The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has yet again issued a notification for the change in the examination centers. The examination for Nov. 2020 attempt is to start from 21st Nov. 2020 and yet we are getting notifications every other day.
The ICAI was from the very beginning consistently saying the same thing that, “ICAI is fully prepared to conduct the exams”. Then why we have to check the notifications every single day even when the exams are just 3 days away. This clearly shows How well the ICAI is prepared for conducting the exams!
Today, the ICAI has changed the 30 examination centers to new locations. Now a few days back all the central council members were suggesting that CA Student turn off their phones and concentrate on their studies.
Now suppose, if I am totally off the phone and meanwhile our beloved ICAI changed the exam center and we get to know about it on the last day, then how traumatic our situation will be!
That not all, the ICAI even after issuing the notification on 17th Nov. 2020, once again changed some centers through sending emails to the students. Now, this is even more horrible. Even you can’t rely on the official notification as well and you have to consistently keep on checking your registered phone and email as well. Wow! Interestingly, a few days back the ICAI was suggesting students be Professional. Now, the hell what is going on within the ICAI, IS THAT PROFESSIONAL?
Apart from all this, there are many many questions that have still not been answered by the ICAI. I have earlier also tried to raise such questions. But some of our over-intellectuals student/CA Official started targeting me that they are getting disturbed with my articles. That was hypocrisy to the next level!
Still, I would yet again try to raise some of the queries which I believe have not been answered so far and it MUST BE answered as soon as possible.
1. Detailed Clarification on the Opt-Out window:
Now, this one question has been asked by so many students on various platforms but the ICAI still keeps mum. No answer has been given so far. It’s been 10 days since the opt-out window has been opened. Even after the 10 days of the opening of the opt-out option, ICAI doesn’t care to issue details announcement in this regard.
2. Exam Schedule for Jan/Feb 2021 Exams:
Apart from the opt-out window, the CA Students have been consistently asking about the details of the Jan/Feb 2021 exams. But the ICAI chose not to answer on this important doubt too!
Many students want to opt-out but as they are not sure whether the exams will happen in Jan/Feb 2021 or not, they are in big confusion.
Instead of clarifying things up, the ICAI is unnecessarily making promises and telling students that YES, Exams in Jan/Feb will happen. But when? It is absolutely unclear.
3. Details about the MHA Clarification on Admit Cards E-Pass:
This issue has totally been forgotten by the ICAI. During the Supreme Court hearing, the ICAI mentioned that it would seek the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) permission for considering CA Exams admit cards as E-Pass.
This E-pass will help free movement of CA Students. It will also work as the local id and students who are coming from other states can stay using their admit cards.
But once the court case is over, the ICAI has, as always, forgotten the Students. No clarification has been issued in this regard so far.
4. Exam Center related issues:
In the past, the ICAI denied all allegation which was going around regarding the examination centers. Now, when the exams are about to happen, the ICAI itself committed that there were definitely some issues with the centers and that’s why they were forced to change the 30 exam centers.
Now, what kind of management is this? They are not ready to accept the real issues, not listening to the students even when they are speaking facts with evidence not they are not giving any clarification. All they are doing is just making hollow promises, EXAMS WILL BE AS PER SCHEDULE (no matter how)!
5. Safety Issues:
The way ICAI is handling the exam management, the safety of students has now been an even bigger question. It will be a 24 days long exam (from 21st Nov. to 14th Dec 2020) and around 4 to 5 lakhs students will appear in the ICAI exams.
The SOP/Guidelines issued on the exams does not say anything about the ICAI responsibility for students’ safety. It mentions only the students’ own responsibility for their own safety.
A similar kind of undertaking has been taken while downloading the Admit Cards for Nov. exams that say students themselves will be liable for their safety. Now, please tell me, why the students won’t be worried about their safety when the ICAI is forcing students to agree on such terms?
6. Huge Crowd at exam centers:
ICAI is saying that it will be conducting CA Exams at 1100 centers. The student appearing at the exam center on any day won’t go beyond 2 Lakhs to 2.5 Lakhs. That means per day maximum students on any center won’t go beyond somewhere around 200 to 250 students.
Okay! But in this number ICAI does not count the exam official, the guardians who will be coming with the students, even those rickshaw-walas who will be gathering outside the exam centers when the exam will be over. Therefore, managing the huge gathering during the exams as well as at the time of leaving the exam centers will also be very challenging. And, YES, Corona is still not gone (and obviously it’s not a Flu!).
Being a CA Student, I have been consistently trying to raise the issues the CA Students are facing. I am just consistently demanding one thing from the ICAI and that is CLARIFICATION!
I never asked that the ICAI should postpone/cancel the CA Exams instead I always support the conduct of the exams. But the way ICAI is handling the situation actually concerns me and that why I need assurance and clarification from the ICAI only. And, I believe that ICAI is very well worthy of doing this. Just set aside your ego and think of us as your own children. Maybe that will help you in taking measures.
As far as students are concerned, I would request to each one of your to PLEASE DO NOT OPT-OUT FROM THE EXAMS. If the ICAI is able to take the exams, we are able to appear in that but opting-out simply won’t be helpful.
Thanks for reading. Good Luck!
Article Written By: Malvika Singh
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