How to Prepare for SEBI Grade A Exam 2024 in Less Time


Every year SEBI releases its notification for Grade A posts in various streams. Students have been eagerly waiting for the SEBI Grade A Notification to be released. Their prayers were answered in the form of a short notification which was released on March 14, 2024. The detailed notification which will carry all the important details like exam patter, syllabus and application window will be released on April 13, 2024 as per the latest buzz. In 2023, the notification was released on June 22, and the Phase 1 and Phase 2 exams were held on August 5 and September 17, respectively. It is important to have a strong preparation strategy to be completely confident about the exam. We are happy to tell you that you are at the right place. Here you can gather some ultimate resources and tricks about how you can prepare for the SEBI Grade A Exam in a more efficient manner.

SEBI Grade A 2023 exam

Are you feeling scared and anxious? Do not worry as ixamBee is here to guide you regarding the preparation for SEBI Grade A with a proper plan to help you complete your syllabus much before the exam and save your time for adequate revision.

So now that you know you do not have enough time for the SEBI Grade A exam, let us not waste more time and get straight to the matter as time is the most valuable resource that a person has and when it comes to an exam as competitive as the SEBI Grade A then there can simply be no resource as precious as time. 

SEBI Grade A Preparation Strategy 2024

Strategy for finishing the SEBI Grade A syllabus on time and saving time for revision.

Most of the SEBI aspirants are worried about the timely completion of the syllabus as the SEBI Grade A exam has many components that require adequate revision. ixamBee has prepared a detailed strategy for you to help you save your time for revision. 

It is obvious to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly tough SEBI Grade A Syllabus and Exam Pattern but with proper guidance and strategy, it becomes easier to complete the syllabus on time and revise the entire syllabus multiple times before the exam as timely revision is the key to getting through a highly competitive exam like SEBI Grade A.

Do’s and Don’ts for SEBI Grade A 2024 Preparation

Some Do’s to Follow

  • Always refer to the previous year papers and analyze the kind of questions asked in the past for getting a fair idea of how to prepare for the SEBI Grade A Exam. 
  • Finish the topic that you study and then move on to the next topic. Do not leave a topic incomplete and move to the next topic because such a haphazard preparation will take you nowhere. Always follow an order and stick to it. It will help you to remember every topic well. 
  • Attempt as many sectional tests as you can for the timely assessment of your progress and for better retention. 
  • Prioritize the subjects as per your strengths and weaknesses for which we always advise you to give ample SEBI Grade A Free Mock Tests to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Give full-length mock tests to know where you stand in terms of your preparation and accordingly modify your strategy. You can give ixamBee full-length mock tests for free.
  • Give equal importance to all the topics and subjects. Strictly do not try to skip any topic or subject, especially for paper 2 of both Phases.
  • Lastly, be consistent in your preparation. Every day prepare as if there is no tomorrow because consistency is the key to success and it is something that very few people have. There will be several challenges and roadblocks that you may confront but do not let the challenges distract you from your goal. Remember, only the ones who are consistent, are able to achieve their goals.

For a proper sequence of topics, you can refer to our SEBI Grade A 100 days study plan which we have created exclusively to help you save your time for adequate and timely revision because your time is precious not only for you but for us as well.


  • Never start your preparation without a proper plan as you may feel confused and end up wasting your time. Remember every year of your life is precious and you cannot afford to waste a precious year of your life. Consider this attempt to be your final attempt so that you prepare with a lot more dedication.
  • Take two subjects at a time because retention of what you study is more important than completion of the entire syllabus. Remember, on the day of the exam, you have to select the right option that will fetch you marks and help you avoid losing marks because of negative markings. It is important to remember what you have studied. Do not pick more than two theory subjects at one time.
  • Neither ignore QRE and general awareness nor dedicate a lot of time to these components because, at the end of the day, you just have to secure qualifying marks in SEBI Grade A Phase 1. 
  • Do not ignore descriptive English. Start preparing for the same along with the other subjects. Most of the aspirants wait for the Phase 1 exam to get over to start preparing for descriptive English. Remember after clearing the Phase 1 exam candidates do not get enough time to prepare for the Phase 2 exam. As descriptive English carries 1/3rd weightage to reach the next stage thus you need a lot of practice.
  • Do not ignore the Finance numerical. If you thought that you just need to practice numerals for Phase 1, then you are wrong. Going by the past papers, Finance numericals are extremely important for Phase 2. There are enough finance numerical asked in 2021 and 2022 phase 2 papers and you can expect the same for the SEBI Grade A 2023 phase 2 exam.

In short, prepare for both Phases simultaneously.

