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
SBI PO 2019
1) Try every possible strategy that comes to mind, It is very important that you have perfect strategy.
2) Practice a lot.
3) Prepare every section
4) Work more on your weak area.
5) Be patient. your time will come.
6) Never give up. I failed in 22 examinations but I never gave up. Now I have one of the best jobs in India. You all people will also be able to crack the examination, I am sure about that. Just believe in yourself and start preparing. All the best to everyone. Thank you.”
ESIC SSO 2018 (AIR-1), SEBI GRADE A 2018
Thus Praveen rightly justifies this quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Hi all, I am Praveen, a 2014 graduate from IIT Madras and a UPSC aspirant. I have also given exams like NABARD, RBI, SEBI and ESIC. In 2018, I cleared ESIC SSO(AIR-1) and SEBI Grade A Officer.
Details on my journey & Preparation Strategy:
I have given 3 attempts at UPSC CSE. After my mains in 2017 Nov, I came to know about other prestigious exams like RBI Grade B, SEBI Grade A etc. I was determined to
secure a job by the end of 2018 but things unfolded the other way. I couldn’t qualify NABARD Phase 1 and RBI Phase 2. Then, on October 8, (almost the closing date of
applications) I came across this wonderful job of ESIC SSO. The job aligned with my goal of securing a job in a prestigious organization. Also, the exam pattern seemed to be similar to my earlier tests. So I decided to give it a try.
I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my preparation strategy for ESIC SSO with everyone.
It consists of Quant, Reasoning and English, and qualifying in nature. But the catch here is sectional time limit. I practiced by taking Oliveboard mocks. I could clear it with very narrow (cut off-71, mine-73.75) margin.
Lessons: More Practice. Time Management. Increase Accuracy.
This is the main stage of exam as these marks are considered for final ranking. This consists of Quant, Reasoning, English, General and Insurance Awareness. I have been preparing for current affairs from Affairscloud modules, which helped me a lot for all exams. For Insurance, Affairscloud has a pdf on basics. Also, I covered ESIC scheme from its website. Oliveboard mocks came handy to practice Quant, Reasoning and
English. They seem tough but that makes the real test seem a lot easier.
Tips: Practice with mocks to manage sectional time limits. One should attempt with accuracy. Revise from one source 10 times than reading from 10 modules for current
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This is Qualifying in nature and consists of Computer Skill test and English descriptive test. A Sample paper is given beforehand by esic and practicing it helps to score well.
Preparing few essay topics and letter formats will help us sail through the descriptive test freely.
Finally, on Feb 20th, the results were out and seeing my name on top of the list was a moment to cherish forever for me.
Role Of Oliveboard
Oliveboard played a crucial role in my journey The mock tests provided by Oliveboard were very helpful and with par with the real exam. Moreover, the analysis provided after every mock test proved extremely useful. Though I have written many mocks for various exams, I have hardly seen any repetition of questions. Also, it seemed affordable with combo packs.
Tips to Aspirants:
Always remember that if you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you are not doing anything very innovative. So never let failures in your path deviate you from your destination.
In 2016, IBPS PO was my first attempt and I missed its pre-by 1 mark and then I realized that the way I thought banking exams would be, they are much more than that and from there the journey begins. Like you, I have also seen many posts, success stories on Facebook, tried to interact with few aspirants who have cleared this exam and I am thankful to everyone who has guided me during this phase and big thanks to Oliveboard and the people behind it. The way their think tank work is commendable. They keep updating test series according to the latest pattern. One thing I can guarantee you that the money invested in buying Oliveboard series will never be wasted. So, after that, I have cleared IBPS Clerk 2016, BOB PGDM 2017 and the most awaited SBI PO 2017.
So here is my strategy for those who can give 4 -5 months of dedication for this exam and believe me you will nail it.
MATHS- Build up your basics with YouTube videos and then try to solve questions from Arun Sharma (level 1, level 2), and Oliveboard test series. Don’t try to mug up shortcut tricks if you find in any book because, in mains, questions will not be based on these tricks. Data Sufficiency is the most scoring and interesting part because you don’t need to calculate the final answer. So, this can save your time and if DI is tough (eventually it would be), it will help you to clear your sectional cut-off. And, believe me, the way this exam is increasing its difficulty level, the cut-off is getting as low as one can imagine and this time the sectional cut-off is zero which was a surprise for us as well.
ENGLISH- Give a good number of test and that is worth it. Reading newspaper will be very useful but I never read the newspaper. I only read THE HINDU editorial part online because this would be helpful for descriptive and interview as well.
GENERAL AWARENESS- Memorize allocation for different schemes and projects in the budget. You can watch tricks on YouTube to memorize static part for banking.
REASONING- No book is required for puzzles. Only test series are sufficient for that. Oliveboard provides you a good number of puzzles. The variety and level of those puzzles are outstanding. But in mains don’t stick to the puzzle and if you are trying to opt for puzzle choose it wisely.
DESCRIPTIVE- This section can give you ace on the final merit list and it does not require a lot of effort. Topics are very general in nature you would easily be able to write on them. Simply avoid grammatical and spelling error and adhere to the word limits. Just do a typing practice one week before the exam and reading the editorial on a daily basis will help you to analyze important essay topics.
For pre-preparation, you only have to give 2 tests on a daily basis. Rest, you can give mains preparation. Don't make a myth in your mind that the paper is tough so you would not be able to crack it. There is no need to be extraordinary for this exam. You just have to make a target of 4-5 months and work accordingly.
GD/Interview- Read a newspaper, editorial, cover budget, economic survey, govt schemes and try to read previous year interview experiences.
Some important tips-
Thousands of books and study material is available in the market. No need to go through these bulky and intricate content.
Check this year SBI PO paper and cut-offs. Try to attempt each section at their respective time duration and then analyzed how much you have attempted correctly.
Make your strategy and work accordingly. You must devote more time for mains preparation or I can say start keeping mains in focus.
During pre-in maths, we can clear sectional cut-off skipping word problem but in mains, if we don’t have a good command over word problem it will be hard because all the DI’s are based on those word problem.
Invest in good mocks like Oliveboard and practice mocks. After giving mocks, analyze its solution part. One thing which I like about Oliveboard is that its solution part is quite descriptive, and one can easily clear one’s concept while going through it.
More than knowledge, it is a test of your patience. If you keep yourself calm and compose in those deadly 3 hrs of the exam and attempt few questions in every section with accuracy you would be able to sail through it.
I have attempted only 16 questions in reasoning, 11 in maths, 18 in English and 30 in GK. So again, I repeat quality matters, not the quantity.
- A good number of puzzles. No book can provide you that much variety.
- Question-based on the new pattern. Error-free and detailed solution part.
- Cost-effective and reliable than books and other coaching materials.
All the best for your upcoming exams.
IBPS RRB PO
This is Dhananjay Madheshiya. I have cleared IBPS-RRB PO (Officer Scale-1) and Office Assistant 2017 exams recently.
The journey started when I completed my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, and I was one of the highest scorers in the department at IFTM University, Moradabad.
When I came out of engineering, I was employed in a private sector job. I used to take care of the quality section but was neither satisfied with the pay scale nor with the temporary nature of my job.
After a lot of inner fights within the self, I somehow managed to take a decision of leaving my job and prepare for Banking Services in January 2016. From the very 1st day, I was crystal clear with my decision that I want to go only for Banking (no any other option like SSC etc.), because I wanted to secure a living as soon as possible.
Then came the biggest obstacle. I had already taken lacs of rupees from my parents. How could I ask for more money again? So, I decided to live in my home and prepare by myself. I took guidance from a local coaching for some time, just to kick-start myself. After some time, I suffered from acute typhoid for a long time. Though the preparation couldn't get completed due to that, I appeared for SBI CLERK, SBI PO and RRB PO 2016 consecutively, but couldn't qualify for even the preliminary examinations of any of the exams.
