SEBI Grade A Legal 2020-21: Suman Meena’s Success Story


SEBI Grade A 2020 Result

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) recently announced its final results of the SEBI Grade A Officer Recruitment for the year 2020 on July 02, 2021. SEBI has released a list of selected candidates who appeared in the Interview round from the General Stream, Legal Stream, Information Technology Stream, Engineering Stream, Research Stream, and Official Language Stream. We at ixamBee extend our hearty congratulations and best wishes to all the candidates who got through the final phase of the Interview. For those who missed the opportunity by an inch, a better strategy with some more effort next time would surely close the deal for you. 

Most of the candidates who could reach the Interview stage but could not clear it must have this thought in their minds of what was missing from their preparation plan as compared to those who could make it through and finally got the job. To clear the air we are here to share the success story of Ms. Suman Meena who was able to crack the code this year and will be embarking on her journey of becoming a SEBI Grade A Legal Officer.

Something About Suman

Suman has acquired her BA- LLB degree from Jodhpur and has been preparing for various government examinations like NABARD, RBI & SEBI. Finally, she was able to crack the SEBI Grade A Legal exam this year in her very first attempt!!

Let us know in detail what Suman had to say about her exam preparation and how she was able to make her dream come true. 

Excerpts from Suman’s Interaction with Vidhika Bansal (expert law faculty at ixamBee)

When asked about how Suman actually started thinking to prepare for SEBI Grade A, she shared that she was already preparing for NABARD & other judiciary exams but was not aware of SEBI Grade A by then. When she came to know about SEBI as an organization and its importance, she immediately started reading about ‘Securities Law’.

Useful Tip: Whenever Suman starts preparing for any exam, she ensures that she has enough understanding of the subjects and so she read all about the Securities Market and felt quite comfortable with it. Post that she went on with applying for the same.

Let’s see what Suman shared in her success story and had to say about her exam preparation.

Vidhika: As there are so many phases & so many papers in each phase of the SEBI Grade A exam, can you share with all the aspirants and guide them about how did you manage to prepare for all the sections altogether?

Suman: I was comfortable with Reasoning, English & GA but one of my weakest points was Maths (Quant), therefore I initially concentrated on the three stronger subjects. I devoted only enough time to Maths as much was required to clear the sectional cut-off. Thanks to SEBI, it changed the pattern a bit and set up a minimum cut-off as the only criteria to clear Phase 1.

Vidhika: What about your professional knowledge exam?

Suman: As I had prepared and had prior knowledge on judiciary exams, so I had some knowledge about the overall subjects and my concepts were also clear. But I feel, when we prepare for any particular exam, we have a limited time and have to plan accordingly. Also, every exam has its own requirements which are different from other exams. 

Just like in judicial services, the focus is more on ‘procedural law’ but in SEBI the weightage given to ‘procedural law’ was not too much while having vast acts in the area.  

Vidhika: How did you manage Phase 2 while preparing for Phase 1? Was it after your Phase 1 or prior?

Suman: My approach while preparing for any exam is that study in a way that you can tackle Phase 2 as well. Therefore, before Prelims only, the preparation for Mains should also begin. As there is very little time between Prelims & Mains exam. The gap between the 2 phases should be utilized in preparing for the extra subjects that do not appear in Phase 1.

SEBI Grade A: Useful Tips Shared by Suman

English Preparation:

  • Reading newspapers is the best thing as it improves your vocabulary and helps you in learning how to apply the Grammar rules.

General Awareness Preparation:

  • Use 2-3 platforms. Keeping at least 2 sources for preparation helps you cover almost everything which can be missed if using just one.

Reasoning Preparation:

  • Puzzles cover most of the Reasoning section and can be major hurdles, therefore practice a lot of puzzles.

Quantitative Aptitude Preparation:

  • Focus more on this section if this is your strong area.
  • Aim at easy topics like Percentages, Equations, Ratio & Proportions that may be easy to cover.
  • Analyze your performance and score from the mock tests that you can practice on ixamBee. This can give you the confidence to fare well in the section.
  • Practice test series every week. 

This was all about the General section preparation.

Suman’s views on ixamBee

  • ixamBee’s Beepedia was extremely helpful in the preparation. Beepedia comes in two types: Weekly & Monthly. Therefore, in the beginning, I read the weekly current affairs and at the end when I had less time, I read the monthly current affairs.
  • For ‘static GK’ there was no such website or source I referred to. I watched ‘youtube’ videos and other course videos provided by ixamBee.
  •  ixamBee’s notes which were to the point and brief came to the rescue and helped me decide how much time to devote to which of the topics.
  • One more thing that I liked about ixamBee’s notes was that the Security Laws were explained through diagrams which were very unique and helpful, as this is a very technical subject.
  • Some of the tips & tricks provided by ixamBee were very helpful in preparing for the Reasoning section.
  • ixamBee’s level of mock tests was very good and quite high for both Phase 1 & 2. It gave me an idea about where I stand in my preparation for the SEBI Grade A exam.

Suman’s Mantra:

“Determination and consistency in these unpredictable times is the key to success”.

“Do not refer to a lot of things, rather refer to limited sources and revise”.

To know about how Suman prepared for the final Interview round, watch her youtube video where she discusses her strategy & experience with us in detail.

If you are preparing for government exams and need proper guidance you can go through our online course page and choose for yourself.

Also Read:

NABARD Grade A Success Story: Manish Duhan

SEBI Grade A 2019 AIR 2: Success Story

IBPS AFO 2019: Yamuna Selvan’s Success Story

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