RRB PO(2017)

Read the preparation strategy of Ashish Dayma who cleared RRB PO & ICICI PO after completing his Graduation & Masters in Commerce. His success story rightly justifies that Failure is not a step backward; it's an excellent stepping stone to success.
Here is his success story:
Hello Everyone, I am Ashish Dayma from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I have completed my Graduation & Masters in Commerce in 2014 and 2016 respectively from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Soon after my Masters I started my preparation for various government exams and cleared RRB PO, 2017 & ICICI PO, 2016. I am presently working in ALLAHABAD UP GRAMIN BANK. It was a journey for ups and downs with great learning curve and I am thankful to Oliveboard for giving me an opportunity to share it with other aspirants today.
Preparation Strategy:-
I started my preparation from 2016 itself but was not able to clear even the Prelims. I somehow managed to clear the SBI Clerk 2016 Prelims but could not clear the Mains. But as truly said that success comes to those who dare and act. I did not lose hope and in 2017 I prepared in a better way with the help of Oliveboard mock tests & materials for IBPS exams. Oliveboard Mock tests and materials proved to be of great help and I was able to clear RRB PO & IBPS PO Prelims and Mains. But then I could only make through RRB PO 2017 after the interview round. In 19th March 2018 I joined Allahabad UP Gramin Bank and I must say that following Oliveboard tests and materials were one of the best choices that I have made during my preparation days.
I know this is one of the sections where many users face a lot of issues. But trust me there is no shortcut to score well in this section apart from practicing as much as you can. I referred NCERT books to cover all my chapters and I recommend the same to all the users as well. I just opted for Oliveboard mock tests and to be honest with every test that I gave, I kept improving and gaining speed and confidence.
Clear your basics for this section. Know the proper strategy to attempt each section, as at times the reasoning questions can be very lengthy if you do not have a proper method to approach them. Always try to cover all the possibilities of a question and then try to eliminate the unnecessary ones in order to get the last and the correct option. At the end keep practicing. Trust me, this is the only shortcut to your success.
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Instead of referring ‘n’ number of books to clear your concepts, try and stick to one and keep revising it twice or thrice. I used to refer “Plinth to Paramount” by Neetu Singh. You can refer to this book as it is quite helpful and easy to understand. Oliveboard mock tests helped me a lot in figuring out my weak areas after every mock test, and accordingly I devised my further study plan. It is very important to know your weakness and strength for each section to plan your study schedule.
I did not have much time to prepare for this section extensively. So I prepared myself from the Oliveboard Bolt which comes for free every month. Like every other aspirant even I did not know how to cover this section as it is quite vast but again Oliveboard Bolt proved as the ultimate solution and helped me to study and revise only what was important and needed.
Keep it as simple and honest as you can. This round is just to check about what kind of person you are or how compatible you are for the job profile being offered. Try to have a basic idea about your graduation subjects and previous work experience.
Role of Oliveboard:
As already mentioned in my preparation strategy, Oliveboard was the only website that I blindly followed for my complete preparation for each and every section, and I must say that I made the right choice. The mock tests and materials provided by Oliveboard are very much as per the latest pattern and syllabus and helps you to prepare according to the expected standard and quality.
Lastly, I would like to convey this message to all the aspirants: Failure is not a step backward; it's an excellent stepping stone to success. That's because someone who survives failure has gained irreplaceable knowledge and the unstoppable perseverance born from overcoming hardship.
All the best.

Mrinmoy Roy Sarkar


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



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

Tanmay Biswas


I started my career in 2011 with an IT company in Kolkata. After 2 years of working I thought to switch from private sector to govt. sector and started preparation with the help of weekend coaching. In 2013 IBPS I was selected as SWO in Punjab National Bank but I was searching for better option and I had WBSEDCL Office Executive post and joined there but unfortunately, I found there is no growth at all in later days. I became depressed but I recovered myself from that and started fresh. I got to know about Oliveboard and registered immediately.
When I started, my performance was poor but gradually I improved and updated myself with the question pattern and daily current affairs for banking and static GK. I used to get only evening time for study as I was working. I divided my time in two parts – 1st two hours for taking a test and then check the wrong answers and solve it again. This is the only process which helped me to get the success and this time I got selected in both PO & clerk in Union Bank of India.
Here are some tips for you all:
-I got to know that the IBPS has changed the exam pattern this year too. My suggestion for prelims is: try to attempt as much as you can but with perfection as the score is important to crack the prelims and go to the next level.
-As per the trend, IBPS will give the question in a way which is known to all of us. Here score and accuracy matters.
-In case of mains, go just a little bit slow and try to attempt the sections with perfection.
-For GI, focus more on puzzles, coding, input
-For Quant, as per the new pattern candidates should give extra efforts on DI part
-English, the only way is to follow the newspaper editorials, especially the Hindu and follow Oliveboard mock papers.
-General awareness: focus more on banking. Read banking news every day.
-Descriptive: prepare some recent topics. Everyday newspaper reading is helpful.
Oliveboard is the only exam portal which gives the idea of latest question paper and the exam analysis and the solution provided for quick answering is amazing. I started and regularly followed it which gave me remarkable success. Thanks a lot, Oliveboard!



'Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.' Similarly, Sonal followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
Here is her inspiring story:
I am Sonal Dewangan, a civil engineer graduate based on Raipur, Chhattisgarh. I completed my graduation from BIT Raipur in 2016 and subsequently started preparing for IBPS and SBI PO.
My Journey to SBI started after graduation. Instead of joining any coaching center I decided to prepare at home with the help of Oliveboard.
I started my preparations by solving books as well as giving sectional tests from Oliveboard. I started from basics and gradually increased the difficulty level.
I followed the strategy of giving frequent mock tests and then analyzing them thoroughly which helped me in devising a proper strategy for attempting the exam. It also increased my confidence and enabled me to solve the questions in stipulated time.
My Strategy and Tips For Quantitative Aptitude:
• I solved Sarvesh Verma for quant and gave mocks from Oliveboard mock tests to test my progress.
• My daily target was to solve at least 30 questions per day and two sectional tests.
• Learning concepts are important than preparing hastily. You should focus on concepts rather than the number of questions solved.
• You should also not lose confidence when obtaining low scores. Mocks are generally hard.
For Reasoning and DI:
• Accuracy precedes speed in the mains exam and for that heavy practice is a must.
• Reasoning can be mastered by some tricks and shortcuts but for DI, you must do the labor.
• I didn’t use any offline material for this. Sectional test from Oliveboard are more than enough.
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For English:
• This is the nightmare section for most of us as we don’t have that much familiarity with the grammar and vocab. As I was from Hindi medium, it took me a while to have a hold of this section.
• Learn as much words as you can from “Word Power Made Easy”. You can test your progress by giving online sectional tests.
• Read at least 4 RCs daily. This will improve your understanding of long phrases and you will get acquainted with them.
For GK:
• Reading newspapers daily helped me a lot. You can give GK tests of Oliveboard to have an idea about the variety of questions. Read current affairs from anywhere you can.
• Revision is a must in this section. Revise as much as you can daily. Start making notes of static GK and read the editorials from the newspaper.
• While preparing for one particular area, connect it with all other sectors related to it and study it accordingly.
For Descriptive:
The descriptive section is a cakewalk if you know about the topic. I prepared from the list of topics which was provided by the Oliveboard. You can also see other candidate’s submissions and take help from that if you have any trouble in writing essays.
Interview Tips:
Once the mains exam is over, it’s all about confidence and knowing about yourself which helps in cracking the interview. If you have low confidence over your oratory skills, then you can try the mirror exercise, which also helped me a lot. GD is all about knowing about what’s happening in politics and other sectors. Basic knowledge and communication skills can easily fetch above average marks and with good mains score, the final selection won’t be any trouble.
Oliveboard’s Role In The Preparation:
The sectional tests and mocks from Oliveboard helped me in tracking my preparations as well as enabled me to work on key improvement areas. The UI of the platform is user-friendly and quite informative. The high number of candidate who appear for the mocks gives you a practical scenario of the competition that is out there and gives you a competitive edge among other aspirants.
Tips To Aspirants:
I would conclude by stating the fact that Luck matters in each stage of selection, but it’s the hard work and consistency which pays off at the end. The competition is high and the best time to start your preparation is NOW!!



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

Nikita Chhabra


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

Prithwi Raj

SBI PO 2019

“My name is Prithwi Raj. I have completed my B.E from mechanical engineering in 2017. I was not satisfied, then I started preparing for the banking examinations, but, in the beginning, it was very challenging for me because I was weak in English. My Maths and Reasoning are average but I also had to work on that. So, l started reading the newspaper and collecting vocabulary words from everywhere. I practiced a lot of Grammar based questions. One thing l know that English and current affairs are very important for banking exams. So I worked more on them. When I cleared my SBI PO prelims, I was very happy but l was also tense because the mains exam was just after 20 days. So, l purchased oliveboard SBI PO mains test series. I gave 8 mock tests and analyzed them . I was not able to score much but now I got used to those exam kind of questions. I used to regularly read current affairs. Hence, it was not hard for me to prepare for current affairs, I just revised it daily. Descriptive section is also very important, don't take it lightly . You must prepare for descriptive. I had also prepared some of the recent topics which helped me very much in the examination . Interview is also very Important . I have prepared effectively for the interview. That's why I was able to score 26 out of 30 marks in the interview. So you must prepare for each and every section. I had done it, that's why I was able to crack the SBI PO exam. Tips:
1) Try every possible strategy that comes to mind, It is very important that you have perfect strategy.
2) Practice a lot.
3) Prepare every section
4) Work more on your weak area.
5) Be patient. your time will come.
6) Never give up. I failed in 22 examinations but I never gave up. Now I have one of the best jobs in India. You all people will also be able to crack the examination, I am sure about that. Just believe in yourself and start preparing. All the best to everyone. Thank you.”



