My Success Story

Hello folks !

This is Priya Gupta from Indore.I have done my B.Sc in computer science. Currently i am working in Madyanchal Gramin bank as an Office Assistant (Multipurpose).

My journey of becoming financially independent started back in 2013.I did coaching of JEE MAINS in Allen kota but wasn’t able to clear it due to that I shattered and lost my confidence,my thinking became negative.Then I had to take admission in B.Sc (CS).i was reluctant but acquiesced.One day in a bus while talking to my school senior she suggested me that I should try for banking then I gave it a thought. after completing my 2nd year I took 2.5 months offline coaching for bank exams as I didn’t have guidance.After that I completed my remaining 3rd year of graduation.Since 2nd year I did various jobs like school teaching,home tutions,coaching etc as to support my studies.i completed my graduation in 2017.When I passed out of college in 2017 I made it clear in my mind that I would not pursue higher studies. Rather I will prepare for some job as I was not economically so good.I decided to focus on bank exams preparation fully.I prepared from various online platforms like gradeup,adda,oliveboard,studyniti,practisemock and testbook.Wrote Many prelims and mains mock tests and analyzed them fully and used to solve remaining questions later.I believe practise is the key to excel bank exams as it helps you in increasing your speed as well as accuracy which is prerequisite for prelims.

Exams in which I appeared

ist exam in which I appeared was SSC chsl in January 2017.it was my ist online exam.After that I appeared in ibps po 2017 but couldn’t even clear pre then I appeared in ibps clerk prelims in December 2017 and scored only 50 marks out of 100.In 2018 I appeared in SBI Clerk Prelims and cleared pre with very good Marks it boosted my confidence then I appeared in mains but due to typhoid I couldn’t clear MAINS then I shifted my focus little bit and tried writing,reading novels and did one more pvt job till april 2019 then again I appeared in SBI clerk prelims and I cleared it this time too but again missed mains.My name came in waiting list but I filled wrong category due to that I couldn’t join SBI in 2020.Then I appeared in LIC assistant exam.cleared pre and again missed MAINS.Then I appeared in Ibps po,ibps clerk and time time I filed RRB office assistant and officer scale 1 application form as well.And finally I cleared RRB office assistant.

Subject Strategy

Quant : Ist I cleared my basics of each and every topic of this subject then I used to practice gradeup and adda quizzes.Used to watch YouTube videos of various quant topics.Focused on short tricks and fast calculations.Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma has been very useful in clearing concepts.

Reasoning : Learned each topic very well through various YouTube channels. practiced lots of quizzes from various online platforms and focused more on puzzles and seating arrangements.

English : If one has a good command in english this can be a scoring subject in exam.Though I studied in hindi medium school but English always has been my strong point.I read lots of novels,blogs,newspaper (specially The Hindu editorial) online.Did writing as well.Then practiced quizzes and RCs from online platforms.Made a separate notebook for vocabulary and used to revise it.

Current affairs : Today there is no dearth of platforms available for Current affairs.Somtimes it gets so confusing and tedious to read from all those sources available and we often end up breaking our continuity. So after reading from many platforms I selected some sources which are as follows : 1) Affairs cloud daily pdf,Q & Answers pdf,exam pdf 2)Adda the hindu daily quizzes 3)Olivebaord 400+ questions series 4)Gradeup weekly quizzes 5)Latest Mains Mocks General awareness questions from any 2 platforms. 6)Latest YouTube Videos of current affairs some days before exam. I prepared current affairs from all these sources and trust me it’s more than enough.If you will follow these sources with continuity you will definitely score good Marks in Current affairs.For banking awareness YouTube videos and pdfs of the same are enough. Revision is must.

Computer Awarenss :pdfs of any 2 good platforms and YouTube videos will suffice.

Mock Test : In initial stage of my prep I used to write gradeup and testbook test series later I switched to oliveboard mock series.For pre I used to write 1 free mock of many sites as to get myself abreast with surprises.Same thing I followed for mains as well.But I followed oliveboard mocks religiously as it is as per the latest pattern of exam. Proper analysis and solving the unattempted questions are very important.Many times I used to got demoralised by seeing the test score but this is all about practice.If you will write and analyse more and more tests you will get at it better and better.

