Rashmi Singh

IBPS RRB Assistant

Hi, I am Rashmi Singh and have cleared the IBPS RRB Assistant exam 2017 and have been placed in Uttar Bihar Gramin Bank as an RRB Office Assistant. I am a B. Com Graduate from West Bengal. I was preparing for various competitive exams after my graduation but could not succeed at any of them. Thereafter, I got married and my husband suggested that I should prepare for Banking and SSC exams. I took coaching and prepared in 2015 for both these exams. Did not clear any of them. I was disheartened, but one of my friends suggested that I should only focus on Banking exams and study with 100% dedication. By now, I had decided that I will only refer to the online resources out there and prepare thoroughly.
I cleared SBI Prelims in 2017 but missed out on the Mains exam. This struck me very hard as this was my second last attempt at it because of the eligibility criteria for the age for these exams. But, I knew I did not have an option but to keep trying and appear for other exams.
Finally, after two years of hard work, I cleared the IBPS RRB Assistant 2017 exam and I have to give credit to the Oliveboard mock test series for this small achievement of mine. I will appear for SBI PO 2018 exams as it was my goal and I hope Oliveboard mock test series and concept videos will again help me.
Let me first put out this fact, my only source of learning concepts were free Youtube videos. One needs to know how to utilise free online content and understand if it works for them. Tip - make sure you keep on checking the quality of content matches or is close to the official papers or learning courses offered by premium platforms like Oliveboard.
Now, I will share my section-wise strategy to prepare for this exam -
Reasoning - This subject was my weakest link when I started my preparation. I kept on reading concepts through books and watching Youtube videos, but it did not help. Then, I took the Oliveboard Mock Test Series. The best part about their mock test series was that they included all the new question types and the correct way to solve these problems. I practised all the questions in the mocks, kept note of my mistakes, and revised them later and saw a considerable improvement.
Maths/Quant - Daily Practice. Daily Formula Revision. Daily analysis of correct and incorrect attempts and take notes. Revise your notes on Sunday. Repeat till you master this section.
English - This section was comparatively easier for me, as I had been preparing for other exams. I relied completely on the Oliveboard Mock test series and they were extremely helpful.
I would highly recommend the Oliveboard Mock Test Series as the question pattern and difficulty level replicates the real examination.
My only advice to aspirants is - ‘ Keep going and you will achieve what you want. Do not give up’.

SHUBHAM SHARMA

IBPS PO

I am an engineering graduate (mechanical) having my completed my graduation in 2015. I didn't get any campus placement, as only 2 companies visited our college. Even after completed my graduation I wasted a whole year because of some bad decisions and a futile effort to join an automobile industry. I began with my preparations in around mid-2016 and IBPS PO was my first full-fledged attempt. Luckily I made it to the interview but was unable to clear the final hurdle. Meanwhile, I managed to crack IBPS Clerk and was allotted Central Bank of India.
This time I applied to a few more exams which included SBI PO, NICL AO, RRB PO, IBPS PO, etc. But the turning point was the IBPS RRB PO which was the beginning of my golden period. I managed to reach the interviews of NICL AO, RRB PO, IBPS PO, OICL AO and finally got selected in RRB PO, IBPS PO and OICL AO.
Now in this journey, Oliveboard played a mentor's role. Their excellent Mock Test Series was based on the latest pattern and was a sound difficulty level that helped me raise my level and score well in all the exams that I managed to crack. It will be fair to say that Oliveboard is best in the market if want to prepare for any of the competitive exams.
Here is my Section Wise Preparation Strategy :
Quantitative Aptitude: Basics are the first step. Just clear your basics. The best way of preparing for this section is to practice, practice, and practice. Practice different types of questions with different patterns, Oliveboard is one of the best places to prepare. Always make notes of different types of question you encounter during the Mock Tests.
Logical Reasoning: the same thing applies here as well, prepare basics first. After which you need to practice hard. First of all, make a proper strategy. You can attempt all the question in exams. Now shortlist some topics and prepare well on those topics and give multiple Mock Tests.
English: Daily newspaper is mandatory. It not only helps you improve G.K but help to improve your understanding of different types of topics.
G.K: Daily newspaper and monthly capsules are enough.
One important thing is a good and efficient analysis of Mock Tests. Try solving all the questions of the mocks.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey directly or indirectly.

Kapil Mittal

SSC CGL

I am currently working at the CAG Office, Gwalior and SSC CGL is the only exam that I prepared for and attempted. Banking & SSC CGL exams' syllabus is almost the same but there is huge difference in pattern and hence I decided to focus completely on one exam.
I had purchased Oliveboard's test series for SSC CGL and they were completely up-to-the mark. But another feature of Oliveboard that I completely loved were the multiple "Group Study Sessions" that they organized just before the exam. Those were awesome and it was fun solving questions in limited time while chatting with all the other participants. Also, I must mention that the User Interface is super smooth. I had taken other mock test series too but their content was nowhere in comparison with Oliveboard. Thank you OB for helping me clear SSC CGL 2015

Shovik Maitra

IBPS SO (IT Officer)

Hi, I am Shovik Maitra and I have cleared IBPS SO IT Officer with the help of Oliveboard’s Test Series. Here is a brief of my Preparation Strategy:
Reasoning:
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.
Maths:
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.
English:
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.
Professional knowledge:
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!

TANIYA BHONSULE

IBPS CLERK 2018

Read the story of Taniya, a Commerce Postgraduate who in spite of getting failures in almost all the exams, never lost hope and cleared IBPS CLERK in 2018. Her story rightly proves that “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”
Know about her complete journey:
Hello friends, first of all let me introduce myself. My name is Taniya Bhonsule from Nagpur, Maharashtra. I have done my Graduation & Masters in Commerce from Nagpur University.
Talking about my journey, I started my preparations after completing my post graduation in may 2017. None of my family members were in government services but I saw some of my friends’ preparing for it. Coming from a commerce background I thought of appearing for the banking exams.
The first exam that I managed to clear was IBPS CLERK PRELIMS in December 2017 but could not clear the Mains because I was a novice to such type of exams. In 2018 I gave SBI CLERK but again missed the Mains by almost 10 marks. Later I appeared for SBI PO but couldn't clear the Prelims. All these while I was a bit sad due to my failures but I never let these failures deviate me from my path. Having said that I appeared for IBPS PO where I cleared Prelims, but missed Mains by 5 marks. Then came IBPS CLERK and I finally cleared both Prelims and Mains and got selected in Canara Bank as a Clerk.
MY PREPARATION STRATEGY:
Everyone has his or her own strategy because we all have different areas of strength and weakness. I was pretty good in General Awareness, English and Reasoning and the only section I was trying to get hold of was Quantitative Aptitude, which I managed to clear off with conceptual clarity and lot of practice which OLIVEBOARD provided me through its mock tests.
Here are some tips which I would personally recommend you to follow if you are an average student just like me:
For General Awareness - Various sources are available online which u can follow. Refer at least two sources to make the most of it on a daily basis. Coming from Commerce background, it is easy for me to grasp banking and finance topics but again I will recommend you to go through Oliveboard (Ob) materials or any other book which gives you some basic idea about it.
For Reasoning - Solve 4 to 5 sets of puzzles & seating arrangements which will easily get you more than 50% marks and solve some questions from any miscellaneous chapters like inequalities, syllogism, coding decoding old and new pattern, series,etc on alternate days which will help you in solving data sufficiency problems as well.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
For Quantitative Aptitude - I recommend you to read and solve questions from books by Arun Sharma or Rakesh Aggrawal or any other book to get your basics clear. After that all you need is practicing different types of questions daily.
For English - Reading newspaper is a must if you truly want to improve this section. I used to read the Hindu and TOI but any other newspaper you want to read would be fine. Also make a habit of writing the meaning of new words that you find while reading the newspapers. Make sure you revise it daily as it would help you a lot for both pre and mains as well as strengthen your word power.
Role Of Oliveboard:
Friends, Oliveboard is the complete package for success. It played a crucial role in achieving my success as I used to give Oliveboard mock tests which contains very good level of questions if you really want to crack any government exam.
Lastly, I would like to thank Oliveboard for the support they gave me by way of teaching through their YouTube videos and mock tests and my friends who were always there for helping me in studies and encouraging me throughout the journey and my family, without whose support, none of these would have happened.
So friends, I wish you all the very best for your future, may you achieve all your dreams and always remember that,
'Hard work always pays off in the future. Be patient with yourself as life will be full of ups and downs. Just believe in yourself and you are half-way there. So hang on and DON'T EVER GIVE UP!!'
Tips to Aspirants:
For selection, one has to really put all the hard work along with a lot of patience. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Improving your speed comes naturally while practicing on questions which you feel confident about and clearing your basic concepts will turn your weak parts into strengths with constant practice.
It takes a lot of sincere and continuous efforts along with a lot of patience to achieve success. So believe that you can do it and always Trust yourself.

Ravi Bhandari

SBI PO

I did not join any coaching institute for bank exam preparation. I opted for Oliveboard Test series. At that time I had no idea about the pattern and type of questions of SBI PO exam. I just had a little overview of the notification. After attempting 2-3 mocks I went over some past papers that I could find over the internet and found that this Test series is really helpful for bank exams. This was the only bank exam I ever took so I guess it can provide a good guidance to you towards making your strategy only if you can bear the cost factor. Because in the end only your hard work is going to help you.
- Ravi Bhandari, Selected as SBI PO, 2015

GOVIND RADHAKRISHNAN

INDIAN BANK, BANK OF BARODA

'If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.' Similarly, Govind never settled for anything ordinary…..he always knew his destination.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hi friends, my name is Govind R. I did my graduation in 2011 and after that completed my post graduation in 2014. Earlier I was working as an assistant professor and then started preparing for a government job. During my preparation days I started using Oliveboard mock tests to analyse my performance and progress. Initially, the mock tests appeared very difficult for me and I did not know how to approach to solve them. But then I analysed the answer key and my weak areas properly. I left no stone unturned to work on my weak areas and improve accordingly. Finally, after practicing a good number of mock tests from Oliveboard, my speed and percentile improved considerably.
Preparation Strategy:
Quants:
Try to make a proper study plan once you start your exam preparation. I always preferred practicing my quants section in the morning. Try and practice as many questions as you can to improve your speed.
Reasoning:
For reasoning as well I preferred to maintain a proper timeline for practicing. I generally worked on my Reasoning section at evening time. Maintaining a proper schedule for each subject will help you to track the areas you have covered.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
Most of them keep asking me about my English preparation. I was not that good in the grammar section, so I concentrated more on the comprehension part to score well in English. I started reading a lot of articles to improve my speed and accuracy for this section.
Read newspapers daily to work on your vocab and reading skills. This will help you in your interview as well. You can practice your English section at night just like me. You can first refer some good grammar book to clear your concepts to proceed further. Directly solving mock tests without clearing your basics is a big “No”. Always clear your basics and then practice as much as you can and work on your weak areas to improve accordingly.
GK/GA:
Friends, GK questions are very important for the exam. Try and make small notes so that you can revise it easily during revision. I used to note down Bank related questions, schemes (state & union), loans by different financial institutions (amount). When you read news about Bank try to learn about their MD, CEO, and HQ.
Descriptive:
I prepared from various sites for this section. Try and keep yourself updated with various essay topics about current happenings. When you are writing an essay, always try to include some facts and number to score better than others.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests were very helpful in my preparation. The analysis provided by them helped me a lot to work on my weak areas and improve them accordingly. The level and quality of tests provided by Oliveboard are at par with the real exam. Thus Oliveboard mock tests are a must for all the users.
I hope my preparation strategy could be of some help to the aspirants. At last, I would like to say never lose hope and keep believing in yourself.
All the best!

ANUPRIYA SINGH

SBI PO

My name is Anupriya Singh and I have cleared SBI PO 2017.
My journey of Banking Exams started in July 2015 and I achieved this grand success after burning the midnight oil for almost two years. After finishing my graduation in civil engineering in the year 2015 I was in no man’s land like many of you and I was worried about my future. But with the support of my family, I decided to take up the path of banking exams which looked rusty at that point in time. With lots of courage I pushed myself just by keeping one thing in my head that if I will make it, my parents will be the happiest people in this world. I feel that spark inside my belly only helped me to achieve this.
I feel in SBI PO exam or in any other banking exams, your strategy plays a very crucial role. If you are putting a significant amount of hard work which is blended with a proper strategy, then things will surely fall onto the place. As I hail from an engineering background, I was slightly confident about Mathematics and Reasoning. So, I chose to start Quants and Reasoning with Arun Sharma whose step by step explanation helped me a lot in brushing up my basics. For English, I relied more on the Editorial Section of “The Hindu” Newspaper and Oliveboard Mock Test series. For General Awareness, I followed “Affairs Cloud” which gave me a full dose of Current Affairs. I feel that General Awareness is getting crucial day by day and it is significantly arising as a deciding factor in exam, so I would like to recommend that be thorough with current affairs as it will not only help you in scoring marks in Prelims and Mains, but it will also get you brownie points in the Interview.
And here comes the most important part of exam preparation “MOCK TESTS”. During your preparation, I will strongly recommend you take as many mock tests as possible as it will give you deep insight into your preparation. Oliveboard scores the maximum marks by providing you almost similar kind of test paper which you can expect in real SBI PO exam. I still remember I used to take one mock test on a regular basis and I think that helped me a lot in terms of optimizing my timings and helped me in finding out my strengths and weakness.
So that was my journey in nutshell. I am sure it will ignite some spark inside you. Be positive, work hard, make your parents proud and cherish this wonderful life. Remember friends “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat”.
GOOD LUCK GUYS !! Do well!

SONAL DEWANGAN

SBI PO & CLERK

'Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.' Similarly, Sonal followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
Here is her inspiring story:
I am Sonal Dewangan, a civil engineer graduate based on Raipur, Chhattisgarh. I completed my graduation from BIT Raipur in 2016 and subsequently started preparing for IBPS and SBI PO.
My Journey to SBI started after graduation. Instead of joining any coaching center I decided to prepare at home with the help of Oliveboard.
I started my preparations by solving books as well as giving sectional tests from Oliveboard. I started from basics and gradually increased the difficulty level.
I followed the strategy of giving frequent mock tests and then analyzing them thoroughly which helped me in devising a proper strategy for attempting the exam. It also increased my confidence and enabled me to solve the questions in stipulated time.
My Strategy and Tips For Quantitative Aptitude:
• I solved Sarvesh Verma for quant and gave mocks from Oliveboard mock tests to test my progress.
• My daily target was to solve at least 30 questions per day and two sectional tests.
• Learning concepts are important than preparing hastily. You should focus on concepts rather than the number of questions solved.
• You should also not lose confidence when obtaining low scores. Mocks are generally hard.
For Reasoning and DI:
• Accuracy precedes speed in the mains exam and for that heavy practice is a must.
• Reasoning can be mastered by some tricks and shortcuts but for DI, you must do the labor.
• I didn’t use any offline material for this. Sectional test from Oliveboard are more than enough.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
For English:
• This is the nightmare section for most of us as we don’t have that much familiarity with the grammar and vocab. As I was from Hindi medium, it took me a while to have a hold of this section.
• Learn as much words as you can from “Word Power Made Easy”. You can test your progress by giving online sectional tests.
• Read at least 4 RCs daily. This will improve your understanding of long phrases and you will get acquainted with them.
For GK:
• Reading newspapers daily helped me a lot. You can give GK tests of Oliveboard to have an idea about the variety of questions. Read current affairs from anywhere you can.
• Revision is a must in this section. Revise as much as you can daily. Start making notes of static GK and read the editorials from the newspaper.
• While preparing for one particular area, connect it with all other sectors related to it and study it accordingly.
For Descriptive:
The descriptive section is a cakewalk if you know about the topic. I prepared from the list of topics which was provided by the Oliveboard. You can also see other candidate’s submissions and take help from that if you have any trouble in writing essays.
Interview Tips:
Once the mains exam is over, it’s all about confidence and knowing about yourself which helps in cracking the interview. If you have low confidence over your oratory skills, then you can try the mirror exercise, which also helped me a lot. GD is all about knowing about what’s happening in politics and other sectors. Basic knowledge and communication skills can easily fetch above average marks and with good mains score, the final selection won’t be any trouble.
Oliveboard’s Role In The Preparation:
The sectional tests and mocks from Oliveboard helped me in tracking my preparations as well as enabled me to work on key improvement areas. The UI of the platform is user-friendly and quite informative. The high number of candidate who appear for the mocks gives you a practical scenario of the competition that is out there and gives you a competitive edge among other aspirants.
Tips To Aspirants:
I would conclude by stating the fact that Luck matters in each stage of selection, but it’s the hard work and consistency which pays off at the end. The competition is high and the best time to start your preparation is NOW!!

Joydeep Das

IBPS PO

After my graduation, I had secured a job in the IT industry but I wanted to switch my career to banking sector, so I prepared with the help of Oliveboard and cleared all three exams - SBI JA, RBI Assistant - both in 1st attempt and IBPS Mains in 2nd attempt.
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.

Vipul Vaibhav

SSC CGL Tier I

Hi, I am Vipul Vaibhav from Rourkela, Odisha (though native to Bihar). I am a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Rourkela. As I was always interested in Government jobs, Banking and SSC CGL were on top of my list. They don't need much intensive hard work compared to Civil services and Engineering services. All you need is smart work. I started my preparation from March 1st week after filling SBI form with a target of clearing exam in first go. Though I would at times think that it would be very difficult as the tentative date of prelims was on April 30. But I would calm myself, as my basics were clear, and I just needed to improve my speed and accuracy. And finally, I qualified SBI PO 2017 and SSC CGL Tier 1 2017.
SBI PO 2017
Prelims marks = 60, Cut off = 51.5
Mains Marks = 90.38,
Cut off = 89.25
Interview = 48, Cut off = 20
Final = 51.11, Cut off = 46.59
Coming to my preparation strategy.
1) PRELIMINARY PREPARATION:
My prelims exam was on 30 April. From the very first day, I started with giving 4-5 mock tests in the morning. The rest of the day, I would analyze my performance and solve the leftover questions of the mock test throughout the day (especially Reasoning and aptitude). In this way, I would do a total of 400-500 questions a day. And that is what you need for banking exams -- Practice & Practice.
As time passed (after 10 days maybe), I was able to figure out my strong and weak points. I was having very less time in hand, so I just selected those topics in which I was good or average and made a calculation that by doing all these I will be able to secure 70 marks. For example in aptitude, I am good in DI (10 marks), Simplification (5 marks), Quadratic equations (5 marks), Number series (5 marks). During mock tests, I would always attempt these parts only and would secure somewhere between 18-25 during my final stages of preparation depending upon the toughness of mock test.
And by the end, I gave almost 150 mocks. In this way, finally, I went for the preliminary exam with the preparation of 25-30 marks of reasoning, 20-25 marks for aptitude and 15-20 marks for English. That's all about my Preliminary preparation.
My tip to future SBI POs is that work smart as you are not supposed to solve 100/100. Just make sure that you are 100% prepared for 70% of the questions. And mock tests will motivate you by providing you rank.
2) MAINS PREPARATION:
The biggest challenge for me was to shift my level up for all, viz, Aptitude, Reasoning, and English. Plus, to prepare for extra subjects like computer aptitude and especially General awareness. I chose the same strategy and started giving 2 mocks daily. But I did a blunder and which I realized later that General awareness can't be prepared like that, one must essentially study capsules and general awareness resources which I missed. Though I tried to make it up in last 4-5 days by reading capsules but couldn't make it. So finally, I ended up scoring 12.5 in General awareness.
I didn't study essays or letter. I just saw the format one day before the exam and was able to secure 35 out of 50. All in all, my strategy didn't work that good for mains. But fortunately, by giving almost 50 mains mocks, I was used to handling shocks and it helped me during my mains exam. I didn't panic when I saw that mains paper was tougher than what I expected.
My tip to 2018 SBI PO aspirants would be to focus on General awareness as it’s very easy to score but do not neglect other sections.
3) GD PI PREPARATION:
For PI, I made a list of 48 most probable questions related to my life, hobbies, education, career, etc plus some common SBI PI questions. I and 3 of my friends made a group on google hangout. Daily we use to practice MOCK GD over hangout with a list of topics. And for PI, we use to take mock interviews with each other (3 to 1). And, it continued for a month. Also, we would decide a topic some days and prepare on it the whole day and discuss on hangout in evening. That's all about my GD PI Preparation.
Finally, I got 30/30 in Interview and 18/20 in GE.
I qualified SBI PO finally with 51.11 under General category. Also alongside, I attempted for SSC CGL 2017 tier and qualified it too.
Most essential: -
In all, as you have noticed that the only thing I did was practicing and giving mocks. And Oliveboard helped me a lot in that by providing best quality test series with no errors and hence most reliable. They provide the test a bit tougher than the actual exam so that you can handle shocks as SBI is popular for giving that.
Thank you!
All the best to all the aspirants!

VISHAL SODHI

IBPS PO

Hi guys, I am Vishal Sodhi and I cleared IBPS PO 2017. I completed my B.Tech in 2015 in IT and joined an MNC and worked there till Nov’16. During my tenure as a techie, I realized that there are better prospects if my employer is the government, but my love for Tech was the binding force that I had to overcome as I took IT out of my own free will. So I started looking for technical jobs in the public sector as then my work will affect the people directly, not like indirectly earning Forex.
As I was from IT, there were limited PSUs apart from banks, so I decided to go for Specialist Officer in Banks, but came to know that PO was no less, as the career path becomes same after scale 4 and you can move internally to SO ranks. In addition to that it was easier to crack PO due to humongous amount of vacancies. So, I resigned and went into full time preparation mode as the preparation of both SO and PO together wouldn’t have been easy. I didn’t qualify for SO this time but cracked PO convincingly in my first attempt and got allocated to Canara Bank!
My Strategy:
I had been working in IT sector for the past 1 year, so to train your mind to pick up academics after so much time for such competitive exams was quite difficult. But I had a good command on general aptitude and English so it was only a matter of time to get into the exam frame. I picked up the online practice material available on YouTube and went through the syllabus and previous year questions to realize the level and type of questions asked.
After a month it was time to give test, analyze it and give specific attention to the weaker sections, because the real time practice is a great way to sharpen your skills and improve your knowledge.
One thing was, I had to take care of the finances during this period which was met with the savings I had done while working, this prevented any financial stress.
Now coming to my subject wise strategy as every subject is important because you have to clear the sectional cut-offs.
1. English: I preferred reading the Hindu and practicing the exam type questions. As English was my first language I didn’t face any problem despite of the changing pattern of questions
2. Reasoning: The basic questions that were mostly expected like Syllogism, Inequalities were practiced. This was the section that was the weakest and had to be taken seriously so I practiced by solving the unsolved portion of the tests afterwards. I also tried to find the new ways of solving puzzles.
3. General Awareness: I read monthly GA reviews and kept a track of finance news. The various GA capsules available online are also of use.
4. Quant and DI: I didn’t follow any book because of the previous knowledge but practiced everything online because of the variety of questions that could be asked.
5. Computer Aptitude: I had a sound knowledge of this section as I was from IT. So just the type of questions and topics asked were to be studied, which can be done using various online sources like Oliveboard, Wiki. But It is not asked nowadays even with reasoning.
Strategy to Attempt the Exam:
Prelims:
Started with my best section, English. I gave equal time to Quant and Reasoning so as to do all the questions I could do with ease. This is a level where normalization happens, so I maintained accuracy. Score: 16.25 (E) + 14.75(R) + 16.00(Q) = 47.00
Mains:
My aim was to have accuracy with maximum marks, so I targeted questions with 2 or 1.5 marks first and solved the types I was familiar with on priority . In GA, I attempted all 40 Qs as I had studied it extensively and was well informed about current topics. The paper was difficult and the Q pattern was very different from what was expected. The most striking difference was the descriptive section, typing of letter and essay was not easy after getting tired by 3 hrs of continuous brainstorming. As a result I just tried to maintain the format for the formal letter to the HR for basic communication training of staff under me which, were lacking soft skills in a simple but appealing language. For the essay I chose to stick to quality but missed out on typing speed, the topic was quite simple, about the current problems in education system and reforms. I even started with a quote just like school time and thus could only write ~150 words out of the prescribed limit of 250.
Score: 25.50(R) + 22.50(GA) + 17.75(E) + 24.75 (DI) + 15.00 (Des) = 105.50 (I was expecting 110+)
Interview:
The strategy was to be honest and it comes when you are confident about what you’re doing. So I was blatantly straightforward but polite in answering all questions. I also prepared current IT topics.
Scored: 76/100
Oliveboard’s Contribution:
My stint with Oliveboard has been a short but a fruitful affair.
I got to know about Oliveboard mock tests, when my Prelims were just 2 weeks away, from Facebook and a friend who recommended and had already cleared IBPS PO 2016. He also told me that how Oliveboard played a key role in his selection.
I started with the free ones and liked their analysis and the good difficulty level.
I purchased Oliveboard mock tests for IBPS PO and to my surprise the level and pattern of questions asked in IBPS PO mains was similar to the ones asked in the mock tests.
Although I only gave a few tests due to practicing and analyzing more than attempting mock tests, I found the series comprehensive and better than various other test series that I had purchased before. I couldn’t find even a single mistake in the questions unlike
other providers.
I would say that the best thing about Oliveboard was the post exam analysis as it really helped me in focusing on my weaker areas and further by providing quality study material!
The detailed time-based analysis of every mock test was extremely crucial for me in deciding which questions I should attempt and which ones I should leave at a single look.
Also, the difficulty varied with each test which helped to prepare for the actual exam, as nowadays, these exams are becoming increasingly difficult, pattern is changing between shifts on the same days and the vacancies are decreasing multifold.
Difficult questions to challenge you, amazing interface, detailed solutions, everything is there in Oliveboard mocks. It helped me to fine tune my preparation, point out my weak areas, improve my time management which finally increased my accuracy even when I was preparing within stipulated time limits.
I also used Oliveboard supplements to brush up my GA.
I would recommend all the banking aspirants to use Oliveboard mock test series although they may seem a little costly in the beginning but at the end are worth spending an extra penny.
My Advice to Future Aspirants :
A person can either submit to his situation and problems and give up, or channelize them into something productive. So just be calm and work hard, just let everything else be God’s will. Prepare for the worst but aim for the moon!
Attempt a test either for knowing your current position or when you’re fully ready, but give 2 hrs to analyze a 1 hour test and focus on improvement and new learning.
Read English newspapers daily, for improving your reading habit and current affairs’ knowledge and editorials to make a viewpoint.
In the last few days before the exam devise a personal strategy according to your strengths
Accuracy is of high importance especially in your scoring subjects, pay heed to it.
Also, the people of Hindi medium, you have to be confident enough of attempting the entire paper in English, its a measure to check your English preparedness.
Keep a watch on the SBI PO pattern as it’s the trend setter for the pattern of the rest of the exams, use the vastness of the Internet for your benefits.
ALL THE BEST EVERYONE and as Nike says 'Just Do It'.

Hemanth Rayapalli

IBPS PO

Hi, I am Hemanth Rayapalli from Andhra Pradesh. I completed my BTech CSE in 2012. I wrote my first bank exam in 2012, IBPS Clerk, but lost out in GK by 1 mark. My first PO attempt was in 2013. I scored 59 marks, but again lost out in GK where I scored 4.
Meanwhile, I did MTech and got selected in TCS. But, I didn’t stop writing exams. In 2016, I cleared SBI PO mains exam but to my bad luck I was not in the final list. I never lost hope and continued looking out for ways to improve my weak areas.
I came to know about Oliveboard through Facebook. I am thankful to Oliveboard as the level of difficulty their mocks had, helped me practice those kinds of questions and made sure that I found the actual exam very easy to crack.
By taking regular mocks and with continued efforts, I cleared PO mains in 2016, with 80.5 and scored 70 in interview. Finally, I was selected in Canara bank.
My suggestion for all future aspirants is to never lose hope and wait for the day when you prove yourself!

ANUSHUMAN SRIVASTAVA

IBPS RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT (2018)

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Anshuman followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
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.
My Journey:-
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.
Preparation Strategy:-
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
Percentage
Ratio
CI/SI
Mixture and Allegation
Data Interpretation
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

SUBHAV JHA

IBPS RRB PO

Hey Guys, I am Subhav Jha from Darbhanga Bihar and I work as an Assistant Manager at Allahabad UP Gramin Bank. I feel really honoured to be able to share my journey and insights on banking exams and thanks a lot Oliveboard for giving me this opportunity.
After completing my graduation in B. Com from LNMU Darbhanga in 2014. I started preparing for banking exams and to my surprise, I cleared SBI Clerk written exams in my first attempt but was not able to make a final cut at interview stage. This journey continued till 2017 where I was able to clear the Pre but was getting eliminated each time either in Mains or in Interview. After 12 unsuccessful attempts, I felt really broke but I never gave up on my dreams. In 2017, my perseverance gave me the taste of success and I cleared the 3 prestigious examinations in a row.
Today, when I look back I can say the key strategies that worked out for me to make a final cut was my test taking habit. But before going further I would also like to shed some light on how actually I started my preparatory journey. I began my preparation with quants as I felt I was good at quants which helped me a lot in gaining initial confidence. I started brushing up my basic concept of mathematics with R.S Aggarwal and at the same time to boost my calculation speed I referred Quicker Mathematics by M. Tyra. It is a known fact that if you want to taste success in any competition - you first need to work on your speed along with basics as each second matters. For Reasoning, I would say Mock Test is the only key if you want to ace this section. As Reasoning Section basically test your time management skills, it cannot be mastered without solving enough practice test. So, in terms of acing this section, I only relied on Oliveboard Mock Test Series. Now coming on to the English, I relied more upon Daily Newspapers namely “The Hindu” and “The Economics Times” which prepared me for reading comprehension and strengthened my vocabulary and reinforced my General Awareness as well.
Now coming onto the interview - Guys if you are coming from B. Com background, please be thorough with your graduation subjects as the interview revolves mostly around graduation subjects, be confident and please be truthful. Rest all assured, you will be able to push the bar. Remember guys, “Do not lose hope if in case you fail, I made the cut after 12 unsuccessful attempts and If I can so do you can”!
ALL THE BEST PEOPLE!

RAHUL GUPTA

SSC CGL, 2016

'If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.' Proving this quote right, Rahul never hesitated to take the risk in order to achieve the extraordinary.
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.
Preparation Strategy
Quants:
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.
Reasoning:
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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
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.
GK/GA:
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.
Descriptive:
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.

Akshay Vohra

IBPS CLERK

Hello Everyone,
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.

Sonali Morey

IBPS PO

This (2016) was my 3rd attempt at Banking Exams. Preparation was a bit difficult for me because I was already working full time at a corporate firm and hence hardly used to get any time for preparation on weekdays. This year before starting my preparation all over again, I did some research on internet and found many users posting complimentary reviews online about Oliveboard. I decided to try it and found it really useful. Difficult questions to challenge you, amazing interface, detailed solutions- everything is there in Oliveboard Mock Tests. It helped me to fine tune my preparation, point out my weak areas, improve my time management which finally increased my accuracy even when I was preparing within crunched time limits.
If you are a working professional and are preparing simultaneously for banking exams, I would strongly suggest you attempt Oliveboard mock tests. You will yourself see the difference. I cleared both RBI Assistant & IBPS PO Main this year. Thank you Oliveboard for the meticulously designed test series.

