Success Story of Deepak Bhardwaj (Cleared BOB PO, NICL AO, RRB CLERK, IDBI EXECUTIVE- 2017)

“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 were one big reason for 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.


I learned concepts of banking and insurance from various sites including Oliveboard. Static capsule of Oliveboard was of great help. It covered all static information. For current affairs, I referred various sites and videos.


As my English is not up to the mark but for clearing cut-off I attempted the maximum question. I attempted 16 in ibps po pre and secured 7, 27 in SBI and secured 12. That’s why you must always attempt more questions in English. And if you have good accuracy, then attempt 15-20 questions at maximum. Reading is the best way to improve English.Read grammar rules at least once in a week. That’s enough according to me.

Oliveboard test series helped me a lot. I always preferred mocks in which time is given for every question because it helped me in analyzing well. I always analyze every mock at least for 1 hour. I constantly work on my mistakes and practice math and reasoning only in mocks because I was good in both.

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.”

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