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Post Office Savings Account

India Post offers numerous types of savings instruments for customers to choose from based on their needs. The savings account with India Post can be opened with cash payment only. The account offers tax benefits for interest amount up to Rs.10,000. 

  • Interest rate: 4% p.a. 
  • Minimum balance to open an account: Rs.20 
  • Minimum balance for non-cheque facility: Rs.50 
  • Minimum balance with cheque facility: Rs.500 
  • Debit card facility available 
  • Nomination facility available 
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Anyone can open a Post Office Savings Account and earn an annual interest of 4% per annum. The minimum amount needed to open the account is Rs. 20. The minimum balance that must be maintained is Rs. 500 if you have taken cheque facilities. The first Rs. 10,000 earned as interest per year is exempt from tax.

Features & Benefits of Post Office Savings Accounts

  • The account can be opened with as little as Rs. 20
  • The account can be opened only using cash
  • If minimum balance for non-cheque accounts is Rs. 50 and Rs. 500 for accounts with cheque facilities
  • They can be operated by individuals or jointly by up to 3 people
  • The daily ATM withdrawal limit is Rs. 25,000
  • These accounts provide nomination facilities too
  • At least 1 transaction is required every 3 years to keep the account active
  • Deposits can be made via electronic means at CBS post offices. The same goes for withdrawals
  • Accounts can be opened in the names of minors too. They can be transferred to the minor once he/she comes of age
  • The account can be transferred from one post office to another

Interest earned in Post Office Savings Scheme – 4% per annum as of 10th July, 2019

The current interest rate offered on the Post Office Savings Account is 4% per annum. It is paid annually, unlike the Monthly Income Scheme where the interest is paid monthly. The first Rs. 10,000 of interest earned each year is tax free. Tax will be applicable on the remainder according to the prevailing income tax slab.

Documents Required to Open a Post Office Savings Account

You will need 1 to 2 passport size photographs. Apart from that, you will need to furnish ID proof and address proof. You can submit the following documents for these purposes:

ID Proof

  • Electoral Photo Identity card
  • Ration Card
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Photo Identity Card from a recognised educational institute
  • Letter issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

Address Proof

For address proof, the documents provided must have the current address mentioned on them.

  • Bank or Post Office Passbook
  • Passport
  • Ration Card
  • Utility bills such as electricity and telephone bills
  • Salary Slip from a reputed Employer
  • Certificate from any Public Authority
  • Letter issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

FAQs about Post Office Savings Account

  1. Can I open multiple post office savings accounts?
  2. No. You can only open one account at a time. To open a new Post Office Savings Account, you’ll have to close the old one.

  3. Can I turn my single account into a joint account?
  4. Yes. Single accounts can be turned into joint accounts. Joint accounts can also be turned into single accounts.

  5. Can I get the cheque facility after opening an account without cheque facility?
  6. Yes. Even if you open an account without opting for the cheque facility, you can opt for it at a later stage. The only condition is that once you opt for cheques, you’ll have to maintain a minimum balance of Rs. 500 in the account.

  7. Can I withdraw my funds using ATMs?
  8. Yes. The Post Office Savings Account comes with ATM facilities.

  9. How much can I withdraw from the ATM?
  10. The daily withdrawal limit for the ATM is Rs. 25,000.

  11. Is there a limit on the transaction amounts?
  12. Yes. The daily cash withdrawal limit per transaction is Rs. 10,000.

  13. If I lose the passbook can I get a duplicate?
  14. Yes. To replace a lost passbook you will have to apply for it using the appropriate form and affixing a stamp of appropriate value on it.

