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SEBI Grade A Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024

SEBI Grade A Officer Exam comprises three phases that are described in detail below.

  • Phase I: On-line screening examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
  • Phase II: On-line examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
  • Phase III: Interview

Paper I and Paper II of the General Stream will be the same for all streams. All questions in every stage except the language subject will be multiple choice questions (MCQs). All question papers (in both stages, except the exam in English) will be set bilingually in Hindi and English. The detailed SEBI Grade A syllabus and exam pattern are explained below.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus

The SEBI Grade A Syllabus and exam pattern have been released along with the Official notification PDF. Candidates can check the important information in the below article.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus
Organization Securities And Exchange Board of India
Exam Name SEBI Grade A Recruitment 2024
Post Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager)
Vacancy 95
Selection Process Phase I, Phase II, and Interview
Exam Pattern Paper 1 and Paper 2 (MCQ)
Exam Language Hindi/English
Official Website www.sebi.gov.in

SEBI Grade A Notification 2024 Out – Click Here

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2024

The SEBI Grade A Exam has two phases, Phase 1 and Phase 2. We have explained the phase-wise SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern below.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern For Phase I

SEBI Grade A Phase I Exam will have two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Both papers will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Paper 1 will be common for all the streams whereas the exam pattern of Paper 2 will vary according to various disciplines. Both papers will be for 100 marks.

Paper Stream/ Subjects Max. Marks Duration Cut Off
Paper I All Streams: Multiple choice questions on the subjects viz. General Awareness (including some questions related to the Financial Sector of easy to moderate difficulty level), English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Test of Reasoning. 100 60 minutes 30%
Paper-II General Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act, and Economics 100 40 minutes 40%
Legal, Information Technology, & Official Language stream: Multiple choice questions on Specialized subjects related to the stream 100 40 minutes 40%
Research Stream:– Multiple choice questions on subjects of Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance, and Commerce.
Aggregate Cut off 40%

SEBI Grade A Phase I Marking Scheme

  • There shall be a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks assigned to the question for every incorrect answer.
  •  There shall be a cut-off of a minimum of 30% for Paper 1 (no sectional cut-off shall be there)
  • Candidates would need to secure a separate cut-off in each paper as mentioned above as well as an aggregate cut-off mark of 40% in the Phase I exam to be shortlisted for Phase II
  • Candidates have to secure separate cut-offs in each paper as mentioned above as well as aggregate cut-off marks of 40% in the Phase I exam to be shortlisted for Phase II.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern For Phase II

Candidates who secure the cut-off will be eligible to appear for the SEBI Grade A Phase II Exam. SEBI Grade A Phase 2 will have two Papers: Paper I and Paper II of 100 marks each. Paper I and General Stream will be common to all. Candidates need to secure more marks in this phase as this would be taken into account for the final selection.

For candidates who have applied in multiple streams, Paper II will be conducted in various shifts, the timings of which will be intimated in the Hall Ticket.

Paper Stream/ Subjects Max. Marks Duration Cut Off Weightage
Paper I All streams: English (Descriptive Test) to test the drafting skills 100 60 minutes 30% 1/3rd
Paper-II General Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects of Commerce, Accountancy,
Management, Finance, Costing, and Companies
Act and Economics
100 40 minutes 40% 2/3rd
Legal, and Official Language Stream:
Multiple choice questions on Specialized subjects related to the stream.
100 40 minutes 40% 2/3rd
Research Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects of Economics, Econometrics,
Statistics, Finance, and Commerce.
Information Technology Stream: Coding Test (Languages: C++/ JAVA/Python) 100 180 minutes 40% 2/3rd
Aggregate Cut off 50%  

Marking Scheme For SEBI Grade A Phase II

  • There shall be a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks assigned to the question for Paper 2 in Phase II (except IT stream for which details shall be informed in due course).
  • There shall be a cut-off of a minimum of 30% for Paper 1 and a cut-off of a minimum of 40% for Paper 2 in Phase II.
  •  Candidates would need to secure separate cut-offs in each paper as mentioned above as well as aggregate cut-off marks of 40% in the Phase II exam (weightage of 1/3rd for Paper 1 and 2/3rd for Paper 2) to be shortlisted for Phase III.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern For Phase II for Legal Stream

The Exam Pattern for the SEBI Grade A Pase II Legal Stream is given below.

