The 30-share barometer rose 95.38 points, or 0.37 percent, to 25,432.94. The gauge had gained 660.19 points in the previous four sessions on expectations that the Reserve Bank would reduce interest rates at its policy review meet on April 5.

Major gainers that supported the key indices were Infosys, Adani Ports, GAIL, TCS, ONGC, ITC Ltd, NTPC, Maruti Suzuki, Wipro, BHEL, SBI, Cipla, M&M and Bajaj Auto, gaining by up to 1.76 percent.

Also, the NSE Nifty shot up by 24.50 points, or 0.31 percent, at 7,741.00.

Stock exchanges were closed on Thrusday and Friday for 'Holi' and 'Good Friday', respectively.

Brokers said sustained buying by investors coupled with foreign capital inflows and a firm trend at other Asian markets influenced sentiment.

In the rest of Asia, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.77 percent while Shanghai Composite was trading 0.60 percent higher in morning trade today. Hong Kong's financial markets are closed today for a public holiday.

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