Guidelines and Procedure to be followed for Grant of Writer/Compensatory Time to Differently Abled - Physically and/or Visually - Candidates
February, 18th 2014
1. GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED FOR GRANT OF WRITER/COMPENSATORY TIME
TO DIFFERENTLY ABLED - PHYSICALLY AND/OR VISUALLY - CANDIDATES
[AS APPROVED LAST BY THE EXAMINATION COMMITTEE AT ITS 512TH MEETING]
1. I. Guidelines that may be followed in respect of candidates with permanent
physical/visual/neurological disability of 50% or more irrespective of whether the candidates
can or can not write the examinations themselves (e.g. Cases of blindness/amputation of
upper limbs/cerebral palsy etc.)
(a) Writer to be allowed.
(b) Compensatory time of one and half an hour be permitted for Main Examination and one hour
for each session in CPT
2. II. Guidelines that may be followed in respect of candidates with permanent
physical/visual/neurological disability of less than 50% irrespective of whether the
candidates can or can not write the examinations themselves (e.g. Cases of
blindness/amputation of upper limbs/cerebral palsy etc.)
(a) Writer to be allowed.
(b) Compensatory time of one hour be permitted for main Examination and half an hour for each
session in CPT
3. In case of writer's cramp, learning disability, hearing disability (dyslexia) and blood cancer
involving blood transfusion, the concession allowed is compensatory time of one hour and/or
writer for main examinations and half an hour and/or writer for Common Proficiency Test
(CPT). In such cases the candidate has to submit a copy of concession extended by other
examination bodies, in earlier exams written by him/her, like 10th Standard or 12th Standard,
graduation, etc. This concession will be extended subject to verification of documentary
evidence including medical (i.e disability) certificate. Cases of injuries or disablement of
temporary nature such as fracture of the right or left arm, forearm or dislocation of a
shoulder, elbow or wrist etc. are not entitled for availing the facility of writer/
4. Detailed guidelines/procedures pertaining to engagement of writer for those who are
eligible to engage a writer:
a. Differently abled - physically and/or visually - candidates who are eligible to engage writer will
be required to engage writer as per qualification as specified below:
Examination Qualification of writer
CPT 10th class/Matriculation passed.
Final/Intermediate [IPC] Under Graduate students.
(Neither registered students of CA/CWA/CS course nor passed
Final examination and nor a member of the ICAI, ICWAI and
ICSI are eligible to be a writer).
Post qualification course Graduate (other than in Commerce or Law, including
(meant for members of Corporate Laws Stream). (Neither registered students of
ICAI) CA/CWA/CS course nor passed Final examination and nor a
member of the ICAI, ICWAI, and ICSI are eligible to be a
b. No one associated in any manner with academic tutoring and preparation of examinations for
CA, CWA, CS, M.B.A, B.E. and LLB programmes be involved as a writer.
c. The examinees who have been issued with a Permanent Concession Card/permission letter
providing the facility of writer should send an application to the Examination Department of the
Institute stating that he/she wishes to avail the facility of writer in the examination together
with details such as name, registration number, group opted, medium opted, centre/zone
opted, etc. immediately after submission of application form for admission to examination,
which should reach the office not later than 10th October/10th April of the year in which
November/May examinations are held respectively.
d. The Institute will maintain a panel of writers in select cities, to begin with - Delhi, Mumbai,
Chennai, Kolkata, Kanpur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh,
Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Indore and Ludhiana. The places in respect of which the above panel is
maintained will be updated from time to time and hosted on the website of the Institute
[www.icai.org]. An examinee who has opted for an examination centre in these cities, can avail
a writer from the said panel. Hence, examinees are advised to visit the website in their own
interest for regular updates.
e. At all other places where examination centres are set up, or where the number of empanelled
writers at the above given places falls short of the requirement, the concerned examinees will
be required to arrange writer at their own end, subject to the compliance with the related
f. While there shall be no restriction on change of writer, such a change shall be allowed on
making an application by the concerned examinee to the Centre Superintendent and subject to
compliance with related requirements. In such a case the Centre Superintendent will hand over
a copy of the guidelines in force to the differently abled candidate and the writer.
g. It shall be incumbent upon the candidate and/or the writer engaged by him/her at his/her own
end and/or provided to him/her from out of the above Panel to submit in advance to the Centre
Superintendent a related `Declaration' with regard to the qualification etc. of the Writer.
Such a `Declaration' shall be required to be submitted in respect of the writer first
engaged/provided as well as for the writer(s) subsequently permitted by the Centre
Superintendent. If the declaration so submitted is incorrect/false, ICAI is empowered to take
any action it deems fit in such a case.
Certified copies of the educational qualification of the writer (other than drawn from the panel
of the Institute) should be submitted to the centre superintendent together with the
h. The writer [irrespective of whether provided from out of the aforesaid Panel and/or engaged by
the concerned examinee at his/her own end] will be paid Rs. 500/- (Rupees five hundred only)
per paper/two sessions of Common Proficiency Test (CPT) by the Institute subject to submission
of a related bill by the writer, duly counter-signed by the concerned examinee as well as by the
Centre Superintendent. Such a bill be submitted to the Centre superintendent on the same day
of the examination who will, in turn, forward the same to the Institute, after the conclusion of
i. Where, on a related application received, an examinee is provided with the writer from out of
the aforesaid Panel, he/she may, if so desired, meet the said writer well in advance before the
commencement of the examinations to familiarize themselves with each other and do satisfy
about the ability of the writer to write in the examination. However, where an examinee
arranges a writer at his/her own end, he shall be required to provide a copy of these guidelines
to the said writer with a view that the latter is well conversant with the related requirements.
j. The writer's task is to only to write the examinations as per directions of the examinee,
verbatim, and that the writer shall not paraphrase, translate, add emphasis, embellish the
written text in any way, or engage in any type of communication with the examinee concerning
the interpretation of question paper content. In other words, the writer shall only transcribe
what is dictated to him by the examinee.
k. Any violation of these guidelines will tantamount to attempt to/resort to unfairmeans, and thus
result in initiation of disciplinary action, which may include withholding of or the cancellation
of the result or debarring from appearing in examinations or cancellation of
l. The Centre Superintendent shall have the authority not to allow a particular person to act as
writer, if he is satisfied that such a person does not fulfill the criteria for being a writer.
5. The Superintendent shall arrange a suitable room for differently abled Candidates. For
Differently abled physically and/or visually-candidates who are eligible to get one hour
compensatory time with writer facility, they will be provided a separate room for writing the
examinations, preferably on the ground floor.