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Success story SBI PO 2016-17: Selected Candidate

SBI PO Success Story 2016-17 Qualified Candidate

The competitive exams are round the corner, and the aspirants might have started their preparations by now. We get to read so many tips and tricks for preparation. This article intends to put forth a success story of a young and dynamic graduate who was kind of a rolling stone until he decided to prepare for SBI PO exam.

Rasheed Habib, a qualified B.Tech (EEE) who passed out in 2013 got a job in some private organization. He was not satisfied with his job and so left it in 2014 to start his preparation for Government jobs. He knew it was not easy, there must be some guidance. He was in dilemma whether to go ahead with GATE or Banking exam preparation. He has taken his friend’s suggestion in trying his luck in the Banking exams.

He gave an attempt in IBPS clerk 2014 which did not yield good results, failed miserably even in GATE. He finally decided to seriously prepare for the Banking exams by supporting himself with some additional guidance to make a successful attempt for SBI PO exam.

His preparation turned out fruitful and he passed out with excellence. Here are his marks in SBI PO:

  • Reasoning - 27.5 (cutoff-6),
  • DI - 15.5 (cutoff-6),
  • GA - 27.75(cutoff-10),
  • English - 18.5(cutoff-4),
  • Descriptive - 27 (cutoff-17.5)
  • Interview- 39 (cutoff-18)

TOTAL - 54 (cutoff - 44.43, OBC)

There is always something called dedication without which one cannot achieve success at this rate. His attempt in SBI PO Mains was a failure, tried his luck in many other competitive examinations and primarily PO exams. His principle was “If you are not succeeding in spite of full effort, then don’t change the aim, just change the way”. When he failed miserably in IBPS Mains, he thought he should go back to some private job as he failed interview by cut off 1.5 Marks (OBC). He got amazing support from his family who encouraged him to give another attempt. He analyzed his marks as well as his weaknesses. He was lagging in General Awareness. He has not particularly taken any coaching until then. He somehow found capsules (app) online that has enabled him to make his preparations further and better. That way he successfully cleared the SBI PO Mains and interview.

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How To Crack SBI PO 2017 in 2 Months

This is the time of the year where in many graduates aspire to get into either professional courses or prepare for some competitive examination to get into a Government job. SBI Bank PO is one such exam which is considered as one of the prestigious jobs one can aspire. It is certainly difficult to crack such exam but with an intense preparation, one can crack it. For cracking SBI PO 2017, one needs to make a schedule and sure shot preparation tips. This article attempts to provide sure shot tips to crack SBI PO 2017 Exam in 2 Months.

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Tips To Crack SBI PO Exam in 2 Months:

Given below are the tips to crack SBI PO in just 2 months! We recommend our students to follow them and make a habit of scoring high:

  • Test of English comes in most of the competitive exams. In SBI Bank PO Main exam, there is an additional section which is a descriptive paper and Group Discussion. Descriptive paper is a written test in English which and the topics such Letter Writing & Essay writing.
  • English language is the language of communication, hence the candidate is tested in Group discussion & Interview.
  • Make it a habit of checking for meanings of the words you are unaware of, so, your dictionary comes in handy. Prepare a list of words on a daily basis and allot some time to know about the word list.
  • Knowing about the rules of the grammar is the rule of your thumb. Get well acquainted with the rules. Wren and Martin book of grammar is like a bible, so please keep it handy to refer as and when required.
  • Include a practice where you make a sentence with the new words every day.
  • Reading a good English News paper helps. It covers 2 things, one is improving vocabulary, your general awareness and current affairs will also get covered.
  • Make bullet points of the important news, flash cards help in your last minute revision.
  • Solve previous year’s exam papers of SBI Bank PO. Evaluate and see which section usurps most of your time.
  • Make a note of Books & Authors Winners of major awards / prizes / sports competitions, Committees – Purpose & Chairmen, Abbreviations, World Leaders, Important persons, Major dates / developments in History, Science etc.
  • Make a habit of reading Editorial and other reports on the centre-spread of the newspaper.
  • Listening to the news on BBC, DD News helps you pick up the correct pronunciation that might help you while talking in the group discussions and interview.
  • One of the best practices is self-evaluation. Like you test yourself in written by attempting mock-tests, try to read aloud and record on your phone. Later, hear the recording and correct yourself. By doing so, you can improve your pronunciation, builds confidence as well.
  • Interact with your friends and participate in discussions among yourself. Ensure that, all of you discuss in English. This helps in overcoming the fear of public speaking and develops your thought process.

