SEBI Grade A Preparation Strategy 2020: How to Prepare For SEBI Grade A Officer Exam

SEBI has released 147 vacancies for SEBI Grade A recruitment 2020. SEBI will be conducting the examination in 2 phases. Candidates can ace this exam with the right strategy and approach and in this space, we will be discussing the preparation strategy for Paper-I of the SEBI Grade A Phase-I Exam, which includes the subjects GA, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Test of Reasoning

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How to prepare for SEBI Grade A Officer Exam?

There are a total of four sections namely: English, Quantitative Ability, Reasoning Ability and General Awareness. Every section will require you to have a different preparation strategy and in this space, we will be discussing that in detail.

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English Language:

In order to understand this year’s exam pattern, its very important to understand the previous year exam pattern. We are giving you the analysis of previous year and based on that we will discuss about the preparation strategy of the important topics.

English Language:

  • The English Language section incorporated traditional topics as well as new pattern questions in 2018.
  • Based on previous year exam analysis, there were two sets of Reading Comprehension based on Small, Large and Medium Enterprises & Education and the level was moderate.
  • Questions from the topic of  error detection questions were asked along with a few questions of a new type of error detection wherein few sentences or a short paragraph was given with some parts of it marked as bold.
  • Questions from the topic of  fillers but not the word filler were there as well as sentence-completion based fillers.

Overall Analysis

Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 12 Moderate
Cloze Test 5 Easy
Identifying odd one out – sentences 5 Easy- Moderate
Error Detection 8 Moderate
Word Usage 5 Moderate
Sentence Completion based Filler 5 Easy- Moderate
Total 40 Moderate

Preparation Strategy of English section

We have divided the English section into three basic parts namely: Grammar, Vocabulary and Reading Comprehensions etc.

Grammar This can be cover with the help of Adda247 Ace english book. In this books, almost all the important topics are there along with the previous year questions.Practice the grammatical rules that you have learnt.
Vocabulary This can easily work upon by reading articles, novels, Magazines will surely enhance your vocabulary.
Reading comprehension This is very important and carries a lot of weightage and thus require a lot of practice. Reading newspaper will serve your purpose here. Read Economic times to get a strong hold on economic related passages.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Coming to one of the section that almost every candidate is scare of i.e. Quantitative Aptitude. Given below is the Previous year exam analysis and preparation strategy:

  • D.I as usual dominated this section with more than 50% questions were based on DI. The Data Interpretation was a bit calculative in nature.
  • Questions on D.I were asked from Double Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Caselet & Tabular were the types of DI asked.
  • There were other questions which were based on the rest of the questions were asked from Missing Number Series, Approximation & arithmetic word problems.
Topic No. of Questions Level
Data Interpretation 20 Moderate
Missing Number Series 5 Easy
Approximation 5 Easy
Miscellaneous 10 Easy-Moderate
Total 40 Easy-Moderate

Preparation Strategy For Quantitative Aptitude

Given below is the Preparation strategy for Quantitative Aptitude section that will help you to ace this section:

  1. One of the most important topic of this section is Arithmetic that plays an important role in cracking this section.
  2. Make sure that you learn  all the important formulae by practicing the questions related to them.
  3. It is very important that you solve Problems based on Permutations and Combinations, Time-Speed-Distance,  Simple interest and Compund interest etc to increase your understanding related to these topics.
  4. Make sure to solve maximum number of questions of all sort of difficulty level varying from easy to difficult.
  5. Data Interpretation is one such topic that is  based on arithmetic topics.
  6. Make sure to take mock tests and rectify your mistakes.

Reasoning Ability:

Given below is the previous year exam analysis of SEBI Grade A of Reasoning Section that will help us to understant the important and must do topics of this section.

Types of Puzzle & Seating Arrangement questions are as follows:

  • Floor Based Puzzle, 2 variables
  • Order & Ranking based Puzzle- arrangement of 6 ropes of varying lengths and different colours
  • Circular Seating Arrangement + Blood Relation, 7 people to be arranged to sit in a circle facing towards the centre
  • Linear Seating Arrangement, single line and 10 people
Topic No. of Questions Level
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles
Coding Decoding

5 Easy
Blood Relation
Direction Sense
Logical Reasoning
40 Easy-Moderate

Preparation Strategy For Reasoning Section

Given below is the Preparation strategy for Reasoning Section:

  1. One of the best thing that one can do is to solve  puzzles on a regular basis this will help you to  develop your logical and analytical skills.
  2.  It is important to take mocks to enhance your understanding about the type of questions asked in the exam.
  3. Make sure that you solve previous years’ question papers to make yourself familiar with the type of questions.
  4. Practice is the key and make sure to practice easy topics daily like Inequality, Blood-relation, Coding-decoding etc.

General Awareness

Let’s move on to the final and game changer topic of this exam i.e General Awareness. We have divided this section into three parts namely: Current GK, Static GK and Banking Awareness GK.

Static GK You don’t need anything except Adda247’s book of banking and static awareness, it will majorly cover your static part.
Current GK This is the important part and based on the previous year exam analysis, it can be concluded that current affairs of  past 4-5 months are usually asked as per the trend observed in banking sector.You can ace this section by reading newspapers on a regular basis will best serve your purpose.

Make sure to To take notes of the key points while reading newspapers and current affair magazines.

Banking Awareness You don’t need anything except Banking and Static Awareness book from Adda247 because this section comprise of questions from banking sector like banking related terms, the history of banking, SEBI functions, etc.

Given above it the preparation strategy of all the sections of SEBI Grade A Phase-I exam. We hope that the above information will be helpful for you. For more interesting and informative article, stay tuned to bankersadda!

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