SSC CGL, 2016

'If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.' Proving this quote right, Rahul never hesitated to take the risk in order to achieve the extraordinary.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am Rahul Gupta and I am presently working as an Accountant in CAG (Gwalior). I have completed my B.Tech in 2014 from INCT College, Bhopal. After completing my graduation, I joined an MNC and worked there for about a year. I knew it would be difficult for me to prepare for any competitive exam along with my busy work schedule. So I left my job in July, 2015 and put in all my effort to achieve what I wanted.
My hard work showed colors and I was able to clear SSC in my very first attempt in 2016. Having said that, I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my journey with you. I hope it will be beneficial for all the aspirants who wants to prepare for SSC.
Preparation Strategy
It is very important to do everything in a synchronized manner. So, I first cleared all my basics and learned all the important formulas, rules, tables etc. This helped me to solve the questions within a stipulated time.
I referred to Rakesh Yadav’s book to prepare for this section. It’s important to follow just one book and be well versed with all the important topics. Trying to cover everything and anything is not possible, so choose wisely what you need to study.
Refer some class notes if needed to clear any of the topics. Practice is an essential part while preparing for any kind of competitive exams. While I was preparing, Oliveboard mock tests proved to be of great help. I always believed in the quality of practice than quantity and trust me Oliveboard mock tests are worth it.
While I was preparing for SSC exams, this section carried 50 marks in Prelims which was not very tough to score well. So just practice 5 questions everyday and you are good to go.
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I referred Kiran’s English Solved Papers Book to practice for this section. Trust me solving questions is the best way to prepare yourself for such competitive exams. It will improve your speed and accuracy immensely.
You can refer “A Mirror Of Common Errors” by Ashok Kumar to prepare for grammar section. I found this book very helpful to improve my grammar section.
To tackle this section I read newspaper daily and tried to cover all the latest news and updates. You can refer the last 6 months data to score well in this section.
Remember try practicing more questions instead of just mugging up the complete GK/GA notes.
This section needs to be tackled properly to score well. I covered various important topics from different Essay books. It’s important to keep yourself updated with recent Schemes, Bills passed, latest appointments and various other facts. Generally, opinion based topics are asked in SSC CGL like:
2016 Topic: What should one do during an Earthquake?
2017 Topic: Demonetization: How effective was it?
On the other hand, in SSC CHSL you generally come across topics which are based on recent schemes and bills passed.
For letter writing, do check the formal and informal letters. Have a proper idea about the style of writing and the content which needs to be included in it.
Role of Oliveboard:
I have given few other mock tests as well but the accuracy provided by Oliveboard in their test series is remarkable. In all of their questions there is absolutely no mistake and the explanation provided by Oliveboard is self-explanatory and detailed.
The quality of questions that Oliveboard provides especially in their English tests is very very good and helps you to prepare yourself best for any kind of competitive exams.
At last, always remember to focus more on practicing good quality of questions rather than quantity.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Irfan Ali Khan


I am Irfan Ali Khan from Srinagar, J & K. I am a B. Tech-MBA from SMVDU Katra, J & k. After pursuing B. Tech (ECE), I started preparing for MBA exam in the hope of getting a better future. I pursued my MBA in Marketing Management (2012-14). After pursuing MBA, I worked in ICICI Bank as Marketing Manager but wasn’t satisfied as I wanted a good government job. I went for 8 interviews, including banking and Insurance PO, LIC AAO, SSC but didn’t get selected anywhere.
I left my job and kept on preparing and opted for Oliveboard Test Series for every exam. Finally, in 2016-17 I got selected as SO-Bank of Baroda, Marketing Officer.
I followed following strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude:
Since I was from the Engineering Background my quantitative aptitude was a bit strong. But to beat the competition, I kept on practicing some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I did Averages, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simplification thoroughly first and focused more on Data Interpretation and Analysis. In IBPS SO I scored 21/50.
I always kept on reading a newspaper (whichever available). I used to write the gist of editorials every day which helped in comprehension and improved my grammar. I used to solve whichever material was available on websites or in the market and for errors, I considered the grammar books for basic rules.
In reasoning, I always had a very good command, but I had to mould myself with every exam because reasoning has always been very unpredictable. I kept on doing mocks of Oliveboard and used to do puzzles again and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends.
Friends, it’s just because of the prominent level of reasoning puzzles asked in Oliveboard test series that I succeeded in clearing this section with very good marks. In IBPS SO I scored 25/50.
Marketing Aptitude:
Oliveboard had framed almost 500 Questions in 10 Mock Tests which proved to be very fruitful & covered almost all the relevant sections of Marketing.
Advice to Students:
Lastly, I want to say that I became solid but mouldable in my stance while preparing for competitive exams. With every failure, I kept on finding my mistakes and worked on them. Every small thing happened to me has its role in this achievement of mine which is a learning for life.
So, keep learning, keep sharing, keep growing!
Thank you!



Hello Everyone, I am Deepshikha Rai from National Capital New Delhi. I will be joining Canara Bank in July 2018. I cleared IBPS PO in 2017. I feel honoured to be able to share my knowledge on IBPS PO examination and thank you Oliveboard for this opportunity.
Before I take a deep dive inside my preparatory journey. I would like to give you a snapshot of my background. I hold master’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University. After completing my Post Graduation in 2016, I started my preparatory journey for banking exam in 2016. After a consecutive hustle for 2 years. I finally converted IBPS PO 2017. The one thing which I learned from this journey is never giving up attitude. Guys trust me attitude plays a very vital role during the preparation and if your attitude is right you will win for sure come what may. I myself was not able to clear a single prelims despite appearing for all the banking and insurance exams but I never gave up on my dream and I think that only helped me in my journey and I finally got to taste the success.
Being a commerce graduate my hands were little tight on Mathematics and many a time there were instances when I was awake at night preparing for mathematics. For clearing my basics in Quants, I completely relied on SSC Mathematics by Rakesh Yadav. After clearing my basics, I directly started taking Mock Tests. Mock test played a very crucial role in my preparation and I overcome the fear of mathematics.
For English, I relied on newspaper reading which helped me a lot in improvising my comprehension skills and vocabulary in a shorter span of time. During my preparation, I use to read “The Hindu”. I am an avid reader and this habit of mine just not prepared me for English but also strengthen my General Awareness. For static GK I completely relied on my own notes which I made from various online resources.
Now coming onto the interview part, my interview revolved mainly around graduation and master’s subjects. So, from my experience, I would say please be thorough with your graduation subjects. Do not get panic during an interview, just be calm and cool and give your best.
The key to getting success in IBPS PO is practicing mock tests. The more you practice, the better you get therefore take more mock tests, be focused and believe in your own strategy. Lastly, a big thanks to Oliveboard for being with me in my journey.
All the best!

Govind Upadhyay


We all know how valuable 'Brand SBI' is and how unmatched the growth at SBI is. SBI is one bank where you can grow exponentially- from PO to Manager to AGM and so on. Also the perks & allowances are better than other banks. So when I decided to choose Banking as my career, I decided to appear only for SBI PO.
Last year I couldn't clear it by 2 marks and hence prepared more thoroughly this year through Oliveboard Mock Tests. The content of OB Mock Tests is unmatched. It's almost close to the actual difficulty level of the exam and the types of questions that are in OB Mock Tests are nowhere else to be found on internet. Even the GK supplement is a valuable resource and I had practiced all the GK quizzes from the supplement before the exam. Also, the 'Interface' and 'Analysis' part are amazing. The interface is so smooth and easy to pick up that someone from rural background who haven't used computer much, can also start taking OB Mock Tests without any difficulty.
I got 139/250 in SBI PO Main Exam and 60.78/100 aggregate and would like to thank Oliveboard for all the help.

Pankaj Saini


I am Pankaj Saini from Chandigarh. I am a B. Tech-MBA from Panjab University Chandigarh. After pursuing B. Tech (EEE) I worked in Wipro technologies from where I had to face exit after working there for 1 year. In September 2011 I started preparing for MBA admissions in the hope of getting a better future after pursuing MBA and I landed up in Panjab University. Pursued my MBA in Marketing Management (2012-14). After pursuing MBA, I worked in Bulls' Eye as Business Development Manager and Logical Reasoning instructor for 1 year but wasn't satisfied as I wanted a good government job.
I went for 8 interviews including banking and Insurance PO, SO and AO jobs but didn't get selection anywhere. I left the job and kept on preparing and opted for Oliveboard Test Series for every exam and finally in 2016-17 I got selected as PO-United Bank of India, Marketing Officer-Syndicate bank, Superintendent-Central Warehousing Corporation, RRB Scale 1-Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank. I joined Superintendent-CWC till the time I didn't get joining and Place of Posting from banks. Besides this, I have also appeared for RBI Grade B interview, cleared NABARD Mains (Interview schedule shall be announced soon).
Some section wise tips:
I had a fear of quantitative aptitude so I kept on practicing some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I started with RS Aggarwal and went on to do the most difficult sets of Oliveboard and Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma (TMH).
Kept on reading newspaper (which ever available). I used to write the Gist of editorials everyday which helped in Comprehension and improved my Grammar.
I always had a very good command but I had to mould myself with every exam because Reasoning has always been very unpredictable. I kept on doing Mocks of Oliveboard and used to do puzzles again and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends. Friends, it's just because of the high level of reasoning puzzles asked in Oliveboard test series that I succeeded in clearing this section with very Good Marks.
General Awareness:
I never relied on any external source other than newspaper. I maintained a register in which I wrote news from Newspaper every day. On Sundays I used to write news section-wise in a separate register in which the news of whole week was segregated into various sections like Appointments, Awards and Honours, Books, etc. It proved to be a very successful exercise for me.
In the end I would say that all through this journey I have learned a lot from everything I did to achieve what I wanted and I am not going to stop at anything because for me success is an unending process which starts with our birth and ends when we die. Keep learning keep sharing keep smiling and never hurt anybody. May God Bless you all!

Dhaval Prajapati


“After graduating from L.D.College of Engineering (Mechanical) I started a job in an automotive company. After working for 15 months I decided to shift my career to financial regulator for better life balance. First I had gone through the syllabus of examinations and proper material for the same. Then I came to know about oliveboard. I started giving tests on oliveboard. The difficulty level of oliveboard tests was higher than the actual banking exams. It helped me to prepare myself for high difficulty level tests. After giving tests I found that I should increase my calculation speed to get more marks. Then I started learning shortcut methods for multiplication to increase my speed in tests. After that I got a good grip in calculations and achieved higher marks in tests. Oliveboard helped me to improve my weak areas. English and GK are the key areas to get good marks in banking exams and oliveboard provides a good solution of English & GK questions in its tests. I cleared IBPS PO mains (2017) in my first attempt. I also cleared IBPS PO 2018(Interview) and selected in Union Bank of India. Meanwhile I also cleared RBI ASSISTANT 2017 in my first attempt and got a posting at RBI AHMEDABAD. I am thankful to oliveboard for my success and I always recommend oliveboard if you want to clear any competitive exams in a short period of time because “TIME IS MONEY...!!!” Don't be afraid of Failure because Failure brings passion for future exams...!!”



