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This time we are bringing to you a definite path to success explained by Akash Goyal who cleared IBPS PO 2018, South Indian PO and Canara PO PGDBF.  He insisted on maintaining a competitive attitude and comparing yourself with others and yourself daily. Here are his views on how he succeeded in clearing these exams.

Previous experience with Banking Exams and the Results!

Before sharing my previous experience, I would like to tell something about myself. My name is Akash Goyal and I am from Faridabad and I completed my graduation in in 2017 and started preparing for banking exams by myself at home. However, I could not clear IBPS PO Pre 2017. Then I started preparing for SBI PO 2018 and joined a private organization to learn some nuances related to Accounts & Finance and cleared SBI PO Pre and mains but missed the final list by 0.5 marks. Below is the compiled list of my past experience:

  • IBPS PO 2017 – missed pre by 2 marks
  • SBI PO 2018 – missed final list by 0.5 marks
  • ESIC SSO – missed final list
  • NIACL Asst – missed pre by 0.25 marks
  • South Indian PO – Selected
  • Canara PO PGDBF – Selected
  • IBPS PO 2018 – Selected

Preparation Strategies for English, Quant, Reasoning, Current Affairs & General Awareness


English section was my strength, used to attempt all question in both pre and mains. This section helped to score high and have an edge with others. For this section, I would advise you to follow a good newspaper daily like The Indian Express and give sectional tests every 4 days a week. Follow SP Bakshi’s book for common errors.


For Quant, I started with Quantam CAT by Sarvesh Verma and Arun Sharma. Then I made notes and solved them to clear my basics and used PM test series for speed building accuracy and time management.


Puzzle was headache in initial days but it challenged me and i loved that, daily I used to do practice 10-15 puzzles. Mocks play important part here since you get to see CAT level puzzles here and learn a lot from solution. Devote at least 1-2hrs to reasoning daily basis else you will loose speed.

General Awareness

For this section, follow capsules provided by various sources religiously. Always learn past 6 month Gk to excel in this section, I used to revise 2000 questions before exam. StudyIQ, Adda, PM, OB provides pdf on their site, download, print and cram them.

How PracticeMock helped you?

I purchased PM mocks in 2018. Practicing mock made my subjects strong, they give latest pattern questions of CAT level in mocks. Without PM clearing exams would be difficult. It’s Quant and English section are the best and has very friendly user interface.

Other Information

Remember GA can be a game changer. Analysis of mocks is much more important than just taking them. Always maintain a competitive attitude and compare yourself with others and yourself daily, Also remember, DO NOT wait for the prelims result to come, start preparing for the mains the very next day.

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