ANAND KUMAR

SBI PO 2018

'Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.' Thus here we bring to you the inspiring story of Anand Kumar who successfully cleared SBI PO in his very first attempt.
Hello everyone. My name is Anand Kumar and I have recently cleared SBI PO 2018 in my very first attempt. I am a B.E graduate from B.I.T Mesra, Ranchi (2014-2018).
My Journey:
As I was not much interested to make my career in the technical field, I decided to prepare for SSC CGL 2018 in my 8th Semester. In May 2018 I decided to switch from CGL to Banking and started preparing right away. Purchased Oliveboard and Practicemock mock tests as these were suggested by almost all the toppers. Now I too suggest the same to everyone.
Subject Wise Strategy:
a) Quant:
Firstly, I cleared my concepts from various YouTube channels and also learned a few shortcuts to calculate square, cube, etc. Then I started taking Oliveboard mocks and analyzed them religiously.
Practice as much as you can without leaving any single question in the mock tests.
b) Reasoning:
This consists of two sections. One is Puzzle & Seating Arrangement and the other is Miscellaneous.
Try to master the miscellaneous part. By mastering I mean even if I wake you up at midnight and give you questions of Syllogism, direction sense, inequality, coding-decoding, etc. you should be able to solve them instantly.
Puzzle & Seating Arrangement- PRACTICE PRACTICE & PRACTICE from Oliveboard mocks tests and app.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
c) English:
This can either be the most scoring subject or the most difficult one. It totally depends on your approach to learn the subject. English is divided into two sections. Grammar and Reading Comprehension
Grammar –
Clear all your basics from “Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh”.Make notes and just revise the short notes at regular intervals.Keep practicing as many mocks as you can.
Reading Comprehension –
Try reading editorials and make notes of Vocabulary from them. Make a separate copy for this. Update this copy daily and keep revising the words regularly otherwise all your efforts will go in vain. Solve all the mocks by Oliveboard. Now you are good to go.
d) General Awareness:
This was the most difficult section for me. Pick any two websites and follow them daily from the day advertisement of your targeted examination is released. You can refer Oliveboard Bolt. Give daily quizzes as well. Pickup capsules of Banking awareness and GU and study the banking terms properly.
Don’t overburden yourself by trying to learn everything in just one week. Learn regularly and slowly.
Role Of Oliveboard In My Success:
Oliveboard Mock Tests was like a mirror to my preparation level. It gives you a variety of quality questions and prepares you for the worst case. You might feel bogged down by your scores in the initial tests of Oliveboard but if you analyze them in the correct manner you will find improvement in yourself and eventually your marks in Oliveboard’s later tests will shoot up. Questions in Oliveboard are above the exam level and this is very much needed if you want to deal with the unexpected level of Banking exams these days. I must say Oliveboard played an integral and important part in my selection.
Tip To Aspirants:
Keep practicing as much as you can. Have patience and keep trusting yourself.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

SUNIL GUPTA

ESIC SSO, 2018 (AIR-46)

“When you hit the rock bottom, the only way to go is up” Similarly, Sunil never allowed the failures to stop him from achieving his dreams.
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.
Preparation Strategy:-
Quants -
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.
Reasoning -
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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English-
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.
GK-
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.

Irfan Ali Khan

IBPS SO

I am Irfan Ali Khan from Srinagar, J & K. I am a B. Tech-MBA from SMVDU Katra, J & k. After pursuing B. Tech (ECE), I started preparing for MBA exam in the hope of getting a better future. I pursued my MBA in Marketing Management (2012-14). After pursuing MBA, I worked in ICICI Bank as Marketing Manager but wasn’t satisfied as I wanted a good government job. I went for 8 interviews, including banking and Insurance PO, LIC AAO, SSC but didn’t get selected anywhere.
I left my job and kept on preparing and opted for Oliveboard Test Series for every exam. Finally, in 2016-17 I got selected as SO-Bank of Baroda, Marketing Officer.
I followed following strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude:
Since I was from the Engineering Background my quantitative aptitude was a bit strong. But to beat the competition, I kept on practicing some selected topics and kept on increasing difficulty level. I did Averages, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simplification thoroughly first and focused more on Data Interpretation and Analysis. In IBPS SO I scored 21/50.
English:
I always kept on reading a newspaper (whichever available). I used to write the gist of editorials every day which helped in comprehension and improved my grammar. I used to solve whichever material was available on websites or in the market and for errors, I considered the grammar books for basic rules.
Reasoning:
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 puzzles again and again so that I stay in touch with the latest trends.
Friends, it’s just because of the prominent level of reasoning puzzles asked in Oliveboard test series that I succeeded in clearing this section with very good marks. In IBPS SO I scored 25/50.
Marketing Aptitude:
Oliveboard had framed almost 500 Questions in 10 Mock Tests which proved to be very fruitful & covered almost all the relevant sections of Marketing.
Advice to Students:
Lastly, I want to say that I became solid but mouldable in my stance while preparing for competitive 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!
Thank you!

Sharmistha Sen

SBI PO

I am an M.Sc in Physics from University of Calcutta but the lucrative job profile of a Bank PO somehow lured me to appear for Banking exams. I prepared for one year and SBI PO and IBPS PO were the only exams that I appeared for. Preparing for an examination that involved cut-throat competition in the background of a full-time job seemed an uphill task indeed, but only until I discovered Oliveboard. Oliveboard's online tests were closest to the real thing I could find and they could be taken in the comfort of my home, in bed, in the wee hours, at midnight or at noon, during free time in my office. All I needed was a laptop and an internet connection. Solving these tests, analysing and comparing my performances with other users were instrumental in helping me finding my roll number on the list of successful candidates.
Thanks to Oliveboard, I was finally selected as a PO at State Bank of India. I was also shortlisted for interview in IBPS PO 2015 but did not appear because I had already joined SBI as a PO
-Sharmistha Sen
Probationary Officer, SBI, Kolkata

SAYANTEE BISWAS

SBI PO

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!

