PNB SO (Specialist Officer) Exam 2020

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Highlights 2020

Punjab National Bank is the second largest (both in terms of business and network) and oldest public sector banks in India. It is headquartered in New Delhi. Punjab National Bank was founded on April 12, 1894 and the first Indian bank that had been started solely with Indian capital. Punjab National Bank has released an official notification for Specialist Officer Post in its various streams. The Punjab National Bank SO Notification 2020 have all the details regarding education, age, exam dates, salary etc. Before proceeding further let’s look at the highlights of the exam.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Highlights 2020

Conducting AuthorityPunjab National bank
Official Website https://www.pnbindia.in
Posts Specialist Offier(SO)
Mode of application Online
Application window open for Registration September 08, 2020, to September 29, 2020
Stages of Exam Online Exam and Interview.
Vacancies 535

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Notification

Punjab National Bank has recently released an official notification for Specialist officer post. If you want to make a career in the banking sector, Punjab National Bank SO recruitment is a good opportunity to work as a specialist officer. A total of 535 vacancies have been announced. The official notification for Punjab National Bank SO recruitment 2020 can be downloaded from its official website or from the link given below. It is advised to go through the Punjab National Bank SO notification 2020 carefully so that you do not miss any important information regarding the exam.

 

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO syllabus

In order to make your preparation easy, you must be well versed with topics and the detailed syllabus for the Punjab National Bank SO exam 2020. Since the Punjab National Bank SO exam consists of different posts Therefore, the syllabus for each post varies. We have provided post wise detailed syllabus in the table below.

English LanguageReasoningQuantitative AptitudeProfessional Knowledge
LawHRRiskCredit
Cloze Test Seating Arrangements Number Series Banking Regulations Human Resource Development credit and operational risk Basic Accounting concepts
Reading Comprehension Puzzles Inequalities Data Interpretation Compliance and Legal Aspects Business policy and strategic analysis Industry compliance standards and regulations (e.g. Occupational Safety and Health Act) Capital Structure
Spotting Errors Syllogism Simplification/ Approximation Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange Transnational Analysis   Financial Statement Analysis
Sentence Improvement Input-Output Quadratic Equation Prevention of Money laundering Limitation Act Training and Development   Overview of Cost Accounting
Sentence Correction Data Sufficiency Data Sufficiency Consumer Protection Act Recruitment and Selection   Valuation of Goodwill and shares
Para Jumbles Blood Relations Mensuration SARFAES Rewards and Recognition   Budgeting and Budgetary control
Fill in the Blanks Order and Ranking Average Banking Ombudsman Scheme Industrial Relations   Cash Flow Statement
Para/Sentence Completion Alphanumeric Series Profit and Loss Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector Business Policy and Strategic Analysis   Cost Sheet and work Capital
  Distance and Direction Ratio and Proportion Bankers Book Evidence Act Grievance and Conflict Management   Issues and Redemption of Debentures
  Verbal Reasoning Work, Time and Energy DRT Act Performance Management and Appraisal    
    Time and Distance        
    Probability        
    Relations        
    Simple and Compound Interest        
    Permutation and Combination        

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Exam Pattern

The selection process of Punjab National Bank SO recruitment 2020 consorts of two stages-

  • Online Objective Written Examination
  • Personal Interview

In order to get appointed as Punjab National Bank Specialist Officer, You need to qualify both the stages. Let’s understand about them in detail.

PNB SO Online Exam Pattern

Punjab National Bank SO 2020 exam consists of a single objective type online examination. The PNB SO online exam consists of four sections namely-English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Banking, and Professional Knowledge (Related to the post). The composite time limit is 120 minutes. Further details about PNB SO Online Exam 2020 are given in the table below:

SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Reasoning 50 50 English & Hindi 120 minutes
English Language 50 25 English
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi
Professional Knowledge (Relevant to the Post) 50 75 English & Hindi
Total 200 200  
  • Questions will be in bilingual language i.e. Hindi and English.
  • For every wrong answer, 1/4th or 0.25 marks will be deducted as a penalty.

