Book Review: UNNS – The Captivation by Sapan Saxena

I just read ‘UNNS – The Captivation’ by Sapan Saxena and enjoyed myself.
Here is what I thought.

BOOK COVER:

I personally felt very neutral about the cover. It neither had the mystery nor the attraction factor, which for me, are quite essential when I first look at a book. It felt bland, plain and simple. These things could all be very good, but as a personal opinion, I wasn’t very impressed.

Cover Rating – 2.5 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

This is where my review picks up. The title is fabulous. I love the sound, the essence and the meaning of it. Before starting the book, I actually googled it and learnt that it meant love in Arabic. Upon reading, I realized that it is one of the seven stages of love that is mentioned by the author in the novel.

The by-line ‘The Captivation’ is so captivating in itself.

Title Rating – 5/5

PLOT

At first, the book seemed ordinary and the plot felt quite run of the mill. But it would be an understatement to say that the story line picked up midway. The author has done a fantastic job in creating various twists along the way and placing them intelligently between the chapters.

What starts of as love between two teens blows out of proportion when they are separated due to forced circumstances and are united years later. I won’t say more for fear of revealing something. But be rest assured that you will be getting more than you expect.

The writing style is good. The grammar is on point and the style is easy to read. However, it seemed prolonged and elongated in a few parts and very little is left to the readers’ assumptions and understanding as everything is explained in detail. While I understand that the author would have wanted for there to be no confusion, it did seem a bit much considering that the new age readers are all well equipped to draw out and follow twists very well.

Kudos to the author for trying something out of the box with a predictable romance.

Rating – 4 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

It was a great read and I particularly enjoyed understanding the seven stages of love through the book. It seemed realistic and quite engaging. The combination of a thriller within the romance was wonderful though predictable in a few places. However, that being said, a definite recommendation from me!

Final Rating: 4.25 / 5
Verdict: Recommended!

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Shravya’s Tirades: Insecurities

Think about this.
There is one thing in your life that brings you down and doesn’t allow you to be your true confident self. It is that one negative thing about you that you wish you could change but somehow, for some reason, can’t. It is your insecurity.

Now, think about this. You allow yourself to believe someone enough to think that your insecurity is safe with him. But then that person does something that shocks you. He uses it against you.
Sounds familiar?

Have you ever had your trust broken by someone you love?
Has that person done something that you never thought he would be capable of?
Will you feel comfortable around this person again now that you know he is just like everyone else?

It hurts, doesn’t it?
It really breaks your heart to finally understand that your deepest, darkest insecurities are safe only in one place and one place alone. Deep inside of you.
No one is worth the trauma of having to trust your self-consciousness with. Keep that with yourself and don’t let it show. Because no matter how much you think that a person will understand you for who you truly are, at the end, it will always be turned against you.

 

This isn’t a bitter post. No, it isn’t even a warning of sorts.
It just one woman’s enlightenment reaching out to you, begging you not to let delayed realization pull you down. Because it isn’t the end of the world to stop trusting that one person, is it? It isn’t earth shattering-ly sad. It’s just… the truth.
Give it time and you shall heal.
You may not believe that now, not when you are still hurting on the inside, but sooner or later, the pain will fade away. It will be replaced by something far superior. Anger.
How could that person betray you?
How could that person hurt you?
How could that person break your heart?
But the most important question is, how could you let him?
Isn’t it bad enough that you have your own battles to fight and skeletons to hide? Do you really need someone to shove that down your throat when he is in a rage and when you are feeling low? I think you are to blame here.
For giving into your weakness and telling that person what makes you cry.
For letting that person use your own weakness against you. That is his weakness. But you made it his power.

We all have that one thing that makes us want to curl up and be left alone. That one thing that has the power to break through the walls we build around our hearts and grip our souls in agony.
We do.
We all do, no matter how strong we think we are.
Protect that secret and take it to your grave.
Empathy is conditional. You won’t get it when you need it the most.

 

So, like I was saying… everyone has insecurities.
Sadly, they only understand their own…

Book Review: Rafflesia, The Banished Princess by Gautam

I just read ‘Rafflesia, The Banished Princess’ by Gautam.
Here is what I thought.

BOOK COVER:

The cover wasn’t the highlight of the book for me. It was drab, it was dull and definitely not something I would call ‘catchy’. Perhaps it is the grey factor that made it seem that way.

But it is a good accompaniment to the title and, obviously, the story. However, my suggestion to the author is to try something discrete for his next work, something that makes the cover intriguing and mysterious.

