PG Certification in Management in Financial Modelling and Alternative Investments

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An AICTE Approved one-year course, tailor-made for Indian Students and Finance Professionals looking for a career in Alternative Investments, Data Analytics and Financial Modelling

  • Minimum Eligibility
    Graduate Degree from a Recognized University
  • AICTE Approved Program
    Government Recognized, Professional Course on Alternative Investments
  • Duration
    12 Months (2 Semesters)
    Recommended Study:
    15 hours/week
  • Start Date
    July 31, 2021

Program Highlights

Data Analytics

AICTE Approved Program

Ubiquitous Learning

Industry Interaction

Alternative Investments

New Career Opportunities

Course Objectives

The course provides an integrated learning experience with Data Analytics and Machine Learning tools required to apply the investment strategies, perform analysis, and report data in the Alternative Investment Market. Further, it will help you get practical knowledge on different legal structures permissible in Alternative Investment Funds, investment strategies deployed, applicable regulatory norms, due diligence practices, valuation policies, performance attribution and the accounting processes followed in this industry.

Emerging Markets are gaining Private Investors’ confidence, with Southeast Asia and India being ranked amongst the top 3 Most Preferred Destinations by Global Investors, as per the Global Limited Partner Survey of Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, 2019 and 2020. Various forms of investment management services are imperative for the development of any economy, as Portfolio Managers understand the investment objectives and constraints of their clients and make suitable investments, as per the investment mandate. Alternative Investments Funds in India, such as Category III AIFs have been investing the funds faster, in order to generate alpha by employing diverse trading strategies.

Program Structure

Minimum Eligibility

- Graduate Degree in any field

- Successful completion of interview


-Subject 1 - Introduction to Alternative Investments

-Subject 2 - Financial Management and Investments

-Subject 3 - Hedge Funds and PMS


-Subject 4 - Financial Modelling & Data Analytics For Hedge Funds And PMS

-Subject 5 - Private Equity, Venture Capital and Angel Funds

-Subject 6 - Financial Modelling and Data Analytics in Private Equity and Venture Capital

Final Assessment Test


All India Management Association (AIMA) was established in 1957 (as a Society under the Societies Registration Act of India, 1860) as the national apex body of management profession with the active support of Government of India and the Indian Industry.  By virtue of its contribution to the development of management profession in India over the last fifty years, AIMA is recognized for its national stature.  The Centre for Management Education (CME) is the educational arm of AIMA which offers management education programs nation wide by distance learning through its Study Centers spread across the country.  AIMA-CME, the pioneer of management education by distance learning in the country, is recognized by Distance Education Council (DEC) as a Distance Learning Institution to conduct management programs in the country.


CareerTopper was established in 2015 with a mission to bridge the knowledge gap in Alternative Investments and Finance. CareerTopper has provided skill development programs to more than 4000 participants from Regulators, Exchanges, Banks, Start-up Accelerators, B-schools and Training Institutes, on niche topics such as Private Equity, Venture Capital and Hedge Funds.

In addition to enabling corporate professionals, CareerTopper has been working closely with finance aspirants and students, by providing them virtual training programs in Finance, Risk Management, Alternative Investments and Wealth Management.


  • Semester I
  • Semester II
  • Project Work


  • Fundamentals of Alternative Investments
  • Investment Management Ecosystem and Regulatory Landscape in India
  • Real Estate and Infrastructure as an Alternative Investment
  • Quantitative Foundations: Correlation, Covariance, Beta and Alpha
  • Risk and Return Measures for Alternative Investments
  • Analysing Portfolio Risks, Asset Allocation and Performance Evaluation
  • Current Status and Growth in Alternative Investments Market

Case Studies/Class Discussions

  • Markets for Alternatives, like Arts and Paintings, Sports, Vintage Wine, Stamps and Collectibles, Films and Patents
  • Recent activities in Unlisted Equities and Growth in IPOs
  • Future of REITs and InvITs in India


  • Financial Statement Analysis and Key Ratios for Hedge Funds
  • Company Analysis: Historical and Projected Financial Statements
  • Valuation Methods: Income Approach, Market Approach and Asset Approach
  • Global Databases and Valuation Metrics for Hedge Funds
  • Introduction to Algorithms, using Python and R Languages
  • Regression and Time Series Analysis
  • Valuation Analysis and Sensitivity Analysis
  • Asset Pricing Models
  • Machine Learning and Automation in Performance Evaluation

Case Studies/Class Discussions

  • Analysis of Football Field Charts for Companies, by their size
  • International Equities – Changing Paradigm Shift
  • Use Cases of Artificial Intelligence in Asset Management Industry
  • Bayesian Classifier and its Use Cases

