Security and Exchange Board of India Grade A 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Grade A Examination is conducted every year by the Security and Exchange Board of India. The purpose of the examination is to recruit eligible candidates for the roles and responsibilities in the management of the security sector of India, Security and Exchange Board of India is a non-statutory body established in 1988. It is an autonomous body that works for the government of India.

The SEBI Grade A exams are conducted in three phases – Phase -I, Phase-II and Interview Round. It is a highly reputable sector which offers impressive jobs opportunities to graduate youths. Every year vacancies are released in the legal, management, Information Technology, Engineering and Research sectors. More than a thousand eligible candidates apply for the SEBI Grade A exams every year. 

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Recruiting eligible candidates in the Grade A positions of the Security and Exchange Board of India
Conducting Body Security and Exchange Board of India
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SEBI Grade A Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • General Stream- Master’s Degree in any discipline, Bachelors’ Degree in Law, Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering from a recognized university, CA / CFA / CS / Cost Accountant
    • Legal Stream – Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognized University / Institute.
    • IT Stream – Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Electrical /Electronics / Electronics And Communication / Information Technology / Computer Science) OR Masters in Computers Application OR Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a postgraduate qualification(minimum 2 years duration)in Computers / Information Technology.
    • Civil Engineering- Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized University / Institute
    • Electrical Engineering – Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from a recognized University / Institute.
    • Research Stream – Master’s Degree in Statistics / Economics / Commerce / Business Administration (Finance) / Econometrics from a recognized University / Institute
    • Official Language – Master’s Degree in Hindi with English as one of the subjects at Bachelor’s Degree level or Master’s Degree in Sanskrit / English /Economics / Commerce with Hindi as a subject at Bachelor’s Degree level from a recognized University /Institute.

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the SEBI Grade A examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 30 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 35 years
    OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) 33 years
    PwBD (General) 40 years
    PwBD (OBC) 43 years
    PwBD (SC/ST) 45 years
    Ex-Serviceman 35 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. There is no limit on the number of attempts until the candidate fulfil all the required eligibility criteria.

SEBI Grade A Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Fee Payment To be notified
Call Letters To be notified
Phase-I Exam To be notified
Phase-II Exam To be notified
Interview Date To be notified

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the exam:

  • The SEBI Grade A exams are held in three rounds- Phase 1, Phase 2 and Interview Round.
  • The exams will be conducted in online mode.
  • Phase-I consists of one paper carrying 200 marks.
    • Paper I is common for all streams
    • Paper-II is based on the professional/ Educational knowledge as per respective candidate
  • Phase-II consists of two papers carrying 200 marks in total.
    • Paper-I is common for all streams
    • Paper-II is based on the professional/ Educational knowledge as per respective candidate
  • On clearing the two phases of exams, a candidate is called for an interview.
  • The performance in the phase 2 exams and the interview round decide the recruitment of a candidate.
  • One must be thoroughly prepared for the interview round and must possess good knowledge of the subjects.

Pattern for Phase I On-Line Exam

Online Screening exam is stage-I of the selection process and this stage-1 is of 200 marks which is objective-based. The stage-I exam carries two tests. The candidate who qualifies the written examination is allowed to go for the next round.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I (All Streams)

Multiple-choice questions on the subjects viz. General Awareness (including some questions related to Financial Sector of easy to moderate difficulty level), English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Test of Reasoning

Objective (Multiple Choice) 60 mins 100
2 Paper II (General Stream)

Questions from Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act and Economics

Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 100
3 Paper II (Legal, IT, Engineering, Official Language stream)

Questions from specialized subject related to stream.

Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 50
4 Paper II (Research Stream)

Questions related to Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Commerce

Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 50
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Phase II On-Line Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I (All Streams)

English (Descriptive Test) to test the drafting skills

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 60 mins 100
2 Paper II (General Stream)

Questions from Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act and Economics

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 100
3 Paper II (Legal, IT, Engineering, Official Language stream)

Questions from specialized subject related to stream

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 50
4 Paper II (Research Stream)

Questions related to Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Commerce

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 50
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Phase III Interview

Only the shortlisted candidates will be called for interview. Application fee shall not be refunded to the candidates not shortlisted for Phase II and Interview. Candidate may opt for interview either in Hindi or English. Weightage of marks obtained in Phase II will be 85%, while marks obtained in interview shall be given a weightage of 15%.

SEBI Grade A Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Phase I On-Line Exam

1 Paper I (All Streams)

  • General Science I
  • Indian history
  • famous places in India
  • Invention and discoveries
  • Literature
  • Countries and capital
  • Geography
  • Civics
  • Indian economy
  • Biology
  • Indian parliament
  • Sports
  • Famous days and dates
  • Heritage tourism.

2 Paper II (General Stream)

  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Finance
    1) Financial System
    a) Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in Financial Sector.
    2) Financial Markets
    a) Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Companies Act The Companies Act, 2013 – Specific reference to Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter VIII, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII and Chapter XXVII.
  • 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, Non-banking
    Financial Institutions.

3 Paper II (Legal, IT, Engineering, Official Language stream)

Legal-

  • Constitution of India,
  • Law of Contracts,
  • Criminal Law,
  • Law of Evidence,
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908,
  • Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice,
  • Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes,
  • Important Latin terms and maxims,
  • Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act, 2019,
  • Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996,
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882,
  • Law of Trusts,
  • Taxation,
  • Securities Laws

IT –

  • Database Concepts ER‐model.
  • Relational model,
  • SQL Queries,
  • Programming Concepts (Java /C C++ ),
  • Data Analytics Languages (Python / R),
  • Algorithms for problem solving,
  • Networking Concepts,
  • Information & Cyber Security Concepts,
  • Data warehousing,
  • Shell Programming

Civil Engineering,

Electrical Engineering,

Official Language

4 Paper II (Research Stream)

Research Stream-

  • Economics,
  • Public Economics,
  • Statistics and Econometrics,
  • International Economics,
  • Financial Markets:

Syllabus for Phase II On-Line Exam

1 Paper I (All Streams)

  • Report writing,
  • notice writing,
  • formal letter
  • informal letter,
  • email writing,
  • letter to the editor,
  • enquiry writing,
  • essay writing

2 Paper II (General Stream)

  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Finance
    1) Financial System
    a) Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in Financial Sector.
    2) Financial Markets
    a) Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Companies Act The Companies Act, 2013 – Specific reference to Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter VIII, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII and Chapter XXVII.
  • 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, Non-banking
    Financial Institutions.

3 Paper II (Legal, IT, Engineering, Official Language stream)

Legal-

  • Constitution of India,
  • Law of Contracts,
  • Criminal Law,
  • Law of Evidence,
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908,
  • Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice,
  • Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes,
  • Important Latin terms and maxims,
  • Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act, 2019,
  • Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996,
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882,
  • Law of Trusts,
  • Taxation,
  • Securities Laws

IT –

  • Database Concepts ER‐model.
  • Relational model,
  • SQL Queries,
  • Programming Concepts (Java /C C++ ),
  • Data Analytics Languages (Python / R),
  • Algorithms for problem solving,
  • Networking Concepts,
  • Information & Cyber Security Concepts,
  • Data warehousing,
  • Shell Programming

Civil Engineering,

Electrical Engineering,

Official Language

4 Paper II (Research Stream)

Research Stream-

  • Economics,
  • Public Economics,
  • Statistics and Econometrics,
  • International Economics,
  • Financial Markets:

Syllabus for Phase III Interview

There is no specific syllabus for interview. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.

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