Pritish Burton D’Sa: The determined youth who cracked the Chartered Accountant (CA) Exam

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By Dr. Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi, 21 Aug 2014: He is young, focussed and determined who crossed all hurdles to enter into the highly competitive world of Chartered Accountants (CA) examination in which success rate  all over  India has been a meagre single digit percentile, last year it was 3 percent and this year 7 percent,  and to his delight he passed the coveted final examination in one attempt and realized his dream of becoming the Chartered Accountant, a dream that many entertain but few realize. This is the story of young Pritish Burton D’Sa of Moodubelle, Udupi District who by his towering determination and painstaking hard work proved that anyone with these fine qualities can realize their dreams and build a secured and challenging career in any professional field.



Born on 28 February 1990 as the second son of Mrs. Leena and late Francis D’Sa, Pritish Burton had his education right from primary to secondary in St. Mary’s English Medium High School Udupi from where he passed SSLC examination with 90 percent marks. However, he regretted the fact that in spite of his mother, Mrs. Leena D’Sa being a renowned teacher in Mathematics in St. Lawrence Kannada Medium High School in Moodubelle and having her guidance, he scored only 80 marks in that subject which brought down his overall percentage of SSLC marks.




In spite of basking in the glory of his success in CA examination, Pritish Burton in all his humility revealed that while in  school, he was an average student and somehow weak in Mathematics.  But while he was in the tenth standard, he put in his best efforts and could score an aggregate of 90 percent marks though he obtained comparatively less marks in Mathematics.


Following the creditable results in SSLC, Pritish Burton had to choose between pursuing his PUC education in Science as his mother wanted as she herself has been a post-graduate in science with MSc degree along with B.Ed. or in Commerce as he himself and his father, who was a Commerce graduate, desired. Eventually, he chose Commerce and joined MGM College, Udupi for PUC studies and continued in the same college for his graduation. In 2010, Pritish Burton cleared B.Com. Examination with distinction scoring aggregate 87 percent marks and securing first position among the B.Com. students of his college. This was a great honour that Pritish Burton achieved in the year of the Diamond Jubilee of the MGM College. To add icing on the cake, Pritish Burton was awarded Gold Medal, sponsored by the Corporation Bank as the Best Outgoing Student in 2010.


The crowning glory of Pritish Burton was that while he was in the final year B.Com, he was selected as the President of the Students Welfare Council. He considers himself fortunate for having been the President of the Students Council in the Diamond Jubilee Year of the college (2010). He had a lot of responsibility being part of the Diamond Jubilee Organizing Committee. A number of prominent personalities such as late Dr. V.S. Acharya and Oscar Fernandes attended the functions associated with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.


As a student, Pritish Burton was good in elocution and had an opportunity to participate in many Inter-collegiate Elocution Competitions and College Festivals where he won many prizes for himself and for his college. He was also invited as judge in Mock Press competitions and as Quiz Master in inter-collegiate competitions and management festivals in various colleges such as PPC, Udupi and Milagres, Kallianpur.



When asked as to how and when he decided to join CA course, Pritish Burton said that in fact he wanted to pursue MBA after completing his B.Com. degree and he had started preparing for the entrance examination. However, while he was in the Final Year B.Com, being selected as the President of  the Students Welfare Council and that year being the Diamond Jubilee Year of the College, he was busy in various activities and did not have sufficient time to complete preparatory studies for the MBA entrance examination. Besides, he had to concentrate on his studies for the Final Year B.Com examination.


Further, Pritish Burton said that two of his friends had joined the  CA course soon after their PUC examination and had advised him also to follow suit. However, as he was keen in pursuing MBA, Pritish Burton did not take their advice seriously.


Having realized that his original plan of pursuing MBA course after graduation would not be possible, Pritish Burton decided to change tack and began to think seriously about the CA course. Before completing Third Year B.Com, he appeared for the CA Entrance Examination known as Common Proficiency Test (CPT) which he passed with distinction marks. For the CPT, Pritish Burton had to study four subjects-Economics, Mercantile Law, Mathematics and Statistics and Accountancy.


