SBI SO Syllabus

In this article, we’ll look into the topic-wise distribution of the SBI SO Syllabus for the different SO exams conducted by SBI annually.

State Bank of India conducts various examinations annually for recruiting employees for SBI Specialist Officer posts according to vacancies.

Recently, SBI released the recruitment vacancies for various Specialist Officer posts. It is a golden opportunity for all the candidates who consider working at SBI as an enticing prospect.

Candidates who are aspiring to appear for the SBI SO exam need to acquaint themselves with the SBI SO syllabus, eligibility criteria and exam pattern before applying online for the examination.

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SBI SO Syllabus

Given below is the detailed syllabus for the recruitment of candidates for various posts of the SBI SO exam:

SBI SO Syllabus – Reasoning Ability

SBI SO Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude

SBI SO Syllabus – English Language

Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle



Alphabet Test

Bar Graphs



Decimal & Fractions

Cloze Test

Arithmetical Reasoning




Heights & Distances Partnership


Clocks & Calendars

Line Graphs

Error Correction



Fill in the Blanks

Data Sufficiency



Deriving Conclusions from Passages

Mixtures & Allegations

Idioms & Phrases

Direction Sense Test

Number System

Parts of Speech

Eligibility Test


Passage Completion

Inserting The Missing Character

Permutation & Combination

Passage Correction


Pie Charts

Sentence Completion

Logical Sequence of Words


Sentence Correction

Logical Venn Diagrams

Problems on Ages

Sentence Rearrangement

Mathematical Operations

Problems on Trains

Subject-Verb Agreement

Number, Ranking & Time Sequence

Profit and Loss


Puzzle Test

Ratio and Proportions


Series Completion


Theme detection

Situation Reaction Test

Simple & Compound Interest

Unseen Passages

Statement – Arguments



Statement – Conclusions

Time and Distance & Work

Word Formation

Theme Detection

Volume & Surface Area

Word Games

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SBI SO Exam Pattern

Candidates applying for the SBI SO exam are tested on the basis of an online examination and interview process. The SBI SO exam consists of two Papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

  • Paper 1 comprises of questions from:
  1. Reasoning Ability
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. English Language
  • Paper 2 comprises of questions from:
  1. Professional Knowledge

The distribution of marks of each section totally depends on the type of SBI SO post that a candidate has applied for at the time of online application.

Usually, the duration of the Paper 1 is 90 minutes and Paper 2 is timed at 45 minutes for every SBI SO exam.

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SBI SO Preparation Tips

Here are some tips and strategies which can guide candidates on how to prepare for SBI SO exam:

  1. Analyse the SBI SO Syllabus: Candidates must have a fair idea of the topics in the SBI SO syllabus and understand it properly, know the exam pattern and everything related to the exam. Aspirants should try to examine the exam sections and subjects carefully. This will help them to capture their strengths and weaknesses and work on those areas which need improvement.
  2. Create a Timetable: Aspirants must create a timetable and prepare for the different sections of the exam accordingly. They can revise all the syllabus topics every day and focus more on the areas which need more attention.
  3. Stay updated and Practice more: It is a good practice to read the newspaper and magazines daily and stay updated about the Current Affairs. This will help aspirants to improve their General Awareness and English Language skills. Reading about banking or finance industry will also enhance their knowledge about questions related to the banking industry.
  4. Making Notes & Topic-wise studying: Aspirants should focus on section-wise topics to understand the different topics thoroughly. They should practice more problems on various topics and take notes on the important topics so that they can have a quick revision just before the examination.
  5. Practice Mock Papers: Practicing mock papers on a regular basis can help candidates to understand the question pattern and also assist in tracking their progress from time to time.
  6. Refer SBI SO Books & Study Materials: Candidates should refer to a variety of SBI SO books and study materials available online or paperback to understand the section-wise topics and have a better understanding of the questions pattern.

SBI SO Books

Here are some important books that candidates can refer while preparing for the SBI SO exam:

Name of Section

Book Title


Reasoning Ability

A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

R.S. Aggarwal

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha

English Language

General English Language


Professional Knowledge

Professional knowledge for SBI Specialist IT Officer Exam

Disha Experts

SBI SO Books List:-Download PDF Here

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With the help of these strategies and time management techniques, aspiring candidates can have a fair idea of the different section-wise topics and prepare for the SBI SO exam accordingly. Else, candidates can also join the BYJU’S Bank Exam Learning Program which contains courses with inbuilt video lectures and mock tests. These study materials help aspirants to prepare for SBI SO Exam at their own pace and ace the challenging exam with flying colours.

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