How to crack bank PO exam in six months

सौरभ पांडे
सौरभ पांडे

बरेली रोड, हल्द्वानी निवासी सौरभ पांडे का सलेक्शन बैंक पीओ के लिए हुआ है। उन्होंने यह एग्जाम पहले प्रयास में ही पास कर लिया। सौरभ बीटेक ग्रेजुएट हैं। उन्होंने पढ़ाई पूरी करने के बाद कारपोरेट सेक्टर में नौकरी भी की। प्राइवेट नौकरी उन्हें रास नहीं आई। घर लौटकर बैंक पीओ की तैयारी शुरू की। सौरभ बताते हैं कि चौबीस घंटे पढ़ाई में डूबे रहना महत्वपूर्ण नहीं है बल्कि कंप्टीशन की तैयारी का तरीका अहम होता है। प्रीलिमिनरी को पास करने के लिए रोजाना चार घंटे पढ़ाई पर्याप्त होती है जबकि मेन्स के लिए सम-सामयिक घटनाक्रम पर नजर होनी चाहिए। उन्होंने छह महीने की तैयारी में यह परीक्षा पास की। वह बताते हैं कि कुछ लोग सोचते हैं कि कंप्टीशन पास करने के लिए खुद की तैयारी पर्याप्त है मगर वह इस राय से सहमत नहीं हैं। उनका मनना है कि कोचिंग में आपकी तरह तैयारी करने वाले मिलते हैं। वहां एग्जाम के स्तर के बारे में पता चलता है और खुद की तैयारी का भी मूल्यांकन कर सकते हैं। वहां तैयारी के कुछ महत्वपूर्ण तरीके भी पता चलते हैं। वह पीओ की परीक्षा पास करने के लिए मैथ्स और ऐनालिटिकल पार्ट की प्रेक्टिस को महत्वपूर्ण मानते हैं। सौरभ साझा कर रहे हैं अपने अनुभव।

By Saurabh Pandey

Haldwani: According to the census of 2011, about 65% of the Indian population is below the age of 35 years. This group of the Indian demographic consists of school-going teenagers, college-going adolescents but most importantly, job-ready adults. With limited employment opportunities in the private sector and government jobs offering decent (if not at par with the former) salaries along with job security, the Indian youth is finding it a lucrative career path yet again.

After completing my graduation in 2016 and then getting a little taste of the corporate world in the following year, I decided to give the path a go myself by applying for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in a public-sector bank through the annually conducted examination by the ‘Institute of Banking Personnel Selection’. With less than 3600 seats to compete for (around 1700 for aspirants belonging to the UR category like me) and immense competition (aspirants in tens of lakhs), it didn’t sound like an easy task at the time and believe you me, it wasn’t a joyride by any means. Thankfully, however, my hard work of 6 months paid off and I got a seat in a leading bank. So, through this piece, I am sharing a few thoughts that I hope, might help someone in the same way.

In order to start preparing for the first round of the exam i.e, the ‘preliminary’, I joined a reputed coaching institute of the city. Now, some may think that self-study is a better option but in my opinion, by being around people who are fighting the same battle for themselves, you get a very good idea of the level of competition you are facing and where you stand among them. Also, you get to learn some tricks of the game that can help you a long way in scoring a few extra marks that may prove game-changing in the long run.

Now, just attending classes and mugging up facts is not going to help a bit if one doesn’t practice the analytical and mathematical part thoroughly. It may come as a surprise to some but studying rigorously for countless hours is not the key either. Investing in quality study, even if it is just 3-4 hours every day is good enough. For the second leg of the examination, i.e, the ‘mains’, keeping an eye on current affairs and reading editorials of newspapers like ‘The Hindu’ regularly is also what every aspirant should do. Attempting mock tests online is another good way of getting yourself prepared for the big day whilst tracking your preparation against competitors from around the nation.

To prepare for the interview round, I went back to the coaching centre and attempted a number of mock-interview sessions. This way, I got a clear idea of how to present myself in front of the panel on the big day and plan ahead for any unexpected or uncomfortable questions that I might face.

But even after doing all this, no one can crack any examination if he/she is not motivated enough for the goal and prepared to go the extra mile for it. The path to success is never easy, but the reward at the end sure makes it all worth it. This may sound cliched but the human mind can work wonders if you focus it towards the right direction, all you need is a strong will.

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