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Let’s hear out the success story of Abhishek Srivastava this week, who left a private job and did self-study to finally achieve success in IBPS RRB OA exam.

Previous experience with Banking Exams

I am a student from an Engineering background and worked for a private firm for a period of almost two years. However my inclination towards govt. sector especially the Banking industry persuaded me to prepare for IBPS exams. Although I was aware of the cut-throat competition but still my inner instinct kept me pumped up to move ahead. After resigning from the private job, I was finding it difficult to take on the mammoth task of preparing for banking examinations. I decided to join a coaching institute during the initial phase of my preparation. In the meanwhile, I realized that the time management crisis perturbed me and therefore I decided to switch over to self-study. Given below are the exams I appeared in:
  • 2017 SBI PO(1st exam) out
  • Pre-RRB PO cleared
  • Pre (1st success) out in mains RRB OA
  • Out in mains IBPS Clerk
  • IBPS PO cleared pre and mains, appeared for the interview, missed final selection by 3 marks

By the end of 2017, I reached up to the interview level following the PM test series. I was confident that soon I am going to taste success. In 2018:

  • SBI PO I was out in pre by a minuscule margin
  • SBI clerk out in mains
  • NIACL Asst. Missed final selection
  • LIC HFL Missed final selection
  • RRB PO out in mains
  • IBPS Clerk cleared
  • IBPS PO cleared once again and appeared for the interview
  • Canara PO result awaited.

Now, I had reached a position where I cleared all the stages but somehow missed the final selection. Finally, on the very 1st day of the new year, RRB OA results were declared and I was alloted Gramin Bank of Aryavart which was my first preference after taking a lead of 15 marks over the cut-off.

Preparation Strategies (Sectional)

By taking various exams and a proper analysis of each exam I understood the right approach for each subject. I wrote the syllabus in my diary and imparted equal importance to each subject. I maintained a diary where I used to plan my strategy.


This section is all about Reading ability and comprehension skills. I followed The Hindu Editorial religiously that gave me an upper hand as it had pruned my vocabulary and reading ability to score sufficiently high.


I used to go through study IQ Current affairs that helped me keep updated with the latest news and events. Before appearing for the mains exam I used to thoroughly study Bankersadda Power Capsule. Lastly, I used to practice a lot of MCQ from various apps.


This section is all about puzzles ranging from moderate to high level. I relied completely on the sets of puzzles provided in the PracticeMock test series. Apart from this, I solved several questions from famous Facebook groups such as Infinitesimal and Meritshine.


Concept building, time management and question selection is the key to tackle this section. I followed Amar Sir’s YouTube channel for building my concept and solved questions from PM Test series.

How did PracticeMock help you?

I purchased PracticeMock Pro so that I could take as many mocks as I could since I used to appear for almost every Banking and Insurance exams. Moreover, it’s user friendly interface and the percentile feature proved beneficent. It helped me to scale the exact measures of my standing among fellow aspirants.

Any word of Wisdom or Advice for the users

At last, I would like to say that Success delayed is not success denied. I tasted a little success after a lot of failure but I knew that there is nothing called failure; we either win or learn.

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1 Comment

  1. Dear Abhishek Her congratulations on selection of final merit list of RRB. May God bless you to further develop in future.

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