'There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.' Similarly, Aditya left no stone unturned to achieve his dreams.
Here is Aditya’s Inspiring Story:
I am Aditya Kumar and after completing my graduation, I started studying for the several banking examinations which at the beginning seemed to be a daunting task but with time and practice, it became clear that it was possible to clear the exam. However, I managed to clear the RRB PO interviews(UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK) and RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT(MADHYA BIHAR GRAMIN BANK).
Preparation Tips & Strategy:
Firstly clear the basic concepts then I started practicing from Oliveboard mock tests to analyse my performance and improve accordingly and it was really very helpful.
Reasoning was challenging but a bit of planning while attempting can be helpful. I did manage to score quite well consistently. Having said that, reasoning section needs a lot of practice. So practice as much as you can and give as many mock tests as possible.
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For this section as well, I followed only the Oliveboard mock tests and its analysis and devised my further study strategy accordingly.
For GA, I did follow the current affairs of the last 3-4 months which was sufficient enough to score quite well. Keep yourself updated with the latest happenings and read newspapers daily. You can also watch news channels to keep yourself updated.
How Oliveboard helped?
In my preparation, Oliveboard mock tests did play the most important part, with me sometimes attempting as many as 3 mock tests a day and Oliveboard undoubtedly provides one of the best in simulating the actual exams in terms of the toughness and pattern. Most of the times Oliveboard sets a tougher paper which if one practice regularly will find it easier when he/she seats for the actual exams and this gives you an edge over the others as one feels more confident during the exams.
Tips To Aspirants:
The future aspirants for such exams need to focus on the basics and show some perseverance, since this phase can very easily demotivate you as it may take some time. But once you are done with it, picking up speed which is the second most important thing will be coming up fast.
It's been an extremely difficult phase but I have learned a lot from this! My only advice to all those who are preparing hard to get their name in the final list, to taste success, to make their parents proud or whatever may be the reason, just stick to your preparation! Be adamant, be a learner, be strong enough to accept failures, because it's just a phase of your life and what you do now, will determine whether your present phase will continue or you enter into a different phase(of course the happy one)! I myself failed in many, but also showed great character to get what I wanted! Sometimes, you don’t get support from anyone! No worries, be a lone warrior, never stop yourself and NEVER GIVE UP! Stay inspired, stay motivated friends! All the best to everyone for future endeavors
So this was it. I hope my story will help you in achieving your dreams.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.


SBI PO, 2018

'If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.' Similarly, Chitransh found his way and left no stone unturned to achieve his dreams.
I was an engineering graduate of batch 2018, which implied I was a fresher with respect to SBI PO 2018 process and naturally it was my very first attempt. I had little to no time to prepare from scratch and no clue about the exam pattern. Also, the process started hot on the heels of my University examinations, with a gap of only one month. So I reckoned it was time to rely on my strong points and polish them via rigorous mock tests. After googling 'Best SBI PO test series', 'Oliveboard' popped up a lot of times. Eventually, I opted for Oliveboard mock test series for both SBI PO prelims and mains.
Preparation Tips:
I didn't have good speed in quantitative section, since I didn't have time to practice a bulk of questions and improve my speed. So my first reaction to quantitative section was to pick out easily doable questions as quickly as possible and solve them with above 90% (if not 100%) accuracy. Moreover I would like to advise aspirants to practice variety of questions to be well prepared for the exam. Oliveboard mock tests were extremely helpful for me to prepare for the exam within the limited time period.
The same strategy goes with the reasoning section, where I picked out easy puzzles and solved them first. The selection of questions here is important and should be fast enough. Again practice, practice and practice is the only solution to all the problems.
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About my strategy, English section was my strength, so I always tried to score high in that section and hold my own in other sections, just to land me good scores and get me through high cut offs. Having said that I would like to advise all the aspirants to read some good newspapers daily and watch news channels which will help to improve the English section. You can also refer to Oliveboard New Pattern English tests which are especially designed to improve your English section.
Try and over last 6 months data from various sources and keep making notes so you can revise at the last moment.
Be confident and dress elegantly. Most important be honest during the interview process and you are good to go.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests’ difficulty level and experience was on par with the actual examination. The test series really lets you know about your weak areas, gives detailed solution for every question and every other detail you might want to know about your performance. It was extremely helpful for me to prepare for the exam.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Kaustubh Mamagain


2016 was my 2nd attempt at SBI and I was determined to make the cut this time. The only strategy that I followed this year to attempt Oliveboard Mock Tests regularly and then analysing them properly. I specifically focussed a lot on General Awareness because I feel this section is the most scoring and also takes the least amount of time. I used to refer to popular websites to keep myself updated with Current Affairs.
Oliveboard Mock Tests’ questions are very much similar to the actual examination. The difficulty level is also very accurate (even more when compared to the actual exam in the case of a few mock tests). It is actually very difficult to score high in a few OB Mock Tests.
Fortunately, I also cleared UIIC AO (it was my first attempt at this exam) and finally decided to go for UIIC. I chose UIIC over SBI because I felt salary, working hours and job profile is better at UIIC, when compared to SBI (it’s my personal opinion though and it might differ for others). Also I prefer to have all my weekends off. Currently I am working at the Bangalore office of UIIC. I have already suggested Oliveboard Mock Tests to all my friends and would like to thank Oliveboard for all the help

Sneha Pandey


“Hello everyone, I am Sneha Pandey, a BCOM graduate of Allahabad University. Becoming a part of SBI is a great feeling and in my case it took a little longer to be here. Although I graduated in 2016 but my journey for the banking sector started at the end of 2018 because of having a defence background, initially I was focused more towards defence services. At the end of 2018, I did some research and decided to start my preparation for banking exams without any coaching. Accuracy and speed are two things that matter the most in banking exam and i was on the bad side in case of speed. In the start I couldn't clear some of the pre exams because I Iacked practice. So, I started giving oliveboard full mock tests and mini mock tests available on various platforms. These two things helped me to score good marks in pre exams. I started reading one newspaper editorial on daily basis, give a bird eye view on GK updates, attempted quiz based on English comprehension, thoroughly read 6 months GK before mains, gave mock tests and analysed my performance. All these efforts with continuity was my strategy and worked for me in clearing the exam. At last I would like to thank my grandfather, parents, sister and all my well wishers whose blessings are always with me. I definitely recommend everyone to practice olive board test series because it definitely contributed towards my success. I wish everyone who is putting their best efforts will be selected soon and I am looking forward to reading your incredible success story. Thank you”

Siddharth Kaushik


Thanks Oliveboard , I got through Canara Bank as Specialist Officer . Your marketing questions were good . I secured 46 out of 50 in marketing.



I am an engineering graduate (mechanical) having my completed my graduation in 2015. I didn't get any campus placement, as only 2 companies visited our college. Even after completed my graduation I wasted a whole year because of some bad decisions and a futile effort to join an automobile industry. I began with my preparations in around mid-2016 and IBPS PO was my first full-fledged attempt. Luckily I made it to the interview but was unable to clear the final hurdle. Meanwhile, I managed to crack IBPS Clerk and was allotted Central Bank of India.
This time I applied to a few more exams which included SBI PO, NICL AO, RRB PO, IBPS PO, etc. But the turning point was the IBPS RRB PO which was the beginning of my golden period. I managed to reach the interviews of NICL AO, RRB PO, IBPS PO, OICL AO and finally got selected in RRB PO, IBPS PO and OICL AO.
Now in this journey, Oliveboard played a mentor's role. Their excellent Mock Test Series was based on the latest pattern and was a sound difficulty level that helped me raise my level and score well in all the exams that I managed to crack. It will be fair to say that Oliveboard is best in the market if want to prepare for any of the competitive exams.
Here is my Section Wise Preparation Strategy :
Quantitative Aptitude: Basics are the first step. Just clear your basics. The best way of preparing for this section is to practice, practice, and practice. Practice different types of questions with different patterns, Oliveboard is one of the best places to prepare. Always make notes of different types of question you encounter during the Mock Tests.
Logical Reasoning: the same thing applies here as well, prepare basics first. After which you need to practice hard. First of all, make a proper strategy. You can attempt all the question in exams. Now shortlist some topics and prepare well on those topics and give multiple Mock Tests.
English: Daily newspaper is mandatory. It not only helps you improve G.K but help to improve your understanding of different types of topics.
G.K: Daily newspaper and monthly capsules are enough.
One important thing is a good and efficient analysis of Mock Tests. Try solving all the questions of the mocks.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey directly or indirectly.

Vipul Vaibhav


Hi, I am Vipul Vaibhav from Rourkela, Odisha (though native to Bihar). I am a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Rourkela. As I was always interested in Government jobs, Banking and SSC CGL were on top of my list. They don't need much intensive hard work compared to Civil services and Engineering services. All you need is smart work. I started my preparation from March 1st week after filling SBI form with a target of clearing exam in first go. Though I would at times think that it would be very difficult as the tentative date of prelims was on April 30. But I would calm myself, as my basics were clear, and I just needed to improve my speed and accuracy. And finally, I qualified SBI PO 2017 and SSC CGL Tier 1 2017.
SBI PO 2017
Prelims marks = 60, Cut off = 51.5
Mains Marks = 90.38,
Cut off = 89.25
Interview = 48, Cut off = 20
Final = 51.11, Cut off = 46.59
Coming to my preparation strategy.
My prelims exam was on 30 April. From the very first day, I started with giving 4-5 mock tests in the morning. The rest of the day, I would analyze my performance and solve the leftover questions of the mock test throughout the day (especially Reasoning and aptitude). In this way, I would do a total of 400-500 questions a day. And that is what you need for banking exams -- Practice & Practice.
As time passed (after 10 days maybe), I was able to figure out my strong and weak points. I was having very less time in hand, so I just selected those topics in which I was good or average and made a calculation that by doing all these I will be able to secure 70 marks. For example in aptitude, I am good in DI (10 marks), Simplification (5 marks), Quadratic equations (5 marks), Number series (5 marks). During mock tests, I would always attempt these parts only and would secure somewhere between 18-25 during my final stages of preparation depending upon the toughness of mock test.
And by the end, I gave almost 150 mocks. In this way, finally, I went for the preliminary exam with the preparation of 25-30 marks of reasoning, 20-25 marks for aptitude and 15-20 marks for English. That's all about my Preliminary preparation.
My tip to future SBI POs is that work smart as you are not supposed to solve 100/100. Just make sure that you are 100% prepared for 70% of the questions. And mock tests will motivate you by providing you rank.
The biggest challenge for me was to shift my level up for all, viz, Aptitude, Reasoning, and English. Plus, to prepare for extra subjects like computer aptitude and especially General awareness. I chose the same strategy and started giving 2 mocks daily. But I did a blunder and which I realized later that General awareness can't be prepared like that, one must essentially study capsules and general awareness resources which I missed. Though I tried to make it up in last 4-5 days by reading capsules but couldn't make it. So finally, I ended up scoring 12.5 in General awareness.
I didn't study essays or letter. I just saw the format one day before the exam and was able to secure 35 out of 50. All in all, my strategy didn't work that good for mains. But fortunately, by giving almost 50 mains mocks, I was used to handling shocks and it helped me during my mains exam. I didn't panic when I saw that mains paper was tougher than what I expected.
My tip to 2018 SBI PO aspirants would be to focus on General awareness as it’s very easy to score but do not neglect other sections.
For PI, I made a list of 48 most probable questions related to my life, hobbies, education, career, etc plus some common SBI PI questions. I and 3 of my friends made a group on google hangout. Daily we use to practice MOCK GD over hangout with a list of topics. And for PI, we use to take mock interviews with each other (3 to 1). And, it continued for a month. Also, we would decide a topic some days and prepare on it the whole day and discuss on hangout in evening. That's all about my GD PI Preparation.
Finally, I got 30/30 in Interview and 18/20 in GE.
I qualified SBI PO finally with 51.11 under General category. Also alongside, I attempted for SSC CGL 2017 tier and qualified it too.
Most essential: -
In all, as you have noticed that the only thing I did was practicing and giving mocks. And Oliveboard helped me a lot in that by providing best quality test series with no errors and hence most reliable. They provide the test a bit tougher than the actual exam so that you can handle shocks as SBI is popular for giving that.
Thank you!
All the best to all the aspirants!