AAYONIJ NANDAN

IBPS CLERK

'Just Flow, Life Has Its Own Path.'
Hi, this is Aayonij Nandan and I have cleared IBPS CLERK 2017 and have been allotted the position in CANARA BANK.
My Journey for the preparation of Government and Banking Exams started from 1st August 2017 with the blessings of my Mom and ended on 1st April 2018 at 11.45AM.
A fresh graduate from KIRORI MAL COLLEGE,DU was going to join a Private Bank through the Campus Placement but took the bravest decision by quitting it and started preparation for Banking Exams which was highly supported by my Family including Dad,Big Brother and Sister-in-law who are also Bankers and my Sweet Sister who had much belief on me that I can do it.
My first paper was of RRB PO which was on 9th of September 2017. The paper was easy for me but if I could have attempted 5 more questions, the result might have been in my favour.
Another paper was of RRB CLERK on the 24th of the same month. I did well and was sure certain that I will definitely get the Hall Ticket for MAINS but there was something else in my f te. So, I couldn't do it.
After 2 Failures, I started analysing myself and realised the things which were missing. For me, that was 'PRACTICE'.
After that, I gave my blood And sweat and practised as much as I could.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot to boost my confidence.
Now came the most anticipated paper IBPS PO. 1st Day, 3rd Show i.e 7th of October. Finally, it was my Day. It gave me the Flow and Direction to my preparation. I cleared the Prelims Examination and this result boosted me and my beliefs.
Now, it was time for my first Mains Exam on 26th November which went well but couldn't convert into Interviews just by the mere 2marks. I was shattered but not for so long. The very next day i.e 29th December 2017 it was time for IBPS CLERK Prelims Result and that was the day of joy and happiness for me.
January 21, 2018, was the date for IBPS CLERK Mains Exam. 22Days in hand and just a single thought that this is the last hope for me as it is the last paper of the Year. For the next 22Days, my only companion was some online Capsules and OLIVEBOARD MOCK TEST SERIES. Mains Paper went well, as I had thought.
1st April,2018-: Provisionally Allotted to CANARA BANK.
A Day to be cherished for lifetime definitely as there was a big smile on my faces and tears in my the eyes.
Thank You to my Family for their unconditional Love and Support. Now I can Proudly say that I CLEARED A BANKING EXAM IN THE VERY FIRST ATTEMPT.
YES, I DID IT!!!
For all Banking Aspirants - 'PRACTICE AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND DEFINITELY YOU ARE GOING TO ACHIEVE WHAT YOU ARE SEEKING FOR'.
ALL THE BEST.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Anil Yadav

RBI Grade B

When I decided to shift to the Banking sector after working as a Software Engineer for 3 years at Tech Mahindra, the Reserve Bank of India was my only target.
I got selected as an Assistant at RBI and then started preparing for RBI Grade B Exam. I bought a popular mock test series but didn't like the difficulty level and the quality of GK questions. I got to know about Oliveboard Mock tests for RBI Grade B (Phase I ) through Facebook and thought of giving it a try.
The best thing about Oliveboard Test Series was the varied difficulty levels in different mock tests. Even when I didn't use to score much in the OB Mock tests, they gave a hang of the actual exam and made me ready to face any kind of difficulty level on the exam day.
Also the GK questions in the mock tests are regularly updated and you can find even the latest current affairs questions in each of the tests, a feature that I found really unique.
I have cleared all levels of RBI Grade B and would like to thank Oliveboard for their support
- Anil Yadav, Manager, Reserve Bank of India (Joining on August 8th, 2016)

Leena Saikia

IBPS PO

Finally my dream of securing a bank job as a Probationary Officer has materialized. I got allotment on 1st April as PO in Union Bank of India.
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.

JITESH PARIHAR

RRB OFFICER SCALE 1

‘If God is making you wait, be prepared to receive more than what you asked for’, says Jitesh an arts graduate. Read his success story below:
Hello Friends, I am Jitesh Parihar from Madhya Pradesh. I have cleared RRB Officer Scale I in the year 2017 and is currently working at Narmada Jhabua Gramin bank, as a scale I officer.
Friends, after completing my bachelor’s in commerce in the year 2014 I started preparing for the banking examination. It took me three long years to finally taste success. I failed quite a few times initially but never gave up on my dreams, rather chased it like a monster in the latter years.
The Strategy which I followed was:
Mathematics: At the beginning of my preparation I followed R.S Aggarwal and then switched to Sarvesh Kumar Verma in the lookout for more challenging problems. After trying my hands on various types of problems, I started up with attempting mock tests. I bought Oliveboard’s banking package and found the test at par with the banking examination.
Reasoning: I think for this section Oliveboard’s test series is more than enough and hence only followed the Online test series & nothing else. I had a good grip on puzzles, input and output, and syllogisms and hence used to attempt questions based upon these topics only nothing beyond it. For this section, I would suggest to identify your strengths and weaknesses and then play along with your strengths to ace the section.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
Language: I chose Hindi as a language to attempt the RRB Officer Scale I examination.
General Awareness: For current affairs, I relied on Oliveboard’s daily GK updates and few other online resources. For the banking awareness, I followed different capsules and videos available on YouTube. I used to give four hours for General Awareness on regular basis.
Interview: My interview mainly revolved around current affairs and banking awareness and few questions based on my background.
Friends, I have failed for three years continuously but I begged myself each time with my own commitment that unless and until I clear the examination I am not returning back to my home. This commitment helped me and was able to clear the examination in the year 2017. Therefore, never give up, work hard, believe in yourself, stay focused and things will surely fall on to place.
Best Wishes!

Kish Dikshit

IBPS SO

First of all, a huge round of applause to all who cracked PO/SO/Clerk. My parents use to say "Hard work always pays, so sooner or later one would taste the sweet of success".
I read many success stories on internet that motivated me a lot. i want to dedicate my success to Oliveboard which provided such a excellent Mock Tests and got me through this exam with full confidence. Here i am,finally selected as a SO (Specialist officer)-Marketing in one of the best banks. I wish you all the best for future and for those who couldn't make this year- Work hard guys ,believe in your self and you will get success.
Selected as Specialist Officer (Marketing), Union Bank of India

SUVART SHARMA

SSC CGL

My name is Suvart Sharma (Assistant Section Officer, AFHQ-Ministry of Defence) and I cleared SSC-CGL examination in 2016. I did my engineering from NIT, Kurukshetra and got placed in Havells India Ltd. It was there for the first time when I thought of taking this exam and started collecting information about it. After getting the research done, I started preparing for it on my own with the help of various study material available online. In my opinion, the key for this exam would be “Practice” and nothing else.
One has to be concise with study material because basics remain same, whether you do it from one source or multiple. Work on basics, key is obviously English and Maths. The more you are good in these two, the better will be your score and rank.
For Maths - Rakesh Yadav Classnotes would cover all the different types of questions (available on net).
For English - for basics/grammar : Use any class notes available in market or Neetu Singh's English Book (available on net) and for grammar practice - Use Pearson’s or Arihant’s book. Don't forget to stress on the static part of English i.e. One word substitution, Idioms & Phrases etc as they are quite scoring - once done and assure you the marks.
For Reasoning - there is no need of any book, only mock tests would suffice the purpose.
For GS - if you get time go for some class notes etc no need to study in depth (just get the things familiar), don't put too much time reading Lucent’s book. Also, don't waste excessive time on GS, first make your command on Maths and English as Cost/benefit ratio is high in GS(i.e. high input and less output) and also it is somewhat unpredictable as well. Spending same time and energy on other two would fetch you more marks.
After getting all this done, try to solve as many mock tests as you can and nothing else is required. Mock tests are the panacea for clearing this exam trust me and the Oliveboard Mock Test Series was of great help for me in doing this as I solved all the packages available with them which helped me to improve my score and enhanced my preparation for this exam. I got 185/200 in Maths(Tier 2) and all behind this is practice.
Consistency is the key and your hard work today will make your tomorrow contented.
Good luck!

Hari Karan Singh

IBPS RRB Assistant

Hello Guys,
This is Hari Karan Singh from Barabanki UP and I have successfully cleared the IBPS RRB Assistant 2017 exam. The credit of my success goes to the almighty, my parents, brother, teachers, Oliveboard, other online mock test series and all my friends and mentors. I started my preparation after graduation
(B.Sc Maths) in 2016. After final year exams in May 2016, I downloaded some online mobile applications for Banking examinations. This persuaded me to be a banker. In the first three months, I cleared my basics from an online coaching institute. In 2016, I was not eligible to apply for IBPS so I kept on practising. With the help of all available online resources, I practised regularly. Next year in 2017, I applied for many examinations. The exams I wrote in 2017 are as follows :
1) AFCAT- Cleared but missed out in the interview.
2) IBPS PO- Missed by few marks.
3) IBPS RRB PO- Missed by few marks.
4) IBPS Clerk- Prelims cleared, waiting for Mains result.
4) SSC CGL- Prelim cleared, wrote Mains in February.
5) SSC MTS- Cleared Tier 1 and Tier 2.
6) ISRO UDC- Answer key released descriptive answer sheet under evaluation.
7) Allahabad High Court Junior Assistant- Scored 90 marks out of 100, waiting for the result.
8) IBPS RRB Assistant- Finally selected in Allahabad UP Gramin Bank.
These are the books and mock test series that I had followed :
Maths- R.S Aggarwal, S.D Yadav, Rakesh Yadav, Online study material and quizzes.
Reasoning- For this section, I only followed online coaching material and then practised online quizzes on various websites.
English- Mirror of Common Error, Paramount English, and Quizzes on online websites.
General Awareness - This is the most important section for Mains examination. After clearing Prelims, it was the time for mains so I followed Online Capsules for RRB PO mains and Static GK Digest and Daily GK quizzes.
Computer- Online quizzes are enough for this section and I did all Oliveboard Mock Test series questions
For Speed Tests, I followed Oliveboard Speed Tests and other online tests.
Oliveboard Speed tests are the best tests in my opinion as the difficulty level of its mocks is same as the real exam.
Lastly, I want to say that always give your best, even when the odds are against you. Efforts never fail and hard work always pays off. Stop doubting yourself, work hard, and make it happen. Always be confident that you can and you will!
'All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.'
Thank You!

GAURAV SINGH

RRB PO, RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Similarly, Gaurav never looked back and kept moving forward to achieve his dreams.
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:
Quants:
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.
Reasoning:
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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
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.
GK/GA:
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.
Interview:
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.

Sonit Nagar

SBI PO

Hello Everyone, My name is Sonit Nagar and today I am sharing my success story with you all. First of all, I would like to tell you that it’s not about SUCCESS, it’s more about taking DECISIONS for your future and sticking to those decisions until you prove them RIGHT.
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.
TEST SERIES:
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.
Thank you!
All the best to all the aspirants!

Divakar Vinit

SBI PO

Oliveboard Mock Tests proved to be really reliable for SBI PO Main Exam because their difficulty level was really high. Though they are priced at a relatively higher level as compared to other mock tests, there were absolutely no mistakes in any of the questions/answers/solutions and the analysis part helped me a lot to improve on my mistakes and weak topics.
I cleared SBI PO Main Exam 2016 but didn't appear for the interview because by that time I was already working for Indian Railways as an Engineer. But this year, I want to appear for SSC CGL and once again I plan to buy Oliveboard Mock Tests for SSC and I hope for success once again.
I would want to sum up my experience with Oliveboard with this line- "If I appear for all the tests provided by Oliveboard sincerely, my selection is guaranteed"

AMIT BHATT

BOB 2018, SBI CLERK 2018

'If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.' This tagline rightly suits Amit Bhatt who cleared many exams successfully.
Here is his success story which will surely inspire many other aspirants.
I have completed my B.Tech(CSE) from G.B.P.U.A.T, Pantnagar. Got my joining letter from TCS in November 2017 but decided not to accept it and prepare for banking instead. Special focus was on GA and English as most of the students lack in these and good command over these subjects can give you essential additional marks above the mains cutoff to make it to the final list.
Here is my preparation strategy/tips :
Aptitude:
First of all clear all your basic concepts from following sources:
1} Arun Sharma Book
2} Disha publications of IBPS
Then sufficient practice is required for which Oliveboard mock tests are more than enough. Just make sure to analyse all the questions thoroughly.
Reasoning: For prelims clear concepts on different types of questions like coding-decoding, syllogism, inequality, blood relation etc. For mains you just practice Oliveboard mocks as it will make you well aware of all types of questions that can be asked in the examination and since the level of questions is also very high, you will be able to test yourself to the upper limit.
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English: For grammar I referred book named “From Plinth to Paramount” by Neetu Singh .To enhance your reading skills and vocab read The Hindu Editorial (daily). For Practicing Oliveboard is sufficient. Amalgamation of these three strategies can improve your English score drastically.
GA/GK: Try and attempt as many weekly quizzes as you can.Revise GK/GA as many times as possible.This can easily fetch you 90 percent marks in GA.
Interview: Focus on basic banking terminologies and current hot topics from various sources. Most importantly, be genuine and have sound knowledge about your hobbies, hometown, college, and graduation subject.
How Oliveboard was useful?
Exams these days are changing the pattern quite frequently and it is hard to mold your preparation accordingly. Oliveboard introduces us to the extent these examinations can go. When we score well in Oliveboard, it's reflected in our examination scores too. Not just giving the mocks, but analyzing them later strengthens our concepts because the questions are unique and different than all the platforms. Even in various examinations when students face a new question, they avoid the risk of attempting it but because of oliveboard, chances are high that you have solved that kind of question in mocks. Also oliveboard generates a habit in you to score the max possible marks even in an extremely tough exam.
Tip To Aspirants:
Whether it's a failure or a success, there is always some scope for improvement. So keep finding areas where you can improve and work on that.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

PRASHANT GAUTAM

RRB PO & CLERK (2018)

'A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.' Similarly, Prashant left no stone unturned to achieve his destination.
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:
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.
GK/GA:
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.

Sidhant Dubey

SSC CGL

2016 was the first time when I appeared for the bank exams seriously. I had been attempting free mock tests on Oliveboard since last few years but last year I bought the entire series
Trust me guys, some questions in Oliveboard Mock Tests are difficult and they prepare you to face the worst in the actual exam. To give an example, I had never score more than 55 in any SBI PO Prelims Mock Test but in the actual exam, I was able to score 78.5. I also performed very well in the Main exam and cleared it (couldn’t clear the interview unfortunately).
I followed Oliveboard Mock Tests for other banking exams in 2016 as well and successfully cleared RBI Assistant & SSC CGL. I would like to thank Oliveboard for the amazing mock tests and I wish them all the best in helping the future aspirants to achieve their dreams.

Irfan Ali Khan

IBPS SO

I am Irfan Ali Khan from Srinagar, J & K. I am a B. Tech-MBA from SMVDU Katra, J & k. After pursuing B. Tech (ECE), I started preparing for MBA exam in the hope of getting a better future. I pursued my MBA in Marketing Management (2012-14). After pursuing MBA, I worked in ICICI Bank as Marketing Manager but wasn’t satisfied as I wanted a good government job. I went for 8 interviews, including banking and Insurance PO, LIC AAO, SSC but didn’t get selected anywhere.
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:
Quantitative Aptitude:
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.
English:
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.
Reasoning:
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.
Marketing Aptitude:
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!
Thank you!

Anubhav Panigraphy

NIACL AO: All India Rank #1

Hi, my name is Anubhav Panigrahy and I am currently working as an Administrative Officer at The New India Assurance Company Limited.
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

TEJASWINY SINGH

SSC CGL, 2016

“As long as you keep going, you'll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success.” Proving this quote right, Tejaswiny always stayed determined and proved that women are equally capable to achieve anything and everything.
Here is her inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am Tejaswiny Singh and I am presently working as Inspector of Central Excise & Customs in Tamil Nadu. I have completed my B.Tech in 2013 from ITM, Gurgaon. I then moved on to pursue M.tech in Embedded Systems from the same college. After completing my M.Tech in 2015, I started preparing for SSC CGL.
My hard work showed colours 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 want to prepare for SSC.
Preparation Strategy
Quants:
It’s very important to prepare yourself as per latest pattern and syllabus. My first aim was to complete the syllabus and clear all my basic concepts. Trust me if your concepts are not crystal clear, you will not be able to clear the exams with good marks.
Once your concept is clear then move towards solving questions. Try and solve all types and levels of questions. Practicing is the best way to prepare yourself for such competitive exams. Solving mocks also play a major role in your success. I used to solve good number of mocks from Oliveboard which were based on latest pattern and syllabus. Solving these mocks and then analysing it simultaneously helped me immensely to keep a track of my preparation.
You can refer to this book named “Play With Advanced Maths” by Abhinay Sharma. It will help you to prepare yourself best for any type of questions asked in the exam
Reasoning:
As far as Reasoning is concerned I worked more on understanding the right approach to solve the questions. If you do not know the correct approach to solving the questions in this section then you may land yourself investing a lot of time solving even one question.
I would advise referring Kiran’s Book for this section as they proved quite beneficial in my preparations. Solving last year question papers are a must, so do solve last 2 to 3 years papers.
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English:
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.
After clearing all my concepts and Grammar rules, I solved quite many mock tests. You can also refer to Kiran’s English Book to solve last years paper. Generally, Vocab keeps on repeating every year so solving last years papers religiously will help you a lot.
GK/GA:
To tackle this section I compiled last years question papers and revised from it. I kept an aim of solving at least 100 questions per day. You can also give quizzes to track your performance.
Remember try practicing more questions instead of just mugging up the complete GK/GA notes.
Descriptive:
This section needs you to be well versed with the latest happenings…..so read as much as you can. I made a list of 40 to 50 topics after referring to various sources and wrote an essay on them. Try to cover all the important activities that are happening in India or across the World.
It will help you to prepare for your current affairs simultaneously.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests are very helpful. The level of mock tests provided by Oliveboard are so good that it prepares you best for any type of questions that can be asked in the real examination.
The analysis section of the mock tests are the best part. Just blindly giving tests will fetch you nothing. Analysing your weak areas, your strong areas, improvement sections are a must. Keep a track of your study schedule and plan it properly.
Tips to Aspirants:
Nothing is impossible. All you need is a proper direction and guidance to start with. Keep believing in yourself and that you can achieve what you have dreamt of.
Moreover, never think that you are lesser than anyone….everyone has potential in them ….you just need to drive it in the right direction.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Abhinav Gupta

SSC CGL (AIR 11)

Hi, My name is Abhinav Gupta and I got AIR 11 in SSC CGL exam 2016. I give credit for my success to Oliveboard test series. When I was preparing for SSC CGL 2016, I was a novice since it was my maiden attempt. Everything was going well but still, I wasn’t confident enough of being able to crack examination since I have never taken any quality mock test. Then, I got to know about Oliveboard mock test series.
I gave a free mock test and I found the test series so much exhaustive yet realistic that I purchased it immediately. I believe it was one of the best decision of my life as I scored 180 in prelims examination and got 354 in tier 2 examination without any kind of coaching.
Being one of the coveted jobs of India, I wanted to be an Income Tax Inspector from the very beginning of my graduation. I would love to thank Oliveboard which help me in achieving my dreams. Test series of Oliveboard is a bit of higher level than that of the actual examination. In fact, it is the peculiar feature of this platform which helps one to prepare for the worst scenario. And, if the actual examination is of the easier level, then one is easily able to sail through and score a very good mark.
In the end, I would love to thank Oliveboard again and would like to tell aspirants that mock test is the key to success and one must take as many mock tests as possible before writing the actual examination.
Thank you. All the best!

Prasantha karmakar

IBPS PO

My name is Prasanta Karmakar. I am from Asansol, West Bengal. I joined Tata Consultancy Services in the year 2013. However due to my interest in banking sector, I decided to start preparing for banking exams from 2015.
It was tough during the initial days of preparation, since it was difficult to find time to prepare after completing my office commitments. I started everything from basics during this period. Later in that year I appeared for IBPS PO 2015, but I could not clear the prelims. I introspected and at the same time did a research about the best test series available. I opted for Oliveboard in March 2016. And that changed my story.
I sincerely solved each and every test papers of Oliveboard and gave more time in reviewing the papers after completion of each test . The level was overall tough but I did not give up. I appeared for SBI PO that year and cleared the prelims. That pumped confidence in me. I kept practicing sincerely. Then I appeared for BOB Manipal PGDBF. To my surprise I cleared the written exam and appeared for the interview. That was a great confidence booster before IBPS PO 2016.
Later, I appeared for IBPS PO and cleared written as well as Interview. I have been allocated to United Bank of India.
I decided to join the Bank Of Baroda Manipal PGDBF course at Bengaluru and I am presently pursuing this.

ARUN DUBEY

IBPS RRB Scale-2(Manager)

Hello aspirants,
I am Arun Shekhar Dubey, I have completed my Btech mechanical from Amity University and since then I have always been in working mode. I joined core company but due to circumstances I left that and joined Pvt Bank. Here I was working as an Assistant Manager. I was not fully satisfied and I thought helping people of poor background will be more satisfactory rather than serving capitalists. So I started my preparation as it was very hard to do so while working 12 hours. But I managed to study and utilized my two hours in the morning and then 2-3 hours in the night.
I cleared RRB 13 but didn't get through as marks were low, then I gave several exams like NABARD, SIDBI, IBPS PO, but due to lack of one or two marks every time I couldn't taste the success, but I didn't lose hope and continued my preparation along with my job. I cleared SBI Prelims two times but got stuck in Mains by 2 -3 marks each time. I was fully prepared for IBPS 2016 and was confident that I will clear this time but then came demonetisation. As I was working in a private bank, my working hours drastically changed to 15 hours a day and I used to go home very late. I could not focus on studies and could not clear mains but I continued my preparation and cleared IBPS RRB SCALE -2 (Manager) 2017, with very good marks (101.19 cutoff 48.68), so I think all my preparation and devotion finally paid off. Oliveboard helped me a lot in this journey.
You can get various strategies from people preparing for exams but my suggestion is - make your own. This is what I followed -
Quant - I was not very good in Quant so all my focus was in DI, you can follow RS Aggarwal, and one set daily.
Reasoning - I used to solve question sets from various types of questions online.
Verbal Ability - I opted for the Hindi language as this was RRB and because I studied in Hindi medium, it was not a big task.
You can follow The Hindu or any newspaper for English.
Financial Awareness/GK - I used Pdfs, followed newspaper.
People working in bank use your JAIIB books.
The thing which is most important is solving mocks, if you're not able to solve regularly, at least try to utilize your weekends. Oliveboard is the best platform one can depend upon for the Mock Test Series.
Things to do if you are working -
Cut down on your sleep and utilize the morning hours
You can study in breaks during office hours
After office devote at least 1-2 hours
I believe, if you can work 8-10 hrs in office you can spend 2 hours daily for yourself as well.
I want to advise those people who are currently working and want to crack this or any exam that it is not very hard to study while working. All you need is focus and continuity. Do not get frustrated and lose hope. All you need is to give your time if you can give 8-10 hrs for a company and your boss then why not 2-4 hrs for yourself?
Hope this will help you guys in your preparation, I am always ready if you want to ask anything which could help in your preparation.
Good luck!

ANUBHAV PANIGRAHY

RBI GRADE B (2018), IBPS PO 2016 (AIR-2)

'Opportunities don't happen. You create them.' Similarly, Anubhav followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his story to Success:
Greetings everyone! My name is Anubhav Panigrahy and I am from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. I completed my B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela in 2014. Currently, I am working as Administrative Officer at New India Assurance Co Ltd in Mumbai. Recently the final results of RBI Grade B 2018 were announced and I am one of the shortlisted candidates. This is a short narration of my story so far.
Following two successive failed attempts at UPSC Civil Services Examination after my graduation in 2016, I decided to shift focus to banking and insurance examinations. My first tryst was with RBI Grade B exam 2016, in which while I cleared the phase I of the examination, I could not clear phase II. However, I managed to get selections at New India Assurance Co Ltd as well as Punjab National Bank. In fact, I had scored the highest marks in the NIACL exam, and second highest in IBPS PO exam that year. I decided to join the former as I was faced with the opportunity to work in Mumbai. But in the back of my mind I always knew that I had it in me to reach RBI.
Preparation Strategy:
And thus in March 2018, I started my preparation for RBI Grade B 2018 examination. I relied mostly on standard textbooks like Ramesh Singh for ESI and Prasanna Chandra for Finance, complementing them with my own notes drawn from current affairs and newspapers. For phase 1, I enrolled for Oliveboard mock tests as I had done for my earlier exams too, and I wasn’t disappointed either. I cleared phase I comfortably with 135/200 marks. While I appreciate the effort put in by Oliveboard in their phase II mock tests, given the nature of the examination it is very difficult to provide tests that can give you an experience similar to the actual exam.
Though I cleared phase II, I was well aware of the fact that I may not have cleared the exam by a huge margin as my performance was not up to my expectations. So, I pulled up my socks and was ready to go that extra mile to score big in the interview so that I had a shot at final selection.
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I started reading 4-5 newspapers every day including a couple of business newspapers. I checked the RBI website regularly for updates, notifications, policy decisions, speeches, etc and made my own notes on them. I thoroughly went through the functions of RBI and their various departments. I even revised Ramesh Singh at least thrice before the day of my interview. Finally, my perseverance paid off when I found my roll number in the final list of selected candidates. However, more telling were the final marks scored by me:
ESI: 64.75/100
FM: 75.50/100
English: 67/100
Interview: 42/50
Total: 249.25/350 (UR cut-off: 248.50)
I had made it by just a whisker!
Through my story, I would like to draw attention to two things. Firstly, when one wants to achieve
big success in life, she has to be self-motivated. For two full years I was in the comforting environment of my home while preparing for examinations. All I had to do was sit and study while everything else was served to me on a platter. But that wasn’t enough for me to clear UPSC or RBI examinations because there was this great fear of “what-ifs”. However, when I moved to Mumbai, I had to spend 8 hours at work, travel 2-3 hours daily, and then come back home to take care of my daily household chores, before I could even sit down to study. And yet I managed to clear the examination. The reason being, I literally did not have to look for inspiration any further than outside my office window to sneak a glance at the towering structure of the RBI central office.
Secondly, the game is not over until the final results have been declared. My task was cut out for me after my phase II examination as I realised that any interview score less than 40 could sound the death knell for me. And I went all in, giving it my best, with the confidence that I was still in the running despite my slightly below par performance in phase II. And it was my interview that made all the difference in the end.
I would consider it a huge success if I could inspire even a handful of people through my story.
Always remember that there could be a thousand reasons why you fail, but there should be no
Excuses.

Shekhar Iyer

RBI Grade B: All India Rank #3

Oliveboard was the perfect friend, philosopher and guide during my RBI Grade-B exam preparation. The interface is pretty intuitive and the questions are excellent. Oliveboard's analyses of my mock performances really helped me fine-tune my strategy during the phase-1 exam.
For the phase-2, Oliveboard's questions helped me develop familiarity with the different types of questions. In both the exams, having solved Oliveboard's mocks helped me soothe nerves and give my best!

Rohit Agarwal

IBPS PO

Though I used books such as MK Pandey for Reasoning and Quantum for Maths, when it came to Mock Tests, I only relied on Oliveboard mock tests.
What makes OB Mock Tests different is their 'analysis part'- you can review all the questions with their detailed solutions at the end of the test and they also let you know your 'weak areas' where you need to work hard. This, I think, is the most valuable feature of Oliveboard.
Through continuous practice on Oliveboard platform, I was glad to score really high marks in the real exam in my first attempt- I scored 74.5 (out of 100) in IBPS PO Preliminary Exam and 125 (out of 200) in the Main Exam.Currently I am the 'Most viewed writer' for IBPS PO on Quora.com and I recommend Oliveboard Mock tests to every serious bank aspirant.
- Rohit Agarwal, Cleared IBPS PO 2015(Bank of India), IBPS RRB 2015 (Central MP Gramin Bank) and LIC AAO (Written).

PAROO BHAT

RBI ASSISTANT

Hello folks, this is Paroo Bhat from Jammu and Kashmir and I work as an Assistant at Reserve Bank of India. I cleared RBI Assistant examination in 2016. Firstly, I feel honored to be able to share my wisdom and insights on this prestigious examination and thank you Oliveboard for this opportunity.
Before going further, I would like to give you a glimpse of my background. I hold a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering. After completing my graduation in 2012, I joined Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bengaluru where I worked for a year. But my passion towards government jobs made me quit my private sector job in 2013 and I started preparing for civil services examination. This was the time when I started appearing for banking exams. I wrote RBI Assistant, RRB PO and IBPS PO in 2015 and due to my consistent perseverance, I got through all the three exams with a decent score.
I still remember my initial struggle with quants and reasoning which gave me many sleepless nights. Today, when I introspect I can say Arun Sharma (for Data Interpretation) and Oliveboard test series helped me a lot in quants and reasoning preparation.
For verbal ability, 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 used to read “The Hindu” and “Financial Express”. I am an ardent reader and this habit of mine has not only prepared me for English section but also helped me in enriching my General Awareness.
To be honest, when I wrote RBI Assistant examination, I had no strategy for it. I started taking Mocks where I would say Oliveboard test series helped me a lot in terms of providing a real-time experience of the examination and hone my skills vis a vis attempting questions from all the sections of the exam.
Well, I believe that what worked out for me, may not work out for you. So make your own strategy according to your weak and strong areas and make necessary improvisation in your strategy. Ultimately, you are a better judge for yourself. What I could assess from my journey is that don’t push yourself so hard when you cannot concentrate. Take a break when you are lost but never give up. Learn to rest but don’t quit. Take some time out with family and friends and rejuvenate your life. Then start afresh. The most important aspect of my success has been Consistency. Small efforts repeated day in and day out will ultimately pave the way to success.
In the end, it is a game of being positive and believing in yourself. If you put in your best, success will be yours. Just remember that-
“You need to live few months or years of your life like most people will not, so that you can live the rest of your life like most people cannot”.
Final words, thanks to the team of Oliveboard who understand the present scenario of exams and curate mock test series which match the difficulty level of exam and this helped me in improving my efficiency and accuracy too.
ALL THE BEST TO ALL ASPIRANTS!!! Have faith in your efforts and hustle hard !!

Sanket Parida

IBPS PO

After much search on internet and suggestions from friends, I got to know about Oliveboard Mock tests. I took mock test of RBI grade B, it was quite tough but after facing the real RBI Grade B Exam, I found both are at par level , especially the DI part. Before going for IBPS PO Prelims, I attempted one Mock test of OB. Even only one mock test proved beneficial for me. Even the IBPS clerk Pre Mock Test was awesome, especially the Coding Decoding part in the Reasoning section . In exam it was asked in the same way.
Overall Oliveboard is the best mock test available now in market.I would suggest all to attempt all the free mock test and see the quality, I am sure you will not be disappointed. I rate Oliveboard Mock test as 5/5.
- Sanket Parida, Got selected for the post of PO in UCO Bank, SO (Marketing) in Union bank and Clerk in Allahabad bank.

