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The CFA program is a global professional credential offered by the American Chartered Financial Analysts Institute. The CFA Institute is a premier global association of investment management professionals. The CFA course is world’s most respected credential and enjoys highest reputation in the profession. The CFA Institute, with more than 70 years experience, is setting global standard in rigorous focus, integrity and advanced skills in finance and investment industry. CFA course in India is highly valued across the finance sector and tops the “must do” list if you wish to enter the finance and wealth management profession or make a substantial progress at all stages of your career.

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Why CFA? (CFA Benefits)

1. Global Qualification with a Global Community

The CFA institute connects you with the prestigious global community of CFA members and thought leaders who manage trillions of dollars of wealth on behalf of investors around the world. You join a vast professional network of more than 1,78,000 CFA charter holders and finance professionals worldwide and gain unmatched career resources, important relationships, and lifelong insights. You become part of a global network of investment professionals, a pretty impressive club to join for the networking opportunities alone. The qualification prepares you well for a variety of investment-related decision making skills. This set of skills and knowledge serve you well throughout your career.

2. Global Recognition for CFA Jobs and CFA Careers

The CFA designation is a mark of distinction that is standard of choice for more than 31,000 employer investment firms worldwide as well as a host of other organizations. CFA charter is recognized by regulators, universities, and certification programs in over 30 countries and territories. According to the CFA Institute, the top 11 global employers of CFA charter holders include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, UBS, RBC, HSBC, Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, BlackRock, and Citigroup.

3. Employer Demand for CFA in India

Financial institutions, investment banks, commercial banks, asset management firms, insurance companies, securities regulator, hedge funds, universities, credit rating firms, etc. prefer professionals with CFA designation. Many organizations encourage their employees to take CFA exams with some sponsoring the fee. Salary of CFA qualified professionals has an excellent range and prospects in India.

4. Industry Leading Designation for Prestigious CFA Jobs and CFA Professional Practice

The CFA course equips you not only to enter the finance profession, but also to excel at all stages of your career. With CFA you open doors to the best and most interesting roles all over the world across the finance sector. The CFA Charter is considered niche in the larger business world and the charter holders go on to become chief-level executives. The top 5 charter holder roles in jobs and practice being:

CFA Job Roles CFA Professional Practice
1. Portfolio Manager 1. Equities
2. Research Analyst 2. Fixed Income
3. Chief Level Executive 3. Private Equity
4. Consultant 4. Derivatives
5. Risk Manager 5. Real Estate

5. Real-World Unmatched Skills & Expertise

The CFA exams and the rigorous curriculum will equip you for complex investment & finance decisions. The CFA syllabus is designed to impart finest knowledge giving insight which is relevant to gaining expertise and establish financial credentials. It also emphasizes the highest ethical and professional standards. Earning the CFA charter demonstrates a mastery of advanced investment management and analysis curriculum. Getting your CFA charter allows you to gain analytical skills and expertise in quantitative methods, economics, financial reporting, investment analysis and portfolio management. This leverages current practices and the experience of practitioners around the world to bridge real-world practices and theoretical knowledge.

6. Become a CFA Charter Holder in just 1.5 years along-side your full time job

You also don’t have to quit your job, unlike some full-time MBA programs. It is manageable to study for the CFA exam while you work and become a charter holder in just 1.5 years

7. High Passing Percentage

Global Pass % (June 2019)

  • Level 1: 41 %
  • Level 2: 44 %
  • Level 3: 56 %


To become an CFA member, you must



Pass CFA exams spread over 3 levels
(app. 1.5 years) to gain a CFA Charter


Gain 4 years of professional work experience (accrued before, during, or after participation in the CFA Course)


Apply for CFA membership along with
2 or 3 professional references.
CFA Levels


The CFA syllabus comprises of specific focus at each level as shown below

Exam Focus and Curriculum

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Investment Tools
10 Topics
Multiple Choice Questions
Asset Valuation
10 Topics
Item Set Questions
(Short case study with MCQ)
Portfolio Management
Item set + Essay Type Questions
(Long answers with calculations)

Exam Subject Weightage (%)
1. Ethical And Professional Standards
2. Quantitative Methods
3. Economics
4. Financial Reporting And Analysis
5. Corporate Finance
6. Equity Investments
7. Fixed Income Investments
8. Derivatives
9. Alternative Investments
10. Portfolio Management And Wealth Planning


  • Level I held in February, May, August, November every year.
  • Level II to be held in May & August in 2021 and from 2022 February & August every year.
  • Level III to be held in May & November every year.
  • Duration of each exam:
    • Level I - 4.5 hours - 2 sessions of 2.25 hours each.
    • Level II & III - approximately 4.5 to 6 hours in total divided into 2 sessions (details to be provided soon).
  • Exams are Online and conducted across the world.
  • Ranking is percentile basis with no negative marking.
  • No limit on number of attempts - you must pay the exam registration fee for every attempt.


CFA program consists of 3 levels and takes 1.5 years to complete the program.


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