History and Milestones
BSE, the first ever stock exchange in Asia established in 1875 and the first in the country to be granted permanent recognition under the Securities Contract Regulation Act, 1956, has had an interesting rise to prominence over the past 143 years.

The journey of BSE is as eventful and interesting as the history of India's securities market. Following are some of the key milestones and achivements
Date BSE Milestones
October 27, 2022 BSE Technologies Private Limited announces launch of KYC Registration Agency (KYC KRA)
October 24, 2022 BSE creates history by launching Electronic Gold Receipts (EGRs) on Diwali during Muhurat Trading
July 06, 2022 BSE, PTC India and ICICI Bank promoted Hindustan Power Exchange commences operations
January 25, 2022 Vijay Kedia offers BSE the rights to the jingle, “BSE Meri Jaan Ho Tum
February 08, 2022 The Board of Directors has recommended issue of 2 (two) bonus equity shares of Rs. 2/- each fully paid up for every 1 (one) current equity share of Rs. 2/- each fully paid up
February 17, 2022 BSE Ebix and LIC join hands for distribution of insurance products
March 23, 2022 BSE and Federal Bank join hands to promote listing of SMEs & Startups
March 25, 2022 BSE Investments Limited acquires 5.88% stake in Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC)
April 07, 2022 BSE Technologies Private Limited receives authorization from Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to operate as a KYC Registration Agency (KYC KRA)
Date BSE Milestones
January 29, 2021 SEBI and BSE launch Innovation Sandbox web portal
June 07, 2021 BSE touches record milestone of over 7 crore registered users
June 11, 2021 BSE sets up an agency (BSE Administration and Supervision Limited - BSAL) to administer and supervise activities of SEBI Registered Investment Advisors
July 22, 2021 Shri Sajjan Jindal launches trading in BSE SUFI Steel Billets futures contract on BSE
October 05, 2021 BSE receives in-principle approval from RBI for TReDS business
October 27, 2021 BSE signs MoU with Government of Chhattisgarh to promote listing of SMEs in the state
November 02, 2021 BSE signs MoU with HDFC Bank to promote listing of Start-ups and SMEs
November 26, 2021 BASL (a wholly owned subsidiary of BSE) receives SEBI approval to act as an Accreditation Agency for accrediting eligible Investors
December 15, 2021 BSE and HBF Direct Limited sign MoU to promote listing of SMEs and Start-ups
December 22, 2021 BSE signs MoU with Nashik Sarafa Association to develop the commodity derivatives market in India
Date BSE Milestones
February 03, 2020 BSE’s RFQ platform for debt securities goes live
June 11, 2020 BSE becomes India's First Exchange to Introduce and adopt India Good Delivery Standards for GOLD and SILVER: BIS IS 17278 :2019
July 03, 2020 BSE partners with LIC Mutual Fund for BSE eKYC services
November 05, 2020 BSE gets exemptive relief under CFTC Regulation 30.10; enables members to accept futures and options orders from customers located in the US
November 14, 2020 BSE StAR MF Launches Corp Direct – A Direct Investment Portal for Corporates
Date BSE Milestones
January 31, 2019 BSE announces launch of a mobile app for retail investors to gain direct access in auction of G-sec and T-bills from February 1st, 2019
March 22, 2019 Indian Clearing Corporation Limited recognized by Bank of England
March 27, 2019 BSE gets approval from SEBI and RBI to launch Futures on Overnight Call Rate MIBOR
May 13, 2019 BSE becomes India’s first ever stock exchange to get certified with International Standard for Business Continuity Management System (ISO22301:2012) BCMS
May 15, 2019 BSE launches BSE StAR MF app to provide comfort of doing business anytime, anywhere!
May 28, 2019 Interoperability of Clearing Corporation
August 26, 2019 BSE launches India’s first exchange traded interest rate options
October 29, 2019 BSE - Ebix Receives In-principle Approval from IRDAI to Start Insurance Distribution
December 20, 2019 BSE signs pact with Si Consult to strengthen cyber security practices and solutions
Date BSE Milestones
December 22, 2018 BSE launches ‘BSE Startups’, a new platform for entrepreneurs to list their startups
1st October 2018 BSE launches its commodity derivatives segment making it India's 1st Universal Exchange
01st August 2018