'Even if something seems impossible for u, Somebody is going to do it someday…..
So, be that somebody,.......And do it yourself'. Similarly, Himanshu followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Himanshu Kashyap. I have cleared SBI CLERK & SBI PO. After my graduation I started preparing for banking exams.
I focussed on clearing the basics first and then practicing as many mock tests as I can.
Preparation Strategy:
So guys, it’s all about the right approach and technique. I would love to share my preparation tips and journey with you all via Oliveboard so it can be helpful to all the aspirants.
Starting with Quants, always try to clear your basics first. Follow only one book and cover all the important chapters. This will help you to prepare yourself in a dedicated manner.
It’s never possible to finish the complete syllabus, so try to cover all the important topics and keep revising it as much as possible. Give as many test series as you can. This will help to get an idea about the level of the real exam.
I gave mock tests from Oliveboard which were based on the latest pattern and syllabus and then analysed it thoroughly. This helped me immensely to keep a track of my progress.
Reasoning is all about practice. Keep practicing as much as you can and focus on the right technique to solve the questions.
Generally, the Reasoning questions are lengthy and confusing, so if you do not know the right technique and approach to start it then it may take a lot of time in the exam to solve even a single question.
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Get all your concepts crystal clear. Refer to some good grammar books to brush your grammar rules. For vocab I used to read a lot of Editorials from different newspapers. I also referred WORD POWER MADE EASY book to work on my vocab. Trust me these two books and a good number of mock tests are more than enough to make this section strong.
You can also refer editorial sections of HINDU and TIMES OF INDIA to improve your vocab and reading skills. It will also help you in your descriptive section.
Refer to some good Gk book to cover all the important sections.You can also read newspapers daily and watch news channels to keep yourself updated.
Oliveboard BOLT is also very helpful in preparing this section.
Role Of Oliveboard
I always preferred practicing as many mocks as I can to analyse my performance. I did refer few sites for mock tests and found Oliveboard to be very beneficial. The level of mock tests provided by Oliveboard helped me immensely to have a clear idea about the level of the real exam.So always concentrate more on accuracy and practice as much as you can.
So guys my advice to everyone is that...please give mock tests and analyse them properly to keep a check on your performance and practice technique.
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.

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.”

Swati Verma


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


SBI PO 2018

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Anirban followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
My name is Anirban Paul. I am from Guwahati, Assam. I am a BE graduate in Electronics and TeleCommunication Engineering from Assam Engineering College(2013-2017). Recently I cleared SBI PO 2018 in my first attempt.
My Journey:
After graduation I was placed in a reputed private company in college placement but decided not to join as I was always interested in a government job. Initially, I started preparing for SSC CGL and cleared CGL Tier 1 of SSC CGL 2017 but failed to clear tier 2. During that time I also realised the lack of transparency and slow process of SSC recruitment and decided to switch to banking from January 2018 onwards. Since I decided to prepare through online resources by myself, I started with Oliveboard mock tests and prepared through free resources available online. Solving Oliveboard mock tests has been an integral part of my journey since it helps an aspirant to learn new concepts and question patterns and also get used to the exam format. I believe if one does the hard and smart work in practice; he will eventually get lucky in the actual exam.
Subject Wise Preparation:
Quantitative Aptitude/Data Interpretation:
For QA and DI I started with basics. Free resources available on YouTube helped me clear all my concepts. Once my basics were covered I started giving Oliveboard mock tests and analysing each and every mock. I focused a lot on my calculation as it forms an integral part of this section. Learning the basic tables, quick calculation methods will come in handy if one faces difficulty in this section. Practice helped me increase my speed and confidence.
Logical Reasoning:
The basic concepts in Logical Reasoning are very simple and one can find them in YouTube videos online. Once the basics were covered, I started practicing on a daily basis. Solving maximum number of puzzles helped me understand many problem solving tricks. A key part in this section is identifying the tough questions and not getting stuck in a single problem during exams. This can be developed by practice and solving maximum number of mock tests.
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For English I focused mainly on vocabulary and always made it a point to note down any new word I read or listen. My grammar basics were clear so I did not focus much on that section and tried to cover Reading Comprehension as much as I could. One major source for my English preparation was Editorials from The Hindu. This had a two way benefit for me as it also helped me with my descriptive paper of SBI PO mains examination.
General Awareness:
This is a very tricky section. Many people focus only on current affairs but this section covers banking awareness and also static awareness. For banking awareness part, I prepared from the online free monthly PDF’s which are available on Oliveboard blog (Oliveboard Bolt). For current affairs, I used to read from few apps on a daily basis and also followed the monthly PDF’s for last minute revision. Along with this I used to give various daily GA quizzes available in many Websites/Applications. The static part is vast and I read mostly from previous years papers and some from the pdf capsules realised by various groups.
Role Of Oliveboard In My Success:
Oliveboard has the reputation of being the best mock test available in the market and it became my first purchase in the examination preparation journey. Oliveboard mock tests have always exposed me to new and updated questions. The oliveboard mock tests standard is best for an examination as unpredictable as SBI PO. Oliveboard mock tests actually helped me prepare for the unexpected. The questions are diverse and covered all topics and the solutions provided with mocks helped me learn new ways to approach many problems.
Tip To Aspirant:
Always be open to learning new things and concepts. Practice as much as you can. As the saying goes “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat”. Take care of your health during the preparation phase. Most importantly believe in yourself and enjoy the journey of preparation.
All the best.

