I started preparing for banking after I finished my B.tech in 2016. I didn't qualify in SBI prelims when I first wrote it. Then I understood that a proper coaching and practice is required to crack the exam. I joined a coaching center in Hyderabad and practiced. Then I used to prepare Aptitude, Reasoning, English each for 2 hrs a day. At that time one of my friends suggested me to practice Oliveboard Mock Tests. I took them and started practicing tests for SBI PO, IBPS PO etc. Firstly they are very tough for me. I used to get low marks. So after completing the Mock Tests, I solved each and every question asked in the Mock Test. Then I started to improve in the next exam.
For any doubts, I referred to their YouTube classes. I learnt from my mistakes and remembered to rectify them in the next exam. I like to attempt more questions in the exam. This helped me a lot. My accuracy level was 75 to 80%. I worked on a balance between speed and accuracy. After 3 months of practice, I cleared all the prelims exams I wrote. I attended 3 interviews NICL AO, RRB PO, IPPB PO. I lost in SBI mains, IBPS mains due to less marks in GA. Many aspirants do the same mistake, they take GA lightly but it is the most scoring region.
General Awareness Tips : For that National news regarding banking, important policies and schemes introduced by Govt, banking awareness are some recommended regions to cover. Daily and Monthly GK modules will help. Make a habit to learn about the banking news.
I took SBI PO mock tests in Oliveboard. They are very good and helped me to access the actual level of exam. I didn't clear SBI with a very less margin. But fortunately, I cleared IPPB at the same time. The solutions provided in the Oliveboard Mock Tests are very clear, error-free and informative. I scored well in English by practicing those mocks. Reasoning and Aptitude are my strengths and I did well in them. For GA using Oliveboard and daily newspaper reading is recommended.
Finally, I got selected as IPPB PO in 2017 and joined in recently. A big thanks to Oliveboard for being with me in my journey. Whatever happens, consistent practice is the key. Brush up your knowledge, be confident and keep practicing. All the best!
Deyasini Das Gupta
I did an analysis of my results and decided to change my strategy after I realised that as speed was very slow because of not practicing any time bound tests. I tried test series of various companies but one thing that distinguishes Oliveboard from others is the difficulty level of questions, which is must in today's scenario of continuously changing exam patterns. I did one test a day, as I was a lazy student, I used to do the test in parts. So even you attempt it in parts in the beginning and the complete test as the exam approaches.
I finally got selected in IBPS PO 6, and scored 80.75 in mains written and got the bank of my preference: OBC.
I would like to share some tips for all aspirants, so that they can also crack the exam of their choice.
Tips for aspirants:
1. Don't panic during preparation, the more you are relaxed more the chances of getting good marks
2. Attempt a test daily
3. Daily practice of reasoning and maths
4. Read newspapers or any novel daily, for improving your reading habit
5. Read GK capsules and news bullets
So, guys don’t lose hope. If an average guy (in studies) like me can do it so can you! Feel free to contact me for any guidance. All the best!
I completed my post-graduation in 2016. Post which I joined a globally renowned private insurance company at Mumbai, which I got through campus placement. However, deep down in my mind, I always had the flair to join the public sector. I started my journey with competitive examination with OICL AO in the year 2015.
After that, I appeared for a series of competitive examinations (like SBI PO, IBPS PO, IRDA JO, LIC AAO to name a few) but failed in the preliminary exam one after the other owing to lack of strategy and proper knowledge of the question pattern. After I joined the job, I came across Oliveboard test series. It was around last year during July-August that I came across this platform. Little did I know at that time that it would do wonders. Taking at least one full length mock test each day, analysing my performance and keeping track of percentile were something that proved to be extremely beneficial. Truly speaking, I did not take individual test to that extent, but I was regular at taking full length mock tests.
I tasted success for the first time in IBPS PO 2016, where I cleared preliminary, mains and was summoned for the interview. However, I couldn't make it to the final list because my interview didn't go well (my first interview after all). Thereafter I started making it to the final list one after the other. I converted BOM Manipal, Syndicate Manipal, BOB SO (Planning), BOB Manipal. Finally,
I was ecstatic when I saw my roll number in the list of successful candidates who appeared for SBI PO 2017-18. The results of SEBI Grade A and IPPB AM are still awaited and I'm hopeful about converting them too.
As for my sectional strategy, I just love to solve puzzles and therefore I always counted on my reasoning skills. I always started with the English section because I have good grasp over English and I devoted maximum proportion of time to English and Reasoning. I touched the quants section at last. For quants, I mostly concentrated on a DI puzzle, quadratic equation and inequalities since they were the 'marks-spinners'.
For mains examination, given the fact that now the sectionals are allotted individual time, you have to take the exam as it comes. It prepares you to face the unexpected. Therefore, the only way to fetch high marks in mains is constant practice, sharpen your strength and improve your weakness to some extent. For General Awareness, there is no defined syllabus and hence any news source will be your best friend.
I'd take this opportunity to thank Oliveboard for being the architect of my journey to success. The tests helped me get familiar with the question pattern, identify my strength and weaknesses and devise my strategy accordingly. Taking the online tests regularly were helpful in managing time effectively too. I'd suggest the aspirants that in order to succeed, work hard, work smart and have faith in yourself. Remember that it is only thorough practice that happens to be the mool mantra for success. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours and thanks to Oliveboard once again for your sustained guidance.
I am very thankful to Oliveboard for my performances in both the years. The type of questions that Oliveboard has in its mock tests are suitable for any kind of pattern and you also need to apply different logic to different questions in order to solve them correctly. Also, there is a very good mix-and-match of tests- some are easy, some are average while the others are difficult. While easy mock tests act as confidence boosters, the difficult ones are suitable to clear our concepts. Also, the analysis feature including the 'Weak areas feature' is one of the best things about OB Mock Tests- those are really helpful.
Thanks a lot to Oliveboard for creating mocks with lots of effort that help us in moving forward
I am Udit Sharma from Shimla. I started my preparation for competitive exams in 2012. I appeared in almost 35 to 40 competitive exams. After appearing in numerous exams when I couldn't make it up to the mark I also got discouraged. Most of the times I qualified written test , appeared in the interviews but couldn't mark my place in the final merit list :-
1.RRB in 2013(written+interview)---no final call
2.Ibps Clerk -III(written+interview)----no final call Cried so much and than made my mind to get selected in PO in next IBPS (2015 --April)
3. IBPS Clerk+PO-IV qualified in both appeared in the Interviews but unfortunately lagged by 0.6 in PO because cut off was 49.6 and I scored 49
4.Then again I set the target to get the job in SBI as SBI Associates Clerk exam was on the way cleared written ,appeared in interview but again the same misfortune- Didn't get final call
5.Then I decided to try in State level Bank exams -appeared in two HP State Level Bank Exams
i) Hp State Cooperative Bank
ii) Kangra Central Bank
6) Appeared in the Postal Assistant exam in 2015 scored high in the written--- appeared in typing test ----I was fully sure to get selected in Postal But unfortunately paper got cancelled
7) Appeared in the IBPS Clerk-V---- (PO+Clerk) I was waiting for final result meanwhile I got two appointment letters all together
1) from SBI Associates Waiting list
2) from H.P state Cooperative Bank
And finally on 1st April finally after so much penance for such a long time for almost 4 years, got selected in UCO Bank as a Probationary Officer I would recommend each and every aspirant do follow Oliveboard and try its Mock Test Series, guys trust me it will really make a huge difference in your overall preparation.
