SEBI Grade A Phase 1 Exam Analysis 2018

Here we are sharing the SEBI Grade A Phase 1 Exam Analysis which was held on 17th November, 2018. In this post, we are also going to share Good attempts in each section and expected cutoff for the examination. The Exam of SEBI Grade A was conducted in one slot, so now we are providing you with the analysis of the complete Phase 1 of the SEBI Grade A Examination and also the SEBI Grade A Exam Pattern. Go through the below post to know about the difficulty level of the questions asked, section-wise analysis & expected cut off for SEBI Grade A Phase – I Exam 2018. This article will cover SEBI Grade A Phase 1 Exam Analysis. So, for SEBI Grade A Phase 2 Analysis, you can check our website.

Total 200 questions were asked from different sections (5 Sections) for a total of 200 marks. The overall level of the exam was Easy to Moderate. The analysis has been done based on the reviews shared by our readers who appeared for the exam and will help you understand the SEBI Grade A syllabus.

SEBI Grade A 2018 Phase I Examination was held on 17th November 2018. The exam was an Online Objective Test consisting of 5 Sections

Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

English Language

General Awareness

Securities Market

Each section had 40 questions and the exam was for 2 Hours. Candidates must clear the sectional cut-offs along with the cut off for the overall Phase I Examination to be able to pass to the Phase 2 of the Examination.  The level of the exam was Easy to Moderate.


SEBI Grade A 2018 Phase I Examination Analysis:

English Language 24-27
Reasoning Ability 27-32
Quantitative Aptitude 28-33
General Awareness 21-25
Securities Market 19-23
TOTAL 119-131



The level of quantitative aptitude was easy to moderate. There were 4 sets of DI. With good accuracy, candidates can easily secure good marks in this section. Following are the DI types asked in this exam:

  • Double Pie Chart
  • Bar Graph
  • Caselet
  • Tabular DI

The questions were:

Topic No. of Questions Level
 Approximation 5 Easy
Missing Number Series 5 Easy
Data Interpretation 20 Moderate
Miscellaneous 10 Easy-Moderate
Total 40 Easy-Moderate



The Paper was of easy to moderate level. There were two sets of reading comprehension with approximately 6 questions in each set. The set of questions with Reading Comprehension also include one or two questions based on vocabulary, i.e., identifying synonym and antonym. The passages of the reading comprehensions were based on

  1. Small, Large and Medium Enterprises
  2. The other RC was on an article related to Education.

Along with the conventional error detection questions, there were also 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; the question stated that the bold part was error-free and the candidates had to identify the error from the part that was not highlighted as bold.

There were also questions of fillers but not the word filler, rather they were sentence-completion based fillers and along with this, there were also a few questions where candidates were given a set of sentences and had to identify which among those did not fit in a general context which other sentences in that question were catering to.

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



The level of reasoning was easy to moderate. Following were the questions of puzzles and seating arrangement:

  • Floor Based Puzzle
  • 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

The questions were:

Topic No. of Questions Level
Blood Relation  1 Easy
Coding Decoding 5 Easy
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles 17 Moderate
Direction Sense 3 Easy
Inequality 5 Moderate
Syllogism 5 Easy
Logical Reasoning 4 Moderate
Total 40 Easy-Moderate



This section had 40 questions and the level of the questions asked was easy to moderate. Most of the questions in this section were covering the current affairs and news of October and September Months. As per the review that was given by students who appeared for this exam, there were only a few Questions from Static awareness and Banking Awareness and those too were of the do-able level.



This section had questions from the Capital Market related to shares and debentures, mutual funds, SEBI and its function etc. The level of questions asked was very basic thus easy. Most of the questions were directly from the definition of terms related to the security market. Few of the topics were- Regulation Acts, Committee, Commercial Papers, Depository Acts. Contracts. Foreign Commercial Bond, Firm Contract Cost Proposal, Securities Appellate Tribunal etc.


You can also read the previous year’s RBI Grade B cut off for a better idea of how much you need to score to get the required RBI Grade B result.
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