SBI SO Syllabus 2023

State Bank of India conducts various examinations annually for recruiting employees for SBI Specialist Officer posts according to vacancies. It administers the SBI SO exam to recruit Specialist Officers for regular or contract positions as Assistant Managers, Engineers, Officers, Architects, Testers, Managers, and Analysts, among others. It is a golden opportunity for all the candidates who consider working at SBI as an enticing prospect. To effectively study for the exam, interested applicants must be well-versed with the SBI SO Syllabus and Exam Pattern.

In this article, we’ll look into the topic-wise distribution of the SBI SO Syllabus 2023 for the different SO exams conducted by SBI annually. Candidates willing to know in detail about the recruitment process can visit the linked article SBI SO Notification.

Generally, the State Bank of India releases a single notification for the recruitment of Specialist Officers. However, starting SBI SO 2020, various recruitment announcements for various positions have been made available on the official SBI website. This year too, the selection process varies for different Specialist Officer posts for which different notifications have been released by the SBI. For more information, candidates must visit the SBI website.

Given below is the post-wise SBI SO Syllabus PDF and Exam pattern 2023 for candidates to prepare themselves.

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However, this may be temporary and candidates who are aspiring to appear for the SBI SO exam need to acquaint themselves with the SBI SO syllabus exam pattern before applying online for the examination.

Analyse the SBI SO syllabus and start your preparation for the upcoming Specialist Officer exam.

Solve the Free Online SBI SO Mock Test Series and understand the exam pattern even better.

Also, refer to the links given below and ace the SBI SO 2023 exam:

To explore the SBI Recruitment of the other SBI bank exams, click at the linked article.

SBI SO Syllabus: Overview

Before detailing the Syllabus for SBI SO exam, candidates can go through the highlights of the exam pattern and syllabus:

SBI SO 2023: Overview
Exam Name SBI SO
Conducting Body State Bank of India
SBI SO Selection Process Online Test and Interview/ Only Interview
SBI SO Mode of Exam Online
Language/Medium of Exam English and Hindi
SBI SO Syllabus
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability
  • English
  • Professional Knowledge
SBI SO Exam Duration General Aptitude- 90 minutes

Professional Knowledge- 70 minutes

SBI SO Total Marks General Aptitude- 120 marks

Professional KnowledgeTest- 150 marks

SBI SO Total Questions General Aptitude- 120

Professional KnowledgeTest- 75

SBI SO Negative Marking O.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer

Candidates can visit SBI SO Exam page for all the important details of the examination.

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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:
    • Reasoning Ability
    • Quantitative Aptitude
    • English Language
  • Paper 2 comprises of questions from:
    • 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.

SBI SO Exam Pattern 2023
Test No. of Questions Marks Time
General Aptitude Reasoning 50 50 90 Min
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
English Language 35 35
Total 120 120
Professional Knowledge (PK) General IT Knowledge 25 50 70 Min
Role-based Knowledge 50 100
Total 75 150

Important Points to Remember:

  • Candidates qualifying the online examination are eligible for the next process which is the Interview round. 
  • Usually, the duration of the Paper 1 is 90 minutes and Paper 2 is timed at 70 minutes for every SBI SO exam.
  • The marks scored in Paper I are qualifying in nature and will not be considered in the final merit list.
  • Candidates will get one mark for each correct answer and a quarter of the marks, 0.25 marks, will be deducted for every wrong answer. However, candidates will not be penalised for an unanswered question.
  • The marks earned by applicants in the Professional Knowledge section and the Interview phase will be taken into account when announcing the final list of candidates who have been shortlisted.
  • The candidates with the top merit rankings in each category will be chosen for the jobs. If more than one candidate gets the required score (common marks at the cut-off point), they will be ranked in the merit list according to their age in descending order.

After combining the scores from the Professional Knowledge Test (out of 150 marks) and the interview (out of 25 marks), the final merit list will be determined. The score will be weighted as follows:

Posts  Weightage Pattern
System Officer (Performance/Senior Automation Test Engineer)
  • Written Test: 70%
  • Interview: 30%
System Officer (Test Engineer)
System Officer (Web Developer)

Candidates can also know more about the banking awareness questions in banks exams at the linked article.

To know more about other SBI exams, click at the linked article.

SBI also conducts SBI Clerk and PO exams. Find the related links below:

SBI PO Cut-Off SBI Clerk Cut Off
SBI Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis SBI Clerk Previous Year Question Paper
SBI Clerk Notification SBI Clerk Result

SBI SO Syllabus

The position of System Officer (Test Engineer, Web Developer, and Performance/Senior Automation Test Engineer) will be filled through a written examination that will be administered online. The Specialist Officer examination covers all of the significant subjects and chapters included in the SBI SO Syllabus. The online written exam will be based on General Aptitude and Professional Knowledge. The following lists the subjects that fall under each of these headings.

