CA Exams 2021: Supreme Court to hear Plea seeking Opt-Out Option, More Exam Centres, Postponement if COVID-19 protocols not followed

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The Supreme Court on Monday i.e 28 June, 2021 will Hear Plea Seeking Opt-Out Option, more Exam Centres and Postponement if COVID-19 protocols are not followed in the upcoming CA Exams 2021.

The petitioner, Advocate Anubha Shrivastava Sahai sought directions to provide an “Opt Out” option to all the aspirants going to appear in the upcoming CA exams 2021 scheduled to start from 5th July 2021, willing to opt out before and during the exam, with a carry forward of all benefits.

Advocate Saha prayed that the ICAI should give an extra chance/extension, Opt-Out to those students who are appearing for Intermediate and Final Course examination under old syllabus.

The ICAI should grant a fresh option to choose Examination Centre to each such aspirant/ student, pursuant to increase in the number of said Examination Centers, without prejudice to the Centre already opted by him/her in lieu of the Important Announcements, the petitioner added.

The petition has also prayed for directions to the authorities to provide free transport and accommodation near the exam centers from July 6 to July 20 for intermediate and final course students, and from July 24 for foundation course students.

Over 6,000 Chartered Accountancy aspirants also recently wrote to CJI NV Ramana seeking directions to ICAI to provide an Opt-Out option to the student who is unable to appear for the exams due to COVID-19, increase the number of attempts for Old Course Students and conduct an additional examination attempt for students who are unable to appear.

The letter had urged the CJI to take suo-motu cognisance of the matter, club their application with the present PIL and list the matter under the extremely urgent category as the exams are going to begin from 5th July and admit cards are to be released soon.

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