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10 New Equity Mutual Fund Categories Introduced by SEBI

Updated on April 20, 2024 , 2193 views

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) introduced new and broad categories in Mutual Funds in order to bring uniformity in similar schemes launched by the different Mutual Funds. This is to aim and ensure that investors can find it easier to compare the products and evaluate the different options available before Investing in a scheme.

SEBI intends to make Mutual Fund investment easier for the investors so that investors could invest according to their needs, Financial goals and risk ability. SEBI has circulated new Mutual Fund categorisation on 6th October 2017. This mandates Mutual Fund Houses to categories all their equity schemes (existing & future scheme) into 10 distinct categories. SEBI has also introduced 16 new categories in debt mutual fund.


New Categorisation in Equity Schemes

SEBI has set a clear classification as to what is a large cap, mid cap and small cap:

**Market Capitalization Description**
Large cap company 1st to 100th company in terms of full market capitalization
Mid cap company 101st to 250th company in terms of full market capitalization
Small cap company 251st company onwards in terms of full market capitalization

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Here’s the list of new Equity Fund categories with their Asset Allocation plan:

1. Large Cap Fund

These are the funds that predominantly invest in the large-cap stocks. The exposure in large-cap stocks has to be a minimum 80 percent of the scheme’s total assets.

2. Large and Mid Cap Fund

These are the schemes that invest in both large & mid cap stocks. These funds will invest a minimum of 35 percent each in mid and large cap stocks.

3. Mid Cap Fund

This is a scheme that mainly invests in mid-cap stocks. The scheme will invest 65 percent of its total assets in mid-cap stocks.

4. Small Cap Fund

The Portfolio should have at least 65 percent of its total assets in small-cap stocks.

5. Multi Cap Fund

This equity scheme invests across market cap, i.e., large cap, mid cap and small cap. A minimum of 65 percent of its total assets should be allocated to equities.


Equity Linked Savings Schemes (ELSS) is a tax saving fund that comes with a lock-in period of three years. A minimum of 80 percent of its total assets has to be invested in equities.

7. Dividend Yield Fund

This fund will predominantly invest in dividend yielding stocks. This scheme will invest a minimum 65 percent of its total assets in equities, but in dividend yielding stocks.

8. Value Fund

This is an equity fund that will follow the value investment strategy.

9. Contra Fund

This equity scheme will follow the contrarian investment strategy. Value/Contra will invest at least 65 percent of its total assets in equities, but a Mutual Fund house can either offer a value fund or a contra fund, but not both.

10. Focused Fund

This fund will focus on large, mid, small or multi-cap stocks, but can have a maximum of 30 stocks. focused fund can invest at least 65 percent of its total assets in equities.

11. Sector/Thematic Fund

These are the funds that invest in a particular sector or a theme. At least 80 percent of the total assets of these schemes will be invested in a particular sector or theme.

Best Equity Mutual Funds to Invest 2024

FundNAVNet Assets (Cr)3 MO (%)6 MO (%)1 YR (%)3 YR (%)5 YR (%)2023 (%)
IDFC Infrastructure Fund Growth ₹45.419
↑ 0.32
Franklin Build India Fund Growth ₹125.305
↑ 1.83
Motilal Oswal Multicap 35 Fund Growth ₹49.2326
↑ 0.22
L&T India Value Fund Growth ₹93.3098
↑ 0.90
Tata Equity PE Fund Growth ₹313.657
↑ 2.56
L&T Emerging Businesses Fund Growth ₹72.7605
↑ 0.70
Invesco India Growth Opportunities Fund Growth ₹76.51
↑ 0.45
Aditya Birla Sun Life Small Cap Fund Growth ₹75.8462
↑ 0.75
DSP BlackRock Natural Resources and New Energy Fund Growth ₹85.735
↑ 0.35
DSP BlackRock Equity Opportunities Fund Growth ₹519.864
↑ 4.84
Note: Returns up to 1 year are on absolute basis & more than 1 year are on CAGR basis. as on 22 Apr 24

All efforts have been made to ensure the information provided here is accurate. However, no guarantees are made regarding correctness of data. Please verify with scheme information document before making any investment.
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