How to Crack SBI Specialist Officer Exam

State Bank of India is the most reputed and largest bank in India. Getting a job into SBI is just like a dream come true. Competition is intense for even a small number of vacancies in SBI. Recently, SBI released the recruitment notice for specialist officers. Although number of vacancies are less, lakhs of candidates has applied for it. Specially for the Specialist officer post in Assistant Manager Systems as it has maximum number of vacancies for general category.

As many of you will be giving the SBI specialist officer exam for the very first time. The SBI specialist officer exam is not just like any other banking exams such as IBPS PO or IBPS Clerk. It’s a bit different. You must know the exact syllabus and pattern of SBI SO. You should also know as how to attempt the paper in order to maximize your chances of getting through the exam and finally making a place in the merit list of candidates. 
SBI specialist officer exam contains 4 sections :
Test of Reasoning
Quantitative Aptitude
English Section
Professional Knowledge
Here are some initial important facts and then we will discuss each section one by one :
There is NO General Knowledge section.
There are NO Current Affairs questions.
There are NO Banking and Marketing Questions. (For system analyst)
Sometimes you become careless and don’t see the syllabus and start preparing for SBI just like IBPS exams. As most of the entrance exams contain General awareness section along with current affair and banking, you assume that SBI SO paper also contains the same however it’s not. Hence stop preparing GK and Banking for SBI specialist officer exam.
Here are 2 most important points that you must know before giving exam :
Reasoning, Maths and English Marks are NOT counted in the merit list.
Professional Knowledge Marks are counted in merit list.
Reasoning, Maths and English
As the marks of these sections are not counted in the final merit list hence you just need to clear the cut off marks of these section. Cutoff marks can easily be achieved by doing atleast 15 correct questions in the paper in each section. You don’t need to be a master in these 3 sections. You must be preparing for other banking exams. That much of preparation in enough to crack the cutoff marks for these sections. There is no specific technique or a particular book. You need to apply regular basic tips and tricks for the questions given.
However there are certain topics which you must pay emphasis on. Consider them as high critical topics because questions will surely come from those chapters and hence you should practice them a lot to make sure that you do those questions correctly.
Solve the questions from previous year papers and you will come to know what type of questions are being asked in reasoning and aptitude section. You can also solve IBPS specialist officer papers to know the type of questions asked.
Here are critical topics that you must prepare for these sections:
Reasoning : Syllogism, Blood Relation, Input-output, Sitting arrangement ( Questions will surely come from these topics around 15 questions.)
Maths : Simple and compound interest, Profit loss, Time and work, Data interpretation, Geometry ( Area and perimeter of square, circle, rectangle, and volume of all geometrical shapes like sphere, cone and cylinder. )
Don’t solve topics such as Trigonometry, Logarithm, Coordinate Geometry etc. No question will come in SBI paper.
English : Comprehension, vocabulary ( It’s quite the same as other banking papers )

Professional Knowledge
Now as I wrote above professional knowledge marks are counted in the merit list so it is very important for you to score maximum marks in this section. There are total of 50 questions. First of all, you must be aware of the topics that are being asked in the professional knowledge section for better preparation of the exam. However, if you gave the IBPS specialist officer exam then you must be having a pretty clear idea as what comes in the professional knowledge section. The same syllabus and pattern will appear in professional knowledge section of the SBI specialist officer exam.  Below I am going to mention some of the topics which you must read for this section : 
Computer Fundamentals
Computer Architecture
Operating System
Data Structure
Software Engineering
Basics of Programming ( C, JAVA )
These topics must be read properly to score good marks. DBMS part should be prepared well as you will see a lot of questions from SQL itself. Don’t be overconfident that you are from CS and IT and you don’t need to read these. The questions asked are tricky and if you don’t revise then you will end up having negative marks for many questions. If you have any previous books of IBPS specialist officer then start reading the professional knowledge section from that section.
Professional knowledge section should be given the highest priority. 


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