BENGALURU—Zarine Begum Yusuf Khan has become the topper of this year’s old Chartered Accountancy (CA) intermediate examination with a score of 65.86 percent. She beat over 4,000 candidates to crack the topper position.
Zarine (24) is a daughter of a mechanic, and her mother is a homemaker. She lives in a humble 330-square-foot home in Mumbra, Mumbai. The exams were held in November 2020, and the results were declared in February 2021.
Talking to a social media channel, she said, “ I was preparing to pass the exam, but it was by God’s grace that I topped the exam.’’
Zarine, who first applied to CA in 2017, took a gap of two years and started trying again last year. “I used to study all night to focus better as there is too much noise in the morning hours,” Zarine told a daily newspaper. As Zarine always found mathematics very easy, she decided to take CA exams without a second thought. She gives credit to her parents for encouraging her to pursue further studies. “My parents had no idea what CA is or how difficult it is to crack the exam,” she further added.
Zarine is the eldest sister amongst her four siblings. She is the first postgraduate in her family and to ever apply for a professional course. She feels that her first rank would add respect to its locality-Mumbra –and people would not look down upon the residents here as now this place is in the news for good reasons. Zarine has become a role model for her siblings. Her younger sister, who holds a B.Sc degree, is currently employed, and she also inspires her younger brothers to follow serious academics.
Zarine’s has become an inspiration for everyone. Being one of the first in her family to become educated, Zarine had no idea what courses to choose or pursue. The Mumbra girl only got interested in CA following her graduation in 2017. After that, she gave a gap year to work in an internship and earn enough money to pay for her CA examination and course books.
Zarine was felicitated by the State Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad during a ceremony in the city.