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Why are market orders blocked for trade to trade and debt category instruments?

A market order is an instruction to buy the specified quantity of a scrip irrespective of the price it is available at. Since trade-to-trade and debt category instruments are usually illiquid scrips, market orders are blocked.

A lack of liquidity means that the bid and ask spread in the scrip is very high and can have an immediate adverse effect on your P&L. The bid/ask price could be at a price far from the last traded price or theoretical price of the instrument. Learn how you can use a limit order like a market order in this article.


  1. Market orders for all non-EQ category instruments are blocked. Learn more about the different categories in this article.
  2. Order once placed will be executed only if there is liquidity.