Palak Garg

Syndicate PO

“Hello guys. I am Palak. A graduate from Hansraj College, Delhi University. So it was a journey that was full of ups and downs. Mostly, the latter. It was an amazing journey where I learned loads of lessons. So the only person that was there with me throughout this epic journey was me. Started in mid 2017. The final list of SBI PO exam was missed by few margins. And also I gave many exams like BOB PGDBF, IBPS PO etc. But the online tests and various GDPI gave me an experience that I want to forget ever. Lessons are etched in my heart. The online videos of Oliveboard helped me in my exams. Also the test series. My concepts were strong since college, so I had to brush up my concepts through videos on YouTube and OB mocks provided me the platform for practicing time management and also solving difficult questions in the given time. Mocks will help you in the long run. So choose Oliveboard for preparing for any Government exam and you will emerge victorious.”

Anjali Soni


I always wanted to clear the entrance exams right in my first attempt. But when I couldn't clear SBI PO Main (2015), I was advised by my friend Neeraj to take Oliveboard Mock Test series for IBPS PO.
At that time, I was working full time at a corporate firm with long working hours. I had limited time to prepare and hence I wanted study material which was comprehensive, as well as had high level of difficulty. My basics were clear and I didn't go through any book and completely relied on Oliveboard Mock Tests and hence I was able to cover the entire syllabus in the limited time that was available to me. For GK, I newspapers regularly and extensively used GKtoday website. Also, Oliveboard GK Supplement was of great help.
I would like to recommend Oliveboard to all exam aspirants. Atleast attempt their free mock test and you would realize how helpful they are and how much difference they can make to your preparation. I cleared IBPS PO 2015 and have been working in Union Bank of India and I would like to thank Oliveboard for this success

Upasana Shah


I had been working in IT sector from past 3+ years. Never thought of going for banking exams ever before, but it was my father who insisted a lot. I finished my studies in 2013, so to train your mind to pick up academics after so many years for such competitive exams was very difficult. I was also working for 8-10 hours. My only target was to prepare wisely and systematically.
As soon as the notification came up for SBI IT officer, I decided to give it a trial with full preparations, started with my college books for professional knowledge and brushing up basics for others.
After preparing all the basics I wanted to test my preparation level. I came across Oliveboard while searching for good test series. Started with the free ones. Liked the analysis they provide you and the great difficulty level. I found the series comprehensive and better than various other test series available. I had purchased test series for IBPS SO-IT and sectional tests. After attempting every test, I realized which areas require attention and more preparation, where I am lacking and most importantly how to manage the time and accuracy. I found Oliveboard as a saviour in my struggle for clearing these exams in first attempt itself.
I had applied for SBI SO and IBPS SO. Cleared written for both the exams, but for SBI couldn't make it till the end. Fortunately, I got allocated as Assistant Manager in Allahabad bank (bank of my choice) via IBPS. Thanks a lot, to the Oliveboard team who prepares such deep materials and empowers people like me to accomplish their dreams.
Lastly few words for aspirants, if a person who barely gets 1.5 hours daily to study can clear it, everyone with dedication can do. Only thing you need is wise decision, effective strategy, proper materials and perseverance.

Suman Utkarsha


I am a commerce graduate and hence aspiring for a career in banking was an obvious decision. SBI PO has always been my target but I was a bit scared because I was taking this exam for the first time.
For GK, I regularly followed magazines (Banking Service Chronicles) and newspapers (Economic Times). For other sections, I strictly followed Oliveboard Mock Tests. Their Maths, Reasoning and English questions are of utmost difficulty level, that helped me in the SBI PO Exam (because the questions were tough and completely unexpected). Their General Awareness questions are the best one can get. Infact, whatever I could score in this section in the exam is strictly because of Oliveboard questions. Many questions related to Banking Awareness in OB Mock Tests are new and innovative and they made me to go back and read more about those topics on internet (which really helped in the long run). I got 103.25 Marks in the SBI PO Main Exam (with 28 Marks in the Descriptive Section) and I would like to thank Oliveboard team for my selection.



'Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.' Today, we bring to you the inspiring story of Monica Sinha who successfully cleared IBPS CLERK in 2017.
Hi, I am Monica Sinha from Patna. I did my graduation in Bcom(2015) from Symbiosis college of Arts and Commerce. In 2015, I appeared for IBPS PO in which I failed in mains examinations. After that, I started preparing for banking exams seriously. I cleared many prelims exams but was unable to clear the mains examinations. I was very disheartened. The difficulty level of the examination was increasing tremendously, I didn't knew from where to prepare. Then I heard about Oliveboard. I started preparing from Oliveboard from the year 2016. I gave 2 mocks everyday. For Quantitative, Reasoning and English section I only practised from Oliveboard mock tests.In 2017, I missed IBPS PO mains by 0.50 but I finally cleared IBPS clerk VII.
Preparation Strategy:
REASONING: Try solving as many puzzles as you can. Solve at least 5 puzzles everyday of utmost difficulty.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:
QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE: First of all clear your basics of every arithmetic chapters because now a days in every mains paper major focus is on arithmetic part. Solve sectional quantitative tests from oliveboard. Try to solve DI which is arithmetic chapter based.
ENGLISH: Learn new words everyday. Try to read articles from The Hindu everyday.For basic grammar you can refer to Wren and Martin book. Solve every question of oliveboard mock of english section and try to understand the logic behind every answer.
G.K: In 2015, when I first appeared for IBPS PO mains, I scored 1 in gk section. This was my weakest section. I made notes for every topic for static part from Oliveboard. I revised my notes daily. I solved everyday gk quiz from affairscloud for current affairs. For banking part also I made notes for every topic. To score in gk you have to study daily. In IBPS clerk I scored 35.
Role Of Oliveboard In My Success:
Oliveboard mock tests are must.They were extremely helpful in my preparation. Do give mock tests and analyse your weak areas accordingly to devise your study plan further.
Tip To Aspirants:
Never lose hope.The moral support of my mother helped me a lot. We used to sit for hours to discuss gk. Without her support I could not have cleared this exam.
At last, hard work always pays off. Keep practicing and have patience.
'Push yourself because no one else is going to do this for you.'
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.



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!


SBI PO, 2018

'Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do.' Similarly, Mohit who is a commerce graduate followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
If I were to quickly walk you through my 23 years of existence on this planet, you'd get to know that I'm a student of commerce, and I've done my 12th from Doon International School, Dehradun (CBSE) in 2014. I've done my Bachelors (in commerce) from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, University of Delhi. I graduated in 2017. I then came back to Doon, and gave my IBPS PO, but wasn't able to Clear the interview. So I tried again, and took coaching and gave Mocks at Oliveboard (I'm sure you've heard of it, it's one of the best sites for Mocks. I can vouch for their SBI series! Rest, go check them out ;) .
Preparation Strategy:
Strategies are subjective. One needs to personalise one's strategy with one's capabilities to get maximum benefits. The Preliminary exams check your knowledge and speed, so I did the syllabus by myself (it gave me a good understanding of the underlying concepts; this helped me in my Mains as well). Then I gave Oliveboard Mock Test to gain speed in Quants section.
Same for the Reasoning as well. Practice as much as you can. I made sure that I gave a good number of mocks to prepare myself for the exam.
For Expert Help on Reasoning topics, Register here:
Always clear your Grammar basics before giving mocks. Read some good newspapers to work on your vocab and to improve your reading skills.
Keep yourself updated by reading newspapers and watching news channels. Make short notes so you can cover them easily during your revision time.
Role of Oliveboard:
Oliveboard mock tests was critical to my being able to crack the exam. Knowledge and Speed are imperative for these exams but you also need confidence in your own abilities. A strong intuition needs to be developed to manage risks when one is confronted with tricky questions. This is best done by giving a lot of Mocks. Oliveboard is known for their Standard Mock series which is tougher than the usual SBI/IBPS PO. Once I started getting good enough marks in my Oliveboard Mocks, my confidence in my ability to Crack the SBI exam increased.
I want to thank Team Oliveboard for creating quality and challenging test series for the SBI PO. I absolutely loved it! It gave me the level of confidence that I needed to clear the Preliminary as well as the Main examination of SBI.
Tip to Aspirants:
Be confident and believe in yourself. You may face difficulties or get demotivated at times but never let that affect your preparations. All in all, a lot of effort went into my being able to Crack SBI PO, and everyone played their role in my success, be it my family, my coaching institute, or the Oliveboard mock series. Thank you to all of these people/institutions.
I would like to wish best of luck to all the aspirants. Go ahead and achieve your dreams.

Mayur Mohan Bhalerao


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.

Saahil Gupta


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.

