About Certificate Program in Data Science (Basic)- CPDS Basic

Data has emerged as a new functional requirement in modern-age decision making. Every organization use data as a key input to arrive at any decision-making pertaining to their products and services. CPDS (Basic) offered by the National Institute of Securities Markets, will enable you to collect and manage data responsibly and ultimately use it to make informed decisions. The program is an interdisciplinary field of study that incorporates basic understanding of finance and securities markets. During your study, you may work in teams or independently to analyse financial/ securities markets data using the learnings of the data science tools and techniques.

For Whom?
This program is designed for students who want to begin or advance their careers in data science in the securities markets domain. It is also ideal for the securities markets professionals who want to learn using data optimally to make their decisions more efficient, consumer-centric and cost effective.

The Basic level program is designed for those with a limited technical background (some coding experience and familiarity with basic statistics) or those with no prior experience.

This Program is best for the students who are looking to switch careers, gain hands-on experience working with real-world datasets, and build a job-ready data science portfolio in securities Markets.

What do I learn?
170 hrs plus learnings through online classes, tutorials, practice sessions and recorded videos will be provided at the basic level in the following areas:
1. Introduction to securities Markets
2. Mathematics for financial Markets
3. Statistics in financial Markets
4. Spreadsheet for Data Analysis
5. Data Visualization Design
6. ‘R’ Analytics in Securities Markets
7. Data Handling and Manipulation – R
8. Programming in Python
9. Trading Simulation

* Tools Used – Advance Excel, R, Python, Power BI & Tableau

The Certificate Programme in Data Science (Basic) provides an opportunity to study in a pedigreed institute, under a team of top academicians and practitioners, in a world-class infrastructure.

Over the years, the National Institute of Securities Markets has carved a niche for itself in capacity building. Since 2009, it has conducted various niche programmes of durations ranging between 1 month to 2 years, with more than 2000 alumni rendering their services in professionalizing the markets. NISM has also fulfilled its mandates through training programmes for the Ministry of External Affairs, for officers from IRS, IAS, ICLS, CAG, SEBI, RBI, IFSCA, etc. The Institute’s training programmes have also benefitted regulatory staff members from SAARC nations and the CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) nations. Customized corporate training programmes also feature regularly as part of its ongoing activities.

With this rich experience in education and research over a decade, the programme has been carefully crafted to impart the complete set of knowledge and skills in vital and emerging application areas, benchmarked with the best in India and overseas.

NISM’s Library has a collection of around 9,000 books, apart from various periodicals. It has one of the richest collections in the country in Economics, Finance, Securities Markets and Compliance. Subscription to electronic journals through EBSCO is also available, for accessing scientific journals.

NISM also hosts an extensive securities market data and participants may get an opportunity to work on this data and make new products for securities markets. In industry interaction sessions held at NISM, the participants get an opportunity to interact with esteemed officers of SEBI, Market Infrastructure Institutions (MIIs), market intermediaries and industry experts in finance and analytics.

Programme Assessment and Schedule

The performance of participants is assessed on continuous evaluation. Evaluation is through quizzes, submissions, projects, etc., as may be indicated by the faculty members. At the end of the Basic Level of the programme, participants will be awarded with Grades and certificate of completion.

The programme will take place in Online Mode. The class timings would be as follows:

Day Timings Teaching Hours Break Time
Tuesday 07: 00 pm to 09:15 pm 2 hours 15 mins
Thursday 07: 00 pm to 09:15 pm 2 hours 15 mins
Saturday 06:00 pm to 09:15 pm 3 hours 15 mins
Sunday 10:00 am to 01:15 pm 3 hours 15 mins

Selection Criteria:
• Candidates will be selected based on an online screening test. Information related to screening test is available in FAQs.

How to apply?
Candidates willing to apply should first register themselves on https://apply.nism.ac.in/cpds
Step 1: New Registration: Upon successful registration, a User-ID and Password will be sent to registered email ID and mobile number of the candidate.
Step 2: Application process: Candidates are required to log-in and complete the application process by paying application fee. After making the payment of application fee of Rs. 500/- the candidates may submit their application.

Programme Fees
The consolidated programme fee for Certificate Program in Data Science (Basic) is Rs. 49,200/- (Rupees Forty-Nine Thousand and two hundred only).

The break-up of the fees is as follows:

Particulars Fee
Tuition fee 40,000
GST @18% 7200
Alumni fund 2000
Total 49,200
Due Date Within 7 calendar days from the issue of Offer Letter

Fee Refund Policy

Entire fee including the application fee is non-refundable in any circumstances.


Important Dates

Particulars Date
Start Date for Application  May 17, 2024
Last Date for Application July 19, 2024
Date of Entrance Test (Online mode) July 28, 2024
Declaration of Merit List August 10, 2024
Commencement of Program September 01, 2024


The Management reserves the right to change, amend programme structure and fees as when it deems fit.

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