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Fundamentals of Laws & Ethics 

Fundamentals of Laws and Ethics

CMA Foundation - Paper 3 : Fundamentals of Laws and Ethics

ICMAI has introduced this paper Fundamentals of Laws & Ethics at the CMA Foundation level so that you get a basic and elementary knowledge on various Statutory enactments relating to Indian Business 

Section A : Fundamentals of Commercial Laws
Section B : Fundamentals of Ethics
Elements of Law relating to Negotiable Instruments
Business Ethics
Sale of Goods Act, 1930
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June 2017
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More about Fundamentals of Laws and Ethics

What is Law and Ethics?
  • Law is a set of rules, regulations, principles, guidelines & theories governing an activity and Business Law are those laws which govern a trade, profession or business. So basically, Business Law governs Trade & Commerce. It is also called as Mercantile Law. One of the oldest legislations of Mercantile was Indian Contract Act which was enacted in the year 1872 
  • Ethics is a branch of philosophy that involves recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. It sets ethical standards 
  • Ethics is a social science and it is subjective in nature 


Why has ICMAI introduced this paper, Fundamentals of Laws & Ethics, at the CMA Foundation Level? 
  • This paper is divided into 2 Parts. In part 1, you will be gaining knowledge on Fundamentals of Laws and in Part B, you will be learning Fundamentals of Ethics 
  • At CMA Foundation level, students are expected to have a basic and elementary knowledge on various Statutory enactments relating to Indian Business and at later stages you will be introduced to Laws at an advanced level 
  • Study of Ethics helps you to cultivate inner peace, making your life more successful at a personal level and since you will also be applying Ethics in Business, you will be able to cultivate the art of managing business with the right moral standards


What are the topics covered in Fundamentals of Laws & Ethics at CMA Foundation Level? 
  • There are various areas of Laws, but you will be learning only laws pertaining to business or to be precise laws governing Trade and Commerce such as Indian Contract Act, Sale of Goods Act and Negotiable Instruments Act 
  • In ethics, you will be understanding the meaning, definitions given by various scholars, Principles of Ethics, and applicability of ethics in Business 


What is the best approach to study Fundamentals of Law and Ethics? 
  • Law requires good Interpretation skills. It takes a lot of time to understand and apply law. Therefore, good amount of time should be given for studying Law. Once the basics are strong, it helps in building strong base to acquire knowledge on Law at Intermediate and Final Level 
  • The best approach to study this subject is to first understand the concepts and then solve multiple choice questions. This way you will retain the concepts for a longer tenure and understand your footing on the subject 
  • Study Time: As per ICMAI rules and regulation, there should be at least 9 months of time gap from the time of registration to the time of giving exam. The reason behind this is, a student should do a thorough study of all the concepts. Therefore, it is always recommended to start immediately after registering to the course 
  • Study content:  There are many books which are available in the market as well as various books recommended by ICMAI. However, from the point of view of exam and to conceptually understand the entire syllabus, Study materials given by ICMAI is highly recommended. Cover the ICMAI syllabus in detail and don’t indulge in any selective coverage of syllabus 
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