Tips for Examinees of CA

Kaustuv (Practicing CA) (1773 Points)

10 May 2007  
Some Tips for Examinees of CA and other Professional Courses

[b][size=14]By CA. Dev Kumar Kothari,
B.Com, Grad.CWA, ACS, FCA[/size]

The result of examination would depend on what and how you
write during examination hours (usually three hours) and how the
examiner consider your answers in 10-15 minutes when he checks
your answer book and evaluate your answers.

Stop reading at least three hours before examination- have
confidence in memory recall. Memory recall will be better if your
mind is relaxed and ready to work vigorously, your fingers will
be faster to write during 180 minutes and that will give
you better result.

Do some exercises, yoga, meditation and light massage on entire
body and slight vigorous massage on your head, forehead and
fingers - 20 minutes

Have a good bath for at least fifteen minutes, sprinkle water on
entire body, and specially on your eyes and head sit in bath tub
singer. - 20 minutes.

Sit in your pooja room have a ghee /oil lamp lightened and
concentrate on the light of the lamp for at least ten minutes in
two or more exercises, before you leave your home for
examination. This will improve your concentration. Have faith and
confidence in your god- this will improves your self-confidence.
Students not at home but at some other place can even use candle
light or nigh lamp for this purpose.- 15 minutes.

Have light food that is easily digestible and provide you
strength and stamina for four five hours. Relax in lying
condition for 15-20 minutes after taking food.

Be ready and leave for examination centre. Sufficient time should
be kept in view of distance, mode of transportation, usual time
and time for contingency to ensure that you reach the examination
centre at least 30 minutes before the examination starts.

Drink water, tea / coffee , visit urinal and then sit on your
seat at least fifteen minutes before time for commencement of
examination. Have relaxed mood and try to have self-confidence.

On the examination answer book write properly relevant
information about roll no, code no. subject name and code, part
of paper etc. On each page write PTO. During this time you can,
(with generally implied permission) also write abbreviations
which you are likely to use / intend to use while answering
questions considering the subject. For example:

C.G. means the Central Government.
S.G.= the State Government.
Authority = the appropriate / concerned authority.
Act = The Act means the relevant enactment /Act in the context of
Rules = the Rules means the relevant Rules in the context of
A.O. = the assessing officer,
ROC = Registrar of companies.
RD = Regional director.
MOA= Memorandum of Association.
SC= The Supreme Court of India, HC = High Court
Dr = debit , Cr= Credit, S. = section, R.= Rule, P/ l = Profit
and loss account, B.S.+ Balance sheet ..

More abbreviations which you are required to use while answering
questions can be written while answering questions.

This can be arranged in tabular form with two or more columns.

The answer sheets can be folded so as to create four or eight
columns for improvement in presentation and reducing time for
putting lines with scale. In case of theory papers the answer
book can be folded on right side to provide margin space.

Relax - close eyes have deep breaths remember Maa Saraswati.

On receipt of question paper:

Read instructions about compulsory question, total questions in
paper and questions to be answered, questions with options etc.

You consider that for each mark you have 1.5 minutes for writing
answers requiring 150 minutes and balance 30 minutes are for
reading question, understanding words used in the question,
planning answer and review etc.

Careful reading of question is very important, each word in
question is important and has its significance.

Do not read entire question paper � it may be sheer wastage
of time because most of the questions have to be attempted.

Do not start with compulsory question and questions carrying more
marks. These are generally tough, intricate and very lengthy and
some times confusing.

At initial time stamina is generally weak, attempting compulsory
question or question carrying higher marks, generally dampens
stamina. Therefore, attempt some smaller questions during first
30-45 minutes or one hour. By attempting to smaller questions
first, you may be able to answer questions carrying 40-50 marks
within first hour. This will give you more confidence , stamina
and tempo will be improved to face more tough and lengthy
questions. Now time available per minute for other questions will
be more. For example ,suppose within first eighty minutes you
have attempted questions carrying 60 marks ( saving 10 minutes
from budgeted 90 minutes), then you have 100 minutes at your
disposal for answering questions carrying 40 marks that is 2.5
minutes for each mark.

After each answer keep some space blank so that at the time of
review you can add further points if they come in mind.

During second hour, (or after 80-85 minutes only) start answering
questions, which are compulsory, carry higher marks and are

During last 5-10 minutes review answers check that question nos.
and sub question nos. are written correctly, properly tag extra
sheets used, put necessary information about code no. etc. mark
each page of additional sheet also with PTO. So that the examiner
is requested to see all pages, even if any page is left blank in
hurry or inadvertently.

In between drink some water, and tea / coffee or cold drink as
suits you (you may carry in flask). Some times application of
vicks or other pain balm may be useful to stimulate mind and to
change mood.. So these items may be kept with you. These depends
on personal habits.

Take intermittently deep breaths for 30-40 seconds each time
(which one can easily do while reading question paper as well as
writing) some times at intervals of 30-40 minutes means 6-7 times
during examination hours. This will keep you fresh and more

At last while tagging the answer sheets, and handing over the
answer book pray the god that the examiner should be in good mood
and have some sort of synchronized thinking with yours, while
checking your answer book.