How to Crack SEBI Grade A 2022 Without Coaching?


The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is a prestigious organization where thousands of aspirants hope to work. If you too dream of working as a Grade A Officer at SEBI, you need to put in a lot of hard work and prove your merit. 

If you are studying for the SEBI Grade A 2022 exam by yourself, you have come to the right place. This article has all the tips and tricks that you will need when preparing for an exam as challenging as this. 

SEBI Grade A Exam 2022

In this article we will look at how you can divide your time, the resources available for you and a holistic study approach that will ultimately help you achieve your dreams. 

However, before you can begin your preparation, there are some things you have to keep in mind. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. How much time do I have to prepare for the SEBI Grade A 2022 exam?
  2. How many stages are there in the selection process?
  3. What is the standard of assessment? 
  4. Am I eligible for the exam?
  5. Which stream should I apply for?
  6. Will I take the exam in Hindi or English?

If you’re in the clear for all of these questions, we can proceed with the study plan. 

If not, it would be a good idea to learn more about the SEBI Grade A exam before you begin. 

SEBI Grade A 2022 Self-Study Plan

First, you need to work out a rough framework. For the same, you need to answer these questions:

How much time is left for the exam? 

How much time can you dedicate daily? 

Do you have a full-time job? 

Have you taken the SEBI Grade A exam before? 

Have you already begun your preparation?

Keeping in mind these questions and their answers, we will begin preparing a self-study plan so that we can cover all the topics and save time for proper revision as well. 

How Much Time Do I Have?

In 2018, the notification and application process began in September. Whereas, in 2020, the notification was released in March. However, due to COVID-19 the exam was postponed and was held in January 2021. The final results were announced in July 2021. 

Understandably, due to the pandemic, the exam timelines have gone haywire. However, if we only look at the last notification, we can assume that the 2022 exam notification can be expected to be out within the first quarter of 2022, say March or April. 

However, we will assume that the notification will arrive much before that, say by December 2021, and we will devise our plan accordingly. This gives us 3 months to prepare. This will help us to be prepared well in time irrespective of how early or late the official announcement is made. 

SEBI Grade A 2022 Selection Process

  • Read the detailed SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern and what it entails. It will give you a clear idea of how you need to cover all the papers and topics. 

SEBI Grade A 2022 Basic Self-Study Plan

Now that you have taken a good look at the exam pattern and syllabus, it is time to begin your preparation. 

This is a rough framework designed for you that you can work with as you prepare. Please feel free to make necessary accommodations based on your requirements. 

  1. Study the previous years’ papers before you begin. We will revisit this point later in this article. 
  2. Take a mock test at the very start. Irrespective of how well-prepared you are or not, begin your study plan with a practice test. Your performance in this test will serve as a benchmark for your successive performance. 
  3. Since there are two phases of written examination for SEBI Grade A, we will divide our study over the course of the next 3 months. 
  4. From today up to the end of October, study for the 2 papers in Phase 1. This gives you roughly 40 days for the same. 
  5. Both Phases 1 and 2 consist of 2 papers each. In these 40 days, reserve 20 days for the study of each paper for Phase 1. 
  6. You can either dedicate 20 full days to a paper at a time or alternate every day/two day depending upon what you find feasible. 
  7. Now within this, you can divide the 4 subjects for Paper 1 over the course of the next 15 days roughly committing 3 days (excluding Sundays) to the study of each. Plan your study for phase 2 for the entire month of November. Divide your time for the month to study both Papers in Phase 2. 
  8. Dedicate the whole of December for complete revision. If by then, the notification is out, focus more time on revising for Phase 1. If it is not, then you can take 15 days of the month for the study of each phase. 
  9. Once again, if by December, the notification is out, you will be in a good place with your preparation. In case, the notification is not out by then, repeat the entire cycle all over again for the next 3 months. 
  10. At any point, do not develop the mindset that you have “studied enough.” While confidence is an important key to success, in an exam as challenging as this, you can never have enough preparation. If you want to stand out amongst your peers, you will have to put in as much labour as well. 

Some Other Tips

  • Take a mock test every 2 weeks. 
  • Dedicate every alternate weekend to interview preparation. For this, you need to learn about your job requirements, the history of the organization and the kind of work they do. You must have a clear idea of why you are a suitable candidate for this job. 

Learn more about the Full Form of SEBI and Related Details

  • For General Awareness, ixamBee’s BeePedia is the holistic study resource you need. It covers all aspects of current affairs in crisp format. BeePedia is also available in Hindi. 
  • Take proper rest on Sundays. Taking some time off will help you revitalize your mind and ability to study. 

SEBI Grade A 2022 Self-Study Resources

You can find a number of free study resources online. You should explore them well and include them in your preparation.

SEBI Grade A Previous Years’ Papers

After you have familiarized yourself with the exam pattern and syllabus, you should study the previous years’ papers. This will aid you in understanding the overall standard of assessment and weightage given to various topics and your preparation vis-à-vis the same.

SEBI Grade A Phase I Previous Year Papers

SEBI Grade A Phase 1 Paper 2 Previous Year Question Paper

SEBI Grade A Mock Test

Although mock tests are an invaluable part of any exam preparation, you must give even more importance to it considering that you are studying by yourself. You can take free SEBI Grade A mock tests at ixamBee, whenever you like. After you have taken your test, you must self-analyze your performance. 

  1. Which section(s) did you perform better in vis-à-vis others?
  2. Were you able to attempt all the questions in the given timeframe? 
  3. Was your overall performance better in this test than it was in your last practice test?

After analyzing your paper, make proper revisions to your study plan. 

YouTube Videos for Self-Study

There are some study-related videos that you can find on youtube that you can take help from. These videos can be subject based or topic-based. Either way, you must scourge the website for proper study material, particularly for those topics where your basics are not clear. One such video has been provided for you below. 

SEBI Grade A Exam Analysis

Analyzing the previous year’s paper is a useful exercise. You can understand the latest trend in assessment in terms of which topics are more important than others. Similarly, knowing the cut-offs helps you understand the kind of score you need to obtain as well. 

SEBI Grade A 2020: Analysis of Final Result

We hope this study plan helps you. In closing, we would like to emphasize that you should personalize this framework depending upon your needs. When you are studying by yourself, the onus of hard-work and accountability is on you. We hope you will use your time to the best of your capabilities and be ready for the SEBI Grade A 2022 exam for whenever it is announced. 

At ixamBee, you can find a number of Online Test Series, GK updates in the form of BeePedia, as well as the latest updates for Bank PO, Bank Clerk, SSC, RBI, NABARD, and Other Government Jobs.

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