Sunday, July 4, 2010

How to prepare for CA exam By N K Agarwal

Passing the CA exam is not as difficult as it is made out to be. Several students clear it in the first attempt and even secure ranks. Why, then, are others unable to crack it? The reasons are several.

1.Type of the students and their inherent capacity

There are two streams of students joining CA course

One that joins after the intermediate or plus-two stage and the other that joins after graduation.

The stage at which one joins the course can be crucial. The inherent ability of a student can be an important factor. A bright student chooses the course by choice and not by chance.

Such students take the CPT examination route.

2.English Medium V/s Other regional medium

A second major contributing factor is the medium of instruction. Those who study in regional-medium schools, face a lot of difficulty in comprehending the subject.

3.Exposure of Rural and city student

This is the factor number three.

Students from rural and semi-urban areas face difficulty in understanding the subject due to inadequate exposure.

Another drawback could be the lack of access to reading material, non-availability of textbooks, Internet facilities, so on. While these students are sincere, they may lack the right guidance.

Students can overcome the fear of the examination by following a regular and systematic study routine.

How to study

Start preparing for the examination immediately on joining the course.

Study regularly and conscientiously. It does not matter how many hours you study, but how much you understand.

Qualitative study is important. In addition to the student journal, subscribe to the journal of the Institute. It helps to keep you updated. Keep track of the latest in all the subjects: accounting standards (new standards, revision of old ones, interpretations, etc.) auditing and assurance standards, amendments to company law and other laws, Finance Act and Income-Tax law.

Study material

Your study material is the most important. Supplement it with a good standard textbook. A good student does not require tuition. Tuitions certainly are helpful, but only when you have it in you to use them.

For a professional, self-study and getting to the root of the subject is essential.

1 Attitude

Subjects such as law require repeated reading. Candidates often complain of not being able to remember the provisions/sections. Now, this is a matter of attitude. When one can remember film songs, sequences, dialogues, phone numbers, why not the section numbers? Students tend to read out of compulsion. Examinations are imposed on them. If it were not for examinations, would students have studied? Apply the attitude you have towards play to studies. The world will begin look different.

3 Strategies

Follow a strategy of study. Remember, you cannot study accounts independent of company law. Income-tax cannot be studied independent of accounting. Thus, these subjects are inter-related. You have to study all the subjects for the examination. Take, for example, the issue of shares by a company. Read provisions of company law from S. 55 onwards prospectus, contents, liabilities for misstatements, and so on till S.108. You would have grasped the legal requirements. Then work out problems in accounting on issue of shares at par, premium, discount, for consideration in other than cash, etc. Follow it up with audit of issue of share capital, resolutions to be passed, and documents to verify, and so on.

Study the tax provisions for allow ability of share issue expenses, etc. Thus, you would have covered the issue from all points of view. This may look cumbersome in the beginning, but once you get used to it, things become interesting. This way you will have covered a part of company law, a part of income-tax, part of auditing, as well as a part of accounting.

3 Group study

Group study can be helpful too. Form yourselves into groups of six. Thus six friends can cover six subjects. Rotate them among yourselves. Engage in group discussions. Subjects like tax, law, etc., can be tackled better this way. Use a marker to highlight the material items as and when you study it for the first time. When you read the second time, you can concentrate only on the highlighted part. Grammar is, of course, to be built in into the answer.

3 All subjects are important

One should realise that the candidate should pass in all subjects and secure 50 per cent in the aggregate to clear the examination. Scoring 90 per cent in one and 10 per cent in another, will lead you nowhere. Distribute time judiciously for all subjects.

Other activities

Each of us has hobbies. Spare some time for that. This will

you unwind. It increases productivity. Develop certain hobbies and pursue them. A light game, for instance, or a crossword puzzle. At the same time, know when to stop. Get your priorities right. A student should be physically fit, spiritually sound and mentally alert. Also, spare some time for fitness. You should be strong enough to withstand the stress and strain of hard work. Endurance is important.


Practise writing. What you read will prove futile if you cannot reproduce it on the D-day.

The final charge

Generally, the pressure valve is turned on only after the candidate pays the examination fees.

There is a lot anxiety, nervousness, and tension. If a candidate is well prepared, last minute blues can be avoided. The candidates should learn how to tackle each subject and perform accordingly. One should know which accounts need to be opened and how to reach the goal in the shortest possible route and quickly. Saying that you should pass 36 journal entries for amalgamation, 16 entries for issue of shares, etc., is unjustified. You should learn to play according to the wicket. Passing the CA examination should become a routine, much like other examinations. Passing in the first attempt should be the rule and not an exception.


Undertake mock tests-Try doing practical problems in examination conditions.

Try practical problems (solved illustrations) without seeing solutions and then compare answers to evaluate your performance and take steps to remove shortcomings.

Note the important catch points which you think are important on a separate paper or note book to revise at the final revision time before the exams.

Identify some problems which you want to practice on the last day before exam because it is not possible to revise all the problems on the last day.

List out what you want to revise on the last day and make sure to revise them

General Guidelines while attempting the paper to get better results.

Read full question paper before attempting the answers.

Identify & attempt the question which in your opinion can be done comfortably as your first answer which should be your best attempt.. This will give you confidence and good impression to the examiner.

Time management strategy

Divide your time for the questions as per the marks scheme say if the time allotted is 3 hours (i.e 180 minutes) for 100 marks. You need 5-10 minutes to read full question paper, 5-10 minutes to check the answer at the end when you have finished. So time available is say 170-160 minutes for the full paper. So for each mark you have only 1.70 to 1.60 minutes i.e. for 20 marks you have only 34 to 32 minutes. So plan your answers as per time schedule and take care to give each mark its due time. In case you are able to save time on some questions that can be used in other questions


SONAL said...

Itz t0o helpul....simple language n very boosting

Rohit said...

thnx :)

Rohit said...

thnx :)

Rohit said...

thanx ! :)

Sweta said...

Its good.. keep helping us!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Its amazing and very simple to understand to it truly makes us a bright person.

Anonymous said...

very helping words .........

CA Vivek M ACA said...

This is an awesome post made by N K Agarwal sir Jiii

aditech07 said...

Very Much Help-Full.........

Aman said...

very helpfull..nice guidelines

Anonymous said...

thank u sir........... its really very helpful nd at d same tym it boost our energy nd build our confidence.

Anonymous said...

it was good to read it... But i want to ask from where will i get study material like books... Does ICAI provides all this or do i have to arrange for it myself.... Pls help... Thank you

Anonymous said...

Icai will produce material and the same time you select one author for your subject not to use many author for one subject bcoz Yu will loss time and get confuse too ...

hardik vyas said...

Thank you sir for providing a good knowledge

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