All these tips help you prepare well for the SBI PO Bank Exam.

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SBI PO Preparation Tips 2017

SBI PO Preparation Tips 2017 and Strategy

SBI PO exam is directed by the State Bank of India to recruit Probationary Officers. The objective is to recruit young graduates for the Managerial post in the Bank. Huge number of students apply for the exam every year but a very few students make their way through it. The best ones are selected post the personal interview. The PO aspirant must be aware of the exam pattern, syllabus, and important books and most importantly about the strategy and preparation tips to target the SBI PO Exam.

Please note that the pattern of SBI PO exam has changed. Earlier, the SBI PO exam was conducted in 2 parts and now there is an additional part as well i.e. Group Discussion & Interview. A candidate is subjected to clear the Phase I exam in order to attempt the Mains exam. On successful attempts in Prelims & Mains, the candidate qualifies to appear for the Group Discussion round followed by a personal interview.

Dates Here under:

Online Examination – Preliminary 29th & 30th Apr and 6th & 7th May'17

Online Examination – Main 4th June 2017

Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview 10th July 2017 onwards

SBI PO Preparation Tips 2017:

As the pattern is already covered in this blog earlier, this article will cover the preparation tips strategy and strategy to make a successful attempt in the SBI PO Exam. This article covers the preparation tips to help the aspirants for an effective preparation.

  • It is essential to prepare according to the syllabus. By doing so, there would be no need to prepare for anything additional.
  • When you have the syllabus with you, ensure to finish it completely without missing anything.
  • Prepare a schedule to cover the syllabus section wise.
  • SBI PO Mock Test papers help you prepare better, attempt mock test papers, there are innumerable online tests as well. This is to self-assessment.
  • It is always a good practice to make notes or list down bullet points while preparing. This comes in handy at the time of revision.
  • Group study once in a while helps. You can discuss with each other. You may come across things that you are not aware and vice-versa. It is also one of the effective ways of learning as long as you use the group study time properly.
  • Apart from all these routine tips, it is also important to have mental peace. So, please rest well. Stay calm and do not panic for anything.

Candidates are advised to check the official website of SBI for regular updates.

Bank may arrange pre-examination training centres for candidates who belong to SC/ST/Minority community in compliance with the guidelines issued by Government of India. The list of training centres below:

Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Akola, Allahabad, Asansol, Aurangabad, Bareilly, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, (Ganjam), Bhopal, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dibrugarh, Ernakulam, Gangtok, Gorakhpur, Gulbarga, Guwahati, Hubli, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Itanagar, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Meerut, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, NewDelhi, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Purnea, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Silchar, Siliguri, Shillong, Srinagar, Tirupati, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada.

Follow the syllabus along with the tips for a successful and decent performance in your SBI PO Exam.

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SBI PO 2017 Recruitment: Exam Dates & Complete details

SBI PO 2017 Recruitment

SBI conducts national level examination to appoint Probationary Officer by conducting the SBI PO examination for young graduates.  On-line registration and payment of fees is open from 07-02-2017 to 06-03-2017. This exam is conducted in 3 different phases. Phase I is the Preliminary Examination, Phase II is the Main Examination and Phase III is the Group Discussion & Interview. In the following article, we will give you the detailed description of every phase. As per the eligibility criteria, the candidate should not be below 21 years and above 30 years of age as on 01-04-2017. There are certain relaxation criteria of age as per the categories.

