SEBI Grade A Exam Syllabus


SEBI is one of the top financial organizations to work in. Therefore, you need to work really hard to get a job in a top organization like SEBI. To excel in SEBI GRADE A 2020 exam, you need to start early so that no stone can be left unturned. To start off with the preparation you first need to look at the complete SEBI Grade A syllabus so that the level of the exam and depth of the syllabus can be understood. SEBI Grade A exam will be conducted in three phases i.e Phase 1 and Phase 2 (online mode) and Phase 3 ie Interview. The exam will be conducted for two streams i.e General stream and Legal/information technology/ Engineering stream/ Research stream and Official Language stream.  Detailed syllabus of the SEBI Grade A 2020 exam is given below:


 SEBI GRADE A  syllabus for Phase 1- Paper 1 exam is common for both streams i.e General Stream and Legal/Information Technology/ Engineering stream /Research stream and Official Language stream. To select the best employees, SEBI undoubtedly sets an exam pattern of a good level testing your knowledge on various subjects. The Phase 1- Paper 1 mainly consists of four subjects - Logical Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness, Quantitative aptitude. Before starting your preparation it is very important to acquaint yourself with the complete SEBI Grade A  syllabus 2020. The detailed SEBI Grade A syllabus for Phase 1- Paper 1 is as follows:

General AwarenessEnglish LanguageQuantitative AptitudeReasoning
Current Affairs – National & International Error Spotting Data Interpretation Puzzles
Budget Sentence Rearrangement Inequalities Seating Arrangements
Awards and Honours Reading Comprehension Number Series Direction Sense
Important Days Passages Approximation and Simplification Blood Relations
International & National Organizations Synonyms Data Sufficiency Syllogisms
Sports Idioms & Phrases etc. HCF and LCM Order and Ranking
Books and Authors   Profit and Loss Coding-Decoding
Science – Inventions & Discoveries   Profit and Loss Machine Input-Output
Countries & Capitals   SI & CI Inequalities
    Problem on Ages Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
    Work and Time Data Sufficiency
    Speed Distance and Time Data Sufficiency
    Probability,Permutation and Combination Number System and Conversions
    Mensuration Number System and Conversions
    Average Logical Reasoning
    Ratio and Proportion  

The syllabus for Phase 1- Paper 2 and Phase 2- Paper 2 is same. Difference lies in the difficulty level of questions and for which stream you are applying under SEBI Grade A recruitment 2020. Detailed syllabus for the same is mentioned below


Phase 2 is the second stage of SEBI Grade A exam 2020. SEBI Grade A Phase 2 consists of two papers- Paper 1, Paper 2. Paper 1 is common for all streams whereas Paper 2 is different for different streams. To help you with the syllabus section, we have provided the complete and detailed SEBI GRADE A syllabus for both the papers.

SEBI GRADE A SYLLABUS PHASE 2: PAPER 1 (General and Legal/I.T./Engineering/Research/ Official Language Stream)

In Paper 1 of SEBI Grade A phase 2, you will be judged on the basis of your writing skills. Please note that this exam will be held in English language only. Letters like formal and informal letter will be asked, you will also be judged on the basis of Email writing, Notice writing along with other writing skills. This Paper will be common for all the streams. To help you with SEBI Grade A Phase 2- Paper 1 preparation, we have provided the complete syllabus of Paper-1. Please refer to the table for complete details of SEBI Grade A Phase 2- Paper 1.

English Writing Skills (General and Legal/I.T./Engineering) stream
Formal letter Informal letter
Report writing Notice writing
Email writing Letter to the editor
Enquiry letter Essay writing


To be able to crack the SEBI Grade A exam it is extremely important to be well aware of the complete syllabus. SEBI Grade A Phase 1-Paper 2 and Phase 2-Paper 2 is common . Please refer to the table below for complete SEBI Grade A syllabus:

