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SBI SO 2021 Application Form (began), Eligibility, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

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Jan 21, 2021

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State Bank of India recruits suitable contestants for the posts of Specialist Officers through the SBI SO exam. The online exam is scheduled for Feb 1-7, 2021. The registration for around 452 Special Officers vacancy ended on Jan 11, 2021. The recruitment is for various vacancies like Engineer (Fire), Deputy Manager, Security Analyst, Manager Credit to name a few.


December 22, 2020: SBI recruitment for 452 SO vacancies has started. Read more

November 20, 2020: SBI released a notification inviting applications for 3 years apprenticeship role. There are 8500 vacancies. Check details here

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SBI SO 2021 Highlights

The below table represents all the highlights of SBI SO exam. 

Exam Highlights
Name of the exam SBI SO 2021
Mode of the exam Computer-based (online) exam
Number of Papers 1
Number of Sections 4 (3 for Deputy Manager Post)
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (objective type)
Number of Questions 170
Duration of the exam 135 Minutes
Language of the exam English
Number of vacancies 452

Exam dates

SBI SO 2021 Exam Dates

The notification about SBI SO exam is released on the official website i.e. The application form starts in September every year. Candidates should regularly check the website during September month. The exam will be conducted on February 1, 2, 5 and 7, 2021 The table below gives us a hint about the important dates:

Name of Event Date  Reference Links
SBI SO Application Form filling starts December 22, 2021 SBI SO Application Process has begun
Last Date to Fill Form January 11, 2021 How to fill the SBI SO application form
Downloading call letter(Tentative) to be notified Download SBI SO admit card from
Date of the examination(Tentative) February 1, 2, 5, and 7, 2021 The exam will comprise 2 question papers


SBI SO Eligibility

Candidates should check SBI SO 2021 eligibility prior to filling the application form. It is recommended that only those contestants who fulfill SBI SO Eligibility Criteria should apply for the SBI SO exam. The aspirants should satisfy the criteria in age, nationality, and all other categories.


  • The least possible age of an applicant is in between 21 to 30 years depending upon the Post.
  • The maximum age of an applicant can be in between 62 years.


  • Only Citizens of India are eligible to apply for SBI SO 2021.
  • OCI and NRIs cannot apply for the exam.

Educational Qualification

The educational criteria and experience vary depending upon the post applied for. The criteria for different posts are given below:

  1. For Developer, Test Lead, and Tester post:
  • The candidates should be graduated in engineering from a government recognized university/institute.
  • An Applicant should have some experience in the IT sector.
  1. For Assistant Manager (System) post:
  • Applicants must own a B.E/B. Tech in Information Technology/Computer Science/Computer Application/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Instrumentation / Electronics & Communications.        
  • Applicant should have some experience in computer programming from a reputed organization.
  1. For Technology Relationship Manager (Tech.RMs) post:
  • The Candidate should be a graduate in Engineering from any recognized University /Institution.
  • Preference is given to the contenders with MBA qualification.
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in IT Industry/ Business is needed for this post.
  1. For Manager and Assistant Manager (Technician) post:
  • One needs to have a full-time PG Degree in Econometrics/ Statistics/ Applied Statistics.     
  • Minimum experience of 1-4 years is required for this job position.

How to Apply

SBI SO Application Form

Students after checking the eligibility criteria SBI SO 2021 can fill the application form online. The official website for filling the form is SBI’s official website or the website. 

Steps for filling SBI SO Application form are given below:

  • Go to the official website.
  • Click on ‘Careers’ on the homepage. Choose ‘Join SBI’ from the drop-down menu.
  • Look for the link to apply for SBI SO exam 2021 and click on it.
  • Click on the link which reads as ‘click here for new registration’.
  • Enter your basic details such as Name, contact, and date of birth.
  • A registration ID and password is generated.
  • Obtain the ID and password from your Email and Log in again.
  • Fill all the compulsory details in the SBI SO Application Form as name, guardian’s name, date of birth, mobile number, email ID etc.
  • Upload your scanned images of photo and signature on the application form.
  • Carefully check all the information. Now, click on the ‘Submit’ button given below.
  • After submitting the online application form, pay the fees.
  • After successful application submission, the form preview can be seen.
  • Candidates are advised to take the printout of SBI SO 2021 Application Form for further reference.

