Yet another boy from Gujarat has made the State proud at the national level. Jay Sheth of
Bhuj has emerged the national topper in the CA intermediate (Intergrated Professional
Competence Course—IPCC) exam held in November 2017, results of which were announced
on Sunday. He is among the eight who made it to the list of top 50 nationally. Last week,
Rajkot’s Dr Rachit Agrawal was ranked first in country in NEET-PG 2018 exam. Ankul
Patwa got AIR 15, Jainil Shah AIR 29, Vasal Jain and Saurav Soni AIR 35, Jasmin Baldaniya
AIR 41, Mayur Vachhani AIR 49 and Dhruv Patel AIR 50.
The percentage of students from Ahmedabad Centre getting through one or more groups this
time has risen over the previous two examinations. A total of 1,606 students appeared for
both exams while 477 (29.7%) cleared one or both in November 2017 exams. This number
has gradually risen over the past two exams. Only 27.27% students passed in May 2017 and
10.07% in November 2016.
The national average for both exams was 26.72%. Of the 1,412 students who took the group
1 exams in November 2017, as many as 223 (15.79%) passed. In May 2017, only 8.23% had
cleared it while 32.11% had passed in November 2016. As many as 1,853 students took
group 2 exam in November 2017. Of these, 387 (20.88%) passed. This is higher than the
15.86% result in May 2017 but lower than the 22.83% result registered in Ahmedabad centre
in November 2016.
‘It’s a proud moment for Ahmedabad centre’
Chintan Patel, chairman of ICAI-Ahmedabad chapter, said, “The result has improved in some
exams and we are happy with the performance. This time we have the first ranker from our
centre.”
I had my share of fun while studying: Jay Sheth
For all-India CA-intermediate exam topper Jay Sheth, the results declared on Sunday added
to the already festive atmosphere in his house thanks to his sister’s upcoming engagement as
well as his mother’s birthday. Son of a smalltime stationery shop owner in Bhuj, Jay scored
75.71% marks in the exam. On Sunday, ever since the results were announced, the proud
parents remained busy bringing in ‘Kutchi pedha’ for guests who came to congratulate their
son.
“I studied at Sheth VD High School in Bhuj, which was a Gujarati medium school. Most of
my family members haven’t studied much. My mother Minaxiben is class 7 pass-out while
my father Dharmendrabhai Sheth studied up to class 10. My uncle joined him at our
stationery shop,” says Jay. He sees his grandfather Mansukhlal Sheth as his role model.
“He was the one who pushed me to study more and made me travel all the way to
Ahmedabad to continue studies,” Jay adds. He had scored 82 per cent in class 12, after which
his principal advised him to pursue chartered accountancy. Subsequently, he secured
admission in G B Shah College in Ahmedabad.
Discipline helped
Jay sayshe used to spend enough time on social media and fun activities even during exams.
However, it was discipline that charted his success story. “I used to study for 12 to 14 hours
on an average daily. During that time, I would not touch my phone,” he confesses. “Ours is a
joint family, so despite being from middle class, I never faced any financial hurdles. My
family provided for all my basic needs. My tuition teacher Nihar Nanawati helped me
overcome my fear of being from a Gujarati medium school,” he adds. For now, he is happy
having fulfilled his grandfather’s dreams.

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