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Brief History of Banking in India:The origin of western type commercial Banking in India dates back to the
18th century.
The story of banking starts from Bank of Hindusthan established in 1770
and it was first bank at Calcutta under European management.
In 1786 General Bank of India was set up.
Since Calcutta was the most active trading port in India, mainly due to the
trade of the British Empire, it became a banking center.
Three Presidency banks were set up under charters from the British East
India Company- Bank of Calcutta, Bank of Bombay and the Bank of
Madras. These worked as quasi central banks in India for many years.
The Bank of Calcutta established in 1806 immediately became Bank of
In 1921 these 3 banks merged with each other and Imperial Bank of India
got birth. It is today's State Bank of India.
The name was changed after India's Independence in 1955. So State bank
of India is the oldest Bank of India.
In 1839, there was a fruitless effort by Indian merchants to establish a Bank
called Union Bank. It failed within a decade.
Next came Allahabad Bank which was established in 1865 and working
even today.
The oldest Public Sector Bank in India having branches all over India and
serving the customers for the last 145 years is Allahabad Bank. Allahabad
bank is also known as one of India's Oldest Joint Stock Bank.
The Oldest Joint Stock bank of India was Bank of Upper India established in
1863 and failed in 1913.

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Four banks started operation during the period of Swadeshi Movement and
so this was known as "Cradle of Indian Banking.
The above discussion was of the first phase of Indian banking which was a
very slow in development. This era saw many ups and downs in the
banking scenario of the country.
The Second Phase starts from 1935 when Reserve bank of India was
established. Between the period of 1911-1948, there were more than 1000
banks in India, almost all small banks. The Reserve Bank of India was
constituted in 1934 as an apex Bank, however without major government
ownership. Government of India came up with the Banking Companies Act
1949. This act was later changed to Banking Regulation (Amendment) Act
1949. The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Act of 1965 gave extensive
powers to the Reserve Bank of India. The Reserve Bank of India was made
the Central Banking Authority.
The banking sector reforms started immediately after the independence.
These reforms were basically aimed at improving the confidence level of
the public as most banks were not trusted by the majority of the people.
Instead, the deposits with the Postal department were considered safe.
The first major step was Nationalization of the Imperial Bank of India in
1955 via State Bank of India Act.
State Bank of India was made to act as the principal agent of RBI and
handle banking transactions of the Union and State Governments.
In a major process of nationalization, 7 subsidiaries of the State Bank of
India were nationalized by the Indira Gandhi regime. In 1969, 14 major
private commercial banks were nationalized.

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These 14 banks Nationalized in 1969 are as follows:
Central Bank of India
Bank of Maharastra
Dena Bank Punjab
National Bank
Syndicate Bank
Canara Bank
Indian Bank
Indian Overseas
Bank Bank of Baroda
Union Bank
Allahabad Bank
Union Bank of India
UCO Bank Bank of India.

The above was followed by a second phase of nationalization in 1980,

when Government of India acquired the ownership of 6 more banks, thus
bringing the total number of Nationalised Banks to 20. The private banks at
that time were allowed to function side by side with nationalized banks and
the foreign banks were allowed to work under strict regulation.
After the two major phases of nationalization in India, the 80% of the
banking sector came under the public sector / government ownership.

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Please note the following sequence of events:
Creation of Reserve bank of India: 1935
Nationalization of Reserve Bank of India : 1949 (January )
Enactment of Banking Regulation Act : 1949 (March)
Nationalization of State Bank of India : 1955
Nationalization of SBI Subsidiaries : 1959
Nationalization of 14 major Banks : 1969
Creation of Credit Guarantee Corporation: 1971
Creation of Regional Rural Banks : 1975
Nationalization of 7 more banks with deposits over Rs. 200 Crore: 1980
The result was outstanding. The public deposits in these banks increased
by 800% , as the government ownership gave the public faith and trust. The
third phase of development of banking in India started in the early 1990s
when India started its economic liberalization.

First Narasimham Committee:The most important committee was Narasimham Committee on banking
Sector Reforms. It was set up in 1991.
Please note that there were two Narasimham Committees. Narasimham
Committee I was formed in 1991 and Narasimham Committee II was
formed in 1998 and both were related to Banking Sector Reforms.

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First Narasimham committee submitted its report in November 1991.
It recommended the following:
Reduction in the Statutory Liquidity Ratio
Reduction in the Cash Reserve Ratio
Interest rate in CRR Balances
Redefining the priority sector
Deregulation of the Interest Rates.
Asset Classification and defining the Non Performing Assets.
Improve transparency in the banking system
Tribunals for recovery of Loans.
Tackling doubtful debts
Restructuring the banks
Allow entry of the new private Banks

Please note these memorable Points:

The Narasimham Committee had recommended that the SLR should be
reduced to 25% over the period of time.
The Narasimham Committee recommended that CRR should be reduced
to 10% over the period of time.
The impact of reducing the CRR and SLR was that now more funds of the
banks could be deployed to some more remunerative loan assets.

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The Narasimham Committee recommended that the Priority sector

should be redefined and it should include the following:

Marginal farmers
Tiny sector
Small business and transport operators
Village and Cottage Industries
Narasimham Committee recommended that there should be a target of

10% of the aggregate credit fixed for the Priority Sector at least.
(discussed later)
The result of the Narasimham committee led to some milestones in the

banking sector reforms in India.

Banking history of India is divided into Two major categories


Pre-Independence Banking History


Post-Independence Banking History

Pre-Independence Banking :?
The origin of modern Banking in India dates back to the 18th
Bank of Hindusthan was established in 1770 and it was the

first bank at Calcutta under European management.

Banking Concept in India was brought by Europeans.
In 1786 General Bank of India was set up.
On June 2, 1806 the Bank of Calcutta established in Calcutta.
It was the first Presidency Bank during the British Raj.

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Bank of Calcutta was established mainly to fund General Wellesley's

wars against Tipu Sultan and the Marathas.

On January 2, 1809 the Bank of Calcutta renamed as the Bank of

In 1839, there was a fruitless effort by Indian merchants to establish a

Bank called Union Bank but it failed within a decade.

On 15th April, 1840 the second presidency Bank was established in

Bombay Bank of Bombay.

On 1 July 1843 the Bank of Madras was established in Madras, now

Chennai. It was the third Presidency Bank during the British Raj.
Allahabad Bank which was established in 1865 and working even

The oldest Public Sector Bank in India having branches all over

India and serving the customers for the last 145 years is Allahabad
Bank. Allahabad bank is also known as one of India's Oldest Joint
Stock Bank.
These Presidency banks worked as quasi central banks in India for

many years under British Rule.

The Comptoire d'Escompte de Paris opened a branch in Calcutta

in 1860.
HSBC established itself in Bengal in 1869
Calcutta was the most active trading port in India, mainly due to the

trade of the British Empire, and so became a banking center.

The Oldest Joint Stock bank of India was Bank of Upper India

established in 1863 but this bank was become defunct in 1913.

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In 1881, Oudh Commercial Bank was established at Faizabad it

was the first Bank of India with Limited Liability to be managed by

Indian Board. After Independence, In 1958 this bank failed.
In 1895 Punjab National Bank was established in Lahore in Punjab

province of Undivided India. It was the first bank purely managed by

Indian. PNB has not only survive but also become the second largest
public sector bank in India.
The first Indian commercial bank which was wholly owned and

managed by Indians was Central Bank of India which was

established in 1911.
Central bank of India was also called India's First Truly Swadeshi

The Swadeshi movement inspired local businessmen and political

figures to found banks of and for the Indian community. The period
between 1906 and 1911 thousands of Banks were established in
India. Many of those banks established then have survived to the
present such as Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Indian Bank, Bank
of Baroda, Canara Bank and Central Bank of India.
At least 94 banks in India failed between 1913 and 1918 due to

economic crisis during World War I.