Vedant Saxena


Hi everyone, my name is Vedant. I am an IT engineer and have graduated from Panjab University in 2016. I have recently been selected as a PO in a nationalized bank. To state the obvious, I am elated with joy, and this wouldn't have been possible had I not prepared through Oliveboard.
In this post, I shall give a brief description of what could be the possible strategy that bright minds like you can undertake to achieve whatever you desire. I shall give some preparation tips pertaining to each section of the exam starting with Quant.
1. Quant/DI- let me put it simply, you cannot and should not take quant lightly. You shouldn't compare quant with CAT or any other competitive exams for that matter. You should start preparing from a study material of your choice, whether it be a book or a coaching class study material it is up to you, but to excel in this section practice for at least an hour everday without fail. After 5 days of practicing, appear for a test, Oliveboard is a great platform to test your quant skills. Do not shy away in comprehending your weak areas. It is not something to be ashamed of rather practice it a lot to get an edge over other areas. Do follow this regime without fail and you shall not face many difficulties in quant.
2. Logical Reasoning- the trickiest section that gives a measure of your analytical skills. Obviously, it is important for you to practice this on a regular basis but in an exam like this where there is a time constraint, do remember to pick your questions wisely. For me, I seldom choose puzzles because I find myself weak in it. Similarly, segregate your strength and weakness and attempt questions accordingly. You can find a wide variety of LR questions in Oliveboard's mock tests.
3. Verbal Ability- one-word suggestion- Read. You should read a lot of quality material which comprises of informative articles. Any newspaper/magazine would do as long as you are able to understand the gist of the articles. Moreover, keep your focus on economy/banking related articles as it will help you in preparing for GK also. Create a pocket dictionary of 5 words daily that you come across while reading, it will help you with fill in the blanks kind of questions. And lastly, give as many mocks as you can.
4. GK- this section can have any kind of questions and it checks your connection with the happenings around the world. Start reading a newspaper. Other than that, you should seriously consider Oliveboard's GK compendium as it has questions from different years, months and days. It will help you in preparing for both the static GK and current. For banking too, it is a major source of information, but all the reading will be of no use until you penned down what you read. So, make notes everday and revise them every day. Learning GK is a continuous process and it is an interesting one as well.
5. Descriptive- well, this is something that no one can advise you upon. You should up your game by reading a lot and do try to summarise what you read in your own words. This will help you with essay writing. For the letter, you should understand the format, the professional language that should be used and the content that should be relevant. You will cruise through it if you do the aforementioned things.
Lastly the most important thing- be efficient in managing time, rather than using apps for killing time, download apps such as Oliveboard which can keep you hooked up while imparting knowledge of immense importance. Manage your time effectively and keep believing in yourself, don't ponder over the repercussions of not getting selected, think instead of achieving your dream and creating a better future for you and your family.
Thank you keep studying keep achieving.

Shekhar Iyer

RBI Grade B: All India Rank #3

Oliveboard was the perfect friend, philosopher and guide during my RBI Grade-B exam preparation. The interface is pretty intuitive and the questions are excellent. Oliveboard's analyses of my mock performances really helped me fine-tune my strategy during the phase-1 exam.
For the phase-2, Oliveboard's questions helped me develop familiarity with the different types of questions. In both the exams, having solved Oliveboard's mocks helped me soothe nerves and give my best!

Ajit olkha


“Hello everyone, I am Ajit olkha currently working as an Administrative officer (AO) in The New India assurance company limited (NIACL). Here I am sharing my strategy which helped me in clearing - NIACL AO 2019, IBPS PO 2018(UNION BANK), SBI CLERK 2018. Let's have a look at my strategy (i would say 2 different strategies! One is for bank, another is for insurance) (MAINS)
1. Bank exams - nowadays mains paper of ibps po and sbi po/sbi clerk is coming very tough and that is a plus point for you! Because you need not to attempt everything, you need to be selective while attempting questions ..all u need is to attempt a good number of questions (above an average attempt) with full accuracy.
A) Reasoning - see first of all, you should have a good command over miscellaneous topics because in mains you will be able to solve these questions. Now when it comes to puzzles you should practice 3/4 variables puzzle and new type of puzzles on a daily basis. Oliveboard mock tests have quite a good collection of these puzzles. I would suggest you give mock tests from oliveboard and practicemock. Always go with two sources.
B) Quantitative aptitude - This was my strongest section.. And believe me your strongest section will save you in hard times! First of all you should have a clear understanding of concepts. Once you are done with concepts then you should solve Quantum cat by Sarvesh or Arun sharma. These books match the level which is being asked these days in mains exam. After doing the above things, Just go and give sectional mocks of quant and just practice! Quant is all about practice.. The more you practice the more you will learn.
C) English - I would suggest you people to Read any good English newspaper.. Reading newspapers will help you a lot Because these days in English section they are focusing more on the comprehension section and your reading abilities.. So by reading the newspaper on a daily basis you will improve a lot.
D) General awareness / banking awareness - It is very important for the Banking mains exam! Because the level of paper will be so high that you will not be able to score that much in quant and reasoning but you can score around 90% in this section. Strategy - Try to follow one from OLIVEBOARD BOLT for the current affairs portion.
2. For Insurance Exams : For insurance mains exam your strategy should be different! Let me tell you why. The level of Quant and Reasoning is of very moderate level in the mains, that means you need to have Good speed here. You can even attempt 95% in Quant and Reasoning here! ( i was able to do 40/40 in Quants in ESIC SSO Mains and 45/50 in NIACL AO Mains) So for insurance exams you do not need to prepare for high level questions instead you just need to prepare the same type of questions again and again so as to increase your speed.
General awareness/insurance awareness: As i have already told you Reasoning and Quants are moderate here so in order to outclass others you need to perform good in GK and English.
GK : Oliveboard bolt & GK app
Insurance awareness : you can read insurance current affairs in the gk pdfs and for static insurance watch all the videos of GOVERNMENT SERVICE ASPIRATIONS youtube channel. you need not to do anything else!
English : Read the newspaper and give sectionals :)
Above I have discussed only about mains , now let's talk about pre. Cutoff for every pre exam these days is going high because they are giving clerk exams like paper in every pre exam! So in order to cross this hurdle you can do the following:
1. Reasoning: Try to do quiz daily and solve short and tricky puzzles from oliveboard mocks.Try to solve the same puzzle with 2/3 different approaches and then decide which one will be more beneficial.
2.Quant: Firstly prepare each and every chapter of arithmetic and solve quiz on that particular chapter after finishing the basics. Secondly, Try to give sectional on a daily basis and whenever you find a new type of question note it down in a seperate copy and learn the concept. For Di - Do level wise questions of oliveboard and Amar sir videos on youtube For fast calculation - Learn vedic maths and follow the way of fast calculation.
3.English : Mock Tests will be enough for this.
Some things i have learned in the last 1.5 years: 1) You have to become at least average in your weak section. 2) Prepare for Pre and mains together, you will not be able to perform efficiently if you will prepare for mains after the declaration of pre results! 3) Never get disheartened by low attempts in hard shift and never become excited after attempting more in a easier shift! If the shift is easier increase your speed and try to attempt maximum coz normalisation can do anything! 4) Try to make notes of current affairs and keep revising them every week 5) Mock Tests scores are made to demotivate you.. Every mock will be harder in comparison to the real exam. 6) For mains oliveboard is very important. Believe in yourself , you can conquer anything :)”

Divakar Vinit


Oliveboard Mock Tests proved to be really reliable for SBI PO Main Exam because their difficulty level was really high. Though they are priced at a relatively higher level as compared to other mock tests, there were absolutely no mistakes in any of the questions/answers/solutions and the analysis part helped me a lot to improve on my mistakes and weak topics.
I cleared SBI PO Main Exam 2016 but didn't appear for the interview because by that time I was already working for Indian Railways as an Engineer. But this year, I want to appear for SSC CGL and once again I plan to buy Oliveboard Mock Tests for SSC and I hope for success once again.
I would want to sum up my experience with Oliveboard with this line- "If I appear for all the tests provided by Oliveboard sincerely, my selection is guaranteed"

Deepak Patil


Currently I am working in a private firm at Pune. After working for a while, I realized that there are not many challenges and opportunities at my current job and hence I decided to prepare for SBI PO, because I feel SBI is the best public sector bank to work for.
Since I had prepared for MBA Entrance Exams in the past, my concepts in Reasoning, Maths and English were pretty clear but I was looking for mock test series that can familiarize me with the pattern, type, level and distribution of questions in the actual SBI PO exam. I enrolled for the Oliveboard SBI PO Mock test series that finally helped me to crack the exam. The well explained answers gave me an insight into where I was lagging behind in the mock while analysing the same. The edge that I had over other test series enrollees was that OB mocks were smartly personalised and simulated to the actual level of SBI PO. I would like to acknowledge my gratitude towards the team behind it. Thanks a ton OB Team.

Mrinmoy Negel


Hello everyone. I graduated in the year 2017 itself with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I belong to Kolkata. Though I had been placed in 2 companies from College placements still I wanted a career in the world of Finance only.
So, I zeroed in on SBI PO exam as that allowed students of final year to apply. Next thing I had in mind was how to clear the 2 phases of written examination. The thing with every competitive exam is that the exams are not that tough as people perceive them to be. What they require is speed and focus.
Invariably there are 3 sections of any banking exam – Verbal ability, Quantitative aptitude and Logical Reasoning. It’s a cliché that Engineers are good in QA and bad in VA. Trust me it is anything but that. I was moderate through the 3 sections but was rather slow and I didn’t know which questions to leave and which ones to attempt. A leave is sometimes a great shot.
This is where Oliveboard comes in. It prepares the students for the worst situation on their worst day. Through the mocks I understood which type of questions had to be attempted and what time should be taken by me as OB gives relative performance graph for each question.
The thing that I dreaded the most was GK. So, I enrolled for OB’s GK supplement too, which I felt was quite relevant to the actual mains questions.
For any aspirant I would suggest to clear up your basics and supplement your understanding by taking mocks of the same topic in a time based manner. Another important thing, anyone can crack SBI PO, the background is simply irrelevant in this case.
Wishing you all the best!