Mistakes which I have made This point will be very helpful to fellow aspirants who will be reading my success story.We often make mistakes which delay our success.i made many mistakes which delayed my success.I am mentioning those so that you guys learn from my mistakes without delaying your success. 1) Continuinty is the key. Some days I used to study for long hours and some days I didn’t used to feel like studying.this attitude is wrong.Later on I realized it and corrected it.

2) Not taking enough breaks.When you replace your other activities hours by study it means you are not efficient in your work.Same goes in professional life as well.Take enough breaks in between your study hours and treat yourself when you achieve your target.Do other activities like spending time with family and friends,leisure activities etc.

3)Healhty diet,sleep and excercise.These are the keys of overall wellbeing.One should never take them lightly.Sedentary lifestyle is lethal for health.

4) Belive in yourself.There will always be some people who will judge you and will try to put you down just to see themselves up but never listen to their bullshit and always always belive in yourself and your hardwork even when nobody believes in you.Because at the end of the day only you will be held responsible for your choices.

5)Learn from your mistakes.Failures are a part of success journey.without sour taste of failures one can’t enjoy the sweet nectar of success.But making mistakes alone won’t lend you anywhere in life but making mistakes while trying and learning from them would definitely lend you at better place in life.If you scored low in mock test then analyse it and check what silly mistakes you made or were you lacking in concepts,if you scored low in exams then find out where you lacked and improve upon them and don’t repeat your mistakes. same goes with everything in life.If we learn from our mistakes then it will definitely leads us towards the path of success.

Exam Strategy : 1)Pre : Pre is all about speed and a ccuracy.You have to solve 80 questions of Quant and Reasoning in just 45 minutes and cutoff is skyrocketing each passing year.smart and quick methods to solve questions in given time will sail you through the exam.Giving lots and lots of mock tests and analyzing them properly is the best way to ace the exam.

2) Mains : Mains is real hurdle in the journey of bank exams.Here also you have composite time of 2 hours in which you have to solve 200 questions of 5 subjects.Make your strategy beforehand which section you are going to attempt ist and how much time you are gonna devote to that particular subject as all subjects don’t carry equal weightage so make strategy accordingly and follow the same in mocks as well to form a habit.Don’t get panic by seeing difficult questions in exam.if it’s tough then it’s tough for everyone.skip and attempt easy ones ist.You don’t need to score 100% to clear the exam,remember that.Wrong selection of questions is among the main reasons of failure of bank exam aspirants and mocks come at your rescue in this.One mistake which I have done here is that i used to write mains mocks after pre which is wrong as after pre you left with very less time to prepare for mains so prepare for both pre and mains simultaneously.

At last I want to say thanks to people who made my journey interesting and they all have been very supportive in anyway possible.Ist of all Divya di who adviced me to come into banking sector may be god made me meet her in bus that day.My parents and my family who were always there with me in my thick and thin.Gaurav bhaiya who always motivated me and said yes for my admission in his coaching institute.Akash bhaiya who is my best friend always always stood by my side no matter what.he always belived in me and my struggles.Mehul my friend who is in LIC currently always helped me like a true buddy and tells me truth no matter how harsh it seems.that’s what for best friends are! My friend rajat I remember my ist online exam in which I made so many silly mistakes he helped me with recognizing those mistakes and he made sure I won’t repeat my mistakes.My brother Kapil who supported me and showed right path when my life was in total mess.I want to thank all the negative people too who made my path difficult to walk on.thanks because if they weren’t there how would my wil got so strong to succeed.Everytime when people used to put me down by saying that you can’t do it I used to work harder not to prove themselves but to prove myself that yes ! I can do it.My success journey doesn’t end here but it’s definitely a no looking back moment where I feel content and happy but I keep trying for becoming better version of myself each passing day.

“God has perfect timing ;never early,never late.It takes a little patience and it takes of lot of faith and self belief but it’s worth the wait.”

THANK YOU!