MUKTI SAMADDAR

RRB PO

'If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.' Similarly Mukti followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
Here is her inspiring story:
Hi, I am Mukti Samaddar from the city of joy Kolkata. I have completed my M.A in Journalism & Mass Communication from Calcutta University in Oct’ 2017. Since then I have been preparing for banking examination with full concentration. In 2017 I could not even clear IBPS/SBI PO prelims but I never lost hope and started preparing from scratch and practiced a lot from Oliveboard mock tests.
Preparation Strategy:
Quants:
I am not really a person who follows routine so I can't share any routine but I used to give one speed test everyday from Oliveboard. After giving every mock test I used to analyze it properly and then worked on my weak areas accordingly. For quants I also brushed up my basics and learnt all the rules, tables, formulas etc properly.
Reasoning:
According to me this was one of the most scoring part, so I practiced this section a lot. One needs to focus more on the puzzle area and try to solve as many puzzles as you can. Again Oliveboard mock tests proved to be very helpful in preparing for this area. You can also check the blog section of Oliveboard for preparation tips and strategy.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
Earlier my English was not that strong, so I started watching some Hollywood series and news channels to work on my vocab. Meanwhile I also read various articles which helped me a lot in improving my English section.
GK/GA:
Read as much as you can and collect data about all the latest happenings. Make small notes whenever required and keep revising them whenever you get time.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard is the most recommended website with quality practice sets to cope up with present exam scenario. I would definitely like to thank Oliveboard for such outstanding test series, I could never make my selection without Oliveboard.
Tips to Aspirants:
Keep practicing and analysing your weak areas in order to improve them. Lastly I would like to advise all the aspirants to keep yourself motivated throughout the journey as is it not going to be an easy one.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

ABHISHEK CHOUDHARY

SBI PO & CLERK, 2018

'In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.' Similarly, Abhishek always believed that “yes” he can achieve his dreams if he kept himself motivated and focussed.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Abhishek Choudhary. I had started banking preparation from 1st January, 2018. Done Btech in Electronics & Communication Engineering, and have qualified for SBI PO & Clerk 2018.
Preparation strategy:
Quants:
Start by clearing your basics. You can refer some good YouTube videos or Oliveboard live classes for the same. Once basics are clear, try solving as many mock tests as you can and do analyse it properly. I used to practice a lot from Oliveboard mock tests as they are exactly as per the latest pattern and syllabus. Refer standard books like DI by Arun Sharma.
Reasoning:
To tackle reasoning section you need to practice a lot and manage time properly. Clear basic concepts and practice more.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
I used to read the Indian Express Editorial page daily to improve English section. I would recommend the same to everyone. Refer some good books to clear your grammar concepts and more importantly enhance your reading skills.
GA:
I used Oliveboard GK Bolt after my Pre exam. These Bolts are provided every month for free and are very helpful for preparations. Get GK free BOLT here: https://bit.ly/2EnGsCr
Descriptive:
Keep writing important points while reading editorials from newspapers.
Interview Tips:
Be confident and well prepared. I read newspapers like Indian express to prepare myself best for the interview.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard provides latest pattern mock tests and materials which helped me a lot to prepare for the banking exams. Thus I would recommend Oliveboard mock tests to everyone. Moreover, the level of questions in mock tests provided by Oliveboard is very good.
Tip to Aspirants:
Practice as much as u can. This will help you to improve speed which is vital in clearing banking exams.
All the best!

Prasanth Kesar

IBPS Clerk

I wanted to clear banking exams in 2015 but I could not find the suitable guidance for my preparation. I explored several online courses but I noticed that there was redundancy and most of the portals were repeating their questions. After a certain time, my growth became stagnant and I didn’t know where to go.
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!

SAYANTEE BISWAS

SBI PO

My journey in Banking sector started in 2015 while I was doing Master’s in Physics from Jadavpur University. I appeared for SBI PO in 2015 and cleared the Prelims with only 10 days of preparation which gave me a lot of confidence. But I failed in Mains as I was not able to clear sectional cutoff in GA section. After that I gave RRB PO and IBPS PO. I got selected in RRB PO but unfortunately could not clear IBPS PO for 0.25 marks in computer section. I joined Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank (BGVB) as a PO and again in 2017 I gave SBI PO exam. With only 2 month of preparation I managed to clear SBI PO and the key was having confidence in myself. With the ever-changing pattern of bank exam, I would suggest everyone to give maximum importance in GA section. I have studied from various websites and magazines. Try to cover as many sources as possible for this section. For Quant and Reasoning section you must practice a lot to maximize your speed and accuracy. You need to cover at least one newspaper thoroughly as that helps both in objective and descriptive English section along with GA. Question pattern are changing a lot these days. So be prepared for the surprise.
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.

Thank you!

Aniket Labhane

IBPS SO Marketing Scale I

Hi, my name is Aniket Labhane and I am from NAGPUR. I completed my MBA in 2015 and got placement in a private company. But, I was not interested to join the company and after attending some counseling session with my friends who got selected in banking exam, I decided to prepare for banking exam. I
started my preparation from March 2016 for IBPS SO marketing officer. I stumbled upon Oliveboard on the internet. The day IBPS SO notification was out, without any hesitation I bought the test series of Oliveboard.
One thing I observed about Oliveboard test series is that it covered all the aspects of marketing subject, each online test was very different in terms of the question. The English and marketing section questions helped me a lot in my preparation. After giving all speed test, I was quite confident.
Oliveboard has made a huge contribution to my selection and finally, on 1st April the result was out, and I found myself in the banking sector.
Strategy I've used:
Quants, Reasoning, English were not easy subjects for me, but I never gave up. Today we have so many resources, but I reckon we don’t utilize them i.e. online study, YouTube videos. I’ve cleared many concepts through online videos.
Quants- Start from simplification and then advance towards another topic.
For Reasoning and English, I’ve followed the same strategy. As the new pattern is introduced every year, I will suggest aspirants analyze the last 5 years papers.
Today competitive exams are no more exam, it has become a tool to test our character, patience, decision-making ability. So, one should be mentally prepared to face any eventuality.
Oliveboard test series helped me a lot. The test papers are really challenging, and it will test your ability and preparation for the exam. So, I will suggest aspirants to follow Oliveboard.
Tips for aspirants:
Do's –
- Be loyal to your dreams and career
- Never skip online test, don’t get nervous if you don’t score good marks in online test series
- Keep saying yourself you can do it and always be positive - A ray of hope is necessary to crack the competitive exam.
Don’ts –
- Stay away from Negative people and Negative environment.
- Never try to fool other especially your parents, stating that you are preparing for the exam and not doing so.
'BE HONEST WITH YOUR PARENTS, YOUR CAREER, YOUR DREAMS'.
Thank you!

Udit Sharma

IBPS PO

Today I will share my success story with you. Although I am not interested in all this sharing stuff but after seeing so many candidates frustrated due to their failure in IBPS exams, I felt the need to share with you guys my success story.
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 V TIRUPATHI RAO

IBPS CWE CLERK VII

Hi Guys,
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!

Gopal Krishna

SBI PO

My name is Gopal Krishna. I’m from Begusarai, Bihar. I completed B.Tech in Computer Science stream from KIIT University Bhubaneshwar, Odisha in 2015. After that, I joined an MNC in the month of November 2015 in Bangalore center. After a couple of months of training and confirmation test, I wanted to switch to public sector job. So, in February 2016 I thought of giving SSC CGL 2016 exam but my friend told me that it will take a year and a half long time for the entire process of CGL exam, so why don’t you go for bank exam, and you can get a chance to work nearby your home. I agreed with him but undecided until March end. In April, I decided to invest a couple of hours in preparation for SBI PO exam.
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!

Sidharth Matta

IBPS CLERK

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
Hello All,
I am Sidharth and I am from Karnal, Haryana
I started thinking about banking as a career in late 2014. I have done my graduation (B.Tech ECE) in June 2015. From there onward, I decided not to go for private companies and opt for banking as a career because to me money doesn't matter but mental stability does.
My journey :
June 2015 onward, I started preparing for bank exams. First things first, I cleared my basic concepts and started preparing for the preliminary exams as it was newly introduced in 2015. I cleared both preliminary exams in 2015 whether it was PO or clerk but failed to clear mains.
IDBI PO 2015 - Failed
IBPS PO PRELIMS 2015 - 47.5 (cutoff 37.5)
IBPS PO Mains - 72 (failed in Reasoning, 3.75/50 - cutoff 10)
LIC AAO - 240 (cutoff 256)
On 1st April 2016, my confidence dipped miserably but my parents gave me strength and had faith in me that I will be successful someday. I know it was not the end but my struggle continued.
Thereafter, I joined coaching classes just to divert my mind and in 9-10 months, I realized the trend which the banking exam was following. But, I was still struggling with clearing my exams.
SBI Clerk Prelims 2016 - 72 (cutoff 61)
SBI Clerk Mains 2016 - 130 (cutoff 137)
SBI PO Prelims 2016 - 50 (cutoff 47.5)
SBI PO Mains 2016 - Failed.
Right after August 2016, I and my friend purchased Oliveboard test series for online practice. The level of difficulty is just immense which matched the difficulty level for which IBPS is known for. I gave 3 tests a week.
BOB PGDBF - 133/250 (cutoff 136)
BOM PGDBF - 111 (cut off 121)
RRB Clerk Prelims - 75/80 (cutoff 70)
RRB Clerk Mains - Out
RRB PO Prelims 2016 - 60 (cutoff 47.5)
RRB PO Mains - 70 (cutoff 52.5)
Missed the final selection by 1.5 marks.
IPPB Prelims - cleared, Mains not given due to illness
IBPS Clerk Prelims - 87 (cutoff 68 for Haryana : General Category)
IBPS Clerk Mains - 101 (cutoff 82)
Finally, I was selected as PNB clerk.
On 1st April 2017, after disheartening result of IBPS PO, there was something to cheer about moment in result of clerk
I dedicate my success to my parents and my friend Garima who motivated me throughout my journey of 1.5 years
Useful Tip:-
- Banking exam is all about which questions to leave and practice hard.
- Tough exams are easy to crack.
You will achieve success soon.
Always remember,
To define limits you need to push them.
Vo kehte hain na *Dusro ko peechhe chorne ke liye mat padho, itna padho ki koi tumhe peeche na chor sake*
Thank You! All the best to all aspirants!

Ruchi Singh

IBPS PO

IBPS PO 2015 was my 1st IBPS exam. I failed to clear the cuttoff of computer section by 0.25 marks and realized my weak points .I started working on my weak points which I realiźed by attempting Oliveboard Mock tests. Initially I took tests from many sites but later realized that Oliveboard tests were the best because of good quality questions and one of the best test interface with wonderful server and then I started focussing on just Oliveboard tests .I used to attempt the mock tests and then analyse my mistakes.
I succesfully cleared IBPS Clerk with 149 marks and I am provisionally alloted Canara Bank .I have also cleared IBPS SO and have alloted PNB (Punjab National Bank).
I strongly recommend Oliveboard Mock Tests to all the Banking aspirants

SRINATH DEVARAPU

IBPS PO

Hi, I am Srinath Devarapu and I cleared IBPS PO and Clerk 2017. I am from Ongole, Andhra Pradesh. I belong to the GENERAL category and I completed Btech EEE in 2016. Soon after completing it, I started preparing for PSBs. My very first test was SBI clerk in July 2016, failed in Mains Exam. Then, I gave RRB PO & Clerk, couldn't clear prelims itself. Then took IBPS PO, got 52 marks in Mains Exam, the cutoff was 52.5! Then gave the last attempt of that year, IBPS Clerk and got 67 in mains, the cut off was 78+! All my efforts went in vain!
2017: Started preparing 13 hrs a day!
Then I got to know about Oliveboard Mock Test Series and brought their 1-year pack at 3999/- and started practising more seriously this time! Didn't give SBI PO as I did not prefer it & my first exam was RRB PO, again did not clear in prelims itself. despite enough practice. Took RRB clerk, went late by 5 mins for Mains Exams, so they didn't allow me to sit for the exam.
I was!
Then I gave IBPS PO, Mains & Interview went well. In IBPS Clerk Prelims Examination, I attempted 99 n got 94. It boosted my confidence to another level!
Finally got both PO & Clerk at Andhra Bank!
Here I would like to share you the strategy along with do's and don'ts!
Quant:- For beginners, do Quicker Math by M. Tyra, did it thrice to become perfect. Then take Oliveboard Mock Tests, it helps you a lot, particularly Data Interpretation is too good.
Reasoning:- Oliveboard Mock Tests is the best for its Puzzles. Oliveboard updates reasoning questions year by year, exam by exam and you no need to search elsewhere for latest updates.
Gk :- 2 hours preparation is fine. I studied for 6 hrs ( 4 hrs current affairs, 1 hr Banking awareness, 1 hour static ). My advice for you guys is don't waste too much time on current affairs, just follow Affairs cloud daily and take monthly quizzes of Affairscloud & Oliveboard.
Don't neglect Current affairs as most guys just prepare capsules a week before Mains Exams. It doesn't help you at all . Give 1 hour daily for current affairs, 45 minutes
for banking awareness and 15 minutes for the static part.
English:- I have seen a lot of guys preparing grammar, it doesn't help you in present bank exams , albeit you get knowledge. Learning Grammar is good but don't depend solely on it for bank exams, build vocabulary and focus on Comprehension.
Perseverance, hard work , patience & nothing else required to succeed !! Particularly General candidates don't panic by seeing competition. Practice , practice and practice. You will succeed for sure !
8 hours preparation is enough, I kept strained myself by studying 13 hours a day. Don't do that!
Give 2.5 hours each for Quant and Reasoning , 1 hour for English and 2 hours for GK ! ( 8 hours a day )
I will always be grateful to Oliveboard, for providing the similar standard of our Mains Exam papers! Thanks a lot, Oliveboard Team!!
All the best to all the aspirants!

PAWAN

IBPS RRB Officer

Hi, I'm Pawan. I started my preparation for banking examination in 2014 after my graduation in Chemistry. I gave many bank related exams but unfortunately faced failure. But still, I didn't give up my hope to become a bank officer. I continued my study with a lot of hard work and also working the smart way. In 2017, I finally gave SBI PO, IBPS RRB VI PO and CLERK UIIC exams. I wasn’t able to clear SBI PO main, nevertheless, I was able to successfully clear RRB PO, CLERK and UIIC ASSISTANT Main exams. I made it to the final list for IBPS RRB VI PO and got selected as PO in UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK.
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 -
Reasoning:
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.
Maths:
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!

NEERAJA U V

IBPS PO

Hello friends, I'm Neeraja. After my graduation, I started working in a private sector company but realized soon enough that it wasn't the job for me. I decided to give a shot at government jobs and I started my preparation in the month of January 2017.
The first month of the preparation was not easy. Many of my friends advised me to join coaching classes for the same and I was skeptical about it as I’m not the kind of a person who goes to coaching centres. I knew I wouldn't survive in a 9 hr system of intense classes and exams. Then I researched online to boost my preparation. This is when I happened to come across Oliveboard, which offered a place to help my prep at the comfort of my home without the hassles of a specific time frame. I was impressed with the test series as they were challenging enough to improve my game.They were also up to date on the exam pattern, unlike other platforms. Fortunately, with the help of Oliveboard, I cleared SBI, RBI, BOB and NIACL exams and even cracked the interviews but lost out in the final cutoffs. Still, I was not disheartened and I continued my prep for IBPS PO. By God's grace and my family's blessings, I was able to clear it this time. I would like to thank Oliveboard for playing such an incredible role in my success. Thank you so much. You guys are awesome.
My advice for aspirants is that do not lose your heart. If you don't get in the first time, take it as a challenge, work hard to improve yourself and constantly challenge yourself to achieve something better. The more you practice the more you get better. Believe in yourself! Find the strength in friends and family. If you are someone like me who believes in self-study then Oliveboard is the platform to start your journey.
I personally thank each and every one of you at Oliveboard for helping me achieve my dream. My success is yours as well as mine. Hats off to the content developers who work hard to make each and every test incredible.
All the best for all future aspirants!
Thank you !!

GOPI KUMBHA

IBPS RRB Officer

Hello guys, I’m Gopi. I belong to Guntur, a district in Andhra Pradesh. I started preparing for banking exams right after my graduation. I started off on 6th July 2016. I think I covered the IBPS syllabus in about 3 months’ time. The IBPS PO Prelims was held on 22nd of October ’16. I gave the exam and made it to the interview, but I was out by 0.7 marks. The final list was too hard to digest. I hadn’t given many exams so I couldn’t clear some.
After this experience, I realized that I needed a plan before my next attempt. Although, on a serious note, I didn’t prepare any notes for Quantitative Analysis and Reasoning. You all may think that “Jo bolte hai, wo jhooth bolthe hai”. But the fact remains the same, and I wouldn’t share false information in my success story.
I came across Oliveboard Mock Test Series and after I went through the programs that they offered, I decided to spend a little for the tests. It cost me around Rs.399 to Rs.499 for IBPS RRB PO. The standard of Oliveboard Mock Test Series is very similar to the actual exams in reference to the level of difficulty of questions. I referred many of my friends to sign up with Oliveboard for the same. This is all I had to spend for. Apart from that, I usually followed current affairs, read the newspaper (The Hindu) which also helped me with my vocabulary in English.
Usually, my clock began at 6:00 AM in the morning, I read the newspaper, had breakfast and started practising for the exams. Post lunch, I gave two exams a day on a 5.5 inch (Samsung Galaxy Pro). This is pretty much all I did for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 2017 exam.
The Prelims was on 27th September ’17, followed by the mains which were on 4th November. I cleared both the exams and was moved to the interview which took place in Mysore on 27th December ’17. Finally, after a long wait, I got placed in Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) which is currently the highest profit making RRB.
People may presume that I am not being truthful, but I still do remember how hard I had to work for eight months. I’ve been mentioning the exam dates throughout, by which you can understand my accuracy and the amount of practice that I have put in to make it to the final list. My bad results in the initial attempts are what kept me going to work harder each day. Now, I’m extremely happy that all my efforts paid off.
The one story that I firmly believe in and the one person I aspire is Mr Raghuram Rajan. He studied Engineering, received a PhD for his thesis titled Essays on Banking, served the RBI and the IMF and now is a Distinguished Professor at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. This man is truly inspiring!
There are a few people who have contributed to my success and I would like to thank them. I’m thankful to my mobile and the Jio sim; a special thanks to my motivator-cum-partner, Paru. Not to mention, I thank my parents and I will look after them. I tasted success today because of my trust in the Oliveboard Mock Test Series. Do buy the test series to experience the success that I had got after a lot of hard work and practice.
Thank you! All the best to all aspirants.

AYUSHI THAKUR

ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR- 39)

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Ayushi followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
Here is her inspiring story:
Hi, I am Ayushi Thakur. I am an ECE graduate. I have completed my graduation in 2017. I have given many exams but sometimes I got stuck in Mains and sometimes during Interview. But my failures never held me back and I worked hard to get what I really wanted.
MY STRATEGY
Quants:
Clear your basics first. Learn tables up to 20, square roots up to 40, & cube roots up to 20. Prepare DI, miscellaneous topics, series, simplification and DI based on miscellaneous topics, quadratic. Just give as many mocks as you can, like 2 or 3 in a day. Keep increasing your speed. Perform 100 calculations everyday in your mind.
Reasoning:
Solve as many quizzes as you can. This section requires your presence of mind. Suppose you read something wrong in between the puzzle, then whole of your time would get wasted. I made this mistake many times. So don’t you do it. Just be present. For this section too I relied on mock tests. Oliveboard's reasoning questions are the toughest & the best.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
I used to read The Economic Times and make vocab notes from it everyday. I referred its Editorials section as well. Editorials play an important role in the descriptive part too. So follow the Hindu or the Economic Times. Both are good and will help you immensely to improve your English Section. Solve the sectional quizzes on Oliveboard. For advanced level, give mock tests. Trust me, they work like magic and will help you to improve a lot.
Banking Awareness:
Download Oliveboard's Banking and Economic Bolt. Once you understand the basics of banking then keep updating your knowledge by giving mock tests & quizzes. Note all the new points in your diary that will be useful at the time of your exams. You can also read the RBI FAQs.
Current affairs:
Prepare for the last 5 months current affairs from the date of the exam.
For Interview:
Keep yourself updated with day to day happenings. Watch any news channel and daily read newspapers. Be humble and polite in front of the panel. And remember, mostly interviews go in the direction in which you take them.
Role Of Oliveboard:
Finally, I would say go blindly for oliveboard test series. They have very high level and good quality questions like you see in exams. And keep giving mock tests in order to succeed. Prepare online as offline methods have become quite outdated. Oliveboard's mock tests are like real exams and their questions will surely give you confidence. Don’t worry if sometimes you are not able to score a good percentile. Try to keep your percentile above 90. Give as many mocks (prelims and mains) as you can. I purchased Oliveboard mock tests (for banking as well as insurance). Don't forget to analyze the mocks as that helps you identify your strengths & weaknesses. Work on them & keep improving your percentile.
Finally, I want to say:
‘Rakh hausla wo manzar bhi aayega....
Pyase ke paas chal ke samandar bhi aayega..
Thak kar na Beth aye manzil ke musafir
Manzil bhi milegi aur milne ka maza bhi aayga..’
Keep going. You will surely reach success.

ABHISHEK SHUKLA

RBI ASSISTANT

Hello Everyone,
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.

Priyam Nandi

SBI Clerk

My first exam was IBPS PO 2014 and I couldn't clear the written test by 6 marks. I also missed SBI associates PO and SBI associates clerk. Then in IBPS clerk 2014, I passed the written round and couldn’t crack it finally, because my written score was not high enough. What I learned during this phase was that- Yes, I can make it if I work harder!
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

ADITYA KUMAR

RRB PO, RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT (2018)

'There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.' Similarly, Aditya left no stone unturned to achieve his dreams.
Here is Aditya’s Inspiring Story:
I am Aditya Kumar and after completing my graduation, I started studying for the several banking examinations which at the beginning seemed to be a daunting task but with time and practice, it became clear that it was possible to clear the exam. However, I managed to clear the RRB PO interviews(UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK) and RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT(MADHYA BIHAR GRAMIN BANK).
Preparation Tips & Strategy:
Quants:
Firstly clear the basic concepts then I started practicing from Oliveboard mock tests to analyse my performance and improve accordingly and it was really very helpful.
Reasoning:
Reasoning was challenging but a bit of planning while attempting can be helpful. I did manage to score quite well consistently. Having said that, reasoning section needs a lot of practice. So practice as much as you can and give as many mock tests as possible.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
Hindi/English:
For this section as well, I followed only the Oliveboard mock tests and its analysis and devised my further study strategy accordingly.
GK/GA:
For GA, I did follow the current affairs of the last 3-4 months which was sufficient enough to score quite well. Keep yourself updated with the latest happenings and read newspapers daily. You can also watch news channels to keep yourself updated.
How Oliveboard helped?
In my preparation, Oliveboard mock tests did play the most important part, with me sometimes attempting as many as 3 mock tests a day and Oliveboard undoubtedly provides one of the best in simulating the actual exams in terms of the toughness and pattern. Most of the times Oliveboard sets a tougher paper which if one practice regularly will find it easier when he/she seats for the actual exams and this gives you an edge over the others as one feels more confident during the exams.
Tips To Aspirants:
The future aspirants for such exams need to focus on the basics and show some perseverance, since this phase can very easily demotivate you as it may take some time. But once you are done with it, picking up speed which is the second most important thing will be coming up fast.
It's been an extremely difficult phase but I have learned a lot from this! My only advice to all those who are preparing hard to get their name in the final list, to taste success, to make their parents proud or whatever may be the reason, just stick to your preparation! Be adamant, be a learner, be strong enough to accept failures, because it's just a phase of your life and what you do now, will determine whether your present phase will continue or you enter into a different phase(of course the happy one)! I myself failed in many, but also showed great character to get what I wanted! Sometimes, you don’t get support from anyone! No worries, be a lone warrior, never stop yourself and NEVER GIVE UP! Stay inspired, stay motivated friends! All the best to everyone for future endeavors
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.

Kislay Nikhar

Bank Of Baroda PO

I am very glad that I have been selected as one of the final candidates to join one of the premier institutions, Bank of Baroda as a Probationary Officer Scale-I. Due to high level of competition, it was really tough to crack all the 4 stages of the exam (Prelims, Mains, GD, PI). The pattern of the exam was being changed regularly in the past few years and I was also pursuing my main stream course, i.e. CA-Final.
All I did was to extract some 1-hour time daily to view the videos on YouTube to be familiar with the syllabus and various tricks plus concepts. And a major part of my success goes to Oliveboard team, which provided me a platform to examine my strengths & weaknesses, providing questions based on new pattern plus excellent level of the questions to practice on, which has helped me a lot to achieve success in a short time.
Here are the books, which I referred to study:
-English- S.P. Bakshi
-Maths- R.S. Agrawal
-Reasoning- Questions on various sets, after clearing all the concepts through YouTube.
-General Awareness- Oliveboard
All the tests that I gave on Oliveboard helped me in enhancing my thinking capability and helped me solve various levels of questions in a shorter time.
I just want you all to refer materials as per your comfort zone, but don't forget to give the tests on Oliveboard on a regular basis. The price may be high for some candidates, but I assure you, it will be worth it.
Wish all of you the very best for the forthcoming examinations. Have confidence in yourselves.

Arman Garg

RBI Grade B

Before Oliveboard, I had tried other mock tests but they had lots of mistakes. A friend suggested OB Mock Tests and I was amazed to know that there was not a single mistake in any of the questions/solutions (atleast I didn't find one). This is a very good feature because once you find mistake in the question/solution, it is very irritating and also the motivation to take the mock test decreases.
Another good thing about Oliveboard is that its interface is good very user-friendly. The third feature that I liked is the difficulty level of the tests. It is a bit higher than the actual exam, that helped me a lot to be prepared for tough questions.
I had bought Oliveboard Mock Tests for SBI PO, UIIC AO and RBI Grade B (Phase I & II) and I feel glad that I have cleared all three. I got 64.4/100 in SBI PO and now waiting for the RBI Grade B interview's result.

ANKIT SINGH

SBI PO

Hello friends, I’m Ankit Singh. I have done B.tech (computer science and engineering) from Guru Nanak dev engineering college, Ludhiana. I graduated in 2015, after which I joined TCS in September. I worked for 6 months in TCS, I resigned on 23rd March 2016. Thereafter I started preparing for UPSC civil service. SBI PO was the only banking exam that I gave and by God's grace, I cleared that.
I was also qualified for the UPSC assistant commandants written exam but did not give the interview.
Preparation Strategy
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.
Cheers!

PIYUSH PARASHAR

SBI PO, 2018

'The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.' So keep challenging your limits like Piyush did to achieve his destination & dreams.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am a graduate of IIT Roorkee 2015 batch. After graduation I prepared for UPSC for 3 years without any success which led to me questioning my abilities. After the UPSC prelims result in 2018, I decided to gi have a backup. I was also preparing for RBI Grade B so I had a good command over the 3 sections of English, Maths and Reasoning. 'Practice' is the one thing which is the most important in clearing banking exams.
Preparation Strategy:
I have tried to summarize my preparation strategy as below -
Quants & Reasoning:
Practice is the main strategy for these two sections. You can solve ‘n’ number of books but unless you solve questions with a time limit, it won't be much helpful. This is where mock test series like Oliveboard comes into picture. I did not solve any book for any of the sections and just relied on practice as I was giving mocks for RBI Grade B Prelims which has almost similar pattern like SBI PO mains.
One more thing here is that you should know your strong and weak topics. In any case you won't be able to solve all the questions so just stick to your strong sections and leave the rest of the sections. And if you still have time to attempt more, then you can attempt them.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
This is one section in which you can score the most and can also prove to be difficult for some students. It also requires the least amount of time. The main thing is the knowledge of Grammar basics and the ability to read big paragraphs. I used to read editorials from The Hindu/ Indian Express during my UPSC preparation, so that helped me a lot in reading Comprehension. Grammar can be read with the help of any basic book though i did not feel the need for it.
GK/GA:
I focussed on reading newspapers daily to prepare myself for this section. If you have a habit of reading newspapers daily or watching news channels, then you can easily prepare yourself for this section.
Interview
Interview is very random. In my panel, most of the students were asked about their hobbies and extracurricular activities while my interview revolved around my college and graduation subjects. The interview panel was very good and they even suggested me to continue preparing for UPSC.
Role of Oliveboard:
Banking exams require you to solve many questions in a limited time frame. And mock tests provide you exactly the same. I joined Oliveboard's yearly test series for RBI grade B which had tests for SBI PO as well. I gave most of the tests of RBI grade B which helped me in building the speed for the main exam. The level of questions in the test series were more on the difficult side which was good, as I was expecting the actual paper to be difficult but it was not. So I attempted much more than I used to attempt in the test series.
Practice is the only thing which is needed to clear this exam. All the best to all the aspirants.

Ankit Malik

RBI Assistant

My name is Ankit Malik. After finishing my graduation in 2015, I started my preparation for banking exams. From 2015 to 2016, I appeared for various exams including:
-SBI PO 2015 (failed in pre)
-IBPS CLERK (cleared pre, failed in mains)
-LIC AAO 2016 (failed)
-SBI CLERK 2016 (cleared pre, failed in mains)
-SBI PO 2016 (cleared pre and mains but missed final merit)
After seeing the score card of SBI PO 2016, I realised that I scored only marginally above cut-offs in mains. To improve my score in mains exams, I decided to take online mock tests​. I got to know about Oliveboard mock tests​ from Quora and Facebook where I read success stories of different aspirants and how Oliveboard played a key role in their selection. I purchased Oliveboard mock tests​ for IBPS PO mains and to my surprise the level and pattern of questions​ asked in IBPS PO mains was the same as was asked in the mock tests. The best thing about Oliveboard was the post exam analysis as it really helped me in focusing on my weak areas. I also used Oliveboard mocks for NIACL AO mains, IBPS CLERK mains, and used Oliveboard GK supplement to brush up my general awareness.
Finally, I am selected as PO in Oriental Bank, Administrative Officer in NIACL, Assistant in RBI and Clerk in PNB.
I would suggest all the banking aspirants to use Oliveboard mocks although they seem a little costly in the beginning but in the end the cost won't really matter.
Good luck to every banking aspirant out there!

Anshul Soni

RRB OFFICER Scale-I

Hi, I'm Anshul Soni from Bhopal (MP). I finished my graduation (B.Sc) from Bundelkhand University, Lalitpur (UP) in 2016. Then I started to prepare for banking exams and I have been selected in RRB Officer Scale 1 and RRB Office Assistant, this year.
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.
Books referred:
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
Maths:
Practice DI, Simplification, Number series every day and also practice one topic of Word Problems every day.
Reasoning:
Practice a lot of Puzzle problems, refer the Upkar Publication book and do solve from the Oliveboard Mock Test series.
English:
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 !!

Shivam Tiwari

ECGC (AIR 1)

Hi. I am Shivam and I am working as an Executive Officer (Scale 1 Officer) in ECGC Ltd (Export Credit Guarantee Corporation) which is a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. I started using Oliveboard Test Series in June 2016. Initially I found it a bit difficult. The difficulty level of problems was high and were sometimes mind boggling. But gradually, I started learning the concepts and I started scoring well in the tests. I utilised the Oliveboard Test series to its fullest and within a span of 6 months I was able to crack almost 6 competitive examinations back to back.
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.

