Have to disagree with you there..
CFA is not the icing..its the cake itself..
After clearing the three levels, one still isnt a charterholder. Only once you clear some 3-4 years work ex in mandated areas, you would earn a charter.
And in foreign nations, people might not recognise which BSchool one is from (one might be from IIM-A itself), they will always recognise one if one is a charter holder...
IMHO u r missing wood for the trees !
To gain a "sound entry" one needs to have MBA Fin from IIM A/B/C/ISB together with atleast Level 2 CFA (exceptions would always be there but this is the industry norm n the same can be corroborated by talking to any senior pro working in IB or jus browsing thru the jobs posted by IB firms or even by talking to high end placement consultants or even by going thru profiles of IB stalwarts posted at Linkedin or visiting analystforum and interacting with indian professionals out there) .
We also have respected Puys like Tumtum sir(CFA) , Rajat sir , Akshat sir(CFA level 3 passed with MBA from IIM-L) who can b contacted to know inside out of IB world
Furthermore if u go thru the list of CFA Charterholders u would spot most would be either MBA Fin from Ivy League colleges(with mostly an Engg degree in graduation or a bcom) and/or CA
btw some worthwhile reading for IB aspirantshttp://www.pagalguy.com/forum/life-b-school-b-school/12391-my-life-as-investment-banker.html
P.S. there r many profiles floating but one is best placed if one adapts to the requirements of the concerned industry :)