Name – Ravi Jalan
Rank in FYBMS Sem I / SYBMS Sem III – First / First
College Name – K.P.B. Hinduja College
Total Marks obtained – 475/600
% / GPA – 79.17 / 6.83
Hobbies & Extra-curricular – Playing cricket, football, computer games.
Tell us about yourself, your background, why did you join BMS and what do you plan to do after BMS?
I come from an Agarwal family. My father has worked at Sr. Management positions in various big group companies and I am greatly influenced by him.
Looking at my academic performance over the years, he feels that I have business leadership qualities and therefore I took up management studies as my core area.
My plan going forward is to become a management professional and eventually an entrepreneur.
How does it feel to be a Topper of the college in Semester exams?
It feels really good and only motivates me to work harder in the future.
Whom will you credit your success to?
I would credit my success to my parents because they never put any pressure on me and had faith that I would manage my studies on my own.
Also, my teachers played a big part.
Did you start preparing from the first day of your FY / SYBMS?
No. I did not start until a month before my exams but made sure I studied sincerely then.
How did you study for Sem I / Sem III? (Share some tips / advice for each subject)
I would advise attending lectures for subjects like Stats, accounts, economics and studying regularly as it is difficult to catch up later on.
For the theory subjects, I made it a point to go through all subjects at least once before the exams.
Which are the easy subjects in Sem I / Sem III?
Sem 1 – Except FHS and Business Law, the other 5 subjects were easy as they were more or less similar to the subjects in SYJC.
I scored high in law because it was my favourite subject as I found it very interesting.
Sem 3 – Accounts and BABI were easier compared to the other subjects.
Any special way of writing the answers? Do you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?
I make sure that my answers are lengthy enough according to the marks for a particular question and draw diagrams where necessary. Other than that I do not follow any special way of writing my answers.
I always write the answers in bullet points.
How do you crack case studies in theory and practical subjects?
Case studies for practical subjects are easy to answer if the basic concepts are clear. So attending the lectures is very helpful.
In the theory subjects, case studies were not my strong point and I believe that is where I lost my marks.
Did you draw any diagram in any paper? Is it mandatory? Does it help to get more marks?
Yes, I did draw diagrams in my papers. It is not mandatory but I would suggest drawing them wherever possible as they definitely help you score more marks.
Any specific study pattern adopted i.e. timetable / how many hours per subject per day etc.?
I only prepare a timetable for a week before my exams. Following a specific pattern reduces the burden during the exams considerably.
How do you fight against mood swings and distractions during exam preparation?
I take breaks every hour instead of studying for 5-6 hours at a stretch.
Talking to a friend turned out to be very helpful during this Sem.
If you are made the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, what changes would you like to initiate in BMS education system?
One change I would make immediately is bring back presentations (They were removed this year) as they were really helpful for BMS students.
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?
Being from a “big” college might be a bonus, but I do not think that it should be the reason for not working hard or losing confidence in any way. Just be positive and give your best, results will follow.
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?
The most important thing I’ve learned is that having self-confidence is really important. If you yourself don’t believe that you can achieve something, no amount of study hours or coaching classes can help.
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