CA is a ‘must do’ course for every commerce student- Aditya Bansal- CA & MBA-IIM Ahmedabad

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Aditya Bansal was born and brought up in Jaipur. He graduated from Rajasthan University as a Gold Medalist in the year 2002. He completed his CA with All India Rank 5th in CA-Inter and All India Rank 9th in CA- Final. He had also stood All India Rank 1st in CS-Inter. He has also cleared the 3 levels of International CFA. After working with Maruti, American Express and Oracle, he then went on to complete his 1 year full-time MBA from IIM Ahmedabad where he was a Gold Medalist. Post his MBA, he worked with Mckinsey and is currently working as General Manager, Chairman’s Office with RPG Enterprises.

Snippets of his interaction with mycastory.com

A brief intro on what triggered the CA decision at that point of time?

During my school time, I used to follow the macro as well as micro economic events very closely and was fascinated by the world of finance around me. I had a dream to be a part of financial decision making in this world. Thus in-spite of being encouraged to opt for Science by my school teachers due to my academic track record; I took up Commerce and eventually ventured into the CA course to hone my skills accordingly.

It may be worth mentioning that I was the first CA in my family.

What were the key tenets of your CA exam strategy?

It is very important to gain a very through conceptual understanding of the subjects, rather than just trying to memorise them. My preferred mode was self-study and I never took tuitions.

I always made an attempt to relate my academic concepts with the practical orientation I got though articleship. I studied regularly and thus was able to navigate through the course without ever stretching myself much. In fact, this allowed me to avoid ‘night-outs’ even on exam eve.

How does the CA course life transform one as an individual? Can you please share your key learnings?

CA is the most versatile course in the world, giving you a complete overview of diverse subjects Accountancy, Taxation, Costing and Financial Management. Not only does it give you a theoretical base, but also it gives you a practical understanding to deal with diverse issues. No wonder, CAs are successful not just in traditional fields like financial reporting and tax management, but also Treasury & investments , M&A, Information Technology & Consulting, etc.

In your view, what are factors one must consider before embarking on the CA journey? Aptitude, career aspirations etc.?

CA is a ‘must do’ course for every commerce student. Patience and perseverance are the pre-requisites to complete this course successfully.

What would be your advice to future CA aspirants?

Always relate theoretical knowledge in practical situations and develop a deep conceptual understanding. Merely ‘learning by rote’ won’t take you very far.

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