The winning recipe
CA exam toppers banked on family support and avoided last-minute paniceducation Updated: Jul 27, 2011 11:09 IST
How would you feel if you were among the top three scorers in the CA examination? Would you jump with joy, be teary-eyed or would you just be shell-shocked? Well, in Charmy Suresh Sheth’s case, who is the All India third ranker in the Chartered Accountants examination, it was the last option. The results came as a surprise to her.
“Even after so many days, the feeling has not yet sunk in. After the results, I received and continue to receive many congratulatory calls from family, friends and acquaintances. It has changed my life, for sure - it seems to be moving at an extremely fast pace now than ever before. However, even after so many congratulations, I can’t believe it,” says an exhilarated Sheth.
She is not the only one surprised. This year's result of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) sprung many surprises for others too, one of the biggest being that all top three slots were claimed by women. In that, the result has made history. Ask Sheth how it feels and she says, “Until now I only studied history, but now I am a part of it, which feels really great. I am super happy… it’s like an additional something along with the rank. I’d congratulate others as well on this rare feat.”
But what does it take to reach the top slot in an exam which is dreaded for its wide course content and never-ending curricula? “It is continuous effort and hard work,” says Arti Jain, All- India second ranker. Hailing from the city of Bikaner, Jain has yet again proven that those in the small towns in no way are less than city slickers. “I always wanted to do something in accountancy, and this was the only way for me. The only way to ace this exam is to be self-motivated and be prepared to work really hard. While many can work hard, only few can keep themselves in the right spirit. To keep myself up and about, I drew inspiration from my family, meditation and spirituality,” she explains.
While Jain delved in spirituality and meditation to keep afloat, Sheth turned towards her elder sister for encouragement. “My sister has always inspired me. She is also a CA and it was she who kept me motivated throughout. She has been a very strong support for me during my days of preparation.
“For me the key to acing this exam goes beyond just consistent studies and ample hard work. Most students who prepare for the examination do that. But what they fail to do is maintain their calm during the days of the exam. If you can maintain your cool during the exam, consider half the battle won. Plan your studies well in advance and be calm and composed, and success will be yours. Always remember that success in this exam is a combination of hard work and luck.”