Important Dates for SBI SO 2018

Start Date End Date Remark
Application Form Date 05-Jan-2018 28-Jan-2018
Examination Date 25-Feb-2018 N/A
Result Date N/A N/A

State Bank Of India Specialist Officer (SBI SO) 2018

State Bank of India appoints appropriate competitors for the posts of Specialist Officers. There are 50 Deputy Manager-Specialist Officers vacancies in SBI on Regular and Contract Basis. SBI SO 2018 exam is scheduled in the second week of January 2018. Aspirants who satisfy the eligibility criteria can register at

Latest: Appointment of Specialist Cadre Officers – 50 Deputy Manager (Internal Audit) Posts (Apply Online from January 05, 2018 to January 28, 2018)

SBI SO 2018 Application Form can be filled in October 2017 and around a month will be given to aspirants to register for the exam. There are around 400 vacancies in SBI SO appointment.

Highlights of SBI SO 2018 

Exam Highlights
Name of the examSBI SO 2018
Method of the examComputer-based (online) exam
Number of Papers1
Number of Sections4 (3 for Deputy Manager Post)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (objective type)
Number of Questions170
Period of the exam135 Minutes
Language of the examEnglish
Number of seats412

Exam Dates of SBI SO 2018 

The notification about SBI SO exam is announced on the Indian Banking Personnel Service (IBPS) website. Aspirants should regularly check the website during October month. The exam date is scheduled in January 2018. The table below gives us a hint about the important dates: The application form starts in October every year.

Name of EventDate (Tentative)Reference Links
SBI SO Application Form filling startsFirst week of Oct 2018Last date of application is Oct 25
Announce of hall ticket/admit card10 days before SBI SO exam date (January 2018)Download SBI SO hall ticket from
Date of the examinationSecond week of January 2018The exam will include 2 question papers
Declaration of ResultsFebruary 2018Tentative date of SBI SO Result is February 4

Eligibility for SBI SO 2018

Aspirants should check SBI SO 2018 eligibility prior to filling the application form. It is advisable that only those competitors who fulfil SBI SO Eligibility Criteria should apply for the SBI SO exam. The candidates should satisfy the criteria in age, nationality and all other categories.


  • The maximum age of an participant can be in between 30-40 years.
  • The least possible age of an participant is in between 21 to 30 years depending upon the Post.


  • Only Citizens of India are applicable to apply for SBI SO 2018.
  • OCI and NRIs cannot apply for the exam.

Educational Qualification

The educational criteria and experience varies depending upon the post applied for. The criteria for various posts are given below:

  1. For Developer, Test Lead and Tester post:
  • The aspirants should be graduated in engineering from a government recognised university/institute.
  • An Participant should have some experience in IT sector.
  1. For Assistant Manager (System) post:
  • Participant should have some experience in computer programming from a reputed organization.
  • Participants must own a B.E/B. Tech in Information Technology/Computer Science/Computer Application/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Instrumentation / Electronics & Communications.        
  1. For Technology Relationship Manager (Tech.RMs) post:
  • Preference is given to the contenders with MBA qualification.
  • At Least 8 years of experience in IT Industry/ Business is requireded for this post.
  • Aspirant should be a graduate in Engineering from any recognised University /Institution.
  1. For Manager and Assistant Manager (Technician) post:
  • One requireds to have a full time Post Graduate Degree in Econometrics/ Statistics/ Applied Statistics.     
  • At Least experience of 4/1 years is need for this job position.

