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Zerodha is a Bangalore, India based Flat Fee Share Broker (Also known as Budget Broker / Discount Broker / Pay Per Order Brokerage Company) for trading in Stock, Commodity and Currency Derivative. It charges a brokerage of 0.01% or ₹20 per executed order, whichever is lower, irrespective of the number of shares or their prices (Except equity delive... Know more about Zerodha

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 1. What does word Zerodha mean?

    Zerodha means No-barriers.

    Zerodha is made of two words; Zero and Rodha. Rodha is a Sanskrit word. It means barrier (blockade, obstacle, hurdle or difficulty).

    The word Zerodha shows the company's commitment to offering the cheapest brokerage to Indian investors.

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  2. 2. How long Zerodha is in broker business?

    Zerodha started its brokerage business on 15th August 2010.

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  3. 3. Does a discount broker like Zerodha can really make a profitable business by offering trades at ₹20?

    Hard to believe but YES they are making excellent profits by keeping the cost very low and by the increased volume of trade by customers. Here is how the discount brokerage is a profitable business in short as well as in long-term:

    A discount broker like Zerodha focuses on core brokerage business.

    • They keep their operation cost really low by not offering services like research, margin funding, local branches etc.
    • They invest in technology and encourage online trading through mobile, web or installable trading terminal. Zerodha focuses on online traders and does so by being mostly online and with centralized operations in Bangalore.
    • Reduced brokerage allows traders to trade frequent which intern to increase the volume. Stock exchanges offer incentives to the brokers for high volumes as it increases liquidity in the markets.
    • Almost zero spending in advertising saves big amount for Zerodha. In initial 6 years, their customer referral model worked really well for them. The customer referral program did enable its customers to refer friends and earn 10% of brokerage paid by their referred friend. Note the customer referral program was discontinued in mid 2018.
    • Zerodha has other source of earnings including:
      • Interest earned on the money customers keep with them. This contributes to over 25% of its revenue.
      • Demat account charges
      • Call & trade charges
      • Part of exchange transaction fee
      • Monthly fees changed for add-on trading tools offered.
      • Commission when customer applies for corporate FDs, NCD and bonds.

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  4. 4. How to open an account with Zerodha?

    Simply leave your contact information and Zerodha representative will call you in a few hours.

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  5. 5. Can Zerodha arrange someone to visit me to pick up the forms?

    Zerodha doesn't offer home pickup of account opening forms. You will have to courier the forms to Zerodha Bangalore office. The forms can be filled online.

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  6. 6. How long does it take to open an account with Zerodha?

    Once Zerodha receives the form; the equity trading and commodity trading accounts are opened within 48 hours.

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  7. 7. Zerodha Brokerage of ₹20 or 0.01% whichever is lower, what does this mean?

    • Intraday Trading - you actually pay 0.01% and on top of it; the maximum brokerage you pay is just ₹20 per executed order.
      • If you buy 100 shares of ₹10 each share; you brokerage is 0.01% of ₹1000; which is ₹1.
      • If you sell 100 shares of ₹3000 each share; your brokerage is ₹20.
    • Delivery Trading - you pay ₹0 brokerage. Yes, it's totally free with absolutely no hidden fee.
      • Buy 100 shares of ₹10 per share for delivery; the brokerage you pay is ₹0.
      • Sell 100 shares of ₹3000 per share for delivery; the brokerage you are charged is ₹0.

    When you are trading stocks and if you are trading volumes are lower you get the benefit of ₹20 or 0.01% for intraday, whichever is lower.

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  8. 8. What is an executed order with Zerodha?

    When you place an order with Zerodha which gets traded, it is called an executed order. You don't pay for placing, cancelling or modifying an order; you pay only per executed order.

    Zerodha doesn't charge per trade, Zerodha charge only for an executed order. So even if an order is executed in 5 different trades it is considered only 1 executed order and you pay only ₹20.

    Example of an order is:

    Buy 1000 shares of ONGC

    You place a 'buy' order for 1000 shares of ONGC. This order may get executed in different trades (chunk) until the whole 1000 share is bought. However, Zerodha charges you only ₹20 for the order that is placed, irrespective of how many trades it takes to complete the order. The same charge is applied for trading Equity Intraday, Delivery, F&O, Currency Derivatives, and Commodity.

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  9. 9. I place an order to buy 10 lots with Zerodha; what if it gets traded 5 times 2 lots per trade?

    Zerodha doesn't charge per trade, they charge only for an executed order. So even if an order is executed in 5 different trades it is considered only 1 executed order and you pay only ₹20.

