So when did you decide that you want to pursue this career?
I decided late, actually after 12th standard, I felt I should go for CPT and then after I passed CPT, I thought that I would do CA now.
What is the importance of Articleship in any CA’s career?
I think it is very important. I would say the one of the main reasons I got such high marks in the tax papers was because I went for Articleship and I had done it there. You can study the theory, even do sums but once you actually do it practically, it stays in your head. If you get a question in the exam and then you suddenly remember that I did this case or I actually faced such a problem then it will prove to be very helpful.
Any special memory you would like to share with us?
After my first paper Accounts – The paper went very badly, it shattered my confidence. I thought that I should give up this attempt. Accounts is normally my best paper, I didn’t know whether the paper was tough for everyone or it was only tough for me. I thought it went horrible and I had doubts about passing that paper. However, the main point is that I did not give up at that time. If I would have given up after the 1st paper, I would be sitting for these upcoming November exams; but look at me now. I wouldn’t have known what my marks would be. So, I would say, that don’t give up. It takes a lot of determination to pass this exam.
So after CA what are your next plans?
I am planning to go for CFA right now. I am also planning to take a job related to the Financial Markets, in the corporate world.
So you will continue with the job and you want to pursue CFA along with that.
Are you a member of CCI and what help you have got from CCI?
Yes I am a member of CCI. Normally, when I used search for something work related on the net, most of the answers I get are from CCI. It is very helpful.
What are your other hobbies apart from studies?
Apart from studies, I normally watch TV shows and I read books.
Which is your favourite show?
Right now it’s the recently ended Game of Thrones.
Do you have any message for the CA community or the aspiring CAs?
I would say give it your best shot. You need firm determination in order to pass this exam. As long as you are determined, you will pass. Do not get scared by the pass percentage. As long as you have the determination and are willing to do the hard-work you will pass.
Thanks a lot Kalvin, thanks for your time and once again congratulations from CCI and all the best!!