SEBI Grade A 2019: SEBI Grade A Syllabus, Notification, Apply, Vacancy, Exam Dates

SEBI Grade A


SEBI Grade A 2019 Highlights

SEBI Grade ‘A’ is one of the most important examinations, that gives you a chance to serve in the Government sector while broadly being entrusted with the responsibilities of protecting the interests of investors in securities, promoting the development of and regulating the securities market. Once you are completely sure about applying for the job, it is necessary to know the main highlights of the examination.

SEBI Grade A Exam Highlights

Conducting AuthoritySecurities and Exchange Board of India
Posts Grade A officer: General/Legal/Information Technology/Research
Mode of application Online
Application form release June 2019 (Expected)
Application form last date July 2019 (Expected)
Stages of Exam Prelims, Main, Interview

SEBI Grade A Exam Notification

SEBI, or Securities & Exchange Board of India, was first established in 1988 as a non-statutory body with the aim of regulating the securities market. It was given statutory powers by the Government of India with SEBI Act 1992 being passed by the Indian Parliament. Since then, SEBI is referred to, as an autonomous body. Every year SEBI releases its vacancies to recruit eligible candidates for its various posts. This year also, the notification for SEBI Grade A Officer 2019 is expected to be released soon. Interested candidates may apply online through the official website:, after the notification is released.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern

SEBI Grade A Officer Exam can be counted among all the top level examinations, as it allows you to serve through one of the most coveted jobs in India. SEBI also follows the standard pattern of examination. The SEBI Grade ‘A’ Officer 2019 examination can also be expected to have a similar pattern as it has been following since a few years. It consists of ‘three’ phases - Phase I (200 marks), Phase II (300 marks) which will also include an English descriptive paper, followed by Phase III - Interview stage.

Phase I On-Line screening examination for 200 marks
Phase II On-line examination consisting of three papers for total 300 marks
Phase III Interview

Phase I On-Line Examination:

SEBI Grade A 2019 Exam notification is expected to be released soon and therefore it is necessary to stay updated with all the exam details. The most important information that a candidate should have about the SEBI Grade A Exam is the exam pattern. The SEBI Grade A Exam is conducted for various streams which will have a common online test in Phase I. There will be objective type questions from 5 subjects: General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Test of Reasoning & Awareness about Securities Market. All the tests will have equal marks and the total time duration available will be 2 hours (120 minutes). This implies that the total number of marks will be 200 in SEBI Grade A Phase I Examination.

StreamTestsMaximum MarksDuration
General, Legal, Information Technology and Engineering General Awareness 40 120 minutes
English Language 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40
Test of Reasoning 40
Awareness about  Securities Market 40

Phase II On-Line Examination:

The candidates who qualify Phase I will move ahead to the next step and will have to appear in SEBI Grade A Phase II Examination. Phase II will have separate exam for General stream and another exam for other remaining streams. There will be three papers in Phase II for each stream, all of which will be alloted 100 marks with varied sectional timings.

  • The SEBI Grade A Phase II Exam for General Stream will have two objective papers on: Securities Market and Economic & Social Issues and Finance & Management and one descriptive paper on English (writing skills). 
  • The Phase II Exam for other streams will also have three papers. Paper I will be on 'Financial Sector', Paper II will be descriptive English and Paper III will be a specialized subject which will be related to the respective stream. 
  • Phase II Exam will be of total 300 marks where Paper I & Paper III will have 50 questions and 100 marks each. Paper II (English Descriptive) will have 3 questions with 100 marks.
StreamPaperMaximum MarksDuration
General Paper I: Securities Market 100 marks 40 minutes
Paper II: English (Writing Skills) 100 marks 60 minutes
Paper III: Economic & Social Issues and Finance & Management 100 marks 40 minutes
Legal / Information Technology / Engineering Paper I: Financial Sector 100 marks 40 minutes
Paper II: English (Writing Skills) 100 marks 60 minutes
Paper III: Specialized subject related to stream 100 marks 40 minutes

SEBI Grade A Exam Interview

After qualifying both the phases of SEBI Grade A 2019 Examination, the candidates will finally have to face the third and final stage of Interview. The final selection of the candidates will be based on the scores obtained in the Phase II and Phase III (Interview). Candidates will have to be prepared for any questions related to the subject knowledge, educational background, personal details etc.

