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  • Individuals who have availed loans from lenders or banks before 1 April, 2016 will be paying the base rate and not MCLR. MCLR or marginal cost of funds based lending rate, when compared to the base rate compared, is seen to be lower by 5 to 50 basis points. This happens as the marginal cost of funds based lending rate is closely linked with the repo rate. Thus, there is better transmission of Reserve Bank of India’s rate cut to the borrower.

    MCLR Rates Offered By Top Banks:

    Bank Wise MCLR Rates : Tenor More Than 1 Year
    Banks 3 years 2 years 1 year
    State Bank of India 8.20% 8.10% 7.90%
    HDFC Bank 8.35% 8.25% 8.15%
    ICICI Bank NA NA 8.45%
    Axis Bank 8.50% 8.45% 8.35%
    PNB 8.45% NA 8.25%
    Citibank NA NA 7.95%
    IndusInd Bank 9.55% 9.50% 9.45%
    Yes Bank NA NA 9.70%
    RBL NA NA 9.80%
    DBS NA NA 8.30%
    IDFC 9.55% 9.40% 9.30%
    Bank of India NA NA 8.20%
    Andhra Bank NA NA 8.30%
    Allahabad Bank NA NA 8.30%
    Nainital Bank 9.00% 8.60% 8.30%
    Lakshmi Vilas Bank NA NA 10.55%
    Jammu and Kashmir Bank 8.95% 8.90% 8.45%
    Central Bank of India NA NA 8.15%
    Bandhan Bank 11.14% 10.85% 10.06%
    United Bank of India NA NA 8.40%
    Union Bank of India 8.45% 8.40% 8.25%
    UCO Bank NA NA 8.30%
    Punjab and Sind Bank 8.90% NA 8.45%
    Bank of Baroda NA NA 8.25%
    Federal Bank NA NA 8.90%
    South Indian Bank NA NA 9.10%
    Standard Chartered 9.70% 9.60% 9.20%
    Deutsche Bank NA NA 9.40%
    BNP Paribas 7.65% 7.65% 7.65%
    Corporation Bank NA NA 8.60%
    Karnataka Bank NA NA 9.25%
    Dhanlaxmi Bank NA NA 9.80%
    IDBI Bank 8.90% 8.75% 8.65%
    OBC NA NA 8.30%
    Indian Overseas Bank 8.70% 8.60% 8.50%
    Karur Vysya Bank NA NA 9.40%

    Bank Wise MCLR Rates :Tenor Less Than 1 Year
    Banks 6 months 3 months 1 months Overnight
    State Bank of India 7.85% 7.70% 7.65% 7.65%
    HDFC Bank 8.00% 7.90% 7.85% 7.80%
    ICICI Bank 8.40% 8.25% 8.20% 8.20%
    Axis Bank 8.30% 8.20% 8.00% 8.00%
    PNB 8.15% 7.95% 7.90% 7.85%
    Citibank 8.00% 7.85% 7.85% 7.75%
    IndusInd Bank 9.40% 9.25% 8.95% 8.90%
    Yes Bank 9.40% 9.20% 8.75% 7.90%
    RBL 9.45% 9.30% 9.10% 9.05%
    DBS 8.30% 8.15% 8.05% 7.80%
    IDFC 9.15% 9.00% 8.85% 8.85%
    Bank of India 8.20% 8.15% 8.10% 7.75%
    Andhra Bank 8.20% 8.05% 7.85% 7.80%
    Allahabad Bank 8.15% 8.10% 7.90% 7.80%
    Nainital Bank 8.15% 8.05% 8.00% 8.00%
    Lakshmi Vilas Bank 10.45% 10.35% 10.30% 10.25%
    Jammu and Kashmir Bank 8.25% 7.95% 7.70% 7.60%
    Central Bank of India 8.05% 7.90% 7.80% 7.65%
    Bandhan Bank 9.62% 9.57% 9.52% 9.49%
    United Bank of India 8.30% 8.25% 8.15% 7.95%
    Union Bank of India 8.10% 8.00% 7.90% 7.85%
    UCO Bank 8.20% 7.95% 7.85% 7.70%
    Punjab and Sind Bank MCLR 8.35% 8.20% 8.15% 8.10%
    Bank of Baroda 8.10% 7.80% 7.65% 7.65%
    Federal Bank 8.80% 8.70% 8.55% 8.45%
    South Indian Bank 8.75% 8.55% 8.45% 8.40%
    Standard Chartered 9.20% 9.20% 8.85% 8.20%
    Deutsche Bank 8.95% 8.95% 7.90% 7.40%
    BNP Paribas 7.45% 7.30% 7.25% 7.20%
    Corporation Bank 8.45% 8.30% 7.85% 7.70%
    Karnataka Bank 8.95% 8.80% 8.60% 8.50%
    Dhanlaxmi Bank 9.60% 8.80% 8.10% 8.10%
    IDBI Bank 8.35% 8.20% 8.10% 8.00%
    OBC 8.05% 7.90% 7.75% 7.70%
    Indian Overseas Bank 8.40% 8.35% 8.20% 8.05%
    Karur Vysya Bank 9.10% 8.55% 8.40% 8.30%

