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    Continuous Professional Development (CPD) tests for SAS pass Gazetted Group 'B' officers

In view of the increasing changes in the nature of audit and to keep the SAS pass Gazetted Group 'B' officers abreast with the latest developments in the field of auditing on a continuous basis, and test them on periodic basis on basics as well as advanced topics in auditing, a scheme of Continuous Professional Development (CPD)  tests  (Computer  Based  Test in Multiple Choice Question mode) has been introduced w.e.f. the year 2013.

The salient features of the Continuous Professional Development tests are mentioned below:

  1. The scheme of Continuous Professional Development for SAS pass Gazetted Group 'B' officers shall consist of three tests namely CPD I, CPD II and CPD III.
  2. The CPD tests would be open to SAS pass Gazetted Group 'B' officials from both Audit and A&E offices. No departmental training would be imparted to eligible candidate for appearing in CPD tests.
  3. Every eligible candidate would be given six (6) chances each for qualifying CPD I, CPD II and CPD III.
  4. The minimum aggregate marks required for passing CPD test would be 50 % in each paper of CPD test. A candidate who scores 50 % marks and above in any paper of CPD would be treated as 'passed' as well as 'exempt' from future appearance in that paper.
  5. Candidates after qualifying each CPD test would be granted one (01) advance increment in their respective scales with effect from the first of the month in which the examination is held.
  6. The advance increment would be sanctioned by the respective Heads of Department, who would, in turn, obtain the Headquarters' ex post facto approval.

The eligibility criteria for appearing in CPD tests:

  1. All Sr. AOs shall be eligible to take the first CPD test. AAOs including AAOs (Regular Temporary) shall be eligible to appear in the first CPD test after completion of four years' continuous service in the grade.
  2. The second CPD test can be taken by Sr. AO/AAO after elapse of four years from qualifying their first CPD test.
  3. The third and final CPD test can be taken by the Sr. AO/AAO after elapse of three years from qualifying their second CPD test.
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