One Promise

One thing I ask of yourself,
Love me for who I am and be true!I promise to be your voice,
when you can’t find the words.
I promise to think about you,
wherever you are in the world.
I promise to wipe your tears,
when you feel you need to cry.
I promise to be your sweet melody of love,
who croons life.
I promise to be your rhyme which is prime!
I promise to sparkle you in my eyes,oh,so bright !
I promise to cherish you for the rest of my life,
while growing old with you.
I promise to be your confidante,
as you are mine.
In mesmerising  moonlit,Thousands twinkling stars,
I promise to be your brightest star.
You think,I’m crazy for loving you
I wish, you could see the person I see in you!

Optimal Health

“Health is Wealth” is true in every scenario. World is witnessing the pandemonium due to COVID19 pandemic.people need strong immune system to fight corona virus.people often know that health is wealth but seldom take it seriously. Nutrition,workout,positive mindset etc are essentials in order to stay healthy & fit but I am going to write about the importance of workout in this article. i will cover other topics in my next blog.I have read somewhere that “Exercise is king.Nutrition is queen.put them together & you’ve got a kingdom.” Actually in our young age we think “I’m fit”,i don’t have any weight issue, and i don’t have any disease so i don’t need to do workout.You can be fit without workout in some specific circumstances but not in long run.People often underestimate the meaning of staying healthy and fit.if they don’t have any disease they think they are healthy but it is not enough.

The WHO has defined health as ” A state of complete physical,mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or illness or infirmity.

Staying healthy means be at peak of your optimal health, your enthusiasm for life,your sanity, your happiness,your mental and emotional health.Putting your body,heart and mind in harmony.Optimal health is important because without it, do whatever,get whatever,acquire whatever,living to the highest joy possible is not possible.

We live in such a age where we are bombarded with lots of information about fitness on internet : Celebrity workout videos,beauty tips,gyms, wellness centres, supplements to name a few.I am not saying that one should be unconscionable about workout or be a fitness freak.But one should understand the benefit of work out and engage yourself in any kind of physical activity. Work out simply means any kind of physical activity which keeps you fit according to your body type,lifestyle and surroundings.In ancient time people didn’t used to go to the gym but still they were healthy and fit because there were not machine labour present.But today human labour is replaced by machines so we need to do workout in order to stay fit and active.People often make one very common execuse that “we don’t have time to do exercise”.we have kids to look after,office,job,study,busy schedule so we don’t get time and they don’t start taking their health seriously until they get any disease or health issue.so it’s better to understand the pitfall of any kind of illness before it occurs.After all, we all know “prevention is better than cure”.If your schedule is busy then make yourself more disciplined and prioritize your tasks.

I want to put down some of views on “why optimal health is important” :-

1)Feel better – with more energy,better mood,feel more relaxed and improved sleep quality and strengthens immunity,helps in weight management,increases flexibility and increases muscle mass.

2)Recover better from periods of hospitalization or bed rest.

3)Regular workout reduces the risk of chronic diseases,cardio vascular diseases and osteoporosis in old age.

4)Excercising or any kind of physical activity increases the release of feel good hormones like endorphins,dopamine,serotonin into the bloodstream that energize well into most of your day.

5)Working out or staying physically active is more important to women as it helps them with menstrual cramps,in pregnancy, natural birth (during labour),and significantly reduces the risk of breast cancer.And a healthy mother passed this legacy of health to their child.

6)Staying healthy and fit saves you from physical, mental and emotional turmoil you face after getting any kind of illness no matter how minuscule it is,it is enough to make your life topsy & turvy.

7)If you are ill it puts extra pressure on your pocket plus on economy plus the amount of time you waste in doctor’s appointments.In some diseases you get dependent on medications and put on certain restrictions which feels like incarceration and its onerous to people around you who takes care of you in such time.

I hope these 7 points are motivating enough to move your body for staying healthy and fit.Set achievable goals.Don’t fall victim to the ‘all or nothing’ mentality.if you can only find the time for one or two exercise sessions per week at the moment,congratulate yourself on this achievement.Every little bit helps and some exercise is significantly better than no exercise at all.Imbibe the importance of optimal health. Cease the bad habits or laziness and seize the ecstasy of optimal health.

I’m a woman,what’s your superpower ?

I am a woman and misery is served me in thousand ways.

From foeticide to genital mutilation,

From sexism to objectification,

From gender based discrimination to sexual assault,

how far down will these miseries go ?

Creepy stares & groping make me feel horrible,

why marital rape is still incognito ??