Vipul Vaibhav

SSC CGL Tier I

Hi, I am Vipul Vaibhav from Rourkela, Odisha (though native to Bihar). I am a BTech in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Rourkela. As I was always interested in Government jobs, Banking and SSC CGL were on top of my list. They don't need much intensive hard work compared to Civil services and Engineering services. All you need is smart work. I started my preparation from March 1st week after filling SBI form with a target of clearing exam in first go. Though I would at times think that it would be very difficult as the tentative date of prelims was on April 30. But I would calm myself, as my basics were clear, and I just needed to improve my speed and accuracy. And finally, I qualified SBI PO 2017 and SSC CGL Tier 1 2017.
SBI PO 2017
Prelims marks = 60, Cut off = 51.5
Mains Marks = 90.38,
Cut off = 89.25
Interview = 48, Cut off = 20
Final = 51.11, Cut off = 46.59
Coming to my preparation strategy.
1) PRELIMINARY PREPARATION:
My prelims exam was on 30 April. From the very first day, I started with giving 4-5 mock tests in the morning. The rest of the day, I would analyze my performance and solve the leftover questions of the mock test throughout the day (especially Reasoning and aptitude). In this way, I would do a total of 400-500 questions a day. And that is what you need for banking exams -- Practice & Practice.
As time passed (after 10 days maybe), I was able to figure out my strong and weak points. I was having very less time in hand, so I just selected those topics in which I was good or average and made a calculation that by doing all these I will be able to secure 70 marks. For example in aptitude, I am good in DI (10 marks), Simplification (5 marks), Quadratic equations (5 marks), Number series (5 marks). During mock tests, I would always attempt these parts only and would secure somewhere between 18-25 during my final stages of preparation depending upon the toughness of mock test.
And by the end, I gave almost 150 mocks. In this way, finally, I went for the preliminary exam with the preparation of 25-30 marks of reasoning, 20-25 marks for aptitude and 15-20 marks for English. That's all about my Preliminary preparation.
My tip to future SBI POs is that work smart as you are not supposed to solve 100/100. Just make sure that you are 100% prepared for 70% of the questions. And mock tests will motivate you by providing you rank.
2) MAINS PREPARATION:
The biggest challenge for me was to shift my level up for all, viz, Aptitude, Reasoning, and English. Plus, to prepare for extra subjects like computer aptitude and especially General awareness. I chose the same strategy and started giving 2 mocks daily. But I did a blunder and which I realized later that General awareness can't be prepared like that, one must essentially study capsules and general awareness resources which I missed. Though I tried to make it up in last 4-5 days by reading capsules but couldn't make it. So finally, I ended up scoring 12.5 in General awareness.
I didn't study essays or letter. I just saw the format one day before the exam and was able to secure 35 out of 50. All in all, my strategy didn't work that good for mains. But fortunately, by giving almost 50 mains mocks, I was used to handling shocks and it helped me during my mains exam. I didn't panic when I saw that mains paper was tougher than what I expected.
My tip to 2018 SBI PO aspirants would be to focus on General awareness as it’s very easy to score but do not neglect other sections.
3) GD PI PREPARATION:
For PI, I made a list of 48 most probable questions related to my life, hobbies, education, career, etc plus some common SBI PI questions. I and 3 of my friends made a group on google hangout. Daily we use to practice MOCK GD over hangout with a list of topics. And for PI, we use to take mock interviews with each other (3 to 1). And, it continued for a month. Also, we would decide a topic some days and prepare on it the whole day and discuss on hangout in evening. That's all about my GD PI Preparation.
Finally, I got 30/30 in Interview and 18/20 in GE.
I qualified SBI PO finally with 51.11 under General category. Also alongside, I attempted for SSC CGL 2017 tier and qualified it too.
Most essential: -
In all, as you have noticed that the only thing I did was practicing and giving mocks. And Oliveboard helped me a lot in that by providing best quality test series with no errors and hence most reliable. They provide the test a bit tougher than the actual exam so that you can handle shocks as SBI is popular for giving that.
Thank you!
All the best to all the aspirants!

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.

SUVART SHARMA

SSC CGL

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

Ashish Suman

SBI PO

I am Ashish Suman from Pupri, Bihar. I did my engineering in Computer Science from GGSIPU Delhi in 2016. During last few months of graduation, I got to know about Banking and made up my mind to try my hand on it. I started preparing from the month of mid-May after discussing with few seniors. Around that time only I purchased Oliveboard mock tests. I appeared for an interview for SBI on 08 September 2016 and got selected.
Now here is my detailed strategy:
Prelims:
I think it's all about speed and accuracy. Don't get bogged down in details and waste time. Some questions might look easy at the start but can be very time-consuming. Practice is the best strategy for this phase. The questions are easy to moderate. You need basic knowledge, but time management makes all the difference. Cover the basics well in advance and start solving mocks. And If you feel confused about a certain topic. Give sectional tests on Oliveboard!
Mains:
The key is to be sharp and focused. The depth of your knowledge is the key here. A good coverage of all the topics with basic and simple approach will help you even when the problems get too complicated. eg. you can try to practice calculation for 1 hour by drawing a 6x6 table and writing two-digit numbers in it and add rows and columns. This simple trick makes your mind calculation better more than you would realize.
Finally, try to solve most of the questions. Don't be scared to attempt more especially if the paper is easy or even hard. I always try to solve all the questions from all the sections. This helped me when I didn't know the paper is so difficult and with my attempts I was able to get more marks. However, this varies from person to person. Don't try attempting all questions and get a negative score. I hope you get what I mean!
GD and Interview:
Mock GD and interviews help for tackling this. Practice this with a group of friends. The questions asked are usually on your profile and interests. The biodata form provided is where the questions are asked from usually apart from some general awareness questions and banking.
OliveBoard actually helped me in clearing the exam in the very first attempt with hardly three months preparations. The test series was helpful with no errors and excellent quality of questions. There were new questions in sectional tests and mocks. The mocks made the exam so familiar. The solution and analysis provided are quite detailed which helped in finding and overcoming weak areas.
I wish all the aspirants for their exams and future!
Thank you!

ANKIT SINGH

SBI PO

Hello friends, I’m Ankit Singh. I have done B.tech (computer science and engineering) from Guru Nanak dev engineering college, Ludhiana. I graduated in 2015, after which I joined TCS in September. I worked for 6 months in TCS, I resigned on 23rd March 2016. Thereafter I started preparing for UPSC civil service. SBI PO was the only banking exam that I gave and by God's grace, I cleared that.
I was also qualified for the UPSC assistant commandants written exam but did not give the interview.
Preparation Strategy
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.
Cheers!

Srinath Reddy

SSC CGL

Hi, my name is Srinath Reddy. I have worked at Capgemini as a software engineer for about two and half years. After that, I thought of coming to the government sector. My choice was banking and SSC CGL.
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.
Strategy:
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.
Quantitative Aptitude:
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.
English:
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.
Reasoning:
This is my weak areas. I have solved only easy questions and if time permits, I have attempted few hard one.
General Awareness:
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!
Thank you!

Shashank Baranwal

BOB PGDBF

“Be a game changer, Don't give up.”
Hi, My name is Shashank Baranwal from Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh. I had completed B.Tech in Electrical Engg in 2013. After my B.Tech, I have attempted GATE but couldn't qualify. Then, I got a job in an industry at a low salary of 8000 per month. After working for about a year, I wasn’t satisfied and decided to attempt competitive exams. I started my preparation for banks and SSC.
I have applied for BOB Manipal, SBI Clerk, SBI PO, SSC, and IBPS. For my preparation, a large chunk of help is from OLIVEBOARD. I subscribed their mock test. I started to attempt many exams from December 2015. Finally, I have been selected for few exams (the list is mentioned below) and BOB Manipal was one of them. I have joined BOB PGDBF in October 2017.
Followings are some examinations that I have attempted:
BOB Manipal PGDBF 2016: sectional cut-off of English stopped me
IBPS Clerk 2015: Did not qualify for Mains
SBI PO 2016: Mains not qualified; while in aptitude I have got good number
SBI Clerk 2016: Mains not qualified
IBPS PO 2016: After interview, I was not allotted seat; missed by 2 marks
IPPB: Disqualified in interview
SSC CGL: Mains not qualified
SSC CHSL: Selected for typing
However, with all the failures in my multiple attempts, I never lose hope. I introspected my performance through the mock test and analyzed those weak areas. I have practice and practice number of mock test to improve my performance and confidence. And finally, my hard work paid off.
I have been selected for the following exams-
IDBI Executive: Selected
Karur Vysya Bank: Selected
IBPS Clerk 2016: SELECTED, GOT BANK OF INDIA and joined
Syndicate Bank PGDBF: Selected but did not take admission
DMRC TO and SC both: Selected but did not go for medical examination because I use glasses
Bank of Maharashtra clerical: Selected in 2nd waiting list
SVC bank: Selected
Karnataka Bank: Selected
BOB Manipal PGDBF 2017: selected, resigned from bank of India clerk post and took admission here
I would like to thank OLIVEBOARD for all the help and support. I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me in my long and hard journey.
Tips for aspirants:
- I suggest every aspirant practice, practice, practice.
- Get a good and quality mock test. I’d suggest OLIVEBOARD as it gives us the real level of examination.
- Just do your best. Don't lose hope. Try and try again as I did, our dreams will come true.
All the best!
Thank you!

