ICAI SOPs July 2021 Exams: ICAI issues various Guidelines separately for (a) Guidelines for Examination Centres (b) Guidelines for Centre Superintendents and Observers (c) Guidelines for Candidates for May-July 2021 CA Examinations.
ICAI has increased the exam centres to 915 for CA July 2021 exams. It covers additional 192 districts of India to facilitate candidates to not to travel beyond their district to the extent possible.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and adequate measures are being taken by ICAI for the safety of all without compromising the high standards, sanctity and fairness in the conduct of the examination.
As per ICAI announcement dated 9th July, 2021, considering the prevailing COVID-19 situation and in the interest to mitigate the anxiety and hardships of the students concerned, it is hereby informed that the Guidelines for Examination Centres, Examination Functionaries and Candidates for July 2021 CA Examination shall be the same as was announced vide Announcement dated 8th October, 2020 for November 2020 / January 2021 CA Examinations.
ICAI Notice to Candidates Appearing for July 2021 Exams
The Institute has come across postings in the Social Media by some students stating that despite being tested Covid positive, they intend to appear for the CA Examinations – May-July 2021.
It must be noted that such actions on part of the candidates would not only endanger the health and safety of other candidates and the examination personnel but also amounts to contravention of law and the directions of various authorities.
The Institute is wholly committed to wellbeing of its students who intend to appear in the ensuing examinations commencing from 05.07.2021. They need not entertain any apprehensions created by such elements.
It is imperative that the following be taken notice of in this regard:
- The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the Government of India has issued SOP on preventive measures to be followed while conducting examinations to contain spread of COVID19 on 02.09.2020 [“SOP”].
As per the SOP, if a candidate is medically reported to be COVID-19 positive, he / she cannot be allowed to enter the examination center and appear for any examination. It must be noted that the SOP has been issued to contain the spread of COVID-19, which is an obligation of the Central Government under Sections 35 and 36 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Hence, any contravention of the SOP will be punishable under Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
- If the candidates, who are medically reported to be COVID-19 positive, appear for the forthcoming examinations, such acts are culpable in nature by reason of being done with Mens Rea or criminal intention to cause harm to others and punishable under Sections 270, 278, and other associated provisions of the Indian Penal Code.
ICAI also issued Guidelines for Examination Centres, Examination functionaries and Candidates for November 2020 CA Examinations in wake of ongoing pandemic Novel Corona Virus (Covid-19), whereby inter alia the following was mandated:
“All candidates must ensure before reaching the examination centre that they do not have any symptom or suffering from COVID-19 disease.”
It is brought to the notice of all concerned that such of the persons who are involved in circulating, raising false alarm or severity or magnitude, leading to panic of covid-19 shall also be sternly dealt with under the provisions of section 54 of the Disaster Management Act by reporting the matter to the concerned authorities. Besides the above such rumor mongers or intimidators or persons threatening the candidates not to appear in the examination etc. shall also be dealt with appropriately in accordance with law.
All the candidates must take note that if they are suffering from COVID-19, they shall not appear for the forthcoming examinations and they would not be allowed to enter the examination center. Any contravention of this stipulation is punishable under the law.
Please note that if anyone is found indulging in false rumor mongering regarding disaster or severity or magnitude, leading to panic with respect to covid-19 shall be appropriately dealt with in accordance with law.
ICAI General Guidelines for July 2021 Exams
Sanitization of Exam Hall: Before commencement of the examination, seating areas shall be adequately sanitized. All door handles, staircase railing, etc. shall be disinfected. Candidates, if so desired, may further sanitize the seating area with his/her own hand sanitizers; and may also carry face shield, hand gloves, etc. for additional protection as per their choice.
Physical Distancing Norms: Adequate gap as per norms between two seats shall be maintained.
Thermal Scanner: Thermo scanning for temperature check of examination functionaries/candidates shall be done at the entry.
Hand sanitizer would be made available at the entry and inside the exam venue at prominent places for candidates and centre staff to use.
Allowed Items in Exam Hall: Candidates shall be allowed to carry the following items inside the examination hall:
- Mask on Face (Compulsory), Face Shield (Optional)
- Gloves on hand (Optional)
- Personal transparent water bottle
- Personal small hand sanitizer
- Exam related items/documents as instructed (Calculators, stationery items, Admit Card, Photo ID card, etc.).