Payment of Application Fee

  • To complete the submission of the SBI SO 2021 Application Form, applicants have to pay the mandatory application fees through the payment gateway integrated with the form.
  • Candidates can make the fee payment using Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Internet Banking. The transaction charge is borne by the candidate.
  • After finishing the operation, the candidate’s application form is submitted.
  • Entrants have to register again in case their registration fails to be submitted online.
  • There is a fee of INR 750 for General and OB candidates and others don’t have to pay the application fee.
Category Application Fee
General INR 750

Admit card

SBI SO 2021 Admit Card

Candidates are instructed to download their respective admit card from the official website of the bank. They have to enter the Registration number and password to get the admit card. The authority won’t send any call letters to candidates through post or any other physical mode. SBI SO 2021 Admit Card is available to be downloaded 10 days before the exam. The tentative date of release of admit cards is in the end of January 2021.

Steps to download SBI SO 2021 admit card:

  • Go to the official bank website.
  • Click on the Career link.
  • Enter your Registration number and Password.
  • Your Admit Card will be generated and displayed on the screen.
  • Save it on your system.
  • Take its print out on an A4 size sheet. Multiple copies can be saved for future reference.

exam Centers

Exam Centers for SBI SO 2021

SBI SO is a national level examination conducted all over the country. Many cities are designated exam centers.

  • SBI has the right to add or delete any center.
  • SBI has the right to allot the applicant to any center, even other than the one he or she has opted for.
  • While filling up the Application Form, candidates will have to choose the exam cities as per their likings.

SBI SO exam is conducted in:

Exam Centers
Ahmedabad Chennai Chandigarh
Guwahati Bhopal Bangalore
Bhubaneswar New Delhi Hyderabad
Kolkata Patna Thiruvananthapuram
Mumbai Lucknow -

Exam Pattern

SBI SO 2021 Exam Pattern

SBI SO is conducted every year for SO posts in SBI. It is conducted only in online mode. There are multiple-choice questions in the exam. Check out the SBI SO Exam Pattern for a better idea of the type of questions asked in the exam.

  • A total of 170 problems make up the paper.
  • Four sections constitute SBI SO exam paper.
  • They are- Test of Reasoning, English language, Professional Knowledge and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • There are 50 questions each in Reasoning and Professional Knowledge.
  • 35 Questions are asked each in English Language and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • English is the language of SBI SO 2021 Paper.
Exam Pattern Highlights
Mode of the exam Computer-based (online) exam
Number of Papers 1
Number of Sections 4 (3 for Deputy Manager Post)
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (objective type)
Number of Questions 170
Duration of the exam 135 Minutes

Paper pattern for Deputy Manager Post:

  • There are three sections in the paper- Test of Reasoning, English language, and Professional Knowledge.
  • 70 questions are asked from Reasoning and 50 questions are asked from English and Professional Knowledge each.
  • Maximum marks are the same that is 220.
Post Number of Sections Number of questions Time
Deputy Manager 3 170 135 minutes
Others 4 170 135 minutes


SBI SO 2021 Syllabus

English Language

Aspirants are asked questions in this section that are of secondary level. Applicants are expected to have basic knowledge of the English Language so that they can finish all office tasks with ease and efficiency. Weightage of English 20%. The important topics covered under this are- Synonyms and Antonyms, spotting errors, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Misspelled words, Grammar, one-word substitution, Para-jumbles, Preposition, Active-Passive, Direct-Indirect Narration, Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks, Usage of words etc.

Reasoning Ability

Recruiters want to evaluate a candidate’s thinking skill with this section of ‘Reasoning and Mental ability’. Contestants should be able to use their heads in a specific state besides applying established methods. 30% weightage is given to this part of the paper. Topics included in this section are- Series, Sitting/Seating Arrangements, Mirror Images, Syllogism, Puzzle problems, Statements and Conclusions and questions on cause and effect can also be asked in this segment of SBI SO Exam.