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  10. 10. What are call & trade charges with Zerodha?

    When a customer places an order over the phone, Zerodha charges an additional charge of ₹20 as Call & Trade Fee.

    Zerodha is an online broker. Zerodha prefers that the customer uses its online trading platform to execute orders. Zerodha offers free installable trading terminal, website, and mobile application.

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  11. 11. What are the various platforms Zerodha provide?

    Following is the list of trading platforms Zerodha provides to the trader:

    • Zerodha Kite Trading Website
    • Zerodha Kite Mobile Trading App
    • Zerodha Trader (Installable Trading Terminal for Windows)

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  12. 12. Does Zerodha provide technical charting?

    Yes, Zerodha provides advance technical charts on its free Kite trading platform. The advanced charts are also available on its Zerodha Pi and Zerodha Trader applications.

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  13. 13. Does customer get leverage for intraday trading with Zerodha?

    If you use the product type as MIS, you get leverage for intraday trading.

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  14. 14. How much leverage does Zerodha provide for Intraday Equity Trading?

    • Zerodha doesn't offer any margin for Equity Delivery.
    • In Intraday Trading, Zerodha offers 5 to 20 times exposure for stocks on which F&O trading is allowed.
    • Zerodha doesn't offer any margin for buying Options.
    • In Futures Intraday Trading in Equity, Commodity and Currency, Zerodha lets clients take MIS (Margin Intraday Squareoff) positions with 40% to 50% margin

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  15. 15. How to transfer fund in Zerodha trading account?

    Zerodha offers 3 fund transfer options. Before you transfer the funds please note:

    • Transfer through UPI is free.
    • Adding funds through net banking cost ₹9 per transaction.
    • Withdrawal is free of charge.
    • Withdrawals requests placed before 8:30 PM (for equity) and 8:00 AM (for commodity) on working days are processed on the same day.
    • Funds received from the sale of shares can be withdrawn only after T+2 days.
    • Funds received from exiting F&O positions can be withdrawn only on the next working day.
    • Pay-ins made during the day can only be withdrawn on the next day.

    1. Zerodha Kite

    Kite is Zerodha's flagship trading platform. To transfer funds (Pay-in or pay-out) using kite follow below steps:

    1. Login to Kite Web or Kite Mobile App
    2. Click on link 'Funds' in top right
    3. Click 'Add Funds' or 'Withdraw' button
    4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

    2. Console

    Zerodha back-office 'Console' provides a facility to check statements and withdraw funds from the Zerodha trading account. Follow the below steps to manage your funds through the console:

    • Login to Console using Kite IDs.
    • Click on link 'Funds' in top right
    • Click 'Overview'
    • Enter the amount you would like to withdraw.

    3. NEFT/RTGS from Bank Account

    You can transfer funds to your trading account from any linked bank account [Only Zerodha Linked Bank Account] using NEFT/RTGS fund transfer facility from your banks net banking facility.

    To transfer funds from your linked bank, you have to add Zerodha as a payee and then transfer funds. Once Zerodha is confirmed as a Payee, you need to make an online fund transfer and send them an email [to fundtransfer@zerodha.com] giving Zerodha the details of the transaction reference number. Zerodha will update your trading limits as soon as the funds are available in its account and send you an SMS confirming the same.

    Zerodha Bank Account for NSE/BSE (Equity, F&O, Currency)

    • Bank Name: HDFC Bank
    • Account Name: Zerodha Broking Ltd
    • Account Number: ZERNSE
    • Account Type: Current Account
    • Bank/Branch: Sandoz Branch, Mumbai
    • IFSC Code: HDFC0000240

    Zerodha Bank Account for MCX (Commodities)

    • Bank Name: HDFC Bank
    • Account Name: Zerodha Commodities Pvt Ltd
    • Account Number: ZERMCX
    • Account Type: Current Account
    • Bank/Branch: Sandoz Branch, Mumbai
    • IFSC Code: HDFC0000240

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  16. 16. Can I open a trading account on my minor son/daughter's name with Zerodha?

    No, Zerodha doesn't offer a trading account on minor's name.

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  17. 17. Are there any charges if online fund transfer fails due to reason like internet disconnect?

    No, Zerodha doesn't charge any fee if the instant fund transfer fails in-between for any reason.

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  18. 18. If I purchase 50 shares of Glenmark @ 800 other 50 shares @ 790 then brokerage will be charged at (20+20) or only 20 rupees, a single script is traded but different orders are placed?

