At first, I thought of taking coaching for preparations but then decided against it and started giving online mocks of Oliveboard. The benefits were that I got a lot of time for preparations and my speed improved. After that I attended two of exams BOB and BOM, which I failed. But I got familiar with the type of questions. I used to solve 2 mocks daily. This enhanced my speed and I got accustomed with the pattern of the question. The quality of oliveboard mocks are exceptional.
Then came IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, IBPS Clerk. Cleared prelims and mains of all 3. But missed IBPS PO final cut off by 1 marks and IBPS RRB final cut off by 2.5 marks. Then finally my First success was IBPS Clerk and I was allotted Allahabad bank. This result gave me a lot of confidence and what followed was a set of successes:
1. IBPS Clerk - Allahabad bank
2. South Indian Bank - PO
3. Syndicate Bank PGDBF
4. Shortlisted for BOB Manipal interview
5. Finally shortlisted for SBI PO interview
I am currently working in South Indian Bank as PO.
All this happened in around 8 months’ time. I dedicate my success to my parents who supported me throughout and my sister who guided me throughout. And one important thing, along with hard work, smart work is very important.
At the beginning I was not getting any clue on how to prepare and what to prepare . I searched for tips and strategy on Internet randomly. One day I found Oliveboard site which came out to be a very informative site. I also purchased the test series of OliveBoard and used to write the mock tests regularly. It helped me increase my speed and also score more and more.
Then I appeared for IBPS RRB PO, RRB Office Assistant, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerical and IBPS Specialist Officer and cleared the written exam of all those exams.Now I have four Government Bank jobs in hand.
1. Got placed in Bank of Baroda as a Specialist Officer.
2. Assam Grameen Vikas Bank as an office assistant.
3. Bank of India as an assistant.
4. Probationary Officer too but in reserved list, will get the allotment soon.
Thank you OliveBoard for guiding me.
All the best to all the future aspirants.
SBI PO 2019
1) Try every possible strategy that comes to mind, It is very important that you have perfect strategy.
2) Practice a lot.
3) Prepare every section
4) Work more on your weak area.
5) Be patient. your time will come.
6) Never give up. I failed in 22 examinations but I never gave up. Now I have one of the best jobs in India. You all people will also be able to crack the examination, I am sure about that. Just believe in yourself and start preparing. All the best to everyone. Thank you.”
IBPS PO 2019-20
The key for getting success in SBI PO is practicing mocks. The more you practice, the better you get therefore take more mocks be focused and believe in your own strategy. Remember quality is more important than quantity in your preparation. So, whatever be the time you can give, give your 200% in that period. GA portion is the game changer nowadays, because all other sections will be nightmare for sure. And this is where Oliveboard is the best. They provide the toughest mock series so that you can be confident on exam day. Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot in my preparation and they will continue to do so with millions of candidates. Best of luck to all the would be bankers and thank you Oliveboard. Continue the good work.
SSC CGL, 2016
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am Rahul Gupta and I am presently working as an Accountant in CAG (Gwalior). I have completed my B.Tech in 2014 from INCT College, Bhopal. After completing my graduation, I joined an MNC and worked there for about a year. I knew it would be difficult for me to prepare for any competitive exam along with my busy work schedule. So I left my job in July, 2015 and put in all my effort to achieve what I wanted.
My hard work showed colors and I was able to clear SSC in my very first attempt in 2016. Having said that, I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my journey with you. I hope it will be beneficial for all the aspirants who wants to prepare for SSC.
It is very important to do everything in a synchronized manner. So, I first cleared all my basics and learned all the important formulas, rules, tables etc. This helped me to solve the questions within a stipulated time.
I referred to Rakesh Yadav’s book to prepare for this section. It’s important to follow just one book and be well versed with all the important topics. Trying to cover everything and anything is not possible, so choose wisely what you need to study.
Refer some class notes if needed to clear any of the topics. Practice is an essential part while preparing for any kind of competitive exams. While I was preparing, Oliveboard mock tests proved to be of great help. I always believed in the quality of practice than quantity and trust me Oliveboard mock tests are worth it.
While I was preparing for SSC exams, this section carried 50 marks in Prelims which was not very tough to score well. So just practice 5 questions everyday and you are good to go.
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I referred Kiran’s English Solved Papers Book to practice for this section. Trust me solving questions is the best way to prepare yourself for such competitive exams. It will improve your speed and accuracy immensely.
You can refer “A Mirror Of Common Errors” by Ashok Kumar to prepare for grammar section. I found this book very helpful to improve my grammar section.
To tackle this section I read newspaper daily and tried to cover all the latest news and updates. You can refer the last 6 months data to score well in this section.
Remember try practicing more questions instead of just mugging up the complete GK/GA notes.
This section needs to be tackled properly to score well. I covered various important topics from different Essay books. It’s important to keep yourself updated with recent Schemes, Bills passed, latest appointments and various other facts. Generally, opinion based topics are asked in SSC CGL like:
2016 Topic: What should one do during an Earthquake?
2017 Topic: Demonetization: How effective was it?
On the other hand, in SSC CHSL you generally come across topics which are based on recent schemes and bills passed.
For letter writing, do check the formal and informal letters. Have a proper idea about the style of writing and the content which needs to be included in it.
Role of Oliveboard:
I have given few other mock tests as well but the accuracy provided by Oliveboard in their test series is remarkable. In all of their questions there is absolutely no mistake and the explanation provided by Oliveboard is self-explanatory and detailed.
The quality of questions that Oliveboard provides especially in their English tests is very very good and helps you to prepare yourself best for any kind of competitive exams.
At last, always remember to focus more on practicing good quality of questions rather than quantity.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
IBPS RRB PO
Preliminary: First you have to be good in basics and you have to improve your speed I almost solved 20 papers from OB , and took one paper daily. As we all know the level of the OB mocks are quite higher when you take real exams you feel very easy (believe me I got 87 out of 100 in clerk prelims).If you take more mocks your chances will be higher. Mains Here it really tests your actual knowledge and skill. What I did was I took 1 mock in one day the next day I analysed the entire paper .Noted down all gk and current affairs questions in a notebook which i have encountered in the mocks . In each mocks you will get 3-4 DI sets that's lot enough to get hold in DI section ,you can also practise from some other websites,as OB prepares you for the worst scenario I prefer OB.For English I preferred to read the hindu and times everyday,don't blindly by heart the words instead try to comprehend it as per the context. As I am an average candidate I studied at least 6 hours a day.Don't believe in luck ,only your dedication,hard work and practise matters.There may be plenty of sources to study but you should choose the proper source,one should not fail to plan.
I came across an exam site named as Oliveboard, which played a vital role in making me a successful candidate. I took Mock Tests from the basic level to higher level in Oliveboard. Finally, success knocks on the door! I cleared IBPS Clerk 2017 from Tamil Nadu state and was appointed in Indian Bank.
For my exam preparations, I mostly followed RS Agarwal and Arun Sharma for aptitude. For reasoning, I practiced a lot from the Oliveboard Test Series. Preparing for General awareness required me to follow four months of current affairs.
I Would suggest all my fellow aspirants, be strong in basic concepts and then start preparing from the standard exam sites. I feel that the standard preparation site is Oliveboard as their Mock Tests are same as the actual IBPS Exam.
I can frankly say that without Oliveboard, my success would not have been possible. I am thankful to the entire team of Oliveboard.
All the best to all the aspirants.
Siddheshwar Madhav Hale
EPFO ASO 2019
1.EPFO ASO 2019
2.IBPS RRB PO 2019
3.NABARD Development Assistant 2019
4.FCI AG:-3 (General) West Zone 2019
5.SBI JA 2019
6.IBPS CLERK 2018
Exams which are missed by a whisker 1. IBPS PO 2018 (Missed in Final list due to low score in GA 15/40)
2. Niacl AO 2019 (Missed in Mains because of sectional cutoff of Quant. Despite scoring +15 above overall cutoff)
3. LIC AAO 2019 (Missed because of Interview as I scored 26/60 only. In Mains, My Score was +40 above cutoff)
4.SBI PO 2019 (missed because of low score in Interview 12.5/25)
5.NIACL Assistant 2018 (Out In Mains)
Exams in which I have appeared for future goals
1.NABARD GRADE A 2019(Out In Mains)
2.RBI GRADE B 2019 (Out In Mains)
I am eying on clearing nabard grade a 2020 while working in EPFO ASO. Hope I will be able to do that.
Some Tips For Aspirants
1. First of all, Start from basics like Calculation, Squares ,Cubes, Etc. By increasing your calculation speed, you can solve any question in less time
2.there is no alternative to Daily Practice. You have to practice daily in order to excel in any Exam
3.For English, try to read editorials daily from “The Hindu” and “Indian Express”. Along with it, watching a debate on Rajyasabha Tv is also very helpful.
