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To choose the best books for SBI SO Exam is not an easy task. It becomes more harder when you have to choose only one book.

Note: Comprehensive Guide to SBI (Associates) Specialist Officer - Computer/Systems (IT) Exam -by Disha Experts is an ALL-IN-ONE book to help you achieve your goal.


As you have applied for SBI Specialist Officer Exam, it is time to start your preparation for the exam now. Don’t waste your time. Otherwise you will face lots of tension after some days.

The first step for starting your preparation, is to buy some books for SBI SO Exam 2016-17. These books should be the best of best. And our experts will help you to select and buy some important SBI SO Books.

If you are serious to get a glorious job like SBI Specialist Officer, you should study according to the official syllabus. Otherwise there may be chances to miss out some important topics and subjects.

You can buy sbi exam books from online stores like Amazon and flipkart. These two stores give the original books in cheap prices.

As one of the parts of SBI specialist officer exam pattern is a competitive written test. You should qualify in the written test to enter to the second stage of selection process.

After qualifying in the first sage you have to pass in a personal interview conducted by state bank of India.

Only those candidates, who will be shortlisted in written test, will be eligible & called for personal interview.

SBI will conduct written test only for System Officer, Developers, Test Lead, Tester and Statistician vacancy.

So, it is most important to know the SBI SO Syllabus, before starting your preparation. The books for State Bank of India specialist officer should include the following topics as described below.


#1 SBI Specialist Officer Reasoning Syllabus & Books:

This is one of the toughest section and you can answer 100% questions of this section only if you do practice. Practice is the only way to crack this section. Practise the below topics-
  1. Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzle.
  2. Alphabet Test.
  3. Arithmetical Reasoning.
  4. Classification.
  5. Clocks & Calendars.
  6. Data Sufficiency.
  7. Deriving Conclusions from Passages.
  8. Direction and distance Sense Test. 
  9. Inserting The Missing Character.
  10. Time sequence test 
  11. Analytical reasoning 
  12. Cause and effect 
  13. Input and output arrangements 
  14. Seating arrangements 
  15. Coded inequalities 
  16. Decision making 
  17. Logical Sequence of Words.
  18. Logical Venn Diagrams.
  19. Puzzle Test.
  20. Statement – Conclusions.
  21. Theme Detection. 
  22. Alphabet numbers 
  23. Series Test 
  24. Syllogism 
  25. Analogies/Decision making 
  26. Coding/Decoding 
  27. Blood Relations 
  28. Odd one out Number, 
  29. Ranking, 
  30. Statement and assumptions 
  31. Course of action 
  32. Passage and conclusion test 
  33. Assertion and reason Statement and course of action 
  34. Non- verbal reasoning will include sense test, odd figures, analogy etc 



#2 SBI Specialist Officer Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus & Books:

This section is tough enough and to crack this section you should have knowledge of the short-cut methods of mathematics. Without practice you can't  answer this section.

This is the time consuming section. You should practice the below topics to win the race-
  1. Averages.
  2. Boats & Streams.
  3. Clocks.
  4. Decimal & Fractions.
  5. HCF & LCM.
  6. Line Graphs.
  7. Logarithms.
  8. Mensuration.
  9. Mixtures & Allegations.
  10. und Interest 
  11. Time, Speed and Distance 
  12. Profit and Loss 
  13. Permutation and Combination 
  14. Probability 
  15. Data Interpretation and sufficiency (will include Pie charts, Data table, Bar Graphs, Line graphs, Mixed graphs, case study etc.)
  16. Permutation & Combination.
  17. Problems on Ages.
  18. Problems on Trains.
  19. Roots.Simplification.
  20. Time and Work.
  21. Volume & Surface 
  22. Area.
  23. Number system and simplification 
  24. Unitary Method 
  25. Problem based on numbers 
  26. Ration and Proportion 
  27. Partnership 
  28. Simple Interest Compound interest



#3 SBI Specialist Officer English Language Syllabus & Books:

Now a days, this is one of the most important section of competitive exams. Demand of english knowing people is high.