Akash Goyal

IBPS PO 2018

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

Prabhat Sharma

IBPS SO

I graduated from Ewing Christian College, Allahabad in 2009 and then completed my MBA from IET Lucknow in 2012. I worked for one year at Aircel and then for another year at IFFCO Tokio. After this, I decided to prepare for Bank Exams.
Last year I missed IBPS PO by 0.4 marks after interview and IBPS Clerk by 1 Mark.
But finally this year proved lucky and I finally cleared IBPS SO (Marketing Officer).
I took Oliveboard Mock Tests for IBPS SO (Marketing Officer) and their solutions are extremely well detailed. I also attended their free Group Study sessions and these proved to be extremely beneficial as you need to solve each question in limited time. I recommend Oliveboard to all the banking exam aspirants
-Prabhat Sharma, Specialist Officer (Marketing), Union Bank of India.

TANIYA BHONSULE

IBPS CLERK 2018

Read the story of Taniya, a Commerce Postgraduate who in spite of getting failures in almost all the exams, never lost hope and cleared IBPS CLERK in 2018. Her story rightly proves that “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.”
Know about her complete journey:
Hello friends, first of all let me introduce myself. My name is Taniya Bhonsule from Nagpur, Maharashtra. I have done my Graduation & Masters in Commerce from Nagpur University.
Talking about my journey, I started my preparations after completing my post graduation in may 2017. None of my family members were in government services but I saw some of my friends’ preparing for it. Coming from a commerce background I thought of appearing for the banking exams.
The first exam that I managed to clear was IBPS CLERK PRELIMS in December 2017 but could not clear the Mains because I was a novice to such type of exams. In 2018 I gave SBI CLERK but again missed the Mains by almost 10 marks. Later I appeared for SBI PO but couldn't clear the Prelims. All these while I was a bit sad due to my failures but I never let these failures deviate me from my path. Having said that I appeared for IBPS PO where I cleared Prelims, but missed Mains by 5 marks. Then came IBPS CLERK and I finally cleared both Prelims and Mains and got selected in Canara Bank as a Clerk.
MY PREPARATION STRATEGY:
Everyone has his or her own strategy because we all have different areas of strength and weakness. I was pretty good in General Awareness, English and Reasoning and the only section I was trying to get hold of was Quantitative Aptitude, which I managed to clear off with conceptual clarity and lot of practice which OLIVEBOARD provided me through its mock tests.
Here are some tips which I would personally recommend you to follow if you are an average student just like me:
For General Awareness - Various sources are available online which u can follow. Refer at least two sources to make the most of it on a daily basis. Coming from Commerce background, it is easy for me to grasp banking and finance topics but again I will recommend you to go through Oliveboard (Ob) materials or any other book which gives you some basic idea about it.
For Reasoning - Solve 4 to 5 sets of puzzles & seating arrangements which will easily get you more than 50% marks and solve some questions from any miscellaneous chapters like inequalities, syllogism, coding decoding old and new pattern, series,etc on alternate days which will help you in solving data sufficiency problems as well.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
For Quantitative Aptitude - I recommend you to read and solve questions from books by Arun Sharma or Rakesh Aggrawal or any other book to get your basics clear. After that all you need is practicing different types of questions daily.
For English - Reading newspaper is a must if you truly want to improve this section. I used to read the Hindu and TOI but any other newspaper you want to read would be fine. Also make a habit of writing the meaning of new words that you find while reading the newspapers. Make sure you revise it daily as it would help you a lot for both pre and mains as well as strengthen your word power.
Role Of Oliveboard:
Friends, Oliveboard is the complete package for success. It played a crucial role in achieving my success as I used to give Oliveboard mock tests which contains very good level of questions if you really want to crack any government exam.
Lastly, I would like to thank Oliveboard for the support they gave me by way of teaching through their YouTube videos and mock tests and my friends who were always there for helping me in studies and encouraging me throughout the journey and my family, without whose support, none of these would have happened.
So friends, I wish you all the very best for your future, may you achieve all your dreams and always remember that,
'Hard work always pays off in the future. Be patient with yourself as life will be full of ups and downs. Just believe in yourself and you are half-way there. So hang on and DON'T EVER GIVE UP!!'
Tips to Aspirants:
For selection, one has to really put all the hard work along with a lot of patience. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Improving your speed comes naturally while practicing on questions which you feel confident about and clearing your basic concepts will turn your weak parts into strengths with constant practice.
It takes a lot of sincere and continuous efforts along with a lot of patience to achieve success. So believe that you can do it and always Trust yourself.

Deepak Bhardwaj

NICL AO

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

Vivek Pratap

IBPS PO

I did my BE in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Deoghar and graduated in 2015 with 7.13 GPA. I always found Public Sector Bank jobs secure and hence started my preparation for these exams in August 2015.
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.

Ashutosh Sharma

IBPS RRB

I always wanted a Bank Job. After my graduation in 2015, I filled up every single form which was out that year but could not clear any exam. I did appear for IBPS PO 2015 Mains and SBI PO Mains 2016 but could not clear them.
I did an analysis of my results and decided to change my strategy after I realised that as speed was very slow because of not practicing any time bound tests. I tried test series of various companies but one thing that distinguishes Oliveboard from others is the difficulty level of questions, which is must in today's scenario of continuously changing exam patterns. I did one test a day, as I was a lazy student, I used to do the test in parts. So even you attempt it in parts in the beginning and the complete test as the exam approaches.
I finally got selected in IBPS PO 6, and scored 80.75 in mains written and got the bank of my preference: OBC.
I would like to share some tips for all aspirants, so that they can also crack the exam of their choice.
Tips for aspirants:
1. Don't panic during preparation, the more you are relaxed more the chances of getting good marks
2. Attempt a test daily
3. Daily practice of reasoning and maths
4. Read newspapers or any novel daily, for improving your reading habit
5. Read GK capsules and news bullets
So, guys don’t lose hope. If an average guy (in studies) like me can do it so can you! Feel free to contact me for any guidance. All the best!

Gopal Krishna

SBI PO

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!

