It was from a social networking site that I came to know about Oliveboard and took the first test that was free to access. Thankfully I was somehow convinced to subscribe for the test pack which worked wonders for me and helped me clearing both SBI PO prelims and mains, SBI JA mains, and IBPS PO.
Now coming to my strategy. I devoted 2 hours to every subject because it’s better to be a Jack of all Trades than being a master of one because you have to clear the sectional cut-offs.
I preferred reading the Hindu, Economic times and Livemint’s editorials and Word Power Made Easy by Norman
I solved a lot of puzzles which immensely helped me in cracking both prelims and mains of all SBI PO, IBPS PO and SBI JA and that too all in the very first attempt
3. Computer Aptitude:
Go through as many MCQs on the internet, as possible and any other sources that you come across
4. Quant and DI:
I didn’t follow any book but practiced everything online because of the variety of questions
5. General Awareness:
I read monthly GA reviews and finance news which was more than enough and for GK I covered as much static part as possible
This strategy helped me clear all my tests in the first attempt. So, the takeaway from this is:
• Be prepared for all the situations because any combination of questions can be asked and you must pass these hurdles. Prepare for the worst and everything will be fine.
• Practice as many mocks as possible. Also, analysing them is very important because it will let you know your weak areas and strengths so that you can work on them accordingly.
• Difficulty levels in both SBI PO and IBPS PO exams were difficult to make through but one has to keep calm throughout. That’s all.
I could not clear the interview round for SBI PO, but I got through IBPS PO and got shortlisted for Canara Bank!
SSC CGL 2016 (AIR 130)
IBPS Po 2014 - out after the interview.
RRB Po 2014 - cleared written but none called for interview.
Postal assistant - failed in typing
SBI PO associated - failed in written exam.
SBI clerk - failed in written.
RBI assistant - failed in written
FCI - failed in written.
SBI PO 2015 - out after interview.
SSC CGL 2015 - selected.
IBPS PO 2015 - failed in mains
BoB PO - failed in written.
SSC CGL 2016 - selected.
These lines motivate me alot - Don’t compare yourself with others but do Compare between the ‘Present you’ and the 'Past you’. Everyone tells me to forget the past and move on. But I say, Don’t forget the past but learn from the past mistakes, Implement in the present to make Bright future. All the best for new aspirants will suggest you guys to join olive board team and download olive board app for better results.
Hence, I left my job and started preparation from the end of January this year. I spent the first 1-2 weeks in different forums like YouTube, researching the scope of the syllabus, the pattern of questions, and strategies adopted by other successful candidates to clear this exam. After that, I meticulously chalked out my own preparation strategy and strictly focused on executing it. Since I was in between jobs, I could afford no time to loose and wanted to make it as fast as possible. As compared to last year, the notification came out early in February this year and the prelims were preponed to April. I was a little disappointed as I had just started my preparation and apart from English, I was actually weak in all the other sections and had to start from absolute scratch. But nevertheless, I did not loose hope and decided to give it a full-fledged try! I thought that even if I ultimately do not make it, my preparation will have a significant boost.
1. Quantitative Aptitude
One of the thumb rules of my preparation was to limit the number of ‘sources’ of preparation and increase the number of revisions from those same sources. One mistake many of us makes is that we tend to pile up a huge number of books and prepare one chapter from book A, the second chapter from book B and so on. I prepared Quants from a single book i.e. ‘Quantitative Aptitude for CAT’ by Arun Sharma. Many people also get afraid as soon as they see the term ‘CAT’ but trust me this is one of the best books to prepare for bank exams if you wish to succeed in the shortest possible time. The difficulty level of actual examination has jumped to a degree that I found this book to be the most suitable. Each chapter is preceded by a solid theory to get your concepts cleared and some extremely effective shortcut techniques. I solved only LOD I and II, marked the ones which I couldn’t solve in the first go, and did an nth number of revisions. Remember, the key here is multiple revisions.
For reasoning, I practiced puzzles from ‘Magical Book on Puzzle’ by K. Kundan and other puzzles from Oliveboard’s mocks. For the remaining topics, I solely relied on Mocks. They were more than sufficient.
Although I was fairly strong in this section, yet I did not take it lightly. I thoroughly revised all the rules of Grammar at the very beginning. For vocabulary, I referred the book, ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis. It’s a brilliant piece of work and anyone who reads this, will surely going to enjoy a lot. Also, I used to read newspapers daily and worked towards strengthening my diverse reading habit.
4. General Knowledge
For economics and banking awareness, I referred videos on YouTube. For current affairs, I used to refer to standard websites. The GK section is huge and often can be the deal breaker. The way to master this section is what I call the ‘Repeat-Recall’ practice. This can be done on alternate days - On day 1, I would read the current affairs of the last 7 days (Repeat) and on day 2, I would attempt quizzes (Recall) and repeat this pattern over and over again.
I cannot just emphasize the importance of mocks in general and Oliveboard in particular in the preparation for bank examinations nowadays. Mocks are the single most important key to success. I have personally attempted a humongous number of online mocks which helped me to quickly familiarize myself with the pattern of questions in the actual exam, increase my speed and enhance my time management capabilities. I must admit that Oliveboard mocks are the best in the market. I’ve found the user interface to be very intuitive and similar to the actual exam. The standard of the questions and the mix of difficulty levels of the mocks is what really impressed me. Having said that, what amazed me the most was, they even provided one-on-one assistance for the descriptive section for the Mains and created a forum for posting contents and receiving feedbacks from fellow aspirants! Also remember, an analysis is of paramount significance and if you are spending one hour in attempting the mock, a minimum of another 1 hour should be spent on analysis. In my mind, Oliveboard’s dashboard is also designed extremely well for helping students for this purpose.
6. Some Advice to Aspirants
a. Always target a minimum of 90 percentile in Oliveboard mocks.
b. For GD the secret to being able to speak on any topic is to mentally ask ‘Why’, ‘What’, ‘How’, ‘Where’, ‘When’ to the topic. You can bundle together the answers you get and start the discussion.
c. Create a challenging daily routine and try to execute it no matter what – win each day to win the final exam.
d. Meditation improves concentration exponentially. Start Meditating for a few minutes everyday.
Lastly, I would like to say that from my entire journey, I have learned that discipline supplemented with a regular routine, avoiding procrastination and with a little perseverance, anyone can crack this examination. Thank you for reading and wish you all the very best!
Prelims Score: 61.25/100 (Cut-off – 51.50/100)
Mains Score: 79/200 (Cut-off – 50/200)
RRB PO & CLERK (2018)
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Prashant Gautam. After Completing my B.Tech as a Mechanical Engineer I started looking for good pvt job but after joining a firm for a few months, I realised that this is not what I have to do in my life. Having said that I started looking for a Govt job and found that the financial sector is the most suitable place where I can make my future with promising career growth and proper balance in life and work.
Preparation Tips From Prashant:
Quants & Reasoning:
Always start by clearing your concepts and then proceed with giving mock tests. You can refer some good book for this purpose.
After starting off my preparation I was always comfortable in Reasoning and Mathematics. I knew that just some good amount of practice is good to go in order to score well in these two sections. Oliveboard test series helped me a lot to gain speed and accuracy throughout my practice session.
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English comes to me as a headache as I don't have any hold on vocab and grammar. Moving forward I then started working on my grammar and soon realized that vocabulary plays a bigger role than grammar in banking exams. It took me around one and half years to master my vocab and today I can proudly say that I score more marks in English in comparison to other subjects.
You can refer to Neetu Singh’s book to clear your basic concepts.
