An Inspiring Success Story of Rushikesh Gurav – Cleared IBPS PO 2019

Read the success story of Rushikesh, who failed in 8 other banking exams before clearing IBPS PO. He went behind his dream and cracked this exam with the help of patience, consistency, hard as well as smart work and family support.

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1. Inspiring Success Story of Rushikesh Gurav

My name is Rushikesh Mahadev Gurav. I am from Kolhapur Maharashtra. I pursued B.Sc. and M.Sc. in the ‘Nanotechnology stream’ from Shivaji University, Kolhapur in 2017. I have recently cleared the IBPS PO Exam in the first attempt.

Even after clearing the exam, I am finding it difficult to believe that I am an officer now. This cherishing moment is a product of patience, perseverance, consistency, hard as well as smart work and family support. Dreaming about something and achieving it is a process that differs from person to person.

As everyone has a dream, I also dreamt to become a government officer. Since my childhood, my parents wish that I should make a career in the Government sector.

So, during my graduation days I thought of preparing for civil services exams but after some time due to time constraints and cutting edge competition I turned towards Bank Exams.

When I was pursuing the post-graduation degree, I joined a coaching class for Banking exams, but hardly attended a few lectures. Without any solid preparation, I appeared for two private bank clerical exams.

In Karnataka bank ltd where I was on the waiting list and for Federal bank Ltd. I was not selected. So, after such results, I was demotivated and decided to join a private job. I joined one publishing house in Pune in August 2017 as a scientific writer.

Initially, I was very excited about that job as it was a well-known multinational company in the field of scientific journal publishing. After some days, I started to realize that this field is not suitable for me and my skills are also not suited for this job.

So, finally, I left the job in March 2019 and decided to fully prepare for Bank Exams. After coming to my hometown, I was determined to become an officer soon.

2. Rushikesh’s Journey So Far

I started from basics but I did not join any offline classes. I searched for various YouTube channels for Bank preparation and started preparing by watching videos. And side by side, I was giving sectional mock tests on the studied topics. I also gave the following exams in 2019:

LIC AO – Pre not Cleared

SBI PO– Pre not cleared

SBI Clerk-Pre not cleared

EPFO asst. – Pre not cleared

IDBI PO– Pre not cleared

Karnataka bank clerk- Prelims cleared but rejected in interview

RRB clerk– Pre not cleared

RRB PO– Pre not cleared

IBPS Clerk 2019 – Waiting List


IBPS Journey:

IBPS PO – Prelims cleared

IBPS PO – Mains cleared

IBPS PO interview-Cleared

My mains score was 76.68 (OBC cutoff was 70.40). So for my final selection, I needed above 70 marks in my interview and I was not sure whether I would get those marks. Fortunately, I got above 70 marks in the interview and the final score increased to 41.25 (OBC cutoff was 40.25).

3. His Section-wise Preparation Strategy

3.1 Reasoning Section Preparation Strategy

 I cleared basic concepts of various topics through YouTube videos and simultaneously I attempted sectional mock-tests given by various sources.

As the days passed my reasoning speed and accuracy increased. But for the puzzle section, it took me some more time. So, I tried to solve puzzles by using the stopwatch and according to that, I did improvements.

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3.2 Quant Section Preparation Strategy

My concepts were not cleared so I started from some basic arithmetic topics such as percentage, ratio, and proportion, average, etc. I tried to improve calculation speed but it took some time.

After 3-4 months my calculation speed increased and that helped me to clear prelims. So, I used to practice daily some simplifications, quadratic equations, number series, and short DI.

3.3 English Section Preparation Strategy

I started reading the newspaper (The Hindu) in January 2019. At that point, my news comprehension was very low. I just used to understand 40% of what I read. But I kept reading continuously and with time, my speed and comprehension got developed.

By reading, vocabulary was also developed. I did not learn grammar separately because I was unable to recall grammar rules. So, while reading the newspaper I used to observe grammatical structures and rules.

3.4 GA Preparation Strategy

For the general awareness section, I used to watch various sources on YouTube videos.

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3.5 Mains Preparation Strategy

I formulated my-own strategies for different scenarios.

My reasoning was good but not strong as per the mains exam level. My quantitative section was weak. So, I worked on it regularly. I decided to score a fair score, keeping in mind previous years’ sectional cut-offs. My English and GA are strong subjects.

So, I decided to do a lot of practice and revision of these two subjects to score more marks. I gave Mock tests seriously (Oliveboard Mock tests played a major role) and analyzed them diligently. I used to attempt daily, one main mock test, and analyze the performance the next day. Side by side, daily newspaper reading, and general awareness study were continued.

4. How did he prepare For the Interview?

I watched various interviews of successful candidates on YouTube. I gave 4-5 mock interview in my town and worked on the weaknesses. My final interview was at Bank of Maharashtra HQ Pune. It was held for 7-8 minutes. I was praised for my attire and they complimented me for an officer like dressing.

They asked mainly about banking related terms and my bio-data. I answered all the questions confidently and in a polite way.

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That brings us to the end of this article. Success Story of Rushikesh Gurav is a true example of how your dedication and hard work will take you places you have aspired and worked for. Keep working and who knows the next success story could be yours.


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