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Savings Account Interest Rates

A Savings account is one of the most essential investments. There are numerous banks in the country which provide attractive interest rates on savings accounts. The interest is calculated on a daily basis and is credited in a periodic manner.

  • Interest rates: 4% to 7.1% p.a. based on daily balance
  • Helps fulfil short-term financial goals
  • Hassle-free withdrawals
  • Start investing with minimum cash
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Latest Savings Account Interest Rates from Top Banks

Find below High and Low Saving Account Interest Rates(Updated on 25 May 2022):

Bank Name Interest Rate
HDFC Bank Savings Account 3.50%
Axis Bank Savings Account up to 3.50%
Kotak Mahindra Bank Savings Account 3.50%
Yes Bank Savings Account up to 5.25%
Bandhan Bank Savings Account up to 6.00%
Lakshmi Vilas Bank Savings Account 3.25% - 3.75%
IndusInd Bank Savings Account up to 5.00%
RBL Bank Savings Account 4.25% - 6.00%

Savings Account is one of the basic financial products that everyone must have and use. A savings account will let you save money, transfer funds, withdraw money and also will give you interest on the funds that you have in your account. Not many investment products in the market give you the dual benefit of liquidity and interest. But, a savings account will not only help you save some money but will also let you withdraw cash whenever you need it.

Depositing money in a savings account will help you realize your short-term financial goals with ease. With banks offering different types of savings account such as specialized accounts for kids, savings account for women and pensioners savings account, you can choose a savings account that fits your lifestyle and usage.

One of the key points to note about a savings account is its interest rate. Read on to find more about how savings account interest rate is calculated and savings account interest rates for major Indian banks.

How is the Savings Account Interest Rates Calculated?

As per the new RBI mandate, interest on a savings account is calculated on a daily basis based on your closing amount. The interest accumulated will be credited to your account on half-yearly basis or quarterly basis depending on the savings account type and the bank’s rule. However, recently, the Reserve Bank of India has advised the banks to credit the interest on the Savings Bank account on a quarterly basis as it will be more beneficial to the customers.

Generally, the formula described below is used to calculate the monthly interest for a general savings account.

Monthly Interest = Daily Balance * (Number of days) * Interest / (Days in the year)

Assuming the daily balance is Rs.3 lakh and the interest on savings account is 4% p.a.the calculation will work out as follows.

Monthly Interest = 3 lakh * 30 * (4/100) / 365 = Rs.986

TDS on Savings Account Interest

The interest amount that you gain from a savings account is referred to as “Income from Other Sources”. This interest must be filed for Income Tax Returns. But, TDS is not applicable for a savings account as per section 194 A of IT Act . Savings Bank Account Interest amount exceeding Rs. 10, 000 will be taxed at marginal tax rate of the concerned account holder. It is also important to note that interest from a savings account is not an exemption but a deduction. The deduction is allowed for interest incomes up to Rs. 10, 000 only and for this purpose, the savings account must be held with a recognized public or private bank or with the Post Office.

Benefits of a Savings Account

There are countless benefits that a savings account will offer you. Here are some of the major advantages of maintaining a savings account.

  • When you deposit money in a savings account, you can be sure that the money is secure. Whenever there is a financial emergency in future, the money can be acquired.
  • The money that is deposited in a savings account can be accessed at any point of time. In case of a sudden requirement, you can withdraw cash from your bank or from the debit card without any hassles.
  • A savings account will let you start investing with minimum cash. All you have to do is open a savings account with the minimum required deposit and start deposit funds whenever possible.
  • With a savings account, banks also give you the access to internet banking and phone banking which will open a whole new world of quick transactions. You can transfer funds using NEFT & IMPS, pay utility bills, check transactions and link credit card accounts to your savings account using Internet Banking facility without any hassles.
  • Select banks offer personal insurance benefits with savings account.

Minimum Balance Requirements in Savings Account

If you read the fine print for a savings account, you will come across “Minimum Average Balance Requirements”. Many banks use the terms minimum daily balance, minimum quarterly balance or just minimum balance. Average Balance means the amount that has to be maintained in your savings account over a certain period of time. The average balance is calculated by summing up the everyday balance and dividing it by the number of days in the defined period.

For example, if a savings bank account has an average quarterly balance of Rs.3,000, the average of the daily balance in your account for that quarter should have been Rs.3,000. Instead, you can also have Rs.5,40,000 as the balance for one day of that quarter.

If you do not maintain the specified balance requirements, you will have to pay a non - maintenance penalty.

Almost all major Indian banks now offer Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA) which is a zero balance account. No penalty will be levied and you can use your BSBDA account as a normal savings account.

Saving Account Interest Rate Calculator

A Savings Account Interest Rate Calculator will let you find out the interest that you will get from a savings account. In a Savings Account Interest Rate Calculator, you will be required to enter information like average balance and interest rate offered by the bank. You will also be required to select if the interest will be credited on a monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly basis. The calculator will output the interest that you will get for the daily balance and the savings account interest rate.

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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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