Somehow, I pushed more after being a little better, health-wise, and qualified for Prelims of RRB Office Assistant in later 2016. Though I could not qualify for the Mains examination, that certainly gave a motivation to my sinking ship.
I appeared in IBPS PO 2016, couldn't qualify. For IBPS CLERK 2016, I qualified for Prelims only (not Mains later). Later in NIACL Clerk, qualified for Prelims (again not in mains onwards). Again in SBI PO, I couldn't qualify.
Tension starts pouring in when you have to live in your home after all your engineering days. You're the hot topic of the gossips at every nukkad and corner of your mohalla. And to add fuel to fire, Bank-people also started sending notice to me (for the recovery of education loan I took to pursue engineering). I requested them to wait until my next results are announced. I had a mixture of self-belief and fear. People started questioning my engineering degree and started saying things like - 'Maa Baap Ka Itna Paisa Duba Diya' etc. Anybody with a great academic background couldn't bear all of this, but I kept quiet as I knew I will make it.
Amidst all ups and downs, I appeared in RRB PO and RRB Office Assistant 2017 (whose results were declared in February 2018) and qualified all stages to be appointed as Probationary Officer (PO) in Prathama Bank, Moradabad and Office Assistant in Purvanchal Bank, Gorakhpur.
I have opted PO in Prathama Bank, gone through document verification and job orientation programme, and waiting for my foundation course to begin. (I'm also waiting for final calls from IBPS PO and CLERK 2017 with full hope).
I kept on following the basic NCERT books and Practice Sets from Kiran Publication along with mock tests at Oliveboard. Oliveboard Mock Test Series covers questions of all difficulty types which prepares you for the best and worst papers. For Banking awareness, I relied on the Banking Guru Magazine. I didn't follow so many sources, but I revised few sources many times.
With hard work and dedication, one can make any dream come true. The sky's the limit.
Best wishes for all your endeavours!!
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!
I heard about Oliveboard Test Series from many other aspirants, that this test series proved quite useful and trust me guys this is the best online test series I have taken. The IBPS PO & SBI Clerk test series proved quite beneficial for me as it helped me not only to improve my performance but also my rank among other candidates and helped me to be in the reserved list in IBPS PO 2015. I finally cleared SBI Clerk (JA) 2016 and am quite confident that I will get IBPS PO from reserve list on 31st march 2017.
Banking exams are all about strategy ,speed and accuracy, and only by giving online test you can improve these three aspects. Guys, if you are preparing for banking exams, Oliveboard test series is a must buy, both full test and sectional test. You cannot even compare any other test series with Oliveboard in any aspects like level of questions, accuracy, and analysis of mock. I used to take one full mock and 2 sectional mock in math (to increase speed in math) daily and it helped me a lot. I am thankful to Oliveboard team from core of my heart.
IBPS RRB Officer
I never knew about the Oliveboard test series, but during SBI PO Prelims exams, someone told me about the Oliveboard Test Series. Then I looked for these test series and happened to try them. I found that these test series improved my accuracy and speed.
Here is the detailed strategy that I had followed during my preparation for these exams -
I did not benefit a lot from reading various books. I used a lot of online sources to learn about the concepts. I observed that Oliveboard Mock Test Series over other mock test series available, a lot better. The solutions mentioned are extremely helpful and the analysis was done very nicely. The variety of questions covered prepares you for the exam and all levels of difficulty of questions.
The key is to get your basics clear and then practice continuously. Use RS Aggarwal to clear your concepts. This helps in building accuracy. The timing is also very important. I used different online sources for clearing my basics and Oliveboard Mock Test Series for practice.
Gk and Banking:
For GK, I studied from various online sources and used the GK Supplement from Oliveboard Mock Test Series as well. I read the newspaper daily for current affairs.
All sections of the Oliveboard Mock Test series were very good. Anyone who is preparing for banking exams - this test series proves as a key to success. Oliveboard Mock test series and objective GK with detailed information on various topics helped me to clear my exam.
All the best to all aspirants!
ECGC (AIR 1)
I utilised almost 10-15 Mock Tests of Oliveboard and trust me, nothing beats it. It is the most indispensable source that any candidate must stick to throughout their preparatory period. I cracked almost 6-7 exams back to back and this was made possible majorly with the help of Oliveboard Test series. So I suggest this Test Series to everyone who is seriously preparing for any of the exams.
Here is my exam summary:
-I utilised the Oliveboard test series for IBPS PO to solve some of the very well structured problems which helped me not only to get selected in ECGC but also to get an All India Rank 1 amongst over 10,000 candidates. ECGC conducted its exam in December 2016 and I was appointed in March 2017 in ECGC.
-I also got selected as PO in IDBI Bank through IBPS PO, Assistant in PNB through IBPS Clerk, Scale 1 Officer in Purvanchal Bank through IBPS RRB Scale 1 Exam and an Assistant Manager in Bank of Baroda through the BOB PGDBF Exam.
-I cleared the Mains of the Indian Post Payment Bank - Assistant Manager Exam but I did not attend the interview as I had already been selected in ECGC.
-I also qualified the Prelims of NIACL AO with 81/100 in Prelims and prelims of RBI Assistant with 84/100 marks in Prelims. I couldn't attempt the Mains Exam of both the exams due to clash of dates.
In the end I would like to thank the entire Oliveboard Team who is working tediously and incessantly to help candidates like me to push our limits and helping us qualify so many exams.
SBI PO 2018
SOUTH INDIA BANK PO : cleared written test but failed in interview
BANK OF BARODA PO: selected
SBI PO : selected
SBI clerk : missed the selection by 6.75 marks ,got 88.15
RRB PO : selected for interview from UP region
RRB clerk: selected in prelims and skipped the mains because of selection in bank of baroda.
RBI grade B: missed the mains because i got 101.5 marks
IBPS PO : selected for mains but didn't write it ,you know why
Preparation tips: Quant: Solved prev year ques from arihant book and solved arun sharma quant for CAT.Learn squares and cubes of first 30 numbers and also remember fractional values. Reasoning: Solved basic questions from MK PANDEY and puzzles from a magical book of puzzles and then solved various problems from websites . English: This is the section in which many students face difficulty but being a cricket fan and listening to english commentary helped me a lot.Also reading news articles from The Hindu will be helpful .Try to read any article of your interest in english and the more you read the better you get. Prelims: Accuracy matters along with speed.I got 68 marks for 69 attempts.Cutoff was 56.75.Try to avoid word problems in quant.First go for approx, simplification,number series and DI and if time is left go for word problems.That is how i use to startegise you can plan your own.Similarly in reasoning i used to go for simple stuffs like inequalities, direction,coding decoding and then puzzles.For english do whatever you want but solve Reading comprehension at last.Try to give a lot of mocks and then analyse your performance and also identify weak areas and work on them.Don't get disheartened by a bad test score.You can always make for it in the next test.Remember PRACTICE PRACTICE AND PRACTICE.WILL IS EVERYTHING. Mains: Everything remains same but the level of questions is enhanced especially the reasoning section. I got 29 out of 40. Don't try to memorize it just read the entire capsule 5 to 6 times and you would be able to recall most of the points.Overall i got 119.63 (86.13 in objective and 33.5 in descriptive).Cutoff was 93.10 for general. GD and PI: In this round your personality is put under the scanner.You need to be happy and don't act nervous.Greet the panel with smile and even if you don't know the answer to a particular question ,simply say sorry and smile.In GD don't argue with others and put your points across with confidence and also allow others to speak. Stay focussed on your target and leave the rest on god and ya don't complain because leaders don't complain. BEST WISHES and GOOD LUCK”
NIACL AO: All India Rank #1
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
Here is the strategy I had followed for my examination.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
Then a friend of mine told me about Oliveboard so I straightaway registered and I was amazed by the level of difficulty that Oliveboard offered in its Mock tests. I had attempted a couple of exams before but I was unable to clear them. After Oliveboard I got immense help. The mock test gives you a real time feel of answering an actual exam itself and the difficulty of questions are at par with the actual exams too. This comes handy when you’re sitting for your exam and you don’t feel the pressure because you’ve already been through a similar question pattern.
