SBI PO Success Story: Harshal Mahabudhe
“It always seems impossible until it’s done. “
If you are a Bank PO aspirant, you will surely be interested in taking the SBI PO and IBPS PO exams. You could study blindly for the exams, and roll the dice. You may or may not be successful. To give yourself the advantage you need to be prepared with both the complete syllabus and a good strategy. The best way to build a successful strategy is to ask those who have used it effectively to get recruited as Probationary Officers in SBI and IBPS affiliated banks. We bring to you our collection of SBI PO Success story from ExamRoomie.
Here is the story which will clarify all your doubts and it will surely inspire you to move forward towards your dream:
#What was your educational background?
I have completed my graduation in B.E Power Engineering in 2013
#What made you want to try for SBI PO? Did you take any other exam before this? What were your results?
I have cracked UPSC CDS 1 2014(written), Postal Assistant. I have appeared for SBI Clerk, gave its mains also and hoping to clear it too.
#Preparing for SBI PO, how did you plan for it? How many months ago did you start?
It was my second attempt for SBI PO, in 2015 I wasn’t able to clear prelims. I got 38 marks out 58 attempts. This year I got 52 marks from 58 attempts.
#What was the strategy you adopted in preparing for the exam? What was your study schedule? What were the major hurdles you overcame?
Preferred some really good books like SP BAKSHI, BSC Magazine, MK Pandey, ExamRoomie’s online mock series was the best part I practiced this time for prelims and mains.
#What was your reaction to the new pattern? Was there any separate strategy you adopted for Prelims vs. Mains?
Prelims was familiar as no pattern change was there but Mains was very difficult. The pattern was completely different. I was confident with my skills and hard work so I sailed through.
#What strategies did you apply specifically for the different sections (English, Quant, Reasoning, Current Affairs & General Awareness)?
There was no special strategy for any section, I just gave complete mock tests for pre and mains, analyzed the tests and improved with each test.
#Most of the students prefer to go to Coaching Centers rather than prepare on their own. Which do you prefer and why?
I was quite confident and so didn’t join any coaching classes. Also my financial condition was not that good to support coaching classes.
#How important was ExamRoomie’s Test Series in your success and how did it help you improve?What resources did you use to study (both books and online)?
ExamRoomie was the best platform for me in this messy world. The tests were highly competitive and relevant to IBPS Exams. So that gave me an edge.
#How many tests did you take overall?
I gave 20-25 SBI prelims tests and 10 mains tests before my actual exam.
#Comment on the difficulty level of the PO exam paper. How did you tackle it? What were the challenges faced during the actual exam?
SBI PO mains paper was actually a difficult paper (nearly a CAT level), but with practice and right vision one can crack it. In actual exam a pressure builds up once you don’t get right answers, my strategy was to keep it cool and wait for my questions which I had answered then.
#Any words of wisdom to the next batch of PO Aspirants?
See there is no special recipe for success, we have to walk without stopping, overcoming hurdles sometimes failing but the important thing is, we should not give up. Give it a try before finally giving up. Thank you ExamRoomie.
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