In 27th January, 1921 Bank of Calcutta, Bank of Madras and Bank of

Bombay were amalgamated to form Imperial Bank of India.

In 1926 Hilton-Young Commission submitted it's report.
In 1934 Reserve Bank of India act was passed.
On the recommendation of Hilton-Young Commission, On 1st April

1935 Reserve Bank of India was established.

RBI was established with initial share capital worth Rs. 5 crore with 5

Lakh Rs. 100 share dividend.

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Basel banking norms:-(Basel-III, Basel-II, Basel- I)
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) Basel-IIIprovides a
forum for regular cooperation on banking supervisory matters. Its objective
is to enhance understanding of key supervisory issues and improve the
quality of banking supervision worldwide.
Currently there are 27 member nations in the committee. Basel guidelines
refer to broad supervisory standards formulated by this group of central
banks- called the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS).What
are Basel norms?
Basel is a set of standards and practices developed for global banks to
ensure that they maintain adequate capital to withstand periods of
economic strain. It is a comprehensive set of reform measures designed to
improve the regulation, disclosures and risk management within the
banking sector.
Basel I
In 1988, BCBS introduced capital measurement system called Basel
capital accord, also called as Basel 1. It focused almost entirely on credit
risk. It defined capital and structure of risk weights for banks. The minimum
capital requirement was fixed at 8% of risk weighted assets (RWA). RWA
means assets with different risk profiles. For example, an asset backed by
collateral would carry lesser risks as compared to personal loans, which
have no collateral. India adopted Basel 1 guidelines in 1999.
Basel II
In 2004, Basel II guidelines were published by BCBS, which were
considered to be the refined and reformed versions of Basel I accord. The
guidelines were based on three parameters. Banks should maintain a
minimum capital adequacy requirement of 8% of risk assets, banks were
needed to develop and use better risk management techniques in
monitoring and managing all the three types of risks that is credit and
increased disclosure requirements. Banks need to mandatorily disclose
their risk exposure, etc to the central bank. Basel II norms in India and
overseas are yet to be fully implemented.
Basel III
In 2010, Basel III guidelines were released. These guidelines were
introduced in response to the financial crisis of 2008. A need was felt to
further strengthen the system as banks in the developed economies were
under-capitalized, over-leveraged and had a greater reliance on short-term

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Also the quantity and quality of capital under Basel II were deemed
insufficient to contain any further risk. Basel III norms aim at making most
banking activities such as their trading book activities more capitalintensive. The guidelines aim to promote a more resilient banking system
by focusing on four vital banking parameters viz. capital, leverage, funding
and liquidity.
Bank Licensing in India: History and Brief Timeline:1947-1969: Following a spate of mergers and amalgamations, the number
of commercial banks in the country decreased from 640 in 1947 to 85 in
RBI-Reserve-Bank-of-IndiaState Bank of India Act 1955:
Pursuant to the provisions of the State Bank of India Act of 1955, the
Reserve Bank of India, which is India's central bank, acquired a controlling
interest in the Imperial Bank of India. On 1 July 1955, the Imperial Bank of
India became the State Bank of India. Later Government of India acquired
the Reserve Bank of India's stake in SBI.
State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act 1959: In 1959, the government
passed the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, which made eight
state banks associates of SBI.
Bank Nationalization:
On July 19, 1969: The Government of India promulgated Banking
Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) ordinance 1969 to
acquire 14 bigger commercial banks with with deposits over 50 crores with
the basic objective of ensuring credit flow to priority sectors of the economy.
April, 1980: The next round of nationalization took place in April 1980. The
government nationalised six banks with deposit over 200 crores. This move
led to a further increase in the number of branches in the market, increasing
to 91% of the total branch network of the country.
Bank Liberalization:
January, 1993: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released guidelines for
licensing of new banks in the private sector. 10 new banks were formed on
the basis of these guidelines. These were Global Trust Bank, ICICI Bank,
HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Bank of Punjab, IndusInd Bank, Centurion Bank,
IDBI Bank, Times Bank and Development Credit Bank.
January, 2001: RBI revised the guidelines for new bank licences. Two new
banks Kotak Mahindra Bank and YES Bank were formed.

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Current procedure for Bank Licenses
February 26, 2010: Former finance minister and now president Pranab
Mukherjee announced in his budget speech (for 2010-11) that companies
and business houses will be allowed to set up new banks.
August 11, 2010: RBI released discussion paper on entry of new banks in
the private sector.
December 23, 2010: RBI released gist of comments from the feedback on
the discussion paper.
August 29, 2011: RBI released draft guidelines for licensing of new banks
in the private sector.
July 10, 2012: RBI released gist of comments from the feedback on the
draft guidelines.
February 22, 2013: RBI released guidelines for licensing of new banks.
July 1, 2013: Last date for submitting applications for new banking licence.
RBI disclosed names of 26 applicants for new banking licence two of
them drop out while one new player gets added to the list later.
September 4, 2013: RBI governor Raghuram Rajan announced setting up
of a committee headed by Bimal Jalan to screen the applications.
November 1, 2013: Bimal Jalan committee held its first meeting.
February 25, 2014: Bimal Jalan committee submitted its report to RBI.
March 12, 2014: RBI sought Election Commission's permission to issue inprinciple approvals for banking licence.
April 1, 2014: Election Commission allowed RBI to issue new bank
April 2, 2014: RBI granted in-principle approval to IDFC and Bandhan
Financial Services to set up banks. The in-principle approval will be valid for
18 months.

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Differentiated bank licence:
May 29, 2014: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will finalize the guidelin for
issuing differentiated banking licences within the next four months after
which such licences will be issued on tap, financial services secretary
Gurdial Singh Sandhu said on May 29, 2014. The financial services
department briefed new finance minister Arun Jaitley on the working
agenda for the department.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Important Points

Name of Central Bank of India: Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
No of Central Bank in India: One (1)
Reserve Bank of India Act passed in 1934.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) established on 1 April 1935.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) established on the recommendation

of Hilton-Young Commission.
Hilton-Young Commission submitted its report in the year 1926.
Initially RBI was constructed as a Private Share holders' bank with

fully paid-up capital of Rs 5 Crores.

RBI was nationalize in the year of 1st January,1949.
RBI is a statutory body.
RBI is the sole authority in India to issue Bank notes in India.
RBI can issue currency notes as much as the country requires,

provided it has to make a security deposit of Rs. 200 crores, out of

which Rs. 115 crores must be in gold and Rs. 85 crores must be
FOREX Reserves.

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Emblem of RBI: Panther and Palm Tree.
Initially the headquarter of RBI was in Calcutta (Now Kolkata) but

in 1937 it was permanently moved to Mumbai, Maharastra.

The Reserve Bank of India has 19 regional offices, most of them in

state capitals and 9 Sub-offices

The Executive head of RBI is known as Governor.
The governor is associated by Four Deputy Governors.
The bank has also two training colleges for its officers, viz.
Reserve Bank Staff College at Chennai and College of Agricultural

Banking at Pune.
RBI is a member bank of the Asian Clearing Union.
Chintaman Dwarkanath Deshmukh (C D Deshmukh) was the

governor of RBI at the Time of nationalization of RBI in 1949.

C D Deshmukh, then Governor of RBI, represented India at the

Bretton Woods negotiations in 1944.

