Bhupendra Raghuwanshi


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

Gopal Krishna


My name is Gopal Krishna. I’m from Begusarai, Bihar. I completed B.Tech in Computer Science stream from KIIT University Bhubaneshwar, Odisha in 2015. After that, I joined an MNC in the month of November 2015 in Bangalore center. After a couple of months of training and confirmation test, I wanted to switch to public sector job. So, in February 2016 I thought of giving SSC CGL 2016 exam but my friend told me that it will take a year and a half long time for the entire process of CGL exam, so why don’t you go for bank exam, and you can get a chance to work nearby your home. I agreed with him but undecided until March end. In April, I decided to invest a couple of hours in preparation for SBI PO exam.
In mid-April, I got a new role in a project and for that, I relocated from Bangalore to Gurgaon center of my company. From May, I started devoting around 3 hours for preparation of prelims, mostly practicing English (my Achilles heel). I haven’t given any online test until exam night (Prelims) when I saw the free mock test on Oliveboard. My prelims were on 2nd July 2016 (first day). I attempted English section first followed by reasoning and Aptitude according to my plan.
Unfortunately, I wasted 10 mins in 2 puzzles and failed to solve even one question out of ten. Around 35 mins remaining and all I completed successfully till then was only English section. I still remember that moment, for one second I felt like I am done for the day but somehow put myself back together and attempted total 56 questions.
I was in a dilemma whether I’ll clear the cut-off. On 17th July when I saw that I cleared with 48.5 marks only 1 more than cut off, I was stunned at that moment and more than that I was like, what to do now. I didn’t prepare anything for mains except 2-3 months of the current affair before prelims. The first thing which I did within an hour of the declaration of prelims result was I bought the Mains Test Series of OLIVEBOARD which cost me around 500 rupees. Trust me, this test series was behind my success in mains. I thank Oliveboard from the bottom of my heart. I have 13 days left for mains. I planned to give one test each day, analyze for around an hour or 90 mins after test and an hour of current affair preparation after that. I had hardly 5 hrs maximum daily at my disbursal on weekdays and around 10-12 on weekend. I followed mistakes done in Oliveboard test series GK section on daily basis, that’s all.
SBI changed Mains patter that year. This time mains paper had tricky problems compared to previous years of SBI PO mains exam. I attempted 101 questions in mains and descriptive went average from my end. After paper, I didn’t think I will get a chance to sit in the interview, just like after prelims. I passed again!
Again, same scenario, what to do now? I searched some interview experience from Google and prepared some basic PT question. It took me one week to prepare for ‘Tell me about yourself?’. I failed several times in college placements due to poor communication skill. I started interview practice with a friend after office hours and remaining time I prepared by ‘Talking with Mirror’, which helped a lot in improving my body language and gestures. Before the interview, I used to go through Hindu newspaper editorial in office hours.
Then comes the interview day, I was nervous as usual. After document verification, they made a group of 10 and sent for GD round. Another surprise, this time GD has 2 rounds; one was normal GD and second was prioritization exercise. We all decided that in beginning we will give 2 mins one by one and I was 5th in number. When GD started my heartbeat was at the extreme level. This was the first time I was able to speak well in GD. Next was interview round after about one hour.
The result was declared on 30th September. I got selected with 52.xx marks overall with 17 marks in GD and 16 in the interview.
I don’t know whether I was lucky or it's all skill, but one thing I can surely say about myself during those days, I wasn’t bothered by the result at all. I was taking one step at a time. Before prelims, I prepared only for prelims; before mains only for mains and like that. Those 6 months from April to September were awesome with only one thing in mind that, what I did today? That was the first time I appeared in any government exam, I cleared. Currently, I am in Chennai circle, one year over.
Thanks a lot, to Oliveboard for Mains Test Series. Love you guys. You guys are best!

Ashish Suman


I am Ashish Suman from Pupri, Bihar. I did my engineering in Computer Science from GGSIPU Delhi in 2016. During last few months of graduation, I got to know about Banking and made up my mind to try my hand on it. I started preparing from the month of mid-May after discussing with few seniors. Around that time only I purchased Oliveboard mock tests. I appeared for an interview for SBI on 08 September 2016 and got selected.
Now here is my detailed strategy:
I think it's all about speed and accuracy. Don't get bogged down in details and waste time. Some questions might look easy at the start but can be very time-consuming. Practice is the best strategy for this phase. The questions are easy to moderate. You need basic knowledge, but time management makes all the difference. Cover the basics well in advance and start solving mocks. And If you feel confused about a certain topic. Give sectional tests on Oliveboard!
The key is to be sharp and focused. The depth of your knowledge is the key here. A good coverage of all the topics with basic and simple approach will help you even when the problems get too complicated. eg. you can try to practice calculation for 1 hour by drawing a 6x6 table and writing two-digit numbers in it and add rows and columns. This simple trick makes your mind calculation better more than you would realize.
Finally, try to solve most of the questions. Don't be scared to attempt more especially if the paper is easy or even hard. I always try to solve all the questions from all the sections. This helped me when I didn't know the paper is so difficult and with my attempts I was able to get more marks. However, this varies from person to person. Don't try attempting all questions and get a negative score. I hope you get what I mean!
GD and Interview:
Mock GD and interviews help for tackling this. Practice this with a group of friends. The questions asked are usually on your profile and interests. The biodata form provided is where the questions are asked from usually apart from some general awareness questions and banking.
OliveBoard actually helped me in clearing the exam in the very first attempt with hardly three months preparations. The test series was helpful with no errors and excellent quality of questions. There were new questions in sectional tests and mocks. The mocks made the exam so familiar. The solution and analysis provided are quite detailed which helped in finding and overcoming weak areas.
I wish all the aspirants for their exams and future!
Thank you!

