How to Get Started on the Indian Stock Market

How to Get Started on the Indian Stock Market

India is a market that is growing and has the potential to grow quickly. The Indian stock market has also lived up to its potential up to this point. For decades, smart investors have made money on the Indian stock market. It is now attracting more investment than it did in the past.

A few decades ago, only a small number of wealthy people owned or had control over the stock market. But as technology gets better and more people get access to it, more and more people are getting interested in the stock market and taking advantage of this great chance.


The performance of the Indian stock market over the long term has always been better than that of other asset groups. All you need is some knowledge and time to get the most out of it.

The Indian stock market is run by the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which are both stock exchanges. Under the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act of 1956, the Indian government gave the green light to 22 stock exchanges. There were also stock markets in Hyderabad, Jaipur, Madras, and other places, but most of them are no longer used. Most of these regional stock exchanges have closed down in recent years as part of SEBI’s plan to leave.

The two largest and most popular stock exchanges in India are BSE and NSE. Together, they are responsible for almost all stock trading in the country. These exchanges use digital platforms for trade. Each of these two exchanges has its own electronic system for trading that is run by computers. These systems are some of the fastest and most advanced in the world.

Two more central depositories are the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) and the Central Depository Services Limited (CDSL). These depositories in India use computers to keep track of the shares.

The members of the central depositories are called Depository Participants, or D.P. for short. For investors to use the services of central depositories, they must open a Demat account with one of these D.Ps.

Your Demat account keeps digital records of your shares, just like a bank account stores money. D.P.s make up most of the brokers, big banks, and NBFCs. It is up to the investor to decide on a Depository Participant, and that choice should be respected when setting up a Demat account. But investors can also use this Demat account to talk with the central depository.

Before there were central depositories, people met in person to trade stocks. The buyer and seller used a physical share document to trade shares. This used to come with a number of risks, such as bad delivery, fake share certificates, certificates that were ripped or patched, certificates that arrived late, etc. The risks that came with physical certificates were lessened when digital central depositories like NSDL and then CDSL were made. The NSDL came out for the first time in 1996. Later in 1999, a second repository called CDSL was started based on the same ideas.

The BSE and the NSE

The two biggest stock exchanges in India are the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. The BSE is Asia and India’s oldest stock exchange. It’s been around since 1875, but the NSE didn’t start letting people trade until 1994. The Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange are both in Mumbai.

The BSE eventually used a fully computerised digital trading system, but the NSE was the first Indian stock exchange to use a computerised, screen-based electronic trading system.

BOLT (BSE On-Line Trading) and NEAT (National Exchange for Automated Trading) are used by both exchanges for automated digital trading right now.

Both exchanges use a computerised open limit order matching mechanism to find a match and carry out an order. This process matches up all buy orders with the sell limit orders that go with them.

With more than 5500 listed companies, the BSE has more than any other stock market in the world. At the same time, the NSE has about 2000 companies on its list. About half of the companies on the BSE don’t trade very often, which makes their shares less liquid. The top 500 listed companies make up about 90% of the BSE and NSE market capitalization.


Sensex and Nifty are the two market indices that are most often talked about in both local and international news.

“Sensex” or “S&P BSE Sensex” is the main index of the Bombay Stock Exchange, while “Nifty 50” is the main index of the National Stock Exchange.

While Nifty is a group of 50 well-known companies from all of the main industries, Sensex is made up of 30 well-known blue chip companies from different industries.

The “free-float market capitalization technique” is used to figure out how much the Sensex and the Nifty are worth. There are also a number of less well-known indexes on both exchanges, such as Nifty Midcap 100, Nifty 500, S&P BSE 100, S&P BSE 500, etc. There are also indices for specific industries, like Nifty Auto, S&P BSE Bankex, S&P BSE FMCG, Nifty I.T., etc.

Buying and selling

Orders in an open electronic limit order book that is used for trading at both exchanges are matched by the trading computer. Since there are no market makers and orders control the whole process, investors’ market orders are automatically matched with the best limit orders. Because of this, both buyers and sellers can keep their identities secret.

Because all buy and sell orders are shown in the trading system, a market that is driven by orders is more open and easy to understand. If there are no market makers, there is no guarantee that orders will be filled. All orders have to go through brokers because that’s how the trading system works. Many brokers offer an online trading platform for regular customers. With the direct market access (DMA) option, institutional investors can use trading terminals provided by brokers to put orders directly into the stock market trading system.

The Indian Stock Market has a settlement time.

At the NSE and BSE, all stock deals are settled on a rolling T+2 basis, which means that they all end on the second business day.

T stands for the trading day, which means that any trades made on that day will be settled on the second day after that trade. This means that deals made on Monday will be finished on Wednesday. But holidays in between, like Saturdays, Sundays, BSE/NSE holidays, government holidays, bank holidays, etc., are not counted in the day you arrive at the settlement.

Market Control Agent

The Indian securities market is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). When the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act of 1992 was made, the organisation became a “statutory entity.” SEBI is the main group in India that is in charge of keeping the stock markets in order. It also controls the actions of depositories, corporate promoters, underwriters, retail bankers, institutional investors, foreign institutional investors investing in India, portfolio managers, investment advisers, and others.