I strongly believe Oliveboard is doing great because once I registered for it, I did not have to bother about referring any other source for my preparation. The current affairs are timely updated on Oliveboard’s portal as well. The only extra bit that I did was reading newspapers as it helps in improving English. Besides that, Oliveboard was the sole contributor. Thank you Oliveboard!
I am Akshay Vohra, currently working in Punjab & Sind Bank.
I would love to share my story of cracking IBPS exam through self-study & help of test series by Olive board.
I completed my graduation in the year 2015 and was placed in HERO cycles. I worked for 3 months but was never satisfied so I decided to quit my job and started preparing for banking exams. I took guidance from my elder brother who is currently working in PNB and started with self-study. I joined many test series but found the Oliveboard Mock Test Series to be the best.
They have maintained very good standards and quality is also remarkable because their question papers are of the same pattern similar to the new banking exams pattern.
I gave many exams like SBI, IBPS, LIC and much more and was unable to crack any of them. Still, i did not lose my hope and continue to study and give many other exams
After days of hard work, I cracked IBPS clerk 2016 and was allotted in Punjab and Sind Bank. I think the best strategy of preparing for these exams is, first of all, clear your basic concepts and make your strong areas, even more, stronger and bring weaker areas to average.
MATHS - I used books only to clear my conceptual basics, for e.g Arihant Publications, Arun Sharma. Rest, I only practised on various websites and tried to give as many quizzes so that I could encounter different types of questions.
REASONING - This was my strength. For reasoning, practice is the only key. Practice as many questions possible and give maximum quizzes online. I will only suggest you the Oliveboard mock test series because here you will find quality questions.
General Awareness - I used to read newspapers on a daily basis and had read many current affairs from various websites, then made daily notes and revised them daily. This is the one section where you can score maximum marks
ENGLISH= This was my weakest area, I used to read editorial section of the newspaper and devoted my maximum time to this subject by solving more and more quizzes.
I allotted time for all subjects in a day. This is what I had done :
Maths - 3 hrs
Reasoning - 2 hrs
GA - 2hrs
English - 3 hrs
and used to give mock papers on weekends to analyse my progress.
NEVER GIVING UP is the key to success.
All the best.
IBPS PO, 2018
Introduction: Hello, I am Vishal, an inflationary cosmologist-turned-ML Engineer-serendipitously-turned banking aspirant. I am 28 and hail from Delhi. I completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Communication in 2012 and thereafter, decided to follow my passion for physics and completed my Ph.D. in Inflationary Cosmology in 2017. I came back to India due to extenuating family circumstances and found a job in a startup.
Exams I have cleared:
a) Scored 330/340 in GRE (167: Quant, 163: Verbal)
b) Scored 110 in TOEFL(reading: 28, listening: 27, speaking: 26, writing: 29) c) Cleared PO in the first attempt (CRP PO VIII).
Preparation Strategy for Individual Sections:
Quant: Initially I exclusively relied upon Vivek sir’s guidance and the superb level of questions that were discussed in the Oliveboard Live Classes and in live practice sessions. I supplemented that with topic tests provided by Oliveboard and also found CAT level questions of the same topic in Sarvesh Verma’s book(Quantum CAT).
Verbal: Having scored well in GRE a few years back, I had a strong base in this section, so Miti Ma’am helped me brush up those concepts with some challenging questions as well as explaining the tough conceptual traps beautifully.
Reasoning: This was my weakest section and I barely scraped by in the Prelims but changed my strategy while preparing for the Mains. I focused exclusively on the miscellaneous questions as well as analytical reasoning and made it a stronghold for me(basically everything except puzzles and seating arrangement in the mains exam).
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GK: I love reading in general, so I redirected that passion towards sifting quickly through newspaper and supplemented that by using AffairsCloud PDF capsule.
Interview: I am fascinated by the concepts of Economics and Finance and I found it exhilarating to prepare for the interview phase. Probably the most fun I had during the entire preparation process was when we made a WhatsApp group, and then conducted mock interviews among ourselves through zoom and/or hangouts/Skype, which helped A TON.
Details about my journey and how OB helped me:
While working as a Machine Learning Engineer in a startup, I started preparing for banking. That coincided with Oliveboard’s Free course for IBPS PO preparation that started on 4th September 2018. During the first few days, I was partly disinterested and partly lost and intimidated by the syllabus in front of me. I didn’t even know how to manage time as I was attending classes either from metro or Uber. I couldn’t follow along for the first week or so but somehow persisted. Both the quant and verbal faculty were extremely motivating and the awesome structure/schedule made by Oliveboard helped me catch up and practice alongside the live classes.
I used OB’s topic tests to supplement what was taught in the class which helped me calm my nerves and ease into the meticulously prepared schedule. Live practice sessions were really helpful and perhaps the best part of the whole class, as gradually my performance improved and then I started to consistently perform well which boosted my confidence.
Tips To Aspirants:
The only advice I have for future aspirants is, be strategic as well as relentless in the pursuit of your goal. Trust the experienced faculty and build concepts while being attentive in the live classes, then increase your question bank by having a hunger to solve more and more questions as you go deeper into your preparations.
I hope my journey will help other aspirants in their preparation. All the Best Guys!
SBI PO 2019
Today I am going to share my success story of clearing IBPS CLERK 2017
The Future Belongs To The Competent. Get Good, Get Better, Be The Best.
Hello, Guys, my name is Raju Eslavath. I had completed my graduation (B.tech in Computer Science Engineering) in 2016 and just after that, I had started preparing for Banking exams. In the starting phase I started focussing on clearing the basics first, then I solved some questions based on those topics.
After giving some exams I came to know that to crack a bank exam - perfect strategy and planning are required. So I made a proper planning based on my weakness and strengths which helped me a lot in maintaining my speed and accuracy.
LIST OF EXAMS I HAD APPEARED AND RESULTS:
1.SBI PO 2016: Failed in Prelims
2.IBPS PO 2016: Failed in English (Prelims)
3.IBPS CLERK 2016: Failed in Prelims
4.IBPS RRB OS: Failed in Mains
5.IBPS RRB OA: Failed in Prelims
After facing so many failures, I decided to stop my preparation and work in private sector. After working for 5 months I felt that the work was very hectic and there was no job satisfaction. So, I left that job in July and started my banking preparation again.
After that, I appeared for IBPS PO Prelims and failed in the Mains Exam.
Cleared both the CANARA AND SYNDICATE PO PGDBF exams.
Finally, I got selected in IBPS CLERK (CANARA BANK)
Quantitative Aptitude - Follow YouTube channels, Clear your basics and then give mock tests.
Reasoning - This is my strong point. So I used to practice a lot of questions and stay updated with new pattern questions. Practice minimum 4 puzzles daily which helps you a lot.
GA - This is the section which can help you in gaining the edge over others in the mains. For this, read daily current affairs from Gktoday and others. Attempt the daily quizzes from online websites
English - This is my average section. Read daily newspaper - THE HINDU for 1hr and note down 8 to 10 vocabulary words from it and revise them on a regular basis. Give daily sectional quizzes on online websites and analyse your performance.
Make Some Strict Plans like - Daily practice of Reasoning and Aptitude Questions, weekly sectional tests & solve daily quizzes.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series played an important role in my success. So, I really want to thank Oliveboard for providing such a platform where we can access every important topic for Banking exams. The level of questions is so good and challenging that if anyone solves these questions regularly and honestly, then that will be more than enough to get through the exams.
One should opt for the Mock Test Series provided by Oliveboard, as the questions are based on the latest pattern for all the banking exams.