Rupesh Lohan


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

Saravanakumar V


“I am very happy to post this story because when I started preparing for the bank examination, I had a wish to post my success story in this blog. Now details about my career In school - 12th standard (Bio maths) - 80%. In college - B.E.,[mechanical]-8.428/10 [CGPA]. Graduated from college in 2014. Initially I started preparing for the State public service commission, but the examinations were not conducted within a particular time. My experience level is 1. Written group 1 mains twice, but didn't clear mains. 2. cleared all levels in group 2, but missed the overall cutoff by 0.5 marks. 3. SSC CGL mains in 2016, didn't clear the mains. 4. Got selected in ICICI PO in 2015. I wrote this exam based on the experience which I gained during my college campus placement training. But I didn't join because the service agreement is for 5 years and courses fees also. 5. Now in 2018, I started for the bank exam as there was no state public service examination for that whole year. I wrote IBPS RRB PO, IBPS RRB CLERK, IBPS PO, IBPS CLERK. IN IBPS RRB PO MAINS- MY OVERALL SCORE WAS 97.5. I didn't clear the reasoning section cutoff. I missed it by 0.25 marks. IN IBPS RRB CLERK MAINS, I didn't clear the overall cutoff. IN IBPS PO MAINS, I cleared and got 47.07 out of 100 and got selected in a PO in BANK OF INDIA. IN IBPS CLERK MAINS, I got 58.25 out of 100 and got selected as a CLERK in CANARA BANK. My strategy for bank exams is to focus more on weak areas and at the same time make my strong areas to be more accurate. In general everyone focuses on weak areas but in my preparation I focussed in accuracy first then I increased my attempts gradually. It ultimately boosted my score periodically.
My preparation - section wise:
Quants: Practice more on word problems like SI, CI, Time and work, Mensuration, Train, Pipes and Cisterns. I had a strong basic foundation for all arithmetic questions. so I mostly used to practice the questions online and review the unanswered and wrong questions frequently.
Reasoning: I am good at Input-output, syllogism, alphanumeric problem, Direction and blood relation. But too weak in solving puzzles as had less exposure to that section. So I started with line puzzles and then on increasing - decreasing order puzzle and then on floor puzzle. I just practised these three puzzles repeatedly until I got used to such problems.
English and general studies: I practised regularly and for general studies, I used Bolt. I practised current affairs on various online platforms for making questions familiar.”

Digvijay Patil


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

Shayon Ghosh

IBPS Clerk

My story began when I was tired of a hectic private job & I was looking for alternatives. On suggestion from my seniors, I decided to sit for banking exams. I started my preparation with research: analyzed previous year’s papers & tracked important topics & best online study material & mocks.
I started my preparation for SBI & IBPS a bit late (in March’16) but I was aware of my strength & weak areas. I purchased the Oliveboard test series for SBI PO, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO, & IBPS Clerk & kept on appearing & rigorously analyzing the mocks. This is a good way to know your competition; if not 20 lakh then at least 40,000-50,000.
I cleared SBI PO & SBI Clerk Prelims handsomely but the real shock came with difficult Mains paper. I could not clear both these exams but learnt from my mistakes. I geared up my preparation. Oliveboard mocks also went a level higher! This gave a boost to my preparation strategy & I found ways to answer questions smartly.
The next surprise was IBPS PO Mains. It went a notch higher than SBI. I was almost on the verge of giving up but then I thought “Winners never Quit! “. So I kept my preparation going for IBPS Clerk which was the last hope for me. I missed IBPS PO by 1.5 marks but ultimately on 1st April, 2017 I nailed the IBPS Clerk exam & got allotted to Syndicate Bank (WB)
I am an ardent follower of Oliveboard & thank the entire team for their unending support. The content provided by OB is tremendously helpful to have a strong hold on the subjects. Also, the mock tests provided by Oliveboard are closest to the actual IBPS exam & it is available at the best price in the market.
My suggestion: “The more you sweat in PRACTICE the less you bleed in battle”. Study smartly which will help you to raise the bar so that you need not to care about your competition. Once you apply for any exam don’t stop until you crack it. Just be honest with yourself & have faith. YOU CAN DO IT...!!

