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We have brought you a new success story of a student who worked hard to earn CA to his name. We have asked him a few questions regarding his preparation techniques and his experience of the journey as a CA Student. His words may give you some ideas to prepare and score well in the next exams.

Meet CA Karan Kapadia

He Belongs to Mumbai, cleared CA Final exams in Nov 2019

Lets’ know how he prepared, what he did to earn CA to his name

When did you start the CA Course?
I started the CA Course in 2007.

What / who inspired you to choose CA as a profession
Love for financials and numbers

Write something about your journey to become a Chartered Accountant, how you started the CA Course, the challenges you faced, the hurdles you have gone through, your articleship experience, etc.
The main challenge that I found difficult to face was to generate a focussed mind that attracts the right thought to study.

For eg. When I used to study during my failed attempts, I used multiple books and got distracted by friends social media, etc
When I cleared I was very focused that I have to study with 1 simple goal in mind "to ensure that my syllabus preparation and exam day revision ensures that whatever is asked in the exam is from the things I had studied. One question that is difficult and appears out of the syllabus should be left out in option"

When I had done a focused study I had cleared.

Which books you preferred during your preparations
  • Paper 1: FR: Praveen Sharma
  • Paper 2: SFM: Classes Notes Nikhil Jobanputra
  • Paper 3: Audit: Icai Module
  • Paper 4: Law: Icai Module
  • Paper 5: AMA: Jk shah classes notes
  • Paper 6: ISCA/Electives: Icai module self notes with specific emphasis on head points on exam day
  • Paper 7: DT: Bangar compilation and bhanwar borana
  • Paper 8: IDT: Bangar main book and compilation

What was your overall strategy to clear exams?

Since past few attempts when I couldn't clear I realized I was working hard but it was not sufficient to score Marks. Then I would blame icai and Pass Percentage and scaling etc popular excuses students make post poor results. My distracted mindset expanded. It led to more thought and analysis and ended up no where. More and more failures continued till a point I reached a brink. Then some where a thought of my CPT days came to my mind as to why I cleared that exam with flying colors on record less study time and now in CA final I am struggling. I realized that I cleared that as they were MCQs and everything almost certainly be from book or almost from book with little twist which we can manage easily if we had revised well. Same concept I applied in CA final. With 1 focused goal to just ensure that everything asked in the question paper appears simple and same to same question from the textbook are asked, I started studying seriously and kept revision till I felt I am able to remember the same and retain in my memory. My bottom line aim was to be able to answer all questions with aim to score around 10+ per Question, for that I had to prepare well and full so that I am able to attempt all questions and leave one question that is difficult in exam in option and attempt 1 question that is difficult but from within textbook but very lengthy, is to be attempted last. This preparation ensured j was knowing exactly what I was doing as my preparation journey moved ahead. 
Due to focussed mind, studying became distraction free and simple. I moved ahead till exam day.
Here is 1 more catch!
Icai is not testing u all on bookish knowledge! It tests the candidates secretly
as to how well a student can handle pressure and does he have the necessary temperament to withstand any storm tat a professional doctor of accounts and finance will be able to cope up with! So it will create first of second paper extremely difficult. Last paper will be simple. The performance is evaluated based on last paper performance. If after 2 difficult papers u have managed to score well in last simple paper then it shows that you have the ability to withstand pressure as despite u feeling guaranteed that u r going to fail in 1st 2 papers still u did withstand the storm, then it shows u r seriously qualified to become a CA. You are calm and composed and don't let your past performance affect future. So ur 30-35 becomes 50-53 and last paper 65 become 55 and u Clear. It's a test of temperament and not just the start of syllabus .
The real syllabus is to handle pressure well and impress the ICAI where in situations where u are completely down and out and your family members Chiding you that It will be the same old story of COME AGAIN when you tell them papers are difficult and you turn completely negetive (after 2 papers) u still managed to keep your cool and stood with a solid heart and mind to study so well to get an exemption in the last paper, impresses the ICAI and it rewards you with the CA tag..!

P.S. Note that these views are my personal views and are my tricks to crack the exams. Many successful candidate will have their own opinion and I do respect their ways to become a CA as well.

What was the one thing which worked for you to clear CA Final Exams
Focussing on 1 thought to study in a way so as to be able to attempt all questions and leaving out the 1 tough question in option and attempt the 1 lengthy question last and aim to impress the ICAI with superb performance

What helped you most in your tough times?

How many hours do you think is enough to devote to a student appearing for exams during the last month of preparations?
12 per day and 18 per day during exam week

How much you relied on online notes shared by faculties?
Not much. Nothing is best as self notes. It generates mind control and energy to make self notes.

How much you relied on online revisionary classes?
Nothing. Self-revision from 1 comprehensively covering book per subject 

Express your feeling, the moment when you got to know that you have actually qualified as CA
At first, I didn't believe what I saw. Later I blinked my eyes and saw again and read the words PASS. I felt light and relieved
Had I cleared it in the first attempt like CPT, I would have been confident. But ca final became a burden as I had failed some attempt and I was under a moral obligation to restore my pride and image back by becoming a CA. So I just felt relieved and accepted all thanksgiving from relatives friend and well-wishers humbly and. Also calmly and life is back to routine now. Within 1 week I will decide what next career path to choose post qualification & currently I m just letting my happiness sink in!

A piece of advice you want to give your fellows, that will help them in their studies
Study full syllabus from the module and make self notes for exam day revision and study well for all papers during exam despite 1st paper went bad, you impress ICAI with exemption in 4th paper. Icai will give u success. Remember that GOD is always standing by the Disciplined CA Candidate! That is the positive belief one needs to successfully crack CA!

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So These were views of a person who have just achieved what she was targeting for so many years. I hope her views would help you to learn and earn more.

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  1. Sir Maine CA foundation ka 2 attempt ho gaye the Maine fir se exam diya hai sir mera positive result q nahi aa raha hai sir meri fault kya hai please suggest me.

  2. Dont worry, bas module bohot thorough padke jao, saare module ke questions padhna, ek bhi para aisa ni hona chahiye ki tumko ni samja.
    Exam mai jo question ni samaj arha ho ( MCQ) toh chod do use
    MODULE and a CHILL MIND DURING PAPER is what you require.

  3. Sir normal days me starting ke 4 5 months me kitne ghnte jaruri h padhna inter me


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