Marking Scheme for SEBI Grade A Exam

The marking scheme for SEBI Grade A 2019 and penalty for wrong answers (Applicable to Both (Preliminary and Main Examinations) is as follows:

SEBI Grade A Marking Scheme

For correct answers 1 mark
For wrong answers -1/4 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)
  • For every incorrect answer, 1/4th of the marks alloted to that question will be deducted.
  • For each question carrying 1 mark, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  • For questions carrying 2 marks, 0.50 marks will be deducted.

SEBI Grade A Exam Language

Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests are conducted online. Kindly note, all questions (in both Preliminary and Main Examination, except the Test of English), are available bilingually in English and Hindi.

SEBI Grade A Exam Syllabus

Preparation phase is the one that precedes all the exam phases. Before you actually start your preparation for SEBI Grade ‘A’ 2019, make sure that you are well aware of what all do you need to study in each subject. For that, you need to go through the SEBI Grade ‘A’ syllabus, which is expected to be on the same lines as it has been in these previous years.

Know details about the expected Exam Syllabus for SEBI Grade A 2019 

SEBI Grade A Eligibility Criteria

To be able to apply for any examination, you should meet the specified eligibility criteria. Therefore, to ensure successful completion of the SEBI Grade ‘A’ 2019 application process, you should be eligible in all respects (as mentioned in the notification). Except a few of the relaxations, all the applicants need to follow certain criteria which will further be updated once the official notification is released.

Educational Criteria

All the candidates need to comply with the educational criteria according to the various categories that is specified in the notification, or your application will be subject to cancellation. To avoid any confusion, check the educational details given below

StreamEducational Qualification
General Bachelor’s Degree in Law OR Master’s Degree in any discipline OR Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering OR Chartered Accountant OR Company Secretary OR Chartered Financial Analyst OR Cost & Work Accountant
Legal Bachelor’s Degree in Law
Information technology Graduate in engineering (electrical/Electronics/ Information Technology / Computer Science OR MCA OR Graduate in any discipline with PG )
Civil Engineering Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree in Electric Engineering

Age Criteria

A candidate must not have exceeded the age of 30 years as on August 31, 2019 i.e., candidate must have been born on or after September 01, 1989.

Sr. No.CategoryUpper Age Relaxation
1. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
2. Other Backward Classes (eligible for reservation) 3 years
3. Persons With Disability 10 years
4. Ex-Servicemen/ Disability Ex-Servicemen 5 years
5. Widows, Divorced women and women legally Separated from their husband who have not remarried 5 years
6. Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 5 years
7 Existing Employees of The New India Assurance Co. Ltd. 5 years

SEBI Grade A Salary 2019

SEBI, being one of the most popular and highly-paying organizations, offers an attractive salary to its eligible candidates who are selected for the post of Assistant Manager under Officer - Grade ‘A’. The details of the expected salary for SEBI Grade ‘A’ officer are as follows:

Grade A Officer (Assistant Manager) Rs. 28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)-46600-EB-1750(4)-53600-2000(1)-55600(17 years)

SEBI Grade A Vacancy 2019

Before filling it is important to know about the vacancy details for SEBI Grade ‘A’ Officer 2019. In the year 2017, SEBI had released around 38 vacancies, inclusive of all the various categories in Grade A. Further, in the year 2018, the number of vacancies took a leap and increased to 120. Therefore, we can expect a similar or probably higher number of vacancies this year. Looking at the pattern, we can expect the number of vacancies to increase. The changes will be updated as soon as the official announcement is made.