ICAI SOPs for students appearing in July 2021 exam
CA candidates are required to strictly adhere to the guidelines and process for Social Distancing and hygiene to ensure safety and health of their own and fellow candidates.
ICAI issues the following SOPs containing the Do’s and Don’ts for all students appearing in the May-July 2021 examination:
- Reporting Time at Exam Centre: Candidate to check reporting/entry time at Centre given in the Admit Card and to reach centre as per reporting time only to avoid any crowding at the centre at the time of entry and to maintain social distancing.
- Entrance in Exam Hall: All candidates must ensure entry in the examination centre wearing mask all the time, however the centres are advised to keep stock of masks, sanitizers and water bottles to be provided to the candidates in case of need.
- Symptom of Corona: All candidates must ensure before reaching the examination centre that they do not have any symptom or suffering from COVID-19 disease.
- Physical Distancing: Candidates need to maintain social distancing from each other at all the time. Required distance will be maintained without crowding anywhere at all times.
- No Books and Mobile Phones Allowed: The candidates must ensure to report at the Examination Hall not before 1.00 PM wearing face mask and carry with them exam related items and documents. They may carry a transparent bottle of drinking water and 50/100 ML bottle of hand sanitizer and admit card. Candidates will not be allowed to carry their mobile phones, smart watch, other electronic gadgets, books & written materials and bags inside the examination halls.
- Body Temperature: At the entrance, the candidates shall be subject to thermal temperature scanning and sanitization of hands. Candidates and other functionaries having body temperature of more than the prescribed limit will not be allowed entry in the examination centre. However, their record will be maintained.
- Face Mask: Candidates shall continue to wear face mask and shall remove the same only at the time of their personal identification and signing of the attendance register. In case of mal functioning of their mask, candidate may contact the room invigilator who will provide mask to such candidates.
- Use of Washroom: Candidates shall seek permission of hall/room invigilators for use of washrooms and shall sanitize their hands on coming out of the washroom with the sanitizer made available by the centre outside the washroom.
- Water Bottle: The candidates should bring their personal water bottles and keep the same on the bench(seat).
- Hand Sanitizer: All candidates are advised to carry a small transparent bottle of hand sanitizer for their use within the examination hall/ room.
- Adherence to Covid-19 Guidelines: All candidates are advised to co-operate with the examination functionaries for adherence to the COVID 19 and other guidelines during conduct of examinations.
- No Exchange Allowed: All candidates are advised to bring their own pen, pencil, scale, calculators, water bottle etc. as borrowing / lending / exchange of the same in the examination hall is strictly prohibited.
- Exit Exam Centre: On completion of the examination, the candidates will be permitted to move out in an orderly manner one candidate at a time. Please wait for instructions from invigilator and do not get up from your seat until advised. The candidates who have completed their paper in time will be allowed to exit Exam Centre from 4.00 PM onwards.
- Disposal of Mask and Gloves: The gloves and masks should be disposed in a pedal push covered bin at the examination centre and outside the examination room/hall only.
- Blocking Outside Road: Candidates shall make sure that they come to the centre well in time and do not clog the outside road if they are coming in their own vehicle which should be parked at appropriate places.
- Minor Candidate: While the admit card will be printed online the candidates have to give consent to follow various guidelines issued by the Governmental authorities as also the ICAI. In case a candidate is minor; he/she must undertake that he/she is appearing in this examination with the consent and permission of his/her parents/guardian by way of filling up of format which candidate can get while printing of his/her Admit Card and submit/deposit the said undertaking/format, duly signed by his/her parents/guardian, at the room/hall of the Examination centre.
- General Instructions related to CA Examinations must be adhered to by the candidate.
ICAI SOP Guidelines for Centre Superintendents and Observers
Centre Superintendents must ensure that following guidelines are strictly followed during the days of conduct of July 2021 CA Examinations at the examination centre/hall: –
- Centre Superintendents should ensure that Examination Centre (Examination halls/rooms, washrooms, entrance, furniture, equipment, stationery to be used, kitchens, canteen, and common area) must be properly sanitized prior to and on the days of conduct of CA examinations. All examination staff shall carry, No Risk status in Aarogya Setu App installed in their Mobile.