Cover Rating – 3 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

The title is pretty straightforward and it does mention one of the key characters of the novel. The byline ‘The Banished Princess’ is apt and gives a wonderful peak into the plot as well.

I love the name Rafflesia.

Title Rating – 4/5

PLOT

When I first saw the immense size of the book, I was quite terrified. It is probably one of the longest books I’ve read in the recent past. However, I will say that for the length of the novel,  the author was able to keep up the story line and stretch it across without making it seem dull, repetitive or dragged.

The plot revolves around ‘Appu’ who is the protagonist. His life is dependent on the situations that his closest ones face or the obstacles that they incur. Each character is deep, has a history of its own and is presented very well. My favourite character was ‘Misha’, a sibling-like friend to ‘Appu’.

The drawback would definitely have to be the length. I did find, in a few places, that the narration was either slow or unnecessary. There was no steadiness to the writing, but instead went like wave after wave with a bunch of highs and lows.

The writing style is good, however, I felt that in many places, it could have been better. The main issue I had was the repetition of words in the same sentence. That was distracting. But then again, perhaps I am being nit-picky. I would love to see the author pick a more vibrant topic and see how he deals with a different theme.

Though there are pros and cons to the book, I definitely liked reading it and found it to be quite enjoyable.

Rating – 4 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

I don’t regret reading this book at all. It was a great read, and though it took me two weeks to complete with my hectic schedule and frantic deadlines, it was a calm and peaceful journey for me. However, I will have to add, that this book isn’t for all audiences – especially those who enjoy quicker reads.

Final Rating: 4 / 5
Verdict: Recommended as a Long Read!

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Book Review: The Flame of Anahata by Saranya Umakanthan

I just read ‘The Flame of Anahata’ by Saranya Umakanthan and I found it to be a different kind of reading experience.
Here is what I thought.

 

BOOK COVER:

I thought the cover was excellently done. It is meaningful, catchy and is portrayed picturesquely.
The elements are all there and they are well thought out. The title is written in a beautiful font which is only superseded by the way the author’s name is written. Wonderful choice of fonts.

However, one tiny drawback, something that really did nag at me was that I did not see the depth of the woman on the cover when I read the book. Looking at that woman filled me with multiple expectations of the protagonist.
For some reason, that did not manifest within the plot.

That being said, I still stick by the quality of the cover.

Cover Rating – 4.5 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

To be honest, when I first read the title, it failed to impress me. It didn’t seem as something I either fully understood or even liked. But then again, that is just my opinion. To each his own.

I will however mention that the title is perfect for the plot and it fits the story-line very well. It represents infinity in emotion which is what the tale is all about. That is the most important thing to consider.

Additionally, the byline ‘Love Conquers All’ is quite attractive to an otherwise serious cover and provides the right kind of balance.

Title Rating – 3.5/5

PLOT

There is strength in the author’s narration. She knows how to frame her sentences to capture the reader. That, I believe, forms a base for any author. One suggestion from my side would be to see  continuity in her dialogues. They seemed abrupt at a few places, especially the way they started.

The story holds nothing brand new and is quite predictable. But it has been written well, it sticks out in the era of romance storytelling and it definitely is worth the time spent reading it. There isn’t a dull moment anywhere and the style of writing definitely is crisp.

There is freshness in the story, more in the way it is written than in anything else. That is the major attraction factor of the book. It is rare to come by a story that grips you till the very end in a subtly expressive way. The Flame of Anahata does just that.

Rating – 4 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

I don’t regret reading this book at all. It was a great read, one I am happy to have on my shelf. With the exception of passable cons, it has the elements most readers would be happy to indulge in. The primary reason for my recommendation is that this book blends a thriller with romance which is one genre-breed that I love to read.

Final Rating: 4 / 5
Verdict: Recommended!

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Book Review: The Day Before… I Died by Ashi Kalim

I just read ‘The day before I DIED’ by Ashi Kalim and it was an interesting read.
So, here is what I thought.

 

BOOK COVER:

The cover is meaningful once you get to read the entire story. However, I found it low on the attraction factor. It’s a bit bland for my liking. Other than that, there is nothing wrong with it and this is entirely perception based. So.

Cover Rating – 3/5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

To be honest, in the beginning, the title seemed a little weird, almost as though it made no sense, but in a way that was intriguing and captivating. For that, I will give it marks because I like the appeal. The plus point is that it stands up for what it means … which is something a reader will find out once he’s through with the novel. I particularly liked the three dots before the words ‘I died’.