Quantitative Aptitude

It is expected from the candidates to be skilled in general mathematics so they can perform everyday banking calculations with speed and accurateness. 20% weightage is given to this section. Topics included in this section are- Number-System, Simple Interest, and Compound Interest, Partnership, Time and Distance, Geometry, Unitary Method, Time and Work, Age Problems, Profit and Loss Questions, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Ratio And Proportion, Permutation And Combination, Probability, Allegation, LCM, HCF etc.

Professional Knowledge

Questions in this section contain the topics which are actually of great importance for daily banking needs and all the applicants need to prepare separately for this topic. Weightage is around 30%. Topics of professional knowledge are such as, Basics of Accountancy, Direct and Indirect Taxes, Principles and Standards Accounting, Computer Architecture, Basics of Auditing, Accounts Management, Cost-Accounting, Basic Terminology of Information Technology, Knowledge of Operating systems, Network and its types, DBMS/ RDBMS, Mobile Technologies and, Computer Languages, Cyber Security and Threats,  Input and Output Devices, Fundamentals of Microprocessor.

Check the SBI SO Syllabus in details here


SBI SO 2021 Result

SBI SO 2021 Result will be released one month after the commencement of the exam. For 2021, the release date is yet to be notified. Candidates can check their result online on the official website. There is no scorecard for candidates. Selection status is shown. A merit list is made for shortlisting candidates for Interviews.

Steps to check SBI SO Result 2021:

  • Go to the official website.
  • Enter your Registration ID and password.
  • After logging in, your status will be shown on the screen.
  • Look for your Registration Number in the selected candidates' list.
  • Check the result and download the file safely.

Merit List for SBI SO 2021

  • A merit list is prepared on the basis of candidates’ scores.
  • In the case of the same marks, candidates are ranked in order of their age in descending order.
  • There are minimum qualifying marks for the online examination.
  • Students scoring above the cut-off marks are shortlisted for the Interview.
  • Minimum qualifying marks in the interview are decided by the Bank.

Cut-off Trends

Cut Off for SBI SO 2021

There are cut off marks for the online SBI SO exam. Qualifying candidates are asked to come for the interview. Interview cut off marks are decided by the Bank itself. A merit list of the candidates is also prepared.

Previous Year subject wise cut off:

Category Professional Knowledge Quantitative Aptitude English Reasoning
General 63 14 12 20
OBC 60 12 10 20
SC 56 9 8 18
ST 48 7 7 13

There are numerous determining factors that decide the SBI SO cut off. Some of the key issues affecting cut off calculation are:

  • Number of Vacancies for the post
  • Number of Students appearing in the exam
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Maximum Marks scored
  • Exam Pattern

Selection Process

SBI SO 2021 Selection Process

Candidates after taking the online test are called for an interview. Candidates are selected for the posts after SBI SO Interview. A satisfactory number of candidates, as decided by the State Bank of India, is shortlisted based on their qualifications and knowledge. The qualifying marks for the Personal Interview are decided by SBI only.

After the process, selected candidates have to produce some documents at the time of document verification.

The documents one needs to submit for the verification purpose along with SBI SO 2021 Application Form are:

  • Copy of one id proof
  • Proof of Date of Birth
  • Educational Certificates like Mark-Sheets or Degree Certificate
  • Experience certificates
  • A brief resume of the candidate
  • E-Receipt for SBI SO 2021 fee payment
  • Copy of a valid OBC/SC/ST certificate (if applicable)

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


tutu khan
Hii..I have done B.Sc.(Agriculture). Which post in sbi so is for me??
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Tutu, you can check the Eligibility Criteria for various post being offered to know the posts you are eligible for.

prathiksha gowda
what qualification is required to apply tis exam
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Prathiksha, you can check the Eligibility Criteria in detail for this exam from here.

b n sai jyothi
i had completed computer science in 2015 i dont have any experience in this but i have taken course in coaching center for i eligible for this post
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Sai, kindly check the Eligibility Criteria for this exam from here to know whether you are eligible or not.

if i had just passed my bachelor degree can i give SBI SO EXAM
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Ronit, yes, you may apply for this exam. You may check the Eligibility Criteria for various post offered under this exam to know the suitable ones for you.

gaurav parashar
When do I get to fill the SBI SO Form?
akansha expert
Hi Gaurav, The last date is on 28 Jan,2018 which is gone. So, Wait for the next date for Application.