Commerce & AccountancyManagementFinanceCostingCompanies ActEconomics
a) Accounting as a financial information system; b) Accounting Standards with specific reference to Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Foreign Exchange Transactions, Investments. c) Cash Flow Statement, Fund flow statement, Financial statement analysis; Ratio analysis; d) Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares. e) Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities. f) Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts a) Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organization, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; b) The Role of a Manager in an Organization. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; c) Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader. d) Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; e) Motivation, Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale. f) Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology Financial System a) Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in Financial Sector Overview of Cost and Management Accounting - Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting, Objectives and Scope of Cost and Management Accounting. The Companies Act, 2013 – Specific reference to Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter VIII, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII and Chapter XXVII. Demand and Supply, Market Structures, National Income: Concepts and Measurement, Classical & Keynesian Approach Determination of output and employment, Consumption Function, Investment Function, Multiplier and Accelerator, Demand and Supply for Money , IS – LM, Inflation and Phillips Curve, Business Cycles
    Financial Markets a) Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments Methods of Costing - Single Output/ Unit Costing, Job Costing, Batch Costing, Contract Costing, Process/ Operation Costing, Costing of Service Sectors   Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Non-banking Financial Institutions.
    General Topics a) Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap b) Recent Developments in the Financial Sector c) Financial Inclusion- use of technology d) Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership e) Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM), f) Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI - components and trends. Basics of Cost Control and Analysis - (i) Standard Costing, (ii) Marginal Costing, (iii) Budget and Budgetary Control    
      Lean System and Innovation:- a) Introduction to Lean System b) Just-in-Time (JIT) Page 20 of 26 c) Kaizen Costing d) 5 Ss e) Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) f) Cellular Manufacturing/ One-Piece Flow Production Systems g) Six Sigma (SS) h) Introduction to Process Innovation and Business Process Re-engineering (BPR)    


SEBI Grade A Officer recruitment takes place for two categories of posts- General and other streams which include Legal / IT / Engineering/ Research/ Official Language Stream. SEBI Grade A Paper 2 in both Phases consists of questions from specialized subject. The detailed syllabus for the specialized subject (Paper 2 for Phase 1 and Phase 2) for Legal stream is provided below:

Constitution of India – Preamble, Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part IVA, Part V, Part VI, Part VIII, Part IXA, Part IXB, Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII, Part XIV, Part XIVA, Part XX.
Law of Contracts – Indian Contract Act, 1872 (Chapters VIII to X), Indian Partnership Act, 1932, Specific Relief Act, 1963
Criminal Law – Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VA, VI, IX, XVII, XXI, XXII, XXIII); Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
Law of Evidence – Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 – Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VII, Schedule I.
Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice
Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes
Important Latin terms and maxims
Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act, 2019
Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 – Part I, Part III, Part IV.
Transfer of Property Act, 1882 – Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V
Law of Trusts – Parties to a Trust Deed and Duties of Trustees.
  • Corporate Law – Companies Act, 2013 (Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V, Chapter VII, Chapter VIII, Chapter IX, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, Chapter XIII, Chapter XV, Chapter XVI, Chapter XXVII, Chapter XXVIII, Chapter XXIX);
  • Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008;
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Part I, Part II)
Taxation – General principles, Capital Gains Tax, Securities Transaction Tax
Securities Laws – SEBI Act, 1992, SC(R) Act, 1956, Depositories Act, 1996


SEBI Grade A Officer recruitment takes place for two categories of posts- General and other streams which include Legal / IT / Engineering/ Research/ Official Language Stream. SEBI Grade A Paper 2 consists of questions from specialized subject. The detailed syllabus for the specialized subject (Paper 2 for Phase 1 and Phase 2) for IT stream is provided below:

Database Concepts ER‐model. Relational model: relational algebra, tuple calculus, Integrity constraints, normal forms. File organization, indexing (e.g., B and B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control. 10
SQL Queries : Select, view, truncate, delete, update, alter, Inner join, different types of outer joins,, use of aggregate functions, Union, intersection, except, in and exist clauses, nested queries 10
Programming Concepts (Java /C C++ ): Program control (iteration, recursion, Functions), Scope of variables, Binding of variables & functions, Parameter passing, Functional and Logic Programming, OOPS Concepts, Inheritance, Class and object, Constructors, Functions, Exception Handling 30
Data Analytics Languages (Python / R): Regex, Slicing, Data reshaping, Dataframes, Dictionaries and Sets, File Management, Classes and Functions, Data Mining, Lists, Importing and exporting data, charts and graphs 10
Algorithms for problem solving: Tree and graph traversals, Connected components, Spanning trees, Shortest paths; hashing, Sorting, Searching; Design techniques (Greedy, Dynamic Programming, Divide-and-conquer) 10
Networking Concepts: ISO/OSI stack, LAN Technologies (Ethernet, Tokenring), TCP/UDP, IP, Basic concepts of switches, gateways, and routers, Application layer protocols (DNS, SMTP, POP, FTP, HTTP), Firewalls 10
Information & Cyber Security Concepts: Cyber Attacks, Software Development Security, Network security, Authentication, CIA - Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability, Network Audit, Systems Audit 10
Data warehousing: Data Extraction, Data Cleaning, Data Transformation, Data Loading, Metadata, Data Cube, Data Mart, Data Models 5
Shell Programming: Shell Scripting Basics, Shell Variables, Shell Script Arguments, If Statement, Loop, Return, Basic UNIX commands 5

