General Tips for CA Exam Preparation
CA is difficult and different course from other courses. Student must follow books of one author otherwise he will get confused. There are many methods to solve a single problem or a single question because CA is a practical based course so student must follow one method for solving same type of problems. Student must refer previous year question papers because most of the questions comes from previous year question papers however now previous year question papers are covered in practice manual. Student may refer scanner if he wish so. Student must read all the subjects daily dividing time for each subject instead of finishing a particular subject and starting other subject thereafter by doing this student will have constant touch all the subjects. Most of the CA subjects are boring so students when feels bored from particular subject than he must switch to other subject it will increase its utilization of time. Students must make notes in the form of chart or in the form of tabular manner it helps him to quickly revise the particular concept which is required at the time of exams. Students must mark the important questions which he thinks important for the exams.
Proper Study of Study Material
The study material is prepared by the faculty of the Board of studies. The main objective of the study material is to provide help to the students to attain knowledge and skills in the particular subject. Students may also refer to other books but study material is enough to cover all the aspects in examination point of view. Students must go through the whole study materials to attain confidence and to get knowledge on all the topics. They are also advised to brush up their knowledge of related topics of previous level to attain more clarity about the topics which are linked with the previous levels in those in which they already get passed. At all the levels of CA whether it is CPT, IPCE or CA-FINAL it covers near about all the questions which are asked by the examiner in the examinations which held in May and November every year.
Practice Manual is also send by the institute. Students must cover all the aspects of Practice Manual. It has been seen in last few attempts that all the papers are coming from this Practice Manual. Practice Manual contains all the variety of questions that institute can ask in the exams. Practice Manual is surety of success. There is a different Practice Manual for every subject. Student first study its study material than he will be able to solve the problems in Practice Manual. So don't start reading Practice Manual without studying your study material. The Practice Manual will help as a useful and handy reference guide while preparing for final examination. It will explain us the pattern of questions that institute will ask us in the examination and manner of answering the questions. It contains the questions of past examinations and facilitate to understand the provisions contained in the chapters of the study materials. Practice manual is one of the quality service provided by the institute. Practice manual covers a lot of questions including practical questions that is required at all levels of tests and questions based on case laws.
Benefits of reading practice manual
1. Practice Manual is written n easy language so as to make for students to understand.
2. In Practice Manual all the amendments are in BOLD & Italics so as to make easy for students to find amendments.
3. In Practice Manual important points are denoted by "key notes" so as to make easy for students to solve practical questions.
4. In Practice Manual Chart & table used at all places for the benefits of the students.
5. In Practice Manual in starting of each chapter all the impotant sections are in a systematic manner so as to make easy to learn the sections.
CPT stands for common Proficiency Test. CPT is the first step towards becoming CA. CPT has replaced PE-1. It is objective type test which takes place semi annually in which student have to click on 1 option from 4 options. There are 200 questions in this test. Each question carries one mark. A student have to score minimum 100 marks to get pass. On every wrong answer there is negative marking of 0. 25. Student tries to attempt all the questions whether he knew answer or not. In my view student will attempt only that questions in which he has surety that his answer is corrrect. In my view student must select that answer which strikes in his mind firstly. Its not a difficult test but the main thing regarding this test is that student must read all the topics on all subjects. There are 4 subjects in this test Accounts, Law, Maths, Economics. Law is little-bit harder as compare to other subjects. CPT is all about that we have learn n 11th and 12th standard but the difference is it is objective type so it becomes easy for students to pass this exam.
RTP stands for Revision Test Papers. 20-30% of paper is covered from Revision Test Papers. So students are advised to must read the Revision Test Papers. Revision Test Papers are send by institute near exam times. It contains questions which are expected to come in the upcoming exams. Students can also download these Revision Test Papers from institute website. It contains questions on all the relevant subjects.
PCC is now converted into IPCE. After passing CPT it is the 2 nd step towards the CA. IPCE is divided in to 2 parts one is ATC named as group 1and other is IPCE named as group 2. There are 7 papers in this course 4 in group 1 Accounts, Cost accounts & Financial Management, Taxation, Business Law, Ethics and Communication and 3 in group 2 remaining part of Accounts, Auditing and Assurance and Information Technology and Strategic Management. It is a theoretical test. Student need to have working knowledge on all the subjects in the course. Student need to score 40 marks in each subject and aggregate of 50% marks. Mostly students score 40 marks in every subject but fails to make aggregate to 50%. So student need to have 1-2 strong subjects in each group from which he can Score 60-70 marks each. Accounts,Cost Accounts & Financial Management are the subjects in which students can secure good marks because these subjects are numerical not theoretical. 2nd group is difficult as compared to 1st group because there is only numerical paper of accounts in this group. So students have the option to give both the groups together the benefit is there is sett off marks from one group to another. This option is not available if a student wishes to give tests individual group wise.
CA-Final is the last stage in CA. It is the hardest part in whole CA. In CA-Final you need to have expert knowledge about all the subjects and also practical experience. The main thing about the CA-Final is that its result depend upon market needs. If there is good demand for CA's in the market the result of CA-Final will be better. CA-Final is also divided in to 2 groups. Its student wish that whether he prepare for both groups or he can appear in single group. There are 4 subjects in each group naming Advance Accountancy, Strategic Financial Management, Advanced Auditing and Corporate and Allied law in 1st group Advanced Management Accounting, Information System Control and Audit, Direct Tax and Indirect Tax in 2nd group. The syllabus of CA-Final is very wide. It is main problem with CA-Final. Student must utilize its time in useful manner. Tax is divided in to 2 parts one is Direct tax and other is Indirect tax. Student must focus in these subjects. The passing criteria is same as in the course of PCC.
General Tips in Exams
Do these things in Exam
1. Start from easy questions
2. Read the Question Carefully
3. Time Management
4. Give the most relevant and precious answers.
5. Give answer point wise.
6. Make proper headings
7. Underline the important lines.
8. write only correct section with sub-section in Tax paper.
9. Write answer of all questions.
10. Give working notes.
11. Use blue ball pen only. (you can use pencil also)
Don't do these things
1. Don't attempt question No. 1 on page 1.
2. Don't bluff or write irrelevant answers.
3. Don't write long paragraph.
4. Don't write wrong section.
5. Don't quit exam before 3 hours.
6 Don't spend more time in any one Question.
7. Avoid tension in exams.