Banking in India & Types of Banks

banking in india types of banks

  • Banks are the financial institution that takes deposits from public and gives credit to any individuals or organizations.
  • Banking in India is regulated by RBI Act, 1934, Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and FEMA.
  • Supervision over all the banks in India, lies with the Department of Banking Supervision (DBS).
  • The types of banks in India are divided depend on their functions which is guided by Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
  • Financial institutions can be divided into two types
    • Banking Institutions
    • Non-Banking Financial Institutions
  • We can divide banking institutions of India in two way
    • Depend on the Banking Regulations & Act
    • Depend on their Roles & Functions

banking in india types of banks

Banking in India

banking in india types of banks

Types of Banks depend on RBI Act, 1934

  • Scheduled Banks
  • Non-Scheduled Banks




Types of Banks depend on Functions
  • Commercial Banks
  • Cooperative Banks


Types of Commercial Banks in India

  • Universal Commercial Banks
    • Public
    • Private
    • Foreign
  • Differential Commercial banks
    • RRB – Regional Rural Bank
    • Local Area Bank
    • Small Finance Bank
    • Payment Bank
    • Wholesale Bank

banking in india types of banks

Types of Cooperative Banks in India

  • Urban
  • State
  • Central
  • PACS – Primary Agricultural Credit Societies



Types of Non-Banking Financial Institutions in India
  • Development Bank or All India Financial Institution
    • EXIM Bank
    • NABARD – National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
    • NHB – National Housing Bank
    • SIDBI – Small Industries Development Bank of India
  • PD – Public Depository
  • NBFC – Non Banking Financial Companies

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Scheduled Banks in India

banking in india types of banks


Scheduled Banks

  • Scheduled banks are come under the 2nd Schedule of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
  • Banks need to satisfy the criteria in the section 42(6)(a) of the RBI Act 1934 to be in 2nd schedule.
    • Bank has a minimum paid-up capital of Rs. 5 Lac.
    • Bank must not carried out any business that causes harm to the interest of the depositors.
    • Scheduled banks in India should be a corporation, not a sole-proprietorship or partnership firm.
  • There are some more obligations that a Scheduled bank need to fulfill
    • Scheduled Banks in India need to maintain Cash Reserves with RBI.
    • They must submit the periodic returns to the RBI.
  • Scheduled banks in India enjoy certain rights
    • Scheduled banks can receive refinance facility from the Central Bank
    • They have access to the repo market of RBI.
    • They entitled for currency chest facility
    • Right to become members of clearing house
  • Scheduled banks are two types, commercial banks and cooperative banks
  • Public deposits in Scheduled Banks in India are insured by Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC)
  • DICGC insured bank deposits of up to Rs.5 lac per depositor per bank in the situation of bank failure.


Currency Chest

  • Currency chests are branches of banks selected by the RBI to stock rupee notes and coins.
  • RBI branch offices receive the notes from note presses and coins from the mints.
  • Then notes and coins are sent to the currency chests.
  • RBI has set up about 5000 currency chests all over the country.
  • More than 60% currency chests are in branches of the State Bank of India and other PSU banks have about 35%.


Clearing House

  • A bankers’ clearing house is a financial institution that clear cheques and transfers money between member banks.
  • Now this is done electronically through 9 digit Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) code.
  • RBI branch offices or SBI and PSU banks work as the clearing house.



Non-Scheduled Banks

  • Non-Scheduled Banks are not listed in the 2nd Schedule of Reserve Bank of India.
  • They do not comply with the provisions of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.
  • RBI, are not able to protect the depositor’s interest in the case of Non-Scheduled Banks in India.
  • This banks are need to maintain the cash reserve ratio with themselves, but not with the RBI.
  • Non-Scheduled Banks can be two types, commercial and cooperative
  • Non-Scheduled Commercial Banks
    • Local Area Banks are non-scheduled banks
  • Non-Scheduled Cooperative Banks

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Commercial banking

banking in india types of banks


Commercial Banks in India

  • A commercial bank is a type of bank that provides different financial services for making profits.
  • Commercial banks are the most important components of the banking system in India.
  • The Banking Regulation Act, 1949 empowers the RBI to inspect and supervise commercial banks.
  • All the commercial banks are need to maintain CRR and SLR
  • Minimum Priority Sector Lending (PSL) is 40% of their total loans or Adjusted Net Bank Credit.
  • Commercial banks in India can access repo market.


