CA Exams November 2020: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Opt-Out Window for Nov. 2020 CA Exams

Ever since the opt-out window for the Nov. 2020 CA Exams has been announced by the ICAI, students are having very much in doubt about it. Many questions are being asked consistently about this option.

On top of it, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has recently announced Nov. 2020 CA Exams Tranche II. This tranche II exams will be available only for the opted-out students. It will be held somewhere around Jan. end or Feb start in the year 2021. But this option has even added more confusion to the opt-out options.

Therefore, in today’s article, we will be discussing all such questions which have been very frequently asked by the CA Students. So, here is the detailed set of questionnaires:

Q-1. Can a normal student who doesn’t have any symptoms, choose to opt-out from Nov. 2020 CA exams?

Yes. The opt-out option can be taken by any students on a self-declaration basis. You don’t need to avail of any medical certificate/report before choosing this option.

You need to submit a self-declaration in the provided format and you can avail this option. To download the format of self-declaration, Click here.

Q-2. Can I opt-out during the exams?

Yes, the opt-out window will remain available throughout the Nov. 2020 CA Exams. You can opt-out anytime (even during the exams days). The last date for the opt-out window is 14th Dec. 2020.

Q-3. Can I appear for one group in Nov. 2020 and another group in Jan/Feb 2021, Is it possible?

Yes, it is possible. As the opt-out window will remain open during the entire exam period, you can choose to opt-out anytime.

Opting out from just one group is allowed only in circumstances when you have appeared for the one group in Nov. itself. To be more specific, you can appear for the First Group in FULL (all 4 subjects) in Nov. 2020 attempt, and then you choose to opt-out. In such a case your first group will be evaluated in Nov. 2020 exams itself. The second group which you opted-out can be attempted in Jan/Feb OR May 2021 depending on what you choose while opting out.

But, an important thing to note here is that reverse case is not possible. This means it is not possible to opt-out for group-1 and appears for Group-2 in the Nov. attempt. This is because the opt-out option is irreversible. If you choose to opt-out before the start of the exam (i.e. before group-1) then you opt-out from the entire exams (including Group-2).

Q-4. Is it possible to appear in both the attempt viz. Nov. 2020 and Jan/Feb 2021?

Yes, it is possible but ONLY under the circumstances mentioned in the Q-3 above. If you have appeared for your First Group in FULL in Nov. 2020 attempt and then you opt-out, then in such case you will be able to appear for the second group in Jan/Feb 2021.

Q-5. If I have appeared in Jan/Feb 2021, would I be allowed to appear in May 2021?

Yes, of course. The Jan/Feb 2021 exams are just an extension of the Nov. attempt. It means if you appear for Jan/Feb 2021 exams, it would be taken just the same way as you have appeared for Nov. 2020 attempt. Therefore, even if you have appeared for the Jan/Feb 2021 Attempt, you are allowed to appear in the May 2021 attempt normally.

Q-6. Will the results of both the attempts viz. Nov. 2020 & Jan/Feb 2021 be issued together?

No. The results of both the exams will be totally unrelated and it will be issued separately. The results will be issued around 50/60 days after the respective attempts.

Q-7. Do I need to submit a separate form for Jan/Feb 2021 exams?

No. Once you opt-out from the Nov. 2020 CA Exams and choose to appear in Jan/Feb exams, your candidature will automatically be forwarded to the Jan/Feb attempt without any new form submission. But if you choose to appear in May 2021, then you would be required to submit a new form at that time.

Q-8. Will there be two separate Rank/Merit List for the Nov. 2020 Attempt & Jan/Feb 2021 Attempt?

As the results of both the attempts are totally unrelated, the Rank/Merit List will also be totally independent. There will be two separate Rank/Merit List for both the exams. But keep in mind that all conditions for coming in Rank/Merit List will be applied normally.

Q-9. I have submitted a handwritten self-declaration instead of the form provided by the ICAI, Is it wrong?

The ICAI has clearly mentioned that students must have to submit the self-declaration in the give formats only. You have the option either to take the print out of the provided declaration and fill up the details and scan the image OR alternatively, you are allowed to write a handwritten declaration in the exact same format as provided by the ICAI.

If you have uploaded the normal declaration (not written in the prescribed format), still the ICAI may take your form as accepted but make sure you have mentioned your Name, SRN, Reason for Opting out, Attempt Chosen (Jan or May), Your Sign. These are the least requirement and these MUST BE provided in your handwritten application. If you have not provided these details, then please contact the ICAI Exam department helpline.

