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CA exams cancelled – May/July 2020 CA exams officially cancelled by ICAI

In a notification released today, July 3 2020, ICAI has announced that the CA exams scheduled to be held in the month of July 2020 have been cancelled. It is noteworthy that these CA exams cancelled now were earlier postponed from May to July. This decision by ICAI has come amid the Covid-19 situation in the country and a plea filed in the Supreme Court regarding the opt-out option earlier offered to May aspirants by the institute.

The cancelled CA exams will now be merged with the November attempt. Students who had registered for May exams will be able to carry forward the benefits like exemptions and the exam fees that they’ve paid.

CA exams cancelled – reasons behind the decision

The ICAI has quoted 2 reasons behind the decision to cancel the May/July 2020 exams:

  1. With Unlock1, the severity of COVID 19 Pandemic was expected to subside from the later part of June 2020, but has rather become more severe and, therefore a Review as per announcement dated 15 June 2020 has become necessary.
  2. Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India vide its Guidelines dated 29th June 2020 has extended the closure of all schools & academic Institutions and academic congregations till 31st July 2020. Select State Governments have put extended prohibitions in their respective States. Post the said Notification dated 29th June 2020, many Schools/ Academic Institutions have expressed their inability to provide their premises to conduct the Examinations.

CA May/July 2020 exams merged with November attempt – Important points to note

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If you had registered for the May 2020 CA exams that have been cancelled now, you need to know the following important points for carrying forward your attempt to November:

  1. Due carryover of all benefits already available to students including fee paid and exemptions.
  2. The students who have made application for May 2020 Examinations will have an option to change the group(s) of their appearance and centre of Examinations at the time of making a fresh application for November 2020 Examinations, which, subject to conditions prevailing at relevant time, will start from 1st November 2020.
  3. It is again clarified that in this schema, the students will be free to exercise the options afresh for the groups that they intend to appear in the November 2020 examinations.

It is important to note that situation permitting, the November exams will start from 1st November 2020. Students will also have the option to register afresh for the groups that they want to appear for while all the benefits from their registration for May attempt can be carried forward.

CA exams cancelled – Full ICAI notification below

The following is the full text of the ICAI notification as put out by the institute on the website. The link to the notification is also available below.

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1. The students are aware that vide Announcement dated 15th June 2020, the Institute, after taking in account the academic interests and health safeguards of students intending to appear in May 2020 Examinations, had enabled them to change their centre for appearance in May/ July 2020 Examination and/or to decide, at their free will, to “Opt Out” of the May/ July 2020 Examinations with carryover of all benefits including fee paid and exemptions. The Announcement also stated that Institute will review the situation of pandemic (COVID cases, MHA guidelines, Centre and State Government directions) in first week of July 2020 and the conduct of examinations commencing from 29th July 2020 was to be strictly dependent upon prevailing Government’s advisories for the area in which a particular Centre is situated and, in any eventuality, the students were to be accommodated to November 2020 Examination cycle.

2. Further Announcement dated 17th June 2020 provided for FAQ’s relating to conduct of May/ July 2020 Examinations, change in centre and operation and procedure for Opt Out to address the queries raised by the students. Announcements dated 20th June 2020 and 26th June 2020 extended the availability of facility to “opt out” to allow the students to make their decision which facility is available to the students even as on date.

Further Developments:

  • A. With Unlock1, the severity of COVID 19 Pandemic was expected to subside from the later part of June 2020, but has rather become more severe and, therefore a Review as per announcement dated 15 June 2020 has become necessary.
  • B. Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India vide its Guidelines dated 29th June 2020 has extended the closure of all schools & academic Institutions and academic congregations till 31st July 2020. Select State Governments have put extended prohibitions in their respective States. Post the said Notification dated 29th June 2020, many Schools/ Academic Institutions have expressed their inability to provide their premises to conduct the Examinations.

On a review of above developments and in order to ensure the interest of its students and their well-being, the Institute has decided to cancel May 2020 Examinations and merge the May 2020 attempt with November 2020 Examinations, with due carryover of all benefits already available to students including fee paid and exemptions. The students who have made application for May 2020 Examinations will have an option to change the group(s) of their appearance and centre of Examinations at the time of making a fresh application for November 2020 Examinations, which, subject to conditions prevailing at relevant time, will start from 1st November 2020. It is again clarified that in this schema, the students will be free to exercise the options afresh for the groups that they intend to appear in the November 2020 examinations.

The students are advised to stay in touch with the Institute’s website www.icai.org for further announcements relating to November 2020 Examinations and in case of any queries can write at may2020exam@icai.in.

The official ICAI notification is available here.