SBI 2017 Recruitment Exam Pattern & Recruitment procedure:

The recruitment procedure and the pattern are given in this section.

Phase I:

Preliminary Examination – Date of Exam - 29th & 30th Apr and 6th & 7th May'17:

The Preliminary Exam is of be Objective type for 100 marks & will be conducted online and its duration will be of one-hour. This exam will consist of 3 sections namely (1) English Language, (2) Quantitative Aptitude and (3) Reasoning Ability.

Phase II:

Main Exam - Date of Exam - 4th June 2017:

The Main Exam consists of Objective & Descriptive type for 250 marks & will be conducted online and its duration will be of 3 hours. This exam will have 4 sections such as (1) Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, (2) Data Analysis and Interpretation, (3) General Economics & Banking Awareness (4) English Language.

The descriptive test is of 50 marks and the duration is of 30 Minutes. The candidates are required to qualify this descriptive test by securing passing marks. Descriptive test paper of the qualified candidates only will be evaluated.

Be aware that there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer (applicable for objective type questions only).

Candidates who qualify the main exam will be called for the GD & Interview Round.

Phase III - 10th July 2017 onwards:

GD – 20 Marks & Personal Interview – 30 Marks

The aggregate marks of candidates qualifying in Descriptive & Objective will be set in descending order in each category. Sufficient number of candidates in each category will be called for GD & interview.

Final Selection:

The marks obtained in descriptive and objective tests will be added to the marks secured in GD and interview for the preparation of the final list. The written test marks i.e., 250 will be calculated to out of 75 marks and GD & interview out of 50 will be converted to 25. The final merit list will be aggregated to 100 marks for each category. The selection is made from the top ranked candidates in each category. These results will be put up on the official website of SBI as well as in the Employment news papers.

The SBI PO exam is quite a challenging task. However, with an optimum preparation prior to the exam will definitely reap good results. Meanwhile, refer to the tips provided in our blog and make an effective schedule.

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SBI PO Syllabus 2017 - Complete Details

SBI PO Syllabus 2017

State bank of India has released the Probationary Officer recruitment to fill various vacancies in SBI branches in India. There are 2403 posts under this notification. A lot of graduates prepare for this examination by attending various coaching institutes to succeed in SBI PO examination. This article covers the SBI PO Exam Syllabus and Pattern.

SBI PO Exam Syllabus:

The State Bank of India conducts the SBI Prelims followed by PO Mains for the selection of candidates. SBI Prelims tests the candidates in English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

The topics in SBI PO Mains exam are Reasoning, Data Interpretation, English, General Awareness, Computer and Banking Awareness.  

Aptitude, Numeric ability, English, General Awareness, Marketing Syllabus, and Computer Knowledge. The Descriptive Examination Syllabus covers Letter writing (formal & Informal), Essay Writing, and Precise Writing.

SBI PO Exam Syllabus in detail:

The candidates can check the complete SBI PO syllabus:


Syllogism, Seating Arrangement – Circular table and Line (North & South), Puzzle, Blood Relation, Inequality or Decision Making, Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning, Input Output, Number series, Statement and Argument, Passage and conclusion, Coding and decoding, Order and ranking, making judgments.


Coding-Decoding, Deriving Conclusions from Passages , Arithmetical Reasoning , Inserting The Missing Character , Statement – Conclusions, Number, Ranking & Time Sequence , Logic , Series Completion , Logical Venn Diagrams , Clocks & Calendars , Statement – Arguments , Mathematical Operations, Alphabet Test , Logical Sequence of Words , Eligibility Test , Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle , Direction Sense Test , Data Sufficiency , Theme Detection , Situation Reaction Test , Analogy, Tables , Pie – Charts, Bar Graphs , Data Analysis , Line Graphs , Case lets , Combined data sets , Probability/ Series.

English Syllabus:

Reading Comprehension, Spotting Error, Fill in the blank, Cloze test, Para-Jumbles.

