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How To Prepare for SEBI Grade A Officer

Topics Covered: SEBI Grade A Preparation Strategy, Study Sequence, Important Techniques, Approach to Mocks, DOs & Don’ts, Day-Wise Study Plan, Phase 1 – Paper 2 Study Plan and Phase 1 & 2 – Paper 2 Study Plan

An organization like SEBI is considered to be one of the reputed institutes in the country. When we talk about the most prestigious examinations that take place nationwide, the exam for SEBI Grade A comes to mind. 

Lakhs of aspirants apply each year for this exam which is also one of the reasons for its competitive nature.   

To begin with, SEBI is the apex regulatory body of the security market of India. It is handled with the task of protecting the interest of investors and furthering the development of the securities market of India.  

Given the responsibilities that come with working at SEBI, only a few candidates are selected to become SEBI Grade A officers in the final recruitment process.

Hence, having a strategic preparation plan is extremely essential to clearing the SEBI Grade A exam.

A preparation strategy should provide room for thorough coverage of the syllabus and ample time for multiple revision of the same.  

Now, having been a mentor for so many years now and interacting with so many students, I am well – aware of the factors that aspirants must keep in mind while preparing for an exam like SEBI Grade A.  

So, I can safely say that without a well – rounded preparation strategy, it becomes slightly difficult to head in the right direction!  

Therefore, if you are planning to prepare for SEBI Grade A 2024, then I have good news for you regarding that, as on the page I will discuss the preparation strategy with you that you can effectively utilize to ace this exam.  

Thus, without wasting any more of your time, let us dive right in.

Table of Content – SEBI Grade A Preparation Strategy

Preparation Strategy: SEBI Grade A Phase 1 & 2

In this section, I have divided the SEBI Grade A preparation strategy into several topics.
Along with this, I have also included a time-bound, detailed, and subject-wise study plan below that you can use to schedule your SEBI Grade A exam preparation.
By carefully going through each point and following the preparation strategy, you shall move closer to clearing this exam.  

The study plan has also been given in a tabular form which shall be easier for you to understand.  

Now, let us start with the most important topics related to the SEBI Grade A exam preparation:

Study Sequence

  1. When you start with your preparation, take at least 3 mocks of both Phase 1 and 2 to identify your strong and weak areas. Score < 50% shall be considered weak.
  2. Categorize subjects falling under strong and weak categories, after carefully evaluating which of them you are strong in and which of them you are weak in. Be honest.
  3. Create a Study Timeline: Divide the preparation time into week-wise phases. Select 2 subjects at a time, one that you are strong in, and the other you are weak in. You can also use the timetable given by me below. It is divided into morning and evening shifts.
  4. Brush up on Current Affairs: You can make use of ‘Spotlight’, and ‘Finance Current Affairs’ to study current affairs. If you have limited time, start with current affairs when you are done with at-least 50% of your syllabus. Do not begin your preparation with current affairs.
  5. Practice Writing: Attempt a test of Essay every week to improve your writing skills.

Important Techniques

  1. Schedule your day before leaving the bed in the morning and stick to this as far as possible.
  2. Revise either daily or weekly, depending on your timetable. Working aspirants can follow weekly revision schedule and students can follow a daily revision schedule.
  3. Analyze previous year’s paper: It would help in listing the important static part of Subjects and indicate the Shifting trends/Changing patterns.
  4. Self-Assessment: Always observe yourself, you are the best guide of yourself. You must know where you lack and how much time you need to devote to a topic.
  5. Don’t devote too much time to reading the newspaper. Current affairs magazines are more helpful before interviews. Argumentation and opinions help in the interview stage more. You can rely on monthly magazines for Phase 1 and Phase 2.
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Approach to mocks

  1. Writing mocks every week is very important. Mocks can be sectional or comprehensive, depending on the stage of your preparation. You can start with sectional tests of SEBI Phase 1 and Phase 2. When the examination is 1 month away, you can begin comprehensive mocks.
  2. Sectional as well as comprehensive tests help by improving time management skills of the aspirant.
  3. Mock analysis is as important as mocks itself. You can analyse mocks by dividing your answers into 3 parts- correct, incorrect and not answered. You need to work on questions that got correct by fluke and the answers that got wrong due to silly mistakes. Try to minimize these two.

