Mridu Garg secured AIR-2 in CA Final November 2013 and is currently works as Investor Relations Manager at Hindustan Unilever Limited
In an exclusive interview with Anurag Singal, founder of cajobportal.com, here’s what Mridu had to convey to budding CA finalists
a) 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 have joined as Investor Relations Manager at Hindustan Unilever Limited after completing my articleship at KPMG
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.