Success Story of Narender Pandey – Cleared IBPS PO, Clerk & RRB Assistant 2017

‘To double your net worth, double your self-worth. Because you will never exceed the height of your self-image’, says Narender. Read his success story below:

Hi Folks, I am Narender from Haryana and I am currently working at UCO Bank as a Probationary Officer. I have cleared IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, and RRB Assistant in the year 2017. I feel honoured to share my wisdom and insights on the prestigious banking exams, for which I thank Oliveboard for providing me with an opportunity whereby I can share my strategy with would-be bankers.

Before proceeding further, here is something about me. I did engineering in Biomedical stream and then worked in a private sector for three years, and then decided to move to the government sector in look out of stability and security. I started my banking preparation in the year 2016, wrote quite a few exams but couldn’t succeed, I started getting second thought whether my decision to move towards government job is right or not? During this phase my friends Deepika, Bhupi, and Sachin supported me and made me not to give up on my dreams and finally in the year 2017, I cleared IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk and RRB Assistant.

My Section-wise Strategy


At the initial stage, I worked on my speed, as in pre-exams you are mainly tested at your speed I solved good numbers of questions on simplifications, approximations, percentages, quadratic equations, square and square roots, cubes and cube roots and fractions.  After getting these chapters at its place. I geared up my preparation by making use of Quicker Maths by M. Tyra. I also did quantum cat by Sarvesh Kumar Verma after completing M. Tyra and then I only attempted tests by Oliveboard.


I didn’t follow any book particularly for this section apart from The Magical book on puzzles. I simply made use of various online portals and resources for this section. My focus was on syllogisms and inequalities. The strategy which I followed for this section was. I used to attempt one-liner first and then gradually used to proceed towards puzzles.  

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I used to read the editorial section of ‘The Hindu’ and used to follow the daily headlines of the newspaper. To strengthen my vocabulary, I followed Norman Lewis. For the preparation of grammar, I relied mainly on Plinth to Paramount followed by Oliveboard test series for the new set of questions.

General Awareness

I used to follow different monthly capsules for the current affairs. For static GK, I made my own handwritten notes by referring to different online resources. For the banking awareness, I referred few PDF’s.


My interview mainly revolved around the banking awareness and current affairs. I got questions based upon budget. I was asked 6 questions solely based on banking awareness so, from my understanding one should be thorough with the banking awareness and current affairs. In order to ace his/her interview.

Hope this helps. All the Best!

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