SHIVA SOORAJ

IPPB PO

Hi guys, I am Shiva Sooraj.
I started preparing for banking after I finished my B.tech in 2016. I didn't qualify in SBI prelims when I first wrote it. Then I understood that a proper coaching and practice is required to crack the exam. I joined a coaching center in Hyderabad and practiced. Then I used to prepare Aptitude, Reasoning, English each for 2 hrs a day. At that time one of my friends suggested me to practice Oliveboard Mock Tests. I took them and started practicing tests for SBI PO, IBPS PO etc. Firstly they are very tough for me. I used to get low marks. So after completing the Mock Tests, I solved each and every question asked in the Mock Test. Then I started to improve in the next exam.
For any doubts, I referred to their YouTube classes. I learnt from my mistakes and remembered to rectify them in the next exam. I like to attempt more questions in the exam. This helped me a lot. My accuracy level was 75 to 80%. I worked on a balance between speed and accuracy. After 3 months of practice, I cleared all the prelims exams I wrote. I attended 3 interviews NICL AO, RRB PO, IPPB PO. I lost in SBI mains, IBPS mains due to less marks in GA. Many aspirants do the same mistake, they take GA lightly but it is the most scoring region.
General Awareness Tips : For that National news regarding banking, important policies and schemes introduced by Govt, banking awareness are some recommended regions to cover. Daily and Monthly GK modules will help. Make a habit to learn about the banking news.
I took SBI PO mock tests in Oliveboard. They are very good and helped me to access the actual level of exam. I didn't clear SBI with a very less margin. But fortunately, I cleared IPPB at the same time. The solutions provided in the Oliveboard Mock Tests are very clear, error-free and informative. I scored well in English by practicing those mocks. Reasoning and Aptitude are my strengths and I did well in them. For GA using Oliveboard and daily newspaper reading is recommended.
Finally, I got selected as IPPB PO in 2017 and joined in recently. A big thanks to Oliveboard for being with me in my journey. Whatever happens, consistent practice is the key. Brush up your knowledge, be confident and keep practicing. All the best!

SUBHAJIT TEWARI

EPFO ASO(AIR-8)

“Hi Friends, I am Subhajit Tewari from Bankura,West Bengal. I have been selected as an EPFO ASO(AIR-8), IBPS RRB OFFICER SCALE1, IBPS PO(Selected For interview ,that will be held very soon). So, Here is my success story:- I am a BTECH(CSE) Graduate from St.Thomas' College of Engineering & Technology, one of the finest private engineering colleges. I Graduated in 2015, got selected in Infosys as Systems Engineer from college placement. I joined and worked in Infosys till 17th Jan, 2017. Infosys is a good company to work with but I did not like the corporate life therefore I always thought of getting out from there. Neither me nor my employer was happy. Then Finally in 2017 we came to a settlement & I came back home. I started my competitive exams preparation from 2018. In 2017, I had given bank exams to feel the exam trend and competition. In 2018, I had cleared IBPS PO mains, IBPS SO mains but was not selected in Final list due to shortage of some marks. So, on 1st April 2019 I was awaiting for 3 results but was not selected in any of these. After that I have given PNB SO & LIC AAO. Here also I did not made it to the final list. In LIC AAO I scored 30+ marks more than cut off but I was not able to clear the sectional cutoff of one section (Either CA or IA). Hard Luck!! So, I did not break down, rather I made myself stronger day by day. I have realized my weak areas and I worked on those areas. There was a time when I could not score more than 30-40% in the Current Affairs section. That was the reason I was not selected in earlier exams. Now I am getting 65-75% in CA section. Now Finally selected as EPFO ASO(AIR-8); IBPS RRB OFFICER SCALE 1; IBPS PO(selected for interview); I also cleared LIC Assistant pre but did not sit for mains as I was selected before that. The word 'QUIT' should not be in your dictionary, if you want to be selected. Work Hard. Keep trying. I have studied, enjoyed with friends, enjoyed web series over netflix, movies everything. Because 4-5 hrs study a day is Enough, though it varies from person to person.
Role of Oliveboard:- The way exam pattern is changing Oliveboard mock test is best. Here you will come across new types of questions, smart solutions everything. For mains level Oliveboard is the best. Thank you Oliveboard for that.
Never ever think of quitting. Study hard and after that enjoy your leisure time.
JAI HIND. JAI BHARAT.”

RAJU ESLAVATH

IBPS CLERK

Hello Guys,
Today I am going to share my success story of clearing IBPS CLERK 2017
The Future Belongs To The Competent. Get Good, Get Better, Be The Best.
Journey:
Hello, Guys, my name is Raju Eslavath. I had completed my graduation (B.tech in Computer Science Engineering) in 2016 and just after that, I had started preparing for Banking exams. In the starting phase I started focussing on clearing the basics first, then I solved some questions based on those topics.
After giving some exams I came to know that to crack a bank exam - perfect strategy and planning are required. So I made a proper planning based on my weakness and strengths which helped me a lot in maintaining my speed and accuracy.
LIST OF EXAMS I HAD APPEARED AND RESULTS:
1.SBI PO 2016: Failed in Prelims
2.IBPS PO 2016: Failed in English (Prelims)
3.IBPS CLERK 2016: Failed in Prelims
4.IBPS RRB OS: Failed in Mains
5.IBPS RRB OA: Failed in Prelims
After facing so many failures, I decided to stop my preparation and work in private sector. After working for 5 months I felt that the work was very hectic and there was no job satisfaction. So, I left that job in July and started my banking preparation again.
After that, I appeared for IBPS PO Prelims and failed in the Mains Exam.
Cleared both the CANARA AND SYNDICATE PO PGDBF exams.
Finally, I got selected in IBPS CLERK (CANARA BANK)
Exam Strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude - Follow YouTube channels, Clear your basics and then give mock tests.
Reasoning - This is my strong point. So I used to practice a lot of questions and stay updated with new pattern questions. Practice minimum 4 puzzles daily which helps you a lot.
GA - This is the section which can help you in gaining the edge over others in the mains. For this, read daily current affairs from Gktoday and others. Attempt the daily quizzes from online websites
English - This is my average section. Read daily newspaper - THE HINDU for 1hr and note down 8 to 10 vocabulary words from it and revise them on a regular basis. Give daily sectional quizzes on online websites and analyse your performance.
Make Some Strict Plans like - Daily practice of Reasoning and Aptitude Questions, weekly sectional tests & solve daily quizzes.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series played an important role in my success. So, I really want to thank Oliveboard for providing such a platform where we can access every important topic for Banking exams. The level of questions is so good and challenging that if anyone solves these questions regularly and honestly, then that will be more than enough to get through the exams.
One should opt for the Mock Test Series provided by Oliveboard, as the questions are based on the latest pattern for all the banking exams.
After all my hard work, I cracked the exam and got selected as IBPS CLERK in CANARA BANK.
I would like to thank my family, friends and well-wishers.
And this way my dream came true.
So I want to say to all the readers and future bankers: NEVER GIVE UP AND ONE FINE DAY, YOU WILL GET SUCCESS.
Stay positive.
DREAMS CAN ONLY BECOME REALITY IF THERE ARE HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION.
All the best to all the aspirants.
Thank you!

TANIYA BHONSULE

IBPS CLERK 2018

Read the story of Taniya, a Commerce Postgraduate who in spite of getting failures in almost all the exams, never lost hope and cleared IBPS CLERK in 2018. Her story rightly proves that “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”
Know about her complete journey:
Hello friends, first of all let me introduce myself. My name is Taniya Bhonsule from Nagpur, Maharashtra. I have done my Graduation & Masters in Commerce from Nagpur University.
Talking about my journey, I started my preparations after completing my post graduation in may 2017. None of my family members were in government services but I saw some of my friends’ preparing for it. Coming from a commerce background I thought of appearing for the banking exams.
The first exam that I managed to clear was IBPS CLERK PRELIMS in December 2017 but could not clear the Mains because I was a novice to such type of exams. In 2018 I gave SBI CLERK but again missed the Mains by almost 10 marks. Later I appeared for SBI PO but couldn't clear the Prelims. All these while I was a bit sad due to my failures but I never let these failures deviate me from my path. Having said that I appeared for IBPS PO where I cleared Prelims, but missed Mains by 5 marks. Then came IBPS CLERK and I finally cleared both Prelims and Mains and got selected in Canara Bank as a Clerk.
MY PREPARATION STRATEGY:
Everyone has his or her own strategy because we all have different areas of strength and weakness. I was pretty good in General Awareness, English and Reasoning and the only section I was trying to get hold of was Quantitative Aptitude, which I managed to clear off with conceptual clarity and lot of practice which OLIVEBOARD provided me through its mock tests.
Here are some tips which I would personally recommend you to follow if you are an average student just like me:
For General Awareness - Various sources are available online which u can follow. Refer at least two sources to make the most of it on a daily basis. Coming from Commerce background, it is easy for me to grasp banking and finance topics but again I will recommend you to go through Oliveboard (Ob) materials or any other book which gives you some basic idea about it.
For Reasoning - Solve 4 to 5 sets of puzzles & seating arrangements which will easily get you more than 50% marks and solve some questions from any miscellaneous chapters like inequalities, syllogism, coding decoding old and new pattern, series,etc on alternate days which will help you in solving data sufficiency problems as well.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
For Quantitative Aptitude - I recommend you to read and solve questions from books by Arun Sharma or Rakesh Aggrawal or any other book to get your basics clear. After that all you need is practicing different types of questions daily.
For English - Reading newspaper is a must if you truly want to improve this section. I used to read the Hindu and TOI but any other newspaper you want to read would be fine. Also make a habit of writing the meaning of new words that you find while reading the newspapers. Make sure you revise it daily as it would help you a lot for both pre and mains as well as strengthen your word power.
Role Of Oliveboard:
Friends, Oliveboard is the complete package for success. It played a crucial role in achieving my success as I used to give Oliveboard mock tests which contains very good level of questions if you really want to crack any government exam.
Lastly, I would like to thank Oliveboard for the support they gave me by way of teaching through their YouTube videos and mock tests and my friends who were always there for helping me in studies and encouraging me throughout the journey and my family, without whose support, none of these would have happened.
So friends, I wish you all the very best for your future, may you achieve all your dreams and always remember that,
'Hard work always pays off in the future. Be patient with yourself as life will be full of ups and downs. Just believe in yourself and you are half-way there. So hang on and DON'T EVER GIVE UP!!'
Tips to Aspirants:
For selection, one has to really put all the hard work along with a lot of patience. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Improving your speed comes naturally while practicing on questions which you feel confident about and clearing your basic concepts will turn your weak parts into strengths with constant practice.
It takes a lot of sincere and continuous efforts along with a lot of patience to achieve success. So believe that you can do it and always Trust yourself.