Deepanjan Das


I have done my B.Tech in Automobile Engineering from 2008-2012 then I did my MBA from 2012-2014. In the final year of my engineering, I got placed in a company but I decided not to join and so I decided to opt for MBA. And after MBA, I got placed in three companies and also joined one of them. Finally I decided to leave my private Job and prepare for Bank exams. I left my job on 1st December 2014. After that, I started preparing for bank exams. The first exam I appeared for was IBPS SO 2015 but failed to clear the final cut off by mere 1.8 marks. I was very depressed but I had full confidence in me that if I study, I will be able to clear bank exams easily.
At the beginning I was not getting any clue on how to prepare and what to prepare . I searched for tips and strategy on Internet randomly. One day I found Oliveboard site which came out to be a very informative site. I also purchased the test series of OliveBoard and used to write the mock tests regularly. It helped me increase my speed and also score more and more.
Then I appeared for IBPS RRB PO, RRB Office Assistant, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerical and IBPS Specialist Officer and cleared the written exam of all those exams.Now I have four Government Bank jobs in hand.
1. Got placed in Bank of Baroda as a Specialist Officer.
2. Assam Grameen Vikas Bank as an office assistant.
3. Bank of India as an assistant.
4. Probationary Officer too but in reserved list, will get the allotment soon.
Thank you OliveBoard for guiding me.
All the best to all the future aspirants.

Nithin Venugopal


I am Nithin Venugopal, completed my B.Tech in CSE from Calicut University, Kerala in 2015. After that, I wanted to pursue M.B.A and started preparing for CAT, but despite working hard I couldn't make into the IIMs, and it was an actual blessing in disguise. Because before starting the preparation, I did not even give a second chance to think whether I would be able to afford an MBA and whether it would provide me the kind of job which I would like to do.
After this failure, I did a deep introspection and at first, decided to join T.C.S ( was placed from the campus during B.Tech). Then subsequently, I understood that banking is the only industry which is a service to the common men and at the same time provides an opportunity for you to grow also, both professionally and personally. Then, I started preparing for SBI PO 2016, cleared prelims, but was not able to clear the mains.
After that, I appeared for Bank of Baroda PGDBF 2016.
Result: I was not able to clear the written test.
And, I have also appeared for IBPS PO 2016,
RESULT: Cleared prelims and mains
Missed the final cut off by 0.9
This time I felt like the entire world wants to see me fail. Day in and day out I was in despair. Then came the notification of SBI PO 2017. I understood the fact that if I want to prank over my failure, I could, but nobody in this world is bothered about it, everyone just wants to know whether you made it into the final list or not??
I started preparing for the final battle SBI PO 2017. I put all my effort day in and day out. Ultimately, my hard work pays off. I CLEARED SBI PO 2017.
Here I would share some simple things which I followed in my preparation:
Since I was preparing for CAT, I had strong basics in quant. The most important part is the mock test and its analysis. Oliveboard sectional DI mocks helped me a lot in boosting my DI skills.
Try to solve as many puzzles as you can. Try to solve 5-6 puzzles daily of different types so that when you are facing the real test, you won't be puzzled. Floor puzzles, blood relations, north-south arrangements are common among the set of questions asked.
I regularly used to read newspaper editorials and practice 10 new words daily from magoosh app. English would be the trickiest part of the exam as you could not predict the pattern. I really don't know whether it helped me or not, but I can assure you one thing, the Oliveboard mocks would help you a lot as the analytics portion of that would show you where you are behind and the set of questions are also of a very good standard.
Now apart from this at this moment while I am writing this testimonial from State Bank Learning Centre, Banglore, I would like to thank Oliveboard as it provided me a wonderful opportunity to learn and practice and for making me totally comfortable while I was writing the actual exams.
Now, to all the aspirants the only key mantra which I would like to tell is 'Hardwork pays off'. Never ever quit, keep trying and I am sure one day you will make it through as I did now.
All the best !!!


SSC CGL, 2016

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Similarly, Vikash always kept a balance between his job and dream and worked hard to achieve his dream.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am Vikash Agarwal. I have done my B.Tech from BIT MESRA in 2013 and then joined a private company. While working with the private firm I always found a lack of satisfaction at my end in terms of work. Having said that, I started preparing for SSC CGL. It was not an easy task to prepare for an exam like SSC along with your job….but I never lost hope and left no stone unturned to achieve my dreams.
Finally in 2016 I cleared SSC CGL in my first attempt and presently I am working as a GST INSPECTOR in Kolkata, West Bengal.
I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my journey with you. I hope it will be beneficial for all the aspirants who want to prepare for these Government exams along with their job.
Preparation Strategy
Clear all your basics and try to be quick with your calculations. Once your basics are clear then practice as much as you can. According to me, practice is the only Mantra to score well in these competitive exams. I referred Kiran’s SSC Mathematics to clear my concepts. Apart from that I practiced a lot from Oliveboard mock tests. Oliveboard provides mock tests very much like the real exam and gives you a fair idea about your approach towards solving the questions.
I would advise to refer Kiran’s Book for this section as well as they proved quite beneficial in my preparations also.
Keep practicing as much as you can. Reasoning is quite easy in SSC CGL Exams. So prepare it well in order to score the maximum in this section.
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I referred Arun Sharma for this section. This book has some tricky questions which will help you to prepare yourself in the best possible way, and you will be able to handle almost all the questions easily in the exam. Moreover, reading Editorials daily from newspapers like the HINDU can be very useful in terms of improving your vocab, general knowledge, reading skills etc.
Apart from that I also referred Kiran’s English Solved Papers Book to practice for this section. Solving last years (3-5 years) question papers proves very beneficial.
For this section prepare yourself well as this can be a very scoring one. I referred to NCERT and Lucent’s General Knowledge Book. They were helpful to prepare for this section.
You can check Oliveboard's GK app for preparing for this section.
This section needs you to be well versed with the latest happenings…..so read as much as you can. Read Editorial section of newspapers like the HINDU & TIMES OF INDIA. Apart from that you can also prepare yourself well with the help of magazines like GK Today & Spectrum.
Role of Oliveboard:
It is always important to solve questions to check that your preparation is in the right direction. Apart from that do analyse the results as well. Oliveboard provides excellent analysis with their mock tests which proved extremely beneficial to me.
Tips to Aspirants:
Always set your goals and work hard to achieve them. There is no limitation to success so keep testing yourself in order to achieve the best.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.



'If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.' Similarly Mukti followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
Here is her inspiring story:
Hi, I am Mukti Samaddar from the city of joy Kolkata. I have completed my M.A in Journalism & Mass Communication from Calcutta University in Oct’ 2017. Since then I have been preparing for banking examination with full concentration. In 2017 I could not even clear IBPS/SBI PO prelims but I never lost hope and started preparing from scratch and practiced a lot from Oliveboard mock tests.
Preparation Strategy:
I am not really a person who follows routine so I can't share any routine but I used to give one speed test everyday from Oliveboard. After giving every mock test I used to analyze it properly and then worked on my weak areas accordingly. For quants I also brushed up my basics and learnt all the rules, tables, formulas etc properly.
According to me this was one of the most scoring part, so I practiced this section a lot. One needs to focus more on the puzzle area and try to solve as many puzzles as you can. Again Oliveboard mock tests proved to be very helpful in preparing for this area. You can also check the blog section of Oliveboard for preparation tips and strategy.
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Earlier my English was not that strong, so I started watching some Hollywood series and news channels to work on my vocab. Meanwhile I also read various articles which helped me a lot in improving my English section.
Read as much as you can and collect data about all the latest happenings. Make small notes whenever required and keep revising them whenever you get time.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard is the most recommended website with quality practice sets to cope up with present exam scenario. I would definitely like to thank Oliveboard for such outstanding test series, I could never make my selection without Oliveboard.
Tips to Aspirants:
Keep practicing and analysing your weak areas in order to improve them. Lastly I would like to advise all the aspirants to keep yourself motivated throughout the journey as is it not going to be an easy one.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.


BOB 2018, SBI CLERK 2018

'If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.' This tagline rightly suits Amit Bhatt who cleared many exams successfully.
Here is his success story which will surely inspire many other aspirants.
I have completed my B.Tech(CSE) from G.B.P.U.A.T, Pantnagar. Got my joining letter from TCS in November 2017 but decided not to accept it and prepare for banking instead. Special focus was on GA and English as most of the students lack in these and good command over these subjects can give you essential additional marks above the mains cutoff to make it to the final list.
Here is my preparation strategy/tips :
First of all clear all your basic concepts from following sources:
1} Arun Sharma Book
2} Disha publications of IBPS
Then sufficient practice is required for which Oliveboard mock tests are more than enough. Just make sure to analyse all the questions thoroughly.
Reasoning: For prelims clear concepts on different types of questions like coding-decoding, syllogism, inequality, blood relation etc. For mains you just practice Oliveboard mocks as it will make you well aware of all types of questions that can be asked in the examination and since the level of questions is also very high, you will be able to test yourself to the upper limit.
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English: For grammar I referred book named “From Plinth to Paramount” by Neetu Singh .To enhance your reading skills and vocab read The Hindu Editorial (daily). For Practicing Oliveboard is sufficient. Amalgamation of these three strategies can improve your English score drastically.
GA/GK: Try and attempt as many weekly quizzes as you can.Revise GK/GA as many times as possible.This can easily fetch you 90 percent marks in GA.
Interview: Focus on basic banking terminologies and current hot topics from various sources. Most importantly, be genuine and have sound knowledge about your hobbies, hometown, college, and graduation subject.
How Oliveboard was useful?
Exams these days are changing the pattern quite frequently and it is hard to mold your preparation accordingly. Oliveboard introduces us to the extent these examinations can go. When we score well in Oliveboard, it's reflected in our examination scores too. Not just giving the mocks, but analyzing them later strengthens our concepts because the questions are unique and different than all the platforms. Even in various examinations when students face a new question, they avoid the risk of attempting it but because of oliveboard, chances are high that you have solved that kind of question in mocks. Also oliveboard generates a habit in you to score the max possible marks even in an extremely tough exam.
Tip To Aspirants:
Whether it's a failure or a success, there is always some scope for improvement. So keep finding areas where you can improve and work on that.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.



