SBI PO, 2018

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

Dhaval Prajapati


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

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!!!”

Anmol Panwar


Being a B.Com graduate, choosing banking sector was an obvious choice for me. I was taking coaching for banking exams at Lucknow, when a senior told me about Oliveboard Mock Tests. He himself was taking OB Mock Tests for SSC CGL and he told me that these tests are the best one can get. I attempted the first mock test (which was free) but scored very less. The standard was much higher than the mock tests that I was taking at the coaching institute and it gave me a reality check. I start attempting and anlaysing OB Mock Tests regularly and my performance improved gradually.
I have no doubt in proclaiming that my selection in IBPS PO Main Exam became possible only because of Oliveboard. When you keep taking difficult mock tests, you don't experience any "shock" on the exam day, and that's what exactly happened in my case. Thank you Oliveboard



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

Upasana Shah


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

Aryan Chatterjee


I was particularly not aware of the banking exams pattern when i first started my preparation for Govt exams in 2014. I was mainly concentrating on SSC but gave IBPS PO and SBI PO in 2014 but it was a disaster. After completing my Post graduation in 2015 I took these exams seriously. Although i am a science graduate and solving maths was easy to me but the time constraint always bogged me down. Then I came to know about Oliveboard from a social networking site and thought about giving it a go to all the mock tests available. I enrolled for SBI PO course and I found that the interface and all the graphs and datas after the exams absolutely brilliant. One can simply improve upon his/her weakness from analyzing those data. I would also rate highly for the quality of questions given in the mocks. I did get through the Prelims and Mains of SBI PO but I was unfortunate for not making it through the final list by 1 mark. Also in IBPS PO I am in the reserve list after scoring 95.5 in the Mains and got 170.5 marks in IBPS Clerk and got allotted in Bank of India. I also failed to make it through the final list of IBPS RRB PO and IDBI Executive. So in all 2015 was a mixed year for me with little bit of fortune not going my way but i would like to say in the end that Oliveboard do helped me in improving my speed a lot and I would also recommend it to maintain its quality of questions and if possible also make it more tough as we can see that the patterns are changing each and every year and also competition and the level of questions is getting tougher each passing day.
I am hopeful for SBI PO this year and also planning to take SSC CGL Exam and wishing for success in these exams as well



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

Kaustubh Mamagain


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

Deyasini Das Gupta


“Hi, I'm Deyasini Das Gupta.I completed my M.A in Economics in 2016 from Jadavpur University. After that I started my preparation for Govt jobs. My main target was SSC CGL. I can't appear in 2017 because of certain family issues. However in 2017 I appeared in IB ACIO-II but failed to clear it after interview. The result was out on 26th June, 2018 and it was completely a bolt from the blue. Neither SSC was conducting CGL nor I had an iota of idea about Bank jobs. My SSC preparation helped me to crack SBI JA pre easily. With just one month's preparation I appeared in mains and failed to crack it for 1.5 marks. Then BOB PO for 0.5 marks. Meanwhile ESIC conducted the SSO exam and without much idea about the organisation I filled the form.Then on 20th Jan SBI JA 1st reserve List got published. Because of my constant failures, finding my name in the list was just like a precious gift for me.Then came the final result of ESIC SSO. I initially couldn't believe my eyes. My AIR was-105. My IBPS PO final result is still pending. However Under no circumstances I'm going to quit ESIC SSO for IBPS PO. Now coming to the preparation part, I want to thank Oliveboard team for their help. Solving and analyzing the mock tests was the sole path I followed.Besides I also gave a number of descriptive tests.Thank you Oliveboard for this great assistance.”

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

Soumyarshi Das


ello, I am Soumyarshi Das from Kolkata and I have been selected as Income Tax Inspector through SSC CGL 2016 (first attempt- AIR 304), as Postal Assistant/ Sorting Assistant through SSC CHSL 2015, Shortlisted for RRB NTPC (Kolkata RRB 210 rank) and others.
After completing my B. Tech in Electronics and Communication from Techno India College of Technology, Newtown Kolkata, I started preparing for SSC CGL as I was enthused for Government Job examination. As I did not join any conventional coaching centre, I started group study that helped me to push my limits.
Some special advice to the candidates:
1. Continue your preparations with a positive mindset and have faith on your hard work.
2. Always Study in a screen free zone (Use of Mobile, television etc should be restricted)
3. Never forget to make daily, weekly and monthly plan to reach your success without any delay or hassles
4. Do not delay in collecting necessary books, contents and resources. Have your materials ready well in advance
5. Guardians should not be tensed as their anxiety may be transmuted to the candidate. They should encourage the candidate and build favourable atmosphere to perform well
6. Do not think much about cut off and any change in the scheme of examinations. If you are a deserving candidate you are bound to succeed
7. Take as many mock tests as possible and analyse them with due diligence to identify:
A. How many questions are you not being able to attempt and why
B. What are the chapters/topics that are bothering you?
C. Are you solving the questions in the shortest method possible?
D. What is your position with respect to the topper of the test
E. The Number of silly mistakes and how to minimize them
F. Whether are you being able to remain consistent with your marks
8. Do not get demotivated if you cannot score well in a particular mock test rather your focus should be on fixing the problems that frustrated your progress
Oliveboard is one of the best online mock test sites for below mentioned reasons:
1. Very fast and smooth Interface without any lag or connectivity problem
2. Questions’ standard is up to the mark with the growing difficulty level of cut throat competition in SSC and other government job exams
3. Solution of each and every question has been prepared with due care
4. Sectional tests are also available in case you need special practise in chapters that you find difficult
I wish you all best of luck! I would like to end the topic with a saying that I always followed 'To succeed your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.'


