Sharing an inspirational story of CA Rohit who 1st became a CS in 2002, started with CA clearing CA Intermediate in 2004 and finally gave CA Final after a long gap becoming a CA at the age of 34.
CA Rohit Singh, who is also a qualified Company Secretary, Cost Accountant and a Law Graduate (Gold Medalist). He has also completed Diploma in Information Systems Audit (DISA) – ICAI and Fellow from Insurance Institute of India (FIII). Currently, he is Heading GST Suvidha Provider (GSP) Business for Karvy Data Management Services Ltd.
“I was always an average student in school. I wanted to pursue CA since my friends were doing the same. Being a commerce student, I somehow believed the only path to success was CA or CS. I had a phobia towards mathematics and never understood Algebra, Theorems, Geometry etc,” says CA Rohit Singh from Bangalore.
“In 1998 when I was in class 12, CA Foundation course (CA Foundation was 1st level CA exam in the old CA course which has been replaced by CPT) had math as one of the compulsory papers. Out of fear of math, I did not opt for CA – Foundation route for CA Course instead I joined Company Secretary course (CS) and cleared CS Final in June 2002 along with my graduation.
On graduating, I immediately enrolled in CA – Intermediate (equivalent to CA – IPCC as of today). I prepared for the exams and passed in Nov’04. I completed my articleship and started working as a CS in KOLKATA. Since I was already a qualified CS, I never felt the urgency to appear for CA Final (The last exam in the CA course consisting of Group 1 & Group 2) but at the bottom of my heart I always felt – Wish I could complete CA.
Days and years passed, I got married and shifted my base to Nagpur City. I continued my corporate CS work and handled large amalgamations of listed entities etc. Even though professionally the work was enriching but not completing CA always haunted me.
CA Final 1st attempt – Failed:
- I finally appeared for CA Final Group 1 exams in May’10 but could not clear the exams.
- Somehow, I scored 178/400 (200/400 being the min to clear) which acted as a motivation.
- I realized with a little more efforts I could clear Group 1.
- In Sep’10 we were blessed with a baby girl. Life was amazing but hectic. CA went on hold
CA Final 2nd attempt – Cleared CA Final Group 1:
- Around April’12, my wife requested me to appear for CA Final, but I showed reluctance citing hectic office work, travel, and daughter growing up. On her insistence, I filled forms for CA Final in Nov’12.
- Then started a very tough regime of juggling work, family, and studies. I always knew that managing studies for CA Final with full-time work will be nearly impossible. But I knew to achieve this, I had to do something impossible.
- And the motivation was to have the two words CA before my name. After all, CA Rohit Kumar Singh will always sound sweet.
- So I changed my routine, I started getting up at 4 am and studying till 7 am. Would go to the office and whatever time I used to get I studied on my laptop (Shhhhhh……without anyone knowing). After coming back I would again study from 10 pm till 1 am.
- I had to rely on my books since I had no time for coaching classes.
- I had broken down the entire syllabus into small targets. I had read somewhere – Failing to plan is planning to fail. I implemented this in the truest sense.
- Each and every subject and topic was bifurcated and ABC Analysis was done. “A” being most important and “C” being least important.
- I also went through the questions of the last 8 exams.
- During that time, I also had to travel overseas for an assignment which got really tough on me and my planning. However, I used to carry my scanners and books to keep myself focused.
- Since I had cleared CS exams, I knew I could pass if I study smartly. I had to focus on my strengths and overcome my fears as well.
- I gave CA Final Group 1 exams and I cleared it scoring 228/400.
CA Final 3rd attempt – Cleared Group 2 and Became a Qualified CA:
- I appeared for Group 2 in May’13 where I got 200/400.
- I was in Patna, Bihar at my grandfather’s house when I checked the results on my mobile. The moment I saw ‘PASS’, I started crying, a feeling I shall cherish my entire life.
- I cleared CA at the age of 34.
Life Post CA:
- During the entire journey of CA/CS/CMA or Law, I have always listened to my inner voice and relied on my gut feeling. Everyone should rely on their gut feelings the results could be magical.
- CA gave me an opportunity to achieve my dreams. I worked in PwC, Hyderabad in Indirect Taxation where I handled clients such as the world’s largest social media company, a pharma giant, largest search engine company, airport operator and many more
- . I was also a part of the implementation of GST and completed some GST impact assessment studies of niche clients. My work was appreciated by clients.
- Later on, I joined Karvy to Head their GST Suvidha Provider (GSP) Business. The decision of leaving a Big 4 firm and joining a business which was nascent, was not difficult since I followed my heart to choose between the two. I knew this is the opportunity of my life and believe me it has been a roller-coaster ride. I got an opportunity to handle a big clientele, set up GST Compliance vertical serving clients on GST Compliance, making presentations to Associations, Industry, Professionals, and Government, etc.
- I have worked with MSME, Government of India and made presentations on GST.
- On one occasion Dr. Kalraj Mishra, Member of Parliament, MSME minister, was a guest speaker and he appreciated my efforts.
- I love to read and learn new things.
CA has given some valuable lessons for life:
- Nothing is impossible if you are determined.
- It’s never late to start. You can always start, no matter how old you are!
- There is no shortcut to success. Go the grind and you will be a good human being.
- Always follow your heart since it’s never wrong. I always follow my heart and results have been so fascinating.
- Be true and give your 100%. Results can never be as expected but you will not have any regrets as well,” he concluded.
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