At the Multi Commodity Exchange, the February contract for nickel rose by Rs 5, or 0.40%, to Rs 1,002.30 per kg, with a business turnover of 1,177 lots.
The March contract gained Rs 4, or 0.40%, to Rs 1,012 per kg, with an open interest of 224 lots.
Analysts said apart from a firming global trend, pick-up in demand from alloy-makers in the domestic spot markets mainly led to the rise in nickel prices at futures market.
Meanwhile, nickel gained 0.5% to $20,331 a tonne at the LME.
Nickel futures for March dropped by Rs 2.90, or 0.32% to Rs 907.20 per kg in 1,054 lots