Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

A global program conducted by Chartered Financial Analyst Institute based out of United States of America (USA).
Conducted by CFA Institute, the curriculum covers concepts and skills you will use at all stages of your career in the financial field. The candidate through this program aspires to master a range of practical portfolio management and investment analysis skills.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)Program Structure

– The program is divided into 3 levels, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
– The examination for Level 1 are conducted twice in a year- June and December
– The examination for Level 2 and Level 3 are conducted once in a year in the month of June.
– Accordingly, the program can be finished in a period of 18 months (If appeared for Level 1 in the month of December) or 24 months (If appeared for Level 1 in the month of June).


In order to sit for Level 1 CFA examination, the candidate must have passed graduation or should be in the final year of graduation.

Second important eligibility criteria to appear for CFA examination is possession of a valid passport.

Program Fees

The examination fees for Level 1 exam which includes the registration fees is categorised in 3 different slabs depending on the proximity to the examination. Early registration fees slab closes 8 months prior to the examination and the cost is US$ 450 (registration) + US$ 650 (Examination) or ₹74,000 (Total).

Similarly, early registration fees slab for Level 2 and Level 3 of CFA exam closes 9 months prior to the exam date. The early registration fees are US$ 650 or ₹44,000 each, for Level 2 and Level 3.

The fees difference between early exam registration and late exam registration can mount up to US$ 730 or ₹49,000. Therefore it is recommended that the candidates apply for the exam minimum of 6-9 months before the exam.

Total expenditure on the exam can be added to US$ 2,400 or ₹160,000 approximately provided the candidate is able to clear all the 3 Levels in one go.

Notable Subject Areas

– Equity Investments
– Corporate Finance
– Financial Reporting and Analysis

– Derivatives
– Economics

Outcomes/Upon Successful Completion of the Program

– At each Level completion, there is a job market available for the candidate to seek opportunities.
Enhances financial career path by obtaining a niche within the financial industry and excel in it.
– Candidate obtains a global recognition of CFA charterholder upon completion of all the Levels at a global scale.

Career Avenues Available to the Aspirants

Investment Banking
     – Venture Capitalist
– Private Equity
– Mergers and Acquisitions
– Merchant BankingEconomics

Corporate Finance at Multinational Organizations (MNCs)

– Research
     – Equity Research Analyst
     – Derivatives or Alternative Investments
– Bond Markets

– Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO)

Popular Recruiting Organisations

– Morgan Stanley
– Ernst & Young
– PriceWaterHouseCoopers

– Citigroup
– Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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