1st women Deputy Governor of RBI -K.J.Udeshi.
RBI is not a Commercial Bank.
RBI prints currency in 15 Languages.
RBI is a member of IMF (International Monetary Fund).
At present there are total 90 bank in the second schedule of

Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. [Latest inclusion - Bhartiya

Mahila Bank]

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Present Governor of RBI and Deputy Governor of RBI:The executive head of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is known as the
Governor, the governor is assist by four deputy Governor.
Newly Appointed Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is Raghuram
Rajan who replaced Duvvuri Subbarao on September 4, 2013.
Name: Raghuram Rajan (New Appointment, Replaced D.
Appointed on: On 4 September 2013.
List of Deputy Governor:

Name: Shri H.R.Khan

Name: Urijit Patel (New Appointment, Replaced Subir Gokarn.)

Name: Shri R. Gandhi (Appointed on April 3, 2014.)

Name: Post Vacant. [Dr.K.C.Chakrabarty depart early from his post

on April 25, 2014).
RBI Monetary Policy,RBI Functions and RBI Rates:RBI Monetary Policy,RBI Functions and RBI Rates:Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is the central banking institution of India. RBI
control the monetary policy Rupee as a sole controller. RBI also controls
the liquidity (flow of money) in Indian Market by Changing its Policy rates
and Reserve ratios. RBI have three rates:
Bank Rate, CRR,SLR. Different RBI Rates:

Bank Rate (9%)

Cash Reserve Ratio (4%)

Statutory Liquidity Ratio (22%)
Marginal Standing Facility ( MSF) -9%
What are Repo rate and Reverse Repo rate?
Repo (Repurchase) rate is the rate at which the RBI lends shot-term money
to the banks. When the repo rate increases borrowing from RBI becomes
more expensive. Therefore, we can say that in case, RBI wants to make it
more expensive for the banks to borrow money, it increases the repo rate;
similarly, if it wants to make it cheaper for banks to borrow money,

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it increases the repo rate; similarly, if it wants to make it cheaper for banks to
borrow money, it reduces the repo rate. Reverse Repo rate is the rate at
which banks park their short-term excess liquidity with the RBI. The RBI
uses this tool when it feels there is too much money floating in the banking
system. An increase in the reverse repo rate means that the RBI will borrow
money from the banks at a higher rate of interest. As a result, banks would
prefer to keep their money with the RBI.

Current Repo Rate: 8%

Current Reserve Repo Rate: 7%

Statutory Liquidity Ratio:What is SLR?
Apart from the Cash Reserve Ratio, scheduled banks in India are required
to maintain, at the close of business every day, a minimum proportion of
their Net Demand and Time Liabilities,liquid assets in the form of gold, cash
and approved securities. The ratio of liquid assets to demand and time
liabilities is known as Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR). Reserve Bank of India
is empowered to increase Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) up to 40%. An
increase in SLR also reduces their (Bank's) capacity to grant loans and
advances, thus it is an anti-inflationary impact.RBI-Reserve Bank of India
What is SLR (Non Bankers Point of View)?
SLR stands for Statutory Liquidity Ratio. This term is used by bankers and
indicates the minimum percentage of deposits that the bank has to
maintain in form of gold, cash or other approved securities. Thus, it is ratio
of cash and some other approved to liabilities (deposits) It regulates the
credit growth in India.
Current SLR Rates: The present SLR is 22%.
Bank Rate:What is Bank rate?
Bank Rate is the rate at which central bank of the country, in India it is the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI), allows finance/liquidity to
commercial/scheduled banks within the territory of India. RBI uses Bank
Rate as a tool for short-term measures. Any upward revision in Bank Rate is
an indication that banks should also increase the deposit rates as well as
the Prime Lending Rate.

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Any revision in the Bank rate indicates more or less interest on your
deposits and also an increase or decrease in your EMI.
What is Bank Rate (Non Bankers Point of View) ?
This is the rate at which RBI lends money to other banks or financial
institutions. If the bank rate goes up, long-term interest rates also tend to
move up, and If the bank rate goes down, long-term interest rates also tend
to move down. Thus, it can said that in case bank rate is hiked, in all
likelihood banks will hikes their own lending rates to ensure and they
continue to make a profit.
Present Bank Rate of RBI: 9%
Cash Reserve Ratio(CRR):Every commercial/Scheduled bank in India has to keep certain minimum
amount of cash reserves with Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Reserve Bank
of India uses CRR as a tool to increase or decrease the reserve
requirement depending on whether RBI wants to increase or decrease in
the money supply. RBI can vary Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) rate between
3% and 15%. An increase in CRR will make it mandatory for the banks to
hold a large proportion of their deposits in the form of deposits with the RBI.
This will reduce the amount of Bank deposits and they will lend less as they
have less amount as their reserve. This will in turn decrease the money
supply. If RBI wants to increase Money supply it may reduce the rate of
CRR and it will allow the banks to keep large amount of their deposit with
themselves and they will lend more money. It will increase the money
supply. For example: When someone deposits Rs.100 in a bank, it increase
the deposit of banks by Rs100, and if the cash reserve ratio is 9%, the
banks will have to hold additional Rs 9 with RBI and Bank will be able to use
only Rs 91 for investments and lending / credit purpose. Therefore, higher
the ratio (i.e. CRR), the lower is the amount that banks will be able to use for
lending and investment. RBI uses CRR to control liquidity in the banking
The Reserve Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2006 has been enacted and
has come into force with its gazette notification. Consequent upon
amendment to sub-Section 42(1), the Reserve Bank, having regard to the
needs of securing the monetary stability in the country, can prescribe Cash
Reserve Ratio (CRR) for scheduled banks without any floor rate or ceiling

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[Before the enactment of this amendment, in terms of Section 42(1) of the
RBI Act, the Reserve Bank could prescribe CRR for scheduled banks
between 3 per cent and 20 per cent of total of their demand and time
Present Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) is 4%
Banks in India:Nationalised banks dominate the banking system in India. The history of
nationalised banks in India dates back to mid-20th century, when Imperial
Bank of India was nationalised (under the SBI Act of 1955) and rechristened as State Bank of India (SBI) in July 1955. Then on 19th July
1960, its seven subsidiaries were also nationalised with deposits over 200
However, the major nationalisation of banks happened in 1969 by the thenPrime Minister Indira Gandhi. Mainly Banks were nationaised in India to
spread banking infrastructure in remote areas and make cheap finance
available to Indian farmers. The nationalised 14 major commercial banks
were Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of
Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena
Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce
(OBC), Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank (PNB), Syndicate
Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India (UBI), and
Vijaya Bank.
The second phase of Bank nationalisation took place in the year 1980 by
Indira Gandhi in which 7 more banks were nationalised with deposits over
200 crores. With this, the Government of India held a control over 91% of
the banking industry in India. After the nationalisation of banks there was a
huge jump in the deposits and advances with the banks. At present, the
State Bank of India is the largest commercial bank of India and is ranked
one of the top five banks worldwide. It serves 90 million customers through
a network of 9,000 branches.
Nationalised Banks in India
In India, the Banking Sector has been dominated by Government or Public
Sector Banks (PSBs) for last 64 years. In 1954 the All India Rural Credit
Survey Committee submitted its report recommending creation of a strong,
integrated, state-sponsored, state-partnered commercial banking
institution with an effective machinery of branches spread all over the

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The recommendation of this committee led to establishment of first Public
Sector Bank in the name of State bank of India on July 01, 1955 by
acquiring the substantial part of share capital by Reserve Bank of India, of
then Imperial Bank of India. Similarly during 1956-59, as a result of
reorganization of princely states, the State Bank of India associate Bank
came into fold of Public sector banking.
On July 19, 1969, the Govt. promulgated Banking Companies (Acquisition
and Transfer of Undertakings) ordinance 1969 to acquire 14 bigger
commercial banks with with deposits over 50 crores. The main objective
behind this bank nationalisation was to spread banking infrastructure in
rural India and make cheap finance available to Indian farmers.
The second phase of bank nationalisation took place in 1980 during the
prime ministerial tenure of Indira Gandhi, in which 6 more banks were
nationalised with deposits over 200 crores.

