ICAI releases new CA exam dates ahead of LS polls

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has adjusted its exam dates to accommodate the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The exams, originally scheduled for May, will now take place on revised dates. The changes come after the Election Commission announced the election schedule, which will be conducted in seven phases.

Following the Election Commission’s announcement, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has been enforced. This has prompted ICAI to revise its exam timetable to avoid any clash with the election dates.

“It may further be noted that there would be no change in the examination schedule in the event of any day of the examination schedule mentioned above, being declared a public holiday by the Central Government or any State Government/Local Authority,” the ICAI said.

Changes in Exam Schedule

  • Intermediate course exam for Group 1: May 3, 5, and 9 (previously May 3, 5, and 7).
  • Intermediate course exam for Group 2: May 11, 15, and 17 (previously May 9, 11, and 13).
  • Final exams for Group 1: May 2, 4, and 8 (previously May 2, 4, and 6).
  • Final exams for Group 2: May 10, 14, and 16 (previously May 8, 10, and 12).

Reason for Rescheduling

The decision to revise the exam timetable was made after the Election Commission announced the Lok Sabha election schedule for April – June 2024. The elections will be held in seven phases, with polling for 543 Lok Sabha seats starting on April 19 and the vote count on June 4.

Concurrently, elections for the State legislatures of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, and Sikkim will also be conducted during this period.

Exam Schedule Clarification

ICAI has clarified that if any exam day is declared a public holiday by the Central Government or any State Government/Local Authority, there will be no change in the examination schedule.

Candidates are advised to keep checking the ICAI website for updates. The exams will also be held at eight overseas examination centers: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Thimpu (Bhutan), Doha, Dubai, Kathmandu (Nepal), Kuwait, and Muscat.

According to ICAI’s January notification, the CA foundation course examination was initially scheduled for June 20, 22, 24, and 26, 2024. For the CA Intermediate course, tests for group 1 were planned for May 3, 5, and 7, 2024, followed by group 2 exams on May 9, 11, and 13. The CA final course examinations for Group 1 were slated for May 2, 4, and 6, with group 2 exams scheduled for May 8, 10, and 12.

ICAI has rescheduled its May exams due to the Lok Sabha elections. Candidates should stay updated on the revised exam dates and other announcements from ICAI.

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