Sunday, July 4, 2010

How to get Rank in CA exam By Ayush Agrawal

This seems like a vexed question.
Some avoid it saying, "Hey! Passing itself is difficult.If Im terribly lucky, I would get a rank."
Some say, "Dont keep such aims like getting a rank.You might miserably fail"
Some even say, "Rank depends on the paper.If I prepare well, and what I have prepared comes in the paper, then I get a rank."
It is like someone touched a raw-nerve and it hurts and students say thus.
But I used to say to all of these people---"This sounds very logical, what you say.You stay with that logic but Im illogical and I still want a rank and I will get it"
The proof of the pudding lay in me getting ranks in all the attempts.Nomatter what anyone said any nonsense to me or no matter what the circumstance is.
No matter what--there is always a first rank, there is always a second rank,etc
They never say such things.They have a definite plan and they work for it and internally know it will fetch them a superior rank and not a mere pass.Mere pass is for mere mortals, superior minds aim high.
Aim high in life.Indians have a slavish tendency wrought about by years of subjugation by Mughals,Britons,etcSo they fear a lot.
Then crush your time with smart work.Enjoy but stay within limits.I used to play,roam about in bike and even had time to learn Karate' but I never left my studies high and dry.
Approach studies with a fun attitude not dread and fear.Own the subject,play with it like it your buddy or mate.
Certain facts exist though, whatever be my rhetoric.I giving the following points in no particular order(just as my mind flows):
• Atleast 10 to 12 hours of prep is needed to get a rank for atleast 8 to 12 months before the exam.No escaping this.Maybe with very clever study tehcniques and an even cleverer mind one can crush this time-factor a bit.
• Use of proper study and retention techniques is a must
• Proper revision plan is a must.
• Proper ammunition(books and reference material) is sinequanon for this.
• Proper association with friends and instant dissociation with those who discourage you (be it even your CA firm) is a must.
• Timing and exam practice is important.
• Learning to relax well is a must.I used Taoist breathing techniques to relax myself,I used to solve sudoku and sometimes go for a swim.I had no girlfriends!(Hehe!--well, this is a distraction anyways! I still dont have time for any girl! I have so much to do,so little done!But yeah, I do have friends who are girls but not really girlfriends as such!)
• Learning to not get distracted from the goal.
• Learning to pep oneself up ona day-to-day basis and taking each day as the first day in the rest of your life.
• Learning to adjust the bio-clock to the exam time.For example: If the attempt given has the exam time during afternoon, its best not to sleep during that time in study holidays.JKeep the bio-clock as nature has intended it.We change it in between to our detriment.
• Belief in God helps.I can only pity atheists because they have nothing to fall back upon.Not that atheiests cant get ranks but that the stress is too much and sometimes, you just have to let-go and you can do that if you have he prop of God.
• Judicious selection of coaching centres and Subjects for coaching.No use wasting time for useless subjects.(Commutation itself in cities is a pain in the neck with inordinate pollution levels.Its just not worth the effort)
• Have courage but also discriminative power too.Don't jump from a building top just because you have lots of courage, that would be afoolish thing to do.Apply this statement to your prep as well.My first lesson in Kung-fu was the control fo courage not elimination of fear.
• Develop a warrior mentality inside you.Even girls should take note of this.I appreciate all girls/women in this male dominated field.You are doing great! Whether you pass the exam or not.Your effort is simply great.I bow to you all.I know how tough CAs are.If a woman decides she can move mountains.
• Practice writing, develop a neat handwriting(dont try to act smart and camouflage your shoddy answers with an illegible handwriting,examiners are not dumbos they know every bit and every whit of what students are worth.They simply will strike out the whole thing and give a beautiful duck's egg there!)
• Be conceptually strong.
• Subsume problems dont let the problems while doing the course consume you.In other words, you go over the problem and consume it and not let the problem consume you.
• Do atleast 500 problems/question in each subject.I had this target and it really helped me.Though this is not essential or there is anything set in stone thus.I repeated the 500 target over and over again and mastered the whole subject in the process and got exceptionally good marks.
• Have 2 reference books per subject.This is my unique advice.I have spoken about the logic earlier,read it.One is a bedrock book to follow in and out and the second is kept as a reference.Study materail in cases like MICS can be kept as the bedrock book.
• Talk to someone who trusts you and encourages you, during exam time.Never talk during those times to your colleagues,your seniors in office,your teachers in the coaching centre.I followed this scrupulously.This is because, they sensitize you easily and even a stray comment will affect your prep and confidence.And prep and confidence in those last moments is everything.
• Dont be stingy, give advices and books to your friends.Everyone is fighting a battle on his own and this is not a competitive exam and even if it, it doesn't hurt to help.Im helping you all here.Do I get anything?--Nothing, except the pleasure that Im helping all and my dead friend's memory.
• Dont get too emotional.My writing sound quite emotional but Im quite level-headed,else it would be difficult to clear all the 6 exams I mentioned above and that too in such a small age.
• If any discourages you from yoru dream, run away from them,shake their words off your mind like sand off your back!
• Revision is the key,I mentioned it one poitn before and I mention it again here to make you understand.
• Take care of your health.CA is not be all and end all of your life.Tke healthy foods.Im a veggie and love being a veggie.Very rarely I used to eat an egg or two but for most part, Im a veggie.I love eating light oil-free foods.I dont drink coffee and sustain myself in the morning with a herbal tea mixture and eat good breakfast.Lunch in the afternoon is moderate and dont sleep during the afternoon.In the night I eat chappathis and something light.I dont doze off to sleep after food.I stay awake for sometime,revise the days portions and then sleep.


Anonymous said...

i passed cpt and doing ipcc ..your words are quite impressive thanks alot for this wat you had written... Can you plsss advice me how to prepare ipcc am getting caochings for all subjects., am weak in costing..:'( wat can i do to make it perfect...??? Shal i prefer icwa books for better grip over that subject..?? Reply me on 9989850204 or pls pls mail me at

Anonymous said...

very well written sir!!!I am preparing for may 2011 ipcc exams...My exam was due in nov 2010 but due to health reasons I have to take a drop..will u pls suggest me all the reference books for 7 email id is

abhilash said...

sir.......i am preparing for may 2011 ipcc so will u plz suggests me reference books n guidance for pasing the exam email id is

Anonymous said...

Thank you sir for ur encouraging words...Sir i'm having problem regarding retention of concepts, how can i overcome it and plz suggest me reference books for ipcc both groups..My email id

Anonymous said...

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Yogita.Harjani said...

sir i heartly thank you for this article. i aimed for a rank in IPCC but missed it by 15 marks. if i look back at my preparation, i did follow a lot of the things u mentioned. now that i have read this article, i know the weak links i need to work upon. god bless u and thanks alot.

CA Vivek M ACA said...

Yogita Passing right information at right time to right person will create a better result. The information was right and you are the right person but when it is reached to you, the timing is not correct. All the best for your future en devour.

rohanmangalore said...

That's a damn good article...Congratulations!!!

DSP said...


i have to appear for ca final may 2013. I desperately want to get AIR-1. Till now (mid nov 2011 i have not yet started classes or self study. Plz suggest me some tips.

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Anonymous said...

plz sugst me sum gud refrnce bks fr ipcc..

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