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

Shekhar Iyer

RBI Grade B: All India Rank #3

Oliveboard was the perfect friend, philosopher and guide during my RBI Grade-B exam preparation. The interface is pretty intuitive and the questions are excellent. Oliveboard's analyses of my mock performances really helped me fine-tune my strategy during the phase-1 exam.
For the phase-2, Oliveboard's questions helped me develop familiarity with the different types of questions. In both the exams, having solved Oliveboard's mocks helped me soothe nerves and give my best!

Amol Tamhankar

NIACL Assistant

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

Gopal Krishna


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


RRB PO(2017)

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


SBI PO 2018

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

Rupal Jain

SBI PO 2019

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

Anil Yadav

RBI Grade B

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


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

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

Arman Garg

RBI Grade B

Before Oliveboard, I had tried other mock tests but they had lots of mistakes. A friend suggested OB Mock Tests and I was amazed to know that there was not a single mistake in any of the questions/solutions (atleast I didn't find one). This is a very good feature because once you find mistake in the question/solution, it is very irritating and also the motivation to take the mock test decreases.
Another good thing about Oliveboard is that its interface is good very user-friendly. The third feature that I liked is the difficulty level of the tests. It is a bit higher than the actual exam, that helped me a lot to be prepared for tough questions.
I had bought Oliveboard Mock Tests for SBI PO, UIIC AO and RBI Grade B (Phase I & II) and I feel glad that I have cleared all three. I got 64.4/100 in SBI PO and now waiting for the RBI Grade B interview's result.


IBPS RRB Officer

Hi, I'm Pawan. I started my preparation for banking examination in 2014 after my graduation in Chemistry. I gave many bank related exams but unfortunately faced failure. But still, I didn't give up my hope to become a bank officer. I continued my study with a lot of hard work and also working the smart way. In 2017, I finally gave SBI PO, IBPS RRB VI PO and CLERK UIIC exams. I wasn’t able to clear SBI PO main, nevertheless, I was able to successfully clear RRB PO, CLERK and UIIC ASSISTANT Main exams. I made it to the final list for IBPS RRB VI PO and got selected as PO in UTTAR BIHAR GRAMIN BANK.
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!

Praful Agnihotri

RBI Assistant

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



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.

Shivali Prakash


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

Mohit Goyal

SSC CGL 2016 (AIR 130)

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

Anirban Ganguly


My name is Anirban Ganguly and I am from Guwahati, Assam. I am a graduate in Civil Engg and was working in a private construction company until February 2016 when I decided to try for the banking sector as a govt job was always my aim. So I started preparing for bank exams in March 2016 and appeared for both the IBPS PO and Clerk exams 2016 in the later part of the year. I cleared both the exams and was allotted UCO Bank in PO and CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA in Clerk. I decided to join UCO Bank as a Probationary officer and formally joined the bank on 11/09/2017.
Banking exams have gone through a paradigm shift in the last couple of years and to keep up with the changes and succeed, it is necessary to have thorough knowledge and regular practice of the concerned subjects. Oliveboard has played an immense role in my success. Its tests are custom made in accordance with the actual exams and had prepared me to face the same with confidence. The post-test analysis is another feature of Oliveboard which helps us identify and strengthen our weak areas.
I would like to tell all banking aspirants to opt for Oliveboard mock tests and take one step towards success.

Mrinmoy Negel


Hello everyone. I graduated in the year 2017 itself with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I belong to Kolkata. Though I had been placed in 2 companies from College placements still I wanted a career in the world of Finance only.
So, I zeroed in on SBI PO exam as that allowed students of final year to apply. Next thing I had in mind was how to clear the 2 phases of written examination. The thing with every competitive exam is that the exams are not that tough as people perceive them to be. What they require is speed and focus.
Invariably there are 3 sections of any banking exam – Verbal ability, Quantitative aptitude and Logical Reasoning. It’s a cliché that Engineers are good in QA and bad in VA. Trust me it is anything but that. I was moderate through the 3 sections but was rather slow and I didn’t know which questions to leave and which ones to attempt. A leave is sometimes a great shot.
This is where Oliveboard comes in. It prepares the students for the worst situation on their worst day. Through the mocks I understood which type of questions had to be attempted and what time should be taken by me as OB gives relative performance graph for each question.
The thing that I dreaded the most was GK. So, I enrolled for OB’s GK supplement too, which I felt was quite relevant to the actual mains questions.
For any aspirant I would suggest to clear up your basics and supplement your understanding by taking mocks of the same topic in a time based manner. Another important thing, anyone can crack SBI PO, the background is simply irrelevant in this case.
Wishing you all the best!

