SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2020: Syllabus & Exam Pattern For SEBI Officer Grade A

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SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2020: The Securities & Exchange Board Of India (SEBI) has released a recruitment notification to appoint suitable candidates for the post of Assistant Manager in the following categories

  • General, Legal, IT, Civil & Electrical Engg, Research & Official Language.

As per SEBI Grade A Notification, 147 vacancies has been released.

The most important thing to do first gets to know the complete syllabus for SEBI Grade A Officer Exam 2020. The SEBI Syllabus and Exam Pattern is quite different from other exams. Hence, it becomes all the more important to understand it first.

The syllabus for SEBI Grade A is quite different from the rest of the Govt. Exams. SEBI Grade A Officer Exam comprises of three phases.  

  1. Phase I: On-line screening examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
  2. Phase II: On-line examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
  3. Phase III: Interview

Paper I and Paper II of General Stream will be common to all the candidates. All the questions in every phase will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) with an exception to the language subject.  All question papers (in both the Phases, except the test of English) will be set bilingually in Hindi and English.

The sequence for SEBI Grade A Syllabus is given in the following manner:

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

PaperStream/SubjectsMaximum MarksDurationCut-Off
Paper 1All Streams: General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Test of Reasoning.10060 minutes30%
Paper 2General Stream: Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act and Economics10040 minutes40%
Paper 2General Stream: Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act and Economics10040 minutes40%
Paper 2Legal, Information Technology, Engineering Stream (Civil & Electrical), Official Language stream10040 minutes40%
Paper 2Research Stream: Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Commerce.10040 minutes40%
-Aggregate Cut off40%

SEBI Grade A Phase I Marking Scheme

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

PaperStream/SubjectsMaximum MarksDurationCut-Off
Paper IAll streams: English (Descriptive Test) to test the drafting skills10060 minutes30%
Paper IIGeneral Stream: MCQ’s on Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act & Economics10040 minutes40%
Paper IILegal, Engineering Stream (Civil & Electrical) and Official Language stream: MCQ’s on Specialized subject related to stream.10040 minutes40%
Paper IIResearch Stream: MCQ’s on Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Commerce.10040 minutes40%
--Aggregate Cut off-40%

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.

Marking Scheme For SEBI Grade A Phase II

  • There shall be negative marking of 1/4th of 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 minimum 30% for Paper 1 and a cut-off of minimum 40% for Paper 2 in
    Phase II.
  •  Candidates would need to secure separate cut-off in each paper as mentioned above as well as
    aggregate cut-off marks of 40% in 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 Syllabus Phase I For Paper I will be common for all the candidates. This will have MCQ’s of 100 marks. Paper I will have four sections:

  1. English Language
  2. Reasoning Ability
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. General Awareness (including Financial Awareness)

English Language

  1. Error Spotting
  2. Column based Fillers and Sentence Connectors
  3. Paragraph Completion
  4. Sentence Rearrangement
  5. Comprehension
  6. Fill in the Blanks
  7. Passages
  8. Synonyms and Antonyms
  9. Active and Passive Voice
  10. Direct and Indirect Speech
  11. Idioms & Phrases etc.

Reasoning Ability

  1. Puzzles
  2. Seating Arrangements
  3. Direction Sense
  4. Blood Relations
  5. Syllogisms
  6. Inequalities
  7. Order and Ranking
  8. Coding-Decoding
  9. Machine Input-Output
  10. Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  11. Data Sufficiency
  12. Number System and Conversions
  13. Logical Reasoning etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Data Interpretation
  2. Inequalities
  3. Number Series
  4. Approximation and Simplification
  5. Data Sufficiency
  6. HCF and LCM
  7. Inequality (Quadratic & Quantity based)
  8. Profit and Loss
  9. Time and work & Pipe and cistern
  10. Permutation, Combination & Probability
  11. Problem on Ages
  12. Work and Time
  13. Speed Distance and Time
  14. Mensuration
  15. Average, Ratio and Proportion etc.

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.

  1. Current Affairs
  2. Financial Awareness
  3. Current Affairs – National & International
  4. Budget
  5. Awards and Honours
  6. Important Financial & Economic News
  7. Important Days
  8. International & National Organizations
  9. Sports
  10. Books and Authors
  11. Science – Inventions & Discoveries
  12. Countries & Capitals etc

SEBI Grade A Syllabus For Phase I And II: General Stream

  1. Commerce & Accountancy
  2. Management
  3. Finance: Financial System, Financial Markets, General Topics
  4. Costing
  5. Companies Act
  6. Economic

SEBI Grade A Syllabus For Phase I And II: Stream Wise

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 specialized 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.

Phase IPhase II
1. Constitution of India1. Constitution of India
2. Law of Contracts2. Law of Contracts
3. Criminal Law3. Criminal Law
4. Law of Evidence4. Law of Evidence
5. Code of Civil Procedure5. Code of Civil Procedure
6. Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice6. Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice
7. Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes7. Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes
8. Important Latin terms and maxims8. Important Latin terms and maxims
9. Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act9. Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act
10. Arbitration and Conciliation Act10. Arbitration and Conciliation Act
11. Transfer of Property Act11. Transfer of Property Act
12. Companies Act, 201312. Companies Act, 2013
13. Securities Laws – SEBI Act13. Securities Laws – SEBI Act
14. Taxation

Syllabus for Information Technology: Phase I

  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

Syllabus for Civil Engineering

  1. Building Materials
  2. Solid Mechanics
  3. Structural Analysis
  4. Design of Steel Structures
  5. Design of Concrete and Masonry structures
  6. Construction Practice, Planning and Management
  7. Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power: Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro power
  8. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering:
  9. Environmental Engineering: Water Supply, Waste Water, ) Solid Waste Management, Air, Noise pollution and Ecology
  10. Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering: Geo-technical Engineering, Foundation Engineering
  11. Surveying and Geology: Surveying, Geology
  12. Transportation Engineering: Highway, Tunneling, Railways Systems, Harbours

Syllabus for Electrical Engineering

  1. Electrical Materials
  2.  Electric Circuits and Fields
  3. Electrical and Electronic Measurements
  4.  Computer Fundamentals
  5.  Basic Electronics Engineering
  6. Analog and Digital Electronics
  7. Systems and Signal Processing
  8. Control Systems
  9. Electrical Machines
  10.  Power Systems
  11. Power Electronics and Drives

Syllabus for Research Stream

  1. Economics
  2. Public Economics
  3.  Statistics and Econometrics
  4.  International Economics
  5. Financial Markets

SEBI Grade A Syllabus For Phase II: Paper I

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

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 equaling 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. 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 for the candidates as a SEBI Grade A Officer.

Q 1. What is the process of selection into SEBI Grade A Officer Recruitment?
Ans. SEBI Grade A Officer Exam comprises of three phases.

  • 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.

Q 2. What is the exam pattern of SEBI Grade A Officer Exam?
Ans. 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.

Q 3. Which papers will be common for all the candidates?
Ans. Paper I of Phase I & Phase II, and General paper of Phase I & Phase II will be common to all the candidates.

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

Q 5. What is the selection process for SEBI Grade A Officer Recruitment?
Ans. 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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