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SEBI Grade A Syllabus

SEBI Grade A Syllabus of the following categories; General, Legal, Information Technology (IT), Research & Official Language have been shared in the blog although for 2023, only Legal Stream Notification was released. The most important thing to do in the first place is to get to know the complete SEBI Grade A Syllabus when it comes to preparation. The exam pattern of SEBI is quite different from other exams. Hence, it becomes more important to understand it first.

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

We will discuss every phase and paper in detail below. So read along to know about the latest SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2024 – Prelims

(Online screening examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each),

  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.
  4. 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.
  5. Subject to the criteria mentioned in notification, all the candidates who clear Phase 1 shall be shortlisted for Phase 2. A list of candidates shortlisted for Phase 2 will be made available on the SEBI website.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2024 – Mains

(Online screening examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each),

  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:

  1. Candidates shortlisted for Phase II will be issued new Hall Tickets.
  2. 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.
  3. There shall be negative marking (1/4th of marks assigned to the question) for Paper 2 in Phase II (except IT stream).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Subject to the criteria mentioned in notification, candidates equaling 3 times the number of vacancies shall be shortlisted, in order of merit, for Phase III i.e. the Interview. A list of candidates shortlisted for the Interview will be made available on the SEBI website.
  7. All question papers (in both Phases, except the test of English) will be set bilingually in Hindi and English.

SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2024 – Interview

  1. Only the shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. The application fee shall not be refunded to the candidates not shortlisted for Phase II and Interview. Candidate may opt for an interview either in Hindi or English. The weightage of marks obtained in Phase II will be 85%, while marks obtained in the interview shall be given a weightage of 15%.
  2. SEBI reserves the right to modify the selection procedure if deemed fit.
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SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024

To prepare for the exam, the candidates are required to know the syllabus in detail.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – PDF

To help you out, we have combined the detailed syllabus in the form of a PDF File which you can download from the link given in the blog.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – Phase 1 Paper 1

Check the important topics from the SEBI Grade A syllabus 2024 for all streams here.

SectionImportant Topics from SEBI Grade A Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude1. Data Interpretation (Percentage, Ratios),
2. Quadratic Equations,
3. Wrong Number Series & Missing Number Series
4. Problems on Ages, CI, Mensuration, Simplification, Partnerships
Reasoning1. Direction Sense,
2. Blood Relations,
3. Syllogisms,
4. Miscellaneous topics (Alphabetical Series), Inequality
English1. Reading Comprehension,
2. Cloze Test,
3. Find the error (A/B/C type, correct the highlighted part),
4. Jumbled sentences
General Awareness (including some questions on the Financial Sector)1. Current Affairs Topics like Sports, Awards, Summits & Conferences
2. Static GK: Headquarters for example financial awareness

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – Phase 1 Paper 2

Check out the stream wise syllabus below:

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – General Stream

Here is the SEBI Grade A syllabus 2023 for the general stream.

Syllabus for Commerce & Accountancy
  1. Accounting as a financial information system.
  2. Accounting Standards with specific reference to Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Foreign Exchange Transactions, Investments.
  3. Cash Flow Statement, Fund flow statement, Financial statement analysis; Ratio analysis.
  4. Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares.
  5. Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities.
  6. Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts.
Follow this Sequence for your Preparation
3 ➔ 4 ➔ 5 ➔ 1 ➔ 2 ➔ 6
SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Management
  1. Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organization, Staffing, Directing and Controlling.
  2. The Role of a Manager in an Organization. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader.
  3. Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader.
  4. Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD.
  5. Motivation, Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale.
  6. 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.
You can follow any sequence for your Management Preparation
SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Finance
  1. Financial System
    • Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in Financial Sector.
  2. Financial Markets
    • Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.
  3. General Topics
    • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
    • Recent Developments in the Financial Sector
    • Financial Inclusion- use of technology
    • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
    • Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, 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.
Follow this Sequence for your Preparation
2 ➔ 3 ➔ 1
SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Costing
  1. Overview of Cost and Management Accounting – Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting, Objectives and Scope of Cost and Management Accounting.
  2. Methods of Costing – Single Output/ Unit Costing, Job Costing, Batch Costing, Contract Costing, Process/ Operation Costing, Costing of Service Sectors.
  3. Basics of Cost Control and Analysis – (i) Standard Costing, (ii) Marginal Costing, (iii) Budget and Budgetary Control.
  4. 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).
Follow this Sequence for your Preparation
1 ➔ 2 ➔ 3 4
SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Companies Act

