My name is Rajorshi Kumar Pal. I am from West Bengal. I have completed my M.Sc degree in Physics in August 2015.I belong to General category and have given all exams in General category.
I cracked IBPS PO 2015, Clerk 2015, IBPS RRB PO & Clerk 2015 all in my first attempts. I was state topper among all categories in IBPS Clerk 2015.I also qualified in SSC CGL 2015 Prelims, but I didn’t attend the mains exam.
UIIC AO 2014
NIACL AO 2015
NICL AO 2015
OICL AO 2015
SBI PO 2015 Pre
LIC AAO 2016
I gave the first four exams when I was in my 3rd and 4th semester of M.Sc just to have an idea of a competitive online exam and to check my preparation levels, accuracy, speed etc. I scored well in these exams with respect to my preparation and no of attempts but couldn’t qualify for interview. In SBI PO 2015, I couldn’t qualify in the prelims mostly because my speed wasn’t enough, a flaw I rectified later. During LIC I didn’t prepare well and so I suffered.
IBPS PO 2015
- Prelims(Score 70.5,attempts 7
- Mains(Score 116.25,attempts 116)
- Interview(68), Overall-60.10
IBPS Clerk 2015
- Prelims(Score 88,Attempts 88
- Mains(Score 176.25 or 88.13,Attempts 182)
(a)Start: I started preparing from Oct 2014, with the IBPS and SBI PO exams of 2015 in mind. Since I was pursuing my M.Sc degree, but hardly found time to prepare for bank exams. So I used to devote an hour daily during those days & used to follow magazines namely BSC and Pratiyogita Kiran. Solving the practice papers was the main thing that I did. Luckily I found that I was able to solve almost all types of questions though I needed to increase my speed and accuracy.
(b)Becoming Better: To check my preparation levels I gave a few exams ( NICL,NIACl,UIIC etc). I found that although I was able to answer a good no of questions my speed was slow in Q.A and Reasoning sections but needed to increase my accuracy In English and G.A. So from then, I used to solve Maths and Reasoning portions at home by setting time limits( 1 min per question).I targeted to answer at least 40 questions from both Q.A and G.I in 40 min in each section.I solved at least two math and reasoning portions everyday.For English I mostly focused on Cloze test,Error finding,Arrangement and Fill the Blanks.
(c) Disappointment and the lesson learnt: I prepared really hard for SBI PO Pre 2015 but couldn’t qualify for 0.5 marks.I was disappointed and shattered.But since my M.Sc final exams were due in July I got engaged with that.When I introspected,I found that even though my speed and accuracy improved I was getting stuck with a problem if I couldn’t solve it.This happened in SBI PO Pre as I wasted too much time in the puzzle questions.
(d) Final Battle: After my final exams were over,I got going again.I solved full papers once daily with a target to answer at least 140 and get a minimum of 130.I planned to score at least 80 in the G.I and Q.A sections as these were my strong points.
Suggestion and Advice:
Speed and accuracy are the two weapons that can win the battle for you, Practice hard. Solve at least one paper daily either in full or topic wise. Firstly identify your strong zones and practice hard to score 100% in those areas.For portions where you have doubts take help from experienced people and focus only on getting the required passing marks. Strive for 100% accuracy. If I can achieve it, you too can.
If the questions are tough(like 2015),it is the accuracy that will rescue you and not speed. Prepare as if this year’s paper will be the toughest ever. Go with a plan of which part and which questions to attempt first. Focus on your strong points to score maximum and for your weak parts don’t try to be Nostradamus. For G.A follow daily updates from GradeUp, it is enough.
Make a good grasp on Banking and Financial awareness and have a basic understanding of how banks, RBI etc functions as these knowledge will prove handy In interview. Prepare your biodata well for interview. Be polite, well mannered, direct, soft spoken, respectful before your panel.
Lastly, when I prepared I didn’t follow GradeUp. But now I am using it for my SSC CGL preparation. It is a one stop solution for all candidates. Follow the daily updates, quizzes, posts on short tricks, short cuts, financial awareness etc and that will be more than enough to crack the exam.
Don’t forget that your parents and your “smart” hard work will never betray you. Never lose hope and never lose faith on yourself. We can achieve almost anything we dream of if we are smart, patient and perseverant in our approach.