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

Akshay Vohra


Hello Everyone,
I am Akshay Vohra, currently working in Punjab & Sind Bank.
I would love to share my story of cracking IBPS exam through self-study & help of test series by Olive board.
I completed my graduation in the year 2015 and was placed in HERO cycles. I worked for 3 months but was never satisfied so I decided to quit my job and started preparing for banking exams. I took guidance from my elder brother who is currently working in PNB and started with self-study. I joined many test series but found the Oliveboard Mock Test Series to be the best.
They have maintained very good standards and quality is also remarkable because their question papers are of the same pattern similar to the new banking exams pattern.
I gave many exams like SBI, IBPS, LIC and much more and was unable to crack any of them. Still, i did not lose my hope and continue to study and give many other exams
After days of hard work, I cracked IBPS clerk 2016 and was allotted in Punjab and Sind Bank. I think the best strategy of preparing for these exams is, first of all, clear your basic concepts and make your strong areas, even more, stronger and bring weaker areas to average.
MATHS - I used books only to clear my conceptual basics, for e.g Arihant Publications, Arun Sharma. Rest, I only practised on various websites and tried to give as many quizzes so that I could encounter different types of questions.
REASONING - This was my strength. For reasoning, practice is the only key. Practice as many questions possible and give maximum quizzes online. I will only suggest you the Oliveboard mock test series because here you will find quality questions.
General Awareness - I used to read newspapers on a daily basis and had read many current affairs from various websites, then made daily notes and revised them daily. This is the one section where you can score maximum marks
ENGLISH= This was my weakest area, I used to read editorial section of the newspaper and devoted my maximum time to this subject by solving more and more quizzes.
I allotted time for all subjects in a day. This is what I had done :
Maths - 3 hrs
Reasoning - 2 hrs
GA - 2hrs
English - 3 hrs
and used to give mock papers on weekends to analyse my progress.
NEVER GIVING UP is the key to success.
All the best.

Milan Vyas


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.


IDBI Assistant manager

“My story would not be a fancy story but probably an inspiring one. I am a b tech graduate in electronics and communication branch (2017). I started my banking exams preparation as soon as I completed it, because I was very sure in my head that I want a government job and as my cousin was SBI PO he was there to help & guide me all the way. I moved to Delhi for preparation and then I realised the competition until 2018 I could not clear even a single pre every time when I was confident to clear any exam, I was hit by the level of competition because it reached a new height altogether after SSC CGL case. SSC aspirants were moving into the banking sector and it was getting tougher for the new aspirant to clear even pre because cutoff was reaching new heights but until that time, I started having interest in preparation because before that I was just studying to have a job or say money. The day came when I cracked the south Indian bank PO exam and was selected for the interview round from there on my actual journey started or I would say the real success story. I cleared SBI PO pre mains interview (38/50) missed by 2.5. SBI clerk pre-cleared, mains failed. IBPS PO pre & mains cleared interview(73) missed by 0.5. BOB pgdf missed by 0.07. The toughest time for any person is to start from an athlete gets injured and has to start after recovery he goes through a lot. The same thing happened to me ... I was the person who loves to give mains but because of high cutoff in insurance exams or many highly sought after exams, I sometimes missed pre by a margin like LIC AAO. I started my preparation again for SBI PO 2019 and was getting above 95 percentile in oliveboard and very sure of clearing it this time but again my luck struck me back when I got late for mains by 5 min and could not attend it. At that time I don't know why I was not upset because I realised that time that God wanted me to be strong enough to handle all these things and I have strongly held myself and my family who were like a constant support and showed equal perseverance. My journey made me a better person today. In all this, I relied heavily on Oliveboard. It is not just a mock test, it is my teacher, my companion, throughout the journey. I want to continue this journey and hope again to appear for bigger exams like SBI and RBI in future. Thank you so much Oliveboard. I am grateful that I got you.”

Aman Kumar


I am Aman Kumar from Bihar. I have done B.Tech from NIT PATNA (2012-2016). In my first and second year of college, I was a little bit inclined towards MBA for elite management institutes like IIM/XLRI/FMS/IIFT etc. But when I was doing my industrial training in L&T (before the final year), I got to know about private work culture thereafter I postponed my MBA plan.
So, when SSC notification came out in Feb’16, I focused on the SSC CGL 2016 by making plan and strategy to crack in the first attempt. Made the whole booklist for SSC CGL with the help of Google/Quora/seniors. I started my SSC CGL preparation from 12 March (after 8th semester mid-sem exam). I was continuously burning oil at midnight because I had to do college 10-5 after that I study for SSC CGL.
But after 37 days of preparation, on 18 April SSC postponed the exam which was dated on the 1st/2nd week of May. This notification was very soothing for me because final year project work was taking a lot of time. Anyhow, I was managing my time but after 18 April I stopped my CGL preparation and gave 100% time on my project and final semester exam which was going to be held in the 2nd week of May. Still, no notice was given by SSC related to the exam date, so I thought on 27 May (last date of SBI PO form submission) to fill up the SBI PO form until SSC notification and prepared for SBI PO which was scheduled in 1st week of July.
Gave SBI PO exam on 9th July, the result came out on 17th July. I got 47.5 (cut off- 47.50) but failed in reasoning section. SSC notification had come out on 1st of July stating that exam will be held in last August. From 20th July, I started my SSC CGL preparation. My SSC CGL tier 1 exam was on 9 September, exactly 2 months later SBI PO prelims were scheduled. In tier 1, I got 147/200 (cut off - 137).
Knowing my score in tier 1, I thought I must practice mock test whose paper level should be above of SSC CGL mains. I selected OLIVEBOARD mock test for SSC CGL mains after lots of research on google/Quora (earlier I gave Oliveboard mock test for SBI PO pre). In Tier 2 mock, there were 10 Quants paper and 5 English. Quant paper was brilliantly designed, and English paper was above par of SSC level. I practiced all mocks of OLIVEBOARD and finally got 331/400 in SSC CGL tier 2. And finally, after tier 3, I got AIR-961 (Post- Central Excise Inspector) in my first attempt and dream of getting the top post in central government from SSC CGL became true.
It was really a fascinating journey which I started without any coaching. The self-study was my main tool to crack SSC CGL in less than five months of preparation in my first attempt and of course, OLIVEBOARD was one of the components in my successful journey.



‘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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:
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!


