SBI SPECIALIST OFFICER 2014 – Pattern & Syllabus

State Bank of India has announced notification for the recruitment of Specialist Officers 2014 for SBI and its Associates. There are 393 posts in total (SBI 313 Posts, SBH 31 Posts, SBM 11 Posts, SBP 15 Posts and SBT 23 Posts). So here, we are giving the detailed analysis of the On-line Exam. Hope the post proves to be beneficial for all!!!

The on-line exam will held on 19th April 2014.

The Exam Pattern:
Part I: There will be 120 questions of 120 marks. An Important Point to keep in mind is that these marks are of only qualifying purpose. These marks won’t be considered while calculating your merit. For example, assume that the cutoff marks for Reasoning section is 8. So they will only check whether you have marks 8 or above. It doesn’t make any difference if you get 11 or 50 out of 50 marks. For SBI both are same. So don’t waste time on these sections!!!

Part II: Professional Knowledge section. This is the section to watch out for. You will get 50 questions of 100 marks. They will consider these marks in deciding your merit. To be eligible for being short-listed for interview, you have to score really good in this section, besides scoring equal to or above the minimum qualifying marks in other tests. So, this section is the most crucial one and will decide your fate.

Can a fresher apply?
Yes, a fresher can apply and he/she is eligible because in the advertisement, a word “desirable” is used, instead of “required.” (As used in other applications form).  Required basically means you must possess the specific quality / qualification mentioned in the notification. Whereas, Desired / desirable means that the specific quality / qualification is not mandatory but it would be nice if you have it.

One of the key points to remember before filling the form is that a number of experienced candidates too will apply for these posts. You really have to “outperform” those experienced candidates to get the job.

SBI hasn’t provided any formal syllabus in its notification. So, on the basis of the previous year papers, we are providing to you the following syllabus.

Quantitative Aptitude: 
Data Interpretation (almost 40% questions). For this section, focus more on Averages, Ratios and Proportions, Bar Charts, Tables, Pie Charts Simplification, etc.

Note: Now a days they are making DI questions from the areas Probability, Time and Work, Simple and Compound Interest,  etc. too.)

Numerical Ability, ratios and proportions, averages, LCM and HCF, Ages, Time and Distance, Speed and Distance, Profit and Loss, Basic Mensuration.

In last year SBI Specialist Officers’ Exam(2012), they’ve mainly focused on Analytical Reasoning. So focus more on topics like 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 year, the SBI hadn’t asked questions from Non-Verbal Reasoning. So this time also you can expect the same pattern.

English Language: For this section, focus more on Vocabulary, Antonyms, Synonyms, Sentence Arrangement, Fill in the Blanks, Locating and Correcting the errors, Reading Comprehension and cloze test.

Important Note: As we have already mentioned, the marks of above three sections won’t be considered while calculating your merit. So don’t waste too much time on these sections.

Professional Knowledge:
1. Systems Officer / IT Officer: Computer Networks and Basic Programing 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 and Software Engineering etc.

2. 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, Share, Business valuation, Inflation Accounting, Indian Capital Market, Mutual Funds, Foreign Exchanges, Auditing etc.

3. 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 etc.

4. 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, Banking-Insurance, Financial Market, Foreign Exchanges, Forecasting Portfolio etc.

For those of you, who haven’t applied till now, click here to Apply On-line.

Hope you like the post. All the best!!!