Stock Market Timings: A Detailed Overview of BSE and NSE Timings

20 Mar 2021by Pradeep U

Stock Market Timings: A Detailed Overview of BSE and NSE Timings

In our previous post, we took a detailed look at the stock market holidays 2021 list. In this post, let's take a detailed look at the 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.

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 14 holidays on which stock markets will remain closed.

Stock market timings in the equities segment can be briefly classified into 3 different categories.

Stage 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.

Stage 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.

Timings for Block Deal Sessions

There are two sessions for block deals. While the morning block deal window operates between 08:45 AM to 09:00 AM, the afternoon block deal window operates between 02:05 PM to 2:20 PM.

Stage 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 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-closing 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.

It is important to note that the pre-opening session and the post-closing session of stock market timings are available only in the cash segment. There is no such option available in the future & options segment.

Muhurat trading  

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.

Summary: Stock market timings at a glance

 Pre-opening session

9:00 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

Post-closing session

3:40 PM to 4:00 PM

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