I am in grip of MALE DOMINANCE over the years…

Its serpentine tongue wrapped tightly around my neck.

From periods to Body Shaming,

Dowry to Domestic Violence,

Unequal pay to harassment at workplace,

Eve-teasing to Rape,

From being liability to being object to please their needs,

These miseries trapped and chained and jailed me completely.

Make me break and lose my mind.

yet, I chose to Rise and Shine

Achieved many milestones and proved that i am no less than them.

I am multifaceted and bear immense strength too.

I hold universe in me.

YES! I’am a woman, what’s your superpower ??

Gender inequality: Root cause of all the problems women are facing.

Today’s women’s day.Women’s Rights and gender equality are taking centre stage in 2020.This year’s theme for international women’s day (8 March) is,”I’m generation equality:Realizing women’s Rights“.The “generation equality campaign” is bringing together people of every gender,age,ethnicity,race,religion and country,to drive actions that will create the gender equal world we all deserve.

We all read,write,watch and talk so much about issues related to women’s rights ofcourse more than men’s rights.We only celebrate  women’s day not men’s day.We talk and debate about issues like discrimmination sexual harassment,domestic violence,rapes to name a few.Women and different organizations,activists from all over the world make efforts to eliminate such practises.But let me say it all boils down to only one thing “gender equality”.what actually women want ? They just want to be treated equally as their male counterparts.that’s it.it is as simple as that.What makes is complicated is the way to achieve gender equality,because the severe the problem the more efforts it needs to address.Gender inequality is ingrained in beliefs,practices,culture,gender,lifestyle,the way we act,think,talk and behave with women.Not only men are culprit of this prevailing gender inequality but women are also culprits by some way or other.Women also become enemy of their own.That’s why it didn’t stop to only that generation. It is inherited by preaching these gender stereotypes to upcoming generations. Though today’s women’s are taking front row in many areans but there is still long way to go.Gender equality demands innumerable changes.Change,however,is not just about big headlines,moments,legal victories and international agreements: the way we talk think,act,treat everyday can create a ripple effect that benefits everyone. UN women org has published 12 small actions with big impact for generation equality which I am going to summarise below. Ever heard saying “a woman’s work is never done”? Well,it’s true: women take on three times more unpaid care and domestic work than men.That’s time and energy taken away from women to advance their career,earn more money and enjoy leisure activities.Men need to show care: commit to evenly sharing household chores,parenting responsibilities and other unpaid work.Now the question arises how many men follow it ? only those whose wives,sisters or mothers are aware of above mentioned things.Before even hitting puberty,girls across the world already carry internalized beliefs about their place,worth and role in society as dependent,vulnerable or incapable and are told to act accordingly,reinforcing gender stereotypes and keeping girls from realizing their full potential. it’s hard to unlearn these kinds of beliefs.That’s why it’s so important to start addressing them early.Women are already facing so much in the name of ideals but body shaming is prevailing.Though beauty standards vary from place to place,they almost always promote a narrow,unrealistic vision of femininity.Women are often expected to devote far more time,energy and money to their appearances than their male counterparts.This kind of double standard proliferates the sense that women’s bodies aren’t really their own– that they’re objects intended for public consumption.Unrealistic physical ideals can also manifest in serious mental and physical harm.The advertising industry drives sales by playing up these ideals and exploiting the insecurities they foster.Rethink your beliefs on what it means to be beautiful.Do you ever think what leads to acid attacks,rapes and sexual harassment ? gender inequality is the answer. fake masculine person thinks women are objects to pacify their needs.So he wants to get her the way he wants.if she says no then he shows his dominance by committing heinous crimes like acid attacks and rapes.Martial rape is also the result of fake masculinity and dominance over women.There is many more issues.But all have one common root cause – ingrained gender inequality.

न जाने कोन पहर किसने दस्तक दी

My friend wrote really beautiful poem that I couldn’t resist to share it on my wordpress site.Hope you all will like it.

