India is a country with huge population which accounts for large number of players in the banking sector and now there is a move to make India cashless, and Indian banking sector is a boost with demonitization. Every citizen wants to open a account in public or private banks but variety of factors such as high rate of interest on deposit, easy advance, customer services and so on should be looked before opening a account.
There are Four types of accounts in India Banks. The foremost step is to understand your requirements and deciding on the type of account you wish to open.
As far as saving account is concerned,you can consider following points to decide which bank is best for you to open a Savings Account – Interest rate, Various facilites offered, What is minimum balance required in your account, Charges fees, and customer services. Ideally,you should look for a nearby branch providing good customer service and net banking with less minimum balance requirement.
Fixed Deposits Accounts
A fixed deposit (FD) is a financial instrument provided by banks which provides investors with a higher rate of interest than a regular savings account. The best bank to open FD will be the one who provides Maximum Interest for your deposit and provide information like Maturity amount, Interest Earned, Gain After Inflation easily.
Recurring Deposits Accounts
Recurring Deposit is a special kind of Term Deposit offered by banks in India which help people with regular incomes to deposit a fixed amount every month into their Recurring Deposit account and earn interest at the rate applicable to Fixed Deposits. To open a recurring deposit account in any bank, it is essential to calculate interest rates offered by different banks. Best Bank to open RD will be the one who provide higher interest rates, no TDS on interest, 12 to 120 months tenure, premature closure.
A current account is a type of deposit account that caters to professionals and businessmen alike. The current account should have free fund transfers between all other accounts, free local collections through cheque and fund transfers as well as easy inter-city banking.
What should you look for in a bank?
1. It should have a good netbanking facility
2. It should have good phone support.
3. It should not overcharge for its card facilities
4. It should have good value added services (e.g bill pay, tax submit etc)
5. Minimum balance required should be reasonable.
Nowadays, all the products and services offered by bank are more or less similar. e.g. Debit card, Online Banking, Mobile banking, App banking etc. The main idea is which sector you prefer public or a private sector bank. The public sector banks open with lesser amount (250-1000). Even Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojna accounts can be opened with ‘0’ balance. But the nature of service is better for private banks than public sector banks.
The Major Public Sector Banks are SBI, PNB, Bank of Baroda, Central Banl of India, Bank of India. But SBI is India’s largest bank and have maximum number of branches and ATM’s all over India. Whereas the best services are in private banks like ICICI, HDFC, AXIS, INDUS IND, Kotak, Yes Bank etc.
Make yourself aware of the charges like debit/credit card, ATM, SMS, email, annual, monthly etc before deciding in which bank you prefer to open account in.