Interview with PALAK SAURIN SHAH, Mumbai University TYBMS Sem 5 Topper 2013-14, H. R. COLLEGE OF COMMERCE & ECONOMICS who scored 86.43% and GPA Score –7.00



How does it feel to be a Topper in the university exams? Whom will you credit your success to? What was your success mantra?

It feels amazing to top the university exams of Bachelors of Management Studies, genuinely not expected. All credit goes to my family who has always been a constant source of support and encouragement as well as the teachers of H.R.College and my friends. Working hard is the only success mantra to achieve all your dreams.


Did you prepare any timetable and please share your study strategy/exam tips to crack each subject of sem 5?

I do try to prepare a timetable, but at the end you are not able to always follow one.

I think one should just stay calm and give one’s best. Plus avoid revising one hour before the paper if possible because then it only leads to more stress.


Do you think BMS student require coaching classes or is self-study enough? Had you joined any coaching class for a particular subject?

For most of the subjects self-study is sufficient. I had taken classes for practical subjects like FM and SSF.


What was your specialization subject? Why did you opt for it?

I opted for Special Studies in Finance (SSF) because I was personally more interested in finance plus it is more scoring too so satisfies both the objectives.


Can you list the textbooks you referred for all subjects?

Mainly I think Rishabh Publications is good for all theory based subjects though I also referred to certain college notes.


Which was your worst paper? Why? Which was your best paper? Why?

My worst paper was FM as it turned out to be very lengthy and unexpected.

My best paper was SSF as it compensated for FM and was pretty easy too.


Today, we often come across students committing suicide out of failure, depression or tension of exams. What do you have to say about this? Did you use any special techniques for stress management?

In today’s time tension and fear of failure is faced in all walks of life, but one must realize that it is only temporary and life is much greater than only exams. I feel one should maintain a balance between fun and studies and get the best of both worlds as both are equally important. Talking out to family eases out tension to a great extent.


The Black Book project contributing a significant part to the percentage, please share the experiences you had during the preparation of the project and how has it benefited you.

I chose a topic which greatly interested me and helped me to know more about that particular field. One must choose a topic that they are passionate about. Also one may choose a topic that would look good on one’s CV.


Did you pursue any additional courses/ internships alongside BMS? What are your future plans?

I did take CAT and CMAT classes inorder to pursue MBA. However, I was then offered a job in a big company so my future plans are to work there.


Any tips and advises for your juniors?

Work hard but don’t forget to enjoy too, maintain a balance.

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