SBI SO Exam Dates, Eligibility, Fees & Notification

SBI SO Exam Dates, Eligibility, Fees & Notification

SBI SO Exam Dates, Eligibility, Fees & Notification
SBI SO Exam Dates, Eligibility, Fees & Notification
April 12, 2021
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About SBI & SBI SO Exam 

The State Bank of India conducts the SBI SO exam to select officers in various specialist categories. It welcomes applications for expert officer (SO) recruitment as per vacancies in other departments.

Mostly, recruitment is done for managerial positions. Notifications for senior-level recruiting, on the other hand, are being issued. Recruitment is now underway for several functions.

In most circumstances, recruiting is in two phases: a private discussion follows an online exam and a personal interview; however, in some cases, shortlisting of candidates.

It was founded on July 1, 1955.

Abbreviation  SBI 
Type  The State Bank of India is a public sector banking and financial services statutory body in India.
Purpose  Completes banking activities for Central and State Government 
Location  Maharashtra, India 
Chairperson  Mr. Dinesh Kumar Khara 
Directors  Mr. C.S. Setty 
Mr. Ashwani Bhatia 
Mr. Swaminathan J. 
Mr. Ashwini Kumar Tewari 

SBI completes the recruitment process for Specialist Officer in two phases. 

Table of Contents

Phase I: Online written Test, which has multiple-choice questions, is divided into two parts. 

(I) General Aptitude Test 

(II) Professional Knowledge Test

General Aptitude Test is only a qualifying test, whereas who will give professional Knowledge Test marks weightage in the final selection.  

Phase II: The successful candidates who cleared the Written Test will be called for an interview. The final selection will be made on an overall score of the Written Test and interview. The average weightage consists of 70% of the written Test and 30% to interview. 


SBI SO Notifications/News

The State Bank of India (SBI) has issued an official SO Recruitment 2021 Notification for the recruitment of Specialist Officers. A total of 82 job openings have been posted for positions such as Manager (Risk Management), Manager (Credit Analyst), and others. Candidates must review all of the job posting details and download the notification pdf.

The State Bank of India announced the SBI SO recruitment notification for 2021 on Aug. 12th, 2021. The registration process for various specialized category officers has begun on a contractual and regular basis as of the same date. Registration and fee payment will be available online from Aug. 13th, 2021.

Activity Dates
Notification 28 Sep 2021
Starting of On-line Registration Process 28 Sep 2021
Online Examination 15 Nov 2021
Online Examination Result Yet to Announce
Interview Yet to Announce
Provisional Allotment of Banks Yet to Announce


SBI SO Exam Dates

SBI has announced the exam dates for various Specialist Officer positions.

Along with the notification, the SO exam 2021 was released. We have updated all of the important dates for SBI SO recruitment as announced by the SBI authorities below. You can now plan your preparation accordingly to produce the best results.


SBI SO Application Fee

Those in the General and OBC categories must pay a Rs 750 application fee, while candidates in the SC/ST/PWD categories do not pay anything.

The fee structure for all categories is given below.

Category Application Fee
For all others Rs. 750/-


SBI SO Eligibility Criteria 

Before filling out the application form, candidates should confirm their eligibility for SO 2021. Only candidates who meet the Eligibility Criteria are allowed to seek the SBI SO exam. Aspirants must meet the requirements in terms of age, nationality, and all other categories.

Age :

  • The applicant’s minimum age ranges from 21 to 30 years old, depending on the position.
  • An applicant’s maximum age range is between 62 and 66 years old.

Nationality :

  • Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply.
  • The exam is not open to OCIs or NRIs.

Educational Qualifications :

The minimum required educational qualification for SBI SO exam is listed here:

Post Education Qualification
Deputy Manager (Security) (Backlog) Graduation in any stream
Deputy Manager (Security) (Current) Post Graduate Management degree or MBA/ PGDM and full time BE/ B Tech in Electronics/ Electronics/ Information Technology/ Computer/ Computer Science & Communication/ Electrical & Electronics or a combination of these streams.
MANAGER (RETAIL PRODUCTS), Senior Consultant, Data Trainer, Analyst, Assistant General Manager (Enterprise & Technology Architecture), Data Translator B.E. / B. Tech in Information Technology/ Computer Science MCA from a recognized and Approved University/Institution.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship PhD in Banking/Finance/IT/Economics related to BFSI sector.
Data Protection Officer Graduation or it’s equivalent.
Deputy Manager (Data Scientist), Deputy Manager (System Officer), Manager (Data Scientist) B. Tech/ M Tech in Computer Science/ IT/ Machine Learning and AI/ Data Science (Minimum 60% marks compulsory)
Risk Specialist MBA/PGDM, Chartered Accountant (CA) or CFA, (Finance/ Data Analytics/ Business Analytics) or its equivalent; M.Sc. (Statistics).


