How to Prepare for CA Intermediate Exams?

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  • Last Updated on 23 December, 2023

CA Intermediate exams

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Initial Study Preparation
  3. Revision and Practice of Questions
  4. Last Day Preparation
  5. Other Important Tips

1. Introduction

CA Foundation is undoubtedly a stepping stone of the CA journey; but the real flavours of the subjects like accounting, taxation, auditing and realisation of the vastness of syllabus comes when a student enters the arena of CA Intermediate. For most of the students, this stage becomes one of the most challenging phases during CA journey as they suddenly get exposed to newer technical subjects which require rigorous planning and studies. As this stage tests one’s patience, dedication and perseverance, an appropriate preparation strategy is necessary to curb the fear of this behemoth curriculum and also have a better understanding of the concepts along with solving practical problems.

2. Initial Study Preparation

Initial study preparation of CA Intermediate involves in-depth study of each and every subject; and to ease the preparation, students should carefully choose the consise study material covering all the topics. In this regard, Taxmann’s Study Material for CA Intermediate Exams can prove to be a boon for students, presenting the subject matter in concised tabular formats. These study materials cover the entire syllabus under the New Scheme of Education and Training and are prepared with a student oriented approach i.e. the authors have developed this book keeping in mind the following factors:

    • Interaction of the authors with their students, with specific emphasis on difficulties faced by students in the examinations
    • Shaped by the authors’ experience of teaching the subject matter at different levels
    • Reactions and responses of students have also been incorporated at different places in the books

Some of the books that are available for CA Intermediate students include:

Books Authors
Students Guide to Accounting Standards D S Rawat/Deepti Maheshwari
Law Ethics and Communication Pankaj Garg
Cost Accounting & Financial Management (Set in Two Parts) N.S. Zad, Subodh V. Shah
Financial Management Ravi M. Kishore
Students’ Guide to Income Tax Including GST Vinod K. Singhania/Monica Singhania
GST – CA-Intermediate Raj K. Agrawal
Advanced Accounting Including Applicable Accounting Standards D G Sharma
Auditing & Assurance (Auditing) | Study Material CA Pankaj Garg

Tax and Accounts Professional Course

3. Revision and Practice of Questions

One of the goals while preparing for CA Intermediate exams should be to revise each subject at least two to three times. Regular revision can help implant most of the practical concepts as well as the theoretical topics in one’s brain. Emphasis should be given to cover maximum number of previous exam questions besides the questions from ICAI issued Revision Test Papers. One efficient hack to this is Taxmann’s CRACKER series for all the subjects of CA Intermediate Exams. It covers all the past exam questions (topic-wise) and also point-wise detailed answers for easy understanding. The salient features of this series are as below –

    • All the answers are updated as per the latest amendments applicable for the term.
    • Questions are segregated topic-wise covering all the topics.
    • Graphical representation of chapter-wise marks distribution for past exams is also included.
    • Questions includes categories like –
      1. Questions from Revision Test Papers and Mock Test Papers as published by ICAI
      2. Descriptive questions and case studies
      3. Objective questions
      4. Knowledge and application-based MCQs
      5. Integrated case studies

Some of the books that can aid students’ revision for CA Intermediate examinations are:

Books Authors
Cracker | Corporate & Other Laws Pankaj Garg
Taxation (Tax) | Cracker K.M. Bansal/Sanjay Kumar Bansal
Accounting (Accounts) | Cracker Parveen Sharma/Kapileshwar Bhalla
Advanced Accounting (Advanced Accounts) | Cracker Parveen Sharma/Kapileshwar Bhalla
Financial Management & Economics For Finance (FM & ECO) | Cracker Namit Arora
MCQs on Auditing & Assurance Pankaj Garg
MCQs on Taxation Arinjay Jain
Auditing & Assurance (Auditing) With Application-based MCQs & Integrated Case Studies | CRACKER Pankaj Garg
Cost & Management Accounting (CMA) | Cracker Ravi Chhawchharia/Yash Doctor

4. Last Day Preparation

The revision on the day before the exam is certainly the most crucial part of the preparation and therefore, proper planning is required in order to revise the maximum syllabus during those times. For revision on the day before exam or on the last day, one can refer to the markings and important notings made in Taxmann’s Study Materials and also refer to the important tricky questions marked in Taxmann’s Crackers while practicing the problems.

5. Other Important Tips

    • Note down things which have been planned to be done in a week or a day and make sure to revisit it to ensure that work is done according to the laid plan.
    • Using a defined book and not switching to different books for the same topics can avoid confusion and unnecessary effort.
    • Special attention to be given on the amendments.
    • Working on the presentation of the answers, even for the practical papers.
    • Appear for mock test papers or write a paper in an exam-like environment.
    • Keep yourself physically and mentally fit.

The above-mentioned study references will not only save time and effort of reading pages and pages of information but will help in retention of most of the important concepts. Also, besides remaining positive and determined throughout the study period, analysing the course, subjects, as well as evaluation pattern and then allocating one’s study time accordingly, can help the candidates in planning their CA Intermediate exams and cracking the same in first attempt successfully.

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