FAQs

Why NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination?

The examination attempts to build a common body of knowledge amongst all aspirants about: –
  1. Indian financial market and regulatory environment in Indian financial market.
  2. Basics of investment advisory with details of investment advisory process.
  3. Understanding of wealth management, financial planning along with detailed insights into asset allocation, investment strategies, insurance planning, retirement planning, income tax and estate planning procedure; law and investor grievance redressal mechanisms.

Who should take the examination?

The following persons should take the examination:
  1. Investment advisor, their representatives/partners, under SEBI (Investment Adviser) Regulation, 2013.
  2. A person who wishes to be a registered investment adviser or representatives/partners of registered investment advisers under SEBI (Investment Adviser) Regulation, 2013. Person has to clear both (NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination and NISM Series X-B: Investment Adviser (Level 2) Certification Examination) to meet the eligibility under SEBI (Investment Adviser) Regulation, 2013.
  3. Person who offers his/her investment advisory services.
  4. Interested students/professionals.

For whom is the examination is mandatory?

NISM has specified this examination to be the requisite standard for a person who wishes to register as an investment adviser and representatives/partners of registered investment advisers under SEBI Regulation, 2013 and for a person who wishes to offer investment advisory services.

What are the topics covered under NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination?

  1. Introduction to Indian financial market
  2. Financial investment products
  3. Managing investment risk and measuring investment returns
  4. Concept of financial planning
  5. Asset allocation and investment strategies
  6. Insurance planning, retirement planning and tax and estate planning
  7. Regulatory environment in Indian financial market

What are the benefits of the examination?

Investment Adviser Certification examination is gaining popularity amongst students and professionals working in the Financial Industry. An aspirant stands to gain:
  1. Professional knowledge about Indian Financial Markets and the regulatory environment in financial markets.
  2. Knowledge of basics of investment advisory and details of the investment advisory process.
  3. Understanding of wealth management, financial planning with detail insights into asset allocation, investment strategies, insurance planning, retirement planning and tax and estate planning procedure, law and investor grievance redressal mechanism.
  4. Wealth management and investment advisory services have gained prominence and respect in India. Investment adviser certificate holder gains access to tremendous wealth management and financial planning job opportunity with leading Banks, Financial Institutions and Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFC’s).
  5. Certificate holder who meets minimum networth and examination conditions as laid out by SEBI, can choose to work as SEBI registered Independent Investment adviser.
  6. Recently, larg Banks like SBI and Bank of Baroda have taken out specific job advertisements looking for Investment Advisors who have cleared this examination.

Are there any pre-requisites to register for the examination?

You need to register with National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM).

How do I register for the examination?

You can register on the website of National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM).
You will need PAN card to register along with the registration fees (Rs 1500/- for NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination).
After successful registration, candidates may select a test centre, date and time slot of their choice on the Test Administrator’s website. Candidates are required to follow further instructions available on the Test Administrator’s websites.

What is the structure of the examination?

The examination will have 100 question. Each question is for 1 mark. The examination should be completed in 2 hours.  In case the selected answer of your question is wrong, there will be negative marking of 25% of the marks assigned to that question. The passing score is of 60% for the examination.
Note: In case you want to avoid negative marking. If you are not sure about an answer you should leave the answer blank and no marks will be deducted.

How do I prepare for the examination?

Preparation method depends on the individual and his/her knowledge of the subject.
We suggest to either prepare from the workbook/study material provided by NISM or to prepare from Online video course from CubeLearn.
Video course from CubeLearn covers all the topic of the workbook/study material of NISM in 3 hours of video lectures. It provides recorded working and examples on Microsoft Excel and handouts to enhance learning and to enable better understanding of concepts.
For practice, video course also offers challenges and 160+ quiz questions to help you revise. At the end of the video course, student is provided with additional 340 questions. This consists of 2 Mock-tests which replicate real exam conditions. Mock-test final score helps the learner understand his overall score and also his topic-wise performance. (questions are categorized topic wise). These results can help the learner identify his strong and weak topics.
All questions are asked in MCQ format (like real exam) and explanation of the answer is given for every question. This further helps in revision of the course and provides conceptual clarity.
Note: Based on our current success rate and student’s testimonials, we are confident that CubeLearn video course is sufficient for the preparation of NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination.
A learner can also subscribe to the stand-alone question bank available on the website. This will help the learner revise the topics and scientifically test their preparation level.
Online question bank from CubeLearn covers all the topic of the prescribed syllabus. The question bank has a total of around 500 questions. These are MCQs (like real exam) and explanation is provided for every question. This will help the learner to gauge his level of preparedness. The question bank consists of 2 Mock-test which are replicated like real examinations.

How much time should I give to prepare for the examination?

Preparation time depends on the individual and his/her knowledge on the subject. As per our experience, it takes somewhere between 7-14 days to prepare for the examination with proper attention and regular revision of all topics.

How can CubeLearn help me in my preparation?

