How to Prepare and Crack SBI SCO Exam?

State Bank of India (SBI) has oftenly publishing notification for the recruitment of Specialist Cadre Officer vacancies on regular basis. Those Candidates who are interested in the vacancy details & completed all eligibility criteria can watch this video and prepare well based on this video.

How to Prepare and Crack SBI SCO Exam?


Application Fee (Approx)
For General/ EWC/ OBC : Rs.750/-
For SC/ST/PwD: Rs. 125/-
Payment Mode: Online through payment gateway

Age Limit (Approx)
Head (Product, Investment & Research) – 35 to 50 years
Central Research Team (Fixed Income Research Analyst) – 30 to 45 years
Relationship Manager (e-Wealth and NRI) – 23 to 35 years
Relationship Manager (Team Lead) – 28 to 40 years
Customer Relationship Executive – 20 to 35 years
Zonal Head Sales (Retail) (Eastern Zone) – 35 to 50 years
Central Operation Team Support – 30 to 40 years
Risk & Compliance Officer – 25 to 40 years

Age Relaxation 
Schedule Caste (SC)/Schedule Tribe (ST) – 05 years
Other Backward Classes (Non Creamy Layer) – 03 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
PWD (SC/ST) – 15 Years
PWD (OBC) – 13 Years
PWD (GEN) – 10 Years

Selection Process:
The SBI Recruitment Process consists of the following rounds:
Written Examination.
Personal Interview or Group Discussion
Document Verification

To be eligible for being short-listed for interview/Group Discussion, candidates have to score equal to or above the cut-off marks to be decided by the Bank for the PK test, besides scoring equal to or above the Minimum qualifying marks in other tests. Candidates must secure equal to or more than the minimum qualifying marks (to be decided by the Bank) in Interview/ Group discussion to be considered for selection.

Eligibility Criteria:
Engineering Graduate in Computer Science/IT/ECE or MCA/ M.Sc.(IT) / M.Sc. (Computer Science) from recognized University/ Institute.
Experience Certificate issued by the firms for employees working in CA firms/Copy of the engagement letter from Banks for others, would be required.
Specific Skills required: Working Knowledge in MS office

Exam Pattern:
Qualifying in nature and marks thereon will not be reckoned for arriving at the Merit.
Test will be held on-line. If number of applications is less, Bank reserves the right to consider selection of the candidate(s) through shortlisting and interview, instead of test & interview.
Except Professional Knowledge (PK) paper, other papers will be of qualifying in nature. Candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks in these papers.
The minimum qualifying marks will be as decided or may be waived at the discretions of Bank. The questions will be bilingual i.e. in Hindi & English.
The candidates will have option to answer the questions in Hindi or English (except for test of English Language).

Alphabet Test
Eligibility Test
Logical Sequence of Words
Puzzle Test
Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle
Inserting The Missing Character
Data Sufficiency
Theme Detection
Logical Venn Diagrams
Situation Reaction Test
Statement – Arguments
Series Completion
Clocks & Calendars
Direction Sense Test.
Statement – Conclusions
Arithmetical Reasoning
Mathematical Operations
Number, Ranking & Time Sequence
Deriving Conclusions from Passages

Quantitative Aptitude
Bar Graphs
Problems on Ages
Time and Distance
Line Graphs
Problems on Trains
Decimal & Fractions
Pie Charts
Profit and Loss
Mixtures & Allegations
Volume & Surface Area
Permutation & Combination
Time and Work
Number System
Boats & Streams
Pipes & Cisterns
Ratio and Proportions
Simple & Compound Interest
Heights & Distances Partnership

Cloze Test
Word Formation
Sentence Correction
Error Correction
Theme detection
Fill in the Blanks
Sentence Completion
Idioms & Phrases
Passage Correction
Idioms and Phrases
Unseen Passages
Passage Completion
Subject-Verb Agreement
Sentence Rearrangement

Professional Knowledge: (Common for all IT Posts) 
System Programming.
Basic Terms.
Data Communication & Networks.
Operating System.
Integrated Circuits.
Data Base Management System.
Programming Languages like C, C++, Java.
Software Engineering.
Digital Electronics.
Mobile Technologies.
Micro Processors & Micro Controllers.
Cyber Security & Threats.
Data Structures.

Professional Knowledge (Common for all Finance Posts)
Auditing Standards.
Cost Accounting Concepts.
Accounting Standards.
Cost Accounting Concepts.
Basic Accounting Concepts and Principles.
Direct & Indirect Taxes.

SBI Interview/ Group Discussion: 
Adequate number of candidates as decided by the Bank will be called for Interview/Group Discussion. Group Discussion will carry 20 marks and Interview 30 marks. In case Group Discussion is not held, Interview will carry 50 marks. The qualifying marks in Interview/ Group Discussion will be as decided by the Bank. Conduct of Group Discussion may be waived at the discretion of Bank.

Merit List
Marks secured by the candidates in Group Discussion / Interview out of 50 marks will be converted to out of 25 marks. The final merit list will be arrived at after aggregating the marks of Professional Knowledge test out of 100 marks and the converted marks secured in Group Discussion/ Interview out of 25 marks (Total- 125 marks). The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Document Verification
Certificates and Mark sheets of qualifying examinations.
Aadhar card.
Proof of Educational Qualifications.
Date of Birth Certificate / S.S.C
School Study Certificate
Declaration by the Unemployed (For claiming examination fee exemption)
No Objection Certificate from Employer (if anywhere employed)

How To Apply?
Step 1: Visit the official website of SBI Careers –
Step 2: Click on the SBI Specialist Cadre Officer recruitment on contract basis
Step 3: Find the application link and click on it.
Step 4: Fill all the mandatory details
Step 5: Pay the application fee
Step 6: Upload the passport photograph and signature
Step 7: Click on submit
Step 8: Take a print out of the application form for further reference.

Preparation Tips:
Developing Familiarity with the Syllabus
The first step prior to commencing preparation is to develop familiarity with the syllabus. Go through the syllabus well so that you can gather study resources accordingly.

Accumulate Study Resources: 
The next step should be to gather study resources for the exam.

Don’t Stuck with single question:- 
Do not spend too much time in solving one question. Set time for each of the question and follow the time.

Be Consistent with Your Revision: 
Revising the topics at regular intervals ensures that information is retained at the time of the exam. Since a high volume of information is processed, you must revise the main topics once or twice. Frame your study schedule in such a way that you have enough time for completing at least two to three rounds of revision.

Work on your Weak Areas:
Most of the candidates focus only on the strong areas and leave the tough and uninteresting topics for the last. This greatly affects the overall performance in the exam. Identify the weaker areas and devote sample amount of time studying them. Just remember that if you leave certain topics/ sections you will lose out on marks. Every mark counts in the end.

Prepare Notes:
You must develop the habit of preparing notes since they will serve as a quick reference guide. When exam preparation reaches its peak, one does not get enough time to go through the entire topic. Taking notes will also facilitate faster and better retention.

Be Stress-free: 
The candidates should remain stress-free before the exam. Any kind of stress or tension will hamper the preparation. As a result, the candidates cannot do well in the exam. It is not easy to crack any of the competitive exams so any kind of stress will bring negative impact on the performance.

Grow positive Attitude : 
You should grow positive attitude. You don’t think about failure. You should always think that you can crack this exam with other students. So you should need best preparation.

Give Regular Mock tests 
Candidates are suggested to appear mock test on regular basis at least twice a week for analyzing your mistakes and never repeat them and try to improve more.

Be healthy:
A sound body is the healthy sign of refreshing mind. To do well in the exam, one has to remain healthy both physically and mentally.

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