PNB SO Recruitment 2021 - Eligibility, Application Form, Dates, Exam Pattern, Admit Card (out), Selection Process & Result

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Mar 19, 2021

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PNB SO is conducted by Punjab National Bank to recruit Specialist Officer, SO (Manager & Senior Manager). All the candidates who are interested and meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the posts. The mode of applying is online, candidates can visit the official website ( As per the latest update on the exam, the PNB SO 2020-21 result had been declared on January 14, 2021. 

Candidates with a CA/ ICWA/ MBA or PGDM PG, Diploma, LLB, Bachelor's Degree, etc. are eligible to apply for PNB Specialist Officer Recruitment.

Latest Update:

February 23, 2021: The PNB peon recruitment process has started. Read more

January 14, 2021: The PNB SO result for 2020-21 has been released.

November 12, 2021: PNB SO Admit card for 2020 is out. Read more

PNB SO Important Dates

PNB SO Recruitment 2021 Important Dates

Event Key Dates
PNB SO Notification to be notified
Starting of the Registration to be notified
Deadline to Apply Online SO to be notified
Expected Date of the exam to be notified
PNB SO Result Date to be notified

PNB SO Notification 2021

A recruitment notification is announced by the Punjab National Bank for SO post every year. For 2020, a total of 535 vacancies was announced which will be filled by deserving candidates soon. The application form for PNB SO 2021 is yet to be released. The aspirants cannot apply for multiple posts.

PNB SO Eligibility

PNB SO Recruitment Eligibility Criteria

In case you fall into the category of deserving candidates and meet the required criteria, then you can apply.


  • Only the Indian Nationals can apply.
  • Tibetan refugees who migrated to India before January 1, 1962, and are presently living in India can apply.
  • A Person of Indian Origin who migrated from the prescribed countries (list of the countries is mentioned on the official website) countries to live permanently in India can apply.
  • Candidates who belong to these categories need to produce a certificate of eligibility issued by the Indian Government at the time of applying.

Educational Qualification

Candidates applying to these posts must have relevant work experience as well.

PNB SO Post Educational Qualification
Manager, Risk Completed a bachelor/Masters degree in Math/ Statistics/ Economics/ or FRM/ PRM/ DTIRM/ MBA/CA, etc. with at least 60% marks
Manager, Credit CA/ICWA/MBA or a PG degree/diploma. They must have received a degree or diploma from an AICTE approved institute only
Manager, Treasury MBA (Finance) or equivalent degree;
Candidates CA/ ICWA/CFA/CAIIB/ PGPBF minimum of 60% in aggregate.
Manager, Law Graduation with a law degree or 5 years integrated course from a recognized university
Manager, Architect UG degree in Architecture
Manager, Civil B.E./ B. Tech Course in Civil Engineering
Manager, HR PG Degree/Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/HR/ HRD/ HRM with not less than 60% marks
Manager, Economics PG Degree in Economics with 60% marks or CGPA from the recognized University
Senior Manager, Risk UG/PG degree in Math/ Statistics/ Economics/ or FRM/ PRM/ DTIRM/ MBA (Finance)/ CA/ ICWA/ CFA/ PGPBF PGPBF minimum of 60% in aggregate.
Senior Manager, Credit CA/ICWA/MBA or PGDM (specialization in Finance) or Similar PG degree/ diploma from any AICTE approved institute. Candidates with scores lesser than 60% in aggregate will not be considered.

Age criteria

The minimum age limit for the post of PNB SO Managers and Senior Managers varies from each other. The age relaxations will be applicable based on the norms set by the Indian government.

Post Age Limit
Manager Lower age limit: 25 Years upper age limit: 35 Years
Senior Manager Lower age limit: 25 Years upper age limit: 37 Years

PNB Specialist Officers Age Relaxation

Punjab National Bank gives certain age relaxation to the candidates belonging to the reserved categories. The exact details related to their age relaxation is mentioned below:

Categories Age Relaxation
Relaxation in age to SC/ST candidates 5 Years
Age relaxation for OBC candidates 3 Years
Age relaxation for PwD category candidates 10 Years
Age relaxation for Ex-Servicemen Five years
Children/Family members of those who died in the 1984 riots also get age relaxation 3 Years
PNB SO Vacancy

PNB SO Vacancy 2021

Details related to the total vacancy is announced for the PNB Bank SO Recruitment is published every year along with the respective notification which is yet to be published for the 2021 exam Total of 535 vacancies are there for PNB SO 2020. Details about the total post for Manager and Senior Manager is presented below.

