MUMBAI: Close to 31,500 chartered accountancy aspirants of the total 4.7 lakh have so far opted out of the November session of the exam, scheduled to start from Saturday. Of these, two-thirds have chosen the additional attempt offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in January and the remaining 11,687 candidates have opted for the session in May. On Thursday, the ICAI announced the additional session will start from January 21, 2021, giving relief to a section of students, who were demanding the schedule before deciding to opt out of the exam.
While concerns from candidates continued to pour in over the conduct of physical exams amid a pandemic, ICAI president, Atul Gupta, said students can decide to opt out even on the last date of the exam if they are apprehensive.
Students claimed the ICAI is violating the Centre’s norms by holding an 18-day physical exam, putting many at risk. Many centres have been divided into blocks and will have more than 400 students, flouting the norms, alleged students.