For GK/GA, I used to read newspapers daily and gave Oliveboard’s GK tests to keep myself updated. Also making small notes proved very helpful in my last minute revision.
How was Oliveboard Helpful:
For practice purpose I was always confused regarding which mock I need to go for, and then my friend suggested me Oliveboard. Oliveboard not only gave me confidence but also a depth level of practice which is tougher than the real exam paper. The level of the test series provided by Oliveboard was at par with the real exam.
Tips To Aspirants:
For aspirants, I will suggest to keep yourself determined and focused…...success will surely follow you.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
NIACL AO: All India Rank #1
Here is my journey: I from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. After my graduation, I was preparing for UPSC CSE which had always been my dream. And that is where my struggle with competitive examinations began. Although I had prepared quite hard for CSE-2015, I couldn’t clear the prelims.
This is when I decided to gravitate towards banking and insurance sector examinations. I kicked off with RBI Grade B examination 2016. I cleared Phase-I but missed a call for the interviews. However, I was satisfied with the mock tests that I had taken and Oliveboard became my go-to test series portal for all the exams that I took then on in 2016-17 – IBPS PO, NIACL AO and IPPB PO.
Ultimately, I got success as I was shortlisted for NIACL AO and also as PO at PNB. In all probability I will be joining as AO at NIACL.
My marks in all examinations for reference:
RBI Grade B (Phase-I): 123.75/200, (Phase-II): 170/300
IBPS PO (Pre): 79/100, (Mains): 109.25/200, (Final): 57.1/100
NIACL AO (Pre): 97.5/100, (Mains): 157/200 attempts
IPPB PO (Pre): 100/100 attempts, (Mains): 135/200 attempts
Oliveboard’s tests are so designed that both the pattern and difficulty level of questions vary with every mock that one attempts. Thus, one is thoroughly prepared for all kinds of questions in the real examination. The detailed time-based analysis of every mock test was extremely crucial for me in judging which questions I should attempt and which ones I should leave. Ultimately, the marks that I scored in the actual examinations were more or less similar to my performance in Oliveboard’s mock tests.
If I were to be asked the key to whatever little success I have found, I would say it was my frustration and desperation. When one has failed multiple times, there’s a voice in his mind that keeps pulling him down, keeps scaring him that he will probably always remain a failure. A person can either submit to this voice and give up, or channel this restlessness into productive work. I did the latter. I used to have sleepless nights out of anxiety for my future but I spent those nights studying and practising hard.
Leaving you all with my favourite quote: "Rock-bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." - JK Rowling
Mrinmoy Roy Sarkar
IBPS Clerk CWE VIII
1)SBI JA- cleared pre.
2)RRB PO- cleared pre.
3)RRB clerk- cleared pre.
4)IBPS PO- cleared pre.
5)IBPS clerk- cleared pre+mains.
Preparation strategy is very simple and straightforward for bank exams.
1) Clear your basics properly. 2) Practice questions as much as possible. 3) Read newspapers articles, columns everyday. 4) Make reading a habit. 5) Give mock tests on a daily basis whether full length or sectional. 6) Practice quality questions. 7) Give proper focus on the GS section because it will help you to boost your score in the mains. 8) Self Study is the best policy.”
IBPS PO and LIC are the only two exams that I appeared for.
I was a regular visitor of websites such as BankersAdda and GradeStack for Current Affairs, Computer Awareness and Banking Awareness.
But when it came to Mock Tests, I relied on Oliveboard and nothing else, neither did I take any coaching.
I came to know about Oliveboard from various online forums where many users spoke highly of it. The one feature of Oliveboard that I really liked is that mock tests are available in all 3 levels- Easy, Moderate and Difficult. This makes the aspirant ready for any level of actual exam.
I got 50.7/100 Marks in IBPS PO and have been allotted Indian Bank. I was also shortlisted for the interview round of LIC AAO.
I have already recommended Oliveboard to my friends and they have joined for this year's mocks and study materials.
ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR-46)
Here is his story to Success:
Hello friends, I have been selected as Social Security Officer in ESIC (AIR 46). I am a 2016 Civil Engineering Graduate. And after so many failures, I have got this job.
From 2016 to 2019, I appeared for the following exams:
- IBPS PO 2016 (failed by 1.1 marks in interview)
- RRB PO 2016 (failed by 0.04 marks in reserve list)
- BOB PO (failed by some 2-3 marks in interview)
- OICL AO 2017 (failed in mains)
- NICL AO 2017 (reached till interview)
- SSC CGL 2016 (cleared with 527.5 marks)
- SSC CHSL 2017 (166 marks in tier 1 )
- SSC CGL 2017 (494 till tier 2 and 623 in AAO)
- ESIC SSO 2018 (Cleared with AIR - 46)
After so many attempts, I was very frustrated. But I did not lose morale and prepared hard again and finally cleared this exam. So, I would suggest all the future aspirants that 'Never stop believing in yourself '. Failure in one or two exams (and 5-6 exams in my case) is not the proof of your incompetence rather it is a test of your perseverance.
For quants, again follow any normal book and then practice online mock tests. Data interpretation, number series, Quadratic equations should be prepared well because these are scoring. (Practise is the key in Reasoning and Quants).
And for SSC CGL quants section, follow Kiran previous years and Arun Sharma quantum CAT upto 2nd level.
Start working on your basics from any book or YouTube channel and then take a lot of mocks. Without taking mocks you cannot be sure of solving questions in the exam like conditions and nowadays reasoning level is very high in exams. And for SSC CGL reasoning, practice from previous year only and learn those concepts.
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This is the section which can give you the advantage over others if you prepare for it in the right way. Cover any basic book like Plinth to paramount, Norman Lewis, SP Bakshi and then take a lot of mock tests, and you will shine in the exam. Moreover, if you have a habit of reading novels then you will find it easier to score in this section. For Banking and insurance, focus more on Reading comprehension and for SSC CGL, focus more on active passive, narration, one-word substitution etc.
Cover any full-length capsule of Oliveboard, or any other platform. And for the insurance and banking awareness also there are pdfs on from oliveboard and other websites like affairscloud. For SSC CGL GK section- the syllabus is huge and one should only cover one’s strong subjects. I prepared physics, chemistry, economics, and history and got 25 marks.
Role of Oliveboard in my success:-
The only online platform that I can owe my success to is 'Oliveboard'. It provides mocks of high difficulty due to which I rarely feel any question difficult in the exam. Also, I have not found any wrong question in their test series till now, which according to me is very commendable.
Tips for aspirants-
Always be self-motivated, Take blessings of your parents. Go all in, the competition is ruthless. And finally, keep going no matter what.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
NIACL AO 2019
1. Bank exams - nowadays mains paper of ibps po and sbi po/sbi clerk is coming very tough and that is a plus point for you! Because you need not to attempt everything, you need to be selective while attempting questions ..all u need is to attempt a good number of questions (above an average attempt) with full accuracy.
A) Reasoning - see first of all, you should have a good command over miscellaneous topics because in mains you will be able to solve these questions. Now when it comes to puzzles you should practice 3/4 variables puzzle and new type of puzzles on a daily basis. Oliveboard mock tests have quite a good collection of these puzzles. I would suggest you give mock tests from oliveboard and practicemock. Always go with two sources.
B) Quantitative aptitude - This was my strongest section.. And believe me your strongest section will save you in hard times! First of all you should have a clear understanding of concepts. Once you are done with concepts then you should solve Quantum cat by Sarvesh or Arun sharma. These books match the level which is being asked these days in mains exam. After doing the above things, Just go and give sectional mocks of quant and just practice! Quant is all about practice.. The more you practice the more you will learn.
