With the introduction of practical and application-based questions in the new CA (Chartered Accountancy) and CPT (Chartered Proficiency Test) examinations, a steep reduction has been noticed in the national overall percentage of students clearing the exams.
However, an assuring trend for Ahmedabad is that city students have posted better scores than the national percentage, in each of the last two attempts.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), in a bid to prepare students for the corporate experience ahead, now prefers practical questions at the exams, instead of stressing on theory and plain cramming.
The impact of their move is showing in the statistics of the number of students clearing the exams. A steep fall has been noticed in the CA final as well as CPT results.
At the May 2010 attempt, only 4.57% of CA final students (of both, the new and old course) have cleared nationally, as compared to 13.85% in the June 2009 attempt. Even CPT results have touched a low 27.55% in June 2010 exam, as compared to 35.39% in the December 2009 attempt.
However, what is reassuring is that city students have managed to post results considerably better than the national percentages.
The June 2009 exam posted a discouraging score, where 13.85% CA final students passed at the all-India level, whereas Ahmedabads score was 12.82%. But the trend changed at the Nov 2009 attempt, where Ahmedabad stood at 10.24%, as compared to a national 7.86%.
And while the results of the May 2010 attempt have disappointed many, city students have posted 5.83%, as against the national average of 4.57%.