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SBI SO 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Apr 15, 2021

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State Bank of India (SBI) conducts SBI SO 2020 exam to recruit Specialist Officers as Assistant Managers, Engineers, Officers, Architects, designers, administrators, Tester, Manager, Analysts, Developers, Test lead, innovation specialist, and various other Posts on the regular/ contractual basis. Online registration starts on January 23, 2020. The application form for SBI SO 2020 closes on February 12, 2020. The tentative date for availability of admit card is February 21, 2020. The tentative date on which the exam will be held in March 8, 2020.

  • The exam will be conducted in online mode.
  • Candidates can choose their exam center at the time of filling up application form and under no circumstances they will be permitted to change the center later.
  • 0.25 Or ¼ mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • The exam can be attempted in English and Hindi both.
  • For each course, there will be 2 exams.
  • The exam will be objective or MCQ type.
  • A total of 200 questions will be provided to the candidates having 5 options each.
  • The subjects that will be included in almost all courses are Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude, English and General Knowledge.

SBI SO 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam Pattern Highlights
Exam Mode Online
Number of papers  2
Question Paper Type  MCQ
Exam language  English/ Hindi
Posts offered Assistant Managers, Engineers, Officers, Architects, designers, administrators, Tester, Manager, Analysts, Developers, Test lead, innovation specialist, and various other Posts on the regular/ contractual basis
Number of questions Depends on the post you are applying for

SBI SO 2020 Exam Pattern

There is a separate exam to recruit Specialist Officers as Assistant Managers, Engineers, Officers, Architects, designers, administrators, Tester, Manager, Analysts, Developers, Test lead, innovation specialist, and various other Posts on the regular/ contractual basis. The exam pattern for each of them is different.

SBI SO Exam Pattern (For Systems, CA and Engineering Officers)

The exam for the post of Systems, CA and Engineering Officers will be conducted in two parts. Candidates will have to attempt Question Paper 1 and Question Paper 2. Question paper 1 will be conducted for 90 minutes. Candidates will be asked to answer 120 questions from three sections namely, English Language, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude. Similarly, question paper 2 will have questions related to professional knowledge. The detailed exam pattern has been tabulated below:

Question paper 1

Sr. No. Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 English language 35 35
2 Reasoning Ability 50 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Total Time Duration- 90 Minutes 120 120

Question paper 2

Sr. No. Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 Professional Knowledge 50 100
Total Time Duration- 45 Minutes 50 100

SBI SO Exam Pattern (For Law Officers)

For the post of Law Officers, applicants will have to attempt 2 papers- Question Paper 1 and Question Paper 2. Question paper 1 comprising 50 questions from the English Language while 70 questions from Reasoning Ability will be asked. In question paper 2, professional knowledge will be tested for a maximum of 50 marks. The details are as follows:

Question paper 1

Sr. No. Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 English language 50 50
2 Reasoning Ability 70 70
Total Time Duration- 90 Minutes 120 120

Question paper 2

Sr. No. Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 Professional Knowledge 50 100
Total Time Duration- 45 Minutes 50 100

SBI SO Exam Pattern (For Official Language Officers)

Official Language Officers will be required to have proficiency in Hindi and English language along with the possession of some reasoning abilities. Based on these skills the exam will be conducted. Question paper 1 shall be conducted for 90 minutes. Question paper 2 will be consisting of professional knowledge questions. The details are:

Question paper 1

Sr. No. Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 Language (Hindi & English) 70 70
2 Reasoning Ability 50 50
Total Time Duration- 90 Minutes 120 120

Question paper 2

Sr. No. Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 Professional Knowledge 50 100
Total Time Duration- 45 Minutes 50 100

SBI SO Exam Pattern (For Economist)

Unlike other exams, candidates for this post are required to appear for 3 papers. Question Paper 1 shall be attempted within 90 minutes’ time. While Question Per 2 and Question Paper 3 will be conducted in 45 minutes for each paper. The details of each paper have been listed below:

Question paper 1

Sr. No. Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 English language 35 35
2 Reasoning Ability 50 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Total Time Duration- 90 Minutes 120 120

Question paper 2

S.No. Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks
1 Professional Knowledge 50 100
Total Time Duration- 45 Minutes 50 100

Question Paper 3

The third question paper for the post of ‘Economist’ will be of a descriptive nature. Candidates will be asked to write an essay on a topic related to Economics. The question paper will be of 50 marks. 45 Minutes will be provided to the candidates to solve the question paper.