Vishal Khanapure

SBI PO

'Hard work pays off '(today or tomorrow) I completed my ENGINEERING in july 2019 and I took 3 months rest after that in November, I started the preparation. My sections wise strategy was:
QUANT: I was average in Quant. First I went through the syllabus and tried to complete all the topics but then also there were few topics like Compound interest, profit and loss , probability, permutation and combination in which I was weak and I just left these topics.. It is not required to study each and every topic. One can leave few difficult topics .What I followed is 'RATHER WORRYING ABOUT DIFFICULT TOPICS, MAKE YOUR STRONG TOPICS MORE STRONGER ' NOTE: Mocks are highly important here ..I used to take daily quizzes of OLIVEBOARD regularly and it really made my way easier.
REASONING :I'm strong in Reasoning and English , there is no trick in reasoning .It requires only practice on a daily basis. This section helps you a lot to fetch more marks,especially in mains we can gain good marks in reasoning
ENGLISH: The word 'English ' can be replaced by 'Newspaper ' thats it ..I preferred THE HINDU , I used to read only editorial parts for 1 hr and used to make notes of vocabs
CURRENT AFFAIRS: This section was the main reason for my success . So according to me ENGLISH and CA parts are the turning sections. I studied CA of about past 6 months. One can prefer OLIVEBOARD monthly magazines
BANKING AWARENESS: Blindly follow OLIVEBOARD notes of STATIC BANKING AWARENESS pdf (30-40pages). This helps you in both Main exam and interview. My tip for aspirants is don't worry about the number of attempts ,don't guess the answer even if you are 90% sure .Mark only gunshot answers. I attempted only 66 in SBI PO prelims , got 72 because of accuracy and in main exam I attempted only 67 ,now I'm here writing my success story. So avoid the thoughts of guessing the answers
Scorecard : Reg no.34******49 Mains: 96.37 GE- 14/20 INTERVIEW- 27/30 Normalized score: 49.41 I would like to thank the OLIVEBOARD team. You guys are doing a fabulous job .You are a part of my success..ThankYou very much”

Sonali Morey

IBPS PO

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

TANUJA SHARMA

IDBI Assistant manager

“My story would not be a fancy story but probably an inspiring one. I am a b tech graduate in electronics and communication branch (2017). I started my banking exams preparation as soon as I completed it, because I was very sure in my head that I want a government job and as my cousin was SBI PO he was there to help & guide me all the way. I moved to Delhi for preparation and then I realised the competition until 2018 I could not clear even a single pre every time when I was confident to clear any exam, I was hit by the level of competition because it reached a new height altogether after SSC CGL case. SSC aspirants were moving into the banking sector and it was getting tougher for the new aspirant to clear even pre because cutoff was reaching new heights but until that time, I started having interest in preparation because before that I was just studying to have a job or say money. The day came when I cracked the south Indian bank PO exam and was selected for the interview round from there on my actual journey started or I would say the real success story. I cleared SBI PO pre mains interview (38/50) missed by 2.5. SBI clerk pre-cleared, mains failed. IBPS PO pre & mains cleared interview(73) missed by 0.5. BOB pgdf missed by 0.07. The toughest time for any person is to start from zero...like an athlete gets injured and has to start after recovery he goes through a lot. The same thing happened to me ... I was the person who loves to give mains but because of high cutoff in insurance exams or many highly sought after exams, I sometimes missed pre by a margin like LIC AAO. I started my preparation again for SBI PO 2019 and was getting above 95 percentile in oliveboard and very sure of clearing it this time but again my luck struck me back when I got late for mains by 5 min and could not attend it. At that time I don't know why I was not upset because I realised that time that God wanted me to be strong enough to handle all these things and I have strongly held myself and my family who were like a constant support and showed equal perseverance. My journey made me a better person today. In all this, I relied heavily on Oliveboard. It is not just a mock test, it is my teacher, my companion, throughout the journey. I want to continue this journey and hope again to appear for bigger exams like SBI and RBI in future. Thank you so much Oliveboard. I am grateful that I got you.”

Milan Vyas

IBPS PO

You must not let a series of failures deter you from the path of success. Read Milan's inspiring story :-
I completed engineering in 2013 and after that appeared for GATE but didn't qualify.
So after that I started preparing for banking exams from April 2014.
Exam I appeared in (2014-15) :-
SBI PO- I didn't qualify
BoB Manipal- 96/200 Qualified, No final selection.
SBI clerk - 129/200 qualified, No final selection
RRB PO - 115/200 No interview call
RRB Clerk- 155/200 No interview call
IBPS PO- 86/200 Qualified, No final selection.
UIIC assistant -Qualified, No final selection
SBI Associate clerk: Qualified, No final selection.
SBI PO (2015)- Pre Qualified Not passed in Mains 113/250. Cuttoff was 124/250.
RRB PO (2015)- Qualified, No final selection.
RBI garde B (2015)- 95/200 not qualified for mains.
IRDA Junior officer: Qualified Mains result awaited.
Finally selected for :-
IBPS clerk- 146/200- Joined
NIA assiatant- Didnt join
Syndicate Manipal- Didn't join
BOB Manipal (2015)- Didn't join
IDBI Manipal- Didn't join
IBPS PO (2015) 100.25/200 -(IDBI PO) Will join soon.
I preferred to rely on online source and I was hunting for good online mock tests and in between I came to know about Oliveboard from Fb. I joined test series and found it very useful. Some of the unique features about Oliveboard are
-Good quality question.
-Oliveboard follows Exam pattern.
-Perfect analysis.
-Low cost.
-Better UI.
Thank You Oliveboard.
- Milan Vyas, Selected for IBPS Clerk and IBPS PO.

Shovik Maitra

IBPS SO (IT Officer)

Hi, I am Shovik Maitra and I have cleared IBPS SO IT Officer with the help of Oliveboard’s Test Series. Here is a brief of my Preparation Strategy:
Reasoning:
Practice topics like syllogism, Inequality, Coding Decoding, Puzzle and Seating Arrangement. These are easier, compared to PO exam level. Logical, Data Sufficiency may also come. Practise all these and do give mock tests from Oliveboard. They have good mock tests which will assist you and boost your success.
Maths:
This topic is also important for clearing prelims. Just don't think about clearing sec cut off. This will help in securing marks required for qualifying for mains. Prepare topics like time and work, speed, time and distance, geometry brief knowledge, DI, time and work, pipes and cistern. Practice these topics daily. I only gave mock tests, that was enough for me.
English:
This is the easiest section if you are strong in English. If your basics are weak then go through SP Bakshi, RS Agarwal, Plinth to Paramount or Wren and Martin. I used some English videos on YouTube channel and gave Oliveboard mock tests on a regular basis.
Professional knowledge:
This is the section which will decide whether you will get the job or not. For this, you need to have sound knowledge in DBMS, Networking, Software and other topics mentioned in the syllabus. There are standard books for DBMS and networking, you can refer any of them. Also build basic knowledge of computers like Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Windows, short keys etc., as few questions may be asked.
My Daily Routine:
I will not advise anyone to study whole day or for 10-12 hrs. This is not UPSC exam. Practice Maths and Reasoning for 2 hrs daily. In English, regularly practice speech, subject, verb agreement etc. and give mock tests on regular basis to boost speed. Similarly, for Professional Knowledge, giving mock test is important and you should attempt as many as you can.
In the end, I would like to thank Oliveboard mock tests, as they really helped me in improving my scores gradually.
Wishing you all the very best for your exams!

Siddharth Kaushik

IBPS PO

Thanks Oliveboard , I got through Canara Bank as Specialist Officer . Your marketing questions were good . I secured 46 out of 50 in marketing.

JITESH PARIHAR

RRB OFFICER SCALE 1

‘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.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
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!

