SBI Specialist Officer (SO) Exam 2020 Notification, Application Form, Eligibility & Latest Syllabus

SBI SO Exam

One of the largest financial institutions, multinational and public sector banking company, State Bank of India, popularly known as SBI, has occupied 216th ranked on the Fortune Global 500 list and the largest bank in the country. Every year, it organises several entrance examinations to recruit skilled and suitable candidates for various posts across the nation. SBI SO (Specialist Officer) is one of them. The SBI SO exam is conducted in several phases for different posts – regular and contractual. In the article here, we will be discussing the schedule, eligibility, pattern, syllabus, application process, admit card, result, and more details about the SO recruitment.

SBI SO 2020 will be conducted for the following posts:

  • SME Credit Analyst
  • Product Manager
  • Manager (Data Analyst)
  • Manager (Digital Marketing)
  • Faculty, SBIL, Kolkata
  • Sr. Executive (Digital Relations)
  • Sr. Executive (Analytics)
  • Sr. Executive (Digital Marketing)
  • Executive (FI & MM)
  • Sr. Executive (Social Banking & CSR)
  • Banking Supervisory Specialist
  • Manager - Anytime Channel
  • Deputy Manager (IS Audit)
  • Chief Officer (Security)
  • Vice President (Stressed assets Marketing)
  • Chief Manager (Special Situation Team)
  • Deputy Manager (Stressed Assets Marketing)
  • Head (Product, Investment & Research)
  • Central Research Team (Portfolio Analysis & Data Analytics)
  • Central Research Team (Support)
  • Investment Officer
  • Project Development Manager (Technology)
  • Relationship Manager
  • Relationship Manager (Team Lead)

SBI SO 2020 Latest Notification - State Bank of India is carrying out the SBI SO application process 2020. The notifications have been released for various posts. The last date for application submission is 15th July 2020.

SBI SO 2020 Overview:

Exam Name

SBI SO

Conducting Authority

State Bank of India

Purpose

Recruitment for various SO posts in SBIs

Exam Level

National Level

Exam Type

Objective Type

Official Website

https://www.sbi.co.in

https://bank.sbi/careers

https://www.sbi.co.in/careers


SBI SO Exam 2020 Important Dates

The below-mentioned exam schedules have been drawn based on the posts. Different posts have different dates for the registration, admit card, exam and result.

SO Recruitment Events

Important Dates

Notification release date

22nd June 2020

Application process begins

23rd June 2020

Application process ends

15th July 2020

Last date to edit the application form

15th July 2020

Last date to print the application form

31st July 2020

Download admit card

15 days prior to the exam

SBI SO exam date

To be announced later

Result declaration

To be announced later


SBI SO Exam Previous Years Solved Papers


SBI SO Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

The exam pattern of the State Bank of India Specialist Officer (SO) varies as per the posts. For most of the posts, the selection is done on the basis of interview only.

SBI SO 2020 - Selection Process for Various Posts

Posts

Selection Process

SME Credit Analyst

Shortlisting and Interview

Product Manager, Manager (Data Analyst), Manager (Digital Marketing)

Shortlisting and Interview

Faculty, SBIL, Kolkata

Shortlisting and Interview

Sr. Executive (Digital Relations, Analytics, and Digital Marketing)

Shortlisting and Interview

Executive (FI & MM) and Sr.Executive (Social Banking & CSR)

Shortlisting and Interview

Banking Supervisory Specialist and Manager - Anytime Channels

Shortlisting and Interview

Deputy Manager (IS Audit)

Shortlisting and Interview

Chief Officer (Security)

Shortlisting and Interview

Vice President (Stressed Assets Marketing)

Shortlisting, Interview, and CTC Negotiation

Chief Manager (Special Situation Team)

Shortlisting and Interview

Deputy Manager (Stressed Assets Marketing)

Shortlisting and Interview

Head (Product, Investment & Research)

Shortlisting, One or more rounds of Personal/ Video/ Telephonic Interview & CTC Negotiation

Central Research Team (Portfolio Analysis & Data Analytics)

Central Research Team (Support)

Investment Officer

Project Development Manager (Technology)

Relationship Manager

Relationship Manager (Team Lead)

The shortlisting will be done on the basis of qualification, experience, suitability and other important details of the candidates. The candidates will be awarded marks out of 50. On the basis of that, they will be called for the direct interview. The State Bank will select suitable candidates from the top merit rank list from each category.

