This is Shanmukha priya V from Tamil Nadu. I’ve completed my B.E. in Aeronautical Engineering in 2012. Sorry for the lengthy post. Please bear with me as I’m used to writing.
During those times when I used to stand in queues for remitting college fees, I started observing the staff and working of things in the bank. This has created an interest in me on banks and also I wanted to serve people. So, all these made me to think about a career in banking.
I got offer from Cognizant in my first placement session. I did not pursue it further as my interest does not lie in software. Though I wanted to enter banking industry, I never took any step towards it. That was my first mistake. I directly wrote SBI PO 2013 with little preparation and was completely devastated by seeing the level of questions. Wrote LIC ADO 2013 but could not clear it because of my weakness in GK section.
Meanwhile I had got M. Tech seat through GATE and I decided to join it since I did not want to waste another year. Yes! I did that and that was my second mistake. I thought I can prepare simultaneously for bank exams.
Due to so much pressure in studies, I could not get time at all to prepare during my first year. I started self-preparation vigorously from second year and cleared the written test of IBPS PO IV, but could not clear the interview. I felt that the main reason for rejection was telling about M. Tech. Soon after my M. Tech got over, I started preparation in a full-fledged manner.
After my M. Tech, I can clearly split my days before GradeStack and after GradeStack. I wrote SBI PO 2015, cleared prelims but could not clear mains. Then I appeared for SSC. Cleared tier I but not tier 2. Wrote RBI grade B, cleared Phase-1 but not Phase-2. Then came GradeStack. Believe it or not, I came across GradeStack just 15 or 20 days before IBPS PO V main exam. But the section tests, digests, GK sessions and quizzes made me clear the IBPS PO V mains exam. I was fully lacking confidence as I could not clear interview the previous year.
In addition to that, I was scared that the time limit which I set for bank exams was going to be over (April 2016) as my parents wanted me to join as a lecturer if I do not clear this year. Then came the interview sessions and words of encouragement from Neeraj Sir and Anjali Ma’am. It made me face the interview confidently. Those who missed my interview experience can check the link:
The exams I have cleared on April 1, 2016:
- LIC AAO 2016 (Shortlisted for Interview)
- IBPS Clerical V (Got allotted to Bank of Baroda) and the best
- IBPS PO V (Canara Bank)
I’m at last at cloud nine after clearing all these exams. I really owe to grade stack for making me get my dream job. Thank you so much team!! I would like to tell my fellow friends a few tips:
- Do not spend too much time on one question. It makes a really big impact at the end of the exam. You can follow a strategy of your own but time management is really important.
- Be clear on all the concepts in quants as some questions are really easy if you just know the concept.
- As ma’am has suggested please follow Rajesh Varma for quants and MK Pandey for reasoning. These two are very useful.
- Regarding GK section, follow daily Gk updates from GradeStack and write down every day. Believe me, this works like charm. I followed it only for LIC exam, saw good improvement in my performance. If we start studying GK the previous week of the exam it will become a burden and the interest will be lost. Computer section was always a cake walk for me due to GradeStack computer quizzes and so never prepared separately.
- About English, the most feared section for many. For improving vocabulary, start reading Word power made easy by Norman Lewis and follow GradeStack’s daily vocabulary. Then watch English serials, movies or newspaper which helps a lot. Whatever be the method, please spend at least half an hour to one hour to read daily.
- For practicing mock tests, follow olive board or testbook.com. Both are good. If you think they are costly, buy any Kiran publications practice book for the exams.
- Never do guess work anywhere in the exam as negative marks costs like anything in bank exams.
To those who did not hear any good news on April 1, 2016:
Do not worry. Something big is waiting for you. Never lose hope and keep trying again and again till you achieve success.
SBI, RBI all are coming next. Do not expect to succeed in the first year of trying itself. Just keep this in mind:
No expectations. No disappointments.
Aim high, but do not get heartbroken after failures.
Failures are stepping stones to success.
Shanmukha Priya V