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ICWAI | CMA Foundation Revision Tips

ICWAI | CMA Foundation Revision Tips

ICWAI | CMA Foundation Revision Tips: Read and follow these Revision Tips for better preparation in your ICWAI | CMA Foundation Exam.

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Revision Tips

Three Hours of Exam Battle

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This article is to help students who are preparing for their professional exams.

The article would mainly Focus on how to utilize 3 hours of examination. Also I would point out few things that should be done a day or two before the examination day.

Other Article How to utilize the 15 minutes before you start your exam


You should not pressurize yourself during exam days, as the output you give during exams is the consolidated efforts you have put during past 3-4 months, so studying for long hours before exam doesn’t guarantee you success.

Ever wondered when a friend of yours who is actually very intelligent doesn’t make it through the exams.

There are many reasons for such failures but one of the most important reasons for such situation is


students actually manage to get a good plan in place and execute it really well. But by the time exams are round the corner they are so exhausted mentally and physically due to which, they are not able to give their best. In my personal opinion I suggest taking up rest for 7-8 hours as you normally do and wake up at the same time you usually do while preparing for your exams.

3 Hours of Exam Battle of the calmest

“Waking up till odd hours at night or getting up at odd hours in morning doesn’t assure you success, but a fresh mind does allow you to retain more of what you have read “

There is one more thing to keep in mind and that are:

“To treat every subject equally”

Why I give emphasis on this thing is because these subjects have been included in curriculum to enhance the quality of students who have enrolled for the professional course. One must keep in mind that the BOS (Board of studies) is a group of very experienced people, who regularly update the syllabus keeping in mind the need of the time, so inclusion or exclusion of a certain subject is not to create difficulty for students but to prepare them.

Start treating all subjects equally and setting an equal target for each of them which prepares you mentally to face even the tough ones. So anything more than your target is a bonus. This was my strategy in CA-IPCC and I went on to score more than 55 in 5.

The same thing applies to ISCA subject in CA final and GCL subject for CS executive. For few Students of CS, General and commercial Law (GCL) is one of the deadliest subjects which was grouped with accounts and tax. So many managed to get exemptions in other two , but could not clear GCL subject.

Few common things  would like to highlight in this article regarding Exams:

  1. Don’t Draw border lines in paper

why few of the students draw unnecessary lines as border to the page. One should understand that this a professional level exam and things are designed in a professional way already, so there is no need of Innovation as I would advise you to save energy for the main course.

  1. Sequencing of Questions

This is a common technique used by most of the students to Attempt the paper, although becomes quite uncommon when they face a tricky paper. Most of the professional exams have the format as Question no 1 compulsory, so you don’t have much of an option with that. Let’s say you are left with 6 or 7 questions and you have to attempt 5 out of that. Now try to sequence the questions from easiest to hardest and when I mean questions.
It is very important that when you start writing answers, make sure you finish all the sub questions before moving to the next question.”

Another importance of sequencing is when you actually write it in the sequence of your choice you end up writing the question you least expect to score at last. Sometimes a clever STUDENT might write all the questions including the optional ones, mind you, the first 5 or first 6 questions would be given mark and the last 2 won’t be given even if you have scored more in the last 2 questions as compared to the earlier questions.

  1. Quoting of sections in Law and Tax

A very vital part of Law paper is quoting of provisions of the act which gives you those extra marks.A wise suggestions will be don’t quote it if you’re not absolutely sure about it. Many of my friends and colleagues asked me then how do I write. A simple technique I have used in my whole CS life and even in Ca for that matter

Quoting wrong provisions will give a bad impression. It’s better not to quote if you don’t know the provision

  1. “Supplements doesn’t add value to your paper, unless you add quality to supplements”

Filling the supplements and finishing early won’t give you the extra marks you need. It doesn’t make any difference for the Institute whether you took an extra supplement or not, but it does bother if you write more than what’s needed.

“I was always curious what students wrote in Law by taking 2-3 extra supplements.”

From my personal experience I would let you know it took me around 13 pages to finish my Law paper which gave me 58 marks. Now this is not an ideal size of paper that needs to be filled , since other factors like writing sections , mentioning additional case laws and handwriting does come into picture but I am sure things won’t run into 2-3 supplements since the earlier allotted main sheet itself is of 30-35 pages at least.

  1. This one is the most important aspect that I have ever kept in mind while writing papers and has always worked for me till date and that is to “ Never set a target of completing whole 100 marks paper “

What is expected of you is to deliver quality content in your exams and I always have been a firm believer of it. Many students disappointed because they couldn’t attempt the paper in the required manner. The reason for this is to set a time frame for doing things. Time management is a very important aspect but at times presence of mind is very important.