    Note that Equity delivery brokerage is ₹0 with Zerodha. So you don't pay anything.

    For intraday, the brokerage is changed for every 'successfully executed order'.

    In the example you gave above, if both the transactions are part of 1 order then you pay only ₹20. It doesn't matter how many transactions order is completed in exchange.

    If they are part of different orders placed, then separate brokerage of ₹20 for each order is charged.

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  19. 19. SMS charges for daily transactions will be Re 1 per message or Re 1 per day for messages sent?

    SMS facility is optional and charged at ₹1 per SMS sent.

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  20. 20. I don't have much income, can I choose to trade in Nifty Options. I have IT Return, bank statements etc.?

    It doesn't matter as long as you have enough 'margin money' to trade.

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  21. 21. I already have a demat account with Sharekhan. How do I link it to my Zerodha trading account?

    For F&O trading you do not need a demat account. But if you are planning to buy shares and hold them in your demat account, it's mandatory to open a new Demat account with Zerodha. It makes the transactions between your trading account and the demat account seamless. Note that Zerodha offers cheapest demat account too.

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  22. 22. Do I need to maintain any minimum balance in Zerodha Trading Account?

    No. you don't have to keep any minimum balance in Zerodha Trading Account.

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  23. 23. Is IPO Investment can be possible with Zerodha?

    No. Zerodha doesn't offer to Investment in IPO's. But one can do the IPO Investment indirectly using his/her own demat account in any bank like ICICI, HDFC or Axis.

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  24. 24. Is BTST available in Zerodha?

    Yes. BTST (buy today - sell tomorrow) facility is available with Upstox. Note that this facility is available with most of the broker in India.

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  25. 25. Is STBT available in Zerodha?

    No. STBT (sell today - buy tomorrow) is not available with Zerodha. The shorting is only for intraday.

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  26. 26. Does Zerodha offer CDSL Easiest facility?

    No. None of the online stock brokers offers CDSL Easiest facility to its customer. The reason is, when you register for CDSL Easiest, the broker loses the POA (Power of Attorney) over your Demat Account. This means that you cannot sell shares from your holdings using your trading platform because the broker will no longer be able to debit your shares from Demat.

    They recommend using DIS (delivery instruction slips) for share transfers to another Demat account.

    Note that CDSL Easiest is to submit off-market, on-market, inter-depository and early pay-in debit instructions from their DEMAT account using CDSL online portal.

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  27. 27. How do I online transfer shares to another demat account?

    Zerodha doesn't offer an online transfer of shares from its demat account for off-market transactions. The only way available is by using singed DIS (delivery instruction slips).

    Zerodha customer can request for DIS slips by sending a signed form available in the download section of their website.

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  28. Which type of stockbroker Zerodha is?

    Zerodha is a Discount Broker.

  29. In which stock or commodity exchanges in India I can trade through Zerodha?

    Zerodha offers to trade at NSE, BSE, MCX and NCDEX.

  30. How much Zerodha charge for trading account opening?

    Zerodha charges ₹200 (Trading +Demat) to open a trading account.

  31. What are Zerodha annual maintenance charges (AMC) for a trading account?

    ₹0 (Free)

  32. How much Zerodha charge for Demat Account opening?


  33. How much is Zerodha Demat Account Maintenance Charges (AMC)?


  34. Is Demat account mandatory with a trading account at Zerodha?

    No, Demat Account is not mandatory when opening a trading account with Zerodha.

  35. What are the Zerodha brokerage charges for equity delivery trading?

    ₹0 (Free)

  36. How much does Zerodha charge for equity intraday trading (day trading of shares)?

    ₹20 per executed order or .01% whichever is lower

  37. What are the Zerodha equity futures brokerage charges?

    ₹20 per executed order or .01% whichever is lower

  38. How much Zerodha charges for equity options trading?

    ₹20 per executed order or .01% whichever is lower

  39. What are Zerodha commodity future brokerage charges?

    ₹20 per executed order or .01% whichever is lower

  40. What are Zerodha commodity options brokerage charges?

    ₹20 per executed order or .01% whichever is lower

  41. What are Zerodha currency derivatives (future) brokerage charges?

    ₹20 per executed order or .01% whichever is lower

  42. Zerodha currency derivatives (options) brokerage charges?

    ₹20 per executed order or .01% whichever is lower

  43. How much is the minimum brokerage charged by Zerodha?


  44. What are Zerodha transaction charges for equity delivery trading?

    NSE ₹325 per Cr (0.00325%) | BSE ₹300 per Cr (0.003%) (each side)

