In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-regulation (3) of Regulation 7 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Certification of Associated Persons in Securities Markets) Regulations 2007, National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), in consultation with the Securities and Exchange Board of India, hereby specifies the NISM-Series-VI: Depository Operations Certification Examination, as the requisite standard for associated persons engaged or employed by a registered depository participant in :
The NISM-Series-VI: Depository Operations Certification Examination, offered by NISM, will be available from February 21, 2011.
Details of NISM-Series-VI: Depository Operations Certification Examination are given in Annexure-I and Annexure-II attached to this communiqué/press release.
The text of these Annexures and the registration details are available at www.nism.ac.in.
Enclosures: Annexure I and II
Annexure I – Syllabus Outline
Objective of the Examination
The examination seeks to create a common minimum knowledge benchmark for associated persons engaged or employed by a registered depository participant in:
The certification aims to enhance the quality of services as rendered by the Depository Participants.
On successful completion of the examination the candidate should:
Syllabus Outline with Weightages
Unit 1: Introduction to Securities Market - 5%
Unit 2: introduction to Depository - 10%
Unit 3: Depository and its business partners - 11%
Unit 4: Functions of DP - Account Opening - 11%
Unit 5: Functions of DP - Transmission & Nomination - 5%
Unit 6: Functions of DP - Dematerialisation - 8%
Unit 7: Functions of DP - Trading and Settlement - 12%
Unit 8: Functions of DP - Pledge and Hypothecation - 10%
Unit 9: Functions of DP - Corporate Action - 5%
Unit 10: Functions of DP - Public Issues 8%
Unit 11: Functions of DP - Debt and Government Securities 10%
Unit 12: Functions of DP - Warehouse Receipts 5%
Annexure II – Test Objectives
1. Introduction to the Capital Market
1.1 Introduction to the Capital Market
Explain the Indian Capital Market and its role in the economy
1.2 Capital Market
Explain the two segments in the capital market and the participants of capital market
1.3 Understand the regulatory environment in Indian capital market w.r.t SEBI Act, 1992, SC(R)A, 1956, Depositories Act 1996 and the Companies Act 1956
1.4 Know the Regulators in the Indian Capital market.
2. Introduction to Depository
2.1 Explain the need for a depository system
Highlight the key features of the depository system in India and explain the structure of the depository system in India
2.2 Define a depository and understand and list the differences between a bank vis-à-vis a depository
2.3 Understand the legal framework in which the depositories function in India
Know the key regulations under the Depositories Act 1996, know the eligibility criteria for becoming a depository, and understand the registration process and the various rights and obligations of depositories. Understand the records which need to be maintained by a depository and the legal agreement between the depository and the issuers.
2.4 Explain and understand the various functions of a depository.
3. Depository and its business partners
3.1 Understand depository participants (DPs)
Know the eligibility criteria for becoming a DP, Understand their business restrictions, Understand the procedure of application for becoming a DP and on what conditions registration is granted to DPs. Learn the validity and renewal process of registration certificate, their rights and obligations. Understand on what grounds a DP certificate can get suspended and or terminated.
3.2 Understand the Clearing Corporation/Clearing House
Explain and understand the criteria for being admitted to the depository as a user.
3.3 Issuers and RTAs
Know the eligibility criteria of becoming a RT&A, the rights and obligations of issuers and their RTAs. Know the role of issuer and RTA in demat of securities, remat of securities and in case of corporate benefits.
4. Functions of Depository Participant -Account Opening
4.1 Understand the types of account a person can open with a DP
4.2 Define and discuss what is a Beneficiary Account
Learn about the documents required while opening of account for verification, the procedure for opening an account, the different types of application forms for individual beneficial owner, joint account holders, companies, HUF, minors, partnership firms. Learn about the client participant agreement and the significance of the Power of Attorney (POA).
4.3 Clearing Member Account
Know the procedure for opening a clearing member account
4.4 Closure of account
Explain and understand the closure of an account on client’s request, closure on account of consolidation of accounts. Understand the procedure when closure is initiated by a DP. Know the process involved when mass shifting of account is initiated.
4.5 Freezing of account
Know the concept of freezing of account and when is it initiated.
4.6 Changes in client details
Understand the documentation and procedure for changes in the client details.
5. Functions of Depository Participant - Transmission and Nomination
5.1 Transmission of shares
Understand the concept of transmission of shares
5.2 Nomination of shares
Explain the concept of nomination of shares
5.3 Transmission of Securities
Understand the procedure of transmission of securities held singly with nomination, held singly without nomination and the procedure of transmission of securities held jointly in the depository, held by the karta of the HUF.
6. Functions of Depository Participant -Dematerialization
6.1 International Securities Identification Number
Explain the significance of ISIN. Understand which securities can be dematerialized
6.2 Explain the Dematerialization Process
Learn about the prerequisites for a demat request. Understand the procedure for demat and on what grounds a demat request is rejected. Explain transposition cum demat and transmission of securities.
6.3 Explain the Rematerialisation process
Explain the Prerequisites to a remat request and know the process of remat.
7. Functions of Depository Participant -Trading and Settlement
Explain in brief the role of DP in facilitating the transfer of securities from one account to another on the instructions of the account holder.
7.2 Off-Market Transactions
Understand the process flow of securities (settlement) in an off-market transaction
7.3 Market Transactions
Learn the important terms related to transaction on a stock exchange viz., settlement number, clearing member, market type. Understand what is meant by delivery deadline.
Summarise the steps in pay-in & pay-out and explain the direct delivery by clearing corporation to client account. Discuss Inter-settlement transfers. Know about the procedure of automatic delivery-out, and inter-depository transfers
8. Special Services- Pledge and Hypothecation
Introduce the concept of pledge and hypothecation
8.2 Procedure for pledge and hypothecation
Understand the procedure for creation of a pledge / hypothecation by a pledgor, Learn the procedure for confirmation of creation of pledge/hypothecation by pledgee. Learn the process of closure of a pledge/hypothecation by pledgor. Learn about Unilateral closure of pledge, Invocation of pledge by pledgee and Invocation of hypothecation. Understand the substitution of securities offered in pledge and the corporate benefits for pledged/hypothecated securities
9. Special Services- Corporate Action
9.1 Learn about corporate actions
9.2 Procedure for Corporate Action
Learn the process of corporate actions w.r.t Monetary Benefits, Non-Monetary Benefits, Rights Issue, Merger/Amalgamation/Capital reduction etc in the securities held with the depository.
Understand the Rights of lender (under stock lending scheme) and rights of the pledgor and hypothecator. Explain how the interest is paid on debt securities.
10. Special Services- Public Issues
10.1 Public Issues Procedure
Discuss the Public Issue facility through the depository
11. Special Services- Debt Instruments and Government Securities
11.1 Introduction to Debt Instruments and Government Securities
Explain the different debt instruments and Government securities available to the investors in the Indian securities market. Understand the procedure of Debt instrument to the depository system, Learn the key features of the debt instruments
11.2 Certificate of Deposit (CDs)
Learn how the certificate of deposit is dematerialized, settled and redeemed for those CDs which are traded.
11.3 Commercial Paper
Discuss the dematerialization of CPs, its settlement and redemption process.
11.4 Government Securities
Understand the specific features of dealing in Govt. securities such as account opening procedure, dematerialization of government securities held in physical form. Understand the process of transferring government securities in SGL form to Depository account.
12. Special Services- Warehouse Receipts
12.1 Discuss how the Depository Participants provide facility to the commodity exchanges for settlement of trades pertaining to warehouse receipts for commodities.