How to prepare for SBI Specialists examination ?

Study materials, model papers and syllabus guidelines for State Bank SO recruitment exam.

State Bank of India announced the notification for the recruitment of specialist officers for the 2014 session. The SBI SO examination is scheduled to be held on April 19th 2014. Education Observer giving you a preparation guide for all those who are preparing for SBI SO Examination 2014.
One thing you must notice that unlike the previous examinations this year SBI is planning to conduct the Specialist Officer cadre recruitment examination in online mode.

SBI SO Examination Question Pattern

The SBI SO examination is having 2 parts. The first part contain questions from

  • English Language
  • Reasoning and/or
  • Quantitative aptitude

In this section there will be 120 questions of 120 marks, ie one mark each for one question.

IMPORTANT: SBI is not going to consider this section for your ranking purposes. This section is only for qualifying purposes. It means everyone over and above the cut off mark will be considered as having the same rank. For example if they declare 18 as the cut off for English language section, one who scored 18 and one who scored 36 will be considered equal. So the important thing is getting the cutoff minimum.

Paper II is the game turner, here you will be asked 50 questions carrying 100 marks in Professional Knowledge section- the core subject questions for the post you applied for. The score in this section is really matters in the ranking and selection.

The shortcut:
Get minimum cutoff marks in paper I and devote all your study time to the professional knowledge section and score very good marks in professional knowledge, so be busy with your college textbooks than reading banking exam coaching guides.

Negative Marking for SBI SO examination
There is no information available about negative marking or minus marking for wrong answers. So we can ensure that there won’t be any negative marks for wrong answer.

Syllabus for SBI Specialist Officers examination

SBI has no official wording about the syllabus of Paper I or Paper II. From the previous year examinations we can generalize the syllabus may cover topics as detailed below.

 English Language – SBI SO exam syllabus
sentence corrections, Reading comprehension, fill in the blanks,  Vocabulary, Grammar Corrections, Identification of Errors, Synonyms/ Antonyms, Choosing the appropriate word and Spelling Check questions, Sentence Arrangement

Reasoning – SBI SO exam syllabus
Series completion, finding missing figures, Mirror Images, Completing number and alphabetical series,  relations and ranking, Simple arithmetical reasoning, Analogies / decision making, Classification analytical reasoning, Seating arrangement

Quantitative Aptitude/ Maths – SBI SO exam syllabus
Number system,  decimal fractions,  Ratio and proportions, Percentage, Time and distance, , Data Interpretation containing  type MCQs from tables,  charts and diagrams, Questions  requiring multiplication, addition, subtraction and application of BODMAS rule, Application level questions from geometry contains area, perimeter and volume calculations of square, rectangle, circle, sphere, cube, cone, cylinder and other geometrical figures, Time and work, Speed and Distance, Profit and loss, Average, Simple and compound interest

Syllabus of Professional Knowledge questions in SBI SO examination

SBI SO syllabus for systems manager in IT
Questions are expected from Computer Fundamentals, computer Architecture and organization, data structure  Networking and network security, Internet technologies, Operating systems, Cyber security and threats, Computer Architecture, DBMS, computer programming.

SBI SO Exam syllabus for Chartered Accountant:
Accounting Standards, Indian Accounting Standards,  Guidance Note, Financial Reporting Standards, Corporate Financial Reporting, Share-based Payment, Liability Valuation, Business valuation, Inflation Accounting, Indian Capital Market, Foreign Exchanges

SBI Specialist Officers exam previous year question papers

Previous year question papers of SBI SO examination is a good way to practice for it. Unfortunately not many question papers are available for this examination. A collection of previous year question papers of Bank SO examinations including SBI SO examination available at the link below

A collection of Bank Specialist officer question papers

Previous year professional knowledge question papers of SBI Systems Manager examination

SBI Specialist officer/ Manager exam Model question papers

Our forum members posted a number of model question papers for SBI SO examination. Follow the links to download them for free

