ncks -d time,start_time,end_time in.nc out.nc start_time and end_time are integers. Add -F, if you want to use Fortran indexing (to start from 1). No space between dimension name and start-end points!
The NCO (netCDF Operator) command ncks (netCDF Kitchen Sink). From the documentation: The nickname "kitchen sink" is a catch-all because `ncks` combines most features of `ncdump` and `nccopy` with extra features to extract, hyperslab, multi-slab, sub-set, and translate into one versatile utility. `ncks` extracts (a subset of the) data from input-file and and writes (or pastes) it in netCDF format to output-file, and optionally writes it in flat binary format to binary-file, and optionally prints it to screen.