Saheli De

Saheli completed her bachelor’s degree in engineering from West Bengal. She quit her IT job to prepare for IBPS PO and clerical. She had only 3 months to prepare for the exam, so she set an achievable target as according to her, it is very important to know what you can and cannot do.

Saheli’s study plan:

  • Since she is from an engineering background, QA was her strongest section. She used different guidance books for adequate practice. She spent little time for computer knowledge section as it carries only 20 marks.
  • While preparing for the reasoning section, she focused primarily on her weaker areas such as critical reasoning and input output. She revised the easier questions time to time. Her advice is to solve a reasoning paper every alternate day, if not every day.
  • To increase banking related general awareness, she read one national newspaper everyday and watched the daily news. One should be aware of the current affairs of at least 3 months prior to the exam date. She maintained a diary with records of all the important news and revised it a week before the exams.
  • She suggests that candidates from non – English medium background should give a little more time to the particular section.
  • Lastly, her advice to all the aspirants is to solve as many model papers as possible.

Vivek Singh Jadon

With a score of 127 in CWE, Vivek shares his success formula with us. He sets a perfect example to show how dedication is the way to succeed. He wrote many exams such as LIC (AAO), SBI (PO), UIIC (AAO), RBI-grade B, but he couldn’t clear any. This did not deter him at all; in fact it made him work harder to clear the next exam – IBPS PO-3.

Vivek’s study plan:

  • He doesn’t believe in enrolling into coaching institutions. According to him, a little sincerity and dedication is bound to help you clear the exam.
  • He too is from an engineering background and preparing for QA section was comparatively easier for him. He revised all concepts from various books.
  • According to Vivek, candidates should not focus much speed initially. Rather, they should focus on accuracy. Speed will automatically increase after solving more and more questions.
  • He suggests buying good reference books for all sections.
  • Vivek says the key to crack the interview is to believe in oneself. For candidates who are not from an English medium background, he says that he answered all his interview questions in Hindi.

Devendra Gurjar

Despite being good in his field (B.tech – electrical), Devendra’s interest lied in the banking area. Taking inspiration from his cousins who are both PO, he too started preparing for IBPS PO.

Devendra’s study plan:

  • According to him, if one has some basic knowledge about each section in the exam paper, self study is enough to crack the paper.
  • He used the following reference books for each section:
  1. Reasoning (verbal) – RS Aggarwal
  2. Reasoning (analytical) – MK Pandey
  3. Quantitative aptitude – Quicker Maths by M. Tyra
  4. Computer – Computer Fundamentals by PK Sinha

For general awareness, he read newspapers and ‘Pratiyogita Darpan’. For banking related knowledge, he referred ‘Barons of Banking’.

  • He suggests browsing through the website bankexamstoday.com and going through previous year question papers.

Prashant Kumar

After completing his graduation, he joined TCS but was not satisfies with his job. Coming from a family of bankers, Prashant decided to leave his software job for a career in the banking industry.

Prashant’s study plan:

  • He divided his time for a subject wise preparation as follows:
  1. English: One hour daily, a month before the exam.
  2. Quantitative aptitude: Two hours daily, 3 months before the exam.
  3. Reasoning: Two hours daily, 3 months before the exam.
  4. General Awareness: Two hours daily, 3 months before the exam.
  5. Computer: He did not require much practice in this section, given his educational background.
  • He suggests to stay away from the discussions regarding cut offs as this may weaken your confidence; instead, keep working hard.

Some tips from teachers!

  • Know your areas of strength and weakness and work on them. This will give you an edge over the others.
  • Keep an aim of scoring roughly 25 marks in each section.
  • Plan your study strategy so as to become equally proficient in all the sections.
  • Refer previous year question papers and solve as many sample papers as you can.

Lastly, work hard!