SEBI Grade A Selection Process 2024 for Phase 1 & 2

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SEBI Grade A Selection Process

The Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) recruits Grade A Officers after conducting a complete selection process. SEBI Grade A Selection Process involves three phases and the candidates have to clear each stage to move forward in the selection journey. Go through the complete blog to know the detailed SEBI Grade A Selection Process.

SEBI Grade A Selection Process 2024

A three-tiered selection process is followed for the final selection in SEBI. All the stages of the SEBI Grade A Selection Process 2024 are:

  1. Preliminary Exam: Phase 1 of the SEBI Grade A Selection Process consists of two papers (Multiple Choice questions of 100 marks each). The duration for Paper 1 is 60 minutes and Paper 2 is 40 minutes.
  2. Mains Exam: The mains exam is divided into two papers i.e. Paper 1 & Paper 2. Paper 1 will be of General English (Descriptive Test) and Paper 2 will be specific to the stream. The duration of Paper 1 will be 60 minutes and for Paper 2, it will be 40 minutes except for the Information Technology Stream. For IT Stream, the duration will be 180 minutes.
  3. Interview: This is the final stage of the SEBI Grade A Selection Process. Only the shortlisted candidates will be called for interview. Candidate may opt for interview either in Hindi or English. Weightage of marks obtained in Phase II will be 85%, while marks obtained in interview shall be given a weightage of 15%.
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SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2024

Let us have a look at the latest SEBI Grade A exam pattern below:

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2024 – Prelims

The prelims stage is divided into two papers of 100 marks each with different durations. Check details below:

  1. Paper-1 – 100 Marks – 60 Mins – 30% cutoff
  2. Paper-2 – 100 Marks – 40 Mins – 40% cutoff

Check the detailed pattern below:

PaperStream/SubjectsMaximum MarksDurationCut Off
Paper 1All Streams: Multiple choice questions on the subjects viz. General Awareness (including some questions related to Financial Sector of easy to moderate difficulty level), English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Test of Reasoning.10060 minutes30%
Paper 2General Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act & Economics.
Legal, Information Technology & Official
Language stream:
Multiple choice questions on Specialized subject related to stream.
Research Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects subjects Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Commerce.
  100 each  40 minutes each  40% each
Aggregate Cut Off40%

Important Pointers to note about the Phase 1 exam pattern:

  1. There shall be negative marking (1/4th of marks assigned to the question) for Paper 1 and Paper 2 in Phase 1.
  2. There shall be a cut-off of a minimum of 30% for Paper 1 (no sectional cut-off shall be there) and a cut-off of a minimum of 40% for Paper 2 in Phase 1.
  3. Candidates would need to secure separate cut-offs in each paper as mentioned above as well as aggregate cut-off marks of 40% in the Phase 1 exam to be shortlisted for Phase 2.

Note: Marks obtained in Phase 1 shall be used only for shortlisting the candidates for the Phase 2 examination process and will not be counted for the final selection of the candidates.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2024 – Mains

The mains exam will be divided into two papers as given below:

  1. Paper-1 – 100 Marks – 60 Mins – 30% cutoff– 1/3rd Weightage
  2. Paper-2 – 100 Marks – 40 Mins – 40% cutoff– 2/3rd Weightage

Check the detailed pattern below:

PaperStream/SubjectsMaximum MarksDurationCut Off
Paper 1All Streams: English (Descriptive Test) to test the drafting skills. 10060 minutes30%
Paper 2General Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects Commerce, Accountancy, Management, Finance, Costing, Companies Act & Economics.
Legal, Information Technology & Official Language stream: Multiple choice questions on Specialized subject related to stream.
Research Stream: Multiple choice questions on subjects subjects Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Commerce.
  100 each  40 minutes each  40% each
Paper 2IT Stream: Coding Test (Languages: C++/JAVA/Python)100180 minutes40%
Aggregate Cut Off50%

Important Pointers to note about the Phase 2 exam pattern:

  • For candidates who have applied in multiple streams, Paper 2 will be conducted in various shifts, the timings of which will be intimated in the Hall Ticket.
  • There shall be negative marking (1/4th of marks assigned to the question) for Paper 2 in Phase II (except IT stream).
  • There shall be a cut-off of a minimum of 30% for Paper 1 and a cut-off of a minimum of 40% for Paper 2 in Phase II.
  • Candidates would need to secure separate cut-off in each paper as mentioned at (iv) above as well as aggregate cut-off marks of 50% in the Phase II exam (weightage of 1/3rd for Paper 1 and 2/3rd for Paper 2) to be shortlisted for Phase III.
  • All question papers (in both Phases, except the test of English) will be set bilingually in Hindi and English.

SEBI Grade A Selection Process 2024 – FAQs

Q1. Is there any interview round in the SEBI Grade A 2024 Selection Process?

Yes, the last stage of the selection process consists of an Interview round. Also note that the weightage of 15% of the interview marks will be considered for final selection.

Q2. What are the stages of the SEBI Grade A Exam?

There are three stages namely, Preliminary Exam (2 papers of 100 marks each), Mains Exam (2 papers of 100 marks each), and Interview.

Q3. Does the SEBI Grade A Exam have negative markings?

Yes, there will be negative marking of 1/4th in both papers of Phase 1 and (1/4th of marks assigned to the question) for Paper 2 in Phase 2.

Q4. Is SEBI Grade A Prelims Exam qualifying in nature?

Yes, the prelims will be qualifying in nature as the Phase 2 and Interview Marks will be considered for selection.

Q5. How many attempts are there for the SEBI Grade A 2024 Exam?

As of now, there are no limitations on number of attempts if the candidate fulfills the eligibility criteria. We will update you if something changes in the new notification.


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