Success Story of Nithin Venugopal (Cleared SBI PO, BOB PGCBF-2017)

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:


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.


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.


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 !!!

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