Application Form of SBI SO 2018 

Students after checking the eligibility criteria SBI SO 2018 can fill the application form online. The official website for filling the form is SBI’s official website or the IBPS website. The link is

Steps for filling SBI SO Application form are given below:

  • Go to the official website.
  • Fill all the mandatory details in the SBI SO Application Form as name, guardian’s name, date of birth, mobile number, email ID etc.
  • Cautiously check all the information. Now, click on the ‘Submit’ button given below.
  • Upload your scanned images of photo and signature on the application form.
  • Enter your basic details such as Name, contact and date of birth.
  • Click on the link which reads as ‘click here for new registration’.
  • A registration ID and password is generated.
  • Aspirants are advised to take the printout of SBI SO 2018 Application Form for further reference.
  • Click on ‘Careers’ on the homepage. Choose ‘Join SBI’ from the drop-down menu.
  • After submitting the online application form, pay the fees.
  • After successful application submission, the form preview can be seen.
  • Obtain the ID and password from your Email and Log in again.
  • Look for the link to apply for SBI SO exam 2018 and click on it.

Payment of Application Fee

  • After finishing the operation, aspirant’s application form is submitted.
  • Aspirants can make the fee payment using Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Internet Banking. Transaction charge is borne by the aspirant.
  • There is a fee of INR 600 for General and OB aspirants and others have to pay INR 100.
  • Entrants have to register again in case their registration fails to be submitted online.
  • To clear the submission of SBI SO 2018 Application Form, participants have to pay the compulsory application fees via the payment gateway integrated with the form.
CategoryApplication Fee
GeneralINR 600
PwDINR 100

SBI SO 2018 Hall Ticket

Aspirants are instructed to download their respective hall ticket from the official website of the bank. The authority won’t send any call letters to aspirants via post or any other physical mode. They have to enter the Registration number and password to get the hall ticket. SBI SO 2018 Hall Ticket is available to be downloaded 10 days before the exam. It is announced in the first week of January.

Steps to download SBI SO 2018 hall ticket:

  • Go to the official bank website.
  • Save it on your system.
  • Enter your Registration number and Password.
  • Click on the Career link.
  • Your Admit card will be generated and displayed on the screen.
  • Take its print out on a A4 size sheet. Multiple copies can be saved for future reference.

Exam Centers for SBI SO 2018

SBI SO is a national level examination organizeed all over the country. Many cities are designated exam centres.

  • SBI has the right to add or delete any centre.
  • While filling up the Application Form, aspirants will have to choose the exam cities as per their likings.
  • SBI has the right to allot the participant to any centre, even other than the one he or she has opted for.

SBI SO exam is organizeed in:

Exam Centers
BhubaneswarNew DelhiHyderabad

SBI SO Exam Format

SBI SO is organizeed every year for 412 SO posts in SBI. It is organizeed only in online mode. There are multiple choice questions in the exam. No special type of questions is there.

  • 35 Questions are asked each in English Language and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • There are 50 questions each in Reasoning and Professional Knowledge.
  • English is the language of SBI SO 2018 Paper.
  • Four sections constitute SBI SO exam paper.
  • They are- Test of Reasoning, English language, Professional Knowledge and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • A total of 170 problems make up the paper.
Exam Format Highlights
Method of the examComputer based (online) exam
Number of Papers1
Number of Sections4 (3 for Deputy Manager Post)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (objective type)
Number of Questions170
Period of the exam135 Minutes

Paper format for Deputy Manager Post:

  • 70 questions are asked from Reasoning and 50 questions are asked from English and Professional Knowledge each.
  • There are three sections in the paper- Test of Reasoning, English language and Professional Knowledge.
  • Maximum marks are the same that is 220.
PostNumber of SectionsNumber of questionsTime
Deputy Manager3170135 minutes
Others4170135 minutes

Syllabus for SBI SO 

English Language

Candidates are asked questions in this section which are of secondary level. Weightage of English 20%. The important topics covered under this are- Synonyms and Antonyms, spotting mistakes, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Misspelled words, Grammar, one word substitution, Para-jumbles, Preposition, Active-Passive, Direct-Indirect Narration, Sentence Accurateion, Fill in the blanks, Usage of words etc. Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of English Language so that they can finish all office tasks with ease and efficiency.

