In his own words,
“Hi, This is Sandip Kumar Pattanaik, a normal chemistry graduate (yes, no B.Tech or technical degree), who was peregrinating here and there for success.This was my maiden attempt at appearing for banking exams and the purpose behind writing this story is to break the stereotypes in the mind of banking aspirants.
“All are rogue my dear friends. You are the only limitations. Break the chain, go and fight.”
I started my preparation in 2017, i.e, in my final year of graduation. I had already made up my mind to pursue a career in banking without any diversion. I think a clear goal had helped me a lot. I gave all the exams of IBPS and qualified them all too due to God’s grace.
Now coming to my preparation strategies, I never ever followed anyone because everyone has their respective strengths and weaknesses. I framed my own strategy after self-analysis and suggest you make your own. Focus on the quality of your preparation, not the number of hours you put in. You should be able to thoroughly cover and revise the syllabus before the exam.
Here are my advice or preparation tips for all aspirants :
English- Aspirants might relate to Annabelle (horror movie) when it comes to this section. I strongly recommend you to read The Hindu, every day. Read as much as you can. Read The Economist. The contemporary English demands you to build your vocabulary and strengthen your grammatical concepts. Refer a dictionary like Merriam Webster for the former. Make your own ocean of words. Take online quizzes and appear for mock tests.
General Awareness – Read the newspaper and make notes daily and revise on Sunday. Revise from the GK monthly capsule too.
Quantitative Aptitude – Start going through concepts and solving problems from RS Aggarwal. Revise all the chapters. Attempt quizzes from the Oliveboard mock series.Take help from Online videos and Quantum CAT books, if required.
Reasoning – No single material is sufficient. Practice as much as you can. Practice from various sources. Never neglect the critical reasoning part. It can make or break your chances of cracking the examination.
Now coming to the test series, I used Oliveboard Mock series. Basically, I started my preparation with a view to crack PO only. In between that, I came to know about Oliveboard whose mock tests were a blessing for me. Everything was covered in the Oliveboard Mock Test Series. I used to give 1 mock daily and analysed it thoroughly. I want you to do that too. Analyse the mocks, note down your strength and weaknesses and try to ameliorate the weaknesses. One thing I will request you is that don’t try to gauge the pattern. Always focus on your practice. If something new comes in the exam, it will be new for all.
I write in my leisure time and would like to share a little something that might motivate you to toil hard and achieve your goals.
“I don’t care what that astrologer says,
He may bless the future
Or make it a hay.
I know today is shabby
Tomorrow will be worse
But after that,
There will be sure an ecstasy. “
Best of Luck!”
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