Taran Sikka


After my graduation, I reluctantly joined an MNC but soon the lack of growth opportunities made me worry about my future. I started my preparation in November 2015. My first exam was LIC AAO 2016 followed by NABARD Assistant Manager in which I couldn’t make it to the next stage. I also appeared for SBI JA and SBI PO exams but didn’t get past the mains exam stage. All these failures motivated me to work hard for IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk 2016. I can proudly say that I qualified both the exams and got placed in IDBI bank and Bank of India as a PO and clerk, respectively.
I started by clearing my basic concepts of Reasoning, Maths and English with the help of various books. For GK, I followed the GK capsules prepared by various sites. After that I started taking regular mock tests from Oliveboard starting with LIC AAO. I appreciate the fact that they have varying difficulty levels in their tests which are devoid of any mistakes. This helped me build my confidence for the actual exam. Their analytics tool helped me identify my weak areas, work on them and improve my scores.
Appearing for further exams like IPPB Mains 2017, NIACL AO Mains 2017, IBPS Clerk Mains and IBPS PO Mains made me realize that there has been a gradual shift in the pattern of banking exams. My advice to future aspirants will be that they shouldn’t stick to books anymore. The internet has variety of sources to help them prepare for the new pattern. Also, one should change their strategy to suit the latest pattern.

AB Janani


“Hi! I am Janani. I have completed my graduation in 2018. After graduation, I didn't understand what to do. I was sure about not joining a software company. I searched on google and realised that I could try SBI. But when the notification arrived I was disheartened because I could not fulfill eligibility criteria as I was not 21. Then later I came to know about the IBPS PO exam. I was not interested in joining coaching. So again I searched on google and found that oliveboard is the best website for Banking exams. The standard of questions in mock tests is very high. It helped me a lot. the marks I used to get in the original exam used to be at least 10 marks greater than the marks I got in oliveboard mocks. I felt the original exam was easy, compared to mocks. This year IBPS PO mains was tough. But I was able to clear it with ease. I didn't study for 10/12 hours per day. All I did was, know the basics and attempting the mock tests. This helped me to obtain speed, accuracy and confidence that I could crack the exam. During my preparation many people said that it is not easy to crack this exam without any coaching and people take years to crack the exam. I heard many people say that you could not crack this exam in a single attempt without 10 hour preparation per day. Those are just myths. Be sincere to your preparation. Even two hours per day is enough if you are sincere and dedicated. So dear aspirants just have the confidence that you have the potential to crack this exam. And BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. CONFIDENCE and BELIEF play a major role. ALL THE BEST GUYS!!!”

Aniket Labhane

IBPS SO Marketing Scale I

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

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!


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.

Atul Mayank

SBI PO 2018

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

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!

Ashish Kumar Jha


Hi, My name is Ashish Kumar Jha. I did my B.Tech from IEM , KOLKATA in 2014; got job offers through campus interview for few companies. But, I was not interested in the corporate culture. UPSC was always my target.
After my graduation, I started my CSE preparation. But, due to some health problem, my preparation got affected and I lost 1 year. By the end of 2016, I recovered and was determined to get a job. I started applying for competitive exams. I never prepared exclusively for Banking Examinations.
Meanwhile, I decided not to write multiple exams but focus on few exams. I applied for SBI PO 2017. Meanwhile, I got selected for Laxmi Villas Bank PO. I worked for 4 months at Laxmi Villas bank. While working there, I gave my SBI PO mains and subsequently cleared it.
Strategy that I’ve followed:
English Language:
This is one of my strong areas. I have a habit of reading newspaper since six std. It really helped. So, this section does not require much preparation if you are really good at basics and regularly read a newspaper. Besides, Oliveboard mock test series really helped me on various account.
Quantitative Aptitude:
Banking exams are getting tougher and trickier every year. Since I was from the engineering background, my maths basics were strong. And, this section is also one of my strong areas. I DIDN’T follow any books, magazines or study materials for maths. I relied on online multiple resources and YouTube videos. I gathered a list of unconventional tricky questions for all the topics and started solving regularly.
My advice to aspirants is not to go for conventional questions, try unconventional tricky questions.
I was weak in reasoning. You need not always solve puzzles to cross the barrier. I used to solve independent questions and used to skip puzzles. My aim was to clear the cut-offs.
My advice to aspirants is – if you are good in puzzles, go for it. But, if you are weak like me just try to solve independent questions and if the time permits, you can attempt puzzles.
Data Analysis & Interpretation:
I have done integrated approach for SBI PO preparation. I tried to solve DI questions from online resources every day. One thing about DI is – you need to practice every day and good calculation skill is the main weapon to score for DI.
General Awareness Economy/Banking:
I referred to newspaper and online resources for this section. I used to make notes from the newspaper. My UPSC exam preparation approach really helped me.
My interview started on the wrong note and I was thinking at the back of my mind about rejection from final selection. Anyways, as the interview progresses, I started making a positive impact on the panel. Most of the questions pertain to the practical approach to banking. My job experience at Laxmi Villas bank also helped me in answering various tricky questions.
One thing to note is that my newspaper reading habit has helped in my interview and other sections of the exam.
Tips to aspirants:
• You can clear any banking exams without books, magazines and study materials. There are many websites with numerous resources and YouTube videos. All you need is willing to do it, clarity of basics and identifying two strong areas.
• Relax, do not intimidate by competition around you. Just do your things.
All the best to all aspirants!

