10 Tips to crack IBPS PO interviews

As many candidates who are appearing for IBPS PO interviews are active on this website and many are asking for tips to perform well in interviews. Yesterday I got an email from one of my reader asking the same question. Most of the time I reply in really long emails. So I thought why not to share with all of my readers as it is useful for all. 

I have already shared How to prepare for IBPS interview series and Most common IBPS interview queries. You should read them.

Tips to crack IBPS PO interview

Never argue

I have seen many candidates who were rejected in IBPS PO II because they started a heated argument with one of the interviewer and other interviewers in the panel supported candidate. The result was, Candidates were rejected. You never know which interviewer have most important role in deciding marks of the candidates. In IBPS PO II a candidate who scored 185 was rejected because he started a heated argument, at the the end we won but he was rejected. So never do this.

Learn to say NO

If you don't know answer to a question then simply say it, it's better than giving lame answers. I still remember an interesting question, What is the area of your city ? Most of us don't know answer to this question and expect the same from the interviewers but interviewers have smartphones and they can Google the area of your city, village or town within few seconds. So never give lame answers with confidence, it will make bad impression and will prove that you are lying with confidence.

Never say I can't go out of my city

Most of the married women are rejected because of this reason. They simply say I can't go out of my town or city. Let me tell you that bank officials take care of this fact and try to give nearest location to female candidates but if you resides in Punjab and marked Andhra bank in the top of preference list then bank official have no options. If you need local posting then you should have marked preference of banks wisely. For example those who live Punjab should mark Punjab and Sindh bank.

Be formal and serious!!

Having confidence is good thing but don't let the interviewers have a feeling that you are not serious about this job and you are satisfied with your current job. They will ask this question again and again that why a bank job ? you have a better job or father's business is better than a bank job. You need to prepare yourself for this type of questions.

Make a professional resume

Although it is not mandatory and nowhere mentioned in the call letter, sometimes it is asked by the interview panel, you just can't I don't have because it was not asked. It cost just an hour to make a professional resume and I think you should make one.

Complete your documentation

At least 10% of the candidates are rejected on this ground. Many candidates have some problem in their name, their father's name, DOB etc. These kind of problems can be solved with simple affidavit. 

In case you mistakenly marked that you belong to a reserved category and you don;t that proper documentation to prove this then you will be rejected. Nothing can save you from this even if you have scored 100 mark in PO.

Read full post about documentation

Read Economic Times of last two days

In most of the bank interviews, questions are asked from recent financial updates and most of the times interviewer ask, which newspaper you read ? what were the headlines today? what is the price of gold today? As interviewers are  senior bank officials and their favorite newspaper is Economic times, I recommend you to switch to Economic times for a few days. 

Know yourself

Last but not the least - Know yourself. In major part of interview, interviewers will try to judge whether you are really serious about a job in a PSU bank and whether you are competent enough. If you are over-qualified then they will think that you won't join and IBPS don't need these kind of candidates. Read your course books and be prepared for awkward questions.
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73 comments:

  1. sir u said clerk III cut off marks 75...its right or...just guessing....

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    1. guessing is actually a bad word here, it is expected cutoff, my expectations were right at the time of IBPS PO

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    2. Ya I agree with you Mr.Singh
      Sir I attempted 141 in clerk 3 with 85-90% accuracy.
      Sir any idea about my twss or score.
      Eagerly waiting 4 ur reply...

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    3. Are you people take accuracy measurement device with you while taking ibps exams...you look very sure when you say that you have attempted with this much accuracy and when result come..you always blame ibps...get a common sense people..wait patiently for results it surely would be coming wihin 15 days.

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  2. Hi Ramandeep How are You. ...? I am following your views and ideas thorugh this site for last 10 days. I have one query please clear it . I am working as a Software Developer in TCS pune for last 3 years . I gave IBPS PO this year and got 75 marks . I have done my B-Tech in electronics . So do I need to be focussed more on IT or shall I also go through all my engineering subjects ? ....Also please guide me is it necessary to arrange a Company NOC letter...as it is becoming difficult for me to get one??

    Thanks

    AAM AADMI..

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    1. you should focus on banking. It;s great if you get NOC else pay slips would work.

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  3. Clerk III CUTOFF 75marks ths is for sc category r other category sir...plz reply

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  4. Hi Sir,

    In PO interview letter, it is mentioned that a work experience certificate mentioning the DOJ, nature of work, role etc are required for working professional. However I work in an MNC and they do not provide work experience certificate before you leave your job. So I will not get it from my company right now. I have mentioned my work experience in the PO form. Please suggest what to do. I had even called IBPS helpline but the lady there was quite rude and didn't answered the query.

