This week we are publishing the Success Story of Dinesh Bansal who solved around 80 mock tests and finally cleared SBI PO. It simply proves that continuous preparation never go in vain. Let’s hear it from Dinesh about what he has to share.
Previous experience with Banking Exams and the Results
Attempted IBPS clerk 2016 for the 1st time, cleared prelims but was unable to get through the MAINS (scored just 1 mark less than the GEN cutoff).
Then in 2018 I cleared SBI JA and SBI PO, in my very 1st attempt, and made to the final Merit List.
SBI JA 2018 Score: prelims 86, cutoff GEN 69 mains 106.3, cutoff GEN 96.75
SBI PO 2018 Score: prelims 62, cutoff GEN 56.75 mains 114.83, cutoff GEN 93.10, Interview 39 final result 53.95, cutoff GEN 50.79.
Preparation Strategies for English, Quant, Reasoning, Current Affairs & General Awareness
Practice makes a man perfect! Question-solving ability will not come handy and therefore one needs to practice more and more to master this art. Read one good newspaper (The Hindu/Indian express) daily. This will improve your most of the grammar and also it will help in solving Verbal reasoning portion of both English and reasoning in Mains. Also, read ”The Plinth” Vol 1 by Neetu Singh for improving grammar portion. For quants, practice arithmetic questions of any good institute. I read Rakesh Yadav class notes. Practice questions, of any good banking institute, related to approximation, number series, wrong no. series. Watch youtube videos if you get stuck anywhere. But remember to watch only good channels for eg. Infinitesimal. For reasoning, watch videos of this channel. One can master GA even if one starts preparing just after taking the prelims. In GA, study current affairs of past 3-4 months until 1 week before the date of the mains exam. Banking portion can be covered from Mrunal videos and other youtube channels like Mahendraguru and Bankersadda.
What was the strategy you adopted in preparing for the exam? What was your study schedule? What were the major hurdles you overcame?
Let me reveal a little background before letting you know the preparation strategies related to banking: After giving IBPS CLERK 2016, I started working in Accenture and attempted SSC CGL 2017 along with the job. I managed to clear the prelims and left the job to prepare for CGL Mains. I cleared Mains with good marks (297.5) but was not sure about the final selection even for Tax Assistant because my prelims score was just above the cutoff, and therefore, the aggregate score was just 432.5. Due to the sluggish process adopted by SSC in entertaining the results, I started making videos on unacademy in the month of May 2018.
Banking Preparation Strategies: For SBI Clerk prelims (date: June 24, 2018) and SBI PO prelims (date: July 8, 2018). I began preparing for these banking exams from June 2, 2018. My Quant and English sections were strong due to my SSC CGL preparations. I had to work only on the Reasoning section. I just purchased only test series of two good sites initially (PracticeMock & oliveboard) and started taking mocks. I found that my speed was slow in both quants as well as reasoning. I watched videos on YouTube related to certain topics only like number series, approximation, wrong series, blood relation puzzles, reverse syllogism. I implemented these tricks in mocks and found out that my speed and accuracy was increasing. I purchased some more mocks and in total gave about 70-80 mocks in total(Clerk + PO). Cleared prelims of both. Now for Mains, I took the tests of only the above-mentioned test series. My aptitude, reasoning and english were average. So I decided to give the most of my time to GA. I read the modules of 4 months wholeheartedly, revised multiple times and scored hefty marks.
How did PracticeMock help you?
The mocks by PracticeMock are well designed and suited accordingly to the changes in pattern followed by banking examinations recently. I would advise you to trust this mock test series faithfully. Do not get demoralized if you score low. Analyse, improve and take tests with confidence. Try to take the test in morning and afternoon hours only. Try to maintain your percentile above 88% in these mocks.
Anything else that you would like to share with the users! Any words of Wisdom or Advice!
Remember GA can be a game changer. Analysis of mocks is much more important than just taking mocks. Do not get disheartened. Always maintain a competitive attitude. Compete with yourself and other persons daily. This can be frustrating at times but will surely payoff one day. Also remember, DO NOT wait for the prelims result to come. Start preparing the next day itself for Mains.