Introduction to Sub Brokers in India

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In India, the stock market has gained immense popularity with the emergence of online trading platforms. It is due to this phenomenon that the sub broker business model has started getting more attention. These sub-brokers or authorized persons are intermediaries for the main broker and potential investors. They help customers with financial transactions and give important suggestions to them regarding how to invest effectively in the Indian stock markets. This blog seeks to explain what you will need to do in order to become a sub broker. It does so by exploring sub broker eligibility criteria, covering the various educational, regulatory and other criteria that you will need to fulfill to be part of this booming sector. 

Additional Read: Roles And Functions Of Sub brokers

Who Can Become a Sub Broker?

The following are some key requirements to become a sub broker and to ensure that you are compliant with the regulations laid down by the Indian stock market: 

Educational Qualifications: As per SEBI regulations, the minimum educational requirement is completion of secondary studies (10+2). However, higher qualifications can enhance your chances of success in the sub-broking business, both on the basis of your better marketability as a good sub broker along with your own understanding of the nuances of the industry.

Age Requirement: You must be at least 21 years old to partake in the sub broker business model. 

Knowledge of Financial Markets: As an aspiring sub broker, you must have a solid grasp of the various concepts of the financial markets. This includes knowledge about demat accounts, trading accounts, and the process of buying and selling stocks. You should also be comfortable with using online trading platforms effectively. Bajaj Broking’s NEST desktop trading terminal cuts through the clutter and simplifies the trading process for those who may otherwise find such platforms intimidating.

Communication Skills: Good communication skills are important for onboarding clients to your sub broker business model and providing them with effective investment advice.

Clean Record: You should not be a trading member of the stock exchange or a registered sub-broker with any other trading member in order to fulfill the sub broker eligibility criteria. It is important not to have any pending criminal cases.

Regulatory Requirements for Sub Brokers

The Securities and Exchange Board of India, or SEBI, is in charge of overseeing sub-brokers to maintain compliance with Indian stock market regulations. The regulations that you must follow to become a sub broker are as follows:

Registration with SEBI: A person who wants to become a sub broker needs to sign up with SEBI by going through a stock broker, submitting all the required documents and paying money for registration.

Association with a Stockbroker: You will need to form an association with a stockbroker, who will serve as your main point of contact as a sub broker. SEBI must give its approval for this relationship.

Compliance with SEBI Guidelines: As a sub broker, you will need to follow all rules and guidelines laid down by SEBI, maintain proper records, and carry out your work with integrity.

Financial Criteria and Business Model for Becoming a Sub Broker

To begin a business as a sub-broker, you must invest a certain amount of money. The following serves as a summary of the financial costs involved for the same:

Initial Investment: To begin with the process of becoming a sub broker, you must invest in signing up fees, establishing the basic facilities, and various running expenses. This cost will vary based on how large your scale of operation is.

Security Deposit: A security deposit must be given to the main stockbroker. This money serves as protection against possible failures in payment. With Bajaj Broking, sub brokers pay a one-time refundable interest-free deposit of Rs 2 lakhs.

Commission-Based Earnings: As part of your sub broker business model, you will make money through a portion of the trading fees that your customers will pay when they carry out trades. This amount is often calculated as a percent of what the main stockbroker charges for brokerage services.

Ongoing Expenses: These include office maintenance charges, compensation to workers, and customer acquisition cost in order to ensure that not only do you onboard new customers, but that you also retain their loyalty for your services.

Revenue Potential: Sub-brokers can earn more money if they find many customers and give extra services, because there are presently many people in India who want to invest in stocks. The main revenue source of authorized persons (APs) is the brokerage quota commissioned by their respective agency. Bajaj Broking offers up to 65 percent commission to its sub brokers - higher than the industry standard of 50 to 55 percent.

Additional Read: What is sub broker


The Indian stock markets provide access to a really promising opportunity to aspiring sub-brokers. Provided that you meet the sub broker eligibility criteria, improve your knowledge about finance, and build good communication skills, you can become an invaluable resource for your clients and an important part of this ecosystem.

Additional Read: How to become sub broker

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