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'



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


BOB 2018, SBI CLERK 2018

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

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.

Swastik Shukla


My name is Swastik Shukla. I was born and brought up in The City of Joy, Kolkata. I did my +2 and graduation from University of Allahabad in Commerce stream. After my graduation in 2015 October I applied for LIC AAO in 2015 December but couldn’t make it to the interview round probably because of lack of planning and preparation. Then, in 2016 I applied for SBI JA and SBI PO, while preparing for SBI JA I met with an accident and couldn’t study for almost a month, but I decided not to quit and started toiling day and night after recovering from the injuries.
It was from a social networking site that I came to know about Oliveboard and took the first test that was free to access. Thankfully I was somehow convinced to subscribe for the test pack which worked wonders for me and helped me clearing both SBI PO prelims and mains, SBI JA mains, and IBPS PO.
Now coming to my strategy. I devoted 2 hours to every subject because it’s better to be a Jack of all Trades than being a master of one because you have to clear the sectional cut-offs.
1. English:
I preferred reading the Hindu, Economic times and Livemint’s editorials and Word Power Made Easy by Norman
2. Reasoning:
I solved a lot of puzzles which immensely helped me in cracking both prelims and mains of all SBI PO, IBPS PO and SBI JA and that too all in the very first attempt
3. Computer Aptitude:
Go through as many MCQs on the internet, as possible and any other sources that you come across
4. Quant and DI:
I didn’t follow any book but practiced everything online because of the variety of questions
5. General Awareness:
I read monthly GA reviews and finance news which was more than enough and for GK I covered as much static part as possible
This strategy helped me clear all my tests in the first attempt. So, the takeaway from this is:
• Be prepared for all the situations because any combination of questions can be asked and you must pass these hurdles. Prepare for the worst and everything will be fine.
• Practice as many mocks as possible. Also, analysing them is very important because it will let you know your weak areas and strengths so that you can work on them accordingly.
• Difficulty levels in both SBI PO and IBPS PO exams were difficult to make through but one has to keep calm throughout. That’s all.
I could not clear the interview round for SBI PO, but I got through IBPS PO and got shortlisted for Canara Bank!



“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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:
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.

Dhananjay Madheshiya


Hello Everyone,
This is Dhananjay Madheshiya. I have cleared IBPS-RRB PO (Officer Scale-1) and Office Assistant 2017 exams recently.
The journey started when I completed my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, and I was one of the highest scorers in the department at IFTM University, Moradabad.
When I came out of engineering, I was employed in a private sector job. I used to take care of the quality section but was neither satisfied with the pay scale nor with the temporary nature of my job.
After a lot of inner fights within the self, I somehow managed to take a decision of leaving my job and prepare for Banking Services in January 2016. From the very 1st day, I was crystal clear with my decision that I want to go only for Banking (no any other option like SSC etc.), because I wanted to secure a living as soon as possible.
Then came the biggest obstacle. I had already taken lacs of rupees from my parents. How could I ask for more money again? So, I decided to live in my home and prepare by myself. I took guidance from a local coaching for some time, just to kick-start myself. After some time, I suffered from acute typhoid for a long time. Though the preparation couldn't get completed due to that, I appeared for SBI CLERK, SBI PO and RRB PO 2016 consecutively, but couldn't qualify for even the preliminary examinations of any of the exams.
Somehow, I pushed more after being a little better, health-wise, and qualified for Prelims of RRB Office Assistant in later 2016. Though I could not qualify for the Mains examination, that certainly gave a motivation to my sinking ship.
I appeared in IBPS PO 2016, couldn't qualify. For IBPS CLERK 2016, I qualified for Prelims only (not Mains later). Later in NIACL Clerk, qualified for Prelims (again not in mains onwards). Again in SBI PO, I couldn't qualify.
Tension starts pouring in when you have to live in your home after all your engineering days. You're the hot topic of the gossips at every nukkad and corner of your mohalla. And to add fuel to fire, Bank-people also started sending notice to me (for the recovery of education loan I took to pursue engineering). I requested them to wait until my next results are announced. I had a mixture of self-belief and fear. People started questioning my engineering degree and started saying things like - 'Maa Baap Ka Itna Paisa Duba Diya' etc. Anybody with a great academic background couldn't bear all of this, but I kept quiet as I knew I will make it.
Amidst all ups and downs, I appeared in RRB PO and RRB Office Assistant 2017 (whose results were declared in February 2018) and qualified all stages to be appointed as Probationary Officer (PO) in Prathama Bank, Moradabad and Office Assistant in Purvanchal Bank, Gorakhpur.
I have opted PO in Prathama Bank, gone through document verification and job orientation programme, and waiting for my foundation course to begin. (I'm also waiting for final calls from IBPS PO and CLERK 2017 with full hope).
I kept on following the basic NCERT books and Practice Sets from Kiran Publication along with mock tests at Oliveboard. Oliveboard Mock Test Series covers questions of all difficulty types which prepares you for the best and worst papers. For Banking awareness, I relied on the Banking Guru Magazine. I didn't follow so many sources, but I revised few sources many times.
With hard work and dedication, one can make any dream come true. The sky's the limit.
Best wishes for all your endeavours!!