General Awareness:

News related to Reserve Bank of India, Banking Awareness, Financial Awareness (Union Budget/ Railway Budget), Economics news, Current Affairs – Questions can be asked from various fields such as National, International, Awards, Sports, Defence, Summits, Appointment, Books & Authors, and Obituary, etc.

Marketing Syllabus

Basics of Marketing, Marketing Strategies, Market Segmentation, Marketing Management, Marketing Mix, Developing stage of organization, Brand, Advertising, Products Life Cycle, 4 P’s and 4 C’s of marketing.

Computer Knowledge:

Basics of Computer, Hardware and software, Operating system, MS Word and MS Excel, PowerPoint, Generation of Computer, The internet, Short forms (Eg. Jpeg, mp3, pdf), Android and Apple related news.

SBI PO Prelims Exam pattern 2017:


Name of Section

No. Of Questions

Total Marks

Exam Duration


English Language




1 Hour


Quantitative Aptitude




Reasoning Ability






SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern 2017:


Name of Section

No. Of Questions

Total Marks

Time Duration

Exam Duration


Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



60 minutes

3 Hours


English Language



40 minutes


Data Analysis & Interpretation



45 minutes


General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry)



35 minutes





Descriptive Test



30 Minute

The article has covered the topic in detail, prepare well. All the best for SBI PO exam.

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SBI PO 2017 Notification - Complete details

SBI PO 2017 Notification - Complete details

SBI PO 2017 Notification

Dear Readers,

State Bank of India (SBI) has released official notifications for the “SBI PO Notification 2017” for the post of “Probationary Officers”. The applications are invited from applicants all over the country and the selected candidates will be posted anywhere across all the branches.

Candidates eligible or those who aspire to have a career with SBI are recommended to apply for the post. The registrations will be online and the entire recruitment process will consist of two phases: Prelims and Mains. The candidates have to initially sit for the Prelims and whoever manages to qualify in the mains will sit for the Mains exam. After the mains exam, the candidates will be called for an interview session/ group discussion round. This year, the examination will be held to fill in 2403 vacancies. The tentative date of SBI PO Prelims is decided as 29th and 30th April 2017 and SBI PO Mains as 4th June 2017

Check here the details of SBI PO Recruitment Important dates . for more detail Click on official notification link provided below.

Number of vacancies are 2403


The tentative Dates for the SBI PO 2017 Schedule is as follows :

  • On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates 07-02-2017 to 06-03-2017
  • Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges 07-02-2017 to 06-03-2017
  • Download of call letters for online Preliminary Examination 15-04-2017 onwards
  • Online Examination – Preliminary 29th & 30th Apr and 6th & 7th May'17
  • Result of Online exam – Preliminary 17-05-2017
  • Download of Call letter for Online Main Exam 22-05-2017 onwards
  • Conduct of Online Examination – Main 4th June 2017
  • Declaration of Result – Main 19th June 2017
  • Download Call Letter for Interview 26th June 2017
  • Conduct of Group Exercises & Interview - 10th July 2017 onward
  • Declaration of Final Result -  5th Aug 2017

Click here to view the official Notification of SBI PO 2017

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Attention! SBI PO 2016 Marks and Cut- off Released!

Attention all SBI aspirants! The State Bank of India (SBI) has released the candidates’ marks in the Probationary Officer (PO) examination 2016. The process of recruitment for SBI PO 2016 has come to an end after the final declaration of results on September 30 and call letters were issued a day later.

Candidates who wish to view their results may visit the official website of SBI i.e. www.sbi.co.in . On the official website, please enter your roll number and date of birth

Important notes:

  • The total marks scored by the candidate in test out of 250 marks are normalized to 75.
  • The total marks scored by the candidate in interview out of 50 marks are normalized to 35.
  • Final list= Sum total of the (normalized marks of test + normalized marks of interview + normalized marks of GD) with an aggregate of 100

A candidate, when he/ she would be able to see his / her marks, would also be able to see the category wise cut- off marks and the minimum marks required to qualify. The results of all the phases of SBI PO 2016 Exam i.e. Prelims, Mains and GD/ Interview were declared beforehand but SBI finally released the marks yesterday in the evening.

