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Indian and Pakistan CAs - What Day 1 Case Should You Write?

Published February 5, 2021 by Ira Walfish

An interesting dilemma has arisen this year, surrounding which Capstone 1 case to write, if you are writing the CFE in May or September 2021.

Let's look at the options and discuss the pros and cons for each one. (Hopefully this will not happen, but the discussion below is relevant in the event that you are unsuccessful in Day 1).

May 2021 CFE

In the May 2021 CFE, there are 2 Capstone 1 cases being offered - either Distinct Hotels (version 2, as this was written in Sept. 2020) or Waste Disposal Incorporated (version 1).

Let's assume you are a first time writer in May.  If this is the case, it would probably make sense to write the new case, Waste Disposal.  The reason for this is that if you are unsuccessful in May, you are not eligible to write in September (that's another discussion why this is), so you would probably write in the following May 2022.  At that time, you could write Waste Disposal (version 2) and you would not have to learn another case.

Therefore, this is a pretty easy decision.  Writing Distinct Hotels in May 2021 only gives you one shot at Distinct Hotels, as you can't write in Sept and Distinct Hotels will not be used in May 2022.  Writing Waste Disposal gives you 2 shots, if you are unsuccessful in May 2021 and re-write in May 2022.  Therefore, write Waste Disposal in May.

However, if you are a repeat writer, it will make much more sense to write Distinct Hotels, as you already know the case from Sept. 2020.  If you are a repeat writer from a previous year, it would make sense to do the same thing as a 1st time writer and write Waste Disposal, for the reasons explained above.  So, for repeat writers from Sept. 2020, write Distinct Hotels in May.

Sept. 2021 CFE

Now, if you are writing the CFE in Sept. 2021, the choice is between Distinct Hotels (version 3) and Creative Toys (version 1).

Here is where it gets a bit complicated. Let's play this out and analyze the 2 options.

Option 1 - Write Creative Toys

If you think you want to write in May 2022, if you fail in Sept. 2021, you will have to learn a new case, as Creative Toys will only be offered in Sept. 2022 (not May 2022).  But if you wait till Sept. 2022, you can write Creative Toys again, and not learn a new case.  If you write Distinct Hotels in Sept. 2021, regardless of when you write again, you will have to learn a new case. 

Option 2 - Write Distinct Hotels

You might think there is no advantage to writing Distinct Hotels, as if you are unsuccessful, you will have to write a new case in the next CFE, whether it is May or Sept.  That is true.  BUT, the advantage of writing Distinct Hotels, is that you have more to practice on for Sept.  Specifically, you will have a Sept. 2020 case and solution and  you may have the question and solution for the May 2021 CFE, but that is a maybe as the May 2021 CFE report has to come out in time before the Sept. 2021 CFE is written.

If you are a repeat writer in Sept. 2021 and know Distinct Hotels, choose Distinct Hotels for Sept.  If you are repeat writer and don't know Distinct Hotels, treat yourself as a 1st time writer and follow the advice above.

Conclusion

Therefore, I would recommend you write the following:

May 2021 - 1st Time Writer - Waste Disposal (Reason - 2nd time chance in May 2022)
                  - Repeat Writer from Sept. 2020 - Distinct Hotels (Reason - already know the case)
                  - Repeat Writer not from Sept. 2020 - Waste Disposal (Reason - same as 1st time writer)

Sept. 2021 - 1st Time Writer - Depends on your future plan if you need to write again:
                     (a)  If you think you will re-write in May 2022 - Write Distinct Hotels (Reason - more
                           practice cases for Sept. 2021 and either way have to learn a new case for May 2022)
                     (b)  If you think you will re-write in Sept. 2022 - Write Waste Disposal (Reason - 2nd time
                            chance - same case you know, unless you want to chance it and write Distinct Hotels,
                            because you have more to practice on and in any case plan on passing)

                   - Repeat Writer from Sept. 2020 - Distinct Hotels (Reason - already know the case)
                   - Repeat Writer not from Sept. 2020 - See above logic for Sept. 2021, 1st time writer

So there you have it.  The CFE is challenging enough without having to worry which Capstone 1 case to pick.  Now you know!

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