CubeLearn offers online video course for preparation of NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination.
Video course from CubeLearn covers all the topic of the workbook/study material of NISM in 3 hours of video lectures. It provides recorded workings and examples on Microsoft excel and handouts to enhance learning and to understand concepts.
For practice, video course also offers challenges and 160+ quiz questions to help you revise. At the end of the video course, student is provided with additional 340 questions. This consists of 2 Mock-tests which replicate real exam conditions. Mock-test final score helps the learner understand his overall score and also his topic-wise performance. (questions are categorized topic wise). These results can help the learner identify his strong and weak topics.
All questions are asked in MCQ format (like real exam) and explanation of the answer is given for every question. This further helps in revision of the course and provides conceptual clarity.
Online question bank from CubeLearn covers all the topic of the workbook/study material of NISM. The question bank has a total of around 500 questions. These are MCQs (like real exam) and explanation is provided for every question. This will help to gauge your level of preparedness. Question bank consists of 2 Mock-test which are replicated like real examinations.

How will I prepare with the online course provided by CubeLearn?

You first need to register with CubeLearn and subscribe for the online Video Course of Investment Adviser (Level 1) from CubeLearn. You can use the link below:
https://www.cubelearn.com/courses/investment-adviser-level-1-nism-series-x-a-certification-examination/
Once you subscribe and pay for the video course, use your login id and password to login at CubeLearn.com and access you subscribed online course material.
About Online Course Material:
Online video course by CubeLearn is prepared chapter wise as per the prescribed syllabus. The video course is spread into 40 topics covered in 3 hours of video time. Length of each video is 6-7 minutes at an average, and each topic is followed by a topic challenge or quiz. The challenge or quiz on the topic helps the learner check his understanding of the topic.
Working examples of Financial calculations like IRR, CAGR are provided in Excel.  A learner progresses in the course once he clears End of Topic quiz. At the end of the course the learner is provided with
  • Revision Question Bank 1,
  • Mock Test 1
  • Revision Question Bank 2
  • Mock Test 2
Mock-test are conducted like the real-exam and have a time limit of 2 hours.  Mock-test final score helps the learner understand his overall score and also his topic-wise performance. (questions are categorized topic wise). These results can help the learner identify his strong and weak topics.
All questions are asked in MCQ format (like real exam) and explanation of the answer is given for every question. This further helps in revision of the course and provides conceptual clarity.
Once a learner completes the video course thoroughly and is able to score well in Mock-test, he / she can confidently take the exam. We are confident that like 97% student from CubeLearn, he / she will clear the examination.
Go ahead and subscribe for online Video Course from CubeLearn:
https://www.cubelearn.com/courses/investment-adviser-level-1-nism-series-x-a-certification-examination/
Note:
  1. Online video course is valid for 60 days and all question bank and Mock-test can be attempted up to 10 times during the validity period.

Do I need to purchase the online video course and online question bank separately?

In case you subscribe for the online video course, you don’t need to purchase online question bank separately. Below link will help you subscribe for online Video Course:
https://www.cubelearn.com/courses/investment-adviser-level-1-nism-series-x-a-certification-examination/
In case you need only question bank to revise the topics and scientifically test your preparation level, you may choose to click on below link to subscribe for only online Question Bank from CubeLearn:
https://www.cubelearn.com/courses/investment-adviser-level-1-mock-test/

How does CubeLearn create the study material?

CubeLearn study material is prepared by certified Faculty / Trainers of the topic. Faculty / Trainers thoroughly go through the NISM study material for the topic, appear in the examinations,  before preparing the  study material.
Faculty / Trainers do their research and take feedback of CubeLearn students appearing for the topic certifications to update the CubeLearn study material at regular interval so as to keep it relevant for the current time.

What is the weightage of the Investment Adviser (Level 1) examination?

You can check the recommended weightage for the Examination at the following link:
Investment Adviser Level 1 Certification Weightage

What is the success % after preparing from CubeLearn?

More than 97% of CubeLearn.com students have successfully cleared NISM Certification Exams.

What is the validity of the question bank?

Study material (complete online video course or only online question bank subscription) subscription is valid for 60 Days from the date of purchase of the subscription.

How do I access the material? Can we download or copy paste the study material?

You can visit the below link to subscribe for the NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) complete online Video Course from CubeLearn.com:
https://www.cubelearn.com/courses/investment-adviser-level-1-nism-series-x-a-certification-examination/
 
Or, in case you need only online question bank, visit the below link to subscribe for the NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) online Question Bank from CubeLearn.com:
https://www.cubelearn.com/courses/investment-adviser-level-1-mock-test/
Post subscribing, you will be able to access your subscription on CubeLearn.com by using your login id and password of CubeLearn.
Note: Samples of CubeLearn study materials are available under the Sample Lessons tab.
No, study material or videos cannot be downloaded from CubeLearn.com. CubeLearn does not provide any PDF or Word File and the entire course / question bank has to be attempted online.  Student needs access to a Laptop / Computer with internet connection and Microsoft Excel pre-loaded to take the course.

What is the validity period of the certificate?

The certificate will be valid for 3 years from the date you pass the examination.

How do I renew my certificate?

You can choose to go for NISM CPE for Investment Adviser (Level 1) program or appear for the NISM Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination and pass the same again before the expiry of your existing certificate.

Which are the other credited certification for Investment adviser under Regulation 7(2) of SEBI (Investment Adviser) Regulation, 2013?

  1. Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM) valid till 28 February, 2019
  2. Certified Financial Planner (CFP) valid till 19 June, 2019
  3. International Certificate in Wealth & Investment Management (India) Certification valid till 30 September, 2019
  4. Wealth Management Certification (Advance Level) valid till 31 March, 2019

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