See it is a clear fact that No institute awards you the passing marks just because you manage to complete the 100 marks paper, but it does award you mark for doing things correctly. I mean to say that if your problem always has been with regards to completion of paper and you think that this one of the reasons for your failure, then you are “ABSOLUTELY WRONG”.

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The reason for your failure in majority of the occasion is the fact that you weren’t able to give a proper presentation of the questions that you actually attempted.

People who failed even though they managed their time well and attempted full 100m arks paper.AT the same time some students who managed to score exemption by properly attempting 75 marks paper.

So always focused on Sequencing which helps you to sort the questions properly and then quality output together gives you a better output in terms of marks. I would not skip questions just because I have allotted a specific time for that question and that time has passed. Students usually do skip the question by leaving space for rest of the sub questions, thinking that they might attend it at the end, but they are not able to do so. Not only does that leave unnecessary blank pages but also you are not sure about how well you have attempted that specific sub-part of the question. This is a psychological impact, of having strict time frames during exams.

“This idea comes in handy if you always found difficult to finish the paper like I used to, especially when exams are round the corner” IT would take lot of efforts to improve your writing speed(not at the cost of handwriting of course) , but you see ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY. It takes little time to polish your skills and this method might be useful if TIME IS A CONSTRAINT FOR YOU.

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Always remember this line said by the great George Patton-  “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable

ICWAI | CMA Foundation Revision Tips 

Since learning is not about memorising, these tips actually help you understand the concepts better, in a more efficient way!

Let us see what effective Revision Techniques can be used to improve Learning

1) If Time is King, an effective Timetable is Key to Kingly success

At times, students starts revising without making any timetable of what to revise and when to revise. A Lot of Times, it is last few days revision before the exams which puts more pressure on the students.
Always make a timetable for revision well before the exams. A Timetable can include which topics to revise on which dates so that you can thoroughly focus on them. Hence work towards the exams dates with the timetable and then divide time accordingly for all the subjects one by one.

Don’t forget, this timetable can include other events also like Birthdays and other social functions which you might have to attend.

Take Mock Tests or Use Previous Year`s Papers as part of the Timetable revision. So that you get familiar with type of questions which can possibly come.

2) Summary Cards for Your Notes

A Lot of Students take notes and then again make more notes in different notebooks. Eventually Students tend to have 4-5 notebooks of notes on different topics on same subject. Scattered Notes are usually not that helpful.

Making Summary Notes for each of important topics so that brain tends to remember from key portions and tend to focus more on the larger picture.

Always remember, in order to make effective summary notes read through then the entire section of a subject. Then make the summary notes 1 page at a time so that the section in that page is adequately represented. Underline the key points in sections.

3) Visual Maps for the Mind (Mind Maps)

Visual Maps depicting a Tree like some equations are really helpful in remembering complex equations. Entire Process of making Visual Maps is simple. You can co relate and can make Visual Maps for all important subjects.

4) Group Revision

Group Revision has some really good pro`s which includes a joint discussion to understand crucial bits in a subject. In a group while revising you can understand the subject in a easier way that taught at school. At times, the subject gets covered much quicker in a group as division of work can happen to explain and revise the subjects in a group.

However Group Revision is recommended if you are comfortable in revising in a group then it is more beneficial. If you prefer study alone then also it is perfectly fine as long as you are able to revise properly and on time.

5) Managing Stress – Do take Breaks & Have Enough Sleep

At times, students forget to take Breaks and eventually end up in revising for longer stretches of time. Eventually it leads to fatigue and next day of revision gets impacted thereby leading to Stress of not meeting the revision completion. Take breaks at regular intervals of time and ensure that you get lots of sleep. Having Less Sleep could impact your next day revision and could lead to less concentration for further revision. Research has shown that lack of sleep leads to clogging of brain and makes us forget sooner.

Revise in a room that is quiet and you don’t get distracted from outside noises.

Regularly Drinking Green Tea can lead to improved Memory over period of time along with reduced stress levels.

Be Confident before the exams with all the revision you have done.

Lastly, remember revision is a skill that leads to improvement of memory and enhances learning ability of any student.

The above Techniques for revision can be helpful for students looking to improve their revision skills. However if you find 1 Technique to be more effective for your as compared to other one then you can stick to that for more better results.

To conclude, Effective Revision Techniques could project a student to new boundaries of excellence. Practice makes one perfect but effective Revision Techniques put excellence in ones perfectness.

ICWAI | CMA Foundation Revision Tips 

ICWAI | CMA Foundation Revision Tips - Dec 2016 Exam

ICWAI | CMA Foundation Revision Tips

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