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Standardized lot size for derivative contracts on individual securities

 Notice Date : 08 January 2010

Standardized lot size for derivative contracts on individual securities




SEBI/DNPD/Cir- 50/2010

January 8, 2010


Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer

Stock Exchanges / Equity Derivatives Segment of Stock Exchanges

and their Clearing Houses/Corporations

Dear Sir,


SUB: Standardized lot size for derivative contracts on individual securities


In consultation with Stock Exchanges, it has been decided to standardize the lot size for derivative contracts on individual securities as under:


Price Band (Rs.)

Contract Size

Lot Size

(No. of units of underlying)

Value (Rs. lakh)



≥ 2

801 - 1600


≥ 2 ≤ 4


401 - 800


201 - 400


101 - 200


51 - 100


25 - 50


< 25

A multiple of 1000




Explanation: The lot size for an underlying with a price of Rs. 250, i.e., in the price band of Rs. 201-400, shall be 1000 units.

2. The Stock Exchanges shall review the lot size once in every 6 months based on the average of the closing price of the underlying for last one month and wherever warranted, revise the lot size by giving an advance notice of atleast 2 weeks to the market. If the revised lot size is higher than the existing one, it will be effective for only new contracts. In case of corporate action, the revision in lot size of existing contracts shall be carried out as per SEBI circular SMDRP/DC/CIR-15/02 dated December 18, 2002.

3. The Stock Exchanges shall ensure that the lot size is same for an underlying traded across Exchanges.

4. This Circular is issued in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 11 (1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act 1992, read with Section 10 of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market and shall come into effect from March 31, 2010.

5. This Circular supersedes SEBI circular SEBI/DNPD/Cir-20/2004/02/23 dated February 23, 2004.

6. This Circular is available on SEBI website at, under the category “Derivatives- Circulars”.

Yours faithfully,

Sujit Prasad


on 09 January 2010
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