SBI PO 2018

“Hello friends, my name is Aasim Qureshi. I completed my graduation in 2016 from a very reputed college in bhopal (MP). I was initially doing an MBA and eventually got my interest in economics and I started preparing for these bank exams. The very first paper that was cracked by me was of IBPS RRB PO 2017 and the IBPS Clerk 2017. For both these exams, prelims were cleared but I did not get enough marks in mains to crack the exam. And then just after that I got selected for icici po so i didn't get enough time to prepare for the next exams. I decided to not go for this post and I started preparing for SBI PO . I prepared for SBI po for about a month and then cleared my pre and again cleared my mains and then gd pi. In this whole journey I wasn't using oliveboard earlier. But then, Oliveboard was suggested by a friend of my father and then i started preparing for SBI with Oliveboard test series. These test series are so damn good that it helped a lot with the mains exam in a lot many ways. People say that it takes about three to four years to crack the exam. I started the preparation in july 2017 and cleared the pre of each exams and got selected in SBI PO 2018, it's just the right direction preparation is required which i got from oliveboard test series for mains paper. ....... in the end i just want to tell you people is that hard work is important but smart work is more important.”

Kislay Nikhar

Bank Of Baroda PO

I am very glad that I have been selected as one of the final candidates to join one of the premier institutions, Bank of Baroda as a Probationary Officer Scale-I. Due to high level of competition, it was really tough to crack all the 4 stages of the exam (Prelims, Mains, GD, PI). The pattern of the exam was being changed regularly in the past few years and I was also pursuing my main stream course, i.e. CA-Final.
All I did was to extract some 1-hour time daily to view the videos on YouTube to be familiar with the syllabus and various tricks plus concepts. And a major part of my success goes to Oliveboard team, which provided me a platform to examine my strengths & weaknesses, providing questions based on new pattern plus excellent level of the questions to practice on, which has helped me a lot to achieve success in a short time.
Here are the books, which I referred to study:
-English- S.P. Bakshi
-Maths- R.S. Agrawal
-Reasoning- Questions on various sets, after clearing all the concepts through YouTube.
-General Awareness- Oliveboard
All the tests that I gave on Oliveboard helped me in enhancing my thinking capability and helped me solve various levels of questions in a shorter time.
I just want you all to refer materials as per your comfort zone, but don't forget to give the tests on Oliveboard on a regular basis. The price may be high for some candidates, but I assure you, it will be worth it.
Wish all of you the very best for the forthcoming examinations. Have confidence in yourselves.

Mayur Mohan Bhalerao


Hi Everyone,
I am Mayur Bhalerao and I have successfully cleared the IPPB Scale-1 Officer 2017 Exam. I have been appointed as Assistant Manager (Territory) in Management Grade Scale I with India Post Payments Bank.
I have been a part of the CA Community (CA Finalist), so I had the confidence to clear any tough exam on this earth.
I appeared for IBPS PO PRELIMS in November 2016 ( pre- oliveboard), missed it by 3 marks. I was obviously dejected. Here, came the twist in my story, when my friend suggested me to take Olive Board Mock Test series, and believe me, friends, this decision made a world of a difference to my preparation.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series replicate the real-life exam scenario on your laptop, and so by the time you appear for your exams, it's just taking another test. They prepare you for all possible types of questions so that you don't get shocked when you appear for your exams, on seeing an abrupt question.
On account of the confidence as aforesaid, I had cleared IBPS Clerk 2017 prelims (missed mains by 3 marks),
made it to the interview round at SBI PO ( again missed by 3 marks), but got an even greater honor when I was one among the 650 candidates across India, who got selected in the IPPB Scale-1 Officer exams.
The key to these exams is repeated attempts so that after each attempt you tend to strategize what sorts of questions one can expect and Oliveboard will always be there as your true mentor.
Prelims test your speed, Mains test your accuracy.
In Prelims, I followed this strategy,
Regarding English Section,
Did not spend more than 10 minutes. Look for synonyms, antonyms, errors and all questions that come in bulk and are easy to score.
Same with Quant, especially D.I.and with Reasoning especially syllogism, coding-decoding etc.
Seating arrangements are a bit tricky but certainly worth attempting as they fetch 5-7 marks.
For Mains,
Out of 200 questions, G.A a real bonus. It's about whether you know or don't know. Same is the case with the computer section.
English will really test your patience.
Maths & Reasoning - Expect lengthy & tedious questions for a handful of marks. Try to be bang on as most of the times an average candidate can at the most score 14-20 marks out of 50.
Best of luck to all aspirants!!!
Toil hard, enjoy big.



