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With high-class technology, unique trading tools and three-way trading platform, Zerodha is giving its clients an edge in trading and decision making. Pioneer in introducing low brokerage scheme, Zerodha manages to satisfy both casual and active investors.

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Why Zerodha?

  1. Free trading in Equity Delivery.
  2. Zerodha Charge flat rate of Rs 20 per executed order for trading in stocks, F&O, currency and commodity.
  3. Zerodha PI,the most advance trading platform introduced by Zerodha.
  4. Open your account instantly with AADHAAR, for trading only account no paperwork, for demat and nominee declaration you need to sign few forms and submit via courier.
  5. Zerodha KITE 3.0, is a lightweight, low bandwidth, multi-language web base trading platform.
  6. Supports desktop base, web base and mobile base trading platform.
  7. Free fund transfer using UPI (Unified Payments Interface)
  8. 60-day challenge contest by Zerodha where you trade profitably and get full brokerage refund.
  9. Innovative and unique trading tools – SPAN Calculator, algoZ, Option Strategy, Market Monitor,etc.
  10. Zerodha F&O Margin Calculator.
  11. No upfront fee, no minimum brokerage and no minimum contract charges.
  12. Invest in Mutual Funds - Zerodha Coin.
  13. NRI Trading - First Discount broker providing NRI services.
  14. Open account online and paperless - Step by step guide.
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  • User-friendly Brokerage and margin calculators.
  • Free,online,open to all education module covering all the topics related to trading called Varsity.
  • Active trading forum called trading q&a.
  • Online account opening linked with your AAdhar card.


  • Doesn't have monthly plans.
  • Call and trade is not free.
  • Doesn't provide facility to online invest in IPO via Zerodha Kite.
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Zerodha Review - 2018

Zerodha with a unique name and meaning,no Barrier Zero + rodha ( Barrier in English)is emerging as a single largest Discount Broker in India having customers exceeding 75,000 and daily turnover of 7000 cr.

When it come to customer support, Zerodha delivers a consistent and often memorable experience. Most of the time, the queries of customers are answered by the CEO of company itself or by experts in that field. Opening account with them is a breeze and hassle free. As per my personal experience, within an hour of completing the application online, a Zerodha representative called me to welcome and explained all initial questions I had. He also guided me to read Z-connect, an interactive blog written by experts which I feel is detailed but simple to understand and is a cool place to learn for amateurs.

Zerodha Support started with contextual ticket creation and intelligent search for user, with this for general topic user donít need to send queries to support team. Zerodha have reach library of support document (400+) which can resolve lots of issue in first place. Next level solution for investors who want to know more about their transaction or order details, now Zerodha secure search for such user reached to account level, for that particular transaction, he can create support ticket. With this new addition in zerodha support family, user donít have to send email to [email protected], users can create direct ticket on Zerodha Support Portal.

Being a discount share broker, my expectation from Zerodha was to charge minimum share brokerage for my trading, that comes true by paying 20 Rs or .01% per executed order whichever is minimum for F&O, option, commodity and currency trading.They have made trading in Equity Delivery completely Free . As Zerodha is not a 3 in 1 brokerage, there is initial work to setup the account but any online bank can be linked to Zerodha.

For Demat,Earlier Zerodha was having tie up with ILFS but now they have their own DP Service. Transfer between trading account and Demat account is seamless if you open Demat account with zerodha. With them, you can trade on Equity, F&O, Commodity, and currency on NSE, BSE, MCX and MCX-SX,Mutual Funds . Unlike other discount Brokers, Zerodha has branches in 20 cities of India other than Banglore main office.

Now investing in Mutual Funds is also possible with Zerodha. They recently facilitiate traders to now invest in Mutual Funds with them.Investment option for IPO,FPO and OFS (Offer for sale) are not available with Zerodha which is pretty much standard with all the discount share brokers.

Zerodha Reward programmes like refer a friend and Get an Affiliate link gives you an opportunity to earn 10% of brokerage or Rs 2 on every trade executed by your referral.

Zerodha NRI Account

NRI can trade with Zerodha @Rs 200 per trade or .1% whichever is lower. NRI holding NRO account can open Trading and Demat account just like resident Indians. NRI can trade in Equity Delivery, Derivatives (F&O), Currency futures/exchange traded options market, Investment in Mutual Funds and IPO (Via ASBA channel).To Open account, NRI (NRO Account holders, PIO or OCI card holders) need - Copy of Passport, Visa Document (NRI Only), PAN card, Address Proof Overseas , Address Proof India (NRI Only) and Photograph.