'Even if something seems impossible for u, Somebody is going to do it someday…..
So, be that somebody,.......And do it yourself'. Similarly, Himanshu followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Himanshu Kashyap. I have cleared SBI CLERK & SBI PO. After my graduation I started preparing for banking exams.
I focussed on clearing the basics first and then practicing as many mock tests as I can.
Preparation Strategy:
So guys, it’s all about the right approach and technique. I would love to share my preparation tips and journey with you all via Oliveboard so it can be helpful to all the aspirants.
Starting with Quants, always try to clear your basics first. Follow only one book and cover all the important chapters. This will help you to prepare yourself in a dedicated manner.
It’s never possible to finish the complete syllabus, so try to cover all the important topics and keep revising it as much as possible. Give as many test series as you can. This will help to get an idea about the level of the real exam.
I gave mock tests from Oliveboard which were based on the latest pattern and syllabus and then analysed it thoroughly. This helped me immensely to keep a track of my progress.
Reasoning is all about practice. Keep practicing as much as you can and focus on the right technique to solve the questions.
Generally, the Reasoning questions are lengthy and confusing, so if you do not know the right technique and approach to start it then it may take a lot of time in the exam to solve even a single question.
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Get all your concepts crystal clear. Refer to some good grammar books to brush your grammar rules. For vocab I used to read a lot of Editorials from different newspapers. I also referred WORD POWER MADE EASY book to work on my vocab. Trust me these two books and a good number of mock tests are more than enough to make this section strong.
You can also refer editorial sections of HINDU and TIMES OF INDIA to improve your vocab and reading skills. It will also help you in your descriptive section.
Refer to some good Gk book to cover all the important sections.You can also read newspapers daily and watch news channels to keep yourself updated.
Oliveboard BOLT is also very helpful in preparing this section.
Role Of Oliveboard
I always preferred practicing as many mocks as I can to analyse my performance. I did refer few sites for mock tests and found Oliveboard to be very beneficial. The level of mock tests provided by Oliveboard helped me immensely to have a clear idea about the level of the real exam.So always concentrate more on accuracy and practice as much as you can.
So guys my advice to everyone is that...please give mock tests and analyse them properly to keep a check on your performance and practice technique.
So this was it. I hope my story will help you in achieving your dreams.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

Divyama Shukla


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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

Nikita Chhabra


“Hi guys..I'm Nikita..I have been selected in NIACL as an AO (Administrative Officer, Canara as a PO and Punjab and Sind as a Clerk. To start with my story I have done my graduation in BSC in 2017..and then I started preparing for government exams in june 2017. In 2017, I did not clear any pre...i failed in ibps clerk by 1.5 in pre..then in 2018 i cleared my first pre in sbi po and mains too then in final selection i was left behind with 0.25 marks. Then I cleared Bank of Baroda PO but no final selection. I cleared every pre exam including IBPS RRB PO & Clerk, IBPS PO and Clerk, Canara PO & ESIC too..but finally got selected on 1 april. Then on 9th may i got selected in NIACL AO. Guys, the credit of my success goes to Vikas bansal academy, bathinda where my mentor Vipin sir guided me for everything. Oliveboard was the best site according to him as it gives the best mock test which are upto the mark for this preparation as well their daily gk quizzes are amazing for this preparation. I followed a number of sites but I feel oliveboard was the best one and helped me in achieving this..Hard Work always pays. So, never give up success will find your way one day.”

Subhadeep Paul

IBPS SO (MARKETING) 2018-19 - Canara Bank

“WAIT FOR THE RIGHT TIME & TILL THEN KEEP GIVING YOUR BEST'. First of all I would like to thank my parents, my family members, educators and friends who motivated me at every step and also special thanks to those who tried to demotivate, because their words kept on making me stronger every time. I completed my B.Tech in Mechanical and then did MBA in Marketing specialization. I started my preparation on 1st December 2017 and below are the list of exams that I appeared :- IBPS SO (Marketing) 2017, 31st December Out in prelims, though cleared the total cut off but couldn't clear the sectional cut off of English. SBI Clerk 2018 As the exam got postponed, I got sufficient time to be prepared. Cleared the prelims (Scored 76 , cut off for ASSAM was 52) , out in mains (Scored 76, cut off was 82). SBI PO 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 64, cut off 56.75) and mains (Scored 103, cut off 93.1) but out in the final list. IBPS RRB PO 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 48.75, cut off for ASSAM 46.50) and out in mains , this time I was unprepared and tried to give full focus on SBI PO interview. IBPS RRB Clerk 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 72.75, cut off ASSAM 67.50) and did not appear for mains, as I went out of station to appear for SBI PO interview. IBPS PO 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 68.50, cut off 56.75) and mains (Scored 77.13, cut off 74.50) but out in final selection. IBPS Clerk 2018 Cleared prelims (Scored 74.75, cut off ASSAM 67.25) , out in mains, this time I was giving full focus on IBPS SO mains. IBPS SO (MARKETING) 2018 And finally this time got final selection and got allocation in Canara Bank. The happiness that I have seen on my parents’ face was incredible, and indeed it is the best day of my life till date. Prelims (Scored 81.75, cut off 42.13) Mains (Scored 40.25, cut off 30.75)
My Strategy:- Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning Ability:-
I initially relied completely on YouTube videos for clearing the concepts of various topics. After a couple of months when I got an idea of the concepts, I then started attempting various quizzes and online mock tests. Trust me quizzes and mock tests are the best source for practicing. Initially scores will never be good but with proper analysis it will surely keep on improving gradually.
English Language:- For this section I relied only on quizzes and mock tests, as pattern keeps on changing every time, mock tests would give an idea about the kind of questions that could be asked.
General Knowledge:- For this I read the capsules thoroughly provided before the mains exam. But it is advisable to read current affairs on a daily basis and revise the same on weekly and monthly basis, so to have less burden before mains and can prepare other sections as well in a parallel way.
Marketing aptitude:- First of all I read the book of Philip Kotler of Marketing Management thoroughly, and kept on marking the important points with highlighter on the book (as I am not much comfortable in making notes). After I read the entire book, I then religiously revised the highlighted points of the book that I marked and had started attempting mock tests. Mock tests really helped me in getting the idea of question pattern and improving accuracy as well. Remember, for any section, mock tests are the best and only source for practicing and improving your accuracy and efficiency. Thanks to Oliveboard for providing high quality mock tests and helping us get prepared for the worst scenario. Important tip: Stay away from negative people as much as you can. 'If you think you can, you definitely can but the moment you lose hope, the game is over'

Shivali Prakash


I had started my preparation in the mid of 2015 with SBI PO. Couldn’t clear the Mains sectional cut off which made me realize that I need to work on my weak areas. I heard about Oliveboard Test Series from many other aspirants, that this test series proved quite useful for those students who had cleared SBI PO. I took a free test of IBPS PO (Preliminary) and was satisfied with the difficulty level and question pattern and to add to that, it was error free. I decided to buy the entire series. The IBPS PO test series proved quite beneficial for me as it helped me not only to improve my performance but also my rank among other candidates. I solved all the tests provided in the package and also worked on my mistakes with the detailed and error free solutions provided in the package. Ultimately I cleared both IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk because of this test series and have been selected as a Probationary Officer in Corporation Bank and as a Clerk in Canara bank.

