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Why CA, CS and CMA student fails to clear exams

By Lecture Dekho


During one of my sessions with a group of students, I was confronted with a very aggressive student. He continued his assault on ICAI, ICSI and ICMAI for the fact that they have the tendency to fail a number of students without any reason. He refused to listen to any of my points, as he was miffed beyond expectations. I had no choice but to listen to what he had to say. He shared his failures with the whole group consisting of students enrolled in CS Professional (Final). He emphasized that he had been failing in one group (2 subjects) in CA Final examination, irrespective of passing all other exams rather comprehensively in the first attempt. He challenged that he knew all the rules and regulations related to the subject, and that he has memorized all the notes (of most popular teachers) and textbooks along with the subject modules issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He often said that due to scaling processes implemented by the ICAI, he had to undergo the mental trauma of appearing for the same exam, over and over again.

I listened to him patiently and agreed to most of his points. There is no doubt that there are a few students who face such issues in professional exams. There is hardly any doubt in respect of their intelligence and professional knowledge. Some of them have fair amount of experience in the corporate world, so we cannot put a question mark on their professional aptitude. There is no doubt that there are a few unlucky ones, who despite of doing whatever it takes to clear a professional exam, fail to clear them.

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However, I will put my own argument and research here. Not all students could be classified in the above category. I agree that the overall passing percentage in the professional examinations: CA, CS and CMA is ridiculously low. But it does not mean that all the students have worked hard enough to clear them. The kind of students which we had discussed above comprises not more than 1-2% of the total students appearing for the exams.

Please do not get me wrong! In no way I am trying to bring down the efforts of the students in the examinations. I have seen my own students studying tirelessly for hours, and then only they clear the exams. I give all the credit to the students for putting so much of hard work in these examinations. And it is such a shame that not all of them succeed.I have worked closely with a number of students who try so hard, but end up failing in these exams. I would like to emphasize that the institutes do not have anything personal against any student. I am not sure about the scaling matter, but I think it is not commonly used in every examination by all the institutes. The only problem which I have come through with the students is the fact that they lack the professional aptitude needed to clear these examinations.

The three premier institutes: ICAI, ICSI and ICMAI want to increase the number of fellow members and professionals in the nation. But in no way they are going to compromise with the quality of professional knowledge required to become a member of such prestigious institutes.Going through the notes of best teachers or memorizing the textbooks are most unlikely to fetch you the results you anticipate.  The institutes expect a student to transform into a corporate professional. The way a student handles case studies, unseen questions, and how professionally the answers are written play a very crucial role in deciding the results.

This is the reason why case studies are very important in any of these professional exams. A corporate professional could get into a number of issues and problems whilst working. At that particular point, no textbook or notes could help him out. The only thing which could help him during such situation is his ability to handle the pressure. This ability to handle the pressure at the points when it matters the most, is actually tested by the professional institutes at the highest levels.

Take example of corporate laws or taxation. There are thousands of case laws. Interestingly, one particular subject could have different decided case law which depicts different results under identical situations. Any student, who believes in mugging up the cases without understanding the relevance and situational analysis of the facts, is likely to fail.It is important to use the case studies as strength. They should be remembered to tone up the argument provided in an answer. However, a student cannot depend completely over a past decision in a new situation. It is crucial to take deep analysis of the facts presented in the question, and then comparing it with the case law.To sum up, the institutes are not bloodhounds. They have no personal vendetta against any student at any level. I once again agree that there are a few students who fail despite giving their best attempt. But the majority of the students who remain unsuccessful are because they fail to address the importance of professional writing aptitude. Case studies are integral part of any study. The Indian professional learning environment is evolving constantly. This is why it is crucial to understand the importance of properly analyzing these studies and using them to the best advantage of a student.

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Some more reasons why CA, CS and CMA students are facing failure in exam with Remedies.

“Failure improves the taste of victory”

Interestingly, a high proportion of the candidates who appear for such exams are those who’ve been outstanding in their career record throughout? And when they face failure, they get traumatized. Many candidates get demotivated and get depressed about their failure.

“Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success.”

I would strongly suggest you all to stick to the basics of study to avoid further failure and ensure success. For me some basics of study are as follows:

  1. No Proper Planning and Time management skills

Most of the students are carelessness towards career.

“Bas Dosto ke CA ka form fill kar dete hai”.

So, be serious. Else you will feel guilty throughout your life even if you do something good elsewhere.

Usually, they engaged in other activities during preparation (Marriage, birthdays, family get together, poojas), parties. “All these events can be completed without you”

“Don’t Waste Time otherwise Time will Sucks you.”