RRB PO & CLERK (2018)

'A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.' Similarly, Prashant left no stone unturned to achieve his destination.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Prashant Gautam. After Completing my B.Tech as a Mechanical Engineer I started looking for good pvt job but after joining a firm for a few months, I realised that this is not what I have to do in my life. Having said that I started looking for a Govt job and found that the financial sector is the most suitable place where I can make my future with promising career growth and proper balance in life and work.
Preparation Tips From Prashant:
Quants & Reasoning:
Always start by clearing your concepts and then proceed with giving mock tests. You can refer some good book for this purpose.
After starting off my preparation I was always comfortable in Reasoning and Mathematics. I knew that just some good amount of practice is good to go in order to score well in these two sections. Oliveboard test series helped me a lot to gain speed and accuracy throughout my practice session.
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English comes to me as a headache as I don't have any hold on vocab and grammar. Moving forward I then started working on my grammar and soon realized that vocabulary plays a bigger role than grammar in banking exams. It took me around one and half years to master my vocab and today I can proudly say that I score more marks in English in comparison to other subjects.
You can refer to Neetu Singh’s book to clear your basic concepts.
For GK/GA, I used to read newspapers daily and gave Oliveboard’s GK tests to keep myself updated. Also making small notes proved very helpful in my last minute revision.
How was Oliveboard Helpful:
For practice purpose I was always confused regarding which mock I need to go for, and then my friend suggested me Oliveboard. Oliveboard not only gave me confidence but also a depth level of practice which is tougher than the real exam paper. The level of the test series provided by Oliveboard was at par with the real exam.
Tips To Aspirants:
For aspirants, I will suggest to keep yourself determined and focused…...success will surely follow you.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Aman Kumar


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


ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR- 39)

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

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.

Surya Pavan Dileep Kumar Ejjurotu


“My name is Dileep Kumar, I was never restricted by any one in my family of a Father, Mother and a Sister with the decisions taken by me from matured age and was like a free bird. Example: After SSC, I joined Science Stream in +2, and then B. Com in Graduation along with ICWA (ICWA was left in the middle). (Three Different things at the Great Learning age). So, like a famous proverb, Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss, I had no knowledge on anything. My Basic nature was to skip responsibilities, and just to get relieved from education after completing my Graduation, I joined a Call center, and the Job was so relaxed and provided comforts that I settled in it for 4 years. On the other side, whenever my parents attended any of the family related or the friends related functions, they faced severe embarrassments because of my education and career when compared to contemporaries. My family and few well wishers were always worried about my career prospects and advised me to study MBA, which I joined in Distance learning mode and completed, when I moved from call center to other reputed company. In the Meantime, My sister always use to ask me please start preparing for Govt Bank exams (She has more confidence in me than what I have on myself), as Banking sector is providing a great opportunity to write exams for the Graduates who doesn’t possess first class in their Graduation and also the recruitment process is fast, transparent and the syllabus is moderate when compared to other competitive exams. I always used to scold her by saying it's been more than 8 years I left studies and how can I succeed (just to again skip the burden of studying). My sister is a Sai baba devotee and Always Prays to him that I should come to the Government Sector and she also told me to do the same. Then I laughed and said, how can a God create a situation like that, when I do not have the will to join in govt Sector and told her that “Your Desire cannot be fulfilled and its impossible”. After a while situations in my office became chaotic and I used to work for 12-14 hours a day and still I used to get bombarding from my superiors. Even though, I delivered everything on time without any delays, and I was screwed always for no fault of mine, that’s when realization started within myself, I was working like a donkey here for 12-14 hours a day and still my job wasn’t secure and safe. So, I thought, Why not take a break and put these hours in preparing for Govt bank job and quit the job. Enjoyed for 6 months as a refreshment break from corporate culture, and started preparing for IBPS Exams (I am only eligible to IBPS & SBI exams and not for PGDF programs, because of less graduation percentage, which comes only once in a year, if I miss in a year again I have to wait till the next notification in the next year, I haven’t opted preparing for other competitive exams because the GK syllabus is vast). There is a famous saying in Telugu “Dige Daka Lothu Teliyadhu” in true Translation, “You do not know the Depth until you step in.” I joined a coaching institute PRISM in Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh, where I met Prasad Sir, he asked me a few questions to check my capability and advised me that if I prepared strategically I can make it. That’s when I understood that I am very weak at basics of Quant and Reasoning, so sat with RS Agarwal book for a month and understood basics along with the institute daily tests. I couldn't get the real essence of the word “Prepare Strategically”, used by my Sir. After a few months, I realized that it's a herculean task to compete with the young champs, and cannot attempt the same number of questions like they do in exam. So, I strategically worked on my weapon “Accuracy” and made sure that I almost reached their scores with my less attempts. In this process I also understood that “Luck” factor plays a role indeed. Attended two interviews and once placed In reserve list and that year reserve list was not fully cleared and also the other interview attempted- overall score wasn’t sufficient to be in the final list. The initial 2 years I studied only after the notifications was released, and the rest of the time wasted by surfing the net and with other cultural activities. And finally, I was in a situation like, Last attempt for me in the IBPS due to age factor. So, this time didn’t wait till the notification. Started preparation from Feb 2019. I thoroughly followed Oliveboard Tests for Quant and Reasoning and for GK. When You give your best with no loops in the middle, God and Luck will also favor you with the blessings of Sai Baba, Selected in Karnataka Grameen Bank as a PO. It took nearly 3 years. I dedicate this to my Parents and my lovely sister. P.S: Almighty will present a book to every individual to write their own path in their life and that book is what you write for your life, he also did the same to me and I scribbled the pages, and when I turned back those pages nothing was meaning full and I couldn’t understand what I wrote, so I threw that book aside and started feeling depressed and cursed God, after some time when I looked at that book I was surprised, it was a Two Sided notebook, I realized my mistake of scribbling and started writing it fresh meaningful from the New side of the book. Life always gives a 2nd opportunity and we need to just realize at the right time and respond appropriately and it’s never too late to start. Friends Be Positive, never lose hope as your hard work never goes in vain.”

