Prema Jayakumar, the nation’s Chartered Accountancy (CA) exam topper, will wait to complete her articleship before taking up any job offers that come her way. A day after MiD DAY published a story on her accomplishment (‘Auto driver’s daughter is national topper in CA exams, January 22), the phone at their Malad residence did not stop ringing yesterday. Several well-wishers, including the topper from the previous exam, telephoned to acknowledge her feat. She also received a call from a company who wanted to offer her a job.
“I received several calls and they all applauded me. I spent the entire day receiving calls from my well-wishers. I even got a call from a company who said they wanted to hire me. But since my articleship is ongoing, I will complete that and then join some other firm,” said Prema. Prema, whose father began driving an auto rickshaw in the city after arriving from his native place in Tamil Nadu, scored 607 out of 800 securing 75.88 per cent in her first attempt at the CA exams held in November last year.
The all-India second rank holder is Indana Ashok Kumar, resident of Rajamahendravaram in Andhra Pradesh, who scored 602, securing 75.25 per cent, while the third rank holder is Gnanasampath M from Coimbatore who scored 593, securing 74.13 per cent.
At the November 2012 exams, 48,320 students appeared for the group-I papers, of which 13,193 passed, registering an overall pass percentage of 27.30 per cent. For the group-II exam, 51,906 candidates appeared and out of that 11,341 passed with an overall pass percentage of 21.85 per cent. 29,339 students sat for both group exams, from which 3,804 candidates passed registering a total pass percentage of 12.97 per cent.
Accolades pour in online
Now this is the kind of news we would like to read every day on our front pages. Of late, I have been meeting many people who say that they loathe reading newspapers and shun TV news because it is so depressing. Some say that newspapers are getting weightier by the day but worthless in content. News like Prema’s success will keep our hopes in our future alive. Thank you Prema.
Daughters like Prema Jayakumar not only make their parents proud but also their whole community and nation. Prema proves that when daughters are given proper support and opportunities, they are greater assets than many a son. Bravo Prema, your achiev-ements inspire everyone, partic-ularly women. God Bless you.
Kudos to the proud parents. No doubt the siblings put in a lot of had work studying, but it was the hardship endured by the parents that enabled them to attain the standard they have. Congrats to both of you. Take good care of your parents. They deserve it.
You have not only made your parents proud but the entire city is delighted and happy with your great success. You are a role model for others to follow and to get inspired by your act of success.
Well done Prema. You are right when you say that if one focuses on one thing at a time i.e. exams, one can achieve the best result. You are a role model for all students. I applaud the parents who encouraged children like this. Best wishes to all the members of the family.