CUET UG Toppers’ Tips: ‘I am third generation from my family to study at DU’s SRCC’

CUET UG: For Muskan Nayyar, studying at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) meant carrying forward the legacy of her father and grandfather. Her grandfather belonged to SRCC 1967 batch. He took Commerce as he wanted to be a part of his family business. Her father graduated in 1994 and he wanted to become a CA. He is currently working as CFO.

The 18-year-old secured 96 per cent in Class 12 CBSE board examination. For her CUET preparation, she joined a crash course at Career Launcher. This Delhi girl wishes to pursue Chartered Accountancy along with BCom (Hons) and then pursue a course in finance. She would appear for the CA foundation course exam in December.

Nayyar tells indianexpress.com how she secured 100 percentile in four out of the five subjects she appeared for.

Why did you choose Commerce?

I always had an interest in accountancy and economics and felt it was the best choice for me. I am thrilled to have joined SRCC and carry forward the legacy of my father and grandfather and hope to make them proud.

Why did you choose to pursue CA along with regular college as many students tend to focus only on one thing?

My parents and I both believe that it is important to have a regular college life for the all round development of a child. Also the syllabus of CA and BCom (Hons) is 80 to 90 per cent similar, therefore, I don’t think it would be a problem.

Which subjects did you appear for in CUET UG 2023?

I appeared for five subjects — English, Accountancy, Mathematics, Economics and Business Studies. I secured 100 percentile in all subjects except Mathematics in which I obtained 95 or 96 percentile. The subject that I am really inclined towards is Accountancy.

How did you prepare for CUET UG?

I started preparing for CUET UG right after my board exams. I joined a crash course and used to attend daily classes and practice mock test series. I feel mock test series are extremely important as they give an idea about the test before appearing for it. Then, I used to take some time out for self-study and revision.

Why didn’t you join a coaching earlier?

Since CUET UG was happening only for the second time, and there was still some ambiguity about it. I didn’t wanted it to affect my boards. The good part of CUET is that it focuses on conceptual clarity instead of rote learning. So, throughout the year, I focused on understanding and clearing my concepts.

What was your schedule like?

I used to study five hours a day after school. I would take short breaks in between because long spans of learning could tire your brain. The main thing is to be consistent and focussed rather than studying for long hours some days before the exam.

Which books did you refer to?

While people can practice from study material, they should stick to NCERT as all the questions come from it only. I also received study material from my coaching which helped with mocks and higher order thinking skill questions.

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What would you do for recreational purposes?

I would listen to music or talk to my friends. I also enjoyed reading and dancing. It is important to indulge in things you like to keep away from feeling overwhelmed.

What do you think about CUET?

I prefer CUET UG over admission through boards as it is more of an application based exam and focuses on conceptual clarity instead of rote learning. Plus, since it is a national level centralised entrance exam, it provides a level playing field to every student.

What advice would you give to CUET UG 2024 aspirants?

Practice a lot of mock test papers, it really helps. Be consistent and keep a calm mind. Take short breaks and do not put too much pressure on yourself.