Friday, 5 September 2014

SBI Associate Banks PO Recruitment Notification for 2014-15

The long awaited SBI Associate PO notification is finally out after 2012. Though it has come out later than expected, it has come out at a right time when Bank Aspirants are already preparing for a slew of bank exams (SBI, IBPS and now SBI Associates) enabling one to get the best out of one’s preparation.



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Notification
The online application registration for the exam has commenced on September 1, 2014 and continues till September 18, 2014. There are vacancies for almost 3000 positions across the 5 branches of State Bank Group, which are State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore. Maximum vacancies are in the SBT and SBH, accounting to 2/3rd of the total vacancies. Details of the vacancies and allocations for different categories are given below:



Important Dates:
Online Registration: 01.09.2014 to 18.09.2014
Payment of fees (online): 01.09.2014 to 18.09.2014
Payment of fees (offline): 03.09.2014 to 20.09.2014
Exam Date (Tentatively): November, 2014

Eligibility Criteria:
Education Qualification: Graduation/Degree in any discipline from a recognized university
Age: Candidates with age between 21-30 years for general category are eligible. For SC/ST and OBC, it is +5 and +3 years respectively. (Refer detailed notification for relaxations)
Number of attempts: There is restriction on the number of times a candidate can apply for SBI Associate Bank PO exam. Candidates of General Category who appeared for the exam 4 times earlier are not eligible, while for OBC is 7 and SC/ST applicants there is no restriction.

Online Registration Process:
The online application can be found on SBI site. Click here to apply for SBI Associate Bank PO. The SBI website may be slow in the initial days of registration with more candidates accessing the site at the same time.

The Application form has 5 different Steps:
Basic Information: This section requires name and contact details of the candidate
Photograph and Signature: The second section asks the candidate to upload the latest passport size color photograph and signature of the candidate. To find more details about this section, click here for the notification.
Details: This section includes the Educational qualifications to be filled in by the applicant
Preview: It allows the applying candidate to take a look at the information filled in until now. It even allows changes to the information, in case any.
Payment: Fees for application of SBI Associate Banks PO exam is Rs.100 for SC/ST and Rs.500 for others. Payment for registration can be made either in online or offline mode.
  1. Online Mode: Payment through debit/credit card or internet banking. Last date of payment: 18th, Sept
  2. Offline Mode: Payment to be made at any SBI bank presenting the system-generated challan. Last date of payment: 20th, Sept
Selection Process:
The selection process is a two Phase process.
Phase I: Objective Test for 200 Marks and Descriptive Test for 50 Marks

1. Objective Test:
  • 200 marks
  • 2-hour Duration
  • Online test
  • Sections in Online test (50 marks each)
   English Language
   General Awareness, Marketing & Computers
   Data Analysis & Interpretation
   Reasoning
Applying candidates have to clear each and every section in Objective test based on passing mark decided by SBI.
2. Descriptive Test:
  • 50 marks
  • 1-hour Duration
  • Paper and pen examination
  • Held after Online Test
  • Syllabus as per SBI is English Language including short precis, essay, comprehension and letter writing
    Only those applicants who have qualified in Phase I will be called for
    to Phase II
Phase II: 
Group Discussion – 20 Marks
Interview – 30 Marks
Only those who qualify in Phase I move on to Phase II
The final selection happens considering both Phase I and Phase II performance. Phase I scores. Phase I score is converted to a scale of 75 and Phase II score to a scale of 25 and the total out of 100 becomes the criteria for getting the PO job with SBI Associate Banks
Preparation Process:
Few important things have to be taken in to consideration while preparing for this examination.
  • It is not sufficient to qualify in Phase I as the performance here has 75% weightage on the final selection. Hence, one has to really score well in Phase I to succeed
  • While there are 3,000 jobs, one can expect phenomenal competition. We expect around 20 lac + aspirants to apply for. Hence, one needs to be well ahead of competition
  • In most exams faced by students, like university exam, majority of the exam takers clear the exam, but in Bank exams in general and SBI associate in particular, vast majority will not succeed in getting through.
Like all important areas, serious aspirants needs to do the 4 step cyclical process Plan, Do, Check, Act.

Plan:
One needs to have a specific Plan for the preparation. Planning needs to center around the resources – Time you will dedicate, Tools you will use and key milestones you need to reach in specific calendar intervals before the exam in order to be successful and to the best of your potential, what is the score you should strive for.
Do: (Learn)
Having created the plan, one needs to Learn and test ones knowledge in various things. In addition to understanding concepts, one needs to understand the shortcuts and smart ways of solving time consuming questions. Also, one needs to learn to decide quickly. Decision on whether to attempt the question or not, what method (of the 4 methods to solve objective questions) to be used for the question etc.
Typically aspirants follow books, talking to peers and some people go and take classes to Learn. While many of these are effective, you need to identify the best source and top quality content so as to improve your chances of success.
There are books based on the SBI Associate Banks PO exam pattern and on the other hand there are books for specific sections in the exam. But for General Awareness section it is mandatory to read newspapers and monthly magazines regularly. Also, internet is a good source of information for preparing for bank exams.
You need to make sure that you not only Learn Definitions, Concepts and Formulae, but also Shortcuts, and smart ways to solve questions quickly and correctly.
Assuming that Objective Test is difficult and time constraint, aspirants tend to concentrate less on descriptive test while preparing. This is a wrong notion and can negatively affect your results. Good practice for English Comprehension, Letter Writing etc. in Descriptive Test is required to crack this exam. 
Check:
The next step would be the Practice. Practice tests are available in books and on internet sources abundantly, attempt those tests for practice. These practice sets can be again based on the exam pattern or particular section.
Take mock tests. There are many organizations that conduct mock tests before the exam. These tests evaluate your performance and help you determine your strengths and weaknesses. Focus on strengthening your Weaknesses and bettering your strengths.
It is suggested that 6-10 full length tests have to be taken by serious aspirant in order to get ready for the actual exam. In addition, one should also take topic level and section level tests so that  you know where your strengths and weakness are.
Act:
Having identified your strengths and weakness and also after reviewing your preparation status vis-à-vis your plans, one also needs to re plan and re dedicate oneself to the objective thereby you are able to do mid-course corrections before it is too late and ensure that one gets ready to beat the competition and succeed.
How can we help you?
Though books and internet are good resources, sometimes lack of encouragement can demotivate aspirants.
BankersChoice is a Bank Exam Training Institute which scrapes out a winning-plan to train the SBI Associate PO Exam attempters. It offers the following educational facilities across 12 centers in India:
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  • Video & Live e-Classroom Sessions
  • Self-Assessment with Analysis & Recommendations
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