Success Story of Irfan Ali Khan (Cleared IBPS SO 2016)

Hi, 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.


I always kept on reading a newspaper (whichever available). I used to write the gist of editorials every day which helped in comprehension and improved my grammar. I used to solve whichever material was available on websites or in the market and for errors, I considered the grammar books for basic rules.


In reasoning, I always had a very good command, but I had to mould myself with every exam because reasoning has always been very unpredictable. I kept on doing mocks of Oliveboard and used to do puzzles again and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends.
Friends, it’s just because of the prominent level of reasoning puzzles asked in Oliveboard test series that I succeeded in clearing this section with very good marks. In IBPS SO I scored 25/50.

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!

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