Interview with Maria Khalid Shaikh, FYBMS Topper, MNWC College


Name –Maria Khalid Shaikh

College Name – Maniben Nanavati College

Rank in FY / SY: 1st rank


1)            Tell us about yourself, your background, why you joined BMS and what do you plan to do after BMS?

I have completed my pre and primary education in Kuwait. And completed my secondary education in India by scoring 86.91in 10th and 78.67in 12th. My father is a business man and did business with US AIRFORCE. My mother is a house wife. I joined BMS as I want to start up my own business. I believe that I should learn more skills and knowledge to accomplish my goal.

2)            How does it feel to be a Topper of the college in Semester exams?

It feels great when hard work is being appreciated. And most of it feels great when my parents and teacher feel proud of me.

3)            Whom will you credit your success to?

My parents and teachers

4)            Did you start preparing from the first day of your FY / SY?


5)            How did you study for Sem I / Sem III?

In theory subject most important is to understand the concept and apply it in practical life. In practical subjects like accounts and maths, statistics practising everyday one sum or two is most important.

6)            Which are the easy subjects in Sem I / Sem III?

Marketing, Accounts, Maths, Statistics, Law.

7)            Any special way of writing the answers? Do you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?

Answers should always be in bullet points. As this makes the answer more presentable and easier for the examiner to assess. I too write answers in bullet points.

8)            How do you crack case studies in theory and practical subjects?

I take the situation as my own company problem and apply method/techniques by making use of combination of both heart-mind, things that I have learned from my lessons and crack case studies.

9)            Did you draw any diagram in any paper? Is it mandatory? Does it help to get more marks?

Yes! I do draw diagrams in paper and it is mandatory to draw diagrams as it helps you to explain your answer more easy and this attracts the examiner too. Yes it helps to get more marks definitely.

10)          Any specific study pattern adopted i.e. timetable / how many hours per subject per day etc.?

One should study at least 2hour a day. And I follow the same pattern.

11)          How do you fight against mood swings and distractions during exam preparation?

Yes I do face distractions. As there many distractions like T.V., mobiles etc. I don’t keep my mobile with me while I’m studying and this helps me a lot to concentrate.

12)          If you are made the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, what changes would you like to initiate in Indian education system?

I would like to reduce the syllabus. Students are more worried of completing their syllabus rather than applying it. More international contents should be added and I will take initiative for this.

13) Many students prepare sincerely but constantly live under fear that they are not from big college / not from English medium and eventually lose confidence. What message would you like to these students?

My message to such students is language, big status does not matter. One should believe in oneself and must have the confidence that they will overcome all the barriers. This belief will make them touch the sky.

14)          Through this struggle and success, what have you learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition? What is your message to the upcoming BMS students?

I have learned that concentrating, believing in yourself, listening to your teachers makes me ready for facing every problem. Competition makes you aware of your weakness.

15)          Your feedback for

I heartily thank BMS for giving me this opportunity and I believe you give such opportunity to many more students and brighten their futures.

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