Deepak Bhardwaj

NICL AO

Success is facing failures. Failure should be there for getting the taste of success.
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.
Preparation Strategy-
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.
GK:
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.
English:
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.
Important tips-
- 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.

Sharmistha Sen

SBI PO

I am an M.Sc in Physics from University of Calcutta but the lucrative job profile of a Bank PO somehow lured me to appear for Banking exams. I prepared for one year and SBI PO and IBPS PO were the only exams that I appeared for. Preparing for an examination that involved cut-throat competition in the background of a full-time job seemed an uphill task indeed, but only until I discovered Oliveboard. Oliveboard's online tests were closest to the real thing I could find and they could be taken in the comfort of my home, in bed, in the wee hours, at midnight or at noon, during free time in my office. All I needed was a laptop and an internet connection. Solving these tests, analysing and comparing my performances with other users were instrumental in helping me finding my roll number on the list of successful candidates.
Thanks to Oliveboard, I was finally selected as a PO at State Bank of India. I was also shortlisted for interview in IBPS PO 2015 but did not appear because I had already joined SBI as a PO
-Sharmistha Sen
Probationary Officer, SBI, Kolkata

Aditya Singh

IBPS PO

Read how Aditya managed to crack all his IBPS exams to get selected for IT Officer, PO & Clerk.....
I have been a regular student of OliveBoard..The Questions which OliveBoard gives in mock test papers are of great standard which helped me to raise my preparation level.. The general awareness section has always been the key section to fetch more marks than the required cut off and the questions and daily updates which OliveBoard provides is more than sufficient to crack any bank exam. The Practice session which is being conducted in which a number of aspirants participate has really been a boon to me.
STRATEGY: The strategy was simple and to to be constant and honest about my preparation. I used to read all the current affairs questions provided by OliveBoard and keep myself updated. The questions of Reasoning section is of great standard, infact, OliveBoard is the only one which tries to add new kind of questions as per IBPS. The English and Quantitative Aptitude need practice and OliveBoard questions are sufficient for the practice
Finally, I would like to thanx whole of the OliveBoard team for solving any kind of query.
I got selected as Bank IT Officer In Punjab National Bank, PO in Bank of India and clerk in Bank Of Baroda.

MOHIT RAWAT

SBI PO, 2018

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Mohit who is a commerce graduate followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
If I were to quickly walk you through my 23 years of existence on this planet, you'd get to know that I'm a student of commerce, and I've done my 12th from Doon International School, Dehradun (CBSE) in 2014. I've done my Bachelors (in commerce) from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, University of Delhi. I graduated in 2017. I then came back to Doon, and gave my IBPS PO, but wasn't able to Clear the interview. So I tried again, and took coaching and gave Mocks at Oliveboard (I'm sure you've heard of it, it's one of the best sites for Mocks. I can vouch for their SBI series! Rest, go check them out ;) .
Preparation Strategy:
Quants:
Strategies are subjective. One needs to personalise one's strategy with one's capabilities to get maximum benefits. The Preliminary exams check your knowledge and speed, so I did the syllabus by myself (it gave me a good understanding of the underlying concepts; this helped me in my Mains as well). Then I gave Oliveboard Mock Test to gain speed in Quants section.
Reasoning:
Same for the Reasoning as well. Practice as much as you can. I made sure that I gave a good number of mocks to prepare myself for the exam.
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English:
Always clear your Grammar basics before giving mocks. Read some good newspapers to work on your vocab and to improve your reading skills.
GK/GA:
Keep yourself updated by reading newspapers and watching news channels. Make short notes so you can cover them easily during your revision time.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests was critical to my being able to crack the exam. Knowledge and Speed are imperative for these exams but you also need confidence in your own abilities. A strong intuition needs to be developed to manage risks when one is confronted with tricky questions. This is best done by giving a lot of Mocks. Oliveboard is known for their Standard Mock series which is tougher than the usual SBI/IBPS PO. Once I started getting good enough marks in my Oliveboard Mocks, my confidence in my ability to Crack the SBI exam increased.
I want to thank Team Oliveboard for creating quality and challenging test series for the SBI PO. I absolutely loved it! It gave me the level of confidence that I needed to clear the Preliminary as well as the Main examination of SBI.
Tip to Aspirants:
Be confident and believe in yourself. You may face difficulties or get demotivated at times but never let that affect your preparations. All in all, a lot of effort went into my being able to Crack SBI PO, and everyone played their role in my success, be it my family, my coaching institute, or the Oliveboard mock series. Thank you to all of these people/institutions.
I would like to wish best of luck to all the aspirants. Go ahead and achieve your dreams.

ANSHUL VERMA

IBPS PO & SBI CLERK (2016)

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Anshul followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Anshul Verma. I've cleared IBPS PO & SBI CLERK in 2016. I did my engineering from BIT Mesra, Ranchi and currently working as a PO in Canara Bank. It has been a journey of ups and downs but I never lost hope and was destined to achieve the best.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for giving me an opportunity to share my journey and preparation tips with you guys.
Preparation Strategy:
Banking exams are all about tricky questions. You are tested not how much you know but also on your decision making ability. So, practice as much as you can and always choose questions wisely.
Quants:
Clear your concepts till class 10th properly with the help of some good books or online videos. Be well versed with square roots, formulas, percentage conversion, cube roots, tables etc. You can focus more on basic topics like :
1. Speed, Distance & Time
2. Profit & Loss
3. Time & Work
4. Ratio & Proportion
5. Alligation & Mixtures
6. Simple & Compound Interest.
7. Percentage
8. DI, Bar, Pie, Graph
Quant is all about speed and accuracy. Solving lot of questions will automatically improve speed & accuracy. You can refer DI by Arun Sharma
Reasoning:
I believe this is one of the most difficult section among the three. Focus more on questions related to Alphanumeric Series, Coding & Decoding, Blood Relation, Distance & Direction, Statement & Course of Action, Argumentation, Puzzles and Seating Arrangement.
Basic key to solve questions related to this section is to draw each and every possibility on the paper. Start analysing the diagram and the data. At the end you will find out that you are left with only one possibility which is the correct one.
Try doing Venn Diagram technique for Syllogism. No need to refer any book. Just give as many mock tests and quizzes as possible.
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English:
Start reading the newspaper daily. When you are reading articles and editorials, you eventually develop the sense of correctness about the basic rules & principles of Grammar.
You can refer book like “Plinth to Paramount” & “General English by S.P Bakshi”.
GK/GA:
It can be one of the most scoring section. It comprises mainly of three sections: Current Awareness, Banking Awareness, Static Gk.
Keep checking about RBI news, Financial policies, Amendments, Mergers, Economics related news, Bills Passed recently etc. Similarly, for banking awareness check the basic banking terms.
You can check Oliveboard GK app for preparing this section.
Role of Oliveboard:
During my preparation days, Oliveboard mock tests proved to be very beneficial. They provide tests as per the latest pattern and syllabus which will help you to prepare yourself best. Moreover, the analysis section provided by them is very useful in order to rectify your weak areas before giving the next mock.
Tips to Aspirants:
Keep practicing and analysing your weak areas in order to improve them. Lastly, I would like to advise all the aspirants to keep yourself motivated throughout the journey as it is not going to be an easy one.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Aryan Chatterjee

IBPS PO

I was particularly not aware of the banking exams pattern when i first started my preparation for Govt exams in 2014. I was mainly concentrating on SSC but gave IBPS PO and SBI PO in 2014 but it was a disaster. After completing my Post graduation in 2015 I took these exams seriously. Although i am a science graduate and solving maths was easy to me but the time constraint always bogged me down. Then I came to know about Oliveboard from a social networking site and thought about giving it a go to all the mock tests available. I enrolled for SBI PO course and I found that the interface and all the graphs and datas after the exams absolutely brilliant. One can simply improve upon his/her weakness from analyzing those data. I would also rate highly for the quality of questions given in the mocks. I did get through the Prelims and Mains of SBI PO but I was unfortunate for not making it through the final list by 1 mark. Also in IBPS PO I am in the reserve list after scoring 95.5 in the Mains and got 170.5 marks in IBPS Clerk and got allotted in Bank of India. I also failed to make it through the final list of IBPS RRB PO and IDBI Executive. So in all 2015 was a mixed year for me with little bit of fortune not going my way but i would like to say in the end that Oliveboard do helped me in improving my speed a lot and I would also recommend it to maintain its quality of questions and if possible also make it more tough as we can see that the patterns are changing each and every year and also competition and the level of questions is getting tougher each passing day.
I am hopeful for SBI PO this year and also planning to take SSC CGL Exam and wishing for success in these exams as well

Hardik Mehta

RBI Grade B All India Rank #1

Oliveboard mock tests were very informative, descriptive and helpful and score analysis was done on the spot. I found the level of tests very difficult and hence it helped me in learning. I was very impressed that Oliveboard immediately redesigned the mock tests as per the new pattern for RBI Grade B Exam (Phase 2). It showed that the think tank wants their students to get a knack of as many different questions as possible.Kudos to the Oliveboard's technical team for providing in-depth analysis of candidates' performance.

MONICA SINHA

IBPS CLERK 2017

'Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.' Today, we bring to you the inspiring story of Monica Sinha who successfully cleared IBPS CLERK in 2017.
Hi, I am Monica Sinha from Patna. I did my graduation in Bcom(2015) from Symbiosis college of Arts and Commerce. In 2015, I appeared for IBPS PO in which I failed in mains examinations. After that, I started preparing for banking exams seriously. I cleared many prelims exams but was unable to clear the mains examinations. I was very disheartened. The difficulty level of the examination was increasing tremendously, I didn't knew from where to prepare. Then I heard about Oliveboard. I started preparing from Oliveboard from the year 2016. I gave 2 mocks everyday. For Quantitative, Reasoning and English section I only practised from Oliveboard mock tests.In 2017, I missed IBPS PO mains by 0.50 but I finally cleared IBPS clerk VII.
Preparation Strategy:
REASONING: Try solving as many puzzles as you can. Solve at least 5 puzzles everyday of utmost difficulty.
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QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE: First of all clear your basics of every arithmetic chapters because now a days in every mains paper major focus is on arithmetic part. Solve sectional quantitative tests from oliveboard. Try to solve DI which is arithmetic chapter based.
ENGLISH: Learn new words everyday. Try to read articles from The Hindu everyday.For basic grammar you can refer to Wren and Martin book. Solve every question of oliveboard mock of english section and try to understand the logic behind every answer.
G.K: In 2015, when I first appeared for IBPS PO mains, I scored 1 in gk section. This was my weakest section. I made notes for every topic for static part from Oliveboard. I revised my notes daily. I solved everyday gk quiz from affairscloud for current affairs. For banking part also I made notes for every topic. To score in gk you have to study daily. In IBPS clerk I scored 35.
Role Of Oliveboard In My Success:
Oliveboard mock tests are must.They were extremely helpful in my preparation. Do give mock tests and analyse your weak areas accordingly to devise your study plan further.
Tip To Aspirants:
Never lose hope.The moral support of my mother helped me a lot. We used to sit for hours to discuss gk. Without her support I could not have cleared this exam.
At last, hard work always pays off. Keep practicing and have patience.
'Push yourself because no one else is going to do this for you.'
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

AMARDEEP SINGH

SSC CGL, 2016

“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Proving this quote right, Amardeep never settled for anything less and worked hard to score better in his second attempt.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am Amandeep Singh. I have done BioTech from Punjab University, Chandigarh. After completing my graduation in 2015 I started preparing for SSC CGL. My hard work showed colors and I was able to clear SSC CGL in very first attempt in 2015. I joined as an Auditor but I knew that I can do much better than this. I kept my preparation going on side by side and appeared for SSC CGL in 2016 again. This time I managed to get AIR 355 and was very satisfied with my performance.
Preparation Strategy
Quants:
Please clear your basics before you start giving mock tests. You will end up giving n number of mock tests without having any proper direction to attempt the questions if your basics are not cleared.
Once you clear your basics, please proceed and solve a good number of mock tests. Solving good number of questions will help you to improve your accuracy and speed which is very important for this section. You can also refer to Kiran’s Mathematics Book to practice last years questions as I did during my preparation.
Reasoning:
Generally the Reasoning section for SSC exams are quite easy and you actually do not need to prepare for it separately. Just try and solve 5 questions daily and you are good to go.
I was also preparing for CAT earlier so my Reasoning section was pretty much sorted and thus I did not require any extra preparation for this section.
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English:
The Mantra to improve your English section is read, read and just read. It will help you to improve your vocab, spelling, grammar etc. I used to read a lot of Novels and Editorials. Never restrict yourself and read everything and anything.
You can refer Editorials from HINDU as they are very good and will help you a lot. I would also advise you to refer this book named “Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh”. This is one of the best books for English and will help you to clear all your basic concepts.
GK/GA:
For this section I used to refer various pdfs from different sources. Try and read newspapers daily to keep yourself updated.
Descriptive:
This section generally has two parts: Essay & Letter Writing. I referred few Essay Books to prepare myself for this area. Try to cover one Essay topic daily and do keep yourself updated with current happenings.
Try to support your essay with good amount of facts to score well in exam. Just beating around the bush will never help to score well in Essays.
Role of Oliveboard:
You need to have a proper direction during your preparation days. Just solving questions blindly will lead you nowhere. To be honest, Oliveboard helped me to approach the questions in the proper manner. Do analyse the answers after every mock tests. Analysing your weak areas will help you to strategize your further study plan in the right manner.
Tips to Aspirants:
Never settle for ordinary. Everyone is capable of achieving their dreams ….it’s just the right approach and will power that will guide you towards the path to success.
So, there will be times where you might feel left out and deviated but remember that the path to success is never easy.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Parag Dutta

IBPS RRB Assistant

Today I am going to share my experience and the overall journey of competitive bank exams. Not necessarily I achieved success in my very first attempt rather faced some hurdles during the process.
I always had in my mind to go for research work in my field (operation research). Soon after I completed my Masters in Mathematics I thought of enlisting myself in the PHD coursework. Also being a gold medallist I did not want to miss my dream. But during that period, I was also afraid of the fact of wasting my age because being a general candidate it is not so easy to get a job in academic field, for that you need to spend years up to 30. After that if you don’t get all other ways will remain closed.
So, keeping everything apart started my preparation for banking and Insurance exams. Faced a lot of trouble in the beginning for time management which plays the biggest factor. As to speak for the skills that I possessed, absolutely nothing except for Quantitative Aptitude which was due to my never-ending interest in Mathematics. But that was not sufficient. I was good in preparation for the process but not sufficient to get enlisted in the final list.
I went through google, searched many websites and all but then I got to know about Oliveboard, which was the booster of my success. I used to buy mock tests from Oliveboard, which were specially made for the exams. Level was up to mark, and yeah it made my path clean. I used to appear a mock test every day and individual tests from this website. Also, I used to practice from other websites and books with the help of stopwatch. As a result my speed was up to the mark. No one has achieved success in his very first attempt.
Success comes to those who try for it and have seen enough failures. List of exams that I appeared during my journey:
1)LIC AAO 2016-I got 222, cut off 255
2)SBI CLERK 2016-I got 109, Mains cut off 114
3)SBI PO 2016-I got 66, Mains cut off 70
4)BOB MANIPAL2016-Appeared interview. Fall short of 1.45 to get in the final list
5)IBPS RRB PO 2016-17: Appeared interview. Fall short of 3.5 to get in the final list.
6)IBPS PO V: Appeared interview. Fall short of 1.7 to get in the final list.
7)RBI ASSISTANT 2016-17: Mains cut off 107.I got 122.Missed computer sectional by .75
8)IBPS RRB ASSISTANT V: Selected in Langpi Dehangi Rural Bank (Assam)
9)IBPS CLERK VI: Selected in Central Bank of India
That was not so easy as I have seen the worst scenario when missed the exams by edges. Nobody really knows when he/she will get the job but time plays the primary role in deciding the overall result of one’s effort. I never accepted defeat rather took more care in my each step, devoted myself in the series of exams, mock tests which eventually helped me to upgrade and finally I made it. Got selected in two banks. My one and only suggestion practice as much as you can because practice makes a man perfect. Day by day the pattern is getting changed and competition has reached higher level. So only your best performance can get you the best result.
I would like to thank Oliveboard again for providing the best exam materials and mock tests which really helped me to achieve the success.

Manish Kumar

IBPS PO

I bought Oliveboard Mock Test Series for the preparation of IBPS PO. Because of attempting many difficult mocks of this test series, I was able to crack the IBPS PO Mains Exam. I found the questions in the exam were of the same level as of the Mock Test Series, especially in Quants and Reasoning. Thank you Oliveboard.

Sumit Sharma

IBPS PO

I had filled the form of SBI PO 2016 without any preparation because I wasn't sure if I wanted to join the banking sector. To my surprise, I cleared the Preliminary exam. But since I had no idea about the Banking related questions, I couldn't clear the GA cutoff in the Main Exam. Even though my total marks were 82, I had missed the GA cut off by one mark.
At that point I decided to take the banking exams seriously and started my preparation. I took notes from my senior who had cleared SBI PO and also started taking Oliveboard Mock Tests.
I had taken mock tests from other websites too. I found them too easy and got overconfident. Oliveboard gave me a reality check and prepared me to face tough questions. There is a proverb- "If you are prepared for the worst, you are already prepared for the best" and Oliveboard helped me to prepare for the worst.
IBPS PO Main pattern was exactly like the pattern of SBI PO Main exam. It also had the same unexpected difficult questions. Since I had already attempted SBI PO Mains and have practiced enough OB Mock Tests, the IBPS PO Main paper wasn't a major shock for me and I cleared it. I also cleared NIACL AO Mains and now waiting for interview

ANKIT PRASAD

IBPS CLERK

Hi friends, I’m Ankit Prasad from Chhattisgarh. I completed my BTech in 2016. Most of the IT companies visited our college for campus placements. I had not opted for placements as I was not interested in the IT Sector. My father told me about stability and fast growth in the Banking sector and he motivated me to prepare for Banking Exams.
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!

AKASH MAAN

SSC CGL

Hi, I am Akash Maan. I have got AIR-781, Marks-551 in SSC-CGl and have been posted as ASO in Election Commission (AOM 4600).
I started preparation for SSC CGL in March 2016. Before that, I had prepared for CAT 2015. My strategy was simple - Less GS, More QA, and English.
For QA I referred my CAT books and previous year questions of SSC.
For English- I used the following books: Norman Lewis for Vocabulary, SP Bakshi for Vocabulary and Grammar, Neetu Singh- Volume 1 for Grammar and Voice-Narration and previous year questions of SSC.
More Focus should be on QA from the start. English can be completed in 3 months time, by dedicating 2 hours regularly.
Revise English as much as possible-- Especially Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, OWS, Idioms). Practice grammar, Comprehension, Cloze test, Para Jumble from previous years-- preferably paper-wise as mocks. Do not differentiate between QA of Prelims and Mains examination. Prepare as a whole.
I took QA Mocks of Oliveboard, and they were a notch higher in difficulty than previous papers and it helped me to manage my time more efficiently. Also, Oliveboard QA questions are conceptual not just repetition of previous years with the change in values and not just calculative without concepts.
Although I couldn't score good marks in QA Mains (12 Jan re-examination, frustration and a bit higher level of the exam than expected and 5 wrong questions in the exam, got 10 marks as grace but time lost in trying them again and again was more than 10 marks worth.)
Be ready for any miss-happenings in your journey. My individual scores were - PRELIMS: 156.5
( QA-50,English 43.5 Reasoning 45 GS 18),
MAINS : 328.5 (QA 163.5 English 165) and Tier-3 (66). Total Marks - 551.
Make your own strategy based on your strength and weakness. I didn't study GS much because I believed I would compensate for this in the Mains examination. If you are good in GS, then score as much as possible in Prelims Examination. Focus on concepts for QA, don't just blindly memorise previous year tricks and questions. For English, don't overdo Grammar, It can backfire. One book of grammar can get you 32-35 out of 45 in Mains. Focus on other parts as well.
Thank You and All the Best to all aspirants!

Mrinmoy Negel

SBI PO

Hello everyone. I graduated in the year 2017 itself with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I belong to Kolkata. Though I had been placed in 2 companies from College placements still I wanted a career in the world of Finance only.
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!

Debasmita Majumder

SBI PO

Among all banking exams, I appeared only for SBI PO & IBPS PO but my eyes were always fixed on SBI PO, because the pay is lucrative, career opportunities are promising and promotion is also common in SBI.
Oliveboard Mock tests were up to the mark and they helped me to review my entire preparation. The feedback and solution provided by them was also very accurate (specially the Maths & Reasoning section). The level of many tests was difficult and hence I didn't face much issues in SBI PO Mains, which had a fair share of new & difficult questions. Most of the people were actually shocked after the exam got over, but I was fairly satisfied by my performance. Though this exam was the hardest ever banking exam, the high standard mock tests of Oliveboard helped me to maintain composure and confidence throughout the exam. My total aggregate marks in SBI PO was 58.10 (out of 100) and I would like to thank Oliveboard for making my dream come true.

Rajat Goyal

IBPS Clerk

I started my preparation in May 2015. SBI PO was the first exam that I took. i had no idea how to prepare for exam and hence I couldn't clear even the Prelims. Then i concentrated more on strategy and started preparing in a more planned way through Mock Tests. Next exams in the line were IBPS RRB, IBPS PO and IBPS CLERK. I knew I had less time. By this time I had realised an important thing that if I want to have an edge over others, I have to get high scores in English+GA+Computer. I concentrated more on that. I didn't take the RRB Exam seriously.
But I gave my best for IBPS PO. I knew I couldn't get better oppurtunity than that but unfortunately I missed PO Mains by .75 marks in Maths. Overall score was 93 and that was really a heartbreak.
After that IBPS Clerk was the last oppurtunity for me. I studied with same enthusiasm this time and concentrated more on Maths. And finally I cleared IBPS CLERK with 148.75 marks.
I took some mock tests from Oliveboard, I liked the way I could analyze my scores and see where I stand among my competitors. And in future too, I would prefer Oliveboard Mock Tests.

Pankaj Saini

IBPS PO

I am Pankaj Saini from Chandigarh. I am a B. Tech-MBA from Panjab University Chandigarh. After pursuing B. Tech (EEE) I worked in Wipro technologies from where I had to face exit after working there for 1 year. In September 2011 I started preparing for MBA admissions in the hope of getting a better future after pursuing MBA and I landed up in Panjab University. Pursued my MBA in Marketing Management (2012-14). After pursuing MBA, I worked in Bulls' Eye as Business Development Manager and Logical Reasoning instructor for 1 year but wasn't satisfied as I wanted a good government job.
I went for 8 interviews including banking and Insurance PO, SO and AO jobs but didn't get selection anywhere. I left the job and kept on preparing and opted for Oliveboard Test Series for every exam and finally in 2016-17 I got selected as PO-United Bank of India, Marketing Officer-Syndicate bank, Superintendent-Central Warehousing Corporation, RRB Scale 1-Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank. I joined Superintendent-CWC till the time I didn't get joining and Place of Posting from banks. Besides this, I have also appeared for RBI Grade B interview, cleared NABARD Mains (Interview schedule shall be announced soon).
Some section wise tips:
Quant:
I had a fear of quantitative aptitude so I kept on practicing some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I started with RS Aggarwal and went on to do the most difficult sets of Oliveboard and Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma (TMH).
English:
Kept on reading newspaper (which ever available). I used to write the Gist of editorials everyday which helped in Comprehension and improved my Grammar.
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 high level of reasoning puzzles asked in Oliveboard test series that I succeeded in clearing this section with very Good Marks.
General Awareness:
I never relied on any external source other than newspaper. I maintained a register in which I wrote news from Newspaper every day. On Sundays I used to write news section-wise in a separate register in which the news of whole week was segregated into various sections like Appointments, Awards and Honours, Books, etc. It proved to be a very successful exercise for me.
In the end I would say that all through this journey I have learned a lot from everything I did to achieve what I wanted and I am not going to stop at anything because for me success is an unending process which starts with our birth and ends when we die. Keep learning keep sharing keep smiling and never hurt anybody. May God Bless you all!

Sudha Melpakkam

SBI PO

After 5 years of experience in a reputed IT firm, I wanted to take up banking as my career and join public sector banks. But I had no idea how to approach banking exams and I failed to clear the first two times. Then I heard about Oliveboard and I took up SBI PO practise tests. I really liked the difficulty level which I felt was one degree higher than the main exam. It helped me to prepare up to the standard. And finally, I got through SBI PO exam. All thanks to Oliveboard for making it happen.
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!

Prabhat Sharma

IBPS SO

I graduated from Ewing Christian College, Allahabad in 2009 and then completed my MBA from IET Lucknow in 2012. I worked for one year at Aircel and then for another year at IFFCO Tokio. After this, I decided to prepare for Bank Exams.
Last year I missed IBPS PO by 0.4 marks after interview and IBPS Clerk by 1 Mark.
But finally this year proved lucky and I finally cleared IBPS SO (Marketing Officer).
I took Oliveboard Mock Tests for IBPS SO (Marketing Officer) and their solutions are extremely well detailed. I also attended their free Group Study sessions and these proved to be extremely beneficial as you need to solve each question in limited time. I recommend Oliveboard to all the banking exam aspirants
-Prabhat Sharma, Specialist Officer (Marketing), Union Bank of India.

Amit Kumar Mishra

UIIC AO

Oliveboard undoubtedly has been the most successful test series since the time of inception of online test series. All others are just playing the game and nowhere even close to matching the level of Oliveboard. Be it the question pattern, the solution, the comparison with other candidates, the percentile theory, the user interface. I think all these features distinguish OB from the crowd of other online portals, I started giving exams back in 2014, the first exam being SBI Clerk, in which I qualified the written but ultimately missed the final selection by 2 marks (which is a huge margin, as it was SBI Clerk and that too Uttar Pradesh).
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.

GURSHER SINGH

CANARA PO, 2018

The success story of a small town B.Com graduate who believed that hard work is the best way to success and went on to clear Canara Bank PO in 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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
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.
About Oliveboard:
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.

Swati Verma

SBI PO

Hi, My name is Swati Verma. I have completed my BTech in electronics and communication from AKGEC in 2016. As I was preparing for GATE, I have not opted for campus selection because most of them were IT companies. But the result of GATE was not up to my expectation and for getting a good PSU one must have to come under top 100. I don’t want to take a chance for another year. So, I made up my mind for banking exams.
In 2016, IBPS PO was my first attempt and I missed its pre-by 1 mark and then I realized that the way I thought banking exams would be, they are much more than that and from there the journey begins. Like you, I have also seen many posts, success stories on Facebook, tried to interact with few aspirants who have cleared this exam and I am thankful to everyone who has guided me during this phase and big thanks to Oliveboard and the people behind it. The way their think tank work is commendable. They keep updating test series according to the latest pattern. One thing I can guarantee you that the money invested in buying Oliveboard series will never be wasted. So, after that, I have cleared IBPS Clerk 2016, BOB PGDM 2017 and the most awaited SBI PO 2017.
So here is my strategy for those who can give 4 -5 months of dedication for this exam and believe me you will nail it.
MATHS- Build up your basics with YouTube videos and then try to solve questions from Arun Sharma (level 1, level 2), and Oliveboard test series. Don’t try to mug up shortcut tricks if you find in any book because, in mains, questions will not be based on these tricks. Data Sufficiency is the most scoring and interesting part because you don’t need to calculate the final answer. So, this can save your time and if DI is tough (eventually it would be), it will help you to clear your sectional cut-off. And, believe me, the way this exam is increasing its difficulty level, the cut-off is getting as low as one can imagine and this time the sectional cut-off is zero which was a surprise for us as well.
ENGLISH- Give a good number of test and that is worth it. Reading newspaper will be very useful but I never read the newspaper. I only read THE HINDU editorial part online because this would be helpful for descriptive and interview as well.
GENERAL AWARENESS- Memorize allocation for different schemes and projects in the budget. You can watch tricks on YouTube to memorize static part for banking.
REASONING- No book is required for puzzles. Only test series are sufficient for that. Oliveboard provides you a good number of puzzles. The variety and level of those puzzles are outstanding. But in mains don’t stick to the puzzle and if you are trying to opt for puzzle choose it wisely.
DESCRIPTIVE- This section can give you ace on the final merit list and it does not require a lot of effort. Topics are very general in nature you would easily be able to write on them. Simply avoid grammatical and spelling error and adhere to the word limits. Just do a typing practice one week before the exam and reading the editorial on a daily basis will help you to analyze important essay topics.
For pre-preparation, you only have to give 2 tests on a daily basis. Rest, you can give mains preparation. Don't make a myth in your mind that the paper is tough so you would not be able to crack it. There is no need to be extraordinary for this exam. You just have to make a target of 4-5 months and work accordingly.
GD/Interview- Read a newspaper, editorial, cover budget, economic survey, govt schemes and try to read previous year interview experiences.
Some important tips-
Thousands of books and study material is available in the market. No need to go through these bulky and intricate content.
Check this year SBI PO paper and cut-offs. Try to attempt each section at their respective time duration and then analyzed how much you have attempted correctly.
Make your strategy and work accordingly. You must devote more time for mains preparation or I can say start keeping mains in focus.
During pre-in maths, we can clear sectional cut-off skipping word problem but in mains, if we don’t have a good command over word problem it will be hard because all the DI’s are based on those word problem.
Invest in good mocks like Oliveboard and practice mocks. After giving mocks, analyze its solution part. One thing which I like about Oliveboard is that its solution part is quite descriptive, and one can easily clear one’s concept while going through it.
More than knowledge, it is a test of your patience. If you keep yourself calm and compose in those deadly 3 hrs of the exam and attempt few questions in every section with accuracy you would be able to sail through it.
I have attempted only 16 questions in reasoning, 11 in maths, 18 in English and 30 in GK. So again, I repeat quality matters, not the quantity.
Why Oliveboard??
- A good number of puzzles. No book can provide you that much variety.
- Question-based on the new pattern. Error-free and detailed solution part.
- Cost-effective and reliable than books and other coaching materials.
Thank You!
All the best for your upcoming exams.

Ajay Thakur

NIACL AO

Hi Friends, This Is Ajay Thakur from MP. I started my preparation in 2015 after completing B.SC (CS). In the beginning, I focused on clearing basics of Maths and Reasoning and giving offline practice set of English language.
I gave all the main exams of IBPS 2015 but missed all of them by just a narrow margin. Then after I shifted my focus from offline practice to online practice and purchased Oliveboard practice set for IBPS PO mains. It helped me a lot and by the help of Oliveboard, blessings of parents and almighty I could clear the following exams:
IBPS PO 2016 - UNION BANK OF INDIA
RRB OS 2016 - MADHYANCHAL GRAMIN BANK
IBPS CLERK 2016 - PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK
RRB CLERK 2016 - MADHYANCHAL GRAMIN BANK
And the One Which I Joined - NIACL Administrative Officer
For Aspirants of these exams, I would like to suggest you give speed test as much as you can and analyse them on daily basis. Improve yourself and learn new things.
Wish you all the best for upcoming exams :
Happy learning!!

