The State Bank of India (SBI) has released the Mains results for Probationary Officers (PO) recruitment exam 2017 on this Tuesday i.e. July 03. SBI PO Main Examination 2017 was conducted on June 04, 2017. Candidates can check their results on the official website (sbi.co.in). Qualified candidates will now be shortlisted for Group Exercise and Interview rounds. This year around 6376 candidates qualified for final rounds.

Each year SBI conducts the selection process for probationary officers in its branches spread across the country. The selection process for SBI PO is conducted in three stages. First, comes the Preliminary Examination held in April and May 2017. SBI PO Prelims result 2017 were announced on May 22, 2017. Candidates who qualified went for the Main Examination

Qualifiers of main exam will go for GD – PI rounds. While Prelims was mostly qualifying in nature, Main Exam and GD-PI make up the final score. Each candidate is required to obtain minimum marks from each section of Objective test separately for selection in the final rounds.

With the Main results declared now, the focus has shifted to Group Exercise and Interview rounds. The GD- PI will be held from July 10, 2017, by SBI for qualified candidates. Preparation for SBI PO GD/PI is key to score high in it. The final results of SBI PO recruitment examination will be announced on August 05, 2017.  The scores will be calculated on the basis of marks secured in Main exam and Interview round. The score of candidates in online test (out of 250) is converted to out of 75 and GE – PI round (out of 50) to 25 marks. These 100 marks will be the final base for the merit list. The selection will be made from top rankers in each category.

For most people, GD and interview can be a turning point. Its influence on your marks can make or break your chance of selection. Many candidates receive similar scores in their Main result. It is essential for all these candidates to score good marks in group discussion and personal interview. The GD is allotted 20 marks and 30 marks are for the Interview, making the final 50 points.

You must take interview admit card (call letter) along with other documents. In interview you will face a panel of 5 members where one member would be present only to silently observe you throughout the GD and Interview. In the GD round, there will be an open discussion on a topic for 5 minutes. The topics given in group discussion are mostly general and easy. If you are not aware of a certain topic, do not panic. There is no particular sequence according to which you have to speak, so anyone can start. In such a case, use your listening skills and gather all information you can from what others are saying. You are supposed to speak for 2 minutes on your topic but be very clear on what you say as panel members would be taking note and will ask questions later in the interview.

For the personal interview, you must remember that first impression might be your last one too so give it your best shot. Be confident in what you say. The interview comprises mostly of general questions such as ‘What is your passion in life’. Then there will be questions about your academic background and basic questions about banking. Lastly, they may ask questions from your GD round and current affairs. The interview does not last for more than 15-20 minutes. As most people will tell you, the panel is not there to bite you. They are professional and look for how you present yourself and your ideas in front of them. Being calm and collected throughout the interview might seem like a big feat but it will help a lot once you start answering questions.

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