SEBI Grade A 2021

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SEBI Grade A

What is SEBI Grade A Exam?

SEBI Grade A exam is conducted by the Securities and Exchange Board of India [SEBI] every year. Through this test, candidates are recruited for the post of Assistant Manager [Grade A]. Since the notification for 147 vacancies for Legal, General, Engineering, Research, Information Technology, and Official Language stream has been released by the statutory body, in this blog, we will highlight the key details of the exam in a comprehensive way. 


Name of Examination SEBI Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam 2021
Conducting Authority Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
Post Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager)
No. of Vacancies To be Announced
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Examination Online
Application Fees For SC/ST/PWD candidates – Rs. 100/-
For General/OBC/EWS candidates – Rs. 1000/-
No. of Phases  3
Selection Criteria Phase-I: Prelims Exam
Phase-II: Mains
Phase-III: Interview
Job Location  Across India
Official website 

Important Dates for 2021

Online Application Starts From To be announced
Last Date of Submission  To be announced
Admit Card Releasing Date To be announced
Phase-I Online Examination Date To be announced
Result of Phase-I  To be announced
Phase-II Online Examination Date To be announced
Result of Phase-II To be announced
Interview Date To be announced

Eligibility Criteria

Even though the eligibility criteria varies since there are many streams, the age requirements remain the same. Enlisted are detailed prerequisites that a candidate needs to fulfill in order to appear for the SEBI Grade A exam: 

  • Further, there is certain age relaxation for specific categories. While for SC/ST, it is 5 years, for OBC, it is 3 years.
  • For the domicile residents of J&K [ between 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1981] and Ex-servicemen, the relaxation is of 5 years. 
  • For PwBD, the relaxation is 10 years[General Category], 13 [OBC], and 15 years [SC/ST]. 

Specific Educational Qualifications

General Stream Master’s degree in any discipline/ Bachelor’s in Engineering/ Law/ Chartered Accountant/ Company Secretary/ Cost and Work Accountant.
Legal Bachelors Degree in Law [LLB]
Information Technology Graduate in Electrical/Electronics/Computer Science Engineering
Engineering Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering
Research  Master’s degree in Statistics/ Economics/ Commerce/ Business/ Administration (Finance)
Official Langauge Master’s degree in Hindi with English as one of the subjects at the Bachelor’s level


Master’s in Sanskrit/ English/ Economics

Age Limit

  • The maximum age to appear for the exam is 30 years, that is, the candidate must be born after 1st March 1991
  • Here are the age relaxations as per the category-
Category Age Relaxations
Other Backward Classes Non-Creamy layer (OBC-NCL) 3 years
SC 5 years
ST 5 years

SEBI Grade A Exam: Exam Procedure

The most important aspect that should be taken into consideration before applying for the SEBI Grade A exam is to study the pattern and syllabus. This exam is conducted in 3 phases wherein Phase 1 & 2 are objective in nature. Phase 3, on the other hand, is the interview round.  

Level Examination
Phase 1 Online Screening Exam for 200 Marks
Phase 2 Online Exam for 200 Marks
Phase 3 Interview

Exam Pattern

Both phase 1 & phase 2 papers of the SEBI Grade A exam will be conducted online. In phase 1, there will be 2 papers. While Paper 1 is common for all the streams, Paper 2 depends on the stream you choose. Another important thing to note is that all the questions will be available in English and Hindi languages except the Test of English.

Phase 1

Papers Stream / Subjects Duration Maximum Marks Cut-Off
Paper 1 [All Streams] Multiple Choice Questions on General Awareness,
English Language, Quantitative Aptitude
and Reasoning
60 Minutes 100 Marks 30%
Paper 2  [General Stream] General Stream [MCQs on subjects like Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, and Economics]

Other Streams [MCQs on Specialized subjects pertaining to the stream]

40 Minutes

40 Minutes

100 Marks

100 Marks



Phase 2

The candidates who qualified the Phase 1 would advance to the Phase 2 online examination. The pattern for this year’s Phase 2 has also changed. Like Phase 1, there will be 2 papers in the second phase of the SEBI Grade A test. Paper 1 is common for all the streams whereas Paper 2 will be different, as per the streams. 

