Stock Exchange Trading Hours and Timing

BSE & NSE Trading Hours for Stocks, Mutual Funds & Currencies

Stock exchanges in India have trading hours within which all trades need to be executed. The market timings for stocks, mutual funds, currencies and commodities are different. In this post, we shall look into the opening and closing time of the NSE and BSE.

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) follow the similar stock market timing or trading hours. However, the market timings are different for the equity, mutual funds, currency and commodities.

Market Trading Hours for Equity

Trading on equities takes place from Monday to Friday except on holidays declared by the stock exchange. These holidays are declared in advance and list of the same is available at BSE & NSE Holidays List for 2020

The stock exchanges have two sessions for equity trading

  1. pre-open session and
  2. regular trading session.

Here are the timings of these sessions –

Market Trading Hours for Mutual Funds

While mutual funds orders for purchase, redemption and switch can be placed at anytime during the day, the transactions shall be effected only during a particular transaction window (also known as the cut-off time)

The cut-off time depends on the type of transaction (purchase or redemption), type of fund (equity or liquid), time at which the purchase is made and the amount of purchase.

Below is a table which gives you different scenarios and how the mutual fund companies will treat it from a value date or NAV (net asset value) date perspective

The working days of mutual fund companies mimic the stock market working days as explained earlier in the blog post.

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Market Trading Hours for Currencies

The market timings for trading in currency derivatives segment at the NSE are –

Market Trading Hours for Commodities

The market timings for trading in commodity derivatives at the NSE are –

  • Open : 09:00 hrs
  • Close : 23:55 hrs

About BSE

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is Asia’s oldest stock exchange and the 10th largest stock exchange in the world.

The Mumbai-based exchange has an overall market capitalization of ₹1,54,81,921 crores or $2.2 trillion.

The BSE is Asia's oldest stock exchange and has trading holidays for 2020
The BSE is Asia’s oldest stock exchange

Let’s understand a couple more fact.

The BSE’s genesis dates back to 1855 when a dozen or so stockbrokers would gather around some banyan trees and conduct their business.

The year 1986 marks the launch of the BSE Sensex index. Over time, BSE opened its derivatives , futures and options market.

About NSE

The National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) establishes in 1992. It is the leading stock exchange in India. The NSE was responsible for ushering India into a modern electronic trading system.

The NSE is the world's 11th largest stock exchange and has trading holidays for 2020
The NSE is the world’s 11th largest stock exchange

Companies listed on the NSE have a market capitalization of over $2.1 trillion making it the 11th largest stock exchange in the world.


The flagship index, NIFTY50, is a favourite among investors. It is the defacto barometer of the Indian capital markets. In 1996, the Nifty 50 index was launched.

The NSE was setup with the objective of bringing transparency in the stock markets. Trading membership is open for anyone with qualification, experience and meets the financial requirements. NSE has a comprehensive and strong risk management system.

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