    What Is MCLR?

    MCLR (marginal cost of funds based lending rate) is the lowest interest rate that a bank or lender can offer. Most banks cannot offer HOME LOAN interest rates lower than the marginal cost of funds based lending rate. However, certain exceptions can be made when allowed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

    Difference Between MCLR And Base Rate
    Difference Between MCLR And Base Rate

    The MCLR is a reference rate or internal benchmark for the financial institution. Marginal cost of funds based lending rate defines the process used to determine the minimum home loan rate of interest. The MCLR method was introduced in the Indian financial system by the Reserve Bank of India in the year 2016. The MCLR system has replaced the base rate system that was introduced in the year 2010. Thus, renewal of credit limits and sanctioning of loans is done as per MCLR norms.

    Aims Of MCLR:

    • Improving transmission of the policy rate into lending rates of the banks.
    • Bringing in transparency in the method followed by various banks for the determination of interest rates.
    • Ensuring the availability of bank loan at rates that fair to both lenders and borrowers.
    • Enabling the lenders and banks to be competitive and improve their worth in the long run.

    What Is MCLR Rate In Home Loan?

    MCLR is closely linked with the repo rate and fund costs of the banks. Thus, if there is a change in the repo rate, it will have an impact on your home loan’s floating rate of interest. If a bank brings down the marginal cost of funds based lending rate, the floating rate of interest associated with your home loan also comes down. This will not be affecting your equated monthly instalments but the tenure of the loan will get impacted.

    Difference Between MCLR And Base Rate

    MCLR Base Rate
    • MCLR or marginal cost of funds based lending rate has been introduced so that end borrowers can enjoy the benefits associated with repo rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This has been implemented to make banking system even more transparent.
    • MCLR depends on factors like CRR (Cash Reserve Ratio), marginal cost of funds, tenor premium, and operating cost.
    • It is dependent on the repo rate changes made by the RBI.
    • Marginal cost of funds based lending rate can be different for different loan tenures.
    • The minimum rate of interest at which banks offer loan to their customers is called the base rate.
    • Base rate depends on different factors like profit, bank deposit rates, bank costs, etc.
    • It is not dependent on the repo rate set by the Reserve Bank of India.
    • Banks can choose to change the base rate quarterly.

    How to calculate MCLR?

    In order to calculate the marginal cost of funds based lending rate, you must consider all the borrowing sources for a bank. A bank borrows from several sources including, fixed deposits, current accounts, savings accounts, etc. The rate of interest in these borrowing sources can be used by you for the calculation of marginal borrowing cost. You must understand that the source of a bank’s funds is not only borrowing, but also the equity (retained or infused earnings). Thus, return on equity can also be expected.

    The formula prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India for calculation of MCLR is given below:

    Marginal cost of funds = Marginal borrowing cost x 92% + return on the net worth x 8%

    Banks must also maintain a cash reserve ratio of 4%. On this deposit, no interest is earned by the bank. Under MCLR, banks can avail some allowance called Negative Carry on CRR. Also, the operating costs must be considered and taken care of. There are several expenses of a bank that includes raising funds, opening branches, paying salary to its employees etc. These are not charged to the customers. Finally comes the discount or tenor premium. The reset period for the interest rate is called the tenor. It is directly proportional to the reset period i.e. the tenor is higher if the reset period is higher.