Core Functions of Commercial Banks

  • Credit creation or lending activity is the most important function of commercial banks.
    • Lending money by overdraft, and loans
    • Lending both secured and unsecured credit.
  • Commercial banks accept deposits from customers
    • Demand deposit
    • Time deposit
  • Issuing Bank drafts and Bank cheques.
  • Processing payments through internet banking, RTGS or other payment methods.
  • Providing cash management services, management of payments and receives for clients.
  • They provide Treasury management services.
  • Commercial banks can provide Private Equity financing but cannot invest in financial market.


Agency Functions of Commercial Banks

  • Commercial banks collect and clear cheques, dividends and interest warrant.
  • They can sell Insurance, Mutual Fund, Pension to customers.
  • Commercial banks in India deal in foreign exchange transactions for individual and businesses.
  • Provide purchase and sell securities services to clients.
  • They act as trustee, attorney, correspondent and executor.
  • Commercial banks accept tax proceeds and tax returns.


Utility Functions of Commercial Banks

  • Commercial banks in India provide safe deposit boxes to customers.
  • They provide money transfer facility to public.
  • Provide bill payment service for phone bills, rent, gas bills, water bills etc. to customers.
  • Commercial banks provide various cards such as credit cards and debit cards.

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Universal Commercial Banks

Public Banks in India

  • These are the nationalised banks, more than 51% shares is under Government control.
  • Public banks in India account for more than 75% of the total banking business in the country.
  • SBI is the largest public sector bank in India and one among the top 50 banks of the world after merger.
  • In 2017, there was 27 nationalised banks in India.
  • Now, there are 12 nationalised banks in India after merger in Aug, 2019.
  • FDI limit in Public sector banks in India is 20% including FII.



Private Bank in India

  • Major stake or equity of a Private bank is held by private shareholders.
  • All the banking rules and regulations of RBI will be applicable on private sector banks as well.
  • FDI limit is 74% including FII in any private bank in India
  • Minimum paid up capital is Rs. 500 Cr.
  • Private banks must have at least 25% branches in rural centres (population less than 10K).
  • Organizations should have a past record with a successful track record of 10 years to apply for a private bank in India.
  • There are more than 20 private sector banks in India.


Foreign Banks in India

  • A foreign banks, which have headquarters in a foreign country can operates in India as a private entity.
  • They need to open their benches under Wholly Owned Subsidiary.
  • At least 25 % of the total number of branches must be opened in unbanked rural area, Tier 5 and Tier 6.
  • PSL is 40% for those which have more than 20 branches
  • PSL is 32% for foreign banks with less than 20 branches.
  • 100% FDI is allowed for wholly owned subsidiary of foreign banks in India.
  • There are more than 45 foreign banks are banking in India.



Differential Commercial Banks in India

Regional Rural Bank (RRB)

  • Regional Rural Banks or RRBs are also scheduled commercial banks
  • RRBs were set up on the recommendations of the Narshimham committee, in 2nd Oct, 1975
  • It also known as Gramin banks.
  • They usually operate at rural areas in India.
  • Regional Rural Banks may have branches in selected urban areas also.
  • Ownership of Regional Rural Banks in India is as follows
    • Central Government – 50%
    • State Government – 15%
    • Sponsor Banks – 35%
  • Priority Sector Lending is 75% of net bank credit.
  • Operating area is restricted within the state or some districts.
  • Regional Rural Banks can’t use MSF facility of RBI.
  • 1st Regional Rural Bank in India was the Prathama Bank sponsored by Syndicate Bank in Uttar Pradesh


Functions of Regional Rural Banks

  • Regional Rural Banks have been created to provide banking facilities to rural and semi-urban areas.
  • RRBs do the Government operations like disbursement of wages of MGNREGA workers, distribution of pensions, etc.
  • Para-Banking facilities like debit cards, credit cards and locker facilities also provided by RRBs.



Local Area Banks (LABs)

  • Local area bank was introduced in Aug, 1996.
  • It was expected to bridge the gaps in credit availability and strengthen the institutional credit framework in the rural and semi-urban areas.
  • Local area banks are non-scheduled commercial banks.
  • They were given permission under Section 22 of the Banking Regulation Act 1949.
  • LABs could be included in the 2nd Schedule of the RBI Act, 1934 subject to the fulfillment of the eligibility criteria
  • Min start-up capital of a LAB was fixed at Rs.5 cr.
  • Maximum operational area of 3 districts.
  • Minimum PSL is 40%
  • 25% of their PSL (10% of NBC) must lend to the weaker sections of society.
  • Local area banks in India need to maintain CRR and SLR
  • 1st LAB in India is Coastal Local Area Bank, in Andhra Pradesh, established in 1999.
  • In 2014, RBI has permitted Local area banks to be converted into small finance banks as per eligibility.

