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SBI SO 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Last Updated - June 09, 2017

State Bank of India (SBI) conducts SBI SO 2018 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 from November 2017. The application for SBI SO 2018 closes in December 2017. The admit card will be available from January 2018 to download. The exam will be held in January 2018.

  • 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 2018 Highlights

Exam ModeOnline
Number of papers 2
Question Paper Type MCQ
Exam language English/ Hindi
Posts offeredAssistant 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 questionsDepends on the post you are applying for

SBI SO 2018 Exam Pattern

There is 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 TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1English language3535
2Reasoning Ability5050
3Quantitative Aptitude3535
TotalTime Duration- 90 Minutes120120

Question paper 2

Sr. No.Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1Professional Knowledge50100
TotalTime Duration- 45 Minutes50100

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 English Language while 70 questions from Reasoning Ability will be asked. In question paper 2, professional knowledge will be tested for maximum 50 marks. The details are as follows:

Question paper 1

Sr. No.Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1English language5050
2Reasoning Ability7070
TotalTime Duration- 90 Minutes120120

Question paper 2

Sr. No.Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1Professional Knowledge50100
TotalTime Duration- 45 Minutes50100

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 TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1Language (Hindi & English)7070
2Reasoning Ability5050
TotalTime Duration- 90 Minutes120120

Question paper 2

Sr. No.Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1Professional Knowledge50100
TotalTime Duration- 45 Minutes50100

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 TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1English language3535
2Reasoning Ability5050
3Quantitative Aptitude3535
TotalTime Duration- 90 Minutes120120

Question paper 2

S.No.Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1Professional Knowledge50100
TotalTime Duration- 45 Minutes50100

Question Paper 3

The third question paper for the post of ‘Economist’ will be of 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 2018 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 2018 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

  • Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle.
  • Alphabet Test.
  • Arithmetical Reasoning.
  • Classification.
  • Clocks & Calendars.
  • Data Sufficiency.
  • Deriving Conclusions from Passages.
  • Direction and distance Sense Test.
  • Inserting The Missing Character.
  • Time sequence test
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Cause and effect Input and output arrangements
  • Seating arrangements
  • Coded inequalities
  • Decision making
  • Logical Sequence of Words.
  • Logical Venn Diagrams.
  • Puzzle Test.
  • Statement – Conclusions.
  • Theme Detection.
  • Alphabet numbers
  • Series Test
  • Syllogism
  • Analogies/Decision-making
  • Coding/Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Odd one out Number
  • Ranking
  • Statement and assumptions
  • Course of action
  • Passage and conclusion test
  • Assertion and reason Statement and course of action
  • Non- verbal reasoning will include sense test, odd figures, analogy etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Averages.
  • Boats & Streams.
  • Clocks.
  • Decimal & Fractions.
  • HCF & LCM.
  • Line Graphs.
  • Logarithms.
  • Mensuration.
  • Mixtures & Allegations.
  • Compound Interest
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Profit and Loss
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Data Interpretation and sufficiency (will include Pie charts, Data table, Bar Graphs, Line graphs, Mixed graphs, case study etc.)
  • Permutation & Combination.
  • Problems on Ages.
  • Problems on Trains.
  • Roots.
  • Simplification.
  • Time and Work.
  • Volume & Surface
  • Area.
  • Number system and simplification
  • Unitary Method
  • Problem based on numbers
  • Ration and Proportion
  • Partnership
  • Simple Interest Compound interest

English

  • Articles.
  • Cloze Test.
  • Comprehension.
  • Conclusion.
  • Fill in the Blanks.
  • Para substitution
  • Para Jumble
  • Close test/ passages
  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Choosing the appropriate word
  • Spelling check
  • Idioms & Phrases.
  • Completion of a Sentence.
  • Correction of a Sentence.
  • Re-arrangement of a Sentence.
  • Subject-Verb Agreement.
  • Tenses.
  • Theme detection.
  • Unseen Passages.
  • Verb.
  • Word Formation.
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Identification of errors

Professional Knowledge (Common for all IT Posts)

  • Data Base 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

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

Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
SBI Specialist Officer Exam (E)Arihant
The C Programming languageBrian W Kernighan
Classic Data StructuresDebasis Samanta
Introduction to AlgorithmsUdi Manber
Operating System ConceptsSilberschatz, Galvin, Gagne
An Introduction to Formal Languages and AutomataPeter Linz
Quantitative aptitudeR S Agarwal
General Awareness & Current AffairsManohar Pandey
English Language Lucent’s General English
Electronic devices and circuitsBogart
Electronic devices and circuitsMillman and Halkias

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