Stock Market Timing in India

There are two stock exchange in India
  • NSE   - National Stock Exchange
  • BSE    -Bombay Stock Exchange
Stock Market Timing in India
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First of all, you need to know that there is no trading on Saturday,Sunday and published Indian Stock Market Holidays declared by the Indian Stock Exchange in advance.

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The stock market timings can be divided in to three sessions.

  • PRE-OPENING SESSION
  • NORMAL MARKET SESSION 
  • POST-CLOSING SESSION

PRE-OPENING SESSION
The duration of pre-opening session is between 9:00 AM to 9:15 AM.

The concept of pre-opening session was introduced to reduce volatility.

The pre-opening session further divided into three sub sessions.

9:00 AM to 9:08 AM
  • This is the order entry session.
  • The orders can be placed and modified in this session. 

9:08 AM to 9:12 AM
  • No new order shall be taken in this session.
  • This session is used for order matching and for calculating the open price of the normal session.
  • Orders can not be placed and modified during this session.

9:12 AM to 9:15 AM
  • This session is used as buffer period, to ensure smooth transition from PRE-MARKET SESSION to NORMAL TRADING SESSION.

NORMAL MARKET SESSION 
  • The duration of normal market session is 9:15AM to3:30 PM.
  • This is actual time where most of trading take place.
  • The traders and investors can buy and sell the shares.
  • Normal trading session follows bilateral matching session i.e. Whenever is buying price is equal to selling price, then transaction is complete.
  • This session does not have any lunch or tea break, To put it another way, the share trading remains open even during the lunch and tea.