The Companies Act, 2013 – Specific reference to Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter VIII, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, and Chapter XXVII. Current affairs related to companies’ act are important.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus for Economics
  1. 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.
  2. Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Non-banking Financial Institutions.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – Phase 2 Paper 1

Check out the detailed syllabus:

Paper 1 of Phase 2 (All Stream) English Writing Skills

The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic including precis writing/ essay writing/ comprehension.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – Legal Stream

Syllabus for Paper 2 of Phase 1 & Phase 2 in Legal Stream

Below is the Paper 2 of the Phase 1 Syllabus.

Sr. No.Subject
1.Constitution of India – Preamble, Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part IVA, Part V, Part VI, Part VIII, Part IXA, Part IXB, Part XI.
2.Law of Contracts – Indian Contract Act, 1872 (Chapters I to VI), Specific Relief Act, 1963.
3.Criminal Law – Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VA, VI, IX, XVII); Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
4.Law of Evidence – Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
5.Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 – Part I, Part II.
6.Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice
7.Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes
8.Important Latin terms and maxims
9.Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act, 2019
10.Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 – Part I
11.Transfer of Property Act, 1882 – Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V.
12.Companies Act, 2013 – Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V, Chapter VII, Chapter VIII, Chapter IX, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, Chapter XIII, Chapter XV, Chapter XVI.
13.Securities Laws – SEBI Act, 1992, SC(R) Act, 1956, Depositories Act, 1996

* Weightages are indicative only

Below is the Phase 2 syllabus.

Sl. No.Subject
1.Constitution of India – Preamble, Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part IVA, Part V, Part VI, Part VIII, Part IXA, Part IXB, Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII, Part XIV, Part XIVA, Part XX.
2.Law of Contracts – Indian Contract Act, 1872 (Chapters VIII to X), Indian Partnership Act, 1932, Specific Relief Act, 1963
3.Criminal Law – Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VA, VI, IX, XVII, XXI, XXII, XXIII); Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
4.Law of Evidence – Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
5.Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 – Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VII, Schedule I.
6.Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice
7.Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes
8.Important Latin terms and maxims
9.Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act, 2019
10.Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 – Part I, Part III, Part IV.
11.Transfer of Property Act, 1882 – Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V.
11.Law of Trusts – Parties to a Trust Deed and Duties of Trustees.
12.Corporate Law – Companies Act, 2013 (Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V, Chapter VII, Chapter VIII, Chapter IX, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, Chapter XIII, Chapter XV, Chapter XVI, Chapter XXVII, Chapter XXVIII, Chapter XXIX); Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008; Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Part I, Part II)
13.Taxation – General principles, Capital Gains Tax, Securities Transaction Tax
14.Securities Laws – SEBI Act, 1992, SC(R) Act, 1956, Depositories Act, 1996

* Weightages are indicative only

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – Information Technology Stream

Syllabus for Paper 2 of Phase 1 in the Information Technology Stream

Sr. No.TopicDetails
1.Database ConceptsER‐model. Relational model: relational algebra, tuple calculus, Integrity constraints, normal forms. File organization, indexing (e.g., B and B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control.
2.SQL QueriesSelect, view, truncate, delete, update, alter, Inner join, different types of outer joins,, use of aggregate functions, Union, intersection, except, in and exist clauses, nested queries
3.Programming Concepts (Java /C C++ )Program control (iteration, recursion, Functions), Scope of variables, Binding of variables & functions, Parameter passing, Functional and Logic Programming, OOPS Concepts, Inheritance, Class and object, Constructors, Functions, Exception Handling
4.Data Analytics Languages (Python / R)Regex, Slicing, Data reshaping, Dataframes, Dictionaries and Sets, File Management, Classes and Functions, Data Mining, Lists, Importing and exporting data, charts and graphs
5.Algorithms for problem solvingTree and graph traversals, Connected components, Spanning trees, Shortest paths; hashing, Sorting, Searching; Design techniques (Greedy, Dynamic Programming, Divide-and-conquer)
6.Networking ConceptsISO/OSI stack, LAN Technologies (Ethernet, Token ring), TCP/UDP, IP, Basic concepts of switches, gateways, and routers, Application layer protocols (DNS, SMTP, POP, FTP, HTTP), Firewalls
7.Information    & Cyber Security ConceptsCyber    Attacks,   Software    Development   Security, Network security, Authentication, CIA – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability, Network Audit, Systems Audit
8.Data warehousingData Extraction, Data Cleaning, Data Transformation, Data Loading, Metadata, Data Cube, Data Mart, Data Models,
9.Shell ProgrammingShell Scripting Basics, Shell Variables, Shell Script Arguments, If Statement, Loop, Return, Basic UNIX commands
  • Weights are indicative only

