Dear students,

SEBI Grade A notification is out, and you must be thinking on how to prepare for SEBI recruitment exams. As we know, SEBI is one of the premier organisations in India, which regulates securities exchanges and defines rules and policies for fair trading practices. Job at SEBI demands knowledge in financial system, trading marketing, overview of economics and knowledge of company laws in India.

In this article, we will share your preparation tips for cracking SEBI Grade A exam on your own.

How to prepare for SEBI Grade A phase 1

Sebi grade A phase 1 syllabus consists of 5 subjects – Quantitative aptitude, Reasoning, English, General Awareness and Securities market knowledge.  

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There is a big overlap between SEBI Grade A and typical SSC/IBPS exam. Exam syllabus and difficulty level for 4 subjects (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, and General Awareness) will be on par with SSC/Bank PO exams. Just to let you know that you need atleast 40% marks for qualifying. Also, you need to attempt maximum questions in 2 hours. So phase 1 exam is basically a speed test, where you have to make sure that you are using your 2 hours wisely and successfully attempting maximum question as possible. English and Reasoning may take some of your time more. So, be very careful in attempting questions. You can pick easier one first, and leave longer one like RC passage , puzzles type questions later.

For securities market subject, you need to have information of basics of Finance, Economics, Securities markets and Legal aspects. Most of these can be covered from NCERT books (Class 11, 12) for these subjects.

In our opinion, syllabus of complete SEBI Phase 1 course can be covered in 2 month time with practice. If you have been preparing for other exams like SSC, IBPS, SBI, RBI,CAT etc, then you can cover this syllabus and practice easily in 1 month. Make sure to build your speed and accuracy for the exam.

How to prepare for SEBI Grade A phase 2

For General Profile

If you have been preparing for competitive exams like RBI Grade B, Nabard Grade A/B or any other exams consisting economics and finance as core subject, you will find lot of common portion in SEBI Grade A officer exams. Economics, Finance and Management syllabus has big overlap, and you will definitely have advantage if you have prepare earlier.

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For people who have not prepared for any of economics or finance based exams, here are some of the links which will help you in preparing for these subjects for books and study material.

In our opinion, you will need at least 2 months time (4 hours daily) to fully prepare for SEBI Grade A ESI and Finance and Management.

SEBI Grade A phase 2 also has long syllabus in securities market (fundamentals, working, different instruments, legal aspects, etc). You can cover this syllabus from NCFM and business law books.

SEBI Grade A phase 2 also has English paper, which will be a test your basics English skills, as well as reading part (Reading comprehension) and writing skills (Essay, Precis writing, Letter writing). This topic demand lot of practice, and your knowledge on current issues (for essay topics).

See also: Essay writing tips for competitive exams

For non general (Legal, IT, Engineering ) profile

English will be same just like general profile.

You will be given a test on financial markets . It will basically cover different financial topics like capital market, risk management, bond market , corporate finance etc. You can cover these topics from elementary financial management books (like P.Chandra).

For technical subjects, students are advised to go through syllabus, and read your core subjects.


In this article, we have covered preparation tips for SEBI Grade A (Assistant Manager). We hope that with this you will be able to cover complete syllabus of SEBI Grade A on your own. You can write us too if you have any doubt or query regarding this article.

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