    Thus, MCLR depends on

    1. Tenor premium,
    2. Operating costs of the bank,
    3. Negative carry on Cash Reserve Ratio, and
    4. Marginal cost of funds.
    Impact of MCLR on your Home Loan
    Impact of MCLR on your Home Loan

    How To Convert Base Rate Home Loan To MCLR?

    The decision to switch to MCLR from base rate depends majorly on the actual benefits and the transfer cost. Various banks charge differently for this switch. However, there are certain banks that allow you to convert home loan to MCLR without charging anything.

    Example: Consider you have borrowed an amount of Rs.40 as home loan and you intend to repay it over a tenure of 20 years. The base associated with your home loan stands at 9.95%. After a period of three years from the commencement of the loan tenure, you would have paid an amount of Rs.38,468 as your monthly instalments. You have also paid an interest amount of Rs.11,63,514. If you choose to continue on the same path with your base rate, you will be paying a total interest of Rs.52,32,428. However, if you choose you switch to MCLR for your home loan at 8.55% for the remaining tenure (17 years in this case), you will be paying an interest of Rs.34,00,396. This is the amount that you pay for 17 years. So, the total interest that you pay for your home loan is (Rs.11,63,514 + Rs.34,00,396) which comes up to Rs.45,63,910. It shows that you save a substantial amount of Rs.6,68,518 by switching to MCLR from base rate.

    So, a spending a few thousand for converting to MCLR from base rate can reward you a hefty sum in the long run.

    Impact Of MCLR On Home Loans:

    MCLR is associated with floating rate home loans only. In case the home loan that you opted for comes with fixed rates of interest, MCLR will not affect the home loan. Change in repo rate will decide whether you gain or lose with the MCLR. The home loan interest is following a downward trend currently. So, it can prove to be beneficial to switch to MCLR if you are planning to purchase a house.

    RBI Guidelines About MCLR:

    • Fixed rate home loan will not be affected by MCLR.
    • Deposit balances and other borrowings are considered while computation of marginal cost of funds.
    • Banks must publish marginal cost of funds based lending rate for different tenors.
    • MCLR as on the sanction date of the floating rate home loan will stand the same till next reset date.

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    MCLR Reviews

    • IDBI Home Loan
      "Need improvement"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I took a home loan in IDBI before 6years because I got an approval from Nationalized bank so proceeded further. In Bangalore, they split up the property into A & B and my property belongs to Btype, the chances are less for loan and that time IDBI came forward to provide a loan which I have utilized. They did not inform me about MCLR which is interest type can be changed to floating from fixed but after one year it got converted which I came to know my neighbor and there was no intimation from IDBI bank.
      Was this review helpful? 7
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019
    • SBI
      SBI Home Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      The experience with this loan has been good and the process was quite good. The loan amount which they had provided has been sufficient and the interest rate was been nominal. I had to switch it over to MCLR where they had made some charges to reduce the interest rate, other than that there was no other charges.
      Was this review helpful? 5
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018
    • Axis Bank Home Loan
      "Good experience overall"
      0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
      I had switched my home loan from HDFC to AXIS Bank. The reason for switch was cheap rate of interest due to MCLR based home loan rates.The process for balance transfer was smooth and i was satisfied with Axis bank home loan process. Reason for reduced rating: 1. I was forcefully sold insurance along with Home loan. Also the insured property address has typo. So technically it is waste of money. 2. AXIS bank misplaced my online home loan access details and it was a challenge to retrieve it via customer care.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , ghaziabad
      Reviewed on Oct 01, 2017
    • Indian Bank Home Loan
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      Home loan available at 9.55% after introduction of MCLR system (1/4/16). Less processing fee. No hidden charges. Application simple enough and should be accompanied by legal report and valuation. Tenure 30 years. Eligibility 60 times of gross monthly salary. Additional home improve if loan running good. Concession in interest rate for additional loan (vehicle/education/etc). And good service mostly. At most places, even better overall than private sector.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , chandigarh
      Reviewed on Aug 24, 2016
    • HDFC Limited Home Loan
      "Excellent customer service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had availed a home loan from HDFC with 10.65% rate of interest on floating basis around 5-6 years back.As it was a matter of urgency I did not analyse the comparison with other banks.The loan process was smooth and got approved in 3-4 days and disbursed as per the slabs.Though recently RBI has revised their lending rates the bank has not revised my rate based on their MCLR yet.
      Was this review helpful? 6
      , nasik
      Reviewed on Apr 27, 2016
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