Q1: Tell us something about your background in terms of following aspects specifically:
a. Your vision challenge
b. Your schooling
A1: Vision Challenge - So I am visually impaired from birth due to improper development of retina and lens. I can see objects clearly only when really close to my eyes. Rest I can just see them blurry. That's I can just guess. Can't be sure of it.
Schooling - I can't see the blackboard even from the very first bench. So the only way I was learning is by listening to faculties. But I would really thank my teachers and friends who helped me a lot in studies.
Q2: What inspired you to do CA? Were you not scared that you are going to prepare for one of the toughest exams?
A2: While I am differently abled, I always want to live a life as a normal person. And for that I need to prove the world that I am also capable of doing anything. And what else than CA can help me in proving myself to the world?
I was aware that CA is difficult for even normal students and it is going to be even more difficult for me. But then it was a chance for me to prove myself.
Q3: As a CA student, my life was all about – countless reading hours, spending lot of time with calculator than mobile, filling up 100s of books writing, solving sums. Can’t imagine doing all of this without my vision.
How could you do all of the above & various other study aspects? At least answer from 3 perspectives:
a. Reading & Understanding
b. Using calculator
c. Writing & solving sums
A3: As I mentioned earlier I can see from close distance only. I can refer to one thing at a time that is if I have to lift up the book to read and then have to put it down and take calculator to calculate something. It is difficult, but by the time I have developed myself to use calculator as less as possible.
Also traveling is an issue for me. I always need someone to help me travel. And attending face to face classes was not possible for me. Also due to living in a small town (Surendranagar, Gujarat) there were not enough choices. And at this point, Koncept Education was like an angel to me.
I decided to do CA foundation without taking any coaching. Koncept was really helpful for me to study for CA foundation. And after clearing CA foundation, I was sure to go with KonceptCA for my CA inter. It solved my two major problems. First, I did not have to travel. And second, I can't see blackboard so I had to depend on teachers' voice.
But with KonceptCA I was able to see what’s there on paper.
Q4: As you are assigned a writer in the exam who writes exam on your behalf, so brief us on the Following:
a. Ideal writers role in your exam
b. Could you get an ideal writer?
c. Coordination between you and the writer
A4: ICAI provides facility of writer and extra time of one and half hour to physically challenged students. But I had only opted for extra time and was writing all the papers by my own. I find it easier to write by my own than using a writer and struggling to explain him/her what to write.
Q5: Is the additional 1 hour that you get in the exam sufficient?
A5: Okay. I think it was more than enough for me. As I only took extra time of 30 minutes in paper 3 CMA. Rest of all 7 papers were done within 3 hours.
Q6: Do you think this examination pattern for students like you is proper?
A6: I think ICAI is trying to help students like me, but fully MCQs based paper is more suitable to students who are taking help of writer as it will be much easier to explain right answer to the writer.
Q7: What you wish to pursue once you qualify as Chartered Account? What are your Career Goals?
A7: I am having deep interest in field of finance. So I would like to go in finance field after qualifying as CA. And for getting more knowledge in depth, I am thinking of pursuing CFA simultaneously. Yet, I am not sure about it.
Q8: What is your parents’ role in your journey? Any particular experience that you wish to share?
A8: I consider myself to be nothing without support of my parents and brother. They always supported me in whatever I wanted to do. They never forced me in choosing career. They always inspired me to take all my decision by myself. I can't explain and describe their importance in words.
Q9: Any last piece of advice/ suggestion to students across?
A9: Life is full of obstacles and also opportunities. Consider yourself to be lucky for whatever you have got and try to get even more by your hard work and smart work. And always be positive. For me I can think myself unfortunate that my vision is not normal, but I consider myself lucky because at least I can see, though not clear.
Q10: Any feedback as to HOW KONCEPT helped you in your exam preparation?
A10: I would like to thank Yash sir, Ruchika ma'am and Divya ma'am for helping me to go a step closer to my dream.
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