- Entry gate(s) of the examination centre must be opened at least one hour before the scheduled time of commencement of examination.
- Proper/ Adequate social distancing as per MHA guidelines must be maintained among the candidates and functionaries both outside and in the examination Centre.
- Each candidate and examination functionary must be subjected to thermal scanning for body temperature and hand sanitization at the time of entry to the Examination Centre. Wearing of face mask is mandatory for examination functionaries and candidates both at entrance and during conduct of examination. However, at the time of entry and confirmation of identity; the examination candidates while signing of attendance sheet, are required to remove their face mask.
- To make arrangements for hand sanitizers for use by officials and candidate at the centre. To also make arrangement for spare masks use by candidate in case of need.
- Exam Centres have been asked to ensure that hand sanitizers with dispensers are placed at the entrance of examination hall, washrooms etc.
- In case Invigilator is required to help a candidate to resolve any issue, he will be needed to sanitize his hands before and afterwards (without removing gloves).
- Washroom will be kept clean and sanitized at all times.
- Candidates are not allowed to take inside the examination hall bags, mobile phone, smart watch, written material/books, electronic/IT gadgets or equipment capable of being used as communication/ copying device. Arrangements for informing this provision to candidates and safe keeping of these materials, if any is to be made at the examination Centre. Any infringement of these instructions will entail disciplinary actions against the candidate concerned.
- Proper / Adequate Social distancing must be maintained among the candidates while appearing for examinations as per guidelines issued by the Government of India. Physical distancing / social distancing to be ensured while planning the seating plan.
- Display Signages and markings for enforcing physical/social distancing and safety protocols at adequate places.
- All candidates and examination staff to arrive at examination centre wearing a face mask and continue wearing it all through examination, especially when in examination hall.
- Actions to be taken as per the Protocol defined in case of detection of a suspected case of COVID-19. They be asked to exit the exam premises.
- Sufficient provision of drinking water in 250 ml disposable plastic bottles at room temperature to be made.
- The attention of the centre superintendent and observers is also drawn to the guideline issued in respect of centres as also guidelines issued in respect of candidates so that the observer / superintendent do have full details of do’s and don’ts which are to be compulsorily observed by all set of people who are entering in the examination centres.
- The examination centres shall identify their different wing of the premises separately highlighting them as Wing A, B and so on to the extent possible.
- Keeping in view of the general conditions; the candidates who have completed their paper before time may be allowed to exit from 4.00 PM onwards.
- Entry time for the examination centre shall be one hour before start of exam and candidates may come to examination centre in such a way that they report centre not before one hour before start of exam.
- While the admit card will be printed online the candidates have to give consent to follow various guidelines issued by the Governmental authorities as also by the ICAI. They shall also undertake that they are appearing in this examination with the full consent and permission their parents/guardian.
- The exit of the candidates from 5.00 pm onwards has to be planned in such a way that the exit is allowed on the basis of room-wise occupancies to ensure that exit is in a staggered manner by keeping appropriate time gap between exit of candidates of two rooms.
- Observers shall visit the examination centre one day before the commencement of the exam to ensure that proper arrangements relating exam particularly for sanitization of the centre, masks, sanitizers, thermo scanning and the entry to different wings A & B are made by the centre as per these guidelines and confirmed to Head Office about compliance.
ICAI Guidelines for Examination Centres
The following guidelines are issued and will be necessarily followed by all ICAI Examination centres in addition to the applicable guidelines for them issued by the Government of India. The Exam centres shall make sure that they additionally fulfill the requirements stated below at all times during the period of CA examination in July 2021:
- All the staff on examination duty shall wear Gloves and Masks for their safety and that of others during the examination exercise.
- While the candidate have been asked to wear their own mask, carry their own water bottle and also carry 50/100 ml sanitizers bottle; the examination centres shall ensure that superintendent shall keep masks for the candidate(s) who report to require face mask or in case of malfunctioning of mask during appearance for examinations. Also, Hand Sanitizer at the venue entry and inside the examination centres shall be made available in sufficient quantity on prominent places on all the days during the conduct of examinations.
