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Divided into four terms, the programme is a balanced blend of theory and practice:

  • Conceptual Phase
  • Application Phase
  • Advanced Application Phase
  • Industry Interaction Phase


The programme boasts globally benchmarked curriculum deliberated by a council of academicians and market practitioners. The curriculum is designed to provide research-based inputs and industry insights and is delivered through multiple pedagogies – simulations, case-studies, live projects, etc.


(NISM reserves the right to add, modify, merge or delete any of the above mentioned courses for the over-all benefit of the programme and to keep it contemporary)

In addition, the participants gain exposure through several workshops on contemporary topics such as IFRS, XBRL, Market Microstructure, Behavioral Finance, etc. The programme also provides industry interface through visits to stock exchanges, depositories and various market intermediaries.


In the first three terms, the participants are expected to complete 20 courses of 1 credit each. The duration of each course is approximately 30 hours.

In the last term, the participants are required to undertake a project with an organization in the securities industry, where they are placed as executives / interns. The project dissertation which carries 2 credits is to be submitted before May 31, 2017, the concluding day of Term IV.

The participants may commence their career on or after April 01, 2017.

Performance and Evaluation Criteria

PGPSM is a rigorous post-graduation programme pegged at global standards. On successful completion, the participants would be awarded with the certificate: Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets. The certificate will be awarded on the basis of the participants’ performance in the following components:

  • Pre-class reading and preparation
  • Class participation
  • Quizzes
  • Term papers / projects / assignments
  • Mid-term and end-term examinations
  • Any other component of evaluation that the institute may prescribe from time to time

The participants are expected to obtain the minimum passing grade of 50% in each of the courses.


The best performing participant in the batch will be awarded the State Bank Best Student Award, comprising of a Gold Medal and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh. 

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