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How to Read & Understand CA | CMA | CS Exam Questions ?

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In my continuous efforts to address many issues faced by students appearing for professional exams, I found that majority of students doesn’t read and understand the questions properly before they answer. Professional exam papers are set in such a way that questions plays a vital role to judge the knowledge of students. Since, papers will focus more on concept level understanding of the subject, it is important that a professional student should know how to read and understand the question paper. In my experience in different capacities with the professional institute and as a trainer for professional courses, I thought of writing this article to help the students in understanding some of the important terminology/verbs which will be used in question.

How to Read & Understand CA | CMA | CS Exam Questions ?

 It may be practical or theory questions, but the use of some of the key words in questions may indicate what the paper setter is exactly looking in the answers given by the students. Since, answers are to be very specific and give all the information what the examiner is looking for, it becomes important from the part of students to read and understand question properly. Always remember it is quality of answers and presentation skills which are very important to clear professional exams. In this article, I try to give you some of the tips as to how to read and understand some of the key words and accordingly how to present your answers so that you score good marks.

Tips to Read and Understand CA | CMA | CS Exam Questions

I would like to now bring your attention on some of the key word which is commonly used in questions and which is very important for students to understand before they write the answers –

 DESCRIBE

Dictionary meaning is “to tell the facts, details or particulars of something”. Many time theory questions in exam will use the word DESCRIBE, this clearly means that the answer should give the key features about what it is asked for. Here focus is more on specifics and the paper setter is not interested for general answers. He is looking for more appropriate answers and wants the students to give the most important and justifiable facts about the question asked for.

For Eg.  Describe the weighted average pricing method?

Ans First give the formula for calculating weighted average, then you needs to give key features like, it is important that first we need to finalise on the period to assign weights and last you need to tell the advantages and disadvantages of this method.

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 DISTINGUISH

Dictionary meaning is “to point out an essential disparity”. Most of the time students doesn’t understand this word and gives unnecessary information. The intention of using such verb in question is to find whether student can bring about the main highlights of differences between.

 For Eg. Distinguish between Financial Audit and Cost Audit?

In such question, your answer should clearly highlight the areas where differences exist like – Objective, Nature, Appointment, Periodicity, Report submission.

 EXPLAIN

Dictionary meaning is “Clarify, Define”, “to make understandable the nature or meaning of something”. By asking Explain in the question, paper setter is looking at a student to make clear what is asked in the question. He expects students to bring out clear meanings asked for in the question and at the same time it will also test the students understanding potentiality. A student should bring out all the points relevant to the question and should substantiate his answers with definitions and examples. Depending upon marks, students are expected to give answers to such questions.

 LIST

Dictionary meaning is “Make a  List of”. If  a question is asked to List out the advantages, limitations, characteristics etc, students should only list out the points  with out going for any explanation. List should be specific to question asked and try to present it as far as possible in bullet points. When you are listing out the points make sure that there is some sort of continuity from one point to another in the order.(Don’t try to explain each points you list as no extra marks for explanation will be awarded)

For Eg. List the various sub plans in Disaster Recovery Plan?

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Ans – you need to list in order – Emergency Plan, Back up Plan, Recovery Plan and Test Plan

 STATE 

Dictionary meaning is “a way of living or existing”. In a question many times they use this word which means that they are testing as to what you think and feel about the particular statements. It is testing your presence of mind on the particular topic. Usually in True or False or where the examiners want to know whether the student has understood the concepts or not, will ask question by using state.

For Eg. State True or False, if False, support your answers with reasons. (Questions asked in CMA exams)

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 ILLUSTRATE

Dictionary meaning is” to give example in order to make easier to understand”. This is one way, an examiner tries to evaluate the examinees as to whether he knows to relate the concepts or not. Many time students know the subject but doesn’t know how to relate the same by using analytical and problem solving skills. By asking Illustrate, examiner is trying to find out that student has enough skill to relate the concept with appropriate examples. Usually law papers will have such type of questions, because the students are expected to know the relevant case laws as supporting to their main answers.

For Eg. What is Trade Parlance Theory? Illustrate the meaning with a valid Case Law.

Ans. Here examiner is not only asking a student to tell in general what is Trade Parlance  Theory, he is also expecting to explain Trade Parlance Theory with an example case. A student should answer this question with a case for eg. Godrej Industries ltd v/s CCEx 2008 and he need to bring out as to how the case was decided using Trade Parlance Theory as the main focus point.

CA IPCC Pass Percentage Previous Year | Analysis

CA IPCC Pass Percentage Previous year can be checked in the given article. Here we are providing CA IPCC Group – 1 and Group – 2 pass percentage for Nov 2016, May 2016, Nov 2015, Nov 2014, May 2014, Nov 2013 etc. In pass percentage you can get following details i.e., No. of candidates appeared, no. of candidates passed the pass percentage of CA IPCC Group – 1 and Group – 2.

IPCC Pass Percentage Nov 2014

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Groups No. of Candidates appeared No. of Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  47795  2963  6.20%
Group I  123488  17603  14.25%
Group II  104435  15982  15.30%

IPCC Pass Percentage May 2014

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Groups No. of Candidates appeared No. of Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups 66625 6326 9.49%
Group I  125187 20537 16.41%
Group II  121855 16878 13.85%

CA IPCC Passing Percentage Nov 2013

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  62033 5038 8.12%
Group I  122253 23342 19.09%
Group II  117834 21076 17.88%

CA IPCC Passing Percentage May 2013

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  63871 7489 11.73%
Group I  124310 24161 19.44%
Group II  112465 16675 14.83%

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CA IPCC Pass Percentage Nov 2012

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See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  51318 5720 11.15%
Group I 100494 25269 25.14%
Group II 96181 20326 21.13%

CA IPCC Pass Percentage May 2012

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  46493 9015 19.39%
Group I  95404 28903 30.30%
Group II  83239 22123 26.58%

IPCC Pass Percentage Nov 2011

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  43206 7422 17.18%
Group I  92908 33109 35.64%
Group II  70259 20511 29.19%

CA IPCC Pass Percentage May 2011

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  38446 7933 20.63%
Group I  89346 29078 32.55%
Group II  51836 14975 28.89%

CA IPCC Nov 2010 Pass Percentage

 

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  31547 5688 18.03%
Group I  82005 17863 21.78%
Group II  39567 12220 30.88%

CA IPCC May 2010 Pass Percentage

See below Passing percentage of CA IPCC Nov 2014 Group – 1 and Group – 2

Group Candidates appeared Candidates Passed Pass Percentage
Both Groups  20135 2473 12.28%
Group I  52923 8730 16.49%
Group II  22416 3804 16.97%CA IPCC Pass Percentage May 2017 | Analysis

 


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  1. neetu sharma says

    I don’t understand cs so please help me ……

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