The State Bank of India (SBI) has recently announced a revamped pattern for its Specialist Cadre Officer (SCO) recruitment exam. The new exam pattern aims to better test candidates’ domain knowledge and job-specific skills.
The new pattern consists of two stages: the first stage is an online test, which will be a mix of MCQs and descriptive questions, and the second stage is an interview round. The online test will now consist of two parts – Part A and Part B.
Part A will consist of MCQs and will test the candidate’s knowledge in their specific field. For example, if a candidate is applying for the role of a digital marketing specialist, Part A will test their knowledge of digital marketing concepts, tools and techniques. Part B will consist of descriptive questions that will test the candidate’s writing skills and their ability to communicate effectively and clearly.
The duration of the online test has also been increased from three hours to four hours. Candidates will be given 1 hour and 50 minutes to attempt Part A and 2 hours and 10 minutes to attempt Part B. The number of questions and maximum marks for each part will be different based on the job profile.
The interview round, which is the second stage of the recruitment process, will have a weightage of 25% in the final selection of candidates. The interview panel will assess the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience in their respective fields.
The new exam pattern is a welcome change as it better aligns the recruitment process with the specific roles and job requirements of the candidates. The descriptive questions in Part B will also test the candidate’s communication skills, which is a vital requirement in most job roles.
Candidates who are aspiring to appear for the SBI SCO recruitment exam should ensure that they have a strong understanding of their subject and are able to communicate their thoughts effectively in writing. They should also be aware of the latest developments and innovations in their respective fields.
Before beginning your preparation, it’s essential to be aware of the latest exam pattern.
– The SBI SCO exam comprises four sections – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, and Professional Knowledge relevant to the post applied for.
– The total number of questions is 170, and the time duration is two hours.
– Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language have fifty questions, each carrying one mark.
– Professional Knowledge has seventy questions, and each one carries two marks.
– There is a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.