Paper Stream/Subjects Max. Marks Duration Cut Off Weightage
Paper I All streams: English (Descriptive Test) to test drafting skills 100 60 minutes 30% 1/3rd
Paper II 70 Multiple choice questions on a Specialized subject 100 60 minutes 40% 2/3rd
3 Descriptive Questions (10 marks each) on a Specialized subject
(Answers to be typed with the help of the keyboard)
Candidates opting to type answers in Hindi may type with the help of:
– Inscript keyboard layout
– Remington (GAIL) keyboard layout
60 minutes
Aggregate Cut Off 50%

SEBI Grade A Syllabus- Subject Wise

As you have acquainted yourself with the SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern, Now we have the detailed SEBI Grade A Syllabus for both phases. Candidates can check the SEBI Grade A Syllabus for all the streams such as Legal, Management, General, IT, and Commerce streams. The marking scheme and subject-wise topics that are asked in the SEBI Grade A Exam are given here.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus Phase I, Paper I

SEBI Grade A Syllabus Phase 1 For Paper I will be common for all the candidates. This will have MCQs of 100 marks. Paper, I will have four sections:

  • English Language
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Awareness (including Financial Awareness)

English Language

  • Error Spotting
  • Column-based Fillers and Sentence Connectors
  • Paragraph Completion
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Comprehension
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Passages
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Idioms & Phrases etc.

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogisms
  • Inequalities
  • Order and Ranking
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Number System and Conversions
  • Logical Reasoning etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation
  • Inequalities
  • Number Series
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Data Sufficiency
  • HCF and LCM
  • Inequality (Quadratic & Quantity based)
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time and work & Pipe and cistern
  • Permutation, Combination & Probability
  • Problem on Ages
  • Work and Time
  • Speed Distance and Time
  • Mensuration
  • Average, Ratio, Proportion, etc.

General Awareness

The GA section will consist of contemporary events of national & international importance. The general awareness section of SEBI Grade A will revolve around the following aspects.

  • Current Affairs
  • Financial Awareness
  • Current Affairs – National & International
  • Budget
  • Awards and Honours
  • Important Financial & Economic News
  • Important Days
  • International & National Organizations
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Science – Inventions & Discoveries
  • Countries & Capitals etc

SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Phase I & Phase II Paper 2 – General Stream

SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Paper 2 will be common for Phase I & Phase II. The questions will be MCQ’s type of 100 marks for General Stream. The topics for the SEBI Grade A Paper II Syllabus for the General stream are given below.

A. SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Commerce & Accountancy

a) Accounting as a financial information system;
b) Accounting Standards with specific reference to Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Foreign Exchange Transactions, and Investments.
c) Cash Flow Statement, Fund flow statement, Financial statement analysis; Ratio analysis;
d) Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares.
e) Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities.
f) Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts.

B. SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Management

a) Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organization, Staffing, Directing, and Controlling;
b) The Role of a Manager in an Organization. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader;
c) Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader.
d) Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD;
e) Motivation, Morale, and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining Morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale.
f) Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology.

C. SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Finance

1) Financial System

a) Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in the Financial Sector.

2) Financial Markets

a) Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, and recent developments.

3) General Topics

a) Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
b) Recent Developments in the Financial Sector
c) Financial Inclusion- use of technology
d) Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
e) Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM),
f) Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components and trends.

D. SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Costing

1. Overview of Cost and Management Accounting – Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting, Objectives and Scope of Cost and Management Accounting.
2. Methods of Costing – Single Output/ Unit Costing, Job Costing, Batch Costing, Contract Costing, Process/ Operation Costing, Costing of Service Sectors.
3. Basics of Cost Control and Analysis – (i) Standard Costing, (ii) Marginal Costing, (iii) Budget and Budgetary Control.
4. Lean System and Innovation:-
a) Introduction to Lean System
b) Just-in-Time (JIT)
c) Kaizen Costing

d) 5 Ss
e) Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
f) Cellular Manufacturing/ One-Piece Flow Production Systems
g) Six Sigma (SS)
h) Introduction to Process Innovation and Business Process Re-engineering (BPR).

E. SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Companies Act

The Companies Act, 2013 – Specific reference to Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter VIII, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII and Chapter XXVII.

F. SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Economics

a) Demand and Supply, Market Structures, National Income: Concepts and Measurement, Classical & Keynesian Approach Determination of output and employment, Consumption Function, Investment Function, Multiplier and Accelerator, Demand, and Supply for Money, IS-LM, Inflation and Phillips Curve, Business Cycles
b) Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, and Non-banking Financial Institutions.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus For Legal Stream Phase I & II

The syllabus for Phase I and Phase II for SEBI Grade A Officer will be common. This paper will be of 100 marks. There will be aggregate cut-off as well as paper-wise cut-off. The syllabus will be based on the  Specialized Subject chosen by the candidate. The subjects for the specialization is given below. i.e.

  1. Legal
  2. Information Technology
  3. Engineering: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  4. Research Streams
  5. Official Language Stream

The syllabus for each of the specialized streams is given below.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Paper 2 – Legal Stream

SEBI Grade A Syllabus Legal: Candidates can check the topics mentioned below for the SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Legal posts. Questions will be asked from these topics only. Candidates can arrange and plan their study materials according to this list for both Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase I Phase II
  1. Constitution of India
  2. Law of Contracts
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Law of Evidence
  5. Code of Civil Procedure
  6. Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice
  7. Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes
  8. Important Latin terms and maxims
  9. Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act
  10. Arbitration and Conciliation Act
  11. Transfer of Property Act
  12.  Companies Act, 2013
  13. Securities Laws – SEBI Act
  1. Constitution of India
  2. Law of Contracts
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Law of Evidence
  5. Code of Civil Procedure
  6. Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice
  7. Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes
  8. Important Latin terms and maxims
  9. Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act
  10. Arbitration and Conciliation Act
  11. Transfer of Property Act,1882
  12. Corporate Law- Companies Act, 2013, Ltd. Liability Partnership Act 2008, Insolvency & Bankruptcy code
  13. Securities Laws – SEBI Act
  14. Taxation

SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Information Technology  Paper 2

Phase 1 IT Stream
  1. Database Concepts
  2. SQL Queries
  3. Programming Concepts (Java/C C++ )
  4. Data Analytics Languages (Python / R)
  5. Algorithms for problem-solving
  6. Networking Concepts
  7. Information & Cyber Security Concepts
  8. Data warehousing
  9. Shell Programming
Phase 2 IT Stream
S. No. Topic Concept Language to test concepts Weightage
1 Algorithms Sorting, Searching, Greedy
Algorithms, Dynamic Programming,
Backtracking, Divide and Conquer,
Pattern Searching
C++/JAVA/Python 40
2 Data Structure Array, Linked List, Stack, Queue,
Binary Tree, Indexing, Binary Search
Tree, Heap, Hashing, Matrix
C++/JAVA/Python 40
3 String Manipulation Length, Substring, Regex, Search C++/JAVA/Python 20
Total 100

SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Research Stream

  1. Economics: Demand and Supply, Market Structures, National Income, Determination of output and employment, Investment Function, Multiplier and Accelerator, Demand and Supply for Money, IS-LM,
    Inflation and Phillips Curve, Business Cycles, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Non-banking Financial Institutions.
  2. Public Economics: Public Goods, Tax & Non-Tax Revenue, Direct & Indirect Taxes, Progressive and nonProgressive Taxation, Incidence and Effects of Taxation, Public expenditure, Public Debt, Public Budget and Budget Multiplier
  3. Statistics and Econometrics: Measures of Central tendency & dispersions, Correlation, Sampling methods, Sampling Distribution, Statistical Inferences, Hypothesis testing, Regression Analysis.
  4. International Economics: Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets, Role of International Financial Institutions: BIS, IOSCO, IMF & World Bank
  5. Financial Markets: Asymmetric Information, Market Model, Market Efficiency, Primary Market, Secondary Market, Commodity Markets, Mutual Funds, Stock Exchanges, Depositories, Clearing Corporations, Credit Rating Agencies, and Corporate Debt Market. Forwards, Futures, Options, Hedging, Speculation and Arbitrage.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Official Language