Soumallya Chattopadhyay

SBI PO

I'm Soumallya Chattopadhyay from West Bengal.
I completed my post-graduation in 2016. Post which I joined a globally renowned private insurance company at Mumbai, which I got through campus placement. However, deep down in my mind, I always had the flair to join the public sector. I started my journey with competitive examination with OICL AO in the year 2015.
After that, I appeared for a series of competitive examinations (like SBI PO, IBPS PO, IRDA JO, LIC AAO to name a few) but failed in the preliminary exam one after the other owing to lack of strategy and proper knowledge of the question pattern. After I joined the job, I came across Oliveboard test series. It was around last year during July-August that I came across this platform. Little did I know at that time that it would do wonders. Taking at least one full length mock test each day, analysing my performance and keeping track of percentile were something that proved to be extremely beneficial. Truly speaking, I did not take individual test to that extent, but I was regular at taking full length mock tests.
I tasted success for the first time in IBPS PO 2016, where I cleared preliminary, mains and was summoned for the interview. However, I couldn't make it to the final list because my interview didn't go well (my first interview after all). Thereafter I started making it to the final list one after the other. I converted BOM Manipal, Syndicate Manipal, BOB SO (Planning), BOB Manipal. Finally,
I was ecstatic when I saw my roll number in the list of successful candidates who appeared for SBI PO 2017-18. The results of SEBI Grade A and IPPB AM are still awaited and I'm hopeful about converting them too.
As for my sectional strategy, I just love to solve puzzles and therefore I always counted on my reasoning skills. I always started with the English section because I have good grasp over English and I devoted maximum proportion of time to English and Reasoning. I touched the quants section at last. For quants, I mostly concentrated on a DI puzzle, quadratic equation and inequalities since they were the 'marks-spinners'.

For mains examination, given the fact that now the sectionals are allotted individual time, you have to take the exam as it comes. It prepares you to face the unexpected. Therefore, the only way to fetch high marks in mains is constant practice, sharpen your strength and improve your weakness to some extent. For General Awareness, there is no defined syllabus and hence any news source will be your best friend.
I'd take this opportunity to thank Oliveboard for being the architect of my journey to success. The tests helped me get familiar with the question pattern, identify my strength and weaknesses and devise my strategy accordingly. Taking the online tests regularly were helpful in managing time effectively too. I'd suggest the aspirants that in order to succeed, work hard, work smart and have faith in yourself. Remember that it is only thorough practice that happens to be the mool mantra for success. Wish you all the best for your future endeavours and thanks to Oliveboard once again for your sustained guidance.

Aditi Agarwal

RRB CLERK-VII 2018

'Hello Friends, first of all let me introduce myself. My name is Aditi Agarwal from Agra,UP. Currently I am working as Office Assistant in Kashi Gomti Samyut Gramin Bank (Varanasi, UP). I have done my Graduation & Post Graduation in Science (Physics) from Agra University. Talking about my journey,, I started my preparations in Dec,2016,,,,,but started my serious preparation in june 2017. I had given few exams just to know about the pattern. The first exam that I cleared was IBPS RRB CLERK PRELIMS in October 2017 but could not clear mains (missed by only 1.5 marks in final merit). In 2018 I gave SBI PO/ CLERK, RRB PO/CLERK & IBPS PO/CLERK. I cleared all the prelims but not the mains. Finally I cleared RRB CLERK ( got kashi gomti samyut gramin bank ) & IBPS CLERK ( got Allahabad Bank ).
MY PREPARATION STRATEGY:- Everyone has his/her own weak point and strong point. I was good in GA & Reasoning as well as in maths. some tips which i would personally want to share with every aspirant ,, For GA- i read CA on daily basis with last two days CA'S revision. This method helped me to learn all the current affairs and in the month end i read monthly and weekly CA pdf from various sources and also gave monthly quiz or daily quiz by oliveboard. For static i prepared a map nd written all static on that. For Reasoning- I solved at least 10-15 short quizzes from various online sources which helped me a lot and 30 days before the exam I gave 2 ST in a day. (sometimes 1). I always purchased Oliveboard mock test. Sometimes I solved 4 to 5 puzzles and seating arrangement. Foe QA- I personally recommend to all the aspirants to solve Kiran and M.Tyra. But apart this don't forget to attempt a sectional timer quiz. Because quizzes are the only way to increase our speed and all you need is practice and practice on a daily basis. For English- Reading Editorial is must if we truly want to improve in this section and want to score not only wants to clear sectional cut off. I used to read editorial from two newspaper- THE HINDU & THE INDIAN EXPRESS. literally i never learned any vocab from newspaper , only i underlined some new words and find out synonyms and antonyms nd tried to use that particular word in my daily conversation. Sometimes i gave online quiz also and that is more than enough to clear this section with good marks. For Computer- i read bolt pdf from oliveboard and gave online quizzes from wherever i found. Role of OLIVEBOARD- Dear aspirants, oliveboard is one of the most successful platforms to achieve success . A very big thanks to oliveboard because oliveboard played a teacher's role in my successful journey. I always purchased oliveboard mock test and always suggests giving mock tests only on oliveboard. Oliveboard's daily CA update, daily quiz, Banking bolt and many other material which helped me a lot. Once again A VERY BIG THANKS TO WHOLE OLIVEBOARD TEAM. i wish all the aspirants who are preparing and who wants to prepare All The Very Very Best For your future. May you all achieve all your dreams but always remember two words -' HARD WORK & PATIENCE'. These two words are magical because if you believe in yourself you'll achieve all which you want. So don't ever GIVE-UP. JUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and make yourself and your parents proud. Last but not the least , I want to thank god, my parents,family, friends and teachers for all their love , support and guidance.”

Hardik Mehta

RBI Grade B All India Rank #1

Oliveboard mock tests were very informative, descriptive and helpful and score analysis was done on the spot. I found the level of tests very difficult and hence it helped me in learning. I was very impressed that Oliveboard immediately redesigned the mock tests as per the new pattern for RBI Grade B Exam (Phase 2). It showed that the think tank wants their students to get a knack of as many different questions as possible.Kudos to the Oliveboard's technical team for providing in-depth analysis of candidates' performance.

Upasana Shah

IBPS SO

I had been working in IT sector from past 3+ years. Never thought of going for banking exams ever before, but it was my father who insisted a lot. I finished my studies in 2013, so to train your mind to pick up academics after so many years for such competitive exams was very difficult. I was also working for 8-10 hours. My only target was to prepare wisely and systematically.
As soon as the notification came up for SBI IT officer, I decided to give it a trial with full preparations, started with my college books for professional knowledge and brushing up basics for others.
After preparing all the basics I wanted to test my preparation level. I came across Oliveboard while searching for good test series. Started with the free ones. Liked the analysis they provide you and the great difficulty level. I found the series comprehensive and better than various other test series available. I had purchased test series for IBPS SO-IT and sectional tests. After attempting every test, I realized which areas require attention and more preparation, where I am lacking and most importantly how to manage the time and accuracy. I found Oliveboard as a saviour in my struggle for clearing these exams in first attempt itself.
I had applied for SBI SO and IBPS SO. Cleared written for both the exams, but for SBI couldn't make it till the end. Fortunately, I got allocated as Assistant Manager in Allahabad bank (bank of my choice) via IBPS. Thanks a lot, to the Oliveboard team who prepares such deep materials and empowers people like me to accomplish their dreams.
Lastly few words for aspirants, if a person who barely gets 1.5 hours daily to study can clear it, everyone with dedication can do. Only thing you need is wise decision, effective strategy, proper materials and perseverance.

