Success Story of Sonal Dewangan – Cleared SBI CLERK, SBI PO (2018)

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” Similarly, Sonal followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.

Here the inspiring success story of Sonal Dewangan:

I am Sonal Dewangan, a civil engineer graduate based on Raipur, Chhattisgarh. I completed my graduation from BIT Raipur in 2016 and subsequently started preparing for IBPS and SBI PO.

My Journey to SBI started after graduation. Instead of joining any coaching centre I decided to prepare at home with the help of Oliveboard.

I started my preparations by solving books as well as giving sectional tests from Oliveboard. I started from basics and gradually increased the difficulty level.

I followed the strategy of giving frequent mock tests and then analyzing them thoroughly which helped me in devising a proper strategy for attempting the exam. It also increased my confidence and enabled me to solve the questions in stipulated time.

My Strategy and Tips For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • I solved Sarvesh Verma for quant and gave mocks from Oliveboard mock tests to test my progress.
  • My daily target was to solve at least 30 questions per day and two sectional tests.
  • Learning concepts are important than preparing hastily. You should focus on concepts rather than number of questions solved.
  • You should also not lose confidence when obtaining low scores. Mock tests are generally hard.

For Reasoning and DI:

  • Accuracy precedes speed in the mains exam and for that heavy practice is a must.
  • Reasoning can be mastered by some tricks and shortcuts but for DI, you must do the labor.
  • I didn’t use any offline material for this. Sectional tests from Oliveboard are more than enough.


For English:

  • This is the nightmare section for most of us as we don’t have that much familiarity with the grammar and vocab. As I was from hindi medium, it took me a while to have a hold of this section.
  • Learn as many words as you can from “Word Power Made Easy”. You can test your progress by giving online sectional tests.
  • Read at least 4 RCs daily. This will improve your understanding of long phrases and you will get acquainted with them.

For GK:

  • Reading newspapers daily helped me a lot. You can give GK tests of Oliveboard to have an idea about the variety of questions. Read current affairs from anywhere you can.
  • Revision is a must in this section. Revise as much as you can daily. Start making notes of static GK and read the editorials from the newspaper.
  • While preparing for one particular area, connect it with all other sectors related to it and study it accordingly.

For Descriptive:

The descriptive section is a cakewalk if you know about the topic. I prepared from the list of topics which was provided by the Oliveboard. You can also see other candidate’s submissions and take help from that if you have any trouble in writing essays.

Interview Tips:

Once the mains exam is over, it’s all about confidence and knowing about yourself which helps in cracking the interview. If you have low confidence over your oratory skills, then you can try the mirror exercise, which also helped me a lot. GD is all about knowing about what’s happening in politics and other sectors. Basic knowledge and communication skills can easily fetch above average marks and with good mains score, the final selection won’t be any trouble.

Oliveboard’s Role In The Preparation:

The sectional tests and mocks from Oliveboard helped me in tracking my preparations as well as enabled me to work on key improvement areas. The UI of the platform is user-friendly and quite informative. The high number of candidate who appears for the mock tests gives you a practical scenario of the competition that is out there and gives you a competitive edge among other aspirants.

Tips To Aspirants:

I would conclude by stating the fact that Luck matters in each stage of selection, but it’s the hard work and consistency which pays off at the end. The competition is high and the best time to start your preparation is NOW!!

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