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

Amit Kumar Mishra


Oliveboard undoubtedly has been the most successful test series since the time of inception of online test series. All others are just playing the game and nowhere even close to matching the level of Oliveboard. Be it the question pattern, the solution, the comparison with other candidates, the percentile theory, the user interface. I think all these features distinguish OB from the crowd of other online portals, I started giving exams back in 2014, the first exam being SBI Clerk, in which I qualified the written but ultimately missed the final selection by 2 marks (which is a huge margin, as it was SBI Clerk and that too Uttar Pradesh).
I did not know how to approach the test, which section to start first and which questions to solve and which one to leave. Then I gave IBPS PO and cut off was 82 that year, I got 109, but couldn't give the interview because of some process related problems. Back in that year I had only applied IBPS PO, I did not know about other exams at all. So, starting from next year I gave every exam I came to know about and I took Oliveboard test series and I started to realize that the level of examination is always going up and so OB was equally competing with high level question patterns and specially reasoning which was getting tougher after every exam.
The best approach to an exam is start from the section where you cannot mark 'mark for review' option. You either know the answer or you don't, like English, or GA or computer, finish these two because then you'll have ample amount of time left and you won't be tensed as to finish quants and reasoning and then coming back to GA or English or computer, that way you'll end up giving less time to quants and reasoning.
Do GA first, then computer then English and then go for your favourite out of quants and reasoning, mine was reasoning so I always went for it first. In reasoning also do everything else first and mark the puzzles to attempt later. You'll realise all your reasoning will be done in 18-20 mins approx. and you'll be left with 4 puzzles at the end. Go for the puzzle type you're good at and you can easily solve 2 of them in 18 mins. Then come to quants. This way you can be cautious and at the same time relaxed with more time in your hand for the time taking sections.
Oliveboard has made huge impact in improving reasoning and quants section. I was scoring very less in quants earlier and then I upped my level with their test series and the series helped me qualify another series of exams.
Right from 2014, here goes the list.
1. SBI Clerk 2014 -Reached till interview
2. ‎IBPS PO 2014 - couldn't give interview
3. ‎SBI Associate PO 2015 - couldn't qualify in final selection
4. SBI PO 2015 - cleared by a huge margin but again failed in interview 19/50. Lol
5. ‎IBPS PO 2015-16 - reserve list 52/100 in interview. Later got Vijaya bank but did not join, joined UIIC AO
6. IBPS Clerk 2015-16 - PNB worked for 6 months
7. ‎RRB Clerk 2015-16 - Kashi Gomti Bank, Varanasi - worked for 2 months
8. RRB PO 2015-16- reserve list again 45/100 in interview. 145/200 in mains. Got Aryavart Bank later, but did not join
9. OICL Assistant 2015-16 - did not go for typing test
10. LIC AO 2015-16- did not join as had already joined clerical cadre
11. SBI Clerk 2016 - did not join as was already in PNB
12. UIIC AO 2016 – currently working, since April 2017
It was not a very pleasant journey from the beginning. It was like a series of missing exams because of interview. I was a commerce graduate, who got 57%, so thanks to all the exams that did not ask 60% as eligibility criteria. Regret it now as I couldn’t give so many exams, including Grade B. The ending of the journey has been good so far. Anyway, this is not the final mark of the journey. Hoping to achieve more.



Hello, my name is Akash Tyagi. I had completed my graduation in August 2017 and just after that I started preparing for banking exams of PO, SO and Clerk
I have cleared IBPS PO and Clerk 2017.
In the starting phase, I focused on the basics of each subject and side by side practising the questions based on that.
While preparing, I realised that banking exams need a planned strategy along with regular practice.
So I starting picking up the topics which I was good at and practised questions from those topics more because in banking exams - you need not solve the whole paper but whatever u do, it should be accurate.
Finally, I got selected in IBPS PO (UCO BANK) and IBPS CLERK (UNION BANK) and still waiting for the final result of RBI Assistant.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series played an important role in my success so I really want to thank Oliveboard for providing such a platform where we can access every important topic for banking exams. The level of questions is so good and challenging that if anyone solves these questions regularly and honestly then that will we more than enough to get through this exam.
One should opt for the mock test series provided by Oliveboard as the questions are on the latest pattern for IBPS or any other exam.
My suggestion to banking exam aspirants is that don't lose your confidence at any point in time because self-belief and confidence is most important key to success.
Thank you.
All the best to all aspirants!


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.


ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR-46)

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

Hardik Mehta

RBI Grade B All India Rank #1

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

Deepanjan Das


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

Gaurav Yadav


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



If you thought non-engineers dont crack the big exams, meet
Yatin Dhamija, a B.Com graduate who secured All India Rank (AIR) 24 in RBI Grade B apart from cracking SBI PO 2016, NABARD GRADE A 2018.
Here is his inspiring story:
Hey Guys, I am Yatin Dhamija from Himachal Pradesh. I have completed my B.Com in 2015 from Shahid Bhagat Singh College, New Delhi. While I was in my final year, I started preparing for CAT and managed to score 98.27 percentile in CAT 2014. But I think I had an inclination to join the Government sector and thus decided to prepare for UPSC after my Graduation. Meanwhile during my preparation for UPSC, I did give other government exams as well. To be honest, as I was preparing for UPSC, I managed to do well in other Banking exams as well.
Having said that, in 2016 I cleared SBI PO. Back then I remember I used to give mocks tests from Oliveboard which was very helpful. I worked as an SBI PO for 10 months but then I had to leave my job so that I can prepare myself better for RBI GRADE B exam. So after resigning in Oct, 2017 I devoted all my time to prepare for RBI Grade B exam. I did manage to reach till the interview in 2017 but could not get into Final selection list.
All these failures never let me down and I kept myself motivated. I gave all it needed to prepare myself best for the RBI Grade B. Meanwhile I also cleared NABARD Grade A in 2018 and joined as an Assistant Manager in Nabard, Lucknow. All throughout my journey of ups and downs, the only thing I was very sure of was that I perform even better in 2018 RBI Grade B exams. This time I tried to keep a balance between my work and preparation and my dedication showed true colors. Finally, in 2018 I was able to clear RBI GRADE B exam with AIR 24.
Having said that, I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my journey with you. I hope it will be beneficial for all the aspirants who wants to prepare for Government exams.
Preparation Strategy
As I have already mentioned that I was preparing for CAT during my final year, so my foundation was strong. All I needed was good practice. Oliveboard provides mock tests as per latest pattern and syllabus which helped me immensely to track my preparation.
Generally reasoning questions can be time taking. So try and solve the questions within a dedicated time frame. Try to opt for 3-4 DI & puzzles in the exam. It ’s very important to analyse the easy and difficult questions in the paper and accordingly opt for the scoring ones. This comes only by practice. So practice as many reasoning questions as you can and try to analyse the technique to solve each question.
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It’s very important that your basics are clear in English. Try to focus more on grammar and less on vocab as you get more questions from Grammar section only. You can refer to Grammar Book by Wren & Martin to clear your basics.
Try to check different sources and compilations present online to prepare for this section. Also give as many quizzes as you can.
Read newspaper daily to keep yourself updated with the recent happenings in India and across the World. Try to write one essay daily on different topics which are important. Do not forget to practice for Precis writing as well. Even reading comprehension part can be a scoring section in the exam as it generally asks around 6 questions related to the passage which can be answered directly and can be scoring.
Generally in RBI Grade B exams, you get to write essays on recent topics. Like in 2018 the topic was related to Demonetization. So it’s always advisable to prepare around such topics.
Role of Oliveboard
I have referred Oliveboard mock tests for all my exams starting from SBI PO to RBI Grade B and it has always helped me to prepare myself best. You may score low at times in these mock tests but never get disheartened due to your scores during your preparation days. It’s okay to make mistakes. But it is important to learn from your weak areas and work even harder to improve.
So never lose patience and hope. If you can manage to keep yourself dedicated then half your work is already sorted.
I hope my journey will help other aspirants in their preparation. All the Best Guys!


