CA exams cannot be equated with Class 10th & 12th exams: ICAI

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) on Monday contended before the Supreme Court that the Chartered Accountant (CA) examinations scheduled in July should not be canceled or postponed as Covid-19 spread was substantially low now.

The professional order argued that this was an opportune time for CA candidates to pursue their professional careers.

“As of date, the number of Covid-19 cases is comparatively low and thus it would be in the best interest of the candidates if the examination is held as per the schedule and not canceled or postponed,” a note by ICAI stated.

He further pointed out that CA exams are professional exams that should not be equated with CBSE exams or other State board exams for Class 10th or 12th.

A bench of Judges A M Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Aniruddha Bose on Monday submitted the case regarding the next CA review, 2021, for hearing on Tuesday.

The court asked the ICAI to respond to suggestions made by petitioners in three separate writ petitions seeking moderation in the Standard Operation Procedure issued for the July 5 examination.

Three separate petitions were filed by Satya Narain Perumal, Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, and a group of CA aspirants.

The petitioners questioned a June 5 notification issued by the ICAI on the grounds that it did not give students the choice to opt out before and during exams and defer all benefits.

The advocacy demanded postponement of CA exams until the Covid-19 situation normalizes, or after teachers, students and supervisors have vaccinated.

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