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"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).

An SME Exchange is a stock exchange dedicated for trading the shares / securities of SMEs who otherwise find it difficult to get listed on the Main Board. At present, there are only two SME Exchanges in India i.e. BSE SME platform (BSE) and EMERGE Platform (NSE).

To be listed on the SME Exchange, the post-issue paid up capital of the company should not exceed INR 25 Crore. This means that the SME Exchange is not limited to the Small and Medium Scale enterprises which are defined under "The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006" as enterprises where the investment in plant and machinery does not exceed INR 10 Crore. As of now, to get listed on the Main Board of National Stock Exchange (NSE), the minimum paid up capital required is INR 10 Crore and that of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is INR 3 Crore.  Hence, those companies with paid up capital between INR 10 Crore to INR 25 Crore has the option of migrating from SME Exchange to the Main Board or vice-versa