PNB SO Exam 2022: Latest News, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

September 8, 2022

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About PNB and PNB SO Exam

The Punjab national bank also said as the PNB is an Indian nationalized bank. Its headquarters is located in New Delhi, India. It is under the ownership of the ministry of finance, the government of India. The bank was founded in May 1984.

PNB is the second-largest government-owned bank in India, both in terms of its business volumes and its network.

Punjab national bank is a PSU that is working under the union government of India, which is regulated by the reserve bank of India act 1934 and the banking regulation act 1949.

The Punjab national bank was registered on 19th May 1984 under the Indian companies act. The founding board was drawn from the various parts of India professing different faiths and varying backgrounds. The common objective is to create a truly national bank that would process the economic interest of the country further. The bank opened on 12th April 1895 for business in Lahore.

Punjab national bank (PNB) is the first national bank that has been solely started with the Indian capital.

Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Indira Gandhi, and Jalaiwala Bagh committee have held Punjab National Bank accounts.

About PNB SO Exam:

AbbreviationPunjab national bank
TypeNationalized bank
PurposeRecruit specialist officers (manager and senior manager)
ChairmanCH S.S.Malikarjuna Rao
Branches704, nationwide ATM’s located
FounderLal Lajpat Rai, Dyal Singh Majitha
OwnerGovernment of India

PNB SO 2021 Exam notification and the Latest news

The PNB SO 2020-2021 exam was conducted last year on 22nd November 2020. The recruitment of PNB SO final result has ended for the year 2020-2021.

The PNB SO final results for the year 2021 are already updated. The candidates who have cleared the interview process of the PNB SO can download the result PDF and check the result through the link.

The PNB SO recruitment 2021 notification was released officially for 535 vacancies in total. The posts are the manager and the senior manager posts.

09-Mar-2021The PNB SO final result was out
22-Jan-2021The PNB SO interview call letter 2021 was released officially
14-Jan-2021The PNB SO result from 2020-21 has been released
22-Nov-2020The PNB SO exam 2020 was conducted successfully
07-Oct -2020The PNB SO online apply link was deactivated
05-Oct-2020The last date to apply for PNB SO  has been extended till the 6-October-2020
08-Sept-2020The PNB SO 2020 online link activated
07-Sept-2020The PNB SO recruitment 2020 notification was released on the official website of PNB

The application form for the year 2021 for the PNB SO post is not yet released.

The important dates for the PNB SO 2021 are given below:

September 2021the application process starts
October 2021the application process ended
October 2021Last date for the application fee submission
November 2021Admit card release date
November 2021The PNB SO recruitment exam date
December 2021The final result release date

On 30th August 2019, the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the oriental bank of commerce and the united bank of India would be merged with the Punjab national bank.

PNB SO 2021 Exam date

The official date for the examination of the year 2021 is not released yet. It will be updated on their official website once released.

September 2021The application process starts
October 2021The application process ends
October 2021the last date for the application fee submission
November 2021admit card release date
November 2021The PNB SO recruitment exam date
December 2021The result releasing date will be announced

PNB SO 2021 Application fees

The application fee for the candidates varies according to their categories. The details of the categories and the fee is given below.

CategoryFee in Rupees

PNB SO 2021 Eligibility criteria

The PNB SO 2021 has the criteria such as educational qualification, Age limits, Nationality. The candidates who are interested to apply for the PNB SO recruitment process needs to satisfy the eligibility criteria to proceed further in the application process. The details are given below:

Educational Qualification:

Name of the postEducational qualification
Manager, riskA bachelor/masters degree in math/statistics/economics/FRM/PRM DTIRM/MBA/CA, etc with at least  60% marks.
Manager, creditCA/ICWA/MBA or a PG degree/diploma from any AICTE approved institute only.
Manager, treasuryMBA(finance) or any equivalent degree; CA/ICWA/CAIIB/PGPBF minimum 60% of marks
Manager, Law5 years integrated course or graduation with a law degree from a well-recognized university
Manager, architectUG degree in architecture.
Manager, CivilBE/B.Tech in civil engineering.
Manager, HRPG degree/ diploma in personnel management/ industrial relations/HR/HRD/HRM  with minimum 60% marks.
Manager, economicsPG degree in economics from a recognized university with 60% marks or respective CGPA.
Senior manager, riskUG/ PG degree in mathematics/ statistics/ economics/ FRM/PRM/ DTIRM/ MBA(finance)/ CA/ ICWA/ CFA/ PGPBF with a minimum of 60 % marks.
Senior manager, creditCA/ICWA/MBA(finance) or PG degree from AICTE approved institute. Candidates with marks less than 60% are not applicable.