Divyama Shukla

IBPS PO

मेरी पहली परीक्षा एसबीआई पीओ 2015 थी| मुझे प्रीलिम्स में तो सफलता प्राप्त हुई, लेकिन मैं मुख्य परीक्षा पास नहीं कर सका। मैं आईबीपीएस पीओ में साक्षात्कार चरण तक पहुँचा लेकिन उसमें सफल नहीं हो सका। यहाँ तक कि मैं आईबीपीएस क्लर्क में भी मैं सिर्फ 1 अंक से रह गया|
मैं पहले से ही पिछले साल कई टेस्ट सीरीज ले चुका था और इस साल कुछ नया करना चाहता था। ओलिवबोर्ड को हमेशा वाट्स एप और टेलीग्राम के स्टडी ग्रुप में और दोस्तों द्वारा सबसे अच्छा सुझावित किया जाता था | इसीलिए मैने ओलिवबोर्ड एसबीआई क्लर्क (JA) टेस्ट सीरीज़ खरीदने का फैसला किया|
मुख्य परीक्षा पूरी तरह से चौकाने वाली थी| मैथ्स में सब आसान सवालों की जगह मुश्किल सवालों ने ले ली थी। लेकिन ओलिवबोर्ड के जिस सेक्शन से मुझे असलियत में मदद मिली वो अंग्रेजी थी। बल्कि मैं ये कहूँगा कि मेरा केवल अंग्रेजी सेक्शन की वजह से ही चयन हुआ। ओलिवबोर्ड मॉक टेस्ट में रीडिंग कोम्प्रीहेन्शन (RC) की गुणवत्ता वाकई बहुत अच्छी है और यह मेरी मुख्य परीक्षा में ,जिसमें कि बहुत कम सीधे सवाल पूछे गये, मेरी सटीकता में सुधार लाने में कारगर साबित हुआ | आमतौर पर मैं ओलिवबोर्ड मॉक टेस्ट में अंग्रेजी में 24-25 अंक प्राप्त करता था लेकिन परीक्षा में मैंने 32 अंक प्राप्त किये वो भी तब जबकि मैंने हल ही केवल 34 किये थे| असलियत में मेरी सटीकता सभी सेक्शन में अच्छी रही| मैंने 144 प्रश्न हल किये थे और मैंने 133 अंक प्राप्त किये|इसके अलावा, टेस्ट सीरीज़ ने मेरी मदद जनरल अवेयरनेस (GK) में 38अंक प्राप्त करने में भी की- ओलिवबोर्ड जानता है कि जनरल अवेयरनेस (GA) सेक्शन में किस प्रकार के स्टेटिक और करंट अफेयर्स के प्रश्न देने हैं |
मैं एसबीआई क्लर्क (JA) में चयनित हुआ हूँ और अब आईबीपीएस पीओ मेन्स और BOB Manipal के साक्षात्कार के परिणामों का इंतज़ार कर रहा हूँ

Neeraj Agrawal

IBPS PO

My first stint with the Banking Exams was in 2015. I missed SBI PO Mains by 1 mark but got selected in IBPS PO and was allotted Vijaya Bank which I couldn't join due to some personal issues. This year I again missed SBI PO just by 0.75 marks but I am glad that I cleared IBPS PO.
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

Mayur Mohan Bhalerao

IPPB SCALE-1 OFFICER

Hi Everyone,
I am Mayur Bhalerao and I have successfully cleared the IPPB Scale-1 Officer 2017 Exam. I have been appointed as Assistant Manager (Territory) in Management Grade Scale I with India Post Payments Bank.
I have been a part of the CA Community (CA Finalist), so I had the confidence to clear any tough exam on this earth.
I appeared for IBPS PO PRELIMS in November 2016 ( pre- oliveboard), missed it by 3 marks. I was obviously dejected. Here, came the twist in my story, when my friend suggested me to take Olive Board Mock Test series, and believe me, friends, this decision made a world of a difference to my preparation.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series replicate the real-life exam scenario on your laptop, and so by the time you appear for your exams, it's just taking another test. They prepare you for all possible types of questions so that you don't get shocked when you appear for your exams, on seeing an abrupt question.
On account of the confidence as aforesaid, I had cleared IBPS Clerk 2017 prelims (missed mains by 3 marks),
made it to the interview round at SBI PO ( again missed by 3 marks), but got an even greater honor when I was one among the 650 candidates across India, who got selected in the IPPB Scale-1 Officer exams.
The key to these exams is repeated attempts so that after each attempt you tend to strategize what sorts of questions one can expect and Oliveboard will always be there as your true mentor.
Prelims test your speed, Mains test your accuracy.
In Prelims, I followed this strategy,
Regarding English Section,
Did not spend more than 10 minutes. Look for synonyms, antonyms, errors and all questions that come in bulk and are easy to score.
Same with Quant, especially D.I.and with Reasoning especially syllogism, coding-decoding etc.
Seating arrangements are a bit tricky but certainly worth attempting as they fetch 5-7 marks.
For Mains,
Out of 200 questions, G.A a real bonus. It's about whether you know or don't know. Same is the case with the computer section.
English will really test your patience.
Maths & Reasoning - Expect lengthy & tedious questions for a handful of marks. Try to be bang on as most of the times an average candidate can at the most score 14-20 marks out of 50.
Best of luck to all aspirants!!!
Toil hard, enjoy big.

Digvijay Patil

SBI PO

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:
Mains:
Reasoning and Comp-20.25/60
Data Analysis-15.75/60
Banking Awareness-28.25/40
English-13.25/40
Total-77.5/200
Descriptive-32/50
GD-18/20
PI-26/30
Overall-54.85/100
Strategy:
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!!

ANKIT PRASAD

IBPS CLERK

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

Sambhav Jain

IBPS RRB PO - VIII

“You're Not Defeated until You Quit”. Hello, Everyone, My Name is Sambhav Jain and I'm From Jammu and Kashmir. I'm an Engineering Graduate Passed out in 2017. My Journey started back in early 2018 when one of my senior whom today I value much more than My real siblings told me about the growth and opportunity in the banking sector. I still remember my first banking exam which was IBPS CLERK 2018 in which I failed miserably was followed by another failure Of SBI PO 2018. But then I figured out how to clear prelims exams. The Trick is simple you've to practice a lot of mocks in order to improve your speed and accuracy and for that, No one is better than Oliveboard. Just follow Oliveboard application for regular quizzes and mocks and don't forget to go through their solutions. Some of the Exams Which I Went Through :
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.”

Pankaj Saini

IBPS PO

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:
Quant:
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).
English:
Kept on reading newspaper (which ever available). I used to write the Gist of editorials everyday which helped in Comprehension and improved my Grammar.
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 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!

