Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who will teach in this program?
A. Meritshine never compromises on the quality of teaching and content. There will only be three teachers in this program - Abhishek, Samir and Ratnabha. They are vastly experienced in this field, and understand what it takes to guide a student to clear an aptitude test. They themselves have taken numerous such tests and done phenomenally well in them. Thousands of successful students vouch for their teaching methodology and attribute their success to Meritshine's teachers. You should check their sessions on our YouTube channel before making up your mind about this program.
Q. Would this program be different from your SBI PO 2019 program?
A. Yes, this will be significantly enhanced. Apart from the usual addition/updation/optimization of the content, we have added class exercise sheets as well to the program. So you will get to solve related, relevant problems on our prep portal after every concept session and will not need to use any external sources. The sheets will be designed in a manner that they will test you exactly on what has been taught in a particular class and its application. They will thus help you in testing your understanding of the topic and, in fact, taking it a lot further. Also, the number of sessions has been greatly increased to introduce new problem types to prepare you adequately for the ever-changing exam. We keep thinking about value-addition 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. Does this program offer anything above the IBPS PO 2019 program as well?
A. Yes, as we already mentioned, we continually keep thinking about adding more value to our offerings. We will add around 25-30 new sessions to this program keeping in mind the changes the exams have been undergoing of late. Also, the mock tests discussed will be new, and even the other live sessions generally tend to be a little different every time. We will add the kind of questions that have been asked recently, their variations, and also the problems that we expect can be asked in the exam going forward. The idea is to give students more exposure to new and unseen problems, develop their thinking and problem-solving abilities, and equip them with the ability to handle anything that the exam may throw at them. Also, we are working on creating more class exercise sheets to cover a larger variety of problems. We can confidently say that this one will undoubtedly be the Meritshine's most comprehensive preparatory program till date.
Q. How does a combination of pre-recorded videos and live classes work? What is the structure like?
A. We have realized from our experience that most of our students like to watch the concept sessions in the pre-recorded mode since that gives them the freedom to learn at their own pace. So we will cover all the concepts, fundamentals, solved problems, tips & tricks in the pre-recorded classes. You are still expected to treat each pre-recorded session like a live class and do it on the day of the release itself. The delivery style will be very similar to a live class, and you will need to keep pausing the video in between and following the instructions. 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. Since the pre-recorded sessions are more crisp, that enables us to add more content to them making them much more exhaustive. The live sessions will be dedicated to things like test analyses, higher-level problems, queries, doubts, general advice and other things that need interaction, and will be conducted after doing the concepts.
Q. How many questions will be there in the class exercise sheets? Will they be sufficient practice for us? Would class exercise sheets be given after all 140 sessions? Would we need any other source to practise?
A. The number of questions will vary based on the requirements of the topic. So a particular session can have 100 questions while another can have just 25 questions. But whatever we give you will be sufficient to practise solving questions based on what you have learnt in the session. Though there is no end to the amount of practice one can do, these sheets along with the Oliveboard's practice material you will get will be sufficient practice for any sincere student. The sheets will be given after all the concept sessions. Needless to mention, no sheets will be required after doubt/strategy sessions, advanced problem-solving classes and mock analysis sessions.
Q. Is the content of this program in any way similar to the content present on the YouTube channel of Meritshine?
A. No, the content of these sessions will be completely different from that of any of our YouTube sessions. We will not repeat the content/questions/examples anywhere. The only thing similar will be basic rules/concepts/methodology, for topics that we have done on YouTube, which cannot be changed. This program will build further upon the knowledge that a student may have acquired from our YouTube lessons. We will cover a much larger variety of problems in this. All these sessions will be designed to augment your understanding of the subjects tested in the exam, in line with the latest exam pattern, and will include all kinds of questions that have been asked in the exam and their reasonable possible variations.
Q. So are the YouTube sessions of Meritshine a must-watch before one thinks of enroling in this program?
A. It is not mandatory for many topics since we will do them from scratch. But it is still advisable to watch everything from our YouTube channel since the problems discussed would be different. We anyway believe that most of the students who enrol with us have already been through most of our content on YouTube. There are some parts like grammar, vedic math, puzzles, etc. that need to be done compulsorily from our YouTube channnel first. We have not repeated them in the paid sessions (that would be a waste of time) and rather used their further applications in the paid program to optimize the learning experience. We will discuss all this in detail in the orientation session of the program.
