First of all, I would like to thank gradeup to provide me with an opportunity to share my experience with you all.
I am Pushpendra Singh Dhakad from Shivpuri (Madhya Pradesh). I did my Engineering in Electrical from UEC, Ujjain in 2016. While I was in the final year, I started preparing for Banking and SSC Exams. SBI PO 2016 was my first exam. Though I was unable to clear that, yet it gave me a clear idea about the pattern of banking exams.
Strategy for my success:
Now coming to the strategy I followed, I went through the syllabus carefully and found that most of the topics could be studied by self and online resources available.
It is all about speed. The number of questions you attempt, the more chances of scoring marks you have. Fix a time for each section. You must have an idea of questions not to be attempted. There are always some questions which consume a lot of time and such questions must be skipped. This saves your precious time, which can be utilized for other questions.
English – I used to read English newspaper daily and made notes of the important words. It helped me in developing reading and comprehension skills as well as in Critical Reasoning.
S.P. Bakshi was the only book I referred. It has a negligible number of mistakes. Apart from this, I solved many online exercises on different apps.
Quantitative Aptitude– Since I had Mathematics background, I did not face any problem in it and scored maximum marks in this subject. I developed many short tricks for solving difficult questions. If you have difficulty in Mathematics, you should definitely start from scratch. There are many YouTube channels which may help you in clearing basics.
As far as books are concerned, I used books of Kiran Publication and R.S. Agrawal. I used to solve exercises in a set time frame, for example, 7 questions in 10 minutes.
Logical Reasoning– This is one such section which cannot be taught. Practice is the key to master this subject. I practised a lot of quizzes and puzzles from grade Up.
General Awareness– Reading newspaper helped me a lot in this along with online digest. One thing you should definitely do is not to follow many resources; this will lead to more confusion. Prepare from one or two sources and revise them thoroughly.
For Banking Awareness, I referred Javed Siddiqui book.
Computer - For this section, I relied completely on grade Up quizzes.
My interview was quite easy. They asked about my native place and family background. Some of the questions were about CRR, Inflation, Deflation and GST. No question related to graduation was asked. They even complimented me for clearing the exam in the very first attempt. I would ask you to be honest and confident about whatever you say in the Interview.
If you ask me one thing which has the highest contribution in my selection, the answer is online tests. Mock Tests are very important in clearing Banking Exams. This gives you a real time experience of the actual exam. The more tests you give, the more confident you are before the D-Day. After taking tests, I used to analyse them as much as possible and use to bookmark the questions in which I frequently made mistakes. I made a separate notebook for questions which were frequently asked in these tests.
At last, I would say work hard, there’s no alternative for it.
Nothing succeeds like success.
All the best !!
Thank you gradeup :)