Stay tuned for more updates. We wish you all the very best!

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SBI PO Interview 2016: Incredible Tips and Questions to Crack

When you go and ask a number of PO aspirants a questions “Name a bank in which you want to work as a PO”, the answer would definitely be “SBI”. When most of my friends used to prepare for the banking examinations, listening the name of ‘SBI’ from them was not a new thing for us. It was probably the most common answer among all PO aspirants.

The SBI PO exam has turned up the heat by its interview round. All the aspirants have pulled up their socks and started preparing for it. Most of the aspirants have an approach full of hesitation towards interviews. People often start stammering when they answer the questions asked in an interview. Nervousness makes this happen. Even I have experienced the same in many of my interviews. The utmost thing which is required to ace an interview is ‘confidence’.

Worried about how to give your best in the interview? Well, we have the right solution for you! In this article, we bring you some incredible tips and probable questions to make you emerge as a “rising star” in the SBI PO interview. So, keep calm and do well.

Before going to the tips, let us go through some probable questions which could be asked in SBI PO interview:

Questions based on the candidate’s profile:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • Tell us about your education?
  • When did you decide on Banking career?
  • Aren’t you over qualified for this position?
  • How will your professional knowledge be helpful in the Banking career?
  • Do you have any plans for further education?
  • Do you have any actual work experience?
  • What have you been doing after graduation?
  • Why are you leaving your current position? ( for working professionals)
  • What other career options do you have?
  • What goals do you have in your career?
  • How do you plan to achieve these goals?
  • What do you know about banking?
  • What is a Bank?
  • Why do you want to work in the Banking industry?
  • What do you know about our company? (Should have an idea about important products from various banks, tag lines etc…)
  • Why are you interested in our company?
  • Why don’t you join some private company?
  • How is your professional knowledge useful for our organization?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What will you do if you get a better offer?
  • Who is your role model?
  • What are your short-term goals?
  • What is your long-term objective?
  • Where do you see yourself, five years from now?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your weakness?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Tell us about your extracurricular activities.
  • Q’s related to your achievements?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Do you handle pressure well?
  • Do you have any location preferences?
  • Will you relocate?

Questions based on the Current affairs:

  • Who is the Governor of RBI/chairman of SBI?
  • Who are the deputy governors of RBI?
  • What are the basics of ‘Monetary policy’?
  • What are the functions of RBI?
  • What are the important products or schemes launched by various banks recently?
  • How is your professional knowledge going to be useful for the bank?
  • What is CBS?
  • CORE stands for?
  • What is ‘Green Channel’?
  • IMPS
  • Any Ideas to improve Banking services…?
  • What is PO’s?
  • What is Plastic currency?
  • What is an ATM?
  • What is a Debit card & a Credit card..?
  • Different types of A/Cs and their features?
  • What is a fixed deposit? (min and max periods for the same.)
  • What is a gift card?
  • What is Dubai Crisis?
  • What is subprime crisis?
  • What is repo rate?
  • What is Reverse repo?
  • What is Bank rate?
  • What is SLR?
  • What is CRR?
  • What is Call money rate?
  • What is prime lending rate?
  • What is e-commerce?
  • What is m-commerce?
  • What is marketing?
  • What is an NPA?
  • What are NBFCs?
  • Online Banking?
  • Mobile Banking?

Questions based on contemporary general knowledge:

  • Fiscal Cliff.
  • Anti-Rape law.
  • Gujarat Elections.
  • FDI in retail/ aviation and broadcasting.
  • NPAs of Banks.
  • Banking law amendment bill.
  • BASEL III Norms.
  • CRR issue.
  • India/ Pakistan series.
  • COP summit.
  • Anti-Corruption movement.

