About the CFA® Program

The CFA Program is a globally recognized, graduate level curriculum that provides a strong foundation of real-world investment analysis and portfolio management skills along with the practical knowledge you need in today’s investment industry. It also emphasizes the highest ethical and professional standards. Since it was first introduced in 1963, the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, or CFA charter, has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world. Earning the CFA charter demonstrates mastery of he skills most needed for investment analysis and decision making in today’s fast-evolving global financial industry. That’s why employers and clients around the world are increasingly seeking out CFA charter holders—often making the charter a prerequisite for employment.

How well known is the CFA® charter?

  • There are currently more than 90,000 CFA  charter holders working in over 135 countries around the world.
  • Regulatory bodies in 19 countries recognize the CFA designation as a proxy for meeting certain licensing requirements.
  • The CFA Program has been benchmarked as comparable to a master’s degree in finance by the United Kingdom National Academic Recognition Information Centre.
  • More than 125 distinguished colleges and universities around the world have incorporated a majority of the CFA Program curriculum into their own courses, including the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School; New York University; INSEAD; Peking University; and Nanyang Technological University

How does the CFA® Program compare with an MBA program?

The CFA Program focuses specifically on investment knowledge; most MBA programs cover a broad range of topics. The self-study nature of the CFA Program also enables many candidates to continue working full time while enrolled in
the Program. Many professionals find that the CFA charter and an MBA complement each other

What jobs does the CFA® Charter prepare me for?

The CFA® Program equips you with the practical and fundamental knowledge you need for a wide variety of career choices in the investment profession. CFA charter holders find that earning the CFA charter provides them with a passport for working within numerous investment specialities and markets across the globe. It also better equips them to change specialities as their careers evolve.

Among these many specialities in the investment profession, CFA charter holders hold the following types of positions in more than 130 countries around the world:

  • Fund Management
  • Alternative Investments
  • Wealth Management
  • Investment Banking
  • Risk Management
  • Private Equity
  • Research and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Advisory
  • Compliance
  • Treasury
  • Development Finance
  • Performance Management
  • Structured Finance

The curriculum for the CFA® Program is based on a Candidate Body Of Knowledge™ established by CFA Institute. The curriculum comprises the topic areas below, and there are three exams (levels) that test the academic portion CFA Program

• Tools and concepts that apply to investment valuation and portfolio management
• Basic concepts regarding asset classes, securities, and markets
• CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

• Application of tools and concepts of investment valuation
• Industry and company analysis
• Analysis of investment vehicles and instruments
• CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

• Management of institutional and individual portfolios
• Management of specific asset class portfolios
• CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

Detailed CFA® Curriculum

Professional Standards of Practice
Ethical Practices

Time Value of Money
Probability Distributions and Descriptive Statistics
Sampling and Estimation
Hypothesis Testing
Correlation Analysis and Regression
Time Series Analysis
Simulation Analysis
Technical Analysis

Market Forces of Supply and Demand
The Firm and Industry Organization
Measuring National Income and Growth
Business Cycles
The Monetary System
International Trade and Capital Flows
Currency Exchange Rates
Monetary and Fiscal Policy
Economic Growth and Development
Effects of Government Regulation
Impact of Economic Factors on Investment Markets

Financial Reporting System (IFRS and GAAP)
Principal Financial Statements
Financial Reporting Quality
Analysis of Inventories
Analysis of Long-Lived Assets
Analysis of Taxes
Analysis of Debt
Analysis of Off-Balance-Sheet Assets and Liabilities
Analysis of Pensions, Stock Compensation, and Other Employee Benefits
Analysis of Inter-Corporate Investments
Analysis of Business Combinations
Analysis of Global Operations
Ratio and Financial Analysis

Corporate Governance
Dividend Policy
Capital Investment Decisions
Business and Financial Risk
Long-Term Financial Policy
Short-Term Financial Policy
Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring

Types of Equity Securities and Their Characteristics
Equity Markets: Characteristics, Institutions, and Benchmarks
Fundamental Analysis (Sector, Industry, Company) and the Valuation of Individual Equity Securities
Equity Market Valuation and Return Analysis
Special Applications of Fundamental Analysis (Residual Earnings)
Equity of Hybrid Investment Vehicles

Types of Fixed-Income Securities and Their Characteristics
Fixed-Income Markets: Characteristics, Institutions, and Benchmarks
Fixed-Income Valuation (Sector, Industry, Company) and Return Analysis
Term Structure Determination and Yield Spreads
Analysis of Interest Rate Risk
Analysis of Credit Risk
Valuing Bonds with Embedded Options
Structured Product

Types of Derivative Instruments and Their Characteristics
Forward Markets and Instruments
Futures Markets and Instruments
Options Markets and Instruments
Swaps Markets and Instruments
Credit Derivatives Markets and Instruments

Types of Alternative Investments andTheir Characteristics
Real Estate
Private Equity/Venture Capital
Hedge Funds
Closely-Held Companies and Inactively Traded Securities
Distressed Securities/Bankruptcies
Tangible Assets with Low Liquidity


Portfolio Concepts
Management of Individual/Family Investor Portfolios
Management of Institutional Investor Portfolios
Pension Plans and Employee Benefit Funds
Investment Manager Selection
Other Institutional Investors
Mutual Funds, Pooled Funds, and ETFs
Economic Analysis and Setting Capital
Market Expectations
Tax Efficiency
Asset Allocation (including Currency Overlay)
Portfolio Construction and Revision
Equity Portfolio Management Strategies
Fixed-Income Portfolio Management Strategies
Alternative Investment Management Strategies
Risk Management
Execution of Portfolio Decisions (Trading)
Performance Evaluation
Presentation of Performance Results

When are exams conducted?

CFA Level 1 exam in conducted twice a year. First Saturday or Sunday of June and December will be the exam date.  Level 2 and Level 3 exams are conducted once a year in June

What are the eligibility criteria for CFA® Program ?

A final year graduation student can join the CFA course.  He is eligible to write CFA Level 1 exam. To appear for CFA Level 2, candidate must be a graduate.   Stream of graduation does not matter. and there are no pre requisite percentage of marks in graduation to appear for CFA

Why do we need the passport if exams are conducted in India?

As exam is conducted in 90 countries Passport is considered as authentic proof of identity.  It is mandatory to have passport at the time of exam registration.

Does 4 year of work experience required for Level 1 CFA Exam?

No, For appearing in CFA Level 1 exam four year of work experience is not the requirement, but to acquire a charter one has to clear all three level of CFA and must have relevant four year of work experience .

Can i work along with CFA® Program?

Yes, you can work along with your studies. Your performance will be better and you will understanding will be more conceptual if you are working in finance domain.

I am an engineer, Can i do CFA® Program?

If you are interested in Investment management or want to make career in finance, CFA will be the best choice. Also many jobs for CFA prefer engineering domain candidates.

I am pursuing CA, Can i do it along with Article ship ?

Yes, as giving this exam does not create any hindrance to your article ship. You can write the exam along with CA course. Even best time to join CFA is after clearing your IPCC / Intermediate exam of CA.Blend of CA and CFA course will no only help you to clear both exams easily but will create a very good value to your resume.

How to register for CFA exam?