Sidharth Matta


When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
Hello All,
I am Sidharth and I am from Karnal, Haryana
I started thinking about banking as a career in late 2014. I have done my graduation (B.Tech ECE) in June 2015. From there onward, I decided not to go for private companies and opt for banking as a career because to me money doesn't matter but mental stability does.
My journey :
June 2015 onward, I started preparing for bank exams. First things first, I cleared my basic concepts and started preparing for the preliminary exams as it was newly introduced in 2015. I cleared both preliminary exams in 2015 whether it was PO or clerk but failed to clear mains.
IDBI PO 2015 - Failed
IBPS PO PRELIMS 2015 - 47.5 (cutoff 37.5)
IBPS PO Mains - 72 (failed in Reasoning, 3.75/50 - cutoff 10)
LIC AAO - 240 (cutoff 256)
On 1st April 2016, my confidence dipped miserably but my parents gave me strength and had faith in me that I will be successful someday. I know it was not the end but my struggle continued.
Thereafter, I joined coaching classes just to divert my mind and in 9-10 months, I realized the trend which the banking exam was following. But, I was still struggling with clearing my exams.
SBI Clerk Prelims 2016 - 72 (cutoff 61)
SBI Clerk Mains 2016 - 130 (cutoff 137)
SBI PO Prelims 2016 - 50 (cutoff 47.5)
SBI PO Mains 2016 - Failed.
Right after August 2016, I and my friend purchased Oliveboard test series for online practice. The level of difficulty is just immense which matched the difficulty level for which IBPS is known for. I gave 3 tests a week.
BOB PGDBF - 133/250 (cutoff 136)
BOM PGDBF - 111 (cut off 121)
RRB Clerk Prelims - 75/80 (cutoff 70)
RRB Clerk Mains - Out
RRB PO Prelims 2016 - 60 (cutoff 47.5)
RRB PO Mains - 70 (cutoff 52.5)
Missed the final selection by 1.5 marks.
IPPB Prelims - cleared, Mains not given due to illness
IBPS Clerk Prelims - 87 (cutoff 68 for Haryana : General Category)
IBPS Clerk Mains - 101 (cutoff 82)
Finally, I was selected as PNB clerk.
On 1st April 2017, after disheartening result of IBPS PO, there was something to cheer about moment in result of clerk
I dedicate my success to my parents and my friend Garima who motivated me throughout my journey of 1.5 years
Useful Tip:-
- Banking exam is all about which questions to leave and practice hard.
- Tough exams are easy to crack.
You will achieve success soon.
Always remember,
To define limits you need to push them.
Vo kehte hain na *Dusro ko peechhe chorne ke liye mat padho, itna padho ki koi tumhe peeche na chor sake*
Thank You! All the best to all aspirants!

Sonali Morey


This (2016) was my 3rd attempt at Banking Exams. Preparation was a bit difficult for me because I was already working full time at a corporate firm and hence hardly used to get any time for preparation on weekdays. This year before starting my preparation all over again, I did some research on internet and found many users posting complimentary reviews online about Oliveboard. I decided to try it and found it really useful. Difficult questions to challenge you, amazing interface, detailed solutions- everything is there in Oliveboard Mock Tests. It helped me to fine tune my preparation, point out my weak areas, improve my time management which finally increased my accuracy even when I was preparing within crunched time limits.
If you are a working professional and are preparing simultaneously for banking exams, I would strongly suggest you attempt Oliveboard mock tests. You will yourself see the difference. I cleared both RBI Assistant & IBPS PO Main this year. Thank you Oliveboard for the meticulously designed test series.



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



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


SSC CGL, 2016

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

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!

Sandip Kumar Pattanaik


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



Hello, I am Ujjwal Arora from Gurgaon and I have successfully cleared RRB PO 2017 exam. I can tell everyone that you all can crack the exam, but the only thing is to not lose hope. I got selected in RRB PO 2017 in Sarva Haryana Gramin Bank and RRB ASSISTANT 2016 in Prathma Gramin Bank. I would like to share my experience with you.
I completed my B.Tech in 2013 after which I started working in a call centre. Soon I realized that I can't survive with this job in future which is why I started preparing for government exams and quit my job in 2015. Since then, I have been applying for all types of bank exams. Many times, I felt like quitting and giving up as it was very hard to sustain in this kind of competition, but two of my friends Sachin and Dinesh Yadav motivated me whenever I lost my concentration. They stood by me and supported me in my struggle. Sachin got selected in IBPS PO 2015 so he inspired me to go for these exams as he always said: ' Ujjwal bhai tu mjhse jyada acha padhta hai, agr maine pass kar liya to tu aaram se kar lega.'
IN 2016 I have cleared almost all the Preliminary Examination and Mains Examination of IBPS PO and RRB PO but was not selected in any of them but got selected as RRB Assistant.
I continued working hard and stayed motivated, my mother's wishes helped me to crack this exam.
My only strategy was to increase my level at every next step. I used to practice the speed test firstly by attempting them and after that, I used to analyse my weak areas.
I would like to suggest you that if you are attempting tests then do analyse them at the same time, as it will help you to identify your weak areas so that you can focus on those. Also try to practice new questions on daily basis from wherever you get them, as it will help you to increase your level of test preparation. Try to do something new daily, because repeating those old patterns daily would not increase your level at all, because today in order to survive in this competition you have to think differently, to have to build our own strategy.
For GK, I used to go through the daily news and some of the notes and PDFs which are available on the Oliveboard blogs.
I faced difficulty with the English Language. My English was not up to that level, so what I did was, I attempted HINDI in RRB PO mains which gave a plus point to me as I was good in scoring more marks in Hindi.
I want to thank Oliveboard Mock test series as it helped me a lot to boost my preparation. The one and only success mantra is speed test and self-motivation.
All the Best to all the aspirants!
Thank you !!