How Olive board Helped Me In My Preparation
1. There is no other substitute for giving Mock tests. So, you have to attempt Mock Tests every day.
2. Oliveboard Mock Tests are very much based on actual exam pattern. It is very helpful
3. Along with Mock Tests of Oliveboard, you should follow their GA Material such as BOLT”
Amit Kumar Mishra
I did not know how to approach the test, which section to start first and which questions to solve and which one to leave. Then I gave IBPS PO and cut off was 82 that year, I got 109, but couldn't give the interview because of some process related problems. Back in that year I had only applied IBPS PO, I did not know about other exams at all. So, starting from next year I gave every exam I came to know about and I took Oliveboard test series and I started to realize that the level of examination is always going up and so OB was equally competing with high level question patterns and specially reasoning which was getting tougher after every exam.
The best approach to an exam is start from the section where you cannot mark 'mark for review' option. You either know the answer or you don't, like English, or GA or computer, finish these two because then you'll have ample amount of time left and you won't be tensed as to finish quants and reasoning and then coming back to GA or English or computer, that way you'll end up giving less time to quants and reasoning.
Do GA first, then computer then English and then go for your favourite out of quants and reasoning, mine was reasoning so I always went for it first. In reasoning also do everything else first and mark the puzzles to attempt later. You'll realise all your reasoning will be done in 18-20 mins approx. and you'll be left with 4 puzzles at the end. Go for the puzzle type you're good at and you can easily solve 2 of them in 18 mins. Then come to quants. This way you can be cautious and at the same time relaxed with more time in your hand for the time taking sections.
Oliveboard has made huge impact in improving reasoning and quants section. I was scoring very less in quants earlier and then I upped my level with their test series and the series helped me qualify another series of exams.
Right from 2014, here goes the list.
1. SBI Clerk 2014 -Reached till interview
2. IBPS PO 2014 - couldn't give interview
3. SBI Associate PO 2015 - couldn't qualify in final selection
4. SBI PO 2015 - cleared by a huge margin but again failed in interview 19/50. Lol
5. IBPS PO 2015-16 - reserve list 52/100 in interview. Later got Vijaya bank but did not join, joined UIIC AO
6. IBPS Clerk 2015-16 - PNB worked for 6 months
7. RRB Clerk 2015-16 - Kashi Gomti Bank, Varanasi - worked for 2 months
8. RRB PO 2015-16- reserve list again 45/100 in interview. 145/200 in mains. Got Aryavart Bank later, but did not join
9. OICL Assistant 2015-16 - did not go for typing test
10. LIC AO 2015-16- did not join as had already joined clerical cadre
11. SBI Clerk 2016 - did not join as was already in PNB
12. UIIC AO 2016 – currently working, since April 2017
It was not a very pleasant journey from the beginning. It was like a series of missing exams because of interview. I was a commerce graduate, who got 57%, so thanks to all the exams that did not ask 60% as eligibility criteria. Regret it now as I couldn’t give so many exams, including Grade B. The ending of the journey has been good so far. Anyway, this is not the final mark of the journey. Hoping to achieve more.
One of the most important steps is to take mock tests regularly and analyze them so that you can get to know about your weak topics. Also, you should increase the frequency of taking mock tests when the exam is near (atleast 1 Mock test/day).
For GK, the last minute capsules released by various websites are generally not helpful. Be consistent with reading newspapers and Static GK and make your own notes. This will help you a lot in the long run.
Reasoning is more of a common sense and it cannot be taught. The more you practice, the better you will be in it.
I got to know about Oliveboard from polls on Pagalguy.com where most aspirants had voted for Oliveboard as the best mock test series provider. The standard of test series is extremely good and it becomes more important now because all exams are increasing their difficulty level. For example, there was a drastic increase in the level of SBI PO Main Exam and those who would have taken the OB Mock Test Series would have been at an ease in the exam.
RRB Office Assistant
I bought oliveboard mocks for IBPS PO, Clerk, RRB PO and clerk without a second thought because I had tried a lot of practice tests and trust me when I say that, Oliveboard gives you the best researched questions you could get in exams. The level that they provide prepares you even for the worst.
I believe this section really needs much more than the other sections. My strategy for this section was to practice as much as I could. All the other topics except puzzles/arrangements can fetch you great marks, but these topics certainly add to your cutoff marks.
This is a section I was always afraid of. 40 marks, you can get straightaway. I really researched a lot of websites and YouTube channels, and realized that there is such a huge hub of education online, so I started filtering those websites and channels accordingly. Oliveboard was one of them.
I could always speak good English. So, I thought it would be easy to crack this section. But when I started preparing, I realized I knew nothing basic. Start with absolute basics, with Wren and Martin. Add 10 words daily to your vocabulary. This is the section where Oliveboard helped me the most.
I started learning MCQs from all around the internet for this section, which I feel cleared my basics as well. But I would suggest people like me never to do this because now I realize it needed to be done some other way.
Tip for the future aspirants:
Hard work and luck, both are necessary for being successful. So, we should do our part, i.e. Hard work, rest is not in our hands. This might seem like some boring thought from a book, but this is the truth we must follow. I cleared these exams in my first attempt, it doesn’t mean I worked extra hard, yes I worked hard but at the same time, didn’t take too much stress.
All the best to all.
I had practised IBPS PO mock tests which had up to the level tricky questions as per exam standards, due to which is I was able to handle the PO Mains exam with ease.
Thank you Oliveboard.
I V TIRUPATHI RAO
IBPS CWE CLERK VII
I'm Tirupathi Rao, completed B.tech and served in the Indian Navy for 15 years. I retired from the Indian Navy on 31 Jan 2018. My age is 34 yrs. I started preparing for banking exams exactly in Mid August 2017. This preparation was very topic specific, I covered Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude Section completely. I had limitations with time because of my family and office. The time factor was highly challenging during my preparation.
My strategy was clear. I started to invest my limited 50% of the time to reasoning and quantitative topics with deep coverage. You need to be clear about the basics and cover all the topics.vI cleared Prelims Exam of IBPS RRB Clerk in the first go within a month's preparation under EXS quota in 2017. I realized that it was the perfect technique that was important. Giving the Mock Test daily and analyzing my score was the most important part. This was my major preparation strategy. It was very helpful to implement this part in the actual exam. I knew very well, which topics I was strong at and which topics I was weak and unsure about. So, I started more practice with daily mock tests for mains RRB clerk exam, IBPS CWE Clerk prelims and mains.
The Arithmetic game is a tough game to beat especially when you are not fast enough in your calculations.
The villain is the time. You can overcome this with your ability to beat the time.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot during my preparation by providing quality content for practice. It was easy to analysis the Mock Tests.
Eventually, I cleared IBPS RRB Clerk, IBPS CWE Clerk in first go under EXS Quota. Thank you Oliveboard.
All the best to all the aspirants!
RRB PO, RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Gaurav Singh and after completing my masters in Technology, I started studying for the several banking examinations. Let me tell you, it was not an easy journey. In short, it has been a journey of ups and down with a great learning curve. And we all know that there is no shortcut to success. I worked very hard and managed to clear the RRB PO Exam (UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK) and RRB Office Assistant (UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK ). I would love to share my success story with other aspirants so they can keep themselves motivated during their preparations.
Preparation Tips & Strategy:
First clear the basic concepts and then proceed further. I did not have good speed in quantitative section as I did not have much time to practice many questions and improve my speed. And you need speed and accuracy as well to clear Banking Examination. Oliveboard mock tests were extremely helpful for me to prepare for the exam within the limited time period. Moreover, after every mock I thoroughly analysed my weak areas and worked accordingly to improve. Make sure you are well versed with all the formulas, rules, tables etc before giving the mock tests.
The same strategy goes with the reasoning section. It is one of my favorite section but again reasoning section needs a lot of practice. Do hard work as well as smart work and you will definitely see yourself succeeding in the upcoming exams.
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It was kind of my fear factor but I fought well to improve my English Section. For English always start by clearing your basic grammar concepts. I would like to advise all the aspirants to read some good newspapers daily and watch news channels which will help to improve the English section. You can also refer to Oliveboard New Pattern English tests which are specially designed to improve your English section.
Read newspapers daily to keep yourself updated. Give daily quizzes and mocks. Try to cover last 7-8 months data from various sources because we got some questions from last 8 months in RRB PO+Clerk examination. So keep making notes so you can revise at the last moment.
For me, Interview part was an interesting one among all. One should have basics to moderate knowledge of Banking Concepts, Academic Knowledge and also about major national/international affairs. Be confident and dress elegantly. Most important be honest during the interview process and you are good to go.