Age limit:

The age limit for the specialist officers post is given below;

Post nameLower age limitUpper age limit
Manager25 years35 years
Senior manager25 years37 years


  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • Can be a subject of Nepal or Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee, who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the idea of getting permanently settled in India.
  • The people migrated from India, from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the united republic of Tanzania( formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam to permanently settle in India.
  • They should have the certificate of eligibility issued by the government of India.
  • The offer letter will be given only after the candidates submit the certificates to the bank. The certificates should be issued by the government of India.

PNB SO 2021 Vacancy

The details of the number of vacancies of the PNB SO 2021 are yet to be announced. However, the total number of vacancies for the PNB SO in the year 2020 was 535.

The details of the vacancies for the Manager and the Senior manager posts are as detailed below.

PNB SO postNumber of vacancies
Manager, risk160
Manager, credit200
Manager, treasury30
Manager, law25
Manager, civil08
Manager, economic10
Manager, HR10
Manager, architect02
Senior manager, risk40
Senior manager, credit50

PNB SO 2021 Salary

The salary for PNB SO for the year 2021 may vary according to the posts. However, the salaries may vary concerning the locations and the posts.

PNB SO postSalary
Manager , riskRs. 31,705- Rs.45,950
Manager, creditRs. 31,705- Rs.45,950
Manager, treasuryRs. 31,705- Rs.45,950
Manager, lawRs. 31,705- Rs.45,950
Manager, civilRs. 31,705- Rs.45,950
Manager, economicRs. 31,705- Rs.45,950
Manager, HRRs. 31,705- Rs.45,950
Manager, architectRs. 31,705- Rs.45,950
Senior manager, riskRs. 42,020- Rs.51,490
Senior manager, creditRs. 42,020- Rs.51,490

PNB SO 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus has four sections (Reasoning, English, Quantitative aptitude, General awareness). The detailed syllabus pattern for each of the PNB SO 2021 exams is given below;

The syllabus for Reasoning and English are given in the  below table,

AnalogySpellings/detecting misspelled words
Series completionAntonyms and their correct usage
Verification of truth of the statementCommon error
Situation reaction testActive/passive voice of verbs
Direction sense testComprehension passage
ClassificationSpot the error
Data sufficiencyCloze passage
Alpha-numeric sequence puzzleFill in the blanks
Puzzle testShuffling of sentence parts
Blood relationsConversions
Coding-decodingSentence rearrangement
Assertion and reasoningGrammar
Arithmetical reasoningShuffling of sentences in a passage
Operations of mathematicsImprovement of sentences
Venn diagramsSynonyms/homonyms
Word sequenceAntonyms
Missing charactersVocabulary
Sequential output trainingIdioms and phrases
DirectionsOne word substitution
Test on alphabets 
Eligibility test 
Dot situation 
Identical figure groupings 
Forming figures and analysis 
Construction of squares and triangles 
Analytical reasoning 
Paper folding 
Paper cutting 
Cubes and Dice 
Water images 
Mirror images 
Figure matrix 
Completion incomplete pattern 
Spotting embedded figures 
Rules detection 

The syllabus for Quantitative aptitude and General awareness is given in the below table,

Quantitative aptitudeGeneral awareness
Time and work partnershipSports and culture
Ratio and proportionBanking sector
Boats and streamsMarketing
Simple interestGeneral science
Time and distanceGeneral knowledge
Problems on trainsInternational news
AreasIndian current events
Races and gamesNational current affairs
Numbers and agesBanking
Mixtures and allegationsImportant dates
MensurationCurrent science
Permutations and combinationsTechnology
Problems on HCF, LCM 
Pipes and cisterns 
Simple equations 
Problems on numbers 
Indices and surds 
Compound interest 
Odd man out 
Quadratic equations 
Profit and loss 
Simplification and approximation 

PNB SO 2021 Exam pattern

The exam pattern for the PNB SO Manager and Senior manager are detailed below:

  • The PNB SO exam will be conducted in online mode.
  • This test is available in two languages, English and Hindi.
  • There will be 0.25 marks deducted from the question that is marked incorrectly.
  • The candidates need to clear the PNB SO written examination round in order to attend the final interview round.
  • The total marks allotted for the interview round are 35. The candidate needs to score at least 40% to clear the interview round.
  • The online examination scores and the interview scores are put together to calculate the final score.
SubjectNumber of questionsNumber of marks
Professional knowledge5075
English language5025
Quantitative aptitude5050

PNB SO 2021 Admit Card

The PNB SO releases its admit card online. It will only be released on their official website and will not be sent through any emails or posts. They will issue separate admit cards for written and interview rounds. The candidate can download their admit cards 15 days before the exam date.

