IBPS PO Success Story of Prasanna Sha

By Kanika Ralhan|Updated : April 3rd, 2018

Hello Gradians!

IBPS PO Success Story of Prasanna Sha

I am a B.Tech graduate. I have started my preparation while working in a software company. I used to work on day time and prepare for bank exams at night but its been really difficult to balance both. At some point, I thought this is not where I wanted to be and decided to concentrate only on Bank exams.

First exam which I gave was NIC AO 2017 (not qualified in prelims itself).
Eventhough exam was quite easy I can't make through. Then the real game started.

1. I decided to work more on puzzles and English section which is always the game changer.

2. I used to work 13 to 15 hours a day because nowadays exams are becoming toughest of the toughest and many people preferring IBPS as it's transparent.

3. I had 3 months time for my next exam. For the first month I just strengthen my basics (believe me your basics gonna help u during mains, no shortcuts will do).

4. During second month, I just started giving mock tests. Before RRB PO and Clerk prelims I have given 35+ mock tests. I just practiced high level questions with timer. Mock test helps you to know your weak and strong zones. Don't leave any topic, always prepare for the worst.

5. For English section practise daily tests in SANCTUM ENGLISH site. Reading HINDU newspaper daily improve your vocabulary skills.

Successfully cleared both RRB PO and clerk (prelims), IBPS PO and clerk (prelims), on the otherhand failed in RBI assistant by 3 marks (prelims) ,UIIC (prelims) by 1 mark and NIACL(prelims) by huge margin. I felt really bad and can't digest failures anymore but perseverance is the basic quality to be a banker so again started working like a beast but this time I used to sleep for only for 3-4 hrs a day (had no other way, but I loved it!!)

Mains Study Plan: 

  • Now the biggest challenge for me is to clear Mains Examination. During Mains you'll get enough time to solve but question selection is the key. In Mains examination you'll get high level Reasoning questions.
  • Simple mantra is 'Practise, practise , practise until your weak zone becomes your strong zone".
  • For GA section I just followed GRADEUP blindly. Gradeup provides weekly and monthly capsule on Current affairs. I used to give full length mocks (like free mocks available in various websites) in the morning and gradeup quizzes in the evening. Also referred GA capsules.
  • I used to watch Mahendraguru, adda247 YouTube channels.
  • Before mains I have done with 8+ full length mocks.

Finally cleared both RRB PO and IBPS PO (Mains) but Missed RRB clerk and IBPS clerk final allotment by inch. 

Note: Remember that Prelims rely on speed and accuracy, while mains rely on question selection (and ofcourse accuracy).

Interview Study Plan:

  • Now it's time for interview (RRB PO, IBPS PO). I just started reading previous year interview experiences posted by GRADEUP and had some idea about it.
  • For interviews we have to read every nook and corner about banking because we can't expect what kind of questions they gonna shoot.
  • I used to do mock interviews Infront of a mirror, because your every action is to be noted during interviews.
  • Worked hard but missed RRB PO final allotment bcz of average interview, just cried whole night and went blank but I don't want to giveup. ‎I always wanted to be a BANKER,
  • Now IBPS PO is the only chance left. Again started interview preparation for IBPS PO (which is a PAN INDIA competition). This time I have doubled my efforts, practised many mock interviews, read more previous year interview experiences. During interview they don't expect us to vomit Answers, they just check your patience and your way of approach towards questions. They'll give some real time situations and expect us to solve it. Positivity is the key for interview. Finally, got 80 marks in IBPS PO interview and got my dream bank "CANARA".

Appeared in following exams:

1. NICL AO (2017) - (failed in Prelims)
2. RRB PO - (cleared Prelims, Mains but missed in final allotment)
3. RRB Clerk -(cleared Prelims but missed in final allotment)
4. RBI assistant - (not qualified in Prelims)
5. UIIC, NIACL -(not qualified in prelims)
6. IBPS CLERK -(cleared Prelims, Mains but missed in final allotment )

After lotsaf failures finally climbed the mountain. It's not at all a one day process. Always remember "Efforts will payoff in the long run".

Book references: 

  • Quant: Fast track by Rajesh Verma (very good book for clearing concepts).
  • Quicker Maths - by M. Tyra (a must have for learning short-cuts)
  • English: Objective general English by S.P. Bakshi
  • Reasoning: I didn't refer any books. I think Youtube and sites like gradeup and bankers Adda are enough.
  • Computer: Computer awareness by Arihant (one of the best books)
  • General knowledge: Daily, weekly, monthly PDFs + GK Tornado provided by gradeup.

During my initial stages everybody advised BANKING is tough, it will take minimum 2-3 years ,don't choose this sector, you can't clear in very first attempt, blah..blah.. but friends you know something. I just cleared every exam in my very first attempt and finally got IBPS PO. Everything is possible if you are adamant about it and sincere to your passion and most importantly stay away from negativity.
I just made it in 9 months. Hope you all will make it soon and share your success stories next year by this time..wishing you the best !! 

Thank you.

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Kanika RalhanKanika RalhanMember since Jan 2018
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Thirumurugan M
Hi Prasanna sha....i am from Tamilnadu...I am also cleared Canara Bank po this year can you please give your email id.....

VinothApr 4, 2018

Valthukkal Nanba....
Sandipta Rajak
Who are sleeping only 3 4 hours ..I want to ask them a question. . Didn't they felt a severe back pain ???
Anujam Kumar
Congratulations @prasanna sha
Sir ibps po descriptive test is on paper mode or computer mode,plz reply and how to prepare
Navya Kappu
@Kanika Ralhan I wish to write my success story. Do I need to mail you first or can I write it in my post directly?
Janakiraman Malini
How to improve speed....i know practice but what is approach of practice...give some tips...and also specially for english section ..frd
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TamilApr 9, 2018

Descriptive ku epdi prepare pannuneenga bro. Epdi form panni write pannanum. Typing speed important ah,type class edhuvum poganum ah. My mail id: [email protected]
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Pavika Gill
Priyanka Singh
How  to remember vocabs I always learn it nd prepare different notebook but at the same tym I don't remember this words for long tym

VaishaliniFeb 21, 2019

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