# Syllabus of SBI Specialist Officers Exam 2014

Friends, in our last post we have discussed about the basic details you should know about the SBI Specialist Officers Recruitment exam 2014. Today we shall discuss about the syllabus. Ofcourse, as you know, the State Bank of India hasn't said a word about the syllabus... but based on previous papers, we made the following guidelines. Hope it helps in your preparation. All the best :)

Note : Before going to know the syllabus of Specialist Officers we advise you to read the Roles / Functions of Specialist Officers in Banks from here. It will help you to get a clear idea on the job profile for which you are applying.

### SBI Specialist Officers Exam 2014 Syllabus

As you know, the exam consists of the sections Aptitude, Reasoning, English Language and Professional Knowledge. The difficulty level of apti, reasoning and English language sections is almost equal to that of SBI PO Exam's. So you can prepare SBI PO Previous papers for those sections.  For the professional knowledge section the questions are completely based on the post you have applied for. The difficulty level of these questions will be moderate. They will ask questions from your CORE SUBJECTS of your Graduation / Post Graduation. Now lets have a look at sectional wise syllabus of SBI Specialist Officers Exam 2014.

Quantitative Aptitude : Keep in mind that the Data Interpretation is SBI's favorite section. You will get almost 40% questions from this area. For this section you have to focus more on Averages, Ratios and Proportions and Simplification (Note : Now a days they are making DI questions from the areas Probability, Time and Work, Simple and Compound Interest etc. too. So its better to have the basic idea in all the basic aptitude concepts). For data interpretation you have to pick the appropriate data in a single glance and you have to solve the given questions making use of it. So, you have to practice more on Bar Charts, Tables, Pie Charts. If possible try to avoid pen and paper for simple calculations while solving these problems so that you can save time.

Apart from Data Interpretation, you can get questions from Numerical Ability (basic maths), ratios and proportions, averages, LCM and HCF, Ages, Time and Distance, Speed and Distance, Profit and Loss, Basic Mensuration.

The difficulty level of Aptitude section is moderate. There will be no twisted questions. But you can expect time taking questions. You can solve only 15 - 20 questions with your normal mathematical skills and traditional methods. You have to work with simplification shortcut methods so that you can easily get good marks in this section (especially for DI).

Reasoning :  The reasoning section of SBI is little easier when compared to IBPS's. For last years SBI Specialist Officers' Exam which was held in the year 2012, they've mainly focused on Analytical Reasoning. So focus more on this area. Practice Classification, Input and Output, Seating Arrangement, Ranking, Coding - Decoding, Time Sequence,  Decision Making, Course of Action, Cause and Effect, Statements Conclusions and Statements Assumptions. Last time as they conducted online exam for the first time, the SBI hadn't asked questions from Non-Verbal Reasoning. So this time also you can expect the same pattern. But better to read the basics of non-verbal reasoning too (for worst case scenario) but don't waste much time on this section.

English Language : For this section focus more on Vocabulary, Antonyms, Synonyms, Sentence Arrangement, Fill in the Blanks, Locating and Correcting the errors, Reading Comprehension. Learn basic grammar and try to improve your speed reading skills.

Important Note : As we've already mentioned in our last post, the marks of above three sections wont be considered while  calculating your merit. So better don't waste too much time on these sections.

#### Professional Knowledge Section Syllabus

This is the key section of the exam. Even a single mark will decide your fate. So you have to be well prepared for this section.

Systems Officer / IT Officer : The bank need an IT Professional to look after it's Software  and Server Maintenance issues. So it needs expertise in the areas like DBMS, Computer Networks and Basic Programing Languages. Last time they asked maximum number of questions from Data Base Management Systems (DBMS) so focus more on this subject. You should also prepare basic programming languages like C, C++, Java, Basic concepts of Software and Hardware, Data Structures, Computer Organization, Computer Networks, Network Programming, Algorithms, Digital Electronics, Web Technologies, Information Systems and Software Engineering etc.