SBI PO & CLERK, 2018

'If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.' Similarly, Vaibhav never believed to settle for the ordinary and left no stone unturned to achieve his dreams.
Vaibhav Saxena’s success journey:
I had started banking preparation from 1 June 2017. I qualified all pre exam of banking and SSC in 2017 but failed in mains. I am also doing MSC maths from BHU but after getting failed I dropped my MSC. Then after taking one month gap, I started preparing for SBI CLERK and SBI PO. I didn’t join any coaching and started self-study from April. Going further I purchased Oliveboard mock tests and started practicing from it. I would also recommend youtube videos for clearing your basics. My average time period towards studies was 9-10 hrs.
Preparation Strategy:
Start by clearing your basics. You can refer some good youtube videos or join Oliveboard Live Classes for the same. Once basics are clear, try solving as many mock tests as you can and do analyse it properly after every mock is done. I used to practice a lot from Oliveboard mock tests as they are exactly as per the latest pattern and syllabus. I would also recommend some good books like DI by Arun Sharma for getting your concepts crystal clear.
To tackle reasoning section you need to practice a lot and manage time properly. Clear basic concepts and practice as much as you can as this is the best way to score in reasoning.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:
I used to read newspapers daily (Editorial section) to improve my English. I would recommend the same to everyone. Read good newspapers daily to improve your vocab and reading skills. Refer some good books to clear all the basic grammar rules and then proceed to solve mock tests. This will help you to improve your English immensely.
Watch news channels daily to keep yourself updated. Newspapers are again a great source to keep yourself updated with latest happenings. I used Oliveboard GK tests which were very helpful to cover a major area.
Keep writing important points while reading editorials from newspapers.
Interview Tips:
Be confident and well prepared. I read newspapers like Hindu daily to prepare myself best for the interview process.
Role Of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard provides latest pattern tests and materials which helped me a lot to prepare accordingly for the exams. Thus, I would recommend everyone Oliveboard mock tests for practice. Moreover, the level of questions in mock tests provided by Oliveboard are very good which prepares the aspirants to tackle any type of question in the real exam.
Tip To Aspirants:
Practice as much as you can. This will not only help you to gain speed but also confidence before the exam.
All the best!

Sooraj Sasidharan


Sooraj Sasidharan cleared IBPS RRB (both Officer Scale 1 & Assistant) Mains and NIACL AO Mains in his first attempt. I am from Kerala and I worked for an IT Firm for two years after graduating and finally decided to take Banking Exams in 2016 (for the first time). My basic concepts on all the subjects were pretty clear so I didn’t refer to books and directly started attempting mock tests because they are a great way to sharpen and improve your skills.
Oliveboard Mock Tests ' standard and level of difficulty was too good and I couldn’t find even a single mistake in them. They are doing an amazing job in making quality study material available to the students. Thank you Oliveboard!

Swati Verma


Hi, My name is Swati Verma. I have completed my BTech in electronics and communication from AKGEC in 2016. As I was preparing for GATE, I have not opted for campus selection because most of them were IT companies. But the result of GATE was not up to my expectation and for getting a good PSU one must have to come under top 100. I don’t want to take a chance for another year. So, I made up my mind for banking exams.
In 2016, IBPS PO was my first attempt and I missed its pre-by 1 mark and then I realized that the way I thought banking exams would be, they are much more than that and from there the journey begins. Like you, I have also seen many posts, success stories on Facebook, tried to interact with few aspirants who have cleared this exam and I am thankful to everyone who has guided me during this phase and big thanks to Oliveboard and the people behind it. The way their think tank work is commendable. They keep updating test series according to the latest pattern. One thing I can guarantee you that the money invested in buying Oliveboard series will never be wasted. So, after that, I have cleared IBPS Clerk 2016, BOB PGDM 2017 and the most awaited SBI PO 2017.
So here is my strategy for those who can give 4 -5 months of dedication for this exam and believe me you will nail it.
MATHS- Build up your basics with YouTube videos and then try to solve questions from Arun Sharma (level 1, level 2), and Oliveboard test series. Don’t try to mug up shortcut tricks if you find in any book because, in mains, questions will not be based on these tricks. Data Sufficiency is the most scoring and interesting part because you don’t need to calculate the final answer. So, this can save your time and if DI is tough (eventually it would be), it will help you to clear your sectional cut-off. And, believe me, the way this exam is increasing its difficulty level, the cut-off is getting as low as one can imagine and this time the sectional cut-off is zero which was a surprise for us as well.
ENGLISH- Give a good number of test and that is worth it. Reading newspaper will be very useful but I never read the newspaper. I only read THE HINDU editorial part online because this would be helpful for descriptive and interview as well.
GENERAL AWARENESS- Memorize allocation for different schemes and projects in the budget. You can watch tricks on YouTube to memorize static part for banking.
REASONING- No book is required for puzzles. Only test series are sufficient for that. Oliveboard provides you a good number of puzzles. The variety and level of those puzzles are outstanding. But in mains don’t stick to the puzzle and if you are trying to opt for puzzle choose it wisely.
DESCRIPTIVE- This section can give you ace on the final merit list and it does not require a lot of effort. Topics are very general in nature you would easily be able to write on them. Simply avoid grammatical and spelling error and adhere to the word limits. Just do a typing practice one week before the exam and reading the editorial on a daily basis will help you to analyze important essay topics.
For pre-preparation, you only have to give 2 tests on a daily basis. Rest, you can give mains preparation. Don't make a myth in your mind that the paper is tough so you would not be able to crack it. There is no need to be extraordinary for this exam. You just have to make a target of 4-5 months and work accordingly.
GD/Interview- Read a newspaper, editorial, cover budget, economic survey, govt schemes and try to read previous year interview experiences.
Some important tips-
Thousands of books and study material is available in the market. No need to go through these bulky and intricate content.
Check this year SBI PO paper and cut-offs. Try to attempt each section at their respective time duration and then analyzed how much you have attempted correctly.
Make your strategy and work accordingly. You must devote more time for mains preparation or I can say start keeping mains in focus.
During pre-in maths, we can clear sectional cut-off skipping word problem but in mains, if we don’t have a good command over word problem it will be hard because all the DI’s are based on those word problem.
Invest in good mocks like Oliveboard and practice mocks. After giving mocks, analyze its solution part. One thing which I like about Oliveboard is that its solution part is quite descriptive, and one can easily clear one’s concept while going through it.
More than knowledge, it is a test of your patience. If you keep yourself calm and compose in those deadly 3 hrs of the exam and attempt few questions in every section with accuracy you would be able to sail through it.
I have attempted only 16 questions in reasoning, 11 in maths, 18 in English and 30 in GK. So again, I repeat quality matters, not the quantity.
Why Oliveboard??
- A good number of puzzles. No book can provide you that much variety.
- Question-based on the new pattern. Error-free and detailed solution part.
- Cost-effective and reliable than books and other coaching materials.
Thank You!
All the best for your upcoming exams.