Divyama Shukla

IBPS PO

मेरी पहली परीक्षा एसबीआई पीओ 2015 थी| मुझे प्रीलिम्स में तो सफलता प्राप्त हुई, लेकिन मैं मुख्य परीक्षा पास नहीं कर सका। मैं आईबीपीएस पीओ में साक्षात्कार चरण तक पहुँचा लेकिन उसमें सफल नहीं हो सका। यहाँ तक कि मैं आईबीपीएस क्लर्क में भी मैं सिर्फ 1 अंक से रह गया|
मैं पहले से ही पिछले साल कई टेस्ट सीरीज ले चुका था और इस साल कुछ नया करना चाहता था। ओलिवबोर्ड को हमेशा वाट्स एप और टेलीग्राम के स्टडी ग्रुप में और दोस्तों द्वारा सबसे अच्छा सुझावित किया जाता था | इसीलिए मैने ओलिवबोर्ड एसबीआई क्लर्क (JA) टेस्ट सीरीज़ खरीदने का फैसला किया|
मुख्य परीक्षा पूरी तरह से चौकाने वाली थी| मैथ्स में सब आसान सवालों की जगह मुश्किल सवालों ने ले ली थी। लेकिन ओलिवबोर्ड के जिस सेक्शन से मुझे असलियत में मदद मिली वो अंग्रेजी थी। बल्कि मैं ये कहूँगा कि मेरा केवल अंग्रेजी सेक्शन की वजह से ही चयन हुआ। ओलिवबोर्ड मॉक टेस्ट में रीडिंग कोम्प्रीहेन्शन (RC) की गुणवत्ता वाकई बहुत अच्छी है और यह मेरी मुख्य परीक्षा में ,जिसमें कि बहुत कम सीधे सवाल पूछे गये, मेरी सटीकता में सुधार लाने में कारगर साबित हुआ | आमतौर पर मैं ओलिवबोर्ड मॉक टेस्ट में अंग्रेजी में 24-25 अंक प्राप्त करता था लेकिन परीक्षा में मैंने 32 अंक प्राप्त किये वो भी तब जबकि मैंने हल ही केवल 34 किये थे| असलियत में मेरी सटीकता सभी सेक्शन में अच्छी रही| मैंने 144 प्रश्न हल किये थे और मैंने 133 अंक प्राप्त किये|इसके अलावा, टेस्ट सीरीज़ ने मेरी मदद जनरल अवेयरनेस (GK) में 38अंक प्राप्त करने में भी की- ओलिवबोर्ड जानता है कि जनरल अवेयरनेस (GA) सेक्शन में किस प्रकार के स्टेटिक और करंट अफेयर्स के प्रश्न देने हैं |
मैं एसबीआई क्लर्क (JA) में चयनित हुआ हूँ और अब आईबीपीएस पीओ मेन्स और BOB Manipal के साक्षात्कार के परिणामों का इंतज़ार कर रहा हूँ

Kaustubh Mamagain

UIIC AAO

2016 was my 2nd attempt at SBI and I was determined to make the cut this time. The only strategy that I followed this year to attempt Oliveboard Mock Tests regularly and then analysing them properly. I specifically focussed a lot on General Awareness because I feel this section is the most scoring and also takes the least amount of time. I used to refer to popular websites to keep myself updated with Current Affairs.
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

Sandip Kumar Pattanaik

IBPS RRB Scale-I

Hi, This is Sandip Kumar Pattanaik, a normal chemistry graduate (yes, no B.Tech or technical degree), who was peregrinating here and there for success.This was my maiden attempt at appearing for banking exams and the purpose behind writing this story is to break the stereotypes in the mind of banking aspirants. 'All are rogue my dear friends. You are the only limitations. Break the chain, go and fight'.
I started my preparation in 2017, i.e, in my final year of graduation. I had already made up my mind to pursue a career in banking without any diversion. I think a clear goal had helped me a lot. I gave all the exams of IBPS and qualified them all too due to God's grace.
Now coming to my preparation strategies, I never ever followed anyone because everyone has their respective strengths and weaknesses. I framed my own strategy after self-analysis and suggest you make your own. Focus on the quality of your preparation, not the number of hours you put in. You should be able to thoroughly cover and revise the syllabus before the exam.
Here are my advice or preparation tips for all aspirants:
English - Aspirants might relate to Annabelle (horror movie) when it comes to this section. I strongly recommend you to read The Hindu, every day. Read as much as you can. Read The Economist. The contemporary English demands you to build your vocabulary and strengthen your grammatical concepts. Refer a dictionary like Merriam Webster for the former. Make your own ocean of words. Take online quizzes and appear for mock tests.
General Awareness - Read the newspaper and make notes daily and revise on Sunday. Revise from the GK monthly capsule too.
Quantitative Aptitude - Start going through concepts and solving problems from RS Aggarwal. Revise all the chapters. Attempt quizzes from the Oliveboard mock series. Take help from Online videos and Quantum CAT books, if required.
Reasoning - No single material is sufficient. Practice as much as you can. Practice from various sources. Never neglect the critical reasoning part. It can make or break your chances of cracking the examination.
Now coming to the test series, I used Oliveboard Mock Test Series. Basically, i started my preparation with a view to crack PO only. In between that, I came to know about Oliveboard whose mock test series were a blessing for me. Everything was covered in the Oliveboard Mock Test Series. I used to give 1 mock daily and analysed it thoroughly. I want you to do that too. Analyse the mocks, note down your strength and weaknesses and try to ameliorate the weaknesses. One thing I will request you is that don't try to gauge the pattern. Always focus on your practice. If something new comes in the exam, it will be new for all.
I write in my leisure time and would like to share a little something that might motivate you to toil hard and achieve your goals.
'I don't care what that astrologer says,
He may bless the future
Or make it a hay.
I know today is shabby
Tomorrow will be worse
But after that,
There will be sure an ecstasy. '
Thank You
Best of Luck!

Neeraj Agrawal

IBPS PO

My first stint with the Banking Exams was in 2015. I missed SBI PO Mains by 1 mark but got selected in IBPS PO and was allotted Vijaya Bank which I couldn't join due to some personal issues. This year I again missed SBI PO just by 0.75 marks but I am glad that I cleared IBPS PO.
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

Amlan Mukherjee

IBPS PO

Oliveboard mock test packages are the best.I gave my first IBPS PO exam in 2015. At that time I didn't know about OB. I could not clear PO because of the Reasoning section .After that one of my friends told me about Oliveboard.I took a free test and was quite impressed by the question standard and immediately bought Clerk and SO test series. Although I couldn't take the SO exam due to illness but the Clerk Test Series helped me a lot and I cleared Clerk exam with 156 marks.The main positive things about Olivboard are its nice user friendly interface, lucid explanation of all answers, good server connectivity and most importantly the standard of the questions which are quite similiar to the actual question pattern. I recommend everyone to buy Oliveboard test series.

Ashish Mathew

IBPS PO

I completed my graduation in 2016 from Amity university, Noida and was placed in a IT company with a package which was below par for me and I was not at all satisfied. I started preparing for bank exams from July 2016 and my first exam was SBI clerk where I missed prelims qualification by .25. That was a wake-up call.
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.

Tushar Bhivgade

BOB PO

My name is Tushar Bhivgade. I am 2014 B.E graduate in Computer Science. Was never imagined as a child that I would become a PO! After engineering, I was not selected for campus placement as my aptitude was weak. Then, I tried IT companies, but I was not satisfied. I took admission for MTech but when my MTech was about to finish, then again the same question came to my mind, what next? Because I wasn’t interested in coding, so I canceled my plan to go into IT companies.
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.

Shilpi Kanchan

IBPS PO

Hello, My name is Shilpi Kanchan. I have cleared IBPS PO VI and IPPB Scale I. After my graduation (BA (Hons) English) in May 2016, I decided to take banking exams. I was not 21 by that time so could not take SBI PO. Then I prepared for IBPS PO seriously. My only target was to clear it anyhow. I cleared my basic concepts from YouTube Channels and few books.
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.
Prelims- 76
Mains- 115
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.
Thanks

PRAVEEN KUMAR

ESIC SSO 2018 (AIR-1), SEBI GRADE A 2018

Read the success story of Praveen Kumar who could not clear UPSC, NABARD & RBI in his first attempt. But these failures never let him down and his determination to join a prestigious organization helped him to clear SEBI GRADE A(2018) & ESIC SSO(2018) with AIR-1.
Thus Praveen rightly justifies this quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Small Introduction:
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.
Phase 1:
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.
Phase 2:
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
Affairs.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
Phase 3:
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.

Abhijeet Singh

SSC CGL

Fruits of success are relished even more if it is achieved in first attempt.
My name is Abhijeet Singh, and I have been selected as auditor in CGDA through SSC-CGL-2016, while result status of BOB PO is awaited. It all started in January 2016 when after leaving a job in private sector I started preparing for SSC-CGL. After devoting 5-6 months for Tier 1 preparation, I could score only 146.5 in Tier 1 that left me high and dry considering the cut-throat competition. My hope of securing job was dashed to ash after securing this much marks in Tier 1.
But then I heard from somewhere about Oliveboard test series and then from that day I started taking Oliveboard test for SSC-mains and believe me guys I found Oliveboard test series unique in many respects as compared to others. Questions provided by Oliveboard are unseen and of one step higher difficulty than the one we face in actual exams. With utmost sincerity, I would like to thank Oliveboard for providing excellent quality test series that prepared me well for tough exams and eventually I scored 321 in mains.
Few advices to novice in this field:
1) Brace yourself by clearing your basics of English and maths. For maths start solving each question of Kiran, chapter wise mathematics.
2) For English, SP Bakshi is a good book for clearing concepts.
3) For GK, Lucent is a good book for improving your score.
4) In addition to this, at least 5 mock tests are necessary per week to improve speed.
It is an oft repeated cliché that 'success does not come easy'. For that only your hard work will go a long way to prove your worth. All the best to all for your future exams.

Siddharth Kaushik

IBPS PO

Thanks Oliveboard , I got through Canara Bank as Specialist Officer . Your marketing questions were good . I secured 46 out of 50 in marketing.

Deepanshu Jaiswal

IBPS PO

I completed my graduation (B.Com) from National PG college Lucknow in May 2015 following which I started my preparation for Bank PO exams. I coudn't appear for SBI PO but I wasnt 21 years at that time. So I focused on IBPS PO and RRB PO. I bought Oliveboard's mock test series. They were a bit tough but i made sure that I give atleast one mock a day. I had bought other mock tests as well but I found Oliveboard to be the best among all because they made sure that I get well accustomed to questions across all difficulty levels.
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.

Deepak Kumar

NIACL AO

Hi, I am Deepak Kumar from Delhi and I am currently working as an Administrative Officer in New India Assurance Co. Ltd. I am B.Tech (ECE) graduate from APJ Abdul Kalam University. After completing my B.Tech in 2015, I started my preparation for government jobs as it was my first priority.
My real struggle started after August 2015. I decided to make my career in banking and finance sector. In 2015, I appeared in IBPS PO and in my first attempt I cleared mains and appeared for the interview but couldn't make in the final selection list and miss my selection by only 1.5 marks. After this, I again started my preparation for the upcoming exams and raise my level of practice.
The first three exams that I face in my life:
1. IBPS PO (2015-16)- Cleared Prelims and Mains but couldn’t make in the final list.
2. LIC AAO (2015-16)- Cleared written the exam and appeared in the interview but couldn’t make in the final list.
3. IBPS CLERK (2015-16)-Cleared Prelims but couldn’t make in the final list.
The thing that I learn from three initial failures was that without proper knowledge and the right approach, I couldn’t make in the final list. Then, I joined Oliveboard test series for my practice and no doubt it really works for me. I can say that in this competitive world Oliveboard helps me a lot in understanding the pattern of online exams and questions. This is how I improve myself in 2016-17 exams.
Oliveboard gives free as well as paid mocks and I find these online tests very helpful in my selection in SBI clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS RRB PO & Clerk, and NIACL AO. They provide tests with new pattern and difficulty level is also as per the exams. After taking these mocks test, anybody will find exam questions easy and will be able to make in the final selection list.
The list itself speaks of what I achieved in 2016 and this was the life-changing year for me and my family:
1. SSC CPO (2016)- Cleared both prelims and mains but not appeared for physical test
2. SSC CGL (2016)- - Cleared both prelims and mains but couldn’t make in the final list
3. SBI JA (2016)- - Selected (worked 4 months in SBI)- Great Experience (Dec 2016-March 2017)
4. SBI PO (2016)- - Cleared both prelims and mains but not appeared in interview
5. UIIC AO (2016)- - missed by 0.75 marks (123.5)
6. IBPS PO (2016-17)- - Selected (Got PNB)
7. IBPS Clerk (2016-17)- - Selected (Got PNB)
8. IBPS RRB PO (2016-17)- - Selected (Got SUPGB)
9. IBPS RRB Clerk (2016-17)- - Selected (Got SUPGB)
10. IPPB PO (2016)- - Cleared both Prelims and Mains, did not appear in the interview
11. NIACL AO (2016)- - Selected (currently working as AO from May-2017)
12. RBI Assistant- Cleared Prelims but stuck in mains
My Strategy:
My strategy was simple. Clear the basics and learn every day. The Mock test is very essential part of the preparation. I was able to find out my mistakes and the detailed explanation provided on each question by Oliveboard mock test was really helpful.
Tips for other candidates:
- Remember, life is full of struggles for everyone but the one, who has patience, passion and self-confidence can achieve anything. So, never afraid of initial failures in your life.
- Try to learn from these failures and make new ways, think differently and one day you will achieve whatever you want in your life. So, read, learn and do more and more practice.
'Daily practice is necessary for clearing any exam. Give more and more mock tests.'
With the blessing of my parents, siblings and almighty this is what I achieve in my life till now and I am still preparing for higher exams.
Thank you!

Soumallya Chattopadhyay

SBI PO

I'm Soumallya Chattopadhyay from West Bengal.
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.

VIKAS AGARWAL

SSC CGL, 2016

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Similarly, Vikash always kept a balance between his job and dream and worked hard to achieve his dream.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am Vikash Agarwal. I have done my B.Tech from BIT MESRA in 2013 and then joined a private company. While working with the private firm I always found a lack of satisfaction at my end in terms of work. Having said that, I started preparing for SSC CGL. It was not an easy task to prepare for an exam like SSC along with your job….but I never lost hope and left no stone unturned to achieve my dreams.
Finally in 2016 I cleared SSC CGL in my first attempt and presently I am working as a GST INSPECTOR in Kolkata, West Bengal.
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 want to prepare for these Government exams along with their job.
Preparation Strategy
Quants:
Clear all your basics and try to be quick with your calculations. Once your basics are clear then practice as much as you can. According to me, practice is the only Mantra to score well in these competitive exams. I referred Kiran’s SSC Mathematics to clear my concepts. Apart from that I practiced a lot from Oliveboard mock tests. Oliveboard provides mock tests very much like the real exam and gives you a fair idea about your approach towards solving the questions.
Reasoning:
I would advise to refer Kiran’s Book for this section as well as they proved quite beneficial in my preparations also.
Keep practicing as much as you can. Reasoning is quite easy in SSC CGL Exams. So prepare it well in order to score the maximum in this section.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
I referred Arun Sharma for this section. This book has some tricky questions which will help you to prepare yourself in the best possible way, and you will be able to handle almost all the questions easily in the exam. Moreover, reading Editorials daily from newspapers like the HINDU can be very useful in terms of improving your vocab, general knowledge, reading skills etc.
Apart from that I also referred Kiran’s English Solved Papers Book to practice for this section. Solving last years (3-5 years) question papers proves very beneficial.
GK/GA:
For this section prepare yourself well as this can be a very scoring one. I referred to NCERT and Lucent’s General Knowledge Book. They were helpful to prepare for this section.
You can check Oliveboard's GK app for preparing for this section.
Descriptive:
This section needs you to be well versed with the latest happenings…..so read as much as you can. Read Editorial section of newspapers like the HINDU & TIMES OF INDIA. Apart from that you can also prepare yourself well with the help of magazines like GK Today & Spectrum.
Role of Oliveboard:
It is always important to solve questions to check that your preparation is in the right direction. Apart from that do analyse the results as well. Oliveboard provides excellent analysis with their mock tests which proved extremely beneficial to me.
Tips to Aspirants:
Always set your goals and work hard to achieve them. There is no limitation to success so keep testing yourself in order to achieve the best.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Taran Sikka

IBPS PO

After my graduation, I reluctantly joined an MNC but soon the lack of growth opportunities made me worry about my future. I started my preparation in November 2015. My first exam was LIC AAO 2016 followed by NABARD Assistant Manager in which I couldn’t make it to the next stage. I also appeared for SBI JA and SBI PO exams but didn’t get past the mains exam stage. All these failures motivated me to work hard for IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk 2016. I can proudly say that I qualified both the exams and got placed in IDBI bank and Bank of India as a PO and clerk, respectively.
I started by clearing my basic concepts of Reasoning, Maths and English with the help of various books. For GK, I followed the GK capsules prepared by various sites. After that I started taking regular mock tests from Oliveboard starting with LIC AAO. I appreciate the fact that they have varying difficulty levels in their tests which are devoid of any mistakes. This helped me build my confidence for the actual exam. Their analytics tool helped me identify my weak areas, work on them and improve my scores.
Appearing for further exams like IPPB Mains 2017, NIACL AO Mains 2017, IBPS Clerk Mains and IBPS PO Mains made me realize that there has been a gradual shift in the pattern of banking exams. My advice to future aspirants will be that they shouldn’t stick to books anymore. The internet has variety of sources to help them prepare for the new pattern. Also, one should change their strategy to suit the latest pattern.

ANAND KUMAR

SBI PO 2018

'Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.' Thus here we bring to you the inspiring story of Anand Kumar who successfully cleared SBI PO in his very first attempt.
Hello everyone. My name is Anand Kumar and I have recently cleared SBI PO 2018 in my very first attempt. I am a B.E graduate from B.I.T Mesra, Ranchi (2014-2018).
My Journey:
As I was not much interested to make my career in the technical field, I decided to prepare for SSC CGL 2018 in my 8th Semester. In May 2018 I decided to switch from CGL to Banking and started preparing right away. Purchased Oliveboard and Practicemock mock tests as these were suggested by almost all the toppers. Now I too suggest the same to everyone.
Subject Wise Strategy:
a) Quant:
Firstly, I cleared my concepts from various YouTube channels and also learned a few shortcuts to calculate square, cube, etc. Then I started taking Oliveboard mocks and analyzed them religiously.
Practice as much as you can without leaving any single question in the mock tests.
b) Reasoning:
This consists of two sections. One is Puzzle & Seating Arrangement and the other is Miscellaneous.
Try to master the miscellaneous part. By mastering I mean even if I wake you up at midnight and give you questions of Syllogism, direction sense, inequality, coding-decoding, etc. you should be able to solve them instantly.
Puzzle & Seating Arrangement- PRACTICE PRACTICE & PRACTICE from Oliveboard mocks tests and app.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
c) English:
This can either be the most scoring subject or the most difficult one. It totally depends on your approach to learn the subject. English is divided into two sections. Grammar and Reading Comprehension
Grammar –
Clear all your basics from “Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh”.Make notes and just revise the short notes at regular intervals.Keep practicing as many mocks as you can.
Reading Comprehension –
Try reading editorials and make notes of Vocabulary from them. Make a separate copy for this. Update this copy daily and keep revising the words regularly otherwise all your efforts will go in vain. Solve all the mocks by Oliveboard. Now you are good to go.
d) General Awareness:
This was the most difficult section for me. Pick any two websites and follow them daily from the day advertisement of your targeted examination is released. You can refer Oliveboard Bolt. Give daily quizzes as well. Pickup capsules of Banking awareness and GU and study the banking terms properly.
Don’t overburden yourself by trying to learn everything in just one week. Learn regularly and slowly.
Role Of Oliveboard In My Success:
Oliveboard Mock Tests was like a mirror to my preparation level. It gives you a variety of quality questions and prepares you for the worst case. You might feel bogged down by your scores in the initial tests of Oliveboard but if you analyze them in the correct manner you will find improvement in yourself and eventually your marks in Oliveboard’s later tests will shoot up. Questions in Oliveboard are above the exam level and this is very much needed if you want to deal with the unexpected level of Banking exams these days. I must say Oliveboard played an integral and important part in my selection.
Tip To Aspirants:
Keep practicing as much as you can. Have patience and keep trusting yourself.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Digvijay Patil

SBI PO

I am Digvijay Patil.
I did my B.E.(mech) and was preparing for Civil Services Exam. I wrote 6 Main exams, appeared twice for IFS interview (where I missed final list by 7 marks). I also got selected as Assistant Commandant (DySP) in CRPF, but, appeared for SBI PO exam as I preferred this job over CRPF for some reasons.I scored overall 54.85/100.
Break-up of Marks:
Mains:
Reasoning and Comp-20.25/60
Data Analysis-15.75/60
Banking Awareness-28.25/40
English-13.25/40
Total-77.5/200
Descriptive-32/50
GD-18/20
PI-26/30
Overall-54.85/100
Strategy:
I had prepared very well for various competitive exams like scholarships, NTSE etc. during school days. I had also cleared LIC AAO in 2013 without any specific preparation. So, initially I thought I could easily clear SBI PO as well.
However, considering changed pattern of SBI PO exam and increasing competition, it is very difficult these days to clear any exam without specific efforts and strategy.
Therefore, I dedicated myself to SBI PO exam. I read Banking capsules 3 times which helped me fetch 28/40. The pattern of Reasoning and DI questions in SBI PO exam have changed from 2016. And Oliveboard helped me prepare to the desired difficulty level.
As a result, when most of the aspirants found exam quite difficult, I was confident of clearing at least the mains. Thanks to Oliveboard team for its quality mock tests.
For GD/PI:
One must prepare about their background, present job, why they chose SBI, justify gap after graduation (if any, as in my case) and good analysis of current affairs especially economy related (like should we have petrol in GST ambit)
Piece of advice:
No matter what is your academic background, very good or just average, you should underestimate
either the level of competition today nor yourself. You must sincerely practice for all the three stages. If you do that Success is yours.
Good luck!!

Dhananjay Madheshiya

IBPS RRB PO

Hello Everyone,
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!!

Upasana Shah

IBPS SO

I had been working in IT sector from past 3+ years. Never thought of going for banking exams ever before, but it was my father who insisted a lot. I finished my studies in 2013, so to train your mind to pick up academics after so many years for such competitive exams was very difficult. I was also working for 8-10 hours. My only target was to prepare wisely and systematically.
As soon as the notification came up for SBI IT officer, I decided to give it a trial with full preparations, started with my college books for professional knowledge and brushing up basics for others.
After preparing all the basics I wanted to test my preparation level. I came across Oliveboard while searching for good test series. Started with the free ones. Liked the analysis they provide you and the great difficulty level. I found the series comprehensive and better than various other test series available. I had purchased test series for IBPS SO-IT and sectional tests. After attempting every test, I realized which areas require attention and more preparation, where I am lacking and most importantly how to manage the time and accuracy. I found Oliveboard as a saviour in my struggle for clearing these exams in first attempt itself.
I had applied for SBI SO and IBPS SO. Cleared written for both the exams, but for SBI couldn't make it till the end. Fortunately, I got allocated as Assistant Manager in Allahabad bank (bank of my choice) via IBPS. Thanks a lot, to the Oliveboard team who prepares such deep materials and empowers people like me to accomplish their dreams.
Lastly few words for aspirants, if a person who barely gets 1.5 hours daily to study can clear it, everyone with dedication can do. Only thing you need is wise decision, effective strategy, proper materials and perseverance.

Utkarsh Awasthi

RBI Assistant

I finished my B.Tech in 2013 from LPU Punjab and joined ICICI Bank as a PO. I resigned after working for 1.5 years in December 2014 and started preparing for public sector banking exams from April last year once the SBI PO notification was released.
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.

RAJU ESLAVATH

IBPS CLERK

Hello Guys,
Today I am going to share my success story of clearing IBPS CLERK 2017
The Future Belongs To The Competent. Get Good, Get Better, Be The Best.
Journey:
Hello, Guys, my name is Raju Eslavath. I had completed my graduation (B.tech in Computer Science Engineering) in 2016 and just after that, I had started preparing for Banking exams. In the starting phase I started focussing on clearing the basics first, then I solved some questions based on those topics.
After giving some exams I came to know that to crack a bank exam - perfect strategy and planning are required. So I made a proper planning based on my weakness and strengths which helped me a lot in maintaining my speed and accuracy.
LIST OF EXAMS I HAD APPEARED AND RESULTS:
1.SBI PO 2016: Failed in Prelims
2.IBPS PO 2016: Failed in English (Prelims)
3.IBPS CLERK 2016: Failed in Prelims
4.IBPS RRB OS: Failed in Mains
5.IBPS RRB OA: Failed in Prelims
After facing so many failures, I decided to stop my preparation and work in private sector. After working for 5 months I felt that the work was very hectic and there was no job satisfaction. So, I left that job in July and started my banking preparation again.
After that, I appeared for IBPS PO Prelims and failed in the Mains Exam.
Cleared both the CANARA AND SYNDICATE PO PGDBF exams.
Finally, I got selected in IBPS CLERK (CANARA BANK)
Exam Strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude - Follow YouTube channels, Clear your basics and then give mock tests.
Reasoning - This is my strong point. So I used to practice a lot of questions and stay updated with new pattern questions. Practice minimum 4 puzzles daily which helps you a lot.
GA - This is the section which can help you in gaining the edge over others in the mains. For this, read daily current affairs from Gktoday and others. Attempt the daily quizzes from online websites
English - This is my average section. Read daily newspaper - THE HINDU for 1hr and note down 8 to 10 vocabulary words from it and revise them on a regular basis. Give daily sectional quizzes on online websites and analyse your performance.
Make Some Strict Plans like - Daily practice of Reasoning and Aptitude Questions, weekly sectional tests & solve daily quizzes.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series played an important role in my success. So, I really want to thank Oliveboard for providing such a platform where we can access every important topic for Banking exams. The level of questions is so good and challenging that if anyone solves these questions regularly and honestly, then that will be more than enough to get through the exams.
One should opt for the Mock Test Series provided by Oliveboard, as the questions are based on the latest pattern for all the banking exams.
After all my hard work, I cracked the exam and got selected as IBPS CLERK in CANARA BANK.
I would like to thank my family, friends and well-wishers.
And this way my dream came true.
So I want to say to all the readers and future bankers: NEVER GIVE UP AND ONE FINE DAY, YOU WILL GET SUCCESS.
Stay positive.
DREAMS CAN ONLY BECOME REALITY IF THERE ARE HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION.
All the best to all the aspirants.
Thank you!

SANDEEP DHAWALE

IBPS PO

Hi guys, this is Sandeep here. I have cleared IBPS PO 2017 Exam and got selected in Bank of India.
I am an engineering graduate from 2014. Immediately after college, I started to prepare for UPSC without any guidance and failed badly in my first attempt, which forced me to move towards other exams. Then for one year, I tried for Maharashtra state services exam and again failed in the Prelims Exam.
Meanwhile, some of my friends qualified banking exams and I realized that since I am good at Mathematics, I can also go for it.
So I started my banking exams journey as follows:
2016 SBI PO Prelims qualified 55/100, cut off 48
2016 SBI PO Mains failed 58.50/200, cut off 60
2016 IBPS PO Prelims qualified 52.25/100, cut off 46.50
2016 IBPS PO Mains qualified 58/200, cut off 52.50 but missed the final cut off by 2 marks.
2016 IBPS RRB PO Prelims failed 51/100, cut off 51.25
2016 IBPS Clerk Prelims qualified 68.50/100, cut off 58
2016 IBPS Clerk Mains qualified, 81/200 cut off 66. Got BOI. Did not join.
2017 SBI PO Prelims qualified 51/100, cut off 48.50
2017 SBI PO Mains failed 76/200, cut off 79. Big disappointment.
2017 NIACL Assistant qualified, don't remember the marks but did not join.
2017 NABARD Grade A Prelims, qualified 98.25/200 cut off 98.25
2017 NABARD Grade A Mains failed 117/200, cut off 125
2017 RRB PO Prelims qualified 55/100, cut off 46
2017 RRB PO Mains qualified 76/200, cut off 62.25
2017 RRB PO Interview 50/100. Hence, failed to clear final cut off.
2017 RBI Assistant Prelims qualified 76.25/100
2017 RBI Assistant Mains qualified 109..25/200 but failed in LPT.
2017 IBPS PO Prelims qualified 46.50/100, cut off 42.25
2017 IBPS PO Mains qualified 85.88/100, cut off 75
2017 IBPS PO - Qualified with 67 marks in interview and 43.94/100 marks in final where cut off was 43.02.
Guys, you may laugh at me by watching these numbers. But the numbers are the only deciding factors. Many times, I failed by a small margin and got frustrated but finally, the same small margin made me to qualify the exam. So always keep in mind that even 0.01 mark will create the difference.
In this whole journey, I followed the Oliveboard Mock Test Series for every exam, which made me familiar with difficult papers.
I am thankful that I watched some Youtube Channels and got access to some of the Best Current Affairs videos.
The last thing I would like to share with you guys is that 'Never waste your time in answering the people who doubt your abilities, your success will answer them better than your tongue.
All the best to all those who believe in themselves for their future journey.

Soumyarshi Das

SSC SGL

ello, I am Soumyarshi Das from Kolkata and I have been selected as Income Tax Inspector through SSC CGL 2016 (first attempt- AIR 304), as Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant through SSC CHSL 2015, Shortlisted for RRB NTPC (Kolkata RRB 210 rank) and others.
After completing my B. Tech in Electronics and Communication from Techno India College of Technology, Newtown Kolkata, I started preparing for SSC CGL as I was enthused for Government Job examination. As I did not join any conventional coaching centre, I started group study that helped me to push my limits.
Some special advice to the candidates:
1. Continue your preparations with a positive mindset and have faith on your hard work.
2. Always Study in a screen free zone (Use of Mobile, television etc should be restricted)
3. Never forget to make daily, weekly and monthly plan to reach your success without any delay or hassles
4. Do not delay in collecting necessary books, contents and resources. Have your materials ready well in advance
5. Guardians should not be tensed as their anxiety may be transmuted to the candidate. They should encourage the candidate and build favourable atmosphere to perform well
6. Do not think much about cut off and any change in the scheme of examinations. If you are a deserving candidate you are bound to succeed
7. Take as many mock tests as possible and analyse them with due diligence to identify:
A. How many questions are you not being able to attempt and why
B. What are the chapters/topics that are bothering you?
C. Are you solving the questions in the shortest method possible?
D. What is your position with respect to the topper of the test
E. The Number of silly mistakes and how to minimize them
F. Whether are you being able to remain consistent with your marks
8. Do not get demotivated if you cannot score well in a particular mock test rather your focus should be on fixing the problems that frustrated your progress
Oliveboard is one of the best online mock test sites for below mentioned reasons:
1. Very fast and smooth Interface without any lag or connectivity problem
2. Questions’ standard is up to the mark with the growing difficulty level of cut throat competition in SSC and other government job exams
3. Solution of each and every question has been prepared with due care
4. Sectional tests are also available in case you need special practise in chapters that you find difficult
I wish you all best of luck! I would like to end the topic with a saying that I always followed 'To succeed your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.'