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.'



'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.


SSC CGL, 2016

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


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

Shayon Ghosh

IBPS Clerk

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

Ashish Kumar Jha


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

Digvijay Patil


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

Saravanakumar V


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

Rupesh Lohan


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

Mohammed Abutalib


I am Mohammed Abutalib from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I did my graduation in Mathematics from Rajasthan University. After graduation, I did my MBA -Marketing from ICFAI Mumbai. During campus placements, I got selected in a private bank as a relationship manager. I worked with that bank for 1.5 years before opting to open my own financial advisory firm. After working as a financial advisor for 4 years, I was concerned as my career was not going to the direction I wanted. I also lost my sister during this time and I really wanted a change. I craved for something more permanent and more enduring. My father at that time told me about the notification for SBI exam going to be held in July. I was skeptical at first as I was 29 years old and it was the only chance I had. A little nudge from my wife and my father who is retired from Rajasthan Administrative Services worked wonders. Half-heartedly I decided to give it a chance as I knew that I would regret for not trying it for even once.
I started preparing for SBI exams in 2016 around June. Going through the old papers I thought it was quite easy as I had already given CAT exam, I also cleared the prelims exam without any preparation. My overconfidence backfired as I failed the Mains exam by 3 marks. I was quite outraged but finally I accepted my defeat. Seriously introspecting over my choices, I changed my strategy for the upcoming exams drastically. I took these exams much more seriously than I had taken them before, you can say I took my failure to my heart. I was insulted and I wanted to show, not my family or my relatives or anyone else, but myself that I can conquer this hurdle and be victorious.
Here is how I prepared:
Nothing matters in Quant more than your calculation speed. If you can calculate amid pressure with top speed and accuracy, believe me you have tamed the monster. I increased my calculation speed with several tactics and methods, two books really helped me in that – Sarvesh K. Verma Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT and Arun Sharma. I strengthened my concepts in selected topics only. I knew that I cannot master each and every topic, so I selected few and practiced rigorously for them so that I would be able to attempt them no matter what the question is. But first and foremost, I did everything with a timer, even while solving the exercises from books, I kept a clock nearby. It’s not enough that you can solve the questions, what is more important is whether you can solve them in a stipulated time with pressure. You can invest all the time in solving one Data Interpretation question, but it won’t be of any use. So do everything with a timer, whether you are doing from a pdf or a book or a website.
Before delving into Reasoning, I started from scratch. I learned the basic concepts of Syllogism, ranking, direction from numerous sources and websites. For questions, again mock tests are your best bet as I never found a suitable book for reasoning. In books, the puzzles given are seldom challenging and then there is a problem of solving within time. So I only prepared reasoning from mocks, I purchased 4-5 mock test series, the best of which was Oliveboard. The questions were at par with the exam level and quite challenging. It used to be my constant endeavor to build a simulated exam environment. So I used to search for puzzles and questions online, on websites that can match the difficulty of exam combining them with the puzzles and other questions of Oliveboard Mocks, that I was not able to solve during mock tests, I created my own little tests and used to solve them with timer. This exercise helped me in building speed and enormously helped me during exams as I was quite accustomed to solving within time.