But for the post of Deputy Manager (General - not announced in this recruitment), a written test is conducted. Here is the pattern for the written exam:

Selection Process for Deputy Manager: The candidates will be sent for the written test, followed by a face to face interview. The written test will be done in three subjects – Reasoning, English Language and Professional Knowledge. The reasoning will have 70 questions carrying 70 marks, whereas the English Language and Professional Knowledge subjects will have 50 questions each (carrying 50 and 100 marks respectively). The total duration of the exam will be 135 minutes.

Written Test Structure -

Sections

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

Reasoning

70

70

90 Minutes

English Language

50

50

Professional Knowledge

50

100

45 Minutes

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SBI SO 2020 Syllabus: 

Syllabus for Reasoning: Classification, Alphabet Test, Eligibility Test, Analogy, Logical Sequence of Words, Puzzle Test, Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle, Inserting the Missing Character, Logic, Data Sufficiency, Theme Detection, Coding-Decoding, Logical Venn Diagrams, Situation Reaction Test, Statement – Arguments, Series Completion, Clocks & Calendars, Direction Sense Test, Statement – Conclusions, Arithmetical Reasoning, Mathematical Operations, Number, Ranking & Time Sequence and Deriving Conclusions from Passages.

Syllabus for the English Language: Synonyms, Antonyms, Vocabulary, Cloze Test, Conclusion, Verb, Comprehension, Word Formation, Adverb, Error Correction, Theme detection, Grammar, Fill in the Blanks, Articles, Unseen Passages, Idioms & Phrases, Tenses, Passage Correction, Idioms and Phrases, Sentence Correction, Passage Completion, Sentence Completion, Subject-Verb Agreement and Sentence Rearrangement.



SBI SO Exam 2020 Eligibility

The eligibility criterion varies from posts to posts. An aspirant must meet the eligibility criteria for positions that he is applying for. Let’s know eligibility of some of the Specialist Officer posts -

Nationality –

  • The candidates should be Indian residents

Educational Qualification and Experience

Posts

Educational Qualification

Post Qualification Experience

SME Credit Analyst

CA/ MBA (Finance)/ PGDM (Finance)/ PGDMB (Finance) or equivalent PG degree (Two years full time regular course) from recognised College/ University

3 years of work experience (after basic qualification) as on 1st January 2020 in a PSU/ NBFC/ Bank/ FIs/ Credit Rating Agency. Experience in high value credit is must.

Specific Skill as on 1st Jan 2020 - Credit Monitoring & Follow-up, Analysis of Balance Sheet/ Appraisal of Credit Proposal.

Product Manager

B.E./ B.Tech. in Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Electrical & Electronics/ electronics & Communication from a recognised University

 

Preference will be given to MBA degree holders.

As on 1st Jan 2020,

Minimum 5 years of experience as a product owner in the financial service space.

 

Specific Skills

  • Outstanding presentation, communication, and leadership skills.
  • In-depth knowledge of Agile process and principles
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Creative thinker with a vision
  • Sharp analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Attention to detail

Manager (Data Analyst)

Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics or Computer Science from a recognised University

Minimum 8 years of experience (as on 1st Jan 2020) with minimum 4 years of experience in data science in the financial services space in Management/ Supervisory role.

Experience in data models and reporting packages.