C) English - I would suggest you people to Read any good English newspaper.. Reading newspapers will help you a lot Because these days in English section they are focusing more on the comprehension section and your reading abilities.. So by reading the newspaper on a daily basis you will improve a lot.
D) General awareness / banking awareness - It is very important for the Banking mains exam! Because the level of paper will be so high that you will not be able to score that much in quant and reasoning but you can score around 90% in this section. Strategy - Try to follow one from OLIVEBOARD BOLT for the current affairs portion.
2. For Insurance Exams : For insurance mains exam your strategy should be different! Let me tell you why. The level of Quant and Reasoning is of very moderate level in the mains, that means you need to have Good speed here. You can even attempt 95% in Quant and Reasoning here! ( i was able to do 40/40 in Quants in ESIC SSO Mains and 45/50 in NIACL AO Mains) So for insurance exams you do not need to prepare for high level questions instead you just need to prepare the same type of questions again and again so as to increase your speed.
General awareness/insurance awareness: As i have already told you Reasoning and Quants are moderate here so in order to outclass others you need to perform good in GK and English.
GK : Oliveboard bolt & GK app
Insurance awareness : you can read insurance current affairs in the gk pdfs and for static insurance watch all the videos of GOVERNMENT SERVICE ASPIRATIONS youtube channel. you need not to do anything else!
English : Read the newspaper and give sectionals :)
Above I have discussed only about mains , now let's talk about pre. Cutoff for every pre exam these days is going high because they are giving clerk exams like paper in every pre exam! So in order to cross this hurdle you can do the following:
1. Reasoning: Try to do quiz daily and solve short and tricky puzzles from oliveboard mocks.Try to solve the same puzzle with 2/3 different approaches and then decide which one will be more beneficial.
2.Quant: Firstly prepare each and every chapter of arithmetic and solve quiz on that particular chapter after finishing the basics. Secondly, Try to give sectional on a daily basis and whenever you find a new type of question note it down in a seperate copy and learn the concept. For Di - Do level wise questions of oliveboard and Amar sir videos on youtube For fast calculation - Learn vedic maths and follow the way of fast calculation.
3.English : Mock Tests will be enough for this.
Some things i have learned in the last 1.5 years: 1) You have to become at least average in your weak section. 2) Prepare for Pre and mains together, you will not be able to perform efficiently if you will prepare for mains after the declaration of pre results! 3) Never get disheartened by low attempts in hard shift and never become excited after attempting more in a easier shift! If the shift is easier increase your speed and try to attempt maximum coz normalisation can do anything! 4) Try to make notes of current affairs and keep revising them every week 5) Mock Tests scores are made to demotivate you.. Every mock will be harder in comparison to the real exam. 6) For mains oliveboard is very important. Believe in yourself , you can conquer anything :)”
SBI PO 2018
Here is her inspiring story:
I am Himani Mittal. I've completed my graduation from SRCC and masters from Hindu College. I had started preparing for SBI PO in May 2018 after the notification for the same came out.
Since I was preparing for other competitive exams too like NABARD, RBI etc., I was clear with my basics and very well versed with the pattern of the paper. My mantra for clearing the exam is ‘PRACTICE’.
First, make sure that all your basics are crystal clear. For English focus on Grammar rules and learn how to solve basic patterns, syllogism etc. Keep practicing as much as you can.
Practice is the key for clearing SBI PO ( both prelims and mains). Solve at least 20 mocks for prelims and 10 mocks for mains. This will help you in increasing your speed and also make you accustomed to the actual exam pattern. By solving mocks, you will get to practice a lot of new type of questions. Please learn all the basic formulas for P/L, Time/Speed/Distance, Ratios etc. This will help you a lot to improve your Aptitude and Logical Reasoning section.
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I think GA/GK is one of the easiest part and the most scoring one. Read current affairs for at least last 4 months from the exam month and revise it thrice before the exam. For banking, learn the basic terminologies. Meanwhile, do attempt various quizzes. Apart from this, do revise the GA section of the mock tests that you have attempted.
This is what I have done for clearing Prelims and Mains.
Interview questions vary from person to person depending upon the educational qualifications, interests, work experience etc. Since, I am from commerce background so I was asked technical questions like what is sensitive analysis, difference between market price and factor cost and so on. So my advice is that make sure you know everything about yourself (whatever you have written in your bio-data form), know the basics of your graduation subjects and be confident.
Last but not the least, a big thank you to Oliveboard. Oliveboard Test Series has helped me a lot in clearing the exam. Both for prelims and mains, I bought Oliveboard test series and the mock tests were really good. Questions were upto the mark and the difficulty level was equivalent to the actual exam.
So this was it. I hope my story will help you in achieving your dreams.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.
I am Udit Sharma from Shimla. I started my preparation for competitive exams in 2012. I appeared in almost 35 to 40 competitive exams. After appearing in numerous exams when I couldn't make it up to the mark I also got discouraged. Most of the times I qualified written test , appeared in the interviews but couldn't mark my place in the final merit list :-
1.RRB in 2013(written+interview)---no final call
2.Ibps Clerk -III(written+interview)----no final call Cried so much and than made my mind to get selected in PO in next IBPS (2015 --April)
3. IBPS Clerk+PO-IV qualified in both appeared in the Interviews but unfortunately lagged by 0.6 in PO because cut off was 49.6 and I scored 49
4.Then again I set the target to get the job in SBI as SBI Associates Clerk exam was on the way cleared written ,appeared in interview but again the same misfortune- Didn't get final call
5.Then I decided to try in State level Bank exams -appeared in two HP State Level Bank Exams
i) Hp State Cooperative Bank
ii) Kangra Central Bank
6) Appeared in the Postal Assistant exam in 2015 scored high in the written--- appeared in typing test ----I was fully sure to get selected in Postal But unfortunately paper got cancelled
7) Appeared in the IBPS Clerk-V---- (PO+Clerk) I was waiting for final result meanwhile I got two appointment letters all together
1) from SBI Associates Waiting list
2) from H.P state Cooperative Bank
And finally on 1st April finally after so much penance for such a long time for almost 4 years, got selected in UCO Bank as a Probationary Officer I would recommend each and every aspirant do follow Oliveboard and try its Mock Test Series, guys trust me it will really make a huge difference in your overall preparation.
So guys don't ever let your failure discourage you because we never know how close we are .No need to compare yourself with others if you really want to compare than compare yourself with the person you were yesterday and last but not the least try for the best but get ready for the worst also.Thanks
-Udit Sharma, Probationary Officer, UCO Bank
My real struggle started after August 2015. I decided to make my career in banking and finance sector. In 2015, I appeared in IBPS PO and in my first attempt I cleared mains and appeared for the interview but couldn't make in the final selection list and miss my selection by only 1.5 marks. After this, I again started my preparation for the upcoming exams and raise my level of practice.
The first three exams that I face in my life:
1. IBPS PO (2015-16)- Cleared Prelims and Mains but couldn’t make in the final list.
2. LIC AAO (2015-16)- Cleared written the exam and appeared in the interview but couldn’t make in the final list.
3. IBPS CLERK (2015-16)-Cleared Prelims but couldn’t make in the final list.
The thing that I learn from three initial failures was that without proper knowledge and the right approach, I couldn’t make in the final list. Then, I joined Oliveboard test series for my practice and no doubt it really works for me. I can say that in this competitive world Oliveboard helps me a lot in understanding the pattern of online exams and questions. This is how I improve myself in 2016-17 exams.
Oliveboard gives free as well as paid mocks and I find these online tests very helpful in my selection in SBI clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, IBPS RRB PO & Clerk, and NIACL AO. They provide tests with new pattern and difficulty level is also as per the exams. After taking these mocks test, anybody will find exam questions easy and will be able to make in the final selection list.
