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Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Liberalization and globalization have brought about a sea change in the financial services sector. The scope of the financial services broadly covers money market operations, merchant banking services, international banking services, portfolio management, lease financing, mergers, acquisitions buy-outs mutual funds, factoring services, etc. Chartered financial analysts (CFA) utilize their managerial skills in the core areas of corporate finance, investment management, international finance and financial services. Their training and skills are useful for providing a host of financial services.

The constantly developing industrial scenario has created a demand for experts in the field of finance. This has created a niche that can be filled by a person specially trained to handle financial matters with all its ramifications. In order to fulfill this need, a training programme called theChartered Financial Analyst programme has been brought into being by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts. The qualification of a CFA is not merely an additional qualification; it is a specialization that gives a person a distinct advantage over others in the field. The CFA course enjoys wide recognition all over the country. In fact, bank employees who have completed the CFA course are exempted from appearing for certain papers in the various examinations that they are required to appear for.


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is a professional programme in Financial Management and Analysis offered through distance learning as:
1.    Regular CFA Programme (3 years)
2.    Accelerated CFA Programme (2 years)
Eligibility criteria are that the candidate should be a Graduate, Management student or a working executive and professional.
The CFA programme is offered on a distance-learning basis and is open to all those applicants who satisfy the eligibility criteria. There is no Admission Test for enrolling. As the CFA Programme is offered on a distance learning basis, admission is open throughout the year. The propectus and appliaction materilas, which are issued from time to time, are monitored so that enrolments are synchronized with the examination schedule.
CFA Foundation Course (CFA-FC) is a 6 months course offered to Degree and Engineering College students to provide a strong base in Financial Accounting and Economics.
The ICFAI University provides comprehensive study package specially designed for independent study. The comprehensive courseware includes high quality textbooks, workbooks and the analyst magazine as a continuous learning input. Further, in order to supplement the candidates' efforts through self study, the ICFAI University provides an opportunity to the candidates to attend training classes at scheduled centers. Attending these training classes is optional.
The training classes are conducted at the following centers:
Agra, Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, New Delhi, Noida, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, Thane, Trivandrum, Vadodara, Vijayawada and Vishakapatnam. Candidates who plan to attand teh training classes are required to pay the specified fees.

Executive CFA Programme

The ICFAI University through its constituent, the ICFAI Business School (IBS) offers the CFA Programme on a campus format. This is a 2 year campus based programme offered both on a full time and part time basis.
This programme is open to:
·    Graduates (any discipline)
·    Final Level students of CA, CWA, CS and other PG and CAs, CWAs, Company Secretaries and other Postgraduates (any discipline).
·    Working Executives, Entrepreneurs, Bankers, Civil Servants, Consultants, provided they are graduates.
The executive CFA programme is offered on a classroom instruction basis in the following two formats:
·    Full Time Executive CFA Programme (2 years)
·    Part Time Executive CFA Programme (2 years)

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