Role of Oliveboard:
My only mantra to clear the examination was practice, practice, and practice. With me sometimes attempting as many as 3-4 mock tests a day and Oliveboard undoubtedly provides one of the best in simulating the actual exams in terms of the toughness and pattern. Oliveboard mock tests’ difficulty level and experience was on par with the actual examination. The test series really lets you know about your weak areas, gives detailed solution for every question and every other detail you might want to know about your performance. It was extremely helpful for me to prepare for the exam.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
I started preparing for banking exams after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 2015 from a reputed college in Bhopal. I must tell you that this preparation is not limited to any exam or competition itself, it is itself the preparation for the challenging life ahead, to deal with situations and efficient decision making in life. The one thing I learned best during my exam preparation is PATIENCE. Patience is the key.vI cleared Prelims Exam of IBPS Clerk in the first go but failed in Mains and this happened again. I realised it was the implementation part in the real exam situation where I was lagging behind and this happens with all of us - we become nervous during the exam and to get over it and to be able to crack the exam ; one must practise at home regularly by giving mock tests daily and get into the habit of sitting daily for hours in front of the computer screen and be able to think in all directions to make your reasoning refined which will ultimately help in any exam and then one can cheerfully clear the obstacles.
Play with numbers in your mind, do all sorts of calculations, learn the tables; this will help in quantitative aptitude.
Read quality English content online or through newspapers and listen to good English news channels, listen to audiobooks or podcasts online and focus on the language and thus become intuitive in the reading and understanding part.
Remember that you are not required to attempt all the questions but focus on doing that part which you know the best and invest your precious time in doing it correctly to earn marks and again; this comes only by practising at home first.
Keep your fears aside, attempt your best and take 'heart from failure’.
Be fearless and flamboyant.
Eventually, I got the highest marks in Union Bank clerk, cleared ECGC PO, IBPS PO twice, OICL AO, RBI Assistant, and many other exams also.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot during my preparation by providing quality content for practice.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series has set the standard high so that students get used to the situations even before appearing for the exam.
Thank you Oliveboard, sincerely :)
All the best to all aspirants.
After this failure, I did a deep introspection and at first, decided to join T.C.S ( was placed from the campus during B.Tech). Then subsequently, I understood that banking is the only industry which is a service to the common men and at the same time provides an opportunity for you to grow also, both professionally and personally. Then, I started preparing for SBI PO 2016, cleared prelims, but was not able to clear the mains.
After that, I appeared for Bank of Baroda PGDBF 2016.
Result: I was not able to clear the written test.
And, I have also appeared for IBPS PO 2016,
RESULT: Cleared prelims and mains
Missed the final cut off by 0.9
This time I felt like the entire world wants to see me fail. Day in and day out I was in despair. Then came the notification of SBI PO 2017. I understood the fact that if I want to prank over my failure, I could, but nobody in this world is bothered about it, everyone just wants to know whether you made it into the final list or not??
I started preparing for the final battle SBI PO 2017. I put all my effort day in and day out. Ultimately, my hard work pays off. I CLEARED SBI PO 2017.
Here I would share some simple things which I followed in my preparation:
Since I was preparing for CAT, I had strong basics in quant. The most important part is the mock test and its analysis. Oliveboard sectional DI mocks helped me a lot in boosting my DI skills.
Try to solve as many puzzles as you can. Try to solve 5-6 puzzles daily of different types so that when you are facing the real test, you won't be puzzled. Floor puzzles, blood relations, north-south arrangements are common among the set of questions asked.
I regularly used to read newspaper editorials and practice 10 new words daily from magoosh app. English would be the trickiest part of the exam as you could not predict the pattern. I really don't know whether it helped me or not, but I can assure you one thing, the Oliveboard mocks would help you a lot as the analytics portion of that would show you where you are behind and the set of questions are also of a very good standard.
Now apart from this at this moment while I am writing this testimonial from State Bank Learning Centre, Banglore, I would like to thank Oliveboard as it provided me a wonderful opportunity to learn and practice and for making me totally comfortable while I was writing the actual exams.
Now, to all the aspirants the only key mantra which I would like to tell is 'Hardwork pays off'. Never ever quit, keep trying and I am sure one day you will make it through as I did now.
All the best !!!
CANARA PO, 2018
The best way to build a successful strategy & prepare yourself is to ask who has used it effectively to get success in various competitive exams. Having said that, we bring to you the detailed preparation strategy of Gursher Singh (Canara Bank PO, 2018)
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello everyone, I am Gursher Singh from Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand. I have done my graduation in B.Com (Accounts Honours) from Vinoba Bhave University. Just after my graduation, I started my preparation for various competitive exams. As I was not very sure about which sector I should opt for, I ended up giving exams for Banking, SSC, Defence etc.
My Preparation Strategy-
English: Read as much as you can from everywhere & anywhere as these days this section generally tests your interpretation skills and ability to comprehend it. So focus more on your reading skills rather than just preparing for grammar as the tests these days are less grammar oriented and more inclined on reading skills.
Apart from this, always remember to practice what you are studying. Oliveboard English Sectional tests and latest pattern mock tests are very useful. Try to solve all the mocks given and properly analyse it as well to maximize the impact. Also refer any one of the newspapers from financial express or the economic times as the passages in banking exams are economics oriented. This will simultaneously cover up your general awareness as well.
Quants: Best way to prepare for this section is to solve NCERT of class 9 & 10 for your basic revision. You can also refer Kiran Publications 8900+ questions book for solving good amount of questions after every chapter. Here again, the Oliveboard Topic & Sectional tests together with the Mock tests will give you an edge in your preparation. Always try to work upon your concepts and weak areas and then proceed to improve your accuracy and speed by giving mock tests.
Reasoning: I started it from basics and referred Upkar Publication Book and slowly increased my preparation with RS Aggarwal. At the end, I completed my preparation with Tata McGraw Hill by Arun Sharma. But here also solving mocks are of utmost importance as it helps us to know about latest pattern questions.
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GK: If possible try to cover news papers on a daily basis. But most of the candidates like me are habituated of reading it from capsules. I can surely guide you that the Oliveboard GK Bolt capsules are of utmost use and are helpful in covering almost all topics in a very judicious manner.
See guys I haven't taken any coaching or class or any other study material. Oliveboard was the only mentor I had and I can truly state that it has done it's work. Most of the candidates believe that Oliveboard Test series are very tough. It’s very right that its tougher than other materials available in market but look at the real exam patterns that have shifted very drastically to the tougher side. As it's rightly said, the more you sweat while practicing; the less you bleed in war.
My words to the Aspirants - Keep on practicing and working hard, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.
When I started, my performance was poor but gradually I improved and updated myself with the question pattern and daily current affairs for banking and static GK. I used to get only evening time for study as I was working. I divided my time in two parts – 1st two hours for taking a test and then check the wrong answers and solve it again. This is the only process which helped me to get the success and this time I got selected in both PO & clerk in Union Bank of India.
Here are some tips for you all:
-I got to know that the IBPS has changed the exam pattern this year too. My suggestion for prelims is: try to attempt as much as you can but with perfection as the score is important to crack the prelims and go to the next level.
-As per the trend, IBPS will give the question in a way which is known to all of us. Here score and accuracy matters.
-In case of mains, go just a little bit slow and try to attempt the sections with perfection.
-For GI, focus more on puzzles, coding, input
-For Quant, as per the new pattern candidates should give extra efforts on DI part
-English, the only way is to follow the newspaper editorials, especially the Hindu and follow Oliveboard mock papers.
-General awareness: focus more on banking. Read banking news every day.
-Descriptive: prepare some recent topics. Everyday newspaper reading is helpful.
Oliveboard is the only exam portal which gives the idea of latest question paper and the exam analysis and the solution provided for quick answering is amazing. I started and regularly followed it which gave me remarkable success. Thanks a lot, Oliveboard!
I was also qualified for the UPSC assistant commandants written exam but did not give the interview.
You can get numerous strategies online by different people who have qualified SBI PO.
This is what I followed.
Quantitative Aptitude - I followed Arun Sharma cover to cover and nothing else
Logical Reasoning - I solved LR booklets meant for CAT prep containing questions of verbal reasoning. I also solved 1 puzzle on a daily basis from the book 'Puzzles and teasers' by George R summers.
Verbal Ability - I did nothing much apart from reading the newspaper daily (THE HINDU/INDIAN EXPRESS)
GK: Static - You can read banking awareness by Arihant publication (you can skip this portion too as only 4-5 questions out of 40 are there from the static portion and that too you can answer 2-3 if you are reading the daily newspaper)
Current Awareness - Just blindly mug up monthly current affairs magazines of past 3 months (time calculated from the day of prelims) any one of Affairs cloud or Gk today.
Mock Tests - Oliveboard only
This is not for promotion. I can assure you all that the best Mock Test Series available in the market for SBI PO or any other banking exam is that of OLIVEBOARD.
