FRM Topic-wise time allocation chart

There is no secret formula that can help you navigate through the FRM program and pass the test, but an organized, disciplined approach will help you pass each level of the program and ultimately achieve your goal.

  1. Don’t waste time, get going: Allow a minimum of one week for each study session spread over several days, with completion scheduled for at least 30-45 days prior to the exam. This schedule will allow you to spend the final four to six weeks before the exam reviewing the assigned material and taking multiple online sample exams. Successful candidates report spending an average of about 300 hours reading and studying the curriculum, plus 4-6 weeks reviewing and taking online sample and mock exams.
  2. Skim through the material before starting: After registration, you will receive a curriculum that is divided into about 18 study sessions. Broadly preview each session to determine your familiarity with each topic.
  3. Develop your strategy: Get out your calendar and determine which weeks you will be studying which sections. Plot this on Excel, Outlook or a similar schedule-making program. Schedule your studying so that you finish with all the sections at least one month before the exam, so you can review. Also, schedule in review days as you go along.
  4. Make a review plan: A good review plan can augment your preparation by clarifying or pinpointing concepts you may be having trouble with Pristine has designed exam-focused classroom training & comprehensive reading material to speed-up your preparation which can reduce your exam preparation time from 300-400 hrs to 150-200 hrs!!

Listed below is the time allocation chart:

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Addendum: Thanks to David Harper from BionicTurtle for correcting the weightages!

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  • Hi Anil - (I think your exam weights for P2 are incorrect. Should 25/25/25/15/10). FWIW, I do tend to agree with P1 emphasis on T3 (exam tends to pull from the J. Hull here. Thakns, David

  • Hi Anil - (I think your exam weights for P2 are incorrect. Should 25/25/25/15/10). FWIW, I do tend to agree with P1 emphasis on T3 (exam tends to pull from the J. Hull here. Thakns, David

    • Thanks a lot David!!
      I have corrected it now.
      Do you agree with the time required for various topics of Part-II exam?

      • Hi Anil, I think sizing the topics for Part II is especially difficult (I don't believe even GARP has figured out their rhythm for P2). But I could agree with your calibration: putting more on market risk makes sense given it is more mature than others; also, more on operational risk makes good sense because it includes Basel II/III. (Other than Basel regs, OpRisk contains some material with low testability). Finally, I agree with keeping current issue @ 10%: very tempting to over-spend time here (topics are interesting!), but not advisable from an exam standpoint. Thanks!

  • Hi Anil - (I think your exam weights for P2 are incorrect. Should 25/25/25/15/10). FWIW, I do tend to agree with P1 emphasis on T3 (exam tends to pull from the J. Hull here. Thakns, David

  • Hi Anil - (I think your exam weights for P2 are incorrect. Should 25/25/25/15/10). FWIW, I do tend to agree with P1 emphasis on T3 (exam tends to pull from the J. Hull here. Thakns, David

    • Thanks a lot David!!
      I have corrected it now.
      Do you agree with the time required for various topics of Part-II exam?

      • Hi Anil, I think sizing the topics for Part II is especially difficult (I don't believe even GARP has figured out their rhythm for P2). But I could agree with your calibration: putting more on market risk makes sense given it is more mature than others; also, more on operational risk makes good sense because it includes Basel II/III. (Other than Basel regs, OpRisk contains some material with low testability). Finally, I agree with keeping current issue @ 10%: very tempting to over-spend time here (topics are interesting!), but not advisable from an exam standpoint. Thanks!

  • Thanks a lot David!!nI have corrected it now.nDo you agree with the time required for various topics of Part-II exam?

  • Thanks a lot David!!nI have corrected it now.nDo you agree with the time required for various topics of Part-II exam?

  • Hi Anil, I think sizing the topics for Part II is especially difficult (I don't believe even GARP has figured out their rhythm for P2). But I could agree with your calibration: putting more on market risk makes sense given it is more mature than others; also, more on operational risk makes good sense because it includes Basel II/III. (Other than Basel regs, OpRisk contains some material with low testability). Finally, I agree with keeping current issue @ 10%: very tempting to over-spend time here (topics are interesting!), but not advisable from an exam standpoint. Thanks!

  • Hi Anil, I think sizing the topics for Part II is especially difficult (I don't believe even GARP has figured out their rhythm for P2). But I could agree with your calibration: putting more on market risk makes sense given it is more mature than others; also, more on operational risk makes good sense because it includes Basel II/III. (Other than Basel regs, OpRisk contains some material with low testability). Finally, I agree with keeping current issue @ 10%: very tempting to over-spend time here (topics are interesting!), but not advisable from an exam standpoint. Thanks!

  • For both the heads it's given as "Subjects of FRM Part - I". Doesn't make much of a difference... still.

  • For both the heads it's given as "Subjects of FRM Part - I". Doesn't make much of a difference... still.