Like calculation speed in Quant, the thing that is most important in English is your comprehending prowess and speed. People would tell you to read newspaper, for a moment that advice seemed reasonable but to me it was a cliché. I was never quite fond of newspapers or editorials. I devised a new strategy as the level was getting quite tough, you would get topics that you are unfamiliar of, even mock tests were giving questions that were quite easy as compared to the exam. The only mock test I saw that was closer to exam was Oliveboard Mocks, but what’s the point of attempting those questions when you can’t comprehend fast. I chose one topic every other day and searched on the internet for it extensively. My topics ranged from ‘Banking problems in Africa’ to ‘Water shortage in Indonesia’ or topics related to psychology or something I have no knowledge about. Reading about things that I was unaware of increased my comprehending skills. I not only read these articles but scrutinized them for various English topics like how the conjunctions were used, how prepositions were applied, what could be the summary of the article or tone of the passage. I applied each and every rule of English in my excursions to these topics. I also improved my vocab substantially through listing all the words I came across in a website called as the website generates automatic quizzes based on the words you feed. So my advice, read each article from the point of exam, remember every question that came in the exams till now can be created from one article. Reading for the sake of reading is unproductive, ask questions, be curious, ask yourself what the examiner asks you in the exam.
General Awareness:
I followed many websites for General Knowledge. As the questions can sometimes be unpredictable, I kept the purpose of each website I followed separate. There was only one website I followed everyday for General knowledge and I followed it daily. I used to read everyday news from it to keep myself updated and then go through the pdf's it offered. Another site I used for quizzes, after every week I tested myself through its quizzes, making sure I remember while making notes of anything new I came across. Doing quizzes from one website can make you acquainted with the language of the question and the answer, while in the exam the same question can be asked in a different form and you might not be able to answer that. So before exams, I used to do quizzes from other websites than those I mentioned, creating layers and layers of information. Besides, GK section in mock tests always presented some unexpected questions especially the Oliveboard mocks, so I always made sure to do the GK section from OB diligently. For banking awareness, my source of information was GKtoday and none other than RBI website. I also searched for every topic on internet so that I can extract a little bit extra information. I also want to mention the online newspaper ‘Livemint’ here, from where I got excellent explanations and viewpoints for some of the burning topics. I always tried not to do GK from quizzes only, whenever the need arises I used to search the news on internet and read from the original article.
Mock Test Strategy:
One strategy I want to share that I tried with mock tests. I was always quite innovative with my study methods so that it does not get monotonous. One thing I did to re-enact the examination environment was giving mock tests one after another. In exams, one variable we often forget to take into account is nervousness and pressure, the constant passing of time and with it increasing anxiety and the buildup of pressure. Before exams, at least a week before, I used to attempt 5-6 mock tests at a stretch, that’s 5-6 hours of solving in one sitting. It did not matter how many marks I got, how much I got correct or incorrect, but just attempting mocks without interruption. Once you get to the 3rd or 4th you would start feeling that same pressure you felt in exams, with your head throbbing, your fingers tired, your patience giving away but at that time if you can concentrate, if you can resist the urge to leave, then mind me you have perfected the stress. For Mains, attempting 2-3 mock tests are sufficient in one sitting. Besides, I implore you to take Oliveboard’s method of analysis seriously, it shows you which topics you are weak at and which needs more working, it’s an excellent way to judge and improve yourself.
With God’s grace, my parent’s blessing, my wife’s continuous encouragement and my sister’s oversight, I cleared IBPS PO, RRB PO and IBPS SO. I am currently working with Canara Bank as a Marketing Officer. I also cleared IPPB Mains exam but did not go for interview. I wish my sister was here to see me succeed but I hope she is right now looking at me feeling proud. At the end I want to say that believe in yourself, I cleared these exams not only in my first attempt but technically in my last attempt. Prepare like it’s your last attempt; take every failure to your heart. Just give everything you got, it’s a matter of months, the hard work you put in today will give you fruit tomorrow and that fruit is much more delicious than anything you have tasted before, it’s called taste of success. Give each and every exam, whether you want to opt for it later or not, as it strengthens your practice. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it, especially yourself, because the biggest motivator you have is the one looking at you from the mirror.

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...!!”


SBI PO, 2018

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

Leena Saikia


Finally my dream of securing a bank job as a Probationary Officer has materialized. I got allotment on 1st April as PO in Union Bank of India.
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.