After completing B.Com. studies, Pritish Burton appeared for the Intermediate Examination known as Integrated Professional Competence Examination (IPCE) which he cleared in first attempt as he did the CPT. For the IPCE, Pritish Burton had to study 7 papers in two groups. First Group comprised of four papers-1. Accountancy 2. Business Law-Ethics and Communication 3. Cost Accounting and Financial Management and 4. Taxation. Second Group had three papers-1. Advanced Accounting 2. Auditing and Assurance 3. Information Technology and Strategic Management.


Having cleared the IPCE, Pritish Burton joined three years long articleship in Rao and Swamy Chartered Accountants firm at Udupi with their headquarters at Bangalore. Specifying the conditions to join the articleship, Pritish Burton said that one can join articleship even if he or she clears First Group in IPCE with 50 percent aggregate marks and Second Group papers have to be cleared in course of time prior to appearing for the CA final examination. If one fails to secure passing marks in any one of the papers, he or she has to appear for the entire group. Exemption from appearing for any paper is given provided one scores above 6o marks in that paper. This exemption is subject to three attempts in those papers which the candidate had failed to clear.


While undergoing articleship training in the Rao and Swamy Chartered Accountants firm, Pritish Burton had an opportunity to audit the accounts of some of the reputed financial companies such as Life India Corporation (LIC), Corporation Bank, Power Transmission Corporation Limited, etc.


After getting trained in the Chartered Accountants’ firm Rao and Swamy for two and half years, Pritish Burton appeared for the CA Final Examination in May 2014. For the Final CA Examination, Pritish Burton had to study 8 papers in two groups. First Group comprised of-1. Financial Reporting 2. Strategic Financial Management 3. Corporate and Allied Laws and 4. Auditing and Professional Ethics. Second Group comprised of-1. Advance Management Accounting 2. Information Systems and Control Audit 3. Direct Tax Laws and 4. Indirect Tax Laws.


When the results were announced on 8 August 2014, Pritish Burton was pleasantly surprised to see his name in the list of those candidates who were successful in the examination. The performance of Pritish Burton was creditable due to the fact that the all-India percentage of passing this year was just 7 percent. Last year, it was 3 percent. Only four students from Udupi and Shivmoga Districts could make it to the list of the successful candidates.


On 15 August 2014, Pritish Burton was felicitated by the Southern Indian Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (SIRC of ICAI), Udupi Branch for his stupendous success in clearing the CA examination in first attempt.


When probed about  his success in cracking in first attempt the difficult CA examination, Pritish Burton said that he had never  attended any coaching class either for his B.Com. studies or the CA course. He believed in self-study and availed whatever time he could for studying the books and material necessary for appearing for entrance, intermediate and final examinations.


Prior to appearing for the crucial final CA examination, Pritish Burton had four months leave. He made full utilization of this leave and concentrated on his studies on an average of 12 to 15 hours per day. As the examination approached, he even spent 15 to 20 hours in study.





Mrs. Leena D’Sa, mother of Pritish Burton said that she was fortunate for not having had to spend much money on the CA course of her son. She had to pay only his examination fees and for the books and study material. This was chiefly due to the fact that unlike many aspirants for CA, Pritish Burton concentrated on self-study rather than attending coaching classes which would have cost not less than a lakh of rupees.  Mrs. Leena further said that since the death of her husband Francis D’Sa in November 2006 due to prolonged illness, she had to look after their two sons and help them in completing their education. She is proud about both her sons as they completed their professional courses without placing any heavy financial burden on her. While being elated with Pritish Burton’s great achievement, Mrs. Leena hopes that he will get a better job as a Chartered Accountant.


According to Pritish Burton, among the professional competitive courses, CA is the cheapest provided one relies on self study. The various examination fees and cost of the books and study material would be within the range of Rs.40,000 to Rs. 50,000. However, those who aspire to be successful in CA examinations have to be determined, focussed and hardworking.


There are plenty of job opportunities for those who clear the CA examination. Having posted his Curriculum Vitae (CV) in some of the job sites soon after receiving his CA results, Pritish Burton has been receiving interview calls from a number of companies. Though he would appear for these interviews, he is banking upon the institutional placement programme in which some of the reputed financial companies would be participating.