So guys don't ever let your failure discourage you because we never know how close we are .No need to compare yourself with others if you really want to compare than compare yourself with the person you were yesterday and last but not the least try for the best but get ready for the worst also.Thanks
-Udit Sharma, Probationary Officer, UCO Bank
I am Akshay Vohra, currently working in Punjab & Sind Bank.
I would love to share my story of cracking IBPS exam through self-study & help of test series by Olive board.
I completed my graduation in the year 2015 and was placed in HERO cycles. I worked for 3 months but was never satisfied so I decided to quit my job and started preparing for banking exams. I took guidance from my elder brother who is currently working in PNB and started with self-study. I joined many test series but found the Oliveboard Mock Test Series to be the best.
They have maintained very good standards and quality is also remarkable because their question papers are of the same pattern similar to the new banking exams pattern.
I gave many exams like SBI, IBPS, LIC and much more and was unable to crack any of them. Still, i did not lose my hope and continue to study and give many other exams
After days of hard work, I cracked IBPS clerk 2016 and was allotted in Punjab and Sind Bank. I think the best strategy of preparing for these exams is, first of all, clear your basic concepts and make your strong areas, even more, stronger and bring weaker areas to average.
MATHS - I used books only to clear my conceptual basics, for e.g Arihant Publications, Arun Sharma. Rest, I only practised on various websites and tried to give as many quizzes so that I could encounter different types of questions.
REASONING - This was my strength. For reasoning, practice is the only key. Practice as many questions possible and give maximum quizzes online. I will only suggest you the Oliveboard mock test series because here you will find quality questions.
General Awareness - I used to read newspapers on a daily basis and had read many current affairs from various websites, then made daily notes and revised them daily. This is the one section where you can score maximum marks
ENGLISH= This was my weakest area, I used to read editorial section of the newspaper and devoted my maximum time to this subject by solving more and more quizzes.
I allotted time for all subjects in a day. This is what I had done :
Maths - 3 hrs
Reasoning - 2 hrs
GA - 2hrs
English - 3 hrs
and used to give mock papers on weekends to analyse my progress.
NEVER GIVING UP is the key to success.
All the best.
IBPS PO 2016 was the first Banking Exam I attempted and failed miserably in Prelims itself. My family and friends supported me to stand up and fight again. One of my friends told me about Oliveboard Mock Test Series. I purchased Oliveboard Mock Test Series for SBI PO 2017 and started practicing mocks. I realised the importance of quality tests. Oliveboard Mock Tests helped me to practice quality questions and to analyse my performance. I cleared SBI PO Prelims and Mains but missed final list by 2 marks. I also cleared BOB PGDM written exam but again missed the final merit list. I continued my hard work and finally, I cleared IBPS Clerk 2017 and got Bank of Baroda. I owe my success to My parents and Oliveboard.
Here is my Section Wise Preparation Strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude: Clear your basics from Sarvesh Kumar Verma and practice questions from Oliveboard Sectional Tests and Mock Test Series. Once you're clear with your concepts, attempt one Sectional Test daily for quant. This would be sufficient enough for quant.
Logical Reasoning: No book is required. Just practice questions from Mock Tests. In mock tests, try to attempt puzzles at the end in reasoning section. Practice it daily and this will be more than enough.
English: Cultivating a Reading Habit and practicing Comprehension is the key to crack English section. You need to develop a good reading habit to excel this section. Reading newspapers will also help you in GK preparation and in Interviews/GD. I used to read The Hindu editorial section daily. Also, the Oliveboard's New Pattern English Tests helped me a lot. Do read editorials, learn vocab and attempt Oliveboard New Pattern English Tests.
General Awareness: Read the daily current affairs update from an online platform and attempt quizzes. Practice MCQs from Oliveboard GK Tests. Also, learn Banking Awareness.
Attempt Mock Tests and analyse them religiously. Prepare your own strategy and work accordingly. Invest in good quality Mock Tests like Oliveboard. Oliveboard provides a detailed and lucid solution for each and every question which one can easily understand.
Prepare well and have patience, you will definitely sail through it.
Happy Learning and All the Best for your upcoming exams!
NIACL AO 2019
1. Bank exams - nowadays mains paper of ibps po and sbi po/sbi clerk is coming very tough and that is a plus point for you! Because you need not to attempt everything, you need to be selective while attempting questions ..all u need is to attempt a good number of questions (above an average attempt) with full accuracy.
A) Reasoning - see first of all, you should have a good command over miscellaneous topics because in mains you will be able to solve these questions. Now when it comes to puzzles you should practice 3/4 variables puzzle and new type of puzzles on a daily basis. Oliveboard mock tests have quite a good collection of these puzzles. I would suggest you give mock tests from oliveboard and practicemock. Always go with two sources.
B) Quantitative aptitude - This was my strongest section.. And believe me your strongest section will save you in hard times! First of all you should have a clear understanding of concepts. Once you are done with concepts then you should solve Quantum cat by Sarvesh or Arun sharma. These books match the level which is being asked these days in mains exam. After doing the above things, Just go and give sectional mocks of quant and just practice! Quant is all about practice.. The more you practice the more you will learn.
C) English - I would suggest you people to Read any good English newspaper.. Reading newspapers will help you a lot Because these days in English section they are focusing more on the comprehension section and your reading abilities.. So by reading the newspaper on a daily basis you will improve a lot.
D) General awareness / banking awareness - It is very important for the Banking mains exam! Because the level of paper will be so high that you will not be able to score that much in quant and reasoning but you can score around 90% in this section. Strategy - Try to follow one from OLIVEBOARD BOLT for the current affairs portion.
2. For Insurance Exams : For insurance mains exam your strategy should be different! Let me tell you why. The level of Quant and Reasoning is of very moderate level in the mains, that means you need to have Good speed here. You can even attempt 95% in Quant and Reasoning here! ( i was able to do 40/40 in Quants in ESIC SSO Mains and 45/50 in NIACL AO Mains) So for insurance exams you do not need to prepare for high level questions instead you just need to prepare the same type of questions again and again so as to increase your speed.
General awareness/insurance awareness: As i have already told you Reasoning and Quants are moderate here so in order to outclass others you need to perform good in GK and English.
GK : Oliveboard bolt & GK app
Insurance awareness : you can read insurance current affairs in the gk pdfs and for static insurance watch all the videos of GOVERNMENT SERVICE ASPIRATIONS youtube channel. you need not to do anything else!