Proper utilization of this time is really essential to clear your exam in first attempt. So in this way and to prepare an effective study schedule, time management is very important.

Just do not take the text book and start reading from the first chapter. Plan your subject, your interest, have an overall feel of the Book, Chapters and their importance. Do not leave any chapter in option

“Nobody in this world ever achieved anything by giving up”

  1. Busy in asking/arranging Study Plan and time table.

No one will learn you how to manage your valuable time, after all its your precious time. You need to understand your utility of time. Everyone has their own capabilities, strength and weakness. I can’t able to figure out that such kinds of study plans are feasible for every student. So, plan accordingly as per your own assessments.

“All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”

  1. Wrong Selections of books and Ignorance of Study material, Practice Manual

You need to refer the book which is given by your Coaching teacher but without ignoring the material provided like study material, practice manual, etc. Nobody is asking you to read these materials wholly and thoroughly. But the main idea is to make you realize their importance.

“You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

  1. Confuse between attempting single group or both group in exam

It depends on your preparation and availability of time along with your capability to handle both groups at a time. Most of students get confused whether to give both the groups or one group at a time. No point in discussing with friends or taking advise from others. Remember you and you only are the best judge.

” Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.”

  1. Poor presentation skills

This thing is said by many Rank Holders. They say that they have scored rank because others don’t have the proper and needed writing skills. And you see, this is another main reason of failure in Exams. So work on your presentation skills from now onwards otherwise you will never realize what mistake you are committing in every attempt.

“Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.” 

  1. Inappropriate Guidance & unsolicited guidance from every random persons

Students accept every other Students’ advice which is actually doing more harm than good. Until and unless the advice is coming from a expert, please don’t accept any one else’s advice. Don’t even listen to them as it will distract you.

“Success delayed is not success denied

  1. No Self awareness/ No Proper assessment & analysis

Some students are fully dependent upon coaching class. I suggest you that at least develop your own assessment and calibers. In other words understanding of prevailing examination pattern in a proper manner is also very important for a good start to your exam preparation. Understanding the structure of the exams, then its become possible to tackle the exam and be successful. Based on the structure of exam planning should be made.

Self analysis is also essential to figure out that everything is going as per your plan. A well defined study plan is not a guarantee of success unless executed in proper way. So you may test your preparation by attempting some previous exam paper under ultimate exam condition or environment.

” Without your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement you can’t fail. “

  1. Not practicing by writing the proper format

Rough work? Rough work is how a Student defines his practice.

Blunder, a big blunder. Have you ever seen Sachin (Master Blaster) practicing roughly? Or practicing with a poor and old bat? No he doesn’t. He practices with the bat like he is playing the Final Match. And dear Students you have to so the same. Trust me this habit if inculcated will reap in more benefits than any other tip being talked about here..

Students solve practical problems in the text book by ticking the posting. In exams we are not provided with answers which we have to verify. We have to actually write the answers. So practice in note book and ensure that you complete full question. Don’t leave halfway.

“Failure will never overtake me if my definition to succeed is strong enough”

  1. More of advice & less of its implementations

The problem with the Student is that he is inquisitive enough to listen to the motivation being provided by the friends, teachers, peers, parents etc. but the only problem is that there is more of listening and less of implementation. There is no point of listening of you are not converting those thoughts into actions.

  1. No analysis of mistakes

Get very specific about the reasons of your failure. Failure is there not without a reason. It’s there to give you the wisdom you need to succeed. Each failure you encounter increases your wisdom and brings you one step closer to success. If you have this mindset, you will see failure differently. You will see each failure as an opportunity to learn.


  1. Tensions, Panic,Depressions, frustrations etc

Look at your failure objectively, unemotionally. It takes courage and deep strength to overcome the overwhelming feelings of frustrations when you fail an examination. You should help yourself by staying strong by neglecting all the negative feelings brought by the disappointments.

Success is for those people who never quit. You should look forward for good things to happen ahead of you. You should tell yourself that a failed examination may give you bad days but not bad life.

  1. No proper time allocation for revision

Another basic study point is to give ample emphasis to a good revision plan. There is

Nothing is this world which can substitute a good revision plan. To succeed revision is must.

  1. Less importance given to theory potion of practical papers.

Most of the students don’t give due value to the theory in the practical subject. So right amount of theory preparation in practical subjects is equally important. The best way to solve this issue is to prepare notes of frequently asked theory questions from Scanner.


Give your Best Shot and 100% effort and trust God. You would come out with flying colors.

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