PNB SO 2020 Exam Analysis: Check Subject-Wise Analysis Details


Read here PNB SO 2022 Exam Analysis detail for all the subjects from Part 1 and Part 2. Get here a detailed analysis for Punjab National Bank SO 2020 exam.

The Punjab National Bank recruitment 2022 notification for Risk Manager, Credit Manager and Senior Treasury Manager is out. Therefore, we are hoping that you must surely have begun your preparation. To help you with this, ixamBee has brought to you the PNB SO 2020 exam analysis that will help you understand what you may expect from the exam and how you can prepare yourself for the same.

In this article, we will make a detailed and step-by-step analysis of each subject of the exam. this will help us understand how we should prepare for each subject accordingly.

PNB SO 2020 Exam Analysis

PNB SO Exam Pattern 2022

Before moving ahead, take a look at the PNB SO Exam Pattern 2022 for the Online Written Exam.

  • Phase 1- Online Exam
  • Phase 2- Personal Interview

The PNB SO Online Written Exam will comprise 2 parts. The details have been provided below.

Part 1

The PNB SO Exam Part 1 was a general aptitude test. The exam was for 120 marks and the total time allotted was 75 minutes.

SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksDurationMedium of Exam
Reasoning404025 MinutesEnglish & Hindi
English Language404025 MinutesEnglish
Quantitative Aptitude404025 MinutesEnglish & Hindi
Total12012075 minutes

Please note, until 2020, there were 50 questions per section. As of 2022, there will be 40 questions for each section.

Part 2

The Punjab National Bank SO Exam Part 2 was based on Professional Knowledge, in this case, Finance & Banking Awareness.

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDurationMedium of Exam
Professional Knowledge 5010045 MinutesEnglish & Hindi

Also see: PNB SO Syllabus 2022 for all subjects

PNB SO 2020 Exam Analysis

Let us now make a detailed analysis for each section of the exam.


The highest number of questions were based on Puzzles and Seating Arrangements. Questions on Critical Reasoning were based on Assumption, Conclusion and Course of action.

Topic No. of questions
Puzzle and Seating Arrangement15
Machine Input Output5
Critical Reasoning5
Blood Relation and direction5
Data sufficiency5

Quantitative Aptitude

20 questions were asked on Arithmetic World Problems based on various topics like Profit Loss, Time & Work, Percentage, Age and such. 15 questions were asked on Data Interpretation based on Pie Charts, Line Graphs and Bar Graphs.

Topic No. of questions
Data Interpretation (Pie, line, Bar)15
Quadratic Equations5
Number Series5

English Language

Topic No. of questions
Reading Comprehension12-14
Cloze Passage10
Error Spotting10
Fill in the blanks5
Word Exchange3-4
Match The column3-4

Professional knowledge

The questions in this section can be largely divided into two topics; Finance & Banking Awareness. In essence, it is a test of both your professional (academic/static) knowledge as well as your knowledge of current affairs related to your field.

Topic No. of questions
Banking Awareness22-25

Questions Asked on Professional Knowledge

Topics on which questions were asked in the Professional Knowledge Paper of the exam have been listed below.

  • Priority Sector Lending
  • Ratio Analysis 
  • Capital Budgeting 
  • Non-Fund-Based Limit 
  • Emergency Line of Credit 
  • Working Capital 
  • Latest RBI Circulars 
  • MSME Definition 
  • Balance Sheet Management 
  • Credit Appraisal 
  • Arc Regulator
  • Limitations Act 
  • DRT Act 
  • Latest Government Schemes 
  • Static Banking 
  • Credit Rating Agencies

PNB SO Mock Tests

At ixamBee, you can avail of free mock tests for the Punjab National Bank Specialist Officer exam. Follow the links to take a mock test today!

Punjab National Bank Credit Officer Free Mock Test

Punjab National Bank Risk Officer Free Mock Test

For more information on the PNB SO Exam 2022, visit our website for all details!

PNB SO Online Course

The Punjab National Bank SO Online Course has all the resources you need to help you prepare for this exam. Follow the link to learn more and to book your demo course today!!

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