The Paper seemed quite unfamiliar at 1st Instance, as majority of the Questions were Not from Practice Manual. It seemed that Examiners studied the Entire Module thoroughly before selecting the Questions.
The length of the Paper was Average (Then too Manageable)
Standard of Paper:
- Direct Tax was Manageable
- Indirect Tax was Tricky
- Once in 5-6 Attempt, you get to see such Paper!
My Observation & Advice:
This paper was termed as Tricky, because since past 4 attempts, students were lucky enough to see the similar type of Questions as Given in Practice Manual. Unlike previous papers, this time, Maximum Questions were New. More Weightage was given to Small Chapters, which were ignored in the Past Attempts.
My Piece of Advice would be, “Do Everything, Leave Nothing.” Instead of Mugging up things, Study everything conceptually by referring ICAI Material. Try Solving as Many Questions as you can. Students usually set a Study Strategy based on Past Question Papers.
When I Interact with students, I observed, they Saying - “Ma’am this Chapter was asked in the last attempt, so this time it’ll not be asked, right?”
My Dear Students, it doesn’t work that way!
We cannot set a trend on the Basis of Analysis or Past Papers. After all you guys are attempting the “Toughest Examination”
So there has to be a pinch of - “Expect the Unexpected”
Just for your Overview, I have done the Following Analysis:
Chapter – Wise Allocation of Marks in DIRECT TAX (With Options)
Chapter – Wise Allocation of Marks in Indirect Tax (With Options)