Rank: 47, Batch: Nov 2015
Place: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
My first reaction
I had seen my marks, but did not know that I had a rank; as the site was having some issues. A friend of mine, had a rank and based on his score, I realised I would have it too. So I started refreshing the web site but could not see the merit list. Finally after a lot of butterflies in the stomach, I could see my name with a rank number below it, and I could do nothing but cry!
I did my articleship from Manubhai & Shah, Ahmedabad. The things that you do during your articleship helps you learn concepts very easily as you can recollect and connect the theory to practical.
I started preparation in a very planned manner so that I can complete my course and also have sufficient time for revision. I believe starting early is the key to success. Coaching classes are necessary for the writing practice that they provide, plus you have someone to explain all the doubts to you on the spot.
A. Study schedule:
I had planned my studies over a period of 6 months; where I finished my first time reading in 4 months and then had 2 revisions in 2 months. Revising what you have read is very important. So I had decided that I will finish whatever I can in 4 months, and then start my revision.
B. Strong and weak subjects (How did I prepared them?)
My weakest subject was ISCA. I had prepared that subject by making hand notes wherein I would write the head points and a very short summary of the answer. I had put these notes on my bulletin board, so that the points would be in front of me all the time and it will help me remember them.
Books and e-sources
Nothing is better than institute’s material. Two things you should never skip reading is the Practice Manuals and the Mock Test Papers.
I did not attend the mock tests, but had solved them at home after they were uploaded on site. They are the perfect barometers of our preparation and they boost confidence.
Rank and preparation
I had missed a rank in IPCC by 2 marks, so I really wanted to make up for it in Finals. So I was preparing in that direction. There is only one mantra to keep the study momentum going: “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you will land among stars.”
I am not thinking of CA practice as of now.
I have prepared my resume and I am now going through latest updates in the industry like Ind AS and GST.
Advice to fellow students
Stay calm and focused. Work hard. Practice. Do it, for you and your parents. The happiness that you see on their faces is something you can’t even imagine. Have faith in yourself and God.
All the best!