CFA: Overview

The CFA Program, administered by the CFA Institute, helps investment and financial professionals to build a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.

Complete the program and you’ve earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, one of the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world.

Level I

  • Format: multiple-choice
  • Questions:
    • 240 equally weighted questions
    • Morning Session: 120 questions; Afternoon Session: 120 questions
    • Each question has 3 answer choices
    • On average, 1.5 minutes should be allocated for each question

Level II

  • Format: item set or “mini cases” – Each item set contains a vignette (with an average length of 1.5 pages)
  • Questions:
    • 20 item sets or “mini cases”
    • Morning Session: 10 item sets; Afternoon Session: 10 item sets
    • Each item set has 6 multiple-choice questions
    • Exam is graded for 360 points, corresponding to the number of minutes on the exam

Level III

  • Format: Essay, item sets, and multiple choice
  • Questions:
    • Morning Session: 8-12 essay questions;
    • Afternoon Session: 10 item sets with 6 multiple-choice questions in each
    • Exam is graded for 360 points, corresponding to the number of minutes on the exam

Eligibility criteria for the first level are given below:

  • The candidate must possess an international travel passport
  • The candidate must be a graduate or be a final year bachelor’s degree student.
  • The candidate must possess four years of work experience
  • It is a three-year postgraduate program, studied through correspondence. And on completion of the course, one can become a member of the ICFAI. The admission to this course is based on an entrance exam. This examination basically tests a candidate’s aptitude for the course. The course content is specified according to financial analysis. So it is essential that a person opting for this course has a natural aptitude.
    Examinations are conducted four times a year in test centers all over India

CFA Course Syllabus

Level I:

  • Ethical and Professional Standards
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics
  • Final Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Portfolio Management
  • Equity Investments
  • Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • Alternative Investments

Level II:

  • Ethical and Professional Standards
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity Valuation
  • Fixed Income
  • Derivative Investment
  • Alternative Investments
  • Portfolio Management

 

Level III:

 

  • Ethical and Professional Standards
  • Behavioural Finance, Individual Investors, and Institutional Investors
  • Capital Market Expectations
  • Asset Allocation
  • Fixed Income and Equity Portfolio Management
  • Alternative Investments, Risk Management, and the application of Derivatives
  • Portfolio: Execution, Evaluation and Attribution, and Global Investment Performance Standards

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