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Small Finance Bank in India

  • Objectives of setting up of small finance banks financial inclusion to the unserved sections of the society by
    • Providing savings vehicles
    • Supply of credit to small and micro business units, small and marginal farmers
    • Providing financial services through high technology-low cost operations.
  • Small finance banks set up on the recommendations of Nachiket Mor Committee 2014
  • Eligibility criteria to set up small finance banks are
    • Resident individuals with 10 years of experience in banking and finance
    • Companies and societies owned and controlled by residents
    • Existing NBFCs, Micro Finance Institutions, LABs
  • Minimum paid up capital for small finance banks is Rs.100 cr.
  • FDI limits is same as private sector banks.
  • Small finance banks can be converted into a private sector bank after 5 years, as per performance.
  • The area of operations of small finance banks is not restricted.
  • At least 50% of its loan should not be more than Rs. 25 lakh.
  • Minimum PSL is 75% in which 40% is as per RBI guide and 35% is for preferred sector as per bank.
  • CSR and SLR and other rules for commercial private banks is applicable on small finance banks too.
  • CRAR is 15% for small finance banks in India.
  • 1st small finance bank in India is Capital Small Finance Bank started in 2016.
  • Now, there are 10 small finance banks in India.



Payment Bank in India

  • Payment Bank was set up in 2015 on the recommendations of Nachiket Mor Committee 2014
  • It must be a Public ltd. company with Rs.100 Cr. Capital.
  • Payment Banks need to invest min 75% of deposits in Govt. bond as SLR
  • They can deposit max 25% of deposits with other scheduled commercial banks.
  • Max deposit can be Rs.1 lac per year per person is allowed.
  • PBs can open branch and ATM
  • They need to open 25% access point must be in rural area.
  • Payment Banks can sell Mutual Fund, Pension, Insurance etc.
  • PBs can accept only savings account, current deposits and fixed deposit.
  • Min CRAR is 15% for payment banks.
  • Max 74% FDI is allowed for PBs.
  • PBs can access repo market.
  • Payment banks in India can recruit Business Correspondents to serve financial services to customers.
  • 1st payment bank in India is Airtel Payments Bank launched in 2017.
  • Now, there are total 6 payment banks in India.


Payment Banks Cannot Do

  • Lending activity, credit card or advance is not allowed for payment banks.
  • They can’t accept NRI deposit and cross border remittance.




Wholesale Banking in India

  • Wholesale banking is the provision of services by banks to larger customers or organizations
  • Customers can be mortgage brokers, large corporate clients, mid-sized companies, real estate developers and investors, international trade finance businesses, institutional customers etc.
  • Nachiket Mor Committee recommended Wholesale banking in India.
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed setting up wholesale and long-term finance (WLTF) in 2017.
  • It didn’t started yet
  • Liabilities will be Current Account, Term Deposit (more than 10 Cr.), Bonds, Bank borrowing.
  • Assets will be Infra project lending, medium corporate lending,
  • Wholesale banks may sell PSL certificate to banks
  • Proposed min paid up Capital Rs.1000 Cr.

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Cooperative bank in India

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Cooperative Banking in India

  • Cooperative banks in India are registered under the Cooperative Societies Act, 1912.
  • Cooperative banking is work on noprofit noloss basis.
  • They mainly serve small businesses, industries and self-employment in urban areas.
  • In rural areas, they mainly finance agriculture-based activities like farming, livestock and hatcheries.
  • Short-term rural cooperative has 3-tier structure
    • Tier-I – state cooperative banks at state level
    • Tier-II – central cooperative banks at district level
    • Tier- III – primary agricultural credit societies (PACSs).
  • They are run by an elected managing committee.
  • In a cooperative bank, one shareholder has one vote.
  • Cooperative banks issue shares of unlimited liability.
  • Since 1966 it comes under the regulation of RBI.
  • Cooperative banks can be scheduled or non-scheduled.
  • NABARD provides refinance support and takes care of inspection of State CBs and District central CBs.
  • Cooperative banks in India performs all the main banking functions of deposit mobilization, supply of credit and provision of remittance facilities.
  • Cooperatives Societies have limitation to accept deposit from members only and lend to the same.
  • CRR and SLR applicable on it
  • Access of repo market is not allowed in Cooperative banking
  • PSL is not applicable to cooperative banks.
  • Long term cooperative banks or Land Development Banks are two types
    • SCARDB – State Cooperative Agricultural and Rural Development Banks
    • PCARDB – Primary Cooperative Agricultural and Rural Development Banks
  • The earliest known cooperative credit union in India is Anyonya Sahakari Mandali, established in 1889 in Baroda.



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