Reasoning Ability

Appointers seeking to evaluate aspirant’s thinking skill with this section of ‘Reasoning and Mental ability’. 30% weightage is given to this part of the paper. Topics comprised in this section are- Series, Sitting/Seating Arrangements, Mirror Images, Syllogism, Puzzle problems, Statements and Conclusions and questions on cause and effect can also be asked in this segment of SBI SO Exam. Competitors should be able to use their heads in a specific state besides applying founded methods.

Quantitative Aptitude

It is expected from the aspirants to be skilled in general mathematics so they can perform everyday banking calculations with speed and correctness. 20% weightage is given to this section. Topics comprised in this section are- Number-System, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Partnership, Time and Distance, Geometry, Unitary Method, Time and Work, Age Problems, Profit and Loss Questions, Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency, Ratio And Proportion, Permutation And Combination, Probability, Allegation, LCM, HCF etc.

Professional Knowledge

Questions in this section contain the topics which are actually of great importance for daily banking requireds and all the participants required to prepare separately for this topic. Topics of professional knowledge are such as, Basics of Accountancy, Direct and Indirect Taxes, Principles and Standards Accounting, Computer Architecture, Basics of Auditing, Accounts Management, Cost-Accounting, Basic Terminology of Information Technology, Knowledge of Operating systems, Network and its types, DBMS/ RDBMS, Mobile Technologies and, Computer Languages, Cyber Security and Threats,  Input and Output Devices, Fundamentals of Microprocedureor. Weightage is around 30%.

Advisable Books for SBI SO 2018

  • SBI Group Assistant Manager (Systems) Specialist Cadre Officers: 11 Exercise Sets Including Earlier Year Paper

Publication: GKP

  • Professional Knowledge for IBPS/ SBI Specialist IT Officer Exam 2nd Edition

Publication: Disha Experts

  • SBI Specialist Officer Exam (E)

Publication: Arihant

Result of SBI SO 2018 

SBI SO 2018 Result will be announced one month after the commencement of the exam. Selection status is shown. Aspirants can check their result online on the official website. There is no scorecard for aspirants. For 2018, it will be announced in the month of February. A merit list is made for shortlisting aspirants for Interview.

Steps to check SBI SO result 2018:

  • After logging in, you status will be shown on the screen.
  • Check the result and download the file safely.
  • Look for your Registration Number in the selected aspirants list.
  • Enter your Registration ID and password.
  • Go to the official website link.

Merit List for SBI SO 2018

  • At Least qualifying marks in the interview are decided by the Bank.
  • There are at least qualifying marks for the online examination.
  • Students scoring above the cut off marks are shortlisted for the Interview.
  • In case of same marks, aspirants are ranked in order of their age in descending order.
  • A merit list is prepared on the basis of aspirants’ scores.

Cut Off for SBI SO 2018

There are cut off marks for the online SBI SO exam. Qualifying aspirants are asked to come for the interview. Interview cut off marks are decide by the Bank itself. A merit list of the aspirants is also prepared.

Earlier Year subject wise cut off:

CategoryProfessional KnowledgeQuantitative AptitudeEnglishReasoning

There are numerous determining factors that decide the SBI SO cut off. Some of the key issues affecting cut off calculation is:

  • Number of Vacancies for the post
  • Number of Students appearing the exam
  • Exam Format
  • Difficulty level of the exam
  • Maximum Marks scored

Selection Procedure of SBI SO 

Aspirants after taking the online test are called for an interview. Aspirants are selected for the posts after SBI SO Interview. Satisfactory number of aspirants, as decided by State Bank of India, is shortlisted based on their qualification and knowledge. The qualifying marks for the Individual Interview are decided by SBI only.

After the procedure, selected aspirants have to produce some documents at the time of document verification.

The documents one requireds to submit for the verification purpose along with SBI SO 2018 Application Form are:

  • Proof of Date of Birth
  • Experience certificates
  • E-Receipt for SBI SO 2018 fee payment
  • Copy of one id proof
  • Educational Certificates like Mark-Sheets or Degree Certificate
  • Brief resume of the aspirant
  • Copy of a valid OBC/SC/ST certificate (if eligible)

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