SBI PO 2018 Success Story by Swati Goyal

Hello aspirants.

Selected SBI PO 2018
Name: Swati Goyal
Category: General

Interview: 27/09/2018 SBLC,Panchkula 
Panel 3
Final Cut off: 50.79
My Total marks: 57.60

This was my 2nd attempt and in the first attempt I missed the final cut off by around 0.6 marks. So, here I am sharing my strategy with you all how I managed to fill the gap this time.

First of all, the only thing that can actually help you get through any such competitive exam, whether it be SBI, IBPS, SSC CGL, CHSL or any other, is PRACTICE. Secondly, some reliable source where you can practice from.

Here I will compare my strategies during both the attempts to give you an idea of what actually worked for me.

My first attempt was without much preparation as I was preparing for SSC CGL then. And so I kind of overlooked reasoning and general awareness sections. I didn’t practice the kind of reasoning asked in banking exams. I didn’t prepare current affairs the way they are asked in banking exams. I was already preparing for Quantitative Aptitude and English sections forCGL which helped me cover these sections for SBI PO as well.
So this time I needed some guidance on how to move forward. The only source that I found helpful was aspirantszone.

The level of puzzles provided is at par with the level asked in SBI. I used to practice a few puzzles and other reasoning topics daily and note the time I took to solve a particular question. This is how I learnt the right way to approach this section quickly and efficiently.

General awareness section has been the game changer for me this time. The daily current affairs quiz, weekly CA quizzesmonthly magazines and banking awareness quizzes provided here helped me immensely in scoring 34/40 marks as compared to a mere 5/40 score last time. Aspirantszone also covered all the possible questions that could be asked from budget or economic survey 2018. I also covered some static portion from here. For example, the national parks, countries, capitals and currencies provided in the quiz form made it easy to learn them. I prepared a list of some other static topics and prepared them from various sources online. Though the static portion was not asked much but one should be prepared for anything and everything.

Now as far as English section is concerned, I used to read a newspaper(Indian express) daily(or most of the days) and used to take quizzes on various topics which must have helped in improving my understanding in this section. I found the English section asked in SBI this time to be quite easier than the previous years exams. This section has been the deciding factor for many aspirants this year. My advice is to read the questions properly and not to attempt this section in haste without proper understanding.

For the Data Analysis and Interpretation section also I took topic wise DI quizzes here which I couldn’t find anywhere else. Though for me there has only been an improvement of one mark in this section this year, practising surely made me confident enough to attempt questions with a cool mind.(Even one mark is sometimes enough to move your score above cutoff)

Now comes the Descriptive Section. The only thing I kept in mind is to mention the question number and stuck to the word limit. I followed the proper pattern for letter writing. The only thing I missed writing was closing salutation in the letter. I don’t know how I forgot to write that but that surely reflected in my marks this time. I got 30/50 in this section where I expected to score more this time. Last time it was 35/50.

With this overall strategy I managed to score a total of 120.92 marks in mains this time with cut off being 93.10. Last time the cut off was 89.25 and I scored 89.63. So it’s a massive improvement this time.

Then comes the GD/PI. I have scored 20/20 in GD this time and got 13/20 last time. I was much more confident and grabbed the opportunity to speak during the group discussion and group exercise. Last time I couldn’t speak much. I followed the general rules of discussion. I was polite in keeping my views forward and gave others a chance to speak and let them complete their points. A few group members were moving in a non civil manner, not letting others speak and were quite harsh in their tone. I am sure this reflected in their marks as well.
I got the same score in PI as last year 24/30.

So guys, this is how I sailed through SBI PO exam this year. It takes efforts and practice to get through but can be achieved with proper guidance and planning. 

All the best to all the aspirants.


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