SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern


Exam Pattern 2021

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern

SEBI Grade A exam can be counted among the top-level examinations, as it allows you to serve in one of the most coveted jobs in India.  As per the previous notification of 2020, SEBI Grade A is expected to consist of three phases - Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3. Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be objective and descriptive type exams in online mode whereas Phase 3 will be the Interview. Please note that Phase 1 will be a qualifying exam i.e. the marks obtained in this exam will not be considered at the time of making the final merit list.  Detailed SEBI Grade A 2021 selection process has been provided in the table.

LevelExamination
Phase 1 Online screening examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
Phase 2 Online examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each
Phase 3 Interview

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SEBI Grade A Phase 1 Exam Pattern

It is necessary to stay updated with all the exam details of the SEBI Grade A 2021 exam so that you are ready to take the exam with full confidence. The most important information that you should have about the SEBI Grade A 2021 exam is the exam pattern. SEBI had changed the SEBI Grade A exam pattern massively in the year 2020. SEBI Grade A Exam is conducted for various streams and Phase 1 will be common for all. For further details on the changed SEBI Grade A 2021 exam pattern, refer to the table below.

PaperStream / SubjectMaximum MarksDuration(minutes)Cut Off(%)
Paper 1 All Streams: Multiple choice questions on the subjects viz. General Awareness (including some questions related to Financial Sector of easy to moderate difficulty level), English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Test of Reasoning. 100 60 30
Paper 2 General Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act and Economics. 100 40 40
Legal, Information Technology, Engineering Stream (Civil & Electrical), Official Language stream: Multiple choice questions on Specialized subject related to stream.
Research Stream:- Multiple choice questions on subjects Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Commerce.
Aggregate Cut off 40

SEBI Grade A Phase 2 Exam Pattern

This stage will mainly decide your final selection. The marks scored in Phase 2 will be considered while calling for an Interview. The SEBI Grade A Phase 2 exam pattern will be an online objective exam consisting of two papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. SEBI Grade A Phase 2-Paper 1 will be common for all the streams whereas Paper 2 of the SEBI Assistant Manager exam pattern for General Stream and other streams is expected to vary. As per SEBI Grade A 2020 exam, all the papers will have separate timings. The expected SEBI Grade A exam pattern for Phase 2 is as follows.

PaperStream / SubjectMaximum MarksDuration(minutes)Cut Off(%)Weightage
Paper 1 All streams: English (Descriptive Test) to test the drafting skills 100 60 30 1/3rd
Paper 2 General Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act and Economics. 100 40 40 2/3rd
Legal, Information Technology, Engineering Stream (Civil & Electrical) and Official Language stream: Multiple choice questions on Specialized subject related to stream.
Research Stream:- Multiple choice questions on subjects Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Commerce.
Aggregate Cut off 40  

  • If you are shortlisted for Phase 2, you will be issued new Hall Tickets.
  • If you have applied in multiple streams, Papers 1 and 2 will be conducted in various shifts, the timings of which will be intimated in the Hall Ticket.
  • 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.
  • List of candidates shortlisted for the Interview will be made available on SEBI's official website.

SEBI Grade A Phase 3: Interview

After the SEBI Grade A Phase 2 exam will be over, all the shortlisted candidates will be called for the next stage i.e Interview. This will be the third and the last phase of the SEBI Grade A selection process 2021 and will work as the deciding factor for the final selection. This implies that you will have to work equally hard for the Interview. You can be asked any kind of questions including your personal details along with your subjective knowledge. You need to ensure that you do not miss out on anything before you step in for the Interview.

Candidates may opt for either Hindi or English as the medium of language for the Interview. The weightage of marks obtained in the SEBI Officer Grade A Phase 2 exam is expected to be 85%, while marks obtained in the Interview shall be given a weightage of 15%. SEBI reserves the right to modify the selection procedure if deemed fit.

SEBI Grade A Marking Scheme

Both SEBI Grade A Phase 1 & Phase 2 will expectedly have objective & descriptive types of questions. Each question in Phase 1 will carry 1 mark, whereas Phase 2 will have a different marking. The marking scheme for SEBI Grade A and the penalty for wrong answers are as follows:

SEBI Grade A Marking Scheme

SEBI Grade A Marking SchemeConsidered Marks
For correct answers
  • Phase 1 - 1 mark each
  • Phase 2 - 2 Marks each
For wrong answers -1/4 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

SEBI Grade A Exam Language

Both the objective and descriptive tests of the SEBI Grade A 2021 exam will be conducted online, as per the last notification. Kindly note, all questions in SEBI Grade A Phase 1 and SEBI Grade A Phase 2 exams, except the Test of English, will be bilingual i.e. in English and Hindi.

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