Interview with Satnam Metharu, TYBFM Sem 5 5th Ranker, SIES College Sion East

Name –Satnam Metharu

College Name – SIES College Of Commerce and Economics

Course Name – BFM

Rank in TY Sem V :5th

GPA / Percentage: 6.57/72

1) Tell us about yourself?
My name is Satnam Metharu, I am a sikh raised in a convent school and currently a student of SIES college. Curiosity is my driving force. While selecting the bachelors degree after 12th i first went through the syllabus of each course. What i noticed was while other courses seemed diluted, Bfm subjects were concentrated and narrowed down to the field of financial markets. Financial markets: something I should have immense knowledge being a commerce student. The main beauty and USP of Bfm was that all the subjects had practical relevation and reflection. Everything in book could be seen in practical life. Those were enough reasons for me to pick Bfm and when i look back it feels like a life sapping decision.

2) How does it feel to be a Topper of the college in TY Sem V exams? 
It develops an excitement to prepare even harder for the next sem.

3) Whom will you credit your success to? 
My teachers, every lecture had knowledge to absorb. Not that my attendance was 100% but every single lecture attended helped me. Secondly i credit it to my close friends that made sure i live up to my potential.

4) Did you start preparing from the first day of your TY Sem V? 
No I didn’t. I prefer first understanding the subjects and their contents in detail, which creates a flow and then i know how to prepare for each of them.
5) How did you study for Sem V? 
All of the subjects in Bfm show a reflection in practical life. Its not that we learnt theory, its that we learnt what’s going on outside. I related my each of the subjects to current affairs and ongoing developments in them. That surrounded me with my syllabus and subjects didn’t feel subjects but information after that.

6) Which are the easy subjects in Sem V?
I personally found Portfolio Fund Management the easiest.

7) Any special way of writing the answers? Do you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?
Bullet points. I do give a para-graphical introduction to the answer which sets its foundation.

8) How do you crack case studies in theory and practical subjects?
Case studies are where you put what you have learnt in application. I take it up as a chance to test my knowledge, and when that happens you automatically give it your best,
9) Did you draw any diagram in any paper? Is it mandatory? Does it help to get more marks?
Not really no. However if anything can be better explained through a flowchart, it definitely helps in fetching more marks.
10)Any specific study pattern adopted i.e. timetable / how many hours per subject per day etc.?
Timetables make studies a chore rather than something you look forward to. My trick is to keep myself curious about the subject, time/duration then no longer feel a limitation
11) How do you fight against mood swings and distractions during exam preparation?
Mood swings are distractions are part of your everyday life. I personally don’t force myself to prepare when i am having distractions, i take a break let my mind wander around all it wants quickly and then get back to studies.
12) If you are made the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, what changes would you like to initiate in Indian education system?
I think the first step that i would take is making internships mandatory in our curriculum.
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?
The best message i can give is that any given person when conversing with you will not ask you about your academic background, but they will judge you on the basis of the  knowledge you show in the conversation. So as long as as you know your subject and you what you are doing in you are field, nothing else matters.
  14) Through this struggle and success, what have you learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition? 
The wisdom of both life and competition is that if you do consider them as a race, remember like in any race sometimes you are ahead and sometimes you are behind. All you have to do when your behind is brace yourself and give in your 100%.

15) Your feedback for BFM.co.in?
I visit BFM.co.in frequently. It helps in clearing queries but the site needs to be up to date and more interactive.

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