PNB SO Post Vacancies
Manager (Risk) 160
Manager (Credit) 200
Manager (Treasury) 30
Manager (Law) 25
Manager (Civil) 08
Manager (Economic) 10
Manager ( HR) 10
Manager (Architect) 02
Senior Manager (Risk) 40
Senior Manager (Credit) 50
Total 535

How to Apply for PNB SO?

Candidates can apply for one post only. The detailed method to apply online is discussed below:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the Register for PNB SO tab and start filling the form.
  • You must upload your latest photograph in the prescribed format with your signature on it.
  • Candidates writing their name in the capital letters will not be accepted
  • Upload all the mandatory documents.
  • Pay the application fees according to the category.
  • After that click on the submits button to complete the application process.

Application fee For PNB SO Recruitment

  • Candidates belonging to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, or PWBD category have to pay INR 175
  • Candidates belonging to the unreserved category have to pay INR 850.

Direct Link For PNB SO 

The online portal for the candidates applying for PNB SO Recruitment is active once the notification for the same is released on the specific year. Go through the link,

PNB SO Selection Process

PNB SO Selection Process

The candidates for the posts of PNB Specialist Officers will be selected in the following two ways.

  • Online test
  • Interview.

It is mandatory for the candidates to qualify for both the Online Main Examination and interview process as well. They must get a good score to get considered for the merit list, based on which they will be asked to take part in the subsequent provisional allotment process. The list of the candidates shortlisted for the post will be prepared according to their aggregate scores in the Online test and as per their performance in the Interview.

PNB SO Exam Pattern

PNB SO Exam Pattern

The latest exam Pattern for the PNB Manager and Senior Manager is given here.

  • PNB SO Exam will be taken Online
  • The language of the exam will be English and Hindi.
  • One-fourth marks will be deducted for the wrong answer.
  • For the questions left unanswered, no marks will be deducted.
List Section Total Questions Marks Time Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
2 Professional Knowledge (important for the Post) 50 75
3 English 50 25
4 Quant section 50 50
- Total 200 200 -

Key points to note:

  • 0.25 marks will be cut for wrong answers.
  • No deduction of marks for the questions left unanswered
  • Questions will be available in bilingually language except for the English section.
  • Candidates who clear this test will be invited to attend the interview.
PNB SO Interview

PNB SO Interview

The written test acts as a gateway for the interview.

  • The total weightage of the Interview is 35.
  • No candidates obtaining less than 40% will be considered further.
  • The aggregate score will be calculated as per the scores obtained by the candidates in the online exam and in the Interview round.
  • Candidates who have obtained lesser than minimum qualifying scores will not be considered further.
  • Thus it is essential to clear both, Online Main Examination and interview and obtain a good score for being shortlisted for the next provisional allotment process.
PNB SO Admit Card

PNB SO Admit Card

The authority will issue a separate admit card for the written & interview round. The candidates can access their card from the site at least 15 days before the exam date. Steps to follow while downloading the PNB SO admit card include:

  • Check the official website.
  • Explore the main page to search for the admit card link.
  • Once seen, click on the same.
  • Fill in all the mandatory details including registration number, user password, etc.
  • After completing, tap on the submit option.
  • Once done successfully, candidates will be able to see PNB SO admit card details on the screen.
  • Save the same, and tale a print out for future use.

Open the official website to download the admit card. Candidates are required to download the same as soon as made available to avoid last-minute worries.

PNB SO Result

PNB SO Result

The results for PNB SO will be announced post the successful completion of the exam. The result includes the name of the candidates who qualified the round and are supposed to appear for the next phase of selection.

PNB SO Recruitment 2021 Salary

The salary for the PNB SO Recruitment 2021 is:

  • Manager– Varies from INR 31705--45950
  • Senior Manager- Varies from INR 42020 To INR 51490

PNB Specialist Officer Cut Off Marks 

The Cut off plays a vital element in selecting the candidates, as per the marks obtained in the written exam, the candidates will be asked to take part in next rounds. It is announced every year after the result is declared.

The cut off list for 2019 is mentioned below:

PNB SO Cut Off 2019

Category Cut Off
General 94.30
OBC 87.15
SC 77.15
ST 75.25
LD 75.10
VI 88.70
HI 745.60


Ques. When to apply for this post?