After all my hard work, I cracked the exam and got selected as IBPS CLERK in CANARA BANK.
I would like to thank my family, friends and well-wishers.
And this way my dream came true.
So I want to say to all the readers and future bankers: NEVER GIVE UP AND ONE FINE DAY, YOU WILL GET SUCCESS.
DREAMS CAN ONLY BECOME REALITY IF THERE ARE HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION.
All the best to all the aspirants.
Before going further, I would like to give you a glimpse of my background. I hold a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering. After completing my graduation in 2012, I joined Cognizant Technology Solutions, Bengaluru where I worked for a year. But my passion towards government jobs made me quit my private sector job in 2013 and I started preparing for civil services examination. This was the time when I started appearing for banking exams. I wrote RBI Assistant, RRB PO and IBPS PO in 2015 and due to my consistent perseverance, I got through all the three exams with a decent score.
I still remember my initial struggle with quants and reasoning which gave me many sleepless nights. Today, when I introspect I can say Arun Sharma (for Data Interpretation) and Oliveboard test series helped me a lot in quants and reasoning preparation.
For verbal ability, I relied on newspaper reading which helped me a lot in improvising my comprehension skills and vocabulary in a shorter span of time. During my preparation, I used to read “The Hindu” and “Financial Express”. I am an ardent reader and this habit of mine has not only prepared me for English section but also helped me in enriching my General Awareness.
To be honest, when I wrote RBI Assistant examination, I had no strategy for it. I started taking Mocks where I would say Oliveboard test series helped me a lot in terms of providing a real-time experience of the examination and hone my skills vis a vis attempting questions from all the sections of the exam.
Well, I believe that what worked out for me, may not work out for you. So make your own strategy according to your weak and strong areas and make necessary improvisation in your strategy. Ultimately, you are a better judge for yourself. What I could assess from my journey is that don’t push yourself so hard when you cannot concentrate. Take a break when you are lost but never give up. Learn to rest but don’t quit. Take some time out with family and friends and rejuvenate your life. Then start afresh. The most important aspect of my success has been Consistency. Small efforts repeated day in and day out will ultimately pave the way to success.
In the end, it is a game of being positive and believing in yourself. If you put in your best, success will be yours. Just remember that-
“You need to live few months or years of your life like most people will not, so that you can live the rest of your life like most people cannot”.
Final words, thanks to the team of Oliveboard who understand the present scenario of exams and curate mock test series which match the difficulty level of exam and this helped me in improving my efficiency and accuracy too.
ALL THE BEST TO ALL ASPIRANTS!!! Have faith in your efforts and hustle hard !!
Hi, My name is Shashank Baranwal from Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. I had completed B.Tech in Electrical Engg in 2013. After my B.Tech, I have attempted GATE but couldn't qualify. Then, I got a job in an industry at a low salary of 8000 per month. After working for about a year, I wasn’t satisfied and decided to attempt competitive exams. I started my preparation for banks and SSC.
I have applied for BOB Manipal, SBI Clerk, SBI PO, SSC, and IBPS. For my preparation, a large chunk of help is from OLIVEBOARD. I subscribed their mock test. I started to attempt many exams from December 2015. Finally, I have been selected for few exams (the list is mentioned below) and BOB Manipal was one of them. I have joined BOB PGDBF in October 2017.
Followings are some examinations that I have attempted:
BOB Manipal PGDBF 2016: sectional cut-off of English stopped me
IBPS Clerk 2015: Did not qualify for Mains
SBI PO 2016: Mains not qualified; while in aptitude I have got good number
SBI Clerk 2016: Mains not qualified
IBPS PO 2016: After interview, I was not allotted seat; missed by 2 marks
IPPB: Disqualified in interview
SSC CGL: Mains not qualified
SSC CHSL: Selected for typing
However, with all the failures in my multiple attempts, I never lose hope. I introspected my performance through the mock test and analyzed those weak areas. I have practice and practice number of mock test to improve my performance and confidence. And finally, my hard work paid off.
I have been selected for the following exams-
IDBI Executive: Selected
Karur Vysya Bank: Selected
IBPS Clerk 2016: SELECTED, GOT BANK OF INDIA and joined
Syndicate Bank PGDBF: Selected but did not take admission
DMRC TO and SC both: Selected but did not go for medical examination because I use glasses
Bank of Maharashtra clerical: Selected in 2nd waiting list
SVC bank: Selected
Karnataka Bank: Selected
BOB Manipal PGDBF 2017: selected, resigned from bank of India clerk post and took admission here
I would like to thank OLIVEBOARD for all the help and support. I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me in my long and hard journey.
Tips for aspirants:
- I suggest every aspirant practice, practice, practice.
- Get a good and quality mock test. I’d suggest OLIVEBOARD as it gives us the real level of examination.
- Just do your best. Don't lose hope. Try and try again as I did, our dreams will come true.
All the best!
Ashish Kumar Jha
After my graduation, I started my CSE preparation. But, due to some health problem, my preparation got affected and I lost 1 year. By the end of 2016, I recovered and was determined to get a job. I started applying for competitive exams. I never prepared exclusively for Banking Examinations.
Meanwhile, I decided not to write multiple exams but focus on few exams. I applied for SBI PO 2017. Meanwhile, I got selected for Laxmi Villas Bank PO. I worked for 4 months at Laxmi Villas bank. While working there, I gave my SBI PO mains and subsequently cleared it.
Strategy that I’ve followed:
This is one of my strong areas. I have a habit of reading newspaper since six std. It really helped. So, this section does not require much preparation if you are really good at basics and regularly read a newspaper. Besides, Oliveboard mock test series really helped me on various account.
Banking exams are getting tougher and trickier every year. Since I was from the engineering background, my maths basics were strong. And, this section is also one of my strong areas. I DIDN’T follow any books, magazines or study materials for maths. I relied on online multiple resources and YouTube videos. I gathered a list of unconventional tricky questions for all the topics and started solving regularly.
My advice to aspirants is not to go for conventional questions, try unconventional tricky questions.
I was weak in reasoning. You need not always solve puzzles to cross the barrier. I used to solve independent questions and used to skip puzzles. My aim was to clear the cut-offs.
My advice to aspirants is – if you are good in puzzles, go for it. But, if you are weak like me just try to solve independent questions and if the time permits, you can attempt puzzles.
Data Analysis & Interpretation:
I have done integrated approach for SBI PO preparation. I tried to solve DI questions from online resources every day. One thing about DI is – you need to practice every day and good calculation skill is the main weapon to score for DI.
General Awareness Economy/Banking:
I referred to newspaper and online resources for this section. I used to make notes from the newspaper. My UPSC exam preparation approach really helped me.
My interview started on the wrong note and I was thinking at the back of my mind about rejection from final selection. Anyways, as the interview progresses, I started making a positive impact on the panel. Most of the questions pertain to the practical approach to banking. My job experience at Laxmi Villas bank also helped me in answering various tricky questions.
One thing to note is that my newspaper reading habit has helped in my interview and other sections of the exam.
Tips to aspirants:
• You can clear any banking exams without books, magazines and study materials. There are many websites with numerous resources and YouTube videos. All you need is willing to do it, clarity of basics and identifying two strong areas.
• Relax, do not intimidate by competition around you. Just do your things.
All the best to all aspirants!
At first, I thought of taking coaching for preparations but then decided against it and started giving online mocks of Oliveboard. The benefits were that I got a lot of time for preparations and my speed improved. After that I attended two of exams BOB and BOM, which I failed. But I got familiar with the type of questions. I used to solve 2 mocks daily. This enhanced my speed and I got accustomed with the pattern of the question. The quality of oliveboard mocks are exceptional.
