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“The starting point of all achievement is desire.”

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 Physics (hons) with first class from Ranchi university in July 2014.

#What made you want to try for SBI PO? Did you take any other exam before this? What were your results?

SBI PO is highly competitive exam where lakhs of candidates apply and only few hundreds come out to be successful. It’s a great pride in itself, also the brand SBI and it’s attractive salary made me to try for it.

#Preparing for SBI PO, how did you plan for it? How many months ago did you start?

The main hurdles I faced was from my personal front, the negativities of people around me, and the pressure within me to secure a job before marriage. Because of the negativities, mental instability and lack of support and resources I failed few exams by margin.

#What was the strategy you adopted in preparing for the exam? What was your study schedule? What were the major hurdles you overcame?

Honestly speaking I’m always lazy at study. It was only the time when I got shortlisted for interview, I started my preparations for it. It was my first SBI interview. Since I also take care of my all household chores, So there wasn’t any particular study schedule or plan. I just practiced ExamRoomie’s mock tests to habituate myself to sit for studies. After the prelims result got declared, I practiced from ExamRoomie and from other site for Mains.

#What strategies did you apply specifically for the different sections (English, Quant, Reasoning, Current Affairs & General Awareness)?

There are KEY-POINTS which I learned during preparations and want to  share:

1. ‘Smart work is more important than the ‘hard work’. You don’t have to be expert at every section. Just
ANALYZE yourself. Don’t give false promises. Be HONEST and see at how much you need to work more.

2 . Learn to SKIP. Learn to GIVE UP while you are at exam. You don’t have to prove yourself by attempting tougher question, just be smart to LEAVE any question if you don’t GET IT even at reading twice. Move to next and come back ONLY once u r done with all the possible questions which u can solve.

3. ACCURACY is very important. So try to attempt only those questions in which you are 90-100% sure. No matter how less you attempt. Once you are done with your control over good accuracy, try to pick those questions where very little hard work is required.

4. Don’t be disheartened if you are not able to solve a typical kind of question, be it puzzle or any mathematical question. Just remember there are ALWAYS few questions for your rescue. You just have to spot it.
For ex- for the first time I failed sectionally in  both maths and reasoning in IBPS  PO 2015 despite of securing 70 marks in total.
So never lose hope..ONE EXAM CANNOT DETERMINE YOUR POTENTIAL.

#Most of the students prefer to go to Coaching Centers rather than prepare on their own. Which do you prefer and why?

Don’t be a follower in crowd. Don’t go around mugging up the ‘typical coaching ‘ materials. I have seen many candidate holding the same pieces of paper.
Coaching institute pick a pattern and prepare the student and that’s y many candidates are not able to make it even studying hard.
I NEVER had coaching. I too failed by minor margin but cleared SBI at first attempt. (All thanks to its mind wrenching pattern :p)

For current affairs -DD News, watch discussion n report of LSTV ( they discuss with credibility Without altercation) and other prime time news coverage.

Quant and reasoning- Practice is the only key. I have never opted any book for reasoning and english . I just solved mock tests and I am all set to go for exams.

Quant- Quantum Cat or Arun  Sharma, quicker maths.

English- either read English news, novel, or make word list.Opt any.

#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)?

I’m thankful to ExamRoomie. There are other good websites too but ExamRoomie is different. It provides  a very good platform at very marginal cost. Most of the tests are free which encourages you to practice more with wonderful content.

#Comment on the difficulty level of the PO exam paper. How did you tackle it? What were the challenges faced during the actual exam?

I liked the new pattern of SBI PO. It was very tough and that went in my favour.  The most unexpected section was english. All new set of questions and each question was a paragraph in itself. It took me few minutes to understand but I still left those questions because I wasn’t sure. I was left  with 5  mins and both RCs unattempted. I could attempt 89/150  questions of 200  marks.

#How was your Interview experience?

Be honest with your answers. I met a guy on fb study group and we prepared together. We listed out few topics for GD n discussed with  each other which helped us.
I enjoy reading various articles from my fb newsfeed n took part in discussion. I personally feel that it helped me a lot. Whenever I gave any opinion, I checked that my facts are correct. So this created a curiosity to know more. It put me in a pool of ideas coming from different sections.
Interviewer will check your presence of mind, body language and wise answers rather than your prepared facts. So work on soft skills along with banking basics.

#Any words of wisdom to the next batch of PO Aspirants?

Use more online platforms like ExamRoomie. These platforms are far better than any coaching institute. At last, I’m  thankful to my parents  for their blessings, various online sites and my friend Mohit who told me about ExamRoomie.

We hope you find this success story inspiring and informative. Please feel free to express your views and concerns in the comments section. Also, here are some more posts to help you crack the SBI PO exam.