English : Read the newspaper and give sectionals :)
Above I have discussed only about mains , now let's talk about pre. Cutoff for every pre exam these days is going high because they are giving clerk exams like paper in every pre exam! So in order to cross this hurdle you can do the following:
1. Reasoning: Try to do quiz daily and solve short and tricky puzzles from oliveboard mocks.Try to solve the same puzzle with 2/3 different approaches and then decide which one will be more beneficial.
2.Quant: Firstly prepare each and every chapter of arithmetic and solve quiz on that particular chapter after finishing the basics. Secondly, Try to give sectional on a daily basis and whenever you find a new type of question note it down in a seperate copy and learn the concept. For Di - Do level wise questions of oliveboard and Amar sir videos on youtube For fast calculation - Learn vedic maths and follow the way of fast calculation.
3.English : Mock Tests will be enough for this.
Some things i have learned in the last 1.5 years: 1) You have to become at least average in your weak section. 2) Prepare for Pre and mains together, you will not be able to perform efficiently if you will prepare for mains after the declaration of pre results! 3) Never get disheartened by low attempts in hard shift and never become excited after attempting more in a easier shift! If the shift is easier increase your speed and try to attempt maximum coz normalisation can do anything! 4) Try to make notes of current affairs and keep revising them every week 5) Mock Tests scores are made to demotivate you.. Every mock will be harder in comparison to the real exam. 6) For mains oliveboard is very important. Believe in yourself , you can conquer anything :)”
In mid-April, I got a new role in a project and for that, I relocated from Bangalore to Gurgaon center of my company. From May, I started devoting around 3 hours for preparation of prelims, mostly practicing English (my Achilles heel). I haven’t given any online test until exam night (Prelims) when I saw the free mock test on Oliveboard. My prelims were on 2nd July 2016 (first day). I attempted English section first followed by reasoning and Aptitude according to my plan.
Unfortunately, I wasted 10 mins in 2 puzzles and failed to solve even one question out of ten. Around 35 mins remaining and all I completed successfully till then was only English section. I still remember that moment, for one second I felt like I am done for the day but somehow put myself back together and attempted total 56 questions.
I was in a dilemma whether I’ll clear the cut-off. On 17th July when I saw that I cleared with 48.5 marks only 1 more than cut off, I was stunned at that moment and more than that I was like, what to do now. I didn’t prepare anything for mains except 2-3 months of the current affair before prelims. The first thing which I did within an hour of the declaration of prelims result was I bought the Mains Test Series of OLIVEBOARD which cost me around 500 rupees. Trust me, this test series was behind my success in mains. I thank Oliveboard from the bottom of my heart. I have 13 days left for mains. I planned to give one test each day, analyze for around an hour or 90 mins after test and an hour of current affair preparation after that. I had hardly 5 hrs maximum daily at my disbursal on weekdays and around 10-12 on weekend. I followed mistakes done in Oliveboard test series GK section on daily basis, that’s all.
SBI changed Mains patter that year. This time mains paper had tricky problems compared to previous years of SBI PO mains exam. I attempted 101 questions in mains and descriptive went average from my end. After paper, I didn’t think I will get a chance to sit in the interview, just like after prelims. I passed again!
Again, same scenario, what to do now? I searched some interview experience from Google and prepared some basic PT question. It took me one week to prepare for ‘Tell me about yourself?’. I failed several times in college placements due to poor communication skill. I started interview practice with a friend after office hours and remaining time I prepared by ‘Talking with Mirror’, which helped a lot in improving my body language and gestures. Before the interview, I used to go through Hindu newspaper editorial in office hours.
Then comes the interview day, I was nervous as usual. After document verification, they made a group of 10 and sent for GD round. Another surprise, this time GD has 2 rounds; one was normal GD and second was prioritization exercise. We all decided that in beginning we will give 2 mins one by one and I was 5th in number. When GD started my heartbeat was at the extreme level. This was the first time I was able to speak well in GD. Next was interview round after about one hour.
The result was declared on 30th September. I got selected with 52.xx marks overall with 17 marks in GD and 16 in the interview.
I don’t know whether I was lucky or it's all skill, but one thing I can surely say about myself during those days, I wasn’t bothered by the result at all. I was taking one step at a time. Before prelims, I prepared only for prelims; before mains only for mains and like that. Those 6 months from April to September were awesome with only one thing in mind that, what I did today? That was the first time I appeared in any government exam, I cleared. Currently, I am in Chennai circle, one year over.
Thanks a lot, to Oliveboard for Mains Test Series. Love you guys. You guys are best!
SBI PO 2018
Here is her inspiring story:
I am Himani Mittal. I've completed my graduation from SRCC and masters from Hindu College. I had started preparing for SBI PO in May 2018 after the notification for the same came out.
Since I was preparing for other competitive exams too like NABARD, RBI etc., I was clear with my basics and very well versed with the pattern of the paper. My mantra for clearing the exam is ‘PRACTICE’.
First, make sure that all your basics are crystal clear. For English focus on Grammar rules and learn how to solve basic patterns, syllogism etc. Keep practicing as much as you can.
Practice is the key for clearing SBI PO ( both prelims and mains). Solve at least 20 mocks for prelims and 10 mocks for mains. This will help you in increasing your speed and also make you accustomed to the actual exam pattern. By solving mocks, you will get to practice a lot of new type of questions. Please learn all the basic formulas for P/L, Time/Speed/Distance, Ratios etc. This will help you a lot to improve your Aptitude and Logical Reasoning section.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
I think GA/GK is one of the easiest part and the most scoring one. Read current affairs for at least last 4 months from the exam month and revise it thrice before the exam. For banking, learn the basic terminologies. Meanwhile, do attempt various quizzes. Apart from this, do revise the GA section of the mock tests that you have attempted.
This is what I have done for clearing Prelims and Mains.
Interview questions vary from person to person depending upon the educational qualifications, interests, work experience etc. Since, I am from commerce background so I was asked technical questions like what is sensitive analysis, difference between market price and factor cost and so on. So my advice is that make sure you know everything about yourself (whatever you have written in your bio-data form), know the basics of your graduation subjects and be confident.
Last but not the least, a big thank you to Oliveboard. Oliveboard Test Series has helped me a lot in clearing the exam. Both for prelims and mains, I bought Oliveboard test series and the mock tests were really good. Questions were upto the mark and the difficulty level was equivalent to the actual exam.
So this was it. I hope my story will help you in achieving your dreams.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
SSC CGL 2017
*Plan and study and focus on concept. * Practice Pen free solving approach (I still solve 60% maths oral or through options and its very well possible) * Regular speed tests and maximum exams. (No exam is small or big) * Current Affairs and GA are not to be underestimated and they turn out to be decider nowadays. * Do proper revision and be honest to yourself. Friends no target is impossible...just give your heart out...use your potential in the right direction. ALL THE BEST !!!!!!”