Then came IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, IBPS Clerk. Cleared prelims and mains of all 3. But missed IBPS PO final cut off by 1 marks and IBPS RRB final cut off by 2.5 marks. Then finally my First success was IBPS Clerk and I was allotted Allahabad bank. This result gave me a lot of confidence and what followed was a set of successes:
1. IBPS Clerk - Allahabad bank
2. South Indian Bank - PO
3. Syndicate Bank PGDBF
4. Shortlisted for BOB Manipal interview
5. Finally shortlisted for SBI PO interview
I am currently working in South Indian Bank as PO.
All this happened in around 8 months’ time. I dedicate my success to my parents who supported me throughout and my sister who guided me throughout. And one important thing, along with hard work, smart work is very important.
When I started, my performance was poor but gradually I improved and updated myself with the question pattern and daily current affairs for banking and static GK. I used to get only evening time for study as I was working. I divided my time in two parts – 1st two hours for taking a test and then check the wrong answers and solve it again. This is the only process which helped me to get the success and this time I got selected in both PO & clerk in Union Bank of India.
Here are some tips for you all:
-I got to know that the IBPS has changed the exam pattern this year too. My suggestion for prelims is: try to attempt as much as you can but with perfection as the score is important to crack the prelims and go to the next level.
-As per the trend, IBPS will give the question in a way which is known to all of us. Here score and accuracy matters.
-In case of mains, go just a little bit slow and try to attempt the sections with perfection.
-For GI, focus more on puzzles, coding, input
-For Quant, as per the new pattern candidates should give extra efforts on DI part
-English, the only way is to follow the newspaper editorials, especially the Hindu and follow Oliveboard mock papers.
-General awareness: focus more on banking. Read banking news every day.
-Descriptive: prepare some recent topics. Everyday newspaper reading is helpful.
Oliveboard is the only exam portal which gives the idea of latest question paper and the exam analysis and the solution provided for quick answering is amazing. I started and regularly followed it which gave me remarkable success. Thanks a lot, Oliveboard!
IDBI PGDBF Assistant MANAGER
My name is S.Prem Kumar, after one and a half year of my struggle I got selected as IDBI ASSISTANT MANAGER GRADE A.
I want to share my preparation strategy through Oliveboard which played a major role in my selection. I totally depended on online mocks, took every mock exam as real exam. I keenly observed my weak and strong areas and improved my accuracy. I strongly recommend Oliveboard mocks which inculcates the best quality mocks for us.
For arithmetic and reasoning, I watched online videos.
For English and G.k, I just prepared through Oliveboard Mock Tests only.
Section wise tests help in overall increase of scores and help you prepare accordingly. After you take the Mock test check your solutions and practice every question. Oliveboard solutions are the best. It is error-free with a top class explanation which boosts our confidence in banking preparation. Practice on a regular basis for both Prelims and Mains. Manage time and most importantly work Hard.
Never be disappointed with your failures friends. I lost IBPS PO two times by 0.25 in final cutoff and SBI PO Mains, I missed overall cut off by 0.75, and many more failures. But, I would want to say, don't worry friends at the end only one exam matters and it makes you and your family happy. So aim for that exam.
I heartfully thank every person of Oliveboard team who worked hard in preparing the top class mocks. They are helping every banking aspirant reach his/ her target faster. Oliveboard mocks are up to date and the perfectly compiled pattern is the key to crack the real exam. Gk and Banking awareness questions is a stunner. In one question you can learn more than 10 important questions included in it. I personally feel, because of that section I cracked the exam. I thank God, my family for their love, and Oliveboard for their sustained support and guidance.
All the best future bankers!
I did an analysis of my results and decided to change my strategy after I realised that as speed was very slow because of not practicing any time bound tests. I tried test series of various companies but one thing that distinguishes Oliveboard from others is the difficulty level of questions, which is must in today's scenario of continuously changing exam patterns. I did one test a day, as I was a lazy student, I used to do the test in parts. So even you attempt it in parts in the beginning and the complete test as the exam approaches.
I finally got selected in IBPS PO 6, and scored 80.75 in mains written and got the bank of my preference: OBC.
I would like to share some tips for all aspirants, so that they can also crack the exam of their choice.
Tips for aspirants:
1. Don't panic during preparation, the more you are relaxed more the chances of getting good marks
2. Attempt a test daily
3. Daily practice of reasoning and maths
4. Read newspapers or any novel daily, for improving your reading habit
5. Read GK capsules and news bullets
So, guys don’t lose hope. If an average guy (in studies) like me can do it so can you! Feel free to contact me for any guidance. All the best!
IBPS RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT (2018)
Here is his story to Success:
Hi Friends, I am Anshuman Srivastava. I have cleared IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2018. I had completed my graduation in Science last year. It has been a journey which started just after graduation to a goal and got my first Government job in 6 months.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for giving me a chance to share my journey from zero to a banker and it’s an honour to share some tips on this platform.
After completing my last exam I set my unidirectional aim to get a Government Job. In starting I was new so I joined some Coaching Institutes and then from there, I got to know from my batchmate about Oliveboard, that how it help us to reach our goals. I had cleared all the PRELIMS of RRB PO & CLERK as well as IBPS PO & CLERK. But unfortunately could not get through PO Mains in both but I learned from this because every Failure has a lesson in it.
Banking Exams are all about how well you are stick up to concepts in each subject and how you maintain an accurate speed in prelims as well as in mains. Here I will suggest some important tips in each and every Section for Banking Exams. Most importantly prepare yourself for each and every kind of Puzzles and Data Interpretation, this is the bottom line of every preparation.
Mock Test and Analysis:-
This is the most important thing in preparation. For exams I had given 2 mock tests per day for Prelims and 1 in two days for Mains, then fully analyse your performance. Analysing your mock tests is important because if you ever get in exam again and you practiced for that specific question then you will surely do better. Do Check your speed on Test and make a graph of your performances because every mock is like an exam in itself.
Now For Each Subject-
1. QUANT:- Clear Your concepts for this Subject. Go through Oliveboard’s Online Courses where you can get conceptual videos and topic wise classes which are very useful for a beginner. Make your calculation speed so accurate for prelims because there you will be required a good speed of solving. Try to prepare some important topics like-
Profit and Loss
Time and speed
Time and work
Mixture and Allegation
Then Go through the daily quant quiz by Oliveboard and analyse each question. You can buy R S Aggarwal ARITHMETIC for practice.
2. Reasoning:- Reasoning is something which totally depends on how you adopt any problem to solve. If you are not clear with the basics, or if you want to practice some healthy content then you can go through Oliveboard’s Concept Classes & then practice by the ebooks pdfs wherever you can. Regularly solving puzzles and day-by-day practice in this section will surely make you feel better. For High Level you can download materials and then practice on it if you have cleared your basics. You can Solve puzzle from many sources which have good content.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
3. English:- This section proved to be quite difficult but then again if you read Editorial section from some good newspapers like HINDU daily then it will be immensely helpful in improving your vocab, reading skills, grammar etc. Read newspapers daily and try to analyse each and every paragraph in the Editorial section to learn new words. For Grammar, you can watch Online videos and note down all the important points so it becomes easier for you while revising. You should learn root words which will help you in your vocab. Also, make a habit of solving RC and Cloze Test as much as possible to score well in the exam. IBPS always asks new pattern questions in their exams every year so it’s better to be prepared beforehand. You can refer books like Plinth to Paramount & Word Power Made Easy.
4. GK/GA:- For GK you need to prepare daily. In GK there are three major sections like-
(a)Static Banking- Try to make notes for this section as it will be easy for you to revise. You can Download pdf by Oliveboard or Affairscloud and learn some important Banking Awareness terms or questions.
(b) Static Gk- There are many sources in the market to prepare for his area. It’s always better to follow one of them and make notes from it. Always make a habit to make state wise notes and try to relate things and learn them. Remember you have to revise each section at least 3 to 4 times during your preparation.
