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

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Apr 15, 2021

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The State Bank of India released the SBI SO recruitment notification for 2021 on April 13, 2021. From the same date, the registration process for several specialized category officers on a contractual and regular basis has been started. The online registration process and fee payment process will be continued till May 3, 2021. Check the official news here

State Bank of India conducts the SBI SO (Specialist Officer) exam for recruiting officers in several specialized categories. As per the vacancy in multiple departments, SBI invites applications for the specialist officer (SO). Usually, SBI releases the application form for the managerial posts, nonetheless, the notifications are also released for recruiting at the senior levels. Currently, recruitment for several posts has been going on. The recruitment is held in two phases, such as online exams and personal interviews. 

Latest:

April 13, 2021: SBI Specialist Officer Recruitment 2021 is going on now.  Get the Direct Link here

SBI SO Highlights

SBI SO Vacancy

SBI has released the vacancy for multiple posts for 2021-22, go through the following table to know more:

SBI SO Posts Vacancy Selection Process
Manager 49 Shortlisting and Interview
Deputy Manager 10 Shortlisting and Interview
Senior Special Executive 3 Shortlisting and Interview
Senior Executive  3 Shortlisting and Interview
Deputy Chief Technology Officer (IT-Digital Banking) 1 Shortlisting and Interview
Manager (History) 1 Shortlisting and Interview
Executive (Document Preservation-Archives) 1 Shortlisting and Interview
Data analyst 8 Written test and Interview
Chief Ethics Officer 1 Shortlisting and Interview
Advisor 4 Shortlisting and Interview

Direct Official website link to apply for the SBI SO 2021 exam

SBI SO 2021 Highlights

The below table represents all the highlights of the 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
SBI SO Exam dates

SBI SO 2021 Exam Dates

The notification of the SBI SO exam is released on April 13, 2021, to the official website i.e. sbi.co.in. The registration process has also been started and it will be continued till May 3, 2021. The table below gives us a hint about the important dates:

Name of Event Date 
SBI SO Application Form filling starts April 13, 2021
Last Date to Fill Form May 3, 2021
Downloading call letter(Tentative) to be notified
Date of the examination(Tentative) To be updated
SBI SO Eligibility

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.

Age

  • 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.

Nationality

  • 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
SBI SO Application Process

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 sbi.co.in 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
OBC NCL INR 750
SC INR 0
ST INR 0
PwD INR 0
SBI SO 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.
SBI SO 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 -

SBI SO 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 Syllabus

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 Result

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.

SBI SO Cut-off

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

SBI SO 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)

SBI SO FAQs

SBI SO FAQs

Ques: Is the exam for SBI SO 2021 bilingual?

Ans: Yes, the exam for SBI SO 2021 is bilingual. It will be conducted in both English and Hindi languages.

Ques: What is the selection procedure for SBI SO?

Ans: The candidates are selected for the post of Specialist Officer at SBI based on their marks in the written text and interview.

Ques: Who conducts the SBI SO Exam?

Ans: IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) conducts the SBI SO exam, just like the other recruitment exams for public sector banks.

Ques: Does the SBI SO Exam have sectional timings?

Ans: Yes, according to the latest exam pattern, the SBI SO exam has separate timings for the General Aptitude and Professional Knowledge sections.

Ques: Has the SBI SO vacancies for 2021 been released yet?

Ans: Yes, a total of 283 vacancies have been released for recruitment under the SBI SO posts for 2021.

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

Comments


18 Comments
M
mayank singh
I have done mba in Marketing can I apply in SBI so exam
P
priya negi

Yes, you can apply for the SBI SO examination. The minimum educational qualification needs for SBI SO examination is that the candidate must have completed MBA in Finance/ Marketing. for more information you can check SBI SO Examination.

D
divakar sharma
What should I do in case I am not able to register again?
J
jaya garg

Hi Divakar. 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.

F
fauzia shahid
How much experience is needed For Manager and Assistant Manager (Technician) post?
J
jaya garg

Hi Fauzia. Candidates must have a full-time PG Degree in Econometrics/ Statistics/ Applied Statistics. Minimum experience of 1-4 years is required for this job position.

S
shivkumar dama
What qualifications are required For Manager and Assistant Manager (Technician) post?
J
jaya garg

Hi Shivkumar. One must have a full-time PG Degree in Econometrics/ Statistics/ Applied Statistics. Also candidates must have at least 1-4 years-experience in the required field.

N
nishu
Do I need to have any experience while applying for Technology Relationship Manager (Tech.RMs) post?
J
jaya garg

Hi Nihu. Preference will be given to the contenders with MBA qualification. Candidates must have at least 8 years of experience in IT Industry/ Business is needed for this post.

K
koyena biswas
What qualification are needed for Technology Relationship Manager (Tech.RMs) post?
J
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. The Candidate must be graduate in Engineering from any recognized University /Institution. Preference will be given to the contenders with MBA qualification.

S
sourajit mukherjee
What qualifications are needed for the Developer, Test Lead, and Tester post?
J
jaya garg

Hi ourajit. The candidates must be graduated in engineering from a government recognized university/institute. Also, applicant must have some experience in the IT sector.

A
arushi thankur
What is the probation period in SBI SO?
J
jaya garg

There is a probation period of 2 years for permanent posts. For the contractual posts, there is no probation period. You might get permanent in case you work harder.

S
shruti verma
What is the application fee for SBI SO?
J
jaya garg

SBI SO application fee for General/OBC is Rs 750 and for SC/ST/PWD is Rs 125. Candidates can make the fee payment using Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Internet Banking. The transaction charge is borne by the candidate. Further details are disclosed here.
 

P
preetam oinam
What is the selection process for SBI SO?
J
jaya garg

Selection process includes online test/ shortlisting followed by personal interview. After the process, selected candidates are supposed to produce some documents at the time of document verification.
Further details are disclosed here.
 

Y
yash raj singh
What documents are needed while going for the test?
J
jaya garg

Candidates must carry passport, PAN Card, driving license, voter’s card, Bank Passbook, Duly attested photograph / Identity Card issued by College while giving the exam. Also, most importantly reach the exam center on time. 

M
mizna harmain
Whom should I get in touch in case of any discrepancy in SBI SO Admit Card, my fathers’ name is written wrong?
J
jaya garg

Many times, candidates find discrepancies in their admit card. In all these cases, they need to get in contact with the SBI Help desk. SBI has set up a centralized help desk aiming to solve the grievances or queries of candidate. Candidates can call them at the helpline number mentioned here.

A
ammar zaheer ahmed
Can I reach exam center 20 minutes before the exam?
J
jaya garg

Anyone reporting 30 minutes after the commencement of the exam will not allowed to enter the exam hall. Candidates must reach the test venue well before the specified time only.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

R
ronitsahoo
if i had just passed my bachelor degree can i give SBI SO EXAM
S
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.

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