Success Story of Saravanakumar V – Cleared IBPS PO & IBPS CLERK 2018

Read the Success story of Saravanakumar V, who used every challenge as an opportunity in his life and went on to clear IBPS PO & Clerk in 2018.

Brief about his journey:

I am very happy to post this story because when I started preparing for bank examination, I had a wish to share my success story and inspire others. 

I graduated from college in 2014. Initially I started preparing for State public service commission, but the examinations were not conducted within a particular time.I have written group 1 mains twice, but didn’t clear mains. Then I cleared all levels in group 2, but missed the overall cutoff by 0.5 marks. Again in 2016 I gave SSC CGL Mains but could not clear the mains. Then later in 2015 I got selected in ICICI PO.

I wrote this exam based on the experience which I gained during my college campus placement training but I didn’t join because the service agreement is for 5 years. Then in 2018, I started preparing for bank exams as there was no state public service examination for that whole year. I wrote IBPS RRB PO, IBPS RRB CLERK, IBPS PO, IBPS CLERK. In IBPS RRB PO MAINS– MY OVERALL SCORE WAS 97.5.

I didn’t clear the reasoning section cutoff. I missed it by .25 marks. In IBPS RRB Clerk Mains, I didn’t clear the overall cutoff. In IBPS PO Mains, I cleared and got 47.07 out of 100 and got selected as a PO in BANK OF INDIA. In IBPS CLERK MAINS, I got 58.25 out of 100 and got selected as a CLERK in CANARA BANK


My strategy for bank exam is to focus more on weak areas and at the same time make my strong areas to be more accurate. In general everyone should focus on their weak areas, but in my preparation I focused on accuracy first and then increased my attempts gradually. It ultimately boosted my score periodically. For quants try and practice more on word problems like SI, CI, Time and work, Mensuration, Train, Pipes and Cisterns.

I had a strong basic foundation for all arithmetic questions. So I mostly practice questions online and review the unanswered and wrong questions frequently. In reasoning section I was good at Input-output, syllogism, alphanumeric problem, Direction and blood relation. But too weak in solving puzzles as I had less exposure to that section.

So I started with line puzzle and then on increasing – decreasing order puzzle and then on floor puzzle. I just practiced these three puzzles repeatedly until I got used to such problems. For English and general studies I practiced regularly and for general studies, I used Affairscloud & Oliveboard GK bolt. I practiced current affairs on various online platforms for making questions familiar.

So my journey was full of ups and downs but I accepted each and every challenge and change positively and turned them into an opportunity. My advice to all the aspirants is to keep trying and never miss any opportunity that comes in your path because you never know where your destiny will take you.

All the best to all the aspirants.

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