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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.
January, 10th 2018
                                      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     Category                          Remarks                         When to complete
No
  1    Final (New) course (registration Should      complete   the       Before appearing
       for which commenced from 1st Advanced          ICITSS  (i.e.      in Final (New)
       July 2017)                       Advanced IT and MCS) and         course exam
                                        pass the Advanced IT test
                                        there under
 2     Converted from Final             Should      complete   the       Before appearing
       (Old) course ( i.e. held under Advanced        ICITSS  (i.e.      in Final (New
       the syllabus approved by the Advanced IT and MCS-                 Course) exam
       Council U/R 31(ii) of the CA whichever component has not
       Regulations to Final     (New) been completed earlier) and
       course-Not appeared in Final pass the Advanced IT test
       exam in the Final (Old) course there under, upon conversion
      exam earlier                       to the Final(New) Course.
 3    Converted from Final               Should       complete      the     Either before or
      (Old) course ( i.e. held under     Advanced       ICITSS     (i.e.    after appearing in
      the syllabus approved by the       Advanced IT and MCS-               Final (New) course
      Council U/R 31(ii) of the CA       whichever component has not        exam but in any
      Regulations1988) to Final          been completed earlier) and        case        before
      (New) course-Appeared in           pass the Advanced IT test          applying       for
      Final (Old) Course exam earlier    there under, upon conversion       membership
                                         to the Final(New) Course.






Final (Old) course ( Held under the syllabus approved by the Council under Regulation
31(ii) of the CA Regulations, 1988
                                       TABLE 2

Sr    Category                          Remarks                            When to complete
NO
 4    Final       (Old)      course-    Should complete the       Before applying for
      ( i.e. held under the syllabus    Advanced ICITSS( Advanced membership
      approved by the Council U/R       IT and MCS) and undergo
      31(ii)     of     the      CA     the Advanced IT test
      Regulations1988)      ­Neither    thereunder.
      Completed Advanced ITT
      nor       GMCS        earlier.(
      Including those who have
      passed the Final exam)
 5    Final       (Old)      course-Should        undergo       the Before applying for
      ( i.e. held under the syllabuscomponent of Advanced membership.
      approved by the Council U/Rr  ICITSS not undergone so far,
      31(ii)     of     the      CA i..e Advanced IT or GMCS as
      Regulations1988) -Completed   the case may be. Those who
      either Advanced ITT/GMCS      have       not       completed
      earlier.                      Advanced ITT earlier should
                                    undergo the Advanced IT
                                    course     and     the     Test
                                    thereunder.
 6.   Final(Old) course-Commenced        a) No need to do              a) Not
      articleship on or before 1st          Advanced       ICITSS-         applicable.
      February 2013 and continue to         Advanced IT Course.
      be under the Old Scheme            b) However,          upon     b) However,
                                            conversion to Final            upon
                                            (New) Course, will be          conversion to
                                            required to complete           Final (New)
                                            the Advanced ICITSS            Course, they
                                            (Advanced IT course            will        be
                                            and MCS) and also              required to
                                            pass the test held             complete the
                                            there under.                   Advanced
                                                                           ICITSS-
                                                                           course
                                                                           (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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