Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Charges Brokerages Margin Full Comparison Guide 2021

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If you are thinking to open an new trading or demat account or switching your existing broker to find better, Zerodha Vs 5paisa comparison in this post will certainly guide you to choose among the best.

I have already reviewed them separately based on charges, margin, brokerages, trading platform etc. you can read zerodha review and 5Paisa review here.

Coming back to Zerodha Vs 5paisa broker comparison, I have tried to cover all major aspects for both brokers, just to let you know this comparison or say review is based on facts, as I personally have account with both brokers.

As a matter of caution the review will be little long as need to cover everything you can switch from table of contents below. So let us start and see who wins the battle.


About Zerodha Vs 5Paisa:

Zerodha and 5paisa both have a history, in brief i have tried to explained how they both started and what is the current status.


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Charges Brokerages Margin Full Comparison Guide 2020


As per the latest NSE Data 2021, Zerodha have more than 3.6 million active clients where as 5Paisa have about more than 9.5 lakh active clients. Which means they have added more than 1.5 lakh clients every year in last 5 years in market. They have a daily turnover of over 50,000 Cr+ with more than 5.5 Million+ app users.


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Margin Comparison:

Before we do margin comparison between zerodha and 5paisa (Margin also known as leverages, exposure or limits) you should be aware of what margin exactly are?

Margin in stock market refers to buying/selling of securities(shares) by borrowing money from your broker. This is very much similar to taking loan for short period of time.  Let us understand this with a simple example:

Suppose you want to buy shares of Tata motors currently trading at Rs.80. You have 1000 rupees in your trading account, how many shares you can buy with this money?

80*12=960, so approx. you can buy 12 shares, although with this low quantity, the profit you will earn if the shares prices move 1 rupee up and down is only 12. This does not look attractive at all. That is why the brokers would provide you margin to trade with larger quantity.

So they will give you 5 to 20 times margin (may be more), now multiply your initial investment 1000*10 or 20, you will have much more money to buy the stock and with more quantity. Now the profit per share will be more as the quantity got increased.

Sounds attractive now, as your 1000 becomes 20,000 and with that you can buy at least 240 shares in case of tata motors, and per 1 rupees movement will give you 240 bucks. Take it as an extra power given to you, now its up to you to decide whether you want to use it or not.

Important Update:

If you are an active trader or a beginner who knows what exactly going on with recent changes brought by SEBI, Higher Margin won’t be a factor anymore, now the competition among the broking industry is in terms of better trading platforms and lower brokerages plans.

The upfront margin collection in cash segment has been kept at flat 20%, which means now the leverage for all stocks would be 5x also the penalty provision for short-collection/ non-collection of upfront margin in cash segment has been postponed till 1,dec, 2020.

This means regardless of any broker you won’t get more than 5X times margin in equity cash segment and in FNO you need to have the full margin span+exposure to take any position.

However, this will get implemented in a phased manner from Dec,1,2020 till Aug 2021, so no need to worry as of now. You can read more about it here.

Therefore, the margin or leverages offered will be equal irrespective of the stock brokers in India going forward.

In simple term margin will be:

Maximum of 20 times until Feb 2021

Maximum of 10x from Mar to May 2021

Maximum of 7x from Jun to Aug 2021

Maximum of 5x from Sep 2021 onwards

Above are rough estimates only, it may be more or less similar. check the complete VAR+ELM list here. With 10x leverage, if you have 10k in your account your purchasing power becomes 100k, with 5x leverage it comes down to 50k, so you will have to adjust accordingly.

Margins will increase for Option writing as well, margin requirements will be as below:

  • 25%(4X) of the SPAN + Exposure margins until Feb 2021
  • 50%(2X) of the SPAN + Exposure margins until from Mar to May 2021
  • 75%(1.33X) of the SPAN + Exposure margins until Jun to Aug 2021
  • Full SPAN + Exposure margins from Sep 2021

From 1st Dec 2020, intraday FnO positions needs a margin requirement of 25% of 1L, which is 25,000 for intraday FnO position. This requirement goes-up to 100% of FULL span + exposure margin or full 1L from Sep 2021.

Keep in mind this also applies to Currency and commodity derivatives as well. I am still showing you the margin comparison for past reference:



Unlike other brokers, 5paisa offers different services depending upon the subscription package you take at the time of opening the account with them. This means either you do not take any add on plan from 5 paisa and continue using the services with normal features or opt for 2 addon plans that they have.