SEBI stops unfair trading practises like insider trading and price manipulation so that everyone can play fair on the Indian securities market. SEBI could ask companies and investors about their stock market transactions in India. It often takes action against dishonest traders and businesses that are found to be taking part in illegal trading. It can stop people from entering the market and trading for a short time or for good.

SEBI also takes care of complaints from investors against brokers, depositories, depository participants, businesses, and other entities. SEBI is also in charge of how mutual funds and venture capital work.

SEBI, which is in charge of regulating the market, also runs a number of educational programmes and advertising campaigns to teach investors about common scams and risks on the securities market. SEBI also helps with capital market development projects. In a nutshell, SEBI’s job is to protect the interests of investors and keep the Indian capital market honest.

Investing from outside India in the Indian stock market

India didn’t start taking money from other countries until the 1990s. There are two kinds of foreign investments: foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign portfolio investment (FPI). FPIs are stock purchases made by people who do not own the company or have any say in how it is run. Even so, all investments are considered FDIs if the investor takes part in running and managing the business.

To invest in a portfolio in India, you must be registered as a foreign institutional investor (FII) or as a sub-account of a registered FII. SEBI, which is in charge of regulating the market, has given its OK to both registrations. Most foreign institutional investors are mutual funds, pension funds, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, banks, and asset management firms. At the moment, direct investments from outside India are not allowed on the Indian stock market. On the other hand, people with a net worth of at least $50 million can be registered as sub-accounts of a FII.

Foreign institutional investors and their subaccounts can buy any stock that is listed on any stock market. The vast majority of portfolio investments are made in primary and secondary market securities, such as shares, debentures, and warrants of Indian companies that are listed on or are expected to be listed on a reputable stock exchange.

FIIs can also invest in securities that aren’t on a stock exchange, as long as the Reserve Bank of India approves the price. They can also buy mutual fund units and other things that are sold on any stock market.

If a FII is registered as a “debt-only FII,” it can only buy debt securities. Other FIIs have to put at least 70% of their money into stocks and shares. The last 30% can be used to buy debt investments. FIIs must use individual non-resident rupee bank accounts to move money into and out of India. All of the money in such an account can be sent back home.

Limits and Caps on Investments

The FDI ceiling is set by the Indian government, and different ceilings have been set for different industries. Over time, the government has been slowly putting up the limits. FDI ceilings are usually between 26% and 100%.

The FDI cap for the business’s sector usually sets a limit on how much a portfolio investor can put into a certain listed company. But there are also two rules about investing in a portfolio. First, all FIIs, including all of their sub-accounts, can only invest up to 24% of a company’s paid-up capital. The same can be raised all the way to the sector cap if the company’s board of directors and shareholders agree.

Second, no FII should put more than 10% of the paid-up capital of a company into a single business. There is a 10% limit on how much a FII can invest in each of its subaccounts in a given business. But when foreign businesses or people invest as a sub-account, the same limit is only 5%. There are also rules about how to invest in derivatives based on stocks that are traded on stock exchanges.

Trading by a Foreign Country

Institutional investors make it possible for foreign businesses and people to buy Indian shares. Mutual funds that focus on India are becoming more and more interesting to regular investors. Some offshore products that can be used to make investments are exchange-traded funds (ETFs), participatory notes (P.N.s), depositary receipts like American depositary receipts (ADRs) and global depositary receipts (GDRs), and exchange-traded notes (ETNs).

Indian law says that FIIs can only give offshore participation notes to firms that have been given permission to do so and that represent the underlying Indian equities. But even small investors can buy American depositary receipts, which are listed on the Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange and represent the shares of several well-known Indian companies. ADRs are governed by the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and are worth a certain amount of money. In a similar way, European stock markets let people buy and sell global depositary receipts. Many Indian companies that want to connect with foreign investors do not yet use ADRs or GDRs.

ETFs and ETNs that are based on Indian stocks can also be bought by small investors. ETFs that focus on India sometimes invest in indexes that are made up of companies based in India. Most of the stocks in the index are already listed for trading on the NYSE and Nasdaq. The Wisdom-Tree India Earnings Fund and the iShares MSCI India ETF are two of the most well-known ETFs that have invested in Indian companies as of 2020. (INDA). But the most popular ETN is the iPath MSCI India Index Exchange Traded Note. ETFs and ETNs are good ways for outside investors to put their money to work.

In conclusion

India is one of the countries with emerging markets that is becoming a growth engine very quickly. Indians only put a very small amount of their savings in the local stock market, but the country’s GDP has grown at a rate of 7% to 8% per year over the past few years, though it will grow at a slower rate in 2018 and 2019. If banks are stable, maybe more money will start to join the race.

Disclaimer: provides financial information for educational purposes only. We do not offer personalized financial advice and are not responsible for any decisions made based on the information provided. Users should consult with a qualified financial advisor before making any financial decisions.
Ajith Kumar

Ajith Kumar

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