Ravish Shah

IBPS Clerk

My name is Ravish Shah and I am from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
I have been selected in Union Bank of India (Clerk) & Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank (Assistant-Multipurpose) In General Category.
I have completed my Pharmacy graduation in 2013. After completing my Pharmacy graduation I have decided to go to Government Sector.I have started hard work from April, 2014. I gave all exams in 2014 in banks but couldn’t succeed. But I never gave up & continue the exams.
I gave regular mock test. Oliveboard's mock tests are extraordinary.. It helped me to improve my speed & accuracy.
(1) SBI PO – 58 Marks – (Cut off was 80)
(2) SBI Clerk – 98 Marks – (Cut off was 110)
(3) RBI Assistant 2014 – 117 Marks – (Cut off was 154)
(4) IBPS RRB Clerk 2014 – 117 Marks – couldn’t
(5) IBPS PO 2014 – 71 Marks – (Cut off was 82)
(6) IBPS Clerk 2014 -125 Marks, Selected for Interview. But couldn’t clear final cut off. 0.8 Marks Away from final merit. 1st April, 2015. It was Black day of my life.
(7) SBI PO 2015 – Couldn’t clear Prelims
(8) RBI Assistant 2015 – 140 Marks -(Cut off was 158)
(9) IBPS RRB Clerk 2015 – 145 Marks – Got Selected In Baroda Gujarat Gramin Bank (Assistant-Multipurpose)
(10) IBPS PO 2015 - Couldn’t clear Prelims
(11) IBPS Clerk 2015 – 139 Marks – Got Selected In Union Bank of India (Clerk)

Atul Mayank

SBI PO 2018

“Hello everyone! My name is Atul Mayank and i have been selected as an SBI PO in patna circle this year.I am a B.tech graduate in ECE from Dr. KN Modi Institute Of Engineering & Technology, Modinagar.After finishing my b.tech in 2016 i decided to sit in GATE exam and cleared it thrice in 2016,17 & 18 but could only get 5450 as the best rank out of three attempts so no calls from PSU's. So after the result of GATE was out in march this year i decided to sit for SBI PO exams .I began collecting info from web and also from one friend who cracked SBI PO last year.I began my preparations from APRIL 2018 on my own. List of exams i wrote:
SOUTH INDIA BANK PO : cleared written test but failed in interview
BANK OF BARODA PO: selected
SBI PO : selected
SBI clerk : missed the selection by 6.75 marks ,got 88.15
RRB PO : selected for interview from UP region
RRB clerk: selected in prelims and skipped the mains because of selection in bank of baroda.
RBI grade B: missed the mains because i got 101.5 marks
IBPS PO : selected for mains but didn't write it ,you know why
Preparation tips: Quant: Solved prev year ques from arihant book and solved arun sharma quant for CAT.Learn squares and cubes of first 30 numbers and also remember fractional values. Reasoning: Solved basic questions from MK PANDEY and puzzles from a magical book of puzzles and then solved various problems from websites . English: This is the section in which many students face difficulty but being a cricket fan and listening to english commentary helped me a lot.Also reading news articles from The Hindu will be helpful .Try to read any article of your interest in english and the more you read the better you get. Prelims: Accuracy matters along with speed.I got 68 marks for 69 attempts.Cutoff was 56.75.Try to avoid word problems in quant.First go for approx, simplification,number series and DI and if time is left go for word problems.That is how i use to startegise you can plan your own.Similarly in reasoning i used to go for simple stuffs like inequalities, direction,coding decoding and then puzzles.For english do whatever you want but solve Reading comprehension at last.Try to give a lot of mocks and then analyse your performance and also identify weak areas and work on them.Don't get disheartened by a bad test score.You can always make for it in the next test.Remember PRACTICE PRACTICE AND PRACTICE.WILL IS EVERYTHING. Mains: Everything remains same but the level of questions is enhanced especially the reasoning section. I got 29 out of 40. Don't try to memorize it just read the entire capsule 5 to 6 times and you would be able to recall most of the points.Overall i got 119.63 (86.13 in objective and 33.5 in descriptive).Cutoff was 93.10 for general. GD and PI: In this round your personality is put under the scanner.You need to be happy and don't act nervous.Greet the panel with smile and even if you don't know the answer to a particular question ,simply say sorry and smile.In GD don't argue with others and put your points across with confidence and also allow others to speak. Stay focussed on your target and leave the rest on god and ya don't complain because leaders don't complain. BEST WISHES and GOOD LUCK”

Anubhav Panigraphy

NIACL AO: All India Rank #1

Hi, my name is Anubhav Panigrahy and I am currently working as an Administrative Officer at The New India Assurance Company Limited.
Here is my journey: I from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. After my graduation, I was preparing for UPSC CSE which had always been my dream. And that is where my struggle with competitive examinations began. Although I had prepared quite hard for CSE-2015, I couldn’t clear the prelims.
This is when I decided to gravitate towards banking and insurance sector examinations. I kicked off with RBI Grade B examination 2016. I cleared Phase-I but missed a call for the interviews. However, I was satisfied with the mock tests that I had taken and Oliveboard became my go-to test series portal for all the exams that I took then on in 2016-17 – IBPS PO, NIACL AO and IPPB PO.
Ultimately, I got success as I was shortlisted for NIACL AO and also as PO at PNB. In all probability I will be joining as AO at NIACL.
My marks in all examinations for reference:
RBI Grade B (Phase-I): 123.75/200, (Phase-II): 170/300
IBPS PO (Pre): 79/100, (Mains): 109.25/200, (Final): 57.1/100
NIACL AO (Pre): 97.5/100, (Mains): 157/200 attempts
IPPB PO (Pre): 100/100 attempts, (Mains): 135/200 attempts
Oliveboard’s tests are so designed that both the pattern and difficulty level of questions vary with every mock that one attempts. Thus, one is thoroughly prepared for all kinds of questions in the real examination. The detailed time-based analysis of every mock test was extremely crucial for me in judging which questions I should attempt and which ones I should leave. Ultimately, the marks that I scored in the actual examinations were more or less similar to my performance in Oliveboard’s mock tests.
If I were to be asked the key to whatever little success I have found, I would say it was my frustration and desperation. When one has failed multiple times, there’s a voice in his mind that keeps pulling him down, keeps scaring him that he will probably always remain a failure. A person can either submit to this voice and give up, or channel this restlessness into productive work. I did the latter. I used to have sleepless nights out of anxiety for my future but I spent those nights studying and practising hard.
Leaving you all with my favourite quote: "Rock-bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." - JK Rowling

Anil Yadav

RBI Grade B

When I decided to shift to the Banking sector after working as a Software Engineer for 3 years at Tech Mahindra, the Reserve Bank of India was my only target.
I got selected as an Assistant at RBI and then started preparing for RBI Grade B Exam. I bought a popular mock test series but didn't like the difficulty level and the quality of GK questions. I got to know about Oliveboard Mock tests for RBI Grade B (Phase I ) through Facebook and thought of giving it a try.
The best thing about Oliveboard Test Series was the varied difficulty levels in different mock tests. Even when I didn't use to score much in the OB Mock tests, they gave a hang of the actual exam and made me ready to face any kind of difficulty level on the exam day.
Also the GK questions in the mock tests are regularly updated and you can find even the latest current affairs questions in each of the tests, a feature that I found really unique.
I have cleared all levels of RBI Grade B and would like to thank Oliveboard for their support
- Anil Yadav, Manager, Reserve Bank of India (Joining on August 8th, 2016)

ANSHUL VERMA

IBPS PO & SBI CLERK (2016)

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Anshul followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Anshul Verma. I've cleared IBPS PO & SBI CLERK in 2016. I did my engineering from BIT Mesra, Ranchi and currently working as a PO in Canara Bank. It has been a journey of ups and downs but I never lost hope and was destined to achieve the best.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for giving me an opportunity to share my journey and preparation tips with you guys.
Preparation Strategy:
Banking exams are all about tricky questions. You are tested not how much you know but also on your decision making ability. So, practice as much as you can and always choose questions wisely.
Quants:
Clear your concepts till class 10th properly with the help of some good books or online videos. Be well versed with square roots, formulas, percentage conversion, cube roots, tables etc. You can focus more on basic topics like :
1. Speed, Distance & Time
2. Profit & Loss
3. Time & Work
4. Ratio & Proportion
5. Alligation & Mixtures
6. Simple & Compound Interest.
7. Percentage
8. DI, Bar, Pie, Graph
Quant is all about speed and accuracy. Solving lot of questions will automatically improve speed & accuracy. You can refer DI by Arun Sharma
Reasoning:
I believe this is one of the most difficult section among the three. Focus more on questions related to Alphanumeric Series, Coding & Decoding, Blood Relation, Distance & Direction, Statement & Course of Action, Argumentation, Puzzles and Seating Arrangement.
Basic key to solve questions related to this section is to draw each and every possibility on the paper. Start analysing the diagram and the data. At the end you will find out that you are left with only one possibility which is the correct one.
Try doing Venn Diagram technique for Syllogism. No need to refer any book. Just give as many mock tests and quizzes as possible.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
Start reading the newspaper daily. When you are reading articles and editorials, you eventually develop the sense of correctness about the basic rules & principles of Grammar.
You can refer book like “Plinth to Paramount” & “General English by S.P Bakshi”.
GK/GA:
It can be one of the most scoring section. It comprises mainly of three sections: Current Awareness, Banking Awareness, Static Gk.
Keep checking about RBI news, Financial policies, Amendments, Mergers, Economics related news, Bills Passed recently etc. Similarly, for banking awareness check the basic banking terms.
You can check Oliveboard GK app for preparing this section.
Role of Oliveboard:
During my preparation days, Oliveboard mock tests proved to be very beneficial. They provide tests as per the latest pattern and syllabus which will help you to prepare yourself best. Moreover, the analysis section provided by them is very useful in order to rectify your weak areas before giving the next mock.
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 it is not going to be an easy one.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Ravi Bhandari