PNB SO Interview

After you qualify the Punjab National Bank SO online written exam, you will be called for a Personal Interview. In order to be called for the interview, you need to score minimum qualifying marks in each section and in aggregate as decided by the bank. You have to carry all the original documents along with its Photostat as asked by the bank to produce at the time of the PNB SO Interview.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Exam Dates

Punjab National Bank SO official notification 2020 has been finally released. You must be aware of all the important dates’ related to the exam so that you don't miss anything. The online registration for Punjab National Bank SO recruitment has started from September 8, 2020 and it will be closed on September 29, 2020. You are advised not to wait for the last date and apply as soon as possible to avoid the last minute rush. Detailed information about the PNB SO exam dates 2020 is provided in the table below:

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Exam Dates

ActivityTentative Exam Dates
Online Application window Close for PNB SO Registration September 08, 2020
Online Application window Open for PNB SO Registration September 29, 2020
Availability of Call Letters on PNB SO website (for On-Line Examinations) October/November
PNB SO Online Examination October/November
PNB SO Result of Online Examination To be notified later
Download PNB SO Exam e-Call Letter for Interview To be notified later
PNB SO Interview To be notified later
PNB SO Exam Final Result To be notified later

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Salary

PNB SO notification 2020 is a good opportunity for all the banking aspirants. Since the PNB SO recruitment 2020 is in the MMG/S II or MMG/S III for various posts so the pay scale differs. Those posts which come under MMGS-II have the same salary structure and those in MMGS-III have the same salary structure. Besides this you will be entitled for perks and benefits as provided by the bank from time to time which may vary depending upon the place of posting. For further details have a look into the table below:

PostGrade/ScalePay Scale
Manager (Risk) MMGS-II 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950
Manager(Credit) MMGS-II 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950
Manager(Treasury) MMGS-II 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950
Manager (Law) MMGS-II 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950
Manager (Architect) MMGS-II 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950
Manager (Civil ) MMGS-II 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950
Manager(Economic) MMGS-II 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950
Manager(HR) MMGS-II 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950
Senior Manager (Risk) MMGS-III 42020 -1310/5-48570-1460/2-51490
Senior Manager (Credit) MMGS-III 42020 -1310/5-48570-1460/2-51490

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Vacancy

Punjab National Bank released a total of 535 vacancies for various posts under PNB Specialist officer. You can check the number of vacancies released for each post with their grade scale. The posts are for Manger and Senior Manager under Risk, Credit, law, HR and Economic etc. It is a golden opportunity for the candidates looking to become a part of this esteemed organization. You can check PNB SO vacancy distribution along with the grade scale below:

PostNumber of VacanciesSCSTOBCEWSGeneralPWBD
OCHIVIID
Manager (Risk) 160 25 12 43 16 64 1 1 1 0
Manager(Credit) 200 31 15 54 20 80 1 0 1 1
Manager(Treasury) 30 4 3 8 3 12 0 1 1 1
Manager (Law) 25 3 1 8 2 11 1 1 0 1
Manager (Architect) 02 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Manager (Civil) 08 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 1 1
Manager(Economic) 10 2 1 2 1 4 0 1 0 1
Manager(HR) 10 1 1 3 1 4 1 1 1 0
Senior Manager(Risk) 40 7 3 10 4 16 1 1 0 1
Senior Manager(Credit) 50 7 4 14 5 20 1 1 1 0
Total 535 81 41 145 53 215 7 7 6 6

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Marking Scheme

There will be a penalty of one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank ie not answered by you, there will be no penalty for that question. So you are advised to mark the answer carefully and donot do any random guess work.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Marking Scheme

PNB SO Marking SchemeConsidered Marks
For wrong answers -1/4 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Eligibility Criteria

Punjab National Bank SO recruitment 2020 has demanded certain criteria that are mandatory to follow. You are advised to go through the official notification carefully before filling the online application form of Punjab National Bank SO to avoid cancellation of your candidature.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Educational Criteria

Punjab National Bank SO official notification consists of different Specialist posts in various streams such as Risk Manager, Credit officer, HR officer and Law Officer etc. It is advised to check your eligibility before applying for the Punjab National Bank SO exam. Besides this, you also need to possess some years of experience for some posts as mentioned in the Punjab National Bank SO official notification 2020. Detailed information about each post is mentioned below:

PostEducational CriteriaPost Qualification Work Experience & Other stipulations
Manager - Risk
  • Essential:- Bachelor/Mastersin Math/ Statistics/ Economics/or FRM/ PRM/ DTIRM/ MBA(Finance)*/ CA/ ICWA/ CFA/PGPBF minimum of 60% in aggregate.
  • Desirable:-
    • Certificate Examination in Risk in Financial Service, IIBF
    • Certification Course in Risk Management, NIBM
Minimum 1 year of postqualification experience in Banks/PSU/Corporate High Value Credit/NBFC.
Manager - Credit
  • Essential:- CA/ICWA/MBA or PGDM (with specialization in Finance) or equivalent postgraduation degree/diploma from any AICTE approved institute.* minimum of 60% in aggregate.
  • Desirable:- Certificate in Commercial Credit, Moody's Analytics.
Minimum 1 year of postqualification experience in Banks/PSU/Corporate High Value Credit/NBFC.
Manager - Treasury
  • Essential:- MBA-Finance or equivalent from a recognized university/institute/CA/ICWA/CFA/CAIIB/Diploma in Treasury Management/PGPBF minimum of 60% in aggregate
  • Desirable:-
    • Certificate Treasury Dealer Course, IIBF
    • Certificate Course in Treasury Management, NIBM.
Minimum 1 year of postqualification experience in Banks/PSU/Corporate High Value Credit/NBFC.
Manager - Law Graduate with a degree in law or law graduate, minimum of 60% in aggregate, who has passed 05 years integrated course from the university recognized by the Govt. of India. Minimum of 2 years:- As Law Officer in the Legal Department of Scheduled Commercial Bank/State or Central Govt./PSU
Manager - Architect
  • Bachelor Degree in Architecture from a University recognized by Govt. of India/Approved by Govt. Regulatory Bodies, with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate.
  • Must have valid registration of Council of Architecture.
  • Must have knowledge of Auto CAD & should be conversant with Govt guidelines pertaining to procurement of works, goods & services.
Minimum 1 year experience in planning, designing and supervising execution of multi-storied Commercial/Institutional/Residential projects along with interiors, in Government/Semi Government Departments or Institutions/ Public Sector Undertakings.
Manager - Civil B.E./ B.Tech Degree in Civil Engineering from a University recognized by Govt. of India/Approved by Govt. Regulatory Bodies, with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate Minimum 1 year in Construction/ Maintenance of multistoried Commercial/Residential buildings in Government/ Semi Government Departments or Institutions / Public Sector Undertakings/ Listed corporate or its subsidiaries/ group companies.
Manager - HR 02 years full time (not through Distance Mode of Education) Post Graduate Degree/Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/HR/ HRD/ HRM/ Labour Law with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate Minimum 2 years experience as officer, in the field of HR in Scheduled Commercial Banks/PSUs/ Central or State Govt. Departments/ listed Corporate Entity (with manpower of over 2000 employees)
Manager - Economic Post Graduate Degree in Economics with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate OR equivalent CGPA from the University recognized by Govt. of India or its regulatory bodies Minimum 2 years experience as officer, in Scheduled Commercial Banks/PSUs/ Central or State Govt. Departments/listed Corporate Entity
Senior Manager - Risk
  • Essential:- Bachelor/Masters in Math/ Statistics/ Economics/ or FRM/ PRM/ DTIRM/ MBA (Finance)*/ CA/ ICWA/ CFA/ PGPBF minimum of 60% in aggregate.
  • Desirable:-
    • Certificate Examination in Risk in Financial Service, IIBF
    • Certification Course in Risk Management, NIBM
Minimum 3 years of postqualification experience in Banks/PSU/Corporate High Value Credit/ NBFC.
Senior Manager - Credit
  • Essential:- CA/ICWA/MBA or PGDM (with specialization in Finance) or equivalent postgraduation degree/diploma from any AICTE approved institute.* minimum of 60% in aggregate.
  • Desirable:- -Certificate in Commercial Credit, Moody's Analytics
Minimum 3 years of postqualification experience in Banks/PSU/Corporate High Value Credit/ NBFC

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Age Criteria(As on July 01, 2020)

In order to apply for the Punjab National Bank SO exam, you should fall in between a minimum age of 25 years and maximum 35 years as on July 01, 2020. While some posts (Senior Manager) have 37 years as the upper age limit. You can refer to the table given below for further details.