“Hi my name is Sushmit Biswas. I belong to Guwahati, Assam.I passed my B..tech way back in 2013 and there on I was preparing for the competitive exams not really banking but i was inclined basically to UPSC but after successive failures in 2015 and 2016 i decided to choose banking as a career.It was not an easy ride. I wrote more than 80 banking exams and failed many times by a margin but never gave up as I was determined to get a public sector job. To all my friends who are failing remember everything happens in time and you have to wait for the right time but never ever think of giving up. On my strategy front i think oliveboard mocks are the best mocks in the market and they are somewhere similar to the actual exams because the level of toughness oliveboard mocks have if one analyse those mocks anyone can surely crack the exam. Now i came to how i prepared for the exams:
1)Reasoning :Reasoning now a days is one of the difficult sections in banking exams.The level of questions which comes in mains one needs to be highly analytical and practice good amount of puzzles which i think olive board mocks provide the best in the market,The level of questions in the mocks helped me to cope with the level of questions that comes in the exam.I request all of you to practice the oliveboard mocks give them analyse the mocks which is the most important part.In prelims exam pules are very critical as in 20 mins time you have to solve at least 2 to 3 puzzles to qualify for the mains.So i recommend you all to give the mocks within the stipulated time like actual exam condition and evaluate the percentiles of your mocks as different mocks have different level of questions so marks may be less also but if you are scoring good percentile than you are on right track.Also do remember to solve analytical reasoning which comes handy in mains because pules are tough nut to crack in mains.
2)Maths:I am very much average in Maths.I usually tend to solve Quadratic equations,simplification and data interpretation and usually skipped the word problems but it was the case till 2017 but with changing variety and nature of exams word problems now a days plays a major role for selection.For maths it is better to improve the concepts and practice questions from various websites online and give the oliveboard mocks and analyse them as olive board provides different variety of mocks which enables to encounter good no of questions in prelims and mains.Now a days caselet are also coming and even data sufficiency in the prelims level so one has to be good in all aspects to get through in these tough competition.
3)English:For english section only funda to clear the exam is to improve your reading habits by reading articles, editorials from The Hindu.My source of study was reading news paper finding new words from the editorials and note it down in the copy everyday.One can refer word power made easy and Barrons Gre to improve their vocabulary.For those who are little weak in english they can follow grammar book of Plinth to Paramount by Neet Singh Madam and if you practice form olive mocks i think these is more than enough to counter english.One important thing is to practice Reading comprehension everyday as these will improve your reading skills and help you understand the topic which you are reading.4)General Knowledge and current Affairs:These is the most important sections in banking exams if one scores very good in these section the probability of getting selected becomes higher.I relied on oliveboard bolt and gk today website.Different capsules which different website publishes but I strongly believe if you read current affairs every day you are on the edge than others and also solve the olive board mains gk mocks. Finally i want to thank olive board for being a part of my success story and i wish many more success stories to come.i end these with a phrase said by Swami Vivekananda'Have faith that you are all my brave lads born to do great things not let the barks of dogs frighten you not let the thunderstorm of heaven but stand up and work.'

Utkarsh Awasthi

RBI Assistant

I finished my B.Tech in 2013 from LPU Punjab and joined ICICI Bank as a PO. I resigned after working for 1.5 years in December 2014 and started preparing for public sector banking exams from April last year once the SBI PO notification was released.
I appeared for SBI PO, IBPS PO, RBI Assistant and IBPS RRB PO. Though I couldn’t clear SBI PO Mains, I cleared IBPS RRB PO and RBI Assistant Exams in my first attempt. I had also cleared IBPS PO Mains (scored 122.25) but I didn’t appear for the interview as I had already been selected in RBI.
I had actually subscribed for around 6-7 test series and I can undoubtedly declare Oliveboard to be the best among all of them. I had bought the complete bank package from Oliveboard. Oliveboard actually does a lot of research on what exactly is currently going on in the Banking Exams these days and this is evident from the questions that they provide in their mock tests as many of their questions were similar to what were asked in the exams. They have an awesome analysis feature and believe me analyzing the mocks tests is the most important part of exam preparation.
I was benefitted from Oliveboard and I recommend it to everyone.
- Utkarsh Awasthi, Assistant, Reserve Bank of India, Ahemdabad Office.



Hello friends, I’m Ankit Singh. I have done B.tech (computer science and engineering) from Guru Nanak dev engineering college, Ludhiana. I graduated in 2015, after which I joined TCS in September. I worked for 6 months in TCS, I resigned on 23rd March 2016. Thereafter I started preparing for UPSC civil service. SBI PO was the only banking exam that I gave and by God's grace, I cleared that.
I was also qualified for the UPSC assistant commandants written exam but did not give the interview.
Preparation Strategy
You can get numerous strategies online by different people who have qualified SBI PO.
This is what I followed.
Quantitative Aptitude - I followed Arun Sharma cover to cover and nothing else
Logical Reasoning - I solved LR booklets meant for CAT prep containing questions of verbal reasoning. I also solved 1 puzzle on a daily basis from the book 'Puzzles and teasers' by George R summers.
Verbal Ability - I did nothing much apart from reading the newspaper daily (THE HINDU/INDIAN EXPRESS)
GK: Static - You can read banking awareness by Arihant publication (you can skip this portion too as only 4-5 questions out of 40 are there from the static portion and that too you can answer 2-3 if you are reading the daily newspaper)
Current Awareness - Just blindly mug up monthly current affairs magazines of past 3 months (time calculated from the day of prelims) any one of Affairs cloud or Gk today.
Mock Tests - Oliveboard only
This is not for promotion. I can assure you all that the best Mock Test Series available in the market for SBI PO or any other banking exam is that of OLIVEBOARD.
I extensively used only Oliveboard Mock Test Series for both prelims and mains.
Analyze mocks properly after giving them for continuous improvement.
Note: Revise all the GK questions from mocks a day before mains exam. At least 6-7 GK questions were directly repeated from the Oliveboard Mock Test Series.
Group Discussion and Personal Interview - Don't think much about it at this stage. But, believe me, it is the best stage where your true personality is judged. Just read the newspaper daily and prepare your resume and include your past work.
You can make daily schedule similar to this:
1) 50-60 Quantitative Aptitude Questions
2) 5 Sets of Data Interpretation
3) 5 Sets of Logical Reasoning + 1 Puzzle from Puzzle Book + 5 Questions of Verbal Reasoning
4) 1-1.5 Hours of Daily Newspaper Reading
5) Read 50 Pages of a Novel or a good book
Take 2 to 3 Prelims Mock Tests daily with complete analysis
Read the Newspaper, novels, books
NOTE : ABOVE strategy is assuming you are preparing full time for SBI PO without any job/other exam preparation.
Hope this will be of help in creating your study plan.
All the best to all the aspirants.


SBI PO, 2018

'The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.' So keep challenging your limits like Piyush did to achieve his destination & dreams.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am a graduate of IIT Roorkee 2015 batch. After graduation I prepared for UPSC for 3 years without any success which led to me questioning my abilities. After the UPSC prelims result in 2018, I decided to gi have a backup. I was also preparing for RBI Grade B so I had a good command over the 3 sections of English, Maths and Reasoning. 'Practice' is the one thing which is the most important in clearing banking exams.
Preparation Strategy:
I have tried to summarize my preparation strategy as below -
Quants & Reasoning:
Practice is the main strategy for these two sections. You can solve ‘n’ number of books but unless you solve questions with a time limit, it won't be much helpful. This is where mock test series like Oliveboard comes into picture. I did not solve any book for any of the sections and just relied on practice as I was giving mocks for RBI Grade B Prelims which has almost similar pattern like SBI PO mains.
One more thing here is that you should know your strong and weak topics. In any case you won't be able to solve all the questions so just stick to your strong sections and leave the rest of the sections. And if you still have time to attempt more, then you can attempt them.
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This is one section in which you can score the most and can also prove to be difficult for some students. It also requires the least amount of time. The main thing is the knowledge of Grammar basics and the ability to read big paragraphs. I used to read editorials from The Hindu/ Indian Express during my UPSC preparation, so that helped me a lot in reading Comprehension. Grammar can be read with the help of any basic book though i did not feel the need for it.
I focussed on reading newspapers daily to prepare myself for this section. If you have a habit of reading newspapers daily or watching news channels, then you can easily prepare yourself for this section.
Interview is very random. In my panel, most of the students were asked about their hobbies and extracurricular activities while my interview revolved around my college and graduation subjects. The interview panel was very good and they even suggested me to continue preparing for UPSC.
Role of Oliveboard:
Banking exams require you to solve many questions in a limited time frame. And mock tests provide you exactly the same. I joined Oliveboard's yearly test series for RBI grade B which had tests for SBI PO as well. I gave most of the tests of RBI grade B which helped me in building the speed for the main exam. The level of questions in the test series were more on the difficult side which was good, as I was expecting the actual paper to be difficult but it was not. So I attempted much more than I used to attempt in the test series.
Practice is the only thing which is needed to clear this exam. All the best to all the aspirants.



