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We are excited to share the story of Surabhi Dey who cleared IBPS Clerk 2017. Her story is a testament to the belief that persistence and perseverance despite a number of failures are what lead to success.

Previous experience with Banking Exams and the Results

My attempts in banking:
SBI Clerk 2016: Failed in pre by 0.75 marks
SBI PO 2016: Failed in pre
RRB PO 2016: Failed in mains by 5 marks
IBPS PO 2016: Missed merit list by 0.10 marks
NICL AO 2017: Failed in mains
RRB PO 2017: Reserve list
RBI Assistant 2017: Failed in mains
RRB Clerk 2017: Reserve list
IBPS PO 2017: Failed in mains by 1.25 marks
IBPS Clerk 2017: Qualified (Allotted BOB)
So it was a series of failures. After 2016 exams, I was completely shattered as I thought of qualifying IBPS PO in my first attempt itself. Somehow I gathered myself and started preparation but with a different strategy.

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


Practice is the only key. Practice a lot. Solve as many puzzles. Practice questions by keeping a stopwatch beside you. Try to improve your accuracy and speed everyday. I also followed youtube channels- Infinitesimal and Meritshine.


Clear your basics from R.S. Agarwal. Then move onto online sites and mock tests for practicing more questions. Get a good grip on simplification, approximation, number series, quadratic equations, and DI.


On April 1st, 2017, I missed the merit of IBPS PO despite getting good marks in Interview. So, this time GK was my priority. Followed daily current affairs (CA) ritually and made separate notes of it. Revised CA every Sunday. For Banking awareness, followed Learning Space Videos. And for static, I solved quizzes on daily basis. Revision is very important here. Revise it as many times as you can.


Read ‘The Hindu’ daily. Solved quizzes from various sites for practice.

Additionally, I wrote 2-3 online tests everyday. For test series, I followed PracticeMock and oliveboard.

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

It is not at all important to count how many hours you studied, most important is in those hours for how many minutes you were really focussed on your studies. The brain will get trained the way you will train it. Gather yourself, leave your comfort zone and work on your weaknesses. The patience, the failure, the understanding and every single thing that you will earn during the preparation time, will definitely reward you with a good personality and a good human being. I used to make a schedule on a daily basis. Like, I picked some topics and will try to complete those topics by the end of the day. That was the only strategy of mine. Have confidence in yourself and one day you will shine leaving every single hurdle behind.

How PracticeMock helped you?

I followed PracticeMock for 2 years. It is the best mock I came through, the pattern, syllabus, and the look and feel thing, everything matches the real exam. Thank you PracticeMock team for making this journey easier & a lot smoother.

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

At last, I want to thank every single person who was the part of this beautiful journey. Thanks to The Almighty, my supportive parents, and brother who were always there for me. It would be incomplete without thanking my best friends, Pooja Raj Soni and Sachin Verma who were always there to motivate and made me stand up again after every failure.
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