SONAL DEWANGAN

SBI PO & CLERK

'Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.' Similarly, Sonal followed her ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in her life.
Here is her inspiring story:
I am Sonal Dewangan, a civil engineer graduate based on Raipur, Chhattisgarh. I completed my graduation from BIT Raipur in 2016 and subsequently started preparing for IBPS and SBI PO.
My Journey to SBI started after graduation. Instead of joining any coaching center I decided to prepare at home with the help of Oliveboard.
I started my preparations by solving books as well as giving sectional tests from Oliveboard. I started from basics and gradually increased the difficulty level.
I followed the strategy of giving frequent mock tests and then analyzing them thoroughly which helped me in devising a proper strategy for attempting the exam. It also increased my confidence and enabled me to solve the questions in stipulated time.
My Strategy and Tips For Quantitative Aptitude:
• I solved Sarvesh Verma for quant and gave mocks from Oliveboard mock tests to test my progress.
• My daily target was to solve at least 30 questions per day and two sectional tests.
• Learning concepts are important than preparing hastily. You should focus on concepts rather than the number of questions solved.
• You should also not lose confidence when obtaining low scores. Mocks are generally hard.
For Reasoning and DI:
• Accuracy precedes speed in the mains exam and for that heavy practice is a must.
• Reasoning can be mastered by some tricks and shortcuts but for DI, you must do the labor.
• I didn’t use any offline material for this. Sectional test from Oliveboard are more than enough.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
For English:
• This is the nightmare section for most of us as we don’t have that much familiarity with the grammar and vocab. As I was from Hindi medium, it took me a while to have a hold of this section.
• Learn as much words as you can from “Word Power Made Easy”. You can test your progress by giving online sectional tests.
• Read at least 4 RCs daily. This will improve your understanding of long phrases and you will get acquainted with them.
For GK:
• Reading newspapers daily helped me a lot. You can give GK tests of Oliveboard to have an idea about the variety of questions. Read current affairs from anywhere you can.
• Revision is a must in this section. Revise as much as you can daily. Start making notes of static GK and read the editorials from the newspaper.
• While preparing for one particular area, connect it with all other sectors related to it and study it accordingly.
For Descriptive:
The descriptive section is a cakewalk if you know about the topic. I prepared from the list of topics which was provided by the Oliveboard. You can also see other candidate’s submissions and take help from that if you have any trouble in writing essays.
Interview Tips:
Once the mains exam is over, it’s all about confidence and knowing about yourself which helps in cracking the interview. If you have low confidence over your oratory skills, then you can try the mirror exercise, which also helped me a lot. GD is all about knowing about what’s happening in politics and other sectors. Basic knowledge and communication skills can easily fetch above average marks and with good mains score, the final selection won’t be any trouble.
Oliveboard’s Role In The Preparation:
The sectional tests and mocks from Oliveboard helped me in tracking my preparations as well as enabled me to work on key improvement areas. The UI of the platform is user-friendly and quite informative. The high number of candidate who appear for the mocks gives you a practical scenario of the competition that is out there and gives you a competitive edge among other aspirants.
Tips To Aspirants:
I would conclude by stating the fact that Luck matters in each stage of selection, but it’s the hard work and consistency which pays off at the end. The competition is high and the best time to start your preparation is NOW!!

Saahil Gupta

SSC CGL

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

ANSHUL VERMA

IBPS PO & SBI CLERK (2016)

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Anshul followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Anshul Verma. I've cleared IBPS PO & SBI CLERK in 2016. I did my engineering from BIT Mesra, Ranchi and currently working as a PO in Canara Bank. It has been a journey of ups and downs but I never lost hope and was destined to achieve the best.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for giving me an opportunity to share my journey and preparation tips with you guys.
Preparation Strategy:
Banking exams are all about tricky questions. You are tested not how much you know but also on your decision making ability. So, practice as much as you can and always choose questions wisely.
Quants:
Clear your concepts till class 10th properly with the help of some good books or online videos. Be well versed with square roots, formulas, percentage conversion, cube roots, tables etc. You can focus more on basic topics like :
1. Speed, Distance & Time
2. Profit & Loss
3. Time & Work
4. Ratio & Proportion
5. Alligation & Mixtures
6. Simple & Compound Interest.
7. Percentage
8. DI, Bar, Pie, Graph
Quant is all about speed and accuracy. Solving lot of questions will automatically improve speed & accuracy. You can refer DI by Arun Sharma
Reasoning:
I believe this is one of the most difficult section among the three. Focus more on questions related to Alphanumeric Series, Coding & Decoding, Blood Relation, Distance & Direction, Statement & Course of Action, Argumentation, Puzzles and Seating Arrangement.
Basic key to solve questions related to this section is to draw each and every possibility on the paper. Start analysing the diagram and the data. At the end you will find out that you are left with only one possibility which is the correct one.
Try doing Venn Diagram technique for Syllogism. No need to refer any book. Just give as many mock tests and quizzes as possible.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
Start reading the newspaper daily. When you are reading articles and editorials, you eventually develop the sense of correctness about the basic rules & principles of Grammar.
You can refer book like “Plinth to Paramount” & “General English by S.P Bakshi”.
GK/GA:
It can be one of the most scoring section. It comprises mainly of three sections: Current Awareness, Banking Awareness, Static Gk.
Keep checking about RBI news, Financial policies, Amendments, Mergers, Economics related news, Bills Passed recently etc. Similarly, for banking awareness check the basic banking terms.
You can check Oliveboard GK app for preparing this section.
Role of Oliveboard:
During my preparation days, Oliveboard mock tests proved to be very beneficial. They provide tests as per the latest pattern and syllabus which will help you to prepare yourself best. Moreover, the analysis section provided by them is very useful in order to rectify your weak areas before giving the next mock.
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 it is not going to be an easy one.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

GOPI KUMBHA

IBPS RRB Officer

Hello guys, I’m Gopi. I belong to Guntur, a district in Andhra Pradesh. I started preparing for banking exams right after my graduation. I started off on 6th July 2016. I think I covered the IBPS syllabus in about 3 months’ time. The IBPS PO Prelims was held on 22nd of October ’16. I gave the exam and made it to the interview, but I was out by 0.7 marks. The final list was too hard to digest. I hadn’t given many exams so I couldn’t clear some.
After this experience, I realized that I needed a plan before my next attempt. Although, on a serious note, I didn’t prepare any notes for Quantitative Analysis and Reasoning. You all may think that “Jo bolte hai, wo jhooth bolthe hai”. But the fact remains the same, and I wouldn’t share false information in my success story.
I came across Oliveboard Mock Test Series and after I went through the programs that they offered, I decided to spend a little for the tests. It cost me around Rs.399 to Rs.499 for IBPS RRB PO. The standard of Oliveboard Mock Test Series is very similar to the actual exams in reference to the level of difficulty of questions. I referred many of my friends to sign up with Oliveboard for the same. This is all I had to spend for. Apart from that, I usually followed current affairs, read the newspaper (The Hindu) which also helped me with my vocabulary in English.
Usually, my clock began at 6:00 AM in the morning, I read the newspaper, had breakfast and started practising for the exams. Post lunch, I gave two exams a day on a 5.5 inch (Samsung Galaxy Pro). This is pretty much all I did for the IBPS RRB Officer Scale-1 2017 exam.
The Prelims was on 27th September ’17, followed by the mains which were on 4th November. I cleared both the exams and was moved to the interview which took place in Mysore on 27th December ’17. Finally, after a long wait, I got placed in Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) which is currently the highest profit making RRB.
People may presume that I am not being truthful, but I still do remember how hard I had to work for eight months. I’ve been mentioning the exam dates throughout, by which you can understand my accuracy and the amount of practice that I have put in to make it to the final list. My bad results in the initial attempts are what kept me going to work harder each day. Now, I’m extremely happy that all my efforts paid off.
The one story that I firmly believe in and the one person I aspire is Mr Raghuram Rajan. He studied Engineering, received a PhD for his thesis titled Essays on Banking, served the RBI and the IMF and now is a Distinguished Professor at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. This man is truly inspiring!
There are a few people who have contributed to my success and I would like to thank them. I’m thankful to my mobile and the Jio sim; a special thanks to my motivator-cum-partner, Paru. Not to mention, I thank my parents and I will look after them. I tasted success today because of my trust in the Oliveboard Mock Test Series. Do buy the test series to experience the success that I had got after a lot of hard work and practice.
Thank you! All the best to all aspirants.

