Supreme Court Dismisses Plea for Conducting CA November 2020 Examination Online

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As per the latest hearing regarding the conduction of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’s CA 2020 Examination for the November cycle, the apex court of India has dismissed the plea filed by the examinees. A plea was filed by the candidates for the CA November 2020 examination which stated – that because of the recent pandemic, it would not be feasible for ICAI to conduct the national level entrance examination offline, i.e., in a physical model.

Supreme Court’s Verdict

Dismissing the plea as ‘unreasonable’, the Supreme Court directed the examinees that the CA November 2020 examination will be held in an offline mode. Candidates in addition to the demand to conduct the examination online also asked for the concerned authorities to reimburse the accommodation and transport incurred by the candidates for appearing for the offline examination.

The petition said that candidates must be allowed e-admit cards for the same. Clearing the fact that this a state-specific issue of whether it is feasible to rent out accommodation or not, in case of an emergency, the same was always allowed. Furthermore, the Supreme Court urged the petitioners to be reasonable in their demands. It directed the ICAI to lay down the COVID-19 safety protocols for the conduction of the examination as soon as possible.

No SOPs or Advisories for CA November 2020 Examination Still

Examinees are concerned that with less than a month left before the CA November 2020 examination, ICAI has not yet published any Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) or safety guidelines to be followed during times of crisis. Also, ICAI has not specified the schema of the conduction of examination under the special circumstances that whether any amendments are to be introduced or not. This was the primordial reason which prompted the examinees to file the petition.

ICAI’s Response

ICAI put forth its point that the CA November 2020 examination is set to test the analytical capabilities of the candidates, which would require them to write descriptive answers in response to the questions. Such a method is irreplaceable with any other online mode like CBT or MCQ etc. Additionally, a three-hour paper is comprehensive and exhaustive, which is specially curated for the candidates. Boiling it down to just an hour would be unjust on the part of the weightage of the examination.

Thus, as of now, the candidates must note that the CA November 2020 examination will be conducted in an offline mode, with no reimbursement facility to be availed.


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