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Great thread guys!! Please keep the information flowing.

My aim is to end up as a buy side equity research analyst and then maybe transition to a portfolio manager role someday.I'm really into fundamental value investing and an admirer of the Buffetts and Lynchs of the financial world.

.....I hate programming.


Then Financial Engineering is definitely NOT for you.

You can't be a Quant if you don't love programming, and you can't be anywhere around a Trading Desk without strong mathematical aptitude or strong computer programming skills.

ER is not mathematical at all.

Do MFE, if you love programming and maths both, otherwise the MFE course and subsequent job will be journey through hell.

1) Given here roots lies in (0,3)
therefore product of root will be positive
value of a always >0

so we are left with 2 answer options (a) and (e)

You can draw a parabola with roots in with any value of a, so why only (a) & (e), product of roots 'can' be positive with any value of a.
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Digital Says
Once we are done with mba do 10th marks play a role ?? i have seen CVS dont even mention 10th and 12th marks these days

I'm not trying to be funny, but this is really stupid question.
dsaroya Says
can anyone tell me that-what does cfa l-2 and l-3 consist of ?as l-1 is basic and very in depth theory.

Level 1 is basics, no depth but they will cover nearly everything related to investments and markets. Although, Level 1 will give more investments related knowledge than MBA Finance, but don't expect much opportunities after just Level 1 unless you are a CA. Only thing in detail here is accounting.

level 2 is your moment of truth, They will cover nearly everything possible to make you a Research analyst. It covers full econometrics, derivatives, accounting and obviously equity and debt valuation you will ever need to become a research analyst. Frankly, they don't leave "anything", course is huge, much more then Level 1.

Level 3 is truely time paas, your are done with CFA once you passed level 2.

What I have seen is that; while level 1 is not much value added to your Resume, but level 2 makes the significant difference, and level 3 is marginal value addition after that.

point is, CFA is basically level 2, and I'm hopefully becoming level 2 pass next month
also level 1 is good for engineers (like me), I landed up in quant job with it
CAT     Geometry
Q Area of a circle circumscribing 3 circles of radius 1 m touching each other is?
Q Circles are drawn with 4 vertices as the centre and radius equal to the side of a square.If the square is formed by joining the mid-points of another square of side 2*((6)^1/2),find the area common to all the 4 circles?

Plz help me out with des questions...........................

1) Center of the bigger circle will be centroid of triangle formed by centers of other 3 circles, so distance of centroid to one of vertex plus 1 will be radius of that circle, which will be (1+sqrt(13)/3), calculate the area.

2) If you want area common 4 circles drawn at each vertex of square with radius equals to side of square, just keep on dividing things symmetrically, and then add it all up, you'll get area = (1+pi/3-sqrt(3))*r^2, where r is side of square.
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CAT     Geometry
Two circles each of radius 'r' units touch each other at the point C1. With C1 as the centre, another circle of radius 'r' units, is drawn as shown in the figure given below. Find the area (in square units) of the shaded region.


Puys please post the soln

Well, first first label the circles as A,B,C in order of left to right, label intersection of B and C as M and N, and center of circle C as X.

Area under part of circle C1MXC1 = pi*r^2 /6 (since the arc divides circle in 1/6 pie) = Y
area of equilateral triangle C1MX = sqrt(3)* r^2 / 4 = Z.

now the shaded area= pi*r^2 - 2* =*r^2
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^ To me it seems all three are wrong questions

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i have 10th- 89%
12th - 52%

I think I read it somewhere that all IIMs need >60% marks in HSC, SSC, and graduation.

But dude, even if you got interview call from IIM, you have hell lot of explaining to do, 89 to 52 :shocked:

Well, what I think about their process is that they look for two thing,

1) If the person they are selecting can go through the torture of B-school comfortably.
2) If they can place the person in a very good job (big salary) and he/she will go on to make a highly successful career.

Part 1)
High CAT score (specially in Quant and DI) means that you can digest the syllabus easily. If you see the syllabus at IIMA, 32 courses in 1st year, and most of them require you to have very good quantitative ability. And doing something that will show that you can study, should partly cover up bad acads (like giving CFA :D).

Part 2)
I think this is most important to them, more then part 1. Resume with bad/average acads but a good work experience tells a lot about the person, more then what they can find out in interview. In fact, if you have bad grades and you can get to a job (or better than) where people with high undergrad GPA go, I think that should make them forget about part 1 totally. Good thing is that, it's not impossible but difficult :).

Sadly, All this will matter once you are shortlisted for interview. So, a super CAT score is must :).

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