List of Nationalised Banks in India:

Allahabad Bank
Andhra Bank
Bank of Baroda
Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra
Canara Bank
Central Bank of India
Corporation Bank
Dena Bank
Indian Bank
Indian Overseas Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Punjab and Sind Bank
Punjab National Bank
Syndicate Bank
UCO Bank
Union Bank of India
United Bank of India
Vijaya Bank

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List of Private Banks in India:Indian Private Banks:Bank of Rajasthan Ltd.
Bharat Overseas Bank Ltd.
Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd.
Federal Bank Ltd
Dhanalakshmi Bank Ltd.
Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd.
Karnataka Bank Ltd.
Karur Vysya Bank Ltd.
City Union Bank Ltd.
Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd.
Nainital Bank Ltd.
Ratnakar Bank Ltd.
South Indian Bank Ltd.
Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd.
ING Vysya Bank Ltd.
ICICI Bank Ltd.
Axis Bank Ltd.
IndusInd Bank Ltd.
Yes Bank Ltd.
SBI Commercial and International Bank Ltd.
HDFC Bank Ltd.
Development Credit Bank Ltd.
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

Foreign Private Banks in India:?

The Royal Bank of Scotland
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
American Express Bank Ltd.
Bank of America, NA
Bank of Bahrain & Kuwait BSC
Mashreq Bank PSC
Bank of Nova Scotia
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.
Citi Bank N.A.
Deutsche Bank

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Societe Generale
Sonali Bank
BNP Paribas Bank
Barclays Bank p.l.c.
DBS Bank Ltd.
Bank International Indonesia
Arab Bangladesh Bank Ltd.
Standard Chartered Bank
State Bank of Mauritius Ltd.
Bank of Ceylon
Cho Hung Bank
China Trust Commercial Bank
Krung Thai Bank plc.
Antwerp Diamond Bank N.V.
J P Morgan Chase Bank
Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd.
Oman International Bank SAOG
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

List of Co-operative Banks in India:Scheduled Urban Co-Operative Banks:In India, at present, there are total 53 scheduled Urban Co-Operative banks
in India.
Ahmedabad Mercantile Co-Op Bank Ltd.
Kalupur Commercial Coop.Bank Ltd.
Madhavpura Mercantile Co-Op Bank Ltd.
Mehsana Urban Co-Op Bank Ltd.
Nutan Nagarik Sahakari Bank Ltd.,
Rajkot Nagrik Sahakari Bank Ltd.
Sardar Bhiladwala Pardi Peoples Coop Bank Ltd.
Surat Peoples Coop Bank Ltd.
Amanath Co-operative Bank Ltd.
Andhra Pradesh Mahesh Co-Op Urban Bank Ltd.
Charminar Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd.
Vasavi Coop Urban Bank LImited.
Indian Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd.
Abhyudaya Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Bassein Catholic Co-operative Bank Ltd.

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Bharat Co-operative Bank (Mumbai) Ltd.
Bharati Sahakari Bank Limited.
Bombay Mercantile Co-operative Bank Limited
Citizen Credit Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Cosmos Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd.
Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Ltd.
Goa Urban Co-operative Bank Limited.
Gopinath Patil Parsik Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd.,
Greater Bombay Co-operative Bank Limited
Jalgaon Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd.
Janakalyan Sahakari Bank Ltd.,
Janalaxmi Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd.,
Kallappanna Awade Ichalkaranji Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd.
Kalyan Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd.,
Karad Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd.
Mahanagar Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Mapusa Urban Co-operative Bank of Goa Ltd.,
Nagar Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd.
Nasik Merchant's Co-operative Bank Ltd.
New India Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
NKGSB Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Pravara Sahakari Bank Ltd.
Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank Ltd.
Rupee Co-operative Bank Ltd.
Sangli Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Saraswat Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Shamrao Vithal Co-operative Bank Ltd.
Solapur Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd.
Thane Bharat Sahakari Bank Ltd.
Thane Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd.
The Kapol Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Zoroastrian Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
Nagpur Nagrik Sahakari Bank Ltd.
Shikshak Sahakari Bank Ltd.,
The Akola Janata Commercial Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
The Akola Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd.,
The Khamgaon Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd.

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State Co-operative Banks:In India,at present, there are total 31 State Co-Operative banks.
The Andaman and Nicobar State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Andhra Pradesh State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Arunachal Pradesh State co-operative Apex Bank Ltd.
The Assam Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd.
The Bihar State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Chandigarh State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Delhi State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Goa State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Gujarat State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Haryana State Co-opertive Apex Bank Ltd.
The Himachal Pradesh State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Jammu and Kashmir State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Karnataka State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd.
The Kerala State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Madhya Pradesh Rajya Sahakari Bank Maryadit
The Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd.
The Mizoram Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd.
The Nagaland State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Orissa State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Pondichery State Co-opertive Bank Ltd.
The Punjab State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Rajasthan State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Sikkim State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Tamil Nadu State Apex Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Tripura State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Uttar Pradesh Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The West Bengal State Co-operative Bank Ltd.
The Chhattisgarh RajyaSahakari Bank Maryadit
The Uttaranchal Rajya Sahakari Bank Ltd.

Biometric ATMs in India:First Bank to launch Solar Power,Voice enabled Biometric ATM in India
Union bank of India

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First District to get Solar Power,Voice enabled Biometric ATM in India
Ghawaddi village.
First District to get Solar Power,Voice enabled Biometric ATM in India
Ludhiana district.
First State to get Solar Power,Voice enabled Biometric ATM in India
Biometric ATM first launched in Goutam Buddha nagar in U.P by PNB
In case of Normal ATM we need to enter our secrete PIN to withdraw cash
bu for Biomertic ATMs what is necessary to withdraw cash Finger Print
India's 10th Biometric ATMs was launched by which bank? Canara Bank
(Canara Bank's 1st biometric ATM).
Bank for International Settlements (BIS):Bank for International Settlements is an International organization.
BIS was established by the Hague agreements.
BIS was established in 1930.
First General Manager of BIS was Pierre Quesnay of France.
The purpose of is to increase the cooperation between the Central banks.
Number of member 58 central banks
Location of Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Basel, Switzerland
present General manager of Jaime Caruana of Spain.
Bank for International Settlements (BIS) also provides banking services,
but only to central banks, or to international organizations like itself.
BIS has representative offices in Hong Kong and Mexico City.
In 2004 Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has published its accounts
in terms of Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, replacing the Gold Franc as
the bank's unit of account.

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First Bank in India:First Bank in India was Bank of Hindusthan established in 1779.
Banking Concept was brought in India by European.
First Presidency Bank of India Bank of Calcutta established in 1806 and
immediately became Bank of Bengal
The first bank of India with limited liability to be managed by Indian board
was Oudh Commercial Bank. It was established in 1881.
The first bank purely managed by Indian was Punjab National Bank. PNB
was established in Lahore in 1895.
First Indian Commercial Bank wholly managed and owned by Indian was
Central Bank of India, established in 1911.
India's first truly Swadeshi bank was Central bank of India
First Indian bank to open a branch outside India is Bank of India
First Indian bank to open a branch in Continental Europe at Paris is Bank of
Which of the following was the first public sector commercial bank which
had launched a mutual fund? State Bank of India
Which of the following bank became the first in India to be fully
computerized? Bank of India
First cooperative bank in Asia? Anyonya Co-operative Bank.
First Indian Bank to get ISO certification Canara Bank
First bank in India to introduce ATM HSBC
First Foreign Bank in India HSBC
First Universal Bank in India- ICICI Bank.
First Indian bank to Introduce internet banking ICICI bank.

