Success Story of Ashish Srivastava – Cleared IBPS SO 2019 (Marketing)

Read the success story of Ashish, a marketing post-graduate, who didn’t lose focus during his journey. He recommends that one should never think about vacancies, notifications, or cutoffs as these things are not under your control. It will always help you to stay focused on your preparation.

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Inspiring Success Story of Ashish Srivastava

Introduction: My name is Ashish Kumar Srivastava, born and brought up in Patna, Bihar. I did my engineering in EEE stream in the year 2014 and PGDM in Marketing & HR in 2018.

 Details of my Journey: After my engineering, I was looking for a job in PSUs, for that I chose to appear in GATE but failed to get a good position in the final result. After this, I decided to switch in general competition for that I decided to prepare for entrance tests of Top B-Schools & Bank officer exams simultaneously. In 2015, I got the first chance to sit in IBPS PO Mains but failed in the reasoning section but fortunately, I scored decently in MAT 2016 which helped me to get admitted in one of the prestigious B-school for the batch 2016-18. After this course, I worked in two different private organizations but my dream was still to be a part of PSBs, etc. 

I quit my job in the year 2018 itself and devoted myself completely to the Banking examination. Initially, it was difficult to sustain in the current trend as too much reform came after two years. I appeared in multiple Bank & Insurance examinations but failed multiple Preliminary & Mains examinations. At the end of 2018, I applied for the IBPS SO Marketing officer without any strategy and plan because it was my first attempt as it requires PG in Management (Specialized in Marketing). I got qualified in the preliminary stage and I prepared my strategy through the Oliveboard success story of Mr. Deepanjan Das Sir. As I was having very little time, I went for online materials & content from I qualified for the interview but failed to get the final selection by just 3.6 marks. After this experience, I got to know my core competency and started preparing for MO from July 2019 onwards. I created my YouTube channel and made a group of 10 members in which we conducted quizzes & doubt sessions to clear our concepts. It helped us a lot. 

This time I was totally focused on IBPS SO which led to good marks in preliminary & mains along with the interview. I along with my 4 group members got the final selection in IBPS SO-IX, and got Union Bank of India. Oliveboard Mock test for preliminary & Mains helped me excel in the written examinations.

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Ashish Srivastava Section-Wise Preparation Strategy

Quant: I was almost good in maths so I never faced any challenges in the Quant section. I practiced a lot through different open sources and Oliveboard mock tests.

Reasoning: I prepared all the small & scoring topics first through YouTube videos and practiced through Mock tests & websites. I gave more emphasis on Puzzle & Seating arrangement. Puzzle Mania book helped to practice ‘N’ number of puzzles.

English: Editorial reading, vocab practice, English AIR news, daily free quizzes & Mock tests helped me to excel in the English section.

Professional Knowledge: I read the Marketing Management book by Kotler multiple times along with MCQs pdf & for contemporary topics.

Some Advice: Do not lose focus on your goal and use technology especially mobile & internet for smart study. Never think about vacancies, notifications, or cutoffs as I follow one principle that you should not think about the things which are not under your control. It helped me to stay focused on my preparation.

Inspiration: My father is my inspiration who helped & supported me throughout this journey. My best friend, Surbhi Srivastava, helped, supported and motivated me during this journey. 

Tips for aspirants:  Do self-analysis and prepare a SWOT analysis report. It will help you to make you aware of where you are lacking. Practice & revision are the keys to success. Try to do smart studies instead of shortcuts.

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How Oliveboard Helped Ashish Srivastava?

Oliveboard has helped me on different fronts. I read Deepanjan Das sir’s success story on Oliveboard which helped me to get an interview call in the first attempt itself. It carries good quality questions for Preliminary & Mains which gave me the actual experience of exams. The Puzzle Mania book helped me to solve different types of puzzles. 

I was always looking to have my success story on Oliveboard’s blog, and God gave me this day to represent my story of success.

In the end, I would like to thank Oliveboard for providing authentic information & content. I hope my story is going to help other aspirants to get their dream jobs.

Thank You!

That brings us to the end of this article. Success Story of Ashish Srivastava is a true example of how your dedication and hard work will take you places you have aspired and worked for.

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