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Central Bank of India SO 2021

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Oct 27, 2020

The central bank of India is the largest and oldest bank of India which is wholly owned and managed by Indians. It was established in 1911 by Sorabiji Pochkhanawala. Central Bank of India will release the notification for filling specialist officer post in its various streams. It will have all the details regarding education, exam date, eligibility, exam pattern, salary, exam dates, etc.

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CBI SO Highlights

Culmination for Specialist Officer Exam 2021

Conducting Authority Central Bank of India
Central Bank of India website
Post Specialist Officer
Mode for the application Online Mode
Stages for Examination Written, interview
Exam date To be notified later
CBI SO Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria for Central Bank SO exam 2020-2021

Before going ahead for the exam, a candidate must read all the given instructions carefully and must meet the eligibility criteria so, that they can give the SO exam. Eligibility Criteria in age, educational qualification and all other activities for central Bank SO exam is mentioned below:

Age Criteria

As per the notification of the Central Bank of India for giving the exam of specialist officer post, the minimum age requirement is 21 years and the maximum is of 30 years. The age limit is for the general category and in general, age varies from one post to another.

  • For Credit Officers/III a candidate must attain the minimum age of 26 years and maximum of 35 years under the general category and for the reserved category minimum age should be of 26 years and maximum of 38 years.
  • For Risk Manager/ II minimum age should be of 21 years and maximum of 30 years.
  • For both Security Officer/I and /III minimum age should be of 26 years and a maximum of 45 years.
  • For Risk Manager /III minimum age should be of 21 years and maximum of 35 years.
  • For CDO/Chief Data Scientist /IV minimum age should be of 28 years and a maximum of 35 years.
  • For Financial Analyst/I and Economist/ II minimum age should be of 21 years and maximum of 30 years.
  • For Data Architect/III, Data Analyst/III, Analytics Senior Manager/III and Data Engineer/III minimum age should be of 26 years and a maximum of 35 years.
  • For Information Technology/I minimum age should be of 21 years and maximum of 28 years.

Age Limitation

Central Bank of India for SO exam also provides some age limit/relaxation to the reserved categories. A candidate should produce a valid document for claiming age relaxation also, age relaxation varies from one reserved category to another.

  • For Other Backward Classes, age relaxation for the candidate given by the Central bank of India is of 3 years.
  • Children/Family members of those who died in the year 1984 because of riots are of 3 years.
  • Persons domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1980 to 1989 is of 5 years.
  • For Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates is for 5 years.

For getting the benefit of age limitation a candidate must fulfil all the given requirements.

Educational Qualification

Post/scale Qualification Experience in Years
Credit officers/3rd CA/CFA/ACMA/MBA in Finance that should be a regular course from reputed/recognized college/institute CA/CFA/ACMA-the experience of 2 years & above in post-qualification of PSBs, Fis, Credit Rating Agencies (Aluminum RS.10000 crore)incorporate credit assessment MBA (finance)-4 years & above in PSBs, Fis, Credit Rating Agencies (Aluminum RS.10000 crore) incorporate credit assessment.
Risk Manager/II B.Tech./MCA with MBA(Finance), M.Sc. Maths, M.Sc. Statistics or it’s equivalent from reputed institute/university with an aggregate of 60% marks. N/A
Security Officer/III A candidate should be a graduate from a recognized university or any equivalent qualification by the Central Government. Minimum 10 years of experience with Indian Army or service from Air Force, Navy and Military Forces.
Security Officer/I Graduate degree and working knowledge in a Computer system like MS office (word, excel, ppt, etc). Minimum 5 years of experience as JCO in Indian Army or service from Air Force, Navy and Military Forces
Risk Manager/III MBA in Finance or postgraduate diploma in banking or Finance. 2 years of experience in Risk Management/Credit/Treasury/ALM.
CDO/Chief Data Scientist /IV Must be graduate from a science background(engineering), statistics, economics, applied science. Should have expert knowledge in quantitative methods for business and advance data science and 8-10 years of industry experience in data science or business analytics out of which 5 years of experience in banking and financial services.
Financial Analyst/II Passed Examination of institute of charted accountants of India (ICAI), Institute of Cost and works accounts of India (ICWAI) or MBA in Finance from a reputed institute with a minimum of 3years experience as an officer. ICWAI- N/A MBA in Finance-3 years of experience in the public sector.
Economist/II Post Graduate degree in economics/rural economics/econometrics. 3 years of minimum experience in data collection, economic analysis or research.
Data Architect/III Degree in engineering/ science/ advance degree in the analytical field. Minimum 5 years of industry experience in data science or business analytics role out of which 3 years of experience in banking and financial services.
Data Analyst/III Degree in engineering/science. Minimum 5 years of experience in data science or IT.
Data engineer/III Degree in engineering/science Minimum 5 years of experience in data science or IT.
Analytics Senior Manager/III Degree in engineering/science Minimum 5 years of experience in data science or IT
Information Technology/I 4 years of engineering degree in computer science/ computer application/IT/telecommunications from a recognized institute. NA/

