Interview with Parisha Chawan, TYBBI Sem 5 Topper 2014-15, M.L. Dahanukar College

Name: Parisha Chawan

College Name: M. L. Dahanukar College of Commerce

Course Name: BBI

Course coordinator Name: Mrs. Mitali Shelankar

Rank in TY Sem V : 1st rank

GPA / Percentage: ~ 73%


  • Tell us about yourself

I have been a student of ‘commerce’ since junior college. I chose to do BBI because I want to pursue a career in the Banking Industry. It is the backbone of our fast growing economy and hence I believe it will provide good career opportunities. After graduation I wish to work for a couple of years before pursuing a post-graduation degree.


  • How does it feel to be a Topper of the college in TY Sem V exams?

It feels great.


  • Whom will you credit your success to?

I am grateful towards my teachers who have helped and guided me with my studies as well as project. I am also thankful to my parents for their support before and during exams, without which this could not have been possible.


  • Did you start preparing from the first day of your TY Sem V?

No. This year being the last year of college I decided to experience the remaining days with friends as much as I can. So, I started studying few weeks before the exam.


  • How did you study for Sem V?

To study for any exam, I believe in understanding the basic concepts and theories of that subject rather than just trying to remember it all.


  • Which are the easy subjects in Sem V?

I would say SAPM and FSM were relatively easy for me in Semester V.


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

I prefer to write my answers in points wherever possible. It looks neat and becomes easy for the examiner to understand our points.


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

There are no case studies in Semester V.

But, I think clear understanding of the underlying concepts on which the case studies are based is enough to solve them. It is best to think about the practical applications of the subject matter as case studies are based on practical usage of theoretical knowledge.


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

I would prefer to draw diagrams wherever possible. Especially subjects life ‘Marketing’ which are fully theoretical, flow diagrams help in better presentation. It is not mandatory.


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

I didn’t confine myself to a time table. I study when I feel like it. Although, it is sometimes better to make a time table and stick with it.


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

I usually go for a walk or listen to music to fight against mood swings. I find place to study where I can be away from major distractions.


  • 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 introduce more practical subjects in our courses; subjects that are more relevant and that are practiced in our industry. I would also like to introduce MCQ pattern for at least internal examination, as they help testing the understanding of the students with respect to a subject.



  • 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?

They key to success is working not only hard but also smartly and to have confidence. Then it does not matter where one if from.



  • Through this struggle and success, what have you learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition?

Do what you love or learn to love what you do. Only then you will be able to give your best effort. If one works with determination and perseverance, one can’t go wrong.



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