Should You Drop Out of the CA-Course After Repeated Failure?

Should You Drop Out of the CA-Course After Repeated Failure?

Don't quit solely because your life has become miserable after taking the CA-course. See if you can identify major problems that are holding you back, and see if you can fix them and get your life back in order.

Repeated failures in CA
Would it not be good if you passed your CA-exams in one sitting? Why fail again and again? Why not fail once or twice and then pass the third time? Why fail every six months?

You might have written your CA-exams four times and failed to clear them. And you might be feeling bad about failing in CA repeatedly.

The resulting difficulties
Going through the repeated failure in CA is not easy. And most of the people in your life do not understand the overwhelming amount of challenges you face being in that position. So whenever you meet them, they ask you questions which only bring you the feelings of embarrassment and shame.

You’ve been failing in CA repeatedly, now what? Quit the CA-course and do something else?

The difference between quitting the CA course and dropping out of it
It is important to know the difference between quitting the CA-course and dropping out of the CA-course. Knowing the differences between these two will save you from regretting your decision to quit CA (if you choose to do so).

Quitting CA
Quitting is usually a sign of surrendering yourself to your weaknesses. For example, when you begin to face difficulties in CA, you begin to think about quitting the course and being done with your problems once and for all, because it is difficult and painful to live your life being a CA-failure. This is quitting under pressure and painful circumstances. However, this will not solve the problems you are facing in your life.

You know what smart people do under similar circumstances? They hold on to it, gain a true understanding of the real reasons behind their repeated failures and the problems they are facing. They fix their problems and then decide whether to carry on with their current goal to the finish or to drop out and work on a better opportunity that they have before them.

They don’t quit in pain and bitterness. They feel contented and happy about their dropping out decision because they know that dropping out is the right thing to do for them.

Possible reasons for quitting CA
Quitting because you are having to go through tough times is usually not the right thing to do, and so is the case with quitting because of the reasons listed below:

– Your circumstances are becoming difficult day by day
– The pain of holding on to your CA-dream has become too much
– You have been failing in your CA-exams every six months
– Luck does not seem to favour you
– You did not pass your exams despite your best efforts
– You are losing interest in the CA-course
– Your friends are graduating and you’re not
– You are demotivated and frustrated

Quitting because of these reasons will not do you any good. It is normal to get demotivated and frustrated after you’ve failed multiple times. It is also normal to lose your interest in this situation and to face a lot of other problems.

Questions to ask yourself
But before you decide to quit the CA-course, ask yourself the following questions and see if you have clear answers to them.

1. What caused you all these problems?
2. What caused you to lose interest in CA?
3. What led you towards failure?
4. What led you to fail repeatedly?
5. Could you have done better?
6. How could you have avoided failure?
7. How could you have progressed in this course?
8. What could you have done differently to pass your CA-exams and progress in this course?
9. What is really holding you back?
10. Have you really studied for the purpose of passing your CA-exams?
11. Have you really put all of your efforts in the direction of passing your exams?
12. Does your CA-story really have to end this way?

If you’re not able to come up with the clear answers to the above questions, you can reach out to us for help on it.

The aspects of your being
Sometimes, the parts of our being – our attitude, mindset, values, habits, actions, and behaviour – hold us back from achieving our goals in life. Question each aspect of your being. Are they really helping you in achieving your exam-goals (or CA-goal), or holding you back?

Failing to clear your CA-exams indicate that there must be some major problems in your life that are holding you back from progressing in your CA-course. It may be in your doing as well as in your being.

Taking time out to solve your problems
Take some of your time out and begin to take on the above questions one by one. Search for genuine answers to them. Search for solutions to your major problems and fix them one by one. You will have the rush to find quick-fixes, but they don’t solve the real problems.

Solving problems and getting your life back in order takes time, but it is worth spending the required time on these important things first, and then come back to your CA-dream and try once more.

The conclusion
Don’t quit solely because your life has become miserable after taking the CA-course. See if you can identify major problems that are holding you back, and see if you can fix them and get your life back in order, and prepare once more focussing solely on passing your CA-exams (and hence, progressing to achieve your goal of becoming CA).

Do not think about dropping out of the CA-course unless you have a better opportunity before you, and unless you are clear and happy with your dropping out decision.

Please share your views in the comment section below. If you think this article could be of help to the people in your CA-circle, please share this article with them.

