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Margin against shares/Pledging/Collateral

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What is Margin against shares (MAS)?

Margin Against Shares

Clients can leverage shares in their demat accounts to obtain margin funding required to make trades. This margin can be used for taking intra-day and overnight positions. This facility is available for customers who hold shares in their demat account for long-term investments. The facility is called Margin Against Shares, (MAS) for short.

MAS (Margin against Shares) has been a huge success in the past and this has always encouraged traders to be able to place extra trades without having to add funds.

How can you avail this facility?

 You can pledge your shares through your Back Office account. Just login with your UCC ID and password and track your shares. You can log into your Back Office and click on the option to Pledge/Unpledge requests and choose an option from the dropdown menu.


You can check your pledge request and also track your Profit and Loss.




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You can check your holdings and choose the ones that you want to pledge.

You can submit the shares that you want to pledge and click the SAVE option.

You can check the status of your request online.

Important points to note:

  • A 25% haircut will be applied while calculating collateral margin over holdings (10% for LIQUIDBEES). If you have questions regarding this, please ask our technical team.
  • Cash to collateral ratio will be maintained at 50:50. In layman's terms, this means that in order to trade with collateral margin, at least the equivalent amount in cash must be available in your account, failing which orders will be rejected.
  • This facility will be allowed on all instruments except Equity delivery and Options (buy side trades).
  • Rs.50/- per scrip will be charged toward placing a pledged or un-pledged request.
  • Click here to find the list of eligible securities which can be pledged.
  • Even if your holdings are pledged you are still entitled to enjoy corporate actions of bonus, stock splits etc.

How about we take an example to understand this?

Shyam Kumar, a customer of Upstox holds shares of three companies in his demat account:
  1. Sun Pharmaceuticals Ind. Ltd - 125 shares
  2. Suzlon Energy Ltd - 750 shares
  3. Reliance Capital Ltd - 95 shares

He wishes to pledge 100 shares of SunPharma which is trading at Rs.812.50 in order to take on a Futures position in NIFTY Futures. The value of his pledged request is:

(100*812.50) = Rs. 81,250

Once we receive his request it will be processed in the following manner.

Upstox will deduct 25% as haircut from the pledged value (25% of Rs. 81,250 =  Rs.20,312.5). Therefore, the balance becomes Rs.60,938 (81,250.5 - 20312.5). This balance will become available to Shyam as collateral margin. This collateral margin will show under Collateral value in NEST (if you have any questions regarding this, please contact our customer support team at support@upstox.com).

Once margin is available, Shyam can place an order to buy two lots of NIFTY Futures which requires Rs.94,700. For this trade, as per the cash to the collateral ratio of 50:50, Rs.47,350 (50% of Rs. 94,700) will be used from free cash and the balance Rs.47,350 from collateral value. If by any chance, Shyam fails to maintain cash of Rs.47,350 in his account, then the order would be rejected.

So what are you waiting for? Shoot us an email request right away at support@upstox.com. Give yourself the power to trade without having to risk your cash. MAS is incredibly powerful. We suggest you try it out and see for yourself how you can benefit from this facility right away.

Feel free to call us at +91-6130-9999 and speaking to our customer service team if you have any question regarding this facility.


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22 responses to “Margin against shares/Pledging/Collateral

  1. From what I understand collateral margin cannot be used to do a intraday trade in equity (correct me if I am wrong)?

      1. I already have an account with Upstox and for some reason they won’t let me use it for Equity for cash segment. This is exactly what Mr. Shailesh Patole from Upstox told me this morning. I am not sure if you work for Upstox, but there is definitely some confusion regarding it.

  2. It does not make sense. You give margin against Liquidbees (which is a cash equivalent) and then ask for cash again. In this case, you are actually giving just 50 percent of margin while making it look like you are giving 90 percent.

    1. Assuming one Nifty lot requires 20000 margin. If I give Liquidbees worth 30000, you will give me margin with haircut, i.e Rs 27,000. But I cannot short one lot unless I give you an additional 15,000 cash. So I am actually giving you a pledge of Rs 30000 and cash of Rs 15000. Which means I block Rs 45000, instead of Rs 20000. Is this a joke?

  3. Upstox is marketing themselves as a discount broker but the fact is that they are a CHEAP BROKER
    spend same or more and sign up with other options available in the market

  4. There are other discount brokers in the market who are offering the same facility without the charges mentioned here and for even higher limits, as well as without the need to maintain minimum 50% in cash. One such I know is Tradingbells. Why can’t Upstox offer the same?

  5. Upstox is very bad and non trustworthy broker .They are using Ratan TATA’s name for marketing. From mobile application to brokerage,leverage in all aspects they are loosing the faith .I used this broker for 5 months and 3-4 times I lose money due to their software braking or not responded. They give funny excuses of technical issue. Etc . Guys dont trade with them.Zerodha is way better to upstox.

    1. agreed upstox is indeed what you described and even i have stopped trading on upstox !

      But zerodha does not allow deep otm nifty and bank nifty option to trade ? what is your solution for it

  6. And do you guys allow trading in deep OTM options or like some brokers you have the band of option strikes in which we can trade.

  7. do the 50-50 cash collateral margin requirement is applicable to liquidbess as well ? or just for margin against shares?

  8. Hi Upstox,

    Is this MAS facility is available with Upstox trading platform for intraday and positional ?

  9. Hi Upstox,

    Most of the links provided here is not working , guess this post was updated long time back (guess in stone age), Could you please update this post with latest information.

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