Bardhan Soumyajyoti

IBPS Clerk

Oliveboard helped me by getting me exam ready through their innovative online mock tests. With the help of Oliveboard mock tests I got myself selected as a Clerk at Union Bank of India.

Saahil Gupta


My name is Saahil Gupta & I am currently working as an Administrative Officer in New India Assurance Company Ltd. I did my B-Tech in CS Stream in 2014 and getting into government job was my utmost priority. 2015 wasn't that good year for me. The exams which I gave and was not able to qualify were; SSC CGL 2015, IBPS PO 2015, & SBI PO 2015.
I got three shockers in a row. I was highly disappointed with my performance, but I never lost hope. In my opinion studying 12-15 hours a day will not help you till your approach isn’t right. If your approach is right, you can crack any exam. The first thing which I did was joining Oliveboard Test Series. This is one of the best test series you will find. The questions are of very good level & you all know that the exams these days are not easy. The approach to the questions is so well defined that it's not only easy but also error free. There was a sudden improvement in my scores after joining the test series. This is what I was able to achieve in 2016:
-NIACL AO (Currently working)
-IBPS PO (Got PNB Bank)
-Bank of Baroda PO
-Bank of Maharashtra PO
-SSC CGL 2016 (Got AFHQ post)
You can see the improvements. It's all about the approach, guys. The other important point to note here is patience. Never fear from your failure. Failure can make your confidence zero, but it can also make you rise to the top level. We fret it, we try to avoid it, and we question ourselves every time we have unconventional ideas. But the truth is, no great success was ever achieved without failure. Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to achieving our dreams.



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

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.”

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.


SBI PO 2018

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

Deepak Kumar Jena


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

Anubhav Panigraphy

NIACL AO: All India Rank #1

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


SBI PO & CLERK, 2018

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

Shivali Prakash


I had started my preparation in the mid of 2015 with SBI PO. Couldn’t clear the Mains sectional cut off which made me realize that I need to work on my weak areas. I heard about Oliveboard Test Series from many other aspirants, that this test series proved quite useful for those students who had cleared SBI PO. I took a free test of IBPS PO (Preliminary) and was satisfied with the difficulty level and question pattern and to add to that, it was error free. I decided to buy the entire series. The IBPS PO test series proved quite beneficial for me as it helped me not only to improve my performance but also my rank among other candidates. I solved all the tests provided in the package and also worked on my mistakes with the detailed and error free solutions provided in the package. Ultimately I cleared both IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk because of this test series and have been selected as a Probationary Officer in Corporation Bank and as a Clerk in Canara bank.

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.

Parag Dutta

IBPS RRB Assistant

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



“I am very thankful to Oliveboard for providing tough mocks. I remember when i was giving IBPS PO mains Mocks, they were too tough, I was taking 3 days to solve 1 mock test. I was scoring 45- 48 marks in mock tests. But, I did not stop, I struggled, I gave my full day daily, solving it.  It was the fruits of my struggle that I got a very good score above the cutoff in my final result.i.e., 47.27(out of 100) in IBPS PO, 57.32(out of 100) in RRB PO, 105.40(out of 200) in SBI JA. My approach was always practicing the toughest, and it helped me clear SBI JA 2018, RRB CLERK 2018 & RRB PO 2018 and finally IBPS PO 2018 all one after another in 2018. Last thing to say - Fall Down seven times, STAND UP EIGHT and believe in yourself, because you can achieve far more than you think.”


