Meet Nikita Palai, a student of Keonjhar Degree Commerce College who has topped in the University Exam (North Odisha) with whooping 91.1% score this year. It has set an example for many. In an interview with her about her intent and efforts for scripting another success story in the time to come.
Heartiest congratulations on your outstanding performance in the university exam. What was your reaction upon knowing your result?
I was very happy knowing about my results but honestly, it was unbelievable for me. However it’s the grace of Almighty.
From your school days, were you sure that you would study commerce?
Not like that but as I was growing up, I came to know the benefits of studying commerce .Beside that I have always had a penchant towards mathematics so It helped me sticking to commerce. Finally it has paid off. Apart from that Commerce is all about accounts and business. So I found it very interesting.
How was your preparation strategy and how many hours did you devote on daily basis for the preparation of your final exams?
My preparation strategy was quite simple, as my main focus was always to understand the concepts first, rather than mugging up thing .How many hours of studying was not my agenda but to cover up all round I had to invest two to three hours aside my classes.
Did the pandemic affect your studies? How challenging was it?
This whole COVID thing has affected all of us. As I was not able to attend classes in college. But my teachers were also very cooperative. So they didn’t let me lose my focus. They were conducting online classes regularly which has helped me a lot in these pandemic. It was indeed a hard task to cope up with the changing times.
You have almost completed 3 years of bachelor degree in commerce. What next?
Post completing my studies, I am planning to study CS as I want to be a Company Secretary. I have cleared the foundation course, now preparing for the executive. It is my ultimate dream.
From where did you take your coaching classes? According to you what are the benefits of coaching?
I was studying in CTG Residential college, they were providing us extra classes and doubt clearing classes. They have guided me so well. I believe choosing a right institution matters a lot. Moreover I got the right kind of studying atmosphere that was a game changing any ones student point of view.
How supportive were your family and friends? What roles did they play in your success?
My family has always been very supportive. My grand parents and my parents have respected my choices and have always encouraged me in choosing what I wish to do in my career. So are my friends. Friends with whom you are preparing for exams also matters a lot.
How beneficial it is to make career in commerce? What are the opportunities one can get?
Commerce is now a days being chosen by a large number of students. There are many career options in commerce. One can be a company secretary, a chartered accountant, a banker. Commerce is the only branch which is applied in every field.
What advice would you give to those who are preparing for their exams?
There is no shortcut to success. Work hard and give your dedication only on what you really want to do. You can study for one hour and still can get good results. All you have to do is to understand what you are studying. Always set a goal and work for it.
Interviewed by Akankshya Mahapatra