I extensively used only Oliveboard Mock Test Series for both prelims and mains.
Analyze mocks properly after giving them for continuous improvement.
Note: Revise all the GK questions from mocks a day before mains exam. At least 6-7 GK questions were directly repeated from the Oliveboard Mock Test Series.
Group Discussion and Personal Interview - Don't think much about it at this stage. But, believe me, it is the best stage where your true personality is judged. Just read the newspaper daily and prepare your resume and include your past work.
You can make daily schedule similar to this:
DAILY WORK TO DO (UP TO 15 DAYS BEFORE PRELIMS)
1) 50-60 Quantitative Aptitude Questions
2) 5 Sets of Data Interpretation
3) 5 Sets of Logical Reasoning + 1 Puzzle from Puzzle Book + 5 Questions of Verbal Reasoning
4) 1-1.5 Hours of Daily Newspaper Reading
5) Read 50 Pages of a Novel or a good book
DAILY WORK TO DO (BEFORE 15 DAYS OF PRELIMS/ MAINS)
Take 2 to 3 Prelims Mock Tests daily with complete analysis
Read the Newspaper, novels, books
NOTE : ABOVE strategy is assuming you are preparing full time for SBI PO without any job/other exam preparation.
Hope this will be of help in creating your study plan.
All the best to all the aspirants.
Then a friend of mine told me about Oliveboard so I straightaway registered and I was amazed by the level of difficulty that Oliveboard offered in its Mock tests. I had attempted a couple of exams before but I was unable to clear them. After Oliveboard I got immense help. The mock test gives you a real time feel of answering an actual exam itself and the difficulty of questions are at par with the actual exams too. This comes handy when you’re sitting for your exam and you don’t feel the pressure because you’ve already been through a similar question pattern.
I strongly believe Oliveboard is doing great because once I registered for it, I did not have to bother about referring any other source for my preparation. The current affairs are timely updated on Oliveboard’s portal as well. The only extra bit that I did was reading newspapers as it helps in improving English. Besides that, Oliveboard was the sole contributor. Thank you Oliveboard!
RRB PO & CLERK (2018)
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Prashant Gautam. After Completing my B.Tech as a Mechanical Engineer I started looking for good pvt job but after joining a firm for a few months, I realised that this is not what I have to do in my life. Having said that I started looking for a Govt job and found that the financial sector is the most suitable place where I can make my future with promising career growth and proper balance in life and work.
Preparation Tips From Prashant:
Quants & Reasoning:
Always start by clearing your concepts and then proceed with giving mock tests. You can refer some good book for this purpose.
After starting off my preparation I was always comfortable in Reasoning and Mathematics. I knew that just some good amount of practice is good to go in order to score well in these two sections. Oliveboard test series helped me a lot to gain speed and accuracy throughout my practice session.
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English comes to me as a headache as I don't have any hold on vocab and grammar. Moving forward I then started working on my grammar and soon realized that vocabulary plays a bigger role than grammar in banking exams. It took me around one and half years to master my vocab and today I can proudly say that I score more marks in English in comparison to other subjects.
You can refer to Neetu Singh’s book to clear your basic concepts.
For GK/GA, I used to read newspapers daily and gave Oliveboard’s GK tests to keep myself updated. Also making small notes proved very helpful in my last minute revision.
How was Oliveboard Helpful:
For practice purpose I was always confused regarding which mock I need to go for, and then my friend suggested me Oliveboard. Oliveboard not only gave me confidence but also a depth level of practice which is tougher than the real exam paper. The level of the test series provided by Oliveboard was at par with the real exam.
Tips To Aspirants:
For aspirants, I will suggest to keep yourself determined and focused…...success will surely follow you.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
I scored 125.25 marks in IBPS PO mains was alloted Canara Bank post the interview. Apart from this I cleared RRB PO and got Allahabad UP Gramin Bank. In January this year I wrote SIDBI Assistant Manager exam and cleared it with 148/200 marks, once again thanks to the Oliveboard test series for SIDBI. Finally I'll be joining SIDBI on Spetember 12th. A big thank you to Oliveboard for my success.
Irfan Ali Khan
I left my job and kept on preparing and opted for Oliveboard Test Series for every exam. Finally, in 2016-17 I got selected as SO-Bank of Baroda, Marketing Officer.
I followed following strategy:
Since I was from the Engineering Background my quantitative aptitude was a bit strong. But to beat the competition, I kept on practicing some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I did Averages, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simplification thoroughly first and focused more on Data Interpretation and Analysis. In IBPS SO I scored 21/50.
I always kept on reading a newspaper (whichever available). I used to write the gist of editorials every day which helped in comprehension and improved my grammar. I used to solve whichever material was available on websites or in the market and for errors, I considered the grammar books for basic rules.
In reasoning, I always had a very good command, but I had to mould myself with every exam because reasoning has always been very unpredictable. I kept on doing mocks of Oliveboard and used to do puzzles again and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends.
Friends, it’s just because of the prominent level of reasoning puzzles asked in Oliveboard test series that I succeeded in clearing this section with very good marks. In IBPS SO I scored 25/50.
Oliveboard had framed almost 500 Questions in 10 Mock Tests which proved to be very fruitful & covered almost all the relevant sections of Marketing.
Advice to Students:
Lastly, I want to say that I became solid but mouldable in my stance while preparing for competitive exams. With every failure, I kept on finding my mistakes and worked on them. Every small thing happened to me has its role in this achievement of mine which is a learning for life.
So, keep learning, keep sharing, keep growing!
RBI ASSISTANT 2017
Sanat Kumar Das
SBI PO 2018
Now here is my detailed strategy:
I think it's all about speed and accuracy. Don't get bogged down in details and waste time. Some questions might look easy at the start but can be very time-consuming. Practice is the best strategy for this phase. The questions are easy to moderate. You need basic knowledge, but time management makes all the difference. Cover the basics well in advance and start solving mocks. And If you feel confused about a certain topic. Give sectional tests on Oliveboard!
The key is to be sharp and focused. The depth of your knowledge is the key here. A good coverage of all the topics with basic and simple approach will help you even when the problems get too complicated. eg. you can try to practice calculation for 1 hour by drawing a 6x6 table and writing two-digit numbers in it and add rows and columns. This simple trick makes your mind calculation better more than you would realize.
Finally, try to solve most of the questions. Don't be scared to attempt more especially if the paper is easy or even hard. I always try to solve all the questions from all the sections. This helped me when I didn't know the paper is so difficult and with my attempts I was able to get more marks. However, this varies from person to person. Don't try attempting all questions and get a negative score. I hope you get what I mean!
GD and Interview:
Mock GD and interviews help for tackling this. Practice this with a group of friends. The questions asked are usually on your profile and interests. The biodata form provided is where the questions are asked from usually apart from some general awareness questions and banking.
OliveBoard actually helped me in clearing the exam in the very first attempt with hardly three months preparations. The test series was helpful with no errors and excellent quality of questions. There were new questions in sectional tests and mocks. The mocks made the exam so familiar. The solution and analysis provided are quite detailed which helped in finding and overcoming weak areas.
I wish all the aspirants for their exams and future!
ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR-46)
Here is his story to Success:
Hello friends, I have been selected as Social Security Officer in ESIC (AIR 46). I am a 2016 Civil Engineering Graduate. And after so many failures, I have got this job.
From 2016 to 2019, I appeared for the following exams:
- IBPS PO 2016 (failed by 1.1 marks in interview)
- RRB PO 2016 (failed by 0.04 marks in reserve list)
- BOB PO (failed by some 2-3 marks in interview)
- OICL AO 2017 (failed in mains)
- NICL AO 2017 (reached till interview)
- SSC CGL 2016 (cleared with 527.5 marks)
- SSC CHSL 2017 (166 marks in tier 1 )
- SSC CGL 2017 (494 till tier 2 and 623 in AAO)
- ESIC SSO 2018 (Cleared with AIR - 46)
After so many attempts, I was very frustrated. But I did not lose morale and prepared hard again and finally cleared this exam. So, I would suggest all the future aspirants that 'Never stop believing in yourself '. Failure in one or two exams (and 5-6 exams in my case) is not the proof of your incompetence rather it is a test of your perseverance.
For quants, again follow any normal book and then practice online mock tests. Data interpretation, number series, Quadratic equations should be prepared well because these are scoring. (Practise is the key in Reasoning and Quants).
And for SSC CGL quants section, follow Kiran previous years and Arun Sharma quantum CAT upto 2nd level.
Start working on your basics from any book or YouTube channel and then take a lot of mocks. Without taking mocks you cannot be sure of solving questions in the exam like conditions and nowadays reasoning level is very high in exams. And for SSC CGL reasoning, practice from previous year only and learn those concepts.
