Read Success Story of Arsalan Khan , a B.Com graduate, who initially started preparing for CA but later due to some family concerns he started preparing for banking exams. He went against all odds & difficulties and went on to clear competitive exams like RRB Office Assistant, RBI Assistant, RRB PO after getting failure in 13 such exams earlier.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello everyone, I am Arsalan Khan from Tilhar, Shahjahanpur (UP). I did my Intermediate from Commerce stream in 2011. I started my graduation in commerce and along with that I was preparing for CA course. After completing my graduation, I kept preparing for CA course till 2016, but I realized that this course needs sheer hard work plus a lot of patience. And being from a farming background family and seeing my father doing hard work in fields, it was a self pressure on me to start earning as 2 years have passed since my graduation.
So in 2016, I decided to start preparing for banking examinations. I joined a coaching institute in Bareilly, after completing the course there, I learnt that coaching are just for clearing our basics but self study with Regular Mock tests would help one better in clearing the exams.
Initially I was clearing all prelims Examinations but couldn’t clear a single mains till December 2017. For that I realized that I was following a wrong practice of waiting for Prelims result before starting preparation for Mains. Also reasoning and GA were the 2 sections I was scoring badly.
List of Exams attempted by me:
1- IBPS PO 2016– Pre cleared. Failed in mains by 0.25
2- RRB PO 2016– Pre cleared. Failed in mains.
3- Indian Bank PGDBF – Failed in Pre.
4- Syndicate Bank PGDBF – Failed in Mains.
5- SBI PO 2017 – Failed in Mains.
6- NICL AO 2017 – Failed in Mains.
7- UIIC Assistant – Failed in Pre.
8- RRB PO 2017– Failed in Pre.
9- RRB Office Assistant 2017 – Final Selection in ALLAHABAD UP GRAMIN BANK.
10- OICL AO – Pre cleared, Mains cleared, failed in Final Selection.
11- IBPS Clerk – Failed in Pre.
12- IBPS PO 2017 – Pre cleared, Mains cleared, failed in Final Selection.
13- RBI Assistant 2017 – Final selection in RBI LUCKNOW OFFICE. State Rank – 8 (wrote the exam in December 2017, got Joining in July 2019 due to some court case)
14- SBI PO 2018 – Pre cleared, Mains cleared, failed in Final Selection.
15- RRB PO 2018 – Final Selection in BARODA UP GRAMIN BANK.
16- IBPS PO 2018 – Cleared Mains, didn’t go for interviews as RRB PO result was already declared. Scored 100.5/225 in Mains, Cutoff was 74.5 /225.
I was lacking in puzzles section, and mains examinations these days are purely based on puzzles. So I started solving puzzles from various Online sources and it helped me a lot and I would suggest the same to fellow aspirants.
For English –
I personally don’t have a strategy for this section. Even I used to skip English Section in my mocks too, but I would not suggest the same to anyone. This section these days is purely comprehensive based so one should make a habit of reading English books and novels. Also practice some sectional mocks to gain command over this section. But I used to attempt topics like cloze test, double fillers, error finding , sentence rearrangement first and then attempt reading comprehension and other comprehensive topics. I would say that one should follow his/her own strategy in this section.
For General Awareness –
This is a section which decide your selection these days. A very important one for the aspirants.
After scoring just 7 marks in RRB PO mains 2016 and 11 marks in SBI PO MAINS 2017, I realized that waiting for Prelims result before starting GA is not a smart idea. So From August 2017, I started making daily notes of Current Affairs from 2 different sources. I used to revise them on weekly/bi weekly basis.
For Banking Awareness, I watched the videos of Oliveboard and other YouTube channels. For static part, I used to read Capsules and other PDFs, and this helped me a lot in my later examinations as I scored 27 marks in the next exam .
This has been my favorite subject since school days. Also as I had a habit of doing mind calculation from those days , it helped me a lot in my Prelims Examinations. But as Mains exams are more concept based these days, I was not scoring well in Mains. Also I was facing difficulty in arithmetic topics like Time and work, boats & streams, distance speed, etc so I started preparing for miscellaneous topics from various Online Sources and a book named Quicker Maths by M Tyra.
This helped me in understanding the concept. Also in exams , we are getting Data Interpretation (DI) based on arithmetic topics only so one should have a proper knowledge of the concept and this can only be achieved by a lot of practice.
Tips to Aspirants
In the end I would like to say that never lose hope. During mid 2017 , after SBI PO failure, I was feeling very demotivated but I set a deadline for me that on or before 1st Jan 2018, I have to get a job and keeping that thing in mind and with some hard work combined with Some luck, I got my first selection in RRB Office Assistant 2017.
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