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Zerodha with closest competitors
Broker Zerodha ICICIDirect Sharekhan SAS Online ProStocks
Service Type Discount Broker Full Service Broker Full Service Broker Discount Broker Discount Broker
Brokerage Rs 20 0.05 to .55% 0.1 to 0.5% Rs 9 or 999 PM Rs 15
Account Type 2 in 1 3 in 1 2 in 1 2 in 1 2 in 1
Monthly Plans No No Yes Yes
Please refer unique and accurate Zerodha Brokerage Calculator

Zerodha Brokerage Charges - 2018

As Zerodha started the new concept of discount share broking in Indian share market, you can save 80 to 90% on brokerage with them. Their brokerage rates are super cheap as compared to full service brokers and very competitive among its nearby discount share brokers. Zerodha entered in a new concept of Brokers as a Free Broker by introducing Equity Delivery Trades @ Rs 0 Brokerage . It's Rs 20 flat-rate share trades is equal to RKSV (Rs 20), while slightly more expensive then Trade Smart Online (Rs 15) and SasOnline (Rs 9).

Trading Brokerages
  • Equity Delivery Trading Brokerage:Free
  • Equity Intraday Trading Brokerage: 0.01% or Rs 20 per executed order (whichever is lower)
  • Equity Future Trading Brokerage: 0.01% or Rs 20 per executed order (whichever is lower)
  • Equity Options Trading Brokerage: 0.01% or Rs 20 per executed order (whichever is lower) (on Turnover)
  • Commodity Trading Brokerage: 0.01% or Rs 20 per executed order (whichever is lower)
  • Currency Futures Trading Brokerage: 0.01% or Rs 20 per executed order (whichever is lower)
  • Currency Options Trading Brokerage: 0.01% or Rs 20 per executed order (whichever is lower)
Account Charges
  • Trading Account Opening Charges (One Time): Rs 200(for self printed form) or Rs 300 (for using their forms)
  • Demat account Opening Charges (One Time): Rs 100
  • Trading Annual maintenance charges (AMC): NIL
  • Demat Account Annual Maintenance Charges (AMC): Rs 300 Per Year
Other Charges
  • Call and Trade feature is available at an extra cost of Rs 20/- per call.
  • Digital Contract notes are sent via Email. Physical copies of contract notes can be ordered at additional charge of Rs 20/- per contract + Courier charges.
  • Trade SMS alerts (optional) are charged at Rs 1 for Equity, F&O, and Currency trade alerts and Rs 0.50 for Commodity trade alerts.
  • Instant payment gateway charges for over 22 banks - Rs 9 per fund transfer.
  • Free UPI transactions with Zerodha.
  • DP charges for delivery based equity selling charged only on sell side - Rs 8 + Rs 5.5 = Rs 13.50 per transaction.
  • Standard NSE charges, transaction charges and statutory levies are charged.

For STT,Stamp Duty,Service Tax and SEBI Charges please refer to the Brokerage Plan tab.

Zerodha offers three types of account to its clients:

  1. Zerodha Trading Account:Zerodha offers online trading account to trade in stocks, derivatives, indices and currencies on NSE and BSE. Trading can be done through software based platform, web based platform or a mobile application and Call & Trade option. All settlements on a Trading Account happens on T+1 day. There is no Annual Maintenance charges (AMC) for Trading Account. Account opening is Rs 300.
  2. Zerodha Demat Account:You need a Demat Account only to trade in delivery based equity trading. The shares will show up in your Demat Account only on T+2 day.You don't need a Demat Account if you are trading in F & O whether you're an Intraday trader or a positional (overnight) trader. Demat Account opening charges is Rs 100 and AMC is Rs 300.
  3. Zerodha Commodity Account:You can only trade in Commodity Future on MCX exchange with Zerodha.There are no Annual Maintenance charges for your Commodity Account at Zerodha. Only futures trade on MCX and hence there is no need of a Demat Account for trading Commodities. Commodity Options have still not started in India.Account opening charges for commodity trading is Rs 300.

Zerodha margin/exposures/leverage for MIS orders

  1. Zerodha exposure for intraday trading - Zerodha offers 10 times exposure or leverage for stocks on which F&O trading is allowed. Margins are provided only for intraday trading.
  2. Zerodha exposure for trading in equity and indux futures - Zerodha offers 3 times or 40% of NRML margin for futures trades.
  3. Zerodha margin for Options - Zerodha offers 3 times or 40% of NRML margin .
  4. Zerodha exposure for currency futures - Zerodha offers 50% of NRML margin.
  5. Zerodha exposure for commodity futures - Zerodha offers 50% of NRML margin.