SBI PO, 2016

'Opportunities don't happen. You create them.' Similarly, Haris left no stone unturned to create enough and more opportunities for himself to reach his destination.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Haris and I am from Lucknow. I started my preparation right after my college i.e Sep, 2015. The first exam that I appeared was IBPS PO in Oct’ 2015 with just one month preparation to have a basic idea about the real exam. I did manage to clear the Prelims but could not make through Mains.
From Jan’ 2016 I started my preparation for SSC CGL …..but I was preparing in a way that proved quite beneficial for me to crack rest of the Government exams as well.
Preparation Strategy:
I have tried to summarize my preparation strategy as below:-
I referred Sarvesh Verma’s book which helped me a lot to clear my basics. This book will surely help you to strengthen your concepts and build your foundation for Quants.
Work on your weak areas and practice as much as you can. I did practice a lot from various sources but Oliveboard mock tests always proved to be the best and helped me a lot to prepare for the real exam. I would like everyone to avoid using shortcuts and tricks to solve questions. They might seem easy at first but at the end having accumulated so many tricks and formulas will make your work even more confusing and lengthy.
I referred various Youtube videos to clear my basics for this section. For me Reasoning was always about the right approach to solve questions related to seating arrangements, puzzles,blood relation etc.
Practicing good quality questions is a must for Reasoning. If you are thorough with the approach then you can easily handle any kind of question in the exam.
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You can refer this book: “General English by S.P Bakshi”. This is a really good book and will help you a lot to improve your English. It is a complete package covering the Grammar rules, Theories, Practice questions, Vocab etc. You can also refer to Neetu Singh’s book “Plinth To Paramount”.
Make a separate notebook for vocab, phrases, grammar rules etc and keep on noting down whatever new words you come across and revise these notes regularly. It’s important to be well versed with what you have already studied otherwise there is no point going forward.
Newspaper reading is a must. It will help you immensely with your Vocab, Grammar, Comprehension, Descriptive section etc.
What people generally do is that they start with GK/GA preparation after Prelims is cleared. Please never do this mistake. This is a scoring section so start its preparation from the beginning. 4-5 months of good preparation will give you enough confidence to handle this section.
Role of Oliveboard:
Mock tests plays an important role to help you analyse about your preparation and where you stand. It also gives you an idea about your weak areas and where major improvement is needed.
Since I was preparing by myself and did not have proper guidance as in which mock test to opt for, and ended up trying almost all the mock tests available online. I did try them all and found Oliveboard to be the most suitable and helpful one in my preparation. The mock tests provided by Oliveboard are at par with the real exam and prepares you best for the competitive exams.
Mock tests analysis is equally important apart from giving them. Analyse them properly so you do not repeat the same mistakes in the upcoming mock tests.
The focus is on what kind of person you are rather than what knowledge you have gathered. Your knowledge has already been tested in Prelims and Mains, so there is no need to put in any extraordinary effort for GD or PI. Try and keep it as simple and honest as possible.
Tips to Aspirants:
There have been highs and there have been lows ..but never let any of them deviate from your destination. Prepare your best without thinking too much about the result and eventually you will figure out yourself going in the right direction
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Deepak Bhardwaj


Success is facing failures. Failure should be there for getting the taste of success.
Hi, my name is Deepak Bhardwaj. I started my preparation journey in June 2016. Initially, I didn't have any idea about any bank exams. I appeared in numerous exams like SBI Clerk, BOB PO 2016, IBPS PO, BOM PO, BOB Clerk but got rejected in prelims. I always believe one should learn from one's failures.
I realized that I am not performing well in any of the sections except maths. Then, I analyzed myself and worked on my mistakes. First, I focus on clearing prelims and I took numerous test series and Oliveboard was one of them.
By giving lots of mocks, I got to know about various kinds of problems which were asked in all section. Practicing mocks was a one big reason on how I improved my reasoning. I was able to clear sectional cut-off of English but couldn't do well in this. But fortunately, I was able to clear prelims of further exams. My GK was not good, I couldn't able to succeed in mains of IBPS clerk, RRB PO mains etc. due to this.
My first final selection was IDBI executive and I was waiting for NIACL AO final result. Unfortunately, I couldn't succeed in this and it was worst moment for me during my entire preparation. From that failure, I got a desire that I must do something great this time.
I left IDBI and focus on my preparation. I started preparation for BOB, SBI, NICL etc. I got selected in RRB Clerk from Rajasthan but due to some personal reason, I had to left it too. Then, I gave SBI PO Pre. and NICL AO Pre. and selected in both. But, SBI PO mains was disastrous. I attempted 185 questions for NICL AO Mains which was far better than NIACL 134 attempts. Before result announcement of NICL AO and BOB interview, I got selected in state PSU Junior engineer job. Subsequently, I cleared BOB PO Manipal and NICL AO.
Preparation Strategy-
Math and Reasoning:
I was totally dependent on mocks. I didn't go through any books except 1-2 books to understand the patterns. If your concepts are not good, then first learn them. Then start giving mocks. The concept doesn't mean short tricks.
I learned concepts of banking and insurance from various sites including Oliveboard. Static capsule of Oliveboard was of great help. It covered all static information. For current affairs, I referred various sites and videos.
As my English is not up to the mark but for clearing cut-off I attempted the maximum question. I attempted 16 in ibps po pre and secured 7, 27 in SBI and secured 12. That's why you must always attempt more questions in English. And if you have good accuracy, then attempt 15-20 questions at maximum. Reading is the best way to improve English.Read grammar rules at least once in a week. That's enough according to me.
Oliveboard test series helped me a lot. I always preferred mocks in which time is given for every question because it helped me in analyzing well. I always analyze every mock at least for 1 hour. I constantly work on my mistakes and practice math and reasoning only in mocks because I was good in both.
Important tips-
- Write down mistakes and improvement daily
- Follow a timetable
- Do not follow others time-table
- Planning should be there before you start your day
My marks in some of the exams:
Sbi clerk pre 61 cut- offs 64
Ibps po pre 41 cut- offs 47
Bob po 2016 70 marks cut- offs 106
Bom clerk 141 cut- offs 154
RBI assistant pre 77 cut- offs 80
Rrb po pre 61.5 out of 80 cut- offs 51
Rrb clerk pre 79.75 out of 80 cut-offs 66
Ibps clerk 78.5 cut-offs 66
Rrb po mains 113 cut-offs 109
Rrb clerk mains 149 cut-offs 140
Ibps clerk mains 76 cut-offs 78
Niacl ao pre 69 cut-offs 65
Idbi executive 102 cut-offs 101 out of 150
Sbi po pre 63 cut-offs 51
Nicl ao pre 63.5 cut-offs 61
Bob po 2017 final marks 66.5 out of 100
I just want to say that always think to do big
Prepare for big
Give your best
And God will definitely do good for you.
It may be possible, it may take time
But you will be successful for sure.
Best of luck to all for better future.

