SIDBI Grade A 2022-23: How to Prepare from Scratch?


Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is a financial institution under the Ministry of Finance. Its main objective is to strengthen and develop the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). MSMEs play an important role in the growth of the Indian economy in terms of production, employment and exports. Therefore, SIDBI assists MSMEs to obtain funds for their development, commercialisation and marketing of their products.For this reason, SIDBI Grade A is one of the most sought after jobs in the banking sector. 

Moreover, the SIDBI recruitment 2022-23 is under way. SIDBI is inviting applications for filling up 100 vacancies for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade A. Furthermore, the Online Written Test is scheduled to take place in January/February 2023. Therefore, this is a golden opportunity for candidates who aspire to work with this esteemed organisation.

However, if you have not started your SIDBI Grade A 2022-23 exam preparation yet, don’t worry, as in this article we will cover all the details regarding the exam pattern and preparation strategy. Therefore, if you are planning to take the SIDBI Assistant Manager exam 2022-23, we urge you to go through the details provided below carefully.

SIDBI Grade A 2022: How to Prepare from Scratch?

SIDBI Grade A 2022-23: Exam Pattern

While preparing for competitive exams, it is essential that candidates are aware of the exam pattern. This enables you to prepare for the respective exam in an efficient way and also gives you a fair idea about the types of questions and weightage. Therefore, before you start your preparation for the SIDBI Grade A exam, we encourage you to understand the SIDBI Grade A exam pattern properly.

The SIDBI Grade A 2022-23 exam pattern is as follows-

SIDBI Grade A 2022-23 Exam Pattern

Changes in the Exam Pattern

  • The last SIDBI Grade A recruitment cycle was conducted in 2016.
  • So, as compared to 2016, some changes have been made in the SIDBI Grade A 2022 exam pattern.
  • Firstly, the Computer Knowledge section has been removed.
  • The number of questions in English has been reduced to 30 questions. Earlier there were 40 questions.
  • The number of questions in General Awareness have increased to 50 questions (from 40 questions). Moreover, the questions will now be based on Banking/Financial Sector/Economic & Social Issues.
  • In Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Aptitude, the number of questions have been reduced to 40 (from 50 questions). However, each question will now carry 1.5 marks.
  • This year, SIDBI has also introduced sectional timing.
  • Furthermore, there are some changes in the Descriptive English paper as well.
  • Now, there will be 3 questions, i.e two Essays on Financial/Banking/Economic & Social Issues in India and one Business Letter. 
  • The SIDBI Grade A 2022-23 exam follows the same exam pattern as that of the SIDBI 2022 recruitment.

Given below is the SIDBI Grade A 2022-23 exam pattern-

Online Written Examination Pattern

Name of the TestType of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime 
English Language Objective 303020 Minutes
General awareness (with special reference to Banking and Financial sector and Economic & Social Issues)Objective 505030 Minutes
ReasoningObjective 406040 Minutes
Quantitative AptitudeObjective 406030 Minutes
Total  160200120 Minutes
Online Descriptive Test (English)- Comprising of two Essays on Financial/Banking/Economic/Social issues in India (20 Marks each) and one on Business Letter Writing (10 Marks)Note- It is essential to attempt all three questionsDescriptive35060 Minutes
Total 163250180 Minutes


  • The online written exam will consist of 163 questions. It will be out of 250 marks, which will also include 50 marks of the Descriptive English section.
  • 1/4th marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Descriptive papers of those candidates will be evaluated who clear the Objective type of tests.

Also See: Detailed SIDBI 2022 Exam Analysis

SIDBI Grade A 2022-23: Syllabus

Now that we have understood the exam pattern in detail, it is also essential to be aware of the SIDBI Grade A syllabus. Having a knowledge of the syllabus will give you a fair idea about the important topics that you need to focus on. 

Also Read: SIDBI Grade A Salary 2022-23: Assistant Manager Basic Pay, Allowances & Perks

SIDBI Grade A 2022-23 Subject-wise Preparation

Given below is the subject-wise preparation strategy for SIDBI Assistant Manager exam 2022-23

General Awareness

With the addition of Banking/Financial Sector/Economic & Social Issues topics in the General Awareness section, there has been some confusion regarding the GA syllabus among the candidates. Therefore, we have compiled a list of GA topics for you, which will give you some clarity regarding the General Awareness syllabus-

Banking & Financial Sector

  • Regulators & AIFI
  • Types of banks & NBFCs
  • Money & Capital market instruments
  • Payment systems and related terms
  • Banks and HQ and Heads
  • RBI and Banks related news

Economic & Social Issues

  • MSME sector & MSME focused schemes
  • International Organisations- IMF, World Bank, WTO, NBD, etc.
  • Balance of Payments, Financial Inclusion Schemes and FI, PSL basics
  • Union Budget & Economic Survey
  • SDG and Human Development
  • Economic, National & International news


Other News

  • Sports & Awards in news
  • Obituaries/Appointments
  • Important books and Authors
  • Any summits, key events in news

Quantitative Aptitude

  • If Quant is not your strength, there are some essential and easy topics which you must focus on and practice.
  • Prioritise topics like- Simplification & Approximation, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Mixture & Alligation, Quadratic Equations, Time, Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Average, Number Series and Data Interpretation.
  • If after covering all the aforementioned topics, you have some time left, then you can shift your attention to topics like- Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Ratio & Proportion, Partnership.
  • Majority of the questions in Quant will be based on Data Interpretation. Therefore, you must practice DI everyday for at least 1 hour.
  • Moreover, make notes of short tricks and formulas and revise them regularly.

English Language

  • Focus on basics of English Grammar like- Parts of Speech, Tenses, Direct & Indirect Speech, Active & Passive Voice, etc.
  • A sound knowledge of English Grammar will help you in solving questions on Error Spotting, Sentence Completion, Reading Comprehension, etc.

Reasoning Ability

  • There are not too many topics in Reasoning. Therefore, we would advise you to not leave any topics.
  • Start with easy topics and then move on to difficult topics.
  • In the Reasoning section also, a major chunk of the questions will be asked from Seating Arrangement & Puzzles. Therefore, you must practise Seating Arrangement & Puzzle questions everyday for at least 1 hour.
  • Moreover, make a note of all the short tricks and revise them everyday.

Also See: SIDBI Grade A Previous Year Cut-off

Study with ixamBee for SIDBI Grade A 2022-23

Online Course

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However, if you are still not sure whether you need this course or not, you can check out our demo lectures for SIDBI Grade A Assistant Manager and then come to a conclusion.

Mock Tests

Since the SIDBI Grade A recruitment has commenced, there is no time to waste. Therefore, practice will be the key to your success. You can practice SIDBI Assistant Manager free mock tests on a regular basis to keep up with the ongoing trend. Moreover, the mock tests will assist you in identifying your weak areas and judge your preparation before the exam.

We hope you have started preparing for the SIDBI Grade A Exam 2022-23. Preparing in advance will work wonders to give you the boost you need.

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All the Best!

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