Two from the city—both former students at St Xavier’s College (Autonomous)—topped the chartered accountants (CA) final examinations, held in November last year.
The city has a track record of candidates faring well in CA final exams, but topping the exams was definitely an achievement, said senior chartered accountant Kamal Jain, lauding the feat by Abhay Bajoria and Dhruv Kothari.
Bajoria will now apply in the placement cell at the Institute of Chartered Accountancy of India, looking for a job. “The planning began a year ago, when I was doing articleship, a compulsory three-year programme. We usually get a five-month study leave to prepare for the final exams and this was the period, I chalked out my study plan carefully. I made sure that I completed by tuition before the period so that I could fully concentrate on studying. The curriculum is vast and extremely complicated, which needs several revision,” Bajoria told TOI.
His mother was the inspiration and motivation behind his success. “Whatever I have achieved is because of her,” said Bajoria, whose father died in 2016.
Elaborating on his preparations, he said he had made a time-table and would put a tick on the date, he would finish a section he had targeted to complete. On days he would not be able to study the entire section, he would put a cross against the date. “I would devote around 12 hours a day to studying. Even if I failed, I knew that I have had put in considerable effort. Every day was a new beginning,” said Bajoria, a former student of Hariyana Vidya Mandir. He finished his BCom from St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Kolkata in 2018. “I was a school-topper and also secured the highest rank in college. I was confident of cracking the CA exams and securing high marks. But the rank is a surprise. I want to work in the finance sector, preferably in investment banking or private equity. I aim to do a course of Executive MBA. Entrepreneurship is also on the radar,” he added.
A self-confessed cricket fanatic, the Baguiati resident said even 15 days before the exam, he would binge-watch web series and films while taking a break from studies.
Kothari, the other topper, said he was also looking for jobs, preferred areas being management, consultancy, merger, acquisitions and investment. “After acquiring some job experience, I might study for MBA,” he said. A student of Birla High School, Dhruv also graduated from St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) and lives in Minto Park. “I completed my tuition before the five-month study leave began so that I could focus on the curriculum properly. I knew my score would be good,” Kothari added. His advice for candidates is simple: finish the entire syllabus and be confident; revision before the examination is important. Son of a businessman and a homemaker, Dhruv plays professional cricket. “But I took a break in 2018 to concentrate on the exams. Now, I shall resume my hobbies,” he said.
Source: Times of India