IMA Life: Keep Trying

By Srinivasan Rangarajan, CMA
March 1, 2019

The last 12 years of my life have been a roller-coaster ride. After completing my schooling in 2006, I began my studies toward becoming a Chartered Accountant (CA), the national professional designation in India.


I passed the preliminary stage, but I couldn’t get past the intermediate stage even after several attempts. Meanwhile, I continued to gain practical experience by working in an audit firm, where I learned about vouching, data entry, reconciliation, and internal controls.


As a result of this perseverance, I received an offer from Hewlett-Packard (HP) for a cost analyst position in 2012. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience there as I worked on a global team that was based out of Houston, Texas. During this time, I also pursued my master’s degree in commerce.


In 2014, my U.S. peers introduced me to the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) certification and pointed out that my work experience as a cost analyst would have more relevance with it. After some research, I saw that the work I was involved with, which was all about cost management, risk management, and performance management, made up nearly half of the content for the certification. It seemed like a fit.


When I decided to start my CMA journey in 2015, I realized that this was going to be a tough task. I quit my position at HP so I could study full-time for the CMA exam. Things became tougher, but I practiced hard and motivated myself by running and meditating to keep my mind calm. It was a really stressful phase in my life. As I kept studying, my scores steadily improved, but I always came up shy by about 20 points. Still, I knew I was close; I wouldn’t quit. I practiced so much that I sometimes knew the answer even before working a question out. I was that familiar with the concepts.


I received great support from everyone at IMA, particularly from Amy Leuc, ICMA® senior office administrator, who helped me in extending my CMA entrance fee. I also was very fortunate in receiving enormous support from my family and friends who worked to ensure that I didn’t give up on my goals. When I finally passed both parts of the CMA exam in 2017 and 2018, it was a dream come true.


It’s important not to get demotivated by past failure, as it’s often where success is hidden. Other people’s opinions shouldn’t influence your individual decisions too heavily; we all pursue our goals differently. I now actively participate in IMA’s Chennai Chapter and manage the chapter’s Twitter account. I am working as a freelancer for Chegg, Inc., guiding students across the globe in solving case studies pertaining to U.S. GAAP and cost management, and I’m looking forward to what comes next.


There is no replacement for hard work. My secret is simply that I keep trying.


Srinivasan Rangarajan, CMA, is a freelance subject-matter expert and tutor for Chegg, Inc., and a member of IMA’s Chennai Chapter. You can contact him at rsrinivasan.22@gmail.com.
9 + Show Comments
    Siva October 20, 2019 AT 5:22 pm

    You have struggled hard you will see the results .Hardwork ,Dedication and commitment will never let you go down.You have seen toughest part of your life.Life is all yours from now,you can command your life with this achievement.We will take your Hardwork and teach children as an example.You were a good example ,how Hard work yields Results finally.
    Best of luck in your career .We pray GOD that you should achieve great Heights in your future and be good example for young children and also elders.

    Babu I. Razack MBA, CMA, ACMA, D. Litt. March 23, 2019 AT 6:22 am

    Congrats Srinivasan . I appreciate your efforts to achieve your goal . You are somewhat like me. Wish you success in your career and life .

    Balaji March 21, 2019 AT 5:29 am

    Hi Srinivasan, Very nice article it suits to any generation. Hard work is more important than passing out of the exams…. All the best

    Mayu March 4, 2019 AT 11:47 am

    Srini, you are a true human in character and perseverance. You have torn the obstacles and hindrances in your path and made them the steps of your success. You truly deserve this victory and a lot more success to come in your journey of life. Keep going, my dear…

    Manoj March 4, 2019 AT 9:36 am

    Really motivated. It shows how hard you worked for attaining the prestigious certificate…

    Bhaswati March 4, 2019 AT 5:25 am

    Congrats Srini…

    Varshini A March 3, 2019 AT 2:37 am


    Charanyaa Gopalakrishnan March 2, 2019 AT 4:43 am


    Rupal March 2, 2019 AT 1:04 am

    Truly an inspiration… ?

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