Kaustubh Mamagain

UIIC AAO

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

Deepak Kumar

NIACL AO

Hi, I am Deepak Kumar from Delhi and I am currently working as an Administrative Officer in New India Assurance Co. Ltd. I am B.Tech (ECE) graduate from APJ Abdul Kalam University. After completing my B.Tech in 2015, I started my preparation for government jobs as it was my first priority.
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:
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.
Thank you!

Taran Sikka

IBPS PO

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

Sonit Nagar

SBI PO

Hello Everyone, My name is Sonit Nagar and today I am sharing my success story with you all. First of all, I would like to tell you that it’s not about SUCCESS, it’s more about taking DECISIONS for your future and sticking to those decisions until you prove them RIGHT.
I did my Mechanical Engineering from MIT Moradabad, passed out in 2015, and got placed in TCS. Though I joined TCS, somewhere back in my mind there was an attraction towards government jobs, the reason being most of my family members were already working in a various government department. So, after working for 7 months, I finally decided to resign. Most of the people were of the opinion that you should not resign from your job, keeping in mind the uncertainty in the competitive exams. I shifted to Gurgaon, took a room on rent, started giving tuitions to bear my expenses and my struggle started. For one year, I did not meet any of my friends and stop visiting social sites. All I had in my mind was my decision, which I wanted to prove right at any cost.
It was very clear in my mind that I don’t need any coaching; all I need is time and perseverance. So, started my journey by googling the pattern being asked in various exams, took help from various online stuff and YouTube. Between January and May, I appeared in various exams like SIDBI, LIC AAO, NABARD, UIIC but closely missed out every time. I was very confident of making it to SBI PO but it was the worst failure, could not even qualify prelims. I applied for RBI GRADE B 2016, I never thought I could reach up to the interview stage on the first go. Seeing my failures, I gave my everything to this exam and it was my first exam for which I got the interview call. Though I missed out by 1.25 marks on the final list after that cleared SBI CLERK, IBPS PO (got PUNJAB and SINDH) and SBI PO.
STRATEGY FOR GENERAL AWARENESS:
For General awareness and Banking, I had a different strategy. I never relied on GK capsules or tablets. I’ve always made my own notes. I gave 90 minutes of my daily time to this section. Though I scored well in all sections for most of the exams, it was GK which I nailed it every time, scoring more than 30 in almost every exam. You should give time to all the subjects daily.
STRATEGY FOR QUANT:
When it comes to Quant, go as per the type of questions being asked, Data Interpretation, Simplification, Quadratic equations etc should be your priority. Solve daily sectional tests from Oliveboard. The level of questions provided on both the platforms match the difficulty level of real exam. When it comes to books, you can go for CAT books by ARUN SHARMA and SARVESH KUMAR.
STRATEGY FOR REASONING:
The difficulty level in almost all banking exam is on the rise, reason being, the increase in competition. Also, question paper setters are coming up with a new type of questions in every other exam. So, practice different types of questions. Try to solve 2-3 puzzles daily and practice a good number of logical reasoning questions as its weightage is on the rise.
STRATEGY FOR ENGLISH:
This is the section which has varied most in terms of difficulty level and the types of question asked. Improve your reading skills. Read a good English Newspaper. Improve your Vocabulary, you can take help from various online portals as they post important Vocabulary daily. Also, practice well and never underestimate this section. Most of the people neglect English and at the end could not even qualify sectional cut-offs.
TEST SERIES:
Coming on to the test series, your preparation is incomplete without test series; there are many good test series available. I personally used OLIVEBOARD. My major chunk of preparation revolves around OLIVEBOARD. Initially, I tried some other test series, but the level of questions was not up to the mark. OLIVEBOARD keeps this in mind and always try to come up with a new type of questions, also difficulty level matches with the real exam. Always attempt these mocks with your full efforts as if you are sitting in the exam hall, only then it will help you. People usually score well in mocks but fail to make it in the real exam, the reason being the way they attempt mocks, I too committed the same mistake in the initial phase of my preparation.
So, before signing off I just want to tell you all-'ON THIS ROAD TO SUCCESS, THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF FAILURES. BUT TRUST ME THEY ARE NOT GOING TO STAY; JUST KEEP DOING HARD WORK.'
At last, I want to thank all for providing the required material and providing opportunities to even those who can’t afford the expensive coaching.
Thank you!
All the best to all the aspirants!

SHUBHAM SHARMA

IBPS PO

I am an engineering graduate (mechanical) having my completed my graduation in 2015. I didn't get any campus placement, as only 2 companies visited our college. Even after completed my graduation I wasted a whole year because of some bad decisions and a futile effort to join an automobile industry. I began with my preparations in around mid-2016 and IBPS PO was my first full-fledged attempt. Luckily I made it to the interview but was unable to clear the final hurdle. Meanwhile, I managed to crack IBPS Clerk and was allotted Central Bank of India.
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.

ANKIT VANI

SBI PO

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Similarly, Ankit followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Ankit Vani. I have done my MBA from Indore in Finance and then joined Deloitte. But I knew this was never my destination and thus I decided to start preparing for SBI PO. My first attempt was in 2013 but due to lack of proper preparation, I could not clear it. I did not lose hope and tried again and finally in 2016 I cleared SBI PO.
I am glad that Oliveboard gave me an opportunity to share my journey with you. I hope it will be beneficial for all the aspirants who wants to prepare for these Government exams along with their work.
Preparation Strategy:
Quants:
Clear all your basics and try to be quick with your calculations. You get many questions related to Data Interpretation in the exam and if you are good with your calculations, then it becomes very easy for you to tackle this section. For this, I would suggest everyone to practice a lot and be well versed with BODMAS, tables, square roots etc.
To clear all your basic concepts, refer some good books and once you feel that you are good enough then please appear for a lot of mock tests. It means that you give 2 to 3 mock tests every week and analyse it properly to improve accordingly.
Reasoning:
Solve a lot of time-bound quizzes. This will help you to improve your accuracy and gives you an idea about your speed.
Do not try to master each and every topic in the syllabus. Everyone has some strong and weak areas. So try to work more on the topics that you are comfortable with. Thus focus more on quality than quantity….this is the key to score well in any exam.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here: http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
English:
Do not mug up all the grammar rules. Instead, read newspapers daily and try to understand the use of grammar there. This strategy will help you a lot in the exam.
There is no shortcut to improve your English and thus I would suggest everyone to please put in effort for this section. Try to understand the basic meaning to the root words to work on your vocabulary and see how similar meanings come through.
GK/GA:
Focus more on Current Affairs than on Static GK. Read newspapers daily and give quizzes to keep yourself updated.
You can check Oliveboard GK app for preparing for this section.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests are very helpful. The level of mock tests provided by Oliveboard are so good that it prepares you best for any type of questions that can be asked in the real examination. Having said that, do not feel sad if you score low in Oliveboard mock tests because eventually in the real exam you will develop a fair idea as in which question to approach first.
In prelims especially..it is important for you to solve more questions. So select your questions wisely and do not waste a lot of time solving time taking questions like Puzzles.
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 it is not going to be an easy one.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