    Also it is written that original NOC is required from the current public sector employer. So does that mean I don't need to provide it since I work in MNC.

    Looking forward for your valuable suggestion here... :)

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  5. Sit i have a qurstion and i am unable to find suitable answer. I did btech in 2010 in comp science. I wrkd two years in IT sector after that i quit job and started prepration. I hvnt shown any exp in application. Nw qs are
    What r u doing for 3 yrs? If i say thar i wrkd 2 yrs in IT and didnt mentioned as i dont hv propr docs to proove that than they will ask that why i want to switch to banking now? Plz help sir

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  6. my score 91 in ibps po 3
    obc category
    my 1st prefernce is andhra bank
    do i have a chance to get my first preference?

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  8. HI.. how much do u thnk cud b d percent score for selction..

    last year it was 59 prct for sc category..

    do rply soon.. nisha.

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  9. Sir...I have been calling ibps helpline no. but they wont answering..
    I just have simple query ....I have filled my mother's name- JAMUNA SHARMA but in 10 marksheet -JAMUNA DEVI SHARMA...Will it cause problem ..?????

    PLEASE REPLY....

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  10. Ramandeep,
    First of all let me start with few words of appreciation for you and your site. You are doing a great job and being really helpful to all ibps aspirants. Now a question for which I have been trying to find an answer. I have worked with HDFC bank for 2 years and had to leave for some personal reasons. It will not be very difficult for me to get a job in a private bank. So how do i tackle this question " why psu when u can get into a private bank?" Help me answer this query please?

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  11. Hello Raman,
    I would like to know that will it be enough if we use the forrnat which is given in the website for all ST/SC...will that do or not?? Can u please reply me...can u give a little guidance.

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  12. i got 91 general will i get in 1st allotment

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  13. Hi Raman sir, plz advise on the different criteria on which every candidate is marked in interview, for ex-commnication skill, cleanliness and dress etc. Are these things concidered in marking score and what weightage do they carry? what are the mandatory areas on which candidates are marked.

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  14. Sir I have a question and for that I m wondering all around..pls guide me....I have passed BCA in 2008 and MBA in 2011 but didnt about MBA while filling the form bcoz i didnt have the degree or provisional. If I mention about MBA in interview, will it create a problem as many of my friends are saying that they will cancle the candidature as it is a suppression of Fact. But If i dont mention they there will be a question about 5 year gap.??? Please give me guidance whether I should mention or not??? what will be good??? please answer sir i have write many times but didnt gate respone please this time..Please

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    1. you should tell about your MBA as it will give you an edge further there are extra marks for PG

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    2. But Sir I have not mentioned it while applying. Will it not be a case of supression of material fact??? please last time comment on it sir please......

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  15. Ramandeep sir, I am doing nothing these days only preparing for IBPS, So does it create problem in interview?

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    1. Sir i pass BE in CSE in 2011.after that i have not tried for any job since then,only preparing for the bank and govt exams.what should i say if they raise the question?plz help me sir.

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    2. You should have some answer like
      helping in father's business, taking tuitions or you can tell frankly, I had made it up my objective to get into a good bank so I spent the time in preparation, going through different articles, reading, blogging etc..

      Also there are many civil service apsirants who study for 2-3 years with a career gap.

      Make sure what you tell makes a hard-working image of you rather than the "wasting-time" image
      (Ramandeep please correct me if am wrong)

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  16. its ok sir but po 3 exam was very tuff ...but clerk exam easy as said your readers...in this regard 75 not appropriate...because many candidates in exam hall & every sites said they are attempt 130+ maximum 80% candidates...in your blog 57% candidates said they are attempted 130+ question in clerk exam...so..sir...

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    1. cutoff will not go anywhere beyond 80

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    2. Thank you sir, above mentioned 80 is actual marks? Will IBPS calculate tws score or they will give actual marks in ibps clerk?

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  17. Sir I have mentioned my father's name as 'Shrichand sindhi' in my po application form which is same as on my 10th certificate. But on my degree it is 'Srichand sindhi' will there be any problem????? Or I need an affidavit for that

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  18. Sir I have mentioned my father's name as 'Shrichand sindhi' in my po application form which is same as on my 10th certificate. But on my degree it is 'Srichand sindhi' will there be any problem????? Or I need an affidavit for that

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  19. thank you sir....

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  20. Hi ramandep sir, I entered my name as "ravi kumar A V" in ibps application and in degree certificates my name is present as "A V ravi kumar"..
    Should I get an affidavit or not... please reply sir...please

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    1. Since there could be a doubt whether these are the same person, it would be safe to carry an affidavit. Just cost around 100 bucks right? (just jesting )

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  21. Hi Ramandeep

    I have a small query. I have mentioned my PG marks in the application form and I have the marksheets of all the four semesters. But I don't have the provisional (degree will be awarded to me next year). In the call letter they have asked for the graduation documents only. So I guess it shouldn't be any problem if I take the PG marksheets with me or not as they aren't the documents on which my eligibility will be decided.

