Today the ICAI published the results of the Final CA and Incorporation (July) of 2021. Among the 83,606 candidates registered for the final Exam of Certified Public Accountants (new cycle), 19-year-old Nandini Agrawal emerged first with a score of 614 / 800 points, Her 21-year-old brother, Sachin Agrawal, was ranked 18th in India (AIR).
Students at Victor Convent School in Morena District, Madhya Pradesh, removed Sachin and Nandini from class 12 in 2017. Nandini skipped two classes early in his childhood and was therefore in the same class as his older brother since second grade.
“My brother and I have been studying together since school. We also prepared for the IPCC and CA finals together. Our strategy was simple: we support each other but we criticize more. When we solve a questionnaire, he checks my answers and I check,” says Nandini, who is currently following his articles from PwC “There have been times when I have lost hope, but my brother’s support has put me on the right track. I also got AIR 31 on the IPCC exam.
While the pandemic has hampered the preparations for most hopeful, it has actually worked for this fraternal duo. It gave them more time to study and review the topics.
“There were times when we fought like crazy, but it only lasted for a while and we got back to normal. I would have been happy even if I got 70 percent because I didn’t have high expectations, but I knew Nandini would do well.” She is amazing and deserves all the success. “She is my mentor in so many ways,” says Sachin, who follows Gurugram-based One Point Advisors articles.
Her father, Naresh Chandra Gupta, is a tax practitioner, while her mother, Dimple Gupta, is a homemaker. Both Nandini and Sachin advise applicants to follow the ICAI study materials to pass the exam, as “it worked well for them.”
Nandini feels that most of the time, parents don’t believe enough in girls when it comes to competitive exams, which is why girls choose and pass some of the tougher exams. Girls tend to have fewer opportunities to prove themselves than boys. If they cannot solve any competitive exam in one or two attempts, they will be asked to quit, whereas the same is not the case for children. I have been fortunate to have very supportive parents, but all parents have to help their children achieve their dreams, be it boy or girl.
Nandini and Sachin chose the new CA course because in 2018, when they were both enrolling in the IPCC, the previous course was already off the scene. Therefore, the new course was his default choice.
“In our case, we had no other option to choose. In addition, the new cycle is more complete compared to the new cycle because it covers new realistic accounting standards and is in line with current market requirements.”