SUNIL GUPTA

ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR-46)

“When you hit the rock bottom, the only way to go is up” Similarly, Sunil never allowed the failures to stop him from achieving his dreams.
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.
Preparation Strategy:-
Quants -
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.
Reasoning -
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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English-
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.
GK-
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.

CHITRANSH CHOUHAN

SBI PO, 2018

'If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.' Similarly, Chitransh found his way and left no stone unturned to achieve his dreams.
Introduction:
I was an engineering graduate of batch 2018, which implied I was a fresher with respect to SBI PO 2018 process and naturally it was my very first attempt. I had little to no time to prepare from scratch and no clue about the exam pattern. Also, the process started hot on the heels of my University examinations, with a gap of only one month. So I reckoned it was time to rely on my strong points and polish them via rigorous mock tests. After googling 'Best SBI PO test series', 'Oliveboard' popped up a lot of times. Eventually, I opted for Oliveboard mock test series for both SBI PO prelims and mains.
Preparation Tips:
Quants:
I didn't have good speed in quantitative section, since I didn't have time to practice a bulk of questions and improve my speed. So my first reaction to quantitative section was to pick out easily doable questions as quickly as possible and solve them with above 90% (if not 100%) accuracy. Moreover I would like to advise aspirants to practice variety of questions to be well prepared for the exam. Oliveboard mock tests were extremely helpful for me to prepare for the exam within the limited time period.
Reasoning:
The same strategy goes with the reasoning section, where I picked out easy puzzles and solved them first. The selection of questions here is important and should be fast enough. Again practice, practice and practice is the only solution to all the problems.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
About my strategy, English section was my strength, so I always tried to score high in that section and hold my own in other sections, just to land me good scores and get me through high cut offs. Having said that 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 especially designed to improve your English section.
GK/GA :
Try and over last 6 months data from various sources and keep making notes so you can revise at the last moment.
Interview:
Be confident and dress elegantly. Most important be honest during the interview process and you are good to go.
Role of Oliveboard:
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.

SHIVA SOORAJ

IPPB PO

Hi guys, I am Shiva Sooraj.
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!

Srinath Reddy

SSC CGL

Hi, my name is Srinath Reddy. I have worked at Capgemini as a software engineer for about two and half years. After that, I thought of coming to the government sector. My choice was banking and SSC CGL.
I have relied on online materials for clearing basics and practice. One of my friends suggested Oliveboard being a helpful platform for banking and government exams preparation. I gave their free mock test and after that I found it to be good. Then, I immediately purchased their test series.
I have cleared SBI CLERK 2016, SBI PO 2016 Main but not selected, CANARA BANK P.O (IBPS 2016), IPPB SCALE 1(2016), SSC CGL 2016 (Auditor in CGDA), RRB NTPC (GOODS GUARD). My biggest asset was Oliveboard mock test. The quality and relevancy of the test series were top notch. The actual exam was quite similar to the one I faced during a mock test in terms of toughness.
Strategy:
My strength was maths and English. It is very important to know your weakness and strong areas while starting the preparation. That way, you can prioritize your focus.
Quantitative Aptitude:
Being from an engineering background, I was good at maths. But, I didn't take any chances. So, I invested a month to clear the basics of maths. I have analyzed the pattern of the exams and based on that started listing out important areas to focus. The mock test is very important to understand the exam and find out where we stand with our preparation.
Every day I take 2-3 mock test. After that, I analyzed the result and find out my mistakes.
English:
This is my strong areas apart from maths. I was able to score high marks in English in most of the exams that I have appeared. But, one to need focus on clearing the concepts of grammars and build the vocabulary. I depended on many online portals and books.
Reasoning:
This is my weak areas. I have solved only easy questions and if time permits, I have attempted few hard one.
General Awareness:
Newspaper reading is very important for this section. I used to read a newspaper every day and digest the information. Oliveboard mock test series really helped me. I have also used online platforms.
Tips for aspirants:
• Concentrate on strong areas
• Solve as many mock tests as possible, the mock test is very important. Never miss giving a mock test on daily basis
• You can do it, you just need a little will and right positive approach
All the best to all aspirants!
Thank you!

Gaurav Yadav

IBPS PO

I graduated from ABES Engineering College, Ghaziabad in 2015 and decided to prepare for Bank Exams without wasting any time.
Since my year of Birth is 1995 and the minimum age to appear for SBI PO was 21, I wasn't eligible for it and hence I focussed entirely on IBPS PO (and also IBPS Clerk). I relied only on Oliveboard Mock tests for IBPS PO and they helped me in all aspects of my preparation. The mock tests were exactly based on the pattern of actual IBPS PO exams and each and every question was completely error free. Also, the analysis feature helped me a lot to improve my weak areas and helped me to crack the exam in my first attempt. I scored 112 marks in IBPS PO and 141 in IBPS Clerk. I am joining United Bank of India as a Probationary Officer on 8th August 2016 and I would like to thank Oliveboard for all their help

Tanmay Biswas

IBPS PO

I started my career in 2011 with an IT company in Kolkata. After 2 years of working I thought to switch from private sector to govt. sector and started preparation with the help of weekend coaching. In 2013 IBPS I was selected as SWO in Punjab National Bank but I was searching for better option and I had WBSEDCL Office Executive post and joined there but unfortunately, I found there is no growth at all in later days. I became depressed but I recovered myself from that and started fresh. I got to know about Oliveboard and registered immediately.
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!

ANIRBAN PAUL

SBI PO 2018

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Anirban followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
My name is Anirban Paul. I am from Guwahati, Assam. I am a BE graduate in Electronics and TeleCommunication Engineering from Assam Engineering College(2013-2017). Recently I cleared SBI PO 2018 in my first attempt.
My Journey:
After graduation I was placed in a reputed private company in college placement but decided not to join as I was always interested in a government job. Initially, I started preparing for SSC CGL and cleared CGL Tier 1 of SSC CGL 2017 but failed to clear tier 2. During that time I also realised the lack of transparency and slow process of SSC recruitment and decided to switch to banking from January 2018 onwards. Since I decided to prepare through online resources by myself, I started with Oliveboard mock tests and prepared through free resources available online. Solving Oliveboard mock tests has been an integral part of my journey since it helps an aspirant to learn new concepts and question patterns and also get used to the exam format. I believe if one does the hard and smart work in practice; he will eventually get lucky in the actual exam.
Subject Wise Preparation:
Quantitative Aptitude/Data Interpretation:
For QA and DI I started with basics. Free resources available on YouTube helped me clear all my concepts. Once my basics were covered I started giving Oliveboard mock tests and analysing each and every mock. I focused a lot on my calculation as it forms an integral part of this section. Learning the basic tables, quick calculation methods will come in handy if one faces difficulty in this section. Practice helped me increase my speed and confidence.
Logical Reasoning:
The basic concepts in Logical Reasoning are very simple and one can find them in YouTube videos online. Once the basics were covered, I started practicing on a daily basis. Solving maximum number of puzzles helped me understand many problem solving tricks. A key part in this section is identifying the tough questions and not getting stuck in a single problem during exams. This can be developed by practice and solving maximum number of mock tests.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
For English I focused mainly on vocabulary and always made it a point to note down any new word I read or listen. My grammar basics were clear so I did not focus much on that section and tried to cover Reading Comprehension as much as I could. One major source for my English preparation was Editorials from The Hindu. This had a two way benefit for me as it also helped me with my descriptive paper of SBI PO mains examination.
General Awareness:
This is a very tricky section. Many people focus only on current affairs but this section covers banking awareness and also static awareness. For banking awareness part, I prepared from the online free monthly PDF’s which are available on Oliveboard blog (Oliveboard Bolt). For current affairs, I used to read from few apps on a daily basis and also followed the monthly PDF’s for last minute revision. Along with this I used to give various daily GA quizzes available in many Websites/Applications. The static part is vast and I read mostly from previous years papers and some from the pdf capsules realised by various groups.
Role Of Oliveboard In My Success:
Oliveboard has the reputation of being the best mock test available in the market and it became my first purchase in the examination preparation journey. Oliveboard mock tests have always exposed me to new and updated questions. The oliveboard mock tests standard is best for an examination as unpredictable as SBI PO. Oliveboard mock tests actually helped me prepare for the unexpected. The questions are diverse and covered all topics and the solutions provided with mocks helped me learn new ways to approach many problems.
Tip To Aspirant:
Always be open to learning new things and concepts. Practice as much as you can. As the saying goes “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat”. Take care of your health during the preparation phase. Most importantly believe in yourself and enjoy the journey of preparation.
All the best.

VIKRAM S

IBPS CLERK

Hello friends, I’m Vikram S from Tamil Nadu. I have done my graduation in engineering from Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai. After completing my graduation in 2014, I started preparing for UPSC Civil Service Examination. Unfortunately, I could not clear after giving two attempts. I then decided to take a break from UPSC and switched to banking sector exams. Honestly, I did not know anything about the bank exams. I did not know where to begin from, and how to prepare.
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.
Cheers!

Ravi Shankar

IBPS SO

After finishing my graduation from Delhi University in 2012, I joined MBA at Galgotias University, Greater Noida. I got recruited by a corporate firm in the campus recruitment drive and worked as a Assistant Sales Manager. After working for 12-13 months, I decide to shift to the banking sector for better prospects and work-life balance.
I got to know about Oliveboard through one of my friends who advised me to atleast attempt the free mock test. Once I attempted the free mock test, I realized that the level of questions were good and of the same level as that of actual exam. I bought the entire test series and they helped me to improve my speed, in time management, to know my strong and weak areas and these all eventually helped me to clear the exams.
I cleared SBI PO Main but after GDPI I missed the final cut off by 0.5 marks. I cleared both IBPS PO (got Syndicate Bank) and IBPS SO Marketing (got Bank of Baroda) and finally chose Bank of Baroda where I am working since July 2016.
Thank you Oliveboard for helping me get a stable public sector job

Vedant Saxena

SBI PO

Hi everyone, my name is Vedant. I am an IT engineer and have graduated from Panjab University in 2016. I have recently been selected as a PO in a nationalized bank. To state the obvious, I am elated with joy, and this wouldn't have been possible had I not prepared through Oliveboard.
In this post, I shall give a brief description of what could be the possible strategy that bright minds like you can undertake to achieve whatever you desire. I shall give some preparation tips pertaining to each section of the exam starting with Quant.
1. Quant/DI- let me put it simply, you cannot and should not take quant lightly. You shouldn't compare quant with CAT or any other competitive exams for that matter. You should start preparing from a study material of your choice, whether it be a book or a coaching class study material it is up to you, but to excel in this section practice for at least an hour everday without fail. After 5 days of practicing, appear for a test, Oliveboard is a great platform to test your quant skills. Do not shy away in comprehending your weak areas. It is not something to be ashamed of rather practice it a lot to get an edge over other areas. Do follow this regime without fail and you shall not face many difficulties in quant.
2. Logical Reasoning- the trickiest section that gives a measure of your analytical skills. Obviously, it is important for you to practice this on a regular basis but in an exam like this where there is a time constraint, do remember to pick your questions wisely. For me, I seldom choose puzzles because I find myself weak in it. Similarly, segregate your strength and weakness and attempt questions accordingly. You can find a wide variety of LR questions in Oliveboard's mock tests.
3. Verbal Ability- one-word suggestion- Read. You should read a lot of quality material which comprises of informative articles. Any newspaper/magazine would do as long as you are able to understand the gist of the articles. Moreover, keep your focus on economy/banking related articles as it will help you in preparing for GK also. Create a pocket dictionary of 5 words daily that you come across while reading, it will help you with fill in the blanks kind of questions. And lastly, give as many mocks as you can.
4. GK- this section can have any kind of questions and it checks your connection with the happenings around the world. Start reading a newspaper. Other than that, you should seriously consider Oliveboard's GK compendium as it has questions from different years, months and days. It will help you in preparing for both the static GK and current. For banking too, it is a major source of information, but all the reading will be of no use until you penned down what you read. So, make notes everday and revise them every day. Learning GK is a continuous process and it is an interesting one as well.
5. Descriptive- well, this is something that no one can advise you upon. You should up your game by reading a lot and do try to summarise what you read in your own words. This will help you with essay writing. For the letter, you should understand the format, the professional language that should be used and the content that should be relevant. You will cruise through it if you do the aforementioned things.
Lastly the most important thing- be efficient in managing time, rather than using apps for killing time, download apps such as Oliveboard which can keep you hooked up while imparting knowledge of immense importance. Manage your time effectively and keep believing in yourself, don't ponder over the repercussions of not getting selected, think instead of achieving your dream and creating a better future for you and your family.
Thank you keep studying keep achieving.

Chirag Gera

RRB Office Assistant

My name is Chirag Gera and I am from Ambala City, Haryana. I cleared IBPS PO, IBPS CLERK, RRB SCALE-1, RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT exams, 2016. I worked in a private firm for a year and realized that I had no personal life left. It was not like I wanted to run away from working hard, but I wanted more. As I am colorblind, I am not eligible for any ssc/hpsc/upsc exams. So, the best option I had was the banking sector. I left my job in July 2016 and started preparing for banking exams. Here’s my strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude:
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.
Reasoning:
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.
General awareness:
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.
English:
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.
Computer:
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.

Mayur Mohan Bhalerao

IPPB SCALE-1 OFFICER

Hi Everyone,
I am Mayur Bhalerao and I have successfully cleared the IPPB Scale-1 Officer 2017 Exam. I have been appointed as Assistant Manager (Territory) in Management Grade Scale I with India Post Payments Bank.
I have been a part of the CA Community (CA Finalist), so I had the confidence to clear any tough exam on this earth.
I appeared for IBPS PO PRELIMS in November 2016 ( pre- oliveboard), missed it by 3 marks. I was obviously dejected. Here, came the twist in my story, when my friend suggested me to take Olive Board Mock Test series, and believe me, friends, this decision made a world of a difference to my preparation.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series replicate the real-life exam scenario on your laptop, and so by the time you appear for your exams, it's just taking another test. They prepare you for all possible types of questions so that you don't get shocked when you appear for your exams, on seeing an abrupt question.
On account of the confidence as aforesaid, I had cleared IBPS Clerk 2017 prelims (missed mains by 3 marks),
made it to the interview round at SBI PO ( again missed by 3 marks), but got an even greater honor when I was one among the 650 candidates across India, who got selected in the IPPB Scale-1 Officer exams.
The key to these exams is repeated attempts so that after each attempt you tend to strategize what sorts of questions one can expect and Oliveboard will always be there as your true mentor.
Prelims test your speed, Mains test your accuracy.
In Prelims, I followed this strategy,
Regarding English Section,
Did not spend more than 10 minutes. Look for synonyms, antonyms, errors and all questions that come in bulk and are easy to score.
Same with Quant, especially D.I.and with Reasoning especially syllogism, coding-decoding etc.
Seating arrangements are a bit tricky but certainly worth attempting as they fetch 5-7 marks.
For Mains,
Out of 200 questions, G.A a real bonus. It's about whether you know or don't know. Same is the case with the computer section.
English will really test your patience.
Maths & Reasoning - Expect lengthy & tedious questions for a handful of marks. Try to be bang on as most of the times an average candidate can at the most score 14-20 marks out of 50.
Best of luck to all aspirants!!!
Toil hard, enjoy big.

Swastik Shukla

IBPS PO

My name is Swastik Shukla. I was born and brought up in The City of Joy, Kolkata. I did my +2 and graduation from University of Allahabad in Commerce stream. After my graduation in 2015 October I applied for LIC AAO in 2015 December but couldn’t make it to the interview round probably because of lack of planning and preparation. Then, in 2016 I applied for SBI JA and SBI PO, while preparing for SBI JA I met with an accident and couldn’t study for almost a month, but I decided not to quit and started toiling day and night after recovering from the injuries.
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.
1. English:
I preferred reading the Hindu, Economic times and Livemint’s editorials and Word Power Made Easy by Norman
2. Reasoning:
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!

Amol Tamhankar

NIACL Assistant

Hi Guys. I am Amol Tamhankar, a 2014 Computer Engineering Graduate from SRM University, Chennai. I worked with a leading private software giant for a year before quitting to prepare full time for civil services exam. I have also appeared for other banking and insurance exams in the last one year and I am happy to say that I've found a place in NIACL Assistant exam final list and have commenced office in August.
Other exams taken by me include:
-RBI Assistant (safely cleared overall cut-off for Maharashtra state but missed computer cut-off by 0.5 marks due to mismanagement of time)
-RBI Grade B (cleared prelims, could not clear mains)
-SBI PO (cleared prelims, mains and appeared for interview-results awaited)
Here I would like to write few lines about Oliveboard platform. Mocks help us to prepare for the exams in exam like scenario with timed tests. For all the 4 exams, I have heavily relied on Oliveboard for preparation. I was very much satisfied with the quality of questions, the feedback and the test taking portal. Along with the mock tests, many sectional topic wise tests are also provided for all the areas which are helpful to solidify the understanding of those topics. Although SBI PO exam difficulty level was beyond expectations and unprecedented, the questions given in OB mocks were like the difficulty and pattern of questions asked in the real exam. I can safely recommend Oliveboard mock series for any of the banking and insurance exams.
Here are some Preparation Tips for Aspirants:
1. Exam Material:
-RS Agarwal Quant book and Arun Sharma for CAT quant book
-RS Agarwal verbal reasoning book
-Any grammar book like Wren and Martin or Objective English for competitive exams
-GK capsules from any good online sources
-Mocks from websites like Oliveboard
-YouTube videos, guidance from material providers, Oliveboard, successful candidates etc.
2. Performance in competitive exams is as much a matter of luck as hard work. Chances are the person who tops any officer level exam may not qualify another assistant level exam on a bad day. So, I would request anyone appearing in the exams to have patience and keep trying till the final destination is reached. Competition is very tough and patience is as crucial as hard work.
All the best!

AKASH TYAGI

IBPS PO

Hello, my name is Akash Tyagi. I had completed my graduation in August 2017 and just after that I started preparing for banking exams of PO, SO and Clerk
I have cleared IBPS PO and Clerk 2017.
In the starting phase, I focused on the basics of each subject and side by side practising the questions based on that.
While preparing, I realised that banking exams need a planned strategy along with regular practice.
So I starting picking up the topics which I was good at and practised questions from those topics more because in banking exams - you need not solve the whole paper but whatever u do, it should be accurate.
Finally, I got selected in IBPS PO (UCO BANK) and IBPS CLERK (UNION BANK) and still waiting for the final result of RBI Assistant.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series played an important role in my success so I really want to thank Oliveboard for providing such a platform where we can access every important topic for banking exams. The level of questions is so good and challenging that if anyone solves these questions regularly and honestly then that will we more than enough to get through this exam.
One should opt for the mock test series provided by Oliveboard as the questions are on the latest pattern for IBPS or any other exam.
My suggestion to banking exam aspirants is that don't lose your confidence at any point in time because self-belief and confidence is most important key to success.
Thank you.
All the best to all aspirants!

Vivek Pratap

IBPS PO

I did my BE in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Deoghar and graduated in 2015 with 7.13 GPA. I always found Public Sector Bank jobs secure and hence started my preparation for these exams in August 2015.
IBPS PO and LIC are the only two exams that I appeared for.
I was a regular visitor of websites such as BankersAdda and GradeStack for Current Affairs, Computer Awareness and Banking Awareness.
But when it came to Mock Tests, I relied on Oliveboard and nothing else, neither did I take any coaching.
I came to know about Oliveboard from various online forums where many users spoke highly of it. The one feature of Oliveboard that I really liked is that mock tests are available in all 3 levels- Easy, Moderate and Difficult. This makes the aspirant ready for any level of actual exam.
I got 50.7/100 Marks in IBPS PO and have been allotted Indian Bank. I was also shortlisted for the interview round of LIC AAO.
I have already recommended Oliveboard to my friends and they have joined for this year's mocks and study materials.

surendra Bajiya

SSC CGL

I am Surendra Bajiya from Jaipur. I am a B. Tech Graduate from University of Pune and M. Tech (pursuing) from Rajasthan Technical University Kota. After pursuing B. Tech (ECE), I Enrolled in M. Tech RTU(Kota) at Jaipur. I started preparing for SSC in the hope of getting a better future In Government Job and Better Social Respect.
I kept on preparing and opted for Oliveboard Test Series for every SSC exam and finally in 2016-17 I got selected as TA-Income Tax in Ministry of Finance in Government of India. (Region allotment and Posting/Joining schedule shall be announced soon). Besides this, I have also appeared for RRB NTPC-2015 and cleared It as Assistant Station Master. (Not appeared in document Verification as i already selected as TA in CBDT.)
Here is a summary of my preparation strategy:
Quant:
I had a fear of quantitative aptitude so I kept on practising some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I did Advance Mathematics for SSC thoroughly first and focused more on. I started with Local Author Books (M.L. Vishnolia’s mathematics) and went on to do the most difficult sets of Oliveboard test series and Arithmetic mathematics by Rakesh Yadav Class notes (Good Short Tricks to solve big Problems of Arithmetic).
English:
I used to solve Previous Year Papers from (M.B. Publication by A.K. Singh) and for errors I considered the Grammar book (Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh) for basic rules.
Reasoning:
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 previous year papers and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends through test series and papers in market. For SSC Previous year papers are more than enough.
General Awareness:
Daily newspaper reading for Current News and Previous years papers of GHATNACHAKRA (with explanation) are more than Enough for this section. If You Have Time than Go through Lucent Publication's GS book.
Advice for Aspirants:
Lastly, I want to say that I became solid but mouldable in my stance while preparing for Competition 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.
All the Best and God Bless You All!

HIMANI MITTAL

SBI PO 2018

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Himani followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
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.

Abhay Pandey

SBI PO

I am Abhay Pandey from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. I did BBA from Kanpur university in 2014. As advised by my mentors I started preparing for CAT in graduation second year aspiring for a decent management college. Unfortunately, I was unable to score that well to get into IIMs. I was shattered as getting a decent management college was my short-term goal that time. Then my elder brother counselled me and gave many examples of people, who did MBA and B. Tech, who pursued a career in public sector and were happier than they could be in private sector.
I started preparing for IBPS in mid-2015 and filled only IBPS PO 2015 and got through all stages but unfortunately my name was not in the final list. That made me sad but motivated as well, as this was my first attempt and I made it to the interview. After that, I reached the final stage of all exams but was unable to make it to the final list.
Some are mentioned below.
-IBPS 2015- out in final list. (Gave interview)
-INDIAN BANK PGDBF- out in final list. (Gave interview)
-SBI PO 2016- out in final list. (Gave interview)
-SSC CHSL 2015 - out in typing.
and many more
Now I would like to mention my success list which is as follows-
-IBPS CLERK 2016- Allotted BOB
-IBPS RRB 2016- Allotted (Gramin bank of Aryavart)
-NIACL ASSISTANT- Currently working in Delhi.
-RRB NTPC- Got Traffic Apprentice(GP-4200).
-BOB PGDBG 2017- Allotted.
-SBI PO 2017- Got offer letter.
STRATEGY
QUANT- Strategy is very simple. Make your basic concepts of each topic crystal clear and then make your calculation super-fast by practicing. I did this with the help of OLIVEBOARD sectional tests as they are of excellent quality.
REASONING- Now a days reasoning is all about presence of mind and how well you can adapt to new question patterns, as we can see all new types of questions in every exam. This I did by practicing different type of questions in OLIVEBOARD reasoning practice sets.
ENGLISH- Only advice is to read, read and read, whatever you can get your hands on. You will see improvement in your English section. I would suggest Oliveboard practice set as their user interface and analysis is very good.
GENERAL AWARENESS- Make daily notes from all sources you have, as this is the saving section in today’s exams because of such high level of other three sections. This section can be prepared in advance very well and can save you in the exam.
ADVICE FOR ASPIRANTS
Yes, it is True that 'HARD WORK PAYS OFF' I think you all must be knowing this proverb, but I would like to add something to this 'YOU NEED TO HAVE PATIENCE' and don’t give heed to what people say about you, you must be sure of your abilities that you will achieve one day what you aspire for, don't let your determination shake.
As a bank locker have two keys one with locker holder and another with bank manager, in the same way our life has two keys, one key (challenging work) is with you and other one is with god (fate), when both keys are put in locker then your locker(job) is open! I would like to put my pen down by saying 'learn from every failure as that that will make a ladder, which will lead you to success'

PREM KUMAR

IDBI PGDBF Assistant MANAGER

'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.'
Hi Everyone,
My name is S.Prem Kumar, after one and a half year of my struggle I got selected as IDBI ASSISTANT MANAGER GRADE A.
I want to share my preparation strategy through Oliveboard which played a major role in my selection. I totally depended on online mocks, took every mock exam as real exam. I keenly observed my weak and strong areas and improved my accuracy. I strongly recommend Oliveboard mocks which inculcates the best quality mocks for us.
For arithmetic and reasoning, I watched online videos.
For English and G.k, I just prepared through Oliveboard Mock Tests only.
Section wise tests help in overall increase of scores and help you prepare accordingly. After you take the Mock test check your solutions and practice every question. Oliveboard solutions are the best. It is error-free with a top class explanation which boosts our confidence in banking preparation. Practice on a regular basis for both Prelims and Mains. Manage time and most importantly work Hard.
Never be disappointed with your failures friends. I lost IBPS PO two times by 0.25 in final cutoff and SBI PO Mains, I missed overall cut off by 0.75, and many more failures. But, I would want to say, don't worry friends at the end only one exam matters and it makes you and your family happy. So aim for that exam.
I heartfully thank every person of Oliveboard team who worked hard in preparing the top class mocks. They are helping every banking aspirant reach his/ her target faster. Oliveboard mocks are up to date and the perfectly compiled pattern is the key to crack the real exam. Gk and Banking awareness questions is a stunner. In one question you can learn more than 10 important questions included in it. I personally feel, because of that section I cracked the exam. I thank God, my family for their love, and Oliveboard for their sustained support and guidance.

All the best future bankers!

Deepak Patil

SBI PO

Currently I am working in a private firm at Pune. After working for a while, I realized that there are not many challenges and opportunities at my current job and hence I decided to prepare for SBI PO, because I feel SBI is the best public sector bank to work for.
Since I had prepared for MBA Entrance Exams in the past, my concepts in Reasoning, Maths and English were pretty clear but I was looking for mock test series that can familiarize me with the pattern, type, level and distribution of questions in the actual SBI PO exam. I enrolled for the Oliveboard SBI PO Mock test series that finally helped me to crack the exam. The well explained answers gave me an insight into where I was lagging behind in the mock while analysing the same. The edge that I had over other test series enrollees was that OB mocks were smartly personalised and simulated to the actual level of SBI PO. I would like to acknowledge my gratitude towards the team behind it. Thanks a ton OB Team.

AYUSHI SANGAL

RRB CLERK (2017, 2018)

After facing rejections in various government exams, this UP girl successfully cleared RRB Clerk in both 2017 and 2018. In spite of facing so many failures in her life, she never lost hope and left no stone unturned to achieve her dreams.
A brief about her journey:
I am Ayushi Sangal from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. I have completed my graduation in Bachelor in Science in 2016. After my graduation, I started preparing for Banking exams from July 2016. I started giving bank exams from 2016 itself, but could not clear prelims of any of the exam with less margins. But I never lost hope and kept practicing.
In March 2017, I cleared Karnataka Bank Clerk written exam and got selected for the interview, but was out from final selection. After that, I cleared Prelims of RRB PO, RRB Clerk, IBPS Clerk, UIICL Assistant, Nainital Bank Clerk. I could clear many of them with very less margin but I was selected in reserved list of RRB clerk 2017.
In 2018, I gave RRB PO interview but could not clear the final list with few marks. For
NIACL Assistant as well I cleared Prelims & Mains & was selected for LPT. But again I could not get through the final selection. In spite of so many failures, I never lost hope and stood dedicated towards my preparation.
Finally, on 31st December 2018, I got good news that I have been selected in the reserved list of RRB Clerk and got Baroda UP Gramin Bank. And then the next day, I got selected in RRB Clerk 2018 in Baroda UP Gramin Bank. So friends, don't lose your confidence and keep trying as one day you will definitely reach your dreams.
Preparation Strategy:
First of all, I cleared the basics of all subjects and then started to give mock tests which helped me a lot in increasing my speed, which is an important factor to crack bank exams. After giving every mock, I analysed it properly and learned from my mistakes.
Quant & Reasoning:
For reasoning and quant, the more you practice the better you will be in them. Get all your basics crystal clear and learn all square roots, tables, formulas etc. This will help you to save a lot of time while solving the questions. You can refer any book of your choice and practice all types of questions.
English:
Many of the aspirants find this as one of the most difficult sections. But trust me if you are thorough with the basic grammar rules and their usage in the sentence, you are on the right track.
Be consistent with reading newspapers daily. It will help you to improve your vocab, your reading skills and also help you to understand the sentence formation.
GK:
Same goes for GK as well. Read newspapers daily and make a note of all the important happenings. Making notes will make it easier for you to revise at the end. Keep giving quizzes to cover the untouched section of current affairs.
Role of Oliveboard:
At last, I would like to say thank you to Oliveboard to provide best mock test series which helped me a lot in my preparation. The standard of test series is extremely good.
I thank you for giving me this platform to share my experience with you.
Keep trusting yourself and never leave anything half done in your life. No one said it’s going to be easy. Your dedication & determination is the one that will make a difference.
I hope my journey will help other aspirants in their preparation. All the Best Guys!

Subhankar Bose

SBI Clerk

After the initial failure in IBPS PO & IBPS Clerk in 2014 and SBI PO & RRB PO in 2015, I realized that banking exams are not as easy as they are assumed to be.
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.

Anirban Ganguly

IBPS PO

My name is Anirban Ganguly and I am from Guwahati, Assam. I am a graduate in Civil Engg and was working in a private construction company until February 2016 when I decided to try for the banking sector as a govt job was always my aim. So I started preparing for bank exams in March 2016 and appeared for both the IBPS PO and Clerk exams 2016 in the later part of the year. I cleared both the exams and was allotted UCO Bank in PO and CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA in Clerk. I decided to join UCO Bank as a Probationary officer and formally joined the bank on 11/09/2017.
Banking exams have gone through a paradigm shift in the last couple of years and to keep up with the changes and succeed, it is necessary to have thorough knowledge and regular practice of the concerned subjects. Oliveboard has played an immense role in my success. Its tests are custom made in accordance with the actual exams and had prepared me to face the same with confidence. The post-test analysis is another feature of Oliveboard which helps us identify and strengthen our weak areas.
I would like to tell all banking aspirants to opt for Oliveboard mock tests and take one step towards success.

Sooraj Sasidharan

IBPS RRB

Sooraj Sasidharan cleared IBPS RRB (both Officer Scale 1 & Assistant) Mains and NIACL AO Mains in his first attempt. I am from Kerala and I worked for an IT Firm for two years after graduating and finally decided to take Banking Exams in 2016 (for the first time). My basic concepts on all the subjects were pretty clear so I didn’t refer to books and directly started attempting mock tests because they are a great way to sharpen and improve your skills.
Oliveboard Mock Tests ' standard and level of difficulty was too good and I couldn’t find even a single mistake in them. They are doing an amazing job in making quality study material available to the students. Thank you Oliveboard!

