On 13th August, 2009 came the CA final results, one of the most awaited
events in the CA students' fraternity. The Forum at CAclubindia showed the
eagerness, the anxiety, and the excitement of the students awaiting results.
It also revealed the maturity of professionals and their guidance for students
to keep calm at that hour of complete restlessness.
We soon traced Giriraj Ajmera, a 22 year old, then a CA final student now
a fresher in the Chartered Accountant's world. Giriraj Ajmera , At the "Top
of World" after being "At the Top of the Merit List" of CA Final June 2009
CA Final - 1st Rank Holder
Giriraj Ajmera - A CAclubindia Member
After interviewing Giriraj one thing was definite that you need not be glued
to your books with those binoculars like glasses to be at the top of CA
exams. A myth that was broken while we were talking to him. A very down
to earth person and most importantly honest by heart are the strikingly
visible qualities in him.
How did he get there, was it planned or destined or really not thought about?
We'll get to know all this in his honest words.
"I was waiting for results eagerly, then someone called me up congratulating
me having topped the CA Final exams, it was our own Mr. Uttam Prakash Aggarwal,
the ICAI President. It was so unexpected, half an hour before the results
were out I couldn't believe it, couldn't even greet Mr. President well,
didn't have much to speak and was over excited. I thought maybe somebody
is just playing a prank with me. As soon as I disconnected the phone, I
went onto confirm the result with my brother and with my friends. But the
results were not out till then. After half an hour the results were out
and I was confirmed about the news, I had topped the CA Final exams. And
soon after friends, family, neighbours and not to forget media all were
pouring in to be a part of the celebration. All day long I was surrounded
by news channels, educational institutes, and news reporters and never ending
phone calls. All was fun I was enjoying the attention and the praise."
"I did expect a rank somewhere around 20th as I was also the 30th Rank holder
in CA-PCC exams. I took up CA and CS both as I was a commerce student and
these are the best available options. I am open to further studies but will
take a decision once i'm done with my CS exams. There is a myth that clearance
from few centres are high like from Bhilwara, Jaipur, etc. but the truth
is that here the environment is such. Many students are pursuing CA course
and they are exposed to less distractions than in metros. I don't think
centre makes a difference but focus does.I did my coaching from both Mumbai
and Bhilwara and articleship from Mumbai. I use to attend my classes in
the morning and then go for training during the day. There was no time for
self studies then. I had planned that I would give 5 months for self studies
but as exams were postponed to June I got a grace period of 1 month."
"I gave more importance to practical subjects, and that worked for me, MAFA
and Accounts were my strength. I had always appeared CA exams in Hindi,
this was the first time I gave papers in English medium and was a bit apprehensive.
But there's no substitute for hard work and I guess that paid me off. If
you have worked hard, luck will surely be 100% on your side. My mantra was
regular 7-8 hours of self studies without fail. I used to go for walking
every morning and evening in my garden as it is very important to move out
of mental pressure while studying. Even I used to feel pressurized at times
as everybody expected a very good result from me. It use to make me nervous
but at the same time this pressure gave me positive strength to work even
"My inspiration is my Grandfather who has retired and now is a social worker,
his simplicity to deal with complicated situations is what mesmerizes me."
"I would suggest students to work hard regularly and not pile up everything
for the last few days. They should go through the ICAI module thoroughly
for the practical subjects and over all mental health is very important
so do exercise or make a routine to go for some physical activity atleast
for an hour a day. Articleship should also be taken seriously and the new
announcement on ban on transfer is a good move but ICAI should have exception
for genuine cases."
We hope Giriraj gets whatever he aspires for, as he deserves it all !!