CFA Program
FRM
Financial Modeling
Equity Research
ABOUT CFA®

  • Administered by CFA Institute, USA.
  • Minimum time to pass all three Levels: 1.5 years.
  • Average time: 4 years.
  • Recommended 250 Hrs of study for each exam level.
  • CFA® charter holder membership requirements include, but not limited to 48 months of acceptable professional work experience and passing the Level I, Level II, and Level III exams.
The CFA designation is now entering its fifth decade having been established in 1962. The CFA Institute network boasts:
  • Almost 100,000 members in 135 countries.
  • More than 88,000 CFA charter holders.
  • 137 member societies in 58 countries.
Exam Structure
  • The exam is structured as 3 Levels: Level 1, 2 and 3. Level 1 Exam is conducted twice every year in June and December. Level 2 and 3 Exams are conducted only once every year in June every year.
  • Exam format: Level 1 & 2 are completely multiple choice. Level 3 has one written paper and one paper which is multiple choice.
Level Type of Questions Number of Questions Duration of the Exam
I Multiple Choice 240 2 Exams of 3 Hrs Each
II Multiple Choice vignette Style 120 2 Exams of 3 Hrs Each
III 50% essay type, 50% multiple choice 60 2 Exams of 3 Hrs Each

Topics I II III
Ethics 15% 10% 10%
Quantitative Techniques 12% 5-10% 0%
Economics 10% 5-10% 0%
Financial Reporting Analysis 20% 15-25% 0%
Corporate Finance 8% 5-10% 0%
Equity Investments 10% 20-13% 5-15%
Fixed Income 12% 5-10% 10-20%
Ethics 15% 10% 10%
Derivatives 5% 5-10% 5-15%
Alternative Investments 3% 5-10% 5-15%
Portfolio Management 5% 5-15% 5-45%
 
 
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