Title Rating – 4/5

PLOT

It started slowly, the introductory part doing its bit to get the reader engaged.  I loved the poem in the beginning. It was captivating. As the characters became known and well into the plot, the romance began to build. The novel also portrays some historical facts wonderfully – taking us back to the time of the World War. It especially focuses on the essence of women, their significance and male dominance over them.

I felt that the language could have been improvised, right from the sentence construction to the situations and scenes. Secondly, I wish the love element was more drawn out. It seemed to be passing way too quickly for the reader to connect. But I loved how the author chose to portray an opinionated side to the historical setting and make a piece of writing over it.

Rating – 3.5 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

It was a decent read though not something that I will call memorable. I applaud the author for trying to choose a factual topic and drawing out fiction from it. That was commendable. Recommended for those who are interested in history, romance and a combination of both. You won’t get bored.

 

Final Rating: 3.5/5
Verdict: An interesting read!

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Shravya’s Tirades: Being Overweight

Don’t you want to lose weight?

You would look so amazing if you lost some weight!

You’re almost at the marrying age. If you don’t shed some weight, you won’t get a good husband!

How can you be happy with yourself when you weigh that much?

Have you considered surgery to get rid of that flab?

Why don’t you go to “XYZ”? They’re promising 6 kgs weight loss in 6 days!

 

Have you heard people say these words or something similar to you? Or worse, are you one of those people who would say this stuff to someone else? Because, quite honestly, it has happened to me before. And it doesn’t really feel good. Especially when you know that it isn’t that person’s business to bother about how or why you look the way you do.

I know, I know.
These people think they are ‘caring’ and that they are doing this out of ‘concern’. How exactly is that true? Isn’t the mirror a constant ‘caring’ reminder? Do we really need you to poke at us every single time we step out of the house?

There really is only one response to all the intruding and embarrassing questions.

Mind.
Your.
Own.
Business.

So, here is the thing. I know most of us want to lose weight and even for those who don’t, that is your personal choice and I respect you for that. But what I am most concerned about is WHY. Do you know WHY you want to lose weight? Do you know WHY you feel you don’t need to lose weight?

I actually have a genetic disorder and that’s why I look like this. It’s hereditary and I have health problems. I tried everything but nothing seems to work. I lost a kilogram last week, I promise! 

Stop. Just stop. Whom are you explaining yourself to? Why do you feel the need to convince someone else about the way YOU look? How is it anyone else’s business but yours? Do not make excuses for yourself. You are so much better than that. You don’t need to tell anyone anything. Remember that the only person you are answerable to is yourself.

 

I promise I will lose ten kgs in two months. Will you stay with me then? Please don’t break up. I know I am fat but I can’t live without you. Give me two months. I am begging you.

This is insane. If someone doesn’t want to be with you, then it is that person’s loss and not yours. But when someone doesn’t want to be with you because of the way you look, then it most definitely is your gain. You don’t need that kind of negativity in life. Let that person go to hell. Your body is your property and it belongs to nobody else. Don’t let someone claim rights over it.

 

I am so fat, it is hideous. If I can’t even look at myself, how can I expect someone else to be able to tolerate me? My weight has made me ugly and useless. I don’t deserve to live anymore.

Whoa! Hold on. What does beauty have to do with your weight? Why will extra flesh make you ‘useless’ and if you are THAT upset about it, wouldn’t it be better to do something about it than to lose your life over something so insignificant? Are we really that vain and insecure? I am chubby. But I am also a Chartered Accountant, an Author and a part of a wonderful family. I am sure you have something that matters to you. A roof over your head, someone who would be lost without you, a passion that you are yet to explore. Are you going to throw that away over flesh? Really?

I am going to pause here for a disclaimer. I am not supporting or promoting being unhealthy. I am trying to tell you to love yourself no matter what and that you need to figure out, deep down inside, why you are making your decisions and for whom. Okay, now back to the rant.

This tirade is not gender-specific nor is it aimed at anyone in particular. People need to stop acting like everybody has to adhere to an undefinable, perception based and impractical standard. Life is difficult as it is. It is an unending circle of pain and misery. Do we need to make it worse for ourselves?

I am fat. You are short. He is ugly. She is a failure.
How do we decide this? At what weight are we considered fat? What height limit is the standard for short and tall? How can the definition of beauty be the same for everyone? Where is the book that specifies what it takes to be a failure?

