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Stock Market timings in India | NSE BSE Timings

There are two major stock exchanges in India. The National Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange. Both stock exchanges follow a similar time pattern.

Stock Market holidays in India 2019 list

The trading time for the equity markets is from 9:15 am to 03:30 pm, Monday to Friday. The Stock Markets remain closed on weekends i.e. Saturday and Sunday.

There are no breaks in the Indian stock market timings.

There are four sessions in the Indian stock markets and each session has a particular timing assigned to it. These sessions are:

  1. Pre-opening session
  2. Normal session or the Continuous session
  3. Closing Price calculation
  4. Post-closing session

1. Pre-opening session

  • The timings of this session are between 09:00 a.m. to 09:15 a.m.
  • The session timings are further distributed among three sub-sessions:

09:00 a.m. to 09:08 a.m.

  • You may place an order to either buy or sell stocks in this session.
  • These orders can also be modified or canceled during this period.

09:08 a.m. to 09:12 a.m.

  • Order matching and the Opening Price calculation for the normal session is done during this session.
  • Stock orders cannot be placed or modified during this session

09:12 a.m. to 09:15 a.m.

  • This session acts as a medium smooth transition between the pre-opening session to the normal session.

2. Normal session or the Continuous session

The Session Timings are from 09:15 a.m. to 03:30 p.m.

This is the session where you can trade your stocks.

This session follows the bilateral matching system. Which means whenever the buying price of a share is equal to the selling price share, then the transaction is completed. Here transactions take place as per price and time priority.

3. Closing Price calculation

  • The closing price calculation starts at 03:30 p.m. and ends at 03:40 p.m.
  • The closing price of a stock is the weighted average of the prices between 03:00 p.m. to 03:30 p.m.
  • For the indices, the closing price is calculated by taking the last half an hour weighted average closing prices of the constituents of the index.

4. Post-closing session

  • The Post-closing session starts at 03:40 p.m. and ends at 04:00 p.m.
  • Orders can be placed to buy or sell stocks during this session at the closing price. Trade will be confirmed at the closing price if buyers or sellers are available.

Muhurat Trading – Stock Market Timings in India

The stock markets remain closed during Diwali but NSE and BSE organize a one-hour trading session known as the ‘Muhurat Trading’ Session. As Diwali marks as the beginning of a new year in India, the session is also considered as the beginning of a new trading year.

The timings for the stock markets in India on day of Diwali will be announced by both NSE and BSE.