IBPS PO 2018 preparatory program

General Details

Exam: IBPS PO 2018

Topics/Subjects to be covered: The complete syllabus of English Language, QA/DI and Reasoning for both Prelims and Mains

Start date: Thursday, August 16, 2018

Number of sessions: Pre-recorded Classes (90) + Live Sessions (24)

Session duration: Pre-recorded Classes (60-90 minutes), Live sessions (90-150 minutes)

Program validity: January 31, 2019

Medium of instruction: English

Program fee: INR 8,000 (Adding GST @18%, the payable amount becomes INR 9,440)

Content & Coverage

You will get access to pre-recorded video classes, live sessions, recordings of live classes, and a closed community for general/academic discussion, queries, and resolution of doubts.

Session Plan: All the students will get access to 90 pre-recorded classes (60-90 minutes) and 24 live sessions (90-150 minutes). The break-up of sessions is given below.

-> English: 26 sessions

-> Arithmetic/DI: 32 sessions

-> Reasoning & other misc topics: 32 sessions

-> Mock test discussion: 15 sessions

-> Advanced Interaction: 9 sessions

Practice Material: All students will get access to Oliveboard's IBPS 2018 Practice Material that will include:

-> 20 Mocks for IBPS PO 2018 Prelims

-> 10 Mocks for IBPS PO 2018 Mains

-> All Topic Tests

-> Sectional Tests

-> GK Supplement with 2500 questions

Please note that we will conduct weekly sessions for General Awareness/Banking Awareness on our YouTube channel parallelly, and will release their PDF files. These sessions will be open to all.

Requirements & Eligibility

Familiarity: Only those students are expected to apply to the program who have seen most of the relevant content on our YouTube channel. Moreover, you should be comfortable with our language, mode of delivery, teaching methodology, etc. Please do not apply if you aren't comfortable with our style of teaching, or have got any kind of doubts or apprehensions regarding the quality, coverage, or any other matter.

Expectation: Though we will do almost everything from the basics, we still expect you to have gone through all the sessions on our YouTube channel and be thorough with the techniques discussed over there. It will take your understanding to a completely different level, and you will be able to extract the maximum out of the sessions. We will prescribe some prerequisites for some of the sessions, and will expect you to follow the advice.

Computer & Internet: You need to have a very good, stable internet connection to attend the live classes. Also, a desktop/laptop is the preferred mode to attend the live sessions, though you can do so on a mobile device as well. However, for watching the pre-recorded video classes and recordings of live sessions, there's not much difference in terms of user experience on a desktop/laptop and a mobile device, and it depends on the preference of a user only. Also, for watching the pre-recorded video classes and the recordings of live sessions, a slightly inferior internet connection may also do the job for you. For that you will need to download the videos on a mobile device (Android 4.4 and above) first, and then watch them. It can give you a seamless experience despite not having a great internet connection.

Mode of Delivery

Live classes: We will conduct live sessions over the platform of GoToWebinar. It works on both laptop/desktop and mobile devices. Because of the interactive nature of the live sessions, the experience is generally found to be better on computers.

Recorded sessions: You will be able to watch the recordings of live sessions if you miss a particular session or you want to repeat some part of it. You will be given access to a portal where all the pre-recorded classes and live sessions' recordings will be available till January 31, 2019. You may watch a video multiple times also if needed. However, if a login ID is found to be used on multiples devices and/or multiple locations regularly, or videos are found to be played for an inordinate amount of time, it will be considered a suspicious activity and your account might be suspended because of it.

Downloading of videos: You will be able to download the pre-recorded classes and live sessions' recordings in your mobile device for offline use later. However, this will be possible only through an android app which will work in a similar manner as Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video do. You can download the videos but you will not be able to extract them out of the device. The good part about this feature is that you will not be required to go online very time you want to watch even a small section of a session again. It will also save your internet data, and will be particularly useful for those students who don't have a great internet connection. This app will be available only for Android 4.4 (Kitkat) and above. Those students who intend to use only a computer to watch the videos will need to connect to the internet every time they want to watch them.

How To Apply

Please click on the link given below and fill the application form. Please fill it only if you are genuinely interested in the program and have got no further doubts/concerns. Please fill it very carefully as we will shortlist candidates on the basis of this form only. If shortlisted, you will get an e-mail within a few days with further instructions. Also, please use the same Google ID for logging into "Google forms" to fill the application form that you intend to use as your User ID throughout the duration of the program. The same also needs to be filled as your E-mail ID in the form. Please enter it very carefully. If that's even slightly incorrect, you will miss the communication from our end. Rest assured, we will not send you any pestering e-mails to join the program repeatedly. Also, please add info@meritshine.com into your address books to prevent our e-mail from going into the junk folder.