And finally, why do you care?

If you want to do something about your weight, do it because it hinders your personal development or makes you feel self-conscious because your confidence depends upon it. Do it because you want to wear that pretty dress from last year that has become a bit tight on you. Do it because when you look at yourself in the mirror, you can’t see the sparkle in your eyes or the gleam in your smile because all you see is your tummy. Do it because health is important to you and you want to be fit.
In short, do it for yourself.

And even if you don’t want to do something about your weight, then great! But learn to live with your decision, survive the criticism and be happy with the way you look.

Because, after all, isn’t that the only thing we are all chasing?
Happiness?!

How to clear CA – Final Paper 6: Information Systems and Control Audit

​Since it’s that time of the year again, that dreaded time that every CA student knows about, I thought I would share this post, tell you what I learnt through my journey and maybe help you find a way through the awful month of May / November.

 

A little heads up before we begin – I became a Chartered Accountant after clearing the May 2016 exams so I’m still fairly new and I know the most up-to-date system, so you don’t need to worry.  Also, I opted to self-study for this subject, which I think helped me a lot in being able to write this article.

 

So, without further ado, let’s get into the plan, shall we?

 

How to clear your ISCA paper:

 

Let’s divide this into three parts so that it’s clear and I can cover everything without confusing you. The first part is the REFERENCE MATERIAL, the second part is the TIME MANAGEMENT and the third part is the PAPER PRESENTATION. I believe that it is with the combined implementation of these three which helps a student write the exam successfully.

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL:

 

Logically, it makes sense to me that since the suggested answers / answer key is coming from the institute, naturally so should the material you study from. This is what I tell everyone who ever asks me for advice about clearing not only this subject, but any subject. Please note that I am not going to depend the basis of my plan on whether you went for coaching or not. Regardless of that, here are my suggestions:

 

  • Study Material
  • Practice Manual
  • The most recent two RTPs
  • Last four to six Mock Papers (Conducted by ICAI)

It is pretty straight-forward. All you have to do is study from these books. Now that you know what to refer to, let me briefly tell you how to sort it all out. This is the order in which I recommend you study.

1) Study Material: This book is your EVERYTHING for ISCA. Every word, every sentence, every sub-heading is very important in clearing this exam. There are eight chapters. Target one a day, learn them by heart, revise, memorize and just learn everything in the Study Material from page one till the end.

2) Practice Manual: For ISCA, the PM is more like a guide to check how much you were able to memorize from what you studied from the SM. Don’t think that studying just the practice manual will get you through for sure. This book is ONLY for revision.

3) Revision Test Papers: I would suggest getting at least two RTPs and using these as exams to test how good you are at the subject. Naturally you will be solving this a week or two before the exams. But make sure that you put in equal effort in correcting your own answers and learning from your mistakes because otherwise this is a pointless exercise.

4) Mocks: I used to solve many mock papers when I studied. I never went to the institute to write them but downloaded them from the website, printed them out to get a real exam feeling, set the clock to three hours and write the papers as though they were my final exam. I suggest you to do the same. Before correcting your own paper, give a half an hour gap between writing and correction. Also, be stingy with marks. As stingy as possible. This will help you prepare for the worst.

 

TIME MANAGEMENT

It is easy to understand what you are supposed to study from but very difficult to plan how to cover everything in 3 months. I’m going to help you do just that. But please note that this period doesn’t involve coaching for this subject but rather should be the plan after the initial coaching period. I’m only guiding the self study portion.

Let us have an aim of studying for a minimum of 10 – 12 hours per day. Even if you do wake up between 5 – 6 AM and start studying, ten hours is easily achievable and a definite must if you want to cover all subjects.  So, I am going to try and split it up for you into two parts. Major and Minor.

The ‘Major’ part under ISCA covers ‘Ch 3 – Protection of IS’, ‘Ch 4 – BCP and DRM’ and ‘Ch 5 – Acquisition, Development and Implementation of IS’ while the ‘Minor’ part covers the rest of the chapters. Please note that these are falling into the ‘Minor’ portion not because of lack of importance but because they are fairly less time consuming to study.

My strategy was to create flowcharts for all the eight chapters. Ideally, Chapter 1 and 8 are the easiest of them all. But the rest can be tricky. To get a bird’s eye view of every topic, we need to understand the sub-topics and concepts under them. What better way to do that than to create flowcharts? They are simple, attractive and make great substitutes for short notes.