They provide 2 types of add on Plans:

  1. Power Investor Pack
  2. Ultra Trader Pack


5Paisa Power Investor Pack Review:

If you are someone who does not have either time to do technical or fundamental analysis or you do not have enough knowledge to do so, than 5Paisa power investor pack are best thing you can opt. Having said that as stated above these add on plans are not compulsory at all.


5Paisa Power Investor Pack Review:


Let us know the features and services under 5Paisa power investor plan :

  1. Flat Fee of Rs. 10 per executed order (50% discount)
  2. Stock ideas for intraday and short term trading from another product known as “Swing Trader”
  3. Long term ideas from another product known as “Smart Investor”
  4. Advanced Portfolio Analytics: Compare your portfolio performance with benchmark indices, sectorial concentration and much more
  5. Free Model Portfolio and list of hot stocks to watch out for.
Smart Investor:
  1. Advisory recommendation for long term
  2. Model Portfolio for new customers (track record of 10-15% more return than NIFTY)
  3. Timely communication for BUY & SELL
  4. Get extensive research on over 4000 stocks absolutely FREE
Swing Trader:
  1. Short term recommendations for 2-14 days
  2. Success rate 60-65%
  3. Daily recommendations
  4. Timely communication for BUY & SELL absolutely FREE
  1. Get Market Evaluation
  2. Daily Market Outlook
Portfolio Analyzer:
  1. Track your Portfolio
  2. Create benchmark
  3. NAV of equity portfolio – a first in the industry
  4. Check your buy sell decisions

So basically under power investor pack you get the best trading and investment ideas. Hence if you are trader or investor looking for short, mid or long term form of investment or trading than you can atleast give it a try for a month.


5Paisa Ultra Trader Pack Pack Review:

5Paisa ultra trader pack as the name suggest is basically for someone who do more of intraday trading plus investment.


5Paisa Ultra Trader Pack Pack Review:


Free Trades
First 100 trades FREE every month
Brokerage Flat Rs. 10 per executed order from 101st trade for all segments
Options writing exposure Up to 4 times on all days
Call and Trade Free
Smart Maintenance Free
DP Charges
Net Banking Pay In Charges Free
Smart Investor
Swing Trader
Portfolio Analyzer Available

Note: 18% GST applicable on all the above mentioned charges

Also, keep in mind that subscription charges are payable either Monthly or Annually and once paid is non -refundable.

Incase you do not opt for any such add-on pack from 5paisa these features and services won’t be available for you.

Zerodha does not offer any such subscription plan like 5paisa, so let us see how both gives margin in all segments one by one, side by side. 


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Margin Comparison In Equity (Cash) Segment:


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Margin Comparison



Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Margin Comparison In Future and Options Segment:

For future and option in intraday 5paisa gives margin up to 3.35x times Which means if you want to buy 1 lot of nifty index which is about 1L, you would require only Rs.35000. (For optimum user)


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Margin Comparison In Future and Options Segment



Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Margin Comparison In Currency and Commodity


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Margin Comparison In Currency and Commodity



Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Brokerages Comparison:

Zerodha brokerage is what make them ahead in the game, as you can see , there is no charge for taking delivery of the trades to your demat account. Whereas for intraday trades across equity, currency, commodity, it is flat Rs.20 or 0.03%(whichever is lower).

What they mean is, suppose you bought stock xyz priced at Rs.100, quantity 100 on intraday basis,

so the total turnover would be bought 100, sold 100(100*200)=  20,000 on this amount they will charge either whichever amount is lower as 0.03% of 20000, is Rs.6 so they will charge that instead of flat Rs.20.

Whereas 5Paisa do not charge any brokerage, for any segment, they only charge flat fee of Rs. 20 per executed order. Keep in mind these brokerage is for free plan and not the two add-on packs ultra and power.

Update: 5Paisa introduced the new add-on plan has mentioned above, below image show old subscription plans


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Brokerages Comparison


Similarly you can make investments in mutual funds through monthly SIP or Lumpsum using 5paisa and zerodha platform and there are Zero charges as well as no commissions.

Overall, the brokerage is somehow equal for both the stock brokers expect the 5Paisa has certain add-on plans where it is quite low.

