Read the success story of Shishu Ranjan Kumar, history graduate, who never let the failures define his success and went on to clear IBPS CLERK in 2018 after failing for 9 times. Ranjan took every failure in his path as a stepping stone towards his goal and gave wings to his dreams after 3 years of continuous hard work.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am S.Ranjan Kumar from Patna. I have cleared IBPS CLERK 2018 and got selected in Bank of Baroda. I started my banking preparation from April 2015. In 2015, prelims was introduced in banking exams. After that I appeared for many examinations. Some details about the same are given below.
1- IBPS CLERK 2015: Prelims cleared but in Mains got 139 & cut off was 144 for General.
2- RRB CLERK 2016: Prelims cleared but in Mains got 137 and cut off was 139.
3- RRB PO 2016: Prelims cleared got 117 in mains cut off was 97 but was unlucky as UBGB gramin bank cancelled all 300 vacancies and after interview missed in merit list by 0.4.
4- IBPS PO 2016: Prelims cleared & gave Mains. This was the time when new pattern questions were introduced in IBPS PO Mains. Got 69 & cutoff was 52 but again luck didn’t favour in maths & I couldn’t clear the individual cut off.
5- IBPS PO 2017: Cleared Prelims but Failed in Mains
6- SBI PO 2017: Cleared Prelims but Failed in Mains
7- SBI CLERK 2018: Prelims I got 88 and in Mains 88. Missed mains by 3 marks from Chhattisgarh state.
8- BOB PO PGDF: Cleared written & gave interview but again couldn’t get place in merit list.
9- RRB CLERK 2018: In reserve list from UP just by 0.16
10- IBPS CLERK 2018: Cleared prelims and also cleared mains. Got 118.05 and selected in Bank of Baroda.
11- Got selected as CLERK in Bihar State Cooperative Bank.
12- Cleared Bihar State Cooperative Bank Assistant manager: After interview final result is awaited.
After failing in so many exams, I was totally broken. I have no other option but to stay calm and prepare with complete dedication and devotion. Finally my hard work showed colors and I cleared IBPS CLERK in 2018.
Initially, I was totally broken and frustrated due to my constant failures but I never left hope. I was sure my time will also come. So guys never give up. It may take time but remember that hard work always pays.
In starting I had no idea how to prepare for bank exams. So I joined a bank coaching in Patna. Soon I had some idea about devising my preparation strategy for banking exams.
1- Quants:- I was very weak in this section as I was a student of Arts. Being a History graduate, I knew I had to pay extra attention to this section in order to clear the exams. First I worked on basics from R.S Aggarwal book. I also solved previous paper questions from various sources.
But math remained my weak area. I did not know what was going wrong with my preparation and then one of my teachers advised me to take Oliveboard mock tests. I gave a lot of mock tests in Oliveboard. To be honest the type of questions provided by them are similar to the questions asked in the real exams. After solving questions from Oliveboard mock tests my maths improved immensely.
2- English:- I was a student of Bihar Board and comparatively my English was not good. But I was good at grammar. But again only knowing the rules of grammar was not going to help. On suggestion of my brother, I started reading newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, Dawn, Hindustan times and many more. In this way my english improved.
3- General Awareness:- I was very good at G.A. In G.A you need to practice more and more questions to score well. I attempted as many G.A. quizzes as I could from various different websites. For current affairs I completely relied upon Oliveboard Bolt and I must say that it never let me down.
4 – Reasoning: In this section, I practiced more and more puzzles & seating arrangement questions from Oliveboard mock tests. I want to suggest that in reasoning focus more on puzzles and seating arrangements because in prelims and mains exam papers are flooded with those questions.
These were few of my strategies to score well in the examinations. One thing that I want to advise to everyone is to give online tests regularly. It is mandatory if you want a place in this cut throat competition. Moreover merely giving online tests is not sufficient. We have to choose those tests which are like actual exam papers. Thus I would suggest Oliveboard mock tests to all my fellow aspirants.
I am sure my success story will help you in some way. Remember never let failure define your success. Take them just as stepping stones and learn something from each of them.
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