SEBI GRADE A SYLLABUS PAPER 2: PHASE 1 and PHASE 2 (Civil Engineering)

SEBI Grade A Officer recruitment takes place for two categories of posts- General and other streams. SEBI Grade A Paper 2 consists of questions from specialized subject. The detailed syllabus for the specialized subject (Paper 2 for Phase 1 and Phase 2) for Civil Engineering is provided below:

Engineering Stream - Civil Engineering
Building Materials: Stone, Lime, Glass, Plastics, Steel, FRP, Ceramics, Aluminium, Fly Ash, Basic Admixtures, Timber, Bricks and Aggregates: Classification, properties and selection criteria; Cement: Types, Composition, Properties, Uses, Specifications and various Tests; Lime & Cement Mortars and Concrete: Properties and various Tests; Design of Concrete Mixes: Proportioning of aggregates and methods of mix design.
Solid Mechanics: Elastic constants, Stress, plane stress, Strains, plane strain, Mohr’s circle of stress and strain, Elastic theories of failure, Principal Stresses, Bending, Shear and Torsion.
Structural Analysis: Basics of strength of materials, Types of stresses and strains, Bending moments and shear force, concept of bending and shear stresses; Analysis of determinate and indeterminate structures; Trusses, beams, plane frames; Rolling loads, Influence Lines, Unit load method & other methods; Free and Forced vibrations of single degree and multi degree freedom system; Suspended Cables; Concepts and use of Computer Aided Design.
Design of Steel Structures: Principles of Working Stress methods, Design of tension and compression members, Design of beams and beam column connections, built-up sections, Girders, Industrial roofs, Principles of Ultimate load design.
Design of Concrete and Masonry structures: Limit state design for bending, shear, axial compression and combined forces; Design of beams, Slabs, Lintels, Foundations, Retaining walls, Tanks, Staircases; Principles of pre-stressed concrete design including materials and methods; Earthquake resistant design of structures; Design of Masonry Structure.
Construction Practice, Planning and Management: Construction - Planning, Equipment, Site investigation and Management including Estimation with latest project management tools and network analysis for different Types of works; Analysis of Rates of various types of works; Tendering Process and Contract Management, Quality Control, Productivity, Operation Cost; Land acquisition; Labour safety and welfare.
Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power: (a) Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow: Fluid properties; Dimensional Analysis and Modelling; Fluid dynamics including flow kinematics and measurements; Flow net; Viscosity, Boundary layer and control, Drag, Lift, Principles in open channel flow, Flow controls. Hydraulic jump; Surges; Pipe networks.
Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power: (b) Hydraulic Machines and Hydro power: Various pumps, Air vessels, Hydraulic turbines – types, classifications & performance parameters; Power house – classification and layout, storage, pondage, control of supply.
Hydrology: Hydrological cycle, Ground water hydrology, Well hydrology and related data analysis; Streams and their gauging; River morphology; Flood, drought and their management; Capacity of Reservoirs.
Water Resources Engineering: Multipurpose uses of Water, River basins and their potential; Irrigation systems, water demand assessment; Resources - storages and their yields; Water logging, canal and drainage design, Gravity dams, falls, weirs, Energy dissipaters, barrage Distribution works, Cross drainage works and head-works and their design; Concepts in canal design, construction & maintenance; River training, measurement and analysis of rainfall.
Environmental Engineering: (a) Water Supply Engineering: Sources, Estimation, quality standards and testing of water and their treatment; Rural, Institutional and industrial water supply; Physical, chemical and biological characteristics and sources of water, Pollutants in water and its effects, Estimation of water demand; Drinking water Standards, Water Treatment Plants, Water distribution networks.
Environmental Engineering: (b) Waste Water Engineering:Planning & design of domestic waste water, sewage collection and disposal; Plumbing Systems.Components and layout of sewerage system; Planning & design of Domestic Waste-water disposal system; Sludge management including treatment, disposal and re-use of treated effluents; Industrial waste waters and Effluent Treatment Plants including institutional and industrial sewage management.
Environmental Engineering: (c) Solid Waste Management:Sources & classification of solid wastes along with planning & design of its management system; Disposal system, Beneficial aspects of wastes and Utilization by Civil Engineers.
Environmental Engineering: (d) Air, Noise pollution and Ecology:Concepts & general methodology.
Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering: (a) Geo-technical Engineering: Soil exploration planning & methods, Properties of soil, classification, various tests and inter-relationships; Permeability & Seepage, Compressibility, consolidation and Shearing resistance, Earth pressure theories and stress distribution in soil; Properties and uses of geosynthetics.
Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering: (b) Foundation Engineering: Types of foundations & selection criteria, bearing capacity, settlement analysis, design and testing of shallow & deep foundations; Slope stability analysis, Earthen embankments, Dams and Earth retaining structures: types, analysis and design, Principles of ground modifications.
Surveying and Geology: (a) Surveying: Classification of surveys, various methodologies, instruments & analysis of measurement of distances, elevation and directions; Field astronomy, Global Positioning System; Map preparation; Photogrammetry; Remote sensing concepts; Survey Layout for culverts, canals, bridges, road/railway alignment and buildings, Setting out of Curves
Surveying and Geology: (b) Geology: Basic knowledge of Engineering geology & its application in projects.
Transportation Engineering: (a) Highways - Planning & construction methodology, Alignment and geometric design; Traffic Surveys and Controls; Principles of Flexible and Rigid pavements design
Transportation Engineering: Railways Systems – Terminology, Planning, designs and maintenance practices; track modernization.
Transportation Engineering: (c) Tunneling - Alignment, methods of construction, disposal of muck, drainage, lighting and ventilation
Transportation Engineering: (d) Harbours – Terminology, layouts and planning. Airports – Layout, planning & design.


