Category 1: Eligibility

Am I eligible to register for DCPP certification?

Any Privacy, Security and IT professionals, Lawyers, Compliance Officers, Information System & Security Auditors, Risk Professionals and Students from Engineering, Law and Humanities in final semester.

I’m DCPLA© certified, do I need to appear for this exam? How both are different in terms of its value addition in my career?

DSCI Certified Privacy Lead Assessor (DCPLA) course focuses on implementation and assessment of a privacy program from an organization’s perspective, with prime focus on practice areas defined in DPF©. Contrasting it with DCPP© credentialing program, where the focus is on learning privacy as a subject from multi-dimension viewpoint. DCPP© content is designed to help students and working professionals understand various aspects of privacy – general concepts, laws & regulations, privacy principles, tools and technologies etc., with a brief introduction to privacy in organizational ecosystem – something that DCPLA© delves in deeply. There is no link among the two certifications. Hence, DCPLA© applying for DCPP© is completely dependent on one’s choice of what kind of expertise s/he wants to have in Privacy domain.

Category 2: Registration Process

How do I register for DCPP certification?

You can register for DCCP on our website using this link: https://www.dsci.in/certifications/dcpp

Click on “Register here” button to initiate the process.

What is the fee for certification?

Fee is INR 15,000 + Service Tax

What all is included in the certification fee?

The certification fee includes BoK (Body of Knowledge) and exam fee.

Where should make the payment?

While completing the registration process you can make the online payment. We do not accept payments by cheques or demand drafts.

When do I receive the Body of Knowledge (BoK) and in which form?

Once the payment is received successfully, BoK will be dispatched in hard copy form via courier to your registered mailing address.

Whom should I contact in case I am unable to complete the registration and payment process?

Please write to dcpp{at}dsci{dot}in with the screenshot of the error message.

Category 3: Examination Pattern

What is the overall structure of DCPP© examination?

DCPP© examinations are conducted online, in Pearson Vue test centres. Exam only has objective questions.

There are a total of 75 questions distributed in 3 sections as mentioned below:

  • Section 1 – Privacy Fundamentals: 22 questions
  • Section 2 – Privacy Principles and Regulations: 32 questions
  • Section 3 – Privacy Technologies and Organization Ecosystem: 21 questions

Total exam time for answering all the questions is 150 minutes. There is no separate sectional time limit. Candidates are advised to distribute time accordingly.

Are the questions only single choice, multiple choice or essay type?

There are both single choice as well multiple choice questions in the exam. Please note that in case of multiple choice questions, only two options would be correct. You can determine whether the question is single choice or multiple choice by the language of the question and answer box (Radio button for single choice and Check Box for multiple choice). There are some case study based questions, which are also objective type questions with one or two options as correct answers.

Do all questions have equal weightage? And are all questions of same difficulty level?

Exam is a mix of questions with varied difficulty levels – easy, medium and difficult. Differential marking scheme is used, which means that different questions with varied difficulty levels have been allocated different marks. But all easy questions will have same marks; similar for medium and difficult questions. Please note that candidates will not be informed about the difficulty level of any question in the exam, hence candidates would not know which question will fetch them how many marks.

Is there any negative marking?

No, there is no negative marking in the exam. Neither answering a question wrongly nor skipping any question without answering will fetch you negative marks.

Can I skip the question and come back later if desired?

Candidate can traverse back and forth all the questions in a section. Once a section gets over, candidates cannot jump from current section to answer questions of the previous sections in the middle of the exam. But, a review screen is provided at the end of the exam after the last question of last section has been attempted. From the review screen, candidate can jump to any question in any of the sections. Kindly note that ending the review screen ends the examination – candidates will not be able to answer any more questions and all responses will be recorded.

What is the sequence of the sections being displayed in the exam? Am I allowed to select that sequence according to my choice

Candidates can decide the ordering of the section. Before candidates begin answering the questions, a screen will be shown and candidates would be required to select the desired sequence of sections to be displayed during the exam. Candidates will be given 3 minutes to provide their choice of sequence selection. In case, no choice is provided in the given time limit, the exam will start with default sequence of sections which is section 1 – section 2 – section 3. Once order is selected at the starting, it cannot be changed during the course of examination.

When will be the result declared and what is the passing score to clear this exam and get certified?

Though DSCI will try to process the results at the earliest but it may take minimum 5 weeks to declare the results and passing score.

Category 4: Study Material

Is BoK the only study material for passing this exam?

The BoK is only purposed to provide baseline knowledge and needs to be supplemented with other materials that would help you understand the privacy domain in depth. Candidates are expected to learn, stay abreast of rapid developments in privacy space to keep your privacy quotient up-to-date and relevant. We have referenced some reading materials at the end of BoK; but that too is just suggestive, not exhaustive.