Sanat Kumar Das


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



Hi guys, I am Vishal Sodhi and I cleared IBPS PO 2017. I completed my B.Tech in 2015 in IT and joined an MNC and worked there till Nov’16. During my tenure as a techie, I realized that there are better prospects if my employer is the government, but my love for Tech was the binding force that I had to overcome as I took IT out of my own free will. So I started looking for technical jobs in the public sector as then my work will affect the people directly, not like indirectly earning Forex.
As I was from IT, there were limited PSUs apart from banks, so I decided to go for Specialist Officer in Banks, but came to know that PO was no less, as the career path becomes same after scale 4 and you can move internally to SO ranks. In addition to that it was easier to crack PO due to humongous amount of vacancies. So, I resigned and went into full time preparation mode as the preparation of both SO and PO together wouldn’t have been easy. I didn’t qualify for SO this time but cracked PO convincingly in my first attempt and got allocated to Canara Bank!
My Strategy:
I had been working in IT sector for the past 1 year, so to train your mind to pick up academics after so much time for such competitive exams was quite difficult. But I had a good command on general aptitude and English so it was only a matter of time to get into the exam frame. I picked up the online practice material available on YouTube and went through the syllabus and previous year questions to realize the level and type of questions asked.
After a month it was time to give test, analyze it and give specific attention to the weaker sections, because the real time practice is a great way to sharpen your skills and improve your knowledge.
One thing was, I had to take care of the finances during this period which was met with the savings I had done while working, this prevented any financial stress.
Now coming to my subject wise strategy as every subject is important because you have to clear the sectional cut-offs.
1. English: I preferred reading the Hindu and practicing the exam type questions. As English was my first language I didn’t face any problem despite of the changing pattern of questions
2. Reasoning: The basic questions that were mostly expected like Syllogism, Inequalities were practiced. This was the section that was the weakest and had to be taken seriously so I practiced by solving the unsolved portion of the tests afterwards. I also tried to find the new ways of solving puzzles.
3. General Awareness: I read monthly GA reviews and kept a track of finance news. The various GA capsules available online are also of use.
4. Quant and DI: I didn’t follow any book because of the previous knowledge but practiced everything online because of the variety of questions that could be asked.
5. Computer Aptitude: I had a sound knowledge of this section as I was from IT. So just the type of questions and topics asked were to be studied, which can be done using various online sources like Oliveboard, Wiki. But It is not asked nowadays even with reasoning.
Strategy to Attempt the Exam:
Started with my best section, English. I gave equal time to Quant and Reasoning so as to do all the questions I could do with ease. This is a level where normalization happens, so I maintained accuracy. Score: 16.25 (E) + 14.75(R) + 16.00(Q) = 47.00
My aim was to have accuracy with maximum marks, so I targeted questions with 2 or 1.5 marks first and solved the types I was familiar with on priority . In GA, I attempted all 40 Qs as I had studied it extensively and was well informed about current topics. The paper was difficult and the Q pattern was very different from what was expected. The most striking difference was the descriptive section, typing of letter and essay was not easy after getting tired by 3 hrs of continuous brainstorming. As a result I just tried to maintain the format for the formal letter to the HR for basic communication training of staff under me which, were lacking soft skills in a simple but appealing language. For the essay I chose to stick to quality but missed out on typing speed, the topic was quite simple, about the current problems in education system and reforms. I even started with a quote just like school time and thus could only write ~150 words out of the prescribed limit of 250.
Score: 25.50(R) + 22.50(GA) + 17.75(E) + 24.75 (DI) + 15.00 (Des) = 105.50 (I was expecting 110+)
The strategy was to be honest and it comes when you are confident about what you’re doing. So I was blatantly straightforward but polite in answering all questions. I also prepared current IT topics.
Scored: 76/100
Oliveboard’s Contribution:
My stint with Oliveboard has been a short but a fruitful affair.
I got to know about Oliveboard mock tests, when my Prelims were just 2 weeks away, from Facebook and a friend who recommended and had already cleared IBPS PO 2016. He also told me that how Oliveboard played a key role in his selection.
I started with the free ones and liked their analysis and the good difficulty level.
I purchased Oliveboard mock tests for IBPS PO and to my surprise the level and pattern of questions asked in IBPS PO mains was similar to the ones asked in the mock tests.
Although I only gave a few tests due to practicing and analyzing more than attempting mock tests, I found the series comprehensive and better than various other test series that I had purchased before. I couldn’t find even a single mistake in the questions unlike
other providers.
I would say that the best thing about Oliveboard was the post exam analysis as it really helped me in focusing on my weaker areas and further by providing quality study material!
The detailed time-based analysis of every mock test was extremely crucial for me in deciding which questions I should attempt and which ones I should leave at a single look.
Also, the difficulty varied with each test which helped to prepare for the actual exam, as nowadays, these exams are becoming increasingly difficult, pattern is changing between shifts on the same days and the vacancies are decreasing multifold.
Difficult questions to challenge you, amazing interface, detailed solutions, everything is there in Oliveboard mocks. It helped me to fine tune my preparation, point out my weak areas, improve my time management which finally increased my accuracy even when I was preparing within stipulated time limits.
I also used Oliveboard supplements to brush up my GA.
I would recommend all the banking aspirants to use Oliveboard mock test series although they may seem a little costly in the beginning but at the end are worth spending an extra penny.
My Advice to Future Aspirants :
A person can either submit to his situation and problems and give up, or channelize them into something productive. So just be calm and work hard, just let everything else be God’s will. Prepare for the worst but aim for the moon!
Attempt a test either for knowing your current position or when you’re fully ready, but give 2 hrs to analyze a 1 hour test and focus on improvement and new learning.
Read English newspapers daily, for improving your reading habit and current affairs’ knowledge and editorials to make a viewpoint.
In the last few days before the exam devise a personal strategy according to your strengths
Accuracy is of high importance especially in your scoring subjects, pay heed to it.
Also, the people of Hindi medium, you have to be confident enough of attempting the entire paper in English, its a measure to check your English preparedness.
Keep a watch on the SBI PO pattern as it’s the trend setter for the pattern of the rest of the exams, use the vastness of the Internet for your benefits.
ALL THE BEST EVERYONE and as Nike says 'Just Do It'.