- The exam centre shall ensure that deep sanitization of the examination rooms, common areas and washroom to ensure safety and hygiene every day after the conclusion of the examination is done so that safety requirements are met for the next day of examinations.
- Sufficient quantity of liquid handwash/soap shall be made available in washrooms for washing of hands.
- The exam centres shall deploy sufficient number of thermo guns for temperature check of candidates and all staff on duty at the entry point. Those candidates/staff who are not coming with the prescribed temperature limit be asked not to enter inside the venue and where such candidates are being refused entry inside the hall, their details shall be entered in the attendance register.
- While the candidate will carry their own water bottle, the Centre will also make sure the availability of packaged water bottle at sufficient number of locations.
- The examination centre shall provide additional notice boards, display signages etc. for guidance of candidate / staff to display the location of rooms/sitting plan at appropriate places for the help of candidates.
- The examination centres shall identify their different wings of the premises separately highlighting them as Wing A, B and so on. Each wing shall be a standalone examination centre. There shall be separate entry to each wing to an extent possible.
- The exam centres shall deploy adequate staff at the entry point so that there is no crowd gathering and due social distancing is maintained.
- The attention of the examination centre is also drawn to the guidelines issued for the centre superintendent as also for the candidates forming attachment to instant communication to give a total integrated bird eye view of the SOPs / guidelines at the ICAI exam centre.
- While the admit card will be printed online, the candidates have to give their consent to follow the various guidelines issued by the Governmental authorities as also the ICAI by way of an undertaking. They shall also undertake that they are appearing in this examination with the full consent and permission of their parents/ guardian.
- The exit of the candidates from 5.00 pm onwards has to be planned in such a way that the exit is allowed on the basis of room-wise occupancies to ensure that exit is in a staggered manner by keeping appropriate time gap difference between exit of candidates of two rooms.
- All examination staff shall carry No Risk status in Aarogya Setu App installed in their Mobile.
- As an exception due to COVID -19 precautions, candidates will be allowed to leave the examination centre from 4:00 PM onwards and the entry to the examination centre shall be allowed from 1.00 PM onwards for November 2020 Examination.
FAQs w.e.f. ICAI May 2021 and ICAI Nov 2021 Exams: The ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) has released 17 most important Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) w.r.t May/November 2020 Examinations.
Following are the most important questions asked by CA students appearing for ICAI Nov 2020 examinations.
FAQs on ICAI May 2020 Exam Cancelled and merged with Nov 2020
- PART-1 ICAI Announcement dated 15th August, 2020 for 17th FAQs on ICAI May/Nov 2020 Exams. [YouTube Video]
- PART-2: ICAI Announcement dated 17th August, 2020 for 13 FAQs on CA Nov 2020 Exams. [YouTube Video]
Answer: Yes, the students of all courses who had applied for May 2020 Examinations will be required to fill form for November 2020 afresh on opening of window for the same. The students are allowed to change the group(s) as well as Centre, for appearance in November 2020 examinations.
Answer: Yes, student has to fill the exam form afresh for November 2020 exams wherein he can opt for exam Centre of his choice.
Answer: Yes, student has to fill exam form afresh for November 2020 exams, accordingly, the student who had applied for one group for May 2020 Exams can apply for both groups or change the group for November 2020 Exams by paying differential fees, if any.
Answer: The student will get auto calculation of the fees he has to pay while filling Exam form for November 2020 exam after he enters his details. If he is again opting to give single group exam as he did for May/July 2020 exam, then he is not required to pay any further fees. However, if student now opts to appear for both groups in November 2020 exams while earlier he had opted for only single group in May/July 2020 exams, he will be required to pay difference of fees only.
Answer: Yes, all exemptions due to students for May 2020 exams are carried forward for November 2020 exams and student can claim the same while filling exam form for November 2020.
Answer: Last attempt for Intermediate old course is extended to November 2020 Examinations.
Answer: Last attempt for Final Old course is extended to May 2021 Examinations.
Answer: Next examinations including the merged May 2020 examinations will be held in November 2020.
Answer: Yes, the student may convert for Final New Course before filling of November 2020 examinations form. He will be required to appear in the balance group which was not passed in old scheme.