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Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Trading and Demat Account Opening Charges:

Zerodha Trading and Demat Account Opening Charges:

Type of account Equity (for trades on Equity, F&O and Currency) Equity (for trades on Equity, F&O and Currency) and Commodity (MCX)
Online account ₹ 200 ₹ 300
Offline account ₹ 400 ₹ 600
NRI account (offline only) ₹ 500 N/A
Partnership, LLP, HUF, or Corporate accounts (offline only) ₹ 500 ₹ 800
Zerodha Demat account charges = ₹0

Annual maintenance charges = ₹300/year

5Paisa Trading and Demat Account Opening Charges

As, you can see above, for 5paisa demat and trading account there are no charges for account opening, the only thing is subscription charges for different plan that totally depends on you to take, basic Plan has no subscription charges at all.

However if you want to take benefit of premium service in other two subscription, power investor Plan, Ultra trader Plan you can try them on monthly basis as well.

5Paisa Demat account charges depends on holding value in demat account, for example if the holding value of stocks turn out to be less than Rs.50,000 there are no AMC, where as above Rs.50,000 and less than Rs. 2lacs it is Rs.8 per month and above Rs.2 lacs the AMC will be charged Rs.25 per month.

Overall, 5paisa is better than zerodha in terms of account opening and demat charges.


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Online Account Opening Process:

To open an account online with zerodha, you can sign up using your mobile number through this link. You will receive an OTP to your number and you can get started with the process.

To open an A/c online with 5Paisa, Click on this link and first enter your mobile number,

You will be required to enter your PAN, bank account details and personal details to continue with the sign-up.

Once you signup you need to upload certain documents listed below:

  1. Your PAN card
  2. Your Aadhaar
  3. To complete the e Sign process, you will have to authenticate it with an OTP. So, make sure you have the number linked to your Aadhaar handy. If not, you will not be able to complete the process. If the number linked to your Aadhaar is inactive, or if you don’t have any number linked, then you can visit your nearest Aadhaar Seva Kendra to get it updated.
  4. Cancelled cheque/Bank statement to link your bank account –

If your cheque is not personalized then the bank statement you upload should have both the IFSC and MICR code printed on it. If not then your application will be rejected. The bank statement has to be self-attested.

  1. A photo or scanned copy of your signature proof will be required to be uploaded.
  2. Income proof –

It is mandatory to submit income proof if you wish to trade in Futures and options – Equity, Commodity, and Currency.  You can submit one of the below documents.

  • Form-16
  • Income tax returns acknowledgment
  • 6-month Bank statement
  • Latest salary slip
  • Demat holding statement, or
  • A CA certifying your net worth

Note: The documents mentioned are for a Resident Individual Account.

To open an account with Zerodha right away click on this link.


Zerodha Review On Account Opening Charges and Process

To open an account with 5Paisa right away click on this link

5Paisa Account Opening Process





Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Other Charges Comparison:


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Other Charges Comparison


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Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Trading Platform Comparison:


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Trading Platform Comparison


The most important part of any trading platform is the tools and resources it has to technical analysis. Zerodha and 5Paisa both has all the indicators and types of chart required to make it possible.

Whether you want to use:

MACD indicator

Bollinger Bands indicator

RSI indicator

Volume Indicator

Support and Resistance indicator

Different Candlestick patterns etc. you name the indicator and it will be there, so all in all zerodha and 5Paisa has everything what is needed for a hassle-free trading platform. You can add- withdraw funds directly, create or back-test trading strategies and lot more.

The reason I am not involving all the features of different trading platform, because unnecessary it will be long, second all the features are somewhat equal, however you can read them in detail if you want here for Zerodha trading platform for 5paisa trading platform.

Overall, Zerodha trading platform is little better than 5Paisa in terms of user interface and operation, but the does not mean 5Paisa does not have good trading platform. I want to give credit to zerodha for the best technological advancement they have brought in finance broking industry.


No.1 broker in india


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Orders Comparison:

Order Type Compare 5paisa Zerodha
CNC order Yes Yes
MIS order Yes Yes
NRML order Yes Yes
Cover order Yes Yes
Bracket order Yes Yes
AMO-After Market Orders Yes Yes
GTC-Good Till Cancelled Yes Yes


Apart from this zerodha also have GTD(good till triggered) order type, 5Paisa don’t have this type of order.

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Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Other Services Comparison:


Zerodha Vs 5Paisa Other Services Comparison


Apart from trading platform zerodha and 5paisa in partner with other financial tech companies provide many other services which are built on these apps, let us know in brief about all of them.



