Stock markets, trading, and investments – Simplified

Varsity is an easy to grasp collection of stock market lessons with in-depth coverage and illustrations. Brought to you by Zerodha, India's biggest discount stock broker, it is completely open and FREE to access.


  • 1. Introduction to Stock Markets

    14 chapters
    Money needs to be invested to cover the cost of Inflation. This opens us to the Stock Markets, learn about basics of investing in this module
  • 2. Technical Analysis

    20 chapters
    Technical Analysis helps identify trading opportunities using actions of Market Participants through charts, patterns, and indicators.
  • 3. Fundamental Analysis

    16 chapters
    Fundamental Analysis is the art of evaluating the intrinsic value of a stock to find long-term investing opportunities. Learn stock analysis in this module
  • 4. Futures Trading

    12 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

    23 chapters
    Options 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

    13 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
    The module covers the taxation aspect of investing/trading in the stock markets. The process of calculating P&L, payment of taxes, filing returns, etc. is explained
  • 8. Currency & Commodity Futures

    17 chapters
    This module covers Currency and Commodity contract offered in the Indian Markets, along with a detailed view of some of the most traded contracts in the segment
  • 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

    7 chapters
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Chapter updates

  • 298 1. Introduction to Stock Markets

    Ch 1 – The Need to Invest

    Learn about the importance of savings. Identify avenues to invest the savings in suitable investment vehicle. Compare historical returns generated by different assets, and know what to expect from you ..

    July 30, 2014
  • 47 10. Trading Systems

    Ch 7 – The Pair Trade

    7.1 – Quick Reminder We closed the previous chapter with a note on Density curve and how the value of the density curve helps us spot pair trading opportunity. In this chapter, we will work towards ..

    February 7, 2018
  • 399 1. Introduction to Stock Markets

    Ch 9 – The Trading Terminal

    An introduction to The Trading Terminal, its interface, various functionalities and relevant concepts ..

    September 2, 2014
  • 983 7. Markets and Taxation

    Ch 5 – Taxation for Traders

    Here we take a detailed look at the two heads of business income (speculative and non speculative) and their tax treatment. We also studied key terms such as BTST, Advance tax and Tax loss harvesting. ..

    July 1, 2015
  • 176 1. Introduction to Stock Markets

    Ch 8 – Commonly Used Jargons

    Glossary of common stock market terms & associated concepts used in trading. We also explain in detail on how to short a stock. ..

    August 22, 2014

Recent comments

  • 196 Kulbir on Vega

    Hi Karthik, Thanks for your quick reply. As you may know that when markets open during the morning, there is a spike in volatility for the first 30 to 45 minutes after which the volatility dies down. I was exploring the idea of buying option ...

    18 Feb 2018
  • Thanks a lot sir ...

    18 Feb 2018
  • 374 Dhruv Nawab on All about Shorting

    Sir, Shorting in spot market can be done in any stock or only 210 F&O companies? ...

    18 Feb 2018
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    17 Feb 2018
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    17 Feb 2018
Karthik Rangappa authors and curates Varsity for Zerodha. He has more than a decade of research experience in the financial markets, and travels widely conducting educational programmes.

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