You are advised to read everything written on this webpage very carefully before filling the form.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who will teach in this program?
A. There will only be three teachers - Abhishek, Samir and Ratnabha. You should check their sessions on our YouTube channel before making up your mind about this program.

Q. What would be the schedule of sessions?
A. We will share the complete schedule of all the sessions with you in advance that will have the release dates of all the pre-recorded classes as well as the date/time of all the live sessions.

Q. Why is this program different in structure from the SBI PO 2018 program you offered a few months back? Why do you make these changes to your product offerings every time?
A. Yes, this program is slightly different in structure from our last program. The idea behind doing that is simple - to deliver more value to our students. So we keep thinking about it continually and make changes accordingly based on our observations and understanding of things. You may think of it as product enhancement that any progressive organization would want to do.

Q. Why have you introduced pre-recorded videos in this program, and reduced the number of live sessions as compared to the last program you offered?
A. We have done this to increase the coverage of the program. We will cover all the concepts, fundamentals, solved problems, tips & tricks in the pre-recorded classes, which you can watch at your own pace. Each pre-recorded session is like a complete live class, and you are expected to attend it like a class only, by pausing the video in between and following the instructions. So depending on your comfort level with a particular subject, a pre-recorded session will take anything from 2 to 3 hours for you to complete. The live sessions will be dedicated to things like test analyses, queries, general advice and other things that need interaction. Also, these pre-recorded sessions will be different from any of our YouTube sessions.

Q. Are these pre-recorded videos same as the recordings of live classes you conducted in the last program?
A. No, we will record them specifically for this program.

Q. What if somebody misses a live session or wants to repeat it?
A. Yes, it can be done by going to a portal for which you will get login credentials. You will be able to watch any recording a few hours after the live session has concluded.

Q. How many times can I watch a pre-recorded video or the recording of a live session?
A. There is no limit as such to the number of times you can watch them. If required, you can do it multiple times, as long as you don't misuse it.

Q. What is the meaning of "misuse" of videos?
A. This program is designed for a single person, and has been priced accordingly. You are not supposed to share your login credentials with others. So as long as you are not planning to do that, you don't have a reason to worry.

Q. What is the data consumption while attending the live sessions?
A. Though it varies depending upon the content of the session, the data consumed during a session rarely exceeds 500 MB. Most of the times, it is less than that. However, we recommend having a good data plan since this course will require availability of good internet at every stage.

Q. What is the size of the recorded sessions?
A. Live sessions' recordings are much lighter. A session of around 2 hours will be roughly around 150 MB only. We will capture only the content, not the webcams, while recording the sessions to make the sessions easier to re-watch, download and store in the mobile devices.

Q. What is the size of the pre-recorded classes?
A. The size of pre-recorded video classes will generally vary from 200 to 500 MB, depending upon the type of content.

Q. Should I go for the program if I want to attend the sessions on a mobile device?
A. Yes, you can, if your device runs on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) or above.

Q. Is iPhone/iPad not supported?
A. No, the app required to run the videos isn't available for iOS yet. You will need either an Android phone or a computer.

Q. Are we expected to buy any other books or practice material separately?
A. No, you don't need to buy anything else. There are quite a few free good resources on the web that we will recommend for additional practice.

Q. How would our doubts be resolved?
A. Through a closed community, much like the current fb group, but much better managed and controlled since the number of students will be much smaller. Though we always try to respond to every single student on any of our platforms, please don't apply if you expect "individual doubt solving sessions" from the teachers. It will not be a practical expectation. In fact, it is just a buzzword generally used for selling classroom programs. Nothing works better than collective wisdom if the people are smart, like-minded and focused. Having said that, we will be available to you guys all the time for contributing to the discussions and helping with your questions. No queries go unanswered on the platform unless they are irrelevant or repeated. All the students are expected to visit the page regularly and participate. There will no spam or uselss talk over there, just what you need - relevant academic stuff.

Q. Why do you have a screening process?
A. You shouldn't really look at it as a selection/screening process. From our experience, we understand that not everybody is at the same level in terms of preparedness, and not everybody learns at the same pace. So we do not want an expectation mismatch in any form. We don't plan to reach out to the masses to sell or market this program in any way. It is just meant for those students who know us already, trust us, and are comfortable with our teaching style. So the idea is to try to shortlist those students only who we believe are actually going to benefit through the program. Help us do that by filling the form sincerely. The sole objective of this exercise is to ensure we are going to spend our time with capable, sincere students who are desperate to succeed. At the same time, we don't want anyone to get stuck with us who isn't currently at a level where he/she can derive full benefit out of the program.

Q. How would this program be different from your SBI PO 2017 program and other sessions available on the YouTube channel of Meritshine?

