Interview with Alfa Paul, TYBFM Topper 2014-15, Tolani College

Name – Alfa Paul

College Name – Tolani college of Commerce

Course Name – BFM

Rank in TY Sem V : 1st in tolani college

GPA / Percentage: 80.14%, O grade

1) Tell us about yourself?
I am from commerce back ground.  I had initially taken B.Com as I was preparing for CA-CPT until then Tolani college introduced Bfm course and then I researched about the subjects and also spoke to my teachers about the subjects. The financial Markets was an interesting subject as it is a very dynamic and volatile Market and there is always something happening in it and most importantly, it is a practical one. I was keen to study it in depth and that drew my interest towards this course.  After Bfm, I am planning to work and do CFA.

2) How does it feel to be a Topper of the college in TY Sem V exams?
It’s an amazing feeling as I have made my dear ones proud and nothing beats the happiness to see the joy on their Face.

3) Whom will you credit your success to?
The credibility of my success goes to Almighty for helping me achieve my endeavors. I would also Thank my parents, teachers,  course-coordinator and my dear ones for supporting me and helping me bloom in academics.
4) Did you start preparing from the first day of your TY Sem V?
No. Since it was my final Year of college, I thoroughly enjoyed in all the fun and Frolic of college life. I always study few days prior to exams

5) How did you study for Sem V?
I didn’t adopt any strategies as such for studying.  I believe in studying in a silent environment whenever I am at ease. I do take breaks in the flow.

6) Which are the easy subjects in Sem V?
Every subject was pretty interesting but for me derivative Markets and global capital market was the easiest.

7) Any special way of writing the answers? Do you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?
The answers should be qualitative than quantitative.  Presentation of the answer is supreme. You can always use bullet points, diagrams, example to make the answer more understandable.
8) How do you crack case studies in theory and practical subjects?
Case studies are easily understandable if the concepts are clear. Solutions should be presentable.
9) Did you draw any diagram in any paper? Is it mandatory? Does it help to get more marks?


Diagrams must be drawn where it is necessary, they do enhance the presentation of the paper.
10)Any specific study pattern adopted i.e. timetable / how many hours per subject per day etc.?
No.  I do not follow any specific time table. I believe in studying in a clear state of mind which is necessary to concentrate.

11) How do you fight against mood swings and distractions during exam preparation?
Mood swings and distractions are a part and parcel of a student’s academic life. Music And talking to a friend is a good way to curb mood altering.

12) If you are made the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, what changes would you like to initiate in Indian education system?
Since, we are studying about the financial Markets, I would like to make the syllabus more practical and attach new subjects for better learning.
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?


Every college contributes to a student’s welfare and academic excellence.  Confidence and belief in one self is the most important factor one should possess. University is the apex institution and we should be proud that we are affiliated to Mumbai University.

14) Through this struggle and success, what have you learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition?
If you want to outstand, then you have to walk the extra mile.
Working smart is the key to success.

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