Swati Agiwal - AIR 24 CA Final Nov 2015 - Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Swati Agiwal

I have been born and brought up in Jamshedpur. My father is in service, mother is a home maker and sister is working with Goldman Sachs. I have done my schooling from Jamshedpur. After school I went to Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University for my graduation. I started CA after I entered college because of my fondness towards Accounts. I started my articleship after college as mine was a regular day college. I got AIR 28 in CA IPCC and AIR 24 in CA Finals.

My first reaction


I always wanted a rank, but it still overwhelmed me. More so because I expected I might get something near about 48-50 but not 24. The whole credit of it goes to the kind of support I got from my family. Their belief in me always made me work harder. My parents have always been the pillars of strength.

Articleship


I did my 2 years of articleship in Lodha & Co., Kolkata and 1 year of Industrial training in ITC Ltd, Gurgaon. The kind of exposure I got helped me in giving a practical approach to studies. I remembered those things better which I applied practically.

Preparation


I took tuitions for SFM, DT and IDT. It’s very subjective whether to go for coaching or not. The coaching for practical subjects might help, provided you get the time from your articleship. Ultimately, self study is the mantra, it is most important.

Strategies


A. Study schedule:
I did all subjects once and then revised them twice. During 2nd revision I did the RTP too. Refer practise manual for as many subjects as you can. Sleep for minimum 8 hours, don’t compromise on that.

B. Strong and weak subjects (How did I prepared them?)
My strong subject is Accounts and weak is ISCA. I referred Manish Valecha for ISCA and the practise manual. It worked as its very concise.

Books and e-sources


  • Accounts – Praveen Sharma
  • SFM – Ashish Kalra and Practice manual
  • Audit – Practice manual
  • Law – Munish Bhandari
  • Cost – Practice manual
  • ISCA – Manish Valecha and Practice manual
  • DT – Vinod Gupta
  • IDT – Rajkumar and Bangar’s Compiler

Mock tests


I did attend one for Cost. It was only because I was giving an exam after a long time. But they are not necessary for success.

Rank and preparation


Yes I was. When you have an aim then you strive to achieve it. So the momentum can be maintained with your determination.

Future Plans


Now I am looking forward to join the corporate world.

ICAI Campus


Just getting a grip on what I have done during my training and what I have learnt in CA Finals. Also, recent amendments and economic scenario is important.

Advice to fellow students


I would tell the students to get their priorities straight. Build an aim and work towards it. Have determination and always consult your seniors who have excelled in life.