The list itself speaks of what I achieved in 2016 and this was the life-changing year for me and my family:
1. SSC CPO (2016)- Cleared both prelims and mains but not appeared for physical test
2. SSC CGL (2016)- - Cleared both prelims and mains but couldn’t make in the final list
3. SBI JA (2016)- - Selected (worked 4 months in SBI)- Great Experience (Dec 2016-March 2017)
4. SBI PO (2016)- - Cleared both prelims and mains but not appeared in interview
5. UIIC AO (2016)- - missed by 0.75 marks (123.5)
6. IBPS PO (2016-17)- - Selected (Got PNB)
7. IBPS Clerk (2016-17)- - Selected (Got PNB)
8. IBPS RRB PO (2016-17)- - Selected (Got SUPGB)
9. IBPS RRB Clerk (2016-17)- - Selected (Got SUPGB)
10. IPPB PO (2016)- - Cleared both Prelims and Mains, did not appear in the interview
11. NIACL AO (2016)- - Selected (currently working as AO from May-2017)
12. RBI Assistant- Cleared Prelims but stuck in mains
My strategy was simple. Clear the basics and learn every day. The Mock test is very essential part of the preparation. I was able to find out my mistakes and the detailed explanation provided on each question by Oliveboard mock test was really helpful.
Tips for other candidates:
- Remember, life is full of struggles for everyone but the one, who has patience, passion and self-confidence can achieve anything. So, never afraid of initial failures in your life.
- Try to learn from these failures and make new ways, think differently and one day you will achieve whatever you want in your life. So, read, learn and do more and more practice.
'Daily practice is necessary for clearing any exam. Give more and more mock tests.'
With the blessing of my parents, siblings and almighty this is what I achieve in my life till now and I am still preparing for higher exams.
I was also qualified for the UPSC assistant commandants written exam but did not give the interview.
You can get numerous strategies online by different people who have qualified SBI PO.
This is what I followed.
Quantitative Aptitude - I followed Arun Sharma cover to cover and nothing else
Logical Reasoning - I solved LR booklets meant for CAT prep containing questions of verbal reasoning. I also solved 1 puzzle on a daily basis from the book 'Puzzles and teasers' by George R summers.
Verbal Ability - I did nothing much apart from reading the newspaper daily (THE HINDU/INDIAN EXPRESS)
GK: Static - You can read banking awareness by Arihant publication (you can skip this portion too as only 4-5 questions out of 40 are there from the static portion and that too you can answer 2-3 if you are reading the daily newspaper)
Current Awareness - Just blindly mug up monthly current affairs magazines of past 3 months (time calculated from the day of prelims) any one of Affairs cloud or Gk today.
Mock Tests - Oliveboard only
This is not for promotion. I can assure you all that the best Mock Test Series available in the market for SBI PO or any other banking exam is that of OLIVEBOARD.
I extensively used only Oliveboard Mock Test Series for both prelims and mains.
Analyze mocks properly after giving them for continuous improvement.
Note: Revise all the GK questions from mocks a day before mains exam. At least 6-7 GK questions were directly repeated from the Oliveboard Mock Test Series.
Group Discussion and Personal Interview - Don't think much about it at this stage. But, believe me, it is the best stage where your true personality is judged. Just read the newspaper daily and prepare your resume and include your past work.
You can make daily schedule similar to this:
DAILY WORK TO DO (UP TO 15 DAYS BEFORE PRELIMS)
1) 50-60 Quantitative Aptitude Questions
2) 5 Sets of Data Interpretation
3) 5 Sets of Logical Reasoning + 1 Puzzle from Puzzle Book + 5 Questions of Verbal Reasoning
4) 1-1.5 Hours of Daily Newspaper Reading
5) Read 50 Pages of a Novel or a good book
DAILY WORK TO DO (BEFORE 15 DAYS OF PRELIMS/ MAINS)
Take 2 to 3 Prelims Mock Tests daily with complete analysis
Read the Newspaper, novels, books
NOTE : ABOVE strategy is assuming you are preparing full time for SBI PO without any job/other exam preparation.
Hope this will be of help in creating your study plan.
All the best to all the aspirants.
One has to be concise with study material because basics remain same, whether you do it from one source or multiple. Work on basics, key is obviously English and Maths. The more you are good in these two, the better will be your score and rank.
For Maths - Rakesh Yadav Classnotes would cover all the different types of questions (available on net).
For English - for basics/grammar : Use any class notes available in market or Neetu Singh's English Book (available on net) and for grammar practice - Use Pearson’s or Arihant’s book. Don't forget to stress on the static part of English i.e. One word substitution, Idioms & Phrases etc as they are quite scoring - once done and assure you the marks.
For Reasoning - there is no need of any book, only mock tests would suffice the purpose.
For GS - if you get time go for some class notes etc no need to study in depth (just get the things familiar), don't put too much time reading Lucent’s book. Also, don't waste excessive time on GS, first make your command on Maths and English as Cost/benefit ratio is high in GS(i.e. high input and less output) and also it is somewhat unpredictable as well. Spending same time and energy on other two would fetch you more marks.
After getting all this done, try to solve as many mock tests as you can and nothing else is required. Mock tests are the panacea for clearing this exam trust me and the Oliveboard Mock Test Series was of great help for me in doing this as I solved all the packages available with them which helped me to improve my score and enhanced my preparation for this exam. I got 185/200 in Maths(Tier 2) and all behind this is practice.
Consistency is the key and your hard work today will make your tomorrow contented.
I have relied on online materials for clearing basics and practice. One of my friends suggested Oliveboard being a helpful platform for banking and government exams preparation. I gave their free mock test and after that I found it to be good. Then, I immediately purchased their test series.
I have cleared SBI CLERK 2016, SBI PO 2016 Main but not selected, CANARA BANK P.O (IBPS 2016), IPPB SCALE 1(2016), SSC CGL 2016 (Auditor in CGDA), RRB NTPC (GOODS GUARD). My biggest asset was Oliveboard mock test. The quality and relevancy of the test series were top notch. The actual exam was quite similar to the one I faced during a mock test in terms of toughness.
My strength was maths and English. It is very important to know your weakness and strong areas while starting the preparation. That way, you can prioritize your focus.
Being from an engineering background, I was good at maths. But, I didn't take any chances. So, I invested a month to clear the basics of maths. I have analyzed the pattern of the exams and based on that started listing out important areas to focus. The mock test is very important to understand the exam and find out where we stand with our preparation.
Every day I take 2-3 mock test. After that, I analyzed the result and find out my mistakes.
This is my strong areas apart from maths. I was able to score high marks in English in most of the exams that I have appeared. But, one to need focus on clearing the concepts of grammars and build the vocabulary. I depended on many online portals and books.
This is my weak areas. I have solved only easy questions and if time permits, I have attempted few hard one.
Newspaper reading is very important for this section. I used to read a newspaper every day and digest the information. Oliveboard mock test series really helped me. I have also used online platforms.
Tips for aspirants:
• Concentrate on strong areas
• Solve as many mock tests as possible, the mock test is very important. Never miss giving a mock test on daily basis
• You can do it, you just need a little will and right positive approach
All the best to all aspirants!
I am Akshay Vohra, currently working in Punjab & Sind Bank.
I would love to share my story of cracking IBPS exam through self-study & help of test series by Olive board.
I completed my graduation in the year 2015 and was placed in HERO cycles. I worked for 3 months but was never satisfied so I decided to quit my job and started preparing for banking exams. I took guidance from my elder brother who is currently working in PNB and started with self-study. I joined many test series but found the Oliveboard Mock Test Series to be the best.