Swati Verma


Hi, My name is Swati Verma. I have completed my BTech in electronics and communication from AKGEC in 2016. As I was preparing for GATE, I have not opted for campus selection because most of them were IT companies. But the result of GATE was not up to my expectation and for getting a good PSU one must have to come under top 100. I don’t want to take a chance for another year. So, I made up my mind for banking exams.
In 2016, IBPS PO was my first attempt and I missed its pre-by 1 mark and then I realized that the way I thought banking exams would be, they are much more than that and from there the journey begins. Like you, I have also seen many posts, success stories on Facebook, tried to interact with few aspirants who have cleared this exam and I am thankful to everyone who has guided me during this phase and big thanks to Oliveboard and the people behind it. The way their think tank work is commendable. They keep updating test series according to the latest pattern. One thing I can guarantee you that the money invested in buying Oliveboard series will never be wasted. So, after that, I have cleared IBPS Clerk 2016, BOB PGDM 2017 and the most awaited SBI PO 2017.
So here is my strategy for those who can give 4 -5 months of dedication for this exam and believe me you will nail it.
MATHS- Build up your basics with YouTube videos and then try to solve questions from Arun Sharma (level 1, level 2), and Oliveboard test series. Don’t try to mug up shortcut tricks if you find in any book because, in mains, questions will not be based on these tricks. Data Sufficiency is the most scoring and interesting part because you don’t need to calculate the final answer. So, this can save your time and if DI is tough (eventually it would be), it will help you to clear your sectional cut-off. And, believe me, the way this exam is increasing its difficulty level, the cut-off is getting as low as one can imagine and this time the sectional cut-off is zero which was a surprise for us as well.
ENGLISH- Give a good number of test and that is worth it. Reading newspaper will be very useful but I never read the newspaper. I only read THE HINDU editorial part online because this would be helpful for descriptive and interview as well.
GENERAL AWARENESS- Memorize allocation for different schemes and projects in the budget. You can watch tricks on YouTube to memorize static part for banking.
REASONING- No book is required for puzzles. Only test series are sufficient for that. Oliveboard provides you a good number of puzzles. The variety and level of those puzzles are outstanding. But in mains don’t stick to the puzzle and if you are trying to opt for puzzle choose it wisely.
DESCRIPTIVE- This section can give you ace on the final merit list and it does not require a lot of effort. Topics are very general in nature you would easily be able to write on them. Simply avoid grammatical and spelling error and adhere to the word limits. Just do a typing practice one week before the exam and reading the editorial on a daily basis will help you to analyze important essay topics.
For pre-preparation, you only have to give 2 tests on a daily basis. Rest, you can give mains preparation. Don't make a myth in your mind that the paper is tough so you would not be able to crack it. There is no need to be extraordinary for this exam. You just have to make a target of 4-5 months and work accordingly.
GD/Interview- Read a newspaper, editorial, cover budget, economic survey, govt schemes and try to read previous year interview experiences.
Some important tips-
Thousands of books and study material is available in the market. No need to go through these bulky and intricate content.
Check this year SBI PO paper and cut-offs. Try to attempt each section at their respective time duration and then analyzed how much you have attempted correctly.
Make your strategy and work accordingly. You must devote more time for mains preparation or I can say start keeping mains in focus.
During pre-in maths, we can clear sectional cut-off skipping word problem but in mains, if we don’t have a good command over word problem it will be hard because all the DI’s are based on those word problem.
Invest in good mocks like Oliveboard and practice mocks. After giving mocks, analyze its solution part. One thing which I like about Oliveboard is that its solution part is quite descriptive, and one can easily clear one’s concept while going through it.
More than knowledge, it is a test of your patience. If you keep yourself calm and compose in those deadly 3 hrs of the exam and attempt few questions in every section with accuracy you would be able to sail through it.
I have attempted only 16 questions in reasoning, 11 in maths, 18 in English and 30 in GK. So again, I repeat quality matters, not the quantity.
Why Oliveboard??
- A good number of puzzles. No book can provide you that much variety.
- Question-based on the new pattern. Error-free and detailed solution part.
- Cost-effective and reliable than books and other coaching materials.
Thank You!
All the best for your upcoming exams.

Aniket Labhane

IBPS SO Marketing Scale I

Hi, my name is Aniket Labhane and I am from NAGPUR. I completed my MBA in 2015 and got placement in a private company. But, I was not interested to join the company and after attending some counseling session with my friends who got selected in banking exam, I decided to prepare for banking exam. I
started my preparation from March 2016 for IBPS SO marketing officer. I stumbled upon Oliveboard on the internet. The day IBPS SO notification was out, without any hesitation I bought the test series of Oliveboard.
One thing I observed about Oliveboard test series is that it covered all the aspects of marketing subject, each online test was very different in terms of the question. The English and marketing section questions helped me a lot in my preparation. After giving all speed test, I was quite confident.
Oliveboard has made a huge contribution to my selection and finally, on 1st April the result was out, and I found myself in the banking sector.
Strategy I've used:
Quants, Reasoning, English were not easy subjects for me, but I never gave up. Today we have so many resources, but I reckon we don’t utilize them i.e. online study, YouTube videos. I’ve cleared many concepts through online videos.
Quants- Start from simplification and then advance towards another topic.
For Reasoning and English, I’ve followed the same strategy. As the new pattern is introduced every year, I will suggest aspirants analyze the last 5 years papers.
Today competitive exams are no more exam, it has become a tool to test our character, patience, decision-making ability. So, one should be mentally prepared to face any eventuality.
Oliveboard test series helped me a lot. The test papers are really challenging, and it will test your ability and preparation for the exam. So, I will suggest aspirants to follow Oliveboard.
Tips for aspirants:
Do's –
- Be loyal to your dreams and career
- Never skip online test, don’t get nervous if you don’t score good marks in online test series
- Keep saying yourself you can do it and always be positive - A ray of hope is necessary to crack the competitive exam.
Don’ts –
- Stay away from Negative people and Negative environment.
- Never try to fool other especially your parents, stating that you are preparing for the exam and not doing so.
Thank you!

Sanket Parida


After much search on internet and suggestions from friends, I got to know about Oliveboard Mock tests. I took mock test of RBI grade B, it was quite tough but after facing the real RBI Grade B Exam, I found both are at par level , especially the DI part. Before going for IBPS PO Prelims, I attempted one Mock test of OB. Even only one mock test proved beneficial for me. Even the IBPS clerk Pre Mock Test was awesome, especially the Coding Decoding part in the Reasoning section . In exam it was asked in the same way.
Overall Oliveboard is the best mock test available now in market.I would suggest all to attempt all the free mock test and see the quality, I am sure you will not be disappointed. I rate Oliveboard Mock test as 5/5.
- Sanket Parida, Got selected for the post of PO in UCO Bank, SO (Marketing) in Union bank and Clerk in Allahabad bank.

Deyasini Das Gupta


“Hi, I'm Deyasini Das Gupta.I completed my M.A in Economics in 2016 from Jadavpur University. After that I started my preparation for Govt jobs. My main target was SSC CGL. I can't appear in 2017 because of certain family issues. However in 2017 I appeared in IB ACIO-II but failed to clear it after interview. The result was out on 26th June, 2018 and it was completely a bolt from the blue. Neither SSC was conducting CGL nor I had an iota of idea about Bank jobs. My SSC preparation helped me to crack SBI JA pre easily. With just one month's preparation I appeared in mains and failed to crack it for 1.5 marks. Then BOB PO for 0.5 marks. Meanwhile ESIC conducted the SSO exam and without much idea about the organisation I filled the form.Then on 20th Jan SBI JA 1st reserve List got published. Because of my constant failures, finding my name in the list was just like a precious gift for me.Then came the final result of ESIC SSO. I initially couldn't believe my eyes. My AIR was-105. My IBPS PO final result is still pending. However Under no circumstances I'm going to quit ESIC SSO for IBPS PO. Now coming to the preparation part, I want to thank Oliveboard team for their help. Solving and analyzing the mock tests was the sole path I followed.Besides I also gave a number of descriptive tests.Thank you Oliveboard for this great assistance.”

Surya Pavan Dileep Kumar Ejjurotu


“My name is Dileep Kumar, I was never restricted by any one in my family of a Father, Mother and a Sister with the decisions taken by me from matured age and was like a free bird. Example: After SSC, I joined Science Stream in +2, and then B. Com in Graduation along with ICWA (ICWA was left in the middle). (Three Different things at the Great Learning age). So, like a famous proverb, Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss, I had no knowledge on anything. My Basic nature was to skip responsibilities, and just to get relieved from education after completing my Graduation, I joined a Call center, and the Job was so relaxed and provided comforts that I settled in it for 4 years. On the other side, whenever my parents attended any of the family related or the friends related functions, they faced severe embarrassments because of my education and career when compared to contemporaries. My family and few well wishers were always worried about my career prospects and advised me to study MBA, which I joined in Distance learning mode and completed, when I moved from call center to other reputed company. In the Meantime, My sister always use to ask me please start preparing for Govt Bank exams (She has more confidence in me than what I have on myself), as Banking sector is providing a great opportunity to write exams for the Graduates who doesn’t possess first class in their Graduation and also the recruitment process is fast, transparent and the syllabus is moderate when compared to other competitive exams. I always used to scold her by saying it's been more than 8 years I left studies and how can I succeed (just to again skip the burden of studying). My sister is a Sai baba devotee and Always Prays to him that I should come to the Government Sector and she also told me to do the same. Then I laughed and said, how can a God create a situation like that, when I do not have the will to join in govt Sector and told her that “Your Desire cannot be fulfilled and its impossible”. After a while situations in my office became chaotic and I used to work for 12-14 hours a day and still I used to get bombarding from my superiors. Even though, I delivered everything on time without any delays, and I was screwed always for no fault of mine, that’s when realization started within myself, I was working like a donkey here for 12-14 hours a day and still my job wasn’t secure and safe. So, I thought, Why not take a break and put these hours in preparing for Govt bank job and quit the job. Enjoyed for 6 months as a refreshment break from corporate culture, and started preparing for IBPS Exams (I am only eligible to IBPS & SBI exams and not for PGDF programs, because of less graduation percentage, which comes only once in a year, if I miss in a year again I have to wait till the next notification in the next year, I haven’t opted preparing for other competitive exams because the GK syllabus is vast). There is a famous saying in Telugu “Dige Daka Lothu Teliyadhu” in true Translation, “You do not know the Depth until you step in.” I joined a coaching institute PRISM in Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh, where I met Prasad Sir, he asked me a few questions to check my capability and advised me that if I prepared strategically I can make it. That’s when I understood that I am very weak at basics of Quant and Reasoning, so sat with RS Agarwal book for a month and understood basics along with the institute daily tests. I couldn't get the real essence of the word “Prepare Strategically”, used by my Sir. After a few months, I realized that it's a herculean task to compete with the young champs, and cannot attempt the same number of questions like they do in exam. So, I strategically worked on my weapon “Accuracy” and made sure that I almost reached their scores with my less attempts. In this process I also understood that “Luck” factor plays a role indeed. Attended two interviews and once placed In reserve list and that year reserve list was not fully cleared and also the other interview attempted- overall score wasn’t sufficient to be in the final list. The initial 2 years I studied only after the notifications was released, and the rest of the time wasted by surfing the net and with other cultural activities. And finally, I was in a situation like, Last attempt for me in the IBPS due to age factor. So, this time didn’t wait till the notification. Started preparation from Feb 2019. I thoroughly followed Oliveboard Tests for Quant and Reasoning and for GK. When You give your best with no loops in the middle, God and Luck will also favor you with the blessings of Sai Baba, Selected in Karnataka Grameen Bank as a PO. It took nearly 3 years. I dedicate this to my Parents and my lovely sister. P.S: Almighty will present a book to every individual to write their own path in their life and that book is what you write for your life, he also did the same to me and I scribbled the pages, and when I turned back those pages nothing was meaning full and I couldn’t understand what I wrote, so I threw that book aside and started feeling depressed and cursed God, after some time when I looked at that book I was surprised, it was a Two Sided notebook, I realized my mistake of scribbling and started writing it fresh meaningful from the New side of the book. Life always gives a 2nd opportunity and we need to just realize at the right time and respond appropriately and it’s never too late to start. Friends Be Positive, never lose hope as your hard work never goes in vain.”