Zerodha margin/exposures/leverage for CO orders

  1. Zerodha exposure for intraday trading - Zerodha offers upto 20 times exposure or leverage for stocks on which F&O trading is allowed. Margins are provided only for Intraday trading.
  2. Zerodha exposure for trading in futures - extra margin compare to NRML and MIS order

Zerodha Exposures for CNC or NRML orders

  1. Zerodha don't offer any margin for CNC(Cashn Carry) orders.
  2. Zerodha margin for F&O overnight position - as per exchange stipulated margins

Zerodha F&O margin calculator

Best Margin calculator available for free to calculate you margin upfront. This tool allow you to calculate comprehensive margin requirements for option writing/shorting or for multi-leg F&O strategies while trading equity, F&O, commodity and currency before doing a trade. This tool is available for both registered user and non registered users.

For complete brokerage charges and trading plans detail please visit Zerodha Brokerage Charges.
Zerodha Brokerage Charges - 20 Rs per executed order
Brokerage Plan 20 Rs per executed order
Flat Fee NA
Equity Delivery Free
Equity Intraday Rs 20
Equity Futures Rs 20
Equity Options Rs 20
Currency Futures Rs 20
Currency Options Rs 20
Commodity Rs 20

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Zerodha Web, Mobile app and Desktop base trading platform - 2018

Zerodha support Terminal based NEST OMS, Web-based, Mobile apps based and customer telephonic service base trading.

Desktop Based Platform "PI": This is the advanced desktop trading software by Zerodha to minimize all the barriers in smooth trading. Its main features are:

  • Advanced charting.
  • Algos, strategies, & backtesting.
  • Expert advisors for strategy alerts.
See complete Zerodha PI review

Web based trading platform "KITE 3.0": KITE 3.0 is a Lightweight, low bandwidth, multi-language, Integrated, Easy to use, Informational and committed web base free trading platform from Zerodha.

See complete Zerodha kite 3.0 review. Zerodha Kite3.0 Beta testing compelete and product is going live for all Zerodha investors on March 26,2018.

Zerodha Mobile:Zerodha manages to provide Apps for android (lollipop version even), window mobiles and iPhone users to facilitate mobile based trading.You can trade Equities, Futures & Options, Currencies and Commodities and get real-time quotes on over 30000 scrips and place various kinds of orders using Zerodha Mobile app.

Zerodha Call n Trade service have cost of Rs 20 per Trade.

Zerodha is providing a plug-in option for Automatic Trading with AmiBroker. (Advance technical analysis and charting platform).Through this a trader can directly trade from AmiBroker software in the semi-automated or fully-automated way based on his own strategies.

The Quant-a trading pattern report of an individual trader, introduced by Zerodha, is a helpful tool to look into past trade patterns in graphical form. It`s easy to understand and quick to analyses.

The algoZ is a tool where user can write, back test and go live on Technical Analysis strategies [code your technical analysis].

Other than normal trading hours, Zerodha support Pre-market orders, post market orders and After Market orders (AMO). Zerodha provides an option to place Bracket Orders with 'Trailing Stop Loss' for equity and F&O .(Bracket orders are two opposite side orders, designed to help limit your loss and lock in a profit by "bracketing" order.)

For detail review of mobile app and download please visit Zerodha Mobile App.

Zerodha Membership Information

  1. Zerodha NSE Member ID:
    • Capital Market (CM) - INB231390627
    • Future & Options (F&O) - INF231390627
    • Currency Derivatives (CDS) - INE231390627
  2. Zerodha BSE Member ID:
    • Capital Market (CM) - INB011390623
    • Future & Options (F&O) - INF011390623
  3. CDSL: IN-DP-CDSL-00278209
  4. NSDL: IN-DP-NSDL-11496000

Product and Services

3 in 1 Accounthelp
Multiple Plans help
Monthly Plan help
Yearly Plan help
Portfolio help
Charting help
Automated Trading help
AMO Order help
Allow GTC Order help
SMS Alerts help
Margin Trade Funding help
Combined Ledger for Equity and Commodityhelp
NRI Trading help

Offering of Investments

Equity Cash and F&O help
Currency F&O help
Commodity Trading help
Mutual Funds help
ETF help
IPO Investment help
Bonds Investment help
Debt Investment help
Banking Service help
Insurance Service help
SIP Investment help

