the registration process for the CMA Foundation Exam?

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You can register CMA Foundation course through online in icmai.in

How many subjects are there in CMA Foundation?

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There are a total of 4 subjects in CMA Foundation

What are the subjects in CMA Foundation?

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The 4 subjects in CMA Foundation are,
Paper 1 - Fundamentals of Economics and Management
Paper 2 - Fundamentals of Accounting
Paper 3 - Fundamentals of Laws and Ethics
Paper 4 - Fundamentals of Business Mathematics and Statistics

Is CMA Foundation Mandatory?

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CMA Foundation is mandatory for students who want to study CMA after completing 12th. Students who have completed degree can skip CMA Foundation and take up CMA Inter directly.

When the CMA exams are conducted?

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Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) conducts the exams in June and December every year. The exams in 2020 might be delayed due to corono virus lockdown.

When is the last date to submit the registration?

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For June exams, 31st Jan is the last date for registration
For Dec exams, 30th July is the last date for registration

Does CMA Foundation have negative marking?

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No. All 4 papers don't have any negative marks.

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