Vacancy For SBI SO 2021

Recently SBI announced vacancies for various posts for which recruitment is going on:

Posts Vacancy
Manager 49
Deputy Manager 10
Senior Special Executive 3
Senior Executive  3
Deputy Chief Technology Officer (IT-Digital Banking) 1
Manager (History) 1
Executive (Document Preservation-Archives) 1
Data analyst 8
Chief Ethics Officer 1
Advisor 4
Total  81

Know More – SBI SO Exam Pattern And Syllabus


SBI SO Salary

SBI SO is one of the most prestigious and sought-after positions in the banking industry. It is currently the most sought-after position in the financial sector.

SBI SO Grade 1’s minimum pay scale is Rs. 23,700, excluding DA, HRA, and other benefits. The SO Salary varies according to the grade and position. Selected candidates would be paid a salary of Rs. 42,020 to Rs. 51,490 plus various allowances such as DA, HRA, PF, CCA, LFC, Contributory Pension Fund, Medical Facility, and so on under the SBI SO Recruitment 2020.


How to apply for SBI SO?

The application form is available at SBI Website. The steps to fill SBI SO application form are explained below. The application can be filled only by online method.

Step 1: Open the registration page for SBI SO Exam

  • Visit the official website of SBI.
  • Click the link ‘New Registration’ on the home page of the SBI Career
  • Enter name, phone number, email id, and security code
  • Upon successful registration, a provisional number and password gets generated.
  • The provisional registration number and password are also sent to the registered email ID and password.

Step 2: Upload Photo and Signature

  • Post-registration, candidates need to upload the photograph, signature, and left thumb impression.
  • Signature in bold letters will not be accepted. 
  • The left thumb impression should be properly scanned and not smudged.

Step 3: Fill the detailed application form

This page is divided into three parts, basic details, educational qualification & experience, and preferences.

Check details below:

Basic details: In this part, candidates need to fill in category, nationality, personal information, select exam centers, date of birth, gender, father’s name or mother’s name, address, etc. 

Educational Qualification, Work Experience & Languages: Here, candidates need to enter details of their graduation such as year of passing, college, percentage of marks, grade (if any).

They are also required to enter their work experience. Candidates are also required to enter the languages they can read, write and speak.

Preferences: Candidates need to enter the preferences of banks where they wish to work upon selection. SC/ST/Minority candidates can opt for pre-exam training in this part. 

Step 4: Preview of SBI SO application form

Candidates must preview the application form before the final submission. Then, they can edit the details entered in the application form while validating the same. Once this is complete, candidates need to agree to the terms and conditions and submit their applications. 

Step 5: SBI SO fee payment 

  • The payment gateway is linked to the application form.
  • Candidates need to follow the steps below for making payment. 
  • Candidates can choose any of the methods to make the payment Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/Mobile Wallets, and other methods by supplying the requested information.
  • On successful completion of the transaction, an e-receipt will be generated.
  • Candidates are required to take a printout of the e-receipt and online application form containing fee payment details.

Things to keep handy while applying for SBI SO

  • Scanned photograph and signature
  • Left thumb impression
  • Bank details to pay the application fees
  • Marksheet of graduation to enter educational details
  • Valid email ID and contact number


Selection Process

The SBI SO candidates selection is based on the post available. The overall selection process used by SBI to hire Specialist officers is outlined below. 

Shortlisting and interviews will use to make the final decision. A candidate’s right to be summoned for an interview is not likely to meet the minimum qualification and experience requirements. The three steps in the SO selection procedure are as follows:

Candidates who clear the online examination can proceed to the next level of the SBI SO examination.

Step 1: Shortlisting

The Bank’s Shortlisting Committee will determine the shortlisting parameters. Following that, a sufficient number of individuals will be shortlisted and invited to an interview, as assessed by the Bank.

Step 2: Interview

Candidates who applied for regular and contractual positions and passed the online exam can participate in the Interview.

Step 3: Merit List

Only the interview scores will be used to construct the final selection merit list. If more than one candidate meets the normal cut-off score, they will be ordered in order of their age in the merit.


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Q.1 What is the probation period for SBI Specialist Officer ?

A. Successful candidate needs to spend two years on probation.

Q.2 How many vacancies have been released for SBI Specialist Officer?

A. The total number of vacancies for Specialist Role in SBI are 92 for year 2020.

Q.3 Is SBI SO exam easy to crack?

A. To crack the SBI SO exam, one must adopt a smart study strategy.
Candidates should understand the exam pattern, marks each section consist and time limitation. Candidates who understand all these points will be easily able to crack the exam.

Q.4 How many attempts are there in SBI Specialist Officer Exam?

A. There is no limit to the number of attempts for candidates as long as they are under the maximum age limit. And it’s applicable for all the categories.

Q.5 Is there an interview in SBI Specialist Officer Exam?

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

Q.6 What is the salary of the SBI SO?

A: The salary varies from state to state. The basic starting salary of an SBI SO is Rs 23700 and its increases with the experience.

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