I have always wanted to do something in the government sector and a Bank PO job allows me to serve the society to the best of my ability.
Team Crack it brings a new section in its blog, with interviews of toppers, experts and teachers to help you crack that exam. Today, we have:
- Abha Gupta
- IBPS PO-CWE 4
- Rank – 893
- Marks (Objective test) – 105/200
- Final marks (Objective test + interview) – 55.4/100
TEAM CRACK IT: Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this journey of becoming a Bank PO?
ABHA: I am from Delhi. I have done my Electronics & Telecommunication engineering from Jadavpur University in Kolkata. My father is a retired government servant and my mother is a homemaker. I have always wanted to do something in the government sector and a Bank PO job allows me to serve the society to the best of my ability.
TEAM CRACK IT: With the rise of the Internet, there is a huge amount of study material which is available online. How much do you rely on electronic material and how much on the paper material?
ABHA: While both are important, electronic material has become indispensable in recent times. I followed websites online regularly and it helped a lot in my General Awareness preparation. One good book for practicing Maths & Reasoning is also essential.
TEAM CRACK IT: How do you keep study momentum going on? How do you fight against the mood swings and distractions?
ABHA: We should never lose sight of our goal and keep working towards it. Regular breaks are a must and studying should be done in a planned manner.
TEAM CRACK IT: Do you think coaching is a MUST for successfully clearing the examination?
ABHA: No, one can manage without coaching as well.
TEAM CRACK IT:How does one tackle each section of Bank PO Exam Pattern?
ABHA: Last year, we did not have Prelims & Mains separately. There was a combined written examination followed by the Interview.
- For General Awareness – one should be thorough with the current affairs of the past 6 months. Also, one should be clear with basic banking concepts. The modules provided by some sites like Bankers adda are very useful in this regard.
- For English, Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning – solving past 3-4 years question papers is essential. One should practice as many questions as possible from any good competition book available in the market – I followed the one by Arihant Publication.
- For Computer – Module provided by some sites are very helpful. I am from engineering background, so did not need much preparation for this section.
TEAM CRACK IT: What were the changes in your mindset for Prelims, Mains and then the Interview?
ABHA: For the objective test, one should keep in mind the sectional cut-offs as well as the overall cut-off and then try to maximize the score. For the Interview, one should have sound banking knowledge and answer all questions confidently. One should also be prepared to answer questions based on one’s educational background and work profile.
TEAM CRACK IT: What were the biggest challenges you faced in your journey to becoming a Bank PO?
ABHA: The objective test is the biggest challenge and with lakhs of candidates appearing for the exam every year, one can never be sure of one’s chances of clearing the exam. Also, the objective test has 80% weightage in the final score and hence, should not be taken lightly.
TEAM CRACK IT: What are words of advice to our followers of the blog, who are appearing for IBPS Mains soon?
ABHA: Just work hard and give it your best shot – you’re sure to ace the exam!