Answer: While considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and for the well – being of students & members and to mitigate their hardships, as a proactive measure for benefit and welfare of the students & members, it has been decided to open 193 (192 in India and 1 in Overseas) additional Examination Centers, subject to appropriate examination centers be used, candidates offer themselves to appear in new examination centers. For the details of 193 additional examinations centers, please refer to the Announcement dated 4th August, 2020 which has been hosted on the Institute’s website.
Answer: No, ICAI will not cancel any of the announced exam centers.
Answer: Yes, the students are allowed to change elective subject of paper 6 while filling examination form for Nov. 2020 Exams.
Answer: Yes, since the student is required to fill fresh form for Nov.2020 exams, he is allowed to change medium of language for appearance in examination.
Answer: Yes, the student will get one more chance of changing the exam center through Correction Window which will be opened in the first week of October 2020.
Answer: Since the May 2020 Examinations have been cancelled and merged with November 2020 Examinations, pass out month, date and year will be November 2020.
Answer: The student after passing both the groups of IPCE is required to register in Final Course before filling form for Final Examination.
Answer: No, it is not permitted. The student can apply either in old course or in new course.
Answer: Students who have passed one group or both groups of Intermediate in November 2019 and have commenced their Practical Training on or before 31st July, 2020 can appear in November 2022 Final examination. No further extension for commencement of Practical Training beyond 31st July, 2020 is granted.
Answer: Yes, validity of registration in Foundation / Intermediate / Final Courses will be extended. An announcement in this respect will be hosted shortly.
Answer: IPCC/ Final Old Course Students can at any time convert to Intermediate/Final New course of Revised Scheme of Education and Training. Students need not wait for the last attempt in their respective course to get over.
Answer: The students are required to submit their graduation mark sheets within six months from the date of appearance in Final year of graduation examination. In other words, there is no need for relaxation. The provisional registration is valid up to six months from the date of appearance in the final level graduation exams.
Answer: Students may note that they can commence their Practical Training after regularization of their registration in Intermediate only.
Answer: The matter with regard to the relaxation in eligibility criteria for appearing in May 2021 examinations for such students is under consideration and an announcement will be made in the last week of August, 2020.
Answer: For November, 2020 examinations, (including for students registered for May 2020 exams), the amendments updated till 30th April, 2020 will be applicable.
Answer: Kindly visit the BOS Knowledge Portal at the Institute’s website for checking the applicability of study material for November, 2020 exams. Students need to visit Digital Learning Hub on the Institute’s website for e-books available for all the levels.
Answer: The Institute understands that due to outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a significant effect on the study plan of our students. The Institute, with an objective to enable the students to sail through the present times, has commenced FREE ‘Virtual Coaching Classes’ from July 1, 2020. These are being conducted at all levels i.e. CA Foundation, Intermediate and Final to assist them in preparation for the November 2020 examination.
Free for all levels, CA Foundation, Intermediate and Final
Streamed live using internet technology
Can be accessed live or viewed later as recorded lectures through hand-held devices such as smart phones, laptops, I-pads, tablets, etc. anytime and anywhere
Delivered by renowned subject experts
Covers the entire syllabus.
Interactive in nature – with facility to students to raise questions
Examination focused approach
Answer: Foundation route students have been allowed to commence their Practical Training on or before 31st July, 2020 and complete Orientation Course and IT Training on or before 31st October, 2020.
Direct Entry Students have been allowed to commence their Practical Training on or before 31st July, 2020 and complete Orientation Course and IT Training on or before 31st December, 2020
Answer: All eligible Foundation and Direct Entry route students can do the course by registering at https://www.icaionlineregistration.org. Announcement in this regard has been hosted at https://www.icai.org/post/ocitt-virtual-mode
Answer: Students who have passed final exams in May 2019 /November, 2019 OR appearing in July 2020 (now postponed to November)/ NOVEMBER 2020 exams have been given one time relaxation from attending physical MCS &Adv IT classes and are allowed to complete the same through the virtual mode.
Answer: Passing Advanced IT test is a mandatory requirement. Examination Department has announced the Adv. IT exam dates and other modalities at www.icai.org and https://advit.icaiexam.icai.org/
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