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Previous experience with Banking Exams and the Results

I completed my B. Tech in May 2016 and left my job after 21 days. After that, I took UPSC CSE 2016 in which I failed in prelims. Then I shifted my focus to banking and SSC exams. I gave IBPS PO 2016 (prelims) without any coaching but got guidance from a friend so was hoping to clear the exam but due to poor performance in reasoning and maths, I couldn’t clear the prelims and got just 39 marks. Then came NABARD clerk exam but I failed in its prelims as well and in a number of other exams such as IBPS PO 2016, SSC CGL 2016, IBPS Clerk 2016, SSC CHSL 2016, AFCAT 2016, BoB Manipal PO 2017 and NIACL AO.
But I continued preparing persistently and the tide reversed.
SSC CGL 2017 Qualified Prelims (130/200)
SSC MTS 2016 Qualified Prelims (131.5/150) and was shortlisted for document verification
AFCAT 2017 Qualified written stage (189/300) and was shortlisted for SSB at Varanasi
IBPS PO 2017 Prelims cleared but suffered from dengue so could not take the mains
IBPS Clerk 2017 Qualified both prelims and mains and was selected for Bank of India
SSC CGL Mains 2017 T1 +T2 (380)

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

English – This was my strongest subject since I have very good reading skills and an excellent vocabulary. It was easy for me to score in English. Also the fact that I scored full marks in MTS 2016 in English section. But for those who are haunted by English, they must try to read the good articles from newspaper and magazines and increase their vocabulary daily from Norman Lewis and similar sources.
Maths – The best book for maths is by Rakesh Yadav. It solves the purpose for both banking and SSC exams and I also took help from Amar sir’s online videos.
Reasoning – The one and only strategy for reasoning is practicing mocks and solve as many puzzles you can, initially puzzle solving can give a beginner a lot of headaches but with continuous practice, one can master puzzles.
GK– I practiced MCQ of GKToday.

What was the strategy you adopted in preparing for the exam? What was your study schedule? What were the major hurdles you overcame?

My financial condition was bad and my health was deteriorating. I suffered from dengue in November, typhoid in January and intestine infections in February. But still, I did not lose my faith, kept working hard and finally acheived success.

How did PracticeMock help you?

I took the mock test of practice mocks and some other websites which really helped me in time management and boosted my score and speed.

Anything else that you would like to share with the users! Any words of Wisdom or Advice!

Have faith in God and yourself. Always remember this famous quote of Elon Musk -“Failure is an opportunity “.

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