'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Anshuman followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his story to Success:
Hi Friends, I am Anshuman Srivastava. I have cleared IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2018. I had completed my graduation in Science last year. It has been a journey which started just after graduation to a goal and got my first Government job in 6 months.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for giving me a chance to share my journey from zero to a banker and it’s an honour to share some tips on this platform.
My Journey:-
After completing my last exam I set my unidirectional aim to get a Government Job. In starting I was new so I joined some Coaching Institutes and then from there, I got to know from my batchmate about Oliveboard, that how it help us to reach our goals. I had cleared all the PRELIMS of RRB PO & CLERK as well as IBPS PO & CLERK. But unfortunately could not get through PO Mains in both but I learned from this because every Failure has a lesson in it.
Preparation Strategy:-
Banking Exams are all about how well you are stick up to concepts in each subject and how you maintain an accurate speed in prelims as well as in mains. Here I will suggest some important tips in each and every Section for Banking Exams. Most importantly prepare yourself for each and every kind of Puzzles and Data Interpretation, this is the bottom line of every preparation.
Mock Test and Analysis:-
This is the most important thing in preparation. For exams I had given 2 mock tests per day for Prelims and 1 in two days for Mains, then fully analyse your performance. Analysing your mock tests is important because if you ever get in exam again and you practiced for that specific question then you will surely do better. Do Check your speed on Test and make a graph of your performances because every mock is like an exam in itself.
Now For Each Subject-
1. QUANT:- Clear Your concepts for this Subject. Go through Oliveboard’s Online Courses where you can get conceptual videos and topic wise classes which are very useful for a beginner. Make your calculation speed so accurate for prelims because there you will be required a good speed of solving. Try to prepare some important topics like-
Profit and Loss
Time and speed
Time and work
Mixture and Allegation
Data Interpretation
Then Go through the daily quant quiz by Oliveboard and analyse each question. You can buy R S Aggarwal ARITHMETIC for practice.
2. Reasoning:- Reasoning is something which totally depends on how you adopt any problem to solve. If you are not clear with the basics, or if you want to practice some healthy content then you can go through Oliveboard’s Concept Classes & then practice by the ebooks pdfs wherever you can. Regularly solving puzzles and day-by-day practice in this section will surely make you feel better. For High Level you can download materials and then practice on it if you have cleared your basics. You can Solve puzzle from many sources which have good content.
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3. English:- This section proved to be quite difficult but then again if you read Editorial section from some good newspapers like HINDU daily then it will be immensely helpful in improving your vocab, reading skills, grammar etc. Read newspapers daily and try to analyse each and every paragraph in the Editorial section to learn new words. For Grammar, you can watch Online videos and note down all the important points so it becomes easier for you while revising. You should learn root words which will help you in your vocab. Also, make a habit of solving RC and Cloze Test as much as possible to score well in the exam. IBPS always asks new pattern questions in their exams every year so it’s better to be prepared beforehand. You can refer books like Plinth to Paramount & Word Power Made Easy.
4. GK/GA:- For GK you need to prepare daily. In GK there are three major sections like-
(a)Static Banking- Try to make notes for this section as it will be easy for you to revise. You can Download pdf by Oliveboard or Affairscloud and learn some important Banking Awareness terms or questions.
(b) Static Gk- There are many sources in the market to prepare for his area. It’s always better to follow one of them and make notes from it. Always make a habit to make state wise notes and try to relate things and learn them. Remember you have to revise each section at least 3 to 4 times during your preparation.
(c) Current Affairs-This is the most important section for every aspirant. You can Read daily Current affairs from several platforms like Oliveboard, Affairscloud, Newspaper etc. Try to learn at least from 3 to 4 sources. It will help you to memorize the topics in a better way. You can refer free monthly Bolt pdf provided by Oliveboard which proved to be immensely beneficial in my preparation. Moreover, practicing MCQs and Quizzes are equally important.
5. Computer:- As this is an important subject in RRB exam, you can learn important questions from books or pdf’s. For books I would suggest Lucent Computer and for pdf’s you can download from Oliveboard which is more than sufficient for preparing this section.
Role of Oliveboard:- During my preparation Oliveboard had a major role. Their Mock tests are very beneficial for everyone.They always bring Latest pattern in their test which are so close to the exact new pattern. Moreover, the analysis section and the detailed solution of each and every question provided by them is very useful in order to improve your weaker areas before attempting the next mock.
Tips to Aspirants:-
Start your preparation from where ever you stand because Banking Exams needs practice and practice. Analyze your weak areas to improve them and then you will find yourself in a safe zone. Lastly, I would love to share with the aspirants that never lose hope in your life, every Hero was Once a zero. It is only Hardwork and dedication towards their goals which make them Hero From Zero…
I wish all the Very best to all of you... Thankyou


IBPS PO, 2018

Vishal, a PhD Scholar, shares how his decision of moving from abroad to India turned out to be one of his best decisions after he cleared IBPS PO in his very first attempt. This story sets an example for those who believes that you may not always end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you are meant to be.
Introduction: Hello, I am Vishal, an inflationary cosmologist-turned-ML Engineer-serendipitously-turned banking aspirant. I am 28 and hail from Delhi. I completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Communication in 2012 and thereafter, decided to follow my passion for physics and completed my Ph.D. in Inflationary Cosmology in 2017. I came back to India due to extenuating family circumstances and found a job in a startup.
Exams I have cleared:
a) Scored 330/340 in GRE (167: Quant, 163: Verbal)
b) Scored 110 in TOEFL(reading: 28, listening: 27, speaking: 26, writing: 29) c) Cleared PO in the first attempt (CRP PO VIII).
Preparation Strategy for Individual Sections:
Quant: Initially I exclusively relied upon Vivek sir’s guidance and the superb level of questions that were discussed in the Oliveboard Live Classes and in live practice sessions. I supplemented that with topic tests provided by Oliveboard and also found CAT level questions of the same topic in Sarvesh Verma’s book(Quantum CAT).
Verbal: Having scored well in GRE a few years back, I had a strong base in this section, so Miti Ma’am helped me brush up those concepts with some challenging questions as well as explaining the tough conceptual traps beautifully.
Reasoning: This was my weakest section and I barely scraped by in the Prelims but changed my strategy while preparing for the Mains. I focused exclusively on the miscellaneous questions as well as analytical reasoning and made it a stronghold for me(basically everything except puzzles and seating arrangement in the mains exam).
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GK: I love reading in general, so I redirected that passion towards sifting quickly through newspaper and supplemented that by using AffairsCloud PDF capsule.
Interview: I am fascinated by the concepts of Economics and Finance and I found it exhilarating to prepare for the interview phase. Probably the most fun I had during the entire preparation process was when we made a WhatsApp group, and then conducted mock interviews among ourselves through zoom and/or hangouts/Skype, which helped A TON.
Details about my journey and how OB helped me:
While working as a Machine Learning Engineer in a startup, I started preparing for banking. That coincided with Oliveboard’s Free course for IBPS PO preparation that started on 4th September 2018. During the first few days, I was partly disinterested and partly lost and intimidated by the syllabus in front of me. I didn’t even know how to manage time as I was attending classes either from metro or Uber. I couldn’t follow along for the first week or so but somehow persisted. Both the quant and verbal faculty were extremely motivating and the awesome structure/schedule made by Oliveboard helped me catch up and practice alongside the live classes.
I used OB’s topic tests to supplement what was taught in the class which helped me calm my nerves and ease into the meticulously prepared schedule. Live practice sessions were really helpful and perhaps the best part of the whole class, as gradually my performance improved and then I started to consistently perform well which boosted my confidence.
Tips To Aspirants:
The only advice I have for future aspirants is, be strategic as well as relentless in the pursuit of your goal. Trust the experienced faculty and build concepts while being attentive in the live classes, then increase your question bank by having a hunger to solve more and more questions as you go deeper into your preparations.
I hope my journey will help other aspirants in their preparation. All the Best Guys!

Anirban Ganguly


My name is Anirban Ganguly and I am from Guwahati, Assam. I am a graduate in Civil Engg and was working in a private construction company until February 2016 when I decided to try for the banking sector as a govt job was always my aim. So I started preparing for bank exams in March 2016 and appeared for both the IBPS PO and Clerk exams 2016 in the later part of the year. I cleared both the exams and was allotted UCO Bank in PO and CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA in Clerk. I decided to join UCO Bank as a Probationary officer and formally joined the bank on 11/09/2017.
Banking exams have gone through a paradigm shift in the last couple of years and to keep up with the changes and succeed, it is necessary to have thorough knowledge and regular practice of the concerned subjects. Oliveboard has played an immense role in my success. Its tests are custom made in accordance with the actual exams and had prepared me to face the same with confidence. The post-test analysis is another feature of Oliveboard which helps us identify and strengthen our weak areas.
I would like to tell all banking aspirants to opt for Oliveboard mock tests and take one step towards success.

Bhupendra Raghuwanshi


I started my bank exams' journey in 2015 with BOB Manipal PO in which I got through written but got just 3 marks above cut off and even after getting good marks in GDPI, I could not make it to the final list. Then I took SBI PO 2015 again and cleared the Prelims but in Mains I missed by 0.25 marks in the combined score. As my straight target was becoming PO this year I took only PO exams and after SBI PO I was left with IBPS PO only . My simple concern was my speed in difficult questions due to which I scored less in written, even though my accuracy was very good in each exam and mocks I took. As mocks are the only way to get speed, I was in search for difficult level mocks so that i can practice at a level same or above than actual exam level. Then I came to know about Oliveboard on Facebook group I took the free mock. After having a good experience, I just joined OB test series for IBPS PO 2015 . Its level and quality of questions were really good and finally Oliveboard helped me in getting 111.25 (I attempted 119 ) marks in IBPS PO 2015 mains. Oliveboard mocks not only helped me in speed but they also gave me accuracy in difficult questions. I got final score 55.70 in IBPS PO 5 and got IDBI bank as PO.
Thank you Oliveboard team for the nice job of helping aspirants like me.

Nikita Chhabra


“Hi guys..I'm Nikita..I have been selected in NIACL as an AO (Administrative Officer, Canara as a PO and Punjab and Sind as a Clerk. To start with my story I have done my graduation in BSC in 2017..and then I started preparing for government exams in june 2017. In 2017, I did not clear any pre...i failed in ibps clerk by 1.5 in pre..then in 2018 i cleared my first pre in sbi po and mains too then in final selection i was left behind with 0.25 marks. Then I cleared Bank of Baroda PO but no final selection. I cleared every pre exam including IBPS RRB PO & Clerk, IBPS PO and Clerk, Canara PO & ESIC too..but finally got selected on 1 april. Then on 9th may i got selected in NIACL AO. Guys, the credit of my success goes to Vikas bansal academy, bathinda where my mentor Vipin sir guided me for everything. Oliveboard was the best site according to him as it gives the best mock test which are upto the mark for this preparation as well their daily gk quizzes are amazing for this preparation. I followed a number of sites but I feel oliveboard was the best one and helped me in achieving this..Hard Work always pays. So, never give up success will find your way one day.”



Hello Everyone,
I started preparing for banking exams after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 2015 from a reputed college in Bhopal. I must tell you that this preparation is not limited to any exam or competition itself, it is itself the preparation for the challenging life ahead, to deal with situations and efficient decision making in life. The one thing I learned best during my exam preparation is PATIENCE. Patience is the key.vI cleared Prelims Exam of IBPS Clerk in the first go but failed in Mains and this happened again. I realised it was the implementation part in the real exam situation where I was lagging behind and this happens with all of us - we become nervous during the exam and to get over it and to be able to crack the exam ; one must practise at home regularly by giving mock tests daily and get into the habit of sitting daily for hours in front of the computer screen and be able to think in all directions to make your reasoning refined which will ultimately help in any exam and then one can cheerfully clear the obstacles.
Play with numbers in your mind, do all sorts of calculations, learn the tables; this will help in quantitative aptitude.
Read quality English content online or through newspapers and listen to good English news channels, listen to audiobooks or podcasts online and focus on the language and thus become intuitive in the reading and understanding part.
Remember that you are not required to attempt all the questions but focus on doing that part which you know the best and invest your precious time in doing it correctly to earn marks and again; this comes only by practising at home first.
Keep your fears aside, attempt your best and take 'heart from failure’.
Be fearless and flamboyant.
Eventually, I got the highest marks in Union Bank clerk, cleared ECGC PO, IBPS PO twice, OICL AO, RBI Assistant, and many other exams also.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot during my preparation by providing quality content for practice.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series has set the standard high so that students get used to the situations even before appearing for the exam.
Thank you Oliveboard, sincerely :)
All the best to all aspirants.