 

Specific Skill

  • Ability to write comprehensive reports
  • Ability to analyse large datasets
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • An analytical mind and inclination for problem-solving
  • Attention to detail

 

Manager (Digital Marketing)

MBA (Marketing)/ PGDM (Marketing)/ PGDBM (Marketing)/ MMS (Marketing) from a recognised University.

As on 1st Jan 2020

Minimum 5 years of experience in digital marketing in financial services space in Supervisory / Management role.

 

Specific Skill

  • Experience in leading and managing SEO/ SMO/ SEM, email, marketing database, social media and/ or display advertising campaigns.
  • Experience in identifying target audiences and devising digital campaigns that inform, engage, and motivate.
  • Experience in optimising landing pages and user funnels.
  • Experience with A/B and multivariate experiments.
  • Knowledge of Ad Serving tools (Atlas, DART, Sizmek)
  • Knowledge of Website and App analytics tools (eg, Google Analytics, Omniture, NetInsight, WebTrends)
  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript development and constraints
  • Experience in setting up and optimising Google Adwords and display campaigns
  • Strong analytical skills and data-driven thinking
  • Up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in online marketing and measurement

Faculty, SBIL, Kolkata

Post Graduation in the domain relevant to the position.

 

Preference will be given to MBA holders with teaching experience in the Executive Education Domain alongwith Ph.D. degree.

 

Minimum percentage - 55% marks

 

Other qualification - Preference will be given to those having additional qualification and certification in the respective domains.

  • Minimum 3 years of teaching experience.
  • Preference will be given to those having teaching experience at educational institutions.
  • Specific Skills - Proactive with exceptional teaching abilities and strong communication skills.

Senior Executive (Digital Relations)

B.E./ B. Tech with minimum 60% marks in Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Electronics/ Electronics & Communication/ Electrical & Electronics from recognised University.

 

Preference will be given to MBA/ Full time Digital Marketing Certificate holders

Minimum 4 years of experience as Relationship Manager/ Executive in dealing with Digital Marketing of Financial Products in Management/ supervisory role with Financial Institutions

Senior Executive (Analytics)

B.E./ B. Tech with minimum 60% marks in Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Electronics & Communication/ Electrical & Electronics/ Electronics from recognised University

Or

MBA (Business Analytics)/ MCA/ PG (Statistics)

Preference will be given to Certification in Data Science/ Big Data from Manipal Prolearn/ Jigsaw Academy/ Reva University/ XLRI/ IFMR/ NMIMS/ IMT or from any Government approved Universities.

Minimum 4 years of experience in Strategy/ Data Analytics/ Analytics Translator/ Data Science as Manager/ Executive in Supervisory/ Management role in Corporate/ Financial Institutions.

Senior Executive (Digital Marketing)

B.E./ B.Tech. with minimum 60% marks in Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Electrical & Electronics/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics from a recognised University.

 

Preference will be given to MBA/ Digital Marketing Certificate holders.

Minimum 4 years of experience of working in marketing in Bank/ Financial products as Manager Executive in Supervisory/ Management role with Corporate/ Financial Institution.

Executive (FI & MM)

Graduation in Rural Economy/ Horticulture/ Agriculture & Allied Activities (4 years course)

Preference will be given to PG degree holders (with same specialisation)

No experience is required.

Preference will be given to experience in the field of Allied Activities/ Agriculture/ Horticulture related marketing activities with any institution.

Senior Executive (Social Banking & CSR)

Graduation (any stream)

Preference will be given to Graduation (Social Sciences/ Social Work) or PG (in the same stream)

As on 31st March 2020, minimum 3 years of work experience (including 2 years in rural area) with any Corporate/ Societies of Repute/ NGO working either independently or in collaboration with State/ Central government in any area related to Corporate Social Responsibility/ Public Relations/ Sustainability Teams or Rural Fellowship related to the field of Microfinance/ Social Banking/ CSR activities/ NGOs.

Preference will be given for experience in Rural Finance/ Microfinance.

