Everything comes to you at the right moment; be patient!
Ankit Parmar, SBI-Junior Associate

Dear friends, the last year was full of many interesting findings and surprises when we talk about banking exams. We keep reading a lot of stuff on exams, success and preparation strategies but, we know somewhere that to hear these things from the ones who have achieved the same goal that we are preparing for is altogether a different experience. They make us believe that what seems to be a distant dream can very well be achieved if we put in sincere efforts and do not divert in between. They are the ones who teach us the importance of being focused. In one of our previous blogs we shared what Rakhi had to say about how she achieved success and got placed with Bank of Baroda as a PO and with this blog, we take the tradition of sharing nuggets with you all ahead.

Let’s understand what Ankit has in store for all you budding future bankers! He has penned down 5 interesting practices that helped him achieve his goal!!

1. Daily News paper reading with proper analysis of words and their usage

“I know this is easier said than done. I do not say this just for the sake of it. When I started reading a newspaper there were challenges. The very first challenge was regularity and another one, struggle to understand the headlines, and then there were words and phrases that I had never come across before. My teachers asked me to be regular with the editorials every day for gaining confidence in English. That’s how I sought help at every point of time and somehow managed to imbibe it as a habit. Now, I can’t even think about going a single day without newspaper. It has added a lot more to my overall personality along with proficiency in English. I suggest to stick with The Economic Times for just one reason; CONTENT, excellent use of language and unbiased views on daily issues. Apart from that, being an economic and financial newspaper, every day you keep enhancing yourself on banking and financial awareness as well.

If you develop yourself in comprehension, 80% of your problem areas are cured.

If you develop yourself in comprehension, 80% of your problem areas are cured as the first step to solving questions from any section is reading and understanding the questions properly.”

2. Daily writing of Current Affairs with all the relevant information like country, capital and their officials

“Having a poor GK is not a part of the problem, it is the only problem. One can hardly develop GK in a short while and not knowing basic things about the countries, geography and a little history etc adds considerably to our frustration. Students who have a basic clarity over basic things tend to be able to logically eliminate options and mark the answers. In the absence of this, you totally have to depend on the PDFs and material available online. This is not a good idea certainly. I strongly believe making my notes every day helped me understand this section better than the others and I could get maximum marks from this section to get through these exams.”

3. Practicing all the important topics and trying to solve questions in time limit with accuracy

“At first, I thought completing all the topics would eventually work in my favour but, soon I realized that finding out topics that form a huge chunk of the whole paper would be a good idea. I picked up topics like Data Interpretation, RC, Simplification, Series, puzzles which are present in all the papers with a lot of questions. I made a plan and first prepared these topics so well that, even if you ask something from these randomly I would be able to explain in few minutes without thinking much. Getting to this level involved solving questions on timer, clearing doubts that were pulling me back to solve questions within the time limit. I started attempting more than 60 questions in the tests and that gave me confidence.”

4. Also find some difficult areas where your performance is not good & work on these one by one starting with the easy ones to gain confidence

“After gaining confidence in the most common topics, the best you can do is take tests every single day and analyze question by question. What it does to your benefit is that, with every test you find a certain set of questions that you are unable to understand or attempt at once during the tests. That is where you have a chance to increase your attempts. Identify such questions in every section with every test and see whether you would be able to learn and finish them in time. Slowly, one weakness a day gets eliminated and the paper is all yours. Yay!” 🙂

5. Last, at the time of examination scan the paper first, select the doable questions and solve the paper accordingly

“This is the most important of all. This practice of scanning and selecting questions before you solve must become your habit before you go for the actual paper. If you think you will directly go and try this on the day of your paper, you won’t b able to do so. Solving questions in the sequence they appear would keep your attempts short by at least 10 or 12 questions, which is huge. I remember being told by my teachers; you must Scan-Select-Solve. That is what you all must stick by.

I remember being told by my teachers; you must Scan-Select-Solve. That is what you all must stick by.

Scan and select the easiest questions that you are sure you would get answers in the first go and solve them in the least time possible. You will be left with enough time for moderate level questions and that would increase your attempts taking care of your accuracy at the same time.”

Never hope for it more than you work for it!

Good Luck! 🙂

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