ICAI procedure to obtain Certified Copies
For obtaining the certified copies as per the ICAI procedure, a student has to apply online for seeking Inspection/Certified copies of answer books within 30 days from the date of declaration of the result of the relevant examination.
The students are required to make application along with the Fee of Rs. 500/- per paper and certified copies of answer books will be provided within 30 days from the date of receipt of your application.
Read the announcement made by ICAI dated 24th January 2019 to know more about the revised Procedure for providing inspection/certified copies of evaluated answer-books to the concerned examinees as per ICAI procedure.
The above ICAI procedure is an expensive one and it is even more than the examination fee.
For example, if a CA Final student desires to apply for certified copies of all the 8 subjects, he has to incur Rs. 4,000/- (Rs.500 per subject × 8 subjects) which is more than the Examination fee i.e., Rs. 3,300/-
To enable easy access to the information, the Right to Information Act, 2005 provides access to certified copies of answer sheets at a nominal cost of Rs. 2/- per page and inspection at free of cost.
Under the RTI Act, every year many students applies for certified copies but, ICAI has been denying the answer-scripts to the candidates and compels candidates to seek their answer-scripts as per ICAI procedure which provides for the cost of Rs. 500/- per subject.
A similar case has happened with ICSI and Mr. Paras Jain, a student of ICSI, fought tirelessly for 7 years and went to the Supreme Court. And on 14th of April, 2019 Supreme Court in the judgement ICSI Vs. Paras Jain, made clear that, a candidate is free to apply for certified copies under the RTI Act, 2005 or as per the procedure laid down by the Institute and fee as to be charged as per the RTI rules when an application is made under the RTI Act, 2005 but not as per the Institute guidelines.
ICAI reply to the application for Certified Copies under the RTI Act after SC Judgement:
After the Supreme Court judgement ICSI Vs. Paras Jain, I have made an RTI application for Certified of Advanced Information Technology Test (AITT) and Practical Training Assessment Test (PT Test), within 30 days ICAI has provided a soft copy of the answer sheet along with the marks secured and Result card at FREE OF COST.
And also in a reply to the RTI application filed on 1st of May 2019, ICAI was informed that Inspection or Certified copies of answers books can be sought under the Right to Information Act, 2005 or as per the ICAI procedure and there is no restriction.