Hi guys, this is Sandeep here. I have cleared IBPS PO 2017 Exam and got selected in Bank of India.
I am an engineering graduate from 2014. Immediately after college, I started to prepare for UPSC without any guidance and failed badly in my first attempt, which forced me to move towards other exams. Then for one year, I tried for Maharashtra state services exam and again failed in the Prelims Exam.
Meanwhile, some of my friends qualified banking exams and I realized that since I am good at Mathematics, I can also go for it.
So I started my banking exams journey as follows:
2016 SBI PO Prelims qualified 55/100, cut off 48
2016 SBI PO Mains failed 58.50/200, cut off 60
2016 IBPS PO Prelims qualified 52.25/100, cut off 46.50
2016 IBPS PO Mains qualified 58/200, cut off 52.50 but missed the final cut off by 2 marks.
2016 IBPS RRB PO Prelims failed 51/100, cut off 51.25
2016 IBPS Clerk Prelims qualified 68.50/100, cut off 58
2016 IBPS Clerk Mains qualified, 81/200 cut off 66. Got BOI. Did not join.
2017 SBI PO Prelims qualified 51/100, cut off 48.50
2017 SBI PO Mains failed 76/200, cut off 79. Big disappointment.
2017 NIACL Assistant qualified, don't remember the marks but did not join.
2017 NABARD Grade A Prelims, qualified 98.25/200 cut off 98.25
2017 NABARD Grade A Mains failed 117/200, cut off 125
2017 RRB PO Prelims qualified 55/100, cut off 46
2017 RRB PO Mains qualified 76/200, cut off 62.25
2017 RRB PO Interview 50/100. Hence, failed to clear final cut off.
2017 RBI Assistant Prelims qualified 76.25/100
2017 RBI Assistant Mains qualified 109..25/200 but failed in LPT.
2017 IBPS PO Prelims qualified 46.50/100, cut off 42.25
2017 IBPS PO Mains qualified 85.88/100, cut off 75
2017 IBPS PO - Qualified with 67 marks in interview and 43.94/100 marks in final where cut off was 43.02.
Guys, you may laugh at me by watching these numbers. But the numbers are the only deciding factors. Many times, I failed by a small margin and got frustrated but finally, the same small margin made me to qualify the exam. So always keep in mind that even 0.01 mark will create the difference.
In this whole journey, I followed the Oliveboard Mock Test Series for every exam, which made me familiar with difficult papers.
I am thankful that I watched some Youtube Channels and got access to some of the Best Current Affairs videos.
The last thing I would like to share with you guys is that 'Never waste your time in answering the people who doubt your abilities, your success will answer them better than your tongue.
All the best to all those who believe in themselves for their future journey.

Soumallya Chattopadhyay


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.

Amol Tamhankar

NIACL Assistant

Hi Guys. I am Amol Tamhankar, a 2014 Computer Engineering Graduate from SRM University, Chennai. I worked with a leading private software giant for a year before quitting to prepare full time for civil services exam. I have also appeared for other banking and insurance exams in the last one year and I am happy to say that I've found a place in NIACL Assistant exam final list and have commenced office in August.
Other exams taken by me include:
-RBI Assistant (safely cleared overall cut-off for Maharashtra state but missed computer cut-off by 0.5 marks due to mismanagement of time)
-RBI Grade B (cleared prelims, could not clear mains)
-SBI PO (cleared prelims, mains and appeared for interview-results awaited)
Here I would like to write few lines about Oliveboard platform. Mocks help us to prepare for the exams in exam like scenario with timed tests. For all the 4 exams, I have heavily relied on Oliveboard for preparation. I was very much satisfied with the quality of questions, the feedback and the test taking portal. Along with the mock tests, many sectional topic wise tests are also provided for all the areas which are helpful to solidify the understanding of those topics. Although SBI PO exam difficulty level was beyond expectations and unprecedented, the questions given in OB mocks were like the difficulty and pattern of questions asked in the real exam. I can safely recommend Oliveboard mock series for any of the banking and insurance exams.
Here are some Preparation Tips for Aspirants:
1. Exam Material:
-RS Agarwal Quant book and Arun Sharma for CAT quant book
-RS Agarwal verbal reasoning book
-Any grammar book like Wren and Martin or Objective English for competitive exams
-GK capsules from any good online sources
-Mocks from websites like Oliveboard
-YouTube videos, guidance from material providers, Oliveboard, successful candidates etc.
2. Performance in competitive exams is as much a matter of luck as hard work. Chances are the person who tops any officer level exam may not qualify another assistant level exam on a bad day. So, I would request anyone appearing in the exams to have patience and keep trying till the final destination is reached. Competition is very tough and patience is as crucial as hard work.
All the best!

Utkarsh Jaiswal


1st April 2016 was the day I had been waiting for a long time. Fingers were crossed and finally the D-Day arrived and it landed me on cloud nine. I cracked IBPS MARKETING SO exam and got Canara Bank. The key to my success were perseverance, dediction and ofcourse the smart work that I had put in. I am also very grateful to Oliveboard Test series which helped me to prepare and face the CWE of SO courageously.
I would urge all those who are gearing up for Specialist Officer VI exam to be focussed, determined and muster self belief in their endeavour to crack this exam next year.
Thank you Oliveboard.

Sanat Kumar Das


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

Vivek Pratap


I did my BE in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Deoghar and graduated in 2015 with 7.13 GPA. I always found Public Sector Bank jobs secure and hence started my preparation for these exams in August 2015.
IBPS PO and LIC are the only two exams that I appeared for.
I was a regular visitor of websites such as BankersAdda and GradeStack for Current Affairs, Computer Awareness and Banking Awareness.
But when it came to Mock Tests, I relied on Oliveboard and nothing else, neither did I take any coaching.
I came to know about Oliveboard from various online forums where many users spoke highly of it. The one feature of Oliveboard that I really liked is that mock tests are available in all 3 levels- Easy, Moderate and Difficult. This makes the aspirant ready for any level of actual exam.
I got 50.7/100 Marks in IBPS PO and have been allotted Indian Bank. I was also shortlisted for the interview round of LIC AAO.
I have already recommended Oliveboard to my friends and they have joined for this year's mocks and study materials.