BSE Investments Limited acquires 24% stake in CDSL Commodity Repository Limited (CCRL)  

01st August 2018

BSE launches ‘chatbot’, “Ask Motabhai”, for faster, more convenient access to stock market information

17th July 2018

BSE building received trademark

30th June 2018 BSE signs MoU with Bombay Metal Exchange
27th June 2018

BSE StAR MF crossed 10000 Mutual Funds Distributors registrations

24th May 2018

BSE signs Memorandum of Understanding with Brink's India Pvt Ltd

16th May 2018 BSE becomes India’s first exchange to be recognized as a Designated Offshore Securities Market by the US SEC 
21st February 2018

BSE signs an MOU with Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA)

21st February 2018 BSE to launch cross currency derivatives and cross INR options with effect from 27th February 2018
19th January 2018 BSE StAR Mutual Fund introduce e-mandate facility
Date BSE Milestones
26th October 2017 India's Premier Stock Exchange BSE and World's largest Insurance Exchange Ebix, Inc. Sign MOU to Launch Joint Venture Company, for Setting up Pioneering Insurance Distribution Network in India
22nd August 2017 Asia Index Private Limited launches the S&P BSE Bharat 22 Index
1st August 2017 BSE receives SEBI "No Objection" to act as a "Facilitator" in non-competitive bidding in the auction of Government Securities and T-Bills
21st July 2017 BSE wins Business World Digital Leadership and CIO Award
23rd March 2017 BSE crosses another milestone of raising Rs.200,111 Crore via the Debt online platforms
16th March 2017 BSE partners with Sentifi for analyzing and reporting social media updates
06th March 2017 Asia Index Private Limited launches S&P BSE SENSEX Next 50 Index
3rd February 2017 BSE becomes India's 1st listed Stock Exchange
9th January 2017 Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated India International Exchange (IFSC) Ltd, India’s 1st International Exchange
2015 To 2016
Date BSE Milestones
9th July, 2016 Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon'ble Minister of Finance Unveiled the Commemorative Postage Stamp Celebrating 140 glorious years of BSE
21st Jun, 2016 BSE gets SEBI approval to launch “BSE–BOND”- Electronic Book Mechanism for issuance of debt securities on private placement
9th Jun, 2016 BSE announces commencement of trading of Sovereign Gold Bonds
2nd May, 2016 BSE Migrates Algorithm Trading Test Environment to Cloud Infrastructure
28th Apr 2016 BSE signs Memorandum of Understanding with Korea Exchange (KRX) to launch S&P BSE Sensex based derivatives contracts at KRX
05th Apr 2016 BSE & CMIE launch world’s first high-frequency data on unemployment and consumer sentiments
28th Mar 2016 BSE StAR Mutual Fund Processes 81,000 orders worth Rs. 270 crore - Record Order in single day
09th Dec 2015 BSE partners with CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and IICA (Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs) to launch a one of its kind CSR platform 'Sammaan – The CSR Exchange
13th Oct 2015 BSE becomes the fastest exchange in the world with a median response speed of 6 microseconds
16th July 2015 BSE SME platform successfully completes listing of 100 SMEs under its SME umbrella
09th July 2015 BSE celebrated its 140th Foundation Day
28th May 2015 BSE exceeds 1 billion derivatives contracts on its new Deutsche Börse T7 powered trading platform
18th May 2015 BSE introduces overnight investment product
16th Apr 2015 Asia Index Private Limited launches S&P BSE AllCap, S&P BSE SENSEX Leverage and Inverse Indices
08th Jan 2015 BSE commenced live trading from its Disaster Recovery site in Hyderabad
2011 To 2014
Date BSE Milestones
12th Dec 2014 Market Cap of BSE SME listed companies crosses landmark 10,000 crore
28th Nov 2014 BSE listed cos market cap crosses landmark 100 lakh crore
22th Oct 2014 BSE inks strategic partnership with YES BANK
26th Sept 2014 BSE inks MoU with BNY Mellon
27th May 2014 BSE felicitated at The Asian Banker Summit 2014 - BSE Best Managed Financial Derivatives Exchange in the Asia Pacific
7th Apr 2014 Launch of Equity Segment on BOLT Plus with Median Response Time of 200 (µs)
04th Apr 2014 BSE SME exceeds USD 1 billion market capitalisation
20th Mar 2014 BSE Launches New Debt Segment
11th Feb 2014 Launch of Institutional Trading Platform on BSE SME
28th Jan 2014 Launch of Interest Rate Futures (BSE –IRF)
28th Nov 2013 Launch of Currency Derivatives (BSE CDX)
19th Feb 2013 BSE enters into Strategic Partnership with S&P Dow Jones Indices
30th Mar 2012 BSE launched trading in BRICSMART indices derivatives
13th Mar 2012 Launch of BSE - SME Exchange Platform
22nd Feb 2012 Launch of S&P BSE-GREENEX to promote investments in Green India
15th Jan 2011 Co-location facility at BSE - tie up with Netmagic
7th Jan 2011 BSE Training Institute Ltd. with IGNOU launched India's first 2 year full time MBA program specializing in Financial Market
17th Nov 2011 Maharashtra and United Kingdom Environment Ministers launched Concept Note for S&P BSE Carbon Index
2006 To 2010
Date BSE Milestones
27th Dec 2010 Commencement of S&P BSE Shariah Index
10th Dec 2010 Launch of SIP
22nd Nov 2010 Launch of SLB
