SBI Specialist Cadre Officer 2023 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

SBI Specialist Cadre Officer Recruitment 2023 official notification is out on the official website of SBI. Check out all three official notifications in the links provided below.

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To join these posts, the candidate needs to qualify the eligibility criteria. Further, he needs to get through the selection procedure. The selection process involves an online written test and an interview. Prepare well for both to become a SBI Specialist Cadre Officer in 2023.

SBI Specialist Cadre Officer 2023

SBI SCO jobs are one of the most demanded ones. There is high competition in these jobs so an aspirant needs to prepare well. Get to know the syllabus, exam pattern, marks bifurcation, time limit and other details.


Before checking out the syllabus, we advise the candidates to apply for the job vacancy before the last date. The registration began on 31 August 2023. The last date to apply for the same is 20 September 2023. The tentative date for the written exam is 8 October 2023. Application fees to apply for SBI Specialist Cadre Officer vacancy 2023 is Rs. 750 for General/ OBC/ EWS. The fee is nil for SC/ ST/ PWD.


The selection process is of three stages:-

  1. Online written exam
  2. Personal/ telephonic/ video interview
  3. Verification of the documents 


SBI Specialist Cadre Officer Vacancy 2023

The candidates who have applied against SBI Specialist Cadre Officer vacancy 2023 can check the syllabus and exam pattern here. We have also provided additional tips and resources to get through the exam.


SBI Specialist Cadre Officer 2023 Exam Pattern

It is essential to understand exam patterns before diving into the detailed syllabus. Here is the exam pattern for written online tests.


Subjects/ Sections  Number of questions  Marks  Time allotted 
General aptitude  Test of reasoning  50 50 90 minutes 
Quantitative aptitude  35 35
English language  35 35
Professional knowledge  General IT knowledge  25 50 70 minutes 
Role based knowledge  50 100 
Total  195  270  160 mins/ 2 hours 40 mins


There are some points which are to be kept in mind regarding the exam pattern:- 

  • The papers of General Aptitude are qualifying in nature. The marks of this subject will not be counted in creating merit. The candidate should score the minimum qualifying marks to be eligible for being shortlisted. The minimum qualifying marks will be decided at the discretion of the recruitment board of SBI.
  • Further, for getting shortlisted for an interview, you need to score equal to or more than the cut off marks in the Professional knowledge section.
  • In the section of Role based knowledge of Professional knowledge, questions will be asked related to the post you have applied for.
  • In case of tie, i.e., two candidates scoring exactly the same total marks, the candidate who is more in age will be ranked higher in the merit list.
  • If SBI does not receive enough applications for the vacancy of SBI SCO, it can cancel the online written test and choose the candidates only on the basis of shortlisting and interview.  


Interview – SBI Specialist Cadre Officer 2023

If you manage to dive through the online written exam and finally get shortlisted, SBI will contact you for an interview. Interviews cna take place in any form – personal, telephonic, video. The interview will consist of 25 marks. Preparing well for the interview is important because the marks will be added when preparing the final merit list.


In the final merit list, 75% weightage will be given to marks of online written test and 25% weightage will be given to interview score.

Syllabus - SBI Specialist Cadre Officer 2023

Find the detailed syllabus for SBI SCO post 2023.

Reasoning Test

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


Quantitative aptitude

  • Decimals & Fraction
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Square Root
  • Cube Root 
  • HCF & LCM
  • Profit & Loss
  • Mensuration
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Percentage
  • Simplification
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Average


English language 

  • Unseen Passages.
  • Subject-Verb Agreement.
  • Idioms & Phrases.
  • Grammar.
  • Theme detection.
  • Passage Correction.
  • Conclusion.
  • Adverbs.
  • Sentence Correction.
  • Sentence Completion.
  • Word Formation.
  • Fill in the Blanks.
  • Cloze Test.
  • Idioms and Phrases.
  • Verbs.
  • Sentence Rearrangement.
  • Tenses.
  • Comprehension.
  • Error Correction.
  • Synonyms.
  • Antonyms. 
  • Passage Completion.
  • Articles.
  • Vocabulary.


General IT knowledge 

  • Programming Languages like C, C++, Java.
  • Digital Electronics.
  • Cyber Security & Threats.
  • Database Management System.
  • Data Communication & Networks.
  • Operating System.
  • Mobile Technologies.
  • Micro Processors & Micro Controllers.
  • Basic Terms.
  • Data Structures.
  • Software Engineering.
  • System Programming.
  • Integrated Circuits.


List of Exam Centres for SBI SCO

State Bank of India has already released a list of the cities that can be made examination centres. However, the list is tentative.


Guntur Ranchi Hubli Mangalore
Kurnool Bengaluru Kochi Bhubaneshwar
Vijayawada Imphal Jalandhar Sambalpur
Visakhapatnam Shilong Ludhiana Puducherry
Guwahati Aizawl Jaipur Udaipur
Jammu Kohima Bardang/ Gangtok Chennai
Shimla Jamshedpur Madurai Tirunelveli
Vadodara  Ahmedabad Hyderabad Warangal
Ambala Hamirpur Agartala Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Panaji Thiruvananthapuram Bhopal Indore
Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) Aurangabad (Maharashtra) Kanpur Lucknow
Delhi/ New Delhi Mumbai/ Thane/Navi Mumbai Meerut Varanasi
Chandigarh/ Mohali Ghaziabad Greater Noida Gurugram
Patna Hissar Dehradun Asansol
Muzaffarpur Faridabad Greater Kolkata Siliguri 
Silchar Raipur Nagpur Pune

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How to download SBI SCO syllabus?

We have uploaded the detailed syllabus on our website. You can also download the syllabus from the official website of SBI.

What is the total duration of the written exam for SBI SCO?

The total time duration for the written test of SBI SCO is 2 hours and 40 minutes.

How many sections are there in the SBI SCO written test?

The written exam is broadly divided into 2 sections which is further divided into 5 sections.

How to prepare for the exam of Specialist Cadre officers?

To begin with your preparation, first go through the detailed syllabus on our website, review the exam pattern, make self notes, revise and test yourself over and over again.