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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.

Conducting Authority

Securities and Exchange Board of India

Website

www.rbi.org.in

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: www.sebi.gov.in, 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.

Level

Examination

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.

Stream

Tests

Maximum Marks

Duration

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.

Stream

Paper

Maximum Marks

Duration

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.

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

Stream

Educational 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.

Category

Upper 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:

Post

Salary

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.

Stream

Number of posts

UR

OBC

SC

ST

Total

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: www.sebi.gov.in 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 Applicant

Amount 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.

Activity

Tentative Exam Dates (SEBI reserves the right to make any change in these 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 Examination

November,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 2018 Cutoff – Phase 1 Exam (Category-wise)

Stream

SC

ST

OBC (NCL)

UR

PwBD (HH)

PwBD (LD/AU/MD/OD)

PwBD(VH)

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 Categories

General Awareness

English Language

Quantitative Aptitude

Test of Reasoning

Awareness 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

Stream

 

SC

ST

OBC (NCL)

UR

PwBD

(HH)

PwBD

(LD/AU/MD/OD)

PwBD

(VH)

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 Categories

Paper I

Paper II

Paper 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

Stream

Category

English Language

Reasoning Ability

General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

Total 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

Stream

Category

English Language

Reasoning Ability

General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

Total Cut-Off

Research

Unreserved

15

11

10.25

10.75

83.75

ST

10

6.5

7

6.5

83.75

Legal Stream

Stream

Category

English Language

Reasoning Ability

General Awareness

Professional Knowledge

Quantitative Aptitude

Total 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

Stream

Category

English Language

Reasoning Ability

General Awareness

Professional Knowledge

Quantitative Aptitude

Total 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

Stream

Category

English Language

Reasoning Ability

General Awareness

Professional Knowledge

Quantitative 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 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.

Paper

Subject

Book

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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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.

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 Grade A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Question. Can those students who are appearing in final year of Graduation apply for any post in SEBI Grade ‘A’ recruitment?

Answer. Yes. Candidates who have appeared for the final examinations and waiting for the results are eligible to appear for the Phase I, Phase II and Phase III of the selection process.

Question: In SEBI Grade ‘A’ exam, can I choose Hindi language as the exam language?

Answer Yes, SEBI Grade ‘A’ exam is bilingual (i.e, Hindi & English). You can choose your preferred language either Hindi or English.

Question: Is the SEBI Grade ‘A’ examination in ONLINE or OFFLINE mode?

Answer. SEBI Grade ‘A’ 2019 exam will be in online mode.

Question: Is there any sectional CUT-OFF in SEBI Grade ‘A’ Exam?

Answer. Yes. SEBI Grade ‘A’ exam will have sectional cut-off along with the overall cut off.

Question: Is SEBI Grade ‘A’ Officer Job transferable?

Answer: Yes, SEBI Grade ‘A’ Officer is liable to be posted anywhere in India, also depending on the job profile and department being served.

Question: How many attempts are there in SEBI Grade ‘A’?

Answer: There is no such limit on the number of attempts for SEBI Grade ‘A’ exam. You can appear for this exam till the time they are eligible according to the eligibility criteria provided by SEBI in the notification.

Question: What is the age limit for the SEBI Grade ‘A’ post?

Answer: The minimum age of the candidates must be 21 years & maximum age limit is 30 years as on 1st March 2019.

SEBI Useful Videos

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