SEBI Grade A 2021: Detailed Syllabus and Recommended Books

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Jun 10, 2021

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Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI) is looking for eligible Indian candidates for the Post of Assistant Manager. Candidates from various streams like general, legal, Information Technology and Engineering are eligible to join. Check SEBI Grade A: Eligibility Criteria.

The selection will be made on the basis of their performance in a two-phased online-exam and Interview. Both of the online-written exams have two papers: Paper-I and Paper-II. The syllabus of Paper-I and Paper-II of both Phases is similar which makes the preparation easier. To know the detailed syllabus, check SEBI Grade A 2020: Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme and Syllabus

  • Paper-I will be common for all streams.
  • The syllabus of Paper-II of Phase-I and Phase-II is identical except for a few sections.
  • The Paper-I consists of Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness.
  • Candidates from Management, Economics, Cost, Accountancy, Commerce & Accountancy, and Finance & Management are eligible to apply.
  • The candidates must solve more and more practice papers for effective preparation. 

SEBI Paper-I: Section-wise Syllabus and Recommended Books

There are numerous candidates who start their preparation with utmost enthusiasm and zeal but end up not completing the syllabus on time. The main reason is not being acquainted to the entire syllabus. Here is the compact syllabus that you will guide you through your preparation of SEBI Paper-I:

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

Recommended Books for SEBI Grade A Paper-I:

Starting preparation can get really hard when you do not know or have a clear concept of the syllabus and books. There are lots of books in the market on the topics in SEBI Paper-I but not all of them are really helpful. Before you buy any book, you should consider some of the essential points such as the language of the books you are buying, do the books really cover the syllabus, are they informative enough etc.

These questions are really confusing and can lead you to buy unnecessary books. For those who are just kicking of their preparation and those who are looking for better books, here is a compact list of the books for SEBI Grade A Paper-I of Phase-I and Phase-II:

Section Books Author/Publisher
General Awareness Banking Awareness Handbook of Banking Information N.S. Toor
Banking Awareness Arihant Experts
Static GK General Knowledge A. P. Bhardwaj
Lucent General Knowledge Dr. Binay Karna & R. P. Suman
Banking Awareness N K Gupta and IBC Academy Publications
English Language High School English Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin
Objective General English  R. S. Aggarwal and Vikas Aggarwal
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis 
English for Bank Exams  S. Chand Publishing
Quantitative Aptitude Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations RS Aggarwal/ S Chand Publishing; Revised edition
Quantitative Aptitude for All Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha/ McGraw Hill Education;
Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Disha Publication; Third edition
Data Interpretation  Arun Sharma
Quantum Cat  Sarvesh Kumar Verma
Reasoning Ability A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning R. S. Aggarwal 
Analytical Reasoning M. K. Pandey
How to Crack Test of Reasoning  Jaikishan and Premkishan
A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali

Check Preparation Tips for SEBI 2020 Paper-I of Phase-I & Phase-II

SEBI Grade A: Paper-II of General Stream of Phase-I & Phase-II

The following part of the article is for the General candidates who already have applied for SEBI from several general streams yet do not have the syllabus even more confused about which books are essential for SEBI Grade A Paper-II.

Here we are listing the syllabus and recommended books for Economics, Commerce &Accountancy, Management, Finance & Management and Cost.

SEBI Paper-II of General Stream: Economics and Social Issues:

  • 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
  • Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Non-banking Financial Institutions.

Preferable Books for Economics :

  • NCERT Books
  • Union Budget & Economic Survey.
  • 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 Progress - Sri Ram Srirangam & Manish Kumar
  • Indian Economy - Mishra Puri.

SEBI Paper-II of General Stream: Commerce & Accountancy:

  • Accounting as a financial information system;
  • Accounting Standards with specific reference to Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Foreign Exchange Transactions, Investments.
  • Cash Flow Statement, Fund flow statement, Financial statement analysis; Ratio analysis;
  • Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares.
  • Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities.
  • Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts.

Recommended Books for Commerce & Accountancy:

  • 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

SEBI Paper-II of General Stream: Management

  • Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organization, Staffing, Directing and controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organization.
  • Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader; Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader.
  • Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Performance Appraisal – Potential appraisal and development – Feedback and Performance Counselling – Career Planning – Training and Development – Rewards – Employee Welfare. Motivation, Morale, and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale.
  • 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.
  • Corporate Governance: Factors affecting Corporate Governance; Mechanisms of Corporate Governance.

Recommended Books for Management:

  • Principles of Management – Harold Koontz
  • Financial Management – Prasanna Chandra Principles and Practices of Management – L N Prasad
  • Financial Management, Theory and Practice - Prasanna Chandra
  • Management Accounting - R.S.N. Pillai & Bhagavati
  • Principles of Management -McGraw Hills

SEBI Paper-II of General Stream: Finance & Management:

  • Financial System:
    • Money Market, Capital Market
    • Reserve Bank of India- functions and conduct of monetary policy, Banking System in India, Financial Institutions – SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, NHB, etc.
    • SEBI – functions and role
    • Prevention of Money Laundering
    • Know Your Client Framework
  • Financial Markets:
    • Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.
  • General Topics:
    • Risk Management in Financial Sector Page 21 of 25
    • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures, and Swap
    • Changing Landscape of Financial sector
    • Recent Developments in the Financial Sector, Portfolio Investment, Public Sector Reforms, Disinvestments
    • Financial Inclusion- use of technology
    • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
    • Corporate Governance in the Financial Sector, the role of e-governance in addressing the issues of corruption and inefficiency in the government sector
    • The Union Budget – Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Thirteenth Finance Commission and GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM)
    • Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI – components and trends.
  • Recommended Books For Finance & Management:
    • Financial Management – Prasanna Chandra Principles and Practices of Management – L N Prasad
    • Indian Financial System – Bharati V Pathak
    • Organizational Behaviour - S P Robbins
    • Principles of Management – Harold Koontz
    • IGNOU Notes for Organisational Behaviour
  • SEBI Paper-II of General Stream: Costing
    • Overview of Cost and Management Accounting – Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting, Objectives and Scope of Cost and Management Accounting.
    • Methods of Costing – Single Output/ Unit Costing, Job Costing, Batch Costing, Contract Costing, Process/ Operation Costing, Costing of Service Sectors.
    • Basics of Cost Control and Analysis – (i) Standard Costing, (ii) Marginal Costing, (iii) Budget and Budgetary Control.
    • Lean System and Innovation:- Introduction to Lean System, Just-in-Time (JIT), Kaizen Costing, 5 Ss, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Cellular Manufacturing/ One-Piece Flow Production Systems, Six Sigma (SS), Introduction to Process Innovation and Business Process Re-engineering (BPR).
  • Recommended Books For Costing
    • 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

You need to start preparing for the SEBI exam as soon as possible since the syllabus is vast and we hope that we have managed to provide you with detailed information on the best books for SEBI Grade A Exam 2020. After reading this article, you should be in a position to decide which books you should refer to for the SEBI Grade A Exam this year.

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