A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work- Colin Powell. This piece of advice from the veteran general of US Gulf War appears to have hit the duo from Vijayawada D. Guru Prasad and T. Rajani hard and fast. It is sole determination that has brought both of them this far in their academic pursuit.

While Guru Prasad topped the recently held ICWA (Intermediate) examination in the all-India level, Rajani secured the third rank in the ICWA (Final) examination. But what makes them stand out? It is the economic background that they come from.

While Guru Prasad is the son of an autorickshaw driver in Kadapa, Rajani is the daughter of a daily wage earner.

And it is not the first time that both of them had topped any examination. While Guru Prasad secured the all-India first rank in the CA IPCC examination and ICWA (Foundation) examination and stood fifth in the CA CPT examination; Rajani secured the all-India second rank in CA (Inter). And all through they had been coached at Superwhizz-Vijayawada.

On why CA and ICWA, Guru Prasad said, “The economic condition impelled me to take up the course. I secured 97 per cent in intermediate and Superwhizz offered me free coaching for CA CPT and promised me free tuitions for CA and ICWA if I secured ranks within top 5 in the CPT and ICWA foundation. I worked hard for 15 hours a day and secured fifth rank in both the examination. Moreover, I decided that I would take up CA and ICWA, as even an engineering degree would take four years, so why not put that effort here. I need to settle fast to take care of my family and two sisters.”

The same was the case with Rajani. “It was not possible for my family to fund my engineering education, as the reimbursement scheme was not there at that time. Moreover, CA or ICWA offers a better career and I need to settle fast. Economic situation hardened my determination.”

While Guru Prasad is getting busy to tackle the finals of both CA and ICWA, Rajani has just got to complete CA (Final), and the world would be at their feet.

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