Pritish Burton’s elder brother, Naveen who is a Software Engineer along with his wife Prewal has been working in Dubai. While being grateful to both of them for their unstinted support in his pursuing the CA course, Pritish Burton gratefully remembers his grandparents late Mrs. Leticia and Louis D’Sa and great grandfather late David D’Sa.


In spite of cracking the challenging CA examination in his very  first attempt, Pritish Burton is an embodiment of simplicity and humility. His simple smile enhances his pleasing  personality and gives a picture of a young man who has a great future. Though shy of publicity, Pritish Burton agreed to give this interview when he was convinced of the fact that his achievements would be an inspiration for other young men who would like to follow his example.


In this competitive world, Pritish Burton is a role model to youngsters who dream of achieving professional degrees and qualifications as he has proved that one can achieve the impossible provided he or she has great dreams and determination and hard work to fulfil those dreams. By clearing all the examinations associated with CA- entrance, intermediate as well as final by first attempt, Pritish Burton has shown the way that by a strong will power and regular and systematic study one can crack any difficult competitive examination and achieve success even in first attempt as he had done. while congratulating Pritish Burton D’Sa on his stupendous achievement wishes him well in his future endeavours.



Comments on this Article
Lilly Martis, Palimar/Andheri(Amboli)/Mumbai Sat, November-22-2014, 4:03
Hearty congratulations to you Pritesh for your great achievements. We are proud of you. May God bless you. Wish you a great and bright future. you a great and bright future.
Well wisher, Udupi Tue, September-23-2014, 5:03

Nice to see someone from St.Marys with awesome achievement..

Hery Mendonca, Moodubelle, Dubai Wed, September-17-2014, 8:20
Congrats Pritish.. great achievement... Leena teacher we are proud of you..
Ashwitha Shalet, Belle/Mangalore Wed, August-27-2014, 2:53
Congratulations and God bless
Felcy D Silva, Padubelle Tue, August-26-2014, 9:15
My dear dear Pritish,kudos to you! I thank God Almighty for your great success. It is the combination of one package as i tracked you down from day one i.e. God s mighty hand upon you, parents support and blessings and well wishes of your closed ones especially D Silva fly.
Congratulations Pritish. Wish you all the best.
Joel D sa, Moodubelle, Bahrain Tue, August-26-2014, 3:27
Dear Pritesh Many Many Congratulations. Thanks for the puranpoli(sweet)they were just delicious ,Pritesh its your humbleness, which will take you to greater heights. you have shown our children, what hard work and dedication can do in life. I also give credit to your Mom(Leena Teacher)in spite of her hardship and busy schedule, she motivated you and sacrificed a lot to achieve what you desired for. Really a person to look upto. we are always there with you and pray to almighty to grant your wishes and may all your dreams come true. Reminding as you mentioned to care and give the beast to your mother. hats off to you, and keep on inspiring others through your deeds in the future also. God bless you Joel/hilda/Hazel/Jason
Joseph Diego Mathias, Moodubelle Tue, August-26-2014, 2:58
Congratulations Pritesh.You have shown that the coaching classess are not required to clear any exams of higher level like C.A. if you have the determinatin,commitment,desire to excel and hard work.You are the gem of Moodubelle.As a proud neighbour and colleague of your daddy I am very happy, Please keep it up
Valerian D Souza, Moodubelle/Melbourne Mon, August-25-2014, 7:20
Hi Pritish, congratulations. Indeed it is a great achievement. Wish you all the best and success ahead.
Lily Andrade/Barboza, Moodubelle/Kemmannu Mon, August-25-2014, 6:07
Congratulations...! God Bless you.
priyanka dsouza, mangalore Mon, August-25-2014, 3:11
hello... u .... may god bless u... and bring all success and a bright future ahead....
Maurice Menezes, Belle/Udupi Mon, August-25-2014, 10:37
Hearty congratulations and best wishes to Pritish D Sa on his great achievements making his parents and society proud indeed.May God continue bestowing him with greater achievements in all his endeavours as successful professional in his career
Stany Menezes-Muscat(Pamboor), Pamboor Mon, August-25-2014, 9:46
Congrats Pritesh for the great achievement God bless you and I wish you all the best.
Janet Monis Nazareth, Opp.Moodubelle School/Muscat Sun, August-24-2014, 11:45
Congratulations Pritish...very proud of you...May God bless you...wishing you a very great and bright future...
Pritish Dsa, Moodubelle Sun, August-24-2014, 8:19
Deeply humbled and overwhelmed by your kind wishes. Thank you everybody. Dr.Eugene,thank you so much for putting our conversation so beautifully.
Norbert Lobo, Mangalore Sun, August-24-2014, 6:50
Hearty Congratulations Pritesh and wish you a brilliant career.
Loelo, Boliye Sun, August-24-2014, 4:36