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This is the section which can give you the advantage over others if you prepare for it in the right way. Cover any basic book like Plinth to paramount, Norman Lewis, SP Bakshi and then take a lot of mock tests, and you will shine in the exam. Moreover, if you have a habit of reading novels then you will find it easier to score in this section. For Banking and insurance, focus more on Reading comprehension and for SSC CGL, focus more on active passive, narration, one-word substitution etc.
Cover any full-length capsule of Oliveboard, or any other platform. And for the insurance and banking awareness also there are pdfs on from oliveboard and other websites like affairscloud. For SSC CGL GK section- the syllabus is huge and one should only cover one’s strong subjects. I prepared physics, chemistry, economics, and history and got 25 marks.
Role of Oliveboard in my success:-
The only online platform that I can owe my success to is 'Oliveboard'. It provides mocks of high difficulty due to which I rarely feel any question difficult in the exam. Also, I have not found any wrong question in their test series till now, which according to me is very commendable.
Tips for aspirants-
Always be self-motivated, Take blessings of your parents. Go all in, the competition is ruthless. And finally, keep going no matter what.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
I did my Mechanical Engineering from MIT Moradabad, passed out in 2015, and got placed in TCS. Though I joined TCS, somewhere back in my mind there was an attraction towards government jobs, the reason being most of my family members were already working in a various government department. So, after working for 7 months, I finally decided to resign. Most of the people were of the opinion that you should not resign from your job, keeping in mind the uncertainty in the competitive exams. I shifted to Gurgaon, took a room on rent, started giving tuitions to bear my expenses and my struggle started. For one year, I did not meet any of my friends and stop visiting social sites. All I had in my mind was my decision, which I wanted to prove right at any cost.
It was very clear in my mind that I don’t need any coaching; all I need is time and perseverance. So, started my journey by googling the pattern being asked in various exams, took help from various online stuff and YouTube. Between January and May, I appeared in various exams like SIDBI, LIC AAO, NABARD, UIIC but closely missed out every time. I was very confident of making it to SBI PO but it was the worst failure, could not even qualify prelims. I applied for RBI GRADE B 2016, I never thought I could reach up to the interview stage on the first go. Seeing my failures, I gave my everything to this exam and it was my first exam for which I got the interview call. Though I missed out by 1.25 marks on the final list after that cleared SBI CLERK, IBPS PO (got PUNJAB and SINDH) and SBI PO.
STRATEGY FOR GENERAL AWARENESS:
For General awareness and Banking, I had a different strategy. I never relied on GK capsules or tablets. I’ve always made my own notes. I gave 90 minutes of my daily time to this section. Though I scored well in all sections for most of the exams, it was GK which I nailed it every time, scoring more than 30 in almost every exam. You should give time to all the subjects daily.
STRATEGY FOR QUANT:
When it comes to Quant, go as per the type of questions being asked, Data Interpretation, Simplification, Quadratic equations etc should be your priority. Solve daily sectional tests from Oliveboard. The level of questions provided on both the platforms match the difficulty level of real exam. When it comes to books, you can go for CAT books by ARUN SHARMA and SARVESH KUMAR.
STRATEGY FOR REASONING:
The difficulty level in almost all banking exam is on the rise, reason being, the increase in competition. Also, question paper setters are coming up with a new type of questions in every other exam. So, practice different types of questions. Try to solve 2-3 puzzles daily and practice a good number of logical reasoning questions as its weightage is on the rise.
STRATEGY FOR ENGLISH:
This is the section which has varied most in terms of difficulty level and the types of question asked. Improve your reading skills. Read a good English Newspaper. Improve your Vocabulary, you can take help from various online portals as they post important Vocabulary daily. Also, practice well and never underestimate this section. Most of the people neglect English and at the end could not even qualify sectional cut-offs.
Coming on to the test series, your preparation is incomplete without test series; there are many good test series available. I personally used OLIVEBOARD. My major chunk of preparation revolves around OLIVEBOARD. Initially, I tried some other test series, but the level of questions was not up to the mark. OLIVEBOARD keeps this in mind and always try to come up with a new type of questions, also difficulty level matches with the real exam. Always attempt these mocks with your full efforts as if you are sitting in the exam hall, only then it will help you. People usually score well in mocks but fail to make it in the real exam, the reason being the way they attempt mocks, I too committed the same mistake in the initial phase of my preparation.
So, before signing off I just want to tell you all-'ON THIS ROAD TO SUCCESS, THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF FAILURES. BUT TRUST ME THEY ARE NOT GOING TO STAY; JUST KEEP DOING HARD WORK.'
At last, I want to thank all for providing the required material and providing opportunities to even those who can’t afford the expensive coaching.
All the best to all the aspirants!
Hi, my name is Deepak Bhardwaj. I started my preparation journey in June 2016. Initially, I didn't have any idea about any bank exams. I appeared in numerous exams like SBI Clerk, BOB PO 2016, IBPS PO, BOM PO, BOB Clerk but got rejected in prelims. I always believe one should learn from one's failures.
I realized that I am not performing well in any of the sections except maths. Then, I analyzed myself and worked on my mistakes. First, I focus on clearing prelims and I took numerous test series and Oliveboard was one of them.
By giving lots of mocks, I got to know about various kinds of problems which were asked in all section. Practicing mocks was a one big reason on how I improved my reasoning. I was able to clear sectional cut-off of English but couldn't do well in this. But fortunately, I was able to clear prelims of further exams. My GK was not good, I couldn't able to succeed in mains of IBPS clerk, RRB PO mains etc. due to this.
My first final selection was IDBI executive and I was waiting for NIACL AO final result. Unfortunately, I couldn't succeed in this and it was worst moment for me during my entire preparation. From that failure, I got a desire that I must do something great this time.
I left IDBI and focus on my preparation. I started preparation for BOB, SBI, NICL etc. I got selected in RRB Clerk from Rajasthan but due to some personal reason, I had to left it too. Then, I gave SBI PO Pre. and NICL AO Pre. and selected in both. But, SBI PO mains was disastrous. I attempted 185 questions for NICL AO Mains which was far better than NIACL 134 attempts. Before result announcement of NICL AO and BOB interview, I got selected in state PSU Junior engineer job. Subsequently, I cleared BOB PO Manipal and NICL AO.
Math and Reasoning:
I was totally dependent on mocks. I didn't go through any books except 1-2 books to understand the patterns. If your concepts are not good, then first learn them. Then start giving mocks. The concept doesn't mean short tricks.
I learned concepts of banking and insurance from various sites including Oliveboard. Static capsule of Oliveboard was of great help. It covered all static information. For current affairs, I referred various sites and videos.
As my English is not up to the mark but for clearing cut-off I attempted the maximum question. I attempted 16 in ibps po pre and secured 7, 27 in SBI and secured 12. That's why you must always attempt more questions in English. And if you have good accuracy, then attempt 15-20 questions at maximum. Reading is the best way to improve English.Read grammar rules at least once in a week. That's enough according to me.
Oliveboard test series helped me a lot. I always preferred mocks in which time is given for every question because it helped me in analyzing well. I always analyze every mock at least for 1 hour. I constantly work on my mistakes and practice math and reasoning only in mocks because I was good in both.
- Write down mistakes and improvement daily
- Follow a timetable
- Do not follow others time-table
- Planning should be there before you start your day
My marks in some of the exams:
Sbi clerk pre 61 cut- offs 64
Ibps po pre 41 cut- offs 47
Bob po 2016 70 marks cut- offs 106
Bom clerk 141 cut- offs 154
RBI assistant pre 77 cut- offs 80
Rrb po pre 61.5 out of 80 cut- offs 51
Rrb clerk pre 79.75 out of 80 cut-offs 66
Ibps clerk 78.5 cut-offs 66
Rrb po mains 113 cut-offs 109
Rrb clerk mains 149 cut-offs 140
Ibps clerk mains 76 cut-offs 78
Niacl ao pre 69 cut-offs 65
Idbi executive 102 cut-offs 101 out of 150
Sbi po pre 63 cut-offs 51
Nicl ao pre 63.5 cut-offs 61
Bob po 2017 final marks 66.5 out of 100
I just want to say that always think to do big
Prepare for big
Give your best
And God will definitely do good for you.
It may be possible, it may take time
But you will be successful for sure.
Best of luck to all for better future.
IBPS PO 2019 - Canara Bank
EXAM#1_SBI PO_2016-17 I wrote my 1st PO exam in May 2016. As i was good in Mathematics,cracking Prelims was not a tough task.But Mains was not that easy.I could not clear it.Infact missed by a fair margin.(GK was the toughest section) So i realized, present style of preparations may not take me to my goal. After some research and with the help of a friend, I realized Oliveboard can be the best online portal that can guide me through the Mains exam. I started preparing for the exams by attempting Mock exams which were of good standards. I prepared well and hoped to crack the next exam.
