I think for early investors especially, SIP is a great option and a must do.
Every Stock trading website will display different sectoral and mixed type funds and their track record. Somewhere deep within it will also be written that past performance does not guarantee future results.
Stock market is affected by a lot of macro, micro, global, local, political factors apart from croonies and mafia
Best way to start would be to go to the mutual funds section of moneycontrol.com and research some Crisil rated funds, check your own risk appetite and start small. Build a diverse portfolio with which you can eventually derisk. Personally for me FDs in banks in a no-no, your money needs to work hard to make more money. Especially for younger people the risk appetite is more(or so i think and take risks
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Dont expect short term gains, keep an year or 2 year horizon and you will fetch good returns.