Banking Supervisory Specialist

Graduate / Post Graduate or any professional qualification in Finance, Banking, or Management

Minimum 25 years of experience in Regulatory Compliance areas of Banking Industry.

 

Preference will be given to candidates with experience of working with a Banking Regulator.

 

Specific Skills

Understanding of Banking Regulatory Environment, especially credit related matters.

Manager - Anytime Channels

BE/ BTech in IT stream only (Computer/ Information Sciences/ Electronics & Communications/ Electrical)

 

Full Time MBA/ PGDM or equivalent Management degree (Preference will be given to Finance Stream as major)

Minimum 7 years of experience in IT Sector and Banking - out of the total work experience, minimum 2 years of compulsory experience in IT sector and minimum 4 years of experience in managing ATM/ CDM/ Kiosk.

Deputy Manager (IS Audit)

BE/ B.Tech. in Computer Science/ Computer Application/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Instrumentations with minimum 60% marks.

CISA is compulsory (passing date should be before the date of advertisement)

Preference will be given to CISSP, CEH, OSCP

Minimum 2 years of experience at Firms/ Corporates providing IT/ IS Audit, Information Security Services/ IS Consulting.

Preference will be given to experience in IS Audit, Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security.

 

Specific Skills

  • Experience in VAPT tools such as Retina, Nessus, SAINT, and Kali Linux.

Chief Officer (Security)

-

The candidate must have served in the rank of Brigadier or above in Army or equivalent rank in Navy/ Air Force or Police Officer of the rank of IG or equivalent rank in Paramilitary services.

The Officer should have retired before 1st April 2020.

Preference will be given to officers from fighting arms.

Vice President (Stressed Assets Marketing)

 

CA/ CMA/ MBA/ ACS/ PGDM or PG (2 years regular course) in Management from a recognised University.

Preference will be given to specialisation in Finance.

Minimum 12 years of experience in investment banking including Change of Management, Market of Stressed Assets, Takeover, M&As. Out of this, at least 5 years of experience in SME Credit/ Corporate.

 

Experience in any Asset Reconstruction Company/ SASF/ PE Funds etc or having extensive experience in Recovery & Rehabilitation in any Commercial Bank.

 

Specific Skills

  • Strong written and communication skills in English.
  • Motivate and lead a team.
  • Marketing skills and ability to Network with all stakeholders.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Understanding of investment guidelines in equity and equity like instruments.
  • Self-driven, take ownership and focus on problem solving.

Chief Manager (Special Situation Team)

Minimum 8 years of work experience in handled deals in M&A, financial re-engineering, credit resolution of stressed assets, restructuring, other areas of investment banking viz. Forex, Capital Markets.

 

Experience in high value corporate loan processing/ assets reconstruction company or having extensive experience in restructure & rehabilitation in any commercial bank.

 

Specific Skills

  • Strong written and communication skills in English.
  • Understanding of financial statements and Ratios
  • Proficiency in MS Office and General Computers
  • Problem-solving aptitude and team player
  • Self-driven and ability to manage competing deadlines.

Deputy Manager (Stressed Assets Marketing)

Minimum 4 years of experience in asset reconstruction company or extensive experience in Recovery & Rehabilitation in any Commercial Bank. Out of this, minimum 2 years of experience in Stressed Assets Management.

 

Experience in any Asset Reconstruction Company/ SASF/ PE Funds, etc. or extensive experience in Recovery & Rehabilitation in any Commercial Bank.

 

Specific Skills

  • Strong written and communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and General Computers.
  • Problem solving aptitude and good team player
  • Understanding of financial statements and ratios
  • Understanding of investment guidelines in equity and likewise instruments.

Head (Product, Investment & Research)

As on 1st March 2020,

Graduation/ Post Graduation from recognised University.

 

Preference will be given for knowledge and experience in Market Analytics and passion for Research in Economics Trends and Products.

Minimum 12 years of work experience in financial services, financial product development and private banking. Out of this, minimum 8 years of experience in Wealth Management.