Project Work

  • Term Sheet Negotiation Process
  • Global Hedge Funds Strategies
  • Investment Research and Deal Sourcing
  • Compliance Issues and Internal Controls
  • Accounting and Fund Administration
  • Fund Structuring and Taxation
  • Market Research and Fund Distribution
  • Trade Execution and Order Management System (OMS)
  • Big Data in Financial Industry
  • Role of Artificial Intelligence in Performance Analysis
  • Projecting Cash Flows for Start-ups
  • Investor Pitch Decks and Fund-raising


Archit Lohia
Founder & CEO at

Archit is passionate about the Alternative Investments Market and aims at enabling finance professionals to hone the niche skills within this market. He is Chapter Executive of the CAIA Association India Chapter and an active member of the CFA Society, India. He has worked with Ernst & Young and BSE Ltd., in areas such as, Regulations, Compliance, IPO Process, Information Management Systems, Investment Analysis, Audit and Finance. His start-up works for Indian Regulators, Banks, Mutual Funds, Foreign Universities, Start-up Accelerators and a number of Training Institutes and B-schools.

He likes to write books and articles on the Alternative Investments industry and is a regular speaker at national and international forums.


Namarta Singhal
Corporate Trainer

Namarta is a Finance trainer with over 14 years of Industry experience. She has been associated with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services (MAKS), since 2007. Since 2016 she has been handling independent training projects. Also, she is a member of The Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD). Her areas of expertise include, Financial Modelling, Company Valuation, Corporate Finance, Finance and Accounting Management Analysis, Finance for Non-Finance, Investment Banking Research Services, Fundamental Analysis, Equity Research, amongst others. As a freelancer, she has been conducting training for AIMA, NSE, BSE, Ernst & Young, IMS, WNS, Exevo, Genpact, Reliance Capital, Edelweiss, IIFL etc. Namarta holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from Delhi University and a Masters in Business Administration from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi. She has also done her Diploma in Security Analysis and Portfolio Management from the Institute of Financial Management, Delhi.

Assessment and Certification

The participants will be required to appear for a Certification Assessment.

The assessment will comprise of online assignments (30% weightage) and final end term examination (70% weightage).

Upon successful completion of the assessment, all the participants shall be eligible to earn the Post Graduate Certificate in Management in Financial Modelling & Alternate Investments.

Career Prospects

After successful completion of this program, candidates would be suitable to explore professional opportunities in the following:

  • Fund Management
  • Distributorship
  • Family Office Consultants
  • Investment Advisory or Portfolio Management Services
  • Compliance and Regulations
  • Due Diligence Experts
  • Tax Advisors or Legal Advisors
  • Fund Administrators
  • Fund Accountants or Auditors
  • Financial Data Analysts
  • Registered Valuers
  • Research Analysts

Who is this Program For?

Professionals who can seek this program are:

  • Finance Students
  • Freshers
  • Distributors and Marketing Professionals
  • Trustees
  • Custodians
  • Research Analysts
  • Family Office Consultants
  • Wealth Management Firms
  • Investment Managers
  • Lawyers and Tax Advisors
  • Institutions and HNI Investors
  • Investment Advisors
  • Accountants and Fund Administrators

Admission Process


Program Fees

Core Program
Duration: 12 Months (2 Semesters)
Fees: Rs. 50000 (Payable semester -wise @ 25,000/semester )

Important Dates:

Registration Starts: June 30, 2021
Course Starts: July 31, 2021
Class Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays
(3 hours each day)
Final Exam Date Window: Semester 1 – February, 2022
Semester 2 – July, 2022

Contact Us

Center for Management Education (CME)
All India Management Association

14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110003
Phone: +91-98919 63303 / 011- 24645100

Career Topper Online Education
Pvt. Ltd.

525, Arun Chambers, 5th Floor, Tardeo,
Mumbai 400 034, Maharashtra, India
Phone: +91-93213 06866 / 022-35103515


Upon the successful completion of this program, you will get a Post-Graduation Certificate duly signed by the directors of AIMA-CME and CareerTopper. This certificate is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and is equivalent to a Professional Qualification for the Alternative Investment industry.

Ideally, you will have to spend 10 to 15 hours per week during the course of the program to learn and pass this course successfully. Overall, this program is for duration of 12 months (2 Semesters each of 6 months).

This is a 100% online course which can be taken from anywhere in India. This means that you can enrol for this course and learn from the convenience of your home, no matter in which city you are residing in.

The fee structure is fixed at Rs. 25000 per semester . Participants shall pay the fees only for one module at a time. You can choose a program from a number of available options, as per your preference, and you will be charged accordingly.

You will be provided with study materials in the form of online virtual classes, powerpoint presentations, quizzes, assessment tests, and e-books.

You can visit our website use any online method to pay for this program including credit or debit cards, net banking, PAYTM, PHONE PE, or any other payment wallet.

No. The fees once deposited will not be refunded to you under any circumstances if you choose to withdraw from the course mid-way. Read all terms and conditions of the program carefully and get in touch with us for any queries before taking the admission.