Candidates are flummoxed at the fact that many have not been allotted the exam centers of their choice. Several students in cities like Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai, and Aurangabad will be forced to travel 20-odd kilometers to reach their exam centre. Some others have wrong papers printed on their admit cards.
“A total of 3.6 lakh candidates at different levels are taking the July CA exam. About 7,000 students changed their exam center from what they had originally selected as they migrated. We will surely look into the issues students have and make sure that no student will have to travel out of their hometown to take the exam,” said a senior officer from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. The ICAI is holding all the levels of CA exams—foundation, intermediate, final, and post-qualification course exams which start on July 5.
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In its statement, the ICAI said, “Due to paucity of accommodation in certain Zones opted by the candidates in the cities of Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Chennai, and Pune some of the candidates have been allotted examinations centers in the zone other than the zone opted by them in the said cities. Given this, it is not possible to accede to the request of the candidates for transfer to an examination center in a particular zone of the city opted by them. Similarly, students who had opted for Dimapur (Kohima) City have been shifted to Guwahati.
Moreover, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has allowed students to opt-out of this exam cycle. Candidates who “opt-out” will have to submit an RT-PCR certificate that indicates that either the examinee or a relative has Covid.
“It is heartening that ICAI has finally taken cognizance of students’ request and hardships, and granted the opt-out facility like in the earlier attempt ever since the pandemic set in. I request students to use it only for genuine reasons. I say this because it was noticed that last time many students took the opt-out facility after a particular paper because it was difficult and they didn’t want to see failure on the mark sheet,” said professor Jinesh Shah, Study Circle Classes.