Success Story of Akash Goyal – Cleared IBPS PO, CANARA PO, SOUTH INDIAN PO

Read Success Story of Akash Goyal , who knew that the prior failures in his life will surely guide him towards his ultimate goal. So, he took every failure as a new learning experience and accordingly devised his preparation strategy to clear some major exams like IBPS PO, CANARA PO & SOUTH INDIAN PO.

Brief about Akash and his preparation strategy:

Hello everyone, my name is Akash Goyal and I am from Faridabad. I completed my graduation in in 2017 and started preparing for banking exams by myself at home. However, I could not clear IBPS PO Pre 2017. Then I started preparing for SBI PO 2018 and joined a private organization and cleared SBI PO Pre and mains, but missed the final list by 0.5 marks. Here is a list of the exams appeared by me:

IBPS PO 2017 – missed pre by 2 marks

SBI PO 2018 – missed final list by 0.5 marks

ESIC SSO – missed final list

NIACL Asst – missed pre by 0.25 marks

South Indian PO – Selected

Canara PO PGDBF – Selected

IBPS PO 2018 – Selected

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Preparation Strategy:


English section was my strength, used to attempt all questions in both pre and mains. This section helped me to score high and have an edge over others. For this section, I would advise you to follow a good newspaper daily like The Indian Express and give sectional tests every 4 days a week. Follow SP Bakshi’s book for common errors.


For Quant, I started with Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma and Arun Sharma. Then I made notes and solved them to clear my basics and used OB test series for speed building accuracy and time management.


Puzzle was a headache in initial days but it challenged me and I loved that, daily I used to practice 10-15 puzzles. Mock tests plays an important part here since you get to see CAT level puzzles here and learn a lot from solution. Devote at least 1-2hrs for reasoning on a daily basis, or else you will lose speed.

General Awareness

For this section, follow capsules provided by various sources religiously. Always learn last 6 month GK to excel in this section, I used to revise 2000 questions before the exam. Oliveboard provides pdf on their site, download, print and cram them.

IBPS PO 2019 Free Mock Test

How Oliveboard helped me?

I purchased Oliveboard mock tests in 2018. Oliveboard mocks made my subjects strong, with their latest pattern questions of CAT level. Without OB, clearing exams would be difficult. It’s Quant and English section are the best and has a very friendly user interface.

Tips to Aspirants:

Remember GA can be a game changer. Analysis of mock tests is much more important than just taking them. Always maintain a competitive attitude and compare yourself with others and yourself daily. Also remember, DO NOT wait for the prelims result to come, start preparing for the mains the very next day.

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