If the change in pattern of the examination for recruitment of SBI probationary officers is threatening to stump aspirants, a group of six IITians are batting for them. Their start-up Testbook.com has launched a test series that offers a simulated environment for aspirants to get a feel of the exam pressure before the actual test.
Testbook.com test series is designed to help candidates prepare thoroughly for one of the largest online examinations. They have launched a test series for SBI PO Prelims 2015. Only 2000 vacancies were announced this year and the applicants are expected to cross 30 lakh, which means only one out of 1500 candidates would be selected. The changed pattern, the huge number of applicants and only 2000 vacancies have together made competition tougher than ever making thorough preparation mandatory. Speed and accuracy are key to success. Many aspirants said they found solving 100 questions in 60 minutes a tall order.
Ashutosh Kumar, CEO of the start-up told The Indian Express that when the SBI released the notification for SBI PO 2015, it said that the pattern has been revised. The examination is to be held in June. The introduction of a preliminary screening test would mean the exam will be held in three phases. The first is a short, 100-mark preliminary written test. Those who qualify will appear for the main examination, an online objective test and a descriptive English paper.
Practising for the tests by simulating the pattern and syllabus is essential for success, Kumar said. Testbook has launched a test series for SBI PO Prelim 2015 keeping these needs in mind. The series includes free tests and live tests to encourage candidates from all backgrounds and give them equal opportunities. The live tests are designed to simulate the environment of the exam, which allows for accurate benchmarking of students at the All India level.
The idea of live tests was conceived to bring lakhs of students on the same platform like the actual examination.
The idea is to simulate the pressure, which most students do not experience until it is time to actually deliver. With live tests, candidates can practise answering the questions and rid themselves of anxiety over the unfamiliar pattern. So far, over 1.1 lakh users have registered on testbook.com, having cumulatively solved over 57 lakh questions. In 2014, twenty thousand students attempted tests on Testbook’s platform for the SBI PO exam.
IITians Narendra Agrawal, Manoj Munna, Praveen Agrawal, Yadvendar Champawat and Abhishek Sagar have prepared the test series and made it available in Hindi as well. The comprehensive analysis compares candidates’ performances with toppers and with the average users. Topic-wise analysis and personalized recommendations ensure that the candidate gets a customised study plan, Kumar added.