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.”
I appeared for SBI PO, IBPS PO, RBI Assistant and IBPS RRB PO. Though I couldn’t clear SBI PO Mains, I cleared IBPS RRB PO and RBI Assistant Exams in my first attempt. I had also cleared IBPS PO Mains (scored 122.25) but I didn’t appear for the interview as I had already been selected in RBI.
I had actually subscribed for around 6-7 test series and I can undoubtedly declare Oliveboard to be the best among all of them. I had bought the complete bank package from Oliveboard. Oliveboard actually does a lot of research on what exactly is currently going on in the Banking Exams these days and this is evident from the questions that they provide in their mock tests as many of their questions were similar to what were asked in the exams. They have an awesome analysis feature and believe me analyzing the mocks tests is the most important part of exam preparation.
I was benefitted from Oliveboard and I recommend it to everyone.
- Utkarsh Awasthi, Assistant, Reserve Bank of India, Ahemdabad Office.
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”
NIACL AO: All India Rank #1
Here is my journey: I from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. After my graduation, I was preparing for UPSC CSE which had always been my dream. And that is where my struggle with competitive examinations began. Although I had prepared quite hard for CSE-2015, I couldn’t clear the prelims.
This is when I decided to gravitate towards banking and insurance sector examinations. I kicked off with RBI Grade B examination 2016. I cleared Phase-I but missed a call for the interviews. However, I was satisfied with the mock tests that I had taken and Oliveboard became my go-to test series portal for all the exams that I took then on in 2016-17 – IBPS PO, NIACL AO and IPPB PO.
Ultimately, I got success as I was shortlisted for NIACL AO and also as PO at PNB. In all probability I will be joining as AO at NIACL.
My marks in all examinations for reference:
RBI Grade B (Phase-I): 123.75/200, (Phase-II): 170/300
IBPS PO (Pre): 79/100, (Mains): 109.25/200, (Final): 57.1/100
NIACL AO (Pre): 97.5/100, (Mains): 157/200 attempts
IPPB PO (Pre): 100/100 attempts, (Mains): 135/200 attempts
Oliveboard’s tests are so designed that both the pattern and difficulty level of questions vary with every mock that one attempts. Thus, one is thoroughly prepared for all kinds of questions in the real examination. The detailed time-based analysis of every mock test was extremely crucial for me in judging which questions I should attempt and which ones I should leave. Ultimately, the marks that I scored in the actual examinations were more or less similar to my performance in Oliveboard’s mock tests.
If I were to be asked the key to whatever little success I have found, I would say it was my frustration and desperation. When one has failed multiple times, there’s a voice in his mind that keeps pulling him down, keeps scaring him that he will probably always remain a failure. A person can either submit to this voice and give up, or channel this restlessness into productive work. I did the latter. I used to have sleepless nights out of anxiety for my future but I spent those nights studying and practising hard.
Leaving you all with my favourite quote: "Rock-bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." - JK Rowling
I heard about Oliveboard Test Series from many other aspirants, that this test series proved quite useful and trust me guys this is the best online test series I have taken. The IBPS PO & SBI Clerk test series proved quite beneficial for me as it helped me not only to improve my performance but also my rank among other candidates and helped me to be in the reserved list in IBPS PO 2015. I finally cleared SBI Clerk (JA) 2016 and am quite confident that I will get IBPS PO from reserve list on 31st march 2017.
Banking exams are all about strategy ,speed and accuracy, and only by giving online test you can improve these three aspects. Guys, if you are preparing for banking exams, Oliveboard test series is a must buy, both full test and sectional test. You cannot even compare any other test series with Oliveboard in any aspects like level of questions, accuracy, and analysis of mock. I used to take one full mock and 2 sectional mock in math (to increase speed in math) daily and it helped me a lot. I am thankful to Oliveboard team from core of my heart.
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 good at English and Reasoning which really helped in clearing Prelims. I used to take mocks very seriously, keeping in mind that I had to score above 95 percentiles in Oliveboard test series. After the mocks, I used to analyze them very carefully and I maintained a notebook for every subject in which I used to jot down all the questions which I could not solve in Mocks. In this way, I had a good collection of tricky questions which I used to revise every Sunday.
While it comes to Mains, the sectional timing pattern was newly introduced, and I prepared for it through Oliveboard Mocks. I was quite weak on the computer, so I read 2-3 books for it and solved many online quizzes. After my IBPS PO Mains result, I started preparing for Interview and around the same time, I had IPPB Prelims and Mains so I could not prepare for it very much, but I never skipped a mock test. One mock for a day was must for me and trust me guys, it really helped!!! Taking Mocks is the best thing you can do for banking exams. Though marks have not been declared yet I am sharing my attempts.
My Interview with IPPB went quite well. I have shared my Interview experience on Oliveboard so you can read it as well (Check this link for the same- http://bit.ly/2ACWDtY).
I would like to say thanks to Oliveboard for two selections in the first attempt and giving this platform to share my experience with you.
Tip for Aspirants:
Taking up Oliveboard test series will let us know about the weak areas and help to prepare better with the help of sectional tests. Take up oliveboard test series and analyse your performance well. Analysing our performance is the most important thing because we get to know our mistakes and help us to correct them in the forthcoming exams. Attempt the tests and prepare with confidence ad success is yours.
Now I am aspiring to crack RBI grade B and I am going to take up Oliveboard for RBI phase 1 and phase 2.
All the best!
It was from a social networking site that I came to know about Oliveboard and took the first test that was free to access. Thankfully I was somehow convinced to subscribe for the test pack which worked wonders for me and helped me clearing both SBI PO prelims and mains, SBI JA mains, and IBPS PO.
Now coming to my strategy. I devoted 2 hours to every subject because it’s better to be a Jack of all Trades than being a master of one because you have to clear the sectional cut-offs.
I preferred reading the Hindu, Economic times and Livemint’s editorials and Word Power Made Easy by Norman
I solved a lot of puzzles which immensely helped me in cracking both prelims and mains of all SBI PO, IBPS PO and SBI JA and that too all in the very first attempt
3. Computer Aptitude:
Go through as many MCQs on the internet, as possible and any other sources that you come across
4. Quant and DI:
I didn’t follow any book but practiced everything online because of the variety of questions
5. General Awareness:
I read monthly GA reviews and finance news which was more than enough and for GK I covered as much static part as possible
This strategy helped me clear all my tests in the first attempt. So, the takeaway from this is:
• Be prepared for all the situations because any combination of questions can be asked and you must pass these hurdles. Prepare for the worst and everything will be fine.
• Practice as many mocks as possible. Also, analysing them is very important because it will let you know your weak areas and strengths so that you can work on them accordingly.
• Difficulty levels in both SBI PO and IBPS PO exams were difficult to make through but one has to keep calm throughout. That’s all.
I could not clear the interview round for SBI PO, but I got through IBPS PO and got shortlisted for Canara Bank!
