Pakistani ACCA Student Scores Highest Marks in the World

Pakistani students continue to make the country proud by impressing the world with their excellent exam performance in the global professional accountancy exams conducted by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Zara Naeem, an ACCA student from Lahore, has been declared the global prizewinner for scoring the highest marks in the Financial Reporting exam conducted in December 2020.


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The ACCA qualification is considered the gold standard in accountancy with recognition and presence in over 179 countries worldwide, opening doors to highly respected and fulfilling career opportunities around the world.

Zara credits this success to her father who always encouraged all the girls in the family to pursue their dreams and smash all artificial barriers. Retired after a stellar career in the military, Zara’s father himself holds a master’s degree and is highly passionate to see his child doing big things for the country.

My father is a true role model for me. I grew up seeing him reaching great heights in his military service that always inspired me to follow in his footsteps,’ she said. ‘Seeing his gold medal that he was awarded with his MBA made me challenge myself to live up to his legacy by dedicating myself fully to my studies.

Explaining the reason for choosing ACCA, Zara shared,

ACCA was a natural choice for me. Most military families move every few years, so I always knew I needed a qualification that ensures flexibility and offers global mobility. With over 527,000 students in nearly 179 countries studying and sitting the same exams, ACCA is the best option for those who wish to go places.

Busting the myth that finance and accountancy is a male-dominated profession, she shared,

This is no longer the case. With bodies like ACCA opening access, you’ll be surprised to learn that ACCA now has a female student base of 58%, with more women than ever looking to become professional accountants. So yes, get ready to see cracks in the glass ceiling.

Zara has big dreams for herself and is committed to start her own consultancy firm after attaining ACCA membership. She’s confident that her firm will be able to win international clients due to her globally accepted qualification and worldwide connections that ACCA membership offers.


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Despite much disruption globally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACCA was able to run almost 153,000 exams across the vast majority of its markets worldwide. For the health and safety of its students, additional measures were implemented in line with relevant governmental advice.

The ACCA qualification rigorously tests the skills and competencies that a modern-day accountant needs with a firm grounding in ethics and professionalism. It prepares students for a rewarding career as a qualified and ethical finance professional.

  • Bravo. Well done. You made us proud. May ALLAH SWT bless you with more accolades and success in all your feature endeavours. Aameen.

  • Masha allah. Its great to see succes achieved by a Pakistani,May Allah reward you spiritually and financially.
    I hope many more will take inspiration succes.

  • I never make comments on such news, but respected Zara,, you make me so proud, so proud, that I have to make heartly salute you,, head off to your achievements.. Well done Zara jee,, geo zara

  • Masha Allah, very well done Zara, we proud of you, may Allah give you more success. Ameen

  • Such an inspiration! Couldn’t stop myself to comment here. MASHA ALLAH keep it up. Also want to be like you

  • Subhanallah….maashallah….May Allah Almighty grant u highest level of success and may the Almighty enrich u with all u have dreamt of in sha allah….
    You make our great country Pakistan 🇵🇰 proud…..awesome….you go girl….
    Pakistan Zindabad…..Pakistan Paindabad

  • A male student from Pakistan also topped and scored highest in the world in ACCA yet he did not get the recognition he deserved. Why you may ask, reason he is male and not a female.

  • I am sorry people but just reminding you there is a difference between being smarter and scoring better. The world was the same before this girl topped it is same and its going to remain same. This girl topped doesn’t mean anything. This world need creativity not people with high scores. We are not some products which can be give graded. We human beings have a soul which is not the same in every person if it was we would be the same. You can’t compare a monkey and fish just cause the monkey can climb a tree and a fish can swim. No! They are different we all are different. We all are unique “not special”.

    I would have felt proud dear Zara Naeem, if you have changed something but if this was your dream I am really happy for you. You made it real unlike me.

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