Now, it’s time for some tips which will enable you to succeed in the interview:

  • Please make sure you go through the questions given above and other questions relevant to the interview. Prepare well and give your cent percent.
  • Carry all the required documents with you. Do not miss any of the documents and check before leaving to make sure you have all of them.
  • Prepare answering questions in front of a mirror or a friend. This method will boost your confidence.
  • Improve your knowledge in all the concerned areas asked by reading newspapers, magazines, watching news etc.
  • Practice standard mock interview sessions and improve where you feel you are lagging in. In fact, practice as much as you can. Remember, there is no glory in practice, but without practice, there is no glory.
  • Try to eradicate all nervousness related to speaking in front of an audience. This can only be done when your confidence level raises up.

We hope that this article will help you with your preparation and we hope to see your name in the list of “successful candidates”. Stay tuned for more updates. Good luck!

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Attention: SBI PO 2016 Results Declared!

SBI PO result declared

Hello SBI PO Aspirants. We have a news for you which will make you skip a beat! The SBI PO Results 2016 have been declared. The candidates can check the results online on the official website of SBI . The time of result declaration becomes one of the most crucial times for a student. The day when their expectations are on the top of their head and all the hopes are associated with this day.

The candidates who cleared the main examination (Phase 2) which was conducted on July 31 were called for a group discussion and an interview (Phase 3).

We anticipate the results of the aspirants would be very good. The candidates are advised not to get panic and keep patience as it yields better results. As per a notification released by SBI, the recruitment process is intended to recruit candidates for 2, 260 posts of ‘Probationary Officers’.

Procedure to check results:

  • Please visit the official website of SBI i.e. www.sbi.co.in
  • Click on the relevant link
  • Enter the details asked in the necessary places in the prescribed format (for ex- roll number)
  • Please take a hard copy and keep it with you for future reference

Criteria for selection:

Candidates will be finally selected based on the marks obtained in the main examination (objective and descriptive), and group discussion followed by interview round. The marks of the preliminary examination will not be considered.

State Bank of India (SBI) is the largest and prominent name in the banking industry. Having a career with SBI will make it a glorious career forever.

Stay tuned for more updates. We wish you good luck!                                     

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Letter Writing Tips for Bank PO Exams – SBI, IBPS

Letter writing is an important component of the English section of major banks exams like SBI PO,   IBPS PO etc. Letter writing allows you with an opportunity to show your writing skills and vocabulary. You need to express your views along with writing style on the paper so that your writing and communication skills are assessed in the examination.

Letter Writing Tips for Bank PO

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Many of the aspiring candidates face problems while writing formal/informal letter asked in the PO exams. Here are the Letter Writing Tips for Bank PO Exams – SBI, IBPS for your assistance.

  • Follow the format: No matter what always follow the format. The general format of a letter is given below:

  • Heading of a letter: address of the writer and the date. Heading must be written on the left corner of the first page of the letter.

  • Salutation is an important part of the letter is an important part. Always put the salutation at the left hand of the page, at a lower level to the Heading. Start the first and last word of the salutation in Capital Letters.

  • Subject: Mention the purpose of the letter in short.

  • Body: The body must cover the entirety of the subject given in the question. Be short and precise.

  • Subscription: A polite form of thanking. It is generally written on the left hand side corner of the lines after the body.

  • Designation follows the subscription.

  • Be specific, Stick to the subject of the letter: Do not write stores. Elaborate things with a limit.

  • Do not repeat sentences or the matter that you are writing about. Generally, candidates repeat too many things in order to show lengthy letter. This is absolutely wrong.

  • Check your command over the Language and tone: Use language tone according to the letter type that has been assigned t you. If it is formal then use formal and precise tone.

  • Maintain a Flow: Yes, you must maintain a steady flow while writing a letter. From start till the end, stick to particular type of flow.

Practice from online and offline mode to improve.

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