State Bank of India is a Government-owned corporation whose roots trace back to British India making it the oldest commercial bank in the Indian Subcontinent.
Revision of Interest Rates on SBI Savings Bank Deposits With Effect from 31st July 2017
|Sr No||Particulars||Rate of Interest|
|1||Saving Deposits Balance upto Rs. 1 crore.||3.50% p.a|
|2||Saving Deposits Balance above Rs. 1 crore.||4.00% p.a|
SBI Savings Account Interest Rates & Minimum Balance Required Updated on 23 Mar 2018
|Savings Account||Interest Rate||Minimum Balance Required||Debit Car Issued|
|Savings Plus Account||4.00%||INR 25,000||Basic ATM-Debit Card|
|Yuva Savings Account||4.00%||Not Required||Multiple variants|
|Basic Savings Account||4.00%||Not Required||Basic ATM-Debit Card|
|Small Savings Account||4.00%||Not Required||ATM cum Debit Card|
|Savings Account For Minors||4.00%||Not Required||Photo ATM cum Debit Card|
Following the revisions in charges by major private sector banks, SBI has released a list of charges that will be levied on accounts from the financial year starting 1st April, 2017. SBI will be reintroducing penalty on accounts without a minimum balance, after doing away with the charge for the past 5 years. The bank will also charge cash transactions after a specified limit is reached.
Listed below are the amendments in detail:
- SBI will charge Rs.50 for every cash transaction following the first three cash deposits each month. This limit is relevant to savings accounts only.
- For current accounts, the penalty on cash transactions could be as high as Rs.20,000.
- Bank accounts will have to retain a minimum Monthly Average Balance (MAB).
- If the MAB is not maintained, charges up to Rs.100 plus service tax can be levied.
- The MAB and charges vary according to the location of the bank. It is set to a minimum level in rural branches.
- In metros such as Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, a charge of Rs.100 + service tax will be levied if the balance goes below 75% of the minimum balance.
- If the account falls short of 50% of the MAB, the charge will be Rs.50 + service tax.
- The first three cash withdrawals in a month from other bank ATMs will be free. Following this, a charge of Rs.20 will be levied.
- The first five cash withdrawals in a month from SBI ATMs will be free. Following this, a charge of Rs.10 will be levied.
- If the account has a balance of at least Rs.25,000, then the account holder will not be charged for withdrawals from SBI ATMs.
- In order to withdraw from other bank ATMs without any charges, the account holder has to maintain a minimum balance of Rs.1 lakh in the account.
- Debit card holders will be charged Rs.15 per quarter for SMS alerts, provided that the account has an average quarterly balance of up to Rs.25,000.
- UPI/USSD transactions of up to Rs.1,000 will not be levied any charges.
Why Choose SBI Savings Account?
Through its network of branches in India and overseas, SBI provides a range of financial products including the SBI Savings Account. The savings account has a variety of benefits and services. The most attractive features are that the savings account does not require a minimum balance and provides ATM/Debit card, net banking and mobile banking facilities.
Key Benefits Of SBI Savings Account
- Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, Kiosk Banking
- Transfer accounts to any SBI Branch without changing the account number
- Passbook issued free of charge
- Multicity cheques
- Safe Deposit lockers
- Nomination facility
- Personal Accident Insurance available at a nominal premium
- No inter core charges for transfer transactions
- Multiple variants of ATM/Debit Cards like Gold Card, International ATM/Debit Card, etc.
- Can be linked to Multi Option Deposit (MOD) Account
- Mobile Banking provides a host of services like funds transfers, interbank mobile payment services (IMPS), enquiry and statements, cheque book request, utility bill payments, mobile recharges, and M-Commerce.
- Some of the facilities of Internet Banking are opening and closing fixed and recurring deposits, transferring funds (RGTS, NEFT and Western Union Money Transfer), paying utility bills, online shopping, viewing statements and Demat operations, e-Tax filing, and setting standing instructions.
- The ATM/Debit card can be used for balance enquiry, withdrawing money, paying insurance premium, shopping, donations and card-to-card transfers.
