Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hindustan Times Interviews our Partner, CA Sarthak Ahuja

The Hindustan Times (HT City) interviewed our Partner, Mr. Sarthak Ahuja, on his achievement of having completed CA, CS and CMA along with his graduation in Finance & Investment Analysis all by the age of 23 years without any private coaching classes and solely through self-study. A brief extract of the interview was published in the newspaper today. The transcript of the same is as follows.

He is possibly the first Delhiite to ace three professional courses — Chartered Accountancy, Company Secretary and Cost and Management Accountancy — along with a graduation in Finance and Investment Analysis from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, all in one go at the age of 23. Now a practising accountant, Sarthak Ahuja doles out free advice to studious fuchchas. With admission fever running high, Sarthak talks on study, play, sleep and time management.

What was your mantra for studies?
I think self-study helped me save a lot of time. I decided to not spend hours travelling to coaching centers and tuition classes. I would spend four hours studying just one subject daily. Taking up different subjects on different days of the week helped me break the monotony.

How would you manage your sleep cycle?
I maintained a strict sleep routine to stay in balance throughout the day. I avoided studying late at night because I wanted to maintain focus while giving exams. I ensured a balanced and healthy diet to keep up energy levels.

Your take on juggling play with studies.
The idea was to give extra-curricular activities just as much importance as academics. I maintain a humour blog, My Life is a Jalebi, and was also a part of dramatics and dance society in college. I was always hopping from one thing to another, one activity to next, one subject to the other … all this helped break the monotony of studying four courses in one go.