Aditi Agarwal


'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.”

Digvijay Patil


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



“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.


SBI PO 2018

'Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.' Thus here we bring to you the inspiring story of Anand Kumar who successfully cleared SBI PO in his very first attempt.
Hello everyone. My name is Anand Kumar and I have recently cleared SBI PO 2018 in my very first attempt. I am a B.E graduate from B.I.T Mesra, Ranchi (2014-2018).
My Journey:
As I was not much interested to make my career in the technical field, I decided to prepare for SSC CGL 2018 in my 8th Semester. In May 2018 I decided to switch from CGL to Banking and started preparing right away. Purchased Oliveboard and Practicemock mock tests as these were suggested by almost all the toppers. Now I too suggest the same to everyone.
Subject Wise Strategy:
a) Quant:
Firstly, I cleared my concepts from various YouTube channels and also learned a few shortcuts to calculate square, cube, etc. Then I started taking Oliveboard mocks and analyzed them religiously.
Practice as much as you can without leaving any single question in the mock tests.
b) Reasoning:
This consists of two sections. One is Puzzle & Seating Arrangement and the other is Miscellaneous.
Try to master the miscellaneous part. By mastering I mean even if I wake you up at midnight and give you questions of Syllogism, direction sense, inequality, coding-decoding, etc. you should be able to solve them instantly.
Puzzle & Seating Arrangement- PRACTICE PRACTICE & PRACTICE from Oliveboard mocks tests and app.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:
c) English:
This can either be the most scoring subject or the most difficult one. It totally depends on your approach to learn the subject. English is divided into two sections. Grammar and Reading Comprehension
Grammar –
Clear all your basics from “Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh”.Make notes and just revise the short notes at regular intervals.Keep practicing as many mocks as you can.
Reading Comprehension –
Try reading editorials and make notes of Vocabulary from them. Make a separate copy for this. Update this copy daily and keep revising the words regularly otherwise all your efforts will go in vain. Solve all the mocks by Oliveboard. Now you are good to go.
d) General Awareness:
This was the most difficult section for me. Pick any two websites and follow them daily from the day advertisement of your targeted examination is released. You can refer Oliveboard Bolt. Give daily quizzes as well. Pickup capsules of Banking awareness and GU and study the banking terms properly.
Don’t overburden yourself by trying to learn everything in just one week. Learn regularly and slowly.
Role Of Oliveboard In My Success:
Oliveboard Mock Tests was like a mirror to my preparation level. It gives you a variety of quality questions and prepares you for the worst case. You might feel bogged down by your scores in the initial tests of Oliveboard but if you analyze them in the correct manner you will find improvement in yourself and eventually your marks in Oliveboard’s later tests will shoot up. Questions in Oliveboard are above the exam level and this is very much needed if you want to deal with the unexpected level of Banking exams these days. I must say Oliveboard played an integral and important part in my selection.
Tip To Aspirants:
Keep practicing as much as you can. Have patience and keep trusting yourself.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.



“Hi I am Mayuri from WB. I had started my preparation in Jan'17 and appeared many exams and failed in all the exams I had attempted. With so many failures made me realize that I need to work on my weak areas ie. - SPEED. I got to know about OliveBoard Mock Test from one of the banking preparation site chat groups. I took a free test and was satisfied with the level and the question pattern. In jan'18 after filling SBI Clerk I decided to buy SBI Clerk pre and mains mock test series. Gradually it helped me to improve my speed & percentile among other competitors and also it helped me to brush up my general awareness. Finally i got selected in pre with 77.5 marks (cut off 66.5 in WB) with 83 attempts. The most amazing thing was in SBI clerk mains exam shift II reasoning section was the hardest but believe me I got one puzzle same as OB mock test (ie-a group of people sitting on a round table facing inward & outward direction...). My attempt was 118 (GK-24, ENG-28, REA-30, MATH-36), and the most beautiful thing is my roll no. was there in the final merit list.Thank U OB team from the core of my heart. You provide the best mock test series for banking exams. Best wishes to OB Team and all the banking aspirants for your coming exams.”

Deepanshu Jaiswal


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.

Srinath Reddy


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.
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.
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.
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!


SBI PO & CLERK, 2018

'In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.' Similarly, Abhishek always believed that “yes” he can achieve his dreams if he kept himself motivated and focussed.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Abhishek Choudhary. I had started banking preparation from 1st January, 2018. Done Btech in Electronics & Communication Engineering, and have qualified for SBI PO & Clerk 2018.
Preparation strategy:
Start by clearing your basics. You can refer some good YouTube videos or Oliveboard live classes for the same. Once basics are clear, try solving as many mock tests as you can and do analyse it properly. I used to practice a lot from Oliveboard mock tests as they are exactly as per the latest pattern and syllabus. Refer standard books like DI by Arun Sharma.
To tackle reasoning section you need to practice a lot and manage time properly. Clear basic concepts and practice more.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:
I used to read the Indian Express Editorial page daily to improve English section. I would recommend the same to everyone. Refer some good books to clear your grammar concepts and more importantly enhance your reading skills.
I used Oliveboard GK Bolt after my Pre exam. These Bolts are provided every month for free and are very helpful for preparations. Get GK free BOLT here:
Keep writing important points while reading editorials from newspapers.
Interview Tips:
Be confident and well prepared. I read newspapers like Indian express to prepare myself best for the interview.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard provides latest pattern mock tests and materials which helped me a lot to prepare for the banking exams. Thus I would recommend Oliveboard mock tests to everyone. Moreover, the level of questions in mock tests provided by Oliveboard is very good.
Tip to Aspirants:
Practice as much as u can. This will help you to improve speed which is vital in clearing banking exams.
All the best!

Mrinmoy Negel


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!

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.
Thank you!