SBI PO

I did not join any coaching institute for bank exam preparation. I opted for Oliveboard Test series. At that time I had no idea about the pattern and type of questions of SBI PO exam. I just had a little overview of the notification. After attempting 2-3 mocks I went over some past papers that I could find over the internet and found that this Test series is really helpful for bank exams. This was the only bank exam I ever took so I guess it can provide a good guidance to you towards making your strategy only if you can bear the cost factor. Because in the end only your hard work is going to help you.
- Ravi Bhandari, Selected as SBI PO, 2015

ANUBHAV PANIGRAHY

RBI GRADE B (2018), IBPS PO 2016 (AIR-2)

'Opportunities don't happen. You create them.' Similarly, Anubhav followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his story to Success:
Greetings everyone! My name is Anubhav Panigrahy and I am from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. I completed my B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela in 2014. Currently, I am working as Administrative Officer at New India Assurance Co Ltd in Mumbai. Recently the final results of RBI Grade B 2018 were announced and I am one of the shortlisted candidates. This is a short narration of my story so far.
Following two successive failed attempts at UPSC Civil Services Examination after my graduation in 2016, I decided to shift focus to banking and insurance examinations. My first tryst was with RBI Grade B exam 2016, in which while I cleared the phase I of the examination, I could not clear phase II. However, I managed to get selections at New India Assurance Co Ltd as well as Punjab National Bank. In fact, I had scored the highest marks in the NIACL exam, and second highest in IBPS PO exam that year. I decided to join the former as I was faced with the opportunity to work in Mumbai. But in the back of my mind I always knew that I had it in me to reach RBI.
Preparation Strategy:
And thus in March 2018, I started my preparation for RBI Grade B 2018 examination. I relied mostly on standard textbooks like Ramesh Singh for ESI and Prasanna Chandra for Finance, complementing them with my own notes drawn from current affairs and newspapers. For phase 1, I enrolled for Oliveboard mock tests as I had done for my earlier exams too, and I wasn’t disappointed either. I cleared phase I comfortably with 135/200 marks. While I appreciate the effort put in by Oliveboard in their phase II mock tests, given the nature of the examination it is very difficult to provide tests that can give you an experience similar to the actual exam.
Though I cleared phase II, I was well aware of the fact that I may not have cleared the exam by a huge margin as my performance was not up to my expectations. So, I pulled up my socks and was ready to go that extra mile to score big in the interview so that I had a shot at final selection.
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I started reading 4-5 newspapers every day including a couple of business newspapers. I checked the RBI website regularly for updates, notifications, policy decisions, speeches, etc and made my own notes on them. I thoroughly went through the functions of RBI and their various departments. I even revised Ramesh Singh at least thrice before the day of my interview. Finally, my perseverance paid off when I found my roll number in the final list of selected candidates. However, more telling were the final marks scored by me:
ESI: 64.75/100
FM: 75.50/100
English: 67/100
Interview: 42/50
Total: 249.25/350 (UR cut-off: 248.50)
I had made it by just a whisker!
Through my story, I would like to draw attention to two things. Firstly, when one wants to achieve
big success in life, she has to be self-motivated. For two full years I was in the comforting environment of my home while preparing for examinations. All I had to do was sit and study while everything else was served to me on a platter. But that wasn’t enough for me to clear UPSC or RBI examinations because there was this great fear of “what-ifs”. However, when I moved to Mumbai, I had to spend 8 hours at work, travel 2-3 hours daily, and then come back home to take care of my daily household chores, before I could even sit down to study. And yet I managed to clear the examination. The reason being, I literally did not have to look for inspiration any further than outside my office window to sneak a glance at the towering structure of the RBI central office.
Secondly, the game is not over until the final results have been declared. My task was cut out for me after my phase II examination as I realised that any interview score less than 40 could sound the death knell for me. And I went all in, giving it my best, with the confidence that I was still in the running despite my slightly below par performance in phase II. And it was my interview that made all the difference in the end.
I would consider it a huge success if I could inspire even a handful of people through my story.
Always remember that there could be a thousand reasons why you fail, but there should be no
Excuses.

Gaurav Yadav

IBPS PO

I graduated from ABES Engineering College, Ghaziabad in 2015 and decided to prepare for Bank Exams without wasting any time.
Since my year of Birth is 1995 and the minimum age to appear for SBI PO was 21, I wasn't eligible for it and hence I focussed entirely on IBPS PO (and also IBPS Clerk). I relied only on Oliveboard Mock tests for IBPS PO and they helped me in all aspects of my preparation. The mock tests were exactly based on the pattern of actual IBPS PO exams and each and every question was completely error free. Also, the analysis feature helped me a lot to improve my weak areas and helped me to crack the exam in my first attempt. I scored 112 marks in IBPS PO and 141 in IBPS Clerk. I am joining United Bank of India as a Probationary Officer on 8th August 2016 and I would like to thank Oliveboard for all their help

Mrinmoy Negel

SBI PO

Hello everyone. I graduated in the year 2017 itself with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I belong to Kolkata. Though I had been placed in 2 companies from College placements still I wanted a career in the world of Finance only.
So, I zeroed in on SBI PO exam as that allowed students of final year to apply. Next thing I had in mind was how to clear the 2 phases of written examination. The thing with every competitive exam is that the exams are not that tough as people perceive them to be. What they require is speed and focus.
Invariably there are 3 sections of any banking exam – Verbal ability, Quantitative aptitude and Logical Reasoning. It’s a cliché that Engineers are good in QA and bad in VA. Trust me it is anything but that. I was moderate through the 3 sections but was rather slow and I didn’t know which questions to leave and which ones to attempt. A leave is sometimes a great shot.
This is where Oliveboard comes in. It prepares the students for the worst situation on their worst day. Through the mocks I understood which type of questions had to be attempted and what time should be taken by me as OB gives relative performance graph for each question.
The thing that I dreaded the most was GK. So, I enrolled for OB’s GK supplement too, which I felt was quite relevant to the actual mains questions.
For any aspirant I would suggest to clear up your basics and supplement your understanding by taking mocks of the same topic in a time based manner. Another important thing, anyone can crack SBI PO, the background is simply irrelevant in this case.
Wishing you all the best!

AKASH MAAN

SSC CGL

Hi, I am Akash Maan. I have got AIR-781, Marks-551 in SSC-CGl and have been posted as ASO in Election Commission (AOM 4600).
I started preparation for SSC CGL in March 2016. Before that, I had prepared for CAT 2015. My strategy was simple - Less GS, More QA, and English.
For QA I referred my CAT books and previous year questions of SSC.
For English- I used the following books: Norman Lewis for Vocabulary, SP Bakshi for Vocabulary and Grammar, Neetu Singh- Volume 1 for Grammar and Voice-Narration and previous year questions of SSC.
More Focus should be on QA from the start. English can be completed in 3 months time, by dedicating 2 hours regularly.
Revise English as much as possible-- Especially Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, OWS, Idioms). Practice grammar, Comprehension, Cloze test, Para Jumble from previous years-- preferably paper-wise as mocks. Do not differentiate between QA of Prelims and Mains examination. Prepare as a whole.
I took QA Mocks of Oliveboard, and they were a notch higher in difficulty than previous papers and it helped me to manage my time more efficiently. Also, Oliveboard QA questions are conceptual not just repetition of previous years with the change in values and not just calculative without concepts.
Although I couldn't score good marks in QA Mains (12 Jan re-examination, frustration and a bit higher level of the exam than expected and 5 wrong questions in the exam, got 10 marks as grace but time lost in trying them again and again was more than 10 marks worth.)
Be ready for any miss-happenings in your journey. My individual scores were - PRELIMS: 156.5
( QA-50,English 43.5 Reasoning 45 GS 18),
MAINS : 328.5 (QA 163.5 English 165) and Tier-3 (66). Total Marks - 551.
Make your own strategy based on your strength and weakness. I didn't study GS much because I believed I would compensate for this in the Mains examination. If you are good in GS, then score as much as possible in Prelims Examination. Focus on concepts for QA, don't just blindly memorise previous year tricks and questions. For English, don't overdo Grammar, It can backfire. One book of grammar can get you 32-35 out of 45 in Mains. Focus on other parts as well.
Thank You and All the Best to all aspirants!

