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The Indian Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector has constantly acted as the safeguard for the Indian economy by providing it flexibility to prevent global economic shocks and adversities. It has emerged as a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of the Indian economy over the last five decades.

"SME Exchange" is defined in Chapter XB of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue Of Capital And Disclosure Requirements) Regulations as a trading platform of a recognized stock exchange or a dedicated exchange permitted by SEBI to list the securities issued in accordance with Chapter XA of SEBI (ICDR) Regulations and this excludes the Main Board (which is in turn is defined as a recognized stock exchange having nationwide trading terminals, other than SME exchange).

The SME platform of Exchanges is a new exciting platform for small and medium sized companies with high growth potential. SME platform will provide an efficient route to listing for prospective SME issuers. The SME companies would derive several benefits from listing on the SME platform:

Besides other benefits, both BSE and NSE SME Exchange also offer Tax Benefits to the SMEs getting listed on their SME Platforms. The tax benefits of SME listing are listed below:

SEBI has provided certain guidelines for SME for the purpose of listing. These are mentioned below:

For the purpose of listing the company shall be incorporated as a Public Company under the Companies Act, 1956 or 2013, or the entity shall be converted into a Public Company. At present, there are only two SME Exchanges in India i.e. BSE SME platform (BSE) and EMERGE Platform (NSE) and both have their own eligibility criteria for SME listing in addition to the SEBI Guidelines provided for the Listing.