Here is the success story of Kartik Mishra who qualified IBPS PO 2017. In this article, he shares his strategy on how he cleared the exam.

Hi everybody, I have cracked IBPS PO 2017 and here I am explaining my exam clearing strategy. I am putting this with an intention that it may help other aspirants. Firstly I would like to start by saying that “There is no substitute of hard work” No doubt smart work is required, but still you cannot beat hard work. I have done my Bachelors in the year 2016 and then started preparing for government banking exams. Initially, I was not aware of the procedure of any such exam and from where to study for it etc. But, gradually I got to know everything. Other than IBPS PO I took SBI PO & IBPS Clerk but got through only in IBPS PO.

When I started preparing for this exam one of my friends referred PracticeMock to me by saying that their mock tests are of good quality as you will have to practice a lot of these. Since then I started studying about each and every topic which is covered in this exam and side by side started practicing PM tests. I literally thanked my friend for recommending PM to me.

Next is the strategy what I followed to clear the examination:

With a lot of practice, I made quantitative aptitude my stronger part. The tough part for me was reasoning and while I was preparing for it I realized that you cannot rely on a single source of study material for this. I took out previous year’s questions along with practicing test series for it.

English was a little comfortable section for me and I mainly focus on the grammar part. What I would suggest that the maximum you will practice in this section, the more chances of improvement will be there. PracticeMock’s test series have good English questions and they help you get a better understanding of vocab, RC, cloze test etc.

Maths & Data Interpretation – For this you can follow book Arun Sharma. Clear your basics first and then focus on sectional tests.

For mains, the preparation of the 3 basic sections i.e. English, Reasoning, and Maths were more intensive. Since my concepts were already clear, all I had to focus on was practice and more practice.  For essay/letter writing, I just practiced the topics asked in previous years. Reading newspapers aided me greatly in getting a grasp on a majority of the essay topics.

General Awareness – As far as this topic is concerned I was dependent on newspapers and affairs cloud. For a banking exam aspirant, newspaper reading is a must. I would recommend all aspirants to read a good newspaper on daily basis and start making notes of all important current affairs and relevant news that could be asked in the exam.

The last step was my Interview which went well because they first judge your confidence level which is somewhere or the other is reflected in the way you present yourself. Half of the battle is won when you present yourself as a confident individual. The interview was majorly about politics which I don’t like much personally but for the interview, I was prepared for it. So, my suggestion is that whether you like a particular topic or not just brush up all your knowledge related to that.

Lastly, I would say that it is your go and get attitude which makes the entire difference. Prepare well and keep practicing.

All the Best!


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