- If the savings account is linked to a Multi Option Deposit, in case there is a shortfall in the account to honour a cheque, there is an automatic break up of MOD to ensure the cheque doesn’t bounce. MOD can also be broken through ATM withdrawals.
Revised SBI Monthly Average Balance Charges
In response to the grievance and sentiments of its customers, State Bank of India has revised its monthly average balance penalty for non-maintenance of savings account drastically. The move will now benefit its 25 crore savings account holders. The revised changes will be applicable from 1 April, 2018 and as per the source, for customers holding an SBI savings account in an urban area, the maximum penalty for non-maintenance has been reduced from Rs.50 + GST to Rs.15 + GST, for semi-urban accounts it has been revised from a maximum of Rs.40 + GST to Rs.12 + GST and for rural savings accounts it has been reduced from a maximum penalty of Rs.40 + GST to Rs.10 +GST. Listed in below in the table are the revised penalty charges for non-maintenance of savings accounts held with State Bank of India, based on the area the account is held in and the shortfall percentage.
|Metro and Urban areas Average Monthly Balance Requirement = Rs.3,000||Current penalty charges (For non-maintenance)||Non-maintenance charges applicable from 1 April, 2018|
|For a shortfall equal or less than 50%||Rs.30 + GST||Rs.10 + GST|
|For a shortfall more than 50% and less than 75%||Rs.40 + GST||Rs.12 + GST|
|For a shortfall more than 75% of the monthly average balance requirement||Rs.50 + GST||Rs.15 + GST|
|Semi-urban areas Average Monthly Balance Requirement = Rs.2,000||Current penalty charges (For non-maintenance)||Non-maintenance charges applicable from 1 April, 2018|
|For a shortfall equal or less than 50%||Rs.20 + GST||Rs.7.5 + GST|
|For a shortfall more than 50% and less than 75%||Rs.30 + GST||Rs.10 + GST|
|For a shortfall more than 75% of the monthly average balance requirement||Rs.40 + GST||Rs.12 + GST|
|Rural areas Average Monthly Balance Requirement = Rs.1,000||Current penalty charges (For non-maintenance)||Non-maintenance charges applicable from 1 April, 2018|
|For a shortfall equal or less than 50%||Rs.20 + GST||Rs.5 + GST|
|For a shortfall more than 50% and less than 75%||Rs.30 + GST||Rs.7.5 + GST|
|For a shortfall more than 75% of the monthly average balance requirement||Rs.40 + GST||Rs.10 + GST|
How To Open SBI Savings Account Online?
The SBI online savings account opening procedure is simple.
- Any Indian resident can open a SBI savings account online by visiting the SBI website. Under personal banking, go to “Deposit schemes”, you will find the option of savings bank account.
- It is important to read the benefits, rules and regulations before clicking on the “apply online” option.
- Fill in all the details in the online application form.
- A TCRN (Temporary Customer Reference Number) will be generated and sent to the registered mobile number.
- Visit the nearest SBI branch within 30 days with the required original documents and your account will be opened.
- Print out the Account Opening Form (AOF)
- Proof of identity and address (Passport, Voter’s ID, Driving Licence, Aadhar card, NREGA card, PAN card)
- 2 recent passport-size coloured photographs
- In the case of minors below the age of 10, ID proof of the person who will operate the account is required. If the minor can operate the account independently, the regular procedure will be applicable.
Types Of SBI Savings Account
- Savings Plus Account With SBI
- This type of account is linked to Multi Option Deposit (MOD) where surplus funds crossing the upper limit of the savings bank account is automatically transferred to Term Deposits.
- This scheme will retain a minimum of Rs. 25,000 in the savings account.
- The term deposits will be opened in multiples of Rs. 1000 with a minimum of Rs. 10,000 at one instance.
- The account holder can choose the tenure of the deposit of 1 to 5 years.
- Yuva Savings Account With SBI
- This type of savings account is specially designed for youths between the age of 18 and 30 years.
- The account debit card has concessionary and complimentary facilities which are given free of cost.
