Preparation for CA examinations require a proper mix of adequate time period and in-depth conceptual understanding. Mock tests provide students with a direction to prepare for the main examinations.

In order to gauge your preparation and to provide suggestions for you about the suitability of our test series for your preparation, we have drafted a set of pointers to enable you to make a self-assessment for your preparatory phase.

This self-assessment question set could help you analyse your style of preparation; whether the time you have on hand is adequate for preparation and would also guide you in appropriate selection of the test series that you could undertake to enhance your preparation.

  • Have you already completed classes for the examination? How many months exam leave does your Firm’s policy provide you with?

Our past trends based on interviews with successful candidates says that a minimum of one to one and half months period is required for proper preparation for Intermediate examinations after all classes have been completed. Likewise, the Final course requires a minimum of two and half to three months of dedicated preparation. But many students are of the opinion that completing all classes well in advance before the Final preparation may prove to have a negative impact considering the burden it puts on the student. They also feel that attending one or two classes during the examination leave period helped them to meet like-minded students to discuss their preparation rather than spending the whole time alone at home preparing in isolation.

  • How high do you rate the quality of coaching you have received from the classes?

One of the primary requirements to ace your exams is conceptual strength in the subject. Classes provide this conceptual strength thus making it important for you to assess the depth of knowledge imparted to you via classes. An excellent teacher could make you clear the examination with least effort from your side. On the other hand, a bad lecture could be a huge waste of time.

A lot many times, students resort to self-preparation for a few subjects (Theory subjects often) believing that classes could waste their time. But in the end, they end up wasting more time self-learning and end up with half-baked knowledge of the subject.

  • What style of preparation do you adopt?

Based on various insights from candidates, we understand that students have different approaches to preparation. A few of them dedicate their entire time to prepare a single subject before moving on to the next. Example: 5 days of accounts followed by 4 days of law and so on.

 Many cannot digest a single subject for long time periods and so they prepare based on intervals.

Example: Two hours of accounts in the morning followed by one hour of audit followed by two hours of taxation and so on.

A few fall in between this list like say focussing on two subjects at a time or say, group-wise etc.

Your style of preparation matters a lot to identify the test series that would suit you. If you prepare like most people based on intervals, you can opt for our DOT examination.

Or else, if you prepare subject-wise, we also have a subject-wise test series that would help you prepare.

  • How many hours preparation do you believe that you could realistically put in each day?

This is a very important parameter to decide the depth of your preparation. A lot of students often prepare writing both groups. But sometimes, it could be more feasible to focus group-wise. 

Based on past trends, we have observed that at least six hours of preparation per day is required to ace both groups comfortably.

If you are one of those saints who puts in 14 hours each day without any distraction, you needn’t bother about this at all.

But if you are one of those who believe that you could put in 3 to 4 hours alone per day, well maybe you could think along the lines of giving the exam group-wise.

It is important to take some time to think over this because so many students often go for both groups initially but end up struggling to cope with the pressure. They most often end up skipping the entire exam.

  • How quick a learner are you?

This could be seen as a supplementary question to the previous one. Some students grasp the concept by reading ones. For many, it needs three or four times of reading (or writing) in order to bring the concept under control.

There is no harm in being a slow learner. Majority of us are slow learners. But then, it is important that we plan our time accordingly after considering our learning speed. The six hour thumb rule that I have mentioned above is based on the average learners i.e. the ones who need two rounds of revision to grasp the concepts.

Your learning speed combined with the time you allot matter a lot in determining whether to go for both groups or maybe stick to one group.

  • Are you a self-motivated learner or do you require external targets to propel your preparation?

Most of us require external targets or deadlines to propel our preparation. The same formula has worked for us time and again right from school to articleship.

The main aim of the PradhiCA test series is to provide an external target; a direction for your preparation. This doesn’t mean that self-motivated learners cannot take up the series. The test is set based on ICAI standards and has a good reputation of providing a proper simulated condition of your examination.

All the best! We believe you would ace the examination!