PNB SO: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 9, 2022

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The Punjab national bank conducts two rounds for getting the specialist officer post offer. So, the candidate has to clear both rounds to qualify as PNB SO.

  • Written examination ( objective type)
  • Personal interview
Name of organizationPunjab national bank
Name of the postsSpecialist officer
Exam date Updated soon

PNB SO 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus consists of four parts namely,

  • English language
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative aptitude
  • Professional knowledge( Law, HR, Risk, Credit)

The detailed syllabus is given here,

English languageReasoningQuantitative aptitudeLawHRRiskCredit
Cloze testSeating arrangementsNumber seriesBanking regulationsHuman resource developmentCredit and operational riskBasic accounting concepts
Reading comprehensionPuzzles inequalitiesData interpretationCompliance and legal aspectsBusiness policy and strategic analysisINDUSTRY COMPLIANCE STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS( eg., occupational safety and health act)Capital structure
Sentence improvementSyllogismQuadratic equationDRT actRecruitment and selection Valuation of goodwill and shares
Sentence correctionData sufficiencySimplification/ approximationLaws and actions  with a direct link to the banking sectorRewards and recognition Overview of cost accounting
Spotting errorsInput-outputData sufficiencyBankers book and evidence actTraining and development Financial statement analysis
Para/sentence completionBlood relationsRatio and proportionsBanking ombudsmanIndustrial relations Cash flow statement
Para jumblesAlphanumeric seriesProfit and lossRelevant law and orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchangeBusiness policy and strategic analysis Budgeting and budgetary control
Fill in the blanksOrder and rankingAverageConsumer protection actPerformance management and appraisal Cost sheet and work capital
 Verbal reasoningMensurationPrevention of money laundering limitation actGrievance and conflict management Issues redemption of debentures
 Distance and directionsTime and distanceSARFAES   
  Work, energy, and time    
  Permutation and combination    

PNB SO 2021 Exam pattern

The PNB SO Exam is a national-level exam. It has an online written test conducted by the Punjab national bank. It has objective-type questions from various subjects. For the guidance of the students, the detailed exam pattern and the syllabus are given below. The pattern consists of four parts namely,

  • English language
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative aptitude
  • Professional knowledge( related to post- Law, HR, Risk, Credit)
SectionNumber of questionsMaximum marksMedium of the examTime given
Reasoning5050English and Hindi120 minutes
English language5025English
Quantitative aptitude5050English and Hindi
Professional knowledge   ( relevant to the post )5075English and Hindi
  • The PNB SO exam will be in two languages that are, English and Hindi.
  • There will be negative markings in this exam. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be cut as a penalty.

Book recommendations:

The books for the preparation are also available in two languages: English and Hindi. Here are a few of the very suitable quantitative aptitude books that can be referred to while studying,

For reasoning

Name of the  bookName of the authorBook price
A modern approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoningR.S.AggarwalRs.619.
14 Kiran’s tricky approach to competitive reasoning verbal and non-verbal 7000+ objective type question logical reasoning and analytical ability ( fully solved)KiranRs.590
Word power made it easy to bookNorman Lewis Rs. 90
Analytical reasoningM K PandeyRs.189
Reasoning verbal, non-verbal, and analytical for competitive examsDipak Kumar YugnirmalRs.400

For the English language

Name of the bookAuthor name
Descriptive General EnglishSP Bakshi and Richa Sharma
High school English grammarWren and Martin
Objective General EnglishR S Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal
Word power made easyNorman Lewis

For quantitative aptitude books

Name of the  bookName of the authorPrice of the book
Teach yourself quantitative aptitudeArun SharmaRs.259
Quantitative aptitude for all competitive examsAbhijit GuhaRs.359
How to prepare for quantitative aptitudeArun SharmaRs.799
Quantitative aptitude chapter wise solvedArihant expertsRs.196
Quantitative aptitude for competitive exams R S Agarwal 2017-2018R S AgarwalRs.450
Shortcuts in  quantitative aptitude with four ebooks for competitive examsR S AgarwalRs.259

For technical officers

Name of the bookName of the authorPrice of the book
Bank credit officerGKPRs.399

All these books can be purchased in online stores such as Flipkart and amazon too.

PNB SO 2021 Preparation tips

Preparation must be topic-wise. Having a brief idea of the topics is needed. So, to cover topic wise,

English language:

  • Focus on reading comprehension, idioms, phrases, fill in the blanks, grammar, antonyms, synonyms, vocabulary, etc.
  • The habit of reading English every day would greatly help.
  • Also, writing helps in a way easy to understand and thus increases the grammar and syntax content.

Reasoning ability:

  • Focus on the topics such as syllogism, coding-decoding, seating arrangements, order and ranking, puzzles.
  • This part has a lot of calculations and is very much easy to score.
  • Along with daily practice, note down the important formula and direct concepts which you feel are important and keep them for future reference.

Quantitative aptitude:

  • This is the toughest part of the whole paper. This part has average, time and word, distance and directions, number series, data interpretation, quadratic equations, ratio, and proportion, etc.
  • The candidates must be good at calculations, so while practicing try to solve without using a calculator.
  • All the important formulas and concepts need to be understood and stored without changes in the mind.
  • The more they practice, the more the solving speed and accuracy.

Also, practicing the formulas and concepts every day will be more helpful. Note down all the points which have direct solutions and prepare every day.

For, English knowledge the candidate can read newspapers every day and note down new words. This can improve one’s vocabulary power.

Also, practicing previous papers can be very helpful, as the questions might not be the same but the concepts will be similar.

Other tips for the exam

  • The candidates who have applied for the PNB SO exam should stay updated with all the notifications that are being released.
  • Finish the entire syllabus for the preparation. Preparing thoroughly will be very helpful to attend to all the questions under all the concepts.
  • Implement the rules of grammar while taking notes and prepare perfectly.
  • Try using new words that are uncommon in daily life so that the vocabulary can be increased.
  • Having the confidence to clear the exam is the most important mindset to be acquired. With the proper plan, notes, and preparation strategy the candidates can easily crack the exam without much pressure.

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Q1. Is the exam only in the English language?

No, the exam is available in two languages, English and Hindi.

Q2. Should I have knowledge about banking and marketing for the written exam?

Yes, there are a few questions that are related to marketing and banking.

Q3. What are the total marks for an interview?

The interview will be for 35 marks. Candidates need to score 40% of the marks to qualify for the round.

Q4. Who will conduct the PNB SO exam?

The Punjab national bank conducts it once a year.

Q5. How many questions will be asked in the written exam?

A total of about 200 questions will be asked.

Q6. Is it a state-level exam?

No, it is a national-level examination.

Q7. Is there an age limit to write the exam?

Yes, the age limit is 25 years to 35 years for the manager post and 25years to 37 years for senior manager posts.

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