12th Nov 2010 Commencement of S&P BSE Volatility Index
11th Oct 2010 Launch of Fastrade on Web (FoW) - Exchange hosted platform
4th Oct 2010 EUREX - S&P BSE SENSEX Futures launch
29th Sep 2010 Introduction of Smart Order Routing (SOR)
21st Sep 2010 First to introduce Mobile-based Trading
23rd July 2010 Options on BOLT
12th May 2010 Dissemination of Corporate Action information via SWIFT platform
22nd Apr 2010 New DBM framework @ Rs.10 lakhs - 90% reduction in Membership Deposit
20 th Jan 2010 S&P BSE PSU website launched
4th Jan 2010 Market time changed to 9.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
18th Dec 2009 BSE's new derivatives rates to lower transaction costs for all
14th Dec 2009 Marathi website launched
7th Dec 2009 Launch of clearing and settlement of Corporate Bonds through Indian Clearing Corporation Ltd.
4th Dec 2009 BSE Launches BSE StAR MF – Mutual Fund trading platform
25th Nov 2009 BSE launches FASTRADE™ - a new market access platform
5th Oct 2009 BSE Introduces New Transaction Fee Structure for Cash Equity Segment
1st Oct 2009 Bombay Stock Exchange introduces trade details facility for the Investors
24th Aug 2009 S&P BSE IPO Index launched
7th Aug 2009 BSE - USE Form Alliance to Develop Currency & Interest Rate
Derivatives Markets
18th May 2009 The S&P BSE SENSEX raised 2110.70 points (17.34%) and Index-wide
upper circuit breaker applied
1st Oct 2008 Currency Derivatives Introduced
10th Jan 2008 S&P BSE SENSEX All-time high 21206.77
16th May 2007 Appointed Date” under the Scheme i.e. Date on which
Corporatisaton and Demutualisation was achieved.Notified by SEBI
in the Official Gazette on 29.06.2007
7th Mar 2007 Singapore Exchange Limited entered into an agreement to invest in
a 5% stake in BSE
2nd Jan 2007 Launch of Unified Corporate Bond Reporting platform : Indian Corporate Debt Market (ICDM)
2nd Nov 2006 iShares S&P BSE SENSEX India Tracker listed at Hong Kong Stock Exchange
21 st Oct 2006 BSE Hindi website launched
7th Jul 2006 BSE Gujarati website launched
7th Feb 2006 S&P BSE SENSEX closed above 10000
2001 To 2005
Date BSE Milestones
19th Aug 2005 BSE becomes a Corporate Entity
12th Aug 2005 Certificate of Commencement of Business
8th Aug 2005 Incorporation of Bombay Stock Exchange Limited
20th May 2005 The BSE (Corporatisation and Demutualisation) Scheme, 2005
(the Scheme) announced by SEBI
17th May 2004 Second biggest fall of all time, Circuit filters used twice in a day
(564.71 points, 11.14%)
2nd Jun 2004 S&P BSE SENSEX closes over 6000 for the first time
1st Dec 2003 T group launched
1st Sep 2003 S&P BSE SENSEX shifted to free-float methodology
1st June 2003 Bankex launched
1st Apr 2003 T+2 settlement Introduced
16th Jan 2003 Retail trading in G Sec
1st Jan 2003 India 's first ETF on S&P BSE SENSEX - ‘SPICE' introduced
1st Apr 2002 T+3 settlement Introduced
15th Feb 2002 Negotiated Dealing System (NDS) established
1st Feb 2002 Two way fungibility for ADR/GDR
31st Dec 2001 All securities turn to T+5
29th Nov 2001 100% book building allowed
1st Nov 2001 Stock futures launched
25th Jul 2001 S&P BSE Dollex 30 launched
11th Jul 2001 BSE Teck launched, India 's First free float index
9th Jul 2001 Stock options launched
2nd Jul 2001 VaR model introduced for margin requirement calculation
15th Jun 2001 WDM operations at commenced
4th Jun 2001 S&P BSE PSU index introduced
1st Jun 2001 Index Options launched
1st Feb 2001 BSE Webx Launched
1st Mar 2001 Corporatisation of Exchanges proposed by the Union Govt.
1996 To 2000
Date BSE Milestones
9th Jun 2000 Equity Derivatives introduced
11th Feb 2000 S&P BSE SENSEX crosses 6000 intra-day
11th Oct 1999 S&P BSE SENSEX closed above 5000
15th Jul 1999 CDSL commences work
1st Jun 1999 Interest Rate Swaps (IRS) / Forward Rate Agreements (FRA) allowed
22nd Mar 1999 Central Depository Services Ltd.(CDSL) set up with other financial institutions
1997 BSE On-Line Trading (BOLT) system expanded nation-wide
21st Jul 1997 Brokers Contingency Fund (BCF) introduced
12th May 1997 Trade Guarantee Fund (TGF) introduced
19th Aug 1996 First major S&P BSE SENSEX revamp
1875 To 1995
Date BSE Milestones
14th Mar 1995 BSE On-Line Trading (BOLT) system introduced
1992 Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) established
29th May 1992 Capital Issues (Control) Act repealed
1st May 1992 SEBI Act established
( An Act to protect, develop and regulate the securities market)
30th Mar 1992 S&P BSE SENSEX closes above 4000
15th Jan 1992 S&P BSE SENSEX closes above 2000
25th Jul 1990 S&P BSE SENSEX closes above 1000
3rd Jan 1989 BSE Training Institute (BTI) inaugurated
10th Jul 1987 Investor's Protection Fund (IPF) introduced
2nd Jan 1986 S&P BSE SENSEX , country's first equity index launched (Base Year:1978-79 =100)
31st Aug 1957 BSE granted permenant recognition under Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act (SCRA)
2nd Feb 1921 Clearing House started by Bank of India
9th Jul 1875 The Native Share & Stock Broker's Association formed
At par with international standards, BSE Ltd. has been a pioneer in several areas over the decades and has many firsts and key achievements to its credit.
BSE is the first exchange in India to