- One draft/banker’s cheque per calendar month will be issued free of cost favouring educational institutions or job applications.
- The account will continue even after the account holder has attained the age of 30 years.
- This account is to enable the common man to access basic banking facilities.
- A basic savings account cannot be opened if the person already has a savings account. If the person holds a savings account, it needs to be closed within 30 days of opening this basic account.
- Regular savings account eligibility and documents are required to open this account.
- There is no minimum or maximum limit. Cheque book will be issued.
- A basic ATM/Debit card will be issued free of cost subject to a maximum of 4 withdrawals per month, after which the regular service charge is applicable.
- Any credit through online funds transfer will be free.
- Deposit of cash and deposit/collection of cheques drawn by Central/State Government will be free
- No charge applicable on activation of inoperative accounts
- Any other services not mentioned will be charged the regular service fee.
- A small account is provided to people who cannot meet the KYC (Know your customer) requirements. The procedure for opening this account is liberalised and a simplified account opening form is used. There are a number of benefits to this account:
- There is no minimum balance or initial deposit required
- Fund transfer credits through NEFT/RTGS are free of cost
- Deposits/cheques drawn by Central/State Government are free
- A basic debit card is issued for free with no annual maintenance charge.
- Conversion to regular Savings Bank account would be done by the home branch manually if KYC requirement is met.
- However this account has a number of restrictions.
- The upper limit is Rs. 50,000
- A basic ATM/debit card is issued subject to a maximum of 4 withdrawals per month on the debit card, after which the regular service charge is applicable.
- All credits in the financial year should not exceed Rs. 1 Lakh Withdrawals and transfers in a month should not exceed Rs 10000/.
- Foreign remittances can be credited only if the identity of the client is fully established through submission of official valid documents.
- The account will be operational only for 12 months. If the account holder can provide proof of application for any official valid document, then the account can be extended by another 12 months.
- This type of account aims at exposing minors to banking and the current features like mobile and Internet banking so that they are acquainted with modern-day banking and also understand the importance of savings and personal finance.
- Minors below the age of 10 years can avail of the PehlaKadam scheme which requires the parents/guardian to jointly open and operate the account.
- The parents/guardian will have to submit required documents. Minors above the age of 10 can avail the PehliUdaan scheme and operate it individually provided that the minor complies to the KYC norms.
- There is a “per day limit” to ensure money is spent wisely.
- No minimum balance. Maximum is Rs. 5 lakhs.
- Mobile banking subject to a transaction limit of Rs. 2,000 a day.
- Internet banking subject to a transaction limit of Rs. 5,000.
- Personalised cheque books/and pass book.
- Photo-embossed debit card with a withdrawal/POS limit of Rs. 5000.
- Can set up one standing instruction for recurring deposit free of charge.
- Interest at 4% p.a. calculated on a daily balance.
- Nomination facility.
- No inter core charges for transfer of funds.
- Auto sweep facility available wherein excess of Rs. 20,000 will be invested in fixed deposits in multiples of Rs. 1,000 subject to a minimum of Rs. 10,000.
- Can transfer accounts to any SBI Branch without changing account number.
- Extra benefit of Smart Scholar - Child Plan offered by SBI Life. It comes with an inbuilt premium waiver benefit and loyalty additions.
- Personal Accident Insurance cover for the parent.
- Overdraft facility is available for parents/guardian or in case of corporate salary package, 2 months salary subject to satisfying other terms and conditions.
SBI Salary Accounts
SBI provides salary accounts with special features and benefits to employees of corporates, universities, colleges, schools, Government establishments, railways, police and defence personnel, and so on. There are four types of accounts depending on the gross monthly income or designation of the employees, i.e., Silver Gold, Diamond and Platinum accounts.
The salary accounts come with benefits like:
- Zero Balance accounts
- Unique Lifetime Account number
- Auto sweep facility on request wherein surplus savings will automatically be invested in term deposits in multiples of Rs. 1,000.