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First bank in India listed in New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ICICI Bank.
First bank in India to facilitate payment of Income tax using ATM recently? Union Bank of India
First Bank in India to launch Talking ATMs for differently-able person?
Union Bank of India.
First Bank in India to launch it's own Payment Aggregators State Bank of
India. (SBIePay).
Country's first all woman bank Bhartiya Mahila Bank.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Functions, Important Points:IMF is an intergovernmental organization that promotes international
economic cooperation. International Monetary Fund (IMF) was set up by 44
nation under the Bretton Woods Agreement of July 1944. This institute was
established on 27th December 1945, But it started it's function on 1st
march 1947.
Functions of IMF:
To remove short term deficit in Balance of Payment (BOP).
To maintain the stability in Exchange rate system.
To Focusing in particular on policies that have an impact on the exchange
Important Points to Remember about IMF:
Headquarter at- Washington, D.C. ,United States
Membership- 185 Nations (Founding); 187 Nations (To Date)
The financial year of IMF - 1st May-30th April
The Head of IMF is known as Managing Director.
The head of IMF elected for 5 years. But can be removed earlier.
Present head of IMF - Christine Lagarde [Former finance minister of

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Latest/ Last Member of IMF- Tuvalu
Quotas and Voting Ranking- India occupy 9th Place in IMF General quotas
where USA in 1st, Japan in 2nd, Germany in 3rd Place.
Special Drawing Rights (SDR) - It was created by IMF in 1971. It is also
known as Paper Gold.
Cuba left IMF in 1964. Cuba is not a Member of IMF.

SEBI- Securities and Exchange Board of India:Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) was established by
Government of India through an executive resolution in the year 1988.
SEBI was subsequently upgraded as a fully autonomous body in 1992 with
the passing of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act (SEBI Act)
on 30th January 1992. In the year 1995, the SEBI was given additional
statutory power by the Government of India through an amendment to the
securities and Exchange Board of India Act 1992.
The headquarter of SEBI is located in the business district of Bandra-Kurla
complex in Mumbai.
The Chairman of SEBI Upendra Kumar Sinha (UK Sinha)
The Whole Time Member of SEBI- Prashant Saran
The first chairman of SEBI was Dr. S. A. Dave
SEBI deals with the issuers of securities,the investors and the market
Basic Objective of SEBITo Promote the interests of investors in securities
To promote the development of Securities Market
To regulate the securities market
For matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

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National Housing Bank Important points to remember:The National Housing Bank (NHB) is a state owned bank.
National Housing Bank is a regulation authority in India.
National Housing Bank was established on July 8, 1988.
National Housing Bank was established under section 6 of the
National Housing Bank Act (1987).
The headquarters of National Housing Bank (NHB) is in New
The National Housing Bank (NHB) owned by the Reserve Bank of
The National Housing Bank (NHB) was established to promote
private real estate acquisition in India.
The The National Housing Bank (NHB) is regulating and refinancing social housing programs and other activities.
Bank Liberalisation in India:Liberalisation in banking sector in India noticed in early 1990s' when India
adopted a new economic policy for the development of the nation.
Narasimha Rao government embarked on a policy of liberalization,
licensing a small number of private banks.For the first time in India new
private banks got license for providing banking service. These banks came
to be known as the New Generation tech-savvy banks.
The first bank in India set up after the adaptation of new liberalization policy
in banking sector was Global Trust Bank. It was later amalgamated with
Oriental Bank of Commerce. The list of banks set up after new liberalization
policy includes Global Trust Bank, UTI Bank (Now known as Axis Bank),
ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank.
This move towards the Liberalisation along with the rapid economic growth
in India, re-energize the banking sector in India. Indian banking sector has
noticed rapid growth with strong contribution from all sector of banks
government banks, private banks and foreign banks.
The next stage for the Indian banking sector has been set up with the
proposed relaxation in the norms for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). All
Foreign Investors in banks can holds up to 74% with some restrictions of
the company.

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Stock Market India Important Points:Stock Market refers to a market place where investors cab buy and sell
stocks. The price at which each buying and selling transaction takes i
determined by the market forces. Here market forces are demand and
supply for a particular stock.
In earlier times, stock brokers assembles at a stock exchange to purchase
and sale stock or in one word to make transactions. But now stock market
became paperless. Almost all transaction are done electronically.
Presently there are total 23 stock exchange in India.
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)
National Stock Exchange (NSE)
Ahmedabad Stock Exchange
Bangalore Stock Exchange
Bhubaneshwar Stock Exchange
Calcutta Stock Exchange
Cochin Stock Exchange
Coimbatore Stock Exchange
Delhi Stock Exchange
Guwahati Stock Exchange
Hyderabad Stock Exchange
Jaipur Stock Exchange
Ludhiana Stock Exchange
Madhyapradesh Stock Exchange
Madras Stock Exchange
Magadh Stock Exchange
Mangalore Stock Exchange
Meerut Stock Exchange
OTC Exchange of India
Pune Stock Exchange
Saurashtra Stock Exchange
Uttar Pradesh Stock Exchange
Vadodara Stock Exchange

Important PointsOldest Stock Exchange in India Bombay Stock Exchange

Largest Stock Exchange in India National Stock Exchange
Regulatory Authority of Stock Market SEBI
Youngest stock exchange in India Coimbatore Stock Exchange

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Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE):Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is a stock exchange located on Dalal
Street, Mumbai. Bombay Stock Exchange is the oldest Stock Exchange in
Asia. This stock exchange was initially started by five stock broker outside
Mumbai Town hall Under a banyan tree in 1850. In 1875 it become an
official organization known as 'The Native Share & Stock Brokers
After Independence, In 1956 Bombay Stock Exchange became the first
stock exchange to be recognized by the Indian Government under the
Securities Contracts Regulation Act.
BSE Founded in 1875
CEO and MD of BSE Ashish kumar chauhan
No. of Company listed 5,085
BSE Indexes- BSE SENSEX,BSE Small Cap,BSE Mid-Cap,BSE 500
Oldest Stock Exchange in Asia
Structure of Commercial Banking in India:In this article we have discussed about the Structure of Commercial
Banking in India. Bank is an institutions that accepts deposits frm the
public,mobilizes their savings and keeps the same under its custody, these
deposits can be withdrawn by Cheques or ATMs or any other available
methods. Banks lends money to those who need it and also performs
diverse agency functions and also create credit.
Commercial banks are the institutions that accept deposits from the
people and advances loans. Commercial Banks a;sp create credit. In India,
such banks alone called commercial banks which are established in
accordance with the provision of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
Commercial banks may be a Scheduled banks or Non-Scheduled banks.
Scheduled banks is classified into two big category based on the ownership
of the bank.
I) Public Sector Banks
II) Private Sector banks
Public Sector Banks is again divided into three category and they
are:i) Nationalized Banks
ii) State Bank of India and It's Associate Group
iii) Regional Rural Banks.
Private Sector Banks is also classified into three category:i) Old Private Banks
ii) New Private Banks
iii) Foreign Banks

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Banking and Financial System in India:The Banking, non-banking and Financial System in India comprises of the
following types of institutions 1. Commercial Banks
There are four types of Commercial Banks in India.
a) Public Sector Banks
b) Private Sector Banks
c) Foreign Sector
d) Cooperative Banks/Institutions.
Cooperative Banks/institutions are of three typesi) Urban Cooperative Banks
ii) State Cooperative Banks
iii) Central Cooperative Banks
2. Financial Institutions
There are three types of Financial Institutions in India and they are a) AllIndia Financial Institutions (AIFIs) b) State Financial Corporations (SFCs)
c) State Industrial Development Corporations (SIDCs)
3. Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)
Non-Banking Financial Companies are fast emerging as an important
segment of Indian financial system. This group performing financial
intermediation in many ways. The most important part is that these
companies raise funds from public directly or indirectly and lend them to the
ultimate spenders.
4.Capital Market Intermediaries
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) Important
Points:Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) was established on
April 2, 1990.
The Small Industries Development Bank of India Act passed in 1989.

