Highlights on ICAI Examination November 2020:
Post-release of the Admit cards by ICAI on 1st November, the students from Kerala and Maharashtra have raised the issue that they have been assigned the exam centre in the containment zones. However, the ICAI has issued a notification stating that all the centres have been verified and none fall in the red zones.
Mumbai: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) released the admit cards on 1st November 2020 for the CA exams. The students from Maharashtra and Kerala have raised the concerns regarding the assignment of exam centres in the containment zones. As per the Ministry of home affairs guidelines, the conduction of examinations is prohibited in the containment zones.
The ICAI has asked the students to approach the regional coordinators regarding their concerns related to the exam centres assigned in the Covid containment zones.
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, the ICAI had cancelled the CA exams to be held in May 2020 and merged them with November exams. In October, a CA coaching institute teacher along with a group of students had approached the Supreme Court over this issue. He argued that due to this the number of students appearing for the November attempt will be very high. Also, due to the current scenario, many students may decide not to appear for the exams.
On 4th November, the Supreme Court had instructed the ICAI to notify the steps taken by it to address the concerns raised by students officially. However, it has rejected a writ petition which required a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the forthcoming CA exams.
The ICAI has also issued an official statement addressing the fear and confusion of the candidates. It said that “all the exam centres have been verified and “none of them was declared as covid-care facilities. It is “undesirable” to provide an isolation room for an asymptomatic candidate at the exam centres.”
The Chartered Accountancy exams will be conducted between 21st November and 14th December 2020 in a single shift in 600 exam centres across 200 cities. The institute has also provided for “standby buffer centres” to accommodate candidates in “unforeseen situations”. The institute also emphasized that all centres are recognized schools, colleges and institutions.