Try to do the ‘Major’ part at the time of the day where your brain is completely awake! For me it’s early morning. Find your peak time and try to finish as many pages / concepts as possible for every chapter. Don’t leave a chapter midway. That will not ensure efficiency. Start a chapter only when you know you have the time to complete it.

Your target is to complete the Study Material in 10 to 12 days. This is achievable even while studying for other subjects. But if you prefer to study only one subject at a time, and you want to allot 10 – 12 hours per day only for this subject, then give yourself a target of 5 – 8 days only. It is easily achievable because the portion is fairly minimal.

RTPs (2) and Mocks (4) – Together this will take a total of 3 – 4 days. Ideally it is a last minute check on your performance to evaluate how ready you are and what chapters you will need to quickly brush up on. Again, correcting your paper is a must. I can’t reiterate enough how vital this is.

PRESENTATION

Now comes the most important part. This is one that most students neglect or don’t really take all that seriously.  A lot of you believe that as long as the answers are correct and that your effort goes into the preparation, how your answer looks on the final paper doesn’t really matter. Here are some dos and don’ts you need to follow to be able to successfully complete your paper.

1) ISCA is 100% theoretical. It is dry and difficult to remember. Underline the sub-headings in every answer.

2) Use bullet points and split lengthy answers into paragraphs as much as is possible

3) Definitions are very scoring but also tricky to answer if you don’t remember keywords. Present those well.

And finally, it is absolutely alright if you haven’t been able to clear in the first shot. I mentored a lot of students so far and one beautiful thing I’ve noticed is how they are able to put in more focus and effort by following these steps. Most of you only require a sense of direction and that is what I wanted to help provide. You know what hard work means, you know what Chartered Accountancy is about. All you are unsure of is how to approach it.

Change isn’t something that comes instantly. It’s a gradual process. But once you reach the top, there is no looking back. Give it time, be patient and just give the exams your best shot. I am not going to say ‘All the Best’. Instead, I am going to say, just do your best.

 

So, that’s all I have for you today.

 

Coming up next is my tips for DIRECT TAX LAWS.
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How to Clear CA – Final Paper 5: Advanced Management Accounting

​Since it’s that time of the year again, that dreaded time that every CA student knows about, I thought I would share this post, tell you what I learnt through my journey and maybe help you find a way through the awful month of May / November.

A little heads up before we begin – I became a Chartered Accountant after clearing the May 2016 exams so I’m still fairly new and I know the most up-to-date system, so you don’t need to worry.  Also, I opted to take coaching for this subject, which I think helped me a lot in being able to write this article.

 

So, without further ado, let’s get into the plan, shall we?

 

How to clear your Advanced Management Accounting paper:

 

Let’s divide this into three parts so that it’s clear and I can cover everything without confusing you. The first part is the REFERENCE MATERIAL, the second part is the TIME MANAGEMENT and the third part is the PAPER PRESENTATION. I believe that it is with the combined implementation of these three which helps a student write the exam successfully.

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL:

 

Logically, it makes sense to me that since the suggested answers / answer key is coming from the institute, naturally so should the material you study from. This is what I tell everyone who ever asks me for advice about clearing not only this subject, but any subject. Please note that I am not going to depend the basis of my plan on whether you went for coaching or not. Regardless of that, here are my suggestions:
  • Practice Manual
  • JB Gupta’s AMA and OR
  • Compiler
  • The most recent three RTPs
  • Last four to six Mock Papers (Conducted by ICAI)

It is pretty straight-forward. All you have to do is study from these books. Now that you know what to refer to, let me briefly tell you how to sort it all out. This is the order in which I recommend you study.

1) AMA and OR by J.B. Gupta: I used this as a substitute for the study material. You don’t require it if you’ve taken coaching and have that book to refer from. Compared to the study material, this is definitely easier to read, it covers the entire portion, the theory is convenient to memorize and the sums cover  a major portion of past examination questions. All in all, this is a comprehensive material that boosts the ability of the student to complete the portion well ahead of time.

2) Practice Manual: This is a standard for every CA student. It is necessary to be thorough with the practice Manual because, not only does it cover a major chunk of the portion, it also ensures that you present your answers the right way – with the correct steps and formulae.

3) Revision Test Papers: I would suggest getting at least three RTPs and using these as exams to test how good you are at the subject. Naturally you will be solving this a week or two before the exams. But make sure that you put in equal effort in correcting your own answers and learning from your mistakes because otherwise this is a pointless exercise.