Mrinmoy Roy Sarkar

IBPS Clerk CWE VIII

“My name is Mrinmoy Roy Sarkar. I completed BE in Computer Science from Tripura Institute of Technology in 2017. After completing my graduation I got too frustrated and applied for every random job. I started working in a private sector where my salary was very low as compared to workload. After 6 months of working hard and bearing depression and frustration I decided this is not the right place to put my all efforts. I left the job in February 2018 and started to focus on bank exams. I started practicing basic problems of reasoning, aptitudes and English . I applied for SBI JA 2018 and started giving mock tests and sectional tests straight away on Oliveboard. I cleared the prelims but couldn't clear the mains but since I got a positive reply I decided to carry on with Oliveboard. I applied for RRB PO and Clerk as well and I bought their mock test series from oliveboard. I cleared both the prelims but couldn't clear the mains by a short margin. I also cleared IBPS PO prelims but the same happened here couldn't clear mains. IBPS Clerk was the last exam of 2018 session. I decided to not to give up and eventually applied for it. I bought the test series for both PRE and Mains. I cleared the exam successfully finally. Here are the exams I attempted.
1)SBI JA- cleared pre.
2)RRB PO- cleared pre.
3)RRB clerk- cleared pre.
4)IBPS PO- cleared pre.
5)IBPS clerk- cleared pre+mains.
Preparation strategy is very simple and straightforward for bank exams.
1) Clear your basics properly. 2) Practice questions as much as possible. 3) Read newspapers articles, columns everyday. 4) Make reading a habit. 5) Give mock tests on a daily basis whether full length or sectional. 6) Practice quality questions. 7) Give proper focus on the GS section because it will help you to boost your score in the mains. 8) Self Study is the best policy.”

Deepanshu Jaiswal

IBPS PO

I completed my graduation (B.Com) from National PG college Lucknow in May 2015 following which I started my preparation for Bank PO exams. I coudn't appear for SBI PO but I wasnt 21 years at that time. So I focused on IBPS PO and RRB PO. I bought Oliveboard's mock test series. They were a bit tough but i made sure that I give atleast one mock a day. I had bought other mock tests as well but I found Oliveboard to be the best among all because they made sure that I get well accustomed to questions across all difficulty levels.
I scored 125.25 marks in IBPS PO mains was alloted Canara Bank post the interview. Apart from this I cleared RRB PO and got Allahabad UP Gramin Bank. In January this year I wrote SIDBI Assistant Manager exam and cleared it with 148/200 marks, once again thanks to the Oliveboard test series for SIDBI. Finally I'll be joining SIDBI on Spetember 12th. A big thank you to Oliveboard for my success.

Ashwathi Chandrasekharan

IBPS PO 2019-20

“I was preparing for bank exams since 2016. At that time I did not even pass prelims. The mock tests from various websites helped me to crack prelims from 2017. It was in 2018, I started taking Oliveboard test papers. Initally I was reluctant to buy the series due to its cost but after practicing them regularly I slowly realized that my preparation level has improved. I was not so confident about the ibps prelims exam, so I waited till the result like many students. Luckily, I cleared it. I hardly got 15 days to prepare.Totally unprepared I tried a mock test for the main exam from Oliveboard. I saw a video from Oliveboard which gave instructions on how to prepare for PO mains in 2 weeks. I only followed that particular video, Oliveboard test papers and descriptive, which helped me to crack mains with a good score. Actually, I am writing this to thank oliveboard because I cracked the exam only due to Oliveboard. Thankyou for helping candidates like me to reach their goals.

SUBHAV JHA

IBPS RRB PO

Hey Guys, I am Subhav Jha from Darbhanga Bihar and I work as an Assistant Manager at Allahabad UP Gramin Bank. I feel really honoured to be able to share my journey and insights on banking exams and thanks a lot Oliveboard for giving me this opportunity.
After completing my graduation in B. Com from LNMU Darbhanga in 2014. I started preparing for banking exams and to my surprise, I cleared SBI Clerk written exams in my first attempt but was not able to make a final cut at interview stage. This journey continued till 2017 where I was able to clear the Pre but was getting eliminated each time either in Mains or in Interview. After 12 unsuccessful attempts, I felt really broke but I never gave up on my dreams. In 2017, my perseverance gave me the taste of success and I cleared the 3 prestigious examinations in a row.
Today, when I look back I can say the key strategies that worked out for me to make a final cut was my test taking habit. But before going further I would also like to shed some light on how actually I started my preparatory journey. I began my preparation with quants as I felt I was good at quants which helped me a lot in gaining initial confidence. I started brushing up my basic concept of mathematics with R.S Aggarwal and at the same time to boost my calculation speed I referred Quicker Mathematics by M. Tyra. It is a known fact that if you want to taste success in any competition - you first need to work on your speed along with basics as each second matters. For Reasoning, I would say Mock Test is the only key if you want to ace this section. As Reasoning Section basically test your time management skills, it cannot be mastered without solving enough practice test. So, in terms of acing this section, I only relied on Oliveboard Mock Test Series. Now coming on to the English, I relied more upon Daily Newspapers namely “The Hindu” and “The Economics Times” which prepared me for reading comprehension and strengthened my vocabulary and reinforced my General Awareness as well.
Now coming onto the interview - Guys if you are coming from B. Com background, please be thorough with your graduation subjects as the interview revolves mostly around graduation subjects, be confident and please be truthful. Rest all assured, you will be able to push the bar. Remember guys, “Do not lose hope if in case you fail, I made the cut after 12 unsuccessful attempts and If I can so do you can”!
ALL THE BEST PEOPLE!

PRAPESH KUMAR SAHU

SBI CLERK 2019

“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.”

SWAPNESWAR PANDA

IDBI ASSISTANT MANAGER

“I have been preparing for the bank exams since april 2017. I have appeared in approximately 50 exams. I was clearing prelims, but could not make it to the interview or final selection. Then, one of my friend, Digambar Padhi, suggested that I should give oliveboard mock tests. I was unable to take the mock test for the high price, but he said that “money does not matter quality matters.” After being forced by him I have taken Oliveboard’s Mock tests. I realised that every word said by him was true and I think Oliveboard is the best mock test ever.”

Digvijay Patil

SBI PO

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:
Mains:
Reasoning and Comp-20.25/60
Data Analysis-15.75/60
Banking Awareness-28.25/40
English-13.25/40
Total-77.5/200
Descriptive-32/50
GD-18/20
PI-26/30
Overall-54.85/100
Strategy:
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!!

ANUPRIYA SINGH

SBI PO

My name is Anupriya Singh and I have cleared SBI PO 2017.
My journey of Banking Exams started in July 2015 and I achieved this grand success after burning the midnight oil for almost two years. After finishing my graduation in civil engineering in the year 2015 I was in no man’s land like many of you and I was worried about my future. But with the support of my family, I decided to take up the path of banking exams which looked rusty at that point in time. With lots of courage I pushed myself just by keeping one thing in my head that if I will make it, my parents will be the happiest people in this world. I feel that spark inside my belly only helped me to achieve this.
I feel in SBI PO exam or in any other banking exams, your strategy plays a very crucial role. If you are putting a significant amount of hard work which is blended with a proper strategy, then things will surely fall onto the place. As I hail from an engineering background, I was slightly confident about Mathematics and Reasoning. So, I chose to start Quants and Reasoning with Arun Sharma whose step by step explanation helped me a lot in brushing up my basics. For English, I relied more on the Editorial Section of “The Hindu” Newspaper and Oliveboard Mock Test series. For General Awareness, I followed “Affairs Cloud” which gave me a full dose of Current Affairs. I feel that General Awareness is getting crucial day by day and it is significantly arising as a deciding factor in exam, so I would like to recommend that be thorough with current affairs as it will not only help you in scoring marks in Prelims and Mains, but it will also get you brownie points in the Interview.
And here comes the most important part of exam preparation “MOCK TESTS”. During your preparation, I will strongly recommend you take as many mock tests as possible as it will give you deep insight into your preparation. Oliveboard scores the maximum marks by providing you almost similar kind of test paper which you can expect in real SBI PO exam. I still remember I used to take one mock test on a regular basis and I think that helped me a lot in terms of optimizing my timings and helped me in finding out my strengths and weakness.
So that was my journey in nutshell. I am sure it will ignite some spark inside you. Be positive, work hard, make your parents proud and cherish this wonderful life. Remember friends “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat”.
GOOD LUCK GUYS !! Do well!

Govind Upadhyay

SBI PO

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.

Anshik Ramesh Kaushal

SBI PO

I attempted mock tests of Oliveboard for RBI Grade B and SBI PO and found it useful, would like to share a few pints pertaining to each section: GA- questions were well organized and banking questions were tricky as they come in actual exam. Maths: DI was of good level and other quant questions were on easier side. Reasoning was whole mix of different topics . English was tough. Well, I would suggest all the aspirants to attempt a free mock and have the experience on their own.