Are the questions asked in the exam from BoK only?

The coverage of the questions asked in the exam are not only from BoK, but from privacy domain as a whole. While BoK would make up for a significant portion of the total number of questions asked in exam, lot many questions would also cover privacy trends and updates, changing legal and regulatory regime, updates in space of standards and framework, enhancement in privacy technology etc. So depending entirely on BoK to clear the DCPP exam might not be such a good idea.

Is there any class room training provided by DSCI?

No, it is a self-study based examination. DSCI does not provide any training or has authorized any training providers.

Category 5: Other Exam related details

How many exam attempts I can make after making the payment?

Only one attempt is included in the fees. For additional attempt (limited to a maximum of one), the candidate will have to pay INR 7,500 + Service Tax

What is the maximum time frame allowed between making the payment and appearing in the exam?

A maximum of 6 months will only be permitted to take the exam post the success processing of payment.

How can I schedule the exam?

Once the payment is received successfully, the scheduling tab will be made available in the candidate’s registration portal using which you can schedule the exam.

In case of my inability to appear, how can I reschedule the exam? Is there any fee for rescheduling the exam?

In case a candidate wishes to reschedule the exam before the scheduled date, he or she can do so by paying a rescheduling fee of INR 1,500/- + Service Tax.

In case the date of examination is crossed then it would be considered as exam taken & only one more attempt will be provided to the candidate. The additional attempt will be on chargeable basis. The reattempt fee will be INR 7,500/- + Service Tax.

Can I cancel the exam once fee is paid? If yes, then what are the cancellation charges?

No, cancellation is not allowed in case the payment has been made.

If I don’t clear the exam in 1st attempt, do I get chance of making a reattempt? If yes, how many such reattempts are allowed?

Only one additional reattempt is allowed. The candidate will have to pay a fee of INR 7,500/- + Service Tax for making a reattempt.

Whom should contact in case I am not able to schedule my exam?

Please write to dcpp{at}dsci{dot}in with the screenshot of the error message.

Category 6: Taking the Exam at Exam Centres

Where will I get the details on exam centres, available dates and time slots, etc.?

Once you click on the “schedule your exam” button, you will be able to see the available exam centres, dates & time. You can make the selection according to your convenience from the list provided.

What all documents I would need to carry along with me to the exam centre in order to appear in the exam?

Following documents will have to be mandatorily carried along by the candidate:

  • Admit Card (As issued by DSCI through the registration portal)
  • Any one Government Photo ID (Passport, Driving License, Voter ID, UID, PAN Card)

    Following IDs are NOT acceptable or allowed:
  • Learner Driving License
  • Employee IDs
  • Affidavits and Notarised copy
  • Military ID

In case the documents are not available for verification with the candidate at the exam centre, it will be DSCI’s prerogative to allow or disallow the candidate from appearing in the exam.

Am I allowed to carry notebook and pen for writing something, if required?

No, you are not allowed to carry any notebook or pen as you will get a scratch/ noting pad inside the test centre which you will have to submit once the exam is finished.

Am I allowed to take a break (bio break, refreshment, etc.) in the middle of the exam?

Yes, you are allowed to take a break, but the exam timer won’t stop during that break and the time taken by you during break would be deducted from your exam time which is 150 minutes.

Am I allowed to leave the examination hall before the allotted time?

In case your exam is finished before time, you can ask the test admin (by raising your hand and not disturbing other candidates) for all the formalities and once all the formalities are fulfilled, you can leave the test centre.

Once the exam is finished, is there anything that would be given to me, like confirmation or exam taken or result report?

Yes, you would be getting a confirmation report (hard printed copy) that you have taken the exam. You are advised to keep that confirmation report with you till the time you receive your result. Please note that you can have this report only at the test centre and in case you lost the report, you can’t have it online. Also, if test administrator forgets to handover it to you, please ask for it before leaving the test centre.

Category 7: Certification Maintenance

How do I maintain the certificate once obtained? Are there any certification maintenance charges?

The certification will be valid for one year from the date of issue of certificate. The candidate will have to pay an Annual Maintenance Fee of INR 2,500 + Service Tax for renewal. In addition to the fee, the candidate will also be required to submit a minimum of 40 CPE credit points (equivalent to 40 hours) with valid documentary proof of CPEs earned during the year for maintenance of the certification. The points and proofs need to be submitted online.

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Competency Areas

  • Privacy Evolution
  • Contemporary global developments
  • Data Protection Laws & Regulations
  • Trans-border Data Flows
  • Privacy Concepts & Vocabulary
  • Privacy Principles
  • Technology Trends
  • Drivers for Privacy Protection
  • Standards and Frameworks


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