SBI SO Preparation Tips and Tricks | SBI SO 2019


SBI SO Exam is held every year for recruitment of Specialist Officers. The upcoming exam is scheduled in January 2019, so the aspirants must set their targets now on the first stage i.e. Prelims. Successively, the mains exam will be held for which the preparation is supposed to be somewhat similar. In this article, we present the SBI SO  Preparation Tips 2019 and Tricks for aspirants who are aiming to fill all the voids well in advance. Read the following to get the idea.

Gearing up for SBI SO Preparation 2019 

As we know, the syllabus prescribed for SBI SO 2019 consists of the conventional subjects such as Quantitative Aptitude, English, Reasoning and a paper on Professional Knowledge. Candidates must deal with each of these subjects in such a manner so that they may not face any burden while attempting the questions during the exam. The so-called sections have to be approached in the following ways while preparing a couple of months in advance:

Quantitative Aptitude

  • One needs to develop an interest in playing with numbers as this section is all about mathematics. Whatever studied before and up to high school is of much importance.
  • For overcoming the fear of dealing with numbers, mock tests are the remedy. Solve the toughest of problems from such tests.
  • Being thorough with formulae on topics like average, time-work, profit-loss, number system, ratio-percentage will be highly advantageous.


  • Time management is going to be the key if one needs to clear this section successfully.
  • Skipping the difficult question rather than wasting time on it is always a smart decision. Focusing on problems of syllogism, inequality, and coding-decoding is recommended.
  • Analytical ability is evaluated in this section, so it is advised for candidates to keep themselves busy with appropriate question banks and take as many practice papers as possible.


  • Learn the ethics of writing by reading newspapers and see how grammar is used in editorials.
  • Develop a habit of reading long passages which are in the form of comprehension-based questions.
  • Focus more on cloze test, Common Error in sentences, Antonyms, and Synonyms.

Professional Knowledge

  • Since the topics covered in this section are mostly those covered in degree/diploma courses in specialized subjects, candidates are expected to be proficient in their respective fields.
  • The usual weight in terms of the number of questions from each subject and the books to be read is as follows:
Topic/Subject Number of questions expected
Database Management System 15
Data Communication & Networking 10 to 15
Computer Organization & Structure 5 to 6
Data Structure & Compiler Design 3 to 4
Operating systems 4 to 5
Software Engineering 2 to 3
Internet Awareness 1 to 2
  • Keeping in mind the distribution of topics, the following books may help refresh your knowledge attained during college days:
  1. The C Programming language, Author’s Name: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie, Edition: 2nd
  2. Classic Data Structures, Author’s Name: Debasis Samanta, Edition: 2nd
  3. Computer Networks by Tanenbaum.
  4. Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools, Author’s Name: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, D. Jeffrey Ulman, Edition: 2
  5. Digital Logic & Computer Design, Author’s Name: M. Morris Mano, Edition: 1
  6. Computer Organization and Architecture, Author’s Name: Hamacher, Vranesic, Zaky, Edition: 7
  7. An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata, Author’s Name: Peter Linz, Edition: 5
  8. Introduction to Software Engineering, Author’s Name: Ronald J. Leach
  9. Database System Concepts, Author’s Name: Silberschatz, Sudarshan, Korth, Edition: 6
  10. Operating System Concepts, Author’s Name: Silberschatz, Galvin, Gagne, Edition: 8


Stay updated with the syllabus and use these SBI SO Preparation and prepare well in advance.