This is the story of Reshma R who successfully cleared the SBI PO EXAM 2021, in her very 1st attempt. She completed her graduation in 2019. Let’s hear her success story in her own words-
” After graduation, I decided I should earn a job. It was my first and foremost priority. Whatever was needed for the preparation, I started for it. On the personal front, my family comprises my father, my mother, and my younger brother. After graduation, I was confused about what profession to take. There were so many opportunities before me like SSC, PSC, or bank exams. I was good at mathematics, so utilization of the talent helped me a lot, and thus, I thought of opting for the bank exam. I have cleared the SBI PO exam and I have been allotted at the Trivandrum circle. This is my first attempt at the SBI PO Exam. Earlier I attempted the SBI Clerk exam, IBPS PO, and Clerical exam.
Once I decided to keep banking as my base, I was confused about how to approach it because I had no idea from where and how to learn. So, I decided to take help from a coaching centre. Just like everyone, I googled it and ICD KOLLAM was at the top. I enquired about it with my friends and elders. Everyone had a good opinion about it, and I joined the institute.
Before joining the institute, I was sure that without coaching and help I could excel in the quantitative aptitude section. The reasoning and English section were a bit difficult for me, as I had not much idea regarding the reasoning section. Once the classes started, I was confident that I could excel in the exam with the excellent quality coaching given by ICD KOLLAM.
Earlier, I followed the traditional method to solve the questions, but after joining ICD, we started attempting questions using the ICD method. This helped us solve so many questions without using pen and paper. Earlier solving the questions would take a much longer time, but with ICD methods, we could solve that without using pen and paper.
Distractions are a challenge for us during the preparation. Corona helped me in this scenario as I would not be forced to attend any wedding or go out. I blocked myself from all the social media distractions. The most important thing is to be mentally peaceful and physically stable during the preparation and till the day of the exam.
Mock tests are a boon to all bank aspirants, and thanks to ICD KOLLAM for providing so many mock tests along with proper analysis so that we can rank ourselves. ICD KOLLAM provided us performance comparison with the present results with earlier test results. It worked as an eye-opener to see where we were. We can compare ourselves to where we will be placed in our real exam by comparing the test results of ICD KOLLAM.
ICD KOLLAM gives many tips for all the sections, be it English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, or General Awareness. Those tips have become a game-changer for me.
At the exam, before attempting the questions I would do a rough analysis of the paper. For the quantitative aptitude section, mentors at ICD KOLLAM asked us to memorize multiplication tables. I memorized multiplication tables up to 20 and practiced random questions. That helped me a lot.
In the reasoning section, I was weak. ICD KOLLAM had an excellent set of question banks where I could practice a lot of questions from each section. For the English section, the classes from ICD KOLLAM were very very good. Sir would take newspaper analysis which helped me a lot regarding the English and Current Affairs section. It helped me a lot to understand grammar and ease up error spotting.
I was very nervous during the exam day. I attempted around 90 questions and yet I was not sure if I would be able to clear the exam as the competition was very high. I was of course sure that the tips provided by ICD KOLLAM and my hard work would bear fruits and it happened. I cleared the prelims exam.
I was happy with my preparation and tensed as well, as we could not approach the mains exam with the same strategy as prelims. For the General Awareness section, we were given GK CAPSULE NOTES and they were enough in to prepare for the current affairs section. Time-saving tips for ICD KOLLAM helped a lot.
After clearing mains, I got tense for the interview. I had never attempted any interviews before. JK Sir’s inspiring words helped me pass through the interview. I attempted many mock interviews as well. Questions asked were about SHGs, How to attract young customers to banks, the negotiable instruments act, etc. Questions were always present in the capsule knot provided by ICD KOLLAM. Interviews are not measuring the depth of the knowledge, they are just looking to see if we are apt for the job or how well we can handle the pressure.
For my fellow aspirants, my advice is to
– get away from all the distractions
– being mentally stable
JK Sir’s words- “There is nothing as luck, only hard work matters” kept me going.”
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