StreamNumber of posts
General 49 19 11 1 80
Legal 12 4 2 0 18
Technology 4 2 1 1 8
Civil Engineering 3 1 1 0 5
Electrical Engineering 4 0 1 0 5

SEBI Grade A Examination 2019 How to Apply

To apply for the post of SEBI Grade ‘A’ Officer ( Asst. Manager), you will be required to apply online by visiting the official website of SEBI: only when you have ensured that you are eligible and fit to apply through. You will have to fill in your details accordingly step-by-step and then upload your scanned photograph & signature, according to the mentioned specifications.

SEBI Grade A 2019 Application Fee

Once you have entered all your details in the online application form for SEBI Grade ‘A’ Officer 2019, and completed the uploading part too, you will be asked to submit the application fee and if you fail to do that, your application will not be considered complete and the submission of the form will not be possible. You can save the details and come at it later until the specified last date to submit the application fee.

The expected ‘Application Fees/Intimation Charges’ for SEBI Grade ‘A’ shall be as follows:

Category of ApplicantAmount of Fee (Non-refundable)
Unreserved & OBC (NCL) Rs. 850/- as application fee cum intimation charges
SC/ST/PwBD Rs.100/- as intimation charge

SEBI Grade A Exam Centres

Since the SEBI Grade ‘A’ examination is also held in the online mode, various examination centres are allocated where this online facility is provided. The exam centres for SEBI Grade ‘A’ 2019 will be confirmed once the official notification is released and they will be updated here immediately. Once you are allocated a particular centre, no request to get it changed will be entertained. Though you are given a choice to select your exam centre, SEBI reserves the right to change, cancel or add more centres in the list of exam centres at its discretion

SEBI Grade A 2019 Admit Card

After the application process is completed, SEBI will release the admit cards for the same including the details of the ‘date, time and venue’ of the examination. The admit cards will probably be released a few weeks before the examination. The candidates will be required to bring the copy of the admit card along with a copy of their valid identity proof. For the details of the same, you will have to refer to the instructions given in the admit card.

SEBI Grade A Exam Dates

The SEBI Grade ‘A’ 2019 exam calendar is expected to be released soon.Once the official notification is out, you will get all the required details that would help you in your further planning and preparation. Till then, you may refer to the tentatively expected exam dates to get a fair idea, so that you can draw a preparation plan for yourself and avoid the last moment rush.

SEBI Grade A Exam Dates

ActivityTentative Exam Dates
On line Application and Payment of fee On-Line September, 2019 to October, 2019
Availability of Call Letters on SEBI website (for On-Line Examinations) Will be intimated by email/SMS
Phase I On-Line ExaminationNovember,2019 (Expected)
Phase II On-Line Examination December, 2019 (Expected)
Phase III Interview Dates will be intimated

SEBI Grade A Previous Year Cut-off

SEBI Grade A is one of the most important examinations which is most awaited and most sought-after post. Thus, all the candidates preparing for SEBI Grade A should be completely aware of all the important information related to the examination. Tracking the previous year cut-offs of the SEBI Grade A Exam is also an important and necessary information which may help a lot in the exam preparation of SEBI Grade A. 

SEBI 2018 Cutoff – Phase 1 Exam (Category-wise)

General 90 103.5 110 119.25 102.25
Legal 102.25 107.5 101.25
Information Technology 97.5 123.25 96 95.75
Civil Engineering 102.5 105.75 105
Electrical Engineering 96.5 99.25

SEBI 2018 Cutoff – Sectional Cut-off

All Streams and across all CategoriesGeneral AwarenessEnglish LanguageQuantitative AptitudeTest of ReasoningAwareness about Securities Market
.. 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0

SEBI Recruitment of Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Phase II exam held on December 16, 2018







