The Supreme Court of India has allowed the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) to conduct the scheduled Chartered Accountant (CA) examination from July 5. However, the apex court has laid down certain conditions regarding the opt-out option due to the corona pandemic.
A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkara, Dinesh Maheshwari, and Aniruddha Bose said that if any candidate or his family member is affected by the corona pandemic, he may be given an option to opt-out based on the RTPCR test. Provided that their uploading of RTPCR will be mandatory.
The bench has also said that it is not necessary that the RTPCR report is correct, so if a candidate gets a certificate of COVID-19 from a doctor, then he will not be required to produce the RTPCR report.
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Candidates will also be given the option of opt-out:
If a candidate gets a corona infection during the examination and is unable to appear for the other paper, he/she will also be allowed to opt out. The top court has ordered that even if there are any last-minute changes in the exam center, the option of opt-out should be given to the students.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had said this on the examination:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday clarified that they will not pass any direction to postpone the ICAI CA exam 2021, which is scheduled to start in July. However, the court had agreed to consider the petition seeking opt-out for those students who would not be able to appear in the examination due to the Corona restrictions.