Interview with Sania Nadim Patankar, TYBMS Sem 5 Topper 2014-15, Pillai’s College




Name – Sania Nadim Patankar

College Name –  Pillai College of Arts, Commerce and Science, New Panvel

Course Name –  BMS

Rank in TY Sem V : 1st rank

GPA / Percentage:  78%

1) Tell us about yourself?

I completed my HSC from Our Own English High School, UAE securing a percentage of 90 and came to India to pursue higher studies.
I chose BMS because I was basically interested in most of the subjects this course offered me.

2) How does it feel to be a Topper of the college in TY Sem V exams?
It is a great feeling of achievement and joy.

3) Whom will you credit your success to?
I would like to credit my success to my parents, friends and most importantly my teachers whose guidance and support was very crucial for my achievement.

4) Did you start preparing from the first day of your TY Sem V?
Not really, attending and understanding lectures regularly from the start proved beneficial, as majority of the learning happened during lecture hours itself and only a recap was done weekly.

5) How did you study for Sem V?
A study schedule was prepared by me wherein I had allotted specific number of days for every subject depending upon the requirement.

6) Which are the easy subjects in Sem V?
Financial Management and Special Studies in Finance as they were more practical.

7) Any special way of writing the answers? Do you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?
Understanding the questions well is of utmost importance, beginning the answers with definitions wherever required and writing answers in points is the best way to present answers according to me.

8) How do you crack case studies in theory and practical subjects?
First and foremost a case study needs to be read carefully and the situation needs to be understood well. A proper analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is important.

9) Did you draw any diagram in any paper? Is it mandatory? Does it help to get more marks?
It is not mandatory as such, but including diagrams wherever possible makes the paper look more presentable and it allows the examiner to gauge the level of understanding of the student about the topic in a glance.

10)Any specific study pattern adopted i.e. timetable / how many hours per subject per day etc.?
A schedule was prepared and proper time was allotted for each subject.

11) How do you fight against mood swings and distractions during exam preparation?
Self determination, control and being focused plays an important role during exams, taking short breaks and relaxing in between study time is very essential.

12) If you are made the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, what changes would you like to initiate in Indian education system?
I would make the education system more practical and such that it would cater to the modern changing times and help the students to gain a global perspective.

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?
All that matters is making up one’s mind to achieve ones goals. One should constantly strive to overcome obstacles and rise above all odds, focusing primarily on the goal and leaving the rest which is secondary.

  14) Through this struggle and success, what have you learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition?
Management is not all about reading books but creating a change in society with a positive outlook.

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