ESIC SSO 2018 (AIR-1), SEBI GRADE A 2018

Read the success story of Praveen Kumar who could not clear UPSC, NABARD & RBI in his first attempt. But these failures never let him down and his determination to join a prestigious organization helped him to clear SEBI GRADE A(2018) & ESIC SSO(2018) with AIR-1.
Thus Praveen rightly justifies this quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Small Introduction:
Hi all, I am Praveen, a 2014 graduate from IIT Madras and a UPSC aspirant. I have also given exams like NABARD, RBI, SEBI and ESIC. In 2018, I cleared ESIC SSO(AIR-1) and SEBI Grade A Officer.
Details on my journey & Preparation Strategy:
I have given 3 attempts at UPSC CSE. After my mains in 2017 Nov, I came to know about other prestigious exams like RBI Grade B, SEBI Grade A etc. I was determined to
secure a job by the end of 2018 but things unfolded the other way. I couldn’t qualify NABARD Phase 1 and RBI Phase 2. Then, on October 8, (almost the closing date of
applications) I came across this wonderful job of ESIC SSO. The job aligned with my goal of securing a job in a prestigious organization. Also, the exam pattern seemed to be similar to my earlier tests. So I decided to give it a try.
I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my preparation strategy for ESIC SSO with everyone.
Phase 1:
It consists of Quant, Reasoning and English, and qualifying in nature. But the catch here is sectional time limit. I practiced by taking Oliveboard mocks. I could clear it with very narrow (cut off-71, mine-73.75) margin.
Lessons: More Practice. Time Management. Increase Accuracy.
Phase 2:
This is the main stage of exam as these marks are considered for final ranking. This consists of Quant, Reasoning, English, General and Insurance Awareness. I have been preparing for current affairs from Affairscloud modules, which helped me a lot for all exams. For Insurance, Affairscloud has a pdf on basics. Also, I covered ESIC scheme from its website. Oliveboard mocks came handy to practice Quant, Reasoning and
English. They seem tough but that makes the real test seem a lot easier.
Tips: Practice with mocks to manage sectional time limits. One should attempt with accuracy. Revise from one source 10 times than reading from 10 modules for current
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Phase 3:
This is Qualifying in nature and consists of Computer Skill test and English descriptive test. A Sample paper is given beforehand by esic and practicing it helps to score well.
Preparing few essay topics and letter formats will help us sail through the descriptive test freely.
Finally, on Feb 20th, the results were out and seeing my name on top of the list was a moment to cherish forever for me.
Role Of Oliveboard
Oliveboard played a crucial role in my journey The mock tests provided by Oliveboard were very helpful and with par with the real exam. Moreover, the analysis provided after every mock test proved extremely useful. Though I have written many mocks for various exams, I have hardly seen any repetition of questions. Also, it seemed affordable with combo packs.
Tips to Aspirants:
Always remember that if you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you are not doing anything very innovative. So never let failures in your path deviate you from your destination.

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.

Arpita Chandra


“Hello everyone.. I am Arpita Chandra from Dehradun. I have completed my graduation from DU in 2015. I worked for an year in EY as an Audit Associate. Then left the job in 2017 and started preparing for the Govt exams. At the starting just to take guidance I joined a nearby coaching Institute but eventually I thought of preparing on my own. I gave many exams. I had made up my mind only to give PO level exams so I didn't gave clerk level exams. Nearly every month I had 1 or 2 exams. I started clearing prelims exams. Then in 2018 I cleared prelims and mains of SBI PO but missed the merit list by some points. Next was IBPS PO cleared Prelims but not mains. Morale was very low. But then I thought of joining Oliveboard. Became the member of Oliveboard with SBI PO crash course. Motivated and with full energy again I started preparing and giving exams. This time I cleared IDBI mains and also found my name in the waiting list. Then was the main exam SBI. Very excited when I cleared the mains and merit list. The faculties of Oliveboard were a great help. Not only do they teach us but also they make us understand each and every topic with minute details that we can repeat the same even in our sleep. As such there was no fixed strategy that I followed but I made it a habit to complete my to do list till the end of the day. So like studying for 9 hrs or so was not fixed. It all depends on the to do list I prepared. Sometimes it was 6 hrs and sometimes 10-12 hrs depending on the need. The only motivation I had was the thought and determination that I can do it regardless of the time it takes. So continuous practice with determination is the only key to success. English : I used to give topic tests and mocks of Oliveboard and various other sites. Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude: The topic tests and mocks of Oliveboard give us an edge over others. These are pretty good. Also the concept videos and the live videos of the classes helped me. LPS was a speed booster. GA and Interview: Daily Current Affairs revision. TNA, Aditya Sir's classes and Abhishek sir's classes of economics were awesome. Like you cannot resist yourself from watching these. New courses launched every time by the team for GA helped a lot for the interview. At last I would like to say that it is your determination and efforts that will lead you to your success. Oliveboard faculties are always there for your help and they try to help you in every way possible. I would like to thank my parents, friends and my teachers for helping me and believing in me.”

