SEBI Grade A 2022: 75 Days Preparation Strategy

SEBI Grade A Preparation

SEBI Grade A 2021-22 

SEBI conducts an examination every year to recruit eligible and aspiring candidates to the post of Grade A Officer. The final result for SEBI Grade A 2020 exam was released on July 02, 2021.

The SEBI Grade A notification for 2022 was released on January 05, 2022. The application window will remain open from January 05 to January 24, 2022. Phase 1 will be held on February 20, 2022 and Phase 2 will take place on March 20, 2022.

(Note: The dates may change in the wake of the Covid scenario).

To ensure that you fare well in the SEBI Grade A exam, you need to be well-acquainted with all the exam-related information such as the exam pattern, eligibility, etc.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern

The SEBI Grade A exam/ selection process is conducted in three main phases:

Phase 1Online screening examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
Phase 2Online examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
Phase 3Interview
Note down the complete SEBI Grade A exam pattern before moving on with the preparation.

SEBI Grade A Exam: What, When & How?

  • Divide your preparation into parts and work on these simultaneously. You can divide your complete SEBI Grade A syllabus into the following parts: 
  1. QRE: Ensure that you devote enough time to the three important sections of Quants, Reasoning & English Language.
  2. Static (Theory: Paper 2)
  3. GA + Dynamic (Paper 2)
  • You will have 30-32 hours per week and thus you need to make a proper plan of how you will utilise this ample time you have right now.
  • This also means that you have around 300-320 hours with you which is good enough to cover the entire syllabus.
  • Go through the syllabus and use it as a guide and follow it religiously.
  • You should attain  mastery over what all you already know. You need to be confident in your expert points.
  • Revise, revise till you succeed – make it a habit to always revise whatever you read.

SEBI Grade A: Preparation Strategy for Phase 1 & Phase 2

Before you start off with the preparation, you should jot down the complete SEBI Grade A syllabus and then start preparing accordingly. Paper 2 in both phases tests your professional knowledge. A few basic points that should be kept in mind are:

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Revise the basic arithmetic lessons.
  • Develop your data interpretation skills.
  • Learn some important formulae and practice as many numerical problems as possible.
  • Practice and solve all kinds of questions ranging from easy to difficult.
  • Learn short tricks

Reasoning Ability

  • Some topics require thorough practice such as: Inequalities, Coding-decoding & Blood Relations.
  • Focus on the basic concepts related to all the above-mentioned topics.
  • Solve more and more puzzles regularly to develop your logical and analytical skills.
  • Learn to skip and pick.

English Language

  • Grammar – Practice rules of grammar and solve practice questions on a regular basis.
  • Vocabulary – Read English newspaper articles, magazines, and books to enhance and build your vocabulary.
  • Reading Comprehension – Practice passages to increase your speed and efficiency.
  • Descriptive English/Writing Skills – Practice your essay writing & precis’ writing to improve your writing skills and enhance your way of expression.

General Awareness

  • Read newspapers daily which will prove to be a two-in-one solution. It will not only increase your knowledge of current affairs but also improve your vocabulary.
  • Explore all the events that happened in the last six months in the financial sector & all over the country in general.
  • Prepare for Static GK properly.
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SEBI Grade A Paper 2 – General Tips

  • Have conceptual clarity which will take you a long way.
  • Cover the topics comprehensively.
  • Avoid unnecessary details.
  • Don’t waste your time on peripheral topics.
  • Note down the key points.
  • Revise

Paper 2 – Subject Wise Strategy

Apart from the general tips that can be followed irrespective of your specialized subject, there are a few things that need to be kept in mind specifically while preparing for your specific field of study. Let us look into some key points that you should include in your study plan while preparing for the ‘Professional Knowledge Test’.

Paper 2 – Companies Act

To score well and utilize your time in a productive manner, you need to focus majorly on the selected topics/chapters here. 

Important Chapters Number of Days to Devote
Chap 3 – Prospectus & Allotment of Securities 8 days
Chap 4- Share Capital & Debentures
Chap 8 – Declaration & Payment of Dividend
Chap 10 – Audit & Auditors
Chap 11 – Appointment & Qualifications of Directors
Chap 12 – Meetings of Board & its Powers
Chap 27 – NCLT & Appellate Tribunal

Paper 2 – Accounts

Important Topics Number of Days to Devote
Accounting Standards 9 days
Financial Statements
Buyback (of Securities)
Rights Shares
Bonus Shares

Some other important topics that you need to focus on in Accounts subject are: 

  • ESOPs
  • Inventory
  • Depreciation 
  • Revenue
  • Investments

Paper 2 – Finance

Important Topics Number of Days to Devote
Financial Markets 9 days
Financial Inclusion
Financial Sector Updates

Point to be noted: SEBI is a Capital Markets Regulator. 

If you wish to score well in this section, you should be well aware of SEBI and all the current happenings around it. 

  • You should also focus specifically on ‘Capital Markets’.
  • Have conceptual knowledge related to ‘Derivatives’ which is an important part of ‘Finance’.
  • Have a general understanding of all the recent happenings in the Banking sector and NBFCs.

Paper 2 – Costing

Important Topics Number of Days to Devote
Methods of Costing 8 days
Cost Control
Lean Systems
Standard Costs and Variance
  • Understanding the concepts is the key to score in this subject.
  • You just need to put in a maximum of 8 days and ensure that you use this time period productively to get into the concepts deeply so that you can answer any kind of question that pops up on the exam day.

Paper 2 – Management

Important Topics Number of Days to Devote
Management 5 days

Few major points that you need to focus on here are:

  • You should be aware of the Management basics that include its meaning, functions & roles.
  • Read about the Styles of Leaderships & theories
  • Know all the Theories of motivation & morale
  • Revise all these important topics at regular intervals to have a strong grip on these topics.

Paper 2 – Economics

Important Topics Number of Days to Devote
Demand Supply 7 days
National Income
Fiscal Policy
Monetary Policy
Balance of Payments (BoPs)  

You can divide the subject here into two parts:-

  • Part ‘A’ – theory based 
  • Part ‘B’ – macroeconomic

The ‘macroeconomic’ part is quite ‘in’ the news these days that include topics such as Fiscal Policy, NBFCs, Monetary Policy, GDP, Growth, Recession, etc.

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Also Read:

SEBI Grade A Officer: Salary & Job Profile

How To Crack SEBI Grade A 2022 in First Attempt

SEBI Grade A 2020: Analysis of Final Result

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