MOHIT RAWAT

SBI PO, 2018

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Mohit who is a commerce graduate followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
If I were to quickly walk you through my 23 years of existence on this planet, you'd get to know that I'm a student of commerce, and I've done my 12th from Doon International School, Dehradun (CBSE) in 2014. I've done my Bachelors (in commerce) from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, University of Delhi. I graduated in 2017. I then came back to Doon, and gave my IBPS PO, but wasn't able to Clear the interview. So I tried again, and took coaching and gave Mocks at Oliveboard (I'm sure you've heard of it, it's one of the best sites for Mocks. I can vouch for their SBI series! Rest, go check them out ;) .
Preparation Strategy:
Quants:
Strategies are subjective. One needs to personalise one's strategy with one's capabilities to get maximum benefits. The Preliminary exams check your knowledge and speed, so I did the syllabus by myself (it gave me a good understanding of the underlying concepts; this helped me in my Mains as well). Then I gave Oliveboard Mock Test to gain speed in Quants section.
Reasoning:
Same for the Reasoning as well. Practice as much as you can. I made sure that I gave a good number of mocks to prepare myself for the exam.
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English:
Always clear your Grammar basics before giving mocks. Read some good newspapers to work on your vocab and to improve your reading skills.
GK/GA:
Keep yourself updated by reading newspapers and watching news channels. Make short notes so you can cover them easily during your revision time.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests was critical to my being able to crack the exam. Knowledge and Speed are imperative for these exams but you also need confidence in your own abilities. A strong intuition needs to be developed to manage risks when one is confronted with tricky questions. This is best done by giving a lot of Mocks. Oliveboard is known for their Standard Mock series which is tougher than the usual SBI/IBPS PO. Once I started getting good enough marks in my Oliveboard Mocks, my confidence in my ability to Crack the SBI exam increased.
I want to thank Team Oliveboard for creating quality and challenging test series for the SBI PO. I absolutely loved it! It gave me the level of confidence that I needed to clear the Preliminary as well as the Main examination of SBI.
Tip to Aspirants:
Be confident and believe in yourself. You may face difficulties or get demotivated at times but never let that affect your preparations. All in all, a lot of effort went into my being able to Crack SBI PO, and everyone played their role in my success, be it my family, my coaching institute, or the Oliveboard mock series. Thank you to all of these people/institutions.
I would like to wish best of luck to all the aspirants. Go ahead and achieve your dreams.

Srinath Reddy

SSC CGL

Hi, my name is Srinath Reddy. I have worked at Capgemini as a software engineer for about two and half years. After that, I thought of coming to the government sector. My choice was banking and SSC CGL.
I have relied on online materials for clearing basics and practice. One of my friends suggested Oliveboard being a helpful platform for banking and government exams preparation. I gave their free mock test and after that I found it to be good. Then, I immediately purchased their test series.
I have cleared SBI CLERK 2016, SBI PO 2016 Main but not selected, CANARA BANK P.O (IBPS 2016), IPPB SCALE 1(2016), SSC CGL 2016 (Auditor in CGDA), RRB NTPC (GOODS GUARD). My biggest asset was Oliveboard mock test. The quality and relevancy of the test series were top notch. The actual exam was quite similar to the one I faced during a mock test in terms of toughness.
Strategy:
My strength was maths and English. It is very important to know your weakness and strong areas while starting the preparation. That way, you can prioritize your focus.
Quantitative Aptitude:
Being from an engineering background, I was good at maths. But, I didn't take any chances. So, I invested a month to clear the basics of maths. I have analyzed the pattern of the exams and based on that started listing out important areas to focus. The mock test is very important to understand the exam and find out where we stand with our preparation.
Every day I take 2-3 mock test. After that, I analyzed the result and find out my mistakes.
English:
This is my strong areas apart from maths. I was able to score high marks in English in most of the exams that I have appeared. But, one to need focus on clearing the concepts of grammars and build the vocabulary. I depended on many online portals and books.
Reasoning:
This is my weak areas. I have solved only easy questions and if time permits, I have attempted few hard one.
General Awareness:
Newspaper reading is very important for this section. I used to read a newspaper every day and digest the information. Oliveboard mock test series really helped me. I have also used online platforms.
Tips for aspirants:
• Concentrate on strong areas
• Solve as many mock tests as possible, the mock test is very important. Never miss giving a mock test on daily basis
• You can do it, you just need a little will and right positive approach
All the best to all aspirants!
Thank you!

SHUBHAM SHARMA

IBPS PO

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.

AMIT BHATT

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 :
Aptitude:
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.

Shashank Baranwal

BOB PGDBF

“Be a game changer, Don't give up.”
Hi, My name is Shashank Baranwal from Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. I had completed B.Tech in Electrical Engg in 2013. After my B.Tech, I have attempted GATE but couldn't qualify. Then, I got a job in an industry at a low salary of 8000 per month. After working for about a year, I wasn’t satisfied and decided to attempt competitive exams. I started my preparation for banks and SSC.
I have applied for BOB Manipal, SBI Clerk, SBI PO, SSC, and IBPS. For my preparation, a large chunk of help is from OLIVEBOARD. I subscribed their mock test. I started to attempt many exams from December 2015. Finally, I have been selected for few exams (the list is mentioned below) and BOB Manipal was one of them. I have joined BOB PGDBF in October 2017.
Followings are some examinations that I have attempted:
BOB Manipal PGDBF 2016: sectional cut-off of English stopped me
IBPS Clerk 2015: Did not qualify for Mains
SBI PO 2016: Mains not qualified; while in aptitude I have got good number
SBI Clerk 2016: Mains not qualified
IBPS PO 2016: After interview, I was not allotted seat; missed by 2 marks
IPPB: Disqualified in interview
SSC CGL: Mains not qualified
SSC CHSL: Selected for typing
However, with all the failures in my multiple attempts, I never lose hope. I introspected my performance through the mock test and analyzed those weak areas. I have practice and practice number of mock test to improve my performance and confidence. And finally, my hard work paid off.
I have been selected for the following exams-
IDBI Executive: Selected
Karur Vysya Bank: Selected
IBPS Clerk 2016: SELECTED, GOT BANK OF INDIA and joined
Syndicate Bank PGDBF: Selected but did not take admission
DMRC TO and SC both: Selected but did not go for medical examination because I use glasses
Bank of Maharashtra clerical: Selected in 2nd waiting list
SVC bank: Selected
Karnataka Bank: Selected
BOB Manipal PGDBF 2017: selected, resigned from bank of India clerk post and took admission here
I would like to thank OLIVEBOARD for all the help and support. I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me in my long and hard journey.
Tips for aspirants:
- I suggest every aspirant practice, practice, practice.
- Get a good and quality mock test. I’d suggest OLIVEBOARD as it gives us the real level of examination.
- Just do your best. Don't lose hope. Try and try again as I did, our dreams will come true.
All the best!
Thank you!

AMARDEEP SINGH

SSC CGL, 2016

“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Proving this quote right, Amardeep never settled for anything less and worked hard to score better in his second attempt.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am Amandeep Singh. I have done BioTech from Punjab University, Chandigarh. After completing my graduation in 2015 I started preparing for SSC CGL. My hard work showed colors and I was able to clear SSC CGL in very first attempt in 2015. I joined as an Auditor but I knew that I can do much better than this. I kept my preparation going on side by side and appeared for SSC CGL in 2016 again. This time I managed to get AIR 355 and was very satisfied with my performance.
Preparation Strategy
Quants:
Please clear your basics before you start giving mock tests. You will end up giving n number of mock tests without having any proper direction to attempt the questions if your basics are not cleared.
Once you clear your basics, please proceed and solve a good number of mock tests. Solving good number of questions will help you to improve your accuracy and speed which is very important for this section. You can also refer to Kiran’s Mathematics Book to practice last years questions as I did during my preparation.
Reasoning:
Generally the Reasoning section for SSC exams are quite easy and you actually do not need to prepare for it separately. Just try and solve 5 questions daily and you are good to go.
I was also preparing for CAT earlier so my Reasoning section was pretty much sorted and thus I did not require any extra preparation for this section.
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English:
The Mantra to improve your English section is read, read and just read. It will help you to improve your vocab, spelling, grammar etc. I used to read a lot of Novels and Editorials. Never restrict yourself and read everything and anything.
You can refer Editorials from HINDU as they are very good and will help you a lot. I would also advise you to refer this book named “Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh”. This is one of the best books for English and will help you to clear all your basic concepts.
GK/GA:
For this section I used to refer various pdfs from different sources. Try and read newspapers daily to keep yourself updated.
Descriptive:
This section generally has two parts: Essay & Letter Writing. I referred few Essay Books to prepare myself for this area. Try to cover one Essay topic daily and do keep yourself updated with current happenings.
Try to support your essay with good amount of facts to score well in exam. Just beating around the bush will never help to score well in Essays.
Role of Oliveboard:
You need to have a proper direction during your preparation days. Just solving questions blindly will lead you nowhere. To be honest, Oliveboard helped me to approach the questions in the proper manner. Do analyse the answers after every mock tests. Analysing your weak areas will help you to strategize your further study plan in the right manner.
Tips to Aspirants:
Never settle for ordinary. Everyone is capable of achieving their dreams ….it’s just the right approach and will power that will guide you towards the path to success.
So, there will be times where you might feel left out and deviated but remember that the path to success is never easy.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Aniket Labhane

IBPS SO Marketing Scale I

Hi, my name is Aniket Labhane and I am from NAGPUR. I completed my MBA in 2015 and got placement in a private company. But, I was not interested to join the company and after attending some counseling session with my friends who got selected in banking exam, I decided to prepare for banking exam. I
started my preparation from March 2016 for IBPS SO marketing officer. I stumbled upon Oliveboard on the internet. The day IBPS SO notification was out, without any hesitation I bought the test series of Oliveboard.
One thing I observed about Oliveboard test series is that it covered all the aspects of marketing subject, each online test was very different in terms of the question. The English and marketing section questions helped me a lot in my preparation. After giving all speed test, I was quite confident.
Oliveboard has made a huge contribution to my selection and finally, on 1st April the result was out, and I found myself in the banking sector.
Strategy I've used:
Quants, Reasoning, English were not easy subjects for me, but I never gave up. Today we have so many resources, but I reckon we don’t utilize them i.e. online study, YouTube videos. I’ve cleared many concepts through online videos.
Quants- Start from simplification and then advance towards another topic.
For Reasoning and English, I’ve followed the same strategy. As the new pattern is introduced every year, I will suggest aspirants analyze the last 5 years papers.
Today competitive exams are no more exam, it has become a tool to test our character, patience, decision-making ability. So, one should be mentally prepared to face any eventuality.
Oliveboard test series helped me a lot. The test papers are really challenging, and it will test your ability and preparation for the exam. So, I will suggest aspirants to follow Oliveboard.
Tips for aspirants:
Do's –
- Be loyal to your dreams and career
- Never skip online test, don’t get nervous if you don’t score good marks in online test series
- Keep saying yourself you can do it and always be positive - A ray of hope is necessary to crack the competitive exam.
Don’ts –
- Stay away from Negative people and Negative environment.
- Never try to fool other especially your parents, stating that you are preparing for the exam and not doing so.
'BE HONEST WITH YOUR PARENTS, YOUR CAREER, YOUR DREAMS'.
Thank you!