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Savings Account Reviews

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  • Kotak
    "Worst bank ever"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    Itâ??s not even worth one star rating. This is the second time I had applied and got an atm card and itâ??s again showing itâ??s various way to not trust again. After few months the card will start declining wherever I have to pay, will say that the mpin is wrong even if itâ??s right, if you want to pay through google or paytm also it wonâ??t work. This was the last time I got any card from this bank.
    Was this review helpful? 238
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020
  • YES Bank
    YES Bank
    "Good"
    YES BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I think its nice to apply, it has been very fast and easy let's see what happens next if its open means I'll be very much happy person, pleas let me no soon that I can be a customer of this bank I had pan card permanent account number and I didn't have addar card though.
    Was this review helpful? 232
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019
  • Kotak
    "Better"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am having a Platinum Debit card from Kotak Mahindra Bank. The daily withdrawal limit is sufficient. I don't get any benefits on the card but its easily accessible everywhere. I got a hidden charges of 150 rupees which was debited from my account. There is no charges for other ATM swipes and there is no limitation.
    Was this review helpful? 254
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019
  • Kotak
    "Worst Kotak 811 services"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    Opened an account in December 2018 not received any call from customer care for document completion till yet also visited the nearest branch and no action has been taken . Worst services of this bank . Even the executive and staff has not been responsible and their behavior is also very rude.
    Was this review helpful? 261
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019
  • YES Bank
    "Good"
    YES BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I think its nice to apply, it has been very fast and easy let's see what happens next if its open means I'll be very much happy person, pleas let me no soon that I can be a customer of this bank I had pan card permanent account number and I didn't have addar card though.
    Was this review helpful? 168
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Oct 03, 2018
  • YES Bank
    "SUPER BANK"
    YES BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I've been using the YES BANK Edge credit card for a while. The Value of the points are really good. I've already accumulated more than 15000 reward points. I am really impressed with the card and their services. I never had any issues with them.
    Was this review helpful? 141
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Sep 19, 2018
  • YES Bank
    "What to write? You can write a review about any Loan produc"
    YES BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    awesome great job i like your services i feel happy u provided help to need a urgent way tnq so much tnq bankbazar first time i am online visitor i cant explain how much i m happy bankbazar i would like too u say thnku bankbazaar your service is too much fast rapid
    Was this review helpful? 107
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 11, 2018
  • Kotak
    "Good Bank"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have a Kotak Bank i opened through Online portal. It is Very Easy to Open .Zero Rupees Charges.I ordered for a Debit card of kotak bank i got it delivered.Kotak App is Very User Friendly to Everyone.Zero balance maintain No Extra Charges..Quite Good App
    Was this review helpful? 171
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Feb 16, 2018
  • Kotak
    "Decent Credit Card"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have a Salary account with them and the bank has offered a complimentary Credit card on the basis of this account. They have given me a Credit Limit of Rs.2.5 Lakhs, which I felt is quite a good one to have. One thing which let me down over here is their high interest rate. Also an added advantage is, they have good reward points system available with them.
    Was this review helpful? 120
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 23, 2018
  • Kotak
    "Good"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I am using domestic debit card of Kotak Mahindra Bank. The daily withdrawal limit was 25,000 rupees which was satisfactory. I am using this debit card for the last six months. There is no charge for other ATM swipe. ATM facilities are good and enough.
    Was this review helpful? 119
    , navi mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 04, 2018
  • Kotak
    "Good service"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Within 4days of time I got the car loan from Kotak Mahindra bank. The customer support is good with Kotak mahindra bank. The rate of interest which they have offered was low, when compared with other banks. The required loan amount has been disbursed and I am happy with it.
    Was this review helpful? 120
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Oct 16, 2017
  • RBL Bank
