A conversation with
CA Mridu Garg
2nd Rank Holder, CA Final
CA exam results are just out and we had the opportunity to interact with toppers and bring to you their success stories and close sneak peek into their motivating secrets.
Mridu All India 2nd rank holder of CA final May 2013 exams. She is a proud Delhiite & a proud CA student who has all praise for ICAI institute. She is a very confident girl with required calmness and focus who loves to play table tennis who has credited her success to her parents and grandparents.
Let us find out what was her strategy and what helped her to bust the stress and scored well.
So, first of all Mridu, many congratulations
to you from the whole team of CAclubindia!!
you so much!!
So, I just wanted to understand how
are you feeling right now?
feeling on top of the world. Totally unexpected, so it’s a great
feeling. Especially I am so happy that my parents are proud of me.
Right!! So, how important is this
important. My whole career depends on this. For the past 4 years,
we have been working so hard, working with clients, articleships
Right!! So were you expecting the
at all (smiles).
What was your rank in IPCC?
didn’t secure any rank in IPCC.
Ohh!! So, all of a sudden you got
the 2nd rank!! So, what was your first reaction when you got this
of ICAI called me up. At first, I thought that somebody might be
pulling my leg. So, I was not so much sure. But then, when I checked
it on the net, I was feeling as if I have sunked in.
How was your conversation with the
It was great talking to him. He was so casual, it seemed as if a
friend was calling me up and then he asked me if I was expecting
a rank and then finally he told me that I secured 2nd rank.
Great!! So, in this whole journey
who guided/helped you; anyone you would like to thank?
especially my parents and grandparents who have been a constant
support all through and of course my Principal who has been there
all through, my seniors with whom I have been working with.
And any special faculty?
the CA Institute’s practice materials, RTPs and the mock tests with
the CDs that they initiate, that had been a big help that takes
place in the month of September. That was indeed a big help because
you got to know where you stand.
So, currently are you doing graduation
have completed my graduation.
From Delhi itself?
from Delhi University, Hansraj College.
Great!! So, finally you have topped!!
How are you feeling right now?
I have always been seeing rankers especially from South India, Mumbai.
It was like a dream come true for my parents, for myself.
Great!! So, how did you achieve all
these? Can you share your whole journey with us?
Actually when I was doing my articleship, thereafter I got 4 months
of leave. So, what I did was in the first day itself, I made a time
table for myself – a deadline, as to when would I complete my 1st
revision, 2nd revision etc. and also make a schedule of how long
would I take for each subject. So, base was that around 10 hours
a day I used to study. I didn’t compromise with my sleep. Generally,
the CA students what they do is, that they study over the night
and at the end health is what at stake for everyone. So, I would
say 8 hours of sleep is really important plus giving yourselves
small breaks when you are studying is very important plus I feel
that 3 times revision will help us to retain what we studied as
it is a vast course. So, in order to retain what we studied, ultimately
3 times of revision would be enough.
Ok, so this was the whole strategy
before the exams? And during the exams any specific points which
you would like to suggest to your juniors?
I would just like to say to be kept focussed and study regularly
and stay honest to yourself. You should know what you have done.
That is the most important key to success.
Yes, and during the exams I have
seen that the CA students takes lots of stress. So, any steps that
you would suggest to burst the stress or something like that?
I think that pretty many times it happens that we are so frustrated
with the course that going probably out for a stroll (say) 30 or
45 minutes a day really eases you. And obviously as I was discussing
with my parents, I had an edge, whenever I was in doubt, my parents
were always there. So, discussing things makes it all easier.
And anything you would like to change
in this whole structure of the CA studies, going to the classes,
then articleships and handling the graduation study along with that,
anything like that?
no. I think it is a very well-built structure because going through
papers like Audit, I could find out that without my practical exposure,
I really couldn’t have attempted this. So, articleship plays a very
important role so nobody should leave that portion of CA side.
Any challenges or hurdles you have
faced in this whole journey?
the firm where I have been working had been very co-operative; my
seniors had been very co-operative, so not really.
Ok, as you are not a member of CCI,
but in any way have you received any help from CCI?
yes, I have been looking at the interviews of the highest scorers
and that has been a motivating factor all through plus if I had
any kind of queries then, I would always look into the open Forum
Section that CAclubindia has. That has been a great help!!
Perfect!! So do you have any other
hobbies apart from studies, share something about your personal
life apart from studies?
I like playing table-tennis, I had been playing basketball as well
during my school days, so that’s what I have been doing. Apart from
that, listening to music is what I generally do, as it helps to
get relief from stress especially during CA exams.
And as we know that cities like Delhi,
Chennai etc, have lots of CA students, so any special incident or
moment which you can recall and share with us in this whole 3 to
4 years of journey from CPT to Final?
think of anything right now. (smiles)
Alright, so when have you decided
that you would like to become a CA?
I was done with my 12th standard, I was really confused as to with
what I had to do, but then since I was studying and when I had discussed
with quite a few people and then I thought that yes probably, Accounting
and Auditing may be.... and there was so much of exposure because
you have ample number of clients to work with so you get diverse
kinds of experience. Other job opportunities may be respected somewhere
but here is so much of diversified experience so I thought that
it was the right place for me.
Right!! So, was it difficult to attend
the classes during articleship and what are your views on e-learning
coaching or online coaching? Is it helpful for the students? What
is your take on that?
yes. Flexible coaching is like...since, these days you are doing
your articleship, it is not possible for us to attend the classes
till 10:30 so at this point of time I think that definitely e-learning
coaching probably will help because you can have your flexible timings;
may be in the night or early in the morning before going to the
office. So, yes as it is not easy for us to attend the manual classes
within those 6:30 to 10:30 timings, online coaching is probably
going to be helpful.
Well, any message you would like
to give to our CAclubindia members and juniors?
just like to say that studying regularly is the key to success.
Staying focussed, being regular and being honest to oneself because
you need to know where you stand and that’s how you can improve
on what you are doing.
Very true!! Once again Mridu, I would
like to thank you for giving your time to CCI and all the best for
your future and many congratulations to you once again and I hope
that parties and celebrations are on the line.
lots of parties (smiles).
Any special plans?
I am sure that my firm is also making some special plans and yes
at home also it’s all bang-bang. (smiles)
Well, what is your next plan after
this? Are you looking for some corporate or looking for any other
be pursuing a job plus I would be going forward for some short term
ICAI courses probably.
Ok... So, I guess that you got proper
help from the Institute?
Totally, thinking about the fact that they have released such practice
manuals and RTPs. I was seriously amazed by this thing when I saw
that mock tests are being held twice – September and October. It
really tells you where you are standing. That’s a great step that
the ICAI Institute has taken up. It really helps us because in those
circumstances when you would have to write your papers within 3
hours, I think it’s really a positive step taken up by ICAI.
Perfect Mridu!! I hope that other
students would get lots of content from this and inspiration from