Error Detection for SEBI Grade A Exam

SEBI Grade A Error Detection

Dear SEBI Aspirant,

If we analyze the questions previously asked in SEBI Grade A First Phase of English Paper, we notice that 8 questions were based on Error Detection.

Detecting errors is not a piece of cake; it is rather a herculean task. You require proper attention to crack such problems.

Please, follow the following:

  1. Read out the question as a whole and then part-wise as provided in the actual exam. Generally, the erroneous part is detected prima-facie.
  2. In case, you have failed to detect the error prima-facie, you require to detect it by asking yourself the following questions:
  • Whether the error is there regarding Tense. In case, the sentence is long enough, the error on Tense is quite likely.

Look at the following example:-

  1. Did you ever see (A) / her in Delhi with her (B) / family who belongs (C) / to the Dogra Family? (D) / No error (E)


The error is there in the first part (A). Write ‘Have you have seen’ instead.

  • Whether the error is based on the use of a word in particular. Notice whether the Singular or Plural Nouns or Pronouns satisfy their correspondents. In fact, notice if the Subject agrees with its verb.

He is one of those (A) / contractors who (B) / has never yielded (C) / to any temptation. / No error (E)


The third part (C) consists of an error. ‘has’ is to be replaced with ‘have’ as the ‘antecedent (contractors)’ is Plural.

  • Whether the error lies in the use a Preposition.

Look at the following:

She wants to get (A) / everything back that (B) / she has been deprived (C) / from for twenty years (D) / by her uncle. / (E) No error


The ‘D’ part has an error. Replace ‘from’ with ‘of’ as the word ‘deprived’ must take ‘of’.

  • Whether the error is there in the use of Conjunction.

Look at the following:

Unless the government (A) / will not pay heed (B) / to this social issue, (C) / the crime rate will continue growing. (D) / No error (E)


The error is there in the ‘B’ part. Remove ‘will’ as the ‘Unless-clause’ must not comprise any Future Indicator (will/shall).

The following chapters must be given priority (from descending order) so as to cover most of the questions successfully in the examination:

  1. Verb

This Chapter is the most comprehensive chapter that includes:

  • Modals (Shall, Will, Should, Would, etc.)
  • Tense (Present, Past, Future)
  • Voice (Active & Passive Voice)
  • Narration (Direct & Indirect Narration)
  • Infinitives (Bare Infinitives and Infinitives with ‘to’)
  • Participles (Present, Past, and Perfect Participles)
  • Gerund (V4)
  • Preposition (As to, by, regarding, etc.)
  • Conjunction (While, Unless, Until, As far as, etc.)
  • Noun (Gentry, Poultry, Means, Team, Friendship, Friend, etc.)
  • Adjective (Cold, Pretty, Handsome, etc.)
  • Pronoun (I, Me, Mine, Myself, etc.)
  • Adverb (Clockwise, backward, Fast, Slowly, etc.)

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