They have maintained very good standards and quality is also remarkable because their question papers are of the same pattern similar to the new banking exams pattern.
I gave many exams like SBI, IBPS, LIC and much more and was unable to crack any of them. Still, i did not lose my hope and continue to study and give many other exams
After days of hard work, I cracked IBPS clerk 2016 and was allotted in Punjab and Sind Bank. I think the best strategy of preparing for these exams is, first of all, clear your basic concepts and make your strong areas, even more, stronger and bring weaker areas to average.
MATHS - I used books only to clear my conceptual basics, for e.g Arihant Publications, Arun Sharma. Rest, I only practised on various websites and tried to give as many quizzes so that I could encounter different types of questions.
REASONING - This was my strength. For reasoning, practice is the only key. Practice as many questions possible and give maximum quizzes online. I will only suggest you the Oliveboard mock test series because here you will find quality questions.
General Awareness - I used to read newspapers on a daily basis and had read many current affairs from various websites, then made daily notes and revised them daily. This is the one section where you can score maximum marks
ENGLISH= This was my weakest area, I used to read editorial section of the newspaper and devoted my maximum time to this subject by solving more and more quizzes.
I allotted time for all subjects in a day. This is what I had done :
Maths - 3 hrs
Reasoning - 2 hrs
GA - 2hrs
English - 3 hrs
and used to give mock papers on weekends to analyse my progress.
NEVER GIVING UP is the key to success.
All the best.
HARIS AHMED KHAN
SBI PO, 2016
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.
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: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
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.
I am very thankful to Oliveboard for my performances in both the years. The type of questions that Oliveboard has in its mock tests are suitable for any kind of pattern and you also need to apply different logic to different questions in order to solve them correctly. Also, there is a very good mix-and-match of tests- some are easy, some are average while the others are difficult. While easy mock tests act as confidence boosters, the difficult ones are suitable to clear our concepts. Also, the analysis feature including the 'Weak areas feature' is one of the best things about OB Mock Tests- those are really helpful.
Thanks a lot to Oliveboard for creating mocks with lots of effort that help us in moving forward
SBI PO 2019
IDBI ASSISTANT MANAGER
IBPS RRB PO - VIII
SBI CLERK - PRE CLEARED. FAILED IN MAINS
RRB PO 2018 - PRE CLEARED. FAILED IN MAINS.
RRB CLERK 2018 - PRE CLEARED. FAILED IN MAINS.
IBPS CLERK 2019 - PRE CLEARED.IN RESERVED LIST.
Since I got in the reserved List in IBPS Clerk 2018 so from there on, I only concentrated on PO Exams -:
SBI PO 2019 - PRE CLEARED. FAILED IN MAINS.
RRB PO 2019 - CLEARED.
So today I'm selected in IBPS RRB PO -VIII. My parents are my strength and they've supported me every now and then. I'm blessed to have such parents. I'm very thankful to God for everything that almighty has given me.”
I started preparing for banking exams after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 2015 from a reputed college in Bhopal. I must tell you that this preparation is not limited to any exam or competition itself, it is itself the preparation for the challenging life ahead, to deal with situations and efficient decision making in life. The one thing I learned best during my exam preparation is PATIENCE. Patience is the key.vI cleared Prelims Exam of IBPS Clerk in the first go but failed in Mains and this happened again. I realised it was the implementation part in the real exam situation where I was lagging behind and this happens with all of us - we become nervous during the exam and to get over it and to be able to crack the exam ; one must practise at home regularly by giving mock tests daily and get into the habit of sitting daily for hours in front of the computer screen and be able to think in all directions to make your reasoning refined which will ultimately help in any exam and then one can cheerfully clear the obstacles.
Play with numbers in your mind, do all sorts of calculations, learn the tables; this will help in quantitative aptitude.
Read quality English content online or through newspapers and listen to good English news channels, listen to audiobooks or podcasts online and focus on the language and thus become intuitive in the reading and understanding part.
Remember that you are not required to attempt all the questions but focus on doing that part which you know the best and invest your precious time in doing it correctly to earn marks and again; this comes only by practising at home first.
Keep your fears aside, attempt your best and take 'heart from failure’.
Be fearless and flamboyant.
Eventually, I got the highest marks in Union Bank clerk, cleared ECGC PO, IBPS PO twice, OICL AO, RBI Assistant, and many other exams also.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series helped me a lot during my preparation by providing quality content for practice.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series has set the standard high so that students get used to the situations even before appearing for the exam.
Thank you Oliveboard, sincerely :)
All the best to all aspirants.
At first, I thought of taking coaching for preparations but then decided against it and started giving online mocks of Oliveboard. The benefits were that I got a lot of time for preparations and my speed improved. After that I attended two of exams BOB and BOM, which I failed. But I got familiar with the type of questions. I used to solve 2 mocks daily. This enhanced my speed and I got accustomed with the pattern of the question. The quality of oliveboard mocks are exceptional.
Then came IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, IBPS Clerk. Cleared prelims and mains of all 3. But missed IBPS PO final cut off by 1 marks and IBPS RRB final cut off by 2.5 marks. Then finally my First success was IBPS Clerk and I was allotted Allahabad bank. This result gave me a lot of confidence and what followed was a set of successes:
1. IBPS Clerk - Allahabad bank
2. South Indian Bank - PO
3. Syndicate Bank PGDBF
4. Shortlisted for BOB Manipal interview
5. Finally shortlisted for SBI PO interview
I am currently working in South Indian Bank as PO.
All this happened in around 8 months’ time. I dedicate my success to my parents who supported me throughout and my sister who guided me throughout. And one important thing, along with hard work, smart work is very important.
Today I am going to share my success story of clearing IBPS CLERK 2017
The Future Belongs To The Competent. Get Good, Get Better, Be The Best.
Hello, Guys, my name is Raju Eslavath. I had completed my graduation (B.tech in Computer Science Engineering) in 2016 and just after that, I had started preparing for Banking exams. In the starting phase I started focussing on clearing the basics first, then I solved some questions based on those topics.
After giving some exams I came to know that to crack a bank exam - perfect strategy and planning are required. So I made a proper planning based on my weakness and strengths which helped me a lot in maintaining my speed and accuracy.
LIST OF EXAMS I HAD APPEARED AND RESULTS:
1.SBI PO 2016: Failed in Prelims
2.IBPS PO 2016: Failed in English (Prelims)
3.IBPS CLERK 2016: Failed in Prelims
4.IBPS RRB OS: Failed in Mains
5.IBPS RRB OA: Failed in Prelims
After facing so many failures, I decided to stop my preparation and work in private sector. After working for 5 months I felt that the work was very hectic and there was no job satisfaction. So, I left that job in July and started my banking preparation again.
After that, I appeared for IBPS PO Prelims and failed in the Mains Exam.
Cleared both the CANARA AND SYNDICATE PO PGDBF exams.
Finally, I got selected in IBPS CLERK (CANARA BANK)
Quantitative Aptitude - Follow YouTube channels, Clear your basics and then give mock tests.
Reasoning - This is my strong point. So I used to practice a lot of questions and stay updated with new pattern questions. Practice minimum 4 puzzles daily which helps you a lot.
GA - This is the section which can help you in gaining the edge over others in the mains. For this, read daily current affairs from Gktoday and others. Attempt the daily quizzes from online websites
English - This is my average section. Read daily newspaper - THE HINDU for 1hr and note down 8 to 10 vocabulary words from it and revise them on a regular basis. Give daily sectional quizzes on online websites and analyse your performance.