All the candidates who have cleared the written exams can download their admit cards from the official website link. It is compulsory to take the respective admit cards when they attend the examination center during exams and to the interview center.

The admit card download date has not yet been announced but will be declared very soon.

To download the admit card, the following steps need to be followed:

Step-1: go to the official website of PNB (

Step-2: Then click on the recruitment tab at the bottom of the page.

Step-3: Search For the PNB SO admit card.

Step-4: click and open the link and enter the details.

Step-5: download the admit card.

Step-6: print it for future use.

The candidates have to download the admit card one week before the date of the entrance examination.

PNB SO 2021 Result

The results of the examination that were conducted on the 22nd November 2020 were released on 9th March 2021. The results of the year 2021 is not yet released.

Name of boardPunjab national bank
Number of vacancies535
Exam date22-November-2020
Final result date09-March-2021

How to apply for PNB SO?

This process can be done online mode. No other modes will be accepted. The applicant will have to follow the following procedure,

  • One applicant can apply for only one post.
  • Apply online through the website
  • Visit the official website of the Punjab national bank first.
  • On the homepage, click the click here for new registration.
  • Candidates need to have a valid personal email id and contact number. The email id and contact number should be kept active till the recruitment process is fully completed.
  • Because the bank will send call letters for the online test, interviews through the registered mail id.
  • Then, an email or SMS will be generated on the successful registration of the application. It will be sent to the candidate’s email id or mobile number which was specified in the application form as a system-generated acknowledgment.
  • Next, pay the application fee for your category.
  • Click on submit option.

Things to keep in mind while applying for PNB SO:

  • In case, the candidate does not have a valid mail id and contact number, then he/she needs to create one before applying online.
  • Candidates should have a scanned copy of their photographs and the signatures according to the specifications mentioned.
  • The candidates need to fill in all the details correctly and verify them many times as there won’t be changes allowed once the forms are submitted.
  • After clicking the final submit button, no changes are allowed.
  • If the candidates have not received the mail and message intimations, then it shows that the registration is not successful.
  • The application without any photograph or the signature or any wrong information would be considered an invalid form.

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FAQ about PNB SO 2021:

Q1. What is the probation period for the PNB SO exam?

There will be a probation period of 2 years for the government sector job averages.

Q2. Can a final year graduation student apply for PNB SO?

The details of the eligibility criteria varies according to the post. The details are given in the page above.

Q3. What is the age criteria needed to apply for PNB SO?

The age criteria for the PNB SO 2021 is 25 to 35 years of age for the Manager post and 25 to 37 years of age for the Senior manager post.

Q4.When was the latest PNB SO  recruitment notification released?

The PNB has released the latest recruitment notification on 7th September 2020.

Q5. How many vacancies are available under the PNB SO 2021?

The vacancies for the year 2021 are not yet released. But, there were 535 vacancies announced for 2020-2021.

Q6. How many times is the PNB SO exam conducted in a year?

This examination is conducted once a year.

Q7. Is there any application fee for PNB SO 2021?

Yes, the application fee is Rs.850 for SC/ST and unreserved categories. It is Rs.150 for the general category.

Q8. What is the salary for PNB SO 2021?

The salary range is Rs.31,705 – Rs.45,950 for manager posts and Rs.42,020 – Rs.51,490 for senior manager posts.

Q9. What are the posts under the PNB SO?

The posts are divided into Manager and Senior Manager posts. They are the Manager (Risk), Manager (Credit), Manager (Treasury), Manager (Law), Manager (Architect), Manager (Civil), Manager (HR), Manager (Economics), Senior Manager (Risk), Senior Manager (Credit).

Q10. What are the age criteria for PNB SO 2021?

The age should be from 25 years to 35 years for Manager posts and 25 years to 37 years for Senior Manager posts.

Q11. What is the selection process for PNB SO?

The selection process has the written exam and the final interview.

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