Amol Tamhankar

NIACL Assistant

Hi Guys. I am Amol Tamhankar, a 2014 Computer Engineering Graduate from SRM University, Chennai. I worked with a leading private software giant for a year before quitting to prepare full time for civil services exam. I have also appeared for other banking and insurance exams in the last one year and I am happy to say that I've found a place in NIACL Assistant exam final list and have commenced office in August.
Other exams taken by me include:
-RBI Assistant (safely cleared overall cut-off for Maharashtra state but missed computer cut-off by 0.5 marks due to mismanagement of time)
-RBI Grade B (cleared prelims, could not clear mains)
-SBI PO (cleared prelims, mains and appeared for interview-results awaited)
Here I would like to write few lines about Oliveboard platform. Mocks help us to prepare for the exams in exam like scenario with timed tests. For all the 4 exams, I have heavily relied on Oliveboard for preparation. I was very much satisfied with the quality of questions, the feedback and the test taking portal. Along with the mock tests, many sectional topic wise tests are also provided for all the areas which are helpful to solidify the understanding of those topics. Although SBI PO exam difficulty level was beyond expectations and unprecedented, the questions given in OB mocks were like the difficulty and pattern of questions asked in the real exam. I can safely recommend Oliveboard mock series for any of the banking and insurance exams.
Here are some Preparation Tips for Aspirants:
1. Exam Material:
-RS Agarwal Quant book and Arun Sharma for CAT quant book
-RS Agarwal verbal reasoning book
-Any grammar book like Wren and Martin or Objective English for competitive exams
-GK capsules from any good online sources
-Mocks from websites like Oliveboard
-YouTube videos, guidance from material providers, Oliveboard, successful candidates etc.
2. Performance in competitive exams is as much a matter of luck as hard work. Chances are the person who tops any officer level exam may not qualify another assistant level exam on a bad day. So, I would request anyone appearing in the exams to have patience and keep trying till the final destination is reached. Competition is very tough and patience is as crucial as hard work.
All the best!

Praful Agnihotri

RBI Assistant

I am PRAFULKUMAR AGNIHOTRI and I hail from Dharwad, Karnataka. I am a Mechanical Engineer from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore. I worked in Accenture Services Pvt Ltd for 3 years and 3 months in Bangalore. Currently, I have been appointed as RBI Assistant in Bangalore and I will be joining the Reserve Bank soon. I resigned my job in January 2016 and started preparing for civil service exams. But when I could not clear the exam, I realized that UPSC exams need at least 1 year time so I shifted my focus towards banking exams in the month of September 2016 because Mathematics was my favourite subject, and I thought I should give a shot at Banking exams as a person with great love for mathematics will find it easy to clear banking exams. Below are the details of my journey:
I start with my achievements in past 6 months (Oct 2016 to Mar 2017). As most of you will not see the strategy part if you do not know what is the success I achieved.
Major Exams I cleared in first attempt:
1. IBPS PO 2016 – Got appointment from Canara Bank
2. RBI Assistant 2016 – Got appointment in RBI, Bangalore
3. IBPS RRB PO 2016 - Got appointment from Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank
4. IBPS Clerk 2016 - Got appointment from Canara Bank
5. Railways NTPC 2016: Was called for Document verification for the post of Commercial Apprentice and Traffic Apprentice but did not attend
6. IPPB Scale I 2016: Have attended Interview and waiting for results
7. NIACL AO Mains 2016 – Attended Mains
8. SBI PO 2017: Was selected for mains but did not attend.
9. Karnataka State RFO: Attended Mains
10. NICL AO Mains: Attended Mains
11. UIIC AO Mains: Attended Mains
Major Failure:
1. RBI Grade B – Missed mains
2. UPSC 2016
Quantitative Aptitude:
I started my banking exam preparation by solving R S Agarwal Quant book twice and tried to solve free mock tests from Oliveboard and various other sources.
Search reasoning syllabus first from any online source before you start your preparation in this section. Make a list of chapters to study, and start searching it online. I downloaded materials from various sources and saw videos (Oliveboard included), started ticking the chapters I am covering. Once I was done with understanding concepts of all the chapters in this section, only way to succeed here is tests.
For this section, I did not do anything other than practicing Oliveboard mocks and I suggest others also to just practice and practice tests. Nothing else will help you, no text book nothing. You need to take tests and learn from your mistakes from the analysis you get.
General Awareness:
You can refer any website for this. Even Oliveboard GK supplements are pretty good. But make sure you are thorough with past 60 days from the day of the exam and know important points from past 100 days. You actually don’t have to know anything beyond this. Static and Banking awareness is well covered in Test series and for further reference you can study from various online sources as well.
If you have medium knowledge about computers, mock tests is more than enough. But if you are weak in this section try Arihant Publications computer awareness and then come for mocks for new types of questions asked.I have purchased almost 10-12 test series from Oliveboard because I started clearing each and every exam from the day I started practicing these mocks. The quality of the tests is pretty good and the analysis they give after the exams in unmatchable. Frankly speaking, apart from using quant text book, for reasoning, computer and English I used Oliveboard test series only.I would really thank the Oliveboard team for helping me in many ways to achieve what I got now. 'Practice makes a man perfect. Practice from Oliveboard makes a man perfect in Quant, Reasoning, English, Computer and GK'

Sagnik Sarkar


It was a happy feeling to clear both IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk, right in my first attempt.
I finished my Engineering in 2015 and immediately started preparing seriously for the Banking Exams. I enrolled for Oliveboard Mock Test Series and found it extremely useful. The best part is the User interface is very good and the site doesn't hang or stop working in mid of the test. Also, the General Awareness questions were pretty good, touching the real IBPS level. The explanations of all the questions in Oliveboard Mock Tests are accurate and to the point.
Apart from mock tests, I also used some books for the preparation such as RS Agarwal for Mathematics and Reasoning and Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publications. My English was pretty good still I used Objective General English by SP Bakshi.
I am waiting for 29th August 2016, when I will be joining Punjab National Bank as a PO.

