What is MCX in Zerodha? – Charges & Trading Time | How to Activate?

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Recently we have posted an article on Commodity Trading. Subsequently, I thought of covering key terms related to the commodity market in this series. Firstly we will discuss What is MCX and How it is related to Zerodha. Therefore, I titled my article “What is MCX in Zerodha?”

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What is MCX in Zerodha?


MCX stands for the Multi Commodity Exchange. In 2003, India’s first listed exchange started its operations under the regulatory framework of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). This platform facilitates online trading in commodity derivatives transactions across segments including agriculture commodities, metals, and energy. Therefore, it helps in price discovery and risk management.

Its function is similar to BSE and NSE. The main benefit it offers to its investors is transparency. As the price and the changes of trading volume are regulated and organized. Thereby helping traders to make an informed decision. On MCX, investors can find a wide range of opportunities in the form of monthly contracts of options and derivatives that allows liquidity and diversification.

In order to trade in commodities, you need to have an account with your stockbroker. In this context, we will discuss the Zerodha Commodity trading account which facilitates trading in commodities on MCX.

Also Read What is Commodity Trading in Zerodha? | How Does Commodity Trading Works?

How to Activate Commodity Trading in Zerodha Account?


Also, Read What is a Small case Zerodha? How to Invest in 2022 via Zerodha?

Time needed: 3 minutes

When you initially open an account with Zerodha, then it gives you an option to choose commodity trading as well. However, if you miss that option while opening a Demat cum trading account with Zerodha. You can still activate the commodity trading option with these simple steps:

  1. Search for Profile Tab under your Signature

    Go to the Profile section and click on Manage Tab under Accounts.

  2. Choose Segment Option

    It will redirect you to Console Zerodha. After that, choose segment and tick commodity account. Further, click on the continue button.

  3. Confirm your details

    It will ask you to confirm income range, trading experience, and commodity trade classification choose others for retail investors.

  4. Accept the Terms & Conditions

    Accept the terms and conditions and click on the continue button. As a result, it will debit Rs100/- for commodity account activation.

  5. Aadhar verification followed by OTP authentication

    Post which Aadhar verification followed by OTP Verification takes place and in the next 24hours your commodity accounts get activated.

Zerodha MCX Charges & Trading Time


On Zerodha, to trade in commodities listed on MCX only limit or stop-loss orders are allowed. Simply you can place the order like a market order by clicking on the buy option. In other words, you’re allowing your broker to execute the order at the price you have set or lower than that. Whereas stop-loss order is the order to limit the losses when you are scared of the volatility in the price is too high. Thereby, you set a price beyond which you can’t take risks and allow the broker to sell on that price to avoid further losses.

Here are the trading timelines for a different segment on MCX

SegmentTrade Start TimeTrade End Time
Internationally Referenceable Non-Agri Commodities09.00 AM11.30 PM
Internationally Referenceable Agri Commodities (Cotton, CPO & Kapas)09.00 AM09.00 PM
All Other Commodities09.00 AM05.00 PM
Source: Zerodha


Before starting your trading journey in commodity ensure you know the charges in advance:

Zerodha chargesCommodity futuresCommodity options
Brokerage0.03% or Rs. 20/executed order whichever is lower0.03% or Rs. 20/executed order whichever is lower
STT/CTT0.01% on sell side (Non-Agri)0.05% on sell side
Transaction chargesGroup A
Exchange txn charge: 0.0026%
Group B:
Exchange txn charge:
CASTOR SEED – 0.0005%
KAPAS – 0.0026%
PEPPER – 0.00005%
Exchange txn charge: 0.05%
GST18% on (Brokerage + transaction charges)18% on (Brokerage + transaction charges)
SEBI chargesAgri:
₹1 / crore
₹10 / crore
₹10 / crore
Stamp charges0.002% or ₹200 / crore on buy-side0.003% or ₹300 / crore on buy-side
Source: Zerodha



Just to sum up, Zerodha offers a seamless trading experience to their customer. However, doesn’t offer physical delivery of commodities. Hope you like the article on MCX trading via Zerodha. In case, you have any queries or doubts please do let us know the contact us option.

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