Sagnik Sarkar

IBPS PO

It was a happy feeling to clear both IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk, right in my first attempt.
I finished my Engineering in 2015 and immediately started preparing seriously for the Banking Exams. I enrolled for Oliveboard Mock Test Series and found it extremely useful. The best part is the User interface is very good and the site doesn't hang or stop working in mid of the test. Also, the General Awareness questions were pretty good, touching the real IBPS level. The explanations of all the questions in Oliveboard Mock Tests are accurate and to the point.
Apart from mock tests, I also used some books for the preparation such as RS Agarwal for Mathematics and Reasoning and Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publications. My English was pretty good still I used Objective General English by SP Bakshi.
I am waiting for 29th August 2016, when I will be joining Punjab National Bank as a PO.

Gorakh Jaiswal

SBI PO

I graduated from NIT Durgapur in 2014 and decided to attempt bank exams in 2016 while being in a full time job. The fact that I only applied for SBI PO & IBPS PO made it more challenging for me. I got to know about Oliveboard from one of my cousins who had cleared SBI PO in 2015. I was informed that Oliveboard Mock tests are the best available and hence I decided to take them. I was quite impressed that Oliveboard was able to almost decode the level of IBPS PO 2016 after SBI PO threw a surprising question paper to us with unusual & difficult questions. I had also taken classroom coaching for quant but lately I have realized that they are still stuck to the old pattern and redundant method of teaching. Thank you Oliveboard for being a savior.

Praful Agnihotri

RBI Assistant

I am PRAFULKUMAR AGNIHOTRI and I hail from Dharwad, Karnataka. I am a Mechanical Engineer from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore. I worked in Accenture Services Pvt Ltd for 3 years and 3 months in Bangalore. Currently, I have been appointed as RBI Assistant in Bangalore and I will be joining the Reserve Bank soon. I resigned my job in January 2016 and started preparing for civil service exams. But when I could not clear the exam, I realized that UPSC exams need at least 1 year time so I shifted my focus towards banking exams in the month of September 2016 because Mathematics was my favourite subject, and I thought I should give a shot at Banking exams as a person with great love for mathematics will find it easy to clear banking exams. Below are the details of my journey:
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
Major Failure:
1. RBI Grade B – Missed mains
2. UPSC 2016
Quantitative Aptitude:
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.
Reasoning:
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.
English:
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.
General Awareness:
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.
Computer:
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'

VAIBHAV SAXENA

SBI PO & CLERK, 2018

'If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.' Similarly, Vaibhav never believed to settle for the ordinary and left no stone unturned to achieve his dreams.
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.
Preparation Strategy:
Quants:
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.
Reasoning:
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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
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.
GA/GK:
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.
Descriptive:
Keep writing important points while reading editorials from newspapers.
Interview Tips:
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!

HARIS AHMED KHAN

SBI PO, 2016

'Opportunities don't happen. You create them.' Similarly, Haris left no stone unturned to create enough and more opportunities for himself to reach his destination.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Haris and I am from Lucknow. I started my preparation right after my college i.e Sep, 2015. The first exam that I appeared was IBPS PO in Oct’ 2015 with just one month preparation to have a basic idea about the real exam. I did manage to clear the Prelims but could not make through Mains.
From Jan’ 2016 I started my preparation for SSC CGL …..but I was preparing in a way that proved quite beneficial for me to crack rest of the Government exams as well.
Preparation Strategy:
I have tried to summarize my preparation strategy as below:-
Quants:
I referred Sarvesh Verma’s book which helped me a lot to clear my basics. This book will surely help you to strengthen your concepts and build your foundation for Quants.
Work on your weak areas and practice as much as you can. I did practice a lot from various sources but Oliveboard mock tests always proved to be the best and helped me a lot to prepare for the real exam. I would like everyone to avoid using shortcuts and tricks to solve questions. They might seem easy at first but at the end having accumulated so many tricks and formulas will make your work even more confusing and lengthy.
Reasoning:
I referred various Youtube videos to clear my basics for this section. For me Reasoning was always about the right approach to solve questions related to seating arrangements, puzzles,blood relation etc.
Practicing good quality questions is a must for Reasoning. If you are thorough with the approach then you can easily handle any kind of question in the exam.
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English:
You can refer this book: “General English by S.P Bakshi”. This is a really good book and will help you a lot to improve your English. It is a complete package covering the Grammar rules, Theories, Practice questions, Vocab etc. You can also refer to Neetu Singh’s book “Plinth To Paramount”.
Make a separate notebook for vocab, phrases, grammar rules etc and keep on noting down whatever new words you come across and revise these notes regularly. It’s important to be well versed with what you have already studied otherwise there is no point going forward.
Newspaper reading is a must. It will help you immensely with your Vocab, Grammar, Comprehension, Descriptive section etc.
GK/GA:
What people generally do is that they start with GK/GA preparation after Prelims is cleared. Please never do this mistake. This is a scoring section so start its preparation from the beginning. 4-5 months of good preparation will give you enough confidence to handle this section.
Role of Oliveboard:
Mock tests plays an important role to help you analyse about your preparation and where you stand. It also gives you an idea about your weak areas and where major improvement is needed.
Since I was preparing by myself and did not have proper guidance as in which mock test to opt for, and ended up trying almost all the mock tests available online. I did try them all and found Oliveboard to be the most suitable and helpful one in my preparation. The mock tests provided by Oliveboard are at par with the real exam and prepares you best for the competitive exams.
Mock tests analysis is equally important apart from giving them. Analyse them properly so you do not repeat the same mistakes in the upcoming mock tests.
GD/PI:
The focus is on what kind of person you are rather than what knowledge you have gathered. Your knowledge has already been tested in Prelims and Mains, so there is no need to put in any extraordinary effort for GD or PI. Try and keep it as simple and honest as possible.
Tips to Aspirants:
There have been highs and there have been lows ..but never let any of them deviate from your destination. Prepare your best without thinking too much about the result and eventually you will figure out yourself going in the right direction
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Gowtham Ravi

LIC AAO

I cleared LIC AAO, NABARD, SBI Clerk in my first attempt and Oliveboard played an important role in my success as OB Mock Tests were the only test series that I attempted.
My basics were clear so I never used any particular book for any section and I extensively used websites, mobile apps and magazines. Apart from Oliveboard Mock Tests, I read Banking Service Chronicle Magazine regularly and followed some capsules released by websites on internet. I completely relied on online resources.
Oliveboard Mock Tests' difficulty level is really at par (or even more in some tests) with all the exams that I took. The solution part is extremely helpful and you can consider OB Mock test as really trustworthy. Apart from all the above exams, I even cleared SBI PO (but couldn't go past the interview stage). Currently I am working at the Pune office of LIC and I would like to thank Oliveboard for the good quality mock tests.

Rajit Mehan

SBI PO

My name is Rajit Mehan. I graduated from a very reputed college in 2016 and started working as Business Analyst in a nice research and data analytics firm in Noida. Before graduating, I gave a shot at CAT and managed to get decent percentile of 97.3. However, doing an MBA was never really a motivation for me as I was already earning quite handsomely and more importantly was relatively near home.
But from the very onset, I wanted to join RBI, given its stature and job profile and additionally wanted to be near my family.
So, I started looking for opportunities in my hometown, Chandigarh so that I can prepare and be at home at the same time. However, decent opportunities were hard to come by. Besides RBI, therefore, I decided to appear for SBI despite knowing the fact that Chandigarh circle had only 100 seats, with half of them being reserved. My aim was simply to be among those top 50 or so general candidates.
I knew that the toughest test for me personally would be clearing the prelims. I knew my strengths and worked to capitalize on them. Oliveboard's test series was a game changer. It allowed me to finalize my strategy, work on my weak spots and thus, be prepared for the D-day.
I scored 60/100 in the prelims with 26.5/30 in English. The key to clear prelims is working on your strengths. That is what makes or breaks the exam.
I was confident of clearing the Mains. I scored well consistently in the Oliveboard Mains mocks, despite the fact that they were touted to be tougher than the actual Mains. However, the Mains exams this year was perhaps even tougher than the CAT. Quant and DI were pretty high level. In exams that are as tough as this was, the deciding factor is GK besides, of course, effectively capitalizing on your strengths. Here again, practising tougher mocks made me aware of my strengths and helped me to keep calm in tense situations.
After coming out of the exam centre, I knew that the paper was pretty tough and that cut-offs will be low.
So, I was literally baffled when students on social forums were writing that they have attempted more than 100 questions and stuff. This made me quite anxious.
I had attempted 72. With 25 of them being in the GK section. I scored 75.
Lesson 2 - It is not about the attempts. It is about the accuracy. Always.
Coming to the interview, it all depends on your profile and how well you can control the flow of questions. I talked about a project which I did for a global credit card vendor and answered questions that I prepared during my RBI Mains. I was quite satisfied coming out.
Scored 30/30.
Overall Score - 55.56
Circle Allotted - Chandigarh (First Preference)

Ashish Kumar Jha

SBI PO

Hi, My name is Ashish Kumar Jha. I did my B.Tech from IEM , KOLKATA in 2014; got job offers through campus interview for few companies. But, I was not interested in the corporate culture. UPSC was always my target.
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:
English Language:
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.
Quantitative Aptitude:
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.
Reasoning:
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.
Interview:
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!

Aman Kumar

SSC CGL

I am Aman Kumar from Bihar. I have done B.Tech from NIT PATNA (2012-2016). In my first and second year of college, I was a little bit inclined towards MBA for elite management institutes like IIM/XLRI/FMS/IIFT etc. But when I was doing my industrial training in L&T (before the final year), I got to know about private work culture thereafter I postponed my MBA plan.
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.

Milan Vyas

IBPS PO

You must not let a series of failures deter you from the path of success. Read Milan's inspiring story :-
I completed engineering in 2013 and after that appeared for GATE but didn't qualify.
So after that I started preparing for banking exams from April 2014.
Exam I appeared in (2014-15) :-
SBI PO- I didn't qualify
BoB Manipal- 96/200 Qualified, No final selection.
SBI clerk - 129/200 qualified, No final selection
RRB PO - 115/200 No interview call
RRB Clerk- 155/200 No interview call
IBPS PO- 86/200 Qualified, No final selection.
UIIC assistant -Qualified, No final selection
SBI Associate clerk: Qualified, No final selection.
SBI PO (2015)- Pre Qualified Not passed in Mains 113/250. Cuttoff was 124/250.
RRB PO (2015)- Qualified, No final selection.
RBI garde B (2015)- 95/200 not qualified for mains.
IRDA Junior officer: Qualified Mains result awaited.
Finally selected for :-
IBPS clerk- 146/200- Joined
NIA assiatant- Didnt join
Syndicate Manipal- Didn't join
BOB Manipal (2015)- Didn't join
IDBI Manipal- Didn't join
IBPS PO (2015) 100.25/200 -(IDBI PO) Will join soon.
I preferred to rely on online source and I was hunting for good online mock tests and in between I came to know about Oliveboard from Fb. I joined test series and found it very useful. Some of the unique features about Oliveboard are
-Good quality question.
-Oliveboard follows Exam pattern.
-Perfect analysis.
-Low cost.
-Better UI.
Thank You Oliveboard.
- Milan Vyas, Selected for IBPS Clerk and IBPS PO.

UJJWAL ARORA

IBPS RRB PO

Hello, I am Ujjwal Arora from Gurgaon and I have successfully cleared RRB PO 2017 exam. I can tell everyone that you all can crack the exam, but the only thing is to not lose hope. I got selected in RRB PO 2017 in Sarva Haryana Gramin Bank and RRB ASSISTANT 2016 in Prathma Gramin Bank. I would like to share my experience with you.
I completed my B.Tech in 2013 after which I started working in a call centre. Soon I realized that I can't survive with this job in future which is why I started preparing for government exams and quit my job in 2015. Since then, I have been applying for all types of bank exams. Many times, I felt like quitting and giving up as it was very hard to sustain in this kind of competition, but two of my friends Sachin and Dinesh Yadav motivated me whenever I lost my concentration. They stood by me and supported me in my struggle. Sachin got selected in IBPS PO 2015 so he inspired me to go for these exams as he always said: ' Ujjwal bhai tu mjhse jyada acha padhta hai, agr maine pass kar liya to tu aaram se kar lega.'
IN 2016 I have cleared almost all the Preliminary Examination and Mains Examination of IBPS PO and RRB PO but was not selected in any of them but got selected as RRB Assistant.
I continued working hard and stayed motivated, my mother's wishes helped me to crack this exam.
PREPARATION STRATEGY
My only strategy was to increase my level at every next step. I used to practice the speed test firstly by attempting them and after that, I used to analyse my weak areas.
PREPARATION TIPS
I would like to suggest you that if you are attempting tests then do analyse them at the same time, as it will help you to identify your weak areas so that you can focus on those. Also try to practice new questions on daily basis from wherever you get them, as it will help you to increase your level of test preparation. Try to do something new daily, because repeating those old patterns daily would not increase your level at all, because today in order to survive in this competition you have to think differently, to have to build our own strategy.
GK
For GK, I used to go through the daily news and some of the notes and PDFs which are available on the Oliveboard blogs.
I faced difficulty with the English Language. My English was not up to that level, so what I did was, I attempted HINDI in RRB PO mains which gave a plus point to me as I was good in scoring more marks in Hindi.
I want to thank Oliveboard Mock test series as it helped me a lot to boost my preparation. The one and only success mantra is speed test and self-motivation.
FAILURE IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS SUCCESS.
All the Best to all the aspirants!
Thank you !!

Ravish Shah

IBPS Clerk

My name is Ravish Shah and I am from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
I have been selected in Union Bank of India (Clerk) & Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank (Assistant-Multipurpose) In General Category.
I have completed my Pharmacy graduation in 2013. After completing my Pharmacy graduation I have decided to go to Government Sector.I have started hard work from April, 2014. I gave all exams in 2014 in banks but couldn’t succeed. But I never gave up & continue the exams.
I gave regular mock test. Oliveboard's mock tests are extraordinary.. It helped me to improve my speed & accuracy.
(1) SBI PO – 58 Marks – (Cut off was 80)
(2) SBI Clerk – 98 Marks – (Cut off was 110)
(3) RBI Assistant 2014 – 117 Marks – (Cut off was 154)
(4) IBPS RRB Clerk 2014 – 117 Marks – couldn’t
(5) IBPS PO 2014 – 71 Marks – (Cut off was 82)
(6) IBPS Clerk 2014 -125 Marks, Selected for Interview. But couldn’t clear final cut off. 0.8 Marks Away from final merit. 1st April, 2015. It was Black day of my life.
(7) SBI PO 2015 – Couldn’t clear Prelims
(8) RBI Assistant 2015 – 140 Marks -(Cut off was 158)
(9) IBPS RRB Clerk 2015 – 145 Marks – Got Selected In Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank (Assistant-Multipurpose)
(10) IBPS PO 2015 - Couldn’t clear Prelims
(11) IBPS Clerk 2015 – 139 Marks – Got Selected In Union Bank of India (Clerk)

Anjali Soni

IBPS PO

I always wanted to clear the entrance exams right in my first attempt. But when I couldn't clear SBI PO Main (2015), I was advised by my friend Neeraj to take Oliveboard Mock Test series for IBPS PO.
At that time, I was working full time at a corporate firm with long working hours. I had limited time to prepare and hence I wanted study material which was comprehensive, as well as had high level of difficulty. My basics were clear and I didn't go through any book and completely relied on Oliveboard Mock Tests and hence I was able to cover the entire syllabus in the limited time that was available to me. For GK, I newspapers regularly and extensively used GKtoday website. Also, Oliveboard GK Supplement was of great help.
I would like to recommend Oliveboard to all exam aspirants. Atleast attempt their free mock test and you would realize how helpful they are and how much difference they can make to your preparation. I cleared IBPS PO 2015 and have been working in Union Bank of India and I would like to thank Oliveboard for this success

Mohammed Abutalib

IBPS SO

I am Mohammed Abutalib from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I did my graduation in Mathematics from Rajasthan University. After graduation, I did my MBA -Marketing from ICFAI Mumbai. During campus placements, I got selected in a private bank as a relationship manager. I worked with that bank for 1.5 years before opting to open my own financial advisory firm. After working as a financial advisor for 4 years, I was concerned as my career was not going to the direction I wanted. I also lost my sister during this time and I really wanted a change. I craved for something more permanent and more enduring. My father at that time told me about the notification for SBI exam going to be held in July. I was skeptical at first as I was 29 years old and it was the only chance I had. A little nudge from my wife and my father who is retired from Rajasthan Administrative Services worked wonders. Half-heartedly I decided to give it a chance as I knew that I would regret for not trying it for even once.
I started preparing for SBI exams in 2016 around June. Going through the old papers I thought it was quite easy as I had already given CAT exam, I also cleared the prelims exam without any preparation. My overconfidence backfired as I failed the Mains exam by 3 marks. I was quite outraged but finally I accepted my defeat. Seriously introspecting over my choices, I changed my strategy for the upcoming exams drastically. I took these exams much more seriously than I had taken them before, you can say I took my failure to my heart. I was insulted and I wanted to show, not my family or my relatives or anyone else, but myself that I can conquer this hurdle and be victorious.
Here is how I prepared:
Quant:
Nothing matters in Quant more than your calculation speed. If you can calculate amid pressure with top speed and accuracy, believe me you have tamed the monster. I increased my calculation speed with several tactics and methods, two books really helped me in that – Sarvesh K. Verma Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT and Arun Sharma. I strengthened my concepts in selected topics only. I knew that I cannot master each and every topic, so I selected few and practiced rigorously for them so that I would be able to attempt them no matter what the question is. But first and foremost, I did everything with a timer, even while solving the exercises from books, I kept a clock nearby. It’s not enough that you can solve the questions, what is more important is whether you can solve them in a stipulated time with pressure. You can invest all the time in solving one Data Interpretation question, but it won’t be of any use. So do everything with a timer, whether you are doing from a pdf or a book or a website.
Reasoning:
Before delving into Reasoning, I started from scratch. I learned the basic concepts of Syllogism, ranking, direction from numerous sources and websites. For questions, again mock tests are your best bet as I never found a suitable book for reasoning. In books, the puzzles given are seldom challenging and then there is a problem of solving within time. So I only prepared reasoning from mocks, I purchased 4-5 mock test series, the best of which was Oliveboard. The questions were at par with the exam level and quite challenging. It used to be my constant endeavor to build a simulated exam environment. So I used to search for puzzles and questions online, on websites that can match the difficulty of exam combining them with the puzzles and other questions of Oliveboard Mocks, that I was not able to solve during mock tests, I created my own little tests and used to solve them with timer. This exercise helped me in building speed and enormously helped me during exams as I was quite accustomed to solving within time.
English:
Like calculation speed in Quant, the thing that is most important in English is your comprehending prowess and speed. People would tell you to read newspaper, for a moment that advice seemed reasonable but to me it was a cliché. I was never quite fond of newspapers or editorials. I devised a new strategy as the level was getting quite tough, you would get topics that you are unfamiliar of, even mock tests were giving questions that were quite easy as compared to the exam. The only mock test I saw that was closer to exam was Oliveboard Mocks, but what’s the point of attempting those questions when you can’t comprehend fast. I chose one topic every other day and searched on the internet for it extensively. My topics ranged from ‘Banking problems in Africa’ to ‘Water shortage in Indonesia’ or topics related to psychology or something I have no knowledge about. Reading about things that I was unaware of increased my comprehending skills. I not only read these articles but scrutinized them for various English topics like how the conjunctions were used, how prepositions were applied, what could be the summary of the article or tone of the passage. I applied each and every rule of English in my excursions to these topics. I also improved my vocab substantially through listing all the words I came across in a website called vocabulary.com as the website generates automatic quizzes based on the words you feed. So my advice, read each article from the point of exam, remember every question that came in the exams till now can be created from one article. Reading for the sake of reading is unproductive, ask questions, be curious, ask yourself what the examiner asks you in the exam.
General Awareness:
I followed many websites for General Knowledge. As the questions can sometimes be unpredictable, I kept the purpose of each website I followed separate. There was only one website I followed everyday for General knowledge and I followed it daily. I used to read everyday news from it to keep myself updated and then go through the pdf's it offered. Another site I used for quizzes, after every week I tested myself through its quizzes, making sure I remember while making notes of anything new I came across. Doing quizzes from one website can make you acquainted with the language of the question and the answer, while in the exam the same question can be asked in a different form and you might not be able to answer that. So before exams, I used to do quizzes from other websites than those I mentioned, creating layers and layers of information. Besides, GK section in mock tests always presented some unexpected questions especially the Oliveboard mocks, so I always made sure to do the GK section from OB diligently. For banking awareness, my source of information was GKtoday and none other than RBI website. I also searched for every topic on internet so that I can extract a little bit extra information. I also want to mention the online newspaper ‘Livemint’ here, from where I got excellent explanations and viewpoints for some of the burning topics. I always tried not to do GK from quizzes only, whenever the need arises I used to search the news on internet and read from the original article.
Mock Test Strategy:
One strategy I want to share that I tried with mock tests. I was always quite innovative with my study methods so that it does not get monotonous. One thing I did to re-enact the examination environment was giving mock tests one after another. In exams, one variable we often forget to take into account is nervousness and pressure, the constant passing of time and with it increasing anxiety and the buildup of pressure. Before exams, at least a week before, I used to attempt 5-6 mock tests at a stretch, that’s 5-6 hours of solving in one sitting. It did not matter how many marks I got, how much I got correct or incorrect, but just attempting mocks without interruption. Once you get to the 3rd or 4th you would start feeling that same pressure you felt in exams, with your head throbbing, your fingers tired, your patience giving away but at that time if you can concentrate, if you can resist the urge to leave, then mind me you have perfected the stress. For Mains, attempting 2-3 mock tests are sufficient in one sitting. Besides, I implore you to take Oliveboard’s method of analysis seriously, it shows you which topics you are weak at and which needs more working, it’s an excellent way to judge and improve yourself.
With God’s grace, my parent’s blessing, my wife’s continuous encouragement and my sister’s oversight, I cleared IBPS PO, RRB PO and IBPS SO. I am currently working with Canara Bank as a Marketing Officer. I also cleared IPPB Mains exam but did not go for interview. I wish my sister was here to see me succeed but I hope she is right now looking at me feeling proud. At the end I want to say that believe in yourself, I cleared these exams not only in my first attempt but technically in my last attempt. Prepare like it’s your last attempt; take every failure to your heart. Just give everything you got, it’s a matter of months, the hard work you put in today will give you fruit tomorrow and that fruit is much more delicious than anything you have tasted before, it’s called taste of success. Give each and every exam, whether you want to opt for it later or not, as it strengthens your practice. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, especially yourself, because the biggest motivator you have is the one looking at you from the mirror.

Govind Upadhyay

SBI PO

We all know how valuable 'Brand SBI' is and how unmatched the growth at SBI is. SBI is one bank where you can grow exponentially- from PO to Manager to AGM and so on. Also the perks & allowances are better than other banks. So when I decided to choose Banking as my career, I decided to appear only for SBI PO.
Last year I couldn't clear it by 2 marks and hence prepared more thoroughly this year through Oliveboard Mock Tests. The content of OB Mock Tests is unmatched. It's almost close to the actual difficulty level of the exam and the types of questions that are in OB Mock Tests are nowhere else to be found on internet. Even the GK supplement is a valuable resource and I had practiced all the GK quizzes from the supplement before the exam. Also, the 'Interface' and 'Analysis' part are amazing. The interface is so smooth and easy to pick up that someone from rural background who haven't used computer much, can also start taking OB Mock Tests without any difficulty.
I got 139/250 in SBI PO Main Exam and 60.78/100 aggregate and would like to thank Oliveboard for all the help.

Suman Utkarsha

SBI PO

I am a commerce graduate and hence aspiring for a career in banking was an obvious decision. SBI PO has always been my target but I was a bit scared because I was taking this exam for the first time.
For GK, I regularly followed magazines (Banking Service Chronicles) and newspapers (Economic Times). For other sections, I strictly followed Oliveboard Mock Tests. Their Maths, Reasoning and English questions are of utmost difficulty level, that helped me in the SBI PO Exam (because the questions were tough and completely unexpected). Their General Awareness questions are the best one can get. Infact, whatever I could score in this section in the exam is strictly because of Oliveboard questions. Many questions related to Banking Awareness in OB Mock Tests are new and innovative and they made me to go back and read more about those topics on internet (which really helped in the long run). I got 103.25 Marks in the SBI PO Main Exam (with 28 Marks in the Descriptive Section) and I would like to thank Oliveboard team for my selection.

Anshik Ramesh Kaushal

SBI PO

I attempted mock tests of Oliveboard for RBI Grade B and SBI PO and found it useful, would like to share a few pints pertaining to each section: GA- questions were well organized and banking questions were tricky as they come in actual exam. Maths: DI was of good level and other quant questions were on easier side. Reasoning was whole mix of different topics . English was tough. Well, I would suggest all the aspirants to attempt a free mock and have the experience on their own.

ASHISH DAYMA

RRB PO(2017)

Read the preparation strategy of Ashish Dayma who cleared RRB PO & ICICI PO after completing his Graduation & Masters in Commerce. His success story rightly justifies that Failure is not a step backward; it's an excellent stepping stone to success.
Here is his success story:
Hello Everyone, I am Ashish Dayma from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I have completed my Graduation & Masters in Commerce in 2014 and 2016 respectively from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Soon after my Masters I started my preparation for various government exams and cleared RRB PO, 2017 & ICICI PO, 2016. I am presently working in ALLAHABAD UP GRAMIN BANK. It was a journey for ups and downs with great learning curve and I am thankful to Oliveboard for giving me an opportunity to share it with other aspirants today.
Preparation Strategy:-
I started my preparation from 2016 itself but was not able to clear even the Prelims. I somehow managed to clear the SBI Clerk 2016 Prelims but could not clear the Mains. But as truly said that success comes to those who dare and act. I did not lose hope and in 2017 I prepared in a better way with the help of Oliveboard mock tests & materials for IBPS exams. Oliveboard Mock tests and materials proved to be of great help and I was able to clear RRB PO & IBPS PO Prelims and Mains. But then I could only make through RRB PO 2017 after the interview round. In 19th March 2018 I joined Allahabad UP Gramin Bank and I must say that following Oliveboard tests and materials were one of the best choices that I have made during my preparation days.
Quant:
I know this is one of the sections where many users face a lot of issues. But trust me there is no shortcut to score well in this section apart from practicing as much as you can. I referred NCERT books to cover all my chapters and I recommend the same to all the users as well. I just opted for Oliveboard mock tests and to be honest with every test that I gave, I kept improving and gaining speed and confidence.
Reasoning:
Clear your basics for this section. Know the proper strategy to attempt each section, as at times the reasoning questions can be very lengthy if you do not have a proper method to approach them. Always try to cover all the possibilities of a question and then try to eliminate the unnecessary ones in order to get the last and the correct option. At the end keep practicing. Trust me, this is the only shortcut to your success.
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English:
Instead of referring ‘n’ number of books to clear your concepts, try and stick to one and keep revising it twice or thrice. I used to refer “Plinth to Paramount” by Neetu Singh. You can refer to this book as it is quite helpful and easy to understand. Oliveboard mock tests helped me a lot in figuring out my weak areas after every mock test, and accordingly I devised my further study plan. It is very important to know your weakness and strength for each section to plan your study schedule.
GK/GA:
I did not have much time to prepare for this section extensively. So I prepared myself from the Oliveboard Bolt which comes for free every month. Like every other aspirant even I did not know how to cover this section as it is quite vast but again Oliveboard Bolt proved as the ultimate solution and helped me to study and revise only what was important and needed.
Interview:
Keep it as simple and honest as you can. This round is just to check about what kind of person you are or how compatible you are for the job profile being offered. Try to have a basic idea about your graduation subjects and previous work experience.
Role of Oliveboard:
As already mentioned in my preparation strategy, Oliveboard was the only website that I blindly followed for my complete preparation for each and every section, and I must say that I made the right choice. The mock tests and materials provided by Oliveboard are very much as per the latest pattern and syllabus and helps you to prepare according to the expected standard and quality.
Lastly, I would like to convey this message to all the aspirants: Failure is not a step backward; it's an excellent stepping stone to success. That's because someone who survives failure has gained irreplaceable knowledge and the unstoppable perseverance born from overcoming hardship.
All the best.

Mehul Sharma

NIACL AO

Hi, I am Mehul Sharma from Nainital and finished my schooling from Army School, Hempur. I decided to take up BCA and then went on to complete my MBA from Sikkim Manipal University. I did a diploma course for 2 years in programming, a designing course and then worked for about 6 months at a company.
I decided to come back home and started working as a freelance web designer for one and half years. It struck me that I could manage to prepare for government and banking exams along with freelancing. Work and income in my job were fluctuating, so I decided to go for prestigious and better options. I opted for self-study for 9 months and accumulated study material from all possible sources. Unfortunately, I did not clear IAS and UPPCS, the two exams that I had appeared for.
I started working and decided that I could take some weekend classes and prepare for banking exams. Put IAS on hold. I wanted to supplement my coaching classes with online mock tests and came across the Oliveboard Online Mock Test Series. They have the best online test series in terms of the difficulty level of questions, analysis, personalised help and the price tag. After one year of regular studies and appearing for multiple mock tests, I cleared 3 exams-
PNB PO 2016
NIACL AO, 2016
IPPB PO (didn’t appear for Interview)
The approach that I had taken for various subjects were :
General Awareness: This subject is tricky to prepare for. You should choose a few reliable sources. Go through them very well and make notes on a daily basis. Before the exams, you can revise your notes 2-3 times so that you remember everything. Remember, Consistency is the key.
Quantitative Aptitude: I had referred to books by Sarvesh K Verma and Arun Sharma. You can easily master quant concepts as they are explained in a very simple way. Oliveboard Mock Test Series played a vital role in preparing this section. The Oliveboard mock quant section is of a higher difficulty level and I used to go through all the solutions, whether I had answered questions correctly or incorrectly, after the test. 30 days before the exams, I used to stack up all the mock tests and give one exam per day. I would spend quality time on analysis of my tests. This helped me identify my weak areas and work on their improvement.
Reasoning: I was strong at this section and I only referred to my coaching material, Oliveboard Mock series and a few other online sources.
Oliveboard was a big boost to my preparation for banking exams. The level of their mock questions is slightly higher than the actual exam questions. I used to score well in all of the tests. It helped me become confident that I could solve all questions before the actual exam. This helped me to stand out and score more than others, In these competitive exams, one really needs high-quality mock test series to test one’s knowledge before the actual exam. Do remember to analyse each question. It will be extremely helpful to you when exams are around the corner.
Tips for aspirants:
Never give up, I had given 12 exams before I cleared three banking exams. Believe in yourself and keep going! All the best to aspirants!
Thank you!

