What is CFA Designation?

Chartered Financial Analyst© (CFA) credential, the most respected and recognized investment management designation in the world. It provides a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills that will give you a career advantage. Completing the CFA program shows employers and clients you have mastered a broad range of practical portfolio management and advanced investment analysis skills. It is accredited by CFAI (USA).

About CFAI

CFA Institute seeks to set professional standards for investment management practitioners and broadly engage other finance professionals through their interest and interactions with the investment management industry.


  1. Bachelor's or equivalent degree (or be in the final year of bachelor's degree program).
  2. 4 Years of professional work experience.
  3. A combination of professional work and university experience that totals at least 4 years.

How does the CFA Program compare with an MBA program or CA?

Particulars CFA(US) MBA CA
Recognition Globally India India
Duration Min 1.5- 2 Yrs 2 Years (Regular, Full Time) Min 4 - 4.5 Yrs
Avg Cost (Exam & Tuition fees) 1.75 - 2 Lakhs 4 - 5 Lakhs 1.5 - 2 Lakhs
Internship/Article ship No Summer Internship 3 Years
Eligibility Final Year Graduation Graduation 12th
Work while study Yes No No

Topic Area Weights

Topic Area Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Ethical and Professional Standards 15 10-15 10-15
Quantitative Methods 12 5-10 0
Equity 10 15-20 5-10
Economics 10 5-10 5-15
Financial Reporting and Analysis 20 15-20 0
Corporate Finance 7 5-15 0
Fixed Income 10 10-20 10-20
Derivatives 5 5-15 5-15
Alternative Investments 4 5-10 5-15
Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning 7 5-10 4-55
Total 100 100 100
CFA Fixed Fees
Program Enrollment $450
Registration Fees Level 1 / Level 2 / Level 3
Early Registration $650
Standard Registration $930
Late Registration $1380

Note: All values should be accepted in Indian Rupees at current rate of US Dollar.


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