न जाने कौन पहर ठहरा है , ना जाने किसने दस्तक दी,
मन की चौखट पर आये मोती , न जाने किसने मस्तक दी।
इन सुहानी शाम से पूछो , बहती नदियों के नाम से पूछो,
पूछो की वह कितनी कितनी खूबसूरत है,
पूछो की प्रेम की क्या मूरत है।
सोचता हूं जड़ दु सितारे उसके आँचल में,
या कभी सोचता हु भर लू उसे अपने ही आँचल में।
रह लूंगा वीराने में, सहारे उसने जो खुशियां दी
न जाने कौन पहर ठहरा है, न जाने किसने दस्तक दी।

रात के आगोश में, बातों का कोलाहल है
है अब सब कुछ थमा हुआ सा, अनजानी सी हलचल है।
रात के अंधियारों में नींदे करवट लेती है।
मखमल के कपड़े भी छूने से सलवट लेती है ।
एक सिरहन सी दोड़ पड़ी है, छूने के कम्पन्न से
में जाहिर करू अपने जज़्बातों को, एक किसी चुम्बन से।
में महसूस करता हु तुझे, जो राते तूने अब तक दी।
न जाने कौन पहर ठहरा है, न जाने किसने दस्तक दी।

Originally written by

Kamlesh Choudhary

Nothing is Bigger

No Dream is bigger than your happiness,

No material things are bigger than your mental peace,

No success is bigger than your sweaty efforts,

No wealth is bigger than your health,

No person is worthy than your self worth,

No money is bigger than your selflessness,

No silhouette is bigger than your inner beauty,

No Privilege is bigger than your freedom,

No Religion is bigger than humanity,

No chauvinism is bigger than righteousness.

Despite all the adversities choose happiness.That’s all that eventually matters.

What’s Holding You Back

What’s holding you back,

The shackles of this society?

Or the chain of your loved ones??

fear of failure or fear of delayed success ?

are you thinking about the tag ?

mean or meaningful….

What u will get ??

Don’t you able to see circumstances tied you in its shakeles

Now you are screaming to free yourself.

Nobody listening you now…don’t worry.

In the chaos of your so called ideal world,

you kept on ignoring your heart’s calling.

you kept on running and running for the sake of making it work

you kept on blaming yourself

You didn’t even realise when you became too harsh on yourself.

I know,the door is not always so wide open

But you had belief in yourself.

Then what’s holding you back for so long

that now the time started taking a toll on you.

Just free yourself from all these for a while,

and ask yourself where you belong ??

just a nudge to self….i put my thoughts simply without caring about grammatical errors or anything….ignore errors!wanted to save it in draft but thought it’s just a nudge….😃

Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder

no matter,how cliche this line sounds but it’s so true.Whether it is person or thing it is applicable to all.A most beautiful creation may seems frivolous to another or vice versa.Basically,it is the beholder’s attitude towards seeing or identifying a beauty.Beholder needs to be trained to see beauty differently not the beauty needs to be changed.There is no definition of beauty as we can neither define it in words nor can judge it.Beauty depends on the qualities of beholder more than the qualities of itself.Even the quirkiest things may seem beautiful to some while the most beautiful gift of life seems ugliest to some.So it depends totally on beholder’s attitude towards it.

In the age of social networking sites,selfies,high definition cameras,filters we are inclined towards fake beauty.We are hiding our real self which we are.

Steven Bartlett said :

Social media has made “PERFECT” look achievable,so now “REAL” has become undesirable.

Expecting perfection from life, friends,your partner,your career and from yourself is the enemy of happiness.

Instead of perfection,search for balance,contentment,fulfilment and progress.

we often compare ourself with others.We try to be someone else than what we are.In this race we often tend to lose the sense of individuality.I don’t understand why there is always a certain fixed criteria of beauty that it ought to be this way.When we have certain thoughts about how it ought to be we can’t see how it is, and this is what we all are doing.We underestimate the power of good heart and good qualities of a person over a good look.A beauty and well crafted body catches eyes,I agree,it surely does.But a person gets bored with it after some time.What matters in the long run is good qualities which is infectious.By saying this I don’t mean one should not do efforts to look beautiful.There is nothing wrong in it.But don’t compromise with being a good person having very good qualities.Don’t make other feel bad if they don’t fit into your small definition of beauty.It is clearly visible in comment section of social networking sites.people troll mindlessly if one is fat,have dark complexion or don’t look in a certain way.Train yourself to see or identify a beauty differently.