(c) Current Affairs-This is the most important section for every aspirant. You can Read daily Current affairs from several platforms like Oliveboard, Affairscloud, Newspaper etc. Try to learn at least from 3 to 4 sources. It will help you to memorize the topics in a better way. You can refer free monthly Bolt pdf provided by Oliveboard which proved to be immensely beneficial in my preparation. Moreover, practicing MCQs and Quizzes are equally important.
5. Computer:- As this is an important subject in RRB exam, you can learn important questions from books or pdf’s. For books I would suggest Lucent Computer and for pdf’s you can download from Oliveboard which is more than sufficient for preparing this section.
Role of Oliveboard:- During my preparation Oliveboard had a major role. Their Mock tests are very beneficial for everyone.They always bring Latest pattern in their test which are so close to the exact new pattern. Moreover, the analysis section and the detailed solution of each and every question provided by them is very useful in order to improve your weaker areas before attempting the next mock.
Tips to Aspirants:-
Start your preparation from where ever you stand because Banking Exams needs practice and practice. Analyze your weak areas to improve them and then you will find yourself in a safe zone. Lastly, I would love to share with the aspirants that never lose hope in your life, every Hero was Once a zero. It is only Hardwork and dedication towards their goals which make them Hero From Zero…
I wish all the Very best to all of you... Thankyou
I had practised IBPS PO mock tests which had up to the level tricky questions as per exam standards, due to which is I was able to handle the PO Mains exam with ease.
Thank you Oliveboard.
I have relied on online materials for clearing basics and practice. One of my friends suggested Oliveboard being a helpful platform for banking and government exams preparation. I gave their free mock test and after that I found it to be good. Then, I immediately purchased their test series.
I have cleared SBI CLERK 2016, SBI PO 2016 Main but not selected, CANARA BANK P.O (IBPS 2016), IPPB SCALE 1(2016), SSC CGL 2016 (Auditor in CGDA), RRB NTPC (GOODS GUARD). My biggest asset was Oliveboard mock test. The quality and relevancy of the test series were top notch. The actual exam was quite similar to the one I faced during a mock test in terms of toughness.
My strength was maths and English. It is very important to know your weakness and strong areas while starting the preparation. That way, you can prioritize your focus.
Being from an engineering background, I was good at maths. But, I didn't take any chances. So, I invested a month to clear the basics of maths. I have analyzed the pattern of the exams and based on that started listing out important areas to focus. The mock test is very important to understand the exam and find out where we stand with our preparation.
Every day I take 2-3 mock test. After that, I analyzed the result and find out my mistakes.
This is my strong areas apart from maths. I was able to score high marks in English in most of the exams that I have appeared. But, one to need focus on clearing the concepts of grammars and build the vocabulary. I depended on many online portals and books.
This is my weak areas. I have solved only easy questions and if time permits, I have attempted few hard one.
Newspaper reading is very important for this section. I used to read a newspaper every day and digest the information. Oliveboard mock test series really helped me. I have also used online platforms.
Tips for aspirants:
• Concentrate on strong areas
• Solve as many mock tests as possible, the mock test is very important. Never miss giving a mock test on daily basis
• You can do it, you just need a little will and right positive approach
All the best to all aspirants!
IBPS RRB Assistant
I cleared SBI Prelims in 2017 but missed out on the Mains exam. This struck me very hard as this was my second last attempt at it because of the eligibility criteria for the age for these exams. But, I knew I did not have an option but to keep trying and appear for other exams.
Finally, after two years of hard work, I cleared the IBPS RRB Assistant 2017 exam and I have to give credit to the Oliveboard mock test series for this small achievement of mine. I will appear for SBI PO 2018 exams as it was my goal and I hope Oliveboard mock test series and concept videos will again help me.
Let me first put out this fact, my only source of learning concepts were free Youtube videos. One needs to know how to utilise free online content and understand if it works for them. Tip - make sure you keep on checking the quality of content matches or is close to the official papers or learning courses offered by premium platforms like Oliveboard.
Now, I will share my section-wise strategy to prepare for this exam -
Reasoning - This subject was my weakest link when I started my preparation. I kept on reading concepts through books and watching Youtube videos, but it did not help. Then, I took the Oliveboard Mock Test Series. The best part about their mock test series was that they included all the new question types and the correct way to solve these problems. I practised all the questions in the mocks, kept note of my mistakes, and revised them later and saw a considerable improvement.
Maths/Quant - Daily Practice. Daily Formula Revision. Daily analysis of correct and incorrect attempts and take notes. Revise your notes on Sunday. Repeat till you master this section.
English - This section was comparatively easier for me, as I had been preparing for other exams. I relied completely on the Oliveboard Mock test series and they were extremely helpful.
I would highly recommend the Oliveboard Mock Test Series as the question pattern and difficulty level replicates the real examination.
My only advice to aspirants is - ‘ Keep going and you will achieve what you want. Do not give up’.
IBPS RRB PO
REASONING: Making basic concepts clear and practicing more puzzles along with statement based questions always keeps you in race in mains exam .Always starts with easy questions and do puzzles in the end.
QUANT: First solve all topics of ssc and clear your basic after which apply a shortcut formula which will always keep you in the hunt . In the main exam, always try to solve DI based on all topics like Boat and stream , profit and loss , time and distance.
General knowledge: For this portion always try to make notes on daily news and for exam point of view prepare for 6 months gk. ENGLISH; Read and watch English newspapers and movies. Clear your basic grammar and solve problems. Role of oliveboard: its test always blows your mind but always makes you realise yourself about your preparation .i used to solve 1 test daily ,its difficulty level always touches mains level exam that's why after solving its mocks you are ready for the exam. I wish all the best in your future.”
Hari Karan Singh
IBPS RRB Assistant
This is Hari Karan Singh from Barabanki UP and I have successfully cleared the IBPS RRB Assistant 2017 exam. The credit of my success goes to the almighty, my parents, brother, teachers, Oliveboard, other online mock test series and all my friends and mentors. I started my preparation after graduation
(B.Sc Maths) in 2016. After final year exams in May 2016, I downloaded some online mobile applications for Banking examinations. This persuaded me to be a banker. In the first three months, I cleared my basics from an online coaching institute. In 2016, I was not eligible to apply for IBPS so I kept on practising. With the help of all available online resources, I practised regularly. Next year in 2017, I applied for many examinations. The exams I wrote in 2017 are as follows :
1) AFCAT- Cleared but missed out in the interview.
2) IBPS PO- Missed by few marks.
3) IBPS RRB PO- Missed by few marks.
4) IBPS Clerk- Prelims cleared, waiting for Mains result.
4) SSC CGL- Prelim cleared, wrote Mains in February.
5) SSC MTS- Cleared Tier 1 and Tier 2.
6) ISRO UDC- Answer key released descriptive answer sheet under evaluation.
7) Allahabad High Court Junior Assistant- Scored 90 marks out of 100, waiting for the result.
8) IBPS RRB Assistant- Finally selected in Allahabad UP Gramin Bank.
These are the books and mock test series that I had followed :
Maths- R.S Aggarwal, S.D Yadav, Rakesh Yadav, Online study material and quizzes.
Reasoning- For this section, I only followed online coaching material and then practised online quizzes on various websites.
English- Mirror of Common Error, Paramount English, and Quizzes on online websites.
General Awareness - This is the most important section for Mains examination. After clearing Prelims, it was the time for mains so I followed Online Capsules for RRB PO mains and Static GK Digest and Daily GK quizzes.
Computer- Online quizzes are enough for this section and I did all Oliveboard Mock Test series questions
For Speed Tests, I followed Oliveboard Speed Tests and other online tests.
Oliveboard Speed tests are the best tests in my opinion as the difficulty level of its mocks is same as the real exam.
Lastly, I want to say that always give your best, even when the odds are against you. Efforts never fail and hard work always pays off. Stop doubting yourself, work hard, and make it happen. Always be confident that you can and you will!
'All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.'
