India’s largest commercial bank, SBI conducts an examination to recruit Probationary officers (PO) every year. This year, the examination is scheduled in the month of July. The SBI PO recruitment exam requires months of preparation. You cannot prepare for the SBI PO examination in a week or two. One of the most important factors about SBI PO exam is that the exam format has been changing every year. In other words, you will find some questions based on new pattern every year.
Here, we have listed some common mistakes that you should avoid during your preparation.
1. Not following the time table
If you are a banking aspirant, you must have a good time-management skills as the banking examination tests the same along with your knowledge. Following a time- table will help you in managing your time for the exam. And when you are preparing for an examination like SBI PO, the time-table becomes one of the most important factors. So make your time-table right now and follow it honestly.
Always remember “Don't ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.” So prepare your time-table in such a manner that you can practically follow it. Strictly following the time-table will help you to revise the complete syllabus on time.
2. Avoiding your own Preparation Strategy
Everyone is different, and everyone has different learning styles too. You may learn the reasoning ability easily but may take a lot of time to prepare for the English language. Every aspirant is unique in this regard. So design your own preparation strategy, it will definitely benefit you in the exam and also boost your confidence.
3. Unclear Concepts
To crack examination like SBI PO, you must understand the concepts rather than just reading it. The conceptual clarity will help you find the right approach to solve the questions. Do not ignore basics at any time, as you cannot crack the SBI-PO exam by just remembering formulas or applying shortcuts.
4. Lack of regular revision
Revision is absolutely necessary to crack the exam with flying colours. Your exam preparation is incomplete if you do not revise effectively. Revision is the key to get a good score in SBI PO exam. You can also maintain a topic wise revision sheet to keep track of concepts or topics that you need to revise.
5. Focus on numbers of hours only
Aspirants should look at their preparation in terms of quality rather than quantity. You should not concentrate on the number of hours spent studying, but you should think about how much knowledge you gained in one day or one week.
6. Not doing an analysis of Mock Test
Taking a mock test on a daily basis is a must to crack SBI PO exam. Take a mock test on a regular basis and analyse your strengths and weakness. Once you are done with the syllabus, the first thing you should focus on is taking as many mock tests as possible.
Mock tests give you an idea regarding your relative standing in the cut throat competition of SBI PO exam. Take a standard mock test series and practice as many times as possible. Analyze your performance in Mock Test on a daily basis, figure out the reason of your mistakes and take corrective action immediately.
7. Neglecting any section
In SBI PO exam, you have to clear the cut-off marks for every section i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, English Language. You may be strong in some sections and may be weak in others. The first thing you should do is identify your strengths and weaknesses. Your preparation strategy should include proportionate time and preparation for every section.
8. Lack of Motivation
You should stay motivated during preparation phase to achieve the goal. Remember, Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.
This is very important since you should not lose focus on the ultimate goal that you are fighting for. This way you will get the motivation to push yourself a bit more in your preparation. That extra one hour will not be too much of stress for you. Don’t forget to remind yourself of your goal constantly.
Finally, be positive for your success and keep in mind that you have three months to go for SBI PO Prelims exam 2018. Don’t give up, learn from your mistakes and prepare hard.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”