- Free personalized multicity cheques
- Free debit card
- RGTS/NEFT with free core power
- Easy overdraft up to 2 months' salary repayable within 6 months
- Free personal accident insurance (For more details and current policy, visit the bank’s official website)
- SMS and email alerts
- Various personal loans
- Demat facility
- Mutual funds investment plans
|Domestic Cards||Rs. 40,000|
|Gold Cards||Rs. 50,000|
|Platinum Cards||Rs. 1,00,000|
Types Of Salary Accounts With SBI
There are 8 types of salary accounts:
- .Corporate Salary Package
This package can be customised to suit the corporate/institution depending on the business relationship it has with the bank. Institutions include hospitals, hotels, transport corporations and so on. To avail this account, the company should have a minimum of 25 employees with a gross monthly income of Rs. 5,000. The type of account given, i.e, Gold, Silver, Diamond or Platinum will depend on the gross monthly income of the employees.
- Central Government Salary Package
This account can be availed for employees of various ministries/departments of the Central Government, RBI and Nabard. Types of accounts vary according to the designation of the employees.
- State Government Salary Package
This account can be availed for employees of State Government, Union territories and their boards and corporations. The type of account will depend on the designation of the personnel.
- Railway Salary Package
This account can be availed for employees of Indian Railways, Kolkata Metro, Delhi Metro, Bangalore Metro, Mumbai Metro, Konkan Railways. The type of account will depend on the designation of the personnel.
- Police Salary Package (PSP)
This account is designed for employees to the employees of Central Police Organizations (other than Central Para Military Forces), Armed Police and Reserve Police of all States, Civil Police, Police Forces of The Union Territories (Under The Control Of The Central Government), Railway Protection Force (RPF) (under the Ministry of Railways, Central Government) and Government Railway Police (GRP) - (part of State Police Force). The type of account will depend on the designation of the employees.
- Defence Salary Package
This account is available for serving and retired Defence personnel of Army/Navy/ Air Force/Indian Coast Guard/Assam Rifles, as well as Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and GREF [Border Road Organization (BRO)] who have their Salary/Pension accounts with SBI.
The type of account will depend on the rank of the personnel of Army, Navy ,Air Force, Assam Rifles, RR and GREF. PBORs (Personnel Below Officer Rank) are categorized in Silver, Officers fall under Gold, Diamond and Platinum.
- Para Military Salary Package
This package can be availed for serving personnel of the following Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMFs) having their Salary accounts with SBI.
- Central Reserve Police Force : (CRPF)
- Border Security Force : (BSF)
- Central Industrial Security Force : (CISF)
- Sashastra Seema Bal : (SSB)
- Indo Tibetan Border Police : (ITBP)
- National Security Guard : (NSG)
The type of account depends on the rank of the personnel of the paramilitary forces.
- Indian Coast Guard Salary Package (ICGSP)
This package is available for serving and retired personnel of Indian Coast Guard having their Salary/Pension accounts with SBI.
The type of account depends upon the rank of the personnel of Indian Coast Guard. PBORs will be eligible for Silver accounts, Officers are eligible for Gold, Diamond and Platinum.
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News About SBI Savings Account
SBI cuts penalty charges for non-maintenance of savings account
In what will be a relief for more than 20 crore savings bank account holders across the country, State Bank of India have yet again revised the penalty charges for non-maintenance of savings account, but this time, have reduced the charges placed against the monthly average balance shortfall. In a statement, the bank said the reduced penalty charges was done after taking in the sentiments of their customers. Now, for those holding an SBI savings account in an urban area, the maximum penalty has been reduced from Rs.50 + GST to Rs.15 + GST, for semi-urban accounts it has been reduced from a maximum of Rs.40 + GST to Rs.12 + GST and for rural savings accounts it has been reduced from a maximum penalty of Rs.40 + GST to Rs.10 +GST.
