SEBI Grade A Previous Year Question Papers, Exam Analysis & Results

There’s a very famous saying from the olden times called, “History repeats itself”.

This saying applies perfectly well when talking about acing yearly entrance exams, and the SEBI Grade A exam is no different.  

Analyzing the past years SEBI exam papers, resultsand cut-offs will render you with a superior understanding about the kind of preparation you’d have to undertake to score well in the upcoming exam.  

Along with that, it’s of absolute importance that you solve previous years papers. 

In this article I shall be going through the topics of SEBI Grade A previous year papers, SEBI Grade A exam analysis, and SEBI Grade A results. So, let’s start with the first one or the past year papers. 

You see, it’s fairly common knowledge that exams like SEBI Grade A have very many questions in them that were also asked in previous years, confirming the saying of “history repeats itself”.  

Therefore, it is highly recommended that to ace the SEBI Grade A exam you should solve as many SEBI Grade A previous year papers as you can.

The benefits of doing so are immense and I have listed them down in a detailed manner in the next lines.

SEBI Grade A Previous Year Question Papers, Exam Analysis & Results

Benefits of Solving SEBI Grade A Previous Year Papers

Right of the bat, you must spend a significant portion of your time on solving SEBI Grade A previous year’s question papers.

Trust me, if you do so it will play a huge role in you clearing your SEBI Grade A exam.

I say this even after acknowledging the fact that the 2020 SEBI Grade A exam pattern will be different than its 2018 counterpart.

This is because the exam pattern might have changed but the level of the exam will not.

Therefore, your efforts in solving SEBI Grade A previous year’s papers will definitely not go in vain.

What’s more, you might just find that some of the questions in your SEBI Grade A exam will be the exact same ones that you’ll solve in your SEBI Grade A previous year’s question papers before.

Having said that I shall now go over the benefits that you can reap by solving SEBI Grade A previous year papers.

  • Helps you better understand the Design of the Exam:

The more you’d practice on past year SEBI Grade A officer question paper pdfs, the more you’d be able to commit to your memory, the test pattern of the SEBI Grade A exam.

This would in turn allow you to directly go over to solving your questions instead of wasting time on trying to figure out what question goes where.

This would enable you to manage your time more efficiently while writing the actual exam and save you from last-minute anxiety attacks. 

  • Gets you more acquainted with the difference in difficulty-levels of Paper 1 & Paper 2:

Solving the past year papers will familiarize you with the varying levels of difficulty in the questions, as and when you switch from Paper 1 to Paper 2, and vice versa.

  • Take cognizance of key topics key topics:

You see, with more and more practice on previous year’s papers, you’ll crash into some topics that you’ll find, are there in almost all of the previous year’s papers.

These topics are to be deemed as the most important ones for your preparation. You should leave no stones unturned while going over these kinds of topics. 

  • Helps you delineate your strengths and weaknesses:

This point is pretty self-explanatory, I think. More practice will demystify your strong and weak points to you.

All you need to do next is focus on strengthening the topics you are weak at, and brush up and hone the ones you are already strong at.

Furthermore, I’d like to remind you that the SEBI Grade A exam has negative marking for wrong answers, so there’s a strong possibility that not paying attention to your strong suits might cost you a lot of marks.

Not that, I want you to ignore your weak areas. 

  • Trains you to manage time better

When it comes to exams, you have limited time on your hands.

To make the best use of your time, you need to divide your time equally for all the questions you’re planning to attempt.

Solving past year SEBI Grade A officer question paper pdf will help you in doing so.

If you practice on the past year’s question papers, using the same time limit as the one in the actual exam, you’ll be able to masterfully manage your time during the actual exam. This will save you from the last-minute panic attacks that you previously used to get in exams.

  • Helps you to be instinctive and accurate at the same time

More and more practice on past year questions papers, in a 100-minute time frame for each, would render you with the superior ability to instinctively mark the right answers to the questions that you know.

This would happen because, with more practice, your hands and eyes will be able to better coordinate with each other and help you instinctively comprehend and mark the right answers.

Now that I’ve familiarized you with the benefits of solving past year SEBI Grade A exam question papers, I would like to grant you access to the ones I have compiled for you.

Download SEBI Grade A Previous Year Question Papers

Now that I have shared these past year’s SEBI Grade A exam question papers, I expect you to solve them as if you are solving the real SEBI Grade A exam.

That way you’ll be able to bring alive in yourself all the benefits that I have written above.

With that, I feel like I have shared with you everything you’d ever need to know about the SEBI Grade A previous year’s question papers.