Congrats !!

vincent m, moodubelle/ abudhabi Sun, August-24-2014, 1:37
Congratulation pritish, wish u all d best
edward saldhana, moodubelle dubai Sun, August-24-2014, 9:50
Congratulation pritish god bless you
Congrtulations Pritish and good luck. Congrts to my loving teacher Leena
Mark D sa, Moodubelle Miami-USA. Sat, August-23-2014, 8:31
Congratulations Pritesh. I am proud of your achievement. I wish you all the very best good luck and God Bless.
vincent dsa, Shankerpura,Muscat Sat, August-23-2014, 1:59
congratulations and all the very best.
Marcel Alva, Belle/Canada Fri, August-22-2014, 10:52
Congratulations Pritish!
Sr.Maurice CSST, Mysore Fri, August-22-2014, 2:18
Hearty Congratulations I am proud of you God Bless you in abundance.Wish you goodluck and happy future. God has rewarded your hardwork and determination to success You have made your parents and all loved once very happy God BlessYou
Nikitha Rebello, Moodubelle/Bangalore Fri, August-22-2014, 1:48
Congrats Pritish!! Its all your efforts and simplicity.There is a lot to learn from you. Wishing you all the very best!
Joy Lobo, Moodubelle Fri, August-22-2014, 1:06
vinod castelino, moodubelle Fri, August-22-2014, 10:16
Congratulations Pritesh and all the best for ur future, u made belle people proud....
Prakash Alva, Moodubelle/Pangla Thu, August-21-2014, 9:58
Congratulations Pritesh. God bless you and wish you all the best.
John Peter Fernandes, Moodubelle/Nottingham UK Thu, August-21-2014, 9:23
Congratulations.Great achievement in life.I wish you all the success in your future life.
Ronald, Abudhabi Thu, August-21-2014, 7:28

Congratulations Pritish for your dedication and hardwork

Victor Castelino, Boliye/Dubai Thu, August-21-2014, 6:59
While I heartily congratulate Pritesh for the success, I also thank Dr Eugene for giving us the details on how educated youth can aspire for the coveted degree and how it can be achieved. Parents of young children and the youngsters should read this article. It is like a module on job orientation. Less photos; more details. I appreciate it. I am proud of my two distance grand children (Larissa and Pritesh)who have made their parents proud by becoming Chartered Accountants this year. Well done! God bless you both.
Jessy, Surathkal Thu, August-21-2014, 2:06
Congratulations Pritesh Dsa May God Bless you...wishing you a very great and bright future
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Thu, August-21-2014, 10:59
Congratulations and all the best!
Philip Mudartha, Navi Mumbai Thu, August-21-2014, 10:06
Congrats. Our Leena teacher must be a proud mother today!
Ivan Menezes, Dubai Thu, August-21-2014, 9:06
Congratulations Pritish. We are proud of you. God Bless you and wish you great success ahead.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi / India Thu, August-21-2014, 8:05
Hearty congratulations to Pritesh D Sa for his distinguished achievement in C.A. Great people born in rural places and God picks them up to be great. I compliment the parents of Pritesh for the good support gieven to him. May God Bless him in his future professional career and attain greater heights. Dr Eugene has presented him in an excellent way in Bellevision. Great is a small word here!
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