So, I zeroed in on SBI PO exam as that allowed students of final year to apply. Next thing I had in mind was how to clear the 2 phases of written examination. The thing with every competitive exam is that the exams are not that tough as people perceive them to be. What they require is speed and focus.
Invariably there are 3 sections of any banking exam – Verbal ability, Quantitative aptitude and Logical Reasoning. It’s a cliché that Engineers are good in QA and bad in VA. Trust me it is anything but that. I was moderate through the 3 sections but was rather slow and I didn’t know which questions to leave and which ones to attempt. A leave is sometimes a great shot.
This is where Oliveboard comes in. It prepares the students for the worst situation on their worst day. Through the mocks I understood which type of questions had to be attempted and what time should be taken by me as OB gives relative performance graph for each question.
The thing that I dreaded the most was GK. So, I enrolled for OB’s GK supplement too, which I felt was quite relevant to the actual mains questions.
For any aspirant I would suggest to clear up your basics and supplement your understanding by taking mocks of the same topic in a time based manner. Another important thing, anyone can crack SBI PO, the background is simply irrelevant in this case.
Wishing you all the best!
SSC CGL 2016 (AIR 130)
IBPS Po 2014 - out after the interview.
RRB Po 2014 - cleared written but none called for interview.
Postal assistant - failed in typing
SBI PO associated - failed in written exam.
SBI clerk - failed in written.
RBI assistant - failed in written
FCI - failed in written.
SBI PO 2015 - out after interview.
SSC CGL 2015 - selected.
IBPS PO 2015 - failed in mains
BoB PO - failed in written.
SSC CGL 2016 - selected.
These lines motivate me alot - Don’t compare yourself with others but do Compare between the ‘Present you’ and the 'Past you’. Everyone tells me to forget the past and move on. But I say, Don’t forget the past but learn from the past mistakes, Implement in the present to make Bright future. All the best for new aspirants will suggest you guys to join olive board team and download olive board app for better results.
Oliveboard Mock Tests ' standard and level of difficulty was too good and I couldn’t find even a single mistake in them. They are doing an amazing job in making quality study material available to the students. Thank you Oliveboard!
RRB CLERK-VII 2018
MY PREPARATION STRATEGY:- Everyone has his/her own weak point and strong point. I was good in GA & Reasoning as well as in maths. some tips which i would personally want to share with every aspirant ,, For GA- i read CA on daily basis with last two days CA'S revision. This method helped me to learn all the current affairs and in the month end i read monthly and weekly CA pdf from various sources and also gave monthly quiz or daily quiz by oliveboard. For static i prepared a map nd written all static on that. For Reasoning- I solved at least 10-15 short quizzes from various online sources which helped me a lot and 30 days before the exam I gave 2 ST in a day. (sometimes 1). I always purchased Oliveboard mock test. Sometimes I solved 4 to 5 puzzles and seating arrangement. Foe QA- I personally recommend to all the aspirants to solve Kiran and M.Tyra. But apart this don't forget to attempt a sectional timer quiz. Because quizzes are the only way to increase our speed and all you need is practice and practice on a daily basis. For English- Reading Editorial is must if we truly want to improve in this section and want to score not only wants to clear sectional cut off. I used to read editorial from two newspaper- THE HINDU & THE INDIAN EXPRESS. literally i never learned any vocab from newspaper , only i underlined some new words and find out synonyms and antonyms nd tried to use that particular word in my daily conversation. Sometimes i gave online quiz also and that is more than enough to clear this section with good marks. For Computer- i read bolt pdf from oliveboard and gave online quizzes from wherever i found. Role of OLIVEBOARD- Dear aspirants, oliveboard is one of the most successful platforms to achieve success . A very big thanks to oliveboard because oliveboard played a teacher's role in my successful journey. I always purchased oliveboard mock test and always suggests giving mock tests only on oliveboard. Oliveboard's daily CA update, daily quiz, Banking bolt and many other material which helped me a lot. Once again A VERY BIG THANKS TO WHOLE OLIVEBOARD TEAM. i wish all the aspirants who are preparing and who wants to prepare All The Very Very Best For your future. May you all achieve all your dreams but always remember two words -' HARD WORK & PATIENCE'. These two words are magical because if you believe in yourself you'll achieve all which you want. So don't ever GIVE-UP. JUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and make yourself and your parents proud. Last but not the least , I want to thank god, my parents,family, friends and teachers for all their love , support and guidance.”
SSC CGL (AIR 11)
I gave a free mock test and I found the test series so much exhaustive yet realistic that I purchased it immediately. I believe it was one of the best decision of my life as I scored 180 in prelims examination and got 354 in tier 2 examination without any kind of coaching.
Being one of the coveted jobs of India, I wanted to be an Income Tax Inspector from the very beginning of my graduation. I would love to thank Oliveboard which help me in achieving my dreams. Test series of Oliveboard is a bit of higher level than that of the actual examination. In fact, it is the peculiar feature of this platform which helps one to prepare for the worst scenario. And, if the actual examination is of the easier level, then one is easily able to sail through and score a very good mark.
In the end, I would love to thank Oliveboard again and would like to tell aspirants that mock test is the key to success and one must take as many mock tests as possible before writing the actual examination.
Thank you. All the best!
I am Udit Sharma from Shimla. I started my preparation for competitive exams in 2012. I appeared in almost 35 to 40 competitive exams. After appearing in numerous exams when I couldn't make it up to the mark I also got discouraged. Most of the times I qualified written test , appeared in the interviews but couldn't mark my place in the final merit list :-
1.RRB in 2013(written+interview)---no final call
2.Ibps Clerk -III(written+interview)----no final call Cried so much and than made my mind to get selected in PO in next IBPS (2015 --April)
3. IBPS Clerk+PO-IV qualified in both appeared in the Interviews but unfortunately lagged by 0.6 in PO because cut off was 49.6 and I scored 49
4.Then again I set the target to get the job in SBI as SBI Associates Clerk exam was on the way cleared written ,appeared in interview but again the same misfortune- Didn't get final call
5.Then I decided to try in State level Bank exams -appeared in two HP State Level Bank Exams
i) Hp State Cooperative Bank
ii) Kangra Central Bank
6) Appeared in the Postal Assistant exam in 2015 scored high in the written--- appeared in typing test ----I was fully sure to get selected in Postal But unfortunately paper got cancelled
7) Appeared in the IBPS Clerk-V---- (PO+Clerk) I was waiting for final result meanwhile I got two appointment letters all together
1) from SBI Associates Waiting list
2) from H.P state Cooperative Bank
And finally on 1st April finally after so much penance for such a long time for almost 4 years, got selected in UCO Bank as a Probationary Officer I would recommend each and every aspirant do follow Oliveboard and try its Mock Test Series, guys trust me it will really make a huge difference in your overall preparation.
So guys don't ever let your failure discourage you because we never know how close we are .No need to compare yourself with others if you really want to compare than compare yourself with the person you were yesterday and last but not the least try for the best but get ready for the worst also.Thanks
-Udit Sharma, Probationary Officer, UCO Bank
I had purchased Oliveboard's test series for SSC CGL and they were completely up-to-the mark. But another feature of Oliveboard that I completely loved were the multiple "Group Study Sessions" that they organized just before the exam. Those were awesome and it was fun solving questions in limited time while chatting with all the other participants. Also, I must mention that the User Interface is super smooth. I had taken other mock test series too but their content was nowhere in comparison with Oliveboard. Thank you OB for helping me clear SSC CGL 2015
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.
My preparation - section wise:
Quants: Practice more on word problems like SI, CI, Time and work, Mensuration, Train, Pipes and Cisterns. I had a strong basic foundation for all arithmetic questions. so I mostly used to practice the questions online and review the unanswered and wrong questions frequently.
Reasoning: I am good at Input-output, syllogism, alphanumeric problem, Direction and blood relation. But too weak in solving puzzles as had less exposure to that section. So I started with line puzzles and then on increasing - decreasing order puzzle and then on floor puzzle. I just practised these three puzzles repeatedly until I got used to such problems.
