What aspects did you focus on, how did you approach the syllabi?
The subjects I studied were Kannada, English, Basic Maths, Economics, Business Studies and Accountancy.
I believe, answering question paper is also a skill and it helped me quite a bit, especially in the languages. in English, I gave additional emphasis on grammar, as it is a Fault-line of sorts and it’s where one could lose marks despite answering well overall. In Kannada, I worked on my speed besides the content. I believe, marking key points and challenging words and mastering them while studying, helped me score well in both the languages.
As for the core theory subjects – Economics and Business Studies, the portions were vast, and we also had to revise all the chapters from the first year. In Class 11, we studied Statistics in the Economics paper, and it found application in class 12 Economics, which entailed extensive data interpretation and calculations. Naturally, without a thorough refresher of the concepts of class 11, navigating class 12 would be difficult.
As for the practical sessions in Basic Maths and Accountancy, I practiced a lot. For Accountancy, I exclusively studied the manuals provided by Deeksha and important questions given by teachers. I also received great tips on answering various type of questions. For Basic Maths, we were required to master the tricks and hacks for solving various problems. I practised all the example problems, without missing even a single one of them. Getting the formulae right for solving problems in a specific chapter, was a nuance that I mastered.
Understanding of the exam pattern and placing emphasis on the weightage was also a critical aspect. In the final exam, it helped me quite a bit as I could make an informed decision while choosing and omitting topics and concepts.
I took the internal assessments very seriously and the weekly tests held every Monday and language tests on alternative Wednesdays, gave me the required practice.
What was your study routine like?
My approach for daily studies was to start with a language subject and then move on to other core subjects. Alternate days were allotted to each language. I studied Basic Maths and Accountancy daily, keeping in view the extensive syllabi and covered the rest of the subjects on alternate days.
During the revision phase in Class 12, I studied along with another top-scorer, Sahana. On a call, we would decide the topics to be studied and would individually finish them without fail and compare notes.
How would you remember your teachers?
Our teachers were always approachable. In Accountancy, our teachers would give us a lot of important questions, techniques, and hacks to solve problems. Right from Class 11, our basics were strengthened, thanks to them!
My dP was Shaniya Ma’am and I am in touch with her even after the first year of my undergraduate course. She was very kind and helpful. She encouraged me to solve my issues and helped me overcome them. In addition to my dP, I was close to other teachers too, who were always available to support and guide me in all areas.
How was school life @Deeksha?
At Deeksha, we had a lot of fun in various events and contests. It was learning with fun. I remember, I won a cash prize in a stall event as we were able to make relatively large profits with minimal investment. There were sports tournaments, singing, dancing, poetry competitions as well.
What distinguishes Deeksha’s Commerce programme, in your view?
I think the exposure and practical insights that we get at Deeksha are remarkable. The programme called Focus 360 gave us adequate exposure to business ideas, understanding complex topics in Finance and Accounting like GST and preparing invoices etc.
I feel blessed to be part of Deeksha as we had great learning in both the years. It was great to have an environment that reminded us of the fun that we used to have until class 10, in class 11 and 12, despite the pressures of the study. I fondly remember the approachable and caring teachers, friendly staff, who shared food with us, and helped us. Even though I studied in Deeksha for just two years, I made memories of a lifetime.
Tell us about your career aspirations.
I aspire to clear UPSC after finishing my Bachelors. I am interested in Indian Railway Personnel Services (IRPS) Indian Postal Services (IPS) and Indian Revenue Services (IRS). I hope to make a career in one of these.
What are your other interests, apart from studies?
In my free time, I volunteer at an NGO – Abhyudaya. I had studied there too and received great guidance in Class 10. Now, I volunteer and teach students at the same place, whenever I get the time, it’s my way of giving back.