Introduction: On the 14th of January, 2024, the Board of Studies (Academic) at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India announced crucial updates regarding the Final Paper 6: Integrated Business Solutions. This article delves into the examination format, including the open-book nature, case study focus, MCQ weightage, and the duration set by the Council.

Detailed Analysis: Under the New Scheme of Education and Training, Final Paper 6 undergoes a significant transformation. The examination approach is now open book and case study-centric. The Council has upheld the four-hour duration for this paper. Notably, a distinctive feature is the distribution of assessment – 40% through Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) and 60% through Descriptive Questions within each of the five case studies, each carrying 25 marks.

This paradigm shift in the evaluation method aims to test not only the theoretical knowledge of the candidates but also their ability to apply concepts in real-world scenarios. The open-book format reflects the industry’s demand for professionals who can access information effectively and solve complex problems. The MCQs ensure a comprehensive understanding of the subject, while the descriptive questions challenge candidates to articulate their solutions in a coherent and detailed manner.

The five case studies, each worth 25 marks, present candidates with a choice – they are required to attempt any four. This flexibility allows candidates to showcase their strengths and preferences within the broader scope of integrated business solutions.

Conclusion: In conclusion, the updates to Final Paper 6 signify a progressive approach to assessing candidates under the New Scheme of Education and Training. The integration of open-book and case study elements aligns with the evolving demands of the professional landscape. The balanced distribution of MCQs and Descriptive Questions ensures a comprehensive evaluation of candidates’ knowledge and application skills. Aspiring chartered accountants should embrace these changes, recognizing the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in solving real-world business challenges. The Board of Studies (Academic) at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India continues to adapt its examination methods, preparing future professionals for the dynamic and complex business environment.

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Board of Studies (Academic)
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
14th January, 2024

Final Paper 6: Integrated Business Solutions
MCQ Weightage and Duration of Examination

Students may note that the assessment of Final Paper 6: Integrated Business Solutions under the New Scheme of Education and Training would be open book and case study based. The Council has decided that the duration of the examination of this paper would continue to be four hours and the manner of assessment of this paper would also be 40% by way of MCQs and 60% in the form of Descriptive Questions in each case study of 25 marks. Accordingly, there will be five case studies of 25 marks each out of which students will be required to attempt any four.

Joint Director
Board of Studies (Academic)

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