Paper Stream / Subjects Duration Maximum Marks Cut-Off Weightage
Paper 1 All streams: English Descriptive Test 60 Minutes 100 Marks 30% 1/3rd
Paper 2 General Stream: MCQs on subjects like Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Costing, Companies Act and Economics

Legal, Engineering and Official Language Streams: Multiple Choice questions pertaining to the stream

Research Stream: Multiple Choice Questions on Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, and Finance

40 Minutes

40 Minutes

100 marks

100 Marks





Phase 3: Interview Round

Only the final shortlisted candidates would be called for the interview round. The candidate can also choose the mode of interview i.e. English or Hindi. What is important to note is that the final merit list will depend on the marks obtained in Phase 2 and the interview round. While Phase 2 will carry 85% of the weightage, the Interview round will carry the remaining 15%. 

SEBI Grade A Syllabus

Let us quickly go through the syllabus of the both the SEBI Grade A exams-

Phase I- Prelims Paper 

Tabulated below is the syllabus of Prelims exam-

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

Phase II- Mains Paper 

The syllabus for paper 1 of Phase II will revolve around the basic level of English as it aims to gauge your skills about the same. On the other hand, paper 2 will have a different syllabus as per the stream you opt for.

Marking Scheme

Phase 1 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer
Phase 2 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer
Incorrect Answer [Both Phases] 1/4th of the marks will be deducted i.e.

For 1 mark questions, 0.25 will be deducted and for questions carrying 2 marks, 0.50 will be deducted

Appliances Process 

All the candidates who are looking forward to applying for this exam, here are some simple steps following which you will be able to do so- 

  • Log on to the official website and click on the tab for careers 
  • Click on the link directed for the recruitment notification for SEBI
  • Now click on the option of apply online
  • enter your basic details such as name contact number and email address to generate a new registration
  • Submit your details and your system will generate a registration number and password that will be sent to you on your email id and mobile number
  • Fill in the application form carefully and click on the button of final submit
  • Save the application form once it is submitted and then attach the required documents
  • In the next step, you will be asked to complete the process by making the due payment 

Documents Required 

To successfully submit your application for this exam, you will be required to attach the following documents with your form-

Documents  Dimnesions File Size
Signature 140 x 60 pixels .JPG/ JPEG 10kb –20kb
Photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm) 200 x 230 pixels  .JPG/ JPEG 20kb-50kb.
Handwriting Declaration 140 x 60 pixels .JPG/ JPEG 20kb –50 kb
Left Thumb Impression 140 x 60 pixels .JPG/ JPEG 10kb –20kb

Application Fee

The candidates who wish to register for the SEBI Grade A exam, it is mandatory fto submit the examination charges along with the application form. Here are the prescribed charges as per the categories-

Category Application Charges
Unreserved candidates INR 1000/-+ intimation charges
OBC candidates INR 1000/-+ intimation charges
EWS candidates INR 1000/-+ intimation charges
SC candidates INR 100/- + intimation charges
ST candidates INR 100/- + intimation charges
PwBD candidates INR 100/- + intimation charges

SEBI Grade A Exam: Cut Off 

To help you have an idea about the expected cut off for 2021, here are the cut offs for both the papers in 2020-

Prelims Cut Off 2020

Paper Cut Off
Paper 1 30%
Paper 2 40%

Mains Cut Off 2020

Paper Cut Off Weightage
Paper 1 30% 1/3rd
Paper 2 (Legal Engineering Stream) 40% 2/3rd
Paper 2 (Research Stream) 40% 2/3rd

SEBI Grade A Salary

The successful candidates will be on a two-years probation period on the job. According to their work ethic and other necessary parameters, the candidates would become permanent in the job. The pay scale of officers in SEBI Grade A can range from Rs. 28,000-55,000, depending on the years of service. 

Hence, the SEBI Grade A exam is an excellent opportunity for those who want to start a career in the government sector in one of the most coveted institutions. Needless to say, with an array of jobs and courses available, choosing career options after graduation can be a daunting task. Take the psychometric test at Leverage Edu and get a list of most suitable courses and universities from our experts based on your skills and interests! 

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