Anil Yadav

RBI Grade B

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

Hari Karan Singh

IBPS RRB Assistant

Hello Guys,
This is Hari Karan Singh from Barabanki UP and I have successfully cleared the IBPS RRB Assistant 2017 exam. The credit of my success goes to the almighty, my parents, brother, teachers, Oliveboard, other online mock test series and all my friends and mentors. I started my preparation after graduation
(B.Sc Maths) in 2016. After final year exams in May 2016, I downloaded some online mobile applications for Banking examinations. This persuaded me to be a banker. In the first three months, I cleared my basics from an online coaching institute. In 2016, I was not eligible to apply for IBPS so I kept on practising. With the help of all available online resources, I practised regularly. Next year in 2017, I applied for many examinations. The exams I wrote in 2017 are as follows :
1) AFCAT- Cleared but missed out in the interview.
2) IBPS PO- Missed by few marks.
3) IBPS RRB PO- Missed by few marks.
4) IBPS Clerk- Prelims cleared, waiting for Mains result.
4) SSC CGL- Prelim cleared, wrote Mains in February.
5) SSC MTS- Cleared Tier 1 and Tier 2.
6) ISRO UDC- Answer key released descriptive answer sheet under evaluation.
7) Allahabad High Court Junior Assistant- Scored 90 marks out of 100, waiting for the result.
8) IBPS RRB Assistant- Finally selected in Allahabad UP Gramin Bank.
These are the books and mock test series that I had followed :
Maths- R.S Aggarwal, S.D Yadav, Rakesh Yadav, Online study material and quizzes.
Reasoning- For this section, I only followed online coaching material and then practised online quizzes on various websites.
English- Mirror of Common Error, Paramount English, and Quizzes on online websites.
General Awareness - This is the most important section for Mains examination. After clearing Prelims, it was the time for mains so I followed Online Capsules for RRB PO mains and Static GK Digest and Daily GK quizzes.
Computer- Online quizzes are enough for this section and I did all Oliveboard Mock Test series questions
For Speed Tests, I followed Oliveboard Speed Tests and other online tests.
Oliveboard Speed tests are the best tests in my opinion as the difficulty level of its mocks is same as the real exam.
Lastly, I want to say that always give your best, even when the odds are against you. Efforts never fail and hard work always pays off. Stop doubting yourself, work hard, and make it happen. Always be confident that you can and you will!
'All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.'
Thank You!

Suman Utkarsha


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



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


SBI PO, 2018

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

Sanket Parida


After much search on internet and suggestions from friends, I got to know about Oliveboard Mock tests. I took mock test of RBI grade B, it was quite tough but after facing the real RBI Grade B Exam, I found both are at par level , especially the DI part. Before going for IBPS PO Prelims, I attempted one Mock test of OB. Even only one mock test proved beneficial for me. Even the IBPS clerk Pre Mock Test was awesome, especially the Coding Decoding part in the Reasoning section . In exam it was asked in the same way.
Overall Oliveboard is the best mock test available now in market.I would suggest all to attempt all the free mock test and see the quality, I am sure you will not be disappointed. I rate Oliveboard Mock test as 5/5.
- Sanket Parida, Got selected for the post of PO in UCO Bank, SO (Marketing) in Union bank and Clerk in Allahabad bank.

Subhadeep Paul

IBPS SO (MARKETING) 2018-19 - Canara Bank

“WAIT FOR THE RIGHT TIME & TILL THEN KEEP GIVING YOUR BEST'. First of all I would like to thank my parents, my family members, educators and friends who motivated me at every step and also special thanks to those who tried to demotivate, because their words kept on making me stronger every time. I completed my B.Tech in Mechanical and then did MBA in Marketing specialization. I started my preparation on 1st December 2017 and below are the list of exams that I appeared :- IBPS SO (Marketing) 2017, 31st December Out in prelims, though cleared the total cut off but couldn't clear the sectional cut off of English. SBI Clerk 2018 As the exam got postponed, I got sufficient time to be prepared. Cleared the prelims (Scored 76 , cut off for ASSAM was 52) , out in mains (Scored 76, cut off was 82). SBI PO 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 64, cut off 56.75) and mains (Scored 103, cut off 93.1) but out in the final list. IBPS RRB PO 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 48.75, cut off for ASSAM 46.50) and out in mains , this time I was unprepared and tried to give full focus on SBI PO interview. IBPS RRB Clerk 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 72.75, cut off ASSAM 67.50) and did not appear for mains, as I went out of station to appear for SBI PO interview. IBPS PO 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 68.50, cut off 56.75) and mains (Scored 77.13, cut off 74.50) but out in final selection. IBPS Clerk 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 74.75, cut off ASSAM 67.25) , out in mains, this time I was giving full focus on IBPS SO mains. IBPS SO (MARKETING) 2018 And finally this time got final selection and got allocation in Canara Bank. The happiness that I have seen on my parents’ face was incredible, and indeed it is the best day of my life till date. Prelims (Scored 81.75, cut off 42.13) Mains (Scored 40.25, cut off 30.75)
My Strategy:- Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning Ability:-
I initially relied completely on YouTube videos for clearing the concepts of various topics. After a couple of months when I got an idea of the concepts, I then started attempting various quizzes and online mock tests. Trust me quizzes and mock tests are the best source for practicing. Initially scores will never be good but with proper analysis it will surely keep on improving gradually.
English Language:- For this section I relied only on quizzes and mock tests, as pattern keeps on changing every time, mock tests would give an idea about the kind of questions that could be asked.
General Knowledge:- For this I read the capsules thoroughly provided before the mains exam. But it is advisable to read current affairs on a daily basis and revise the same on weekly and monthly basis, so to have less burden before mains and can prepare other sections as well in a parallel way.
Marketing aptitude:- First of all I read the book of Philip Kotler of Marketing Management thoroughly, and kept on marking the important points with highlighter on the book (as I am not much comfortable in making notes). After I read the entire book, I then religiously revised the highlighted points of the book that I marked and had started attempting mock tests. Mock tests really helped me in getting the idea of question pattern and improving accuracy as well. Remember, for any section, mock tests are the best and only source for practicing and improving your accuracy and efficiency. Thanks to Oliveboard for providing high quality mock tests and helping us get prepared for the worst scenario. Important tip: Stay away from negative people as much as you can. 'If you think you can, you definitely can but the moment you lose hope, the game is over'