SBI SO 2020 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme is such that, questions asked in question paper 1 will be comprising one mark for each correct answer. 0.25 Or ¼ mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. In question paper 2, 50 questions for a total of 100 marks will be asked. There will be different exams which carry different marks and also time allotted to them is different. Candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks to crack this exam


SBI SO 2020 Syllabus

There are various posts which SBI recruits through SBI SO examination and there are different question papers are set for all the aspirants of different posts. Below the professional knowledge section of the question paper has been provided according to the posts under SBI SO.

  • Chartered Accountant: Accounting Standards, Accounting Guidance Note, Financial Report Standards, Indian Accounting Standards, Corporate Financial Reporting, Accounting and Reporting of Financial Instrument, Share-based Payment, Liability Valuation, Share, Business valuation, Inflation Accounting, Indian Capital Market, Mutual Funds, Foreign Exchanges, Auditing etc.
  • Statistician: Basic Statistical Methods and Inference, Uni-Variate Data, Bi-Variate Data, Time series forecasting, Sampling Concepts, Sampling Distribution, Estimations Theory, Simple Regression, Multiple Regression, Variance Analysis, Banking-Insurance, Financial Market, Foreign Exchanges, Forecasting Portfolio etc.
  • Law Officer: Banking Regulated Laws, Banking Security Laws, Negotiable Instruments, Ethics and Corporate Governance in Banking, Financial Analysis, Banking Operational Laws, Banker-Customer Relations, Electronic Banking, Loans and Advances, Compliance and Legal Aspects, Security Types and Regulatory Frameworks etc.
  • Systems Officer/IT Officer: Computer Networks and Basic Programing Languages (C, C++, Java), Data Base Management Systems (DBMS), Basic concepts of Software and Hardware, Data Structures, Computer Organization, Computer Networks, Network Programming, Algorithms, Digital Electronics, Web Technologies, Information Systems and Software Engineering etc.

Question paper 1 mainly consists of the topics from Reasoning Abilities, Quantitative Abilities and English Language. The topics covered in this section are as follows:

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English
Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle. Averages. Articles.
Alphabet Test. Boats & Streams. Cloze Test.
Arithmetical Reasoning, Classification. Clocks. Comprehension.
Clocks & Calendars. Decimal & Fractions. Conclusion.
Data Sufficiency. HCF & LCM. Fill in the Blanks.
Deriving Conclusions from Passages. Line Graphs. Para substitution
Direction and distance Sense Test. Logarithms. Para Jumble
Inserting The Missing Character. Mensuration. Close test/ passages
Time sequence test Mixtures & Allegations. Synonyms/Antonyms
Analytical reasoning Compound Interest Choosing the appropriate word
Cause and effect Input and output arrangements Time, Speed and Distance Spelling check
Seating arrangements Profit and Loss Idioms & Phrases.
Coded inequalities Permutation and Combination Completion of a Sentence.
Decision making, Probability Correction of a Sentence.
Logical Sequence of Words. Data Interpretation and sufficiency (will include Pie charts, Data table, Bar Graphs, Line graphs, Mixed graphs, case study etc.) Re-arrangement of a Sentence.
Logical Venn Diagrams. Permutation & Combination. Subject-Verb Agreement.
Statement – Conclusions. Problems on Ages. Tenses.
Theme Detection, Alphabet numbers Problems on Trains. Theme detection.
Series Test, Syllogism Roots. Unseen Passages.
Analogies/Decision-making Simplification. Verb.
Coding/Decoding Time and Work. Word Formation.
Blood Relations Volume & Surface Vocabulary
Odd one out Number Area. Grammar
Ranking Number system and simplification Identification of errors
Statement and assumptions Unitary Method -
Course of action Problem-based on numbers -
Passage and conclusion test Ration and Proportion -
Assertion and reason Statement and course of action Partnership -
Non- verbal reasoning will include sense test, odd figures, analogy etc. Simple Interest Compound interest -