IBPS SO (IT Officer)
Practice topics like syllogism, Inequality, Coding Decoding, Puzzle and Seating Arrangement. These are easier, compared to PO exam level. Logical, Data Sufficiency may also come. Practise all these and do give mock tests from Oliveboard. They have good mock tests which will assist you and boost your success.
This topic is also important for clearing prelims. Just don't think about clearing sec cut off. This will help in securing marks required for qualifying for mains. Prepare topics like time and work, speed, time and distance, geometry brief knowledge, DI, time and work, pipes and cistern. Practice these topics daily. I only gave mock tests, that was enough for me.
This is the easiest section if you are strong in English. If your basics are weak then go through SP Bakshi, RS Agarwal, Plinth to Paramount or Wren and Martin. I used some English videos on YouTube channel and gave Oliveboard mock tests on a regular basis.
This is the section which will decide whether you will get the job or not. For this, you need to have sound knowledge in DBMS, Networking, Software and other topics mentioned in the syllabus. There are standard books for DBMS and networking, you can refer any of them. Also build basic knowledge of computers like Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Windows, short keys etc., as few questions may be asked.
My Daily Routine:
I will not advise anyone to study whole day or for 10-12 hrs. This is not UPSC exam. Practice Maths and Reasoning for 2 hrs daily. In English, regularly practice speech, subject, verb agreement etc. and give mock tests on regular basis to boost speed. Similarly, for Professional Knowledge, giving mock test is important and you should attempt as many as you can.
In the end, I would like to thank Oliveboard mock tests, as they really helped me in improving my scores gradually.
Wishing you all the very best for your exams!
IDBI Assistant manager
Ashish Kumar Jha
After my graduation, I started my CSE preparation. But, due to some health problem, my preparation got affected and I lost 1 year. By the end of 2016, I recovered and was determined to get a job. I started applying for competitive exams. I never prepared exclusively for Banking Examinations.
Meanwhile, I decided not to write multiple exams but focus on few exams. I applied for SBI PO 2017. Meanwhile, I got selected for Laxmi Villas Bank PO. I worked for 4 months at Laxmi Villas bank. While working there, I gave my SBI PO mains and subsequently cleared it.
Strategy that I’ve followed:
This is one of my strong areas. I have a habit of reading newspaper since six std. It really helped. So, this section does not require much preparation if you are really good at basics and regularly read a newspaper. Besides, Oliveboard mock test series really helped me on various account.
Banking exams are getting tougher and trickier every year. Since I was from the engineering background, my maths basics were strong. And, this section is also one of my strong areas. I DIDN’T follow any books, magazines or study materials for maths. I relied on online multiple resources and YouTube videos. I gathered a list of unconventional tricky questions for all the topics and started solving regularly.
My advice to aspirants is not to go for conventional questions, try unconventional tricky questions.
I was weak in reasoning. You need not always solve puzzles to cross the barrier. I used to solve independent questions and used to skip puzzles. My aim was to clear the cut-offs.
My advice to aspirants is – if you are good in puzzles, go for it. But, if you are weak like me just try to solve independent questions and if the time permits, you can attempt puzzles.
Data Analysis & Interpretation:
I have done integrated approach for SBI PO preparation. I tried to solve DI questions from online resources every day. One thing about DI is – you need to practice every day and good calculation skill is the main weapon to score for DI.
General Awareness Economy/Banking:
I referred to newspaper and online resources for this section. I used to make notes from the newspaper. My UPSC exam preparation approach really helped me.
My interview started on the wrong note and I was thinking at the back of my mind about rejection from final selection. Anyways, as the interview progresses, I started making a positive impact on the panel. Most of the questions pertain to the practical approach to banking. My job experience at Laxmi Villas bank also helped me in answering various tricky questions.
One thing to note is that my newspaper reading habit has helped in my interview and other sections of the exam.
Tips to aspirants:
• You can clear any banking exams without books, magazines and study materials. There are many websites with numerous resources and YouTube videos. All you need is willing to do it, clarity of basics and identifying two strong areas.
• Relax, do not intimidate by competition around you. Just do your things.
All the best to all aspirants!
IBPS RRB PO
This is Dhananjay Madheshiya. I have cleared IBPS-RRB PO (Officer Scale-1) and Office Assistant 2017 exams recently.
The journey started when I completed my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, and I was one of the highest scorers in the department at IFTM University, Moradabad.
When I came out of engineering, I was employed in a private sector job. I used to take care of the quality section but was neither satisfied with the pay scale nor with the temporary nature of my job.
After a lot of inner fights within the self, I somehow managed to take a decision of leaving my job and prepare for Banking Services in January 2016. From the very 1st day, I was crystal clear with my decision that I want to go only for Banking (no any other option like SSC etc.), because I wanted to secure a living as soon as possible.
Then came the biggest obstacle. I had already taken lacs of rupees from my parents. How could I ask for more money again? So, I decided to live in my home and prepare by myself. I took guidance from a local coaching for some time, just to kick-start myself. After some time, I suffered from acute typhoid for a long time. Though the preparation couldn't get completed due to that, I appeared for SBI CLERK, SBI PO and RRB PO 2016 consecutively, but couldn't qualify for even the preliminary examinations of any of the exams.
Somehow, I pushed more after being a little better, health-wise, and qualified for Prelims of RRB Office Assistant in later 2016. Though I could not qualify for the Mains examination, that certainly gave a motivation to my sinking ship.
I appeared in IBPS PO 2016, couldn't qualify. For IBPS CLERK 2016, I qualified for Prelims only (not Mains later). Later in NIACL Clerk, qualified for Prelims (again not in mains onwards). Again in SBI PO, I couldn't qualify.
Tension starts pouring in when you have to live in your home after all your engineering days. You're the hot topic of the gossips at every nukkad and corner of your mohalla. And to add fuel to fire, Bank-people also started sending notice to me (for the recovery of education loan I took to pursue engineering). I requested them to wait until my next results are announced. I had a mixture of self-belief and fear. People started questioning my engineering degree and started saying things like - 'Maa Baap Ka Itna Paisa Duba Diya' etc. Anybody with a great academic background couldn't bear all of this, but I kept quiet as I knew I will make it.
Amidst all ups and downs, I appeared in RRB PO and RRB Office Assistant 2017 (whose results were declared in February 2018) and qualified all stages to be appointed as Probationary Officer (PO) in Prathama Bank, Moradabad and Office Assistant in Purvanchal Bank, Gorakhpur.
I have opted PO in Prathama Bank, gone through document verification and job orientation programme, and waiting for my foundation course to begin. (I'm also waiting for final calls from IBPS PO and CLERK 2017 with full hope).
I kept on following the basic NCERT books and Practice Sets from Kiran Publication along with mock tests at Oliveboard. Oliveboard Mock Test Series covers questions of all difficulty types which prepares you for the best and worst papers. For Banking awareness, I relied on the Banking Guru Magazine. I didn't follow so many sources, but I revised few sources many times.