Here’s a couple of Free Mock Tests, covering both Phase-1 and Phase-2 of SEBI Grade A. These Mock Tests are personally designed by me.

4. Work on elimination technique to score higher and also enhance your accuracy. Under elimination, you eliminate all options before finalizing your answer choice. It is certainly more time consuming but more accurate as well. (Elimination is not always successful in quant and reasoning. If you have arrived at the right answer by solving a question, no need to apply elimination)

Do’s and Don’ts

  1. Cramming Wisely: Question papers have become a mix of concepts and facts – this needs a holistic approach wherein you are cramming and understanding concepts together.
  2. Limited Sources: The source is like an old trusted friend, which will always help you in your time of need. There is no time for reading new books, which our brain usually forced us to do, decide on a few and stick with them.
  3. Aptitude tests: Don’t forget to practice the Aptitude mock test as it has emerged as a villain. Cover aspects like comprehension, mental ability, and logical reasoning while taking aptitude tests.
  4. Time Management: Do not spend your energy by talking and discussing unusually. Avoid stressful people and follow Eat, Sleep, Study & Meditate strategy for better results.
  5. Say no to Facebook, Instagram, Web series or any other social media platform which can easily distract you.
  6. Do not use your phone while studying. If you don’t have a laptop, get an old laptop or desktop. Phones aren’t meant to study. Keep your phone in another room or in a drawer while studying. This is rule 101.

These are all the important points that you’d need to be mindful of while preparing for the SEBI Grade A exam.

Now it is time for me to share with you the Day-wise study plan that I have designed for you all in the form of tables, but before we go over to that, let me just list out some salient points that will help you understand the study plan better.

Day-Wise Study Plan

  1. The plan has been divided into- Phase 1 Quant, Reasoning and English; Phase 2 Finance Theory & Numerical; Phase 2 Management; Phase 2 Companies Act & Costing; Phase 2 Accounts & Economics. Based on your priority, you can pick up any one of it. 
  2. If you have ample time with you, it is advisable to start with Phase 2 subjects of Finance & Management, followed by Companies Act & Costing, then Accounts & Economics and finally Phase 1 QRE. However, you can also start with Phase 1 QRE, if you feel that you are very weak in the same.
  3. Pick up a maximum of 2 subjects in one day, as described in the study plan. Do not pick up more than 2 subjects at one point. 
  4. If you are a working aspirant, divide your study session into 2 slots- morning and evening. Begin your study session early in the morning as provided in the below study plan. After leaving the office at 6 PM, take a nap rest for 1 hour. Start studying by 8 PM and give only 3 hours.  
  5. Repeat the cycle after you have completed your syllabus once. In the second reading, start with current affairs too. You need to cover Phase 1 and Phase 2 current affairs together.

Phase 1 (Paper 1) – STUDY PLAN (Quant, Reasoning & English)

In the table below, I have provided a day-wise study plan with proper segregation of topics in a simplified manner. This will help you with comprehensive coverage as well as multiple revisions of the syllabus. 

Quantitative AptitudeReasoning
Profit & LossDay 1 & 2InequalitiesDay 1 & 2
Time & WorkDay 3 & 4DirectionsDay 3 & 4
Ratio & ProportionDay 5 & 6Blood RelationsDay 5 & 6
Average, Mixture & AlligationsDay 7 & 8Statements & AssumptionsDay 7 & 8
Time, Speed & DistanceDay 9 & 10Statements & ArgumentsDay 9 & 10
Quadratic EquationDay 11Statements & Course of ActionDay 11
Quadratic EquationDay 12Coding DecodingDay 12
Numbers, HCF & LCMDay 13Coding DecodingDay 13
Numbers, HCF & LCMDay 14Input & OutputDay 14
Data InterpretationDay 15Input & OutputDay 15
Data InterpretationDay 16ArrangementsDay 16
S.I. & C.I. and PartnershipDay 17 & 18ArrangementsDay 17 & 18
PercentagesDay 19 & 20Number SystemsDay 19 & 20
AgesDay 21 & 22PuzzlesDay 21 & 22
ApproximationDay 23 & 24SyllogismDay 23 & 24
SimplificationDay 25 & 26AnalogiesDay 25 & 26
Reading ComprehensionDay 27 & 28Statements & ConclusionDay 27 & 28
Cloze TestDay 29 & 30Cause & EffectDay 29 & 30
Para JumblesDay 31 & 32Order & RankingDay 31 & 32
Common ErrorsDay 33 & 34Alphabet TestDay 33 & 34
Phrase ReplacementDay 35 & 36Sequence & SymbolsDay 35 & 36
Critical ReasoningDay 37 & 38ClassificationDay 37 & 38
Sentence CorrectionDay 39 & 40Data SufficiencyDay 39 & 40
Combining SentencesDay 41 & 42
Fill in the BlanksDay 43 & 44
VocabularyDay 45 & 46