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  22. hello sir,I wrongly filled bank preference in ibps po 3 application form..I want to change it..Is there any chance for changing the preference..I m from tamilnadu..I m worried..please reply sir..please

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  23. Hi Sir,

    AM working in an MNC and its difficult for me to get an experience certificate from there... kindly let me know whether the salary slip is fine instead of experience certificate...

    Thanks in advance...

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    1. Hi

      Same here. I too work in an MNC and they will provide an experience certificate only on relieving/resigning the job. It won't be a problem. Just the payslip with the company seal would be fine as the interviewing staff know very well about the same. Good to carry around 3 months pay slip.

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  24. Sir,
    i used to work in nokia siemens network and have not given my experience in the ibps form, as currently i was preparing for government jobs. is it better to mention it in the professional resume which you have talked about.
    Please Reply

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  25. sir r u sure about sectional cut off.....?

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  26. Dear Sir i hv been reading your suggestions frm past few days,those r really helpful.i hv secured 91 marks in IBPS PO-3,i belong to general category so i need your suggestion that hw i shd approach fr d interview.i hv completed my m.tech. last yr..

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  27. i did btech mtech now in interview they are definitely going to ask me that why bank after mtech why not it sector ? and if i say that i want to do govt job then the will say why did u go for mtech u should have done bsc. so please tell me best answer of this
    cat obc score 89

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  28. Sir I m preparing for ibps and SBI bank exams pl help me to clear in coming exam I m poor in English and gk sir provide shortcuts for quantitative section and also give details about best books to clear exam for all topics sir pl guide me to clear in coming SBI exams sir

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  29. Hey Ramandeep Sir,

    I have entered a different name from my 10th certificate in the online application. So should I get my own affidavit or will IBPS provide me the facility to get one at the time of interview. Please elaborate the process of how it is done.
    Moreover the new notification(http://www.ibps.in/career_pdf/CWE_PO_MT_III_Notice_regarding_Photo-Identity.pdf) mentions that "A candidate shall be debarred from appearing for the interview if proper photo-identity
    proof is not produced. " Unable to get a clarity on it. An Insight into this will be a lot of help. Thanks in advance.

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  30. SIR, in the application I didnt mentioned my INITIAL and in all my certificates and documents My INITIAL is there.... Am i going to be rejected ?? Please help me on this issue...

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  31. Hi Sir,
    If two candidates got same marks one is having experience and other is not having any experience.To whom the preference is given while allotment and interview process in IBPS PO 3.

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  32. sir, i have qualifed for the IBPS PO interview and i have a doubt. While applying for written examination i have not mentioned my work qualification. should i mention about this in the interview? please help me.

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  33. Hi Sir,
    i have qualified the written IBPS PO 3 and while applying for written exam i have not mentioned in the application form that i have work experience. can i mention it during interview?

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  34. Sir,I have not got my orginal digree yet but I have the providional one dated 15-07-13...will It work or I have to get another cause I heard somewhere that they are asking provisional digree issues after 01-08-13...please reply sir

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  35. sir my fathers name in 10th, 12th and degree marksheets has spelling differences!! will this cause any problem

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  36. Sir..
    My father's name is beche lal on my all documents except 10 th std. On 10th certificate my father's name is bechey lal.so Sir please tell me that affaidavit is must for ibps po 3rd interview.

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  37. Dear sir,
    As per the notification by IBPS the name should be same on the application and photo identity proof. In my school mark list and online application the name is written as DARAM GURUPRASAD, where as in my photo id proof PAN card and voter id card the name is written as GURUPRASAD DARAM. Is this will be problem at the time of interview? Feeling tensed sir, please give clarification.

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  38. For ibps po interview : proper document has to be submitted for having the result declared on or before the 01/07/13 from the university.... It means we have to submit a proper document apart from the provisional marks list??? Or the provisional marks list is enough???

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  39. Sir,
    Whether college TC is necessary for appearing for the interview...

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  40. I have received a mail from ibps specifying that ur name should be same as given in the application also in photo identity at the time of interview for ibps po IIi and I have given voter id as id proof at the time of examination and in that photo id there is spelling error i.e My name is Nishant Sahai and it is written as Nishanta Sahay in the id proof and I cannot get it rectified now as it will take time and they have accepted my candidature at the time exam so I thought that will not cause trouble so wot should I do now thanks in advance - See more at: http://upscaspirant.blogspot.in/2013/12/how-to-prepare-for-ibps-po-common.html#sthash.U7CzyqpD.dpuf

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  41. Hello sir,
    I secured 75 Marks(general category ) in IBPS PO3, Presently I am pursuing MBA (1st)year. Should I tel them about my MBA, as I am 1st student student they could ask me to try for PO after completion of MBA. Actually one of the interviewers of Ibps Came to our college as a guest lecturer and he told that they are giving priority to MBA graduates and 70 % of the selected candidates are MBA graduates.

