SEBI Grade A 2020: New Exam Pattern Details

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Every country needs a regulator to keep the infrastructure of its capital markets strong and non-manipulative. In India, SEBI or Securities Exchange of India regulates the capital market. All decisions by the Securities and Exchange Board of India are collectively taken by its Board consisting of Chairman and eight other members. To protect the interest of entities that feel aggrieved by any of SEBI’s decision, SAT or Securities Appellate Tribunal has been constituted.

                         Recently SEBI has come out with its SEBI Grade A notification 2020. SEBI Grade A notification has all details pertaining to SEBI Grade A eligibility details, educational qualification, application fee etc. While all the information related to SEBI Grade A recruitment 2020 is the same as seen in the previous year, information that needs attention is SEBI Grade A changed exam pattern. Yes SEBI Grade A has surprised all the aspiring candidates who want to make their career in SEBI by its changed exam pattern for both Phases. Now you need to change your strategy and plan accordingly. This article mainly focuses on the changed SEBI Grade A exam pattern 2020 so that you have all the right and updated information at one place.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern Details

SEBI Grade A Officer (Assistant Manager) recruitment 2020 will take place in three stages. 

  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3

SEBI Grade A Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be an online objective type exam with different exam patterns and questions for various post covers under various categories. SEBI Grade A Phase 3 i.e. Interview will be conducted only for those candidates who are able to qualify SEBI Grade A Phase 2. Given below are details for each phase of SEBI Grade A 2020.

SEBI Grade A Phase 1

SEBI Grade A Phase 1 consists of two papers of objective type. Paper 1 is common for all the posts while Paper 2 is different for General Streams and Specialist Streams. There is a negative marking of 1/4th of marks assigned to the question in Paper 1 and Paper 2 of SEBI Grade A Phase 1. You need to obtain a minimum cut off of 30% in Paper 1 (no sectional cut-off) and minimum 40% in Paper 2 in SEBI Grade A Phase 1. You should be able to secure a separate cut-off in each paper as well as an overall aggregate cut-off of 40% in SEBI Grade A Phase 1 to be shortlisted for Phase 2. Marks obtained by you in SEBI Grade A Phase 1 will be qualifying in nature and will not be added in the final merit list. Except for the English Language section, all sections will be bilingual.  Further details are given in the table below

Paper

Name of Stream/Subjects

Time Limit

Total Marks

Minimum Cut off

Paper 1

Common for all streams: Multiple choice questions on Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness (including questions related to Financial Sector from easy, moderate to difficult level), Reasoning and English Language.

 60 min

 100

  30%

Paper 2

General Stream: Multiple choice questions on Accountancy, Costing, Commerce, Finance Management, Economics and Companies Act

40 min

 

   100

   40%

Research Stream: Multiple choice questions on Statistics, Economics, Econometrics, Commerce and Finance

 

40 min

 

   100

   40%

Specialized Stream: Legal, IT, Official Language, Engineering Stream (Civil and Electrical): Multiple choice questions related to respective subject. 

 

Minimum Aggregate Cut Off

 

40%

SEBI Grade A Phase 2

Phase 2 of SEBI Grade A 2020 will be held on 3rd May 2020. SEBI Grade A Phase 2 will also be an online objective type exam. Phase 2 will also consist of two papers – Paper 1 is a descriptive test to judge your writing skills and awareness of the latest happenings around the world. Paper 2 of SEBI Grade A Phase 2 will have questions from respective fields. SEBI Grade A Phase 2 Paper 2 will have a negative marking of 1/4th of marks assigned to the question except for IT stream for which details will be provided in the official website in a short time. You need to score a minimum of 30% in Paper 1 and a minimum of 40% in Paper 2 of SEBI Grade A Phase 2. Besides this you need to secure a separate cut-off in each paper as well as an overall aggregate of minimum 40% marks in SEBI Grade A Phase 2 to qualify for next stage. All sections will be set bilingually in Hindi and English except the test of English. Further details in the table below-

Paper

Name of Stream/Subjects

Time Limit

Total Marks

Minimum Cut off

Weightage of marks to be selected for Phase 3

Paper 1

Common for all streams: Descriptive  English Test

60 min

  100

  30%

1/3rd

Paper 2

General Stream: Multiple choice questions on Finance, Economics Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Costing and Companies Act

40 min

  100

  40%

2/3rd

Research Stream: Multiple choice questions on Finance, Commerce Economics, Econometrics and Statistics

 

40 min

 

   100

  40%

 

 2/3rd

 

Specialized Stream: Engineering Stream (Civil and Electrical), Legal and Official Language: Multiple choice questions on Specialized subject

Minimum Aggregate Cut off

  40%

 

NOTEIf you have applied in multiple streams under SEBI Grade A notification 2020 Paper 2 will be conducted in various shifts, the timings of which will be intimated in the admit card. Also, details with respect to Paper 2 of SEBI Grade A Phase 2 for Information Technology Stream will be available on the SEBI website soon.

SEBI Grade A Phase 3

For SEBI Grade A Phase 3 or Interview, the number of candidates called will be 3 times the number of vacancies. Shortlisted candidates list will be made available on SEBI website. You can opt for Hindi or English in SEBI Grade A Interview. Weightage of marks obtained in SEBI Grade A Phase 2 will be 85%, while marks obtained in interview will have a weightage of 15%. 

ixamBee also provides an online course for SEBI Grade A which has been module under the guidance of experts in the Banking sector. Also, you can attempt free mock tests designed according to the latest changes in SEBI Grade A exam pattern. If you have any query, feel free to comment below or email us. We are looking forward for your response and will be happy to clear all your doubts.

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Senior Executive - Content Development @ ixamBee. Himani has completed her PG in Earth Sciences and believes in educating, informing and cultivating readers through her writing. She wants to explore every field in life because she believes knowledge is limitless. She is a nature lover, traveller and explorer and believes in the saying - Never say, you do not have any choice, it's always your choice because no matter what age or what stage you are, you always have the freedom to go for your choice of career in life.She has cleared IBPS PO exam and reached up to interview stage.

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