SBI PO 2019

“Hello guys, My name is Chintan and I am going to share my preparation strategy. It all started from the month of August and I was able to clear it in the very first attempt. Before discussing my strategies I would like to offer you some free advice. 1)Follow this quote strictly 'Excuses are for losers,winners always find a way'. 2)You can't simply think that everything will go as planned,you have to be ready for the worst situation. 3)You never know what you can achieve until you try.So never listen to those who try to demotivate you. 4) Result is just an outcome of your preparation.So never think about your result ,just focus on your preparation and result will automatically follow.(Even The Great Sachin R.Tendulkar never thought that he would hit 100 centuries ,he just kept playing and it happened ) 5)In some cases the path might seem difficult but later you will feel that the destination was worth it. 6)Always be confident.And confidence comes from practice. So practice and revise regularly. 7) There's a famous saying in the movie 3-Idiots 'Run behind excellence,success will run behind you'. So instead of thinking about your success you should focus on completing the syllabus first . 8)Mock tests are really important but you should analyze properly once the test is over .Once your basics are clear you should start taking the mock tests. 9)Never compare yourself with others,if you really want to do so then compare with yourself.Keep asking yourself ' Are you better today than you were yesterday? if not ,then try to improve'. 10) Each and everyone who is preparing for these kinds of exams work hard ,all are equally deserving but not everyone gets success immediately.Some achieve it easily as compared to others.But the process should go on and you should never let the result affect your preparation. 11)Never regret your decisions.Nobody wants to make a wrong decision at a crucial time,everyone thinks he is in the right direction.So it's OK So instead of regretting over this what you can do is to analyse where you went wrong or what you could have done better etc.
PREPARATION STRATEGY: Start reading the Current Affairs from January month(at least 4 months of current affairs is necessary). It's not that you should start preparing this portion once you clear the PRELIMS.This is really vast and you need to revise it regularly. Note down the difficult stats in your diary or notebook for revision (e.g--one can't remember different schemes by various state govt. Or days and themes or appointments etc. And writing down these things at one place will help you memorize more) Revise the current affairs time to time. Apps for daily practice (quant,reasoning,eng,CA)--Oliveboard
QUANT and REASONING--- Oliveboard videos for concept clearing. Oliveboard daily quizzes for regular practice
ENGLISH--- To be frank, this is the section where I had put lesser effort as compared to other sections.So I had watched very limited videos.But I have heard people saying that Nimisha ma'am videos are really good for clearing the basics. So you can watch those. Also The Hindu daily analysis is a must watch.It's a good practice to summarize the topic from the The Hindu editorial in your own words once you go through it completely.It will help you in the Descriptive section.
CURRENT AFFAIRS -- I used to watch videos of Oliveboard REGULARLY and FREQUENTLY. PDFs --- Oliveboard Bolt
DESCRIPTIVE WRITING--- Have some ideas on current news. Practice writing essays and letters at regular intervals.
GD,GE & INTERVIEW--- Interview is really important and you shouldn't take it casually. Recent topics were thrown upon us during the GD and Interview.I had joined a local institute for the preparation of Interview and GD.
N.B:--- Don't think that SBI PO is a tough nut to crack and you have to clear all the phases i.e. pre,mains,gd,ge,interview.... What I felt is that once you clear the PRELIMS, the ball will be in your court .As the questions in the MAINS exam are relatively tough, so each and everyone who qualify for the MAINS have equal chances of qualifying for the Interview. The important and easiest section that might help you in the MAINS is the current affairs section and you can attempt 34+ questions (based on SBI PO 2019 paper) easily with 100% accuracy which is not the case with other sections. So this was all about my preparation strategy.I am not saying that you should strictly follow it but you can take a leaf out of it and it's better to have your own strategy. All the best to the aspirants and always believe in yourself and you will see everything falling in place at the right time.”

Sidhant Dubey


2016 was the first time when I appeared for the bank exams seriously. I had been attempting free mock tests on Oliveboard since last few years but last year I bought the entire series
Trust me guys, some questions in Oliveboard Mock Tests are difficult and they prepare you to face the worst in the actual exam. To give an example, I had never score more than 55 in any SBI PO Prelims Mock Test but in the actual exam, I was able to score 78.5. I also performed very well in the Main exam and cleared it (couldn’t clear the interview unfortunately).
I followed Oliveboard Mock Tests for other banking exams in 2016 as well and successfully cleared RBI Assistant & SSC CGL. I would like to thank Oliveboard for the amazing mock tests and I wish them all the best in helping the future aspirants to achieve their dreams.