Next, let’s look into the topic of SEBI Grade A exam analysis.

SEBI Grade A Exam Analysis

While we are here talking about analyzing the SEBI Grade B exams, I would like to bring to your attention the fact that the last SEBI Grade A exam took place in 2018.

This is the exam we would be analyzing in our article.

Another important thing to note down is that although the exam pattern of the SEBI Grade A exam has been changed, meaning that the 2020 SEBI Grade A exam pattern would be different than its 2018 counterpart, however analyzing the 2018 SEBI Grade A exam will inform you about the level of questions that will be asked.

So, without beating around the bush much, let me get straight to the point.

The 2018 SEBI Grade A exam had 5 sections of 40 questions each. The five sections were:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • English
  • Securities Market

Quantitative Aptitude:

The quantitative aptitude section of the paper was a fairly easy one.

The level of questions was akin to ones that are generally asked in clerical level exams.

There were 4 sets of DI. There were:

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

Questions that were asked and their difficulty levels:

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


The difficulty level of the reasoning section was moderate. Most questions were easy and a few were extremely difficult.

Of the difficult questions, 5 were from the roundtable, and 5 were asked about sitting arrangement.

5 questions were asked from the roundtable and 5 questions were asked about the sitting arrangement.

Given below are the questions of puzzles and seating arrangement that were asked:

  • Order and Ranking puzzle – how to arrange 6 ropes of different lengths and colors.
  • Blood relation + Circular Seating arrangement, how to arrange 7 people to sit in a circle and face the center.
  • The linear seating arrangement of 10 people in a single line
  • Floor based puzzle

Questions that were asked and their difficulty levels:

Exam Analysis for SEBI Grade A Reasoning

General Awareness:

This section was the only tough section in the exam. Most questions were related to the subjects of core finance.

This section might have been easy to attempt for someone like a chartered accountant, but for someone like an MBA, it was really tough.

Many questions were asked about national government schemes, international organizations, financial terms, banking terms, RBI notifications, annual budget, etc.



The English section was easy to moderate in its difficulty level.

Questions that were asked and their individual difficulty levels are given in the table below:

Exam Analysis for SEBI Grade A English

With that, we come to the end of the Exam analysis portion.

I know that this portion will not be the most useful to you given that the exam pattern for the 2020 SEBI Grade A exam will be different than that of 2018.  

However, I guess it gives you an idea about the kind and level of questions that might be asked in the upcoming exams.

Time to go over to the final section of the article, which is the SEBI Grade A results. 

SEBI Grade A Results

The SEBI Grade A 2020 result for Phase 2 has been announced on the 18th of March 2021, for the General, legal, engineering, research, and official language streams. You can check the Phase 2 result on the official website of SEBI.

That being said, the SEBI Grade A 2020 Phase 2 exam was held on the 27th of February this year.

SEBI Grade A 2020 result for Phase 1 had been announced on 18th January 2021.

The SEBI Grade A Phase 1 exam took place on 17th January 2021 and the result came out in less than 2 weeks just like the results of the 2018 SEBI Grade A exams that were announced 12 days after the Phase 1 exam.

SEBI Grade A Results: Steps to Download Result

To check your SEBI Grade A result you should follow these steps:

Steps 1. First go over to google and search SEBI Grade A result 2021.

Step 1 - Download SEBI Result

Steps 2. Open the official SEBI Government website as has been shown in the picture.

Step 2 to Download SEBI Result

Steps 3. Opening the website, you’ll automatically be shown the PDF page displaying all the roll numbers of the qualified candidates.

Step 3 to Download SEBI Result

Steps 4. Search your roll number using Ctrl + F.

Step 4 to Download SEBI Result

Some important links related to SEBI Grade A results:

For SEBI Grade A 2020 Phase 2 Result (General Stream) –

2020 SEBI Grade A Phase 2 Result – Roll number of Selected Candidates

For SEBI Grade A 2020 Phase 1 Result –

2020 SEBI Grade A Phase 1 Result – Roll number of Selected Candidates

For SEBI Grade A 2018 Result –

Scorecard –

Cut off Marks –


That brings us to the end of our article. I guess this article has given you an idea about what kind of questions you can expect in the upcoming SEBI Grade A Exam, the important links related to the exam results, and the reasons why solving previous years question papers is really important when looking to clear any exam.

Having said that, I guess I have my work here is done. Allow me to take leave. Good day and good luck. Oh!! And don’t forget to solve the previous year papers now. Bye.

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About Anuj Jindal


Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.


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