SBI PO 2018 preparatory program

General Details

Exam: SBI PO 2018

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

Start date: Friday, May 4, 2018

Class days & timings: 09:00 pm (all 7 days of the week) for the next 3 months

Class duration: 120 minutes approximately

Program validity: December 31, 2018

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 live classes, their recordings, and a closed community for general/academic discussion, queries, and resolution of doubts.

Session Plan: The plan is to conduct around 80-85 live sessions. This should be more than 160 hours of classroom delivery. The expected break-up of sessions is given below.

-> English: 20-22 sessions

-> Arithmetic/DI: 30-32 sessions

-> Reasoning & other topics: 30-32 sessions

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

-> 20 Mocks for SBI PO 2018 Prelims

-> 10 Mocks for SBI PO 2018 Mains

-> All Topic Tests

-> Sectional Tests

-> GK Supplement with 2500 questions

Please note that we will do General Awareness/Banking Awareness sessions on our YouTube channel parallelly. They will be open to all, and their timing will not clash with the timing of these classes.

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 everything from the basics during live classes, 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 in the class to a completely different level, and you will be able to extract the maximum out of the sessions. We will prescribe some prerequisites for sessions, and will expect you to do them before the class.

Computer & Internet: You need to have a 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.

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 recordings will be available till December 31, 2018. You may watch a recording multiple times also if needed. However, please think of the recordings as a back-up only, and try to attend most of the classes live. Also, if a login ID is found to be used on multiples devices and/or multiple locations regularly, or recordings 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 session recordings: You will be able to download the recorded sessions 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 desktop/laptop browsers, mobile browsers, or any other mobile operating system to watch the recordings will need to connect to the internet every time they want to watch a recorded session.

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 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. Will live classes be conducted on all 7 days of a week?
A. Yes, it will generally be all 7 days of the week. We are not left with enough time to be able to give you breaks in between. You will be able to check the schedule in advance for at least the next two weeks.

Q. What if somebody misses a 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. However, missing a session should only be an exception. Try to be disciplined to extract the maximum out of the program.

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

Q. What is the meaning of "misuse" of recordings?
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 1 GB. Most of the times, it is much 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. Recorded sessions 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. 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. Our experience with YouTube live sessions has made us do this. Not everybody is at the same level in terms of preparation, 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 screening process is to ensure we are going to spend our time with capable, sincere students who are desperate to succeed.

Q. How would this program be different from your SBI PO 2017 program that's available on YouTube?

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 SBI PO 2018?
A. No, that's not possible. However, we will structure the classes in a manner that will ensure that you are adequately prepared for the prelims. Roughly two-thirds of the classes will happen before the prelims and one-third between the prelims and the mains.

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

Q. Would this program be helpful for IBPS PO 2018 preparation?
A. Yes, SBI PO exam and IBPS PO exam are now very very similar. However, you should not even think of IBPS PO at this stage. Try to crack SBI PO which is the biggest of them all. You wouldn't be required to appear for IBPS PO then. But yes, if something goes wrong in SBI PO, you won't need to do anything new for IBPS PO preparation. It will be the same concepts, same preparation, and almost the same tests. There is no difference now, unless IBPS chooses to change the exam pattern this time, which looks unlikely. Even if the pattern changes, the syllabus is likely to remain the same.

Q. Why are recordings available till December 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 video recordings again and again. Think of the videos as a back-up only.

   -> You will get enough time to refer to the sessions even for IBPS PO 2018 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. Will you help us with the preparation for Group Exercises & Interview for Phase–III?
A. There will be no separate sessions as such for Phase-III. There is a lot of stuff that we have done already for GE & PI preparation on our YouTube channel, which is enough for anybody to get started. We will do more as and when needed. After that, it is your homework that makes you succeed. However, 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 Descriptive Test in Phase-II?
A. Yes, we will do that, 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.