SBI SO 2021 (Specialist Officer): Exam Notification, Application Form, Eligibility & 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 2021 will be conducted for the following posts:

  • Engineer (Fire)
  • Deputy Manager (Internal Audit)
  • Manager (Network Security Specialist)
  • Manager (Network Routing & Switching Specialist
  • Assistant Manager (Security Analyst) JMGS-I
  • Deputy Manager (Security Analyst) MNGS-III
  • Assistant Manager (Systems)
  • Deputy Manager (Systems)
  • IT Security Expert
  • Project Manager
  • Application Architect
  • Technical Lead
  • Manager (Credit Procedures)
  • Manager (Marketing)
  • Deputy Manager (Marketing)
  • Manager (Retail Products)

SBI SO 2021 Latest Notification - State Bank of India has released the official notification for the SBI SO 2021 recruitment. Separate notifications were released for different posts on 22nd December 2020. A total of 457 vacancies are announced for different posts.

SBI SO 2021 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


Available Application Forms

SBI SO Exam 2021 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 2021 Recruitment Events

Important Dates

Notification release date

22nd December 2020

Application process begins

22nd December 2020

Application process ends

11th January 2021

Download admit card

22nd January 2021

SBI SO exam date

1st, 2nd, and 7th February 2021

Interview

March/ April 2021

 


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SBI SO Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

The exam pattern of the State Bank of India Specialist Officer (SO) varies as per the posts. Here are the details for the exam pattern for various posts.

SBI SO 2021 - Selection Process for Various Posts

Posts

Selection Process

Engineer (Fire)

Shortlisting and Interview

Deputy Manager (Internal Audit)

Online Test and Interview

Manager (Network Security Specialist)

Online Test and Interview

Manager (Network Routing & Switching Specialist

Online Test and Interview

Assistant Manager (Security Analyst) JMGS-I

Online Test and Interview

Deputy Manager (Security Analyst) MNGS-III

Online Test and Interview

Assistant Manager (Systems)

Online Test and Interview

Deputy Manager (Systems)

Online Test and Interview

IT Security Expert

Online Test and Interview

Project Manager

Online Test and Interview

Application Architect

Online Test and Interview

Technical Lead

Online Test and Interview

Manager (Credit Procedures)

Shortlisting and Interview

Manager (Marketing)

Online Test and Interview

Deputy Manager (Marketing)

Online Test and Interview

Manager (Retail Products)

Shortlisting and Interview

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 a direct interview. The State Bank will select suitable candidates from the top merit rank list from each category.

Online Test Pattern

For the posts where an online test is conducted, the exam pattern is as under:

Assistant Manager and Deputy Manager (Security Analyst), Assistant Manager, Deputy Manager, and IT Security Expert

Test

Subjects

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time

General Aptitude Test

Reasoning

50

50

 

90 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

English Language

35

35

Professional Knowledge (PK)

General IT knowledge

75

150

70 minutes

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Project Manager, Application Architect, and Technical Lead

Test

Subjects

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time

General Aptitude Test

Reasoning

50

50

 

90 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

English Language

35

35

Professional Knowledge (PK)

General IT knowledge

25

50

70 minutes

Role-Based Knowledge

50

100

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Manager (Network Security Specialist) Manager (Network Routing & Switching Specialist)

Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time

Professional Knowledge Test

80

100

120 minutes

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Deputy Manager (Internal Audit)

Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time

Reasoning

50

50

 

90 minutes

Qualitative Aptitude

35

35

English

35

35

Professional Knowledge

50

100

 60 minutes

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Note: For all the posts where the online test is to be held, it is at the discretion of the bank to cancel the test and make the selection through an online test and interview.

SBI SO 2021 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 2021 Eligibility

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

Nationality – The candidates should be Indian residents

Educational Qualification and Age Limit

Posts

Educational Qualification

Age Limit

Engineer (Fire)

BE (Fire) from National Fire Service College, Nagpur

OR

BTech (Safety & Fire Engineering)/ BTech (Fire Technology & Safety Engineering)/ B.Sc. (Fire) from a recognised university

OR

Graduation from Institute of Fire Engineers (India/ UK)

OR

Completed Divisional Officers Course from National Fire Service College, Nagpur

40 years

Deputy Manager (Internal Audit)

Chartered Accountancy (CA) from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Minimum: 21 years

Maximum 35 years

Manager (Network Security Specialist)

Full-time Master’s degree (any stream) with minimum of 60% marks.