SEBI Grade A Officer recruitment takes place for two categories of posts- General and other streams which include Legal / IT / Engineering/ Research/ Official Language Stream. Paper 2 consists of questions from specialized subject. The detailed syllabus for the specialized subject (Paper 2 of Phase 1 and Phase 2) for Electrical stream is provided below:

Engineering Stream - Electrical Engineering
Electrical Materials: Electrical Engineering Materials, crystal structures and defects, ceramic materials, insulating materials, magnetic materials – basics, properties and applications; ferrities, ferromagnetic materials and components; basics of solid state physics, conductors; Photo-conductivity; Basics of Nano materials and Superconductors.
Electric Circuits and Fields: Circuit elements, network graph, KCL, KVL, Node and Mesh analysis, ideal current and voltage sources, Thevenin’s, Norton’s, Superposition and Maximum Power Transfer theorems, transient response of DC and AC networks, Sinusoidal steady state analysis, basic filter concepts, two-port networks, three phase circuits, Magnetically coupled circuits, Gauss Theorem, electric field and potential due to point, line, plane and spherical charge distributions, Ampere’s and Biot-Savart’s laws; inductance, dielectrics, capacitance; Maxwell’s equations.
Electrical and Electronic Measurements: Principles of measurement, accuracy, precision and standards; Bridges and potentiometers; moving coil, moving iron, dynamometer and induction type instruments, measurement of voltage, current, power, energy and power factor, instrument transformers, digital voltmeters and multi-meters, phase, time and frequency measurement, Q-meters, oscilloscopes, potentiometric recorders, error analysis, Basics of sensors, Transducers, basics of data acquisition systems.
Computer Fundamentals: Number systems, Boolean algebra, arithmetic functions, Basic Architecture, Central Processing Unit, I/O and Memory Organisation; peripheral devices, data representation and programming, basics of Operating system and networking, virtual memory, file systems; Elements of programming languages, typical examples.
Basic Electronics Engineering: Basics of Semiconductor diodes and transistors and characteristics, Junction and field effect transistors (BJT, FET and MOSFETS), different types of transistor amplifiers, equivalent circuits and frequency response; oscillators and other circuits, feedback amplifiers.
Analog and Digital Electronics: Operational amplifiers – characteristics and applications, combinational and sequential logic circuits, multiplexers, multi-vibrators, sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters, basics of filter circuits and applications, simple active filters; Microprocessor basics- interfaces and applications, basics of linear integrated circuits; Analog communication basics, Modulation and de-modulation, noise and bandwidth, transmitters and receivers, signal to noise ratio, digital communication basics, sampling, quantizing, coding, frequency and time domain multiplexing, power line carrier communication systems.
Systems and Signal Processing: Representation of continuous and discrete-time signals, shifting and scaling operations, linear, time-invariant and causal systems, Fourier series representation of continuous periodic signals, sampling theorem, Fourier and Laplace transforms, Z transforms, Discrete Fourier transform, FFT, linear convolution, discrete cosine transform, FIR filter, bilinear transformation.
Control Systems: Principles of feedback, transfer function, block diagrams and signal flow graphs, steady-state errors, transforms and their applications; Routh-hurwitz criterion, Nyquist techniques, Bode plots, root loci, lag, lead and lead-lag compensation, stability analysis, transient and frequency response analysis, state space model, state transition matrix, controllability and observability, linear state variable feedback, PID and industrial controllers.
Electrical Machines: Single phase transformers, three phase transformers - connections, parallel operation, auto-transformer, energy conversion principles, DC machines - types, windings, generator characteristics, armature reaction and commutation, starting and speed control of motors, Induction motors - principles, types, performance characteristics, starting and speed control, Synchronous machines - performance, regulation, parallel operation of generators, motor starting, characteristics and applications, servo and stepper motors.
Power Systems: Basic power generation concepts, steam, gas and water turbines, transmission line models and performance, cable performance, insulation, corona and radio interference, power factor correction, symmetrical components, fault analysis, principles of protection systems, basics of solid state relays and digital protection; Circuit breakers, Radial and ring-main distribution systems, Matrix representation of power systems, load flow analysis, voltage control and economic operation, System stability concepts, Swing curves and equal area criterion. HVDC transmission and FACTS concepts, Concepts of power system dynamics, distributed generation, solar and wind power, smart grid concepts, environmental implications, fundamentals of power economics.
Power Electronics and Drives: Semiconductor power diodes, transistors, thyristors, triacs, GTOs, MOSFETs and IGBTs - static characteristics and principles of operation, triggering circuits, phase control rectifiers, bridge converters - fully controlled and half controlled, principles of choppers and inverters, basis concepts of adjustable speed dc and ac drives, DC-DC switched mode converters, DCAC switched mode converters, resonant converters, high frequency inductors and transformers, power supplies.


