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, 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

    15 chapters
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Chapter updates

  • 201 4. Futures Trading

    Ch 6 – Margin Calculator (Part 1)

    This chapter gives you an overview of how to use a margin calculator. In addition the chapter also touches upon spread trading such as calendar spreads. ..

    January 23, 2015
  • 1,447 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
  • 304 8. Currency, Commodity, and Government Securities

    Ch 19 – Government Securities

    19.1 – The new beginning In a very exciting new development, NSE in collaboration with RBI has recently made it possible for retail investors to start investing in Government Securities, mainly the ..

    May 3, 2018
  • 550 7. Markets and Taxation

    Ch 4 – Taxation for Investors

    This topic explains how long term and short term capital gains/losses are determined based on the holding period of the investment and their applicable tax rates. We also studied how one can reduce LT ..

    July 1, 2015
  • 317 10. Trading Systems

    Ch 15 – Calendar Spreads

    15.1 – The classic approach I had briefly introduced the concept of calendar spreads in Chapter 10 of the Futures Trading module. Traditionally calendar spreads are dealt with a price based approac ..

    June 23, 2018

Recent comments

  • It's 46 , wrongly mentioned as 48. ...

    16 Feb 2019
  • Hi, I have few basic questions. 1. Is Physical delivery is only on 48 stocks initially announced or any thing being added now? 2. If I am long on call option, which is ITM unable to squareoff, will it get exercised. Any ways to stop exercisin ...

    16 Feb 2019
  • Sorry i was checking on kite, and in evening time i guess the numbers are messed up. Latest numbers from nse and now the pay off nicely adds up. Thanks for the nice explanation of the spread Nifty 10724 Employing bull put spread (outlook slightly b ...

    16 Feb 2019
  • I also have similar question. 1. If I am option buyer (either buy CE or buy PE) I need not to worry about exercising right? My understanding is I will lossing only the permium paid. 2. If my buy Option is about to expire in OTM, which is best op ...

    16 Feb 2019
  • Hi Karthik, Todays situation is(real numbers) Nifty 10724 Employing bull put spread (outlook slightly bullish) Buy Nifty Mar 10700 PE @ 98 Sell Nifty Mar 10800 PE @ 216 Spread: 100 Net credit: 216 - 98 = 118 Max Loss: 100 - 118 = -18( how -ve ...

    16 Feb 2019
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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