Make Some Strict Plans like - Daily practice of Reasoning and Aptitude Questions, weekly sectional tests & solve daily quizzes.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series played an important role in my success. So, I really want to thank Oliveboard for providing such a platform where we can access every important topic for Banking exams. The level of questions is so good and challenging that if anyone solves these questions regularly and honestly, then that will be more than enough to get through the exams.
One should opt for the Mock Test Series provided by Oliveboard, as the questions are based on the latest pattern for all the banking exams.
After all my hard work, I cracked the exam and got selected as IBPS CLERK in CANARA BANK.
I would like to thank my family, friends and well-wishers.
And this way my dream came true.
So I want to say to all the readers and future bankers: NEVER GIVE UP AND ONE FINE DAY, YOU WILL GET SUCCESS.
DREAMS CAN ONLY BECOME REALITY IF THERE ARE HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION.
All the best to all the aspirants.
For GK, I regularly followed magazines (Banking Service Chronicles) and newspapers (Economic Times). For other sections, I strictly followed Oliveboard Mock Tests. Their Maths, Reasoning and English questions are of utmost difficulty level, that helped me in the SBI PO Exam (because the questions were tough and completely unexpected). Their General Awareness questions are the best one can get. Infact, whatever I could score in this section in the exam is strictly because of Oliveboard questions. Many questions related to Banking Awareness in OB Mock Tests are new and innovative and they made me to go back and read more about those topics on internet (which really helped in the long run). I got 103.25 Marks in the SBI PO Main Exam (with 28 Marks in the Descriptive Section) and I would like to thank Oliveboard team for my selection.
IBPS RRB Officer
I never knew about the Oliveboard test series, but during SBI PO Prelims exams, someone told me about the Oliveboard Test Series. Then I looked for these test series and happened to try them. I found that these test series improved my accuracy and speed.
Here is the detailed strategy that I had followed during my preparation for these exams -
I did not benefit a lot from reading various books. I used a lot of online sources to learn about the concepts. I observed that Oliveboard Mock Test Series over other mock test series available, a lot better. The solutions mentioned are extremely helpful and the analysis was done very nicely. The variety of questions covered prepares you for the exam and all levels of difficulty of questions.
The key is to get your basics clear and then practice continuously. Use RS Aggarwal to clear your concepts. This helps in building accuracy. The timing is also very important. I used different online sources for clearing my basics and Oliveboard Mock Test Series for practice.
Gk and Banking:
For GK, I studied from various online sources and used the GK Supplement from Oliveboard Mock Test Series as well. I read the newspaper daily for current affairs.
All sections of the Oliveboard Mock Test series were very good. Anyone who is preparing for banking exams - this test series proves as a key to success. Oliveboard Mock test series and objective GK with detailed information on various topics helped me to clear my exam.
All the best to all aspirants!
I kept on preparing and opted for Oliveboard Test Series for every SSC exam and finally in 2016-17 I got selected as TA-Income Tax in Ministry of Finance in Government of India. (Region allotment and Posting/Joining schedule shall be announced soon). Besides this, I have also appeared for RRB NTPC-2015 and cleared It as Assistant Station Master. (Not appeared in document Verification as i already selected as TA in CBDT.)
Here is a summary of my preparation strategy:
I had a fear of quantitative aptitude so I kept on practising some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I did Advance Mathematics for SSC thoroughly first and focused more on. I started with Local Author Books (M.L. Vishnolia’s mathematics) and went on to do the most difficult sets of Oliveboard test series and Arithmetic mathematics by Rakesh Yadav Class notes (Good Short Tricks to solve big Problems of Arithmetic).
I used to solve Previous Year Papers from (M.B. Publication by A.K. Singh) and for errors I considered the Grammar book (Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh) for basic rules.
In reasoning, I always had a very good command but I had to mould myself with every exam because Reasoning has always been very unpredictable. I kept on doing Mocks of Oliveboard and used to do previous year papers and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends through test series and papers in market. For SSC Previous year papers are more than enough.
Daily newspaper reading for Current News and Previous years papers of GHATNACHAKRA (with explanation) are more than Enough for this section. If You Have Time than Go through Lucent Publication's GS book.
Advice for Aspirants:
Lastly, I want to say that I became solid but mouldable in my stance while preparing for Competition exams. With every failure, I kept on finding my mistakes and worked on them. Every small thing happened to me has its role in this achievement of mine which is a learning for life. So, keep learning Keep sharing keep growing.
All the Best and God Bless You All!
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.
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!
This time I applied to a few more exams which included SBI PO, NICL AO, RRB PO, IBPS PO, etc. But the turning point was the IBPS RRB PO which was the beginning of my golden period. I managed to reach the interviews of NICL AO, RRB PO, IBPS PO, OICL AO and finally got selected in RRB PO, IBPS PO and OICL AO.
Now in this journey, Oliveboard played a mentor's role. Their excellent Mock Test Series was based on the latest pattern and was a sound difficulty level that helped me raise my level and score well in all the exams that I managed to crack. It will be fair to say that Oliveboard is best in the market if want to prepare for any of the competitive exams.
Here is my Section Wise Preparation Strategy :
Quantitative Aptitude: Basics are the first step. Just clear your basics. The best way of preparing for this section is to practice, practice, and practice. Practice different types of questions with different patterns, Oliveboard is one of the best places to prepare. Always make notes of different types of question you encounter during the Mock Tests.
Logical Reasoning: the same thing applies here as well, prepare basics first. After which you need to practice hard. First of all, make a proper strategy. You can attempt all the question in exams. Now shortlist some topics and prepare well on those topics and give multiple Mock Tests.
English: Daily newspaper is mandatory. It not only helps you improve G.K but help to improve your understanding of different types of topics.
G.K: Daily newspaper and monthly capsules are enough.
One important thing is a good and efficient analysis of Mock Tests. Try solving all the questions of the mocks.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey directly or indirectly.
As I was from IT, there were limited PSUs apart from banks, so I decided to go for Specialist Officer in Banks, but came to know that PO was no less, as the career path becomes same after scale 4 and you can move internally to SO ranks. In addition to that it was easier to crack PO due to humongous amount of vacancies. So, I resigned and went into full time preparation mode as the preparation of both SO and PO together wouldn’t have been easy. I didn’t qualify for SO this time but cracked PO convincingly in my first attempt and got allocated to Canara Bank!
I had been working in IT sector for the past 1 year, so to train your mind to pick up academics after so much time for such competitive exams was quite difficult. But I had a good command on general aptitude and English so it was only a matter of time to get into the exam frame. I picked up the online practice material available on YouTube and went through the syllabus and previous year questions to realize the level and type of questions asked.
After a month it was time to give test, analyze it and give specific attention to the weaker sections, because the real time practice is a great way to sharpen your skills and improve your knowledge.
One thing was, I had to take care of the finances during this period which was met with the savings I had done while working, this prevented any financial stress.
Now coming to my subject wise strategy as every subject is important because you have to clear the sectional cut-offs.
1. English: I preferred reading the Hindu and practicing the exam type questions. As English was my first language I didn’t face any problem despite of the changing pattern of questions
2. Reasoning: The basic questions that were mostly expected like Syllogism, Inequalities were practiced. This was the section that was the weakest and had to be taken seriously so I practiced by solving the unsolved portion of the tests afterwards. I also tried to find the new ways of solving puzzles.
3. General Awareness: I read monthly GA reviews and kept a track of finance news. The various GA capsules available online are also of use.
4. Quant and DI: I didn’t follow any book because of the previous knowledge but practiced everything online because of the variety of questions that could be asked.
