How to crack Project Viva-Voce Examinations? – A student view


While we have already spent around more than two months working on our research projects, we are now close to getting the first degree of our lives in our hands! At the outset, the University of Mumbai has ordered the affiliated colleges to conduct the viva-voce examinations for our projects between January 7th to January 12th. Now is the time to win due justice to our efforts that we had taken to prepare our projects. Our project works count as much as our scores do, while we go to seek employment or higher education to any organisations or institutions.

While as it is very important to choose the ‘category’ of the project, it is also important to frame the ‘title’ of the project. The category of the project is the ‘area of research’ which we choose to make research in.

The main categories of the projects are:

  1. Marketing
  2. Finance
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Operations / Production and,
  5. General

While appearing for the viva-voce examinations, I, as a student will suggest my peers to consider the following essentials:

  1. Please be dressed in complete formals, including shoes and neckties. (blazer coats are however optional)
  2. It is very essential that we have a decent haircut and neatly set
  3. We must carry a copy of our project along with us, if our college asks us to do so
  4. Greet the jury panel of external professors with complete politeness and decency
  5. Take the seat in front of the jury, only when they ask you to do so
  6. Sit with complete erect back and establish a complete eye-contact with the jury
  7. Be thorough to answer some general questions like ‘about yourself’, ‘about the title of the project’, ‘purpose of the study’, ‘mode of collection of the data’ etc.
  8. We must know each and every topic of the project in depth
  9. It is essential that we know the flow of contents of our project
  10. We must also be aware of the background of the title of our project and some other related topics based on the same lines
  11. Knowledge about recent happenings, current affairs and recent developments in our area of research is very crucial
  12. It is very important to have confidence, even if we are not sure of any answer to the question put forth by the jury
  13. It is very important to take a breather gap while we are answering questions
  14. We must avoid usage of complex vocabulary, long statements, profanity, unnecessary connectors like- as in, like, you know and take pauses wherever necessary.
  15. It is as important ‘how we answer’ as it is ‘what we answer’
  16. While providing facts or figures, it is necessary to provide references which are used in the project
  17. We should be able to tackle difficult questions with ease and diplomacy
  18. It might happen that we might get blanked out or lose down on confidence immensely, in such cases, we must politely request the jury to conduct our viva round one more time after everyone gets over with theirs
  19. Please get your queries and doubts cleared by your project guide well in advance
  20. Last and very important! Remember! The jury panel members are appointed because they are experienced experts in their fields. Please do not take them for granted. Never try to provide any false information. This may drag you into trouble and your project may stand disqualified.


In the end I would wish all my fellow TY students, a very Best of Luck! May we all crack the project viva excellently and as a result our TYBMS too!


Ojas Ajay Barve[Consulting Content Editor]


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Ojas Barve

A professional in the education industry, Ojas is currently working with S P Jain School of Global Management (the global arm of S P Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai) as Program Manager for all the under-graduate as well as post-graduate programs whereby he plays a significant role in planning the schedules of the programs across global campuses located in Dubai, Singapore and Sydney. He also plays a role as Academic Mentor for guiding the MGB (MBA) students in their internship/projects. In the year 2014, 12 students successfully completed their projects under his guidance. Former Professor at MT Educare, Ojas has trained the students from commerce and management streams. He has gained exposure to the print media industry, while he completed his internship assignment with SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce in their in-house publication, SIES Skyline as their 'Editor-in-Chief' He has worked with BMS.CO.IN at internship position as 'Campus Representative' for three months after which he was extracted in the team as 'Chief Correspondent-Social Media'. He gained hands-on experience in the field of Social Media and E-Commerce, then. He started his career in teaching at Aadeshwar Academy, Borivali where he trained the school-level students in the French language. He was also associated with Dnyana Prakash Classes, Dadar for two academic years where taught subjects of Organisation of Commerce and Management to Class-12 students. Academically, he's a graduate in management studies in distinction class with a strong flair towards languages. He is pursuing his Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Masters in Commerce with Business Management elective. He has completed his A-1 level certification in French Language from L' Alliance Francaise de Bombay. Also, he is a Certified Professional Introductory Counselor from SIES Institute of Comprehensive Education and holds a certification in Capital Markets from Inter-connected Stock Exchange of India Ltd.


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