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Canara Bank has announced the Canara Bank PO Objective Online Test 2018 Results that was conducted on December 12, 2018, for the Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance (PGDBF) program. Selected Candidates are invited for Canara Bank PO Group Discussion and Interview. The date, time and venue for Canara Bank PO Group Discussion and Interview will be communicated to the successful candidates in due course. The reserved category candidates have to submit valid Caste / PWD certificate as per Government of India format at the time of GD and Interview.

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The selection of candidates to Canara Bank PGDBF program shall be by way of Online Objective Test + Group Discussion + Interview. Those candidates shortlisted after the online objective test will be invited for a Group Discussion and an Interview Round.
A Group Discussion is an activity where a group of participants are given a topic and are given a time limit to discuss the topic. Group Discussions have now become an important element of recruitment process. GD’s enable the recruiters to filter candidates who are able to present holistic views about any given topic and who are able to present and justify their thought process clearly while giving room for other participants to express their views. Group Discussions mainly assess the following:
  1. Communication Skills

  2. Thought Processes

  3. Holistic Views

  4. Ability to speak instantly on a given topic.

  5. Performance in a group

  6. Allowing other participants to express their thoughts on the topic.

Below mentioned are some of the highlights of the GD + Interview phase of selection process.
  1. The total marks allotted for Group Discussion and for Interview are 50 each. The minimum qualifying marks in Group Discussion and Personal Interview will not be less than 40% for General Candidates (35% for SC / ST/ OBC / PWBD candidates).

  2. 39.99% will be treated as less than 40% and 34.99% will be treated as less than 35% and will be treated as not eligible/unfit for the subject selection process.

  3. The weightage for Online Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview shall be in the ratio of 50:20:30 respectively.

  4. The candidates who do not score the cut-off marks as stipulated above (in Online Test, Group Discussion, and Interview) are found to be not eligible/unfit for the subject selection process.

  5. The address of the venue, time & date for Online Test, Group Discussion and Interview will be informed to the candidates through e-mail and candidates have to attend for the same at their own cost.

  6. In the event of two or more candidates having obtained the same score, merit order is decided as per date of birth (the candidate senior in age is placed before/ above the candidate junior in age), as per the prevailing practice.

  7. The call for Online Test / Group Discussion / Personal Interview will be on the basis of the details provided by the candidates in the online application. If at any stage of the selection process, the details provided in the online applications are found to be false or, if the candidate fails to submit the required documents to prove his/her eligibility at the time of interview, his/her candidature will be summarily rejected and the candidate will not be allowed for Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

  8. Request for change of Online Test/Group Discussion/Personal Interview center will not be entertained. However, the bank reserves its right to change/add/cancel the date, time, centre, venue of the Group Discussion & Personal Interview and to call the candidates for the Group Discussion & Interview at any other Centre or hold supplementary selection process for particular date / session / venue / centre / set of candidates at its discretion, under unforeseen circumstances, if any.

  9. Change of interview schedule, if any, will be announced in the official website / by email.

  10. Mere eligibility/admission to the Online Test / Group Discussion / Interview or, pass in Online Test/ Group Discussion / Interview does not imply that the Bank is satisfied beyond doubt about the candidates’ eligibility and shall not vest any right on a candidate for selection.

  11. The Bank would be free to reject the candidature of any candidate at any stage of the recruitment process, if he/she is found to be ineligible and/or furnished incorrect or false information/ certificates/documents or has suppressed any material facts; and the application fees paid by the ineligible candidates shall be forfeited. If appointed, such a candidate may be summarily removed from the services of the Bank.

  12. Finally selected candidate is eligible for admission to the said course at any of the selected Institutes based on merit cum preference. The selected candidates upon admission to the institute shall adhere to the code of conduct of the institute.

  13. Bank is at the liberty to adopt any other criterion for selection and allotment of candidates to any of the institutes as considered fit and proper. The decision of the Bank in this regard is final and binding on the candidates.

  14. The Bank reserves the right to change the selection procedure / hold supplementary selection process, including the conduct of Online Test, if necessary. The change, if any, shall be intimated to the candidates through our website/email, in advance.

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While appearing for the Online Test / Group Discussion / Interview, the candidate should produce original and a copy of the photo identity (bearing exactly the same name as it appears on the call letter) such as:
  • PAN Card

  • Passport

  • Driving License

  • Voters Card

  • Bank Pass Book with Photograph

  • Photo embossed Credit Card

  • Aadhaar Card

If the identity of the candidate is in doubt, the candidate will not be allowed for Online Test/ Group Discussion/ Interview. In case of candidates who have changed their name, they will be allowed only if they produce original Gazette notification/ their original marriage certificate/ affidavit in original.