Sivaram Krishnan


SBI PO was the only banking exam that I attempted in 2016. Since it was my 2nd attempt, I had to make sure that my preparation was up-to-the-mark. I got to know about Oliveboard from Pagalguy where many aspirants vouched for its quality and level of difficulty. I attempted the free test and immediately decided to buy the entire test series.
Since the pattern keeps changing every year so it is a bit difficult to predict it. Still, Oliveboard did an amazing job with the quality of content it provided- specially for Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning. One area where OB Mock Tests made a major difference in my preparation is “Timing”. Repeated practice through mock test reduced the average time I used to take to solve each question, which greatly helped me in the actual exam. I am currently working as a PO at SBI. Thank you Oliveboard for all the help

Neeraj Agrawal


My first stint with the Banking Exams was in 2015. I missed SBI PO Mains by 1 mark but got selected in IBPS PO and was allotted Vijaya Bank which I couldn't join due to some personal issues. This year I again missed SBI PO just by 0.75 marks but I am glad that I cleared IBPS PO.
I am very thankful to Oliveboard for my performances in both the years. The type of questions that Oliveboard has in its mock tests are suitable for any kind of pattern and you also need to apply different logic to different questions in order to solve them correctly. Also, there is a very good mix-and-match of tests- some are easy, some are average while the others are difficult. While easy mock tests act as confidence boosters, the difficult ones are suitable to clear our concepts. Also, the analysis feature including the 'Weak areas feature' is one of the best things about OB Mock Tests- those are really helpful.
Thanks a lot to Oliveboard for creating mocks with lots of effort that help us in moving forward



Hello folks, this is Paroo Bhat from Jammu and Kashmir and I work as an Assistant at Reserve Bank of India. I cleared RBI Assistant examination in 2016. Firstly, I feel honored to be able to share my wisdom and insights on this prestigious examination and thank you Oliveboard for this opportunity.
Before going further, I would like to give you a glimpse of my background. I hold a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering. After completing my graduation in 2012, I joined Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bengaluru where I worked for a year. But my passion towards government jobs made me quit my private sector job in 2013 and I started preparing for civil services examination. This was the time when I started appearing for banking exams. I wrote RBI Assistant, RRB PO and IBPS PO in 2015 and due to my consistent perseverance, I got through all the three exams with a decent score.
I still remember my initial struggle with quants and reasoning which gave me many sleepless nights. Today, when I introspect I can say Arun Sharma (for Data Interpretation) and Oliveboard test series helped me a lot in quants and reasoning preparation.
For verbal ability, I relied on newspaper reading which helped me a lot in improvising my comprehension skills and vocabulary in a shorter span of time. During my preparation, I used to read “The Hindu” and “Financial Express”. I am an ardent reader and this habit of mine has not only prepared me for English section but also helped me in enriching my General Awareness.
To be honest, when I wrote RBI Assistant examination, I had no strategy for it. I started taking Mocks where I would say Oliveboard test series helped me a lot in terms of providing a real-time experience of the examination and hone my skills vis a vis attempting questions from all the sections of the exam.
Well, I believe that what worked out for me, may not work out for you. So make your own strategy according to your weak and strong areas and make necessary improvisation in your strategy. Ultimately, you are a better judge for yourself. What I could assess from my journey is that don’t push yourself so hard when you cannot concentrate. Take a break when you are lost but never give up. Learn to rest but don’t quit. Take some time out with family and friends and rejuvenate your life. Then start afresh. The most important aspect of my success has been Consistency. Small efforts repeated day in and day out will ultimately pave the way to success.
In the end, it is a game of being positive and believing in yourself. If you put in your best, success will be yours. Just remember that-
“You need to live few months or years of your life like most people will not, so that you can live the rest of your life like most people cannot”.
Final words, thanks to the team of Oliveboard who understand the present scenario of exams and curate mock test series which match the difficulty level of exam and this helped me in improving my efficiency and accuracy too.
ALL THE BEST TO ALL ASPIRANTS!!! Have faith in your efforts and hustle hard !!



“Oliveboard mock test packages are the best. I gave my first IBPS PO exam in 2017. At that time I didn't know about OliveBoard. I could not clear PO because of the ENGLISH section. After that one of my friends told me about Oliveboard. I took a free test and was quite impressed by the question standard and immediately bought IBPS Clerk and IBPS SO online test series. but the IBPS Clerk Test Series,the main positive things about Oliveboard are it’s nice user friendly interface, lucid explanation of all answers, good server connectivity and most importantly the standard of the questions which are quite similar to the actual question pattern. I recommend everyone to buy Oliveboard test series. AFTER THAT I HAVE CLEARED LOT OF EXAMS SBI CLERK SBI PO IBPS CLERK RRB PO AND I CURRENTLY WORKED AS A ASSISTANT MANAGER IN PUNJAB GRAMIN BANK IN FIROZPUR.”

Palak Garg

Syndicate PO

“Hello guys. I am Palak. A graduate from Hansraj College, Delhi University. So it was a journey that was full of ups and downs. Mostly, the latter. It was an amazing journey where I learned loads of lessons. So the only person that was there with me throughout this epic journey was me. Started in mid 2017. The final list of SBI PO exam was missed by few margins. And also I gave many exams like BOB PGDBF, IBPS PO etc. But the online tests and various GDPI gave me an experience that I want to forget ever. Lessons are etched in my heart. The online videos of Oliveboard helped me in my exams. Also the test series. My concepts were strong since college, so I had to brush up my concepts through videos on YouTube and OB mocks provided me the platform for practicing time management and also solving difficult questions in the given time. Mocks will help you in the long run. So choose Oliveboard for preparing for any Government exam and you will emerge victorious.”


SSC CGL, 2016

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

Sharmistha Sen


I am an M.Sc in Physics from University of Calcutta but the lucrative job profile of a Bank PO somehow lured me to appear for Banking exams. I prepared for one year and SBI PO and IBPS PO were the only exams that I appeared for. Preparing for an examination that involved cut-throat competition in the background of a full-time job seemed an uphill task indeed, but only until I discovered Oliveboard. Oliveboard's online tests were closest to the real thing I could find and they could be taken in the comfort of my home, in bed, in the wee hours, at midnight or at noon, during free time in my office. All I needed was a laptop and an internet connection. Solving these tests, analysing and comparing my performances with other users were instrumental in helping me finding my roll number on the list of successful candidates.
Thanks to Oliveboard, I was finally selected as a PO at State Bank of India. I was also shortlisted for interview in IBPS PO 2015 but did not appear because I had already joined SBI as a PO
-Sharmistha Sen
Probationary Officer, SBI, Kolkata