Week Date Topic
1 19-05-2018 Orientation
1 20-05-2018 Quant 1
2 26-05-2018 Intro to Financial Markets and Products - Equity
2 27-05-2018 Intro to Financial Markets and Products - Derivatives , Bonds
3 02-06-2018 Quant 1 - Calculator 
3 03-06-2018 Quant 1
4 09-06-2018 Quant + Corporate Finance
4 10-06-2018 Corporate Finance
5 16-06-2018 Corporate Finance + Revision Test
5 17-06-2018 Quant 2
6 23-06-2018 Quant 2
6 24-06-2018 Portfolio Management
7 30-06-2018 Portfolio Management
7 01-07-2018 Portfolio Management + Revision Test
8 07-07-2018 Derivatives +Economics
8 08-07-2018 Derivatives +Economics
9 14-07-2018 Derivatives +Economics
9 15-07-2018 Derivatives +Economics
10 21-07-2018 Financial Statement Analysis + Economics
10 22-07-2018 Financial Statement Analysis + Economics
11 28-07-2018 Financial Statement Analysis + Economics
11 29-07-2018 Financial Statement Analysis + Economics
12 04-08-2018 Financial Statement Analysis
12 05-08-2018 Financial Statement Analysis
13 11-08-2018 Financial Statement Analysis
13 12-08-2018 Financial Statement Analysis + Revision Test
14 18-08-2018 Equity + Corp Finance
14 19-08-2018 Equity + Corp Finance
15 25-08-2018 Equity + Fixed Income
15 26-08-2018 Fixed Income
16 01-09-2018 Fixed Income
16 02-09-2018 Fixed Income
17 08-09-2018 Fixed Income + Quant 1
17 09-09-2018 Fixed Income
18 15-09-2018 Fixed Income
18 16-09-2018 Fixed Income
19 22-09-2018 Fixed Income
19 23-09-2018 Alternative Invesmtnets
20 29-09-2018 Alternative Invesmtnets
20 30-09-2018 Quant 3
21 06-10-2018 Quant 3
21 07-10-2018 Quant 3
22 13-10-2018 Quant 3
22 14-10-2018 Quant 3
23 20-10-2018 Ethics
23 21-10-2018 Ethics
24 27-10-2018 Ethics Problems
24 28-10-2018 Ethics Problems
25 03-11-2018 Mock Exam
25 04-11-2018 Problem Session
26 10-11-2018 Mock Exam
26 11-11-2018 Problem Session
27 17-11-2018 Mock Exam
27 18-11-2018 Problem Session
28 24-11-2018 Mock Exam
28 25-11-2018 Mock Exam
  • Classes will start from 18th Nov, 2018 for June 2019 CFA Level 1 Exam and from 25th Nov 2018 for CFA Level 2 Exam.
  • Classes are conducted on weekends for Level 1 and Two weekdays and two weekends for Level 2
  • Each session is of 3 hours.
  • All whiteboards , refered notes, spreadsheets are provided to you on elearning platform.
  • Classes are very interactive and more focus on fundamentals which enhance their outlook in broader sense.
  • Fees for each level is ₹ 30,000  and is to be paid by Cheque / DD in favour of Institute of Financial Studies
  • Students registering for coaching at Institute of Financial studies before CFA Institute early registration deadline gets free study material worth ₹ 1200
  • Simultanious registration for Financial Skill Program™ FSP® of Instiute of Financial studies gets scholorship benefits
  • Financial Skill Program™ FSP® courses includes Data analytics with Microsoft Excel, Data analytics with Tableau, Financial Modeling, Technical analysis and other financial technology courses announced by institute from time to time.

CFA Institute offer Scholarships

CFA Institute offer scholarships as part of their commitment to promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence, details of which can be seen on https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/programs/cfa/scholarships

Access Scholarships

The CFA Institute Access Scholarship Program is designed tomake CFA Institute programs more available to individuals who may not be able to afford the full program fees.

Award Amount: Program enrollment fee is waived and exam registration is reduced to USD 250.
Application Window: The scholarship application is open 1 March — 15 September, to be used for exams the following year.

Women’s Scholarship

This scholarship is available to women around the world who are interested in earning the CFA charter and who do not qualify for other CFA Institute scholarships. Women working in the investment management industry are encouraged to apply.

Award Amount : Program enrollment fee is waived and exam registration fee is reduced to USD 350
Application Window: 1 February for June exam and 1 September for December exam.

CFA Exam fees

For CFA Exam fees please visit https://www.cfainstitute.org/programs/cfa/exam/fees

Program enrollment fees $ 450 ( One time)

In addition to enrollment Examination Fees for each level exam depends on date of registration.

  • Early registration (ends 10 October 2018) –  $ 650
  • Standard registration fee (ends 13 February 2019) – $ 950
  • Late registration fee (ends 13 March 2019) – $ 1380


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