‘Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough’, says Vinod who cleared SBI Clerk in his 3rd attempt. Read the Success Story of Vinod Chalotra below:
“Hello Everyone, I am Vinod Chalotra from Jammu and Kashmir. I have cleared SBI Clerk in my third attempt, this year. Before I share my key strategy, which worked out for me I would like to share something about my background. Friends, I have completed my Bachelor’s in computer application. After completing my bachelor’s, I started with my master’s but discontinued and started preparing for the banking examinations. When I started my preparation, I had no one to guide me, thus at my first attempt, I was not able to clear even pre and failed. However, I prepared again for a year and this time I managed to clear pre but failed in mains examination. Then one of my friends told me about Oliveboard, and I subscribed to Oliveboard without even giving a single thought. Today when I look back I can say subscribing to Oliveboard’s test series was my one of the best decisions. I owe my success to Oliveboard and its Team.
Now coming onto the strategy part
For mathematics, I first worked on my basics, mugged up Tables till 20, learned cubes, cube roots, squares, square roots etc., before starting up with Arithmetic. This step of mine helped me in terms of giving me the initial push and made my life comparatively easy, as I was able to do calculations fast. Further, I took a couple of speed tests from Oliveboard which further helped me, and I started feeling confident. This was the time when I started getting the feeling that yes, I can do it.
Reasoning: I was confident about reasoning since my initial days, as I was comparatively good here. The only issue I had was with puzzles, where I used to take a lot of time. To overcome this issue, I again started with Oliveboard’s test series and did rigorous practice and after taking quite a few mock tests I got a knack to solve puzzles within a few minutes.
English: For grammar, I referred to few eBooks and a book by Arihant Publications and after going through almost all typical rules of grammar I started attempting quizzes. To gain a significant amount of confidence at reading comprehensions I started reading ‘The Hindu’ editorials, which not only prepared me for reading comprehensions but also gave me an advantage for vocabulary-based questions.
General Awareness: For the banking awareness, I referred to online resources. For static GK, I made use of my own hand-written notes which I made over a period by consulting various online resources. For current affairs, I relied mainly on ‘The Hindu’ and the monthly capsules.
Tips for the aspirants: Focus more on your weak areas and try to solve the questions in minimal time. Please do not neglect your weak areas, otherwise, it will give you a tough time. Attempt a good number of mock tests, analyze it seriously and track your progress on a regular basis. For the mock tests, I would say stick to Oliveboard, as their mock tests levels are exactly mapped with the real exams.
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