Before we tell you which is the Best Demat account in India, I would try to explain what DEMAT account mean.Demat is the shorter version of word Dematerialized account, which just means that the stock are in electronic form rather than in material (paper) form. You can think of Demat account as a safe for keeping electronics share.
Demat services are provided in India by just two Depositories namely
Both are them are approved by SEBI. The important thing to understand is that you broker will become a part of one of the Depository and would be known as Depository participant (DP). Brokers cannot legally hold your stock and they have to maintain them with one of the Depositaries. But as a client, your broker manages your relationship with CDSL/NSDL and you never need to worry about it. So when you open trading account with your broker, they will also open your Demat account with one of the Depository.
You would think that the charges of all the DP would be same but that is not so and each DP could charge as it deems fit. Just so that you understand fully, you cannot trade if you just have a DEMAT account, you need a trading account with one of the brokers to trade. The DEMAT account would come in picture only when you take a delivery of the stock. In case you are day trading or trading in F&O, you don’t even need Demat account.
Demat charges are generally very small and wouldn’t affect you much in the long term. Most of the brokers charges anywhere from Rs 300 – Rs 600 AMC for managing the Demat account. It is much more important to choose a broker which have a lower brokerage than a lower AMC charge as AMC is more of a fixed cost irrespective of the number of stocks you keep, while broking charges is applied on every trading you do.
I have tried to provide rates of some of the main brokers in India and charges for their DEMAT account opening. Do remember that there is a Annual maintenance charge associated with maintaining the account. It is generally in a range of Rs 300 – Rs 600.
Zerodha Demat account charges
AMC charges for first year is FREE. From second year, there is an AMC charge of Rs 300 per year.
Angel Demat Account Charges
Account Opening – Free
Annual maintainence charge for Demat account – Rs 450
Upstox Demat account charges
Annual maintenance charge (AMC) for the first year towards your demat account of Rs.400/ and AMC of Rs 350.
ICICI Demat Account Charges
NSDL – A/C opening NIL, Rs.600 ( Rs.500 for customers receiving email statements)
CDSL – A/C opening NIL, Rs.600 ( Rs.500 for customers receiving email statements)
One more question which lots of reader have is whether an individual can have more than 1 Demat account. The simple answer is Yes, you can have as many Demat account as you want. There is no limit on number of accounts. But remember the more Demat account you have the more yearly maintenance charge would be payable by you.
So we would advise you to try to consolidate all your Demat holding in one Demat account. In case you still have some questions, please ask it below so that other may also benefit from it.
You can find more detailed information about opening of Demat account here