4) Mocks: I used to solve many mock papers when I studied. I never went to the institute to write them but downloaded them from the website, printed them out to get a real exam feeling, set the clock to three hours and write the papers as though they were my final exam. I suggest you to do the same. Before correcting your own paper, give a half an hour gap between writing and correction. Also, be stingy with marks. As stingy as possible. This will help you prepare for the worst.

5)
 Compiler: This is the best book to follow to get as much practice as possible. Whatever you do or don’t do, make sure you have time to complete this. The trick is to treat it the way you would handle mocks and RTPs.

TIME MANAGEMENT

It is easy to understand what you are supposed to study from but very difficult to plan how to cover everything in 3 months. I’m going to help you do just that. But please note that this period doesn’t involve coaching for this subject but rather should be the plan after the initial coaching period. I’m only guiding the self study portion.

Let us have an aim of studying for a minimum of 10 – 12 hours per day. Even if you do wake up between 5 – 6 AM and start studying, ten hours is easily achievable and a definite must if you want to cover all four  subjects.  So, I am going to try and split it up for you into two parts for each of AMA and OR. Major and Minor.

The ‘Major’ part under AMA covers ‘CVP Analysis (Marginal Costing)’ and ‘Standard Costing’ while the ‘Major’ part under OR consists of ‘Transportation’, ‘Linear Programming’ and ‘Simulation’. The ‘Minor’ part covers the rest of the chapters. Please note that these are falling into the ‘Minor’ portion not because of lack of importance but because they are fairly less time consuming to study. In the Minor portion of AMA, chapters like ‘Transfer Pricing’ and ‘Developments in the business environment’ are all easy but important from examination point of view. Similarly, in OR, we need to focus on ‘PERT and CPM’.

My strategy was to leave Standard Costing in the ‘Major’ part of the AMA as it is far too time consuming for the marks it is allotted. However, if you are comfortable with it, by all means, go ahead.

Try to do the ‘Major’ part at the time of the day where you are the fastest. For me it’s early morning. Find your peak time and try to finish as many pages / concepts as possible for every chapter. For the ‘Minor’ part of the portion, make sure to complete 3 – 4 chapters a day. It ideally shouldn’t take more than 0.5 – 1 hour per chapter but you go at your own comfortable pace. Don’t leave a chapter midway. That will not ensure efficiency. Start a chapter only when you know you have the time to complete it.

Your target is to complete the Practice Manual and JB Gupta in 15 to 18 days. This is achievable even while studying for other subjects. But if you prefer to study only one subject at a time, and you want to allot 10 – 12 hours per day only for this subject, then give yourself a target of 8 – 10 days only. It is easily achievable because though the portion is vast, there are less types of concepts to worry about.

RTPs (3) and Mocks (4) – Together this will take a total of 2 – 3 days. Ideally it is a last minute check on your performance to evaluate how ready you are and what chapters you will need to quickly brush up on. Again, correcting your paper is a must. I can’t reiterate enough how vital this is.

PRESENTATION

Now comes the most important part. This is one that most students neglect or don’t really take all that seriously.  A lot of you believe that as long as the answers are correct and that your effort goes into the preparation, how your answer looks on the final paper doesn’t really matter. Here are some dos and don’ts you need to follow to be able to successfully complete your paper.

1) AMA is completely a practical paper. It is a combination of concepts and formulae. To make it easier and more attractive for the person correcting your paper, underline the formulae in every solution.

2) Every lengthy solution should be presented structurally in a step-wise manner so as to be logical.

3) Direct theory is very scoring. This means definitions and straightforward answers. Try to answer any theoretical questions, if any, with clarity and in bullet points.

4) Use a scale and pencil to draw the formats and lines so that it adds a neat look to your exam paper. This specially applies to assignment and transportation sums from OR.

And finally, it is absolutely alright if you haven’t been able to clear in the first shot. I mentored a lot of students so far and one beautiful thing I’ve noticed is how they are able to put in more focus and effort by following these steps. Most of you only require a sense of direction and that is what I wanted to help provide. You know what hard work means, you know what Chartered Accountancy is about. All you are unsure of is how to approach it.

Change isn’t something that comes instantly. It’s a gradual process. But once you reach the top, there is no looking back. Give it time, be patient and just give the exams your best shot. I am not going to say ‘All the Best’. Instead, I am going to say, just do your best.

 

So, that’s all I have for you today.

 

Coming up next is my tips for INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND CONTROL AUDIT.

 

I hope you have a wonderful day.