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Today, the default method for retail investors to apply in an IPO is through the Applications Supported by Blocked Amounts (ASBA) method. What is the ASBA meaning and what is ASBA all about. In this segment we will look at the ASBA IPO meaning and also what is ASBA IPO. ASBA allows you to invest in an IPO without debiting the funds to your account till the date of allotment.


Today retail and HNI investors can apply for an IPO through the Application Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA) methodology. In this model, the application is made by an investor, with an authorization to the Self-Certified Syndicate Bank (SCSB) to block funds in Savings or Current Account. Remember, that ASBA cannot be applied to OD accounts and to loan accounts. In an ASBA, the application amount is only blocked on the date of application and only on the date of allotment, the actual amount is debited. If the actual allocation is less than the application, the balance amount is automatically released from ASBA lien.

ASBA can be used for all equity book built IPO, debt and rights issues. ASBA facility can be used for Initial Public Offer (IPO) and Follow-on Public Offer (FPO) too. Under ASBA, the funds that are blocked in the account, continues to earn interest in application processing period. Bank only mark a lien on the deposit account of the investor for the application amount and on allotment, the relevant amount is debited and the balance (if any) sees the lien being removed. Lien is removed immediately after finalization of basis of allotment.


As stated earlier, the ASBA facility can be used for public issues (IPOs) and also for rights issues. There are some  basic conditions that have to be satisfied in both the cases. Here are some prerequisites to apply for IPO and rights using ASBA facility.

  • The ASBA application must belong to the one of the approved categories eligible to apply in IPO as per SEBI guidelines
  • The investor must have a Demat account with any of the SEBI authorized Depository Participants (DPs) and must also have a Permanent Account Number (PAN)
  • There should be sufficient clear balance (without pledge or lien) to cover the application amount. Note here that amounts are only blocked in ASBA and debit only happens at the time of allotment.
  • ASBA facility can only be availed against clear balance in savings or current account. ASBA is not available on any type of overdraft account or loan accounts.
  • Like in the case of an IPO, ASBA facility in right issues will only be available to shareholders whose name appear in the register of the company as a shareholder on the record date for the rights.
  • The rights ASBA applicant must also have a demat account with any of the Depository Participants (DPs) with Permanent Account Number (PAN). Such rights shares must be held in dematerialized form.
  • Those who have applied for rights entitlements (RE) are also eligible for using ASBA for rights. However, the facility is not available for those who renounced their rights entitlements in whole or in part.
  • All other basic conditions applicable to an IPO also apply for a rights issue.


How can an ASBA application be withdrawn or modified and is it permitted? Here are some important points you should be aware of.

a) Retail investors with bid amount less than Rs200,000 can modify, revise or delete the bid within the bidding period. i.e. till the closure of the bid period.

b) For all other categories of investors; including QIBs and Non-Institutional Bidders of over Rs2 lakhs can neither withdraw the bid nor lower the size of their bids at any stage. For these categories only, upward revision of bid is allowed. Deletion facility is not available.

c)  Demat account need not be with the bank whose account you are using. The demat account can be with any DP and yet the ASBA facility can be used with  your bank.

d) Investors can bid via ASBA either through the bank account or through their UPI id linked to their own bank account.

e)  In the case of debt issues, only withdrawal of ASBA applications is permitted, modifications cannot be made.


It is very easy for investors with internet banking facility on their savings or current accounts to bid online for the ASBA facility. In such cases, submission of physical application form to any branch is not required. The online ASBA can be used irrespective of the branch of the bank where you hold the account. When you apply for IPO via ASBA on Internet Banking platform, a lien or hold is marked on the total amount at the highest price bid by the applicant. Application money stays blocked till the finalisation of basis of allotment. Wrong information will make bid liable to be rejected. ASBA bids can be placed offline also.

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