Preparation Tips for SEBI Grade A 2021

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Jun 10, 2021

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Sudeshna Bhar

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SEBI Grade A syllabus and Exam Pattern of Phase-I and Phase-II has been changed which has been declared in the first notification of SEBI Application. This year the change in exam pattern has caused much unrest. Candidates planning to appear for the exam need to have detailed knowledge. By knowing the latest exam pattern and syllabus, you can create a good preparation plan for yourself. Make yourself familiar with the type of questions asked in the paper, weightage given to topics, marking scheme, etc by checking previous years’ papers. Check SEBI 2020 Exam Pattern

Every year, the number of applicants has been increasing which is making SEBI more challenging. SEBI has received approx 77,000 applications for 120 posts in past year recruitment. This year the Application Process of SEBI Grade A is extended till July 31, 2020. Check SEBI Grade A: Application Process.

Section-wise Preparation Tips for Paper-I

In the Paper-I, there are four sections:

  1. General Awareness
  2. English Language
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. Reasoning Ability

The Marks distribution has not been revealed yet, but can be expected a few weeks before the exam. Due to the change in the exam pattern of Sebi Grade A 2020, candidates are looking for tentative marks distribution. Here is probable marks distribution of paper-I:

Sections Weightage (Tentative)
General Awareness 25 - 30 Marks
Reasoning Ability 27 - 35 Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 25 - 35 Marks
English Language 15 - 20 marks

General Awareness Preparation:

  • First, start covering daily newspapers and various current affairs as well as the news related to the financial sector since the last 6 months at least.
  • Cover important news on sports, national affairs, financial schemes, etc since the last 8 months.
  • Give current affairs mock tests at least 30-45 minutes on a daily basis.
  • Keep yourself updated on SEBI news and schemes.
  • Start keeping notes of the current affairs for faster revision.
  • Revise the highlights of the financial and economic sector related news.
  • Try keeping yourself updated on topics like the history of banking sectors, SEBI functions, SEBI system, static awareness, etc.
  • Newspapers such as The Hindu, Business Standards, The Economic Times etc can be followed.

English Language Preparation:

  • Start practising your high school grammar lessons and workbooks. This will help you to recall the concepts in an easier way.
  • Read articles, novels, magazines to enhance your vocabulary.
  • Reading comprehension is the topic that carries a lot of marks weightage and thus requires a lot of practice.
  • Practice grammatical theories regularly so that you can easily solve relevant questions.
  • Keep a note of new words that you learn from different sources to improve your vocabulary.

Quantitative Aptitude Preparation:

  • Arithmetic plays an important role in cracking this section.
  • Learn all the important formulae by practising the relevant problems and also learn the concept behind the formulas.
  • Follow the syllabus and give at least 1 hour daily in practising quantitative aptitudes.
  • Solve Problems based on Permutations and Combinations, Time-Speed-Distance, Simple interest and Compound interest etc to increase your understanding related to these topics.
  • Solve the maximum number of questions of all sorts of difficulty level varying from easy to difficult.
  • Data Interpretation is also based on arithmetic topics.
  • Take mock tests and rectify your mistakes.
  • Save the analysis of your mock tests to know your growth.

Reasoning Ability Preparation:

  • Practice reasoning ability at the same time for your mainstream preparation.
  • Solve puzzles on a regular basis this will help you to develop your logical and analytical skills.
  • Practice easy topics daily like Inequality, Blood-relation, Coding-decoding etc.
  • Take mocks to enhance your understanding of the type of questions asked in the exam.

Preparation Tips for SEBI Paper-II (General Stream) :

SEBI has declared in the notification that for the general stream, Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act and Economics candidates are eligible to apply.

In Phase-I, There shall be negative marking (1/4th of marks assigned to the question) for Paper-II. The examination dates of several streams will be scheduled on different dates so that candidates can apply for various streams (maximum 2 streams).

The syllabus of the general stream is identical to both Phase-I and Phase-II. The difficulty level of the question paper will intensify in the Phase-II than Phase-I. Here are basic preparation tips for General Stream of SEBI Paper-II:

  • The basic preparation should start with a general reading for conceptual clarity with subsequent reading focusing upon vital definition by authors and thinkers, establishing clear links with various topics/chapters.
  • Note-making is extremely crucial wherein all diagrams, examples, definitions and core points should be listed out without much explanation.
  • Also, all the topics from various sources should be integrated into one place.
  • Make your notes scrip and to the point which will ease the procedure of revision and save you time.
  • Use such books that have understandable language as well as cover the syllabus.
  • Use examples to justify and explain your answers while making notes.
  • Keep notes of the current affairs related to your stream. Keep yourself updated to feel more confident.
  • Solve sample paper questions and if possible solve previous years questions though the exam pattern has changed.
  • Take Mock tests on a periodic basis to evaluate your progress. In the Phase-I online Exam, you have to answer 100 marks within 40 minutes which may seem easier but in such lesser period, you will not have time to think.
  • Save the analysis of your mock tests. This will give you a good look at your growth and speed.

Recommended Books for General Stream

Choosing the right books is very important. While choosing the books always remember the books should cover the desired syllabus and should have the virtue of readability. Here are some books which will help you to crack Paper-II of SEBI 2020:

Books for Economics:

Books Author/Publisher
Indian Economy for Civil Services, Universities and Other Examinations Ramesh Singh 
Indian Economy|For UPSC Civil Services, State Services, UGC, University, College UG & PG Exams Madhur M. Mahajan
Indian Economic Development Since 1947 Uma Kapila
Indian Economy  Gaurav Datt and Ashwani Mahajan
Indian Economy- Principles, Policies, and Progres Sri Ram Srirangam & Manish Kumar 
Indian Economy Mishra Puri. 

Books for Commerce & Accountancy:

Books Author/Publisher
Corporate Accounting Naseem Ahmed
Students' Guide to Accounting Standards Dr D.S. Rawat
Commercial's Accounting Standards Ravi Kanth Miriyala
Indian Accounting Standards Dolphy D’Souza

Books for Management:

Books Author/Publisher
Principles of Management Harold Koontz
Financial Management L N Prasad
Financial Management, Theory and Practice Prasanna Chandra 
Management Accounting R.S.N. Pillai & Bhagavati
Principles of Management McGraw Hills

Books for Finance & Management:

Books Author/Publisher
Financial Management  L N Prasad
Indian Financial System Bharati V Pathak
Organizational Behaviour S P Robbins
Principles of Management Harold Koontz

Books for Costing Preparation:

Books Author/Publisher
Cost Accounting: Method & Problems B.K. Bhar
Cost Accounting N.K. Prasad & A.K. Prasad
Cost Accounting – Theory & Practices Bhabatosh Banerjee
Principles and Practice of Cost Accounting Asish Bhattacharya
Studies in Cost Management S.N. Maheshwari

The preparation of Last week is very essential as well as crucial as that is the time to revise all that you have studied, without cramming up all the knowledge. Time management can get complicated these days. Count the hours you have in your hand before the exam and use it wisely. Do not stress yourself with the approaching exam. Stay calm and focused.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.