In conversation with US CPA alumni – Avinash Bharadwaj Pulla

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Avinash Bharadwaj Pulla

Why did you choose CPA over other professional courses?

When it comes to accounting certifications in India, our options are limited. And those who are not aware of CPA certification, it always boils down to preparing for CA. Learning about CPA was an eye-opener for me. CPA was a perfect choice, as I wanted to bag a professional course that takes fewer days to finish and relevant to the current industry standards. CPA does not take slog hours of study and years of dedication, it tests how smart you are to have the cutoffs for all four subjects in less than a year’s time.

How did you prepare to face the CPA challenge?

I was unaware of CPA until a few of my friends suggested Miles Education for clarity. I had a thorough conversation with the student counselors at Miles and they provided me with every piece of information before I enrolled for the CPA training. After my enrollment with Miles, I kept my strategy simple: go by Varun’s sir’s classes, focus on the important chapters, gather the tips, and practice MCQ and simulations.
I always had in mind that CPA gives a 50-50 weightage on both MCQ and simulations, so I never practiced both simultaneously. At the end of the preparation, I used to test myself on each subject and if I had scored below 75 then I would again revise to get that perfect score. The rigorous practice sessions boosted my confidence and I cleared the CPA with flying colors.

Share a few words on how you want to guide future CPA aspirants?

There are two things that I would like to share with aspiring CPAs. Firstly, if you are struggling to clear CA and have spent too many years gaining ground in professional practice, you should give CPA a thought. CPA is counted as the counterpart of CA and you can earn a professional accounting degree in a shorter time frame.
Secondly, if you enrolled for the course and started your preparations, move ahead without thinking twice. CPA certification would surely land you with a good job as Big 4s are aggressively hiring CPAs with lucrative pay packages. It’s all up to you how you would like to place yourself in the corporate world in the coming years.

Any tips to share for our fellow aspirants-

  • Follow Varun’s videos end to end
  • Miles Materials are your bible for CPA
  • Practice more simulations
  • Write Mock tests at least 15 days before the exams
  • Have faith in your preparations

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