Ravi Shankar


After finishing my graduation from Delhi University in 2012, I joined MBA at Galgotias University, Greater Noida. I got recruited by a corporate firm in the campus recruitment drive and worked as a Assistant Sales Manager. After working for 12-13 months, I decide to shift to the banking sector for better prospects and work-life balance.
I got to know about Oliveboard through one of my friends who advised me to atleast attempt the free mock test. Once I attempted the free mock test, I realized that the level of questions were good and of the same level as that of actual exam. I bought the entire test series and they helped me to improve my speed, in time management, to know my strong and weak areas and these all eventually helped me to clear the exams.
I cleared SBI PO Main but after GDPI I missed the final cut off by 0.5 marks. I cleared both IBPS PO (got Syndicate Bank) and IBPS SO Marketing (got Bank of Baroda) and finally chose Bank of Baroda where I am working since July 2016.
Thank you Oliveboard for helping me get a stable public sector job

Ajit olkha


“Hello everyone, I am Ajit olkha currently working as an Administrative officer (AO) in The New India assurance company limited (NIACL). Here I am sharing my strategy which helped me in clearing - NIACL AO 2019, IBPS PO 2018(UNION BANK), SBI CLERK 2018. Let's have a look at my strategy (i would say 2 different strategies! One is for bank, another is for insurance) (MAINS)
1. Bank exams - nowadays mains paper of ibps po and sbi po/sbi clerk is coming very tough and that is a plus point for you! Because you need not to attempt everything, you need to be selective while attempting questions ..all u need is to attempt a good number of questions (above an average attempt) with full accuracy.
A) Reasoning - see first of all, you should have a good command over miscellaneous topics because in mains you will be able to solve these questions. Now when it comes to puzzles you should practice 3/4 variables puzzle and new type of puzzles on a daily basis. Oliveboard mock tests have quite a good collection of these puzzles. I would suggest you give mock tests from oliveboard and practicemock. Always go with two sources.
B) Quantitative aptitude - This was my strongest section.. And believe me your strongest section will save you in hard times! First of all you should have a clear understanding of concepts. Once you are done with concepts then you should solve Quantum cat by Sarvesh or Arun sharma. These books match the level which is being asked these days in mains exam. After doing the above things, Just go and give sectional mocks of quant and just practice! Quant is all about practice.. The more you practice the more you will learn.
C) English - I would suggest you people to Read any good English newspaper.. Reading newspapers will help you a lot Because these days in English section they are focusing more on the comprehension section and your reading abilities.. So by reading the newspaper on a daily basis you will improve a lot.
D) General awareness / banking awareness - It is very important for the Banking mains exam! Because the level of paper will be so high that you will not be able to score that much in quant and reasoning but you can score around 90% in this section. Strategy - Try to follow one from OLIVEBOARD BOLT for the current affairs portion.
2. For Insurance Exams : For insurance mains exam your strategy should be different! Let me tell you why. The level of Quant and Reasoning is of very moderate level in the mains, that means you need to have Good speed here. You can even attempt 95% in Quant and Reasoning here! ( i was able to do 40/40 in Quants in ESIC SSO Mains and 45/50 in NIACL AO Mains) So for insurance exams you do not need to prepare for high level questions instead you just need to prepare the same type of questions again and again so as to increase your speed.
General awareness/insurance awareness: As i have already told you Reasoning and Quants are moderate here so in order to outclass others you need to perform good in GK and English.
GK : Oliveboard bolt & GK app
Insurance awareness : you can read insurance current affairs in the gk pdfs and for static insurance watch all the videos of GOVERNMENT SERVICE ASPIRATIONS youtube channel. you need not to do anything else!
English : Read the newspaper and give sectionals :)
Above I have discussed only about mains , now let's talk about pre. Cutoff for every pre exam these days is going high because they are giving clerk exams like paper in every pre exam! So in order to cross this hurdle you can do the following:
1. Reasoning: Try to do quiz daily and solve short and tricky puzzles from oliveboard mocks.Try to solve the same puzzle with 2/3 different approaches and then decide which one will be more beneficial.
2.Quant: Firstly prepare each and every chapter of arithmetic and solve quiz on that particular chapter after finishing the basics. Secondly, Try to give sectional on a daily basis and whenever you find a new type of question note it down in a seperate copy and learn the concept. For Di - Do level wise questions of oliveboard and Amar sir videos on youtube For fast calculation - Learn vedic maths and follow the way of fast calculation.
3.English : Mock Tests will be enough for this.
Some things i have learned in the last 1.5 years: 1) You have to become at least average in your weak section. 2) Prepare for Pre and mains together, you will not be able to perform efficiently if you will prepare for mains after the declaration of pre results! 3) Never get disheartened by low attempts in hard shift and never become excited after attempting more in a easier shift! If the shift is easier increase your speed and try to attempt maximum coz normalisation can do anything! 4) Try to make notes of current affairs and keep revising them every week 5) Mock Tests scores are made to demotivate you.. Every mock will be harder in comparison to the real exam. 6) For mains oliveboard is very important. Believe in yourself , you can conquer anything :)”



“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Similarly, Gaurav never looked back and kept moving forward to achieve his dreams.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Gaurav Singh and after completing my masters in Technology, I started studying for the several banking examinations. Let me tell you, it was not an easy journey. In short, it has been a journey of ups and down with a great learning curve. And we all know that there is no shortcut to success. I worked very hard and managed to clear the RRB PO Exam (UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK) and RRB Office Assistant (UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK ). I would love to share my success story with other aspirants so they can keep themselves motivated during their preparations.
Preparation Tips & Strategy:
First clear the basic concepts and then proceed further. I did not have good speed in quantitative section as I did not have much time to practice many questions and improve my speed. And you need speed and accuracy as well to clear Banking Examination. Oliveboard mock tests were extremely helpful for me to prepare for the exam within the limited time period. Moreover, after every mock I thoroughly analysed my weak areas and worked accordingly to improve. Make sure you are well versed with all the formulas, rules, tables etc before giving the mock tests.
The same strategy goes with the reasoning section. It is one of my favorite section but again reasoning section needs a lot of practice. Do hard work as well as smart work and you will definitely see yourself succeeding in the upcoming exams.
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It was kind of my fear factor but I fought well to improve my English Section. For English always start by clearing your basic grammar concepts. I would like to advise all the aspirants to read some good newspapers daily and watch news channels which will help to improve the English section. You can also refer to Oliveboard New Pattern English tests which are specially designed to improve your English section.
Read newspapers daily to keep yourself updated. Give daily quizzes and mocks. Try to cover last 7-8 months data from various sources because we got some questions from last 8 months in RRB PO+Clerk examination. So keep making notes so you can revise at the last moment.
For me, Interview part was an interesting one among all. One should have basics to moderate knowledge of Banking Concepts, Academic Knowledge and also about major national/international affairs. Be confident and dress elegantly. Most important be honest during the interview process and you are good to go.
Role of Oliveboard:
My only mantra to clear the examination was practice, practice, and practice. With me sometimes attempting as many as 3-4 mock tests a day and Oliveboard undoubtedly provides one of the best in simulating the actual exams in terms of the toughness and pattern. Oliveboard mock tests’ difficulty level and experience was on par with the actual examination. The test series really lets you know about your weak areas, gives detailed solution for every question and every other detail you might want to know about your performance. It was extremely helpful for me to prepare for the exam.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Manish Kumar


