PNB SO 2021 Recruitment Eligibility Criteria

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Mar 19, 2021

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PNB (Punjab National Bank) conducts an SO exam every year to recruit the special officers for its branches in India. The posts include various managers and senior manager positions. The exam is conducted on a national level. The application and the exam modes are online.

Every year, PNB releases an official notification for the exam which includes the eligibility criteria. The interested candidates must go through all the criteria mentioned thoroughly and apply only if they are eligible for the exam. Since the 2021 notification is expected to be out soon, we have provided a detailed list of all the specifications needed to be followed to be eligible for each post of PNB SO recruitment.

PNB SO Highlights

PNB SO 2021 Highlights

Here are all the details of the PNB SO recruitment summarised in a table.

Exam Name PNB SO Recruitment 2021
Full Form Punjab National Bank Specialist Officer Recruitment 2021
Conducted by Punjab National Bank
Exam Level National Level
Post Specialist Officers
Vacancy To be announced
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Examination Online
Exam Date November 2021
PNB SO Dates

PNB SO 2021 Important Dates

Since the official dates are not out, we have given a list of tentative dates.

Events Dates (Tentative)
Beginning of Application Process September 2021
End of Application Process October 2021
Release of Admit Card November 2021
Exam Date November 2021
Result Releasing Date December 2021
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.

Note: Candidates apart from the Indian Citizen must have the authorization letter signed by a competent officer in the Government of India.

Educational Qualification

Candidates applying to these posts must have at least these educational qualifications to be eligible to apply for PNB SO 2021.

PNB SO Post Required 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 with minimum 60% aggregate 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 with a minimum of 60% in aggregate.
Manager, Architect UG degree in Architecture from a recognized university with a minimum of 60% aggregate.
Manager, Civil B.E./ B. Tech Course in Civil Engineering with at least 60% in aggregate.
Manager, HR 2 years 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.

PNB SO Post Age Limit
Manager, Risk 25-35 years
Manager, Credit 25-35 years
Manager, Treasury 25-35 years
Manager, Law 25-35 years
Manager, Architect 25-35 years
Manager, Civil 25-35 years
Manager, HR 25-35 years
Manager, Economics 25-35 years
Senior Manager, Risk 25-35 years
Senior Manager, Credit 25-35 years

Number of Attempts

  • There is no limit to the number of attempts.
  • The candidates can take the exam as many times as they want until they reach the upper age limit.

Work Experience

PNB SO Post After Work Qualification
Manager, Risk Minimum 1 year of work experience in PSU/ Banks/ NBFC/ Corporate High-Value Credit.
Manager, Credit Minimum 1 year of work experience in PSU/ Banks/ NBFC/ Corporate High-Value Credit.
Manager, Treasury Minimum 1 year of work experience as officer in banking of the treasury of a bank or of working with Primary Dealer.
Manager, Law Minimum 2 years of work experience as law officer in PSU/State or Central Govt./ Legal Department of Scheduled Commercial Bank.
Manager, Architect Minimum 1-year experience in planning, devising and supervising the execution of residential projects along with interiors.
Manager, Civil Minimum 1-year experience in Residential buildings
Manager, HR Minimum 2 years of experience as an officer
Manager, Economics Minimum 2 years of experience as an officer
Senior Manager, Risk Minimum 3 years of post-qualification experience
Senior Manager, Credit Minimum 3 years of post-qualification experience

PNB Specialist Officers 2021 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 5 years
Children/Family members of those who died in the 1984 riots also get age relaxation 3 Years

Points to Remember

  • Candidates must apply for the exam only if they fulfill all the criteria specified for the PNB SO Recruitment.
  • The selection and the recruitment of the candidates will be done purely on the basis of the eligibility criteria and their performance in the PNB SO Recruitment Exam.
  • The Date of birth and other personal details provided by the candidates in the application form must match the one in all the documents and certificates or they will be disqualified.


Ques: Is the work experience mandatory for the PNB SO recruitment?

Ans: Yes, the work experience specified for each post is mandatory for the PNB SO Recruitment.

Ques: Is there any relaxation in educational qualification for the reserved categories?

Ans: No, the required minimum educational qualification is the same for all the categories.

Ques: Is there no limit to the number of attempts?

Ans: No, PNB doesn’t cap the number of attempts. If you fall within the eligible age-group, you can attempt any number of times.

Ques: Is a Correspondence in MBA eligible for PNB SO?

Ans: No, for the posts that demand an MBA, the candidate must have a full-time degree and not a correspondence one for PNB SO 2021.

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