Name of the PostAge Criteria
PNB SO Manager Minimum- 25 years / Maximum- 35 years
PNB SO Senior Manager Minimum- 25 years / Maximum- 37 years

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Age Relaxation

Punjab National Bank SO recruitment provides age relaxation to the candidates belonging to reserved categories. Please note that the relaxation on upper age varies from one reserved category to another. You have to produce a valid document for claiming age relaxation when asked or during the Personal Interview. The detailed table on PNB SO age relaxation is provided below:

CategoryAge relaxation
SC/ST 5 Years
OBC 3 Years
PwBD 10 years
Ex-Servicemen 5 years
Children/Family members of those who died in the 1984 riots 3 years

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO : How to Apply Online

You should first ensure your eligibility before filling the online application form for the Punjab National Bank SO exam. You must have a valid email-id, working mobile number for further communication. The application procedure to fill the online application form for Punjab National Bank SO is provided below:

  • Visit the official website of Punjab National Bank https://www.pnbindia.in
  • Visit the Recruitment section in the bottom right corner.
  • Click on Apply now and you will be redirected to a new page.
  • You have to register first by entering all the details.
  • Once registration is completed a provisional registration number and password is generated.
  • You have to use this registration number and password for filling Punjab National Bank SO online application form.
  • Dimensions for documents like the signature and photograph should be scanned and uploaded as given below:
    • Photographs should be of size between 20-50 kb.
    • Signature should be of between 10-20 kb. The signature should be with black ink on a white paper.
    • All the documents should be in jpg/jpeg format and signature should not be in capital letters.
  • Please note that no changes will be accepted after the final submission of the Punjab National Bank SO online application form.
  • You should take out the print of the generated e-receipt of Punjab National Bank SO online application form after paying the requisite application fee.

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Application Fee

Please note that without paying the application fee your candidature is incomplete. You can pay the application fee for Punjab National Bank SO 2020 through online mode only. No other mode of payment is available. Further details on Punjab National Bank SO application fee 2020 are given below:

Category of ApplicantAmount of Fee
SC/ST/PwBD Rs. 175/-(Intimation Charges only)
All Others Rs. 850/-(Application Fee including Intimation Charges)

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Exam Centers

While filling the PNB SO application form, you will be given an option of the exam center. Change in examination centre will not be entertained after the submission of the PNB SO application form. It should also be noted that the bank will give the preferred examination centre as far as possible but it holds the right to change the examination centre if administration need arises. Given below is the list of examination centers for PNB SO exam.

Exam Centres
Port Blair Muzaffarpur Karnal Mangalore Aurangabad(Maharashtra) Patiala Allahabad
Chirala Patna Kurukshetra Mysore Jalgaon Ajmer Bareilly
Eluru Purnea Panipat Shimoga Kolhapur Bikaner Gorakhpur
Guntur Chandigarh - Mohali Yamuna Nagar Udupi Mumbai/Thane/Navi Mumbai Amritsar Hyderabad
Kakinada Bhilai Nagar Hamirpur Kannur Nagpur Bhatinda Karimnagar
Kurnool Bilaspur Kangra Kochi Nanded Jalandhar Warangal
Nellore Raipur Shimla Kollam Nashik Ludhiana Agartala
Rajahmundry Delhi NCR (New Delhi Solan Kottayam Pune Mohali Agra
Tirupati Ghaziabad Jammu Kozhikode Imphal Jaipur Aligarh
Vijaywada Noida & Gr. Noida Samba Thiruvananthpuram Shilong Jodhpur Jhansi
Vishakhapatnam Gurugram Faridabad Srinagar Thrichur Aizawl Sikar
Vizianagaram Panaji Bokaro steel city Kavaratti Kohima Udaipur Lucknow
Naharlagun Ahmedabad - Gandhi Nagar Dhanbad Bhopal Balasore Bardang - Gangtok Meerut
Dibrugarh Anand Hazaribagh Gwalior Berhampur(Ganjam) Chennai Moradabad
Guwahati Gandhinagar Jamshedpur Indore Bhubaneshwar Coimbatore Muzaffarnagar
Jorhat Mehsana Ranchi Jabalpur Cuttack Madurai Varanasi
Silchar Rajkot Bengaluru Sagar Dhenkanal Salem Dehradun
Tezpur Surat Belgaum Satna Rourkela Thiruchirapalli Haldwani
Arrah Vadodara Gulbarga Ujjain Sambalpur Tirunelvelli Roorkee
Bhagalpur Ambala Hubli- Dharwad Amravati Puducherry Vellore Asansol
Darbhanga Hisar Greater Kolkata Hooghly Siliguri Kanpur  

