SIDBI Grade A Syllabus 2023-24, Detailed Syllabus & Exam Pattern

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Note: This year i.e. 2023, the SIDBI Grade A Exam will not have the online test so the details mentioned in this blog are not for the candidates applying for 2023 cycle. The below mentioned syllabus and exam pattern are as per the previous cycle i.e. 2022.

SIDBI Grade A Syllabus

SIDBI Grade A Syllabus & SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern are one of the most curious questions of the aspirants. It is important to be familiar with the exam pattern & syllabus of any exam before you even attempt it. Awareness of question distribution and topics to learn saves a lot of time and makes your learning a lot more efficient. So this blog will tell you about the SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern & SIDBI Grade A Syllabus and important points related to it.

SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern

The online test also has two parts: an objective exam and a descriptive exam. Let us see the pattern for each of these parts in detail;

SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2023-24 – Online Test

The exam pattern for the online test is as follows:

SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2023-24 – Objective Test

Check out the detailed objective test pattern below:

S.NoName of the TestType of TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime(Mins)
1English LanguageObjective303020
2General Awareness
(With special reference to Banking and
Financial Sector and Economic and
Social Issues)
3Reasoning AptitudeObjective406040
4Quantitative AptitudeObjective406030
 Total 160200120

Online Descriptive Test: Candidates will be required to answer by typing on the computer.

SIDBI Grade A Syllabus 2023-24 – Objective Test

Here are the details of the subjects that will be tested in the objective part of the online test:


Verbal Reasoning, Syllogism, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line-up, Scheduling, Input-Output, Blood-Relations, Directions and Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Data Sufficiency, Coding and Decoding, Coded Inequalities


Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para-jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Paragraph Completion, Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting, Paragraph Completion, Idioms and Phrases

Quantitative Aptitude

Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Percentage, Data Interpretation, Mensuration and Geometry, Quadratic Equation, Interest, Problems of Ages, Profit and Loss, Number Series, Speed, Distance and Time, Time and Work, Number System, Data Sufficiency, Linear Equation, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Mixture and Allegations

General Awareness

Banking Awareness (Banking Current Affairs, Appointments, Mergers, Bank Taglines, Headquarters, etc.) Financial Awareness (Annual Budget, RBI monetary policy rates, Economic survey, All Latest Government Schemes and Policies, etc.), Current Affairs (Last 6 months), Static Awareness (Awards, Important Days, Books and Authors etc.)

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SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2023-24 – Descriptive Test

The following is the exam pattern followed for the descriptive part of the objective test in SIDBI’s Grade A officers’ recruitment:

S. No.QuestionsTypeNo of QuestionsTotal Marks
1Essay on Financial/Banking/Economic and Social Issues in India – 1Descriptive120
2Essay on Financial/Banking/Economic and Social Issues in India – 2Descriptive120
Letter Writing (10 Marks)
Note: It is essential to attempt all three

The descriptive test will be for 60 minutes.

SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern 2023-24 – Important Points

  • The duration of the SIDBI Grade A Exam is a total of 180 minutes or 3 hours.
  • The total number of questions in the SIDBI Grade A exam is 163.
  • The SIDBI Grade A exam is for a total of 250 marks.
  • All tests, except the test of English Language and Descriptive test, will be provided in both English and Hindi.
  • For every wrong answer marked, 1/4 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty.


  • The number of questions answered correctly by a candidate in each objective test is considered for arriving at the Corrected Score after applying a penalty for wrong answers.
  • The Corrected Scores so obtained by a candidate are made equivalent to take care of the minor difference in difficulty level, if any, in each of the objective tests held in different sessions to arrive at the Equated Scores* (*Scores obtained by candidates on any test are equated to the base form by considering the distribution of scores of all the forms.)
  • Test-wise scores and scores on total are reported with decimal points up to two digits.

Qualifying Criteria:

  • Cutoffs may be applied in two stages:
    • On scores in individual tests
    • On Total Score
  • The total marks of the examination will be 250 which includes 50 marks in the English Descriptive Section.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted for Interviews on the basis of marks scored in the objective and descriptive sections taken together against full marks of 250.
  • The Descriptive Test will be evaluated only for those candidates who qualify in the Objective type of tests (on total and individual sections of objective tests) and are ranked adequately high as per total marks in the objective test.
  • The various qualifying cut-off marks in each of the objective tests, the total objective test, and the Descriptive Test will be decided by SIDBI.
Topper’s CornerTopper’s Corner
SIDBI Grade A 2022 Topper Aniket TembhurneSIDBI Grade A 2022 Topper Dayyala Krishna

SIDBI Grade A Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2023-24 – FAQs

Q1. How many questions will be asked in the objective paper of SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern?

A total of 160 multiple-choice questions will be asked.

Q2. How many questions will be asked in the descriptive paper of SIDBI Grade A Exam Pattern?

There will be a 50 marks descriptive test where three computer typed questions will be asked.

Q3. Which subjects are included in the SIDBI Grade A Syllabus 2023-24?

Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness are the subjects that are included in SIDBI Grade A Syllabus.

Q4. What is the total duration of the SIDBI Grade A Exam 2023-24?

The online exam will take 2.5 hours to complete i.e. 180 minutes for both objective & descriptive paper.

Q5. Is there any negative marking in SIDBI Grade A Exam?

Yes, there is a negative grading of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

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