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SIDBI was incorporated initially as a wholly owned subsidiary of Industrial
Development Bank of India.
Now SIDBI is owned by several state-owned banks, insurance companies
and financial institutions.
SIDBI is an independent financial institution aimed to aid the growth and
development of micro, small and medium-scale enterprises in India.
It is an apex body and nodal agency for formulating, coordination and
monitoring the policies and programme for promotion and development of
small scale industries.
SIDBI is in the list of top 30 Development Banks of the World in the latest
ranking of The Banker, London.
Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) Important Points:Export-Import Bank of India or EXIM Bank of India is the premier export
finance institution of India. EXIM Bank was set up in 1982 under the ExportImport Bank of India Act 1981. The main objective behind the formation of
EXIM bank is to enhance countries exports from India and to integrate the
country's foreign trade and investment with the overall economic growth.
Important Points about EXIM Bank:
Export-Import Bank of India was established on 1982.
Export-Import Bank of India was set up under the Export-Import Bank of
India Act 1981.
Headquarters of EXIM Bank is at Mumbai, India
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of EXIM bank is Yaduvendra

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Industrial Finance Corporation of India(IFCI) Important Points:In 1947, at the of Independence, there was a significant demand for new
capital but the Indian Capital Market was relatively under-developed.
Merchant bankers and underwriting firms were almost non existence and
commercial banks were not quipped to provide long term industrial finance
in any significant manner.
The Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) was established on July
1, 1948.
IFCI was the first Development Financial Institution (DFI) in India.
IFCI was established to cater to the long-term finance needs of the
industrial sector.
Until the establishment of ICICI and IDBI, The IFCI remained solely
responsible for implementation of the government's industrial policy.
Some of the sector that benefited from IFCI include Textiles, paper, sugar,
hotels, hospitals, iron and steel, fertilizers, basic chemicals, cement, power
generation etc.
Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs):Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) are fast emerging as an
important segment of Indian Financial System. It is an heterogeneous
group of institutions other than commercial and co-operative banks
performing financial intermediation in a variety of ways,like accepting
deposits, making loans and advances,leasing, hire purchases etc.
NBFCs raise funds from the public directly or indirectly and lend them to the
ultimate spenders.They advances loans to the various wholesale and retail
traders, small-scale industries and self employed persons.Thus they have
broadened and diversified the range of products and services offered by a
Financial sector.

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Difference between NBFCs and Banks:
An NBFCs can't accept demand deposits.
An NBFCs is not a part of the payment and settlement system and as such
an NBFCs cannot issue cheques drawn on itself.
Deposit insurance facility of deposit insurance and credit, guarantee
corporation is not available for NBFC depositors unlike in case of Banks.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Limit in India All Sector:Present Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Limits in India. Sector-wise FDI
ceiling/ limits in India. FDI or Foreign Direct Investment means net inflows
of investment to acquire a lasting management interest in an enterprise
operating in an economy other than that of the investor.
Here is the list of FDI limit of All Sectors:
Hotels and Tourism, Roads and Highway, Education, Advertisement, Farm
sector, Petro Chemical, Pharmaceuticals, Coal and Lignite 100%
FDI in Multi Brand retail:
Allowed FDI in Multi brand retail - 51%
FDI in Single Brand retail:
Allowed FDI in Single brand retail - 100%
FDI in Courier Service:
Allowed FDI in Courier Service 100%
FDI in Telecom Sector:
Allowed FDI in Telecom 100%
FDI in Asset Reconstruction Sector:
Allowed FDI in Asset Reconstruction 100%
FDI in Power Exchanges:
Allowed FDI in Power Exchanges 49%
FDI in Petroleum Refining:
Allowed FDI in Petroleum Refining 49%

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FDI in Civil Aviation sector:
Allowed FDI in Civil Aviation 49%
The Civil Aviation sector includes Airports, Scheduled and Non-Scheduled
domestic passenger airlines, Helicopter services / Seaplane services,
Ground Handling Services, Maintenance and Repair organizations; Flying
training institutes; and Technical training institutions.
FDI In Insurance Sector:
Allowed FDI in Insurance Sector 49%
FDI in the Insurance sector, as prescribed in the Insurance Act, 1999, is
allowed under the automatic route.
FDI in Defense Sector:
Allowed FDI in Defense Sector 49%
FDI in defense industry subject to Industrial license under the Industries
(Development and Regulation) Act 1951 would be allowed up to 26%
through government approval route.
FDI in Print Media:
Allowed FDI in Print Media 26%
26%. Publication of Indian editions of foreign magazines dealing with news
and current affairs- 26% .
FDI in Broadcasting Sector:
FM Radio Stations 20%
Cable Network 49%
Direct to-Home (d2h) Services 49%
FDI limit in Headend-In-The-Sky (HITS) Broadcasting Service 74%
(total direct and indirect foreign investment including portfolio and FDI)
Automatic upto 49% Government route beyond 49% and up to 74%.
Setting up hardware facilities such as up-linking, HUB etc. 49%

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FDI in Agriculture Sector:
FDI up to 100% is permitted, under the automatic route, subject to certain
conditions mentioned in Consolidated FDI Policy, in the following
agricultural activities: Floriculture, Horticulture, Apiculture and Cultivation
of Vegetables & Mushrooms under controlled conditions; Development
and production of Seeds and planting material; Animal Husbandry
(including breeding of dogs), Pisciculture, Aquaculture, under controlled
conditions; and Services related to agro and allied sectors.
100% FDI is also permitted in tea sector.
Tea plantation 49%
Besides the above, FDI is not allowed in any other agricultural sector/
FDI In Credit Information Companies:
Allowed FDI in Credit Information Companies 74%
FDI in Stock Exchanges, Depositors:
Allowed FDI in Stock Exchanges, depositors 49%
FDI In Banking Sector in India:
New Bank (After August, 2011) 49%
Allowed FDI in Private Sector Banks- 74%.
FDI in private banking sector of India is allowed up to 74% where FDI up to
49% is allowed through automatic route and FDI beyond 49% but up to 74%
is allowed through government approval route.
Allowed FDI in Public Sector Banks- 49%.
Limit for FDI in public sector banks In the case of nationalized banks as well
as SBI and its associate banks, the overall statutory limit of 20 per cent as
FDI and portfolio investment will continue.