I bought Oliveboard Mock Test Series for the preparation of IBPS PO. Because of attempting many difficult mocks of this test series, I was able to crack the IBPS PO Mains Exam. I found the questions in the exam were of the same level as of the Mock Test Series, especially in Quants and Reasoning. Thank you Oliveboard.


SBI PO 2018

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Himani followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
Here is her inspiring story:
I am Himani Mittal. I've completed my graduation from SRCC and masters from Hindu College. I had started preparing for SBI PO in May 2018 after the notification for the same came out.
Since I was preparing for other competitive exams too like NABARD, RBI etc., I was clear with my basics and very well versed with the pattern of the paper. My mantra for clearing the exam is ‘PRACTICE’.
First, make sure that all your basics are crystal clear. For English focus on Grammar rules and learn how to solve basic patterns, syllogism etc. Keep practicing as much as you can.
Practice is the key for clearing SBI PO ( both prelims and mains). Solve at least 20 mocks for prelims and 10 mocks for mains. This will help you in increasing your speed and also make you accustomed to the actual exam pattern. By solving mocks, you will get to practice a lot of new type of questions. Please learn all the basic formulas for P/L, Time/Speed/Distance, Ratios etc. This will help you a lot to improve your Aptitude and Logical Reasoning section.
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I think GA/GK is one of the easiest part and the most scoring one. Read current affairs for at least last 4 months from the exam month and revise it thrice before the exam. For banking, learn the basic terminologies. Meanwhile, do attempt various quizzes. Apart from this, do revise the GA section of the mock tests that you have attempted.
This is what I have done for clearing Prelims and Mains.
Interview questions vary from person to person depending upon the educational qualifications, interests, work experience etc. Since, I am from commerce background so I was asked technical questions like what is sensitive analysis, difference between market price and factor cost and so on. So my advice is that make sure you know everything about yourself (whatever you have written in your bio-data form), know the basics of your graduation subjects and be confident.
Last but not the least, a big thank you to Oliveboard. Oliveboard Test Series has helped me a lot in clearing the exam. Both for prelims and mains, I bought Oliveboard test series and the mock tests were really good. Questions were upto the mark and the difficulty level was equivalent to the actual exam.
So this was it. I hope my story will help you in achieving your dreams.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Rupal Jain

SBI PO 2019

“Hello, everyone. My name is Rupal Jain, I am from Baraut, UP. I have done my graduation in 2017 and after that, I decided to prepare for Bank exams. I had taken bank coaching from Delhi for 5 months during which I gave RRB and IBPS PO and Clerk prelims to conquer my exam fear. I knew my syllabus was not completed and I did not have enough practice, still I gave prelims. As expected, I was not able to clear the cut-off. After that, I returned to my home town and started preparing from youtube videos and online test series. I gave SBI PO and Clerk prelims in 2018 but failed to clear the cutoff score by 1-2 marks then, RRB PO prelims was the first exam in which I was selected for mains. That result gave me confidence that I can clear the prelims after that, I cleared IBPS PO and Clerk prelims as well but was out in mains. In IBPS Clerk mains I cleared the overall cut-off but failed in sectional cut-off of English. On 1 April 2019, I had decided that I will give LIC and SBI only if, I clear mains then I will go for another exam. And another thing which I found on that day was I can do it just to give some focus on English which was the weakest subject of mine. I heard about Oliveboard test series and after the suggestion of my best friend I bought Oliveboard IBPS Clerk mains test series and the results were good then I bought LIC AAO prelims and mains and SBI PO and Clerk mains test from Oliveboard and believe me it helps a lot and being a part of my SBI PO success. One thing which I know is to never give up, and learn from your failures. In my case, it's the right thing to say 'MY FAILURES MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY'. start getting motivated from your failures and do the best in the next exam and you will also get success. All the best everyone and Thank you so much Oliveboard.



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!

Praful Agnihotri

RBI Assistant

I am PRAFULKUMAR AGNIHOTRI and I hail from Dharwad, Karnataka. I am a Mechanical Engineer from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore. I worked in Accenture Services Pvt Ltd for 3 years and 3 months in Bangalore. Currently, I have been appointed as RBI Assistant in Bangalore and I will be joining the Reserve Bank soon. I resigned my job in January 2016 and started preparing for civil service exams. But when I could not clear the exam, I realized that UPSC exams need at least 1 year time so I shifted my focus towards banking exams in the month of September 2016 because Mathematics was my favourite subject, and I thought I should give a shot at Banking exams as a person with great love for mathematics will find it easy to clear banking exams. Below are the details of my journey:
I start with my achievements in past 6 months (Oct 2016 to Mar 2017). As most of you will not see the strategy part if you do not know what is the success I achieved.
Major Exams I cleared in first attempt:
1. IBPS PO 2016 – Got appointment from Canara Bank
2. RBI Assistant 2016 – Got appointment in RBI, Bangalore
3. IBPS RRB PO 2016 - Got appointment from Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank
4. IBPS Clerk 2016 - Got appointment from Canara Bank
5. Railways NTPC 2016: Was called for Document verification for the post of Commercial Apprentice and Traffic Apprentice but did not attend
6. IPPB Scale I 2016: Have attended Interview and waiting for results
7. NIACL AO Mains 2016 – Attended Mains
8. SBI PO 2017: Was selected for mains but did not attend.
9. Karnataka State RFO: Attended Mains
10. NICL AO Mains: Attended Mains
11. UIIC AO Mains: Attended Mains
Major Failure:
1. RBI Grade B – Missed mains
2. UPSC 2016
Quantitative Aptitude:
I started my banking exam preparation by solving R S Agarwal Quant book twice and tried to solve free mock tests from Oliveboard and various other sources.
Search reasoning syllabus first from any online source before you start your preparation in this section. Make a list of chapters to study, and start searching it online. I downloaded materials from various sources and saw videos (Oliveboard included), started ticking the chapters I am covering. Once I was done with understanding concepts of all the chapters in this section, only way to succeed here is tests.
For this section, I did not do anything other than practicing Oliveboard mocks and I suggest others also to just practice and practice tests. Nothing else will help you, no text book nothing. You need to take tests and learn from your mistakes from the analysis you get.
General Awareness:
You can refer any website for this. Even Oliveboard GK supplements are pretty good. But make sure you are thorough with past 60 days from the day of the exam and know important points from past 100 days. You actually don’t have to know anything beyond this. Static and Banking awareness is well covered in Test series and for further reference you can study from various online sources as well.
If you have medium knowledge about computers, mock tests is more than enough. But if you are weak in this section try Arihant Publications computer awareness and then come for mocks for new types of questions asked.I have purchased almost 10-12 test series from Oliveboard because I started clearing each and every exam from the day I started practicing these mocks. The quality of the tests is pretty good and the analysis they give after the exams in unmatchable. Frankly speaking, apart from using quant text book, for reasoning, computer and English I used Oliveboard test series only.I would really thank the Oliveboard team for helping me in many ways to achieve what I got now. 'Practice makes a man perfect. Practice from Oliveboard makes a man perfect in Quant, Reasoning, English, Computer and GK'

