Merchant Banking Certification Examination Overview


A merchant bank is historically a bank dealing in commercial loans and investment. In modern British usage, it is the same as an investment bank. Merchant banks were the first modern banks and evolved from medieval merchants who traded in commodities, particularly cloth merchants. Historically, merchant banks’ purpose was to facilitate and/or finance production and trade of commodities, hence the name “merchant”. Few banks today restrict their activities to such a narrow scope.


What are the course objectives?

On successful completion of the examination the candidate should:

  • Know the basics of the Merchant Banking in India.
  • Understand the functioning of Merchant Bankers related to Issue Management Process, Substantial Acquisition of Equity Shares, Buyback of Equity Shares and Delisting of Shares.
  • Know the regulatory environment in which the Merchant Bankers operates in India.
Course Fees ?

Fees Details

Name of Module: NISM-Series-IX: Merchant Banking Certification Examination

Fees (Rs.) Test Duration (in minutes) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Pass Marks* (%) Certificate # Validity (in years)
1500+ 120 100 100 60 3

*: Negative marking – 25% of the marks assigned to the question
+ Payment gateway charges extra.
# Passing Certificate will be issued only to those candidates who have furnished/ updated their Income Tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) in their registration details.

Benefits from this Course ?
  • Investors’ Trust
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  • Profitable Diversification
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The examination aims to enable a better understanding of various regulations in the Merchant Banking Domain. The examination also covers knowledge competencies related to the understanding of the financial structure in India and the importance of the different rules and regulations governing the Indian securities market.

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CHAPTER-1: Introduction to the Indian Capital Market

  • Understand the Capital market structure in India and the role of capital market in the economy.
  • Know the different Products in the Indian Market for example Equity, Debt and Derivatives.
  • Know the different Participants in the Indian Capital Market for example Issuers, Investors and Intermediaries.
  • Know the Regulators and the Regulatory Framework of the Indian securities market in India.

CHAPTER-2: Introduction to the Merchant Banking

  • Understand the Concept and Evolution of Merchant Banking
  • Highlight the difference between merchant banking and commercial banking.
  • List the difference between Merchant Banking and Investment Banking
  • Know the evolution of International merchant banking scenario.
  • Know the Glass-Steagall Act in brief and its repeal.
  • Understand the merchant banking in Indian context.
  • Know the different Regulations governing Merchant Banking Activity in India

CHAPTER-3: Registration, Code of Conduct & General Obligations of