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Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Basic Concept:What is GDP?
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the market value of all final goods and
services produced within a country in a given period of time. GDP is the
basic measure of the country's economic performance over a given period.
GDP is measured by three basic approaches
Expenditure approach
Income approach
Value based approach
Types of GDP:
Real GDP
Nominal GDP
Real GDP is the production of goods and services valued at constant prices
whereas nominal GDP is the production of goods and services valued at
current prices.
But why we need to measure both real and nominal GDP?
Now when the total spending increases in a given period it points towards
two happenings, either the goods or services are sold at higher prices (i.e
inflation has increased) or the total output of goods and services have
increased. While studying economy, economist tries to separate these two
effects. Hence they measure the real GDP which allows them to find
whether production of goods and services has increased or decreased
over the periods.
Components of GDP:
GDP is a variable which depends upon four other variables. These
variables form components of GDP
C= total consumption
I = gross investment
G= Government spending
NX= exports less imports

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Consumption is spending by households on goods and services. Here we
do not include purchase of new housing. Investment is spending on
inventories. Equipments and purchase of new housing Government
spending includes spending on goods and services by state and central
government Net exports spending on the domestic products by foreigners
less spending on foreign products by locals.
Nair Committee Report on Priority Sector Lending:The Reserve Bank of India, the central bank of India, on February 21, 2012
has released the report of the Committee (Chairman: M V Nair, Chairman,
Union Bank of India) constituted to re-examine the existing classification
and suggest revised guidelines with regard to priority sector lending and
related issues.
The Reserve Bank India had constituted the Committee under the
chairmanship of M. V. Nair on August 25, 2011 pursuant to the
announcement made in the Monetary Policy Statement 2011-12.
The Major Recommendations of the Nair Committee are:The sector 'agriculture and allied activities' maybe a composite sector
within priority sector, by doing away with distinction between direct and
indirect agriculture. The targets for agriculture and allied activities may be
18 per cent of Adjusted Net Bank Credit (ANBC) or credit equivalent of offbalance sheet exposure (CEOBE), whichever is higher.
A sub target for small and marginal farmers within agriculture and allied
activities is recommended, equivalent to 9 percent of ANBC or CEOBE,
whichever is higher to be achieved in stages by 2015-16.
The MSE sector may continue to be under priority sector. Within MSE
sector, a sub target for micro enterprises is recommended equivalent to 7
percent of ANBC or CEOE, whichever is higher to be achieved in stages by
The priority sector targets for foreign banks may be increased to 40 percent
of ANBC or CEOBE, whichever is higher with sub-target of 15 percent for
exports and 15 percent for MSE sector, within which 7 percent may be
earmarked for micro enterprises.
Bank loans to non-bank financial intermediaries for on lending to specified
segments may be allowed to be reckoned for classification under priority
sector, up to a minimum of 5 percent of ANBC or CEOBE, whichever is
higher, subject to certain due diligence and documentation standards.

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Central Board of Reserve Bank of India:The Reserve Bank's affairs are governed by a Central Board of Directors.
The board is appointed by the Government of India in keeping with the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act, 1934.
Structure of Central Board of Directors:
Appointed/nominated for a period of FOUR years
Official Directors
Full-time : One Governor and not more than four Deputy Governors.
Non-Official Directors
Nominated by Government: Ten Directors from various fields and one
government official (Generally from Ministry of Finance)
Others: Four Directors - one each from four local boards. One each for the
four regions of the country in Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai and New Delhi.
The Function of Central Board of RBI:
The main function of Central Board of RBI is General superintendence and
direction of the Bank's affairs. The local boards advises the Central Board
on local matters and to represent territorial and economic interests of local
cooperative and indigenous banks; to perform such other functions as
delegated by Central Board from time to time.
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development(NABARD):Short Notes on NABARD:National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is an
apex development bank in India. The Committee to Review Arrangements
for Institutional Credit for Agriculture and Rural Development
(CRAFICARD) under the Chairmanship of Shri B. Sivaraman, conceived
and recommended the establishment of the National Bank for Agriculture
and Rural Development (NABARD).
The Committee to Review Arrangements for Institutional Credit for
Agriculture and Rural Development (CRAFICARD) was set up by the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI). NABARD was established on 12 July 1982 by
a special act by the parliament

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The main objective behind the set up of NABARD was to uplift rural India by
increasing the credit flow for elevation of agriculture & rural non farm sector.
Government of India holds 99% stake. in NABARD and currently 1% is
held by the RBI. Initially, the RBI held 72.5 per cent of equity in NABARD but
in October, 2012 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has divested 71.5 per
cent stake amounting to Rs 1,430 crore in National Bank for Agriculture and
Rural Development (NABARD) in favour of the government.
NABARD is active in developing financial inclusion policy and is a member
of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.
NABARD replaced the Agricultural Credit Department (ACD) and Rural
Planning and Credit Cell (RPCC) of Reserve Bank of India, and Agricultural
Refinance and Development Corporation (ARDC).
Headquarters of NABARD is situated in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The
Present Chairman of NABARD is Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala. (As of May 1,
Important Points to Remember about NABARD:
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is an
apex development bank in India.
NABARD was established on the recommendations of Shivaraman
NABARD was established by an act of Parliament on 12 July 1982 to
implement the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act
NABARD replaced the Agricultural Credit Department (ACD) and Rural
Planning and Credit Cell (RPCC) of Reserve Bank of India, and Agricultural
Refinance and Development Corporation (ARDC).
Headquarters of NABARD is situated in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
The Present Chairman of NABARD is Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.
NABARD completed its 25 years on 12 July 2007 and Completed its 30
year in 12 July, 2012.
NABARD announced Rural Innovation award to celebrate it's 30th
foundation day.

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RuPay Card:All Information about RuPay and RuPay Cards (RuPay ATM, RuPay
MicroATM, Debit, Prepaid and Credit Cards)
Short Notes of RuPay:
RuPay is the Indian domestic card payment network set up by National
Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) at the behest of banks in India. The
RuPay project had been conceived by Indian Banks Association (IBA) and
had the approval of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
RuPay LogoNational Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has a plan to
provide a full range of card payment services including the RuPay ATM,
RuPay MicroATM, Debit, Prepaid and Credit Cards which will be accepted
in India and abroad, across various channels like POS, Internet, IVR and
mobile etc.
The initial focus of NPCI would be to approach those banks who have not
been issuing any payment card at all more specifically Regional Rural
Banks (RRBs) and urban co-operative banks.
All Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) banks set to join RuPay system by
the end of year 2012. RuPay-based debit cards can be used by the
consumers on the Internet from September, 2012.
The government of India had launched India's first domestic payment card
network, RuPay, to compete with Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc.
Objectives of RuPay:
The Main Objective of the RuPay payment network project is to reduce the
overall transaction cost and develop products appropriate for financial
Reduce overall transaction cost for the banks in India by introducing
competition to international card schemes.
Develop products appropriate for the country particularly for financial
Provide card payment service option to many banks who are currently not
eligible for card issuance under the eligibility criteria of international card

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Build environment whereby payment information of the country remains
within the country
Shift Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) from cash to electronic
payments in a growing economy with a population of 1.2 billion
Important Points to Remember:
RuPay is the Indian domestic card payment network.
The RuPay payment network set up by National Payments Corporation of
India (NPCI) at the behest of banks in India.
The RuPay project had been conceived by Indian Banks Association and
had the approval of Reserve Bank of India.
The main objective of RuPay project is to reduce overall transaction cost for
the banks in India by introducing competition to international card
NPCI has plan to provide full range of credit service like RuPay ATM,
RuPay MicroATM, Debit, Prepaid and Credit Cards which will be accepted
across various channel POS, Internet, IVR, Mobile etc.
All state-owned banks are expected to join the RuPay system by the end of
this year.
RuPay-based debit cards can be used by the consumers on the Internet
from September, 2012.
RuPay card is accepted at all ATMs (1.6 lakh plus), 95 percent of PoS
terminals (9.45 lakh plus) and most of the eCom merchants (about 10,000)
in the country.
The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on May 8, 2014 dedicates
indigenous card payment network 'Rupay' to the nation.
Non Performing Assets (NPA) Brief Concept:A Non-performing asset (NPA) is defined as a credit facility in respect of
which the interest and/or instalment of principal has remained 'past due' for
a specified period of time. Non-performing assets are one of the talking
points of banks in their performance reports. Almost all banks in India is
suffering from the problem of NPA. Here we have discussed the concept of
Non-performing Assets.