Mehul Sharma


Hi, I am Mehul Sharma from Nainital and finished my schooling from Army School, Hempur. I decided to take up BCA and then went on to complete my MBA from Sikkim Manipal University. I did a diploma course for 2 years in programming, a designing course and then worked for about 6 months at a company.
I decided to come back home and started working as a freelance web designer for one and half years. It struck me that I could manage to prepare for government and banking exams along with freelancing. Work and income in my job were fluctuating, so I decided to go for prestigious and better options. I opted for self-study for 9 months and accumulated study material from all possible sources. Unfortunately, I did not clear IAS and UPPCS, the two exams that I had appeared for.
I started working and decided that I could take some weekend classes and prepare for banking exams. Put IAS on hold. I wanted to supplement my coaching classes with online mock tests and came across the Oliveboard Online Mock Test Series. They have the best online test series in terms of the difficulty level of questions, analysis, personalised help and the price tag. After one year of regular studies and appearing for multiple mock tests, I cleared 3 exams-
PNB PO 2016
NIACL AO, 2016
IPPB PO (didn’t appear for Interview)
The approach that I had taken for various subjects were :
General Awareness: This subject is tricky to prepare for. You should choose a few reliable sources. Go through them very well and make notes on a daily basis. Before the exams, you can revise your notes 2-3 times so that you remember everything. Remember, Consistency is the key.
Quantitative Aptitude: I had referred to books by Sarvesh K Verma and Arun Sharma. You can easily master quant concepts as they are explained in a very simple way. Oliveboard Mock Test Series played a vital role in preparing this section. The Oliveboard mock quant section is of a higher difficulty level and I used to go through all the solutions, whether I had answered questions correctly or incorrectly, after the test. 30 days before the exams, I used to stack up all the mock tests and give one exam per day. I would spend quality time on analysis of my tests. This helped me identify my weak areas and work on their improvement.
Reasoning: I was strong at this section and I only referred to my coaching material, Oliveboard Mock series and a few other online sources.
Oliveboard was a big boost to my preparation for banking exams. The level of their mock questions is slightly higher than the actual exam questions. I used to score well in all of the tests. It helped me become confident that I could solve all questions before the actual exam. This helped me to stand out and score more than others, In these competitive exams, one really needs high-quality mock test series to test one’s knowledge before the actual exam. Do remember to analyse each question. It will be extremely helpful to you when exams are around the corner.
Tips for aspirants:
Never give up, I had given 12 exams before I cleared three banking exams. Believe in yourself and keep going! All the best to aspirants!
Thank you!

Subhankar Bose

SBI Clerk

After the initial failure in IBPS PO & IBPS Clerk in 2014 and SBI PO & RRB PO in 2015, I realized that banking exams are not as easy as they are assumed to be.
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.

Dinesh Hegde


“Hello everyone, I am so happy to share my preparation story on this platform.In this year I have cleared 3 exams in total.Those are RRB P.O. RRB multipurpose and CWE clerical. First of all I would like to say don't read this if you are looking for a) Shortcut for hard work b) Luck instead of practise c) miracle (30 days preparation strategy ). I have done my engineering in telecommunication background in the year 2015. I was always interested in the public sector for some obvious reasons. I started giving exams in 2016 but I couldn't clear. So I analysed my mistakes and started practising even harder. I bought a combo pack from oliveboard and practised each and every question. I am not exaggerating even if I say that 50% of my success is because of OB.
Preliminary: First you have to be good in basics and you have to improve your speed I almost solved 20 papers from OB , and took one paper daily. As we all know the level of the OB mocks are quite higher when you take real exams you feel very easy (believe me I got 87 out of 100 in clerk prelims).If you take more mocks your chances will be higher. Mains Here it really tests your actual knowledge and skill. What I did was I took 1 mock in one day the next day I analysed the entire paper .Noted down all gk and current affairs questions in a notebook which i have encountered in the mocks . In each mocks you will get 3-4 DI sets that's lot enough to get hold in DI section ,you can also practise from some other websites,as OB prepares you for the worst scenario I prefer OB.For English I preferred to read the hindu and times everyday,don't blindly by heart the words instead try to comprehend it as per the context. As I am an average candidate I studied at least 6 hours a day.Don't believe in luck ,only your dedication,hard work and practise matters.There may be plenty of sources to study but you should choose the proper source,one should not fail to plan.