Professional Knowledge (Common for all IT Posts)

  • DataBase Management System (DBMS)
  • Data Communication & Networking
  • Computer organization & Microprocessor
  • Data structure
  • Integrated circuits
  • Programming language C, C++ and OOPS
  • Cyber Security and Threats
  • Operating system & amp; system programming
  • Compiler design
  • Software engineering
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Digital electronics
  • Basic Terms

Professional Knowledge (Common for all Finance Posts)

  • Direct and Indirect Taxes
  • Cost Accounting Concepts
  • Management Accounting Concepts
  • Basic Accounting concepts and principles
  • Accounting Standards
  • Auditing standards

Recommended Books

The following books are to be consulted for preparation of SBI SO:

Book Name Author/ Publisher
SBI Specialist Officer Exam (E) Arihant
The C Programming language Brian W Kernighan
Classic Data Structures Debasis Samanta
Introduction to Algorithms Udi Manber
Operating System Concepts Silberschatz, Galvin, Gagne
An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata Peter Linz
Quantitative aptitude R S Agarwal
General Awareness & Current Affairs Manohar Pandey
English Language Lucent’s General English
Electronic devices and circuits Bogart
Electronic devices and circuits Millman and Halkias
3 Months Crash Course

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

Comments


11 Comments
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sanjeev kumar gupta
Hi I have given the exam for SBI Assistant Manager (System), and I am graduated with B.Tech CS and master with M.Tech. I have shortlisted for the interview, can you guide me what type questions asked in interview and how I have to prepare for the interview.please guide me
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diya suresh

For interview part, your knowledge in the banking domain and current developments will be tested. It is a professional knowledge as well as personality test on the basis of which candidates will be analysed and recruited. Documents must be produced claiming all reservations made at the time of registration. To know more details visit SBI SO 2021 exam pattern.

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tanishka shah
Please tell some important topics in English exam?
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jaya garg

Hi Tanishka. Some important topics asked in the exam include Cloze Test, Comprehension, Conclusion, Fill in the Blanks, and others.

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divakar sharma
Is there any descriptive paper in the exam?
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jaya garg

Hi Divakar. The third question paper for the post of ‘Economist’ will be of a descriptive nature. Candidates giving this exam are supposed to write an essay on a topic related to Economics.

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fauzia shahid
What is SBI SO Exam Pattern (For Official Language Officers)?
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jaya garg

Hi Fauzia. Official Language Officers must have proficiency in Hindi and English language along with the possession of some reasoning abilities. Based on these skills the exam will be conducted. Question paper 1 will be of 90 minutes. Question paper 2 will be consisting of professional knowledge questions.

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nishu
What is the exam pattern for SBI SO (For Law Officers)?
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jaya garg

For the post of Law Officers, candidates are supposed to attempt 2 papers- Question Paper 1 and Question Paper 2. Question paper 1 comprising 50 questions from the English Language while 70 questions from Reasoning Ability will be asked. In question paper 2, professional knowledge will be tested for a maximum of 50 marks. Further details are here.

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koyena biswas
Which subjects am I supposed to study while preparing for the BI SO exam?
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jaya garg

The subjects that will be included in almost all courses are Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude, English and General Knowledge.

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sourajit mukherjee
I have shifted to a newer location, can I change my exam center?
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jaya garg

Hi ourajit. Candidates can choose their exam center at the time of filling up application form and under no circumstances they will be permitted to change the center later.

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lakshay kakkar
Is the answer key available online?
J
jaya garg

Hi Lakshay. Yes, you can check the answer key online. You need to visit the official website and tap on the Careers link on the homepage. Find and click on the download link here to get the answer key.

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sheetal chib
How can I download the previous year papers?
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jaya garg

Hi Sheetal. SBI PO Previous Years' Question Papers and Sample Papers can be downloaded from here.
 

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sunny pandey
What is theExam pattern for Law Officers?
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jaya garg

Hi Sunny. SBI SO exam has objective or MCQ type questions and a total of 200 questions are provided to the candidates having 5 options each. Detailed exam pattern is presented here.
 

A
amar wadwale
Syllbus and model Question paper
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Amar, you can check some of the sample papers for this exam from here: SBI SO Practice Papers