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.

Pankaj Saini


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

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.

Gowtham Ravi


I cleared LIC AAO, NABARD, SBI Clerk in my first attempt and Oliveboard played an important role in my success as OB Mock Tests were the only test series that I attempted.
My basics were clear so I never used any particular book for any section and I extensively used websites, mobile apps and magazines. Apart from Oliveboard Mock Tests, I read Banking Service Chronicle Magazine regularly and followed some capsules released by websites on internet. I completely relied on online resources.
Oliveboard Mock Tests' difficulty level is really at par (or even more in some tests) with all the exams that I took. The solution part is extremely helpful and you can consider OB Mock test as really trustworthy. Apart from all the above exams, I even cleared SBI PO (but couldn't go past the interview stage). Currently I am working at the Pune office of LIC and I would like to thank Oliveboard for the good quality mock tests.


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.”

Upasana Shah


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


SSC CGL, 2016

“As long as you keep going, you'll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success.” Proving this quote right, Tejaswiny always stayed determined and proved that women are equally capable to achieve anything and everything.
Here is her inspiring story:
Hello Everyone, I am Tejaswiny Singh and I am presently working as Inspector of Central Excise & Customs in Tamil Nadu. I have completed my B.Tech in 2013 from ITM, Gurgaon. I then moved on to pursue in Embedded Systems from the same college. After completing my M.Tech in 2015, I started preparing for SSC CGL.
My hard work showed colours and I was able to clear SSC in my very first attempt in 2016. Having said that, I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my journey with you. I hope it will be beneficial for all the aspirants who want to prepare for SSC.
Preparation Strategy
It’s very important to prepare yourself as per latest pattern and syllabus. My first aim was to complete the syllabus and clear all my basic concepts. Trust me if your concepts are not crystal clear, you will not be able to clear the exams with good marks.
Once your concept is clear then move towards solving questions. Try and solve all types and levels of questions. Practicing is the best way to prepare yourself for such competitive exams. Solving mocks also play a major role in your success. I used to solve good number of mocks from Oliveboard which were based on latest pattern and syllabus. Solving these mocks and then analysing it simultaneously helped me immensely to keep a track of my preparation.
You can refer to this book named “Play With Advanced Maths” by Abhinay Sharma. It will help you to prepare yourself best for any type of questions asked in the exam
As far as Reasoning is concerned I worked more on understanding the right approach to solve the questions. If you do not know the correct approach to solving the questions in this section then you may land yourself investing a lot of time solving even one question.
I would advise referring Kiran’s Book for this section as they proved quite beneficial in my preparations. Solving last year question papers are a must, so do solve last 2 to 3 years papers.
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I referred Kiran’s English Solved Papers Book to practice for this section. Trust me solving questions is the best way to prepare yourself for such competitive exams. It will improve your speed and accuracy immensely.
After clearing all my concepts and Grammar rules, I solved quite many mock tests. You can also refer to Kiran’s English Book to solve last years paper. Generally, Vocab keeps on repeating every year so solving last years papers religiously will help you a lot.
To tackle this section I compiled last years question papers and revised from it. I kept an aim of solving at least 100 questions per day. You can also give quizzes to track your performance.
Remember try practicing more questions instead of just mugging up the complete GK/GA notes.
This section needs you to be well versed with the latest happenings… read as much as you can. I made a list of 40 to 50 topics after referring to various sources and wrote an essay on them. Try to cover all the important activities that are happening in India or across the World.
It will help you to prepare for your current affairs simultaneously.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests are very helpful. The level of mock tests provided by Oliveboard are so good that it prepares you best for any type of questions that can be asked in the real examination.
The analysis section of the mock tests are the best part. Just blindly giving tests will fetch you nothing. Analysing your weak areas, your strong areas, improvement sections are a must. Keep a track of your study schedule and plan it properly.
Tips to Aspirants:
Nothing is impossible. All you need is a proper direction and guidance to start with. Keep believing in yourself and that you can achieve what you have dreamt of.
Moreover, never think that you are lesser than anyone….everyone has potential in them ….you just need to drive it in the right direction.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Hemanth Rayapalli


Hi, I am Hemanth Rayapalli from Andhra Pradesh. I completed my BTech CSE in 2012. I wrote my first bank exam in 2012, IBPS Clerk, but lost out in GK by 1 mark. My first PO attempt was in 2013. I scored 59 marks, but again lost out in GK where I scored 4.
Meanwhile, I did MTech and got selected in TCS. But, I didn’t stop writing exams. In 2016, I cleared SBI PO mains exam but to my bad luck I was not in the final list. I never lost hope and continued looking out for ways to improve my weak areas.
I came to know about Oliveboard through Facebook. I am thankful to Oliveboard as the level of difficulty their mocks had, helped me practice those kinds of questions and made sure that I found the actual exam very easy to crack.
By taking regular mocks and with continued efforts, I cleared PO mains in 2016, with 80.5 and scored 70 in interview. Finally, I was selected in Canara bank.
My suggestion for all future aspirants is to never lose hope and wait for the day when you prove yourself!