How to apply for the examination

Before filling the online application form for the central bank so exam a candidate must fulfil all the above requirements, he/she should have a valid mail- id, a mobile phone number where the message will be sent. Procedure to fill the online application is given below:

  1. A candidate must visit the official website of the central bank and the first register to themselves. Once registration is completed a provisional password is generated, and they have to use this password for filling the application form.
  2. Documents required like a signature, passport size photograph, Aadhar card number and all the necessary details which will be given on the portal. All the documents should be in jpg/jpeg format and signature should be on white paper with black ink.
  3. A candidate should check all his/ her details after the submission, later no correction will be made.
  4. Payment should be done through online mode.
  5. The aspirant must take the printout of the generated e-receipt and central bank of India SO exam application form.

Application fee

The aspirant needs to pay the fee through online mode only. The application fee is different for the general and the reserved categories and the fee is non-refundable, also includes GST@18%

  • For all other candidate application fee is of RS.500/- and intimation charges is of RS. 50/- i.e is 550.
  • For schedule caste and tribes, there is no application fee for them only intimate charge is there which is of RS.50/-
CBI SO Syllabus

Syllabus for SO Exam 2021

For giving the exam of the central bank of Specialist officers you have to similar with the syllabus. Given, below is the syllabus for the exam:

Computer knowledge

  • Basics questions related to the computer industry.
  • Number system
  • History of computer
  • Computer abbreviation
  • Security tools, virus, hacking
  • Basics computer terminology
  • Computer hardware parts and controls


  • Indian banking industry
  • History
  • RBI and monetary Policy
  • Main functions
  • RTGs
  • MSF
  • Types of money
  • FERA and FEMA
  • Capital Market of India
  • Public Finance
  • Primary and Secondary Market
  • Source of income and types of goods
  • Revenue of central govt.


  1. Network security management and secure electronic payment systems.
  2. IT security Metrics
  3. Digital crimes and forensics sciences
CBI SO Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The exam will be in two stages – online objective written exam and personal interview. An aspirant needs to qualify both the stages to get recruited as a security officer in the central bank.

For online objective is written exam:

  • The exam will be of objective type multiple choice based with a total of 100 questions and the duration for the examination will be of 60 minutes.
  • There will be negative marking for each wrong answer one fourth or 0.25 marks will be deducted and for each correct answer, 1 marks will be rewarded.
  • Given below is the detailed table for the Exam pattern of central bank SO exam (online objective) so, that students can prepare themselves according to that:
Subjects Number of questions Number of marks
Stream/ category specific questions 60 60
Computer knowledge 20 20
Banking and general awareness 20 20
Total 100 100

For Personal interview

  • Once the candidate has qualified the online exam then, he/she will be eligible for the personal interview round.
  • A candidate needs to score minimum qualifying marks in each section and in aggregate as decided by the bank.
  • A candidate should have all original documents and its xerox prescribed by the bank to produce during the interview of a central bank security officer.
CBI SO Exam centre

Exam centre

  • The exam centre for a central bank so the exam is held at some places as decided by the bank. The allocated centre will be announced through call letter.
  • Also, the central bank of India has all the rights to cancel any of the mentioned centres and add some other Centres, depending upon the feasibility of the administrative.
  • The candidates will have to appear for the central bank of India So examination at the allotted centre at their expenses.
CBI SO Admit card

Admit card for the examination

Candidates can download their admit card at the official website of the central bank of India and no hard copy will be sent to the candidates. Also, announcements will be sent by email in the registered email id of the candidates and registered mobile number.

CBI SO Result

Result and cut off

Candidates can check their result on the official website of the central bank of India SO that is by filling the relevant details like registration number, date of birth or password. Also, the cut off marks are prepared on the basis of the category of the candidates, the number of candidates, attended the exam, the number of qualifiers, previous year cut off trend and toughness level of the question paper.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.