Parag Dutta

IBPS RRB Assistant

Today I am going to share my experience and the overall journey of competitive bank exams. Not necessarily I achieved success in my very first attempt rather faced some hurdles during the process.
I always had in my mind to go for research work in my field (operation research). Soon after I completed my Masters in Mathematics I thought of enlisting myself in the PHD coursework. Also being a gold medallist I did not want to miss my dream. But during that period, I was also afraid of the fact of wasting my age because being a general candidate it is not so easy to get a job in academic field, for that you need to spend years up to 30. After that if you don’t get all other ways will remain closed.
So, keeping everything apart started my preparation for banking and Insurance exams. Faced a lot of trouble in the beginning for time management which plays the biggest factor. As to speak for the skills that I possessed, absolutely nothing except for Quantitative Aptitude which was due to my never-ending interest in Mathematics. But that was not sufficient. I was good in preparation for the process but not sufficient to get enlisted in the final list.
I went through google, searched many websites and all but then I got to know about Oliveboard, which was the booster of my success. I used to buy mock tests from Oliveboard, which were specially made for the exams. Level was up to mark, and yeah it made my path clean. I used to appear a mock test every day and individual tests from this website. Also, I used to practice from other websites and books with the help of stopwatch. As a result my speed was up to the mark. No one has achieved success in his very first attempt.
Success comes to those who try for it and have seen enough failures. List of exams that I appeared during my journey:
1)LIC AAO 2016-I got 222, cut off 255
2)SBI CLERK 2016-I got 109, Mains cut off 114
3)SBI PO 2016-I got 66, Mains cut off 70
4)BOB MANIPAL2016-Appeared interview. Fall short of 1.45 to get in the final list
5)IBPS RRB PO 2016-17: Appeared interview. Fall short of 3.5 to get in the final list.
6)IBPS PO V: Appeared interview. Fall short of 1.7 to get in the final list.
7)RBI ASSISTANT 2016-17: Mains cut off 107.I got 122.Missed computer sectional by .75
8)IBPS RRB ASSISTANT V: Selected in Langpi Dehangi Rural Bank (Assam)
9)IBPS CLERK VI: Selected in Central Bank of India
That was not so easy as I have seen the worst scenario when missed the exams by edges. Nobody really knows when he/she will get the job but time plays the primary role in deciding the overall result of one’s effort. I never accepted defeat rather took more care in my each step, devoted myself in the series of exams, mock tests which eventually helped me to upgrade and finally I made it. Got selected in two banks. My one and only suggestion practice as much as you can because practice makes a man perfect. Day by day the pattern is getting changed and competition has reached higher level. So only your best performance can get you the best result.
I would like to thank Oliveboard again for providing the best exam materials and mock tests which really helped me to achieve the success.



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.



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

Siddheshwar Madhav Hale


“Hello Everyone, I am Siddheshwar Madhav Hale & I am from a small village called Yelamwadi located In Latur District Of Maharashtra. I have completed my graduation In 2018 as a Mechanical Engineer from Pune University. Immediately after completing my graduation I started preparing for IBPS Exams. Until now, I have appeared for 17 exams and succeeded In 6. Exams In Which I Have Got Success are mentioned below:
1.EPFO ASO 2019
2.IBPS RRB PO 2019
3.NABARD Development Assistant 2019
4.FCI AG:-3 (General) West Zone 2019
5.SBI JA 2019
Exams which are missed by a whisker 1. IBPS PO 2018 (Missed in Final list due to low score in GA 15/40)
2. Niacl AO 2019 (Missed in Mains because of sectional cutoff of Quant. Despite scoring +15 above overall cutoff)
3. LIC AAO 2019 (Missed because of Interview as I scored 26/60 only. In Mains, My Score was +40 above cutoff)
4.SBI PO 2019 (missed because of low score in Interview 12.5/25)
5.NIACL Assistant 2018 (Out In Mains)
Exams in which I have appeared for future goals
1.NABARD GRADE A 2019(Out In Mains)
2.RBI GRADE B 2019 (Out In Mains)
I am eying on clearing nabard grade a 2020 while working in EPFO ASO. Hope I will be able to do that.
Some Tips For Aspirants
1. First of all, Start from basics like Calculation, Squares ,Cubes, Etc. By increasing your calculation speed, you can solve any question in less time
2.there is no alternative to Daily Practice. You have to practice daily in order to excel in any Exam
3.For English, try to read editorials daily from “The Hindu” and “Indian Express”. Along with it, watching a debate on Rajyasabha Tv is also very helpful.
How Olive board Helped Me In My Preparation
1. There is no other substitute for giving Mock tests. So, you have to attempt Mock Tests every day.
2. Oliveboard Mock Tests are very much based on actual exam pattern. It is very helpful
3. Along with Mock Tests of Oliveboard, you should follow their GA Material such as BOLT”

Anshik Ramesh Kaushal


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.
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