This is my success story but let me tell you behind every success there is a sheer amount of failure.
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I am Shashank Saha and I am from Raipur, Chhattisgarh. I have been selected as Probationary Officer in “Punjab National Bank” for IBPS PO-IX, also been selected as Junior Associate in ‘Bank of Baroda” from the state of Chhattisgarh as the topper of the state.
I owe my success to my parents and near and dear ones to always push me forward in the time of failure.
The only key is to maintain the Preservance, be disciplined, and be smart+hard worker and move forward, be confident at the time of failure.
Coming to my journey, it’s been 2 years since I started banking examination from 2018-2019 session onwards, initially, I had the concepts but not the speed and the amount of competition arises at that time was surreal, so I worked on speed and improved significantly. But then I came to realize certain roadblocks and weak areas on which I was lacking on and then I pushed myself to improve on those areas.
In 2018-2019, I have appeared for a considerable amount of exams only to be left out at the preliminary stage by very less margin, I knew that I have to push a lot harder because next year I have to be better and the competition would be fiercer. Additionally, the only exam I cracked in that session was IBPS PO, Cleared both prelims and Mains only to be left out at final selection by 1.xx marks, the reason was borderline marks in mains examination which gave me boost to push forward.
In 2019-20 session, I decided that my only focus will be on banking examination nothing else, So when the exam session starts, I forgot to fill Sbi junior associate, In SBI PO I left out in prelims by 0.xx marks, then I go on to clear RRB PO prelims only to be a failure in mains examination which really disgusted me as my performance was superior, only to add more pain after 7 days when scorecard was out, I scored 35 marks more than the cut-off marks in mains examination to be only left out in sectional of reasoning by 0.25 marks which just pushed me back a little for few days.
But, as their destiny is destined for something so does it was for IBPS PO whose mains examination was scheduled just a month later after the RRB PO result, and as they say, I had a great performance in Mains as well as Interview which prompt me to get my first preference PNB.
Additionally, I have been selected as RRB-ALP in the month of September-2019 only to be left out by me for my inclination towards the banking and financial sector. Also, I have been selected as Assistant in LIC.
Section-wise strategies would differ and may or may not help you, but though I am posting mine if it’s going to help anyone I will be very happy for them.
For me, to crack any competitive examination the most important thing is analysis A-Z of examination, what is the exam all about, how many aspirants appear, amount of difficulty of paper in last year’s, types of questions asked, areas on which the question can be asked and so on. Then I appear for mock directly and then analyze the mock to understand the areas I am good, I am bad and I am moderate and then work accordingly. Everyone has to go smart with hard work to achieve success in the present era where competition is neck-to-neck and you need hard and smart work along with luck on your day for the desired success.
My Section-wise Strategy:-
English Language:-Nothing from anywhere, just read anything you find on the internet be it any article or any news in the English language, this will develop your reading habit and essentially it’s the only thing been checked in these examinations. Then go for mock test and attempt all question only to understand the areas or type of question you need to work on and then proceed accordingly, there’s aren’t much difference in prelims and mains examination except for the level of difficulty of questions, but the strategy should be to maximize in this section, I have always been a great scorer in this section.
Reasoning Ability:- For prelims, I tackle miscellaneous questions and then proceed for puzzles which were a nightmare for me; you have to be smart in picking puzzles for which ample practice is needed.
For Mains:- Again the logic is simple, don’t attempt puzzle go for miscellaneous, coding-decoding, critical reasoning and then if you have time left then choose wisely the puzzle you think you can attempt, the decision making in question picking will be the key here because none of the questions will be straight forward you have to vest amount of time for which you have to yield result.
Quantitative Aptitude:- For prelims- Go for quadratic equations, number series, approximation, DI, and then miscellaneous questions this is the strategy I followed to get good marks in prelims.
For Mains- Your concepts on arithmetic should be strong and you should have a brave heart at the exam hall, because from last 2 years the type and difficulty level of question in unprecedented and may times if you are not mentally strong it could break you in the exam hall itself resulting in ruining paper, well if your concepts are good and you got the confidence then this section will be easy for you.
Current Affairs:- Choose any source and be consistent. As reading both of them can be exhaustive at times, you have to be smart while learning them, you will definitely get success.
Interview:- Confidence and Communication skills are the key, they hardly have 5-15 minutes to give out your best, don’t bluff them be honest, prepare well your profile, job profile, current affairs, and your last area of work or last institute/college attended.
Well, this is the beginning of my success and it won’t stop here, I will push myself to more challenges coming forward and will sail through them.
I wish all the best to all of you for your future endeavors!
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