The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) during the months of May and November, conducts CA IPCC/Final examinations where a large number of students put their full potential to crack the papers and strive a tough competition to clear the same. However, even after preparing a lot, many of the ambitious minds suffer in the results due to silly mistakes. You need not take two or three attempts to understand what it takes to achieve success in CA exam. Just spend 10 minutes to read the article. Here, we are discussing some of the common mistakes made by the aspirants during exams. Have a look over these and try to avoid such common mistakes in preparing CA exam and make up your mind with positive energy and setup accordingly.
Focus on Concepts
CA examinations are majorly different and more demanding than the usual Graduate or under-graduate university exams. The approach made by CA students in terms of learning and training are highly distinct and more professional rather than the ordinary overnight study. Over a thousand of CA Journals, Books, Seminars, Webinars etc it needs to be get in mind that having concepts from a wide variety of stuff doesn’t make any sense. Students should be open-minded and sound enough to judge which material is near to their head & soul and focus on that particular thing only before preparing CA Exam.
Not to Panic During CA Exam time
Generally, students start to get panicked after going over the first paper. The worst part is they don’t leave what has gone and start spending time on a lot of things like recalling the exam time all over again, weeping, etc.,.
The point here is rather than thinking about how your previous exam has gone, you should start preparing for your next paper. What has gone, has actually gone. It won’t come back again. Instead of thinking about all those crap, give yourself a kick and arm yourself for the second exam.
Understand Mindset of Paper Evaluator
Every evaluator has a different mindset of evaluation while checking the papers. You just need to grasp what techniques they would use or in what areas their mind will make a move. Put yourself in his place and think accordingly.
- Neat and clear handwriting makes a very good impression. Your handwriting should be legible and fast. You could end up with a zero if the examiner is unable to read the sheet.
- Incorrect English or grammar plus wrong spellings are again a negative point, which uplift the chances of loosing marks.
- Read the question paper correctly. Sometimes, it may happen that what was asked and what you wrote becomes totally different things. Concentrate properly and think for a minute about what has been asked.
- Leave margin after completing your answer. This leaves a good impression on the checker.
- Maintain your word limit according to the marks allotted to each question. Be specific and brief for short answer questions. Evaluators always prefer correctness and specificity.
Effective Time Management
Always do your work effectively and efficiently. After glancing the paper thoroughly, have a rough idea in your mind that how much time you should devote on which question. It usually happens that students waste maximum time completing a single question and when they are done, they realize that an ample amount of time they have taken to complete just one answer. Plan your time according to the marks the question carries. For example, for one mark question, devote only one minute or max to max 1.5 minutes, not more than that.
Selective Study While Preparing CA Exam
People study smartly by covering highly predictable topics, which is a good thing. But at the same time, do not ignore other topics completely. Go through each and every chapter once, though, render much time on the important areas.
Prepare Mock Test and Previous Year Papers
Generally, no one wants to see a fail mark even in a mock test, so student used to prepare with seriousness for the model exam just to avoid getting marks below 40. By this one can complete the revision on one single day one month before the main exam, and ended up revising at least 3/4th of the entire syllabus. This gave the pace and understands the particular areas where weakness lies and need improvement. All of sudden, the remaining one month which was initially scary small for preparation, then looked abundant.
Although, studying textbooks has always been the most superior idea to succeed in any examination, yet to go beyond that doesn’t harm you. Past papers always work as a key to conquer the examinations and also help you perceive the idea about the patterns of questions.
Further, you can also solve online mock papers run by various other institutes. This would help in enhancing your performance fairly and help you to prepare well for the examinations.
Revision Before Exam
No matter how effectively one prepares for the exam 3 or 4 month before, if he/she is unable to do one complete revision on the day before exam, then definitely the performance at the exam cannot be optimum. A little more effort (planning) will make the original effort (preparation) more fruitful.
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This article is about my views and experience on cracking the CA examination. Some points which are stated above may not be completely agreed by some Rank Holders or First attempt qualifiers. In fact, I might have even missed few important techniques of answering the paper. However, to put forth especially one point, that there are many more things to be considered while preparing for CA examinations rather than just studying hard for months before the exam.
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