EXAM#2_RRB_PO_2017 I kind of underestimated the Prelims exam (exam was a bit tricky) and could not qualify.
EXAM#3_IBPS_PO_2016-17 And thanks to Oliveboard Mocks, Affairs Cloud App and Hindu News App, I cleared Prelims and Mains and attended my 1st Bank Interview. Interview went really well (secured 70/100). Unfortunately my Mains score was just 2.25 marks above the cut off and because of which i was not able to make it to the final list. (Missed Final Cut off by 4 marks) (Dreams Shattered). BUT NO GIVING UP. As one said, 'hang around the barber shop ,sooner or later ,you are gonna get a haircut' I started preparing for the next exam.
EXAM#4_SBI_PO_2017-18 Prepared well and cleared Prelims but again Mains was very tough (QA section was the toughest one) .Missed Mains by 1.5 marks. But I was kind of OK that I was feeling from inside that gradually I am getting better at it, getting nearer to it. (Got Married) - Best Thing happened to me.
EXAM#5_RRB_PO_2017-18 Keeping in mind last year's RRB PO Prelims, i have given an extra focus in improving my speed in solving Reasoning and Quant sections and i cracked Prelims and Mains with ease.Wow. That I felt Awesome. But this time it was another scenario.Appeared for the Interview and the panel thrashed me asking about why i am moving from IT after 3 years.Every hopes thrashed.And as expected i was not able to make it to the final list once again. (Missed Final Cut Off by 3.4 marks)
EXAM#6 IBPS PO 2017-18: Almost a similar scenario as RRB PO. Cleared Prelims and Mains (12 marks more than cut off ) and the same story. Interview panel was so rude and secured just 50/100 and for the 3rd time I was not able to make it to the final list. By this time, I was totally in a state of mind where i kept asking myself 'Should I invest more time and chase it again or should i give up'. But my belief in God kept me strong and helped me make wise decisions. 3rd exam season to follow and the toughest one. 6 exams done and dusted with so much progress but missing the finishing line narrowly.
EXAM#7 SBI PO 2018-19” Cleared SBI prelims for the 3rd time. But unfortunately I could not clear the Mains exam. I thought SBI PO is not destined for me. Having attempted it for the straight 3rd time, i was not able to clear the mains. So i kind of decided 'No More SBI exams'. And the 2 final resorts. Having attempted 7 exams plus 3 interviews, I was kind of sure that this is the year in which I will become a Bank PO.
EXAM#8 RRB PO 2018-19 Once again exams went well and i cleared both Prelims and Mains .Interview went really well. Secured 85/100 with 10 marks above cut off for Mains. This time i was kind of sure that i will make it to the final list as i had performed well in both Mains and Interview but God had some other plans for me. I could not get through.Out of the declared 101 General vacancies, they picked only 41. So again the same result but the only difference was this time it left me with tears. ( missed Final cut off by 1.5 marks ) But everything happens for a reason and for something better. Just keep pushing yourselves. Never let yourself down. Work hard.
EXAM#9 IBPS PO 2018-19 I would say exams will never be a burden once we catch that habit of managing the time and applying the basics.For the 5th time, i cracked Prelims and Mains. Cleared Mains cut off by 17 marks and Interview went really really well. Secured 93/100. And you know what, i cleared IBPS PO 2018-19 with a good margin and got selected as Probationary Officer at CANARA Bank. And that really proud moment arrived finally. I thank God for keeping me motivated amidst my continuous failures and helped me survive it and come back strong in flying colours.It was really a hard fought journey spanning across almost 3 years (9 exams and 5 interviews). But Finally i made it.
My Preparation Tips for Aspirants - for Prelims exam, you have to manage your speed well. First decide which all questions you are planning to attempt. It is not possible to attempt 100/100 questions. So just be Selective .Leave the lengthy and tough questions to the last part. Just buy Olive Board mock tests and attempt it like how you attempt the real exam. After every exam, review all the questions (even the lengthy ones) and learn to solve it. To improve your English section, do the sectional English tests in Olive Board and read Hindu editorial on a daily basis. -for the Mains exam ,it is not always about the speed. Questions will definitely be tough. So just feel free and concentrate on the questions you are planning to attempt. Never go for blind hit as it will impact your final score vastly. Again Oliveboard came to my rescue. Solve all the 10 Mains Mock exams and do a thorough review of all the questions. Make sure exam by exam, your score and percentile are catching up. For the GK section ,attempt the Monthly quizzes in sectional tests plus read the Hindu news app on a daily basis plus go through the Affairs Cloud app and keep note of the daily updates. This will help you catch up with the current affairs. For banking awareness , tune into the Learning Space youtube channel and go through the important videos. -For Interview ,have a good idea about yourself first, try to analyse what all questions can be asked about you. Have thorough idea on 3 months current affairs (use Affairscloud app) and Banking Awareness (use Learning Space youtube channel) - Have trust in GOD ,he can make anything possible - Keep yourself always motivated and Strong - Never ever Give Up - Work really really HARD (skills are secondary) Again i say Trust GOD ,Work Really HARD and NEVER EVER GIVE UP !!!! Thanks.”
Before I take a deep dive inside my preparatory journey. I would like to give you a snapshot of my background. I hold master’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University. After completing my Post Graduation in 2016, I started my preparatory journey for banking exam in 2016. After a consecutive hustle for 2 years. I finally converted IBPS PO 2017. The one thing which I learned from this journey is never giving up attitude. Guys trust me attitude plays a very vital role during the preparation and if your attitude is right you will win for sure come what may. I myself was not able to clear a single prelims despite appearing for all the banking and insurance exams but I never gave up on my dream and I think that only helped me in my journey and I finally got to taste the success.
Being a commerce graduate my hands were little tight on Mathematics and many a time there were instances when I was awake at night preparing for mathematics. For clearing my basics in Quants, I completely relied on SSC Mathematics by Rakesh Yadav. After clearing my basics, I directly started taking Mock Tests. Mock test played a very crucial role in my preparation and I overcome the fear of mathematics.
For English, I relied on newspaper reading which helped me a lot in improvising my comprehension skills and vocabulary in a shorter span of time. During my preparation, I use to read “The Hindu”. I am an avid reader and this habit of mine just not prepared me for English but also strengthen my General Awareness. For static GK I completely relied on my own notes which I made from various online resources.
Now coming onto the interview part, my interview revolved mainly around graduation and master’s subjects. So, from my experience, I would say please be thorough with your graduation subjects. Do not get panic during an interview, just be calm and cool and give your best.
The key to getting success in IBPS PO is practicing mock tests. The more you practice, the better you get therefore take more mock tests, be focused and believe in your own strategy. Lastly, a big thanks to Oliveboard for being with me in my journey.
All the best!
Meanwhile, my sister got selected in SBI, she motivated me to opt for bank exam. During 2016, I started preparing for Bank exam. RBI Grade B 2016 was my first exam. I cleared prelim but failed to crack mains. Then, I worked for IBPS PO 2016 but failed to clear prelim by 0.10. Then, I started working on my failures.
In this way, RBI Assistant 2016 came in December. Cleared Prelim, but I failed to crack mains by 5 marks. This failure had taught me much more. This time I come to know my capability that I can clear bank exam. Again, I appeared for RBI Grade B 2017. Cleared prelim but failed to crack mains. Then, I appeared for BOB Manipal PO in May 2017. I hadn’t prepared much for BOB. Because SBI PO 2017 was my target. I attempted only 117 in BOB which was very minimum attempts because others have attempted till 145, still, I cleared it by securing 107. You can understand my accuracy. I worked hard for GD-PI. My GD topic was GST. Finally, I was selected for BOB PO.
Now talking about subject wise Strategy.
MATHS: Earlier my weakest topic in Quant was Word Problem (Time Work). As I used to skip these topics, I was started getting afraid of these. But, gradually I started preparing for this by watching YouTube videos on word problems. Do not neglect word problems because nowadays DI / Caselet DI are asked based on word problems.
REASONING: One of my strong section. I used to solve reasoning from various resources available online. If any question was not solved, then I used to stick to it until and unless it was solved.
ENGLISH: I prepared English by reading The Hindu, Business Standard, Economic Times newspapers. I used to read Editorial and Business page only by making a separate copy of synonyms, phrasal words. Before preparing for English, I was not interested in a reading newspaper. But as time passed, I had to put interest in this subject. Daily reading of newspaper makes me able to improve the reading ability. See guys, Today’s English level is so high but remember one thing new pattern of English has a base of the old pattern. So, prepare grammar well.