Q. How would our doubts be resolved?
A. Through a closed community, much like the "Meritshine Study Group" on facebook, 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 enrol 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. Moreover, most of the doubts are common. So if you are regular and sincere, you would realize that most of the things you wanted to ask are getting answered automatically. In fact, you get to learn a lot of other interesting and useful things as well by going through other students' queries and their responses. When a few good people interact, they learn from each other and are generally able to find solutions to even the most complicated of problems. And we will be available to you guys for contributing to the discussions and helping you with your questions. No queries go unanswered on the platform unless they are irrelevant or repeated. Our past students can vouch for that. If there is something that we feel requires more attention, we will take it up during the sessions. All the students are expected to visit the page regularly and participate. There will be no spam or uselss talk over there, just what you need - relevant academic stuff.
Q. I don't like using facebook since I have realized that it distracts me from my studies. Is it necessary to join this closed fb group?
A. Yes, it is very important. This group is one of the reasons why this program is much more than a video course. Apart from what we have mentioned above, there are some activities which are just not possible to do individually. E.g. We generally open a thread to give feedback on descriptive writing to the interested students. We can do it individually as well for a few students, but then it won't benefit everyone. So we do it on the group. Even if one chooses not to put his/her piece for evaluation, one can still learn by looking at what others have written and the feedback they have received. That's the utility of a good community. For anybody who feels facebook may prove to be a distraction, we advise creating a separate ID just for this program. Do not add any friends to it, do not browse, just use this group through that ID. And you will soon realize how powerful a tool fb can be. You just need to learn to use it optimally for your studies. It has worked for thousands of students earlier. It will work for you as well.
Q. Why does Meritshine not teach in Hindi? I can understand English, but still feel I would be more comfortable if I get to learn in Hindi or through a bilingual program.
A. We understand it is a little tough to learn in a language which we are not used to, but you must have passed that stage already if you are reading this page, and have been through our YouTube lessons. Now it is just a matter of continuing further and getting better at the language every day. Many of our students are from Hindi medium. They try, they face some problems at times initially, but then they start getting it easily after some time. How should you deal with any weakness of yours? By taking it head-on. It's the same that's needed here. Please understand that English is a language, not just a subject. It takes time to master unlike some other subjects. Start reading, writing, watching English new channels, and conversing in English, regularly. Make it a part of your life. Embrace it! You will get comfortable gradually. You need to be good at English not only to clear this exam, but also to do well in your professional life. There is a reason they check your English skills. 90 out of 250 marks are allotted to English in this exam, isn't it... Why? Because basic understanding of English will be important even when you start working.
All of us are very comfortable teaching in Hindi. In fact, we thought about teaching in Hindi a few times, but the reasons mentioned above stopped us from doing it every time. Being able to understand the basic English that we speak may be the first step in the right direction for many of you. That's our way of persuading you to get more comfortable with English. And it has worked for so many of our students who now feel they carried this "English problem" for too long when they could have dealt with it much earlier.
As far as conducting a bilingual program is concerned, it will be a sheer waste of time, for us and for our students. The same thing that we teach in 60 minutes will then take 120 minutes, isn't it... We have tried it in the past, and it did not work well. In fact, that mode used to irritate everyone. Imagine what it would be like for:
1) Those who understand only Hindi - They won't understand half the things we say. It will be irritating...
2) Those who understand only English - They also won't understand half the things we say. Again irritating...
3) Those who are comfortable with both Hindi and English - A waste of time for them listening to exactly the same thing in two languages. Irritating yet again...
Please give it a thought. We do not want you to enrol with us if you think you will not understand what we teach because of your poor English. Then our advice for you is to start preparing with our YouTube sessions first. After going through those, your English will definitely improve. So many of our students say that their English improved by attending not just our English classes, but also by watching our quant/di/puzzles sessions. Yes, that's the difference exposure makes. However, if you are okay at English, you can understand most of it, and it is just a matter of coming out of your comfort zone, it is time to do it now. It is about your career.
Q. What would be the schedule of sessions?
A. You will get the schedule of sessions in advance for the next few weeks. It will have the release dates of the pre-recorded classes as well as the dates of live sessions.
Q. What would be the frequency of sessions?
A. It will vary based on the stage at which the program is running. We will start with just 2-3 sessions per week, since we will give you certain tasks to complete initially, and then we will gradually increase the frequency as the exam approaches.
Q. Would the sessions be on weekdays or weekends? What will be the timing of sessions?
A. Sessions can be conducted both on weekdays and on weekends. The students will come to know about the exact schedule for the next few weeks in advance so that they can plan their studies accordingly. The time for both pre-recorded and live sessions will be 09:00 pm, irrespective of the day of the week. Since all the sessions will remain available till the expiry of the program, you do not need to worry about missing any sessions.