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.”


SBI PO, 2018

'The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.' So keep challenging your limits like Piyush did to achieve his destination & dreams.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am a graduate of IIT Roorkee 2015 batch. After graduation I prepared for UPSC for 3 years without any success which led to me questioning my abilities. After the UPSC prelims result in 2018, I decided to gi have a backup. I was also preparing for RBI Grade B so I had a good command over the 3 sections of English, Maths and Reasoning. 'Practice' is the one thing which is the most important in clearing banking exams.
Preparation Strategy:
I have tried to summarize my preparation strategy as below -
Quants & Reasoning:
Practice is the main strategy for these two sections. You can solve ‘n’ number of books but unless you solve questions with a time limit, it won't be much helpful. This is where mock test series like Oliveboard comes into picture. I did not solve any book for any of the sections and just relied on practice as I was giving mocks for RBI Grade B Prelims which has almost similar pattern like SBI PO mains.
One more thing here is that you should know your strong and weak topics. In any case you won't be able to solve all the questions so just stick to your strong sections and leave the rest of the sections. And if you still have time to attempt more, then you can attempt them.
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This is one section in which you can score the most and can also prove to be difficult for some students. It also requires the least amount of time. The main thing is the knowledge of Grammar basics and the ability to read big paragraphs. I used to read editorials from The Hindu/ Indian Express during my UPSC preparation, so that helped me a lot in reading Comprehension. Grammar can be read with the help of any basic book though i did not feel the need for it.
I focussed on reading newspapers daily to prepare myself for this section. If you have a habit of reading newspapers daily or watching news channels, then you can easily prepare yourself for this section.
Interview is very random. In my panel, most of the students were asked about their hobbies and extracurricular activities while my interview revolved around my college and graduation subjects. The interview panel was very good and they even suggested me to continue preparing for UPSC.
Role of Oliveboard:
Banking exams require you to solve many questions in a limited time frame. And mock tests provide you exactly the same. I joined Oliveboard's yearly test series for RBI grade B which had tests for SBI PO as well. I gave most of the tests of RBI grade B which helped me in building the speed for the main exam. The level of questions in the test series were more on the difficult side which was good, as I was expecting the actual paper to be difficult but it was not. So I attempted much more than I used to attempt in the test series.
Practice is the only thing which is needed to clear this exam. All the best to all the aspirants.



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

Deepak Kumar Jena


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

Pankaj Saini


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



My journey in Banking sector started in 2015 while I was doing Master’s in Physics from Jadavpur University. I appeared for SBI PO in 2015 and cleared the Prelims with only 10 days of preparation which gave me a lot of confidence. But I failed in Mains as I was not able to clear sectional cutoff in GA section. After that I gave RRB PO and IBPS PO. I got selected in RRB PO but unfortunately could not clear IBPS PO for 0.25 marks in computer section. I joined Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank (BGVB) as a PO and again in 2017 I gave SBI PO exam. With only 2 month of preparation I managed to clear SBI PO and the key was having confidence in myself. With the ever-changing pattern of bank exam, I would suggest everyone to give maximum importance in GA section. I have studied from various websites and magazines. Try to cover as many sources as possible for this section. For Quant and Reasoning section you must practice a lot to maximize your speed and accuracy. You need to cover at least one newspaper thoroughly as that helps both in objective and descriptive English section along with GA. Question pattern are changing a lot these days. So be prepared for the surprise.
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.

Thank you!