YATIN DHAMIJA

SBI PO 2016, NABARD GRADE A 2018, RBI GRADE B 2018

If you thought non-engineers dont crack the big exams, meet
Yatin Dhamija, a B.Com graduate who secured All India Rank (AIR) 24 in RBI Grade B apart from cracking SBI PO 2016, NABARD GRADE A 2018.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hey Guys, I am Yatin Dhamija from Himachal Pradesh. I have completed my B.Com in 2015 from Shahid Bhagat Singh College, New Delhi. While I was in my final year, I started preparing for CAT and managed to score 98.27 percentile in CAT 2014. But I think I had an inclination to join the Government sector and thus decided to prepare for UPSC after my Graduation. Meanwhile during my preparation for UPSC, I did give other government exams as well. To be honest, as I was preparing for UPSC, I managed to do well in other Banking exams as well.
Having said that, in 2016 I cleared SBI PO. Back then I remember I used to give mocks tests from Oliveboard which was very helpful. I worked as an SBI PO for 10 months but then I had to leave my job so that I can prepare myself better for RBI GRADE B exam. So after resigning in Oct, 2017 I devoted all my time to prepare for RBI Grade B exam. I did manage to reach till the interview in 2017 but could not get into Final selection list.
All these failures never let me down and I kept myself motivated. I gave all it needed to prepare myself best for the RBI Grade B. Meanwhile I also cleared NABARD Grade A in 2018 and joined as an Assistant Manager in Nabard, Lucknow. All throughout my journey of ups and downs, the only thing I was very sure of was that I perform even better in 2018 RBI Grade B exams. This time I tried to keep a balance between my work and preparation and my dedication showed true colors. Finally, in 2018 I was able to clear RBI GRADE B exam with AIR 24.
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 Government exams.
Preparation Strategy
Quants:
As I have already mentioned that I was preparing for CAT during my final year, so my foundation was strong. All I needed was good practice. Oliveboard provides mock tests as per latest pattern and syllabus which helped me immensely to track my preparation.
Reasoning:
Generally reasoning questions can be time taking. So try and solve the questions within a dedicated time frame. Try to opt for 3-4 DI & puzzles in the exam. It ’s very important to analyse the easy and difficult questions in the paper and accordingly opt for the scoring ones. This comes only by practice. So practice as many reasoning questions as you can and try to analyse the technique to solve each question.
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English:
It’s very important that your basics are clear in English. Try to focus more on grammar and less on vocab as you get more questions from Grammar section only. You can refer to Grammar Book by Wren & Martin to clear your basics.
GK:
Try to check different sources and compilations present online to prepare for this section. Also give as many quizzes as you can.
Descriptive:
Read newspaper daily to keep yourself updated with the recent happenings in India and across the World. Try to write one essay daily on different topics which are important. Do not forget to practice for Precis writing as well. Even reading comprehension part can be a scoring section in the exam as it generally asks around 6 questions related to the passage which can be answered directly and can be scoring.
Generally in RBI Grade B exams, you get to write essays on recent topics. Like in 2018 the topic was related to Demonetization. So it’s always advisable to prepare around such topics.
Role of Oliveboard
I have referred Oliveboard mock tests for all my exams starting from SBI PO to RBI Grade B and it has always helped me to prepare myself best. You may score low at times in these mock tests but never get disheartened due to your scores during your preparation days. It’s okay to make mistakes. But it is important to learn from your weak areas and work even harder to improve.
So never lose patience and hope. If you can manage to keep yourself dedicated then half your work is already sorted.
I hope my journey will help other aspirants in their preparation. All the Best Guys!

AYUSH SINGH

SBI PO, IBPS PO, IBPS RRB PO

'Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.' Similarly, Ayush followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I have been working for an IT company for the past two years. Meanwhile while working with the company I planned to start my preparation for Banking exams. 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. I would love to share my success story with other aspirants so they can keep themselves motivated during their preparations.
Preparation Strategy:
Quants:
My only mantra to clear this section was practice, practice, and practice. I just gave as many mocks as I can and nothing else. 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 mocks.
Reasoning:
For Reasoning I would like to tell you guys that give a mock test daily rather than just preparing the chapters as giving mocks will help you to identify your skills and time management abilities. Rather than hard work opt for smart work and you will definitely see yourself succeeding in the upcoming exams.
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English:
As far as English is concerned always start by clearing your basic grammar concepts. For English also I was solely depended on mocks which I gave on Oliveboard(Hands Down the finest and the toughest of them all). Meanwhile read newspapers to work on your vocab and reading skills.
GK/GA :
Read newspapers daily to keep yourself updated. Give daily quizzes and mocks. This is the best way to prepare for GA/GK section within the limited time period.
Interview:
For me, Interview part was the easiest of them all. One should have basic to moderate knowledge of Banking Concepts and also about major national/international affairs. Be honest and confident throughout the interview process.
Role of Oliveboard:
Without any doubt, I would like to give Oliveboard mock tests a major credit in my success. The mock tests which I gave were of very good quality and helped me to get accustomed to the modern approaches and methods towards solving any problem. Lastly, I would highly recommend it to all the aspirants
That's it, this was my not-so-magic mantra for clearing the exams and to be honest if you invest 4-5 hours daily in your preparation, you are good to go.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Ashutosh Sharma

IBPS RRB

I always wanted a Bank Job. After my graduation in 2015, I filled up every single form which was out that year but could not clear any exam. I did appear for IBPS PO 2015 Mains and SBI PO Mains 2016 but could not clear them.
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!

ANINDYA CHAKRABORTY

IBPS CLERK, IBPS PO, SBI JA

I am Anindya Chakraborty and after completing my masters, I started studying for the several banking examinations which at the beginning seemed to be a daunting task but with time and practice, it became clear that it was possible to clear the same in the first attempt. However, I managed to clear the IBPS PO interviews and now am employed with UCO Bank.
Preparation Tips & Strategy:
Quants:
Coming from a bio science background, quants was the most challenging part and it tested me the most. But then I started practicing from Oliveboard mock tests to analyse my performance and improve accordingly and it was really very helpful.
Reasoning:
Reasoning was challenging but a bit planning while attempting can be helpful. I did manage to score quite well consistently. Having said that, reasoning section needs a lot of practice. So practice as much as you can and give as many mock tests as possible.
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English:
However, preparing for English was a bit easier and with regular practice I did manage to scale the section. I would advise everyone to read some good newspapers daily and make sure your grammar basics are crystal clear.
GK/GA:
For GA, I did follow the current affairs of the preceding 3-4 months which was sufficient enough to score quite well. Keep yourself updated with the latest happenings and read newspapers daily. You can also watch news channels to keep yourself updated.
How Oliveboard helped?
In my preparation, mock tests did play the most important part, with me sometimes attempting as many as 5 mock tests a day and Oliveboard undoubtedly provides one of the best in simulating the actual exams in terms of the toughness and pattern. Most of the times Oliveboard sets a tougher paper which if one practices regularly will find it easier when he/she seats for the actual exams and this gives you an edge over the others as one feels more confident during the exams.
Tips To Aspirants:
The future aspirants for such exams need to focus on the basics and show some perseverance as this phase can very easily demotivate you as it may take some time. But once you are done with it, picking up speed which is the second most important thing will be coming up fast.
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.

Ashish Suman

SBI PO

I am Ashish Suman from Pupri, Bihar. I did my engineering in Computer Science from GGSIPU Delhi in 2016. During last few months of graduation, I got to know about Banking and made up my mind to try my hand on it. I started preparing from the month of mid-May after discussing with few seniors. Around that time only I purchased Oliveboard mock tests. I appeared for an interview for SBI on 08 September 2016 and got selected.
Now here is my detailed strategy:
Prelims:
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!
Mains:
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!
Thank you!

Bhupendra Raghuwanshi

IBPS PO

I started my bank exams' journey in 2015 with BOB Manipal PO in which I got through written but got just 3 marks above cut off and even after getting good marks in GDPI, I could not make it to the final list. Then I took SBI PO 2015 again and cleared the Prelims but in Mains I missed by 0.25 marks in the combined score. As my straight target was becoming PO this year I took only PO exams and after SBI PO I was left with IBPS PO only . My simple concern was my speed in difficult questions due to which I scored less in written, even though my accuracy was very good in each exam and mocks I took. As mocks are the only way to get speed, I was in search for difficult level mocks so that i can practice at a level same or above than actual exam level. Then I came to know about Oliveboard on Facebook group I took the free mock. After having a good experience, I just joined OB test series for IBPS PO 2015 . Its level and quality of questions were really good and finally Oliveboard helped me in getting 111.25 (I attempted 119 ) marks in IBPS PO 2015 mains. Oliveboard mocks not only helped me in speed but they also gave me accuracy in difficult questions. I got final score 55.70 in IBPS PO 5 and got IDBI bank as PO.
Thank you Oliveboard team for the nice job of helping aspirants like me.

Deepanjan Das

IBPS PO

I have done my B.Tech in Automobile Engineering from 2008-2012 then I did my MBA from 2012-2014. In the final year of my engineering, I got placed in a company but I decided not to join and so I decided to opt for MBA. And after MBA, I got placed in three companies and also joined one of them. Finally I decided to leave my private Job and prepare for Bank exams. I left my job on 1st December 2014. After that, I started preparing for bank exams. The first exam I appeared for was IBPS SO 2015 but failed to clear the final cut off by mere 1.8 marks. I was very depressed but I had full confidence in me that if I study, I will be able to clear bank exams easily.
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.

Shivali Prakash

IBPS PO

I had started my preparation in the mid of 2015 with SBI PO. Couldn’t clear the Mains sectional cut off which made me realize that I need to work on my weak areas. I heard about Oliveboard Test Series from many other aspirants, that this test series proved quite useful for those students who had cleared SBI PO. I took a free test of IBPS PO (Preliminary) and was satisfied with the difficulty level and question pattern and to add to that, it was error free. I decided to buy the entire series. The IBPS PO test series proved quite beneficial for me as it helped me not only to improve my performance but also my rank among other candidates. I solved all the tests provided in the package and also worked on my mistakes with the detailed and error free solutions provided in the package. Ultimately I cleared both IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk because of this test series and have been selected as a Probationary Officer in Corporation Bank and as a Clerk in Canara bank.

Amit Bhaskar

IBPS PO

It feels great when one cracks the exam in their very first attempt. I had this experience after passing IBPS PO 2016-17 exam. This would not have been possible without OLIVEBOARD. I strictly relied on Oliveboard mock tests which not only helped me in honing my solving skills but also helped me in analysing my weak areas.
OLIVEBOARD not only helped me in learning concepts which are essential for the exam but also helped me in honing my skills through regularly making me practice through its test series. Mock tests were very useful as they included every bit of prerequisite material required to crack the examination. It provided real time practice scenario which was definitely very useful during real examinations. I would like to suggest every banking aspirant to register themselves to OLIVEBOARD. It will help them to achieve their goals. 'Not only PRACTICE but PRACTICE within the TIME limit is the success mantra for cracking this exam...!!!'

Tanmoy Nandy

SBI PO

Hi, I am Tanmoy from West Bengal. After having worked with a Bangalore based software services company for 2.4 years, I decided to switch to the Public sector and make my long-term career in the world of Finance.
Hence, I left my job and started preparation from the end of January this year. I spent the first 1-2 weeks in different forums like YouTube, researching the scope of the syllabus, the pattern of questions, and strategies adopted by other successful candidates to clear this exam. After that, I meticulously chalked out my own preparation strategy and strictly focused on executing it. Since I was in between jobs, I could afford no time to loose and wanted to make it as fast as possible. As compared to last year, the notification came out early in February this year and the prelims were preponed to April. I was a little disappointed as I had just started my preparation and apart from English, I was actually weak in all the other sections and had to start from absolute scratch. But nevertheless, I did not loose hope and decided to give it a full-fledged try! I thought that even if I ultimately do not make it, my preparation will have a significant boost.
1. Quantitative Aptitude
One of the thumb rules of my preparation was to limit the number of ‘sources’ of preparation and increase the number of revisions from those same sources. One mistake many of us makes is that we tend to pile up a huge number of books and prepare one chapter from book A, the second chapter from book B and so on. I prepared Quants from a single book i.e. ‘Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ by Arun Sharma. Many people also get afraid as soon as they see the term ‘CAT’ but trust me this is one of the best books to prepare for bank exams if you wish to succeed in the shortest possible time. The difficulty level of actual examination has jumped to a degree that I found this book to be the most suitable. Each chapter is preceded by a solid theory to get your concepts cleared and some extremely effective shortcut techniques. I solved only LOD I and II, marked the ones which I couldn’t solve in the first go, and did an nth number of revisions. Remember, the key here is multiple revisions.
2. Reasoning
For reasoning, I practiced puzzles from ‘Magical Book on Puzzle’ by K. Kundan and other puzzles from Oliveboard’s mocks. For the remaining topics, I solely relied on Mocks. They were more than sufficient.
3. English
Although I was fairly strong in this section, yet I did not take it lightly. I thoroughly revised all the rules of Grammar at the very beginning. For vocabulary, I referred the book, ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis. It’s a brilliant piece of work and anyone who reads this, will surely going to enjoy a lot. Also, I used to read newspapers daily and worked towards strengthening my diverse reading habit.
4. General Knowledge
For economics and banking awareness, I referred videos on YouTube. For current affairs, I used to refer to standard websites. The GK section is huge and often can be the deal breaker. The way to master this section is what I call the ‘Repeat-Recall’ practice. This can be done on alternate days - On day 1, I would read the current affairs of the last 7 days (Repeat) and on day 2, I would attempt quizzes (Recall) and repeat this pattern over and over again.
5. Mocks
I cannot just emphasize the importance of mocks in general and Oliveboard in particular in the preparation for bank examinations nowadays. Mocks are the single most important key to success. I have personally attempted a humongous number of online mocks which helped me to quickly familiarize myself with the pattern of questions in the actual exam, increase my speed and enhance my time management capabilities. I must admit that Oliveboard mocks are the best in the market. I’ve found the user interface to be very intuitive and similar to the actual exam. The standard of the questions and the mix of difficulty levels of the mocks is what really impressed me. Having said that, what amazed me the most was, they even provided one-on-one assistance for the descriptive section for the Mains and created a forum for posting contents and receiving feedbacks from fellow aspirants! Also remember, an analysis is of paramount significance and if you are spending one hour in attempting the mock, a minimum of another 1 hour should be spent on analysis. In my mind, Oliveboard’s dashboard is also designed extremely well for helping students for this purpose.
6. Some Advice to Aspirants
a. Always target a minimum of 90 percentile in Oliveboard mocks.
b. For GD the secret to being able to speak on any topic is to mentally ask ‘Why’, ‘What’, ‘How’, ‘Where’, ‘When’ to the topic. You can bundle together the answers you get and start the discussion.
c. Create a challenging daily routine and try to execute it no matter what – win each day to win the final exam.
d. Meditation improves concentration exponentially. Start Meditating for a few minutes everyday.
Lastly, I would like to say that from my entire journey, I have learned that discipline supplemented with a regular routine, avoiding procrastination and with a little perseverance, anyone can crack this examination. Thank you for reading and wish you all the very best!
Prelims Score: 61.25/100 (Cut-off – 51.50/100)
Mains Score: 79/200 (Cut-off – 50/200)

Bardhan Soumyajyoti

IBPS Clerk

Oliveboard helped me by getting me exam ready through their innovative online mock tests. With the help of Oliveboard mock tests I got myself selected as a Clerk at Union Bank of India.

VISHAL SHARMA

IBPS PO, 2018

Vishal, a PhD Scholar, shares how his decision of moving from abroad to India turned out to be one of his best decisions after he cleared IBPS PO in his very first attempt. This story sets an example for those who believes that you may not always end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you are meant to be.
Introduction: Hello, I am Vishal, an inflationary cosmologist-turned-ML Engineer-serendipitously-turned banking aspirant. I am 28 and hail from Delhi. I completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Communication in 2012 and thereafter, decided to follow my passion for physics and completed my Ph.D. in Inflationary Cosmology in 2017. I came back to India due to extenuating family circumstances and found a job in a startup.
Exams I have cleared:
a) Scored 330/340 in GRE (167: Quant, 163: Verbal)
b) Scored 110 in TOEFL(reading: 28, listening: 27, speaking: 26, writing: 29) c) Cleared PO in the first attempt (CRP PO VIII).
Preparation Strategy for Individual Sections:
Quant: Initially I exclusively relied upon Vivek sir’s guidance and the superb level of questions that were discussed in the Oliveboard Live Classes and in live practice sessions. I supplemented that with topic tests provided by Oliveboard and also found CAT level questions of the same topic in Sarvesh Verma’s book(Quantum CAT).
Verbal: Having scored well in GRE a few years back, I had a strong base in this section, so Miti Ma’am helped me brush up those concepts with some challenging questions as well as explaining the tough conceptual traps beautifully.
Reasoning: This was my weakest section and I barely scraped by in the Prelims but changed my strategy while preparing for the Mains. I focused exclusively on the miscellaneous questions as well as analytical reasoning and made it a stronghold for me(basically everything except puzzles and seating arrangement in the mains exam).
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GK: I love reading in general, so I redirected that passion towards sifting quickly through newspaper and supplemented that by using AffairsCloud PDF capsule.
Interview: I am fascinated by the concepts of Economics and Finance and I found it exhilarating to prepare for the interview phase. Probably the most fun I had during the entire preparation process was when we made a WhatsApp group, and then conducted mock interviews among ourselves through zoom and/or hangouts/Skype, which helped A TON.
Details about my journey and how OB helped me:
While working as a Machine Learning Engineer in a startup, I started preparing for banking. That coincided with Oliveboard’s Free course for IBPS PO preparation that started on 4th September 2018. During the first few days, I was partly disinterested and partly lost and intimidated by the syllabus in front of me. I didn’t even know how to manage time as I was attending classes either from metro or Uber. I couldn’t follow along for the first week or so but somehow persisted. Both the quant and verbal faculty were extremely motivating and the awesome structure/schedule made by Oliveboard helped me catch up and practice alongside the live classes.
I used OB’s topic tests to supplement what was taught in the class which helped me calm my nerves and ease into the meticulously prepared schedule. Live practice sessions were really helpful and perhaps the best part of the whole class, as gradually my performance improved and then I started to consistently perform well which boosted my confidence.
Tips To Aspirants:
The only advice I have for future aspirants is, be strategic as well as relentless in the pursuit of your goal. Trust the experienced faculty and build concepts while being attentive in the live classes, then increase your question bank by having a hunger to solve more and more questions as you go deeper into your preparations.
I hope my journey will help other aspirants in their preparation. All the Best Guys!

Shashank Baranwal

BOB PGDBF

“Be a game changer, Don't give up.”
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!
Thank you!

HIMANSHU KASHYAP

SBI PO & CLERK

'Even if something seems impossible for u, Somebody is going to do it someday…..
So, be that somebody,.......And do it yourself'. Similarly, Himanshu followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Himanshu Kashyap. I have cleared SBI CLERK & SBI PO. After my graduation I started preparing for banking exams.
I focussed on clearing the basics first and then practicing as many mock tests as I can.
Preparation Strategy:
So guys, it’s all about the right approach and technique. I would love to share my preparation tips and journey with you all via Oliveboard so it can be helpful to all the aspirants.
Quants:
Starting with Quants, always try to clear your basics first. Follow only one book and cover all the important chapters. This will help you to prepare yourself in a dedicated manner.
It’s never possible to finish the complete syllabus, so try to cover all the important topics and keep revising it as much as possible. Give as many test series as you can. This will help to get an idea about the level of the real exam.
I gave mock tests from Oliveboard which were based on the latest pattern and syllabus and then analysed it thoroughly. This helped me immensely to keep a track of my progress.
Reasoning:
Reasoning is all about practice. Keep practicing as much as you can and focus on the right technique to solve the questions.
Generally, the Reasoning questions are lengthy and confusing, so if you do not know the right technique and approach to start it then it may take a lot of time in the exam to solve even a single question.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
Get all your concepts crystal clear. Refer to some good grammar books to brush your grammar rules. For vocab I used to read a lot of Editorials from different newspapers. I also referred WORD POWER MADE EASY book to work on my vocab. Trust me these two books and a good number of mock tests are more than enough to make this section strong.
You can also refer editorial sections of HINDU and TIMES OF INDIA to improve your vocab and reading skills. It will also help you in your descriptive section.
GK/GA:
Refer to some good Gk book to cover all the important sections.You can also read newspapers daily and watch news channels to keep yourself updated.
Oliveboard BOLT is also very helpful in preparing this section.
Role Of Oliveboard
I always preferred practicing as many mocks as I can to analyse my performance. I did refer few sites for mock tests and found Oliveboard to be very beneficial. The level of mock tests provided by Oliveboard helped me immensely to have a clear idea about the level of the real exam.So always concentrate more on accuracy and practice as much as you can.
So guys my advice to everyone is that...please give mock tests and analyse them properly to keep a check on your performance and practice technique.
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.

KUMAR GAURAV

SBI PO, BOB PO (2017)

'Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.' But Gaurav always believed in himself and left no stone unturned to change his failures into success.
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:
Aptitude:
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:
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:
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”.
General Knowledge:
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.

ABHISHEK MISHRA

IBPS CLERK 2018, IBPS PO 2018, INDIAN BANK PO 2018

Read the success story of Abhishek Mishra, who just at the age of 20 not only cleared many competitive exams but also became Probationary Officer in his first attempt .
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
◆Preparation Journey-:
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.
●English Language-:
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.
●General Awareness-:
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.
●Descriptive English-:
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.
◆Interview(final stage)-:
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.

Mayank Sharma

IBPS PO

I have cleared last year's IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk and SIDBI Exams and I would like to share a few strategies for exam preparation for future aspirants.
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.

Nithin Venugopal

SBI PO

I am Nithin Venugopal, completed my B.Tech in CSE from Calicut University, Kerala in 2015. After that, I wanted to pursue M.B.A and started preparing for CAT, but despite working hard I couldn't make into the IIMs, and it was an actual blessing in disguise. Because before starting the preparation, I did not even give a second chance to think whether I would be able to afford an MBA and whether it would provide me the kind of job which I would like to do.
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:
QUANT:
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.
Reasoning:
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.
Verbal:
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 !!!

Saahil Gupta

SSC CGL

My name is Saahil Gupta & I am currently working as an Administrative Officer in New India Assurance Company Ltd. I did my B-Tech in CS Stream in 2014 and getting into government job was my utmost priority. 2015 wasn't that good year for me. The exams which I gave and was not able to qualify were; SSC CGL 2015, IBPS PO 2015, & SBI PO 2015.
I got three shockers in a row. I was highly disappointed with my performance, but I never lost hope. In my opinion studying 12-15 hours a day will not help you till your approach isn’t right. If your approach is right, you can crack any exam. The first thing which I did was joining Oliveboard Test Series. This is one of the best test series you will find. The questions are of very good level & you all know that the exams these days are not easy. The approach to the questions is so well defined that it's not only easy but also error free. There was a sudden improvement in my scores after joining the test series. This is what I was able to achieve in 2016:
-NIACL AO (Currently working)
-IBPS PO (Got PNB Bank)
-Bank of Baroda PO
-Bank of Maharashtra PO
-SSC CGL 2016 (Got AFHQ post)
You can see the improvements. It's all about the approach, guys. The other important point to note here is patience. Never fear from your failure. Failure can make your confidence zero, but it can also make you rise to the top level. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the truth is, no great success was ever achieved without failure. Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams.

DEEPSHIKHA RAI

IBPS PO

Hello Everyone, I am Deepshikha Rai from National Capital New Delhi. I will be joining Canara Bank in July 2018. I cleared IBPS PO in 2017. I feel honoured to be able to share my knowledge on IBPS PO examination and thank you Oliveboard for this opportunity.
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!

ANKIT VANI

SBI PO

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Similarly, Ankit followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Ankit Vani. I have done my MBA from Indore in Finance and then joined Deloitte. But I knew this was never my destination and thus I decided to start preparing for SBI PO. My first attempt was in 2013 but due to lack of proper preparation, I could not clear it. I did not lose hope and tried again and finally in 2016 I cleared SBI PO.
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 these Government exams along with their work.
Preparation Strategy:
Quants:
Clear all your basics and try to be quick with your calculations. You get many questions related to Data Interpretation in the exam and if you are good with your calculations, then it becomes very easy for you to tackle this section. For this, I would suggest everyone to practice a lot and be well versed with BODMAS, tables, square roots etc.
To clear all your basic concepts, refer some good books and once you feel that you are good enough then please appear for a lot of mock tests. It means that you give 2 to 3 mock tests every week and analyse it properly to improve accordingly.
Reasoning:
Solve a lot of time-bound quizzes. This will help you to improve your accuracy and gives you an idea about your speed.
Do not try to master each and every topic in the syllabus. Everyone has some strong and weak areas. So try to work more on the topics that you are comfortable with. Thus focus more on quality than quantity….this is the key to score well in any exam.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
Do not mug up all the grammar rules. Instead, read newspapers daily and try to understand the use of grammar there. This strategy will help you a lot in the exam.
There is no shortcut to improve your English and thus I would suggest everyone to please put in effort for this section. Try to understand the basic meaning to the root words to work on your vocabulary and see how similar meanings come through.
GK/GA:
Focus more on Current Affairs than on Static GK. Read newspapers daily and give quizzes to keep yourself updated.
You can check Oliveboard GK app for preparing for this section.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests are very helpful. The level of mock tests provided by Oliveboard are so good that it prepares you best for any type of questions that can be asked in the real examination. Having said that, do not feel sad if you score low in Oliveboard mock tests because eventually in the real exam you will develop a fair idea as in which question to approach first.
In prelims especially..it is important for you to solve more questions. So select your questions wisely and do not waste a lot of time solving time taking questions like Puzzles.
Tips to Aspirants:
Keep practicing and analysing your weak areas in order to improve them. Lastly, I would like to advise all the aspirants to keep yourself motivated throughout the journey as it is not going to be an easy one.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

ANKITA CHATTERJEE

SBI PO

Hi, I am Ankita Chatterjee and I work as a Probationary Officer at State Bank of India. I cleared the SBI PO examination in 2017.
Here is the strategy I had followed for my examination.
For Prelims-
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.
For Mains-
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.
For GD
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.
For PI
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 :)

Rupesh Lohan

NIACL AO

Hi. I am Rupesh Lohan and I did my B. Tech in EEE in 2012, and was working in private sector. I started my preparations in February, 2016. The main issue was to make a time table and strategy according to my office timings as I was working full time. I used to do GK, Computer and English quizzes while travelling in metro. Whenever I got free time in office, I would solve 2-3 quizzes in between.
My first three exams were: –
1) SBI clerk(HRV) – 121(cut off-137)
2) UIIC AO – 110(failed)
3) SBI PO 16 – Pre (49) Mains (58-failed)
I was down but willing to take my preparations to next level. Started doing more and more practice along with smart work. When the pattern was changed almost completely in 2016 for all banks exam I was looking for some strong and new stuff. Oliveboard test series gave me practice which I wanted and it gave huge boost to my preparations. Mains exams and pattern of test series of Olive board was almost of same level. Level of questions was up to the mark.
All exams I appeared for, after SBI PO, were: –
1) BOB PGDBF 16 – WL 244(written marks 155/250, interview 65/100)- finally selected in WL
2) IBPS PO – Pre (78 marks) Mains (69 marks) Failed
3) IBPS Clerk – Pre (80 marks) Mains (88). Got CANARA Bank, Delhi
4) RRB PO – Mains (121 marks), Interview (50), Final Score (58.4, failed)
5) CWC (Jr. Superintendent) – Total Marks were 114, but cut off was 121.75
6) IPPB PO – Mains attempt 136 (Did not appear in interview)
7) RBI Assistant (Delhi) – Pre (89 marks), Mains (111.5, cut off 128.5)
8) NIACL AO – SELECTED (Pre-74, Mains marks not disclosed)
I would like to wrap up saying that if I can crack exams, even after a long break from studies, so can you! With every exam, I got better and better. And yes, a person working full time also crack these exams.
Finally, 'Everything good or bad happens for a certain reason, you just continue your hard and perseverance and one day you will get the best reserved for you.'' All the best!

Anmol Panwar

IBPS PO

Being a B.Com graduate, choosing banking sector was an obvious choice for me. I was taking coaching for banking exams at Lucknow, when a senior told me about Oliveboard Mock Tests. He himself was taking OB Mock Tests for SSC CGL and he told me that these tests are the best one can get. I attempted the first mock test (which was free) but scored very less. The standard was much higher than the mock tests that I was taking at the coaching institute and it gave me a reality check. I start attempting and anlaysing OB Mock Tests regularly and my performance improved gradually.
I have no doubt in proclaiming that my selection in IBPS PO Main Exam became possible only because of Oliveboard. When you keep taking difficult mock tests, you don't experience any "shock" on the exam day, and that's what exactly happened in my case. Thank you Oliveboard

Sivaram Krishnan

SBI PO

SBI PO was the only banking exam that I attempted in 2016. Since it was my 2nd attempt, I had to make sure that my preparation was up-to-the-mark. I got to know about Oliveboard from Pagalguy where many aspirants vouched for its quality and level of difficulty. I attempted the free test and immediately decided to buy the entire test series.
Since the pattern keeps changing every year so it is a bit difficult to predict it. Still, Oliveboard did an amazing job with the quality of content it provided- specially for Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning. One area where OB Mock Tests made a major difference in my preparation is “Timing”. Repeated practice through mock test reduced the average time I used to take to solve each question, which greatly helped me in the actual exam. I am currently working as a PO at SBI. Thank you Oliveboard for all the help

Utkarsh Jaiswal

IBPS SO

1st April 2016 was the day I had been waiting for a long time. Fingers were crossed and finally the D-Day arrived and it landed me on cloud nine. I cracked IBPS MARKETING SO exam and got Canara Bank. The key to my success were perseverance, dediction and ofcourse the smart work that I had put in. I am also very grateful to Oliveboard Test series which helped me to prepare and face the CWE of SO courageously.
I would urge all those who are gearing up for Specialist Officer VI exam to be focussed, determined and muster self belief in their endeavour to crack this exam next year.
Thank you Oliveboard.

Shayon Ghosh

IBPS Clerk

My story began when I was tired of a hectic private job & I was looking for alternatives. On suggestion from my seniors, I decided to sit for banking exams. I started my preparation with research: analyzed previous year’s papers & tracked important topics & best online study material & mocks.
I started my preparation for SBI & IBPS a bit late (in March’16) but I was aware of my strength & weak areas. I purchased the Oliveboard test series for SBI PO, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO, & IBPS Clerk & kept on appearing & rigorously analyzing the mocks. This is a good way to know your competition; if not 20 lakh then at least 40,000-50,000.
I cleared SBI PO & SBI Clerk Prelims handsomely but the real shock came with difficult Mains paper. I could not clear both these exams but learnt from my mistakes. I geared up my preparation. Oliveboard mocks also went a level higher! This gave a boost to my preparation strategy & I found ways to answer questions smartly.
The next surprise was IBPS PO Mains. It went a notch higher than SBI. I was almost on the verge of giving up but then I thought “Winners never Quit! “. So I kept my preparation going for IBPS Clerk which was the last hope for me. I missed IBPS PO by 1.5 marks but ultimately on 1st April, 2017 I nailed the IBPS Clerk exam & got allotted to Syndicate Bank (WB)
I am an ardent follower of Oliveboard & thank the entire team for their unending support. The content provided by OB is tremendously helpful to have a strong hold on the subjects. Also, the mock tests provided by Oliveboard are closest to the actual IBPS exam & it is available at the best price in the market.
My suggestion: “The more you sweat in PRACTICE the less you bleed in battle”. Study smartly which will help you to raise the bar so that you need not to care about your competition. Once you apply for any exam don’t stop until you crack it. Just be honest with yourself & have faith. YOU CAN DO IT...!!
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