Analysis – Revised Procedure ICAI for inspection of evaluated answer-books for November 2018 onwards exams

ICAI has issued the Revised Procedure for  inspection/providing certified copies of evaluated answer-books to  examinees – Effective from the CA exams held in November 2018 and onwards

The detailed Guidelines are as under : –

 Application related

  1. Application seeking inspection/certified copies of answer books , has to apply within 30 days from the date of declaration of respective result(s) at and pay the applicable fee online.
  2. An applicant has to upload a sample of his handwriting on the above mentioned website (for examinee who appeared in Hindi medium, his/her application should be in Hindi. ) . Physically/visually/mentally challenged examinees who used scribe/writer permitted by ICAI to  upload  application seeking inspection in the handwriting of the same scribe/writer.
  3. Applications received after 30 days from date of declaration of results will not be entertained under any circumstances.
  4. No provision for late submission even when applicant ready to pay late fee.
  5. No Physical applications for Final/Intermediate and Foundation.
  6. Inspection/supply of evaluated answer books , will be provided generally, within 30 days from the date of receipt of the complete application by ICAI. These shall be only provided to the concerned examinee  and to no other person, under any circumstances.

Fees : –

  1. Fee is Rs. 500/- per paper for Final, Intermediate (IPC) / ATE / Unit, Foundation, CPT and post qualification courses.
  2. Fee is non refundable.

Scope of application – what is permissible and what is not : –

  1. For all applications, verification of answer books, within the scope of Regulation 39(4), will be carried out, by ICAI , before providing certified copies which shall contain the following : –
    • Whether any question or part thereof has remained unvalued
    • Whether there is any totaling error in any question or total marks on the cover page
    • Whether there is any discrepancy between the stepwise marks, total marks for each question indicated on the cover page
  2. No re-evaluation of answers is permissible as per ICAI under Regulation 39(4) of the CA Regulations 1988.

Students – Course of Action permissible

  1. Any discrepancy noticed by examinee, may be brought to the notice of ICAI within one month from the date of hosting of certified copies/inspection of evaluated answer books on the website, where it relates to the following : –
    1. Whether any question or part thereof has remained unvalued
    2. Whether there is any totaling error in any question or total marks on the cover page
    3. Whether there is any discrepancy between the stepwise marks, total marks for each question indicated on the cover page
  2. No re-evaluation of answers is   permissible under Regulation 39(4) of the CA Regulations 1988.
  3. Certified photocopy of relevant OMR answer sheet relating to Common Proficiency Test (CPT), Papers 3 & 4 of Foundation and ISA(AT) shall be provided but the relevant question paper or the key will not be provided.

Provision of Evaluated Answer sheets by ICAI

  1. Applicants can check the status of their applications at
  2. Incomplete Applications /with illegible entries/ without the applicable fee are liable to be rejected
  3. ICAI shall host scanned copies of the evaluated answer books of Final/Intermediate and Foundation   on a website , and send relevant link, User ID and password to examinees by email,  at the e-mail address given by them in their application form.
  4. Candidates can view or print the answer sheets not later than 10 days from the date of hosting. Copies will not be provided in cases where : –
  • Examinees results have been withheld/cancelled/have not been declared for any reason whatsoever.
  • Examinees against whom unfair means cases are reported/under consideration.

Inspection of evaluated answer books only  – Only once

  1. The examinee can come   for inspection at the appointed date and time advised by ICAI only and request for change of date/time will generally not be permitted.
  2. Inspection of answer books can be done by the examinees only and no other parents, guardians, or any other person representing the examinee can  accompany him/her, at the cost of the examinee
  3. Physically challenged ( including those who are visually challenged and those challenged by cerebral palsy etc) examinees who were allowed  facility of a writer for the examination in question, will have the option to bring along the same person, who acted as his/her writer, for inspection of his/her answer books, at their own cost.
  4. Inspection of evaluated answer books will be given only at the ICAI’s office after producing their admit card or  student identity card or any other photo identity card duly certified by a Chartered Accountant: –
  5. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, ICAI Bhawan A-29, Sector 62, Dist. Gautam Buddh Nagar (U.P) NOIDA 201309
  6. The examinee cannot  carry mobile phone, camera or any other electronic gadget or any paper or pen at the time of inspection, but   carry the relevant question paper and  note down question-wise marks secured   on a sheet of paper with pencil supplied by the Institute.
  7. No queries  will be entertained during the process of inspection.
  8. Examinees are required to sign a register in acknowledgement of having availed of the inspection of evaluated answer books.
  9. ICAI shall host the status of applications for certified copies of answer books at . Applicants can check whether the certified copies sought by them, have been hosted or not from the said website.
  10. Dispute(s) subject to exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts at New Delhi .

Contact details: E-mail IDs, as per the exam: post qualification courses)

Help Desk: 0120- 3054 851, 852, 853, 835

CPT : 0120-3894 811,812; 0120-3876 861

Foundation : 0120-3894 815, 0120-3045 985

Intermediate : 0120-3054 819, 806, 808, 0120-4953, 4953708,719

Final : 0120-3894 808, 809; 0120-3876 872

Please refer here for the detailed Notification –

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