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Admit card

PNB SO admit cards will be released on the official website of PNB. You can download the admit card of PNB SO by entering your registration number and password. The PNB SO admit card will contain all the important information like roll number, password, examination venue etc. You need to bring a hard copy of the PNB SO admit card along with a photocopy and original of any valid ID proof.

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Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Preparation Strategy

PNB SO is one of the most sought-after exams and most of the aspirants prepare for it. The PNB SO exam will be held online. Therefore you need to have a preparation strategy which can help you in achieving success in the PNB SO exam.Though preparing for an exam is not an easy task these days but you can make it simple by following some basic tips:

  • Get hold of the syllabus and exam pattern.
  • Divide the subjects according to your priority.
  • Do not ignore any subject.
  • Set practical goals.
  • Don’t forget to practice online mock tests.

Best Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Books

Good books form a strong foundation of your bank preparation. Before starting your PNB SO exam preparation, you must have good study material so that you know which books to prefer. This way you will not waste your time in reading books that are not relevant in the PNB SO exam. Some important books are mentioned below for your assistance which can be useful for the PNB SO exam.

PaperBooksAuthor/Publisher
Reasoning Kiran’s Tricky Approach To Competitive Reasoning Verbal & Non Verbal (Fully Solved) 7000+objective Question Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability—English (Paperback, Kiran) Kiran
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
How to Crack Test of Reasoning: In all Competitive Exams Arihant Publications
Analytical Reasoning M K Pandey
English Language Corrective English AK Singh
Objective General English Arihant Publications
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Quantitative Aptitude Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha
Shortcuts in Quantitative Aptitude with 4 eBooks for Competitive Exams Disha Experts
Teach Yourself Quantitative Aptitude Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examination R.S.Agarwal
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Arun Sharma

Punjab National Bank (PNB) SO Blogs

Blogs are sources of information which adds up to your preparation and helps you in attaining valuable information and knowledge. Below-mentioned blogs are arranged exclusively for your PNB SO exam preparation. Take a look at mentioned blogs below:

Types of Bank Loans in India

Currency Issuance in India (Part 1) – Banking Awareness 

Indian Currency issuing policies in India (Part 2)- Banking Awareness

Types of Banks and Its Classification (Part 1)

Types of Banks and its classification (Part 2)

A Brief History of Banking In India

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can those students who are appearing in the final year of Graduation can apply for PNB SO 2020 recruitment?

Yes, the candidates who have appeared for the final examination and their declared has been declared on or before 08.09.2020, are eligible to apply.


Q2: What is the age limit for PNB SO post?

The minimum age is 25 years & maximum age 37 years depending upon the post for which you are applying.


Q3: Will PNB SO 2020 Exam have Hindi as the exam language?

Yes, PNB SO 2020 Exam is bilingual i.e, Hindi & English in nature except the English Language section.


Q4: Is the PNB SO 2020 Exam in ONLINE or OFFLINE mode?

PNB SO 2020 Exam will be in online mode.


Q5: How many attempts are there in the PNB SO 2020 Exam ?

There is no such limit on the number of attempts for the PNB SO 2020 Exam. No information regarding the same has been mentioned in the official notification of PNB SO 2020.