In our previous post, we took a detailed look at the stock market holidays 2022 list. In this post, let’s take a detailed look at the Indian stock market timings of BSE and NSE, the most popular stock exchanges in India.
While NSE is the largest stock exchange in the country, BSE is the oldest stock exchange in Asia.
Stock market timings at a glance
Pre-open session (Order Placing)
9:00 AM to 9:08 AM
|Pre-open session (Order Matching)||9:08 AM to 9:15 AM|
Regular trading session
9:15 AM to 3:30 PM
Session for closing price calculation
3:30 PM to 3:40 PM
3:40 PM to 4:00 PM
Indian stock markets are open five days a week from Monday to Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays as well as holidays declared by the exchanges in advance. This year there are 17 holidays on which stock markets will remain closed of which five holidays are falling on Saturdays.
Stock market timings in the equities segment can be briefly classified into 3 different categories.
Category I of stock market timings – Pre-open session
In the pre-open session order entry and order modifications start at 9.00 AM and close at 09:08 AM with random closure in the last one minute. Once the Pre-open order entry closes the pre-open order matching starts immediately and closes at 09:15 AM.
Category II of stock market timings – Regular trading session
In the regular trading session, markets are open for normal trading between 09:15 AM to 3:30 PM.
Category III of stock market timings – The closing session
The closing session is held between 15.40 hrs and 16.00 hrs
Closing price calculations are done in 10 minutes between 3:30 PM to 3:40 PM. Depending on the weighted average of prices between 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, the closing price of a stock is calculated. In the case of indices such as the NSE Nifty and BSE Sensex, the closing prices are calculated based on the weighted average of the constituent stocks between 3:30 PM to 3:40 PM.
The post-close session is conducted for 20 minutes between 3:40 PM to 4:00 PM, where one can place orders to buy or sell at the closing price. The trade will be confirmed at the closing price in case buyers or sellers are available.
Timings for Block Deal Sessions
Apart from the three mentioned categories, the Indian stock market has dedicated periods for block deals. NSE has two slots for block deals – the morning block deal window operates between 08:45 AM to 09:00 AM, and the afternoon block deal window operates between 02:05 PM to 2:20 PM.
Block deals on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) are accepted and carried out only during the initial 35 minutes between 09:15 AM and 9:50 AM.
It is important to note that the pre-open session and the post-close session of stock market timings are available only in the cash segment. There is no such option available in the future & options segment.
On the occasion of Diwali/Laxmi Pujan, exchanges conduct a special trading session known as Muharat Trading. As per traditional belief and customs, the special one-hour trading session is considered auspicious for investments and also marks the beginning of the Hindu accounting year, known as Samvat.
Apart from the above-mentioned hours, exchanges may also extend, advance, or reduce trading hours when deemed necessary.
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Can I buy shares after 3:30 pm?
Yes, you can order to buy shares from 3:30 pm to 3:40 pm. But you can place the order at the closing price only. After that, the exchange will execute your order based on the availability of buyers and sellers.
Can I buy shares at 9 am?
Yes, you can place a buy order as soon as the markets open at 9:00 am. But the execution happens at 9:15 pm as orders accepting and matching take place during the first 15 minutes, also called a pre-open session.
Is Stock market open today?
The stock market is open five days a week, Monday to Friday, between 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Check the stock market holidays list to know when the market will be closed.
Is Stock market closed on all Saturdays?
Yes, the stock market is closed on all Saturdays unless Laxmi Pooja falls on a Saturday when Muhurat Trading occurs.
NSE BSE Opening timing?
NSE and BSE trade from 9:00 am and end trading at 3:30 pm five days a week – Monday to Friday.