What are the IPO Eligibility Requirements? All the Details

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IPO Eligibility

Launching an IPO (Initial Public Offering) is a complex process. Companies must fulfil various regulatory requirements and provide full disclosure of their financial data and other important details to investors. 

If a company wants to be publicly listed in the Indian stock market, it must meet all the eligibility criteria of the Indian stock market regulator (SEBI) and stock exchanges (NSE & BSE). In this blog, we will learn the different IPO eligibility criteria in India.

Mainboard IPO Requirements

When a large company with a post-issue paid-up capital of Rs. 10 crore lists its shares through the IPO process, it is a mainboard IPO. Popular IPOs launched in recent years, including Paytm, Zomato, MobiKwik, LIC, etc., are all mainboard IPOs. These are some requirements that a company must meet before launching its mainboard IPO:

SEBI IPO Eligibility Criteria

SEBI has mentioned two routes for private companies to issue an IPO:

1. Entry Norm I or Profitability Route:

  • The company must have at least Rs. 1 crore in net worth in the last three years

  • The company's net tangible assets should be at least Rs. 3 crore in the last three years

  • For fresh issues, the cash or cash equivalent tangible assets should be less than 50%

  • Its average operating profit should be at least Rs. 15 crore (pre-tax) in three years out of the last five years

  • If the company changed its name, 50% of revenue from the previous year should be generated under its new name 

  • Before the issue, the pre-issue valuation should not be more than five times the company’s net worth 

2. Entry Norm II or QIB Route:

  • In this route, the IPO should be offered in a book-building process

  • Companies have to allocate at least 75% of the total IPO offer to qualified institutional buyers

  • If the minimum allotment requirements are not met, the company have to refund the IPO subscription money

NSE IPO Eligibility Criteria

Besides SEBI, National Stock Exchange (NSE) also has its IPO eligibility criteria for private companies:

  1. At least one promoter of the company has a minimum of 3 years of experience in the industry

  2. An Issuer has to submit the annual reports to the NSE for the last three financial years

  3. For issues less than Rs. 500 crore, it must have a positive net worth

  4. An issuer should have a post-paid-up equity of more than Rs. 10 crore

  5. The company’s market capitalisation should be more than Rs. 25 crore

BSE IPO Eligibility

There are some other eligibility criteria for companies to list themselves in the BSE:

  1. Issue size should be at least Rs. 10 crore

  2. The company should have a post-paid-up equity of more than Rs. 10 crore

  3. The company’s market capitalisation should be more than Rs. 25 crore

Other IPO Requirements

  1. To use the name of BSE in its offer-for-sale or prospectus documents, the company have to obtain prior consent from BSE

  2. The company need to apply with one or more exchanges and it has to select one exchange as its desired exchange

  3. The company should make arrangements with a depository (CDSL and NSDL) to take care of the dematerialisation process before and after the IPO

  4. Promoters need to keep their shares in demat form before filing the DRHP

  5. Before the issue, the company need to deposit 1% of the issue amount as a deposit with the selected stock exchange

  6. The company must have no bankruptcy proceedings admitted by NCLT or BIFR

  7. The company applying must have been seeking IPO applications for at least 3 years. Alternatively, it could be a partnership firm converted into a company or have promoters incorporated for the period. 

SME IPO Requirements

An Initial Public Offering by a small or mid-sized company is called SME IPO. As the SME companies do not have enough track records it is hard to conduct a mainboard IPO or to raise funds from financial institutions. 

To allow them to raise funds, NSE and BSE allow the listing and trading of SME companies with the following eligibility criteria:

  • BSE SME IPO Eligibility

To launch an SME IPO in BSE, the issuer should meet these requirements:


Eligibility Requirement

Net worth

At least Rs. 1 crore for last 2 financial years

Operating profits

Should be positive for 2 out of the last 3 fiscal years

Leverage ratio

Less than 3:1

Net Tangible Assets

Rs. 3 crore in the last fiscal year

Track record (operations)

Min 3 years

There are some additional eligibility for Microfinance and Broking Companies:

Additional criteria for Microfinance Companies:

Client Base

More than 10,000

Asset Under Management

More than Rs. 100 crore

Public Deposit


Additional IPO Eligibility Criteria for Broking Companies:

Net Tangible Assets

Rs. 3 crore as last audited financial report

Net Worth and Profit

At least Rs. 5 crore each in any 2 out of 3 fiscal years


Minimum net worth of Rs. 25 crore in any 3 out of 5 fiscal years

Post issue paid up capital

Rs. 3 crore

NSE SME IPO Eligibility

NSE also has its IPO eligibility in India for SME IPOs:

  • The issuer should be registered in India under the Companies Act 1956 or Companies Act 2013.

  • Promoters should jointly or individually hold a minimum of 20% of the share capital (post-issue).

  • The company has to present their track records (operations) of at least three years.

  • One of the promoters has at least 3 years of experience in the industry.

  • The company’s operating profit and net worth should be positive in at least 2 out of 3 financial years.

  • There should be no petitions from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

In this blog, you have learned the most important IPO Eligibility for the public listing of a privately owned company. To protect public interest, regulatory bodies including the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the stock exchanges place strict regulations on companies about to go public. This provides the benefit of transparency, liquidity and a fair chance to investors. 

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