A. We have put loads of good, relevant, structured content on our YouTube channel for everybody to use, including but not limited to the SBI PO 2017 program. Study from it, follow the advice, practise hard, and you should do well. There genuinely are some people who are in a bad financial shape, and cannot afford any kind of paid program. So for them, it's a complete package. And that's the reason we don't intend to remove it, and keep saying that it is complete in itself.

Our paid programs are meant to build further upon this understanding that you get from our YouTube lessons. They cover a much larger variety of problems, and are meant for those students only who want a deeper engagement with a small focused group. So if one understands the way we teach, and is willing to put in the extra effort, and managing the program fees is not too much of an issue, the program is definitely going to take him/her a couple of levels above from the current position. E.g. If we discussed "x" problems of arithmetic on YouTube, here the number will be like "3x", with all the variety possible. So the depth and the range will be much more. Basically, the idea is to anticipate and cover every relevant thing that can come in the exam. And familiarity with questions and their optimal solutions does help at the time you attempt the questions in any exam.

And always remember that it's a competitive exam, not your 10th Std. board paper. So there is no end to how much more you can do, unless of course you are AIR-1 already. Get as much as you can at every stage. Every mark counts. Ideally, try to get so much in the written part that the interview/GE becomes just incidental. Take no chances!

Q. Will you be able to complete everything before the prelims of IBPS PO 2018?
A. No, that's not possible because of the number of sessions we plan to conduct. However, we will structure it in a manner that you will be adequately prepared for taking the prelims. Prelims and Mains are two vastly different exams and the approach to crack them is also different. Will guide you accordingly.

Q. Should you not increase the frequency of sessions and try to finish everything before the prelims only?
A. No, that's not required. You will need to trust us on this. There is very little time and the schedule is packed; you won't be able to manage more than what's there already. You are not expected to watch the classes like watching movies; you will need to do a lot of work from your end after the classes. You will hardly have any time left.

Q. How will you be able to conduct 114 sessions in just around 90 days?
A. We will release 2 pre-recorded sessions in one day, one in the afternoon and other one in the evening. You will find all the details in the schedule.

Q. Who should not apply to the program?

A. All such people should not apply:

   -> Anybody who cannot work hard, and thinks just watching the sessions will get him/her selected. That's not gonna happen.

   -> Anybody who expects special individual attention from us. That will be an unrealistic expectation. Though we are always ready to answer any calls, we won't make you believe it will be like 'individual tutoring'. Don't join us if that's the reason. However, all our students know we try to respond to every single query even on our YouTube channel and our fb group.

   -> Anybody who finds it difficult to understand the English spoken by us. Please check our YouTube sessions for that. The program will not be bilingual; it will be in English only.

   -> Anybody who wants to just learn the basics, and doesn't really expect to get selected. We discourage you to join the program since the program will be quite rigorous in nature. Watch our YouTube sessions first. There is so much to learn from there. Join our next program once you are comfortable with how we teach.

   -> Anybody with poor internet connectivity and/or no decent device to attend the sessions.

Q. Can I enrol for a particular subject only?
A. We are sorry; that's not possible for us currently. We are not a huge corporate or a well-funded e-learning company to be able to afford doing that. They have their dedicated channels to manage SKUs. We have got nothing, but our ability to teach and our commitment towards students, at least at this stage.

Q. Would this program be helpful for IBPS Clerk preparation?
A. Yes, absolutely. Though it is targeted towards IBPS PO 2018, you should think of IBPS Clerk preparation as a subset of IBPS PO preparation only. Ideally, one should prepare for IBPS PO, and then may choose to appear for both the exams.

Q. Why are recordings available till January 31, 2018? What would be the harm if you make them available for a lifetime?

A. These are the reasons:

   -> We believe that's a reasonably big window for any serious candidate to revise and even re-revise the select parts multiple times. We advise all our students to make notes in the classes for revision later, the way you do in a conventional classroom. That will work for you, not watching the videos again and again. You should ideally be required to watch a video once only.

   -> You will get enough time to refer to the sessions even for IBPS Clerk preparation in case you feel the need to do so.

   -> There is a substantial cost involved with the maintenance and upkeep of encrypted content on the servers. When we did our calculations, we took into account this period only, otherwise the course fee would have gone much higher.

Q. Would the videos saved in a mobile device for offline use not work after the course validity expires?
A. Yes, they will not work after January 31, 2019.

Q. Will you help us with the preparation for interview?
A. There will be no separate sessions as such for interview preparation in this program. However, there is a lot of stuff that we have done already for interview preparation on our YouTube channel, which is enough for anybody to understand what all is needed to succeed in an interview. We will do more as and when needed. After that, it is your homework that makes you crack an interview. Having said that, we are always open to an occasional phone call from a sincere student going to appear for an interview.

Q. Will you guide us for Letter Writing & Essay?
A. Yes, we will do that through a session, and then expect you to work regularly towards it.

P.S. If you still have a query, you may call us at 999-0355-999.