SBI SO 2023

What is SBI SO Exam? 

The SBI SO exam is administered by the State Bank of India in order to recruit officers for various specialist categories.  It accepts applications for the position of expert officer (SO) in accordance with openings in other departments. The recruiting process is often carried out for manager positions, however, notifications are also made for senior-level positions. The candidates are selected based on the online tests, followed by interviews. However, shortlisting individuals and then conducting in-person interviews are also sometimes used to recruit eligible candidates.

 

Eligibility Criteria for SBI Bank Exams:

Educational Qualification:– For SBI PO and Clerk Exams, the minimum educational qualification is any graduate degree. At least a graduate degree from a recognized institute or its equivalent is more than enough.

 

SBI SO Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for the exam, the candidate must fulfil the age limit and educational qualifications criteria. Given below are the details mentioned for the same.

 

SBI SO Eligibility: Age Limits

SBI has set the age limit for each post. The age criteria for SBI SO is as follows:

 

SBI SO Posts

SBI SO Age Limits

Assistant Manager

30 years

Deputy Manager, Relationship Manager (OMP), and Product Manager

25 to 35 years

Circle Defence Banking Advisor

60 years

Manager (Marketing)

40 years

Deputy Manager (Marketing)

35 years

 

SBI SO Eligibility: Educational Qualification

The Educational Qualification varies as per the requirements of the different SBI Specialist Officer posts. The details about the same are as follows:

 

SBI SO Posts

Educational Qualification

Assistant Manager

·   Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with 60 per cent or above marks.

·   2 years of work experience for a Bachelor’s degree holder and 1 year for a Master’s degree holder.

Deputy Manager, Relationship Manager (OMP), and Product Manager

B.E./ B. Tech along with MBA/PGDM or equivalent degree (as full-time course) with specialisation in Marketing

Circle Defence Banking Advisor

Must be a retired Major General or Brigadier from Indian Army or from comparable ranks from Indian Navy or Air Force.

Manager (Marketing)

·   MBA/PGDBM or equivalent with specialisations in Marketing/Finance.

·   The minimum work experience is five years as an executive in supervisory/management role in the field of marketing of digital and other financial products in a scheduled commercial bank or public sector or listed financial institution/company.

Deputy Manager (Marketing)

·   MBA/PGDBM or equivalent with specialisations in Marketing/Finance.

·   The minimum work experience is two years as an executive in supervisory/management role in the field of marketing of digital and other financial products in a scheduled commercial bank or public sector or listed financial institution/company.

 

SBI SO Exam Pattern

  • Unlike other exams wherein the candidates must score good marks in every section, specialist’s exam aspirants are required to score better in the professional section. Candidates scoring minimum cut-off are called for the next round, i.e. the interview round.
  • There will be two papers in the SBI SO Online exam.
  • Paper 1 will be conducted for 90 minutes. Candidates will be asked to answer 120 questions from three sections namely, English Language, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Paper 2 will have questions related to professional knowledge.
  • The medium of the SBI SO exam is English.

 

SBI SO Exam Pattern for Paper-1

The SBI SO Paper 1 Exam Pattern is as follows:

Name of the Test

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

English language

35

35

90 Minutes

Reasoning Ability

50

50

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

Total

120

120

 

SBI SO Exam Pattern for Paper-2

The SBI SO Paper-2 Exam Pattern is as follows:

Name of the Test

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

Professional Knowledge

50

100

45 Minutes

 

SBI SO Exam Syllabus

The candidates must be well aware of the SBI SO Exam Syllabus in order to score better in the exam. The topic-wise SBI SO syllabus for each section of the exam is given below:

 

Subjects

Topics

Reasoning Ability

Alphabet test, Alpha-Numeric Sequence Puzzle, Analogy, Arithmetical Reasoning, Classification, Clocks and calendars, Coding-Decoding, Data sufficiency, Direction sense test, Deriving conclusions from passages, Eligibility test, Inserting the missing character, Logic, Logical sequence of words, Logical Venn Diagrams, Mathematical operations, Number, ranking and time sequence, Puzzle test, Series completion, Situation reaction test, Statement -argument, Statement- conclusion, Theme detection

Quantitative Aptitude

Averages, Bar graphs, Decimal and Fraction, HCF and LCM, Heights and distances partnership, Line graphs, Logarithms, Mensuration, Mixtures and allegations, Number system, Percentages, Permutation and combination, Pie charts, Probability, Problems on ages Problems on trains, Profit and loss, Ratio and proportions Roots, Simple and compound interest, Simplification Time, distance and work, Volume and surface area

English Language

Antonyms, Article, Comprehension, Conclusion, Error correction, Fill in the blanks, Tenses rules, Idioms and phrases, Parts of speech, Passage completion, Passage correction, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, Sentence Rearrangement, Subject-verb agreement, Synonyms, Tenses, Theme detection, Unseen passages, Vocabulary, Word games, Word formulation

Professional Knowledge

(Common for all IT Posts)

Basic Terms, Cyber Security and Threats, Computer organization & Microprocessor, Compiler design, Digital electronics, DataBase Management System (DBMS), Data Communication & Networking, Data structure, Integrated circuits, Programming language C, C++ and OOPS, Operating system & amp; system programming, Software engineering, Mobile Technologies.

Professional Knowledge

(Common for all Finance Posts)

Auditing standards, Accounting Standards, Basic Accounting concepts and principles, Cost Accounting Concepts, Direct and Indirect Taxes, Management Accounting Concepts.

 

SBI SO Selection Process

The SBI SO selection process generally consists of an online exam which is followed by an Interview.

There selection process of the SBI SO exam is conducted on the basis of the job role. Given below is the general selection process conducted by SBI to recruit Specialist officers. The selection process of the SBI SO involves the following 3 steps:

Step 1: Online Examination

Candidates applying for SBI SO have to clear the online exam which has two papers. Candidates who will clear the online examination are promoted to the next level of the SBI SO examination.

Step 2: Shortlisting

Shortlisting is the next process and is conducted for the candidates who apply for contractual posts.

Step 3: Interview

Those candidates who applied for both contractual, as well as regular posts and who have cleared the online examination, have to appear for the Interview round.