2 – 3 years



3 levels (10 Subjects)



Online/ Classroom


EMI Options

Starting from INR 5,500/month

What is CFA ?

Chartered Financial Analyst

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is an international qualification in the field of finance and investments. The course is divided into three levels which makes Level 1 the most crucial one as it sets the foundation for the other two levels.

The established body has set a benchmark for the skill sets and practical knowledge required to progress in this field. CFA in India is highly recommended if you wish to pursue a high-paying career in Finance.

Key Highlights of CFA

  • CFA Qualified Faculty
  • 80% Passing Rate at Zell
  • CFA Charter Holder Alumni
  • Personalised Study Plan
  • Zell Curated Notes
  • Access to Zell’s Learning Management System
  • Student Mentorship
  • EMI Options starting at ₹5,500/month


Find out how you can qualify for the CFA course

  • If you are in the Second year of graduation, you can appear for the CFA level 1 examination.
  • In certain cases, you may be eligible for CFA without graduation provided you have a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • A valid international passport is mandatory for application.


Level 1
  • Ethical and Professional Standards (15-20%)
  • Quantitative Methods (8-12%)
  • Economics (8-12%)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (13-17%)
  • Corporate Finance (8-12%)
  • Equity Investments (10-12%)
  • Fixed Income (10-12%)
  • Derivatives (5-8%)
  • Alternative Investments (5-8%)
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning (5-8%)
Level 2
  • Fixed Income (10-15%)
  • Derivatives (5-10%)
  • Alternative Investments (5-10%)
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning (10-15%)
  • Ethical and Professional Standards (10-15%)
  • Quantitative Methods (5-10%)
  • Economics (5-10%)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (10-15%)
  • Corporate Finance (5-10%)
  • Equity Investments (10-15%)
Level 3
  • Ethical and Professional Standards (10-15%)
  • Quantitative Methods (0%)
  • Economics (5-10%)
  • Financial Statement Analysis (0%
  • Corporate Finance (0%)
  • Equity Investments (10-15%)
  • Derivatives (5-10%)
  • Alternative Investments (5-10%)
  • Fixed Income (15-20%)
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning (35-40%)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is CFA?

The Chartered Financial Analyst Program is a program in investment and financial management, offered by the CFA Institute. It is ideal for those seeking a career in investment and finance. CFA is one of the highest levels of International qualifications with global recognition.

What is the scope of CFA in India and abroad?

In India, a competent CFA can work for any of the following -Investment Banks, Research Firms, Alternative Investment Firms, Mutual Funds, Broking Firms, Commercial banks, Asset Management firms, etc. The list is non-exhaustive. Your work profile can fall under any of these – evaluating or applying financial, economic, and/or statistical data as part of the investment decision-making process; supervising persons who conduct such activities; or teaching such activities.  Competent CFAs are actively recruited by industry leaders like JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, E&Y, Indiabulls.

How do you earn your Charterholder?

To receive your Charterholder Certificate from the CFA Institute, you must successfully complete all the three CFA Level examinations, along with four years of professional work experience.

Do students get placed after completing Level I to Level III?

Yes, Zell Education provides 100% interview training and placement assistance. We guide your through everything – right from helping you craft that perfect resume to boosting your confidence during job interviews. Our extensive training is inclusive of several mock tests and interviews that let you test the waters and prepare you for the real world.

What is the structure of CFA? How many levels does CFA comprise of?

CFA has three levels. Identifying the CFA course structure is a crucial step to clear the examination. The levels become tougher as one makes progress, and this requires great commitment from students. As CFA can be tough to clear through self-study, CFA classes in Delhi can help reduce the burden. Multiple-choice questions are asked at the first level, which the second level consists of vignette-supported multiple-choice questions. The third level has vignette-supported multiple-choice questions and constructed response questions. This requires candidates to be prepared with a good grasp of English.

CFA level 1 subjects can be studied at an average of 300 hours; the amount of study requirement increases at every level. Also, the registered pass rate increases through the levels. Also, you need to register for every CFA level before the exam. It is possible to take breaks and complete the exam in as much time as required. CFA classes can create the right basis.

What does CFA level 1 consist of?

The CFA course has three levels. The first level is considered to be the easiest, but it also has the lowest pass rate. While it is possible to clear the exam through self-study, proper guidance, and online learning helps. The CFA Institute offers its own learning materials as well. While early bird registration would cost $700, a standard registration costs $1000, and it would go higher for late registration. CFA level 1 has an official pass rate of about 43%. This shows that commitment towards the course needs to be constant.

If you need to learn all the ten topics, you can do so within 300 hours. However, it is important to learn to manage your time - during the study as well as in the exam to answer questions. The CFA charter is considered the gold standard in the management of investments and portfolios. Clearing the CFA exam would be the first step in paving a great career path.

Can I do CFA after 12th?

No, it is not possible to register for CFA right after passing your 12th boards. The qualification is tailored to professionals ready to work in the industry and garner relevant experience, which is not possible for a student right out of school. That's what makes it the gold standard qualification of investment banking and portfolio management. Instead, you can opt for the CFA Investment Foundations program, which is provided by the CFA Institute, know for base building.

It requires at least 4 years of combined educational or professional training. If a candidate is in his 4th and final year of the bachelor program, he would be able to apply for the course. Otherwise, it is possible to complete the course and opt for CFA. CFA classes in Mumbai are flexible to adhere to the routines of working individuals.

The best classes for CFA in Mumbai are tailored for the best learning. If you would like to opt for CFA, you need to wait a few years. You can go for other courses which are applicable when you join college.

Can a science/engineering student pursue CFA?

Yes, recently - students from an engineering background are making the switch towards CFA to enter the investment field. It is a viable option.

What is the eligibility criteria?

A student is eligible to attempt the CFA exam under the following conditions: 1. Be in their last year of graduation OR 2. Have 4 years of investment related work experience. OR 3. Be a graduate (Any field)

Does the CFA institute provide any exemptions for the CFA exam?

Unfortunately, there are no exemptions for CFA after CA. However, if you are a qualified CA, then it would be easier for you to clear your CFA examinations as 60% of your CA syllabus reflects CFA level 1.

Is part 1 of FRM covered in the CFA program?

Almost 55% of your FRM syllabus is covered in the three levels of your CFA studies. That’s why most students prefer taking up CFA exams and FRM together as studying for the dual certification becomes easier.

Should I do both CA and CFA?

We highly recommend you pursue the CFA certification after your Chartered Accountancy. CA and CFA individually ensure quite a rewarding career. However, having both CFA and CA certifications undoubtedly opens up ample possibilities.

What are the benefits of CFA?

Having the CFA certification opens up a door to the finance and accounting industry. It helps you gain analytical skills and knowledge in subjects like Investment Analysis, Portfolio Management, Quantitative Methods, and Economics, which are all in-demand knowledge for rising through the ranks in the finance industry. Not only this, but it also provides you with handsome compensation.

What are the top hiring companies for CFA?

Some of the top hiring firms for CFA are PwC, EY, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and International banks like HSBC, Royal Bank of Canada, and TD Bank.

How many CFA Charterholders are there in the world?

As per the CFA institute, there are more than 160,000 CFA Charterholders around the globe at 164 locations. The CFA Institute has about nine offices internationally and there are 161 local societies.

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