My most cherished gain from the CA journey has been the love and affection from the community, in particular and from society in general- CA. Subodh Kumar Agrawal, Past President-ICAI.

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A commerce graduate from Kanpur University, Mr. Subodh Kumar Agrawal, cleared his CA exams in the year 1988 with All India Rank 10. His also holds the LLB and DISA degrees. He leads his firm- Agrawal Subodh & Co, since the year 1990.

He served as President-ICAI for the year 2013-14 and Chairman EIRC for the year 2006-7

He has also held various positions in organisations like

a) International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), New York, USA

b)  International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), New York, USA

c) International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) of IFAC

d) IFAC Board’s Public and Finance Committee Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA)

e) South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA)

f) High Level Committee of SEBI for Review of SEBI (Prevention of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992

g) Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA)

h) RBI – ‘High Level Steering Committee for Implementation of XBRL-based Data Submission by Banks’

i) MOU Task Force, DPE, Govt of India

j) NCL Research and Financial Services Ltd. (SEBI approved Merchant Banker)

k) Arbitrator of BSE/NSE

Snippets of his conversation with #mycastory

What prompted you to get admitted into the CA course?

Ans: I had heard a lot about the course and moreover I was a student of commerce stream and came from a business community and there was high respect for CA in the society. That respect for CA inspired me to join this invaluable course.

In retrospect, what has been your expected/unexpected and most cherished gain from your CA journey?

The unexpected experience had been the initial days of practice when I found very tough to sustain but slowly and gradually when you pass the gestation period, you start feeling comfortable. And you start moving onto the upper echelons of the system.

My most cherished gain has been the love and affection from the community, in particular and from society in general.

What is your favorite aspect of articleship and why?

As an articled intern, you face the real world for the first time. Learn to sit and work in disciplined environment, see the variety in the world around you, get the opportunity to act like an inspector, enjoy the hospitality of clients, enjoy going different places, making newer friends from various places etc. Articleship I find is the real game changer in one’s professional life.

How do you think life would have been different had you not opted for a CA?

Probably as a trader sitting in my native place and moving in a small society with less exposure and limited vision.

Any words of advice for future CA aspirants?

Sincerity and Hardwork.

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