Aniket Labhane

IBPS SO Marketing Scale I

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

Vedant Saxena


Hi everyone, my name is Vedant. I am an IT engineer and have graduated from Panjab University in 2016. I have recently been selected as a PO in a nationalized bank. To state the obvious, I am elated with joy, and this wouldn't have been possible had I not prepared through Oliveboard.
In this post, I shall give a brief description of what could be the possible strategy that bright minds like you can undertake to achieve whatever you desire. I shall give some preparation tips pertaining to each section of the exam starting with Quant.
1. Quant/DI- let me put it simply, you cannot and should not take quant lightly. You shouldn't compare quant with CAT or any other competitive exams for that matter. You should start preparing from a study material of your choice, whether it be a book or a coaching class study material it is up to you, but to excel in this section practice for at least an hour everday without fail. After 5 days of practicing, appear for a test, Oliveboard is a great platform to test your quant skills. Do not shy away in comprehending your weak areas. It is not something to be ashamed of rather practice it a lot to get an edge over other areas. Do follow this regime without fail and you shall not face many difficulties in quant.
2. Logical Reasoning- the trickiest section that gives a measure of your analytical skills. Obviously, it is important for you to practice this on a regular basis but in an exam like this where there is a time constraint, do remember to pick your questions wisely. For me, I seldom choose puzzles because I find myself weak in it. Similarly, segregate your strength and weakness and attempt questions accordingly. You can find a wide variety of LR questions in Oliveboard's mock tests.
3. Verbal Ability- one-word suggestion- Read. You should read a lot of quality material which comprises of informative articles. Any newspaper/magazine would do as long as you are able to understand the gist of the articles. Moreover, keep your focus on economy/banking related articles as it will help you in preparing for GK also. Create a pocket dictionary of 5 words daily that you come across while reading, it will help you with fill in the blanks kind of questions. And lastly, give as many mocks as you can.
4. GK- this section can have any kind of questions and it checks your connection with the happenings around the world. Start reading a newspaper. Other than that, you should seriously consider Oliveboard's GK compendium as it has questions from different years, months and days. It will help you in preparing for both the static GK and current. For banking too, it is a major source of information, but all the reading will be of no use until you penned down what you read. So, make notes everday and revise them every day. Learning GK is a continuous process and it is an interesting one as well.
5. Descriptive- well, this is something that no one can advise you upon. You should up your game by reading a lot and do try to summarise what you read in your own words. This will help you with essay writing. For the letter, you should understand the format, the professional language that should be used and the content that should be relevant. You will cruise through it if you do the aforementioned things.
Lastly the most important thing- be efficient in managing time, rather than using apps for killing time, download apps such as Oliveboard which can keep you hooked up while imparting knowledge of immense importance. Manage your time effectively and keep believing in yourself, don't ponder over the repercussions of not getting selected, think instead of achieving your dream and creating a better future for you and your family.
Thank you keep studying keep achieving.



‘If God is making you wait, be prepared to receive more than what you asked for’, says Jitesh an arts graduate. Read his success story below:
Hello Friends, I am Jitesh Parihar from Madhya Pradesh. I have cleared RRB Officer Scale I in the year 2017 and is currently working at Narmada Jhabua Gramin bank, as a scale I officer.
Friends, after completing my bachelor’s in commerce in the year 2014 I started preparing for the banking examination. It took me three long years to finally taste success. I failed quite a few times initially but never gave up on my dreams, rather chased it like a monster in the latter years.
The Strategy which I followed was:
Mathematics: At the beginning of my preparation I followed R.S Aggarwal and then switched to Sarvesh Kumar Verma in the lookout for more challenging problems. After trying my hands on various types of problems, I started up with attempting mock tests. I bought Oliveboard’s banking package and found the test at par with the banking examination.
Reasoning: I think for this section Oliveboard’s test series is more than enough and hence only followed the Online test series & nothing else. I had a good grip on puzzles, input and output, and syllogisms and hence used to attempt questions based upon these topics only nothing beyond it. For this section, I would suggest to identify your strengths and weaknesses and then play along with your strengths to ace the section.
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Language: I chose Hindi as a language to attempt the RRB Officer Scale I examination.
General Awareness: For current affairs, I relied on Oliveboard’s daily GK updates and few other online resources. For the banking awareness, I followed different capsules and videos available on YouTube. I used to give four hours for General Awareness on regular basis.
Interview: My interview mainly revolved around current affairs and banking awareness and few questions based on my background.
Friends, I have failed for three years continuously but I begged myself each time with my own commitment that unless and until I clear the examination I am not returning back to my home. This commitment helped me and was able to clear the examination in the year 2017. Therefore, never give up, work hard, believe in yourself, stay focused and things will surely fall on to place.
Best Wishes!



'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.

Nikita Chhabra


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



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