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1. What is the maximum no. of bids allowed per investor? -

An investor can place maximum of 3 bids in an issue.

2. Can I apply for an IPO using a joint account? +

Yes, IPO applications can often be made using joint accounts, but the account holder details should match the Demat account.

3. Are minors allowed to apply for an IPO? +

Minors can apply for an IPO if they have an active demat account and a PAN card. There are more criteria that need to be fulfilled before filling an IPO application for a minor. These include:

Linking the minor's demat account with the parent or guardian's trading account. Without this, the minor can hold the shares (if allotted) but will not be able to trade them

This account also needs to be linked to the minor's bank account in which they are the primary holder.

Dual-KYC will need to be done to verify both the minor's as well as the parent/guardian's information.

In many cases, the parent/guardian's PAN number will also be needed to complete the IPO application process.

4. Can foreign investors participate in Indian IPOs? +

QFIs can directly invest in Indian equity markets, mutual funds, and corporate bonds. The QFI framework was introduced by the Indian government to simplify the process for smaller foreign investors. QFIs are allowed to invest up to 5% of the paid-up capital in an Indian company.

5. How can I participate in an IPO? +

The process of investing in IPO through UPI is straightforward:
Step 1: Log in to your trading account and select the IPO that you want to invest in.
Step 2: Enter the price at which you want to apply for shares and the number of lots.
Step 3: Fill out the application form and provide your UPI ID.

6. How to check an IPO Start Date? +

Investors can track upcoming IPO dates on the websites of BSE and NSE. The stock exchanges publish a list of IPO listing date vide notice which indicates the dates when an IPO becomes available for bidding.

7. Where can I get detailed information about an IPO? +

To track IPOs in India, investors can refer to the IPO sections of stock exchange websites, business news websites, and channels, and the IPO section of the Share India website. Draft red-herring prospectus (DRHP) along with the red herring prospectus and the prospectus filed by the company is available on the stock exchange and SEBI website. Investors can view detailed information about the company and the industry from there itself.

8. How can I know about upcoming IPOs in India? +

To track IPOs on the BSE website, you can visit the "Public Issues" section by clicking the menu bar on the homepage. Clicking will land you on the web page containing details regarding the IPO, company announcements, DRHP, etc. Likewise, on the NSE website, you select the "Market Data" tab to track the IPO.

9. How can one apply in upcoming IPOs online? +

The online process is a simplified one to apply for IPOs. Investors can apply from the website or mobile app of stockbrokers, using UPI as a payment option.

Log in to the console and enter required and UPI handle details before placing the bid. All IPO application is supported by ASBA or Application Supported by Blocked Amount, which allows the bank to block the amount for the bid value until the IPO.

10. What factors should I consider before investing in an IPO? +

Consider the company's financials, industry trends, management, competitive landscape, financial performance, valuation, prospectus, lock up period, reputation of companies, risk and challenges, long term potential and IPO pricing among other factors.

11. Can an investor apply in an IPO through multiple applications with same name? +

No, one person cannot apply multiple times with same Demat/PAN for an IPO. If an investor applies in an IPO though multiple applications with same Demat account or same PAN Number, his applications will be rejected.

If an investor would like to place order for multiple applications, he/she can apply with his/her family member's name. But, all eligible family members should have a Demat account and a PAN number.

12. How to find the old IPO offer document? +

You can find offer documents of past IPOs in of NSE and BSE.

13. Where can we get the listing date of an IPO? -

The listing date of an IPO and other details like scrip symbol, scrip code, ISIN number and category etc., are announced through a circular issued by NSE or BSE. For mainline IPOs, the circulars are issued by both exchanges NSE & BSE. For SME IPOs, the circular is issued the exchange in which it is listed.

14. When should I expect release of funds blocked for IPO in my bank? -

ASBA blocked funds for IPO is released after 1 to 2 days of allotment of IPO shares.

15. Is investing in IPO's less risky than directly investing in stock market? -

When it comes to investing, both avenues carry some degree of risk. However, unlike listed businesses that have been under public and regulators' scrutiny, most IPOs are untested business models. Further, IPOs are usually priced at exorbitant valuations that do not offer enough margin of safety.

In our view, one should wait for track record post listing and enter well performing businesses at reasonable valuations. Due diligence and margin of safety are must in our view, whether it's an IPO or listed stocks one wants to invest in.

16. Are IPO investments taxable in India? -

If the investor receives shares under the IPO allotment, income tax would not be applicable. However, when the investor sells these shares, the tax treatment is the same as tax on sale of listed equity shares. Income on the sale of shares received under IPO allotment is treated as Capital Gains.

17. What are some common mistakes investors make with IPOs? -

Lack of information is one of the biggest mistakes that one can make while investing in an IPO. Therefore, it is important to gather as much information as possible from multiple sources before investing. Moreover, it is important to determine one's goals, investment horizon, and risk appetite before investing.