1. Who can take NISM-Series-XIII: Common Derivatives Certification Examination?

NISM has launched the NISM-Series-XIII: Common Derivatives Certification Examination as an “additional choice” which the candidates may choose to take instead of appearing for the Currency Derivatives (Series-I), Interest Rate Derivatives (Series-IV) and NISM’s Equity Derivatives (Series-VIII) examinations individually.

The following persons can take NISM-Series-XIII: Common Derivatives Certification Examination:

  1. All approved users and sales personnel of trading members of currency derivatives, interest rate derivatives and equity derivatives segments of recognized stock exchanges
  2. Interested students/professionals
  3. Any other individuals

For more details, please refer to NISM’s Communiqué / Press Release for NISM-Series-XIII: Common Derivatives Certification Examination (NISM/Certification/Series-XIII: COM/2014/01 dated December 9, 2014) available in the “Circulars” section of NISM website.

2. How can I register for NISM-Series-XIII: Common Derivatives Certification Examination?

At present, the NISM-Series-XIII: Common Derivatives Certification Examination is available at NISM Test Centers only. Candidates can register for this exam at: https://certifications.nism.ac.in/nismaol/

3. What is the fee structure?

The fees for “NISM-Series-XIII: Common Derivatives Certification Examination” is Rupees Three Thousand only (Rs. 3000/-).

4. What is the assessment structure?

The examination will be of 150 marks, will have 150 questions, and should be completed in 3 hours. There will be negative marking of 25% of the marks assigned to a question. The passing score for the examination is 60% (which is equivalent to 90 marks out of the total marks of 150).

5. Is there a study material available for preparing for this examination?

The candidate has to prepare from the workbooks of NISM-Series-I: Currency Derivatives Certification Examination, NISM-Series-IV: Interest Rate Derivatives Certification Examination and NISM-Series-VIII: Equity Derivatives Certification Examination. There is no separate workbook for this examination, as this is a combined examination of the above-mentioned three examinations (CD, IRD and ED). You will receive a soft copy of the above-mentioned workbooks after enrolment for this examination. For non-receipt of soft copy of the workbook/study material, you may contact NISM at certification@nism.ac.in

6. Do I have to pay for the study material?

You will receive a soft copy of the workbook/study material free of cost after enrolment for the examination. Candidate can buy NISM workbooks online through Taxmann Publications Private Ltd.
Visit https://www.taxmann.com/bookstore/nism-iibf-books.aspx to place your orders for NISM workbooks.
If you prefer to order by phone, please call your nearest store directly to place your order. Click here to get the details of your nearest store.

7. I have passed NISM Common Derivatives Certification Examination, when will I receive the certificate?

Only the candidates who have produced their Income Tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) during registration would receive the NISM Certificate within two weeks of appearing for the examination.

Candidates who produced other identification proofs would not receive the NISM certificate. They would receive only the temporary mark sheet at the end of the examination.

8. I have not provided my PAN information at the time of taking the certification examination. How do I obtain the certificate?

Candidates who have not provided their PAN information during registration may furnish their PAN details to the Test Administrator (NISM) anytime after taking the examination.  After receiving and verifying PAN details, the candidate will receive the certificate from the Test Administrator (NISM).  No additional payments are necessary for obtaining the certificate.

9. I have passed NISM Common Derivatives Certification Examination and also provided PAN details, however I have not received a certificate. Whom should I contact?

For non-receipt of certificate, please contact NISM at: certification@nism.ac.in

10. What is the validity period of the certificate?

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

11. How do I renew my certificate?

To renew your current certificate, you need to appear for NISM CPE for Common Derivatives, when it is made available, or successfully pass the NISM Common Derivatives Certification Examination before the expiry of such certificate.

12. Can I request for re-evaluation of NISM Certification Examinations?

NISM Policy on Re-evaluation of performance of candidates appearing for Certification Examination and resolution of doubts about the questions forming part of such examination, if any.

“No re-evaluation of the performance of candidates appearing for Certification Examination conducted by NISM (Mandatory & Non-Mandatory examination) is permitted since the assessment of answers, with respect to Certification Examinations questions which are in the nature of the selection of only one correct answer from multiple choices offered, is carried out in an objective manner by in-built system architecture created for Certification Examination without any scope for human intervention and subjectivity element.

Also, considering the examination structure, no disclosure of the questions and/or answers is permitted as it will violate the confidentiality of the question bank, which is the essence of the examination.

In view of the above, no communication regarding re-evaluation, etc. will be entertained/serviced by NISM.”

Subject to the above request/s received from a candidate for resolution of doubts about a question forming part of such examination will be considered as per the following policy.

(1)   Candidate’s request/s will be considered only when he/she specifically mentions particular question or two which he/she thinks contain errors.  Claims/ to recheck more than two questions shall normally be not permitted unless substantive material is provided by the candidate as to why he/she considers errors in such questions.  In no case, claim/s to recheck all the questions appeared in his/her question paper shall be entertained.

(2)   No request/s to disclose/discuss question/s and/or their answers shall be entertained as disclosure of the question/s will violate the essence of the question bank viz. breach the confidentiality/secrecy of the Question bank.

(3)   Only those request/s made on-the-spot (before leaving the test center) will be considered for verification.

(4)   When a valid request is received from a candidate at the Test Centre, it shall be forwarded by the respective TA to NISM. NISM’s team will look into claim relating to the contested question/s to verify whether there is a mistake in the question or answer.  If it is prima facie found that the question or answer contains a mistake, no score will be computed and consequently no score card will be issued then at the Test Centre.

(5)   Such matter will then be escalated with the question / answer to the Committee with the details of the nature of error, the correct version of the question or contested correct answer and system recognized correct answer.  The Committee, after due diligence and proper scrutiny, will arrive at a conclusion whether the claim made by a candidate in relation to a question or answer is right.  Such conclusion will be recorded in writing and put up for formal approval to the authority of NISM.

(6)   Score computation, kept in abeyance as per point 4, shall be carried based on the approval as per point – 5. Such scorecard will then be issued to the candidate by TA/NISM.

(7)   Even though NISM endeavours best efforts and has put in place a robust mechanism to review its question bank intermittently, attributable to continuous changes taking place emanating from dynamics of the market, encompassing products and features, and its regulatory framework, there is a possibility of inadvertently escaping some updation and/or escaping indirect impact on some question/answer.  Therefore, to take care of such eventuality, the above process of entertaining request from the candidate in relation to the question/answer is put in place.

(8)   The above policy and process will be subject to review from time to time and shall be binding and final in relation to any claim and/or matter when disposed off with the approval of the authority of NISM.