5. Computer Aptitude: I had a sound knowledge of this section as I was from IT. So just the type of questions and topics asked were to be studied, which can be done using various online sources like Oliveboard, Wiki. But It is not asked nowadays even with reasoning.
Strategy to Attempt the Exam:
Started with my best section, English. I gave equal time to Quant and Reasoning so as to do all the questions I could do with ease. This is a level where normalization happens, so I maintained accuracy. Score: 16.25 (E) + 14.75(R) + 16.00(Q) = 47.00
My aim was to have accuracy with maximum marks, so I targeted questions with 2 or 1.5 marks first and solved the types I was familiar with on priority . In GA, I attempted all 40 Qs as I had studied it extensively and was well informed about current topics. The paper was difficult and the Q pattern was very different from what was expected. The most striking difference was the descriptive section, typing of letter and essay was not easy after getting tired by 3 hrs of continuous brainstorming. As a result I just tried to maintain the format for the formal letter to the HR for basic communication training of staff under me which, were lacking soft skills in a simple but appealing language. For the essay I chose to stick to quality but missed out on typing speed, the topic was quite simple, about the current problems in education system and reforms. I even started with a quote just like school time and thus could only write ~150 words out of the prescribed limit of 250.
Score: 25.50(R) + 22.50(GA) + 17.75(E) + 24.75 (DI) + 15.00 (Des) = 105.50 (I was expecting 110+)
The strategy was to be honest and it comes when you are confident about what you’re doing. So I was blatantly straightforward but polite in answering all questions. I also prepared current IT topics.
My stint with Oliveboard has been a short but a fruitful affair.
I got to know about Oliveboard mock tests, when my Prelims were just 2 weeks away, from Facebook and a friend who recommended and had already cleared IBPS PO 2016. He also told me that how Oliveboard played a key role in his selection.
I started with the free ones and liked their analysis and the good difficulty level.
I purchased Oliveboard mock tests for IBPS PO and to my surprise the level and pattern of questions asked in IBPS PO mains was similar to the ones asked in the mock tests.
Although I only gave a few tests due to practicing and analyzing more than attempting mock tests, I found the series comprehensive and better than various other test series that I had purchased before. I couldn’t find even a single mistake in the questions unlike
I would say that the best thing about Oliveboard was the post exam analysis as it really helped me in focusing on my weaker areas and further by providing quality study material!
The detailed time-based analysis of every mock test was extremely crucial for me in deciding which questions I should attempt and which ones I should leave at a single look.
Also, the difficulty varied with each test which helped to prepare for the actual exam, as nowadays, these exams are becoming increasingly difficult, pattern is changing between shifts on the same days and the vacancies are decreasing multifold.
Difficult questions to challenge you, amazing interface, detailed solutions, everything is there in Oliveboard mocks. It helped me to fine tune my preparation, point out my weak areas, improve my time management which finally increased my accuracy even when I was preparing within stipulated time limits.
I also used Oliveboard supplements to brush up my GA.
I would recommend all the banking aspirants to use Oliveboard mock test series although they may seem a little costly in the beginning but at the end are worth spending an extra penny.
My Advice to Future Aspirants :
A person can either submit to his situation and problems and give up, or channelize them into something productive. So just be calm and work hard, just let everything else be God’s will. Prepare for the worst but aim for the moon!
Attempt a test either for knowing your current position or when you’re fully ready, but give 2 hrs to analyze a 1 hour test and focus on improvement and new learning.
Read English newspapers daily, for improving your reading habit and current affairs’ knowledge and editorials to make a viewpoint.
In the last few days before the exam devise a personal strategy according to your strengths
Accuracy is of high importance especially in your scoring subjects, pay heed to it.
Also, the people of Hindi medium, you have to be confident enough of attempting the entire paper in English, its a measure to check your English preparedness.
Keep a watch on the SBI PO pattern as it’s the trend setter for the pattern of the rest of the exams, use the vastness of the Internet for your benefits.
ALL THE BEST EVERYONE and as Nike says 'Just Do It'.
INDIAN BANK, BANK OF BARODA
Here is his inspiring story:
Hi friends, my name is Govind R. I did my graduation in 2011 and after that completed my post graduation in 2014. Earlier I was working as an assistant professor and then started preparing for a government job. During my preparation days I started using Oliveboard mock tests to analyse my performance and progress. Initially, the mock tests appeared very difficult for me and I did not know how to approach to solve them. But then I analysed the answer key and my weak areas properly. I left no stone unturned to work on my weak areas and improve accordingly. Finally, after practicing a good number of mock tests from Oliveboard, my speed and percentile improved considerably.
Try to make a proper study plan once you start your exam preparation. I always preferred practicing my quants section in the morning. Try and practice as many questions as you can to improve your speed.
For reasoning as well I preferred to maintain a proper timeline for practicing. I generally worked on my Reasoning section at evening time. Maintaining a proper schedule for each subject will help you to track the areas you have covered.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
Most of them keep asking me about my English preparation. I was not that good in the grammar section, so I concentrated more on the comprehension part to score well in English. I started reading a lot of articles to improve my speed and accuracy for this section.
Read newspapers daily to work on your vocab and reading skills. This will help you in your interview as well. You can practice your English section at night just like me. You can first refer some good grammar book to clear your concepts to proceed further. Directly solving mock tests without clearing your basics is a big “No”. Always clear your basics and then practice as much as you can and work on your weak areas to improve accordingly.
Friends, GK questions are very important for the exam. Try and make small notes so that you can revise it easily during revision. I used to note down Bank related questions, schemes (state & union), loans by different financial institutions (amount). When you read news about Bank try to learn about their MD, CEO, and HQ.
I prepared from various sites for this section. Try and keep yourself updated with various essay topics about current happenings. When you are writing an essay, always try to include some facts and number to score better than others.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests were very helpful in my preparation. The analysis provided by them helped me a lot to work on my weak areas and improve them accordingly. The level and quality of tests provided by Oliveboard are at par with the real exam. Thus Oliveboard mock tests are a must for all the users.
I hope my preparation strategy could be of some help to the aspirants. At last, I would like to say never lose hope and keep believing in yourself.
All the best!
I gave all the main exams of IBPS 2015 but missed all of them by just a narrow margin. Then after I shifted my focus from offline practice to online practice and purchased Oliveboard practice set for IBPS PO mains. It helped me a lot and by the help of Oliveboard, blessings of parents and almighty I could clear the following exams:
IBPS PO 2016 - UNION BANK OF INDIA
RRB OS 2016 - MADHYANCHAL GRAMIN BANK
IBPS CLERK 2016 - PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK
RRB CLERK 2016 - MADHYANCHAL GRAMIN BANK
And the One Which I Joined - NIACL Administrative Officer
For Aspirants of these exams, I would like to suggest you give speed test as much as you can and analyse them on daily basis. Improve yourself and learn new things.
Wish you all the best for upcoming exams :
RBI Grade B
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)
OLIVEBOARD not only helped me in learning concepts which are essential for the exam but also helped me in honing my skills through regularly making me practice through its test series. Mock tests were very useful as they included every bit of prerequisite material required to crack the examination. It provided real time practice scenario which was definitely very useful during real examinations. I would like to suggest every banking aspirant to register themselves to OLIVEBOARD. It will help them to achieve their goals. 'Not only PRACTICE but PRACTICE within the TIME limit is the success mantra for cracking this exam...!!!'
My basics were clear so I never used any particular book for any section and I extensively used websites, mobile apps and magazines. Apart from Oliveboard Mock Tests, I read Banking Service Chronicle Magazine regularly and followed some capsules released by websites on internet. I completely relied on online resources.