14 March 2018
SBI rolls out two new savings accounts for kids
A few days back SBI, India’s largest Government controlled bank, announced that they have rolled out two new savings accounts for kids - one for kids above 10 years old and the other for kid’s below 18 years. According to the bank, Pehla Kadam is meant for the minors of any age. This account will be jointly opened with the parent/guardian. In addition, Pehli Udan is meant for the minors above the age of 10 years only who can sign uniformly. This account will be opened in the name of the minor. The monthly average balance requirement is Rs.5,000 for metro customers and Rs.3,000 for urban customers, while it's Rs.2,000 and Rs.1,000 for semi urban and rural customers, respectively. The maximum balance is Rs. 10 lakh in both the accounts. The Pehla Kadam account can be opened along with the parent/guardian while Pehli Udan can be operated solely by the child.
17 November 2017
No closure charged for SBI accounts upto 1 year
A sigh of relief for many SBI account holder, the bank will now not charge a closure fee for accounts up to 1 year. Previously, a fee of Rs.500 was slapped on customer closing their account within a year. That said, accounts closed within two weeks will remain free of any closure charges. According to the bank, they have revised the minimum account balance for its savings accounts, as well as the penalties for non-maintenance of minimum balance. The major change has been made with respect to savings accounts in metro cities, where SBI account holders will now have to maintain a monthly average balance (MAB) of Rs.3,000, instead of Rs.5,000.
3 October 2017
State Bank of India to review minimum balance charges
After complaints from their customers on the harsh nature of penalty for inability to maintain a minimum balance in the account, State Bank of India is reviewing its poise towards such penalties. According to Rajnish Kumar, the bank’s managing director, we have received feedback from our customers on the issue and we are reviewing those. The bank will take into account those and make an informed decision. We will internally debate whether any moderation for certain categories of customers like senior citizens and students needs to be done anywhere. The charges are never cast in iron. SBI will look at the concern of its customers as its top priority with regard to this matter. The bank’s managing director ended by saying that, on one hand banks are writing off loans of big corporates, on the other hand they are increasing charges on their customers. This is unfair and unions have requested the finance minister for his intervention.
18 September 2017
SBI cuts interest rates on savings account deposits
The largest government bank in the country, State Bank of India, announced yesterday that they have slashed the interest rates on deposits in savings accounts from 4% to 3.5%. In a statement, the bank said that the decline in the rate of inflation and high real interest rates are the primary considerations warranting a revision in the rate of interest on savings bank deposits. They added that the change in the structure is effective immediately and also marks the introduction of a new two-tier savings account interest rate system as balance of over Rs.1 crore will continue to attract the earlier 4% rate. Analysts and markets see the bank's move as a positive and believe the 0.5% cut in savings bank deposits will aid in boosting SBI's margins. SBI almost always leads the rate cut cycle with other banks following suit. Analysts expect the same to happen with Monday's interest rate cut.
1 August 2017
SBI Accounts Which don’t Have A MAB Requirement
Following the recent announcement regarding the hike in MAB for savings accounts, the nation’s top lender, State Bank of India, has made another announcement which will bring relief to certain SBI account holders. The bank has named the accounts which will be exempt from the maintenance of a minimum average monthly balance. These accounts include the small savings bank accounts, basic savings bank accounts and Jan Dhan accounts or accounts opened under the government's Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana or PMJDY financial inclusion scheme. Apart from this, SBI State Bank of India is offering customers to open corporate salary accounts which do not have a minimum balance requirement.
10 April 2017
SBI Hikes MAB To Rs 5,000 For Savings Account In Metros
SBI’s decision to hike charges on non maintenance of MAB and towards providing other services is going to hit millions of its customers, not to mention the additional customer base which the bank has recently acquired following its merger with 5 associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank on April 1, 2017. Following the merger, SBI’s customer base has increased to 37 crore.
SBI Savings account holders located in 6 major metro cities will not have to maintain a MAB of Rs. 5,000. Failure to maintain MAB will lead to a penalty which ranges from Rs. 100 (metro cities) to Rs 20 (rural branches). Till Mar 31, 2017, the MAB to be maintained for a savings bank account was fixed at Rs 500 (for accounts without cheque book facility) and Rs. 1000 (for accounts with cheque book facility). Starting from the next financial year, SBI will be fixing different MABs ‘metro’, ‘urban’, ‘semi-urban’ and ‘rural’ regions.
