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ESIC SSO(AIR-1) and SEBI Grade A Officer 2019 Success Story by Praveen Kumar

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Hi all, I am Praveen. I am 2014 graduate from IIT Madras and an UPSC aspirant. I have also given exams like NABARD, RBI, SEBI and ESIC.

Name of the exams have cleared & Rank ESIC SSO(AIR-1) and SEBI Grade A Officer.

My Journey to reach success:-

I have given 3 attempts at UPSC CSE. After my mains in 2017 Nov, I came to know about other prestigious exams like RBI Grade B, SEBI Grade A etc. I determined to secure a job by the end of 2018. But things unfolded the other way. I couldn’t qualify NABARD phase 1,RBI phase 2. Then, on October 8,( almost the closing date of applications) I came across this wonderful job of ESIC SSO. The job aligned with my goal of securing a job in prestigious organization. Also, the exam pattern seemed to be similar to my earlier tests. So I decided to give it a try.

Phase 1: It consists of Quant, Reasoning and English and qualifying in nature. But the catch here is sectional time limit.I could clear it with very narrow (cut off-71, mine-73.75) margin. Lessons: More Practice. Time Management. Increase Accuracy.

Phase 2: This is the main stage of exam as these marks are considered for final ranking. This consists of Quant, Reasoning, English, General and Insurance Awareness. I have been preparing for current affairs from Affairscloud modules, which helped me a lot for all exams. For Insurance, Affairscloud has a pdf on basics. Also, I covered ESIC scheme from its website. Oliveboard mocks came handy to practice Quant, Reasoning and English. They seem tough but that makes the real test seem a lot easier.

Tips: Practice with mocks to manage sectional time limits. One should attempt with accuracy. Revise from one source 10 times than reading from 10 modules for current affairs.

Phase 3: This is Qualifying in nature and consists of Computer Skill test and English descriptive test. A Sample paper is given beforehand by esic and practicing it helps to score well. Preparing few essay topics and letter formats will help us sail through the descriptive test freely. Finally, on Feb 20th, the results were out and seeing my name on top of the list was moment to cherish forever for me.