Interview with Divyanshu Srivastava, FYBBI Topper 2014, K.J. Somaiya College

Divyanshu Shrivastava




Name –Divyanshu Srivastava

College Name – K. J. Somaiya college of Arts and Commerce

Course Name – BBI

Which year – FY

Rank in FY: 1st

GPA / Percentage:7

  • Tell us about yourself, your background, why did you join BBI andwhat do you plan to do after BBI?

My name is Divyanshu Srivastava and I’m currently doing my FYBBI from K. J. Somaiya college of Arts and Commerce. My father has a transferable job in SBI so my schooling was done in various parts of the country. I joined this course because being a son of a banker I find it really interesting. I have planned to go ahead with the preparation for probationary officer in bank and Civil Services.


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

It feels very delightful as well as proud at the same time but it is a challenging task to maintain this position.


  • Whom will you credit your success to?

My source of energy and inspiration are my parents.


  • Did you start preparing from the first day of your FY?

No not exactly but yeah I used to go prepared for the lectures.


  • How did you study for Sem I? (Share some tips / advice for each subject)

Subjects like EMFS, POM, Economics, Effective Communication are theory subject that just requires understanding the concept, I would advise that do not mug up and try to understand the concept. Quantitative Methods is a subject that requires regular practice. IT is the only tricky subject as at times it gets confusing, I used to write every concept in my own words to learn it.


  • Which are the easy subjects in Sem I?

Effective Communication and Quantitative Methods are the easy ones as they are scoring subjects that can boost your percentage.


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

I pen down my answers in my own words instead of the bookish language. My answers are usually a combination of both paragraph as well as bullet points.


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

I just try to relate it to what I know about that case or the similar type of case that I have gone through, and openly discuss the same in my circle, my family and teachers.


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

Yes, charts and diagrams makes the answers more elaborative. It is not mandatory but it helps in getting more marks as it makes the answers more presentable, understandable and also increases the size of the answer.


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

No I am not that studious. I used to study according to my mood without seeing the time, like if I want to study EMFS I get down with it even if it is 2 o’clock in the morning. But yes I used to study a bit every day.


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

I am a very determined person. I used to set targets or goals for myself and take a short break after every target for entertainment like music.


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

Though this is a very hypothetical question but I would try to make the courses offered by the University more interactive to make studies more involving.


  • 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 give to these students?

Brilliance and courage are not reliant onCollege or medium of education, it simply requires a great mind. If we take glance of the history of our country there are several famous personalities who were not from any big college so stop thinking and start working towards your goal.


  • Through this struggle and success, what have you learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition? What is your message to the upcoming BAF / BBI / BMS / BFM / BMM / BBA students?

This journey has taught me a very positive thing,in the words of Demi Lovato “No matter what you’re going through, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things”.

The wisdom of life and competition is to attain knowledge and showcase it at theright time and in a right manner.


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