Subject Topics
General Aptitude English Language
Reasoning Ability
Quantitative Aptitude
Professional Knowledge General IT Knowledge
Role-based IT Knowledge

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

SBI SO 2023 Syllabus: General Aptitude
S.No. Name of the Subject Syllabus Topics
1. SBI SO Syllabus: Reasoning Ability Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle
Alphabet Test
Arithmetical Reasoning
Clocks & Calendars
Data Sufficiency
Deriving Conclusions from Passages
Direction Sense Test
Eligibility Test
Inserting The Missing Character
Logical Sequence of Words
Logical Venn Diagrams
Mathematical Operations
Number, Ranking & Time Sequence
Puzzle Test
Series Completion
Situation Reaction Test
Statement – Arguments
Statement – Conclusions
Theme Detection
2.  SBI SO Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude Averages
Bar Graphs
Decimal & Fractions
Heights & Distances Partnership
Line Graphs
Mixtures & Allegations
Number System
Permutation & Combination
Pie Charts
Problems on Ages
Problems on Trains
Profit and Loss
Ratio and Proportions
Simple & Compound Interest
Time and Distance & Work
Volume & Surface Area
3. SBI SO Syllabus: English Language Antonyms
Cloze Test
Error Correction
Fill in the Blanks
Tenses Rules
Idioms & Phrases
Parts of Speech
Passage Completion
Passage Correction
Sentence Completion
Sentence Correction
Sentence Rearrangement
Subject-Verb Agreement
Theme Detection
Unseen Passages
Word Formation
Word Games

SBI fills a number of positions through the SBI SO exam, and separate question papers sets are created for each position’s applicants. Candidates chosen for the position after passing the exam can expect a respectable SBI SO salary in addition to several benefits. 

The SBI SO question paper includes questions based on the types of posts in the professional knowledge section. To obtain the highest score in this section, candidates must be completely familiar with the SBI SO Syllabus 2023 for IT Officer, Law Officer, Chartered Accountant, Statistician, etc. The information about the syllabus for the various positions is listed below:

SBI SO Syllabus: Professional Syllabus
S.No. Name of the Subject Syllabus Topics
1. SBI SO Syllabus: 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
Business valuation
Inflation Accounting
Indian Capital Market
Mutual Funds
Foreign Exchanges
2. SBI SO Syllabus: 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
Financial Market
Foreign Exchanges
Forecasting Portfolio
3.  SBI SO Syllabus: 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
4. SBI SO Syllabus: Systems Officer/IT Officer Computer Networks and Basic Programming 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
Software Engineering
Logical Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude
Verbal Ability Logical Reasoning Question and Answers
Computer Knowledge Banking Awareness

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It is to be noted that an online exam is not conducted for all posts for SBI SO, for certain posts recruitment is done through shortlisting and an interview.

The following table shows the post wise selection process:

S.No. Name of SBI SO Post Selection Process
1 Risk Specialist – Sector Shortlisting and Interview
2 Risk Specialist – Sector Shortlisting and Interview
3 Risk Specialist – Credit Shortlisting and Interview
4 Risk Specialist – Climate Risk Shortlisting and Interview
5 Risk Specialist – IND AS Shortlisting and Interview
6 Risk Specialist – Market Risk Shortlisting and Interview
7 Defence Banking Advisor-Navy Shortlisting and Interview
8 Advisor-Central Armed Police Forces Shortlisting and Interview
9 Circle AdvisorCentral Armed Police Forces Shortlisting and Interview
10 Circle Defence Banking Advisor Shortlisting and Interview
11 Research Analyst Shortlisting and Interview
12 Research Analyst Equity Shortlisting and Interview
13 Research Analyst Private Equity Shortlisting and Interview
14 Internal Ombudsman Shortlisting and Interview
15 System Officer (Test Engineer)  Online Written Test and Interview
16 System Officer (Web Developer) Online Written Test and Interview
17 System Officer (Performance/Senior Automation Test Engineer) Online Written Test and Interview
18 System Officer (Project Manager)  Shortlisting and Interview
19 System Officer (Project Manager)  Shortlisting and Interview
20 Executive (Test Engineer) Shortlisting, Interview & CTC Negotiation
21 Executive (Interaction Designer) Shortlisting, Interview & CTC Negotiation
22 Executive (Web Developer) Shortlisting, Interview & CTC Negotiation
23 Executive (Portal Administrator) Shortlisting, Interview & CTC Negotiation
24 Senior Executive (Performance/ Automation Test Engineer)  Shortlisting, Interview & CTC Negotiation
25 Senior Executive (Interaction Designer) Shortlisting, Interview & CTC Negotiation
26 Senior Executive (Project Manager)  Shortlisting, Interview & CTC Negotiation
27 Senior Special Executive (Project Manager) Shortlisting, Interview & CTC Negotiation

 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.

Related Links:

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SBI PO Eligibility Criteria  SBI Clerk Exam Pattern  SBI Clerk Admit Card 

SBI SO Books

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

Name of Section Book Title Author/Publication
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 Lucent’s
Professional Knowledge Professional knowledge for SBI Specialist IT Officer Exam Disha Experts

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions about SBI SO Exam


Q1. For how many marks will the SBI SO written exam be conducted?

Ans: The SBI SO written exam will be for 270 marks.

Q2. According to the SBI SO Exam Pattern, how many questions will be there in the written exam?

Ans: As per the latest SBI SO exam pattern, a total of 195 questions will be asked in the online exam.

Q3. For which all post the SBI SO exam is conducted?

Ans: State Bank of India (SBI) takes the SBI SO exam to appoint Specialist Officers as Assistant Managers, Engineers, Officers, Architects, designers, administrators, Tester, Managers, Analysts, Developers, Test leads, etc.

Q4. Which subjects are asked in the SBI SO exam?

Ans: In SBI SO General Studies exam a candidate is asked questions about Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. In the Professional Knowledge Section, a candidate is asked questions about their subject specialisation.

Q5. Will there be any deduction in the SBI SO exam and what is the mode of the exam?

Ans: For every wrong answer in the SBI SO exam 0.25 marks i.e. one-fourth of the mark is deducted from the total marks.


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