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Bank PO Selection : Success Story


In our series of success stories of Bank PO you can now read success story of Mr. Madhav Joshi who is a very bright and an active member of our Bank Exams Preparation Group. Mr. Joshi has got selection as a Bank PO in Union Bank of India. All Bank PO & Bank Clerk aspirants must go this very well written success story by Mr. Madhav Joshi.
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Q: Tell us about yourself and the selections you have got. (with roll number)
Ans: I am basically from a very small town Gondal, which is nearby Rajkot, Gujarat. I am an Engineering graduate with MBA. I did my BE in Electrical stream from VVP Engineering College, Rajkot in 2007 and MBA in Marketing Management from Dept. of Business Management, Saurashtra University, Rajkot in 2010. After that I worked with a manufacturing firm into Marketing Communications department for a year. I simultaneously prepared for bank exams and got final selection in SBI sponsored RRB as a Probationary Officer. I had worked with RRB for very short period since I also cleared IBPS PO exam with a score of 170 and straightaway got final selection in Union Bank of India. After getting final selection in Union Bank, I neither appeared in any other IBPS bank interview nor did I apply anywhere. I had also cleared written exam of State Bank of India Associates PO and appeared for its GD/PI, but I did not wait for its results and grabbed the opportunity of Union Bank. I also got a score of 188 in IBPS clerical exam, which I gave just to keep my preparations going without a break. (My IBPS PO roll no: 1371303339)

Q: Tell us the name of books, magazines, web-sites which have contributed in your success?
Ans:
Since I had been working with a corporate firm and simultaneously preparing for bank exams, it was a bit difficult for me to manage everything.
Being an Engineering graduate, Quantitative Aptitude has always been my strength. Therefore, I didn't have to study it in much detail. However, I used to refer some basic materials for brushing up the concepts.
Reasoning was an area where I had to put a lot of efforts. I referred CAT material for some of the chapters of reasoning. Apart from that, I practiced some of the chapters online.
General Awareness is perhaps the toughest area in bank PO exams. It is an area which has to be meticulously addressed. It may surprise a few, but I have never referred any special magazine or material for preparing GA. I have been a regular reader of The Hindu (for general news) and Mint (for financial news), these two newspapers sufficed the requirement of GA preparation for me.
English is also an area which needs planned preparation. I prepared most part of this section through regular newspaper reading and by reading few popular novels as well. Also, writing is my hobby and I write my own blog as well. So by that way, I improved my English section.
Remark: For General Awareness Preparation you can Click Here.

Q: What is your advise to the aspirants preparing for competitive exams?
Ans:
I have observed and felt that bank exams attract the maximum number of candidates. It would not be exaggerated to say that there is an obsession in our country to clear bank exams and become bankers. In such stiff competition, where lacs of candidates appear for few thousand vacancies, it is very much important to be at the top of the ranking. Apart from the regular subject preparations, actual performance on the examination day is also very crucial. Proper time management, uniformity in sectional attempts and identification of strong and weak areas are some of the factors which need to be given due consideration.
Besides this, developing Group Discussion and interview skills is also very important. There have been cases where candidates with very high written scores do not make to the final list because of under-performance in GD/PI. So, it is very important to develop all round skills required to be a bank officer.

Q: What was the medium of your interview and GD? Does medium make any difference?
Ans:
I have always followed a practice to answer the interview questions in the same language in which they are asked. I really put emphasize on speaking fluently with confidence by using the right mix of words for a particular subject. GD is also a very sensitive area, extensive subject reading and frequent mock discussions with friends help in performing well in Group Discussions.

Q: What do you think about www.bankexams.org , www.onlinegk.org and Bank Exams Preparation Group? Are they useful in your preparation?
Ans: Information technology has certainly changed the fate and face of almost every area of our lives. www.bankexams.org & www.onlinegk.org have always provided me with the latest and unbiased information. The group is also very much active and I could learn a lot of things from the admin's posts and fellow members' participation.

At the end I would say that, in order to clear a national level competitive exam, you need three things - Intelligence, Hard-work and a bit of Luck. Neither of them alone, nor the combination of any two is sufficient to get you to desired success. I wish all the very best to all the bank exams aspirants.
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