We recently got in touch with Harshit Toshniwal, rank holder in CA Finals batch 2015. Since CA Finals are only a few weeks away, we requested Harshit to share some of his strategies with our readers who are either taking the exam this year or considering taking it in future.
Harshit’s message to all the CA aspirants out there
Do you know what’s the deciding factor in any race? It’s the last lap of the race! You may start slow, face hurdles along the race, you have the time to make up for it. But it’s the last lap where you need to be your best in order to win the race.
You all must be around 10-15 days away from your CA Finals now. Since I have been through the process, I believe right now more than trying to cover the syllabus, retaining what you’ve already studied and figuring out the right strategy to approach the crucial fortnight of May is more important.
So based on of my own experiences, I would like to share some vital points which play an important part in dealing with the fortnight-long exam days. I am going to keep it short!
For the coming fortnight (the one when you sit for the papers), remember a few things.
1. You are now fully prepared for this last lap. So just be confident before starting it.
2. Keep cool. The period is long enough. Make sure you are able to carry the same level of enthusiasm for both your first and last paper.
3. It is very natural that all the exams would not turn out as per your expectation. But, just keep in mind that a 50 in 4 and 75 in 4 is good enough to get you a really good score.
4. Look forward to your exams and don’t think about your performance in the past papers during this fortnight. I admit this is easier said than done but past evidence of unpredictability in results support my point that it is useless to think about the past papers in CA.
5. Remember that time is a big factor. So plan accordingly. Try spending a justifiable amount of time on each question. A trick which I think works is, to give your best answers in the first 3 questions, a moderate answer for the middle 2 questions (pick up the speed in these 2) and a better answer for the last one. So choose your order of questions accordingly.
6. Reach the exam hall by 1.30 p.m. I personally feel that completing the syllabus is more important than having a 7-hour sleep before the exam. So I would say that cut a few hours of sleep if needed to complete the syllabus.
7. Try to make most of the day you return back after the exam. Though everything throughout the day (the morning hours before exam, the strenuous three-hour stint, the inescapable urge to indulge in talking about the paper with a friend) makes things difficult. But whoever uses this time well gets an unbeatable lead in the final lap!
8. Good handwriting and clarity in presentation differentiates your paper and pulls the examiners attention to have a proper look through your paper.
9. Due to paucity of time coupled with the lengthy syllabus, at times you need to take some calculated risks of skipping some portion. Try to figure out following types of portions (a) things totally new for you and which cannot be picked up at last moment (b) things you are well prepared with before the exams and confident enough to crack it even without a customary last day revision.
10. Have faith in God and be fearless. Be full of enthusiasm and vigilance throughout but don’t forget to ENJOY the very last lap.
Best of luck. Prepare well!