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  42. I have done my btech in 2012 from RTU, and I don't get my degree yet, only have provisional. It create any problem?

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  43. Sir, I have a query,
    Most of the interviewers ask"WHICH BANK WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN IF YOU ARE SELECTED" how can we analyze the bank's performance.What do you think is the best bank to .......(I belong to AP and have secured 93 marks in PO and my possibility to get job)

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  44. Sir, plz Help....
    In my academics marksheet and in application my surname spelling is MACKWANA
    but in my photo identity my surname spelling is MAKWANA....
    My name and father's name is perfectly ok...
    so sir i would like to know that is it going to crete any problem at the time of interview??
    Can i get rejected due to this...?? Now what to do sir plz reply...

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  45. In my IBPS application i filled a mistake Instead of BE(ECE) i filled BE(Science) Is it it is a big problem or it can be ignored at time of intervieW
    Please anyone help regarding this

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  46. Dear Sir ,
    i have been on your site for some days and quite happy with it........ i have some questions ., if you can help..
    i am siddarth chahal currently working in canara bank as clerk ( selected in ibps clerk 2) and now got 57 marks in ibps po3 and i'm from sc category ,.,.,., so will it be help full for me to be working in a bank...... and what should i prepare for ,.,.,. what should be a safe score score for me to get in interview................

    thanks ,.,., pls reply as soon as possible,.........,,

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  47. hi ramandeep sir... its nice to go thru your posts. and almost every day i visit your site. i hav scored 75 in IBPS PO 3 in gen cat. and my interview is on 8th jan 2014.
    i hav a query , actually m currently working with state bank of patiala as SWO but i didnt mentioned it while applying. and if i say there in interview that for the last two years i hav been working there.. will it create any problem.. if any will it cost to my candidature.

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  48. Hello Ramandeep Sir ... I scored 87 Marks (Gen Cat ) ... What are my Chances ... B.Tech (E C ) 2012 Batch and 7 Months experience in Yebhi.com ( Online Retail)

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  49. Sir is there any chances for the guys who all had cleared the written test by securing border marks.
    I have scored 64 marks in general category, please make my doubt clear.
    Should i take this interview seriously or with this low marks, I am already out?

    Thanks
    Surya

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    1. You need at least 15 marks in interview

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    2. Thanks Sir for your valuable response.It really boosted my motivation.
      Sir please answer my one more query
      so sir getting this much marks in an interview, is 'rarest of rare' case or normally candidate gets?Sir you might surely have answer for my qurey, as u have long list of followers and students.
      Thanks
      Surya

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  50. Anyone 2012 passout from rtu?

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  51. hii sir .I got 61. belongs ST category. would you please tell me the minimum marks to get in interview so that I can get job

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  52. sir I am nishant sahai and I have adding to my earlier comment, I have driving licence which mention my name correctly but different address as provided in application so can I provide the same as id as in ibps po advertisement it is written as same id proof should be provided at the time of interview which was provided at the time of exam so wot should I do

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  53. Sir, I dont have 1st year mark sheet of my Graduation, except this I have all have all documents including 2nd and 3rd year Marksheet. Will this create any problem?
    One more question...Is graduation degree required at the time of documents verification?

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  54. i am pursuing m.tech. is it beneficial for me to tell about m.tech?

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  55. sir right i'm studying b.tech(cse final year)i'm interested towards banking sector........so pls tell me some tips while preparing for bank exams

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  56. sir...i am not eligible for applying PO with my degree %..now i had completed my PG with distinction.Can i apply with PG %???

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  57. Dear sir/Mam,

    sir/mam i have selected obc in ibps po , so and clerk examination ,
    now at the time of interview they asked me certificate in centre
    format i have given them my state certificate of OBC which they
    accepted and i signed an undertaking to produce them at the time they
    required in future the centre OBC certicate , but now i found that my
    caste i.e JAAT is only reserved for state list as per ibps
    requirement it should be in centre list , my score in po-81 so-88,
    clerk-131, my interview was good .as per recent news my caste has been
    given centre list reservation by centre government . i am too much
    confused what is going with me and what should i do...??????????????
    please suggest me, what should i do.........??????????

    Please reply me on my mail ID or if possible please get in touch with
    me on phone
    Name- veer singh
    mob. no. 7897197098

    thanking you

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