General Number of Vacancies 11 1 23 49 - 1 -
Candidates required for Phase  III (Three times the vacancies) 33 3 69 147 - 3 -
Number of candidates shortlisted for Phase III 33 3 74** 152*** - # -
Minimum aggregate  marks obtained by shortlisted candidates 173.00 163.50 181.50 192 - # -
Legal Number of Vacancies 2 - 4 12 - - 1
Candidates required for Phase  III (Three times the vacancies) 6 - 12 36 - - 3
Number of candidates shortlisted for Phase III # - # 2 (All shortlisted)* - - #
Minimum aggregate marks obtained by shortlisted candidates # - # 166.50 - - #
  Number of Vacancies 1 1 2 4 1 - 1
Information Technology Candidates required for Phase  III (Three times the vacancies) 3 3 6 12 3 - 3
Number of candidates shortlisted for Phase III # # # 6 (All shortlisted)* # - #
Minimum aggregate marks obtained by shortlisted candidates # # # 155.50 # - #
Civil Engineering Number of Vacancies 1 - 1 3 1 - -
Candidates required for Phase  III  (Three  times  the vacancies) 3 - 3 9 3 - -
Number of candidates shortlisted for Phase III # - 1 (All shortlisted)* 3 (All shortlisted)* # - -
Minimum aggregate marks obtained by shortlisted candidates # - 161.00 176.00 # - -
Electrical Engineering Number of Vacancies 1 - - 4 1 - -
Candidates required for Phase  III  (Three times the vacancies) 3 - - 12 3 - -
Number of candidates shortlisted for Phase III # - - 1 (All shortlisted)* # - -
Minimum aggregate marks obtained by shortlisted candidates # - - 167.00 # - -

Cut-offs applied on Papers

All Streams and 

across all 


Paper IPaper IIPaper III
40.00 40.00 40.00

SEBI 2017 Cutoff – Phase 1 Exam (Category-wise)

Before you commence your preparation, it is extremely important to make yourself fully aware of the level of the previous year examination, which you can get by going through the previous year cut-offs that give you a direct idea of the level. If the cut-off is high, the level can be understood as easier as compared to the case when the cut-off is low, which indicates that the level was tough. Check out the previous year’s cut-off below:

General Stream

StreamCategoryEnglish LanguageReasoning AbilityGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeTotal Cut -Off
General Unreserved 15 11 10.25 10.75 112.75
OBC 10 6.5 7 6.5 106.5
PWD HH 10 6.5 7 6.5 66.25

Research Stream

StreamCategoryEnglish LanguageReasoning AbilityGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeTotal Cut-Off
Research Unreserved 15 11 10.25 10.75 83.75
ST 10 6.5 7 6.5 83.75

Legal Stream

StreamCategoryEnglish LanguageReasoning AbilityGeneral AwarenessProfessional KnowledgeQuantitative AptitudeTotal Cut-Off
Legal Unreserved 14.25 8.25 8 10 7.5 97.75
SC 10 4.75 5.25 7 3.5 91
PWD VH 10 4.75 5.25 7 3.5 60.25

Information technology

StreamCategoryEnglish LanguageReasoning AbilityGeneral AwarenessProfessional KnowledgeQuantitative AptitudeTotal Cut-Off
Information Technology Unreserved 14.25 8.25 8 7.25 7.5 116.75
OBC 10 4.75 5.25 4.75 3.5 107
SC 10 4.75 5.25 4.75 3.5 92
PWD HH 10 4.75 5.25 4.75 3.5 56.5

Official Language

StreamCategoryEnglish LanguageReasoning AbilityGeneral AwarenessProfessional KnowledgeQuantitative Aptitude
Official Language Unreserved 14.25 8.25 8 7.25 7.5
PWD HH 10 4.75 5.25 4.75 3.5

SEBI Job Profile

If you are able to qualify through all the three phases and are selected for the job, you will be designated as - Assistant Manager in Grade ‘A’. If you are recruited to the post of Officer Grade ‘A’, you shall undergo probation for two years. Once you enter the organisation, your work profile will depend on the stream that you must have chosen while filling the application. Each stream has different sets of functions which are within the bounds of the overall responsibilities and functions of SEBI. Within these streams as well, the selected candidates would be assigned to different departments of SEBI. Some basic functions that a SEBI Grade A officer duty entails are :

  • Approval and amendment of stock exchanges by-laws.
  • Inspection of accounts of stock exchanges and various players.
  • Identify and investigate any malpractices within securities market.
  • Taking steps for increasing Investors knowledge on securities market.
  • Suspension of security tradings of a stock exchange.
  • Granting and withdrawing recognition of a stock exchange.