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



'Just Flow, Life Has Its Own Path.'
Hi, this is Aayonij Nandan and I have cleared IBPS CLERK 2017 and have been allotted the position in CANARA BANK.
My Journey for the preparation of Government and Banking Exams started from 1st August 2017 with the blessings of my Mom and ended on 1st April 2018 at 11.45AM.
A fresh graduate from KIRORI MAL COLLEGE,DU was going to join a Private Bank through the Campus Placement but took the bravest decision by quitting it and started preparation for Banking Exams which was highly supported by my Family including Dad,Big Brother and Sister-in-law who are also Bankers and my Sweet Sister who had much belief on me that I can do it.
My first paper was of RRB PO which was on 9th of September 2017. The paper was easy for me but if I could have attempted 5 more questions, the result might have been in my favour.
Another paper was of RRB CLERK on the 24th of the same month. I did well and was sure certain that I will definitely get the Hall Ticket for MAINS but there was something else in my f te. So, I couldn't do it.
After 2 Failures, I started analysing myself and realised the things which were missing. For me, that was 'PRACTICE'.
After that, I gave my blood And sweat and practised as much as I could.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot to boost my confidence.
Now came the most anticipated paper IBPS PO. 1st Day, 3rd Show i.e 7th of October. Finally, it was my Day. It gave me the Flow and Direction to my preparation. I cleared the Prelims Examination and this result boosted me and my beliefs.
Now, it was time for my first Mains Exam on 26th November which went well but couldn't convert into Interviews just by the mere 2marks. I was shattered but not for so long. The very next day i.e 29th December 2017 it was time for IBPS CLERK Prelims Result and that was the day of joy and happiness for me.
January 21, 2018, was the date for IBPS CLERK Mains Exam. 22Days in hand and just a single thought that this is the last hope for me as it is the last paper of the Year. For the next 22Days, my only companion was some online Capsules and OLIVEBOARD MOCK TEST SERIES. Mains Paper went well, as I had thought.
1st April,2018-: Provisionally Allotted to CANARA BANK.
A Day to be cherished for lifetime definitely as there was a big smile on my faces and tears in my the eyes.
Thank You to my Family for their unconditional Love and Support. Now I can Proudly say that I CLEARED A BANKING EXAM IN THE VERY FIRST ATTEMPT.

Vikrant Gupta


“I am from Jammu, currently working in an IT company in Pune for the past 3.5 years. Basically, I am an SSC CGL aspirant and as we all know SSC CGL 2018 was delayed and so I started giving banking exams just to avoid procrastination and fortunately cleared both SBI PO 2019 and LIC AAO 2019. I had already prepared maths and English for SSC using youtube and some basic books like Kiran previous year papers, SP Bakshi etc, so I focussed only on the reasoning section for banking exams. Due to time constraints, i focussed only on Mock tests which helped me in Prelims exams. Mostly, I used Oliveboard mock tests along with all the free mocks available. The Mains exam is more about patience and selecting Questions than quick solutions. If your basics are right, you can easily sail through them. My Score in SBI: Mains-133/250 Interview-50/50 Final Normalised score-65 My AIR is 7 (through RTI) In LIC AAO also I scored decent marks in interview-54/60 and In SSC CGL 2018, my score is 523 till T2 (643 if we include AAO)”

Akash Goyal

IBPS PO 2018

Before sharing my previous experience, I would like to tell you something about myself. My name is Akash Goyal and I am from Faridabad and I completed my graduation in in 2017 and started preparing for banking exams by myself at home. However, I could not clear IBPS PO Pre 2017. Then I started preparing for SBI PO 2018 and joined a private organization to learn some nuances related to Accounts & Finance and cleared SBI PO Pre and mains but missed the final list by 0.5 marks. Below is the compiled list of my past experience:
IBPS PO 2017 - missed pre by 2 marks
SBI PO 2018 - missed final list by 0.5 marks
ESIC SSO - missed final list
NIACL Asst - missed pre by 0.25 marks
South Indian PO - Selected
Canara PO PGDBF - Selected
IBPS PO 2018 - Selected
ENGLISH: This section was my strength, used to attempt all questions in both pre and mains. This section helped me to score high and have an edge over others. For this section, I would advise you to follow a good newspaper daily like The Indian Express and give sectional tests every 4 days a week. Follow SP Bakshi's book for common errors.
QUANT: For Quant, I started with Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma and Arun Sharma. Then I made notes and solved them to clear my basics and used PM test series for speed building accuracy and time management.
REASONING Puzzle was a headache in initial days but it challenged me and i loved that, daily I used to do practice 10-15 puzzles. Mocks play an important part here since you get to see CAT level puzzles here and learn a lot from the solution. Devote at least 1-2hrs to reasoning daily, else you will lose speed. GENERAL AWARENESS For this section, follow capsules provided by various sources religiously. Always preparing for the past 6 month Gk is important to excel in this section. I used to revise 2000 questions before the exam. OB provides pdf on their site, download, print and cram them. MOCK TESTS I purchased OB mock tests in 2018. Practicing mock made my subjects strong, they gave the latest pattern questions of CAT level in mocks. Without OB, clearing exams would be difficult. Their Quant and English sections are the best and have a very friendly user interface. Remember GA can be a game changer. Analysis of mocks is much more important than just taking them. Always maintain a competitive attitude and compare yourself with others and yourself daily. Also remember, DO NOT wait for the prelims result to come, start preparing for the mains the very next day.