Syllabus for Paper 2 of Phase 2 in the Information Technology Stream

SNTopicConceptLanguage used to test the conceptsWeightage*
1AlgorithmsSorting,        Searching,         Greedy Algorithms, Dynamic Programming, Backtracking, Divide and Conquer, Pattern SearchingC++/JAVA/Python40
2Data StructureArray, Linked List, Stack, Queue, Binary Tree, Indexing, Binary Search Tree, Heap, Hashing, MatrixC++/JAVA/Python40
3String ManipulationLength, Substring, Regex, SearchC++/JAVA/Python20
  • Weightages are indicative only

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – Research Stream

Syllabus for Paper 2 of Phase I & Phase II in Research Stream (Common Syllabus for both phases)

  1. Economics: Demand and Supply, Market Structures, National Income, Determination of output and employment, Investment Function, Multiplier and Accelerator, Demand and Supply for Money, IS – LM, Inflation and Phillips Curve, Business Cycles, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Non-banking Financial Institutions.
  2. Public Economics: Public Goods, Tax & Non-Tax Revenue, Direct & Indirect Taxes, Progressive and non- Progressive Taxation, Incidence and Effects of Taxation, Public Expenditure, Public Debt, Public Budget and Budget Multiplier.
  3. Statistics and Econometrics: Measures of Central tendency & dispersions, Correlation, Sampling methods, Sampling Distribution, Statistical Inferences, Hypothesis testing, Regression Analysis.
  4. International Economics: Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets, Role of International Financial Institutions: BIS, IOSCO, IMF & World Bank.
  5. Financial Markets: Asymmetric Information, Market Model, Market Efficiency, Primary Market, Secondary Market, Commodity Markets, Mutual Funds, Stock Exchanges, Depositories, Clearing Corporations, Credit Rating Agencies, Corporate Debt Market. Forwards, Futures, Options, Hedging, Speculation and Arbitrage.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus 2024 – Official Stream

1. भारत सरकार की राजभाषा नीतत (Official Language Policy of the Govt. of India) से संबंतित प्रश्न

2. तिन्दी से अंग्रेजी अनुवाद [शब्द / वाक्ांश / वाक् / Terms / Phrases / Sentences]

3. अंग्रेजी से तिन्दी अनुवाद [शब्द / वाक्ांश / वाक् / Terms / Phrases / Sentences]

4. तिन्दी से अंग्रेजी – तवतिक शब्दावली (Legal Terminology)

5. अंग्रेजी से तिन्दी – तवतिक शब्दावली (Legal Terminology) 6. तिन्दी से अंग्रेजी – प्रशासतनक / बैंतकंग / प ंजी बाजार संबंिी शब्दावली (Administrative / Banking / Capital Market Terminology) 7. अंग्रेजी से तिन्दी – प्रशासतनक / बैंतकंग / प ंजी बाजार संबंिी शब्दावली (Administrative / Banking / Capital Market Terminology.

SEBI Grade A Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2024 – FAQs

Q1. What is the SEBI Grade A syllabus for 2024?

The SEBI Grade A 2024 syllabus covers subjects like General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and an optional specialized subject related to the stream of the candidate.

Q2. What are the specialized subjects for SEBI Grade A 2024 based on the stream?

The specialized subjects vary based on the stream chosen by the candidate. For example, streams like General, Legal, Information Technology, etc., have different specialized subjects in the SEBI Grade A 2024 exam.

Q3. Is there a negative marking in the SEBI Grade A exam?

Yes, there is a penalty for wrong answers in the SEBI Grade A exam. For every incorrect answer, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty.

Q4. Is the Phase 1 syllabus common for all streams?

Yes, the syllabus of subjects like General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning is common for all streams.


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