SBI Specialist officer exam- 100 solved model papers

SBI System Manager Professional Knowledge model question papers set 1

SBI System Manager Professional Knowledge model question papers and free Question Bank

New set of mock papers for SBI System Manager professional Knowledge section

SBI Law Manager examination Model question papers set 1

SBI Law Specialist officer model question papers set 2

SBI Law Specialist officer model question papers set 3

SBI Chartered Accountant model question paper set 1

SBI Chartered Accountant model question paper set 2

Free online Mock tests for SBI SO examination

For practicing the English Language part of the Paper I of SBI Specialist Officers examination, you can practice with the Free online English language mock examinations available at

Free English Language online mock test for SBI SO exam practice

Free study materials for SBI Specialists examination

The following pages will get you some books, notes and other free study materials for SBI SO examination in all subjects including ones for professional knowledge section.

SBI SO Exam Quantitative Aptitude study materials

SBI Specialist officer Exam English Language study materials

State Bank Specialists examination Reasoning Ability study materials and books

SBI SO Exam System Manager/ Asst. Manager study guides

SBI Law Manager exam free study materials and books

SBI Chartered Accountant Exam free study materials for preparation

LICHFL Assistant Exam preparation guide

LIC HFL Asst. Exam Syllabus, Pattern and  Model Papers

LIC Housing Finance Corporation LICHFL  conducts online written examination for the recruitment of  LICHFL Assistant Recruitment 2014. The candidates selected as LIC Hosing Finance assistants will be posted in various regions across the country. Total number of expected vacancies is 100.

The Examination will be conducted in online mode on April 6th 2014. Candidates should have a  Bachelor Degree in any discipline from a recognized University/Board with minimum 50% marks. Those having knowledge of computer operations will be given preference. The pay scale for the post will be Rs.15527/- per month + performance linked incentives.

LICHFL Assistant selection process

Selection will be made on the basis of On-line test followed by an Interview of  candidates who qualify in the On-line test. The candidates found successful in the Interview have to undergo Medical Examination.

LICHFL Assistant exam Syllabus:

Questions will be asked from 4 different sections viz:
English Language
Logical Reasoning
Numerical Ability
General Awareness

The standard of the question papers will be somewhat similar to Bank Probationary officer recruitment examination.

LICHFL Assistant Exam Question Pattern:

The On-line test will be having objective type questions. The Examination will be of 120 minutes duration and 50 questions will be asked from each of the above section. Each question carries 1 mark and in total the test will have 200 marks. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer. If a question is  left blank,there will be no penalty for that  question.

Previous year question papers of LICHFL Assistants Examination

Please follow the following links to get previous year question papers and solutions to LIC and other insurance company assistants examination

LICHFL Assistant Exam February 2013 solved paper

National Insurance Exam solved previous year paper

LICHFL Assistant exam Model question papers

15 solved model question papers for LICHFL examination

4 sets of mock test papers for LICHFL and other assistants grade examinations

Further, you can also practice with previous year Bank PO question papers also. About 100 question papers can be found at 100 model question papers for PO examination

Free online mock tests for LICHFL Assistants examination

You can practice yourself with the mock tests available at our free online model exam section. These exams are having question papers arbitrarily selected from a question pool of 50,000 questions. At the end of the time restricted examination you will be provided with complete correct answer review to the set of questions that you attempted. Follow the links below to try these online mock tests.

LICHFL Assistants mock test – English
LICHFL Assistant examination mock test – General Awareness

Free study materials for LICHFL Examination

Our forum members uploaded enough study materials and notes to help you to prepare for LICHFL Assistants examination. You can have free materials for Quantitative Aptitude, English grammar and language and Reasoning Ability sections..
LICHFL Assistants Exam Quantitative Aptitude free study materials
LICHFL Assistants Exam English Language free books & materials
LICHFL Assistants Exam Reasoning Ability study materials and books

We wish best of luck to all those appearing for LIC HFL Assistants examination !!!