MONICA SINHA

IBPS CLERK 2017

'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.
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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.

Sandip Kumar Pattanaik

IBPS RRB Scale-I

Hi, This is Sandip Kumar Pattanaik, a normal chemistry graduate (yes, no B.Tech or technical degree), who was peregrinating here and there for success.This was my maiden attempt at appearing for banking exams and the purpose behind writing this story is to break the stereotypes in the mind of banking aspirants. 'All are rogue my dear friends. You are the only limitations. Break the chain, go and fight'.
I started my preparation in 2017, i.e, in my final year of graduation. I had already made up my mind to pursue a career in banking without any diversion. I think a clear goal had helped me a lot. I gave all the exams of IBPS and qualified them all too due to God's grace.
Now coming to my preparation strategies, I never ever followed anyone because everyone has their respective strengths and weaknesses. I framed my own strategy after self-analysis and suggest you make your own. Focus on the quality of your preparation, not the number of hours you put in. You should be able to thoroughly cover and revise the syllabus before the exam.
Here are my advice or preparation tips for all aspirants:
English - Aspirants might relate to Annabelle (horror movie) when it comes to this section. I strongly recommend you to read The Hindu, every day. Read as much as you can. Read The Economist. The contemporary English demands you to build your vocabulary and strengthen your grammatical concepts. Refer a dictionary like Merriam Webster for the former. Make your own ocean of words. Take online quizzes and appear for mock tests.
General Awareness - Read the newspaper and make notes daily and revise on Sunday. Revise from the GK monthly capsule too.
Quantitative Aptitude - Start going through concepts and solving problems from RS Aggarwal. Revise all the chapters. Attempt quizzes from the Oliveboard mock series. Take help from Online videos and Quantum CAT books, if required.
Reasoning - No single material is sufficient. Practice as much as you can. Practice from various sources. Never neglect the critical reasoning part. It can make or break your chances of cracking the examination.
Now coming to the test series, I used Oliveboard Mock Test Series. Basically, i started my preparation with a view to crack PO only. In between that, I came to know about Oliveboard whose mock test series were a blessing for me. Everything was covered in the Oliveboard Mock Test Series. I used to give 1 mock daily and analysed it thoroughly. I want you to do that too. Analyse the mocks, note down your strength and weaknesses and try to ameliorate the weaknesses. One thing I will request you is that don't try to gauge the pattern. Always focus on your practice. If something new comes in the exam, it will be new for all.
I write in my leisure time and would like to share a little something that might motivate you to toil hard and achieve your goals.
'I don't care what that astrologer says,
He may bless the future
Or make it a hay.
I know today is shabby
Tomorrow will be worse
But after that,
There will be sure an ecstasy. '
Thank You
Best of Luck!

JITESH PARIHAR

RRB OFFICER SCALE 1

‘If God is making you wait, be prepared to receive more than what you asked for’, says Jitesh an arts graduate. Read his success story below:
Hello Friends, I am Jitesh Parihar from Madhya Pradesh. I have cleared RRB Officer Scale I in the year 2017 and is currently working at Narmada Jhabua Gramin bank, as a scale I officer.
Friends, after completing my bachelor’s in commerce in the year 2014 I started preparing for the banking examination. It took me three long years to finally taste success. I failed quite a few times initially but never gave up on my dreams, rather chased it like a monster in the latter years.
The Strategy which I followed was:
Mathematics: At the beginning of my preparation I followed R.S Aggarwal and then switched to Sarvesh Kumar Verma in the lookout for more challenging problems. After trying my hands on various types of problems, I started up with attempting mock tests. I bought Oliveboard’s banking package and found the test at par with the banking examination.
Reasoning: I think for this section Oliveboard’s test series is more than enough and hence only followed the Online test series & nothing else. I had a good grip on puzzles, input and output, and syllogisms and hence used to attempt questions based upon these topics only nothing beyond it. For this section, I would suggest to identify your strengths and weaknesses and then play along with your strengths to ace the section.
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Language: I chose Hindi as a language to attempt the RRB Officer Scale I examination.
General Awareness: For current affairs, I relied on Oliveboard’s daily GK updates and few other online resources. For the banking awareness, I followed different capsules and videos available on YouTube. I used to give four hours for General Awareness on regular basis.
Interview: My interview mainly revolved around current affairs and banking awareness and few questions based on my background.
Friends, I have failed for three years continuously but I begged myself each time with my own commitment that unless and until I clear the examination I am not returning back to my home. This commitment helped me and was able to clear the examination in the year 2017. Therefore, never give up, work hard, believe in yourself, stay focused and things will surely fall on to place.
Best Wishes!

ANKITA CHATTERJEE

SBI PO

Hi, I am Ankita Chatterjee and I work as a Probationary Officer at State Bank of India. I cleared the SBI PO examination in 2017.
Here is the strategy I had followed for my examination.
For Prelims-
1.Give as many mocks as possible! It is mostly a speed test- every second should be accounted for! For Recognising the strong and weak areas and development of strategies, giving mocks Is the only way out! Spend more time in analysing these mocks and rectifying the problem areas.
2. Use as many shortcuts for quants as possible, i.e, using formulae! This not just cuts down on the time but also prevents making mistakes during any step which might happen while solving by the usual lengthy method.
3. For LR - attempt the shorter questions first and keep the puzzle for the last. The aim is to maximise correct attempts. Puzzles are time taking and may reduce the number of attempts you could have had otherwise. Even while attempting the puzzles, solve the shorter ones with least number of variables first. They not just take less time to read but also are easier to figure out aswell.
For Mains-
1.Mains being a knowledge intensive test, study as many diverse questions from the same topic as possible! Unlike prelims, questions will not be direct and many a time involve more than one topic! For example, a problem seemingly of time and distance might also involve mensuration knowledge.
2.Mocks should be given as well! That's where the performance gets analysed. Although the frequency could be far less.
3.For GA, I followed last 3-6 months current affairs and studied static GK. I followed online websites that covered both.
4. Descriptive is a high scoring area and should not be underestimated! Reading newspapers and developing quick typing speed is more than enough for its preparation. The format for letter writing should be known. And essay should be broken down into paragraphs(at least 3).
I would highly recommend Oliveboard Mock Test Series, as they set standard question papers! Giving such mocks actually prepares one for all kind of difficulty levels.
For GD
1. Read last 1 month's current affairs and know about general GD topics like pollution, brain drain etc.
2.Try contributing and enriching the discussion by giving valid and good points.
3.Avoid fighting, gesturing and beating about the bush.
For PI
The panel usually comprises of 5 members and they ask questions from 3 topics- profile based, banking awareness and current affairs
Be confident. Always wear a smile and know your facts well. Try being honest as the panel might cross-question. Don't get nervous if you feel that one of your answers could be wrong as they are more interested in your attitude than your knowledge!
It will be a hell of a journey which you will be enriching​ for the rest of your life! All the best :)