With hard work and dedication, one can make any dream come true. The sky's the limit.
Best wishes for all your endeavours!!
IBPS CLERK 2018, IBPS PO 2018, INDIAN BANK PO 2018
Here is his inspiring story:
'Greetings everyone ! My name is Abhishek Mishra. I am from Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. I have completed my graduation B.Sc. Honours in Physics from Kirorimal College, Delhi University in May 2018. Recently the final results of IBPS PO 2018 were announced and I have been allotted first preference of mine, Punjab National Bank'.Having completed my graduation,I came back home and started preparing for IBPS PO as I knew my parents' unconditional love and support would help me prepare better for the examination and I could clear it in my first attempt at the age of 20. Exams that I have cleared are -:
•IBPS PO (selected in PNB)
•IBPS CLERK (selected in BOB)
•INDIAN BANK PO PGDBF
•CAT PERCENTILE 92.47
I believe 'Everyone has a story and every story is inspiring.' So I will tell you everything what ever I have done from the beginning, you need to choose and plan accordingly because what worked for me, may or may not suit you, you have to come up with your own plan.
Coming back to home I have researched all about the exam pattern and process, drawn the conclusion that I need to focus exclusively on the mains exam preparation part because it will help me clearing prelims too.
For prelims time management and speed is the most important thing that will come by practice. 20 days before the prelims exam I have started attempting 1 mock daily and analysed after onwards.I have focused extensively on mains from the start reason being mains marks would only get me selection, prelims is just qualifying in nature.
For mains accuracy and choosing the right set of questions is very important. I've attempted 1 mock and analyzed it 2 days because most of the learning for mains exam comes from analysing mocks. I'll try to explain what I did for individual sections-:
Data Analysis and Interpretation-:
Seeing the last year exam analysis I have found that most of the di and data sufficiency questions come from percentage,profit loss and discount,time work ,time speed distance etc. So I cleared my basics from rakesh yadav class notes and rs agarwal, I've tried not to use much shortcuts because in exam that doesn't work and this year's mains paper confirms that one should try to use fundamental method to get the question right.Once the basics were done I have just relied on mocks heavily, oliveboard's mains mocks questions were a notch higher than the actual ones that helps you maintain your calmness during a tough exam.When you attempt a mock setting the exam environment before the actual one then only you'll be able to find your strong area as I've found out if any DI question comes from boat and stream/profit loss, I can do that. So accordingly you have to find your own strong area.
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude-:
I have studied topics like syllogism and inequality from some online sources (useful only for prelims) but mains paper comprises mostly puzzles and seating arrangement, input -output and critical reasoning questions. I have just utilized ob mocks and tried to solve every question on my own then looked for the solution so that I can have a general idea about my strong/weak zone area.In most of the mocks I've attempted all the Critical reasoning questions ,circular seating , matrix based and never attempted input output question similarly you should plan which to choose/skip.
Although I have done the grammar part(from Wren and Martin), it's not much useful for the mains exam perspective because reading comprehension dominates this section.I was not an avid reader of newspaper so I just attempted and analysed mocks and learnt from my mistakes,noted them down so I didn't repeat them in final exam. In the last month I started reading economist articles that were really useful. My approach in this section was to read~comprehend ~infer that worked for me.
This section consists of banking part, current affairs and static awareness.Seeing few exam papers I have got to know that most of the questions come from current events related to banking and economy.
1) Current affairs- I have followed gktoday for day to day updates from june and made my handwritten notes of it. For monthly revision I found oliveboard bolt really good and revised my notes one week before the mains.I think one should try to cover current atleast from april/may and important updates of budget and economic survey as 2 to 3 questions are asked from it .
2) Banking awareness- I have done this part from olivevoard's banking and economy pdf, they have explained in such an elaborate manner that it helped in mains as well as interview.
3) Static awareness- Although I have made notes of all the national parks, biosphere reserve,classical dance forms etc. from affairs cloud pdf, the cost benefit ratio is very low in this part so if you have less time you can skip it.
In this section format of essay and letter is most important,I had referred to the OB descriptive pdf. Once I was well versed with the pattern, I have prepared about the topics related to banking and economy like npa problem,merger of banks,rbi section 7 etc.for essay and letters to auditor ,bank manager about emi/loan/atm etc.Oliveboard has a really good platform for the practice of descriptive test and provides feedback about your writing.
Once I was done with the mains exam I started preparing for the interview and this was the stage I enjoyed preparing the most because whatever you have learned you have to apply and interpret here,I have divided my preparation into parts-:
1.Personal information(like hobbies, strength/weakness,why banking etc).
2.Graduation based(just basics of physics).
3.Banking and Economy( Monetary policy, financial inclusion,cts,negotiable instruments etc.)
4.Budget and economic survey(recapitalization of psbs,npa issue etc.)
5.Current events (related to banking economy )
For banking and economy part I have followed mrunal's videos they were really helpful,made me able to explain in a simple manner. I'll share my interview transcript with oliveboard shortly.
Finally when I am writing this I am feeling extremely joyous because it feels amazing from reading someone else's story to writing your own. Seeing the smile on your parents' face and all the near and dear one's wishes make you feel blessed.
Tips to Aspirants:
There are many ups and downs in every aspirant's journey, sometimes you will think whether you are going to get it or not.The only motivational lines that I had with me were by Steve Jobs speech at stanford-:'You can only connect the dots by looking backward not forward.' He says what ever actions you are going to take today if they may have any adverse impact on tomorrow you'll never take those actions. So take those actions which make you think the efforts that you have put, were the best that led you to the success of today.
I feel the best step I had taken was attempting and analysing all the mock tests passionately that led me to the day of mine 1st april 2019.I wish everyone the best wishes from my side,make yourself and your parents proud all the very best.
RBI ASSISTANT 2017
ECGC (AIR 1)
I utilised almost 10-15 Mock Tests of Oliveboard and trust me, nothing beats it. It is the most indispensable source that any candidate must stick to throughout their preparatory period. I cracked almost 6-7 exams back to back and this was made possible majorly with the help of Oliveboard Test series. So I suggest this Test Series to everyone who is seriously preparing for any of the exams.
Here is my exam summary:
-I utilised the Oliveboard test series for IBPS PO to solve some of the very well structured problems which helped me not only to get selected in ECGC but also to get an All India Rank 1 amongst over 10,000 candidates. ECGC conducted its exam in December 2016 and I was appointed in March 2017 in ECGC.
-I also got selected as PO in IDBI Bank through IBPS PO, Assistant in PNB through IBPS Clerk, Scale 1 Officer in Purvanchal Bank through IBPS RRB Scale 1 Exam and an Assistant Manager in Bank of Baroda through the BOB PGDBF Exam.
-I cleared the Mains of the Indian Post Payment Bank - Assistant Manager Exam but I did not attend the interview as I had already been selected in ECGC.
