Stock Broking

As a stockbroker you are executing buy and sell orders on behalf of clients for stocks and other securities in a listed market or over the counter, usually for a fee or commission.

What do Stock brokers do

Stock brokers act as sales agents who trade securities for their clients, earning a commission on each trade. They also provide services for their clients such as advice for making investment decisions and tips on opening and closing prices. They provide clients with information about companies they may be interested in investing in and also give suggestions for similar options that may be considered.

What does a typical day at work involve?

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  • Checked Inputting information, such as the number of shares and opening prices when the market calms down, into software
  • Checked Providing honest information about the benefits and risks of investment to the clients
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Job roles in Stock broking

Traditional stock brokers or full-service stock brokers offer personalized investment or trading recommendations and services including investing and tax advice, regular portfolio updates, margins to purchase investment products on credit and financial and retirement planning. Full service brokers earn more as their brokerage charges are higher.
A discount broker is a stockbroker who carries out buy and sell orders at a reduced commission rate but does not provide any investment advice. They mostly operate their businesses online.

How to become as Stock broker

Step 1
Take any Stream at +2 level

Any stream of study at +2 level is suitable for taking up a career as a stockbroker. At the same time taking Commerce stream will give you better exposure to economics and finance related matters and a stronger base in the career.

Step 2
Take a bachelor’s degree preferably BCom/ BBA

Although a graduation in any discipline would be sufficient, it is advisable to take up a UG course which includes subjects of Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, or Marketing.


  • Several short term online certificate courses are available on Investment Management, Trading Basics and Financial Markets, which may better equip you to take up this career.
  • You have to register and become a member of a stock exchange and also register with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in order to become a Stockbroker.
Step 3
Take an MBA in Finance

It is advisable although not mandatory, to take an MBA in Finance with specialisations like Capital Markets or Investments & Securities


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Graduate Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (Master’s in Global Financial Markets from Bombay Stock exchange Institute, Mumbai)

  • Graduates with minimum 50% from a recognized University.
  • BSE Institute Entrance Test.
  • Any of the MBA Entrance Tests: CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT by GMAC, CMAT, ATMA, GMAT & State CET tests where applicable, and as per AICTE guidelines.

Foreign (For admission into MSc International Financial Markets at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom )

  • A Bachelors in any of the streams : Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT or Management.
  • 2:1 or its International equivalent ( Approximately 65 %)
  • English Language Proficiency :70 % or above Indian Standard XII in English Language (CBSE and ISC Boards).

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Skills Required

Communication Skills

Stock brokers need to have strong interpersonal and communication skills as negotiation is an integral part of their job role.


Stock brokers have to operate in an environment which is lively and fast paced , Thus adaptability is a vital skill to have.

Numerical Skills

Being able to handle numbers and numerical concepts is an essential requirement to be effective in the job of a Stock Broker.

Perceptual Ability

As the market economy changes rapidly the ability to process and retain information is vital for a stock broker.


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