Banking & Financial Awareness
SBI PO 2020 Topper Interview – Role of Online Study Material in Bank PO Exam – Akshay Rishu
- Interview: Hello, welcome to Study IQ. Tell us something about your educational background?
Akshay Rishu: I passed my 10th and 12th from the CBSE board.
Patna is where I earned my bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
- Interview: Why inclination towards the banking sector?
Akshay Rishu: I wanted to be a teacher, but I learned that the banking industry is growing and that it has some advantages.
- Interview: Did you aim for SBI PO from the beginning?
Akshay Rishu: I wanted to be PO for me all were equivalent whether it is IPBS or Gramin sector, but I am happy I got SBI as it is a prestigious organization.
- Interview: Tell us about your journey from 2018 to 2021?
Akshay Rishu: After my graduation, I started with a part-time job cum startup, it could not be successful and I eventually lost interest in it.
In 2019, I received several rejections; as a result, I came across Gaurav Garg’s sir name and began watching his motivational videos.
From there, I began taking exams and working hard to achieve my goal of becoming a PO.
- Interview: What would have been reasons do you think that lead to rejection in previous attempts?
Akshay Rishu: I lacked adequate instruction and research materials.
- Interview: What was your approach to the Prelims?
Akshay Rishu: Since the time allotted for each segment is shorter in the prelims exam, the pace is essentially measured.
Before the preliminary exam, I gave 20 practice tests.
- English- Practice reading comprehension and keep up with newspapers like The Hindu.
- Math – Put in a lot of practice time. Answer as many questions as you can. Clear the basic concepts first, then move on to higher-level questions.
- General Awareness –is a determining factor in both the mains and the interviews. Gk should be a formidable opponent. Around 5 to 6 months before the test, keep up with current events. I kept up with Gaurav Garg’s daily news.
- Reasoning-Nowadays, puzzles are often asked.
Interview: What was your strategy for the Mains exam?
Akshay Rishu: For the mains test, accuracy is crucial, and conceptual-based questions will be asked.
- Tricks that worked in the preliminary exams won’t work in the mains.
- Mains questions take a long time to complete.
- The depth of one’s expertise is checked.
- Data interpretation questions based on arithmetic are asked.
- Only because of English and gk was I able to pass my Mains exam.
Interview: How did studying IQ help you prepare for your exams?
Akshay Rishu: From the last 5 to 6 months, I followed Gaurav Garg’s best 300 current affairs sets (there are 4 sets for each month) and revised each set four times for a total of 16 times for each month.
I learned the basics for the interview from Study Iq’s YouTube channel (I watched Ankit Agarwal Sir’s video on the economy).
- Interview: How should the mocks be approached?
Akshay Rishu:30 days before the test, begin giving mocks.
Until the preliminary exam, take 20 practice exams.
The pattern of the mains exam is different.
Time is sufficient for the mains test.
- Interview: Do you have any advice for people who don’t have a math background on how to plan for the PO exam?
Akshay Rishu: Only English and gk can be high-scoring subjects; maths is only needed to pass the cutoff.
- Interview: How can smart study be implemented, according to you?
Akshay Rishu: Don’t follow a lot of resources; instead, look for good content and read the PDFs you can get from Telegram.
Every day, put in your best effort.
Stuff should not be piled up.
- Interview: How did you go about preparing for the interview?
Akshay Rishu: First and foremost, I’d like to emphasize that panelists are there to select you, not to condemn you.
- Make a list of all of your talents and abilities.
- Say no politely if you don’t know the answer to that.
- They examine your personality rather than your intelligence, which they have already examined.
- I believe it was sole because of the interview that my name was added to the final merit list.
Interview: What kind of preparation did you do for the interview?
Akshay Rishu: I didn’t sign up for any practice interviews.
- I devised a plan with a friend who had already passed the IBPS PO exam, and we used to cross-question each other on a variety of subjects for ten days prior to the interview.
- We used to double-check everything before we were happy.
- I learned the basics from Study Iq’s YouTube channel (I watched Ankit Agarwal Sir’s video on the economy and several other educators’ videos on various topics).
- I was well-prepared in terms of current events.
Interview: What kind of questions did you get asked during the interview?
Akshay Rishu: The panel wanted to know what I had learned and come.
I wasn’t strong enough in any one topic, so I explained that I had studied myself and come.
They asked me ten questions about myself, and I was able to answer all of them satisfactorily.
- Interview: How do you feel about your capacity to take risks?
Akshay Rishu: For mains quant and gk, use the elimination process (recall things and play smartly)
The willingness to take risks will come from giving mocks on a regular basis.
- Interview: What message would you like to send to other hopefuls?
Akshay Rishu: When you experience rejection, take a week off.
Anyone who wants to learn more gk in less time can keep up with Gaurav Garg’s current affairs.
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