    "Ratnakar Bank Debit card "
    RBL BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Ratnakar Bank debit card facility is too good. Very useful options for using debit cards at different pos and online payment system. Bank customers care facilities are also prompt in service with customer. RBL is rising bank in all villages.
    Was this review helpful? 247
    , pune
    Reviewed on Aug 21, 2017
  • Kotak
    "Kotak Mahindra Bank Fraud Services"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    Kotak Mahindra Bank has **fraud banking services**. Rs. 800+ charge for other ATM Withdraws. 10000+ Charge for not maintaining minimum balance. 1000+ for delayed credit card payments. One Purchase = Service Tax+Conversion Charge+Interest Charge+Actual MRPâ?¦. **Close all your accounts** of Kotak Mahindra Bankâ?¦
    Was this review helpful? 252
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Apr 06, 2017
  • Kotak
    "GOOD BANK BEST SERVICES GOOD JOB NICEBANK GOODRELATIONSHIP "
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    SUPPORTING WITH A MINIMUM WORKING TIME BANK QUICK DESISION WONDERFUL JOB GOOD PROVIDED BY OTHER BANKS LIKE ICICI, HDFC , IDBI , AXIS AND MORE NATIONALIZED BANKS FUTURE GOOD BANK MANAGMENT GOOD ALSO SUPPORT AND THANKS TO ALL THEY ARE HELPING PEOPLE THANK YOU AGAIN..
    Was this review helpful? 100
    , vadodara
    Reviewed on Mar 26, 2017
  • Kotak
    "Share a experience with Kotak Mahindra Bank on line service"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I like Kotak Mahindra Bank because this bank replied fast comparing with another bank.The process was comleted process on line with in a five minute.its pleasant experience when compared with other bank services I like Kotak than another private sector banks.
    Was this review helpful? 58
    , ahmedabad
    Reviewed on Mar 25, 2017
  • Kotak
    "zero use for kotak rupay debit card"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    i applied for a kotak mahindra rupay debit card after surrendering my existing visa debit card. firstly for some strange reason kotak doesnt allow rupay debit card as a addon card to my existing visa card. hence they automatically blocked my visa debit card on applying for rupay card. next i tried using the kotak rupay debit card on various POS terminals and online transactions. but it was declined everytime. later i got to know that they mention that it cant be used online. but there is no mention of non usage at POS too. after i tried it at around 20-30 machines i wrote them an email. to which they replied that there rupay card is not enabled for POS yet. and its not happening anytime soon. WHILE OTHER BANKS' RUPAY CARD WORKS EASILY ONLINE AS WELL AS AT POS, KOTAK CHOSES NOT TO ENABLE THESE. this card is only usefull for taking out cash from atm and that too only 10000. i was left bitterly dissapointed and have finally blocked it for reissue of visa debit card.
    Was this review helpful? 92
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Mar 09, 2017
  • YES Bank
    "Average Experience"
    YES BANK
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    At present, I dont have an interest to take YES Bank debit card, Because I am an existing customer of HDFC and SBI bank, So I thought not to process with new bank. YES bank service was good and prompt. I hope YES Bank saving account processing fee would be Rs.15,000 to Rs.20,000.
    Was this review helpful? 39
    , warangal
    Reviewed on Dec 16, 2016
  • Kotak
    "Very Poor service - Dont go for it - i am frustrated ."
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    Deducted money, I tried to communicate with them, but I didnt get any response. having many features of KOTAK bank is not good when it comes to customer service. Do not open your account in Kotak bank they will not give you service. I am frustrated with Kotak bank. Very bad feelings.
    Was this review helpful? 90
    , pune
    Reviewed on Dec 15, 2016
  • Kotak
    "Make False Offer"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    I'm a Kotak Platina Salary account holder which comes with a Kotak Platinum Debit Card. The Platinum Card holders has no withdrawal limit from Kotak and Non-Kotak ATM in india. Everything was going fine for last 1.5 year. I have been happily withdrawing cash around 10-15 times a month from Non-Kotak ATM. Suddenly they charged me with some CW Fee. Querying on that, I get to know that they downgraded my account upto five ATM transaction/Month. The reason of downgrading my account is many number of withdrawal of 300-400 INR. But still they are showing in the charges page the same unlimited Kotak and non-Kotak transaction. The link of the charges page is : http://www.kotak.com/service-charges.html
    Was this review helpful? 66
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Dec 10, 2016
  • Kotak
    "Good overall"
    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I am happy with the services and response I received from Kotak Mahindra Bank for the debit card application. They contacted me and informed me all the details and the procedure as well. Since I went ahead with another bank, I cancelled my application with them. I do not wish to comment on the charges.
    Was this review helpful? 52
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Dec 05, 2016
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