  1. भारत सरकार की राजभाषा नीति से सम्बंधित प्रश्न  (Official Language Policy of the Govt. of India)
  2. हिन्दी से अंग्रेजी अनुवाद [शब्द / वाक्यांश/ वाक्य / Terms / Phrases / Sentences]
  3. अंग्रेजी से तिन्दी अनुवाद [शब्द / वाक्यांश / वाक्य / Terms / Phrases / Sentences]
  4. हिन्दी से अंग्रेजी – विधिक  शब्दावली (Legal Terminology)
  5. अंग्रेजी से हिन्दी – विधिक  शब्दावली (Legal Terminology)
  6. हिन्दी से अंग्रेजी – प्रशासनिक/ बैंकिंग/ पूंजी बाज़ार संबंधी शब्दावली (Administrative / Banking / Capital Market Terminology)
  7. अंग्रेजी से हिन्दी – प्रशासनिक/ बैंकिंग/ पूंजी बाज़ार संबंधी शब्दावली (Administrative / Banking / Capital Market Terminology)

SEBI Grade A Syllabus For Phase II – Paper I

This is common for all the candidates appearing for the SEBI Grade A Phase II Exam. This is the English Descriptive Test to test the drafting skills of the candidates. This test will be for 100 marks of 60 minutes.

English Writing Skill Syllabus

The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic including precis writing/ essay writing/ comprehension.

SEBI Grade A Interview

  • The candidates who will be successful in Phase I and Phase II of SEBI Grade A Officer Recruitment will be called to appear for the Interview. Candidates equalling 3 times the number of vacancies shall be shortlisted, in order of merit, for Phase III i.e. the Interview.
  • The shortlisted candidate may opt for the interview either in Hindi or English. The weightage of marks obtained in Phase II will be 85%, while marks obtained in the interview shall be given a weightage of 15%.
  • Thus, the selection will be made on the marks secured in Phase II and Interview for the final selection of the candidates as SEBI Grade A Officer.

Tips to Prepare for SEBI Grade A 2024 Exam

Here, are some of the tips that the candidates can use to pass the SEBI Grade A Exam. Follow these tips to get through the examination process.

  1. Understand the SEBI Grade A exam pattern and marking scheme.
  2. Analyze the syllabus and create a study plan. Gather the best SEBI Grade A study material for each subject.
  3. Allocate time wisely based on subject weightage.
  4. Take regular mock tests and solve SEBI Grade A Previous Year Papers.
  5. Stay updated with current affairs related to finance.
  6. Focus on securities market topics in depth.
  7. Revise regularly and create concise notes.
  8. Join study groups or online forums for discussions.

FAQs

What is the process of selection into SEBI Grade A Officer Recruitment?

Phase I: On-line screening examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
Phase II: On-line examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
Phase III: Interview
Marks of Phase II and III will be used for final selection.

What is the exam pattern of SEBI Grade A Officer Exam?

There will be two papers each for Phase I and Phase II. All the questions will be MCQ’s except that of language paper. The exam will be of 100 marks for each paper.

Which papers will be common for all the candidates?

Paper I of Phase I & Phase II, and General paper of Phase I & Phase II will be common to all the candidates.

Is there negative marking?

Yes, there is a negative marking of 1/4 for every incorrect answer in the objective questions.

What is the selection process for SEBI Grade A Officer Recruitment?

The selection will be made on the marks secured in Phase II and Interview for the final selection for the candidates as a SEBI Grade A Officer.

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