(Last Updated: July 8, 2019)
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Stock Market Timings in India: Normal Trading Hours of Stock exchanges

  • This may sound to be a very basic query. But, it is very crucial for traders and investors to be aware of the stock market timings in India.

    First of all, let's learn about two stock exchanges in India: BSE or Bombay Stock Exchange and NSE or National Stock Exchange. You might have heard about these popular exchanges in India. The stock market timings are same for both these stock exchanges.

    • Pre-opening session: 9:00 am to 9:15 am
      This is further classified into: Order Entry Session, Order matching session and Buffer session.
    • Regular or Normal trading session for Equity market: Monday to Friday From 9:15 am to 3:30 pm
    • Closing price calculation: 3:30 pm to 3:40 pm
    • Post-closing session: 3:40 to 4:00 pm

    Hence, the stock market timings can be summarised as follows:


    Regular or Normal trading session is the actual time when most of the trading takes place. This means you can buy or sell as many stocks in this Normal or continuous session.

    In simplest terms, as a retail investor, stock market start time is 9:15 am and closing time is 3:30 pm and you need to know it.

    Stock Market Timings: Important Points to Know

    • The Pre-opening and post-opening sessions are applicable for cash market only and not for futures and options.

    • Stock market in India is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Also, stock market is not open on national holidays.

    • There is also a special Stock Market trading session on Diwali known as "Mahurat trading" that is scheduled in the evening.

    • And yes, most importantly, you don't have any lunch or tea break during the stock market session.

    I have emphasised on equity market timings primarily here. However, commodity trading has extended trading hours and is open till 11:55 pm in India.

    What do you feel? There was a buzz to extend the normal trading hours for equity also to cope up with global markets. Does this seem to be a good idea? Or the present stock market timings are ok and aligned keeping in mind the interest of traders?

  • @Ishu Very useful information for newbie traders. Before initiating trading one must know the basics of stock trading. So, learning about stock market timings is a good way to start.

  • @Ishu Very basic but crucial info. I have met people who actually don’t know what are the exact stock market timings. They get confused as commodity market is open till late night. But equity trading is till 3:30 pm only.

  • @Ishu Thanks for sharing details on stock market timings in India. Is the pre-open session in stock market conducted to discover the right stock price? Is the pre-opening session relevant for retail investors? Or the normal trading session is best for a trader? I believe, an investor/ trader buys or sells stocks only in the normal trading session. Right!

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