Oliveboard Mock Tests' difficulty level is really at par (or even more in some tests) with all the exams that I took. The solution part is extremely helpful and you can consider OB Mock test as really trustworthy. Apart from all the above exams, I even cleared SBI PO (but couldn't go past the interview stage). Currently I am working at the Pune office of LIC and I would like to thank Oliveboard for the good quality mock tests.
NIACL Assistant 2018
ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR- 39)
Here is her inspiring story:
Hi, I am Ayushi Thakur. I am an ECE graduate. I have completed my graduation in 2017. I have given many exams but sometimes I got stuck in Mains and sometimes during Interview. But my failures never held me back and I worked hard to get what I really wanted.
Clear your basics first. Learn tables up to 20, square roots up to 40, & cube roots up to 20. Prepare DI, miscellaneous topics, series, simplification and DI based on miscellaneous topics, quadratic. Just give as many mocks as you can, like 2 or 3 in a day. Keep increasing your speed. Perform 100 calculations everyday in your mind.
Solve as many quizzes as you can. This section requires your presence of mind. Suppose you read something wrong in between the puzzle, then whole of your time would get wasted. I made this mistake many times. So don’t you do it. Just be present. For this section too I relied on mock tests. Oliveboard's reasoning questions are the toughest & the best.
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I used to read The Economic Times and make vocab notes from it everyday. I referred its Editorials section as well. Editorials play an important role in the descriptive part too. So follow the Hindu or the Economic Times. Both are good and will help you immensely to improve your English Section. Solve the sectional quizzes on Oliveboard. For advanced level, give mock tests. Trust me, they work like magic and will help you to improve a lot.
Download Oliveboard's Banking and Economic Bolt. Once you understand the basics of banking then keep updating your knowledge by giving mock tests & quizzes. Note all the new points in your diary that will be useful at the time of your exams. You can also read the RBI FAQs.
Prepare for the last 5 months current affairs from the date of the exam.
Keep yourself updated with day to day happenings. Watch any news channel and daily read newspapers. Be humble and polite in front of the panel. And remember, mostly interviews go in the direction in which you take them.
Role Of Oliveboard:
Finally, I would say go blindly for oliveboard test series. They have very high level and good quality questions like you see in exams. And keep giving mock tests in order to succeed. Prepare online as offline methods have become quite outdated. Oliveboard's mock tests are like real exams and their questions will surely give you confidence. Don’t worry if sometimes you are not able to score a good percentile. Try to keep your percentile above 90. Give as many mocks (prelims and mains) as you can. I purchased Oliveboard mock tests (for banking as well as insurance). Don't forget to analyze the mocks as that helps you identify your strengths & weaknesses. Work on them & keep improving your percentile.
Finally, I want to say:
‘Rakh hausla wo manzar bhi aayega....
Pyase ke paas chal ke samandar bhi aayega..
Thak kar na Beth aye manzil ke musafir
Manzil bhi milegi aur milne ka maza bhi aayga..’
Keep going. You will surely reach success.
One of the most important steps is to take mock tests regularly and analyze them so that you can get to know about your weak topics. Also, you should increase the frequency of taking mock tests when the exam is near (atleast 1 Mock test/day).
For GK, the last minute capsules released by various websites are generally not helpful. Be consistent with reading newspapers and Static GK and make your own notes. This will help you a lot in the long run.
Reasoning is more of a common sense and it cannot be taught. The more you practice, the better you will be in it.
I got to know about Oliveboard from polls on Pagalguy.com where most aspirants had voted for Oliveboard as the best mock test series provider. The standard of test series is extremely good and it becomes more important now because all exams are increasing their difficulty level. For example, there was a drastic increase in the level of SBI PO Main Exam and those who would have taken the OB Mock Test Series would have been at an ease in the exam.
LIC AAO Generalist 2019
I have no doubt in proclaiming that my selection in IBPS PO Main Exam became possible only because of Oliveboard. When you keep taking difficult mock tests, you don't experience any "shock" on the exam day, and that's what exactly happened in my case. Thank you Oliveboard
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.
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.
It was not easy to prepare for all the exams along with my IT job but with Oliveboard’s help, I was able to do it and once I got through SBI, I left my job to join SBI Agartala as the Junior Associate but will now be joining RBI soon.
I was following a couple of other sources online but after a while i realised that I need something else to ace the exam. My friend told me about Oliveboard and I am thankful to him because Oliveboard has helped me to a large extent. Their set of questions and the difficulty level is at par with all the main exams. Once I started taking the Oliveboard Mock Tests, I did not feel the need to do anything more to ace my exams and I successfully cleared all the exams.
Besides Oliveboard the only thing I did was reading The Hindu newspaper sometimes to keep in touch with the current affairs and reading also helps in improving your English.
Finally I would like to thank Oliveboard for the amazing guidance without which clearing all three exams wouldn’t have been possible. I wish all the aspirants the best of luck and will advise them to take Oliveboard Mock tests for acing your exams.
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.
I started my preparation from 2016 itself but was not able to clear even the Prelims. I somehow managed to clear the SBI Clerk 2016 Prelims but could not clear the Mains. But as truly said that success comes to those who dare and act. I did not lose hope and in 2017 I prepared in a better way with the help of Oliveboard mock tests & materials for IBPS exams. Oliveboard Mock tests and materials proved to be of great help and I was able to clear RRB PO & IBPS PO Prelims and Mains. But then I could only make through RRB PO 2017 after the interview round. In 19th March 2018 I joined Allahabad UP Gramin Bank and I must say that following Oliveboard tests and materials were one of the best choices that I have made during my preparation days.
I know this is one of the sections where many users face a lot of issues. But trust me there is no shortcut to score well in this section apart from practicing as much as you can. I referred NCERT books to cover all my chapters and I recommend the same to all the users as well. I just opted for Oliveboard mock tests and to be honest with every test that I gave, I kept improving and gaining speed and confidence.
Clear your basics for this section. Know the proper strategy to attempt each section, as at times the reasoning questions can be very lengthy if you do not have a proper method to approach them. Always try to cover all the possibilities of a question and then try to eliminate the unnecessary ones in order to get the last and the correct option. At the end keep practicing. Trust me, this is the only shortcut to your success.
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Instead of referring ‘n’ number of books to clear your concepts, try and stick to one and keep revising it twice or thrice. I used to refer “Plinth to Paramount” by Neetu Singh. You can refer to this book as it is quite helpful and easy to understand. Oliveboard mock tests helped me a lot in figuring out my weak areas after every mock test, and accordingly I devised my further study plan. It is very important to know your weakness and strength for each section to plan your study schedule.
I did not have much time to prepare for this section extensively. So I prepared myself from the Oliveboard Bolt which comes for free every month. Like every other aspirant even I did not know how to cover this section as it is quite vast but again Oliveboard Bolt proved as the ultimate solution and helped me to study and revise only what was important and needed.
Keep it as simple and honest as you can. This round is just to check about what kind of person you are or how compatible you are for the job profile being offered. Try to have a basic idea about your graduation subjects and previous work experience.
Role of Oliveboard:
As already mentioned in my preparation strategy, Oliveboard was the only website that I blindly followed for my complete preparation for each and every section, and I must say that I made the right choice. The mock tests and materials provided by Oliveboard are very much as per the latest pattern and syllabus and helps you to prepare according to the expected standard and quality.
Lastly, I would like to convey this message to all the aspirants: Failure is not a step backward; it's an excellent stepping stone to success. That's because someone who survives failure has gained irreplaceable knowledge and the unstoppable perseverance born from overcoming hardship.
All the best.
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.