SBI SO Exam Pattern And Syllabus

SBI SO Exam Pattern And Syllabus

SBI SO Exam Pattern And Syllabus
SBI SO Exam Pattern And Syllabus
April 12, 2021
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SBI SO Exam Pattern

The SO (Specialist Officer) exam will be conducted by the SBI (State Bank of India). Therefore, the interested candidates must be familiar of the SBI SO Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2021 to prepare well for the examination. The SBI SO Syllabus consists of important subjects and chapters that will be asked in the examination. 

Highlights of SBI SO Exam Pattern

  • Students will be able to take the SBI SO Exam 2021 only online.
  • The exam will be in English.
  • There will be multiple choice question answer.
  • SBI SO 2021 question paper contains overall 170 questions.
  • There will be four sections in the exam – English language, Reasoning, Professional Knowledge and Quantitative Aptitude.

Table of Contents

Exam Pattern Highlights

Mode of the exam Computer-based (online) exam
Total Number of Papers 1
Sections Total 4 (3 for Deputy Manager Post)
Questions Types Objective type – Multiple Choice Questions
Total Questions 170
Duration 135 Minutes

Paper pattern for Deputy Manager Post:

  • The paper is divided into three sections: English language, reasoning, and a professional knowledge test.
  • Therefore, there are 70 questions in Reasoning and 50 questions in English and Professional Knowledge.
  • Maximum marks are same that is 220.

Post Number of Sections Number of questions Time
Deputy Manager 3 170 135 minutes
Others 4 170 135 minutes

SBI SO Exam Pattern 2021: Key Points

These important points about the SBI SO selection procedure must be go through by candidates.

  1. The Bank’s Shortlisting Committee will determine the shortlisting parameters, and a sufficient number of candidates will be invited to an interview.
  2. A candidate’s right to be called for an interview is not dependent on meeting the minimum qualifications and experience.
  3. Bank will only call candidate if you are final.
  4. The selection merit list will be compiled in descending order based solely on interview results.
  5. In the event of a tie, candidates will be ranked in descending order in the merit order based on their age.

Know More – SBI SO Result & Cut Off Marks

SBI SO Syllabus

English, Reasoning Ability & Quantitative Aptitude

English Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude
Articles & preposition Number series Data interpretations based on various arithmetics theories
Cloze Tests Arithmetical Reasoning & Classification Boats & Streams
Reading comprehension Alphabet Test Clocks
Sentence correction Data Sufficiency Decimal & Fractions.
Fill in the Blanks Clocks & Calendars HCF & LCM
Para substitution Passages Deriving Conclusions Data sufficiency
Para Jumble Inserting The Missing Character Logarithms
Vocabulary Direction and distance Sense Test Mensuration
Synonyms/Antonyms Time sequence test Mixtures & Allegations
Choosing the appropriate word Analytical reasoning Compound Interest
Spelling check Cause and effect Input and output arrangements Time, Speed and Distance
Idioms & Phrases Coded inequalities Profit and Loss
Completion of a Sentence. Seating arrangements Permutation and Combination
One word substitution Decision making Probability
Sentence arrangements Logical Sequence of Words Interpretation of Data and sufficiency (will include Line graphs, Pie charts, Data table, Bar Graphs, , Mixed graphs, case study etc.)
Subject-Verb Agreement Logical Venn Diagrams Permutation & Combination
Tenses Statement – Conclusions Problems on Ages
Theme detection Theme Detection, Alphabet numbers Problems on Trains
Voice change Series Test, Syllogism Roots
Verb. Analogies/Decision-making Simplification
Direct and indirect sentences Coding/Decoding Time and Work
Statement and assumptions Volume & Surface
Odd one out Number Area
Passage and conclusion test Number system and simplification
Blood Relations Unitary Method
Course of action Problem-based on numbers
Ranking Ration and Proportion
Assertion and reason Statement and course of action Partnership


Other Stream

SBI SO is a specialist role, hence SBI conducts knowledge tests for the specific domain. Candidates are expected o showcase command of these technical subjects. Selected candidates will be handing an important portfolio to the bank.

Finance Officer Law Officer System Officer
Accounting Standards Banking Regulated Laws Information Systems(IS)
Foreign Exchanges Regulatory Frameworks etc. Data Base Management Systems
Mutual Funds Compliance and Legal Aspects, Security Types Basic concepts of Software and Hardware
Direct and Indirect Taxes Electronic Banking, Loans and Advances Data Structures
Management Accounting Concepts Financial Analysis Network Programming
Cost Accounting Concepts Ethics and Corporate Governance in Banking Computer Organization & Algorithms
Auditing standards Negotiable Instruments Digital Electronics
Auditing Banking Operational Laws Basic Programing Languages (C, C++, Java) & Basic System programming
Basic Accounting concepts and principles Banking Security Laws Web Technologies & Compiler design
Indian Capital Market Banker-Customer Relations Computer Networks & Operating system


Chartered Accountant Statistician
Accounting Standards Basic Statistical Methods and Inference
Share, Business valuation Variance Analysis
Share-based Payment Forecasting Portfolio 
Accounting Guidance Note Simple Regression
Indian Accounting Standards Time-series forecasting
Accounting and Reporting of Financial Instrument Sampling Concepts
Financial Report Standards Bi-Variate Data 
Liability Valuation Banking-Insurance
Mutual Funds Financial Market
Foreign Exchanges Foreign Exchanges
Indian Capital Market Multiple Regression
Inflation Accounting Sampling Distribution
Auditing Estimations Theory etc.


Job Responsibilities of Specialist Officer in SBI

There are many specialist role in SBI. Job responsibility of some of the specialist roles are given below.

Manager (Digital Marketing)

  • A digital marketing manager’s job description includes developing, implementing, and managing marketing initiatives that promote offers and campaigns. They collect business requirements and distribute briefings to the appropriate parties.
  • Managers in the field of digital marketing are hired to conduct a brand sanity check, maintain the design brand and aesthetic, and obtain creative permission. They also ensure that the products are delivered and launched on schedule.

Project Development Manager (Technology)

  • A Project Development Manager’s primary responsibility is to manage partnerships with technology partners.
  • The majority of their time is spent understanding and communicating business requirements to the IT team and technological partners.


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1.How many attempts are there in SBI SO Exam?

A. There is not attempting limit for candidates as long as they are under the maximum age limit. And it’s applicable for all the categories.

2. Is there an interview in SBI SO Exam?

A. Yes, there is an interview round in SBI SO Exam. Candidates who successfully clear online tests and score under the cut-off merit list will appear in the interview.

3.What is the fees for SBI SO Exam?

A.The application fees for General and OBC category is Rs. 750/- and for others Rs.125/-.

4. How many times SBI so exam is conducted in a year?

A.SBI SO Exam gets conducted once a year. However, as it’s a specialist role, SBI keeps on announcing the vacancies as per the requirement within a year for IT, Marketing, Law, and Finance manager, etc.

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