How to Prepare for SEBI Grade A Phase 1 Paper 1 Exam

Tips and Suggestions for Quant, Reasoning, and English (QRE)

  • It is always good to start with mock tests for QRE to identify your strengths and weaknesses and accordingly devote time to quant, reasoning, and English. 
  • Try to devote at least 2 hours every day to QRE  
  • Practice, practice, and more practice
  • Be thorough with the rules of grammar
  • Solve as many reading comprehensions as you can
  • Remember your aim for paper 1 is not to score the maximum marks possible but to clear each section merit with a decent score. All you need is just qualifying marks so devote time accordingly.

Tips for General Awareness

A component that many aspirants fear is General Awareness but let me tell you that there is nothing to fear if you simply follow this advice .

  • Be thorough with the last 3-4 months of current affairs prior to the exam as the maximum no of questions will be from the past 3-4 months of ixamBee’s Beepedia.
  • It is advisable to go through the current affairs of the last 6-8 months prior to the exam.
  • Remember static GK questions are based on current affairs. Study the static part of current affairs.
  • Try to make notes of current affairs for your reference before the exam. Note down the most important points. 
  • Practice with enough mock tests.

How to Prepare for SEBI Grade A Paper 2 of Phase 1 & 2

Tips and Suggestions for Paper 2

  • SEBI Grade A Phase 1 and Phase 2 Paper 2 has 6 components – Economics, Finance, Companies Act, Management, Costing, and Accountancy.
  • Refer to the previous year’s papers to know what kind of questions are asked and prepare accordingly.
  • Be thorough with all the concepts because the questions asked in the exam are based on the concepts. Conceptual clarity is a must.
  • Focus on the keywords.
  • Try to prepare a mind map.
  • Prioritize the six components as per their significance in the exam and the level of your understanding of the 6 subjects.
  • Give ample mock and sectional tests.
  • Timely and adequate revision is a must.
  • Give equal importance to all 6 components.
  • Do not skip any topic.

How to Prepare for Descriptive English

  • Descriptive English has 1/3rd weightage for your final selection. 
  • Do not ignore descriptive English. Most of the aspirants make the mistake of ignoring descriptive English.
  • Read newspaper articles especially editorials to get an idea of how to write essays. Refer to the editorials of ‘The Hindu’ or ‘The Indian Express”.
  • Take any topic and write on it for practice.
  • Practice enough mock tests.
  • Try to read an editorial and write a summary of it in your own words.
  • Practice as much as possible to develop the speed required for the exam.

SEBI GRADE A Exam Pattern

The exam Pattern is the foundation of any preparation technique. It is always beneficial to have a look at the exam pattern before heading to the preparation planning for the exam. So, let’s have a quick look at the SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern

Phase 1Online qualifying examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
Phase 2Online merit-based screening consists of two papers of 100 marks each. Phase 2 plays a deciding role in the selection of candidates
Phase 3Interview- Final filtering round for choosing the ideal candidates

SEBI Grade A Previous Year Exam Analysis

An analysis of the difficulty level of the SEBI Grade A exams in the past years. Please take a look at the graphical representation below. 0 indicates the easiest level and the higher the value the more difficult the paper was. As you can see, the SEBI Grade A Phase 1 and Phase 2 2022 papers were the most difficult in recent years.

Summary – The level of difficulty of the SEBI Grade A exam is increasing with the passage of year.

A Quick Analysis of the Competition for SEBI Grade A Exam

Now that you are clear about the preparation strategy for the exam, let’s have an idea of the level of competition for the SEBI Grade A exam. 78,085 applications were received for the SEBI Grade A 2022 exam. the number rose in 2023 as well. With a surge in demand for government jobs due to job security, you can simply expect the number of applicants for the coming year’s exam to increase. 

 A lot of people lost their jobs when the pandemic hit the country. We all know that when it comes to private jobs, no one can assure your security, certainty, and stability. We have seen an increase in the number of young professionals giving up their well-paying jobs for government services.

 A govt. job not only provides job security but also earns respect and recognition in society. Very often you have been told about that typical ‘Sharma ji’ ka beta or Joshi ji ki beti’, who has a prestigious govt. job and, is considered an ideal son or daughter, by your parents or relatives, or neighbors.

If you are trying hard to fit yourself into the category of “Sharma ji ka beta or Joshi ji ki beti”, then we are here to help you with the help of our detailed SEBI Grade A 100-Day Study Plan and extremely affordable course.

Why choose IxamBee

The SEBI Grade A Exclusive Online Course will provide aspirants with all their study materials and more. Please take a look at what we offer.

  • Affordable courses
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  • Dedicated, experienced, and expert faculty.
  • Concise study material 
  • Crisp videos
  • Easy to access course
  • Sectional and topic-wise tests

All the best!!

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