‘Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrificing and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do’. CMA Labani Mitra was able to clear her CMA Final through hard work and by making a lot of sacrifices in her life. She has set an example that anyone can clear a competitive exam just by working hard and by realizing the fact that every second counts. We hope this article and Labani’s success story will inspire you to adopt the tips given by her so that you too can qualify your exam.
This interview was taken by Ms. Juhi Gupta, CEO of SuperProfs.
Key highlights of this interview
0:20 – Starting of CMA
1:11 – Intermediate study plan
4:05 – Number of attempts
4:55 – why online coaching
6:30 – Resources used to prepare
7:07 – Study plan and tips
10:30 – Tips to prepare for the exam
Juhi – Congratulations Labani on clearing your CMA Final exam and becoming a qualified CMA, must be a very proud feeling.
Labani – Thank you so much, ma’am, and indeed it is a very proud feeling for me to become a qualified CMA by clearing CMA Final.
Juhi – So Labani was it your decision from the starting to be a CMA or was it some other reason that you pursued CMA?
Labani – I had always wanted to pursue CMA as a career but due to some difficulties I couldn’t start my preparation. I started studying for competitive exams and CMA after I completed my master’s in M.Com. In 2016 I started my preparations for CMA and in 2018 I was able to clear CMA Final. I would like to give credit to SuperProfs because of you I was able to qualify the exam.
Juhi – Since your graduate and postgraduate degrees are in Commerce so you must have gotten exemption at Foundation level. Did you get any exemptions in CMA Inter and how did you prepare for it?
Labani – Yes, I got exemption for the Foundation level. But, there were no exemptions for me in CMA Inter. Since I was not aware of online coaching back then, I was able to clear Intermediate by self-studying, that was because the course content was easy for me because it resembled my Bachelor’s course. But when I entered my Final level, I realised that the course is tough and I would need guidance to understand the subjects. The most important thing is to have a clear concept about every subject because of the vast syllabus. I then chose coaching which was of no help to me as I couldn’t clear my exam. Then I heard about SuperProfs and enrolled for the online classes here. I was able to clear my exams in the very first attempt after joining SuperProfs. It became very easy for me to study, especially because I was able to study anywhere at any time.
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Juhi – Because of lack of guidance what all problems did you face during the preparation of CMA Inter?
Labani – The main problem that I used to face was that there was no one to guide me regarding which topic should I be putting more efforts on because of which I used to end up studying as much as I could till the date of the exam. Moreover, the Institute’s study material at the Final level is not self-sufficient as you still need someone to explain the concepts to you. In addition to explaining the concepts, you also need a professor who can make the subjects interesting for you to study. This is because when a subject seems interesting, you naturally want to study it more and discover new things in it. If you know the concepts clearly through proper guidance, you can attempt any kind of question in the exam and that is the key to clearing CMA Final.
Juhi – How many attempts did it take you to become a qualified CMA?
Labani – In my first attempt, I had appeared for both groups together so I couldn’t clear them. Then I tried group 4 alone and was able to clear it. Coming to group 3, I needed good guidance especially for Law and Direct Tax. So I enrolled with SuperProfs to study for group 3 and was then able to clear my exams in the first attempt.
Juhi – Why did you choose online coaching instead of face to face classroom despite you belonging to a metro city like Kolkata?
Labani – Since I am a working professional, it was very difficult for me to manage time between my job and studies. It was impossible for me to take offline classes while working. These days, the option of online video classes is a boon for those who cannot attend face-to-face coaching. Online classes are particularly beneficial for working professionals as they offer a lot of flexibility to study on your own time. I used to study during my break times by simply logging in to my SuperProfs account. You can also study while traveling or at any time that you are free. Online classes enable you to utilize your free time that you would’ve otherwise wasted.
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Juhi – Did you use any other resources other than the material that was provided to you by SuperProfs?
Labani – The material that was provided by SuperProfs was enough because the professors cleared our concepts very well. As I said earlier, if your concepts are clear, you will be able to answer any question. In addition to that, the practice material provided by SuperProfs was enough to become exam-ready.
Juhi – What was your study plan and how did you balance your full-time job with your preparation?
Labani – I’m not that type of student who can become a bookworm and study the whole day. I could not study for more than 40 to 45 min in a single stretch. After studying for that much time, I would take a break and go take a stroll. For me, studies are a source of enjoyment. This is my advice to all students out there that you should enjoy studying. This will definitely get you good results. Although you should be serious for the studies, but you should not make it a source of anxiety. Plus, Commerce is a subject that is very practical and it is applied in our daily life very frequently. So instead of mugging up concepts, you should try to relate them with your real-life experiences.
Juhi – Any tips for fellow aspirants and what SuperProfs feature or professor was most helpful for you?
Labani – I would like to thank all the professors as they were all able to make me understand the concepts. For students, I would like to say, don’t be afraid of the lengthy syllabus. It is not possible for a student to cover the complete topic so they should start with their comfort zone and then should gradually move towards the difficult subjects which will assure that you will definitely score 100% in at least your comfort zone. A student should follow these tips in order to at least pass his/her exam –
- Understand the concepts thoroughly
- Be completely aware of the syllabus and try to cover the most important topics instead of aiming to study 100% b syllabus
- They should relate studies with practice life
- Be sure that you prepare for minimum passing marks and no one can take away those marks for which you have prepared.
Juhi – Did you face any issues when you were preparing with the help of SuperProfs?
Labani – Not at all, in fact it was a great experience! It was a pleasure studying with the help of SuperProfs because the professors were very supportive.
Juhi – Thank you so much Labani. We hope you excel in your future endeavors. All the best!
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