Free and open stock market and financial education

Varsity is an extensive and in-depth collection of stock market and financial lessons created by Karthik Rangappa at Zerodha. It is openly accessible to everyone and is one of the largest financial education resources on the web.

Karthik Rangappa heads educational initiatives at Zerodha and has more than a decade of research experience in financial markets. He travels widely conducting educational programmes.


  • 1. Introduction to Stock Markets

    15 chapters
    Investing ensures financial security, and the Stock market plays a pivotal role in this domain, it is a place where people buy/sell shares of publicly listed companies. In this module, you will learn about the fundamentals of the stock market, how to get started, how it functions and the various intermediaries that appertain it.


  • 2. Technical Analysis

    22 chapters
    Technical Analysis (TA) plays an important role in developing a point of view. Like every other research, TA also has its own attributes. In this module, we will discover all those complex attributes of TA, study various patterns, indicators and theories that will help you as a trader to find upright trading opportunities in the market.


  • 3. Fundamental Analysis

    16 chapters
    Fundamental Analysis (FA) is a holistic approach to study a business. If you are an investor that is looking for long term investments this module will help you understand Equity research, help you in reading the financial statements, annual reports, calculation of Financial Ratio, Analysis and most importantly help you in evaluating the intrinsic value of a stock to find long-term investing opportunities.


  • 4. Futures Trading

    13 chapters
    Futures Trading involves trading in contracts in the derivatives markets. This module covers the various intricacies involved in undergoing a futures trade including margins, leverages, pricing, etc


  • 5. Options Theory for Professional Trading

    24 chapters
    An option is a contract where the price of the options is based on an underlying. Options contracts grant the buyer the right to buy the underlying without a compulsory obligation.


  • 6. Option Strategies

    14 chapters
    The module covers various options strategies that can be built with a multi-dimensional approach based on Market trend involving Option Greeks, Risk-Return, etc.


  • 7. Markets and Taxation

    7 chapters
    As a trader in India, you should be informed of all the taxes that are levied on your investments and account. This module overlays the taxation countenance of Investing/Trading in the Markets. It also outlines the various essential topics like calculation of your turnover, how to prepare a balance sheet and the P&L statement, and further about how you can file your Income Tax Returns.


  • 8. Currency, Commodity, and Government Securities

    19 chapters
    This module covers the Currency,  MCX Commodity contract, and the Government Securities (GSec) traded in the Indian Markets.


  • 9. Risk Management & Trading Psychology

    16 chapters
    The module covers the risk management aspect along with the psychology required for being consistent and profitable while trading


  • 10. Trading Systems

    16 chapters
    Have you considered building your own Trading System? Well, then this module is for you. The major components of building a good trading system are input parameters and interpreting output alongside decision-making. In this module, we will learn about all the components and much more including the techniques and different types of Trading Systems.


  • 11. Personal Finance (Part 1)

    30 chapters
    Personal finance is an essential aspect of your financial life as it helps you achieve your short term and long term financial goals. This module encompasses the various aspects of personal finance such as retirement planning, Mutual funds, ETFs, Bonds, and goal-oriented investments.


  • 12. Innerworth — Mind over markets

    603 chapters
    A series of articles on the psychology of trading, that will guide you mend your thought and prepare you psychologically to become a novice trader.

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Chapter updates

  • 11. Personal Finance (Part 1) on September 9, 2019

    Ch 4 – The retirement problem (Part 1)

    To get to the bottom of the retirement problem will help you in identifying your sources of income, estimating the expenses, implementing a savings program, managing your assets and risk and evaluatin ..

  • 11. Personal Finance (Part 1) on August 7, 2019

    Ch 3 – Personal Finance Math (Part 2)

    The time value of money is the concept that money available at the present time is worth more than the identical sum in the future due to its potential earning capacity. This core principle of persona ..

  • 11. Personal Finance (Part 1) on October 4, 2019

    Ch 5 – The retirement problem (Part 2)

    The ideal retirement financial plan should include a multi-asset portfolio, distributed around fixed deposits, gold, real estate, equities, cash, and cash equivalents. The overall aggregate value of t ..

  • 11. पर्सनल फाइनेंस on May 3, 2021

    Ch 27 – स्मार्ट-बीटा फंड

    27.1 – संक्षिप्त विवरण इस अध्याय को शुरू करने से पहले आपको बता देना चाहिए कि ये ..

  • 11. पर्सनल फाइनेंस on April 30, 2021

    Ch 28 – एसेट एलोकेशन से परिचय

    प्रिय पाठकों, पिछले अध्याय की तरह इस अध्याय को भी एक मेहमान ने लिखा है। इस महत ..

Recent comments

  • How do we know that the volume traded is an acceptable one? Does avoiding trades where the difference between High and Low is below 1% and above 10% indicate that a proper volume has been traded? If it's less than 1% trade can be avoided. If I am wro ...

    07 May 2021
  • Hi Sir, I have a doubt as follows: I understand that if i don't have enough amount for physical delivery on expiry day the position will be closed by Broker(Zerodha). But is there specific timing up to which i can hold the positions on expiry day ...

    07 May 2021
  • Hi Karthik! Can you recommend a book to get a deeper understanding for currency trading? (As in for options trading you mentioned Option Volatility & Pricing by Sheldon Natenberg) Thanks ...

    07 May 2021
  • Thank you ...

    07 May 2021
  • i am new to trading, i have some questions.. 1) is it ok to buy and sell same share multiple times in a day. for example: i will buy x share at 10 rupees, quantity 100. sell at 102 (200 profit) again i will b ...

    07 May 2021

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