Goodbye T-shirts, hello collars — CA Institute issues new ‘professional’ dress code for students

In a globalised working world, CA Institute is now going the additional mile to inculcate professionalism amongst its students (articled clerks and audit assistants), proper from the beginning of their coaching interval.

It has now provide you with a Code of Conduct for its students, which amongst different issues specifies a “formal dress code” for these pursuing the chartered accountancy course. This, it feels, will give them knowledgeable look and assist them current themselves in a assured method.

The advisory dress code for male students is full sleeves shirts and trousers. For feminine students, it’s sarees/salwar kurta/swimsuit. Here’s the essential half — whereas showing earlier than Appellate Authority, the coed may additionally put on formals!

At a time when the world is dressing down to suit into WFH mode, students that BusinessLine spoke to are shocked by the insistence of a “formal dress code”. However, many seniors among the many CA fraternity see lots of utility in mandating a proper dress code throughout articleship (coaching years).


Former CA Institute president G Ramaswamy stated this transfer is a optimistic to carry professionalism throughout pupil life itself.

“This will better prepare the student and be useful for their future career in employment or as a practising chartered accountant or in appearing before regulatory and tax authorities,” he stated.

Former CA Institute president R Bupathy felt this dress code could possibly be a value-add for a pupil within the accountancy career, which has more and more turn out to be globalised.

“Today we are going global and more international exposure is coming. Even as an articled clerk they may have to participate at international level discussions. Having a dress code could be useful as a sort of value addition. This is also going to improve the image of the profession,” he stated.

Atul Kumar Gupta, President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), sought to downplay the Code of Conduct for students and asserted {that a} formal dress code will solely assist inculcate professionalism amongst students.

There is a notion in pupil circles that by bringing the code of conduct, the CA Institute is making an attempt to ship a message to these actively utilizing social media to malign the career to “be aware and cautious”.

The Code shall be relevant to all students together with these in basis, intermediate and last programs. The Code is so elaborate that it even prescriptively requires students to keep up “decency and decorum” whereas attending programmes like seminars, convention and mock exams organised by the Institute or its regional councils/branches.



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