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
Hi, Vijender, I welcome you on behalf
of the whole CAclubindia team !! First of all many congratulations
Meet Vijender Aggarwal, from Delhi all India 1st rank holder of
CA final November 2014. Vijender is a sure-footed person who loves
to travel, watch football and is fond of Formula One races. Vijender
has credited his success to his parents, sister and his mentors.
His mother is his source of inspiration. He believes in the mantra
of work hard and party harder & enjoy every moment of life. Let
us find out what was his strategy & how he has achieved this success:
you!! The pleasure is all mine.
How are you feeling right now and
what was your first reaction after you saw your scores?
I am extremely happy and satisfied right now. To start with, I didn’t
actually see my results. I was at a store buying breakfast for myself
when I received a call from a Central Council member who happens
to be a senior partner at KPMG. He enquired whether I have seen
my results or not and later went to inform that I have nailed the
exams with AIR -1. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive about
the call and just to be assured that it wasn’t a prank call from
one of my mischievous friends, I asked him to read out my roll number
from the records, which in fact was correct. I rushed back to my
place to check the results and even before the feeling could sink
in, my phone was flooded with calls and messages from my family
members, office colleagues and friends. That moment was completely
surreal and I really hope that this is just the start of many new
things to come.
Your parents must be really very
proud of you?
are and in all honesty they should be… I was just joking with them
post declaration of results that they must be really lucky to have
a two time CA topper as their only son. Jokes apart.. I think its
just their constant support and care throughout which has helped
me focus on my academic and professional career. My mom is a homemaker,
I don’t say it too often but she is like the biggest inspiration
for me; the way she completes her household chores with utmost sincerity
day in day out seven days a week is commendable unlike us who have
the luxury of having the weekends to ourselves.
When was the moment, when you decided
to pursue CA?
into this profession after giving my 12th boards. While the preparation
for CPT was on, I managed to get through SRCC for pursuing B.Com
(Hons). I cleared my IPCC when I was in the midst of my 2nd year
of college and took a year off before starting my articleship at
the end of the 3rd year. That’s it.
How will you define your entire CA
been demanding and tiring for sure but it compensates in the form
of the learning and experience that you gather throughout the entire
journey. Apart from the studies and the work-experience, you come
across a lot of people with whom you become friends and enjoy some
of the best days of your life.
And are you working now?
I am presently interning in indirect taxes at BMR Advisors, Gurgaon
and still left with three months of my articleship.
So, what is your experience of articleship
and how important it is in a CA’s career and from examination point
is like your first real experience of getting to know how things
really work in the professional sphere and its just one really big
leap from your academic career. The kind of exposure that I have
got at BMR has been like second to none – the quality of work, the
learning at workplace, the big clients that I have get to work for,
etc. For 6-7 months, I was completely out of office and roaming
across the entire country for client work. But this kind of an exposure
does come at a cost – your studies really go for a toss and you
are practically left with only 4-5 months to prepare for your exams.
So, as you said that your whole journey
was tough and very tiring, so who was your source of inspiration
and who guided you in return?
I personally believe that doing articleship from a proper place
is extremely important for your overall development. No offences
to anybody, but I believe that taking a dummy to focus on studies
is like a short cut to success, that too short-term success. And
there is no real challenge and fun in taking the short cut, Is there
As to how important articleship is from an examination perspective,
I do have my reservations on it because the approach towards both
the things is completely different. The subject area of your articleship
does help you to cover the respective subject, which in my case
was indirect taxes, but as for the other subjects, you do need to
prepare them on your own.
are a lot of people whom I would like to give credit to. The first
and foremost have to be my parents and my sisters. Then, it has
to be Ashish Kalra Sir who has been a constant support throughout
from IPCC to Finals. Especially in Finals, he took the onus upon
himself to guide me through the entire journey. And then there are
your friends who are with you throughout your good and bad times.
Would you share your schedule / time
table with the students – how you prepared, so that they can get
some guidance out of it?
and foremost, I managed to take coaching for two subjects only –
SFM and DT and for DT also, I could only attend around 30% of the
classes and rest all the subjects I prepared on my own. I got my
exam preparatory leaves near June end and I went for a road trip
with my friends on the very first day to relax and unwind my mind.
From then on, it was a step-by-step journey towards completing the
entire syllabus. I must admit that the syllabus was huge and I won’t
be lying if I say that I couldn’t manage to complete my first revision
thoroughly. I did have to speed up few topics to cope up with the
paucity of time but by and large, I relied upon my conceptual understanding
to get me through the entire syllabus.
1st Topper - CA Final
As to how much time I spent studying every day, it would be around
8-10 hours of effective study with weekly breaks in between to catch
up with friends and movies. One thing which is very crucial is the
material that you refer for your preparations; my advice would be
to do your fair share of research before opting to study a particular
material and then dedicate yourself to it till you master it.
Great, can you share your schedule
and time table?
said, the daily schedule included around 8-10 hours of effective
studying. I am essentially a night person and I used to study at
night and then go for swimming early in the morning. Throughout,
I never compromised on my sleep and just divided the entire time
that I had amongst the subjects that I had to prepare.
Ok, so what are you passionate about
apart from studies?
I took one practical subject at a time and complemented it with
a theory subject for 2-3 hours daily to maintain a proper balance
between theory and practical. These kinds of nitty-gritties are purely
personal and driven by one’s own comfort but the overall focus should
always be to cover the syllabus comprehensively in a time bound
manner. With the amount of syllabus that we have to cover, I think
its extremely important to prioritize things and execute them properly.
I am extremely passionate about Football and Formula One. We had
the soccer world cup in June & July, and I didn’t miss any match
after the group stages. And thankfully, the time of the matches
coincided with the time when I was awake. I am an avid Formula One
follower and do not even miss a single race. Apart from sports,
I am into reading as well, selective reading I would say. And as
and when I get time, I do like to go out with my friends, within
Delhi or outside Delhi, to explore new places and take a break from
the normal routine. These are the younger days of our life and we
should really enjoy them to the fullest.
As you told that you are passionate
about sports and also fond of world cup, which is your favourite
team in football and who are your favourite drivers in Formula One?
One, my favourite drivers are Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
In football, at the club level it has to be Manchester United and
nobody else. They have not been too good off late but let’s see
how this season develops for them.
So, are you a member of CCI?
having an account some time back and using it for downloading some
reading stuff. But off late I have not been very active I must admit.
Did you get any help from CAclubindia
during this whole journey?
said, I did use it back when I was in IPCC and found it very useful.
It’s a nice initiative on the part of the members to come together
and develop a portal for sharing knowledge for everybody’s benefit.
So, what are your plans now?
like a million dollar question right now. I am in indirect tax transaction
advisory right now and its like one of the best niche work meant
for CAs. There are many options which are running through my mind
right now but haven’t taken a final decision yet. Ideally I would
like to engage myself in some higher studies before dedicating myself
to work completely… let us see what developments take place on this
You must have very big plans of celebrating?
always in search for a reason to party and I have a big reason to
celebrate today. Haven’t made any plan as of now but I am sure the
night wouldn’t end without some really really good fun.
Now, in the end, any message for
the CAs, students and CAclubindia members?
a simple message to the students, be sincere and regular. Don’t
take unnecessary pressure upon yourself and try to enjoy your life
to the fullest.
Thanks a lot Vijender. Once again
many congratulations to you!!
For Caclubindia members, just do what you are doing – helping the
students and professional community with pure commitment.
a pleasure. Thanks a ton!!!