Phase 1 & Phase 2 (Paper 2) – STUDY PLAN (Finance, Management, Commerce & Accountancy, Costing, Companies Act and Economics )

Regulatory BodiesDay 1 & 2IntroductionDay 1 & 2
Indian Banking SystemsDay 3 & 4Evolution of Mgmt. ThoughtDay 3 & 4
Indian Financial SystemsDay 5 & 6Mgmt. Function & Mgmt. RolesDay 5 & 6
Financial MarketDay 7 & 8Nudge TheoryDay 7 & 8
Risk Management in Banking SectorDay 9 & 10Intro to Org. BehaviourDay 9 & 10
Financial InclusionDay 11 & 12PersonalityDay 11 & 12
Alt. Source of Finance PPPDay 13 & 14PerceptionDay 13 & 14
Corporate Governance in Banking SectorDay 15 & 16MotivationDay 15 & 16
InflationDay 17 & 18LeadershipDay 17 & 18
FintechDay 19 & 20Emotional IntelligenceDay 19 & 20
Global Financial Market & Intl. BankingDay 21 & 22Analysis of Interpersonal RelationshipDay 21 & 22
Impact of Global Financial CrisisDay 23 & 24ConflictDay 23 & 24
FDI FPI DisinvestmentDay 25 & 26Organisation ChangeDay 25 & 26
GSTDay 27 & 28Organisation DevelopmentDay 27 & 28
Commerce & AccountancyManagement
Basics of AccountingDay 29 & 30Human Resource DevelopmentDay 29 & 30
Accounting as Financial Acc. SystemDay 31 & 32Morales & IncentivesDay 31 & 32
Acc. Standards & Indian Acc. StandardsDay 33 & 34CommunicationDay 33 & 34
Cash Flow StatementDay 35 & 36Performance AppraisalDay 35 & 36
Fund Flow StatementDay 37 & 38Training & DevelopmentDay 37 & 38
Financial Statement AnalysisDay 39 & 40Corporate GovernanceDay 39 & 40
Commerce & AccountancyCosting
Ratio AnalysisDay 41 & 42Overview of Cost AccountingDay 41 & 42
Accounting for Share CapitalDay 43 & 44Overview of Mgt. AccountingDay 43 & 44
Employee Stack Option & Buy Back of SecurityDay 45 & 46Single Output & Unit CostingDay 45 & 46
Preparation of Company Final AccountsDay 47 & 48Job CostingDay 47 & 48
Additional TopicsDay 49Batch CostingDay 49
Companies ActCosting
Introduction to Companies ActDay 50Batch CostingDay 50
Introduction to Companies ActDay 51Contract CostingDay 51
Prospectus, Allotment of Secuties & Pvt. PlacementDay 52Contract CostingDay 52
Prospectus, Allotment of Secuties & Pvt. PlacementDay 53Process CostingDay 53
Share Capital & DebenturesDay 54Process CostingDay 54
Share Capital & DebenturesDay 55Costing of Service SectorsDay 55
Declaration & Payment of DividendDay 56Costing of Service SectorsDay 56
Declaration & Payment of DividendDay 57Standard CostingDay 57
Audit & AuditorsDay 58Standard CostingDay 58
Audit & AuditorsDay 59Marginal CostingDay 59
Appointment & Qualification of DirectorsDay 60Marginal CostingDay 60
Appointment & Qualification of DirectorsDay 61Budget & Budgetory ControlDay 61
Meetings of BoardDay 62Budget & Budgetory ControlDay 62
Meetings of BoardDay 63Lean SystemDay 63
National Company Law Tribunal & Appeliate TribunalDay 64Lean SystemDay 64
National Company Law Tribunal & Appeliate TribunalDay 65
Introduction to EconomicsDay 66 & 67Demand & Elasticity of DemandDay 66 & 67
Supply & Elasticity of SupplyDay 68 & 69Relationship between AR & MRDay 68 & 69
Utility AnalysisDay 70 & 71Procedure EquillibriumDay 70 & 71
Theory of CostsDay 72 & 73Market StructuresDay 72 & 73
National IncomeDay 74 & 75Determination of Output & EmploymentDay 74 & 75
Classical & Keynesian ApproachDay 76 & 77Demand & Supply for MoneyDay 76 & 77
IS-LMDay 78 & 79Inflation & Phillips CurveDay 78 & 79
Business CycleDay 80 & 81Balanace of PaymentDay 80 & 81
Foreign Exchange MarketDay 82 & 83Non-Banking Financial InstitutionsDay 82 & 83
Baumols Sales Maximization ModelDay 84 & 85


