A conversation with
2nd Rank Holder, CA Intermediate(IPC)
Examination, November 2013
Dhruv was close to getting caught in the prank by the ICAI President, when he found out that he is the 2nd Rank Holder in IPC this year. Here is sharing with you his joys and inspiration , in an exclusive interview with CCI.
First of all Dhruv, many congratulations
to you from CCI!!
you very much Sir.
How are you feeling right now?
of the world!!
What was your first reaction when
you got the news?
of ICAI, Mr. Subodh called me up at 3:10 pm. He enquired if I had
appeared for both the groups and in order to scare me he told that
either I have passed or failed, to which I got pretty nervous. But,
eventually, he told that I have secured 2nd rank. So, overall, it
was a good experience talking to him.
So, what was your parent’s reaction
on hearing this news?
and grandmother were sitting beside me when I got the news from
Mr. Subodh. They were surprised as well as happy. My grandmother
was very happy and there were tears in her eyes. When I got this
news, I first called up my father who was in office. He was very
happy. And then I called all my friends and told them that results
would be declared within 10 to 15 minutes. At first, they didn’t
believe my words but when I said that Mr. Subodh called me up and
informed that I have secured 2nd rank, and then they finally believed
How big is this achievement for you
now that you have secured 2nd rank in IPC?
is really a very big achievement for me. I was not expecting a rank
at all. I wasn’t even expecting a rank in top 50’s. Just 15 days
before, CA Final results were also declared. As, the overall result
of CA Final was not so good this time, so I got a bit frightened
and started thinking if I could secure a position in the top. But
when Mr. Subodh informed me about my result, I was very happy and
Great, would you like to give any
special mention of faculty or anyone who have guided/helped you
to get achievement in this?
Expectations now, are indeed very high as I secured All India rank
in IPC. But, I shall not be pressurized by this and will continue
my routine and schedule myself for CA Final in the same way as I
did for my IPC exams.
first all, I would like to thank my parents and grandmother who
have always supported me, my faculties who had the firm belief in
my ability, my well-wishers and also my friends.
Would you like to share your strategy
with us, the time-table that you have followed before and during
definitely, I would like to share my strategy with others so that
they too can follow these steps in order to score well. First 2
to 3 months, I didn’t study anything and I wasn’t aware that the
IPC syllabus was so tough and vast. Then, I started my schedule
at the end of March and made a routine in a systematic manner as
to which subject should be studied in which month and how much time
to devote for each subject. I devoted maximum time to those subjects
which I felt were a pretty hard for me like – Business Laws and
Corporate Law. I decided to finish up the portion by the month of
October so that I could get the time to revise those subjects again.
I focused much on Theory subjects – like ITSM which I used to revise
again and again. I didn’t focus much on practical subjects because
I found them to be easy and used to clear my concepts in the class
itself so that I could devote my maximum time to the theory subjects.
And what was your strategy during
already prepared a planned schedule for myself which I used to maintain
in my diary. My exams started from 6th Nov and we got a gap of one
and a half day before each exam. After the exams got over, I used
to return home by 6 and then sit for study from 6 to 11 PM. I had
already planned what topics I have to go through from each subject
on an hourly basis during each exam and this is how I have retained
And according to you what is the
most important thing to keep in mind during the exams?
panic during the exams as this can lower your confidence. Proper
sleep is a must as one shouldn’t take his/her health at stake. I
have seen some of my friends who didn’t use to sleep or take rest
during exams and ultimately this affected their other incoming exams
and their health too. So, I would suggest – don’t panic, take proper
sleep and then study well.
So, now as you have secured rank
in IPC, so what is your strategy for articleship?
completed my CPT and IPC from Surat and wish to complete my CA Final
from here itself. I would also like to do my articleship from here
as there are many scopes in Surat. There are good firms for articleship
and the exposure level is also good. So, I would like to work under
As you will have to attend classes
also during your articleship period, so what is your viewpoint on
e-learning coaching / online coaching?
never taken online coaching but for students who go for articleship
and also attend classes, for them it gives the flexibility to study
from anywhere and anytime. So, online coaching is indeed very helpful.
What are your other hobbies?
besides studies, I like playing outdoor games like cricket, table-tennis,
football etc. I like to watch TV and MS Dhoni is my favourite.
Any help you have received from CCI
I went through the interviews of the Toppers of May’13 and Nov’13
examinations that were posted in the site which was inspirational
and the strategies they suggested to follow also proved to be very
helpful for me. It gives guidance to the students who wish to secure
a rank or to attain good marks in the examination. I am very thankful
Would you like to give any special
message for the CA aspirants and your juniors?
suggest them to go through the topper’s interviews that are posted
on CCI site which will help them to follow proper strategies. Having
said that, one needs to work hard in order to attain success.
Dhruv, thank you for giving your
time to CCI and wish you all the best for your CA Final preparations
and once again many congratulations to you from CCI!!
you very much!!