Q. Would the pre-recorded videos look like the recordings of live classes?
A. No, they will look and sound much better since they will be recorded for this purpose only.
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 the recording of any particular live session a day after the session has been conducted.
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 or use anything else apart from what we provide you. It is more than sufficient.
Q. You used to have a screening process for admissions earlier. Why did you do away with it?
A. Yes, we have made this change in the admission process of this program. What we had wasn't really a selection/screening process, but a simple exercise to ensure we got sincere students who could understand and appreciate the way we teach. It was designed 2.50 years back when we had started offering paid programs. We were very new to this back then, and most students did not know us well enough. The primary purpose of the exercise was to avoid any expectation mismatch, and counsel those students who we thought would not fit into the program. We did not even have a webpage like this at that time to explain our program offering, and so many students found it tough to understand our expectations. Now after spending this much time in the industry, we have realized that most of the students who are interested in our paid programs know about us and have gone through at least some part of our YouTube content. Going through this page also helps them take an informed decision. It was also apparent from the quality of forms we received in the last couple of programs we offered. So we decided to do away with that exercise in the admission process and make it smoother for the interested students. Our expectation now from the students is to just read this page carefully and then take a decision on their own.
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 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. Would this program have some sessions common with Meritshine's SSC CGL 2019 program?
A. Yes, there will be some similarities in the content, and there will be a few common concept sessions as well. However, the two offerings will be quite different. A large number of sessions (70-75%) and also other things like the flow of sessions, class exercise sheets, test series, mock analysis sessions, doubts & strategy sessions, etc. will be unique to this program.
Q. Is the preparation for prelims/mains different? Can I enrol only for prelims or only for mains?
A. No, that's not possible. We understand that prelims and mains are two vastly different exams and the approach to crack them is also different. However, the preparation is linked quite closely. One has to start working for prelims first, and then take it up a level higher for mains.
Q. Who should not enrol in the program?
A. All such people should not enrol:
-> Anybody who cannot work hard, and thinks just watching the sessions will get him/her selected because so many people attribute their success to Meritshine. That's not gonna happen. We guided them, and they worked hard. That's how it happened.
-> Anybody who expects special individual attention from us. That will be an unrealistic expectation. Though we are always ready to answer any questions, 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. What we can say is that unless you have impractical expectations about personal attention, you will not feel disappointed.)
-> 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 an option. It is a comprehensive program covering the syllabus of English, QA/DI and Reasoning for both Prelims and Mains.
Q. Can I pay the course fee in instalments?
A. No, our platform does not have the functionality of accepting part payments.
Q. Would this program be helpful for RRB/Clerk/PGDBF preparation?
A. Yes, absolutely. Though it is targeted towards SBI PO 2020, it will prepare you for all similar exams, including even the insurance exams. You will just need to customize your prep a little to take care of the peculiarities of that particular exam, and practise using its mock tests. However, please keep in mind that though this preparation will help you in so many other exams, the schedule of this program will be made keeping in mind the dates of SBI PO exam only.
Q. Why are classes available till June 30, 2020? What would be the harm if you make them available for a little longer?
A. There are a couple of reasons for that...
-> We advise all our students to make notes in the classes for revision later, the way you do in a conventional classroom. That is the way to study properly, not watching the videos again and again. It will be a waste of time. You should ideally finish a class in one session, by watching it at your own pace, rewinding/pausing/re-running select portions as per your requirements. After that session, it should just be the class notes made by you. If you do it like this, you won't need the videos after SBI PO 2020 mains anyway. Hundreds of our past students can vouch for this. (And if you are one of those who do not intend to finish everything before SBI PO 2020 mains, for any reason whatsoever, you should better avoid this program. We want you to succeed this time itself.)
-> 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 the expiry of course validity.
Q. Will you help us with the preparation of Group Exercises and Personal Interview?
A. There will be no separate sessions as such for Group Exercises and Personal Interview preparation in this program. However, there is a lot of stuff that we have done already for that on our YouTube channel, which is enough for anybody to understand what all needs to be done. Thousands of students have done phenomenally well in the personality assessment stage of various exams by using just that. We will do more as and when needed. After that, it is your homework that makes you crack the personality assessment stage. Having said that, we are always open to a quick phone call from a sincere student going to appear for an interview. Our past students will vouch for that.
Q. Will you guide us for Descriptive Test (Essay & Letter Writing)?
A. Yes, we will do that, and then expect you to work regularly towards it. That's the only way you start writing better. We encourage students to use the closed group to share what they have written and take feedback from others. When the main exam is approaching, we also conduct some exercise for interested students on the group to test their writing skills.
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