By LE Desk

New Delhi, June 22, 2021: The Supreme Court will today hear a petition filed by CA students seeking its direction to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to include an opt-out facility in the CA May session examination, allowing students to carry forward their candidature to the next session of these exams.

The plea in the apex court has also prayed for an extra attempt to Intermediate and Final year students appearing under the old syllabus.

Yesterday, the institute has, however, provided Covid-affected students an option to opt-out from CA Final, Inter, IPC and PQC exams scheduled between July 5 and July 20, 2021, and from the CA Foundation exams from July 24 to July 30, NDTV reported.

Students who opt-out from the May/July cycle of exams will be allowed to appear in the November cycle. “The last attempt of the old course for Final and Intermediate (IPC) examinations shall be extended to November 2021 examinations only for those students who are allowed to opt-out from May/July 2021 examinations,” an official statement issued in this regard said, reported NDTV.

The ICAI CA opt-out facility will be for students who test positive for Covid, and for students with an infected family member – parents, grandparents, spouse, children, and siblings – residing in the same premises, the ICAI said.

The Supreme Court plea by Advocate Anubha Shrivastava Sahai has also sought an increase in the number of CA exam centres. It said there should be “at least one examination centre in every district in India” and the exams should be held in a staggered manner.

The petition has also prayed for the Supreme Court’s directions to the authorities to ensure free transport and accommodation to the students. Admit cards for the exam may be treated as e-passes to ensure smooth movement of students appearing in the CA exams, it added.

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