Gopeesankar G

IBPS PO 2019 - Canara Bank

“Hi Everyone , 'It is easy to frame a success story but getting a chance to write it was never that easy' I am Gopeesankar from Kerala.I am a Mechanical Engineering graduate who passed out in 2013 from SCT College of Engineering,Trivandrum.While pursuing my Engineering degree i got placed in one of the leading IT companies in India and i joined in January,2014. Having worked there for 2.5 years, I realized that my career was not shaping well enough in the IT sector.My father is a retd Bank employee of South Indian Bank and being an engineer, I thought banking can be a good option. But questions creeped up so soon. - Where to start? - What to study? - Is coaching needed? - Which all exams should I prepare for? - Should I resign from my current job? I have decided not to quit my current employer as I was not aware how easy or tough it is to crack a Bank exam. I have decided to appear for PO exams of Public sector banks and i felt that i should crack exams without coaching because amidst my hectic schedule at my present job, coaching can be very tiresome. And the next two was the difficult ones. Where to Start and What to Study.?
EXAM#1_SBI PO_2016-17 I wrote my 1st PO exam in May 2016. As i was good in Mathematics,cracking Prelims was not a tough task.But Mains was not that easy.I could not clear it.Infact missed by a fair margin.(GK was the toughest section) So i realized, present style of preparations may not take me to my goal. After some research and with the help of a friend, I realized Oliveboard can be the best online portal that can guide me through the Mains exam. I started preparing for the exams by attempting Mock exams which were of good standards. I prepared well and hoped to crack the next exam.
EXAM#2_RRB_PO_2017 I kind of underestimated the Prelims exam (exam was a bit tricky) and could not qualify.
EXAM#3_IBPS_PO_2016-17 And thanks to Oliveboard Mocks, Affairs Cloud App and Hindu News App, I cleared Prelims and Mains and attended my 1st Bank Interview. Interview went really well (secured 70/100). Unfortunately my Mains score was just 2.25 marks above the cut off and because of which i was not able to make it to the final list. (Missed Final Cut off by 4 marks) (Dreams Shattered). BUT NO GIVING UP. As one said, 'hang around the barber shop ,sooner or later ,you are gonna get a haircut' I started preparing for the next exam.
EXAM#4_SBI_PO_2017-18 Prepared well and cleared Prelims but again Mains was very tough (QA section was the toughest one) .Missed Mains by 1.5 marks. But I was kind of OK that I was feeling from inside that gradually I am getting better at it, getting nearer to it. (Got Married) - Best Thing happened to me.
EXAM#5_RRB_PO_2017-18 Keeping in mind last year's RRB PO Prelims, i have given an extra focus in improving my speed in solving Reasoning and Quant sections and i cracked Prelims and Mains with ease.Wow. That I felt Awesome. But this time it was another scenario.Appeared for the Interview and the panel thrashed me asking about why i am moving from IT after 3 years.Every hopes thrashed.And as expected i was not able to make it to the final list once again. (Missed Final Cut Off by 3.4 marks)
EXAM#6 IBPS PO 2017-18: Almost a similar scenario as RRB PO. Cleared Prelims and Mains (12 marks more than cut off ) and the same story. Interview panel was so rude and secured just 50/100 and for the 3rd time I was not able to make it to the final list. By this time, I was totally in a state of mind where i kept asking myself 'Should I invest more time and chase it again or should i give up'. But my belief in God kept me strong and helped me make wise decisions. 3rd exam season to follow and the toughest one. 6 exams done and dusted with so much progress but missing the finishing line narrowly.
EXAM#7 SBI PO 2018-19” Cleared SBI prelims for the 3rd time. But unfortunately I could not clear the Mains exam. I thought SBI PO is not destined for me. Having attempted it for the straight 3rd time, i was not able to clear the mains. So i kind of decided 'No More SBI exams'. And the 2 final resorts. Having attempted 7 exams plus 3 interviews, I was kind of sure that this is the year in which I will become a Bank PO.
EXAM#8 RRB PO 2018-19 Once again exams went well and i cleared both Prelims and Mains .Interview went really well. Secured 85/100 with 10 marks above cut off for Mains. This time i was kind of sure that i will make it to the final list as i had performed well in both Mains and Interview but God had some other plans for me. I could not get through.Out of the declared 101 General vacancies, they picked only 41. So again the same result but the only difference was this time it left me with tears. ( missed Final cut off by 1.5 marks ) But everything happens for a reason and for something better. Just keep pushing yourselves. Never let yourself down. Work hard.
EXAM#9 IBPS PO 2018-19 I would say exams will never be a burden once we catch that habit of managing the time and applying the basics.For the 5th time, i cracked Prelims and Mains. Cleared Mains cut off by 17 marks and Interview went really really well. Secured 93/100. And you know what, i cleared IBPS PO 2018-19 with a good margin and got selected as Probationary Officer at CANARA Bank. And that really proud moment arrived finally. I thank God for keeping me motivated amidst my continuous failures and helped me survive it and come back strong in flying colours.It was really a hard fought journey spanning across almost 3 years (9 exams and 5 interviews). But Finally i made it.
My Preparation Tips for Aspirants - for Prelims exam, you have to manage your speed well. First decide which all questions you are planning to attempt. It is not possible to attempt 100/100 questions. So just be Selective .Leave the lengthy and tough questions to the last part. Just buy Olive Board mock tests and attempt it like how you attempt the real exam. After every exam, review all the questions (even the lengthy ones) and learn to solve it. To improve your English section, do the sectional English tests in Olive Board and read Hindu editorial on a daily basis. -for the Mains exam ,it is not always about the speed. Questions will definitely be tough. So just feel free and concentrate on the questions you are planning to attempt. Never go for blind hit as it will impact your final score vastly. Again Oliveboard came to my rescue. Solve all the 10 Mains Mock exams and do a thorough review of all the questions. Make sure exam by exam, your score and percentile are catching up. For the GK section ,attempt the Monthly quizzes in sectional tests plus read the Hindu news app on a daily basis plus go through the Affairs Cloud app and keep note of the daily updates. This will help you catch up with the current affairs. For banking awareness , tune into the Learning Space youtube channel and go through the important videos. -For Interview ,have a good idea about yourself first, try to analyse what all questions can be asked about you. Have thorough idea on 3 months current affairs (use Affairscloud app) and Banking Awareness (use Learning Space youtube channel) - Have trust in GOD ,he can make anything possible - Keep yourself always motivated and Strong - Never ever Give Up - Work really really HARD (skills are secondary) Again i say Trust GOD ,Work Really HARD and NEVER EVER GIVE UP !!!! Thanks.”


SBI PO, 2016

'Opportunities don't happen. You create them.' Similarly, Haris left no stone unturned to create enough and more opportunities for himself to reach his destination.
Here is his inspiring story:
I am Haris and I am from Lucknow. I started my preparation right after my college i.e Sep, 2015. The first exam that I appeared was IBPS PO in Oct’ 2015 with just one month preparation to have a basic idea about the real exam. I did manage to clear the Prelims but could not make through Mains.
From Jan’ 2016 I started my preparation for SSC CGL …..but I was preparing in a way that proved quite beneficial for me to crack rest of the Government exams as well.
Preparation Strategy:
I have tried to summarize my preparation strategy as below:-
I referred Sarvesh Verma’s book which helped me a lot to clear my basics. This book will surely help you to strengthen your concepts and build your foundation for Quants.
Work on your weak areas and practice as much as you can. I did practice a lot from various sources but Oliveboard mock tests always proved to be the best and helped me a lot to prepare for the real exam. I would like everyone to avoid using shortcuts and tricks to solve questions. They might seem easy at first but at the end having accumulated so many tricks and formulas will make your work even more confusing and lengthy.
I referred various Youtube videos to clear my basics for this section. For me Reasoning was always about the right approach to solve questions related to seating arrangements, puzzles,blood relation etc.
Practicing good quality questions is a must for Reasoning. If you are thorough with the approach then you can easily handle any kind of question in the exam.
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You can refer this book: “General English by S.P Bakshi”. This is a really good book and will help you a lot to improve your English. It is a complete package covering the Grammar rules, Theories, Practice questions, Vocab etc. You can also refer to Neetu Singh’s book “Plinth To Paramount”.
Make a separate notebook for vocab, phrases, grammar rules etc and keep on noting down whatever new words you come across and revise these notes regularly. It’s important to be well versed with what you have already studied otherwise there is no point going forward.
Newspaper reading is a must. It will help you immensely with your Vocab, Grammar, Comprehension, Descriptive section etc.
What people generally do is that they start with GK/GA preparation after Prelims is cleared. Please never do this mistake. This is a scoring section so start its preparation from the beginning. 4-5 months of good preparation will give you enough confidence to handle this section.
Role of Oliveboard:
Mock tests plays an important role to help you analyse about your preparation and where you stand. It also gives you an idea about your weak areas and where major improvement is needed.
Since I was preparing by myself and did not have proper guidance as in which mock test to opt for, and ended up trying almost all the mock tests available online. I did try them all and found Oliveboard to be the most suitable and helpful one in my preparation. The mock tests provided by Oliveboard are at par with the real exam and prepares you best for the competitive exams.
Mock tests analysis is equally important apart from giving them. Analyse them properly so you do not repeat the same mistakes in the upcoming mock tests.
The focus is on what kind of person you are rather than what knowledge you have gathered. Your knowledge has already been tested in Prelims and Mains, so there is no need to put in any extraordinary effort for GD or PI. Try and keep it as simple and honest as possible.
Tips to Aspirants:
There have been highs and there have been lows ..but never let any of them deviate from your destination. Prepare your best without thinking too much about the result and eventually you will figure out yourself going in the right direction
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.

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 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
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.

Dhananjay Madheshiya


Hello Everyone,
This is Dhananjay Madheshiya. I have cleared IBPS-RRB PO (Officer Scale-1) and Office Assistant 2017 exams recently.
The journey started when I completed my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, and I was one of the highest scorers in the department at IFTM University, Moradabad.
When I came out of engineering, I was employed in a private sector job. I used to take care of the quality section but was neither satisfied with the pay scale nor with the temporary nature of my job.
After a lot of inner fights within the self, I somehow managed to take a decision of leaving my job and prepare for Banking Services in January 2016. From the very 1st day, I was crystal clear with my decision that I want to go only for Banking (no any other option like SSC etc.), because I wanted to secure a living as soon as possible.
Then came the biggest obstacle. I had already taken lacs of rupees from my parents. How could I ask for more money again? So, I decided to live in my home and prepare by myself. I took guidance from a local coaching for some time, just to kick-start myself. After some time, I suffered from acute typhoid for a long time. Though the preparation couldn't get completed due to that, I appeared for SBI CLERK, SBI PO and RRB PO 2016 consecutively, but couldn't qualify for even the preliminary examinations of any of the exams.
Somehow, I pushed more after being a little better, health-wise, and qualified for Prelims of RRB Office Assistant in later 2016. Though I could not qualify for the Mains examination, that certainly gave a motivation to my sinking ship.
I appeared in IBPS PO 2016, couldn't qualify. For IBPS CLERK 2016, I qualified for Prelims only (not Mains later). Later in NIACL Clerk, qualified for Prelims (again not in mains onwards). Again in SBI PO, I couldn't qualify.
Tension starts pouring in when you have to live in your home after all your engineering days. You're the hot topic of the gossips at every nukkad and corner of your mohalla. And to add fuel to fire, Bank-people also started sending notice to me (for the recovery of education loan I took to pursue engineering). I requested them to wait until my next results are announced. I had a mixture of self-belief and fear. People started questioning my engineering degree and started saying things like - 'Maa Baap Ka Itna Paisa Duba Diya' etc. Anybody with a great academic background couldn't bear all of this, but I kept quiet as I knew I will make it.
Amidst all ups and downs, I appeared in RRB PO and RRB Office Assistant 2017 (whose results were declared in February 2018) and qualified all stages to be appointed as Probationary Officer (PO) in Prathama Bank, Moradabad and Office Assistant in Purvanchal Bank, Gorakhpur.
I have opted PO in Prathama Bank, gone through document verification and job orientation programme, and waiting for my foundation course to begin. (I'm also waiting for final calls from IBPS PO and CLERK 2017 with full hope).
I kept on following the basic NCERT books and Practice Sets from Kiran Publication along with mock tests at Oliveboard. Oliveboard Mock Test Series covers questions of all difficulty types which prepares you for the best and worst papers. For Banking awareness, I relied on the Banking Guru Magazine. I didn't follow so many sources, but I revised few sources many times.
With hard work and dedication, one can make any dream come true. The sky's the limit.
Best wishes for all your endeavours!!

