State Bank of India has notified interested and eligible candidates to apply for Junior Associates and Junior Agricultural Associates posts for its branches over the country. More than 17000 posts are on offer at the various branches of the bank in the country, in which lakhs of candidates would fight for. The reason that SBI is the largest and widest spread in national public bank in the country would draw huge number of applications for the posts. Many candidates, who were waiting for vacancy notification from SBI in the clerical cadre for two years, would make sure that they don’t miss this chance of getting a stable job in the bank. The candidates, who want to get through with the entire recruitment procedure and end up getting the job, would have to work hard in their preparation stages and make themselves ready for the rounds. Preparation tactics and approach should be different in each of the stages and should be taken seriously. Some of the tips would help the candidates breaking it through to the recruitment procedure and end up getting a job with the bank.
Preparing for the Prelims Examination
Preparing for the prelims examination is the very first challenge for the candidates as this is the gateway for the recruitment process. Lakhs of candidates would take up the prelims examination and only those who score the cut off marks would make it to the next round of mains written examination. Following a few tips would help candidates with the prelims examination:
• Candidates must at first undergo the syllabus of the examination. The three papers quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning and English language, should be studied well and the topics of the papers must become clear to the candidates before beginning the preparation.
• The prelims examination requires the candidates to score cut off marks in individual paper. Thus, the candidates must not focus on any specific paper during their preparation time, however weak they are in the particular paper. They should make a time table, giving proper time to each of the subjects and try to score well in all of them.
• The prelims examination is an entry level examination and the papers are expected to be easy to moderate on the scale of difficulty. The candidates would be tested on their basic knowledge of the papers asked in the examination. Hence, the candidates must get back to the basics and should refer to the secondary level textbooks for revising the ideas and formulas associated with various subjects.
• The candidates must begin practice from the previous year question papers and mock test papers in their preparatory stages. They could practice from the previous year IBPS clerical questions as well, to get an idea of the level of questions asked in the prelims written examination round.
Preparing for Mains Written Examination
• The Mains written examination syllabus is not different from that of the prelims, but there is an addition of two more papers, general awareness and computer knowledge for the candidates. They should check the syllabus of the papers and start preparing for the same once they have cleared the prelims exam.
• Due to the lack of proper time for preparation between the results of the prelims written test and mains written exam dates, it is advisable to the candidates to start preparation for the mains written examination consequently with that of the prelims.
• The Mains written examination requires exceptional skills of time management as the candidates need to solve 190 questions in the time of 160 minutes. Hence, the candidates must keep track of the time they are taking while solving the questions in their preparatory stages.
• The candidates must avoid answering questions, which they are not sure of as there is negative marking associated with each wrong evaluation.
• The marks of the mains written examination is the major factor for selection in the posts, as 80 percent weightage is given to the scores attained by candidates in the mains written examination when preparing the final merit list. Hence, the candidates must not only focus to score the cut off marks, but try to sore high marks in the examination to secure their position.
Preparation for the Personal Interview round
• Personal interview round is the last tier in the selection procedure, which is given 20 percent weightage in the overall selection procedure. The candidates are tested on the basis of their problem handling skills and approach to the questions thrown to them by the interview panel.
• The candidates must prepare themselves mentally for the interview and shed the fear associated with interpersonal communication. They should keep close tab of the news events of national and international importance.
• They should make sure that they are clear about the language, in which they are going to face the interview panel. There is no point jumbling up languages in which you are comfortable in. candidates would also be tested in the regional language of the region they have applied for.
• The candidates must not pretend while in the interview room and try to be as honest as possible. They should be very clear about their achievements and goals in lives, so that they can convey the same to the board members.