  • Launch a special platform for trading in SME securities
  • Introduce Equity Derivatives
  • Launch a Free Float Index - S&P BSE SENSEX
  • Launch Exchange Enabled Internet Trading Platform
  • Obtain ISO certification for a stock exchange
  • Exclusive facility for financial training – BSE Institute Ltd.
  • Launch its website in Hindi and regional languages
  • Host the popular opening-bell ceremony in Indian capital markets
  • Launch mobile-based trading in India in Sept 2010
  • Become securities market infrastructure member of SWIFT in India and provide corporate actions to custodians in ISO 15022 format
  • Launched S&P BSE SENSEX Realized S&P BSE Volatility (REALVOL) Index in Nov 2010

Besides the above, BSE has taken large strides in product and service innovation for the benefit of its members and investors, notable ones being

  • Launch of a reporting platform for corporate bonds
  • Launch of the S&P BSE IPO index and S&P BSE PSU website
  • Revamp of its website with wide range of new investor-friendly features
  • Launch of trading in S&P BSE SENSEX futures on EUREX and leading exchanges of the BRICS nation bloc
  • Launched Smart Order Routing for members and investors
  • Introduced SACT (SMS alert & Complaint Tracking system)
  • Launched co-location facility at BSE premises in November 2010
  • Reduction in membership fees to Rs. 10 lakh for new memberships to promote financial access and inclusion
  • Launch of web-based mutual fund trading platform for investors
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