CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Course Details

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is one of the most sought-after designations for investment professionals. It is a global and very recognised professional credential in Financial Management & in investment offered by CFA Institutes. The CFA charter is regarded as the world’s most respected and recognised designation in an investment management fields. Candidates who shall pursue this course they can gain in-depth knowledge of the investment industry which may increase their probability of landing into high paid jobs. Industrialization and globalization are increasing by day by day demand for CFAs in India. Candidates who pursue CFA certificate are needed to qualify in three levels of examination which is conducted by these bodies:

CFA Institute, Level I, Level II and Level III. These exams are conducted in areas related to Economics, Accounting, Security Analysis, and Money Management. Level I exams are conducted in the month of June and December, and Levels are II and III are only, offered in June. This programme is beneficial for those willing to build a long-term career in domains like banking, corporate or financial services. Apart from this, taking up independent practice is also an option after pursuing the course. Candidates do not require to attend regular classes as CFA is a self-study program. The CFA curriculum is inclusive of academic theory as well as field practice which an individual gains through work experience. Candidates learn to gain knowledge on investing & making money in stocks, industries, companies, and also at an individual level. 

List of CFA Courses:

Following courses are there in CFA in Level 1 and these are as follows: 

  • Investment Banking Fundamentals
  • Ethics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance

Note: There are many other courses of CFA on level 2 and these all vary from subject to subject of CFA Syllabus and courses shed under CFA courses.

CFA Level 2 Prep course section details are as follows in the table below:
Sr. NO. 
Modules 
Video Hours 

1.

Ethical & Professional Standards

8

2.

Quantitative Methods

10

3.

Economics

11

4. 

Financial Reporting & Analysis

19

5. 

Corporate Finance

8

6. 

Equity Investments/ Valuation

20

7. 

Fixed Income 

16

8. 

Derivatives 

14

9. 

Alternative Investments 

4

10. 

Portfolio Management and wealth planning 

5

CFA Course Admissions:

Candidates urging to take admissions in CFA course are supposed to fulfil the criteria as set by the chartered accountancy university. All those applicants are supposed to clear their bachelor’s degree in any of the relevant disciplines and should be currently aspiring their bachelor's degree with final year completion. Having relevant work experience for a minimum of 4 years is also a prerequisite for availing admission in the program. In addition to the above-listed criteria, few institutions also set the norm of having an international travel passport with the candidate. Admissions are done on the basis of merit lists provided to the candidates. All the applicants are supposed to clear the Level I, Level II and Level III of examinations to earn the certificate of CFA Course. All the candidates are required to apply for this course online and they have to pay fees online. Enrolment to the program can be done through Credit Cards. The candidates will be notified via an email or on an official website. 

CFA Exam benefits gained by the candidates:

Sample of career benefits which a candidate may get after passing the three levels of CFA Exam. In this current competitive scenario, CFA Charterholders are gaining importance for the expertise and for the skills which they have. This can be a career enhancer if you are a professional in finance, or wish to switch to a significant role. These are the roles of industry specialists recruit maximum to maximum CFA Charters for:

  • Research Analysts
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Private Bankers
  • Manager of Managers
  • Financial Advisers
  • Relationship Managers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Financial Strategists
CFA Fees Structure is as follows:

The Fees structure of CFA is of 72K for level 1 and level 2 it is of 40K approximately. If in case any candidate gives a re-examination then she/he may have to reappear for the exams and then they have to add 40K extra for every attempt. To do coaching of CFA candidates have to give 15k-20k for every level. Material generation depends upto 2k-10k and on the day of the exam, candidates have to submit 1K-5K and much higher if you make travel and have to make an arrangement to stay. To have a degree of CFA you have to do on finance which consists of three levels all in total. Passing marks for CFA L-1 comes within a 35% to 45% of the bracket, in level-2 it increased to 42% and so on. In level 3 the passing marks get hiked between 45% to 55% and so on. The entire fees for CFA is all around INR 182,000. CFA course is not at all about stock markets, it covers anything remotely related to finance. CFA with an MBA is of global value. The salary point view outside India is much higher because of the standard of living. 

CA Course Syllabus:

CFA course syllabus is divided into three levels: Level I, Level II, Level III. This course consists of a detailed study of the subjects like economics, Portfolio Management, Corporate finance and the Professional, Ethical standard of business, much more. 

A] CFA – Working Level Knowledge
B] CFA – Expert Level Knowledge

Group A:

  • Economics
  • Financial Accounting

Group D:

  • Fixed Income Securities: Analysis & Valuation
  • Equity: Analysis & Valuation

Group B:

  • Financial Management
  • Quantitative Methods

Group E:

  • Portfolio Management
  • Derivatives: Analysis & Valuation

Group C:

  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Markets

Group F:

  • Professional Ethics and Case Studies
  • Mutual and other Funds
CFA Course Career:

Those who all are graduates after successful completion of the CFA program. They have many opportunities for growth in private and government sectors in domestic as well as international level of grounds. The aspirants are trained to handle the workings of the finance industries, providing the skills to make their stand in the investment career through their commitment to excellence. Chartered Financial Analysts have a long-term career opportunity like professionals in finance to work in the industry of corporate, banking and financial sectors. They are many opportunities in the field of business, insurance firms, auditing departments, Excise & Taxation departments as well as Educational Institutes. They will become auditors, finance analysts, Finance manager, Analysis manager and this hierarchy goes on. 

CFA Course JOBS:

Most of the candidates are already in the Finance field or wishing for switching the form of their careers which they can choose from jobs like:

  • Managers of Portfolio
  • Private bankers
  • Fund of fund managers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Relationship managers
  • Financial strategists
CFA Course Salary for the candidates:

CFA Certification has witnessed a steadily growing popularity in recent years. The annual salary of Rs. 3 lakhs is earned by a CFA degree holder. Like most other professions, your salary would increase after you gain adequate experience. For example, after seven to eight years of experience, a CFA holder may earn an average annual salary of Rs. 12 lakhs in total. Just after 10 years of experience, a CFA degree holder may earn as much as Rs. 19 lakhs annually. The company and the field in which you would be working in. It plays a major role in deciding on the CFA salary. Companies irrespective of the size have been paying handsome salaries to CFA charter holders all over in India.

Colleges for CFA Courses:
  • IMS Proschool MG Road, Bangalore
  • IMS Proschool, Hyderabad
  • IMS Preschool, Pune 
  • Indian Institute of Management and Studies (IIBMS), Mumbai
  • Central India Institute of Management Studies, Chattisgarh
  • Mansukh Institute of Financial Market, New Delhi
  • FTMS Global Academy India PVT. LTD, Chennai
  • Narayana Institute, Gujrat
  • Chartered Finance Analyst Institute, Mumbai

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