GENERAL AWARENESS: One of my strong and scoring section. This section is the game changer for me. I referred Oliveboard GK Supplement Package. And one thing, please start writing daily quizzes. Don’t just read. Because whatever we write, it fits on the brain than reading. Please give more time to this section, it will help you beat the competition.
TEST SERIES: I strongly recommend Oliveboard Mock Tests to all the Banking aspirants. Trust me guys, level of questions in both Mock Tests are very difficult. They make this because we should not panic during the actual exam. Giving example, I had never scored more than 36 in SBI PO PRE-2017 Mock test of Olive board. And I focus on accuracy, not on attempts. The reason behind this is I attempted only 48 in SBI PO PRE-2017, and I was very sure that all my 48 attempts are 100 % accurate. This way I got 3 marks bonus by IBPS and cleared it. So, the purpose is to focus only on accuracy, not on attempts. Minimum attempts with maximum accuracy lead to select diamonds from mines.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for the amazing efforts on mock tests and I wish them all the best in helping the future aspirants to achieve their dreams and I would again like to thank Oliveboard team for my selection and being my part of success.
So, I zeroed in on SBI PO exam as that allowed students of final year to apply. Next thing I had in mind was how to clear the 2 phases of written examination. The thing with every competitive exam is that the exams are not that tough as people perceive them to be. What they require is speed and focus.
Invariably there are 3 sections of any banking exam – Verbal ability, Quantitative aptitude and Logical Reasoning. It’s a cliché that Engineers are good in QA and bad in VA. Trust me it is anything but that. I was moderate through the 3 sections but was rather slow and I didn’t know which questions to leave and which ones to attempt. A leave is sometimes a great shot.
This is where Oliveboard comes in. It prepares the students for the worst situation on their worst day. Through the mocks I understood which type of questions had to be attempted and what time should be taken by me as OB gives relative performance graph for each question.
The thing that I dreaded the most was GK. So, I enrolled for OB’s GK supplement too, which I felt was quite relevant to the actual mains questions.
For any aspirant I would suggest to clear up your basics and supplement your understanding by taking mocks of the same topic in a time based manner. Another important thing, anyone can crack SBI PO, the background is simply irrelevant in this case.
Wishing you all the best!
NIACL Assistant 2018
It was not easy to prepare for all the exams along with my IT job but with Oliveboard’s help, I was able to do it and once I got through SBI, I left my job to join SBI Agartala as the Junior Associate but will now be joining RBI soon.
I was following a couple of other sources online but after a while i realised that I need something else to ace the exam. My friend told me about Oliveboard and I am thankful to him because Oliveboard has helped me to a large extent. Their set of questions and the difficulty level is at par with all the main exams. Once I started taking the Oliveboard Mock Tests, I did not feel the need to do anything more to ace my exams and I successfully cleared all the exams.
Besides Oliveboard the only thing I did was reading The Hindu newspaper sometimes to keep in touch with the current affairs and reading also helps in improving your English.
Finally I would like to thank Oliveboard for the amazing guidance without which clearing all three exams wouldn’t have been possible. I wish all the aspirants the best of luck and will advise them to take Oliveboard Mock tests for acing your exams.
I start with my achievements in past 6 months (Oct 2016 to Mar 2017). As most of you will not see the strategy part if you do not know what is the success I achieved.
Major Exams I cleared in first attempt:
1. IBPS PO 2016 – Got appointment from Canara Bank
2. RBI Assistant 2016 – Got appointment in RBI, Bangalore
3. IBPS RRB PO 2016 - Got appointment from Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank
4. IBPS Clerk 2016 - Got appointment from Canara Bank
5. Railways NTPC 2016: Was called for Document verification for the post of Commercial Apprentice and Traffic Apprentice but did not attend
6. IPPB Scale I 2016: Have attended Interview and waiting for results
7. NIACL AO Mains 2016 – Attended Mains
8. SBI PO 2017: Was selected for mains but did not attend.
9. Karnataka State RFO: Attended Mains
10. NICL AO Mains: Attended Mains
11. UIIC AO Mains: Attended Mains
1. RBI Grade B – Missed mains
2. UPSC 2016
I started my banking exam preparation by solving R S Agarwal Quant book twice and tried to solve free mock tests from Oliveboard and various other sources.
Search reasoning syllabus first from any online source before you start your preparation in this section. Make a list of chapters to study, and start searching it online. I downloaded materials from various sources and saw videos (Oliveboard included), started ticking the chapters I am covering. Once I was done with understanding concepts of all the chapters in this section, only way to succeed here is tests.
For this section, I did not do anything other than practicing Oliveboard mocks and I suggest others also to just practice and practice tests. Nothing else will help you, no text book nothing. You need to take tests and learn from your mistakes from the analysis you get.
You can refer any website for this. Even Oliveboard GK supplements are pretty good. But make sure you are thorough with past 60 days from the day of the exam and know important points from past 100 days. You actually don’t have to know anything beyond this. Static and Banking awareness is well covered in Test series and for further reference you can study from various online sources as well.
If you have medium knowledge about computers, mock tests is more than enough. But if you are weak in this section try Arihant Publications computer awareness and then come for mocks for new types of questions asked.I have purchased almost 10-12 test series from Oliveboard because I started clearing each and every exam from the day I started practicing these mocks. The quality of the tests is pretty good and the analysis they give after the exams in unmatchable. Frankly speaking, apart from using quant text book, for reasoning, computer and English I used Oliveboard test series only.I would really thank the Oliveboard team for helping me in many ways to achieve what I got now. 'Practice makes a man perfect. Practice from Oliveboard makes a man perfect in Quant, Reasoning, English, Computer and GK'
Oliveboard Mock Tests’ questions are very much similar to the actual examination. The difficulty level is also very accurate (even more when compared to the actual exam in the case of a few mock tests). It is actually very difficult to score high in a few OB Mock Tests.
Fortunately, I also cleared UIIC AO (it was my first attempt at this exam) and finally decided to go for UIIC. I chose UIIC over SBI because I felt salary, working hours and job profile is better at UIIC, when compared to SBI (it’s my personal opinion though and it might differ for others). Also I prefer to have all my weekends off. Currently I am working at the Bangalore office of UIIC. I have already suggested Oliveboard Mock Tests to all my friends and would like to thank Oliveboard for all the help
So, when SSC notification came out in Feb’16, I focused on the SSC CGL 2016 by making plan and strategy to crack in the first attempt. Made the whole booklist for SSC CGL with the help of Google/Quora/seniors. I started my SSC CGL preparation from 12 March (after 8th semester mid-sem exam). I was continuously burning oil at midnight because I had to do college 10-5 after that I study for SSC CGL.
But after 37 days of preparation, on 18 April SSC postponed the exam which was dated on the 1st/2nd week of May. This notification was very soothing for me because final year project work was taking a lot of time. Anyhow, I was managing my time but after 18 April I stopped my CGL preparation and gave 100% time on my project and final semester exam which was going to be held in the 2nd week of May. Still, no notice was given by SSC related to the exam date, so I thought on 27 May (last date of SBI PO form submission) to fill up the SBI PO form until SSC notification and prepared for SBI PO which was scheduled in 1st week of July.
Gave SBI PO exam on 9th July, the result came out on 17th July. I got 47.5 (cut off- 47.50) but failed in reasoning section. SSC notification had come out on 1st of July stating that exam will be held in last August. From 20th July, I started my SSC CGL preparation. My SSC CGL tier 1 exam was on 9 September, exactly 2 months later SBI PO prelims were scheduled. In tier 1, I got 147/200 (cut off - 137).
Knowing my score in tier 1, I thought I must practice mock test whose paper level should be above of SSC CGL mains. I selected OLIVEBOARD mock test for SSC CGL mains after lots of research on google/Quora (earlier I gave Oliveboard mock test for SBI PO pre). In Tier 2 mock, there were 10 Quants paper and 5 English. Quant paper was brilliantly designed, and English paper was above par of SSC level. I practiced all mocks of OLIVEBOARD and finally got 331/400 in SSC CGL tier 2. And finally, after tier 3, I got AIR-961 (Post- Central Excise Inspector) in my first attempt and dream of getting the top post in central government from SSC CGL became true.
It was really a fascinating journey which I started without any coaching. The self-study was my main tool to crack SSC CGL in less than five months of preparation in my first attempt and of course, OLIVEBOARD was one of the components in my successful journey.
IBPS RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT (2018)
Here is his story to Success:
Hi Friends, I am Anshuman Srivastava. I have cleared IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2018. I had completed my graduation in Science last year. It has been a journey which started just after graduation to a goal and got my first Government job in 6 months.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for giving me a chance to share my journey from zero to a banker and it’s an honour to share some tips on this platform.