 

Excellent knowledge of PMS, Equity Products, Mutual Funds, Alternate Investments.

 

Experience in Product Development and Structuring for Private Wealth Clients.

 

Experience in managing a team of Officers at a National Level with Leading Banks or Financial Institutions.

Central Research Team (Portfolio Analysis & Data Analytics)

As on 1st March 2020,

MBA/ PGDM/ Post Graduation in Statistics/ Data Analytics from a recognised University.

Minimum 5 years of experience in MF Research/  Portfolio Analytics/ Fixed Income Research/ Equity and Derivative Research in Wealth Management Firm/ Equity Broking Firm/ Bank/ AMC

Central Research Team (Support)

As on 1st March 2020,

Graduation/ Post Graduation in Commerce/ Economics/ Finance/ Management/ Statistics/ Mathematics from a recognised University

Minimum work experience of 3 years in financial services providing support to Research/ Publications departments.

 

Preferred Skills

 

Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, and Outlook.

 

Inclination for research by reading various reports and websites.

 

Support research team for analysing data using various tools/ software such as REUTERS, BLOOMBERG, ICRA, CRISIL, etc.

Investment Officer

As on 1st March 2020,

Graduation/ Post Graduation from a recognised University

Certification by CWM/ NISM is mandatory

Preference to CFP

Minimum 5 years of experience as an investment officer/ part of product team in Wealth Management organisation.

 

Experience in managing client portfolios.

 

Good knowledge of investments and markets across asset classes.

Project Development Manager (Technology)

As on 1st March 2020,

MBA/ MMS/ PGDM/ M.E./ M.Tech./ B.E./ B.Tech. from a recognised University

Minimum 4 years of experience in banking technology preferably in a business function.

Relationship Manager

As on 1st March 2020,

Graduation from a recognised University

Minimum 3 years of experience as a Relationship Manager in Wealth Management with leading Public/ Private/ Foreign Banks/ Broking/ Security Firms.

 

Adequate experience in building and managing relationships with High Net Worth Clients (a minimum Total Relationship Value (TRV) of ₹20.00 lakh)

Relationship Manager (Team Lead)

As on 1st March 2020,

Graduation from a recognised University

Minimum 8 years of experience in relationship management (wealth management)

Preference will be given to those with experience as Team Lead

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SBI SO Exam 2020 Application Process

State Bank of India invites online applications from eligible Indian citizens for Specialist Cadre Officers posts. Candidates can apply by visiting the authorised website https://www.sbi.co.in/careers or https://bank.sbi/careers. The application process started on 23rd June 2020 and will continue till 15th July 2020.

Documents to be Uploaded

Candidates are required to upload the following documents while filling up the form:

  • Brief Resume in PDF format
  • ID Proof in PDF format
  • Date of Birth proof in PDF format
  • Mark sheets/ Certificates in PDF format
  • Latest salary slip in PDF format
  • Experience certificate in PDF format
  • PwD certificate, if applicable (in PDF format)
  • Caste certificate, if applicable (in PDF format)
  • Scanned image of passport size photograph - use recent, coloured photograph with light-coloured background. The file size should be between 20 KB to 50 KB.
  • Scanned image of candidate’s signature with black pen on white paper. The file size should be between 10 KB to 20 KB. The signature must not be in capital letters.

Note: “In case the face in the photograph or signature is unclear, the candidate application may be rejected. In case the photograph or signature is not prominently visible, the candidate may edit his/her application and re-load his/ her photograph or signature, prior to submitting the form.”

How to Apply for the SBI Special Officer Exam?