To complete the SBI SO written exam you should have knowledge of the following topics-
  1. Articles.
  2. Cloze Test.
  3. Comprehension.
  4. Conclusion.
  5. Fill in the Blanks.
  6. Para substitution 
  7. Para Jumble 
  8. Close test/ passages 
  9. Synonyms/Antonyms 
  10. Choosing the appropriate word 
  11. Spelling check 
  12. Idioms & Phrases.
  13. Sentence Completion.
  14. Sentence Correction.
  15. Sentence Rearrangement.
  16. Subject-Verb Agreement.
  17. Tenses.
  18. Theme detection.
  19. Unseen Passages.
  20. Verb.
  21. Word Formation. 
  22. Vocabulary 
  23. Grammar 
  24. Identification of errors



#4 SBI Specialist Officer Professional Knowledge Syllabus & Books:

Professional Knowledge is the unique subject for Bank SO exam candidates. This section is intended to check candidates capacity as a professional.

Learn the following topics to solve the problems of this section-

A. Professional Knowledge (Common for all IT Posts):
  1. Basic Terms
  2. Data Base Management System (DBMS)
  3.  Data Communication & Networking
  4. Computer organization & Microprocessor
  5. Data structure
  6. Integrated circuits
  7. Programming language C, C++ and OOPS
  8. Cyber Security and Threats
  9. Operating system & amp; system programming
  10. Compiler design
  11. Software engineering
  12. Mobile Technologies
  13. Digital electronics

B. Professional Knowledge (Common for all Finance Posts):
  1. Direct and Indirect Taxes
  2. Cost Accounting Concepts
  3. Management Accounting Concepts
  4. Basic Accounting concepts and principles
  5. Accounting Standards
  6. Auditing Standards
To get idea for this section we will recommend you to buy Kiran's IBPS Specialist Officers I. T. Officer CWE SPL - V Professional Knowledge Practice Work Book.





SBI Specialist Officer Exam Pattern:


Sl No Test Details No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration (Min)
1 Test of Reasoning 50 50 90
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 English Language 35 35
4 Professional Knowledge 50 100 45
5 English Language Test : Essay on subject related to Economics 01 50 45


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Do you want to buy a single book for this exam? 


There are some books in the market which include the complete syllabus of the exam. Buy one of the below mentioned books. These books are prepared with full coverage of the SBI SO Syllabus.

#1 Comprehensive Guide to SBI (Associates) Specialist Officer - Computer/Systems (IT) Exam -by Disha Experts



This is the newly developed book of Comprehensive Guide to SBI (Associates) Bank - Specialist Officer - Computer/Systems (IT) Exam. It has been designed specially for the SBI Bank Specialist Officer exam.

The book is based on the pattern of the recent examination as conducted by the SBI.

The book covers all the 4 sections asked in the SO exam - English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability & Professional Knowledge (Computer/ Systems (IT)).

The book provides well illustrated theory with exhaustive fully solved examples for learning and followed with an exhaustive collection of solved questions in the form of Exercise.

Here you will get special guidance to Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency as these are commonly asked questions in the SBI SO exam.




#2 Professional Knowledge for IBPS/ SBI Specialist IT Officer Exam -by Disha Experts :


This book starts with solved papers of IBPS and SBI of last four years enabling aspirants get a deeper and broader insight of the changing examination and question pattern.

It covers above 1800 useful questions to help you focus on the weaker or hard-to-attain areas of expertise elevating your Professional Knowledge.

For over-all preparation, a Practice Set of 200 questions is provided along with the book.

This practice test is divided into four sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, Professional Knowledge (IT) and English Language.

This book is designed matching the latest examination pattern to polish the memory and preparation of students.




#3 IBPS (SO) I.T. Officer CWE - V Guide Cum Practice Work Book (WITH CD):



This book is also designed following the official syllabus of SBI SO exam. There are17 Chapters Covering Detailed Study Material and 15 Sets of 05 Questions Each ON (I.T.) Professional Knowledge.

You will get 08 Model Solved Papers to enrich your preparation in this book.

Moreover, 20 Model Practice Sets of 200 Questions Each will help you to practice in an effective way.

With the help of these wonderful SBI SO Books, you can crack the exam easily. This list is prepared by our experts. When buying these books check for the latest version. For any query comment below.

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