My name is Suvart Sharma (Assistant Section Officer, AFHQ-Ministry of Defence) and I cleared SSC-CGL examination in 2016. I did my engineering from NIT, Kurukshetra and got placed in Havells India Ltd. It was there for the first time when I thought of taking this exam and started collecting information about it. After getting the research done, I started preparing for it on my own with the help of various study material available online. In my opinion, the key for this exam would be “Practice” and nothing else.
One has to be concise with study material because basics remain same, whether you do it from one source or multiple. Work on basics, key is obviously English and Maths. The more you are good in these two, the better will be your score and rank.
For Maths - Rakesh Yadav Classnotes would cover all the different types of questions (available on net).
For English - for basics/grammar : Use any class notes available in market or Neetu Singh's English Book (available on net) and for grammar practice - Use Pearson’s or Arihant’s book. Don't forget to stress on the static part of English i.e. One word substitution, Idioms & Phrases etc as they are quite scoring - once done and assure you the marks.
For Reasoning - there is no need of any book, only mock tests would suffice the purpose.
For GS - if you get time go for some class notes etc no need to study in depth (just get the things familiar), don't put too much time reading Lucent’s book. Also, don't waste excessive time on GS, first make your command on Maths and English as Cost/benefit ratio is high in GS(i.e. high input and less output) and also it is somewhat unpredictable as well. Spending same time and energy on other two would fetch you more marks.
After getting all this done, try to solve as many mock tests as you can and nothing else is required. Mock tests are the panacea for clearing this exam trust me and the Oliveboard Mock Test Series was of great help for me in doing this as I solved all the packages available with them which helped me to improve my score and enhanced my preparation for this exam. I got 185/200 in Maths(Tier 2) and all behind this is practice.
Consistency is the key and your hard work today will make your tomorrow contented.
Good luck!



Hi Guys,
I'm Tirupathi Rao, completed B.tech and served in the Indian Navy for 15 years. I retired from the Indian Navy on 31 Jan 2018. My age is 34 yrs. I started preparing for banking exams exactly in Mid August 2017. This preparation was very topic specific, I covered Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude Section completely. I had limitations with time because of my family and office. The time factor was highly challenging during my preparation.
My strategy was clear. I started to invest my limited 50% of the time to reasoning and quantitative topics with deep coverage. You need to be clear about the basics and cover all the topics.vI cleared Prelims Exam of IBPS RRB Clerk in the first go within a month's preparation under EXS quota in 2017. I realized that it was the perfect technique that was important. Giving the Mock Test daily and analyzing my score was the most important part. This was my major preparation strategy. It was very helpful to implement this part in the actual exam. I knew very well, which topics I was strong at and which topics I was weak and unsure about. So, I started more practice with daily mock tests for mains RRB clerk exam, IBPS CWE Clerk prelims and mains.
The Arithmetic game is a tough game to beat especially when you are not fast enough in your calculations.
The villain is the time. You can overcome this with your ability to beat the time.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot during my preparation by providing quality content for practice. It was easy to analysis the Mock Tests.
Eventually, I cleared IBPS RRB Clerk, IBPS CWE Clerk in first go under EXS Quota. Thank you Oliveboard.
All the best to all the aspirants!


IBPS RRB Officer

Hi, I'm Pawan. I started my preparation for banking examination in 2014 after my graduation in Chemistry. I gave many bank related exams but unfortunately faced failure. But still, I didn't give up my hope to become a bank officer. I continued my study with a lot of hard work and also working the smart way. In 2017, I finally gave SBI PO, IBPS RRB VI PO and CLERK UIIC exams. I wasn’t able to clear SBI PO main, nevertheless, I was able to successfully clear RRB PO, CLERK and UIIC ASSISTANT Main exams. I made it to the final list for IBPS RRB VI PO and got selected as PO in UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK.
I never knew about the Oliveboard test series, but during SBI PO Prelims exams, someone told me about the Oliveboard Test Series. Then I looked for these test series and happened to try them. I found that these test series improved my accuracy and speed.
Here is the detailed strategy that I had followed during my preparation for these exams -
I did not benefit a lot from reading various books. I used a lot of online sources to learn about the concepts. I observed that Oliveboard Mock Test Series over other mock test series available, a lot better. The solutions mentioned are extremely helpful and the analysis was done very nicely. The variety of questions covered prepares you for the exam and all levels of difficulty of questions.
The key is to get your basics clear and then practice continuously. Use RS Aggarwal to clear your concepts. This helps in building accuracy. The timing is also very important. I used different online sources for clearing my basics and Oliveboard Mock Test Series for practice.
Gk and Banking:
For GK, I studied from various online sources and used the GK Supplement from Oliveboard Mock Test Series as well. I read the newspaper daily for current affairs.
All sections of the Oliveboard Mock Test series were very good. Anyone who is preparing for banking exams - this test series proves as a key to success. Oliveboard Mock test series and objective GK with detailed information on various topics helped me to clear my exam.
All the best to all aspirants!

Suman Utkarsha


I am a commerce graduate and hence aspiring for a career in banking was an obvious decision. SBI PO has always been my target but I was a bit scared because I was taking this exam for the first time.
For GK, I regularly followed magazines (Banking Service Chronicles) and newspapers (Economic Times). For other sections, I strictly followed Oliveboard Mock Tests. Their Maths, Reasoning and English questions are of utmost difficulty level, that helped me in the SBI PO Exam (because the questions were tough and completely unexpected). Their General Awareness questions are the best one can get. Infact, whatever I could score in this section in the exam is strictly because of Oliveboard questions. Many questions related to Banking Awareness in OB Mock Tests are new and innovative and they made me to go back and read more about those topics on internet (which really helped in the long run). I got 103.25 Marks in the SBI PO Main Exam (with 28 Marks in the Descriptive Section) and I would like to thank Oliveboard team for my selection.



“After failing in IBPS Clerk 2018, I prefered to go with the practice sets of OLIVEBOARD. So, I bought the practice sets to appear for SBI clerk 2019. After attempting the mock tests, I found my strengths and weaknesses precisely. As a result, I could strategize how to attempt the exam. THE DETAILED ANALYSIS OF MY PERFORMANCE AND TIME TAKEN BY ME AND THE BEST WAY TO APPROACH A QUESTION IN THE EXAM, which have been the basics of the Oliveboard mock tests enabled me crack the cut off by a handsome 30 numbers. After subscribing to Oliveboard, I also endorsed it on my personal level. Oliveboard sets a benchmark for the exam mock papers. It is always one level above the original exam. My admission is that, IF ONE MASTERS OLIVEBOARD PRACTICE SET'S... HE WILL SUCCEED 100% IN ANY EXAM.. THANK YOU OLIVEBOARD TEAM for helping me in my success. grateful to you.”

Mehul Sharma


Hi, I am Mehul Sharma from Nainital and finished my schooling from Army School, Hempur. I decided to take up BCA and then went on to complete my MBA from Sikkim Manipal University. I did a diploma course for 2 years in programming, a designing course and then worked for about 6 months at a company.
I decided to come back home and started working as a freelance web designer for one and half years. It struck me that I could manage to prepare for government and banking exams along with freelancing. Work and income in my job were fluctuating, so I decided to go for prestigious and better options. I opted for self-study for 9 months and accumulated study material from all possible sources. Unfortunately, I did not clear IAS and UPPCS, the two exams that I had appeared for.
I started working and decided that I could take some weekend classes and prepare for banking exams. Put IAS on hold. I wanted to supplement my coaching classes with online mock tests and came across the Oliveboard Online Mock Test Series. They have the best online test series in terms of the difficulty level of questions, analysis, personalised help and the price tag. After one year of regular studies and appearing for multiple mock tests, I cleared 3 exams-
PNB PO 2016
NIACL AO, 2016
IPPB PO (didn’t appear for Interview)
The approach that I had taken for various subjects were :
General Awareness: This subject is tricky to prepare for. You should choose a few reliable sources. Go through them very well and make notes on a daily basis. Before the exams, you can revise your notes 2-3 times so that you remember everything. Remember, Consistency is the key.
Quantitative Aptitude: I had referred to books by Sarvesh K Verma and Arun Sharma. You can easily master quant concepts as they are explained in a very simple way. Oliveboard Mock Test Series played a vital role in preparing this section. The Oliveboard mock quant section is of a higher difficulty level and I used to go through all the solutions, whether I had answered questions correctly or incorrectly, after the test. 30 days before the exams, I used to stack up all the mock tests and give one exam per day. I would spend quality time on analysis of my tests. This helped me identify my weak areas and work on their improvement.
Reasoning: I was strong at this section and I only referred to my coaching material, Oliveboard Mock series and a few other online sources.
Oliveboard was a big boost to my preparation for banking exams. The level of their mock questions is slightly higher than the actual exam questions. I used to score well in all of the tests. It helped me become confident that I could solve all questions before the actual exam. This helped me to stand out and score more than others, In these competitive exams, one really needs high-quality mock test series to test one’s knowledge before the actual exam. Do remember to analyse each question. It will be extremely helpful to you when exams are around the corner.
Tips for aspirants:
Never give up, I had given 12 exams before I cleared three banking exams. Believe in yourself and keep going! All the best to aspirants!
Thank you!

Shovik Maitra

IBPS SO (IT Officer)

Hi, I am Shovik Maitra and I have cleared IBPS SO IT Officer with the help of Oliveboard’s Test Series. Here is a brief of my Preparation Strategy:
Practice topics like syllogism, Inequality, Coding Decoding, Puzzle and Seating Arrangement. These are easier, compared to PO exam level. Logical, Data Sufficiency may also come. Practise all these and do give mock tests from Oliveboard. They have good mock tests which will assist you and boost your success.
This topic is also important for clearing prelims. Just don't think about clearing sec cut off. This will help in securing marks required for qualifying for mains. Prepare topics like time and work, speed, time and distance, geometry brief knowledge, DI, time and work, pipes and cistern. Practice these topics daily. I only gave mock tests, that was enough for me.
This is the easiest section if you are strong in English. If your basics are weak then go through SP Bakshi, RS Agarwal, Plinth to Paramount or Wren and Martin. I used some English videos on YouTube channel and gave Oliveboard mock tests on a regular basis.
Professional knowledge:
This is the section which will decide whether you will get the job or not. For this, you need to have sound knowledge in DBMS, Networking, Software and other topics mentioned in the syllabus. There are standard books for DBMS and networking, you can refer any of them. Also build basic knowledge of computers like Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Windows, short keys etc., as few questions may be asked.
My Daily Routine:
I will not advise anyone to study whole day or for 10-12 hrs. This is not UPSC exam. Practice Maths and Reasoning for 2 hrs daily. In English, regularly practice speech, subject, verb agreement etc. and give mock tests on regular basis to boost speed. Similarly, for Professional Knowledge, giving mock test is important and you should attempt as many as you can.
In the end, I would like to thank Oliveboard mock tests, as they really helped me in improving my scores gradually.
Wishing you all the very best for your exams!