Zerodha With Tickertape:

Zerodha in association with tickertape gives you complete package of doing fundamental analysis of any stocks. This is in built with zerodha kit web and mobile application.


Zerodha With Tickertape 


You just need to click on any stock and than click on fundamentals, this is how it appears:


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As, you can see, in above image of SBI bank, you can see all the fundamental with charts and data points, this can be great if you want to invest for long term.

5Paisa Swing Trader:

5Paisa leverages swing trading strategy to offer its customers short term investment ideas for quick money making. Swing Trading is a strategy that focuses on taking smaller gains by making short term investments.

The gains might be smaller, but when done consistently over time gives excellent annual returns. Swing Trading positions are usually held a few days to a couple of weeks.

For this, it has tied up with Swing Trader India, a research & advisory company founded by US investment legend & author William J O’ Neil. Swing trader combines Technical & Fundamental analysis to evaluate stocks.

It extensively uses CAN SLIM methodology of William O’Neil to filter promising stocks. Swing Trader has target of 5% to 10% return for the stocks in buy zone & stop loss at 2% -3%. Recommendations are generally for period of 2 to 20 days.

To avail our Swing Trader feature, you need to buy any of below mentioned Subscription Plan:

Features Optimum Plan Platinum Plan Titanium Plan
Swing Trader Not applicable Free Free


To buy Swing Trader, you need to subscribe monthly or annually to add-on Plan. You also have an option to upgrade your plan.


Zerodha With Refinitiv:


Zerodha With Refinitiv


Zerodha and Refinitiv combination provides the platform for StockReports+ , it is a comprehensive stock, market, and industry research and analysis from Thomson Reuters for 3000+ Indian stocks, updated daily. You can get access to all the research related info  for any stocks.


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Zerodha With Streak:


Zerodha With Streak


Zerodha partnered with streak to give you access to all the technical parts, with help of streak you can create different strategies back-test them and deploy the automatically. No need to do the manual technical analysis anymore.


Zerodha Review On Margin Brokerage Trading Platform- Best Ultimate Guide 2020


There are lot of other premium optional services provided by both for their clients, some are free, some have little charge associated. Its totally up to you to decide which one you need or don’t need there is no compulsion as such .

5Paisa With Smallcase:


5Paisa With Smallcase


Smallcases are baskets of stocks & ETFs that help you build a low-cost, long term diversified portfolio. 5Paisa in association with smallcase helps investors to pick pre-build well researched portfolio.


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5Paisa With Sensibull:


5Paisa With Sensibull


Sensibull is India’s first options trading platform, offering everything from simplified options trading for new investors to powerful trading tools for the pros. Sensibull aims to make options trading safe, accessible, and most importantly, profitable for all.


Sensibull is India’s first options trading platform, offering everything from simplified options trading for new investors to powerful trading tools for the pros. Sensibull aims to make options trading safe, accessible, and most importantly, profitable for all.


Sensibull was founded with the absurdly impossible vision of making the small guy win against the big guy in financial markets.

Smallcase and Sensibull both the services are available under the basic subscription plan with 14 days free trial.


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My Opinion On Zerodha Vs 5Paisa:

I hope you have now thoroughly understood most of the services offered by zerodha and 5paisa, if you ask me in zerodha vs 5paisa which is better:

Expressing my opinion in terms of all technological tools , advanced platforms, robust management I would rate zerodha 8.9 out of 10.

On the other hand I would rate 5Paisa 8.7 out of 10 keeping all services offered by them in view.

Moreover, with 5Paisa you can also invest in US Markets easily within few steps, as of now only ICICIDirect has this options for its users.

5Paisa is more of a full-time stock broker offering all services such as loans, insurance, mutual funds, advisory, stock recommendation etc.. You will not get any such services with Zerodha as of now.

Therefore, I want to suggest new comers or beginners in trading and investment to open an account with 5Paisa rather than zerodha.

5Paisa has all services at one place and they offer free account opening so nothing to loose, whereas if you just want to trade and invest go with zerodha they have the best technology and they are the no.1 broker in India, in terms of active client right now.

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If you are a beginner in trading and investing, please read this amazing guide on how share market works in India?

You can also check my review on Fyers.

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Note: Please do your own research and make investment. Moneycontain will not be responsible for any of your losses at all. The point made is for educational purpose only and intended to give information. All investments are subject to risks, which should be considered prior to making any investments.

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