347 647 9001+1 714 797 8196Request a Call
Call Me

Interview with FRM Expert Amit Raj

May 4, 2009
, , ,

This is an interview in a series of Interviews that EduPristine Careers will conduct. EduPristine sets up meetings with professionals/ students / other people, who have been successful in clearing FRM, and gets their views on how to succeed. EduPristine is hopeful that it will provide the readers some insight into how to crack FRM and other certification courses in finance.

Paramdeep Singh, a director with EduPristine speaks to Amitraj Singh, an expert in Risk Management and Analytics. Amitraj has been working in the field of Risk Management and Analytics for the past 5 years. He has significant experience in software development, Analytics and Risk Management. He has a strong background in Mathematics and thinks that VaR is the most important topic from Exam perspective. Amitraj is an engineer by background and has done his Bachelors and Masters from IIT Delhi.

Paramdeep: Tell me a brief about your background

Amit: I have done and M.Tech from IIT Delhi in Mathematics and Computing. Currently, I am working in a major Analytics firm in the area of Risk Management for consumer finance. I have over 5 years of experience in software development and analytics.

Paramdeep: Why did you give the FRM exam?

Amit: FRM exam helped me better understand the relevance of Basel II. It has enhanced my understanding of credit risk. After the FRM exam, I am more comfortable in developing and interpreting PD and LGD models and understanding the other Basel II requirements. Besides, FRM gives de-facto reorganization as an expert in Risk Management.

Paramdeep: Do you think that background plays an important role in clearing FRM?

Amit: Yes. A strong background in Mathematics and experience in credit risk modeling was definitely helpful.

Paramdeep: What has been your Mantra for success?

Amit: Work hard. Solve as many problems as possible. Try to understand the concepts and read every topic.

Paramdeep: When did you start preparing?

Amit: I started in August for the November exam.

Paramdeep: How much did you study?

Amit: Approximately 2 hours on weekdays and 4-5 hours on weekends.

Paramdeep: What subjects did you concentrate on?

Amit: Read all the topics, especially operational risk and Value at Risk.

Paramdeep: What do you think is the best way to crack the subjects?


1. Credit Risk: Good understanding of probability is required.

2. Market Risk: Understand the concepts of pricing like risk neutral pricing etc.

3. Operational risk: Read the material patiently at least 3-4 times

4. Quantitative Analysis: This is very important for understanding of all the other concepts. Please have a very good understanding of probability and hypothesis testing.

5. Portfolio & hedge Funds: There are some basic techniques that can be mastered easily. Bit of reading of current financial trends is required to apply the things.

Paramdeep: What books did you study for the subjects?


1. Credit Risk: Basic reading of Jorion and Pristine class notes.

2. Market Risk: Hull, Tuckmann Jorion and pristine class notes.

3. Operational risk: Jorion and GARP reference material.

4. Quantitative Analysis: Gujrati

5. Portfolio & hedge Funds: Pristine notes

I relied a lot on online tests and Visualize FRM from EduPristine Careers. The charts were very helpful in remembering all the concepts. I also went through material online.

Paramdeep: What other reference material did you use while studying?

Amit: The above mentioned is enough to pass the exam.

Paramdeep: How best can EduPristine Careers be used for preparing for FRM?

Amit: EduPristine lectures are amazing. These lectures helped me greatly reduce my preparation time. Also the quizzes conducted by EduPristine were very helpful to prepare for the actual exam. They were really reflective of the true level of difficulty faced in the exam.

Paramdeep: What are your career plans after achieving the FRM certification?

Amit: I want to grow in the area of risk management and risk analytics, especially Basel II.

Paramdeep: Lastly, what did you do on the final day before the exam?

Amit: I read through EduPristine Visualize FRM and watched TV.

These FRM Interviews are presented by EduPristineCareers (Leader in FRM/ CFA®/ PRM/ FinanceTraining.

Click here to know more about FRM Training.


About the Author

Trusted by Fortune 500 Companies and 10,000 Students from 40+ countries across the globe, it is one of the leading International Training providers for Finance Certifications like FRM®, CFA®, PRM®, Business Analytics, HR Analytics, Financial Modeling, and Operational Risk Modeling. EduPristine has conducted more than 500,000 man-hours of quality training in finance.


Global Association of Risk Professionals, Inc. (GARP®) does not endorse, promote, review or warrant the accuracy of the products or services offered by EduPristine for FRM® related information, nor does it endorse any pass rates claimed by the provider. Further, GARP® is not responsible for any fees or costs paid by the user to EduPristine nor is GARP® responsible for any fees or costs of any person or entity providing any services to EduPristine Study Program. FRM®, GARP® and Global Association of Risk Professionals®, are trademarks owned by the Global Association of Risk Professionals, Inc

CFA Institute does not endorse, promote, or warrant the accuracy or quality of the products or services offered by EduPristine. CFA Institute, CFA®, Claritas® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

Utmost care has been taken to ensure that there is no copyright violation or infringement in any of our content. Still, in case you feel that there is any copyright violation of any kind please send a mail to and we will rectify it.

Popular Blogs: Whatsapp Revenue Model | CFA vs CPA | CMA vs CPA | ACCA vs CPA | CFA vs FRM

Post ID = 2029