SBI PO 2018

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



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

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!

Gopeesankar G

IBPS PO 2019 - Canara Bank

“Hi Everyone , 'It is easy to frame a success story but getting a chance to write it was never that easy' I am Gopeesankar from Kerala.I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate who passed out in 2013 from SCT College of Engineering,Trivandrum.While pursuing my Engineering degree i got placed in one of the leading IT companies in India and i joined in January,2014. Having worked there for 2.5 years, I realized that my career was not shaping well enough in the IT sector.My father is a retd Bank employee of South Indian Bank and being an engineer, I thought banking can be a good option. But questions creeped up so soon. - Where to start? - What to study? - Is coaching needed? - Which all exams should I prepare for? - Should I resign from my current job? I have decided not to quit my current employer as I was not aware how easy or tough it is to crack a Bank exam. I have decided to appear for PO exams of Public sector banks and i felt that i should crack exams without coaching because amidst my hectic schedule at my present job, coaching can be very tiresome. And the next two was the difficult ones. Where to Start and What to Study.?
EXAM#1_SBI PO_2016-17 I wrote my 1st PO exam in May 2016. As i was good in Mathematics,cracking Prelims was not a tough task.But Mains was not that easy.I could not clear it.Infact missed by a fair margin.(GK was the toughest section) So i realized, present style of preparations may not take me to my goal. After some research and with the help of a friend, I realized Oliveboard can be the best online portal that can guide me through the Mains exam. I started preparing for the exams by attempting Mock exams which were of good standards. I prepared well and hoped to crack the next exam.
EXAM#2_RRB_PO_2017 I kind of underestimated the Prelims exam (exam was a bit tricky) and could not qualify.
EXAM#3_IBPS_PO_2016-17 And thanks to Oliveboard Mocks, Affairs Cloud App and Hindu News App, I cleared Prelims and Mains and attended my 1st Bank Interview. Interview went really well (secured 70/100). Unfortunately my Mains score was just 2.25 marks above the cut off and because of which i was not able to make it to the final list. (Missed Final Cut off by 4 marks) (Dreams Shattered). BUT NO GIVING UP. As one said, 'hang around the barber shop ,sooner or later ,you are gonna get a haircut' I started preparing for the next exam.
EXAM#4_SBI_PO_2017-18 Prepared well and cleared Prelims but again Mains was very tough (QA section was the toughest one) .Missed Mains by 1.5 marks. But I was kind of OK that I was feeling from inside that gradually I am getting better at it, getting nearer to it. (Got Married) - Best Thing happened to me.
EXAM#5_RRB_PO_2017-18 Keeping in mind last year's RRB PO Prelims, i have given an extra focus in improving my speed in solving Reasoning and Quant sections and i cracked Prelims and Mains with ease.Wow. That I felt Awesome. But this time it was another scenario.Appeared for the Interview and the panel thrashed me asking about why i am moving from IT after 3 years.Every hopes thrashed.And as expected i was not able to make it to the final list once again. (Missed Final Cut Off by 3.4 marks)
EXAM#6 IBPS PO 2017-18: Almost a similar scenario as RRB PO. Cleared Prelims and Mains (12 marks more than cut off ) and the same story. Interview panel was so rude and secured just 50/100 and for the 3rd time I was not able to make it to the final list. By this time, I was totally in a state of mind where i kept asking myself 'Should I invest more time and chase it again or should i give up'. But my belief in God kept me strong and helped me make wise decisions. 3rd exam season to follow and the toughest one. 6 exams done and dusted with so much progress but missing the finishing line narrowly.
EXAM#7 SBI PO 2018-19” Cleared SBI prelims for the 3rd time. But unfortunately I could not clear the Mains exam. I thought SBI PO is not destined for me. Having attempted it for the straight 3rd time, i was not able to clear the mains. So i kind of decided 'No More SBI exams'. And the 2 final resorts. Having attempted 7 exams plus 3 interviews, I was kind of sure that this is the year in which I will become a Bank PO.
EXAM#8 RRB PO 2018-19 Once again exams went well and i cleared both Prelims and Mains .Interview went really well. Secured 85/100 with 10 marks above cut off for Mains. This time i was kind of sure that i will make it to the final list as i had performed well in both Mains and Interview but God had some other plans for me. I could not get through.Out of the declared 101 General vacancies, they picked only 41. So again the same result but the only difference was this time it left me with tears. ( missed Final cut off by 1.5 marks ) But everything happens for a reason and for something better. Just keep pushing yourselves. Never let yourself down. Work hard.
EXAM#9 IBPS PO 2018-19 I would say exams will never be a burden once we catch that habit of managing the time and applying the basics.For the 5th time, i cracked Prelims and Mains. Cleared Mains cut off by 17 marks and Interview went really really well. Secured 93/100. And you know what, i cleared IBPS PO 2018-19 with a good margin and got selected as Probationary Officer at CANARA Bank. And that really proud moment arrived finally. I thank God for keeping me motivated amidst my continuous failures and helped me survive it and come back strong in flying colours.It was really a hard fought journey spanning across almost 3 years (9 exams and 5 interviews). But Finally i made it.
My Preparation Tips for Aspirants - for Prelims exam, you have to manage your speed well. First decide which all questions you are planning to attempt. It is not possible to attempt 100/100 questions. So just be Selective .Leave the lengthy and tough questions to the last part. Just buy Olive Board mock tests and attempt it like how you attempt the real exam. After every exam, review all the questions (even the lengthy ones) and learn to solve it. To improve your English section, do the sectional English tests in Olive Board and read Hindu editorial on a daily basis. -for the Mains exam ,it is not always about the speed. Questions will definitely be tough. So just feel free and concentrate on the questions you are planning to attempt. Never go for blind hit as it will impact your final score vastly. Again Oliveboard came to my rescue. Solve all the 10 Mains Mock exams and do a thorough review of all the questions. Make sure exam by exam, your score and percentile are catching up. For the GK section ,attempt the Monthly quizzes in sectional tests plus read the Hindu news app on a daily basis plus go through the Affairs Cloud app and keep note of the daily updates. This will help you catch up with the current affairs. For banking awareness , tune into the Learning Space youtube channel and go through the important videos. -For Interview ,have a good idea about yourself first, try to analyse what all questions can be asked about you. Have thorough idea on 3 months current affairs (use Affairscloud app) and Banking Awareness (use Learning Space youtube channel) - Have trust in GOD ,he can make anything possible - Keep yourself always motivated and Strong - Never ever Give Up - Work really really HARD (skills are secondary) Again i say Trust GOD ,Work Really HARD and NEVER EVER GIVE UP !!!! Thanks.”

