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How to Apply For an IPO

In the financial markets, IPO is something highly talked about. If you go through financial news now and then, you might already be aware of the hype that surrounds IPO/Initial Public Offering in the market. But what is this hype all about?



Well, an IPO investment has the potential to offer the investor with high returns by investing in a company the moment it debuts on the share market.

But the common question which might come to your mind is; how to apply for an IPO in India? The procedure is slightly different and may seem complicated if you are a first-time investor.

To apply for an IPO online, you need your mobile number linked to your bank account and need to fill an ASBA form. Let’s look at what ASBA is.

What is ASBA?

ASBA is the acronym of Application Supported by Blocked Amount. It is an efficient method for applying for IPOs in the country. So, when you invest in an IPO through ASBA, the investment funds get blocked in your account. And the money leaves your account only if you are allotted shares in the IPO. The best part is that you are also eligible to earn interest on the funds during this period. It is worth mentioning here that SEBI has made ASBA mandatory for investing in IPOs. 

How to Apply for an IPO Online?

You can apply for IPOs online, and the process is quite simple. Here’s a step-by-step guide for the same:

  • Log in to your bank’s net banking account online.
  • In the ‘Investment’ section, click on the IPO/e-IPO option.
  • Fill in your bank account details along with your depository details in order to complete the verification process.
  • Once it’s done, you will be led to a different window titled ‘Invest in IPO’.
  • Select the option for the best IPO to buy according to you.
  • Enter the number of shares and your bid price.
  • Before placing your IPO bid, do not forget to go through the ‘terms and conditions’ properly.
  • Finally, confirm to place your order by clicking on ‘APPLY NOW’.

Who is Eligible to Invest in an IPO?

Technically, if you are an adult and are competent enough to enter into a legal contract with an organization, you are eligible to invest in an IPO of any company. But, of course, you’ll need to have a few important documents like a PAN card duly issued by the Income Tax department.

Apart from this, you’ll need to have a Demat account as well. However, having a trading account isn’t mandatory in this case.

Brokers might advise you on opening a trading account for applying for an IPO. If you wish to sell the shares you get on the listing; you’ll need a trading account. Another important aspect to consider here is that when you invest in an IPO, you send an invitation to an offer, which does not amount to a real offer. And only when the IPO issuer offers you a share it will amount to an offer.


It is quite easy to apply for an IPO online if you keep the above-mentioned points in mind. So, the next time you find an interesting IPO option, go for it. And in case you are lucky, you might even get the desired number of shares billed directly to your Demat account.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You only need to have a bank account with a net banking facility, and you can apply for an IPO online in just a few easy steps.

No. But you need to have a Demat account to invest in an IPO in India. However, if you wish to sell your shares, you’ll need a trading account for the same.

You can make an offline application by submitting a filled-up application form to the designated collection centre. You will have to fill in details like your name, PAN number, Demat number, bid quantity, bid price, and submit the ASBA application to a Self-Certified Syndicate Bank (SCSB).

You can apply for IPOs when they are first launched in the primary share market. You can also buy an IPO stock when they are traded in the secondary market.

This could be a challenge. However, in case you are interested, you can find tips about the same in equity market websites, newspapers and other publications. You can also search for them in Google News with search words like IPO/IPOs. Or you could also follow your broker’s website.

No. If it’s found out that you’ve applied for multiple IPOs with the same PAN and Demat account, your application will be rejected.