On this page, we have discussed everything you need to know about SEBI Grade A exam preparation strategy, which includes study sequence, do’s and don’ts in preparation, and a day-wise study plan. This will help you comprehensively cover the syllabus and be ready for the exam. Having said that, I’d like you to know that I have full confidence in your ability to crack the SEBI Grade A Exam. Wish you all the best for future.  

Never stop learning!! 

CEO of Anujjindal.in

About Anuj Jindal


Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.

FAQs: How To Prepare for SEBI Grade A Officer

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    Does the SEBI Grade A exam has negative marking? 

    SEBI Grade A exam follows the usual procedure of a banking exam, I.e., Its Phase I exam is divided into 2 papers and 3 sections. The total weightage of the Phase-I test is 100 marks each and there is a negative marking of 1/4 marks for every wrong answer

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    Will SEBI previous year’s papers will be helpful for preparation? 

    Going through the previous year’s paper is one of the initial steps of preparing for SEBI Grade A exam. It is a helpful practice for the following factors: 

    • It can act as a potential test-taker with the general structure of the exam.  
    • It provides a general idea about the topics that are being asked in the exam.
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    How can I Prepare for SEBI Grade A exam more effectively? 

    Here are some of the following tips you can apply to prepare effectively for the exam: 

    • Start with the basics, get a deep understanding of the SEBI Grade A syllabus, and then proceed with the topics chronologically or in the order you find suitable.  
    • Dedicate considerable time to each topic and in the process recognise your strengths and weaknesses.  
    • Once you get hold of the entire syllabus, then try to finish it in the minimum time possible, so that later you can designate time for revision.  
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    Can you share some General Awareness preparation tips? 

    Since the General Awareness section does not specify any boundaries. Start with reading newspapers and look for important news on sports, national affairs, financial schemes, etc. to stay updated. 

    Refer the thoroughly curated current affairs section that I have prepared just for you. Click here to access the current affairs.   

    Moreover, watch the comprehensive current affairs sessions of Neha ma’am on YouTube, as she comes up with the latest happenings every day.  

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    How do I start preparing for SEBI Grade A?
    There are some tips that you can refer to while beginning your preparation for the exam, these are as follows: 

    • Go through the syllabus and exam pattern of SEBI Grade A  
    • Be thorough with the topics and analyze your strong and weak areas. 
    • Make sure you are updated with current affairs as questions from it are asked in General Awareness section.  
    • Solve Previous Year Questions to understand the type of questions asked.  
    • Practice as many mocks as possible as it will help you assess your preparation level.  

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    Is it easy to clear SEBI grade A?
    To clear the exam for SEBI Grade A, you must complete the syllabus and do multiple revision. In addition to that, if you prepare effectively by following a study schedule with multiple revisions, dedication, smart work and ample practice, then it is very much possible for you to ace the exam.    

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