Q-10. What if I got exemption in two subjects in the Nov. attempt and again I got exemption in two (different subject) in Jan/Feb 2021 attempt, will I be allowed to forward all exemptions in May 2021 Attempt?

Although, the Jan/Feb 2021 exams are just an extension of the Nov. 2020 CA Exams. But for the results point of view, both the attempt would be considered separately. Therefore, students will be allowed to forward the exemptions of any-one attempt only. But the Official Clarification from the ICAI is yet to announce. We should wait to know the exact situation in this regard.

Although, I would suggest here that the students have already suffered a lot during this corona crisis. They should be allowed to forward their all exemptions to the May 2021 attempt.

Conclusion:

The official announcement from the ICAI is yet to announce. I have carved out this FAQ on the basis of questions asked by CA Students.

I have tried to cover all the most frequently asked questions from you guys. This FAQ must have covered your question too. But if I missed your doubt, you are free to ask me by commenting in the comment section below. Alternatively, you could send me a direct message (DM) on Twitter or Instagram. You can find me by @niteshbind ID.

Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

You can also watch the step-by-step procedure on How to Opt-Out from Nov. 2020 CA Exams here.

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22 thoughts on “CA Exams November 2020: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Opt-Out Window for Nov. 2020 CA Exams

  • November 10, 2020 at 6:24 pm
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    Is May 21 last attempt for final old course?

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    • November 11, 2020 at 1:49 pm
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      My area doesn’t fall in containment zone. Can I still opt-out of Nov20 exams ?

      Thank You !

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    • Nitesh Bind
      November 11, 2020 at 6:42 pm
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      As of now, the situation will be like this; if you opt out from Nov. 2020 and take the choose the May 2021 exams then your last attempt will be Nov. 2021.

      But if you opt out and then choose Jan 2021 then your last attempt will remain May 2021 as the Jan 2021 is just an extension of the Nov. 2021 exams. So if you appear in Jan 2021 it will be deemed as if you have appeared in the Nov. 2020 exams itself.

      If you do not opt out at all then obviously your last attempt will be May 2021.

      Although there are huge are huge chances that ICAI will provide one additional attempt for all Old Students irrespective of the fact whether you opted out or not. But for that we have to wait until the official clarification is out. Thank you!

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      • November 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm
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        I have already cleared group 1,i am trying for an exemption in auditing in November 2020, Will i be able to write auditing and then opt out and write advanced accounts and IT&SM in jan 2021???

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  • November 10, 2020 at 7:05 pm
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    Bro In Recent times President said that CA results will be released after 20 days of Exams..

    Can you confirm with valid information

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    • Nitesh Bind
      November 11, 2020 at 6:41 pm
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      Hi Venkat, Actually you misinterpreted that. The ICAI president said that due to the digital evaluation system we will now be able to provide the result around 20 days earlier (than what time we were taking earlier). Earlier they were taking somewhere around 60/70 days in issuing results but now they will be taking aroud 40/50 days in giving the results.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 7:33 am
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    If I opt out for nov 2020 exam then , for jan exam in which exam center I’ll write my exams . Please clarify my issue. Thank you.

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    • Nitesh Bind
      November 11, 2020 at 6:45 pm
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      For Jan exam details, we have to wait until the ICAI Clarification. ICAI will issue the clarification somewhere around mid december.

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      • November 17, 2020 at 11:56 am
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        Sir, If i have opted for may 2021 then it will be treated as the same attempt or it is an extra attempt

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  • November 11, 2020 at 12:05 pm
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    Are you certain that icai will allow students who appear in jan 2021 to give exams in may 2021? Because generally exam forms for may attempt rolls out in february & if a person appears in jan 2021 ,how can he fill the exam forms then for may 2021? Please clarify it with ICAI and let me know ASAP.

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    • Nitesh Bind
      November 11, 2020 at 6:48 pm
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      The ICAI BOS vice chairman CA Sushil Kumar Goyal Sir itself confirmed it. The students who have appeared in the Jan exams will be allowed to appear in the May 2021 exams normally. As far as exam forms are considered, it might be possible that ICAI will open exam form again after the Jan 2021 exam results will announce.

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  • November 11, 2020 at 1:43 pm
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    My area doesn’t fall in the containment zone. Can I still opt-out of Nov20 exams ??
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    Thank You ?

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  • November 11, 2020 at 5:27 pm
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    I request you to re-check the validity of your FAQs.
    Not all students are allowed to opt out. Nowhere in the circular or on the website of ICAI these FAQs are given.
    Only students having the symptoms of COVID or actually having COVID or there family members having COVID or the students who’s area has been remarked as a containment zone can opt out form NOV 2020 examination.