Trading Platforms & Tools

Desktop Platform (Windows) help
Desktop Platform (Mac) help
Web Platform help
Stock Alerts Delivery - Email help
Stock Alerts Delivery - Text SMS help
Virtual Trading help
Watch-lists, streaming real-time quotes help
Mobile Trading help
Android Tablet App help
Android App help
iPhone App help
iPad App help
Mobile Trading Site help

Customer Service

Phone Support help
Toll Free Number help
Email Support help
Branch Offices help
Live Chat (Current Clients) help
24/7 Support help

Research and Market Reports

Daily Market Report help
Free Tips help
Quarterly Results help
New Alerts help
Mutual Funds Research help
Research Equity Reports help
ETF Research help

Final thought about Zerodha

Zerodha is a well-respected share broker with a great offering. Zerodha has approx over 6+ Lakhs [Feb 2017] satisfied customers leading it to India`s one of the best discount share broker house. Customer service is a top-notch and clients have access to a well-known share brokerage platforms and tools. First time in India a brokerage house started Direct Mutual Funds investment.The strong management team gives you more confidence and support in trading. For those who want to take advantage of the latest technologies will find Zerodha to be a great fit.

If you like what you have read and want to choose Zerodha or any other broker, leave your contact information with us and we will guide you.

Zerodha User Reviews

61. Adheer Raj Aggarwal  Apr 17, 2018 9:28:32 PM IST Reply
Over all, its good. Just because of low brokerage, no one should compromise on service. I am unable to download my contract notes from 28 march 2018 for the month of february and march 2018. Its 17 march, still they have no clue and no update. They do not reply to the mails and they cannot solve my problem with any commitments.


Brokerage - Excellent
Account Maintenance Fees - Average
Website Usability - Average
Customer Service - Very Poor
Overall Experience - Below Average
60. Srikant M  Mar 16, 2018 4:59:17 PM IST Reply
Best tool available for free of cost is Zerodha F&O margin calculator. I like it very much and use it before every trade. Use this calculator and know all your margin upfront.
60.1. Kishore N  Mar 20, 2018 10:37:16 PM IST
I like Zerodha F&O margin calculator, This really difficult to calculate in excel. I tried lots of time to reach in some conclusion, but was never got success. Thx Zerodha technical team to make this as success. Good thing is its available for both zerodha and non zerodha customer for free of cost.
59. Vijay J  Mar 20, 2018 10:33:55 PM IST Reply
Good News, Zeroda started free fund transfer using UPI (Unified Payments Interface), Usually UPI charge Rs 15 per transaction for such transfer, but for first 6 months UPI has given free service to Zerodha user, if volume increase via UPI than this offer can continue for long term. So request all Zerodha register users to use UPI service as much as possible which will make this partnership success and all the Zerodha community will get benefit of this free service for long time. All the best.
58. Mangesh utane  Jan 17, 2018 6:16:53 AM IST Reply
Service is good


Brokerage - Excellent
Account Maintenance Fees - Above Average
Website Usability - Above Average
Customer Service - Above Average
Overall Experience - Above Average
58.1. Anupam K  Mar 13, 2018 12:35:17 PM IST
Service is really good and zerodha is working hard to win market share. Best service and tools.
57. Vaibhav Seshanand  Jan 8, 2018 1:07:11 PM IST Reply
Customer Service, Trading Platform, Online Account opening and Charts are better than anyone else in India.


Brokerage - Excellent
Account Maintenance Fees - Excellent
Website Usability - Excellent
Customer Service - Excellent
Overall Experience - Excellent
56. Kunal  Jan 2, 2018 8:56:42 AM IST Reply
Best broker to Trader, Great Tools and Technologies.


Brokerage - Excellent
Account Maintenance Fees - Average
Website Usability - Excellent
Customer Service - Average
Overall Experience - Above Average
55. mohan  Dec 17, 2017 2:06:06 PM IST Reply
i like your article so much.
54. rk  Dec 14, 2017 1:03:33 AM IST Reply
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53. fvf  Dec 1, 2017 9:12:01 AM IST Reply


Brokerage - Excellent
Account Maintenance Fees - Excellent
Website Usability - Excellent
Customer Service - Excellent
Overall Experience - Excellent
52. Abhishek  Nov 30, 2017 12:15:24 AM IST Reply
Very Good


Brokerage - Excellent
Account Maintenance Fees - Excellent
Website Usability - Excellent
Customer Service - Excellent
Overall Experience - Excellent

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