  45. What are transaction charges for equity intraday trading (stock day trading)?

    NSE ₹325 per Cr (0.00325%) | BSE ₹300 per Cr (0.003%) (each side)

  46. What are the equity futures exchange transaction charges at Zerodha?

    NSE ₹190 per Cr (0.0019%)

  47. Zerodha transaction charges for equity options trading?

    NSE ₹5000 per Cr (0.05%)

  48. Zerodha transaction charges for futures (currency derivatives trading)?

    NSE ₹90 per Cr (0.0009%) | BSE ₹22 per Cr (0.00022%)

  49. Zerodha transaction charges for options (currency derivatives trading)?

    NSE ₹70 per Cr (0.0007%) | BSE ₹100 per Cr (0.001%) (on premium)

  50. How much is the transaction charge for commodity trading at Zerodha?

    Group A - ₹260 per Cr (0.0026%)

  51. Does Zerodha offer equity (share) trading?

    Yes. You can trade in the equity segment with Zerodha.

  52. Can I apply for an IPO through Zerodha?

    Yes. You can apply in IPO if you have a trading account with Zerodha.

  53. Does Zerodha offer to invest in Mutual Funds?

    Yes. You can buy/sell Mutual Fund if you have a trading account with Zerodha.

  54. Can I buy or trade Bonds and NCD with Zerodha?

    No. You cannot trade in bonds and NCD with Zerodha.

  55. Does Zerodha offer commodity trading?

    Yes. You can trade in the commodities at MCX with Zerodha.

  56. Does Zerodha offer currency derivative trading?

    Yes. You can trade in currency derivative segment with Zerodha.

  57. Does Zerodha offer order type bracket order (BO)?

    Yes. Zerodha offer Bracket Orders (BO).

  58. Does Zerodha offer cover order?

    Yes. Cover Order (CO) is available with Zerodha.

  59. Does Zerodha offer Buy Today Sell Tomorrow (BTST) order?

    Yes. BTST orders are available with Zerodha.

  60. Does Zerodha offer order type sell today buy tomorrow (STBT)?

    Yes. STBT order is available with Zerodha.

  61. Does Zerodha offer after trading hours order or after-market order (AMO) or off-market orders? Can I place orders after trading hours; the orders which get executed when the market opens next time? Can I place an order when the market is closed?

    Yes. You can place 'After Trading Hours' Order with Zerodha. The After Hour Sessions enable you to place orders even when the market is closed. The timings of the After Hour Order varies by broker to broker. Most brokers allow to place the AMO orders between 3:30 PM to 9:00 AM on trading day and 24 hrs on the non-trading day (weekends or trading holidays).

    Note: After hour facility for order placement may not be available in certain segments. Please check with the broker for more detail about this service.

  62. Can I place Good Till Cancelled (GTC) orders though Zerodha?

    No. You cannot place GTC Orders with Zerodha. With Good Till Cancelled trading orders; order remains in the system until you cancel it or they get executed.

  63. Does Zerodha offer margin funding for share/commodity trading?

    No. Margin funding is not available when trading with Zerodha.

  64. Zerodha uses which trading platform or trading software?

    Kite Web, Kite Android/iOS, Pi, Coin, Kite mobile

  65. What is Zerodha intraday square-off time?

    Zerodha square-off intraday trades at 3:10 PM.

  66. Does Zerodha offer 24x7 customer service?

    No. Zerodha doesn't provide 24x7 customer service.

  67. Does Zerodha provide customer support through Online Chat?

    No. Zerodha doesn't provide customer service through Chat service online.

  68. Does Zerodha offer customer service through local branch offices?

    No. Zerodha doesn't offer customer service through local branch offices, local partners or franchises.

  69. Does Zerodha publish daily market research reports?


  70. Does Zerodha provide trading tips or investment strategies?

    No. Zerodha doesn't provide free tips for stock and commodity trading to its customers.

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Information on this page was last updated on Thursday, December 19, 2019


N Sridhar
3. N Sridhar  May 8, 2019 03:14 I Like It. | I Don't Like It. | Report Abuse Reply
Can NRI, open account in Zerodha? If. "Yes" what is the procedure?
Sudarson Dey
2. Sudarson Dey  Apr 7, 2018 11:02 I Like It. | I Don't Like It. | Report Abuse Reply
Can I sell 1st of any stock at CNC and would buy later date? If so what is the rule of Zerodha?

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Can i open trading account with Zerodha with demat account at Religare ?

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