SEBI Grade A Officer recruitment takes place for two categories of posts- General and other or specialized streams . Paper 2 consists of questions from specialized subject. The detailed syllabus for the specialized subject (Paper 2 of Phase 1 and Phase 2) for Research stream is provided below:

Research Stream
Economics: Demand and Supply, Market Structures, National Income, Determination of output and employment, Investment Function, Multiplier and Accelerator, Demand and Supply for Money , IS – LM, Inflation and Phillips Curve, Business Cycles, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Non-banking Financial Institutions
Public Economics: Public Goods, Tax & Non-Tax Revenue, Direct & Indirect Taxes, Progressive and nonProgressive Taxation, Incidence and Effects of Taxation, Public expenditure , Public Debt, Public Budget and Budget Multiplier.
Statistics and Econometrics: Measures of Central tendency & dispersions, Correlation, Sampling methods, Sampling Distribution, Statistical Inferences, Hypothesis testing, Regression Analysis
International Economics: Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets, Role of International Financial Institutions: BIS, IOSCO, IMF & World Bank.
Financial Markets: Asymmetric Information, Market Model, Market Efficiency, Primary Market, Secondary Market, Commodity Markets, Mutual Funds, Stock Exchanges, Depositories, Clearing Corporations, Credit Rating Agencies, Corporate Debt Market. Forwards, Futures, Options, Hedging, Speculation and Arbitrage.

SEBI GRADE A SYLLABUS PAPER 2: PHASE 1 and PHASE 2 (Official Language)

SEBI Grade A Officer recruitment takes place for two categories of posts- General and other streams which include Legal / IT / Engineering/ Research/ Official Language Stream. Paper 2 consists of questions from specialized subject. The detailed syllabus for the specialized subject (Paper 2 of Phase 1 and Phase 2) for Official Language stream is provided below:

Official Language Stream
भारत सरकार की राजभाषा नीति (Official Language Policy of the Govt. of India) से सम्बन्धी प्रश्न
हिंदी से अंग्रेजी अनुवाद [शब्द / वाक्यांश / वाक्य / Terms / Phrases / Sentences]
अंग्रेजी से हिंदी अनुवाद [शब्द / वाक्यांश / वाक्य / Terms / Phrases / Sentences]
हिंदी से हिंदी - विधिक शब्दावली (Legal Terminology)
अंग्रेजी से हिंदी - विधिक शब्दावली (Legal Terminology)
हिंदी से अंग्रेजी – प्रशाशनिक / बैंकिंग / पूँजी बाजार सम्बन्धी शब्दावली (Administrative / Banking / Capital Market Terminology)
अंग्रेजी से हिंदी - प्रशाशनिक / बैंकिंग / पूँजी बाजार सम्बन्धी शब्दावली (Administrative / Banking / Capital Market Terminology)