Chartered Accountant :  You should focus on the basic areas of CA like 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, Share, Business valuation, Inflation Accounting, Indian Capital Market, Mutual Funds, Foreign Exchanges, Auditing etc.

Law Officer : The bank needs a law officer to deal with it's legal problems. So you should focus more on 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 etc.

Statistician : Statisticians are concerned with the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of quantitative information. Being a Statistician the bank expects you to apply mathematical and statistical knowledge to collect and analyze various data, and interpret the results of experiments and surveys. For this profile you should prepare 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, Banking-Insurance, Financial Market, Foreign Exchanges, Forecasting Portfolio etc.

That's all for now friends. We are working on previous papers and reviews of the people who wrote the SBI Specialist Officers Exam 2012. We will post them soon. Happy Reading :)

1. Excellent Analysis as usual. Thanks team :)

2. Can freshers apply for Systems Offices (IT) post code 16 ? Please reply.. plz plz

1. We've already made it clear in our last post friend. Freshers can apply. But the preference will be given to experienced candidates. People with 4 to 5 years will also apply for this job. So chances of getting in are very low.

2. What kind of experience they will have ?

3. Yes it is true people more than 4 yrs are having more chances

1. dude experience does not count if you are working in some third class company........well i dont think anyone with experience of 4-5 yrs will apply as this post is mainly for candidates with 0-2 years of experience (entry level post)

4. THE WRITTEN EXAM WILL BE WHETHER OFFLINE OR OFFLINE????

1. SOORY WHETHER IT WILL BE ONLINE OR OFFLINE????

2. Friends now the zamana is online. Every service sectors including competitive xams r shifting to online.

5. thanks gr8 team..:-)

6. To apply for systems offer any experience is need?? or freshers can apply?

1. Read the third comment posted by Admin. Freshers can apply but selection chances are less.

7. maam your matierials are awesome,and daily updates is xcellant,very much useful for us!!!thank u sooo much for ur valuable guidance,but this is the 12 th time i m going to write my exam passed in two exams only!!tat too im in waiting list...i couldnt able too score much in quants,reasoning ...gk i m little bit ok bcoz of ur site,,,can u sugeest me any idea or any books for me to prepare,????plz suggest me mam,it wud b very useful for me !!!thanks in advance....keep up the gud work mam...

8. thanks so much....doing gr8 job... :) new lok is simply awesome,the 1ly active site i hav ever seen,...mam plz post many model papers for so exams,so that it il b very useful for us to workout and analyze....thank u mam...

9. Clarification needed :
1.in sbi so if i score just qualifying mark in apps, reasoning and English does its enough?
2.for example if A scored 25 in apps and 30 in Professional and B scored 30 in apps and 25 professional, Who will be selected ? (their both total are same) or does both are in same ranking ?
3.Does interview selection is made on only Score or Score + experience ?

1. hi... final result will be prepared on the basis of Professional Knowledge... In Apti,reasoning, english papers u've to score only qualifying marks in all 3. these marks will not be added in result ... then only ur Professional marks will count in merit

10. Hi..
Can you provide any update regarding sbi clerk notification for 2014..

1. Hi..
I really appreciate if you just bother to reply my query..!!

11. friends i got 53% in b.tech can i apply for sbi so 2014?

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13. Thanx mam for your awesome analysis.mam, really it ll be more helpful, if you post the SBI Assistant manager (systems) 2012 NON-TECHNICAL PART QUESTION PAPER (aptitude, reasoing, english).so that we ll get the difficulty level of the paper.......thank u very much mam :)

14. hi mam, could please post last year cutoff marks of sbi So, it would be helpful us to get an idea how to prepare for both the sections .

15. hi mam, could please post last year cutoff marks of sbi So, it would be helpful us to get an idea how to prepare for both the sections .

16. hi mam, could please post last year cutoff marks of sbi So, it would be helpful us to get an idea how to prepare for both the sections .

17. hi mam, could please post last year cutoff marks of sbi So, it would be helpful us to get an idea how to prepare for both the sections .

