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SBI SO 2015 – Exam Analysis 17th January 2016

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Hello Readers, IBPS conducted the State Bank of India Specialist Officer (SO) exam on January 17, 2016. In total 170 questions were asked comprising of sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English and Professional Knowledge with a total of 220 marks.

Here we are posting the complete exam review section wise.


SectionTotal Ques.Max. MarksLevel of DifficultyGood Attempts
Professional Knowledge50100Moderate35-40

Quant Section:-
Quant section was moderate with good questions. The section comprised questions like:

  • Data Interpretation – 2 sets (5 questions each)
  • Number series – 5 questions
  • Quadratic Equations – 5 questions (easy)
  • Questions from other topics including Partnership, Volume, SI, Boat n Stream, Profit/Loss, Mixture n Alligation – 15 questions (easy to moderate)

Reasoning Section:-
Reasoning section was a bit tricky with puzzles and all sort of questions were asked like:

  • Syllogism – 5 questions
  • Coding-Decoding – 5 questions
  • Inequalities – 5 questions
  • Puzzles n Arrangements – 3 sets (15 questions)
  • Critical Reasoning (assumptions, arguments, etc) – 10 questions (easy to moderate)
  • Miscellaneous (blood relation

English Section:-
English section was easy. Parajumbles were not asked. Comprised of questions:

  • Reading Comprehension – 1 passage (10 questions) – moderate
  • Cloze test – 10 questions (easy)
  • Error detection – 5 questions (easy)
  • Sentence fillers – 10 questions (easy)


Professional Knowledge Section:-

As it was a Specialist officer exam, this section covered the more weightage of marks and also was not that easy as computers section is asked in other banking exams. There was a need to prepare very well for this section. The questions were asked deep inside the subjects of respective departments.

All the Best for Upcoming Exams