SBI PO 2017-18: Group Discussion and Interview tips

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After declaring the final results of SBI Probationary Officer Exam for the year 2017-18, the State Bank of India (SBI) has finally started a highly anticipated and intensifying litmus test; group discussions and interviews. The interview round tests to the fullest a candidate’s General Knowledge, Communication skills and Personal abilities to make decisions. Keep in mind that a lot of candidates generally score highest marks in prelim and Main exam, making it a highly competitive test. Candidates who appear for interviews will be considered for the final selection. However, the final selection will not only be based on the candidate’s performance in interview but on the performance in prelim, Main exam and the interview together.

Group Discussion (GD) comprises of 20 marks and Interview 30 marks. The interview panel will have five members. One of them would be observing you silently till end. If you are appearing for the Group Discussions and interviews, make sure you keep the necessary documents required at the time of interview. Once you enter the premise, your body language is under observation. It is always better to give your interview with full preparation.

Group Interviews (GD) Tips:

  • Topics in GD are generally not that tough demanding your expertise. Topics such as ‘Is right to freedom being misused?’, ‘How is Swaach Bharat Abhiyan currently important for India?’ ‘Is government just renaming the old schemes?’ etc. Just your clear views on the same.

  • If you feel you are not able to kick-start the discussion well, you can let others speak first and gather ideas on it meanwhile and then express your views.

  • Generally each member is asked to talk about it for 2 minutes but the sequence may be random i.e. anyone can start the discussion followed by an open discussion for 5 minutes.

NOTE: One has to be very clear about their views in GD because the panel members observe it well and ask questions about the same during the personal interview round. Read More



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