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Vinoth: an Inspirational CMA Exam Story from India

CMA exam story from IndiaVinoth has spent his education and working life in India, currently working in a multinational oil company in Chennai. He started taking the CMA exam in 2014, took a break in between due to work and family commitment, and finished off with taking Part 2 in September 2015.

Today, on Nov 12, he shared the great news of passing Part 2. Here is his story:

Vinoth’s Inspirational CMA Exam Story from India

1. Nov 26: Introducing Our Wednesday Blogger: Vinoth

In his first post, Vinoth shared why he chose CMA as his professional course.

2. Dec 3: Choosing the Best CMA Study Material and Coaching Institutes 

In this post, Vinoth gave some tips on choosing the best study material and coaching institutes.

3. Dec 10: Coaching and Guidance for CMA Exam Preparation

To be more prepared for the CMA exam, Vinoth explained how coaching classes can be an advantage.

4. Dec 16: Preparing for My CMA Study Plan and Performance Tracking

Vinoth shared some suggestions on preparing your study plan and why it’s important to track your progress.

5. Dec 31: CMA Exam Prep Tools and When to Use It

Choosing helpful tools can be difficult. In this post, Vinoth suggested some CMA exam prep tools and when to use it to be more prepared for the exam.

6. Jan 7: Selecting CMA Exam Dates and Allocating Time to Study

Selecting dates on when to take the CMA exam is important. Vinoth explained how he selects CMA exam dates and why it’s important to allocate time to study.

7. Jan 14: Here is My Story Before Passing CMA Exam Part 1

Reflecting on his Part 1 experience, Vinoth shared his struggles and why he pulled it off at the end.

8. Jan 21: CMA Multiple Choice Questions Overview

Part of CMA exam are the multiple choice questions, and Vinoth shared how important it is and how he practiced with it during his preparation.

9. Feb 4: How I Approach the CMA Essay Questions

Vinoth discussed the different types of CMA essay questions and how he practiced for it.

10. Feb 17: Slight Setback in CMA Part 2 Preparation

While in preparation for Part 2, Vinoth had difficulty allocating sufficient time for his studies, and how he was able to cope with it.

11. Mar 2: Setting the CMA Exam Date for Part Two

Vinoth started to be back on track, he talked about setting his CMA exam date for part two and why it’s important to be full prepared for it.

12. Mar 13: Hock vs Gleim for CMA: a Closer Look into Gleim Online

In this post, Vinoth explained how Gleim is different on their approach and how it can be useful for students.

13. Apr 8: How to Tackle New Topics in CMA Exam (for Me It’s Corporate Finance)

Vinoth started covering new topics in the CMA exam what he has learned.

14. Aug 28: Vinoth is Back!

After few months of hiatus, Vinoth was back to study again. He also shared how he handled several issues in his life.

16. Nov 15: Vinoth passed the CMA Part 2 exam and is ready to get his certification!

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About the Author Vinoth

Dear readers, I am from India and currently studying for the CMA exam from my home country. I chose CMA (vs other qualifications) as I work in a multinational corporation that values this global certification. After passing Part 1 exam in the Sep/Oct 2014 testing window, I had to postpone Part 2 until Sep 2015 due to heavy commitment in work and family. Finally got the good news in Nov. Thanks for reading!

Leave a Comment:

tham says December 19, 2018

hi…. Im Tham from India ,now im going to take exam @ Feb so i need help how to prepare the exam and struggle too,i have gleim material with Mcq book.

Mayur says December 5, 2016

Hi vinod,

i am mayur from pune, i am working Intex Technologies pvt ltd as accountant , i am joining ipfc Bangalore institute and i am using rigos study material.
i dont understand how to start study, and i am thinking to give exam in jun 17 both part is it possible to cover syllabubs. how to study ???????? please help me
my mail ID is : mayur.kale589[@]gmail.com

    Stephanie Ng says December 5, 2016

    Hi Mayur, Vinod is not active here (moving on after getting his CMA!)
    Is your Rigos course a live class? It is easier if you ask your instructor for suggestions based on their own materials.
    You have plenty of time to prepare until June. Good luck to your exam.
    Regards, Stephanie

Arun says November 1, 2016

Hi Vinoth, I am contemplating taking the CMA exams but am unsure about it. I am a BTech Graduate with 6 years of work ex, 4 Years in Operations and 2 Years in Sales of a Financial Product.Because I am into Financial Product Sales I am thinking of getting into the field into Finance. Not sure how helpful CMA will be for making this career move.And even otherwise I would like to understand how CMA(USA) helps in career growth and what kind of jobs one can find after a CMA.

Pushkar Singh says September 11, 2016

Hey Steph!! In absence of Vinoth, I expect you to answer this. I have cleared up my Bcom and is now working into a bank. I want to do this course but I’m little bit concerned about it’s scope in India. I would really like to know will this certification be worthy enough to bloom in India and provide me a respectable job. Please do reply

    Stephanie Ng says September 11, 2016

    Yeah, sure, can’t expect Vinoth to keep checking his blog posts. He is busy working and climbing up the corporate ladder 😉
    I used to say that CMA is not as recognized in India, but in the past 1-2 years there have been lots and lots of questions from Indian readers (and lots of them taking the exam) so I gather it is getting traction. I know for a fact that IMA is quite aggressively building their presence there, so these are all good sign.

    I have to say however it is not a well known household name (yet) so you still have to bet on how successful it can get, but at least, among all the professoinal exam administrators, IMA is likely the most hardworking in terms of marketing their brand.

    Here is an article for Indian candidates that you may find helpful: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-in-india/

Boris says July 6, 2016

Hello Vinoth,

What was the approximate cost you incurred for completion of CMA course?

What other qualification is necessary to get a good job in India or a basic job in USA?

Are there a good number of job opportunities for CMA in India?


Suresh says November 28, 2015

Hi Vinoth,
I am Suresh, residing at chennai.I have following doubts regarding CMA(US).

1. I have finished my Bachelor degree in Mathematics in DG vaishnav College(affiliated by Madras University) Whether it fullfills the education requirement?

2. Currently I am Working with the Private Chartered Accountants Firm ( For the past 2 Years) Whether it can be taken as work requirements as per IMA?

Please help me in finding a solution and help me in pursing this course.
Thanks In advance,


Sharan Singh says November 13, 2015

Hi Vinoth,

Did u use hock materials only or did u study through some other institute as well?

    Stephanie says November 24, 2015

    Hi Sharan,
    Just to give you a quick reply, Vinoth used Hock (through a local institution I believe) for Part 1 and Gleim (self-study) for Part 2. Vinoth can elaborate further when he checks the comments. Regards, Stephanie

      Shruthi says August 25, 2016

      Hi vinoth..am shruthi from Hyderabad..CA inter qualified..I wanna pursue this CMA USA..can u please guide me..

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