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A Group Discussion is an activity where a group of participants are given a topic and are given a time limit to discuss the topic. A candidate has the liberty to speak either in favor of the topic or otherwise, without indulging in arguments and respecting others views. Thus a GD is a medium to assess several skills of a candidate including communication skills, knowledge of the topic, ability to perform in a team, self-control and other related qualities while performing in a group. Below mentioned are some of the DO's and Dont's to be followed during a GD.
Do’s Don’ts
Initiate the discussion if you know the subject well. Don’t initiate the discussion if you do not have sufficient knowledge about the given topic.
Listen to the subject carefully. Don’t over speak, intervene or cut into another’s speech.
Note down your thoughts on a paper. Evaluate the pros and cons of the given subject/ topic before you speak. Don’t indulge in arguments or get emotional during the GD
Listen to others if you don’t know the subject and note down the important points. Don’t look or focus on one particular group member for longer times.
Support your points with some facts,examples,quotes and figures. (Use figures only when you are sure) Don’t divert from the given topic and distract the discussion.
Maintain Eye contact with everyone in the group. Listen to other participants carefully and look at the speaker while he/she is talking to show receptivity. Don’t pose body gestures like touching the nose, leaning back in the chair, knocking the table with a pen etc.
Make short contribution of 25-30 seconds 3-4 times. Be an active participant. But just speaking for the sake of speaking will only invite negative criticism. Don’t mention erratic statistics.
Speak clearly, fairy loudly and confidently Don’t display low self-confidence with shaky voice and trembling hands.
Give others a chance to speak. Don’t try to dominate the discussion
Be polite, pleasant and firm. Respect contribution from other members. Don’t talk for too long.
Disagree politely and agree with what is right. Dont talk with others when somebody else is speaking.
Summarize the discussion if the group has not reached a conclusion and the entitled time for GD is reached. Don’t be quiet for too long. Be an active participant.

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The following are some of the Group Discussion topics that are based on the current affairs of the recent times. Candidates invited for the Group Discussion can refer to the below topics for preparing for the GD round.
Sl.No Sample Topics
1 Role of Digitization in Banking Sector
2 Technology changing the face of education.
3 Social Networking in our lives.
4 Specialization vs Generalization
5 Unique Identification Number for every citizen.
6 Foreign Direct Investment in Retail.
7 Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme – Pros and Cons
8 Youth in Politics
9 ‘Digital India’ – How far was it a success?
10 Should Water Resources Be Nationalized?
11 How to reduce NPA?
12 Merger of PSU banks – Is it really necessary?
13 Banks levying charges on cash transactions – Is it a good move?
14 SBI merger with associate banks – Good or Bad?
15 Can we rely on Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin?
16 Impact of GST on Indian Economy
17 Cattle Slaughter Ban – Right or wrong?
18 ‘Most spoken language’ as the National language – Acceptable?
19 Loan waiver for farmers – Good or Bad?
20 Should Paper ballot system be restored?
21 Why are many startups failing in India?
22 Cap on wedding expenditure – Is it fair?
23 Farmer Suicides in India – What needs to be done?
24 Has democracy hampered India’s progress?
25 Union Budget 2017-18 – Is it beneficial for the common man?
26 How can we deal with increasing Cyber Crimes?
27 Is China a threat to India?
28 Aadhar Number for every Indian?
29 Is it really worth to become a cashless economy?
30 National Anthem in Theatres – Is it a good move?
31 Demonetization of old 500 & 1000 rupees notes – was it a good move?
32 Should Environment polluters be severely punished?
33 Free WiFi Spots – Beneficial or not?
34 Should there be a retirement age for politicians in India?
35 Student Suicides – What are the deep rooted problems?
36 Is online piracy inevitable?
37 Will E-commerce dominate physical stores?
38 Should India be given a permanent seat in UNSC ?
39 Should mother tongue be the medium of instruction in schools?
40 Is Technology rising Unemployment rates?
41 Mobile towers in residential areas – harmful or not?
42 Is hosting Olympics good for the host country?
43 How can slums be improved?
44 India’s obsession with Gold – How it affects Indian Economy?
45 Is Reservation for women justified?
46 Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – How far was it successful?
47 Is Educational qualification necessary for Politicians?
48 Do business and ethics go hand in hand?
49 Paperless office – could it be a reality?
50 Is a relook needed in the caste reservation system?
51 Smart cities in India – Is it a smart move?
52 Net neutrality
53 Demographic Dividend in India
54 Depreciation of Indian Rupee
55 Women Empowerment in India
56 Present Education System in India
57 Role of NGOs in India
58 E-waste management
59 Social networking sites – Boon or Bane?
60 Internet – boon or bane?
61 Voting rights to illiterates – illogical?
62 Should agricultural subsidies be stopped?
63 Is India prepared enough to handle cyber-attack?
64 E-Learning: A substitute for classroom learning?
65 Commercialization of health care: Good or Bad?
66 Privatization will lead to less corruption.
67 Is our Political System Reason for our Economical Downfall?
68 Retirement Age for Politicians Should be MANDATORY
69 India should go for the presidential form of democracy
70 Is Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Defence good for India?
71 Prosperity in First World Countries is the reason of Poverty in Third World Countries
72 Should Government start privatization Customer Dealings?
73 Technological implementation increasing Jobless percentage
74 E-Learning vs Classroom Learning
75 Private Universities are better than Government Universities
76 Cricket is suppressing Football and other sports in India
77 Should Government go for more Strict Law rather than setting up "Rape Crisis Centers"
78 Government should create a strict law regarding Cleanliness of each individual
79 Is Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector good for India?
80 Government Pumping Money into the Economy is not the Solution for our Economic Problems
81 Use of Force by Banks to Recover Loans
82 India economic development is not reaching to the people who need it most.
83 Is disinvestment in profit making PSUs advisable?
84 Breaking down larger Indian states into smaller will lead to better governance and development.
85 Privatization will lead to Less Corruption
86 Public Sector is more a Hindrance than Help to Promote Socialism
85 Should PSUs be divested through Strategic Sale or Public Offer?