-I also qualified the Prelims of NIACL AO with 81/100 in Prelims and prelims of RBI Assistant with 84/100 marks in Prelims. I couldn't attempt the Mains Exam of both the exams due to clash of dates.
In the end I would like to thank the entire Oliveboard Team who is working tediously and incessantly to help candidates like me to push our limits and helping us qualify so many exams.
Here is the strategy I had followed for my examination.
1.Give as many mocks as possible! It is mostly a speed test- every second should be accounted for! For Recognising the strong and weak areas and development of strategies, giving mocks Is the only way out! Spend more time in analysing these mocks and rectifying the problem areas.
2. Use as many shortcuts for quants as possible, i.e, using formulae! This not just cuts down on the time but also prevents making mistakes during any step which might happen while solving by the usual lengthy method.
3. For LR - attempt the shorter questions first and keep the puzzle for the last. The aim is to maximise correct attempts. Puzzles are time taking and may reduce the number of attempts you could have had otherwise. Even while attempting the puzzles, solve the shorter ones with least number of variables first. They not just take less time to read but also are easier to figure out aswell.
1.Mains being a knowledge intensive test, study as many diverse questions from the same topic as possible! Unlike prelims, questions will not be direct and many a time involve more than one topic! For example, a problem seemingly of time and distance might also involve mensuration knowledge.
2.Mocks should be given as well! That's where the performance gets analysed. Although the frequency could be far less.
3.For GA, I followed last 3-6 months current affairs and studied static GK. I followed online websites that covered both.
4. Descriptive is a high scoring area and should not be underestimated! Reading newspapers and developing quick typing speed is more than enough for its preparation. The format for letter writing should be known. And essay should be broken down into paragraphs(at least 3).
I would highly recommend Oliveboard Mock Test Series, as they set standard question papers! Giving such mocks actually prepares one for all kind of difficulty levels.
1. Read last 1 month's current affairs and know about general GD topics like pollution, brain drain etc.
2.Try contributing and enriching the discussion by giving valid and good points.
3.Avoid fighting, gesturing and beating about the bush.
The panel usually comprises of 5 members and they ask questions from 3 topics- profile based, banking awareness and current affairs
Be confident. Always wear a smile and know your facts well. Try being honest as the panel might cross-question. Don't get nervous if you feel that one of your answers could be wrong as they are more interested in your attitude than your knowledge!
It will be a hell of a journey which you will be enriching for the rest of your life! All the best :)
SBI PO & CLERK, 2018
Vaibhav Saxena’s success journey:
I had started banking preparation from 1 June 2017. I qualified all pre exam of banking and SSC in 2017 but failed in mains. I am also doing MSC maths from BHU but after getting failed I dropped my MSC. Then after taking one month gap, I started preparing for SBI CLERK and SBI PO. I didn’t join any coaching and started self-study from April. Going further I purchased Oliveboard mock tests and started practicing from it. I would also recommend youtube videos for clearing your basics. My average time period towards studies was 9-10 hrs.
Start by clearing your basics. You can refer some good youtube videos or join Oliveboard Live Classes for the same. Once basics are clear, try solving as many mock tests as you can and do analyse it properly after every mock is done. I used to practice a lot from Oliveboard mock tests as they are exactly as per the latest pattern and syllabus. I would also recommend some good books like DI by Arun Sharma for getting your concepts crystal clear.
To tackle reasoning section you need to practice a lot and manage time properly. Clear basic concepts and practice as much as you can as this is the best way to score in reasoning.
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I used to read newspapers daily (Editorial section) to improve my English. I would recommend the same to everyone. Read good newspapers daily to improve your vocab and reading skills. Refer some good books to clear all the basic grammar rules and then proceed to solve mock tests. This will help you to improve your English immensely.
Watch news channels daily to keep yourself updated. Newspapers are again a great source to keep yourself updated with latest happenings. I used Oliveboard GK tests which were very helpful to cover a major area.
Keep writing important points while reading editorials from newspapers.
Be confident and well prepared. I read newspapers like Hindu daily to prepare myself best for the interview process.
Role Of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard provides latest pattern tests and materials which helped me a lot to prepare accordingly for the exams. Thus, I would recommend everyone Oliveboard mock tests for practice. Moreover, the level of questions in mock tests provided by Oliveboard are very good which prepares the aspirants to tackle any type of question in the real exam.
Tip To Aspirants:
Practice as much as you can. This will not only help you to gain speed but also confidence before the exam.
All the best!
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!
Canara Bank PO(PGDBF) 2018
Hi, My name is Shashank Baranwal from Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. I had completed B.Tech in Electrical Engg in 2013. After my B.Tech, I have attempted GATE but couldn't qualify. Then, I got a job in an industry at a low salary of 8000 per month. After working for about a year, I wasn’t satisfied and decided to attempt competitive exams. I started my preparation for banks and SSC.
I have applied for BOB Manipal, SBI Clerk, SBI PO, SSC, and IBPS. For my preparation, a large chunk of help is from OLIVEBOARD. I subscribed their mock test. I started to attempt many exams from December 2015. Finally, I have been selected for few exams (the list is mentioned below) and BOB Manipal was one of them. I have joined BOB PGDBF in October 2017.
Followings are some examinations that I have attempted:
BOB Manipal PGDBF 2016: sectional cut-off of English stopped me
IBPS Clerk 2015: Did not qualify for Mains
SBI PO 2016: Mains not qualified; while in aptitude I have got good number
SBI Clerk 2016: Mains not qualified
IBPS PO 2016: After interview, I was not allotted seat; missed by 2 marks
IPPB: Disqualified in interview
SSC CGL: Mains not qualified
SSC CHSL: Selected for typing
However, with all the failures in my multiple attempts, I never lose hope. I introspected my performance through the mock test and analyzed those weak areas. I have practice and practice number of mock test to improve my performance and confidence. And finally, my hard work paid off.
I have been selected for the following exams-
IDBI Executive: Selected
Karur Vysya Bank: Selected
IBPS Clerk 2016: SELECTED, GOT BANK OF INDIA and joined
Syndicate Bank PGDBF: Selected but did not take admission
DMRC TO and SC both: Selected but did not go for medical examination because I use glasses
Bank of Maharashtra clerical: Selected in 2nd waiting list
SVC bank: Selected
Karnataka Bank: Selected
BOB Manipal PGDBF 2017: selected, resigned from bank of India clerk post and took admission here
I would like to thank OLIVEBOARD for all the help and support. I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me in my long and hard journey.
Tips for aspirants:
- I suggest every aspirant practice, practice, practice.
- Get a good and quality mock test. I’d suggest OLIVEBOARD as it gives us the real level of examination.
- Just do your best. Don't lose hope. Try and try again as I did, our dreams will come true.
All the best!
My zeal for a banking career, and my parents support motivated me to appear again at all the banking exams in 2015. My first exam was IDBI MANIPAL 2015, I cleared the written and, was in the waiting list. Again, I missed RRB OS1 by 1 mark , and cleared RRB OA written. What I learned was that, it is not only knowledge, but also a lot of practice , analysis and accuracy that would be required to succeed.
