ICAI Exams Nov 2020: Possible Solutions towards the Nov. 2020 CA Exams Issues

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) exams are going to start from 21st November 2020 onwards. But, there is still very uncertainty among the student regarding this attempt.

The ICAI has also issued the Admit Cards on 1st Nov. 2020 which even further clarified that exams are going to flag off from the scheduled date i.e. 21st Nov 2020. The PIL filed has been disposed off and the ICAI has clearly won the case. Now, it is totally up to the ICAI that how it is going to conduct the exams, and perhaps that is why students are even more worried now.

CA Students’ main point of concern is the obvious one i.e. Safe conduct of the exams. Students are mainly worried about their own health and above that the health of their family members.

The Institute has not done much on these aspects instead it just keeps on promising the students that they will take care of the safety and precautions etc. Apart from this, the Institute has no concrete plan to tackle this situation. And, as we all know that the ground reality is always different from what is seen in the guidelines. Students’ worry is definitely REAL!

The Institute has been absolutely failed in taking the students in confidence. Students are consistently blaming the Institute for various reasons and the institute has been ignoring the students consistently. But this kind of attitude won’t ease the situation. Instead, the Institute must come out and must take some REAL STEPS towards the benefit of its “Beloved” Students.

In this article, I would like to draw some of the major issues and their possible resolutions that can mitigate the situation. So, here are the possible solutions which the institute must take into consideration:

1. Provide Opt-Out Option to the Students:

The Institute must open the opt-out window for November 2020 CA Exams as soon as possible. Many students are so stressed that they don’t want to appear for the exams and therefore want to opt-out. The students would be able to concentrate on their next attempt rather than keep on wasting time discussing the possibility of Nov. 2020 Exams.

2. Take Exams for Opted-out students before May 2021:

Instead of directly shifting to May 2021 attempt, opted-out students must have an option to appear in the exams before May 2021. Institute can take another exam exclusively for students opted-out from Nov. 2020. This exam can be taken somewhere around January or February 2021.

This can be provided on an optional basis. The opted-out students will have an option to choose whether to opt Jan or Feb 2021 Attempt OR directly choose the May 2021 Attempt. The Option once chosen must not be reversible so that the Institute would also be able to manage the students accordingly. If the majority of the students shift to May 2021 attempt, then for Jan/Feb 2021 exam very fewer centers will be needed. And if the majority of the student opt to appear in Jan/Feb then fewer centers will be required for May 2021 exams.

Now, this step can be very useful as:

  • This will save students’ time as they don’t have to wait for the next six months to appear. Instead, they will able to appear after the next 2-3 months only.
  • Institute will be able to manage the students at the exam centers as many students will shift to the next attempt and therefore exams will be more manageable.
  • Less pressure will be on the May 2021 attempt.
3. Special Fund for Students appearing in the exams:

The ICAI can provide benevolent fund for the Members, why not for students? I am not asking that it should be available forever but for this one particular attempt, this fund can be created. If unfortunately, any student got infected during the exams, he can be assured that the institute is there for him/her. Institute can very easily manage this.

4. Last Attempt Increase for All Old Students:

The ICAI must increase the last attempt for old students of all levels. This will definitely provide huge relaxation to the students and it will not be a very tough task for the Institute as well.

5. Open the complaint window/google forms for complaint:

To resolve the actual issues, the Institute must need to listen to them from the students. The ICAI needs to open the complaint window and ask for the genuine issues that the students are facing. This way the ICAI will be able to interact with its students in a more positive and more pragmatic manner.

These might be the possible solutions to the ongoing fear, confusion, and disturbance among the CA Aspirants. Every single student has trust in the institute but at the same time, it is also the institute’s responsibility to listen to the students and work towards the welfare of them rather than making hollow promises.

Article Written By: Nitesh Bind

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6 thoughts on “ICAI Exams Nov 2020: Possible Solutions towards the Nov. 2020 CA Exams Issues

  • November 6, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Absolutely right👍
    I agree with above article. I think many of the student are in tens and really icai need to take step of opt out likewise you said or they will do some changes. I am also distract with study and after that getting pressurised.
    I thought to opt out but the next exam will be in may 21 so it’s too late for me and i think others students also thought same. And really I’ll not able to concentrate properly.
    First understand that for professional exam like CA, there is need to be clear environment and with clear mind about exam but in this exam many students is in fear and they worried about there family also. Some of the students is from middle class also they really can’t afford that covid treatment.

  • November 7, 2020 at 1:07 am

    I 100% agree with all your suggestions and I really think that institute should seriously consider these suggestions. They should work with students and reach a mutually acceptable solution.

  • November 7, 2020 at 1:45 am

    Absolutely A good effort from my dear friend.
    But I have one issue why not the education ministry are looking into it and how can the judges of such a higher authority agrees with the clarification given by ICAI on safety measures said to be taken by them on conducting exams as per schedule. Would there decisions be same if their own children were the part of exams. I am sorry yo say this but it is clearly seen that they have been induced by the ICAI through unethical means.

    • November 7, 2020 at 10:15 am

      These solutions are Very practical…
      The institute must consider this..

  • November 7, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Absolutely acceptable
    I agree with the above

  • November 7, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    If covid occurs during the exam …will icai responsible for that? …is there any remedy ????


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