Prema Jayakumar, Daughter of an Auto Driver, Tops All India Chartered Accountancy Exam

“The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.” – Jim Rohn

The troubles we grumble about show the passageway of light, progress, happiness and success to some who heartily embracing them. The 24-year-old Prema Jayakumar is the brightest illustration of its truth. The narrow confined 300 sq ft one-room chawl in suburban Malad, father’s meager earning and restricted materialistic advantages of daily life couldn’t keep her from shinning and accomplishing her dream of cracking the All India Chartered Accountancy (CA) examination with the highest number – a remarkable score of 607 out of 800. Surmounting odds seem to have vanished in front of her courage, perseverance and craving desire.

It is not the first time she has hit the toppers’ list, she has been an extraordinary student from her school days. She secured second place by scoring 90 per cent in her Third Year B Com exams from the University of Mumbai. She completed her graduation from Nagindas Khandwala College and M Com from the University of Mumbai. Her father is a Mumbai-based auto-rickshaw driver and mother is a housewife, who earlier worked for a private company but left her job when Prema started earning during her articleship, which she earned by clearing both groups of the Integrated Professional Competence Examination (IPCE) in 2009. She has also played an inspirational role for her 22-year-old brother Dhanraj who has also cleared the exam in his first attempt with her.

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