From other aspirants and some of my friends I learned about Oliveboard Mock Tests. I purchased the packages- one each for IBPS PO Mains and IBPS Clerk. I started attempting mock tests regularly and my time management improved. Olive Board mock tests' standard is appropriate for bank exams. I cleared IBPS PO Mains but again failed in the last round. I missed IBPS Clerk by 8 marks.
I learned a lot from all the exams I appeared in 2015. I started giving Mock tests again, and started noting down my mistakes and low scoring areas (Analytics of Oliveboard Mock tests helped a lot in this)
Then during my preparation for SBI JA 2016 I spent more time in correcting my faults in OB Mock tests. I attempted all the tests. I am finally selected in SBI JA 2016 and am very happy. After the struggle for 2 years, my name is there in the final list. Thank You Oliveboard for making me more accurate and helping me in time management
ESIC SSO 2018 (AIR-1), SEBI GRADE A 2018
Thus Praveen rightly justifies this quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Hi all, I am Praveen, a 2014 graduate from IIT Madras and a UPSC aspirant. I have also given exams like NABARD, RBI, SEBI and ESIC. In 2018, I cleared ESIC SSO(AIR-1) and SEBI Grade A Officer.
Details on my journey & Preparation Strategy:
I have given 3 attempts at UPSC CSE. After my mains in 2017 Nov, I came to know about other prestigious exams like RBI Grade B, SEBI Grade A etc. I was determined to
secure a job by the end of 2018 but things unfolded the other way. I couldn’t qualify NABARD Phase 1 and RBI Phase 2. Then, on October 8, (almost the closing date of
applications) I came across this wonderful job of ESIC SSO. The job aligned with my goal of securing a job in a prestigious organization. Also, the exam pattern seemed to be similar to my earlier tests. So I decided to give it a try.
I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my preparation strategy for ESIC SSO with everyone.
It consists of Quant, Reasoning and English, and qualifying in nature. But the catch here is sectional time limit. I practiced by taking Oliveboard mocks. I could clear it with very narrow (cut off-71, mine-73.75) margin.
Lessons: More Practice. Time Management. Increase Accuracy.
This is the main stage of exam as these marks are considered for final ranking. This consists of Quant, Reasoning, English, General and Insurance Awareness. I have been preparing for current affairs from Affairscloud modules, which helped me a lot for all exams. For Insurance, Affairscloud has a pdf on basics. Also, I covered ESIC scheme from its website. Oliveboard mocks came handy to practice Quant, Reasoning and
English. They seem tough but that makes the real test seem a lot easier.
Tips: Practice with mocks to manage sectional time limits. One should attempt with accuracy. Revise from one source 10 times than reading from 10 modules for current
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This is Qualifying in nature and consists of Computer Skill test and English descriptive test. A Sample paper is given beforehand by esic and practicing it helps to score well.
Preparing few essay topics and letter formats will help us sail through the descriptive test freely.
Finally, on Feb 20th, the results were out and seeing my name on top of the list was a moment to cherish forever for me.
Role Of Oliveboard
Oliveboard played a crucial role in my journey The mock tests provided by Oliveboard were very helpful and with par with the real exam. Moreover, the analysis provided after every mock test proved extremely useful. Though I have written many mocks for various exams, I have hardly seen any repetition of questions. Also, it seemed affordable with combo packs.
Tips to Aspirants:
Always remember that if you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you are not doing anything very innovative. So never let failures in your path deviate you from your destination.
RRB OFFICER Scale-I
My score in RRB Officer Scale 1 was 68/80(cut off 47) in prelims and 99/200(cut off 79) in Mains.
Here is the detailed strategy that I had followed during my preparation for these exams -
First, complete the syllabus of every subject. I'm saying this because you can clear prelims by practising selective topics, but when you appear for the mains exam, you need to dive into the details of each topic.
Arun Sharma and BSC publication for DI
Arihant Publication for Quant
Dr Dumbledore pdf for Puzzles
Upkar publication for Reasoning
BSC publication for critical reasoning
Mirror Publication for English
Arihant Bank Buddy (prelims + mains)
BSC monthly magazine
Practice DI, Simplification, Number series every day and also practice one topic of Word Problems every day.
Practice a lot of Puzzle problems, refer the Upkar Publication book and do solve from the Oliveboard Mock Test series.
Grammar requires lesser attention than other topics. Solve 3-4 English mock tests from the Oliveboard Mock Test Series every day. Focus more on Comprehension, Cloze test and Parajumble questions. Read finance and business-related articles.
GA and Banking:
For banking, study from various online Youtube Channels.
For Current affairs, read the newspaper daily, make notes and appear for Oliveboard GK quizzes.
Oliveboard Mock test series helped me a lot. I used to give one mock daily. The difficulty level of Oliveboard mocks is very similar to the level of real examination. These mocks made the exam so familiar. Solutions are also very good so it helped me to analyse my mocks.
All the Best to all the aspirants!
Thank you !!
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!
Mrinmoy Roy Sarkar
IBPS Clerk CWE VIII
1)SBI JA- cleared pre.
2)RRB PO- cleared pre.
3)RRB clerk- cleared pre.
4)IBPS PO- cleared pre.
5)IBPS clerk- cleared pre+mains.
Preparation strategy is very simple and straightforward for bank exams.
1) Clear your basics properly. 2) Practice questions as much as possible. 3) Read newspapers articles, columns everyday. 4) Make reading a habit. 5) Give mock tests on a daily basis whether full length or sectional. 6) Practice quality questions. 7) Give proper focus on the GS section because it will help you to boost your score in the mains. 8) Self Study is the best policy.”
IBPS RRB Officer
I never knew about the Oliveboard test series, but during SBI PO Prelims exams, someone told me about the Oliveboard Test Series. Then I looked for these test series and happened to try them. I found that these test series improved my accuracy and speed.
Here is the detailed strategy that I had followed during my preparation for these exams -
I did not benefit a lot from reading various books. I used a lot of online sources to learn about the concepts. I observed that Oliveboard Mock Test Series over other mock test series available, a lot better. The solutions mentioned are extremely helpful and the analysis was done very nicely. The variety of questions covered prepares you for the exam and all levels of difficulty of questions.
The key is to get your basics clear and then practice continuously. Use RS Aggarwal to clear your concepts. This helps in building accuracy. The timing is also very important. I used different online sources for clearing my basics and Oliveboard Mock Test Series for practice.
Gk and Banking:
For GK, I studied from various online sources and used the GK Supplement from Oliveboard Mock Test Series as well. I read the newspaper daily for current affairs.
All sections of the Oliveboard Mock Test series were very good. Anyone who is preparing for banking exams - this test series proves as a key to success. Oliveboard Mock test series and objective GK with detailed information on various topics helped me to clear my exam.
All the best to all aspirants!