After completing my last exam I set my unidirectional aim to get a Government Job. In starting I was new so I joined some Coaching Institutes and then from there, I got to know from my batchmate about Oliveboard, that how it help us to reach our goals. I had cleared all the PRELIMS of RRB PO & CLERK as well as IBPS PO & CLERK. But unfortunately could not get through PO Mains in both but I learned from this because every Failure has a lesson in it.
Banking Exams are all about how well you are stick up to concepts in each subject and how you maintain an accurate speed in prelims as well as in mains. Here I will suggest some important tips in each and every Section for Banking Exams. Most importantly prepare yourself for each and every kind of Puzzles and Data Interpretation, this is the bottom line of every preparation.
Mock Test and Analysis:-
This is the most important thing in preparation. For exams I had given 2 mock tests per day for Prelims and 1 in two days for Mains, then fully analyse your performance. Analysing your mock tests is important because if you ever get in exam again and you practiced for that specific question then you will surely do better. Do Check your speed on Test and make a graph of your performances because every mock is like an exam in itself.
Now For Each Subject-
1. QUANT:- Clear Your concepts for this Subject. Go through Oliveboard’s Online Courses where you can get conceptual videos and topic wise classes which are very useful for a beginner. Make your calculation speed so accurate for prelims because there you will be required a good speed of solving. Try to prepare some important topics like-
Profit and Loss
Time and speed
Time and work
Mixture and Allegation
Then Go through the daily quant quiz by Oliveboard and analyse each question. You can buy R S Aggarwal ARITHMETIC for practice.
2. Reasoning:- Reasoning is something which totally depends on how you adopt any problem to solve. If you are not clear with the basics, or if you want to practice some healthy content then you can go through Oliveboard’s Concept Classes & then practice by the ebooks pdfs wherever you can. Regularly solving puzzles and day-by-day practice in this section will surely make you feel better. For High Level you can download materials and then practice on it if you have cleared your basics. You can Solve puzzle from many sources which have good content.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
3. English:- This section proved to be quite difficult but then again if you read Editorial section from some good newspapers like HINDU daily then it will be immensely helpful in improving your vocab, reading skills, grammar etc. Read newspapers daily and try to analyse each and every paragraph in the Editorial section to learn new words. For Grammar, you can watch Online videos and note down all the important points so it becomes easier for you while revising. You should learn root words which will help you in your vocab. Also, make a habit of solving RC and Cloze Test as much as possible to score well in the exam. IBPS always asks new pattern questions in their exams every year so it’s better to be prepared beforehand. You can refer books like Plinth to Paramount & Word Power Made Easy.
4. GK/GA:- For GK you need to prepare daily. In GK there are three major sections like-
(a)Static Banking- Try to make notes for this section as it will be easy for you to revise. You can Download pdf by Oliveboard or Affairscloud and learn some important Banking Awareness terms or questions.
(b) Static Gk- There are many sources in the market to prepare for his area. It’s always better to follow one of them and make notes from it. Always make a habit to make state wise notes and try to relate things and learn them. Remember you have to revise each section at least 3 to 4 times during your preparation.
(c) Current Affairs-This is the most important section for every aspirant. You can Read daily Current affairs from several platforms like Oliveboard, Affairscloud, Newspaper etc. Try to learn at least from 3 to 4 sources. It will help you to memorize the topics in a better way. You can refer free monthly Bolt pdf provided by Oliveboard which proved to be immensely beneficial in my preparation. Moreover, practicing MCQs and Quizzes are equally important.
5. Computer:- As this is an important subject in RRB exam, you can learn important questions from books or pdf’s. For books I would suggest Lucent Computer and for pdf’s you can download from Oliveboard which is more than sufficient for preparing this section.
Role of Oliveboard:- During my preparation Oliveboard had a major role. Their Mock tests are very beneficial for everyone.They always bring Latest pattern in their test which are so close to the exact new pattern. Moreover, the analysis section and the detailed solution of each and every question provided by them is very useful in order to improve your weaker areas before attempting the next mock.
Tips to Aspirants:-
Start your preparation from where ever you stand because Banking Exams needs practice and practice. Analyze your weak areas to improve them and then you will find yourself in a safe zone. Lastly, I would love to share with the aspirants that never lose hope in your life, every Hero was Once a zero. It is only Hardwork and dedication towards their goals which make them Hero From Zero…
I wish all the Very best to all of you... Thankyou
SBI PO, BOB PO (2017)
Details on his journey & strategy
Hello, this is Kumar Gaurav. I belong to Bhagalpur district of Bihar and did my engineering from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Bhubaneswar. After passing out in 2016 I worked in Accenture as an Associate Software Engineer for about 10 months. I was always inclined to join the public sector in an executive role, preferably the Civil Services and so I started appearing for government examinations after graduation. I faced many failures on the way but never lost hope. Many a time even at the Interview stage I saw the face of the failure but I took all of them as a learning lesson and continued my journey. I believe even though I am working in a job that demands a lot of time, energy and patience I can still achieve what I have dreamt of.
How did Gaurav prepare for Aptitude, English, Logical reasoning, GK/GA, & Interview.
As far as Banking examinations are concerned I think it’s a game of Speed as well as accuracy and therefore the only way to achieve success is to Practice and the right selection of questions. When I appeared for IBPS PO Mains 2016 I had failed only because I had attempted a lot of questions which I was unsure of.
The sources that I used for preparation were:
Practice helps a lot here. I practiced questions from Oliveboard. Make sure you practice around 500 questions from each sub-topic in the syllabus. This will make you strong in all such topics. Practice more on topics which you find difficult. Number series and miscellaneous part was difficult for me so I consulted videos on youtube. You can check Oliveboard Cracker course for clearing your basics.
Reasoning was a tough nut to crack. I always struggled with puzzles but kept practicing. Oliveboard mocks are a good source to prepare for puzzles of latest trend.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English in bank exams is less traditional and it is more about usage in daily life. If you read editorials of newspapers like Indian Express or The Hindu I think it will help you in normal questions as well as RC. Also try to learn new words. You can refer the book named “Word Power Made Easy”.
I consulted GKToday monthly booklets and Oliveboard GK tests as well as blogs. Remember GK is a scoring area and you should not miss out on this.
Few lines on how Oliveboard helped me:
I took Oliveboard mock test series for SBI mains and found it quite helpful. It was on similar lines of actual SBI exam. With innovative puzzle questions, good interface and a large pool of like-minded candidates it is a good litmus test for preparation.
Enroll for SBI PO Cracker course here: http://bit.ly/2FwqaqC
Tips to Aspirants:
I always believed in myself in spite of so many failures. So never lose hope and keep moving ahead in order to achieve your dreams.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
CHINTAN CHINMAYA PRADHAN
SBI PO 2019
PREPARATION STRATEGY: Start reading the Current Affairs from January month(at least 4 months of current affairs is necessary). It's not that you should start preparing this portion once you clear the PRELIMS.This is really vast and you need to revise it regularly. Note down the difficult stats in your diary or notebook for revision (e.g--one can't remember different schemes by various state govt. Or days and themes or appointments etc. And writing down these things at one place will help you memorize more) Revise the current affairs time to time. Apps for daily practice (quant,reasoning,eng,CA)--Oliveboard
QUANT and REASONING--- Oliveboard videos for concept clearing. Oliveboard daily quizzes for regular practice
ENGLISH--- To be frank, this is the section where I had put lesser effort as compared to other sections.So I had watched very limited videos.But I have heard people saying that Nimisha ma'am videos are really good for clearing the basics. So you can watch those. Also The Hindu daily analysis is a must watch.It's a good practice to summarize the topic from the The Hindu editorial in your own words once you go through it completely.It will help you in the Descriptive section.
CURRENT AFFAIRS -- I used to watch videos of Oliveboard REGULARLY and FREQUENTLY. PDFs --- Oliveboard Bolt
DESCRIPTIVE WRITING--- Have some ideas on current news. Practice writing essays and letters at regular intervals.
GD,GE & INTERVIEW--- Interview is really important and you shouldn't take it casually. Recent topics were thrown upon us during the GD and Interview.I had joined a local institute for the preparation of Interview and GD.
N.B:--- Don't think that SBI PO is a tough nut to crack and you have to clear all the phases i.e. pre,mains,gd,ge,interview.... What I felt is that once you clear the PRELIMS, the ball will be in your court .As the questions in the MAINS exam are relatively tough, so each and everyone who qualify for the MAINS have equal chances of qualifying for the Interview. The important and easiest section that might help you in the MAINS is the current affairs section and you can attempt 34+ questions (based on SBI PO 2019 paper) easily with 100% accuracy which is not the case with other sections. So this was all about my preparation strategy.I am not saying that you should strictly follow it but you can take a leaf out of it and it's better to have your own strategy. All the best to the aspirants and always believe in yourself and you will see everything falling in place at the right time.”