Ashish Mathew


I completed my graduation in 2016 from Amity university, Noida and was placed in a IT company with a package which was below par for me and I was not at all satisfied. I started preparing for bank exams from July 2016 and my first exam was SBI clerk where I missed prelims qualification by .25. That was a wake-up call.
At first, I thought of taking coaching for preparations but then decided against it and started giving online mocks of Oliveboard. The benefits were that I got a lot of time for preparations and my speed improved. After that I attended two of exams BOB and BOM, which I failed. But I got familiar with the type of questions. I used to solve 2 mocks daily. This enhanced my speed and I got accustomed with the pattern of the question. The quality of oliveboard mocks are exceptional.
Then came IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, IBPS Clerk. Cleared prelims and mains of all 3. But missed IBPS PO final cut off by 1 marks and IBPS RRB final cut off by 2.5 marks. Then finally my First success was IBPS Clerk and I was allotted Allahabad bank. This result gave me a lot of confidence and what followed was a set of successes:
1. IBPS Clerk - Allahabad bank
2. South Indian Bank - PO
3. Syndicate Bank PGDBF
4. Shortlisted for BOB Manipal interview
5. Finally shortlisted for SBI PO interview
I am currently working in South Indian Bank as PO.
All this happened in around 8 months’ time. I dedicate my success to my parents who supported me throughout and my sister who guided me throughout. And one important thing, along with hard work, smart work is very important.

Tushar Bhivgade


My name is Tushar Bhivgade. I am 2014 B.E graduate in Computer Science. Was never imagined as a child that I would become a PO! After engineering, I was not selected for campus placement as my aptitude was weak. Then, I tried IT companies, but I was not satisfied. I took admission for MTech but when my MTech was about to finish, then again the same question came to my mind, what next? Because I wasn’t interested in coding, so I canceled my plan to go into IT companies.
Meanwhile, my sister got selected in SBI, she motivated me to opt for bank exam. During 2016, I started preparing for Bank exam. RBI Grade B 2016 was my first exam. I cleared prelim but failed to crack mains. Then, I worked for IBPS PO 2016 but failed to clear prelim by 0.10. Then, I started working on my failures.
In this way, RBI Assistant 2016 came in December. Cleared Prelim, but I failed to crack mains by 5 marks. This failure had taught me much more. This time I come to know my capability that I can clear bank exam. Again, I appeared for RBI Grade B 2017. Cleared prelim but failed to crack mains. Then, I appeared for BOB Manipal PO in May 2017. I hadn’t prepared much for BOB. Because SBI PO 2017 was my target. I attempted only 117 in BOB which was very minimum attempts because others have attempted till 145, still, I cleared it by securing 107. You can understand my accuracy. I worked hard for GD-PI. My GD topic was GST. Finally, I was selected for BOB PO.
Now talking about subject wise Strategy.
MATHS: Earlier my weakest topic in Quant was Word Problem (Time Work). As I used to skip these topics, I was started getting afraid of these. But, gradually I started preparing for this by watching YouTube videos on word problems. Do not neglect word problems because nowadays DI / Caselet DI are asked based on word problems.
REASONING: One of my strong section. I used to solve reasoning from various resources available online. If any question was not solved, then I used to stick to it until and unless it was solved.
ENGLISH: I prepared English by reading The Hindu, Business Standard, Economic Times newspapers. I used to read Editorial and Business page only by making a separate copy of synonyms, phrasal words. Before preparing for English, I was not interested in a reading newspaper. But as time passed, I had to put interest in this subject. Daily reading of newspaper makes me able to improve the reading ability. See guys, Today’s English level is so high but remember one thing new pattern of English has a base of the old pattern. So, prepare grammar well.
GENERAL AWARENESS: One of my strong and scoring section. This section is the game changer for me. I referred Oliveboard GK Supplement Package. And one thing, please start writing daily quizzes. Don’t just read. Because whatever we write, it fits on the brain than reading. Please give more time to this section, it will help you beat the competition.
TEST SERIES: I strongly recommend Oliveboard Mock Tests to all the Banking aspirants. Trust me guys, level of questions in both Mock Tests are very difficult. They make this because we should not panic during the actual exam. Giving example, I had never scored more than 36 in SBI PO PRE-2017 Mock test of Olive board. And I focus on accuracy, not on attempts. The reason behind this is I attempted only 48 in SBI PO PRE-2017, and I was very sure that all my 48 attempts are 100 % accurate. This way I got 3 marks bonus by IBPS and cleared it. So, the purpose is to focus only on accuracy, not on attempts. Minimum attempts with maximum accuracy lead to select diamonds from mines.
I would like to thank Oliveboard for the amazing efforts on mock tests and I wish them all the best in helping the future aspirants to achieve their dreams and I would again like to thank Oliveboard team for my selection and being my part of success.

Prithwi Raj

SBI PO 2019

“My name is Prithwi Raj. I have completed my B.E from mechanical engineering in 2017. I was not satisfied, then I started preparing for the banking examinations, but, in the beginning, it was very challenging for me because I was weak in English. My Maths and Reasoning are average but I also had to work on that. So, l started reading the newspaper and collecting vocabulary words from everywhere. I practiced a lot of Grammar based questions. One thing l know that English and current affairs are very important for banking exams. So I worked more on them. When I cleared my SBI PO prelims, I was very happy but l was also tense because the mains exam was just after 20 days. So, l purchased oliveboard SBI PO mains test series. I gave 8 mock tests and analyzed them . I was not able to score much but now I got used to those exam kind of questions. I used to regularly read current affairs. Hence, it was not hard for me to prepare for current affairs, I just revised it daily. Descriptive section is also very important, don't take it lightly . You must prepare for descriptive. I had also prepared some of the recent topics which helped me very much in the examination . Interview is also very Important . I have prepared effectively for the interview. That's why I was able to score 26 out of 30 marks in the interview. So you must prepare for each and every section. I had done it, that's why I was able to crack the SBI PO exam. Tips:
1) Try every possible strategy that comes to mind, It is very important that you have perfect strategy.
2) Practice a lot.
3) Prepare every section
4) Work more on your weak area.
5) Be patient. your time will come.
6) Never give up. I failed in 22 examinations but I never gave up. Now I have one of the best jobs in India. You all people will also be able to crack the examination, I am sure about that. Just believe in yourself and start preparing. All the best to everyone. Thank you.”

Kaustubh Mamagain


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



'Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.' Similarly, Ayush followed his ambition and kept working hard to achieve success in his life.
Here is his inspiring story:
I have been working for an IT company for the past two years. Meanwhile while working with the company I planned to start my preparation for Banking exams. Let me tell you, it was not an easy journey. In short, it has been a journey of ups and down with a great learning curve. I would love to share my success story with other aspirants so they can keep themselves motivated during their preparations.
Preparation Strategy:
My only mantra to clear this section was practice, practice, and practice. I just gave as many mocks as I can and nothing else. Moreover, after every mock I thoroughly analysed my weak areas and worked accordingly to improve. Make sure you are well versed with all the formulas, rules, tables etc before giving the mocks.
For Reasoning I would like to tell you guys that give a mock test daily rather than just preparing the chapters as giving mocks will help you to identify your skills and time management abilities. Rather than hard work opt for smart work and you will definitely see yourself succeeding in the upcoming exams.
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As far as English is concerned always start by clearing your basic grammar concepts. For English also I was solely depended on mocks which I gave on Oliveboard(Hands Down the finest and the toughest of them all). Meanwhile read newspapers to work on your vocab and reading skills.
Read newspapers daily to keep yourself updated. Give daily quizzes and mocks. This is the best way to prepare for GA/GK section within the limited time period.
For me, Interview part was the easiest of them all. One should have basic to moderate knowledge of Banking Concepts and also about major national/international affairs. Be honest and confident throughout the interview process.
Role of Oliveboard:
Without any doubt, I would like to give Oliveboard mock tests a major credit in my success. The mock tests which I gave were of very good quality and helped me to get accustomed to the modern approaches and methods towards solving any problem. Lastly, I would highly recommend it to all the aspirants
That's it, this was my not-so-magic mantra for clearing the exams and to be honest if you invest 4-5 hours daily in your preparation, you are good to go.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.



