The Success Story of Idrees Patel, FYBMS Topper, Bhavan’s College, Andheri




NAME : Idrees Patel


COLLEGE : Bhavan’s College, Andheri west

Scored a whooping 75.86% 😀

1. Tell us about yourself and your college

 I am a reader, a researcher, a writer. What else? Oh yes, I’m also interested a lot in technology, current affairs and analysis, history, and pretty much everything as long as it requires in-depth reading.

 As for my college, it’s Bhavan’s College, everyone has heard of Bhavan’s College. What can I say, it’s huge, it’s green, the teaching is pretty good overall, no industrial visits, but who cares anyway. Basically, a known quantity at this point.

 2. Were you expecting to top in the exams? To whom would you credit this success to?

No, I certainly wasn’t expecting to top in the exams. It had been such a long time since I was a topper in any exam (back in 10th Standard, actually) and a few of the papers were quite difficult, but thankfully, the end result was still good, better than expectations.

 I would definitely credit my success to my parents. Without them, I wouldn’t be what I am, their support is priceless. Then, there is the BMS faculty at Bhavan’s College, who all stuck with us for the semester, gave us support, encouragement, maybe many unhelpful boring lectures as well but there you go. They did a good job, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.

 3. Did you start preparing right from the first day of your BMS?

Most definitely not. The early days were without a doubt hectic and confusing with lectures, new classmates, new teachers, new timings, and what not. Unimaginable for anyone to even think of start studying.

 4. How did you allot time to different subjects? (Did you follow a self-made timetable? And how many hours did you study per day? Had you joined any coaching classes or was it just self-study?)

No, I didn’t follow a timetable or anything, because I find that self-made timetables are generally impossible to be followed. I started studying right at the last moment – which means two or three days before each exam. How many hours per day? The answer to that would be really inconsistent, most days none, for the last day preparation – a few hours. But what I always say is that while the number of hours you study may be important, but the way you study is actually even more important. Also, I didn’t join any coaching classes (never joined any of them in my life). It just isn’t necessary or even recommended.

 5. Did you participate in college fests or extra-curricular activities? Do you think a BMS student can manage both studies and extra activities?

No, I didn’t participate in any college fest or anything, don’t see the use of such things myself. But that depends on different tastes. Of course a BMS student can manage extra activities if he/she is smart enough to handle them without an adverse effect on studies, it’s not engineering after all.

 6. 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?

This is one of the stupidest, most pathetic things of modern life. On one hand, we have our lives – a priceless gift. And on the other hand, we’ve got a bunch of useless exams (useless means useless for the real world). Because of the rat race, cut throat competition and what not, some students are pressured and don’t have the resistance to resist such pressure, and they take their own lives. It’s a crazy thing to do, but everyone knows that. It’s because of the deterioration of morals in society and the deterioration in the quality of life. What I say: forget the tension. Forget the depression. Forget everything. These are just exams. They’re not the be-all and end-all of life. At the end of the day, exams have one good quality about them: they don’t last. You do the exams, they finish, and then you can rest. That’s a good thing.

As for stress management techniques, I would advise the usual: take plenty of breaks, don’t compromise on food and sleep, don’t think of the exams but think about what comes after them (usually holidays). You could add a lot of things to this list and they would be mostly correct.

 7. Industrial Visits – are they really informative for BMS students? Which industries have you visited?

I wouldn’t know, because we haven’t gone on any industrial visits, and nor are we likely to go on any.

 8. Do you think a BMS student is more flooded with assignments, projects and internal exams? What changes would you like to bring in management education?

Yeah, we did get a lot of assignments and some projects but presentations were few and far in between. For all of the hype about BMS being a practical related course and there being so many presentations in it, we haven’t seen a lot of them so far. Maybe in the later semesters?

If I had the authority, I would make a lot of changes to this entire BMS course. Eliminate a few of the more useless subjects, introduce others, overhaul subjects like IT with new, updated content, change the teaching methodology to a more practical-based one, reintroduce more presentations, give importance on teaching how to make good presentations, change the grading system (getting 5 Os and 2 As makes the overall grade an A: eh, what?), make projectors plentiful in all colleges, ensure that proper help and support is given to students… and the list just goes on and on.

 9. What message would you like to give to the coming batches of BMS students?

I’d say don’t get too much in the hype regarding BMS being different and practical-related and having a lot of “scope”, but if you’re interested in management, by all means take BMS. Don’t expect things to be very easy, otherwise right in the first semester you’ll get a bunch of KTs. Just attend the lectures and you should be fine for studies, keep going with the flow.

 10. What are the future plans?

Like I said above, one must go with the flow, I’m currently going with the flow, so not having any solid plan in place for the future. It’s difficult out there and even if one makes a fantastic plan right now, there’s no guarantee it will be fulfilled in the future. I’d like to carry on in the future, play to my strengths, do some work which I actually like.

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