The MAB for urban and semi-urban branches has been fixed at Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively. In rural branches, the MAB to be maintained is fixed at Rs 1,000, failure to maintain which ill attract a fine between the range of Rs 20 and Rs 50. However, the new MAB limits which come into effect from April 1 will not be applicable on Surabhi, Basic Savings Bank and PM Jan Dhan Yojana accounts.
In addition to the hike of MAB, SBI has also hiked locker rent, while cutting down on the number of free locker visits in a year. Now, account holders will have to pay a charge of Rs 100 + service tax for locker usage after the 12th yearly visit. With regards to cheque books, current account holders will be provided with a cheque book of 50 cheques, free of charge in a financial year. After that is exhausted, the cheques will be issued at the cost of Rs 3 per leaf.
3 April 2017
SBI Announces Reintroduction of Several Service Related Charges
After a period of nearly 5 years, State Bank of India recently announced that it would be reintroducing the penalty on non-maintenance of minimum balance in accounts and revising charges on other services like ATMs. The new charges will be effective from April 1, 2017. Also as a part of the announcement, SBI will allow SB account holders to deposit cash in their account, free of charge, 3 times a month. From the 4th transaction onwards, a charge of Rs. 50 + service taxes ill be levied.
Other leading banks like ICICI, HDFC and Axis Bank have announced a charge of Rs. 150 that will be levied after the first 4 charge free transactions allowed in a month. Also, according to the new list of charges announced, SBI will not levy a charge of Rs. 100 plus service tax (for metro cities) towards non-maintenance of Monthly Average Balance (MAB) in accounts. In case the balance is below 50% per cent or less of the MAB, then the bank will levy a charge Rs. 50 plus service tax.
If the customer has made more than 5 ATM cash withdrawal transactions from SBI ATMs in a month, a charge of Rs. 10 will be levied from the 6th transaction onwards for every transaction. For more than 3 free cash withdrawals done from non-SBI ATMs, a charge of up to Rs 20 will be levied from the 4th transaction onwards. However, customers who have a balance of Rs. 25,000 and above in their accounts will not be charged for ATM withdrawals from SBI ATMs. If the balance in the customer’s account exceeds Rs. 1 lakh, they will not be charged towards ATM cash withdrawals beyond the 3 free transactions done from non-SBI ATMs.
6 March 2017
SBI Savings Account Receives Over Rs.38,670 Crore Public Deposits
After Narendra Modi announced demonetization of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes in India, many citizens stood in front of the bank to deposit their savings. According to a recent report, State Bank of India received over Rs.38,670 crore public deposit in less than a week and exchanged about Rs.1,666 crore since Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes were scrapped. Chairperson of SBI, Arundhati Bhattacharya, stated that on Thursday, the cash deposits received by State Bank of India touched Rs.21,150 crore and Rs.723 crore was exchanged. By the end of closing hours of Friday, the bank received Rs.17,527 crore as cash deposits and exchanged Rs.943 crores. She further stated that the lending rates may be reduced in the future if cash deposits continue to flow into the system at this rate. She also stated that demand for luxury goods may be affected due to demonetization but the overall demand in the market will remain the same.She concluded by assuring that all issues will be resolved in the next 1 or 2 days and there will be no shortage for cash.
18 November 2016
Holiday Savings Account Introduced by SBI & Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook and SBI have teamed up to launch an account for vacation savings. SBI account holders can access the recurring deposit through online banking by choosing their holiday package and then putting away money to pay for it through the recurring deposit. The deposit will be over 12 installments, with the travel company paying a 13th installment.
The idea behind SBI holidays savings account is to offer customers a holiday that is free of inflation, since they will be paying for it based on rates at the time of booking. They will also be receiving interest of 7.25% on the deposit amount. It will help them plan for a holiday instead of having to resort to a loan to pay for it.
The SBI holidays savings account will cover air return and transfers, food and stay as well as sightseeing and taxes. Customers can choose from 14 packages, 7 domestic and 7 international.
Thomas Cook have seen good business through this savings account which was started in December 2014 and have agreements with three other banks for a similar offer.
10 February 2016
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