18. hi mam, could please post last year cutoff marks of sbi So, it would be helpful us to get an idea how to prepare for both the sections .

I m fresher from electrical and electronics engineering.
can i eligible for assistant manager(system) post?
i m not clearly satisfy from its notification so plz help me....

20. Please also upload the syllabus for PNB Specialist officers exam. The exam will be on 23rd March.

21. https://www.sbi.co.in/webfiles/uploads/files/1348823044400_SBI_CRPD_ENG.pdf This is the Last Year SBI notification, While comparing this year's advertisement they have not mentioned fresher can apply. So can freshers can apply or not? Moreover Experience having high chances as number of post is less. Waste of money :(

22. I want to confirm from Gr8ambitionz that i mentioned my experience certificate in ibps po and clerk, but did not submited my certificates as i have lost that, will it create any problem for me, pls mam/sir guide me

23. Jai bholenath............

24. what are the kind of questions asked theory or numerical..

25. Hello Mam,

26. pls upload study material for india post assistant

27. Mam I am really waiting for SBI clerical and PO notification..... One my friends told that this yr we can't Expect that.... Is it true?????

28. mam
gk is coming in this exam or not?

29. CEPTAM 06 RESULT STATUS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

30. I m having 7 years exp in software field can I apply for the post chief manager?plz reply

31. Mam where can I get material for SBI SO exam.....

32. hi mam...

33. hi
i working in college,CSE (SBI SO ) ask experience in computer programming in a reputed organization
(include college experience accepted or not )reply

34. what kind of experience they will have ?i mean in which sector ?

35. can i know what is the cuttoff os sbi so 2012?

36. I am B.E E&TC 2013 fresher graduate without experience in computer programming but have certification of C,C++ programming and have applied for the post of asst. Manager (systems). What are my chances of getting selected?

1. i heard direct intws is possible since number of vacancy is less, also the exp ppl will overtake us. Hard to accept but this the fact

2. Direct intvws is it true....

3. Direct intvws is it true....

37. I am a B.E E&TC 2013 fresher. I have applied for the position of asst. manager (systems). I don't have experience in any organization but have certification in C,C++ programming. What are my chances of getting selected?

I am pavani R.shortlisted for interview in po 3 and performed interview well.but i am completed my mtech i got pc in that initial was missing.so applied for name change before 3 months up to now i didnt got it.without pc its impossible to apply for OD.so how can i handle this situation if i got selected for some bank.will they allows me to join without mtech OD.plz give me replay i am very much tensed.......

39. please provide the material for assistant manager (IT)..

40. Ma'am
may you inform the duration of the exam?

41. Can Final Year BTech CS Students Apply Reply sooonnnnnnnnn.

42. Mam,
First of all thanks for the syllabus and for your materials.I have a doubt abt the professional knowledge section in sbi specialist officer whether it is objective or descriptive and i would like to know abt the no of questions and duration of time?please upload some previous year papers of sbi assistant manager systems.....waiting for your reply..........

43. I am applying for the post of risk analyst , what is the syllabus for this post.

44. hi,
do the we have general awarness for IT officer post (amsy) sbi..
plz clarify this..

45. Hi...
I am selvi. I have completed MCA with 80%. I am applying for SBI Specialist officer (Assistant Manager (Systems)). I have 1 year 10 months experience. But I dont have Experience letter and Relieving letter. I do have Appointment letter and Salary slips. Is this enough to show the Experience? Otherwise shall i mention as Fresher? pls suggest me.

46. I regularly go through this site but its of no use ....of above theoretical description that any one will do people r continuously preparing with lots of efforts like me if u want to help them really be sure to guide or post the papers which really works out.

