It’s all in the family for Ajay Agarwal, who topped the CA finals with the highest marks in the last five years, following the lead of his brother Atul, who topped in 2018. The 22-year-old, who has scored 650 marks or 81.25% in the CA final result in the old syllabus as the All India Rank (AIR) 1 holder, hails from a middle-class family in Kotputli, Rajasthan and is the second of three brothers. The youngest sibling has appeared for CPT (first round of the CA exams) this year. Son of a shop-owner, Agarwal said he dedicated himself to studies in the hope of better days. “My father used to have a shop in Kotputli. But, since my brothers and I would have to travel around 200 km from Kotputali to Jaipur daily for studies and CA internships, we shifted there and unfortunately, my father had to shut it down. We have seen bad days, but my mother (a housewife) has always taught us that only hard work can help us attain a bright future,” recalled Agarwal.
Despite facing a financial crunch, gaining wealth is not the top priority for the ICAI CA final’s topper. He dreams of creating a coaching centre for underprivileged children. “I wish to create a ‘Super 30’ for students to crack the CA exam. There is a false perception that it is a difficult exam; one just needs focused practice. I, along with my brother, will train underprivileged people in our vicinity to join this profession. One day, we will be on the lines of Super 30,” shared Agarwal.