SRINATH DEVARAPU

IBPS PO

Hi, I am Srinath Devarapu and I cleared IBPS PO and Clerk 2017. I am from Ongole, Andhra Pradesh. I belong to the GENERAL category and I completed Btech EEE in 2016. Soon after completing it, I started preparing for PSBs. My very first test was SBI clerk in July 2016, failed in Mains Exam. Then, I gave RRB PO & Clerk, couldn't clear prelims itself. Then took IBPS PO, got 52 marks in Mains Exam, the cutoff was 52.5! Then gave the last attempt of that year, IBPS Clerk and got 67 in mains, the cut off was 78+! All my efforts went in vain!
2017: Started preparing 13 hrs a day!
Then I got to know about Oliveboard Mock Test Series and brought their 1-year pack at 3999/- and started practising more seriously this time! Didn't give SBI PO as I did not prefer it & my first exam was RRB PO, again did not clear in prelims itself. despite enough practice. Took RRB clerk, went late by 5 mins for Mains Exams, so they didn't allow me to sit for the exam.
I was!
Then I gave IBPS PO, Mains & Interview went well. In IBPS Clerk Prelims Examination, I attempted 99 n got 94. It boosted my confidence to another level!
Finally got both PO & Clerk at Andhra Bank!
Here I would like to share you the strategy along with do's and don'ts!
Quant:- For beginners, do Quicker Math by M. Tyra, did it thrice to become perfect. Then take Oliveboard Mock Tests, it helps you a lot, particularly Data Interpretation is too good.
Reasoning:- Oliveboard Mock Tests is the best for its Puzzles. Oliveboard updates reasoning questions year by year, exam by exam and you no need to search elsewhere for latest updates.
Gk :- 2 hours preparation is fine. I studied for 6 hrs ( 4 hrs current affairs, 1 hr Banking awareness, 1 hour static ). My advice for you guys is don't waste too much time on current affairs, just follow Affairs cloud daily and take monthly quizzes of Affairscloud & Oliveboard.
Don't neglect Current affairs as most guys just prepare capsules a week before Mains Exams. It doesn't help you at all . Give 1 hour daily for current affairs, 45 minutes
for banking awareness and 15 minutes for the static part.
English:- I have seen a lot of guys preparing grammar, it doesn't help you in present bank exams , albeit you get knowledge. Learning Grammar is good but don't depend solely on it for bank exams, build vocabulary and focus on Comprehension.
Perseverance, hard work , patience & nothing else required to succeed !! Particularly General candidates don't panic by seeing competition. Practice , practice and practice. You will succeed for sure !
8 hours preparation is enough, I kept strained myself by studying 13 hours a day. Don't do that!
Give 2.5 hours each for Quant and Reasoning , 1 hour for English and 2 hours for GK ! ( 8 hours a day )
I will always be grateful to Oliveboard, for providing the similar standard of our Mains Exam papers! Thanks a lot, Oliveboard Team!!
All the best to all the aspirants!

AYUSHI THAKUR

ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR- 39)

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Ayushi followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
Here is her inspiring story:
Hi, I am Ayushi Thakur. I am an ECE graduate. I have completed my graduation in 2017. I have given many exams but sometimes I got stuck in Mains and sometimes during Interview. But my failures never held me back and I worked hard to get what I really wanted.
MY STRATEGY
Quants:
Clear your basics first. Learn tables up to 20, square roots up to 40, & cube roots up to 20. Prepare DI, miscellaneous topics, series, simplification and DI based on miscellaneous topics, quadratic. Just give as many mocks as you can, like 2 or 3 in a day. Keep increasing your speed. Perform 100 calculations everyday in your mind.
Reasoning:
Solve as many quizzes as you can. This section requires your presence of mind. Suppose you read something wrong in between the puzzle, then whole of your time would get wasted. I made this mistake many times. So don’t you do it. Just be present. For this section too I relied on mock tests. Oliveboard's reasoning questions are the toughest & the best.
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English:
I used to read The Economic Times and make vocab notes from it everyday. I referred its Editorials section as well. Editorials play an important role in the descriptive part too. So follow the Hindu or the Economic Times. Both are good and will help you immensely to improve your English Section. Solve the sectional quizzes on Oliveboard. For advanced level, give mock tests. Trust me, they work like magic and will help you to improve a lot.
Banking Awareness:
Download Oliveboard's Banking and Economic Bolt. Once you understand the basics of banking then keep updating your knowledge by giving mock tests & quizzes. Note all the new points in your diary that will be useful at the time of your exams. You can also read the RBI FAQs.
Current affairs:
Prepare for the last 5 months current affairs from the date of the exam.
For Interview:
Keep yourself updated with day to day happenings. Watch any news channel and daily read newspapers. Be humble and polite in front of the panel. And remember, mostly interviews go in the direction in which you take them.
Role Of Oliveboard:
Finally, I would say go blindly for oliveboard test series. They have very high level and good quality questions like you see in exams. And keep giving mock tests in order to succeed. Prepare online as offline methods have become quite outdated. Oliveboard's mock tests are like real exams and their questions will surely give you confidence. Don’t worry if sometimes you are not able to score a good percentile. Try to keep your percentile above 90. Give as many mocks (prelims and mains) as you can. I purchased Oliveboard mock tests (for banking as well as insurance). Don't forget to analyze the mocks as that helps you identify your strengths & weaknesses. Work on them & keep improving your percentile.
Finally, I want to say:
‘Rakh hausla wo manzar bhi aayega....
Pyase ke paas chal ke samandar bhi aayega..
Thak kar na Beth aye manzil ke musafir
Manzil bhi milegi aur milne ka maza bhi aayga..’
Keep going. You will surely reach success.

VISHAL SHARMA

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!

GURSHER SINGH

CANARA PO, 2018

The success story of a small town B.Com graduate who believed that hard work is the best way to success and went on to clear Canara Bank PO in 2018.
The best way to build a successful strategy & prepare yourself is to ask who has used it effectively to get success in various competitive exams. Having said that, we bring to you the detailed preparation strategy of Gursher Singh (Canara Bank PO, 2018)
Here is his inspiring story:
Hello everyone, I am Gursher Singh from Bokaro Steel City, Jharkhand. I have done my graduation in B.Com (Accounts Honours) from Vinoba Bhave University. Just after my graduation, I started my preparation for various competitive exams. As I was not very sure about which sector I should opt for, I ended up giving exams for Banking, SSC, Defence etc.
My Preparation Strategy-
English: Read as much as you can from everywhere & anywhere as these days this section generally tests your interpretation skills and ability to comprehend it. So focus more on your reading skills rather than just preparing for grammar as the tests these days are less grammar oriented and more inclined on reading skills.
Apart from this, always remember to practice what you are studying. Oliveboard English Sectional tests and latest pattern mock tests are very useful. Try to solve all the mocks given and properly analyse it as well to maximize the impact. Also refer any one of the newspapers from financial express or the economic times as the passages in banking exams are economics oriented. This will simultaneously cover up your general awareness as well.
Quants: Best way to prepare for this section is to solve NCERT of class 9 & 10 for your basic revision. You can also refer Kiran Publications 8900+ questions book for solving good amount of questions after every chapter. Here again, the Oliveboard Topic & Sectional tests together with the Mock tests will give you an edge in your preparation. Always try to work upon your concepts and weak areas and then proceed to improve your accuracy and speed by giving mock tests.
Reasoning: I started it from basics and referred Upkar Publication Book and slowly increased my preparation with RS Aggarwal. At the end, I completed my preparation with Tata McGraw Hill by Arun Sharma. But here also solving mocks are of utmost importance as it helps us to know about latest pattern questions.
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GK: If possible try to cover news papers on a daily basis. But most of the candidates like me are habituated of reading it from capsules. I can surely guide you that the Oliveboard GK Bolt capsules are of utmost use and are helpful in covering almost all topics in a very judicious manner.
About Oliveboard:
See guys I haven't taken any coaching or class or any other study material. Oliveboard was the only mentor I had and I can truly state that it has done it's work. Most of the candidates believe that Oliveboard Test series are very tough. It’s very right that its tougher than other materials available in market but look at the real exam patterns that have shifted very drastically to the tougher side. As it's rightly said, the more you sweat while practicing; the less you bleed in war.
My words to the Aspirants - Keep on practicing and working hard, nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.

Milan Vyas

IBPS PO

You must not let a series of failures deter you from the path of success. Read Milan's inspiring story :-
I completed engineering in 2013 and after that appeared for GATE but didn't qualify.
So after that I started preparing for banking exams from April 2014.
Exam I appeared in (2014-15) :-
SBI PO- I didn't qualify
BoB Manipal- 96/200 Qualified, No final selection.
SBI clerk - 129/200 qualified, No final selection
RRB PO - 115/200 No interview call
RRB Clerk- 155/200 No interview call
IBPS PO- 86/200 Qualified, No final selection.
UIIC assistant -Qualified, No final selection
SBI Associate clerk: Qualified, No final selection.
SBI PO (2015)- Pre Qualified Not passed in Mains 113/250. Cuttoff was 124/250.
RRB PO (2015)- Qualified, No final selection.
RBI garde B (2015)- 95/200 not qualified for mains.
IRDA Junior officer: Qualified Mains result awaited.
Finally selected for :-
IBPS clerk- 146/200- Joined
NIA assiatant- Didnt join
Syndicate Manipal- Didn't join
BOB Manipal (2015)- Didn't join
IDBI Manipal- Didn't join
IBPS PO (2015) 100.25/200 -(IDBI PO) Will join soon.
I preferred to rely on online source and I was hunting for good online mock tests and in between I came to know about Oliveboard from Fb. I joined test series and found it very useful. Some of the unique features about Oliveboard are
-Good quality question.
-Oliveboard follows Exam pattern.
-Perfect analysis.
-Low cost.
-Better UI.
Thank You Oliveboard.
- Milan Vyas, Selected for IBPS Clerk and IBPS PO.

Arman Garg

RBI Grade B

Before Oliveboard, I had tried other mock tests but they had lots of mistakes. A friend suggested OB Mock Tests and I was amazed to know that there was not a single mistake in any of the questions/solutions (atleast I didn't find one). This is a very good feature because once you find mistake in the question/solution, it is very irritating and also the motivation to take the mock test decreases.
Another good thing about Oliveboard is that its interface is good very user-friendly. The third feature that I liked is the difficulty level of the tests. It is a bit higher than the actual exam, that helped me a lot to be prepared for tough questions.
I had bought Oliveboard Mock Tests for SBI PO, UIIC AO and RBI Grade B (Phase I & II) and I feel glad that I have cleared all three. I got 64.4/100 in SBI PO and now waiting for the RBI Grade B interview's result.
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