Gaurav Shrawagi

AIR-1 in CA Final November 2013
In an exclusive interview with Anurag Singal, founder of cajobportal.com, 


here’s what Gaurav had to convey to budding CA finalists

  1.  A brief story of your CA journey and your future dreams

It was a memorable journey. Especially 3 years of my articleship.

I never thought that one day i will become a CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT. I was supposed to become an Engineer.

After 12th, i decided to go for commerce field & i m very happy with my decision.

My next aim is to go for a job in the field of International taxation.

  1. b) What were the challenges you faced  

Out of 8 subjects in CA final exam, i initially found SFM very tough to crack. So i dedicated extra efforts for SFM & at the end of the day I end up securing highest marks (84) in SFM.

  1. c) Overall approach to the exam

U shuld give equal weightage to all 8 subjects. You can not compromise one subjects & favor another subject. Because all 8 subjects carry 100 marks.

While studying dont think about results. Give ur best, God will take care of rest.

  1. d) Subject wise strategy for the 8 papers

For practical subjects like FR, SFM, Mgt A/c do writing practice as much as possible.For remaining theoretical   subjects,  do as many revisions as possible. It will be very useful if you can quote section numbers & reference of case laws in subjects like DT, IDT, Law.

In audit, please write precise answers. Dont write haphazard answers.

PLEASE GO FOR ONLY ONE BOOK. DON’T GO FOR MULTIPLE BOOKS.

  1. e) Useful tips while answering questions during exams

At the begining, Start with the questions which are easy to solve. If you are not sure about any point/question, dont waste ur time on that que/point. Leave that que & try other one. i never solved my paper serially.

Be positive. If paper is tough, it is tough for everyone.

After completion of paper, PLEASE DONT DISCUSS ANSWERS WITH UR FRNZ. just concentrate on next paper.

  1. f)  General advice to examinees

There is no substitute for hardwork & discipline. Hardwork never goes unrewarded.

Be confident.

“sapne dekho aur mehnat karo, apka har sapna pura honga”

All the best !!!!!!!!!!!





Mridu Garg

AIR-2 in CA Final November 2013
In an exclusive interview with Anurag Singal, founder of cajobportal.com, 


here’s what Mridu had to convey to budding CA finalists

  1.  A brief story of your CA journey and your future dreams

It has been a great experience. Going through the articleship process, getting to learn the corporate culture, alongwith the theoretical knowledge, it a very well drafted course indeed.

I am continuing with my articleship at the moment.

  1. b) What were the challenges you faced  

The main challenge with CA course while doing the articleship is the time constraint. (I did my articleship from KPMG)

But I would want to reiterate the fact that for CA course, regular studies is of utmost importance. We must make some time even during the articleship, probably over the weekend, and study regularly.

Keep revising on things already studied to ensure it remains in the sub conscious mind.

Proper steps should be taken to improve on our writing skills and expression.

The CA Course tests us on various things, like stress handling capability, managing priorities and time.

  1. c) Overall approach to the exam

In the 15 minutes that we get to read the paper, please mark the questions you would attempt and the order in which you would attempt the questions. The best answer should be written first.

Divide your time amongst the questions to be attempted, and ensure that you are able to write the answer within the time framed, to ensure timely completion of paper.

Write section numbers and quote Accounting standards when you are 100% sure of the number.

  1. d) Subject wise strategy for the 8 papers

Developing the writing strategy is very important. Please write and practice.

Take out 3 hours and write any exam paper/ mock test paper. Thereafter, compare your answers with the Institute’s suggested answers.

This helps us understand where we lack and where to invest more time.

So, for practical subjects, please go through maximum questions for the first time, and mark the comprehensive questions. Cover these marked questions in subsequent revisions.

For theory subjects, underline important things, and go through them multiple times to be able to retain things.

  1. e) Useful tips while answering questions during exams

Please read the question carefully, and understand its requirements.

Then, write direct, precise answers.

Length of the answer depends upon the marks the question carries and what is asked in the question.

  1. f)  General advice to examinees

Please keep your focus, stay calm. Self confidence is very important.

Give yourself proper rest. Take proper sleep, and ensure you give your fullest concentration when studying.

Always motivate yourself, “I CAN DO IT”.



Akshay Losalka

AIR-3 in CA Final November 2013
In an exclusive interview with Anurag Singal, founder of cajobportal.com, 


here’s what Akshay had to convey to budding CA finalists

  1.  A brief story of your CA journey and your future dreams

-The reason why I am into this CA course is because of my aunt, who herself is a Chartered Accountant, and she inspired me and also my elder brother to get into this profession. At the time of clearing CPT I didn’t had any idea what I am getting into, or how tough this course was, but when I started taking tuitions for IPCC, then I realised that it was not at all an easy task. I prepared for the IPCC exams, and eventually I landed up getting AIR 38th – it was a great feeling, got congrats from my family, friends and relatives. Then the real task started – i.e  searching for articleship, and then those three years of articleship together with tuitions, and that huge never ending syllabus of CA finals. Further that expectation of doing great in finals, of everyone added to the pressure . But the amount of knowledge that this course provided me together with those three years of practical exposure is something which has no match. Finally getting a call from the president of the institute itself, and hearing that you have achieved AIR 3rd is like a dream come true, and I couldn’t have asked for any better end of this journey.

So this entire journey of various ups and downs, struggles, and also some happy moments together with the constant support of my family, friends, teachers and relatives, taught me an important lesson – that “there is no alternative to hard work for success”.

But now I am a part of this CA community and a new journey has started, and I would like to excel myself in this field as well and explore industrial applications of the knowledge that I have acquired. I am also very fond of teaching, so in future I would be looking forward to get into that profession as well.

  1. b) What were the challenges you faced  

-Some of the major challenges were –

The first year of article ship together with the morning college classes from 6 to 9 AM.

Managing tuitions with article ship.

Completing that huge syllabus of CA final.

Coping with the pressure of huge expectations of others from me for doing good in finals.

  1. c) Overall approach to the exam

-For me CA exams was all about testing our logic and conceptual understanding of every subject. My objective was to cover maximum portion of the syllabus, and revising it for at least two times before the exams. I focused on understanding the concepts rather than mugging it, and tried to score good in practicals.

  1. d) Subject wise strategy for the 8 papers

-I took tuition for 5 practical based subjects and for law, Audit and ISKA, I followed Munish Bhandari, Surbhi Bansal, and practice manual respectively. MAFA and DT were the subjects in which I had to work a little extra. The subjects for which I took tuitions, I just followed the tuition notes.

  1. e) Useful tips while answering questions during exams

-Try to attempt the entire paper, and answer all the questions to the point. Careful reading of questions before answering prevents a lot of silly mistakes. And also the choice of as to which questions we should attempt first, followed by others is also important i.e, try to answer those questions first, which you are more confident about.

  1. f)  General advice to examinees

-Work hard, be organised and follow your own routine for completing the syllabus, and stay patient.