In this article, we are sharing the tips & tricks on Preparing for Final CA Paper on Indirect Taxation.
What is the structure of the CA Final IDT paper?
IDT at CA Final level is extremely scoring and dynamic. It is important to be thoroughly aware of the important sections to score well in this paper.
The paper is divided into 70 marks of subjective questions and 30 marks of MCQs. The syllabus is split into 2 parts – Goods & Services Tax and Customs.
What are the examiner’s expectations?
- The questions are often worded with intricate details embedded in a tricky way. It is important to correctly analyse the data and ensure you don’t miss out on such details
- Conceptual clarity will also be of utmost importance.
- Some emphasis will also be laid on recall of the major sections.
- The examiner will assess the ability of the student to relate the sections, apply latest amendments and ability of the student to apply the section correctly
What should be the source of content?
- Content provided by your Coaching Provider along with your personal summary notes can be used as a base. However, ensure that it is comprehensive in its coverage by cross checking it with ICAI material
- Case Study Booklet issued for MCQs.
- Past Examination Papers, RTPs and MTPs.
- Referencer developed by ICAI for a summarised version of the notes.
- Prepare a list of section numbers to help during your revisions.
- Once you are done covering your base syllabus, you can go practice additional questions from other sources (like scanners) to ensure that you are hands-on with the various sections.
What is the ideal learning methodology & time to be invested?
|1st||A detailed study of every section involved|
|80 – 100 hours||· Make section and assessment procedure timeline summaries|
· Highlight the important sections and try to memorise the language
· Cut down the list of questions to practice since they can be repetitive
|2nd||A summarised version of the syllabus||45 – 55 hours|
|· Finalise on your summarised sections for revision before exam day|
· You should be able to comfortably recollect the provisions and section numbers
· Plan as to how you will revise for the exam days
|3rd||A quick revision to cut-down pre-exam study time||20 – 25 hours||· Go through the summarized notes and appear for a mock exam|
- Quoting section numbers in your paper is critical for a good score. Focus should also be given on the key words of every provision
- Save time while solving MCQs by quickly scanning through the case study and understanding the ask of the questions before going into the detailed solving
- Ensure that you mark 1-2 questions of each important section for practice to learn how present the answers appropriately
What is the appropriate order in which the syllabus should be studied?
Studying your IDT syllabus in the given sequence will be useful in building conceptual clarity. Avoid ad-hoc selective studies and do not skip on the customs & FTP related chapters; follow a method of smart studying.
Goods & Services Tax
|Priority I||Priority II|
|Supply under GST||GST in India – An Introduction|
|Charge of GST||Tax Invoice, Credit and Debit Notes|
|Exemptions from GST||Accounts and Records; E-way Bill|
|Place of Supply||Payment of Tax|
|Time of Supply||Import And Export Under GST|
|Value of Supply||Assessment And Audit|
|Input Tax Credit||Inspection, Search, Seizure and Arrest|
|Registration||Demands And Recovery|
|Returns||Liability to Pay in Certain Cases|
|Refunds||Offences And Penalties|
|Job Work||Appeals And Revisions|
|Customs & FTP|
|Priority I||Priority II|
|Levy of and Exemptions from Customs Duty||Classification of Imported and Export Goods|
|Types of Duty||Importation, Exportation and Transportation of Goods|
|Valuation under the Customs Act, 1962||Warehousing|
|Duty Drawback||Foreign Trade Policy|
- Learn about the weightage distribution over various topics as per ICAI
- Once you are done with the first read of your syllabus, do the ICAI MCQ booklet
- Chapters such as Supply, Time, Place, Value of Supply, Exemption, Introduction, etc. are more likely to appear in MCQs
- Maintain a tracker for amendments that are relevant for your and the past few attempts – higher chances of them turning up in the exam
- Refer to the Referencer developed by ICAI to prepare a summarised version of the notes
What are the writing skills that will help you ace the paper?
The best way through an IDT paper is to know a rough format of your answers in advance by practicing a few answers of the important chapter in writing.
- Present the answers to the questions in the following manner:
- – Section Number and Provision (only if you are sure)
- – Solution
- Ensure that you bullet your answers and underline the key words, wherever relevant
- Ensure that you write working notes for all the important provisions in the computation sums
- Try to attempt the entire paper – attempting the full 100 marks can maximise your chances of scoring more
- It is very important to choose the right order for attempting the paper – ensure that you manage to attempt 40 marks in the first 1-1.25 hours
- In case you cannot figure out the solution to a particular question within a designated time, make sure you move ahead to the next question
How to prepare on the eve of the exam?
A day before the exams, read all the important sections, which would have been adequately highlighted and noted.
|On the day of the IDT paper||Break Day||On the exam day|
|GST in India – An Introduction||Registration||Refund|
|Supply under GST||Returns||Classification of Imported and Export Goods|
|Charge of GST||Refunds||Importation, Exportation and Transportation of Goods|
|Exemptions from GST||Job Work||Warehousing|
|Place of Supply||Tax Invoice, Credit and Debit Notes||Foreign Trade Policy|
|Time of Supply||Accounts and Records; E-way Bill|
|Value of Supply||Payment of Tax|
|Input Tax Credit||Import And Export Under GST|
|Assessment And Audit|
|Inspection, Search, Seizure and Arrest|
|Demands And Recovery|
|Liability to Pay in Certain Cases|
|Offences And Penalties|
|Appeals And Revisions|
|Levy of and Exemptions from Customs Duty|
|Types of Duty|
|Valuation under the Customs Act, 1962|
- Generally, you will get a maximum of 20 hours to study before your exam. It is absolutely possible to revise the entire syllabus in 20 hours, provided you have a thorough grip on the content
- Start writing your exam with the question you are most comfortable with – it will help to boost your confidence for the paper
- Ensure that you sleep for a minimum of 7 hours sleep before your exam day
What are the major challenges faced by students while attempting the Exam on the D Day & how must I prepare in advance to meet those challenges?
|Recollecting and associating questions to the related sections||· Ensure that you are well-versed with the sections so that you can quote them and enhance your answer quality|
· Appear for at least 2 mock exams in a time bound format so that you can get an idea of how to deal with the entire syllabus
|Inability to manage time in the paper||Unnecessary time should not be devoted on a particular question. In case you cannot figure out the solution to a particular question, designate some time to it at the end of the paper|
|Inability to understand the content expectations of the examiner||Read up the past RTPs and Exam Papers to gain an understanding of the answer format. Read up Summary of examiner’s comments from past attempts on the ICAI Website.|