Announcement

January 9, 2018

Clarifications on the requirement for completion of Advanced ICITSS course and the Advanced IT Test thereunder, with reference to eligibility to appear in CA Final examination, under Final( Old) and Final (New) Syllabus.

In terms of Regulation 29D(1)(iii) and 51E/72E of the CA Regulations 1988, students under the New Scheme of Education and Training ( implemented with effect from 1st July 2017) are required to complete the Advanced Integrated Course on Information Technology and Soft Skills (Advanced ICITSS) successfully for being eligible to appear in the Final (New) course examination held under the syllabus approved by the Council under Regulation 31(iv) of the CA Regulations 1988, the first examination of which is to be held in May 2018.

Advanced ICITSS is a combination of Management & Communication Skills and Advanced IT Course, which is effective from 1st July, 2017 with the implementation of New Scheme of Education and Training.

Candidates are required to undergo the Advanced ICITSS-Advanced IT test, conducted by the Exam Dept. of ICAI, after completing the Advanced Information Technology component of the above-mentioned course.

Further, it is hereby clarified that students who have undergone only one, i.e. either GMCS or Advanced ITT under the Final (Old) course, have to undergo the remaining component, i.e. Advanced ICITSS(IT) or Advanced ICITSS(GMCS). They are not required to undergo Advanced ICITSS (IT and MCS) in its entirety.

It is further clarified that following is the position in respect of different categories of students who are required to undergo Advanced ICITSS course and pass the Advanced IT test thereunder, with reference to their eligibility to appear in Final examination.

Final (New) Course-Held under the syllabus approved by the Council under Regulation 31(iv) of the CA Regulations, 1988.

TABLE 1

Sr No Category Remarks When to complete
1 Final (New) course (registration for which commenced from 1st July 2017) Should complete the Advanced ICITSS (i.e. Advanced IT and MCS) and pass the Advanced IT test there under Before appearing in Final (New) course exam
2 Converted from Final (Old) course ( i.e. held under the syllabus approved by the Council U/R 31(ii) of the CA Regulations to Final (New) course-Not appeared in Final exam in the Final (Old) course exam earlier Should complete the Advanced ICITSS (i.e. Advanced IT and MCS-
whichever component has not been completed earlier) and pass the Advanced IT test there under, upon conversion to the Final(New) Course.
Before appearing in Final (New
Course) exam
3 Converted from Final (Old) course ( i.e. held under the syllabus approved by the Council U/R 31(ii) of the CA Regulations 1988) to Final (New) course-Appeared in Final (Old) Course exam earlier Should complete the Advanced ICITSS (i.e. Advanced IT and MCS-
whichever component has not been completed earlier) and pass the Advanced IT test there under, upon conversion to the Final(New) Course.
Either before or after appearing in Final (New) course exam but in any case before applying for
membership

Final (Old) course ( Held under the syllabus approved by the Council under Regulation 31(ii) of the CA Regulations, 1988

TABLE 2

Sr NO Category Remarks When to complete
4 Final (Old) course-
( i.e. held under the syllabus approved by the Council U/R31(ii) of the CA Regulations 1988) – Neither Completed Advanced ITT nor GMCS earlier.( Including those who have passed the Final exam)
Should complete the Advanced ICITSS( Advanced IT and MCS) and undergo the Advanced IT test thereunder. Before applying for membership
5 Final (Old) course-
( i.e. held under the syllabus approved by the Council U/Rr31(ii) of the CA Regulations 1988) -Completed either Advanced ITT/GMCS earlier.
Should undergo the component of Advanced ICITSS not undergone so far, i..e Advanced IT or GMCS as the case may be. Those who have not completed Advanced ITT earlier should undergo the Advanced IT course and the Test
thereunder.
Before applying for membership.
6. Final(Old) course-Commenced articleship on or before 1St February 2013 and continue to be under the Old Scheme a) No need to do Advanced ICITSS-Advanced IT Course.

b) However, upon conversion to Final (New) Course, will be required to complete the Advanced ICITSS (Advanced IT course and MCS) and also pass the test held there under.

a) Not applicable.

b) However, upon conversion to Final (New) Course, they will be required to
complete the Advanced ICITSS­course (Advanced IT and MCS) and also pass the test there under.

(Please refer to Sr No 2 and 3, of Table I given above.

Students are required to take note of the above and act accordingly.

For more details on the Advanced ICITSS-Advanced IT- Test, Candidates are advised to go through the announcement dated 4th January 2018 and the Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) on the subject hosted in the FAQs section of the website www.icai.org.

For any clarifications on Advanced ICITSS-Advanced IT Test, candidates may write to the Exam Dept. at advanceditt_examhelpline@icai.in or call any of Help Desk numbers given below:

0120 -3054851 / 852 / 853/ 854

0120-4953 751 / 752 / 753/ 754

B. Muralidharan

Joint Secretary(Exams)

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