Ans. The deserving candidates having relevant experience can apply online for the PNB SO Recruitment 2021 as soon as the notification is released.

Ques. How many candidates will get selected for these posts?

Ans. A total of 535 vacancies are out which will be filled by deserving candidates.

Ques. Can you tell me the vacancies for which I can apply in PNB SO?

Ans. The available posts include Manager and Senior. Manager for the PNB SO Recruitment.

Ques. Do I need to appear in the interview round as well, in case I clear the written exam?

Ans. Yes, post clearing the written exam, you are supposed to appear in the interview as well.

Ques. I belong to the SC reserved category, how much amount do I need to pay to apply?

Ans. The application fee for the candidates belonging to the SC category has to pay INR 175 while the application fees for the candidates belonging to the unreserved category have to pay INR 850.

Ques. Am I eligible to apply to more than one post for PNB SO?

Ans. No, candidates are permitted to apply for one post only.

Ques. I have pursued an MBA course (through correspondence), am I allowed to apply for PNB SO Exam?

Ans.No, the minimum eligibility requirement for the post of PNB SO is a full-time course of 2 years duration.

3 Months Crash Course

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


Will there be any sectional cutoff?
kavita rani

Hi Pradeepraj. Yes, candidates are supposed to clear the sectional as well as the overall cutoff score.

What is the PNB SO Salary?
kavita rani

Hi Neha. The salary package for the PNB SO jobs varies based on the post and grade/scale. Specific grade pay is also provided by the PNB along with PNB SO salary. Further details related to the salary are mentioned here.
PNB SO salary, in the beginning is close to INR 31,705. Other details are mentioned here.

When will the registration begin for PNB SO Recruitment?
kavita rani

Hi Neha. The online Application Form/Registration Start Date was 8th September 2020. A total of 535 vacancies were announced that will be filled by the deserving candidates soon. You can also get other details related to the exam here.

mohit singh
do bank give any relaxation in the experience requirement in so recruitment ?
abdul nazir

Hi Mohit, No there is relaxation in age and aggregate but relevant work experience for PNB recruitment is mandatory and there is no relaxation as such. For most of the PNB posts, work experience is required. To know more about PNB SO recruitment click here.

avinash sahu
What information will be in my result?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. The result includes the name of the candidates who cleared the round and are supposed to appear for the next phase of selection.

koyena biswas
What is the dresscode for the Interview?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. Wear clean, tidy clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. Make sure that whatever you speak comes out with clarity and the dress code you choose to wear meets your personality.

kashish tomar
Is there a negative marking in the PNB SO Online Test?
kavita rani

Hi Kashish. Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer in the written exam.

kashish tomar
When is the PNB SO exam date?
kavita rani

Hi Kashish. The expected date of the exam is October- November. For more details, you can refer here.

mohammed najamuddin
When is the last date to apply for the PNB SO Recruitment?
kavita rani

Hi Mohammed. Deadline to Apply for the PNB SO recruitment exam was September 29, 2020. More details related to the same are mentioned here.

arushi thankur
How many vacancies have been released for PNB Specialist Officer Post?
kavita rani

Hi Arushi. Close to 540 vacancies were announced released for the post of Specialist Officer (Manager & Senior Manager).

When was the latest PNB SO Recruitment released?
kavita rani

Hi Swarup. The latest PNB SO Recruitment was released on September 16, 2020. You can get all details related to the same here.

I have done MBA from an recognized open university. Am I eligible ?
kavita rani

Hi priya. Candidates applying for PNB SO post must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for a particular post. Like while applying for the Manager post, one must have bachelor/Masters degree in Math/ Statistics/ Economics/ or FRM/ PRM/ DTIRM/ MBA/CA, etc. with at least 60% marks. Detailed eligibility criteria for different posts are mentioned here.

How many vacancies are released for PNB SO recruitment?
kavita rani

HI Priya. A total of 535 eligible candidates will be selected for the PNB Bank SO Recruitment. To check the total vacancies for different posts, refer here.

ambar ahirawar
What is the eligibility for PNB Specialist Officers for a person with 40% physical disability?
kavita rani

Hi Ambar. Age relaxation to PwD category candidates is 10 Years. Check out other details here.

ambar ahirawar
What is the application fee for PNB SO for OBC NCL candidates?
kavita rani

Hi ambar. Candidates belonging to scheduled SC/ST or PWBD category are supposed to pay INR 175 while candidates belonging to the unreserved category have to pay INR 850. Check out other details here.