surendra Bajiya


I am Surendra Bajiya from Jaipur. I am a B. Tech Graduate from University of Pune and M. Tech (pursuing) from Rajasthan Technical University Kota. After pursuing B. Tech (ECE), I Enrolled in M. Tech RTU(Kota) at Jaipur. I started preparing for SSC in the hope of getting a better future In Government Job and Better Social Respect.
I kept on preparing and opted for Oliveboard Test Series for every SSC exam and finally in 2016-17 I got selected as TA-Income Tax in Ministry of Finance in Government of India. (Region allotment and Posting/Joining schedule shall be announced soon). Besides this, I have also appeared for RRB NTPC-2015 and cleared It as Assistant Station Master. (Not appeared in document Verification as i already selected as TA in CBDT.)
Here is a summary of my preparation strategy:
I had a fear of quantitative aptitude so I kept on practising some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I did Advance Mathematics for SSC thoroughly first and focused more on. I started with Local Author Books (M.L. Vishnolia’s mathematics) and went on to do the most difficult sets of Oliveboard test series and Arithmetic mathematics by Rakesh Yadav Class notes (Good Short Tricks to solve big Problems of Arithmetic).
I used to solve Previous Year Papers from (M.B. Publication by A.K. Singh) and for errors I considered the Grammar book (Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh) for basic rules.
In reasoning, I always had a very good command but I had to mould myself with every exam because Reasoning has always been very unpredictable. I kept on doing Mocks of Oliveboard and used to do previous year papers and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends through test series and papers in market. For SSC Previous year papers are more than enough.
General Awareness:
Daily newspaper reading for Current News and Previous years papers of GHATNACHAKRA (with explanation) are more than Enough for this section. If You Have Time than Go through Lucent Publication's GS book.
Advice for Aspirants:
Lastly, I want to say that I became solid but mouldable in my stance while preparing for Competition exams. With every failure, I kept on finding my mistakes and worked on them. Every small thing happened to me has its role in this achievement of mine which is a learning for life. So, keep learning Keep sharing keep growing.
All the Best and God Bless You All!

Aditya Singh


Read how Aditya managed to crack all his IBPS exams to get selected for IT Officer, PO & Clerk.....
I have been a regular student of OliveBoard..The Questions which OliveBoard gives in mock test papers are of great standard which helped me to raise my preparation level.. The general awareness section has always been the key section to fetch more marks than the required cut off and the questions and daily updates which OliveBoard provides is more than sufficient to crack any bank exam. The Practice session which is being conducted in which a number of aspirants participate has really been a boon to me.
STRATEGY: The strategy was simple and to to be constant and honest about my preparation. I used to read all the current affairs questions provided by OliveBoard and keep myself updated. The questions of Reasoning section is of great standard, infact, OliveBoard is the only one which tries to add new kind of questions as per IBPS. The English and Quantitative Aptitude need practice and OliveBoard questions are sufficient for the practice
Finally, I would like to thanx whole of the OliveBoard team for solving any kind of query.
I got selected as Bank IT Officer In Punjab National Bank, PO in Bank of India and clerk in Bank Of Baroda.

Sumit Sharma


I had filled the form of SBI PO 2016 without any preparation because I wasn't sure if I wanted to join the banking sector. To my surprise, I cleared the Preliminary exam. But since I had no idea about the Banking related questions, I couldn't clear the GA cutoff in the Main Exam. Even though my total marks were 82, I had missed the GA cut off by one mark.
At that point I decided to take the banking exams seriously and started my preparation. I took notes from my senior who had cleared SBI PO and also started taking Oliveboard Mock Tests.
I had taken mock tests from other websites too. I found them too easy and got overconfident. Oliveboard gave me a reality check and prepared me to face tough questions. There is a proverb- "If you are prepared for the worst, you are already prepared for the best" and Oliveboard helped me to prepare for the worst.
IBPS PO Main pattern was exactly like the pattern of SBI PO Main exam. It also had the same unexpected difficult questions. Since I had already attempted SBI PO Mains and have practiced enough OB Mock Tests, the IBPS PO Main paper wasn't a major shock for me and I cleared it. I also cleared NIACL AO Mains and now waiting for interview

Utkarsh Jaiswal


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



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

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.



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

Amlan Mukherjee


Oliveboard mock test packages are the best.I gave my first IBPS PO exam in 2015. At that time I didn't know about OB. I could not clear PO because of the Reasoning 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 Clerk and SO test series. Although I couldn't take the SO exam due to illness but the Clerk Test Series helped me a lot and I cleared Clerk exam with 156 marks.The main positive things about Olivboard are its nice user friendly interface, lucid explanation of all answers, good server connectivity and most importantly the standard of the questions which are quite similiar to the actual question pattern. I recommend everyone to buy Oliveboard test series.
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