Hello Guys,
Today I am going to share my success story of clearing IBPS CLERK 2017
The Future Belongs To The Competent. Get Good, Get Better, Be The Best.
Hello, Guys, my name is Raju Eslavath. I had completed my graduation ( in Computer Science Engineering) in 2016 and just after that, I had started preparing for Banking exams. In the starting phase I started focussing on clearing the basics first, then I solved some questions based on those topics.
After giving some exams I came to know that to crack a bank exam - perfect strategy and planning are required. So I made a proper planning based on my weakness and strengths which helped me a lot in maintaining my speed and accuracy.
1.SBI PO 2016: Failed in Prelims
2.IBPS PO 2016: Failed in English (Prelims)
3.IBPS CLERK 2016: Failed in Prelims
4.IBPS RRB OS: Failed in Mains
5.IBPS RRB OA: Failed in Prelims
After facing so many failures, I decided to stop my preparation and work in private sector. After working for 5 months I felt that the work was very hectic and there was no job satisfaction. So, I left that job in July and started my banking preparation again.
After that, I appeared for IBPS PO Prelims and failed in the Mains Exam.
Cleared both the CANARA AND SYNDICATE PO PGDBF exams.
Finally, I got selected in IBPS CLERK (CANARA BANK)
Exam Strategy:
Quantitative Aptitude - Follow YouTube channels, Clear your basics and then give mock tests.
Reasoning - This is my strong point. So I used to practice a lot of questions and stay updated with new pattern questions. Practice minimum 4 puzzles daily which helps you a lot.
GA - This is the section which can help you in gaining the edge over others in the mains. For this, read daily current affairs from Gktoday and others. Attempt the daily quizzes from online websites
English - This is my average section. Read daily newspaper - THE HINDU for 1hr and note down 8 to 10 vocabulary words from it and revise them on a regular basis. Give daily sectional quizzes on online websites and analyse your performance.
Make Some Strict Plans like - Daily practice of Reasoning and Aptitude Questions, weekly sectional tests & solve daily quizzes.
Oliveboard Mock Test Series played an important role in my success. So, I really want to thank Oliveboard for providing such a platform where we can access every important topic for Banking exams. The level of questions is so good and challenging that if anyone solves these questions regularly and honestly, then that will be more than enough to get through the exams.
One should opt for the Mock Test Series provided by Oliveboard, as the questions are based on the latest pattern for all the banking exams.
After all my hard work, I cracked the exam and got selected as IBPS CLERK in CANARA BANK.
I would like to thank my family, friends and well-wishers.
And this way my dream came true.
So I want to say to all the readers and future bankers: NEVER GIVE UP AND ONE FINE DAY, YOU WILL GET SUCCESS.
Stay positive.
All the best to all the aspirants.
Thank you!

Vikrant Gupta


“I am from Jammu, currently working in an IT company in Pune for the past 3.5 years. Basically, I am an SSC CGL aspirant and as we all know SSC CGL 2018 was delayed and so I started giving banking exams just to avoid procrastination and fortunately cleared both SBI PO 2019 and LIC AAO 2019. I had already prepared maths and English for SSC using youtube and some basic books like Kiran previous year papers, SP Bakshi etc, so I focussed only on the reasoning section for banking exams. Due to time constraints, i focussed only on Mock tests which helped me in Prelims exams. Mostly, I used Oliveboard mock tests along with all the free mocks available. The Mains exam is more about patience and selecting Questions than quick solutions. If your basics are right, you can easily sail through them. My Score in SBI: Mains-133/250 Interview-50/50 Final Normalised score-65 My AIR is 7 (through RTI) In LIC AAO also I scored decent marks in interview-54/60 and In SSC CGL 2018, my score is 523 till T2 (643 if we include AAO)”


SBI PO, BOB PO (2017)

'Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.' But Gaurav always believed in himself and left no stone unturned to change his failures into success.
Details on his journey & strategy
Hello, this is Kumar Gaurav. I belong to Bhagalpur district of Bihar and did my engineering from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Bhubaneswar. After passing out in 2016 I worked in Accenture as an Associate Software Engineer for about 10 months. I was always inclined to join the public sector in an executive role, preferably the Civil Services and so I started appearing for government examinations after graduation. I faced many failures on the way but never lost hope. Many a time even at the Interview stage I saw the face of the failure but I took all of them as a learning lesson and continued my journey. I believe even though I am working in a job that demands a lot of time, energy and patience I can still achieve what I have dreamt of.
How did Gaurav prepare for Aptitude, English, Logical reasoning, GK/GA, & Interview.
As far as Banking examinations are concerned I think it’s a game of Speed as well as accuracy and therefore the only way to achieve success is to Practice and the right selection of questions. When I appeared for IBPS PO Mains 2016 I had failed only because I had attempted a lot of questions which I was unsure of.
The sources that I used for preparation were:
Practice helps a lot here. I practiced questions from Oliveboard. Make sure you practice around 500 questions from each sub-topic in the syllabus. This will make you strong in all such topics. Practice more on topics which you find difficult. Number series and miscellaneous part was difficult for me so I consulted videos on youtube. You can check Oliveboard Cracker course for clearing your basics.
Reasoning was a tough nut to crack. I always struggled with puzzles but kept practicing. Oliveboard mocks are a good source to prepare for puzzles of latest trend.
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English in bank exams is less traditional and it is more about usage in daily life. If you read editorials of newspapers like Indian Express or The Hindu I think it will help you in normal questions as well as RC. Also try to learn new words. You can refer the book named “Word Power Made Easy”.
General Knowledge:
I consulted GKToday monthly booklets and Oliveboard GK tests as well as blogs. Remember GK is a scoring area and you should not miss out on this.
Few lines on how Oliveboard helped me:
I took Oliveboard mock test series for SBI mains and found it quite helpful. It was on similar lines of actual SBI exam. With innovative puzzle questions, good interface and a large pool of like-minded candidates it is a good litmus test for preparation.
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Tips to Aspirants:
I always believed in myself in spite of so many failures. So never lose hope and keep moving ahead in order to achieve your dreams.
I wish all the very best to all the aspirants.



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.

Gorakh Jaiswal


I graduated from NIT Durgapur in 2014 and decided to attempt bank exams in 2016 while being in a full time job. The fact that I only applied for SBI PO & IBPS PO made it more challenging for me. I got to know about Oliveboard from one of my cousins who had cleared SBI PO in 2015. I was informed that Oliveboard Mock tests are the best available and hence I decided to take them. I was quite impressed that Oliveboard was able to almost decode the level of IBPS PO 2016 after SBI PO threw a surprising question paper to us with unusual & difficult questions. I had also taken classroom coaching for quant but lately I have realized that they are still stuck to the old pattern and redundant method of teaching. Thank you Oliveboard for being a savior.

Rohit Agarwal


Though I used books such as MK Pandey for Reasoning and Quantum for Maths, when it came to Mock Tests, I only relied on Oliveboard mock tests.
What makes OB Mock Tests different is their 'analysis part'- you can review all the questions with their detailed solutions at the end of the test and they also let you know your 'weak areas' where you need to work hard. This, I think, is the most valuable feature of Oliveboard.
Through continuous practice on Oliveboard platform, I was glad to score really high marks in the real exam in my first attempt- I scored 74.5 (out of 100) in IBPS PO Preliminary Exam and 125 (out of 200) in the Main Exam.Currently I am the 'Most viewed writer' for IBPS PO on and I recommend Oliveboard Mock tests to every serious bank aspirant.
- Rohit Agarwal, Cleared IBPS PO 2015(Bank of India), IBPS RRB 2015 (Central MP Gramin Bank) and LIC AAO (Written).

Prabhat Sharma


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.

Shilpi Kanchan


Hello, My name is Shilpi Kanchan. I have cleared IBPS PO VI and IPPB Scale I. After my graduation (BA (Hons) English) in May 2016, I decided to take banking exams. I was not 21 by that time so could not take SBI PO. Then I prepared for IBPS PO seriously. My only target was to clear it anyhow. I cleared my basic concepts from YouTube Channels and few books.
I was good at English and Reasoning which really helped in clearing Prelims. I used to take mocks very seriously, keeping in mind that I had to score above 95 percentiles in Oliveboard test series. After the mocks, I used to analyze them very carefully and I maintained a notebook for every subject in which I used to jot down all the questions which I could not solve in Mocks. In this way, I had a good collection of tricky questions which I used to revise every Sunday.
While it comes to Mains, the sectional timing pattern was newly introduced, and I prepared for it through Oliveboard Mocks. I was quite weak on the computer, so I read 2-3 books for it and solved many online quizzes. After my IBPS PO Mains result, I started preparing for Interview and around the same time, I had IPPB Prelims and Mains so I could not prepare for it very much, but I never skipped a mock test. One mock for a day was must for me and trust me guys, it really helped!!! Taking Mocks is the best thing you can do for banking exams. Though marks have not been declared yet I am sharing my attempts.
Prelims- 76
Mains- 115
My Interview with IPPB went quite well. I have shared my Interview experience on Oliveboard so you can read it as well (Check this link for the same-
I would like to say thanks to Oliveboard for two selections in the first attempt and giving this platform to share my experience with you.
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