IBPS Success Story of Okaz Vijayan
Stories always inspires us. In this blog, we are gong to share with IBPS Success Story of Okaz Vijayan.
On today’s Topper Talks blog, we are about to hear the story of an aspirant who cracked almost all the banking exams. He was All India 1st rank in the OBC category in the IBPS PO selection. He is currently working as an SBI PO, and also qualified for the RBI Grade B Examination. Let’s hear his success story in his own words-
“My name is Okaz Vijayan. I did my B.Tech. My family comprises my mother, father, and my younger brother. After the completion of my BTech, I met with an accident in September 2018. I was bedridden for almost a year. After my recovery, I joined ICD KOLLAM in May 2019, and till now I have cleared the preliminary and mains phase of all the bank exams. The most recent bank exam that I cleared was IBPS PO and SBI PO.
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After my graduation, my priority was not to get a job but to join an IIT or NIT. But due to the accident, I had to change my plans. I wanted to get a job in an easy and fast manner with good growth opportunities. The job security that we get from banking made me opt for banking jobs. I looked on the web for a good coaching centre, the first suggestion I received was about ICD Kollam. I went through the reviews provided regarding the institution. The reviews were all positive and marvelous. The reviews amused me and right away I decided to join ICD Kollam.
The transition phase was a bit difficult for me from engineering to banking. As we were preparing for banking we had to prepare for three sections- Quantitative aptitude, Reasoning, and English. Being from an engineering background, I had a stronghold on the quantitative aptitude section. Out of all the 35 questions asked in the preliminary exam, I could attempt all of them in 20 minutes. The reasoning was somewhat easier, but English was a very difficult section for me. We had two hours of the lab after classes in ICD Kollam, which helped me a lot. For the English section, I also read a lot of newspapers. It helped enrich my vocabulary and improve my reading and understanding ability. All the faculties of ICD Kollam motivated me go through the preparation process. The sections taught by Ramesh Sir were marvelous. I used more of his methods in the exams.
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My prelims preparation started right from the day the notification was released around December. I did one mock test per day and analyzed it thoroughly. Initially, I got very few marks in the mock test due to a lack of practice. Gradually I started increasing my practice and started scoring higher marks in the mock tests. I almost touched 80 marks in the mock tests.
On January 4th, in SBI PO prelims exams I attempted 74 questions ( 26- quants, 25- reasoning, 23- English).
I attempted the question based on last year’s target. The cutoff came to be 68.5 and I scored 69. The very next day I started my mains preparation. I was more focused on the general awareness section, and invested time on regular newspaper reading. I followed ICD Kollam’s weekly general awareness guide, which helped me out in my preparation for the mains exam. I was attempting mock tests for general awareness separately. I focused more on data interpretation questions as it was my stronghold. For the reasoning section, I solved more questions, and for the English section, I read newspapers.
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For the mains exam, we had almost 150 questions and 50 marks for the descriptive paper. I was very confident regarding my mains examination as I had done a lot of mock tests before the final exam. For the mains preparation, I was doing one mock test in two days. One day I would attend the test and the other day I would analyze those questions. I concentrated more on the general awareness section because it is one of the scoring sections of all. For the reasoning section, I attempted a lot of mock tests. During the mains examination, I attempted almost 72 questions along with the descriptive paper. For the data interpretation section, I did around 16-17 questions.
As soon as I qualified for the mains examination, I called JK Sir and thanked him for his motivation. To strengthen my base I practised more. I see the questions and do the mental calculations without using any pen and paper. I did a lot of practice to strengthen my base, which took almost 4 months.
For the interview, I had to face seven-panel members. The interview began with a few random questions. The questions asked were about LAC, IPO, how stocks were calculated, number of companies registered under NIFTY, etc. I answered around 10-12 questions and left out 2-3 questions. I got good marks in the interview. Newspaper reading helped me a lot in my interview.
For the interview preparation, I followed JK Sir’s guidance and studied through the pdf material provided by ICD Kollam.
For those aspirants preparing for the examination, you need to give 100% commitment. Aspirants should make their base strong so that one can solve a given question mentally without pen and paper, which is very useful for the banking exams.”
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