SUBHAJIT TEWARI

EPFO ASO(AIR-8)

“Hi Friends, I am Subhajit Tewari from Bankura,West Bengal. I have been selected as an EPFO ASO(AIR-8), IBPS RRB OFFICER SCALE1, IBPS PO(Selected For interview ,that will be held very soon). So, Here is my success story:- I am a BTECH(CSE) Graduate from St.Thomas' College of Engineering & Technology, one of the finest private engineering colleges. I Graduated in 2015, got selected in Infosys as Systems Engineer from college placement. I joined and worked in Infosys till 17th Jan, 2017. Infosys is a good company to work with but I did not like the corporate life therefore I always thought of getting out from there. Neither me nor my employer was happy. Then Finally in 2017 we came to a settlement & I came back home. I started my competitive exams preparation from 2018. In 2017, I had given bank exams to feel the exam trend and competition. In 2018, I had cleared IBPS PO mains, IBPS SO mains but was not selected in Final list due to shortage of some marks. So, on 1st April 2019 I was awaiting for 3 results but was not selected in any of these. After that I have given PNB SO & LIC AAO. Here also I did not made it to the final list. In LIC AAO I scored 30+ marks more than cut off but I was not able to clear the sectional cutoff of one section (Either CA or IA). Hard Luck!! So, I did not break down, rather I made myself stronger day by day. I have realized my weak areas and I worked on those areas. There was a time when I could not score more than 30-40% in the Current Affairs section. That was the reason I was not selected in earlier exams. Now I am getting 65-75% in CA section. Now Finally selected as EPFO ASO(AIR-8); IBPS RRB OFFICER SCALE 1; IBPS PO(selected for interview); I also cleared LIC Assistant pre but did not sit for mains as I was selected before that. The word 'QUIT' should not be in your dictionary, if you want to be selected. Work Hard. Keep trying. I have studied, enjoyed with friends, enjoyed web series over netflix, movies everything. Because 4-5 hrs study a day is Enough, though it varies from person to person.
Role of Oliveboard:- The way exam pattern is changing Oliveboard mock test is best. Here you will come across new types of questions, smart solutions everything. For mains level Oliveboard is the best. Thank you Oliveboard for that.
Never ever think of quitting. Study hard and after that enjoy your leisure time.
JAI HIND. JAI BHARAT.”

ANUSHUMAN SRIVASTAVA

IBPS RRB OFFICE ASSISTANT (2018)

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Anshuman followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his story to Success:
Hi Friends, I am Anshuman Srivastava. I have cleared IBPS RRB Office Assistant 2018. I had completed my graduation in Science last year. It has been a journey which started just after graduation to a goal and got my first Government job in 6 months.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for giving me a chance to share my journey from zero to a banker and it’s an honour to share some tips on this platform.
My Journey:-
After completing my last exam I set my unidirectional aim to get a Government Job. In starting I was new so I joined some Coaching Institutes and then from there, I got to know from my batchmate about Oliveboard, that how it help us to reach our goals. I had cleared all the PRELIMS of RRB PO & CLERK as well as IBPS PO & CLERK. But unfortunately could not get through PO Mains in both but I learned from this because every Failure has a lesson in it.
Preparation Strategy:-
Banking Exams are all about how well you are stick up to concepts in each subject and how you maintain an accurate speed in prelims as well as in mains. Here I will suggest some important tips in each and every Section for Banking Exams. Most importantly prepare yourself for each and every kind of Puzzles and Data Interpretation, this is the bottom line of every preparation.
Mock Test and Analysis:-
This is the most important thing in preparation. For exams I had given 2 mock tests per day for Prelims and 1 in two days for Mains, then fully analyse your performance. Analysing your mock tests is important because if you ever get in exam again and you practiced for that specific question then you will surely do better. Do Check your speed on Test and make a graph of your performances because every mock is like an exam in itself.
Now For Each Subject-
1. QUANT:- Clear Your concepts for this Subject. Go through Oliveboard’s Online Courses where you can get conceptual videos and topic wise classes which are very useful for a beginner. Make your calculation speed so accurate for prelims because there you will be required a good speed of solving. Try to prepare some important topics like-
Profit and Loss
Time and speed
Time and work
Percentage
Ratio
CI/SI
Mixture and Allegation
Data Interpretation
Then Go through the daily quant quiz by Oliveboard and analyse each question. You can buy R S Aggarwal ARITHMETIC for practice.
2. Reasoning:- Reasoning is something which totally depends on how you adopt any problem to solve. If you are not clear with the basics, or if you want to practice some healthy content then you can go through Oliveboard’s Concept Classes & then practice by the ebooks pdfs wherever you can. Regularly solving puzzles and day-by-day practice in this section will surely make you feel better. For High Level you can download materials and then practice on it if you have cleared your basics. You can Solve puzzle from many sources which have good content.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:http://bit.ly/2thAuOq
3. English:- This section proved to be quite difficult but then again if you read Editorial section from some good newspapers like HINDU daily then it will be immensely helpful in improving your vocab, reading skills, grammar etc. Read newspapers daily and try to analyse each and every paragraph in the Editorial section to learn new words. For Grammar, you can watch Online videos and note down all the important points so it becomes easier for you while revising. You should learn root words which will help you in your vocab. Also, make a habit of solving RC and Cloze Test as much as possible to score well in the exam. IBPS always asks new pattern questions in their exams every year so it’s better to be prepared beforehand. You can refer books like Plinth to Paramount & Word Power Made Easy.
4. GK/GA:- For GK you need to prepare daily. In GK there are three major sections like-
(a)Static Banking- Try to make notes for this section as it will be easy for you to revise. You can Download pdf by Oliveboard or Affairscloud and learn some important Banking Awareness terms or questions.
(b) Static Gk- There are many sources in the market to prepare for his area. It’s always better to follow one of them and make notes from it. Always make a habit to make state wise notes and try to relate things and learn them. Remember you have to revise each section at least 3 to 4 times during your preparation.
(c) Current Affairs-This is the most important section for every aspirant. You can Read daily Current affairs from several platforms like Oliveboard, Affairscloud, Newspaper etc. Try to learn at least from 3 to 4 sources. It will help you to memorize the topics in a better way. You can refer free monthly Bolt pdf provided by Oliveboard which proved to be immensely beneficial in my preparation. Moreover, practicing MCQs and Quizzes are equally important.
5. Computer:- As this is an important subject in RRB exam, you can learn important questions from books or pdf’s. For books I would suggest Lucent Computer and for pdf’s you can download from Oliveboard which is more than sufficient for preparing this section.
Role of Oliveboard:- During my preparation Oliveboard had a major role. Their Mock tests are very beneficial for everyone.They always bring Latest pattern in their test which are so close to the exact new pattern. Moreover, the analysis section and the detailed solution of each and every question provided by them is very useful in order to improve your weaker areas before attempting the next mock.
Tips to Aspirants:-
Start your preparation from where ever you stand because Banking Exams needs practice and practice. Analyze your weak areas to improve them and then you will find yourself in a safe zone. Lastly, I would love to share with the aspirants that never lose hope in your life, every Hero was Once a zero. It is only Hardwork and dedication towards their goals which make them Hero From Zero…
I wish all the Very best to all of you... Thankyou
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