September 30, 2021
Investor Accounts 2,37,55,327
DP Service Centres 36,096
Demat Custody Value 295.92 (₹ Lakh Crore)
(US$ 3989 billion)

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Account Opening

In order to avail of depository facilities, an investor has to open a beneficiary account with a depository participant of his choice.This is similar to opening a bank account to use the banking services.

Just as one can hold funds in a bank account and transfer funds across accounts without actually handling cash;one can hold securities in a depository account and transfer securities across depository accounts without actually handling share certificates.

The account holder is called 'beneficial owner' in a depository system and the account is known as 'beneficiary account'. More information on the process of account opening and documents required is available at

Any investor who wish to open a demat account, needs to approach a Depository Participant (DP) of his / her choice. Click here ( to view the list of DPs associated with NSDL who may help you to open a demat account.

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