47. number of questions in each section n cutt off marks for it 2014

48. Dear friend,

i am a electrical engineer quite eligible for the Asst manager post. i have a experience in electrical installations and work in a construction of a power plant. i want to know how many people apply for this particular post and what are the chances of a selection.

additionally the material is provided by you...this is very good...

cheers
shobhit sharma
jp.shobhit@gmail.com

49. Hai,
I am Haritha

50. Can u please share last SBI SO(IT) cut off???

51. Can u please share SBI SO(IT) last exam cut off???

52. Can u please provide previous question papers of SBI SO (IT officer)

53. Could you please tell me where can i find the previous solved question papers?

54. Nice Workout, You have good writing skills...

55. Dear Friend,

i have a 2.5 years experience in construction/power sector. I have covered all that is mentioned in the eligibility criteria..i have seen the no. of post are very few.....what are the odds of getting selected and approx. how many applicants apply...duties of a electrical SO?

56. Hello Sir,
First I appreciate your team for providing valuable information to the Job seekers :) thanks for that.
I am a software engineer with 4 years of exp in IT. I would like to attempt IBPS/SBI Specialist officer exam.
Could you please provide the months in which the special officers notifications will be released every year?
Sorry for asking basic question :)

keshav m.

57. what r timings for the test?

58. what r the timings for the test?

59. sir may i know abt timing of this examination.how much time is given to this exam???

60. when the ibps po result will come?

61. can anyone tell me the weightage of marks of each section in Sbi assistant systems manager??

62. general awareness is also a part of SBI SO???

63. pls provide material for sbi so computer science student on sahupriyanka20@gmail.com, also provide previous year papers.

64. there r 120 marks in part 1 so there will be 80 questions in technical part is that so...!

65. Mam please let me know the time duration of exam. As you mentioned that the reasoning, aptitude and English portion will possess 120 marks and professional knowledge 50 questions of 100 marks.
Please let me know that what will be the total number of questions and total marks so that I can divide my time accordingly..I always lag behind in time management.

My email Id - imdj1991@gmail.com

66. Hi,

I've applied for post of Analyst (post code - CHANAL). Can u please provide syllabus for that.

67. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA ABOUT THE MARKS DISTRIBUTION FOR THE SO EXAM 2014

1. ya i also got msg bt no link is present yet...

69. hi all,

Can anybody suggest whether General knowledge/current affair ll come or not for sbi specialist officer?

70. can you send me some material for chief manager (analyst) exam???

Thanks,
Prashant

71. Is that true that in Specialist Officers exams, final merit is ascertained only on the basis of marks obtained in PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE section, and one has to clear only cutoff marks in the other three section, namely Reasoning, GA with special reference to Banking Industry & English (for law officer).
But im neither able to find any such clause in the advertisement by IbpsSO-14 nor got clear information anywhere else, but this is vital as would change whole preparation strategy and also it seems bit logical as one should master his/her specialization subject. moreover 75 marks r allotted to this section, more than any other.

72. Is that true that in Specialist Officers exams, final merit is ascertained only on the basis of marks obtained in PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE section, and one has to clear cutoff marks in the other three section, namely Reasoning, GA with special reference to Banking Industry & English (for law officer).
Im neither able to find any such clause in the advertisement by IbpsSO-14 nor got clear information anywhere else, but this is vital as would change whole preparation strategy and also it seems bit logical as one should master his/her specialization subject. moreover 75 marks r allotted to this section more than any other.

73. Please tell me more about test pattern for Analyst -Sr manager position.

74. I am from electronics engineering background.. please post previous year sbi s.o. paper so that I can have an idea if I am missing on some subject please help urgently please

75. I need an urgent help.. I am from electronics engineering background and have sbi s.o. exam from IT.. please post its previous year papers so that I can have an idea of subjects I am missing........ please help urgently....

76. great work team...its really a well info read for each and every aspirant..:-) appreciate

actually i am working in an IT firm since 1.5 year but accidentally haven't mentioned it in the form.... will there will be issues if i got selected in written nd called for interview??

78. Please provide the interview questions for SBI SO.

79. hello sir/mam

I have been selected for sbi so 2014 interview round. I have only one character certificate that is from gazetted officer. Is is necessary to produce other character certificate from college and from previous employer at the time of interview ??

Pls rply

80. Thank u so much... This site very useful to me

81. Is their any age limit?