1. Tell us about your educational background?
- Hi.My name is Mrunal.I completed my B.E in Computer Technology from Yashwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur.
2. Is this your first SBI PO attempt?
- No. This was my Second Attempt.
3. When did you start your SBI PO preparations and what study plan did you follow?
- I started my SBI PO preparation in the Month of April. My main aim was to clear prelims. As this was first time that the exam was going to be conducted in 2 stages. From stage 1 only 40k candidates were going to be called for phase 2. I cleared my basics in every subject especially for mathematics because I used to waste more time in calculation. The preparation was almost the same for phase 2 except that I also had to study for General Awareness, Marketing and Computer. After the result of prelims one doesn't get ample time for preparing for phase 2 which is why one should be ready with the preparation.
4. Which study material have you used to crack the exam?
- For English I used testfunda daily vocab wordlist, Lucent Objective English for Grammar and for General Awareness I used to read Hindu newspaper and magazines available in the market.
5. Did you find our courses useful for bank preparation?
- Yes. I found it very effective - I used the free resources especially the daily vocab wordlist and question of the day.
6. Which was your strongest and weakest section and how did you prepare for it?
- My strongest section was General Awareness and weakest was Mathematics. For General Awareness I used to read “The Hindu” newspaper daily because most of the questions were asked from there and they were the best source. Apart from that many magazines are available in the market that one can refer to. The worst part was that I used to get bored quickly which is why I used to read daily and that habit developed interest in me and General Awareness became my strong section. For Mathematics I cleared my basics in calculation like tables, squares, cubes etc because these things are used frequently in Data Interpretation, Quadratic equations and simplification.
If you were a working professional, how did you manage your time? OR If you were in your final year while preparing, how did you balance academics and Bank exam preparations?
- I was working with Infosys as a System Engineer. I resigned in the month of February. I spent most of my time in looking for new jobs and found it difficult to study. Finally I took a decision to utilize my whole time for studying.
7. What do you think is the minimum time frame needed to prepare well for Bank exam for regular students?
- I think 3 to 5 months would be sufficient depending upon the preparation.
8. In brief, tell us about your experience on the exam day. Also describe the question selection strategy that you followed.
- On the Exam day I found that the paper was of moderate difficulty level but sections like Reasoning, Mathematics were tough. On the other hand General Awareness and English were easy. I attempted General Awareness and English first because they were easy and later I attempted the tough ones. You should be smart enough in your selection of questions so that you can solve those within the stipulated time otherwise you end up wasting your time doing nothing.
9. Tell us about your GD/ Interview experience.
- For the GD, the topic allotted to us was “Need for Improvement of Education System in our Country”. The topic was easy and everyone was given 2 minutes for the GD. In the Interview, general questions were asked about banking like profit of SBI, Subsidies of SBI, Why Associates bank are called Associate? and few questions regarding family background and other such personal information.
10. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We wish you "ALL THE BEST" for future.