Any one of the certifications: 1. Cisco CCNP Security, 2. Cisco CCIE Security, 3. Juniper JNCIP-SEC, 4. Juniper JNCIE-SEC, 5. Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA), 6.Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE), 7. Fortinet NSE4, 8. Fortinet NSE5, 9.Fortinet NSE6, 10.Fortinet NSE7, 11. Fortinet NSE8, 12. Certified McAfee Security Specialist, 13. TippingPoint (Trend Micro) Certified Professional, 14. Checkpoint Certified Security Expert (CCSE) R80.x, 15. Checkpoint Certified Security Master (CCSM) R80.x

45 years

Manager (Network Routing & Switching Specialist

Master’s degree with a minimum of 60% marks. Any one of the certifications - 1. Cisco CCDP, 2. Cisco CCDE, 3. Cisco CCNP Data Centre, 4. Cisco CCIE Data Centre, 5. Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching, 6. Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching, 7. Cisco CCNP Service Provider, 8. Cisco CCIE Service Provider, 9 Juniper JNCIP-DC, 10. Juniper JNCIE-DC, 11. Juniper JNCIP-ENT, 12. Juniper JNCIE-ENT, 13. Juniper JNCIP-SP, 14. Juniper JNCIE-SP, 15. Aruba Certified ClearPass Professional (ACCP), 16. Aruba Certified ClearPass Expert (ACCX), 17. Citrix Certified Professional Networking

45 years

Assistant Manager (Security Analyst) JMGS-I

BE/ BTech (Computer Science & Engineering/ Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Electronics & Communication) OR MCA/ MSc (Computer Science)/ MSc (IT) from recognised universities.

28 years as on 31st October 2020

Deputy Manager (Security Analyst) MNGS-III

BE/ BTech (Computer Science & Engineering/ Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Electronics & Communication) OR MCA/ MSc (Computer Science)/ MSc (IT) from recognised universities.

33 years as on 31st October 2020

Assistant Manager (Systems)

BE/ BTech in Computer Science/ IT/ ECE or MCA/ M.Sc. (IT)/ M.Sc. (Computer Science) from a recognised University

30 years

Deputy Manager (Systems)

Engineering graduate in Computer Science/ ECE/ IT or MCA/ M.Sc. (IT)/ M.Sc. (Computer Science) from recognised institute/ University

33 years

IT Security Expert

Engineering graduate in Computer Science/ ECE/ IT or MCA/ M.Sc. (IT)/ M.Sc. (Computer Science) from recognised institute/ University

38 years

Project Manager

Engineering graduate in Computer Science/ ECE/ IT or MCA/ M.Sc. (IT)/ M.Sc. (Computer Science) from recognised institute/ University

38 years

Application Architect

Engineering graduate in Computer Science/ ECE/ IT or MCA/ M.Sc. (IT)/ M.Sc. (Computer Science) from recognised institute/ University

38 years

Technical Lead

Engineering graduate in Computer Science/ ECE/ IT or MCA/ M.Sc. (IT)/ M.Sc. (Computer Science) from recognised institute/ University

38 years

Manager (Credit Procedures)

Full-time MBA or equivalent/ PGDBA/ PGDM/ CA/ CFA/ FRM from a recognised institute.

Part-time/ correspondence courses will not be considered.

Preference will be given to those who possess MBA/ PGDM/ PGDBA in Finance.

Minimum: 25 years

Maximum: 35 years

Manager (Marketing)

Full-time MBA/ PGDBM or equivalent qualification with specialisation in Finance/ Marketing from a recognised institute.

Courses completed through correspondence or part-time courses will not be considered.

40 years

Deputy Manager (Marketing)

35 years

Manager (Retail Products)

MBA/ PGDM or Post Graduation and full-time BE/ BTech (any stream) from a recognised institute.

Minimum: 25 years

Maximum: 35 years

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Note: For detailed information on additional skills and experience required for each post, check out the respective official notifications.


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SBI SO Exam 2021 Application Process

State Bank of India invited 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 22nd December 2020 and continued till 11th January 2021.

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 the recent, coloured photograph with a 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 2021?

  • Visit the official website of the State bank of India and register yourself by providing 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 a 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 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 Vacancies 2021

Vacancies for various posts in the 2021 Specialist Officer recruitment are as under:

Posts

Number of Vacancies

Engineer (Fire)

16

Deputy Manager (Internal Audit)

28

Manager (Network Security Specialist)

12

Manager (Network Routing & Switching Specialist

20

Assistant Manager (Security Analyst) JMGS-I

40

Deputy Manager (Security Analyst) MNGS-III

60

Assistant Manager (Systems)

183

Deputy Manager (Systems)

17

IT Security Expert

15

Project Manager

14

Application Architect

5

Technical Lead

2

Manager (Credit Procedures)

2

Manager (Marketing)

12

Deputy Manager (Marketing)

26

Manager (Retail Products)

5

Total

457

SBI SO Call Letter 2021

After submitting the online application form successfully, candidates can expect the SBI SO admit card 2021 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. Separate call letters are released for the interview process. SBI SO 2021 call letters/ admit cards were uploaded on 22nd January 2021.

SBI SO Result 2021

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 2021 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 the 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 descending order.

SBI SO 2021 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

SBI SO exam is conducted for different posts. The application process started on 22nd December 2020 and continued till 11th January 2021. Here are the frequently asked questions related to the exam.

Question 1: Can I fill the application form for SBI SO 2021 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 2021?

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 a 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 regular Degrees from a 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 post to any candidate.


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