M. Ammar

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  • ravi
    June 24, 2017, 10:20 am

    Sir , inspired urs articals , I am 23years old continuously failing ca ipcc , this nov exm my 7thattempt, and also I m graduate, my parents say quite ca do mba I don’t what decision take
    complety folldown my freind are settled well I am their down , everyday I’m crying crying not enjoying daily life in case not take small decision , quit ca or do plz help me Im waiting for u comment

    • Ammar@ravi
      June 24, 2017, 12:56 pm

      Dear Ravi,

      Thank you for reaching out for help. I can understand your situation. The daily life can become highly challenging when you fail in CA repeatedly. We believe every CA student matters. Each CA student has potential and good future. The way we help CA students is by lending understanding towards their situation and by providing continued guidance. Write to me about your current problems and challenges at, we’ll do whatever we can to help you out of your situation and move you forward in life.

      Best Regards,

    • Sushil Kumar@ravi
      February 1, 2019, 8:17 pm

      Hello sir
      I’ve decided to leave CA-IPCC but after reading your article i got motivated i need your help please guid me


      • M. Ammar@Sushil Kumar
        February 1, 2019, 9:01 pm

        Hi Sushil,

        Thank you for reaching out. We will get in touch with you shortly.


  • anitha
    June 20, 2017, 11:47 pm

    Hello sir,

    i got confidence after reading your article. I thought of dropping IPCC but after reading your article got confidence to find solutions to my problems which caused for failure.

    could you please provide me your mail id.

    • Ammar@anitha
      June 21, 2017, 12:15 am

      Dear Anitha,

      I’m happy that this article helped you. I wrote it for you and other CA students who find themselves in the similar situation. Thank you for commenting and reaching out for help. You can mail me at

      Also, BecomingCA is a growing community of CA students and others who care deeply about helping the CA students in their need and in building their lives. We believe that the life of each CA student matters and each one of us has a good and great future. It is only a matter of time, efforts and some help and guidance until each one of us will begin to reach our true potentials in life.

      Due regards,

  • Namita Sharma
    December 8, 2016, 5:43 am

    I m 24 yr old and this Nov 2016 was mine 12th attempt IPCC group 2 I really don’t know where I m lacking but I stuck.plzz sir help me should I quit czz my all friends are settled nw n I m jobless for 2 years and I don’t have practical experience also czz I m weak in health sir PLZZ hepl me nw I m in depression what to do with my life what to say to my parents.they supported me a lot but till when? Sir I m helpless nw PLZZ suggest me something

  • Sunny
    February 4, 2016, 1:11 pm

    Dear Ammar Sir,
    I am fond of Reading YouR Articles AMD comments elsewhere.
    i Have a story to tell you… Only if you could guide me through this very darn situation..
    i had confessed it earlier too..
    is life abt exigencies???
    down goes my story
    I was Kind of student who always knew he was going to pasd exams be it any situation n i knew CA was different course.
    i was in Science stream. i still do not knw what i am passionate about ?What is my purposE in life ?what interests me?

    I Have given 5 attempts @ Ipcc, Nov 14 was my last one.. and last yearcould not give bcoz of family issues.
    i am currently 22+
    I dont complain abt bitter things in Life… infact i am grateful for whatever i have in my life..
    my mom is suffering from Cancer… for last 3+ years… this thought keeps me bothering!
    I cant concentrate on things… despite of this i gave 100% in Nov 13 and may 14 attempt but could not make it.
    Sir,I am only Child to my parents . my father currently Works at mill earns 15k a month.
    there are no savings. we dont have our home.
    and i dont want to live mediocre life sir….
    i am kind of always internally motivated person..
    and yes i chose CA jus to be one…
    i had no interest… i only loved the Profession.
    but despite of this i have now developed my intersts in Income tax, Financial mngt. Law these subjects.
    I will be completing my Grad this year(that is too late)
    i dont want to live mediocre life sir …
    plz help me…
    i can Evn talk with u plz sir…
    guide me
    Thanx in anticipation

    • Ammar@Sunny
      February 4, 2016, 9:15 pm

      Sunny, I’ve sent you my reply in email. Please check your mail-box.

  • Rahul Agrawal
    December 9, 2015, 12:04 am

    Hi Ammar Sir
    Great Article…
    I am in a great need of help from ur side
    Plz send me ur mobile no. on my mail id so tht I cn contact u regarding my CA-career n exams…

    • Ammar@Rahul Agrawal
      December 9, 2015, 8:58 am

      Hi Rahul.
      I’m happy you found this article helpful to you, and I’ve sent you a mail.

      All the best, and have a great day!


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