Sagnik Sarkar


It was a happy feeling to clear both IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk, right in my first attempt.
I finished my Engineering in 2015 and immediately started preparing seriously for the Banking Exams. I enrolled for Oliveboard Mock Test Series and found it extremely useful. The best part is the User interface is very good and the site doesn't hang or stop working in mid of the test. Also, the General Awareness questions were pretty good, touching the real IBPS level. The explanations of all the questions in Oliveboard Mock Tests are accurate and to the point.
Apart from mock tests, I also used some books for the preparation such as RS Agarwal for Mathematics and Reasoning and Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publications. My English was pretty good still I used Objective General English by SP Bakshi.
I am waiting for 29th August 2016, when I will be joining Punjab National Bank as a PO.



Hi friends, I’m Ankit Prasad from Chhattisgarh. I completed my BTech in 2016. Most of the IT companies visited our college for campus placements. I had not opted for placements as I was not interested in the IT Sector. My father told me about stability and fast growth in the Banking sector and he motivated me to prepare for Banking Exams.
IBPS PO 2016 was the first Banking Exam I attempted and failed miserably in Prelims itself. My family and friends supported me to stand up and fight again. One of my friends told me about Oliveboard Mock Test Series. I purchased Oliveboard Mock Test Series for SBI PO 2017 and started practicing mocks. I realised the importance of quality tests. Oliveboard Mock Tests helped me to practice quality questions and to analyse my performance. I cleared SBI PO Prelims and Mains but missed final list by 2 marks. I also cleared BOB PGDM written exam but again missed the final merit list. I continued my hard work and finally, I cleared IBPS Clerk 2017 and got Bank of Baroda. I owe my success to My parents and Oliveboard.
Here is my Section Wise Preparation Strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude: Clear your basics from Sarvesh Kumar Verma and practice questions from Oliveboard Sectional Tests and Mock Test Series. Once you're clear with your concepts, attempt one Sectional Test daily for quant. This would be sufficient enough for quant.
Logical Reasoning: No book is required. Just practice questions from Mock Tests. In mock tests, try to attempt puzzles at the end in reasoning section. Practice it daily and this will be more than enough.
English: Cultivating a Reading Habit and practicing Comprehension is the key to crack English section. You need to develop a good reading habit to excel this section. Reading newspapers will also help you in GK preparation and in Interviews/GD. I used to read The Hindu editorial section daily. Also, the Oliveboard's New Pattern English Tests helped me a lot. Do read editorials, learn vocab and attempt Oliveboard New Pattern English Tests.
General Awareness: Read the daily current affairs update from an online platform and attempt quizzes. Practice MCQs from Oliveboard GK Tests. Also, learn Banking Awareness.
Attempt Mock Tests and analyse them religiously. Prepare your own strategy and work accordingly. Invest in good quality Mock Tests like Oliveboard. Oliveboard provides a detailed and lucid solution for each and every question which one can easily understand.
Prepare well and have patience, you will definitely sail through it.
Happy Learning and All the Best for your upcoming exams!


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

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

Manish Kumar


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



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



“Hi Friends, I am Subhajit Tewari from Bankura,West Bengal. I have been selected as an EPFO ASO(AIR-8), IBPS RRB OFFICER SCALE1, IBPS PO(Selected For interview ,that will be held very soon). So, Here is my success story:- I am a BTECH(CSE) Graduate from St.Thomas' College of Engineering & Technology, one of the finest private engineering colleges. I Graduated in 2015, got selected in Infosys as Systems Engineer from college placement. I joined and worked in Infosys till 17th Jan, 2017. Infosys is a good company to work with but I did not like the corporate life therefore I always thought of getting out from there. Neither me nor my employer was happy. Then Finally in 2017 we came to a settlement & I came back home. I started my competitive exams preparation from 2018. In 2017, I had given bank exams to feel the exam trend and competition. In 2018, I had cleared IBPS PO mains, IBPS SO mains but was not selected in Final list due to shortage of some marks. So, on 1st April 2019 I was awaiting for 3 results but was not selected in any of these. After that I have given PNB SO & LIC AAO. Here also I did not made it to the final list. In LIC AAO I scored 30+ marks more than cut off but I was not able to clear the sectional cutoff of one section (Either CA or IA). Hard Luck!! So, I did not break down, rather I made myself stronger day by day. I have realized my weak areas and I worked on those areas. There was a time when I could not score more than 30-40% in the Current Affairs section. That was the reason I was not selected in earlier exams. Now I am getting 65-75% in CA section. Now Finally selected as EPFO ASO(AIR-8); IBPS RRB OFFICER SCALE 1; IBPS PO(selected for interview); I also cleared LIC Assistant pre but did not sit for mains as I was selected before that. The word 'QUIT' should not be in your dictionary, if you want to be selected. Work Hard. Keep trying. I have studied, enjoyed with friends, enjoyed web series over netflix, movies everything. Because 4-5 hrs study a day is Enough, though it varies from person to person.
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