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    • Nitesh Bind
      November 11, 2020 at 7:02 pm
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      Hi Saloni. Actually everything written in the FAQ is backed by some authentic source of information. Although this is not official announcement from the ICAI but I can assure you that everything I write up here is correct.

      Now, coming to your doubt about the first question, Can a normal student who does not have covid or covid symptoms opt out from the exams?

      The Answer is Affirmative. If you have seen the last webinar conducted by the ICAI, the ICAI BOS vice chairman CA Sushil Kumar Goyal Sir itself agreed with this view. Actually, the ICAI could have normally opened the opt out window for all (the same way it did during the July 2020 CA Exams). But in that case, ICAI could have faced the same backlash like they did after the opt out window for July exams. The ICAI will be blamed for the so-called DISCRIMINATION. ICAI is aware of this fact.

      Second thing is that, the ICAI intentionally allowed the students to opt out on the basis of SELF-DECLARATION. All you need to do is just choose the required option and submit it and you are all set. If the Opt-out option was ONLY for the COVID-19 infected students then the ICAI could have very easily mandate the medical certificate for opt out. But they didn’t do this.

      By doing this they evade the backlash as well the likely court cases for discrimination with the students. At the same time they did what they intended to do during the July exams.

      So, I can assure you very confidently that this scheme is available for all. If still have doubt please drop another comment.

      I would request you to please watch the video in which ICAI BOS Vice Chairman also clarified this (obviously indirectly). Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv3P4ONXWIc

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • November 15, 2020 at 6:15 pm
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        What if any one who has not opt out form June 2020 attempt then also ca final old attempt is may 2021?

        Please clarify

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  • November 11, 2020 at 6:04 pm
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    I request you to re-check the validity of your FAQs.
    Nowhere on the website is it given that the opt out is for all the students. Infact there is a self declaration form that needs to be filled which needs the students to select one of the 3 conditions under which they can opt out, namely:
    1. If the student is showing symptoms or is suffering from COVID-19.
    2. If student’s family is suffering form COVID-19
    3. If their area of residence is in a containment zone.

    Kindly do not lead students to believe in something that has not been specifically addressed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Specially, in times like these where students are very confused about the examinations, it is my humble request to not post INCORRECT details.

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    • Nitesh Bind
      November 11, 2020 at 7:02 pm
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      Hi Saloni. Actually everything written in the FAQ is backed by some authentic source of information. Although this is not official announcement from the ICAI but I can assure you that everything I write up here is correct.

      Now, coming to your doubt about the first question, Can a normal student who does not have covid or covid symptoms opt out from the exams?

      The Answer is Affirmative. If you have seen the last webinar conducted by the ICAI, the ICAI BOS vice chairman CA Sushil Kumar Goyal Sir itself agreed with this view. Actually, the ICAI could have normally opened the opt out window for all (the same way it did during the July 2020 CA Exams). But in that case, ICAI could have faced the same backlash like they did after the opt out window for July exams. The ICAI will be blamed for the so-called DISCRIMINATION. ICAI is aware of this fact.

      Second thing is that, the ICAI intentionally allowed the students to opt out on the basis of SELF-DECLARATION. All you need to do is just choose the required option and submit it and you are all set. If the Opt-out option was ONLY for the COVID-19 infected students then the ICAI could have very easily mandate the medical certificate for opt out. But they didn’t do this.

      By doing this they evade the backlash as well the likely court cases for discrimination with the students. At the same time they did what they intended to do during the July exams.

      So, I can assure you very confidently that this scheme is available for all. If still have doubt please drop another comment.

      I would request you to please watch the video in which ICAI BOS Vice Chairman also clarified this (obviously indirectly). Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv3P4ONXWIc

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 12, 2020 at 6:43 am
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    Many people are saying that there are chances to postpone exams of Jan tranche_2 exams to may 2020 ?? Is it true sir .

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  • November 12, 2020 at 11:51 pm
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    I am appearing in group 1 exams…what if I’ll b affected by covid symptoms after giving 1st exam..if I would opt out then..will my marks of 1st exam ie; accountancy will be counted? Or ICAI will not consider it

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  • November 16, 2020 at 8:05 pm
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    Hi,

    My current exam centre is in Qatar(Doha) if I opt out now can I chose any exam centre in India for Jan 21 Exam?

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  • November 19, 2020 at 2:17 pm
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    If I want to opt out only for group 2, when can I do that?

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