  • Visit the official website of State bank of India and register yourself by providing the basic details such as email ID, the name of the candidate, mobile number, etc.
  • Use the system-generated log in credentials and fill the online application form
  • Fill the form carefully and upload the scanned photograph (20kb-50kb) and signature (JPEG) with the ideal size and format
  • Pay the application fee using the credit card, debit card, internet banking, etc.
  • Click on the submit button once it is filled-in completely
  • After the application is submitted successfully, take a printout of the same for future reference

Note: If an applicant fails to submit the form in one go, he can do it later by saving the page. By doing this, he gets a system generated provisional registration number and password. The applicant must keep the registration number and password safe, edit the particulars and submit next time. This act of saving information and filling the application can be done up to 3 times.

Application Fee

Category

Application Fee Amount

General/ OBC/EWS Candidates

₹ 750/-

SC/ST/PWD

NIL

Mode of Payment

  • The application fee is to be paid only through online mode using Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Internet Banking.
  • Transaction charges for the fee payment are also to be borne by the candidates.
  • The application fee is non-refundable and it will also not be adjusted against any other examination.
  • There is a provision to take a print of the e-receipt and application form containing fee details.

Other Details

SBI SO Call Letter 2020

After submitting the online application form successfully, candidates can expect the SBI SO admit card 2020 on their email. The Bank will not send any hard copy. Or else, visit the official website, use the login credentials and download the call letter. The call letters are released for the interview process.

SBI SO Result 2020

The selection for the posts will be done on the basis of shortlisting and interview. The result for the shortlisted candidates will be released on the official website and the shortlisted candidates are called for the Interview process. The result of finally selected candidates will also be released on the official website. 

SBI SO 2020 Important Points & General Information

  • The application for the SBI SO exam can only be filled online.
  • The registration will be considered valid only after the payment of fee via online mode.
  • All the documents (experience, qualification, age, caste, etc.) should be correct. Failing to provide the correct details will result in the rejection of the candidature.
  • If an applicant is called for the interview but found his/her eligibility unsatisfactory, he/she won’t be entertained for the interview. The reimbursement of their travelling expenses will not be entitled.
  • If two or more candidates secure the same marks as the cut-off marks, such applicants will be ranked as per their age in the descending order.

SBI SO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

SBI SO exam is conducted for different posts. The application process started on 23rd June 2020 and will continue till 15th July 2020. Here are the frequently asked questions related to the exam.

Question 1: Can I fill the application form for SBI SO 2020 offline?

A: No, you can’t. State Bank of India invites the application only through the online mode.

Question 2: Where should I apply for SBI SO 2020?

A: Only refer to the official website of State Bank of India - https://bank.sbi/careers or https://www.sbi.co.in/careers.

Question 3: When will the SBI Specialist Officer Exam be conducted?

A: The SBI SO exam schedule varies from post to post. Check the official website for more details.

Question 4: I’m interested in a Deputy General Manager (Law) post for regular. I’ve 15 years of experience as an advocate. Am I eligible?

A: No! An applicant needs to show at least 17 years of experience as Law Officer in the Legal Department of Scheduled Commercial Banks or in Scheduled Commercial Banks holding Assistant General Manager (Law) post.

Question 5: What’s the fee amount for the OBC category candidates?

A: It is INR 750/-. For the SC/ST/PWD applicants, there is no fee.

Question 6: What happens in case someone is called for the interview and is found not meeting the experience eligibility even though he fulfils other eligibility criteria?

A: In that case, he will neither be allowed to sit in the interview nor his travel expenses would be reimbursed.

Question 7: What will happen when 2 candidates score the same marks? Who will be given preference?

A: Here, the age difference would matter. The candidates would be ranked in the merit list based on their age in descending order.

Question 8: I hold a Degree in Law through correspondence. Will SBI allow me to submit the application form?

A: Though you can submit the application form, you will not be shortlisted. Only candidates who have Degrees in regular from recognised university are eligible for SBI SO.

Question 9: What is the SBI SO salary?

A: The SBI SO salary varies from 23,700 to ₹ 50,030 depending on the posts. Candidates must check out the official notification for detailed salary structure.

Question 10: Will the admit card be sent by post?

A: No, the admit card will not be sent by the post to any candidate.


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