Digvijay Patil


I am Digvijay Patil.
I did my B.E.(mech) and was preparing for Civil Services Exam. I wrote 6 Main exams, appeared twice for IFS interview (where I missed final list by 7 marks). I also got selected as Assistant Commandant (DySP) in CRPF, but, appeared for SBI PO exam as I preferred this job over CRPF for some reasons.I scored overall 54.85/100.
Break-up of Marks:
Reasoning and Comp-20.25/60
Data Analysis-15.75/60
Banking Awareness-28.25/40
I had prepared very well for various competitive exams like scholarships, NTSE etc. during school days. I had also cleared LIC AAO in 2013 without any specific preparation. So, initially I thought I could easily clear SBI PO as well.
However, considering changed pattern of SBI PO exam and increasing competition, it is very difficult these days to clear any exam without specific efforts and strategy.
Therefore, I dedicated myself to SBI PO exam. I read Banking capsules 3 times which helped me fetch 28/40. The pattern of Reasoning and DI questions in SBI PO exam have changed from 2016. And Oliveboard helped me prepare to the desired difficulty level.
As a result, when most of the aspirants found exam quite difficult, I was confident of clearing at least the mains. Thanks to Oliveboard team for its quality mock tests.
For GD/PI:
One must prepare about their background, present job, why they chose SBI, justify gap after graduation (if any, as in my case) and good analysis of current affairs especially economy related (like should we have petrol in GST ambit)
Piece of advice:
No matter what is your academic background, very good or just average, you should underestimate
either the level of competition today nor yourself. You must sincerely practice for all the three stages. If you do that Success is yours.
Good luck!!

Gorakh Jaiswal


I graduated from NIT Durgapur in 2014 and decided to attempt bank exams in 2016 while being in a full time job. The fact that I only applied for SBI PO & IBPS PO made it more challenging for me. I got to know about Oliveboard from one of my cousins who had cleared SBI PO in 2015. I was informed that Oliveboard Mock tests are the best available and hence I decided to take them. I was quite impressed that Oliveboard was able to almost decode the level of IBPS PO 2016 after SBI PO threw a surprising question paper to us with unusual & difficult questions. I had also taken classroom coaching for quant but lately I have realized that they are still stuck to the old pattern and redundant method of teaching. Thank you Oliveboard for being a savior.

Abhijeet Singh


Fruits of success are relished even more if it is achieved in first attempt.
My name is Abhijeet Singh, and I have been selected as auditor in CGDA through SSC-CGL-2016, while result status of BOB PO is awaited. It all started in January 2016 when after leaving a job in private sector I started preparing for SSC-CGL. After devoting 5-6 months for Tier 1 preparation, I could score only 146.5 in Tier 1 that left me high and dry considering the cut-throat competition. My hope of securing job was dashed to ash after securing this much marks in Tier 1.
But then I heard from somewhere about Oliveboard test series and then from that day I started taking Oliveboard test for SSC-mains and believe me guys I found Oliveboard test series unique in many respects as compared to others. Questions provided by Oliveboard are unseen and of one step higher difficulty than the one we face in actual exams. With utmost sincerity, I would like to thank Oliveboard for providing excellent quality test series that prepared me well for tough exams and eventually I scored 321 in mains.
Few advices to novice in this field:
1) Brace yourself by clearing your basics of English and maths. For maths start solving each question of Kiran, chapter wise mathematics.
2) For English, SP Bakshi is a good book for clearing concepts.
3) For GK, Lucent is a good book for improving your score.
4) In addition to this, at least 5 mock tests are necessary per week to improve speed.
It is an oft repeated cliché that 'success does not come easy'. For that only your hard work will go a long way to prove your worth. All the best to all for your future exams.



Read the success story of Abhishek Mishra, who just at the age of 20 not only cleared many competitive exams but also became Probationary Officer in his first attempt .
Here is his inspiring story:
'Greetings everyone ! My name is Abhishek Mishra. I am from Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. I have completed my graduation B.Sc. Honours in Physics from Kirorimal College, Delhi University in May 2018. Recently the final results of IBPS PO 2018 were announced and I have been allotted first preference of mine, Punjab National Bank'.Having completed my graduation,I came back home and started preparing for IBPS PO as I knew my parents' unconditional love and support would help me prepare better for the examination and I could clear it in my first attempt at the age of 20. Exams that I have cleared are -:
•IBPS PO (selected in PNB)
•IBPS CLERK (selected in BOB)
Preparation Journey-:
I believe 'Everyone has a story and every story is inspiring.' So I will tell you everything what ever I have done from the beginning, you need to choose and plan accordingly because what worked for me, may or may not suit you, you have to come up with your own plan.
Coming back to home I have researched all about the exam pattern and process, drawn the conclusion that I need to focus exclusively on the mains exam preparation part because it will help me clearing prelims too.
For prelims time management and speed is the most important thing that will come by practice. 20 days before the prelims exam I have started attempting 1 mock daily and analysed after onwards.I have focused extensively on mains from the start reason being mains marks would only get me selection, prelims is just qualifying in nature.
For mains accuracy and choosing the right set of questions is very important. I've attempted 1 mock and analyzed it 2 days because most of the learning for mains exam comes from analysing mocks. I'll try to explain what I did for individual sections-:
Data Analysis and Interpretation-:
Seeing the last year exam analysis I have found that most of the di and data sufficiency questions come from percentage,profit loss and discount,time work ,time speed distance etc. So I cleared my basics from rakesh yadav class notes and rs agarwal, I've tried not to use much shortcuts because in exam that doesn't work and this year's mains paper confirms that one should try to use fundamental method to get the question right.Once the basics were done I have just relied on mocks heavily, oliveboard's mains mocks questions were a notch higher than the actual ones that helps you maintain your calmness during a tough exam.When you attempt a mock setting the exam environment before the actual one then only you'll be able to find your strong area as I've found out if any DI question comes from boat and stream/profit loss, I can do that. So accordingly you have to find your own strong area.
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude-:
I have studied topics like syllogism and inequality from some online sources (useful only for prelims) but mains paper comprises mostly puzzles and seating arrangement, input -output and critical reasoning questions. I have just utilized ob mocks and tried to solve every question on my own then looked for the solution so that I can have a general idea about my strong/weak zone area.In most of the mocks I've attempted all the Critical reasoning questions ,circular seating , matrix based and never attempted input output question similarly you should plan which to choose/skip.
English Language-:
Although I have done the grammar part(from Wren and Martin), it's not much useful for the mains exam perspective because reading comprehension dominates this section.I was not an avid reader of newspaper so I just attempted and analysed mocks and learnt from my mistakes,noted them down so I didn't repeat them in final exam. In the last month I started reading economist articles that were really useful. My approach in this section was to read~comprehend ~infer that worked for me.
General Awareness-:
This section consists of banking part, current affairs and static awareness.Seeing few exam papers I have got to know that most of the questions come from current events related to banking and economy.
1) Current affairs- I have followed gktoday for day to day updates from june and made my handwritten notes of it. For monthly revision I found oliveboard bolt really good and revised my notes one week before the mains.I think one should try to cover current atleast from april/may and important updates of budget and economic survey as 2 to 3 questions are asked from it .
2) Banking awareness- I have done this part from olivevoard's banking and economy pdf, they have explained in such an elaborate manner that it helped in mains as well as interview.
3) Static awareness- Although I have made notes of all the national parks, biosphere reserve,classical dance forms etc. from affairs cloud pdf, the cost benefit ratio is very low in this part so if you have less time you can skip it.
Descriptive English-:
In this section format of essay and letter is most important,I had referred to the OB descriptive pdf. Once I was well versed with the pattern, I have prepared about the topics related to banking and economy like npa problem,merger of banks,rbi section 7 etc.for essay and letters to auditor ,bank manager about emi/loan/atm etc.Oliveboard has a really good platform for the practice of descriptive test and provides feedback about your writing.
Interview(final stage)-:
Once I was done with the mains exam I started preparing for the interview and this was the stage I enjoyed preparing the most because whatever you have learned you have to apply and interpret here,I have divided my preparation into parts-:
1.Personal information(like hobbies, strength/weakness,why banking etc).
2.Graduation based(just basics of physics).
3.Banking and Economy( Monetary policy, financial inclusion,cts,negotiable instruments etc.)
4.Budget and economic survey(recapitalization of psbs,npa issue etc.)
5.Current events (related to banking economy )
For banking and economy part I have followed mrunal's videos they were really helpful,made me able to explain in a simple manner. I'll share my interview transcript with oliveboard shortly.
Finally when I am writing this I am feeling extremely joyous because it feels amazing from reading someone else's story to writing your own. Seeing the smile on your parents' face and all the near and dear one's wishes make you feel blessed.
Tips to Aspirants:
There are many ups and downs in every aspirant's journey, sometimes you will think whether you are going to get it or not.The only motivational lines that I had with me were by Steve Jobs speech at stanford-:'You can only connect the dots by looking backward not forward.' He says what ever actions you are going to take today if they may have any adverse impact on tomorrow you'll never take those actions. So take those actions which make you think the efforts that you have put, were the best that led you to the success of today.
I feel the best step I had taken was attempting and analysing all the mock tests passionately that led me to the day of mine 1st april 2019.I wish everyone the best wishes from my side,make yourself and your parents proud all the very best.

Rupesh Lohan


Hi. I am Rupesh Lohan and I did my B. Tech in EEE in 2012, and was working in private sector. I started my preparations in February, 2016. The main issue was to make a time table and strategy according to my office timings as I was working full time. I used to do GK, Computer and English quizzes while travelling in metro. Whenever I got free time in office, I would solve 2-3 quizzes in between.
My first three exams were: –
1) SBI clerk(HRV) – 121(cut off-137)
2) UIIC AO – 110(failed)
3) SBI PO 16 – Pre (49) Mains (58-failed)
I was down but willing to take my preparations to next level. Started doing more and more practice along with smart work. When the pattern was changed almost completely in 2016 for all banks exam I was looking for some strong and new stuff. Oliveboard test series gave me practice which I wanted and it gave huge boost to my preparations. Mains exams and pattern of test series of Olive board was almost of same level. Level of questions was up to the mark.
All exams I appeared for, after SBI PO, were: –
1) BOB PGDBF 16 – WL 244(written marks 155/250, interview 65/100)- finally selected in WL
2) IBPS PO – Pre (78 marks) Mains (69 marks) Failed
3) IBPS Clerk – Pre (80 marks) Mains (88). Got CANARA Bank, Delhi
4) RRB PO – Mains (121 marks), Interview (50), Final Score (58.4, failed)
5) CWC (Jr. Superintendent) – Total Marks were 114, but cut off was 121.75
6) IPPB PO – Mains attempt 136 (Did not appear in interview)
7) RBI Assistant (Delhi) – Pre (89 marks), Mains (111.5, cut off 128.5)
8) NIACL AO – SELECTED (Pre-74, Mains marks not disclosed)
I would like to wrap up saying that if I can crack exams, even after a long break from studies, so can you! With every exam, I got better and better. And yes, a person working full time also crack these exams.
Finally, 'Everything good or bad happens for a certain reason, you just continue your hard and perseverance and one day you will get the best reserved for you.'' All the best!



'Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.' Today, we bring to you the inspiring story of Monica Sinha who successfully cleared IBPS CLERK in 2017.
Hi, I am Monica Sinha from Patna. I did my graduation in Bcom(2015) from Symbiosis college of Arts and Commerce. In 2015, I appeared for IBPS PO in which I failed in mains examinations. After that, I started preparing for banking exams seriously. I cleared many prelims exams but was unable to clear the mains examinations. I was very disheartened. The difficulty level of the examination was increasing tremendously, I didn't knew from where to prepare. Then I heard about Oliveboard. I started preparing from Oliveboard from the year 2016. I gave 2 mocks everyday. For Quantitative, Reasoning and English section I only practised from Oliveboard mock tests.In 2017, I missed IBPS PO mains by 0.50 but I finally cleared IBPS clerk VII.
Preparation Strategy:
REASONING: Try solving as many puzzles as you can. Solve at least 5 puzzles everyday of utmost difficulty.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE: First of all clear your basics of every arithmetic chapters because now a days in every mains paper major focus is on arithmetic part. Solve sectional quantitative tests from oliveboard. Try to solve DI which is arithmetic chapter based.
ENGLISH: Learn new words everyday. Try to read articles from The Hindu everyday.For basic grammar you can refer to Wren and Martin book. Solve every question of oliveboard mock of english section and try to understand the logic behind every answer.
G.K: In 2015, when I first appeared for IBPS PO mains, I scored 1 in gk section. This was my weakest section. I made notes for every topic for static part from Oliveboard. I revised my notes daily. I solved everyday gk quiz from affairscloud for current affairs. For banking part also I made notes for every topic. To score in gk you have to study daily. In IBPS clerk I scored 35.
Role Of Oliveboard In My Success:
Oliveboard mock tests are must.They were extremely helpful in my preparation. Do give mock tests and analyse your weak areas accordingly to devise your study plan further.
Tip To Aspirants:
Never lose hope.The moral support of my mother helped me a lot. We used to sit for hours to discuss gk. Without her support I could not have cleared this exam.
At last, hard work always pays off. Keep practicing and have patience.
'Push yourself because no one else is going to do this for you.'
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Sanat Kumar Das


“From a Bengal interior village to achieve success was made possible by oliveboard test series. Self study is enriched by an online teacher like 'oliveboard'. Thanks for helping by clearing my doubts and planning of a particular exam. Again thanks for bringing my dream come true.”

Divyama Shukla


मेरी पहली परीक्षा एसबीआई पीओ 2015 थी| मुझे प्रीलिम्स में तो सफलता प्राप्त हुई, लेकिन मैं मुख्य परीक्षा पास नहीं कर सका। मैं आईबीपीएस पीओ में साक्षात्कार चरण तक पहुँचा लेकिन उसमें सफल नहीं हो सका। यहाँ तक कि मैं आईबीपीएस क्लर्क में भी मैं सिर्फ 1 अंक से रह गया|
मैं पहले से ही पिछले साल कई टेस्ट सीरीज ले चुका था और इस साल कुछ नया करना चाहता था। ओलिवबोर्ड को हमेशा वाट्स एप और टेलीग्राम के स्टडी ग्रुप में और दोस्तों द्वारा सबसे अच्छा सुझावित किया जाता था | इसीलिए मैने ओलिवबोर्ड एसबीआई क्लर्क (JA) टेस्ट सीरीज़ खरीदने का फैसला किया|
मुख्य परीक्षा पूरी तरह से चौकाने वाली थी| मैथ्स में सब आसान सवालों की जगह मुश्किल सवालों ने ले ली थी। लेकिन ओलिवबोर्ड के जिस सेक्शन से मुझे असलियत में मदद मिली वो अंग्रेजी थी। बल्कि मैं ये कहूँगा कि मेरा केवल अंग्रेजी सेक्शन की वजह से ही चयन हुआ। ओलिवबोर्ड मॉक टेस्ट में रीडिंग कोम्प्रीहेन्शन (RC) की गुणवत्ता वाकई बहुत अच्छी है और यह मेरी मुख्य परीक्षा में ,जिसमें कि बहुत कम सीधे सवाल पूछे गये, मेरी सटीकता में सुधार लाने में कारगर साबित हुआ | आमतौर पर मैं ओलिवबोर्ड मॉक टेस्ट में अंग्रेजी में 24-25 अंक प्राप्त करता था लेकिन परीक्षा में मैंने 32 अंक प्राप्त किये वो भी तब जबकि मैंने हल ही केवल 34 किये थे| असलियत में मेरी सटीकता सभी सेक्शन में अच्छी रही| मैंने 144 प्रश्न हल किये थे और मैंने 133 अंक प्राप्त किये|इसके अलावा, टेस्ट सीरीज़ ने मेरी मदद जनरल अवेयरनेस (GK) में 38अंक प्राप्त करने में भी की- ओलिवबोर्ड जानता है कि जनरल अवेयरनेस (GA) सेक्शन में किस प्रकार के स्टेटिक और करंट अफेयर्स के प्रश्न देने हैं |
मैं एसबीआई क्लर्क (JA) में चयनित हुआ हूँ और अब आईबीपीएस पीओ मेन्स और BOB Manipal के साक्षात्कार के परिणामों का इंतज़ार कर रहा हूँ


ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR-46)

“When you hit the rock bottom, the only way to go is up” Similarly, Sunil never allowed the failures to stop him from achieving his dreams.
Here is his story to Success:
Hello friends, I have been selected as Social Security Officer in ESIC (AIR 46). I am a 2016 Civil Engineering Graduate. And after so many failures, I have got this job.
From 2016 to 2019, I appeared for the following exams:
- IBPS PO 2016 (failed by 1.1 marks in interview)
- RRB PO 2016 (failed by 0.04 marks in reserve list)
- BOB PO (failed by some 2-3 marks in interview)
- OICL AO 2017 (failed in mains)
- NICL AO 2017 (reached till interview)
- SSC CGL 2016 (cleared with 527.5 marks)
- SSC CHSL 2017 (166 marks in tier 1 )
- SSC CGL 2017 (494 till tier 2 and 623 in AAO)
- ESIC SSO 2018 (Cleared with AIR - 46)
After so many attempts, I was very frustrated. But I did not lose morale and prepared hard again and finally cleared this exam. So, I would suggest all the future aspirants that 'Never stop believing in yourself '. Failure in one or two exams (and 5-6 exams in my case) is not the proof of your incompetence rather it is a test of your perseverance.
Preparation Strategy:-
Quants -
For quants, again follow any normal book and then practice online mock tests. Data interpretation, number series, Quadratic equations should be prepared well because these are scoring. (Practise is the key in Reasoning and Quants).
And for SSC CGL quants section, follow Kiran previous years and Arun Sharma quantum CAT upto 2nd level.
Reasoning -
Start working on your basics from any book or YouTube channel and then take a lot of mocks. Without taking mocks you cannot be sure of solving questions in the exam like conditions and nowadays reasoning level is very high in exams. And for SSC CGL reasoning, practice from previous year only and learn those concepts.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
This is the section which can give you the advantage over others if you prepare for it in the right way. Cover any basic book like Plinth to paramount, Norman Lewis, SP Bakshi and then take a lot of mock tests, and you will shine in the exam. Moreover, if you have a habit of reading novels then you will find it easier to score in this section. For Banking and insurance, focus more on Reading comprehension and for SSC CGL, focus more on active passive, narration, one-word substitution etc.
Cover any full-length capsule of Oliveboard, or any other platform. And for the insurance and banking awareness also there are pdfs on from oliveboard and other websites like affairscloud. For SSC CGL GK section- the syllabus is huge and one should only cover one’s strong subjects. I prepared physics, chemistry, economics, and history and got 25 marks.
Role of Oliveboard in my success:-
The only online platform that I can owe my success to is 'Oliveboard'. It provides mocks of high difficulty due to which I rarely feel any question difficult in the exam. Also, I have not found any wrong question in their test series till now, which according to me is very commendable.
Tips for aspirants-
Always be self-motivated, Take blessings of your parents. Go all in, the competition is ruthless. And finally, keep going no matter what.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Deepak Kumar Jena


“Success is the sum total of failures. If you don't fail you cannot realize the importance of success.” “Hello, all banking asparients my name is Deepak Kumar Jena from jajpur ODISHA. I am selected as IBPS CLERK.... First of all I will convey my gratitude to my family members, teachers and friends who stood by me through tough times and motivated me and energized my soul with positivity. Today I would like to share my journey from a student to a banker. I graduated B.com from N.C.(Autonomous) college, Jajpur with Accounting honours in 2015. Government job is not what you get in a few weeks or few months, it takes immense hard work ,regular practice and most important of all Patience. You might pass through tough times and continuity of failures but what matters is how patiently you kept on practicing. I passed my graduation B.com in 2015 and was almost blank about government jobs. I joined a private company after completing graduation but very soon i realized that I was not getting job satisfaction which lead me to preparation for government jobs and i left my job so that I could allocate more time for preparation. I joined SAI SCHOOL OF BANKING a coaching institute in Jajpur (ODISHA), for more than a year I got numbers of failure but I never left my hope and kept on with my hard work. From Feb 2017, I continuously followed the OLIVEBOARD app and as you know this is a very good platform to prepare. Its content is very good and up to date and I think by continuously following it one can easily clear any Banking exam. I suggest all the readers to follow the OLIVEBOARD app and good quality books and start from a low level and then go to higher level. Here are some of my failures:
2016 SBI CLERK - Pre not qualified
IBPS RRB CLERK - Pre not qualified
IBPS PO - Pre not qualified
IDBI Executive -Not qualified
2017 NIACL Assistant - Pre not qualified
SBI PO- Exam not appeared
IBPS RRB CLERK - First Time Pre qualified but not qualified in main exam
IBPS RRB PO - Pre not qualified
IBPS CLERK - Pre not qualified
IBPS PO - Pre not qualified
CANARA BANK PO - Not qualified
IDBI executive - Not qualified
2018 NIACL Assistant - Pre Not qualified by 0.5 mark
SBI CLERK - Pre qualified but mains not qualified
SBI PO - Pre not qualified by 2.75 mark
IBPS RRB PO - Pre qualified but main not qualified by 9 Mark
IBPS RRB CLERK - Pre qualified but main not qualified in one section
IBPS PO - Pre not qualified by 1.75 Mark
IBPS CLERK - Pre qualified and main also qualified and selected in PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK.
My message here is never ever get afraid of your failures, accept them with wide hands because they are the ones which will lay a foundation for your success. Make a list of mistakes which you made in the previous paper and make sure don't repeat them in upcoming exams. Here are my tips for preparation in bank exams - First of all you clear your basics then improve your speed of mathematics calculation by trick. Always stay in touch with reasoning (especially puzzles) and develop a technique to solve each question in least possible time. I am very poor in English I suggest you for English know some grammar rules, vocabs and the most important thing is to make your reading comprehension skills better. For General Awareness read Daily current affairs from different sources, not only one source. Thank you OLIVEBOARD Family.”
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