Nikita Srivastava

IBPS RRB Assistant 2018-19

“Hello everyone....I am Nikita Srivastava and today I am going to share my success story. I started my preparation from July 2017 after I completed my b tech from computer science stream. Believe me guys, it was a journey full of ups and downs. So in my first attempt I cleared the preliminary phase of all the examinations including sbi, rrb, and nationalized banks but failed to clear mains. Then came my second attempt, I again appeared with more devotion and passion. In my second attempt I cleared ibps rrb assistant and allotted purvanchal bank. The strategy to my preparation is For quantitative- I firstly cleared my basics from rs Agarwal and then gave a test from oliveboard on a regular basis. Reasoning- for reasoning I only selected the oliveboard test series and gave the test on a regular basis. For English- I read The Hindu newspaper for improving my vocab and Grammar part For general awareness -i read newspaper to keep myself updated and opted mock tests and monthly quizzes from oliveboard At last I want to thank oliveboard for providing us the platform to make our dream come true.”

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!

Mohit Goyal

SSC CGL 2016 (AIR 130)

“First of all thanks to my parents and elder brother and all those people who helped me to achieve this goal and special thanks to oliveboard team because of your support I got this opportunity to write my journey of becoming an inspector. It's not a success story as I have not succeeded yet.I am still 'learning' and still like a 'student'. Well for me cracking SSC CGL was like a dream come true. A dream which I had never imagined cause I always knew deep in my heart that I can't crack a national level exam as I was very poor in English. Being a Hindi medium student, the major hurdle is English language. I was brought up in a middle class family in a small town of Rajasthan and did schooling in government school. So my background was totally Hindi. I was a 'big zero' in English. I was good at math but because of my poor English wasn't able to express myself properly. I passed out (2014) from Rajasthan technical university. Nowhere I was placed as all the companies rejected me due to my poor communication skills. I was frustrated, feeling useless and broken too. My relatives used to ask me 'beta, to ho gayi na tumhari..placement kyu nahi hua...matlab 4 saal jo me lagaye or paisa kharch kiya...uska kuch matlab nahi nikla..' I was alone and hopeless. After a few months I got a job but the salary was low as location was chennai. I had no choice so I joined. But a hope came out when I cleared three exams (I had appeared when I was in final year) I.e. IBPS Po 2014, RRB Po 2014 and postal assistant.I cleared the written exam but couldn't make it in interview and typing test. But I was determined to crack these exams. After that I knew about SSC and income tax inspector profile attracted me so much.To achieve such a post. I left my job. For SSC CGL preparation, I joined oliveboard test series and started preparing with all my might. I used to solve daily quizzes and section wise test and focused on my weak section. I tried alot but couldn't clear any bank exams. I faced IBPS PO & SBI PO interview but couldn't secure a name in the final list. Finally good news came when I got selected in SSC CGL 2015 and secured a post of an accountant in C&AG. It didn't make any changes in my routine I continued my preparation for Income tax inspector. After a year the Big Billion day of my life came when one of my friend called me and said ' Bhai ' ek hi 'Mohit Goyal' hai Income tax Inspector wali list me or wo tu hi hai'. I checked my result via roll no. and yes it was me. At last, I would like to say ''The harder you work, the luckier you get'..make your own strategy because you know yourself much better than anyone. Here is the series of exam I gave.
IBPS Po 2014 - out after the interview.
RRB Po 2014 - cleared written but none called for interview.
Postal assistant - failed in typing
SBI PO associated - failed in written exam.
SBI clerk - failed in written.
RBI assistant - failed in written
FCI - failed in written.
SBI PO 2015 - out after interview.
SSC CGL 2015 - selected.
IBPS PO 2015 - failed in mains
BoB PO - failed in written.
SSC CGL 2016 - selected.
These lines motivate me alot - Don’t compare yourself with others but do Compare between the ‘Present you’ and the 'Past you’. Everyone tells me to forget the past and move on. But I say, Don’t forget the past but learn from the past mistakes, Implement in the present to make Bright future. All the best for new aspirants will suggest you guys to join olive board team and download olive board app for better results.

Sudha Melpakkam


After 5 years of experience in a reputed IT firm, I wanted to take up banking as my career and join public sector banks. But I had no idea how to approach banking exams and I failed to clear the first two times. Then I heard about Oliveboard and I took up SBI PO practise tests. I really liked the difficulty level which I felt was one degree higher than the main exam. It helped me to prepare up to the standard. And finally, I got through SBI PO exam. All thanks to Oliveboard for making it happen.
Tip for Aspirants:
Taking up Oliveboard test series will let us know about the weak areas and help to prepare better with the help of sectional tests. Take up oliveboard test series and analyse your performance well. Analysing our performance is the most important thing because we get to know our mistakes and help us to correct them in the forthcoming exams. Attempt the tests and prepare with confidence ad success is yours.
Now I am aspiring to crack RBI grade B and I am going to take up Oliveboard for RBI phase 1 and phase 2.
All the best!

Utkarsh Awasthi

RBI Assistant

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