SEBI Grade A Preparation Strategy 2019

SEBI Grade ‘A’ exam being one of the most awaited and significant examinations should be prepared for, well in advance in a proper & planned manner. Being a higher-level job, the examiner will try to test you on various parameters. While you prepare, it is also necessary to keep your strengths & weaknesses in mind, so that you can make one stronger and work on the other. There is no fixed strategy for preparation that fits all. Each individual should make a strategy accordingly. Your preparation will vary according to the various phases.

Phase I consists of five sections that test the candidates' knowledge in various subjects. You will have to secure minimum marks in each of the sections to qualify in Phase I. To learn more about how to prepare yourself for the various subjects, watch the video given below: 

Phase II Preparation Strategy

Phase II online examination consists of three papers in two different streams, i.e. General & Legal / Information Technology / Engineering. As Phase II is one level higher,  naturally it requires a much more focused and planned strategy with much more hard work. To get more guidance related to Phase II preparation, refer to the video provided below:

SEBI Grade A Blogs 2019

There is no end to learning and collecting more and more knowledge. Thus, you should be open to all sources of knowledge and information which may add up to your preparation. You can refer to the below-mentioned blogs that have some useful information relevant to SEBI Grade ‘A’ Exam 2019.

SEBI GRADE A Descriptive - English Writing Skills 

SEBI Grade A Phase 2: Last Minute Tips to Give Your Best in SEBI Grade A Exam 

FULL FORM OF SEBI with all details

SEBI Grade A Books

SEBI Grade ‘A’ 2019 is an important examination that requires a lot of hard work along with smart work. Preparation is incomplete without good and trustworthy study material. You should know which books to go for, so that you do not waste your precious time in reading and rejecting certain books.

Securities Markets Capital Markets & Securities Laws N.S.Zad
Economic and Social Issues Indian Economy Uma Kapila or Mishra Puri
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
Sociology CN Shankar Rao
Finance & Management Financial Management Prasanna Chandra or IM Pandey
Indian Financial System Bharti Pathak
Principles of Management LN Prasad
Organisational Behaviour SP Robins
Quantitative Aptitude Quicker Mathematics BSC Publications
Quantitative Aptitude RS Agarwal
Class Notes SS Bharti
Reasoning Ability A modern approach to verbal & Non-verbal reasoning R.S. Agarwal
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning S.Chand
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Arihant Publication
English Language English Grammar Wren & Martin
Made Easy for English Norman Lewis
Descriptive General English SP Bakshi
General Awareness Lucent GK Knowledge Lucent Publication

SEBI Grade A Online Course

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Know details about Online course for SEBI Grade A 2019 

SEBI Grade A 2019 Free Mock Tests

While preparing for SEBI Grade ‘A’ 2019 Exam, you need to make sure that you leave no stone unturned and try your best to excel. Therefore, during your preparation, you need to include practice and testing of your knowledge. This needs to be made sure that you not only learn but also practice what you learn which will help in testing your knowledge. Thus, we at ixamBee are providing free mock tests for SEBI Grade ‘A’ 2019 Exam.

To attempt Free Mock tests for SEBI Grade A 2019 

SEBI Exam Analysis

SEBI has been one of the most important and awaited exams of all times, and therefore it should be ensured that you are well aware of all information related to the examination along with knowing the level of the examination. To get a fair idea about the SEBI Exam level, you should go through the previous exam analysis that will help you in sketching an effective preparation plan. Refer to the video below for the 17th November Exam analysis:

SEBI Useful Videos

To excel in any of your examination, it is extremely necessary that you grab every opportunity that comes your way which may give an edge to you over other candidates. The opportunity may also be in the form of additional information regarding the examination / study material in the form of notes , online PDFs or videos. ixamBee provides some useful information through the various helpful videos given below:

SEBI Grade A 2018 Exam Questions - Securities Market


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SEBI Grade A Exam - Securities market and other questions - Video 3 

SEBI Grade A Exam - Securities market and other questions - Video 2 

SEBI Grade A Exam - Securities market and other questions - Video 1 

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