English and general studies: I practised regularly and for general studies, I used Bolt. I practised current affairs on various online platforms for making questions familiar.”
The key for getting success in SBI PO is practicing mocks. The more you practice, the better you get therefore take more mocks be focused and believe in your own strategy. Remember quality is more important than quantity in your preparation. So, whatever be the time you can give, give your 200% in that period. GA portion is the game changer nowadays, because all other sections will be nightmare for sure. And this is where Oliveboard is the best. They provide the toughest mock series so that you can be confident on exam day. Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot in my preparation and they will continue to do so with millions of candidates. Best of luck to all the would be bankers and thank you Oliveboard. Continue the good work.
2017: Started preparing 13 hrs a day!
Then I got to know about Oliveboard Mock Test Series and brought their 1-year pack at 3999/- and started practising more seriously this time! Didn't give SBI PO as I did not prefer it & my first exam was RRB PO, again did not clear in prelims itself. despite enough practice. Took RRB clerk, went late by 5 mins for Mains Exams, so they didn't allow me to sit for the exam.
Then I gave IBPS PO, Mains & Interview went well. In IBPS Clerk Prelims Examination, I attempted 99 n got 94. It boosted my confidence to another level!
Finally got both PO & Clerk at Andhra Bank!
Here I would like to share you the strategy along with do's and don'ts!
Quant:- For beginners, do Quicker Math by M. Tyra, did it thrice to become perfect. Then take Oliveboard Mock Tests, it helps you a lot, particularly Data Interpretation is too good.
Reasoning:- Oliveboard Mock Tests is the best for its Puzzles. Oliveboard updates reasoning questions year by year, exam by exam and you no need to search elsewhere for latest updates.
Gk :- 2 hours preparation is fine. I studied for 6 hrs ( 4 hrs current affairs, 1 hr Banking awareness, 1 hour static ). My advice for you guys is don't waste too much time on current affairs, just follow Affairs cloud daily and take monthly quizzes of Affairscloud & Oliveboard.
Don't neglect Current affairs as most guys just prepare capsules a week before Mains Exams. It doesn't help you at all . Give 1 hour daily for current affairs, 45 minutes
for banking awareness and 15 minutes for the static part.
English:- I have seen a lot of guys preparing grammar, it doesn't help you in present bank exams , albeit you get knowledge. Learning Grammar is good but don't depend solely on it for bank exams, build vocabulary and focus on Comprehension.
Perseverance, hard work , patience & nothing else required to succeed !! Particularly General candidates don't panic by seeing competition. Practice , practice and practice. You will succeed for sure !
8 hours preparation is enough, I kept strained myself by studying 13 hours a day. Don't do that!
Give 2.5 hours each for Quant and Reasoning , 1 hour for English and 2 hours for GK ! ( 8 hours a day )
I will always be grateful to Oliveboard, for providing the similar standard of our Mains Exam papers! Thanks a lot, Oliveboard Team!!
All the best to all the aspirants!
IBPS PO 2016 was the first Banking Exam I attempted and failed miserably in Prelims itself. My family and friends supported me to stand up and fight again. One of my friends told me about Oliveboard Mock Test Series. I purchased Oliveboard Mock Test Series for SBI PO 2017 and started practicing mocks. I realised the importance of quality tests. Oliveboard Mock Tests helped me to practice quality questions and to analyse my performance. I cleared SBI PO Prelims and Mains but missed final list by 2 marks. I also cleared BOB PGDM written exam but again missed the final merit list. I continued my hard work and finally, I cleared IBPS Clerk 2017 and got Bank of Baroda. I owe my success to My parents and Oliveboard.
Here is my Section Wise Preparation Strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude: Clear your basics from Sarvesh Kumar Verma and practice questions from Oliveboard Sectional Tests and Mock Test Series. Once you're clear with your concepts, attempt one Sectional Test daily for quant. This would be sufficient enough for quant.
Logical Reasoning: No book is required. Just practice questions from Mock Tests. In mock tests, try to attempt puzzles at the end in reasoning section. Practice it daily and this will be more than enough.
English: Cultivating a Reading Habit and practicing Comprehension is the key to crack English section. You need to develop a good reading habit to excel this section. Reading newspapers will also help you in GK preparation and in Interviews/GD. I used to read The Hindu editorial section daily. Also, the Oliveboard's New Pattern English Tests helped me a lot. Do read editorials, learn vocab and attempt Oliveboard New Pattern English Tests.
General Awareness: Read the daily current affairs update from an online platform and attempt quizzes. Practice MCQs from Oliveboard GK Tests. Also, learn Banking Awareness.
Attempt Mock Tests and analyse them religiously. Prepare your own strategy and work accordingly. Invest in good quality Mock Tests like Oliveboard. Oliveboard provides a detailed and lucid solution for each and every question which one can easily understand.
Prepare well and have patience, you will definitely sail through it.
Happy Learning and All the Best for your upcoming exams!
Meanwhile, my sister got selected in SBI, she motivated me to opt for bank exam. During 2016, I started preparing for Bank exam. RBI Grade B 2016 was my first exam. I cleared prelim but failed to crack mains. Then, I worked for IBPS PO 2016 but failed to clear prelim by 0.10. Then, I started working on my failures.
In this way, RBI Assistant 2016 came in December. Cleared Prelim, but I failed to crack mains by 5 marks. This failure had taught me much more. This time I come to know my capability that I can clear bank exam. Again, I appeared for RBI Grade B 2017. Cleared prelim but failed to crack mains. Then, I appeared for BOB Manipal PO in May 2017. I hadn’t prepared much for BOB. Because SBI PO 2017 was my target. I attempted only 117 in BOB which was very minimum attempts because others have attempted till 145, still, I cleared it by securing 107. You can understand my accuracy. I worked hard for GD-PI. My GD topic was GST. Finally, I was selected for BOB PO.
Now talking about subject wise Strategy.
MATHS: Earlier my weakest topic in Quant was Word Problem (Time Work). As I used to skip these topics, I was started getting afraid of these. But, gradually I started preparing for this by watching YouTube videos on word problems. Do not neglect word problems because nowadays DI / Caselet DI are asked based on word problems.
REASONING: One of my strong section. I used to solve reasoning from various resources available online. If any question was not solved, then I used to stick to it until and unless it was solved.
ENGLISH: I prepared English by reading The Hindu, Business Standard, Economic Times newspapers. I used to read Editorial and Business page only by making a separate copy of synonyms, phrasal words. Before preparing for English, I was not interested in a reading newspaper. But as time passed, I had to put interest in this subject. Daily reading of newspaper makes me able to improve the reading ability. See guys, Today’s English level is so high but remember one thing new pattern of English has a base of the old pattern. So, prepare grammar well.
GENERAL AWARENESS: One of my strong and scoring section. This section is the game changer for me. I referred Oliveboard GK Supplement Package. And one thing, please start writing daily quizzes. Don’t just read. Because whatever we write, it fits on the brain than reading. Please give more time to this section, it will help you beat the competition.
TEST SERIES: I strongly recommend Oliveboard Mock Tests to all the Banking aspirants. Trust me guys, level of questions in both Mock Tests are very difficult. They make this because we should not panic during the actual exam. Giving example, I had never scored more than 36 in SBI PO PRE-2017 Mock test of Olive board. And I focus on accuracy, not on attempts. The reason behind this is I attempted only 48 in SBI PO PRE-2017, and I was very sure that all my 48 attempts are 100 % accurate. This way I got 3 marks bonus by IBPS and cleared it. So, the purpose is to focus only on accuracy, not on attempts. Minimum attempts with maximum accuracy lead to select diamonds from mines.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for the amazing efforts on mock tests and I wish them all the best in helping the future aspirants to achieve their dreams and I would again like to thank Oliveboard team for my selection and being my part of success.