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An Assets, including a leased asset, become an NPA when it ceases to
generate income for the bank. An NPA is a loan or an advance where;
The Interest and/or Installment of principal remain overdue for a period of
more than ninety days in respect of a term loan,
An account remains 'out of order' as indicated in the article below, in respect
of an overdraft/cash credit (OD/CC).
A bill remains overdue for a period of more than ninety days, in the case of
bills purchased and discounted.
An installment of the principal or the interest thereon remains overdue for
one crop season for long duration crops.
Banks should classify an account as an NPA only if the interest charged
during any quarter is not serviced fully within ninety days from the end of the

Out of Order' status:

An account is treated as 'out of order', if the outstanding balance remains

continuously in excess of the sanctioned limit/drawing power. In cases,
where the outstanding balance in the operating account is less than the
sanctioned limit/ drawing power, but there are not credit continuously for
ninety days as on the date of balance sheet or credits are not enough to
cover the interest debited during the same period, these accounts should
be treated as 'out of order'.
Categories of NPAs:
Banks are required to classify non-performing assets into the following
three categories based on the period for which the asset has remained nonperforming and reliability of the dues:
Substandard Assets An assets which remained a NPA for a period less
than or equal to twelve months (With Effect from March 31, 2005).
Doubtful Assets -An assets would be classified as doubtful assets if it has
remained as Substandard Assets fore more than twelve months (With
Effect from March 31, 2005).
Loss Assets A loss assets is one, where the bank of internal or external
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been written off wholly. In other words, such little value that it's continuance
as a bankable asset is not warranted although there may be some salvage
or recovery value.
Marginal Standing Facility or MSF:Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) Rate- Definition/Meaning of Marginal
Standing Facility (MSF) by Reserve Bank of India (RBI). What is MSF?
Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) is the rate at which scheduled banks
could borrow funds overnight from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) against
approved government securities.
RBI-Reserve Bank of IndiaBanks can borrow funds through MSF during
acute cash shortage (considerable shortfall of liquidity). This measure has
been introduced by RBI to regulate short-term asset liability mismatches
more effectively.
The Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) is pegged 100bps or 1 % above the
Repo Rate.
To provide greater liquidity cushion the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
introduced Marginal Standing Facility or MSF. RBI announced the
introduction of MSF on May 3, 2011 and it was effected from May 9, 2011.
Reserve Bank of India, in it's annual policy statement, has declared The
stance of monetary policy is, among other things, to manage liquidity to
ensure that it remains broadly in balance, with neither a large surplus
diluting monetary transmission nor a large deficit choking off fund flows.
Marginal Standing Facility Rate: Under this scheme, Banks will be able to
borrow upto 2% (wef 17/04/2012) of their respective Net Demand and Time
Liabilities (NDTL).
Some Important Questions on Marginal Standing Facility (MSF):
1. What is the Present Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) Rate?
Answer: 9% (As of April 1, 2014)
2. What is Marginal Standing Facility (MSF)?
Answer: Already explained above.
3. MSF is costlier than Repo Rate, then Why do banks borrow money from
RBI using MSF?
Answer: Yes, MSF is 1% costlier than the Repo Rate. But usually banks
borrow money from RBI during acute cash shortage.

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Cheque Truncation System (CTS):What is Cheque Truncation?
Cheque Truncation is settlement of clearing transactions on the basis of
images and electronic data without the physical movement of the
instruments. The Clearing Cheque is truncated at the Presenting bank
A cheque truncation system allows a Financial Institution to truncate
cheques at the Point of Capture by providing the capabilities of presenting
chques to the paying bank electronically and process return cheques
CTS 2010 is the standard prescribed by the RBI for cheques issued by all
banks in the country.
Why Cheque Truncation System in India?
Cheque Truncation speeds up the process of collection of cheques
resulting in better service to customers, reduces the scope for clearingrelated frauds or loss of instruments in transit, lowers the cost of collection
of cheques, and removes reconciliation-related and logistics-related
problems, thus benefiting the system as a whole.
Cheques are still the prominent mode of payments in the country and
Reserve Bank of India has decided to focus on improving the efficiency of
the cheque clearing cycle, offering Cheque Truncation System (CTS) as an
alternative. As highlighted earlier, CTS is a more secure system vis-a-vis
the exchange of physical documents.
In addition to operational efficiency, CTS offers several benefits to banks
and customers, including human resource rationalization, cost
effectiveness, business process re-engineering, better service, adoption of
latest technology, etc. CTS, thus, has emerged as an important efficiency
enhancement initiative undertaken by RBI in the Payments Systems area.

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Benefits of Cheque Truncation System:
Better Customer Service Enhanced Customer Window
T+0 for Local Clearing and T + 1 for inter-city clearing.
Elimination of Float Incentive to shift to Credit Push payments.
The jurisdiction of Clearing House can be extended to the entire country
Geographical Dependence
Operational Efficiency will benefit the bottom lines of banks Local
Clearing activity is a high cost no revenue activity.
Minimises Transaction Costs.
Reduces operational risk by securing the transmission route.
Whether the Cheque Truncation System has legal sanction?
With amendments in the Sections 6 and 1(4), coupled with the introduction
of 81 A to the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, truncation of cheques is
now legalized.
NEFT: National Electronic Funds Transfer:What is NEFT? Short Notes on National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT).
All about National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT).
National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) system is a nation-wide system
that facilitates individuals, firms and corporates to electronically transfer
funds from any bank branch to any individual, firm or corporate having an
account with any other bank branch in the country.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintains this payment network. NEFT
system is a funds transfer mechanism where transfer of money takes place
from one bank to another on a deferred net settlement basis.
NEFT For being part of the NEFT funds transfer network, a bank branch
has to be NEFT-enabled. Indian Financial System Code (IFSC) is required
to perform a transaction using NEFT. IFSC code identifies a specific branch
of a bank.

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Important Points to Know about NEFT:
1. The National Electronic Funds Transfer enables electronic transfer of
funds between two NEFT-enabled bank branches. It can also be used to
transfer funds from or to NRE/NRO accounts in India. Remittance is not
allowed to a foreign country, except Nepal.
2. The transactions are bunched up and settled in batches at specified
times. There are 12 settlements from 8 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and six
from 8 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. If a transaction is initiated after a batch
settlement time, it's deferred to the next batch.
3. There is no minimum or maximum limit on the amount that can be
transferred under NEFT. Even those who do not have a bank account with a
branch can deposit cash at the NEFT-enabled branches, but such
remittances can be made up to a maximum of Rs 50,000 per transaction.
4. The credit for the first 10 batches on weekdays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and the
first five batches on Saturdays (8 a.m. to 12 noon) takes place on the same
day. For the other batches, the funds may be credited on the next working
5. The inward transactions for NEFT are free, while the outward
transactions are charged. This ranges from a maximum of Rs 2.50 for
amounts up to Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 25 for transfer amounts
above Rs 2 lakh.
Salient Features of Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill 2012:Salient Features of Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill 2012. Important Points
of Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill 2012.
The Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill 2011 was introduced in order to
amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Banking Companies
(Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970/1980. The Banking
Laws (Amendment) Bill 2012 has been passed by both the Houses of
Parliament during Winter Session, 2012.
This Bill would strengthen the regulatory powers of Reserve Bank of India
(RBI), the central banking institution and to further develop the banking
sector in India. This bill will also enable the public sector banks to raise
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It would also enable them to increase or decrease the authorized capital
with approval from the Government and RBI without being limited by the
ceiling of a maximum of Rs. 3000 crore.
Beside above, the Bill would pave the way for new bank licenses by RBI
resulting in opening of new banks and branches. This would not only help in
achieving the goal of financial inclusion by providing more banking facilities
but would also provide extra employment opportunities to the people at
large in the banking sector.
The salient features of the Bill are as follows:
To enable banking companies to issue preference shares subject to
regulatory guidelines by the RBI;
To increase the cap on restrictions on voting rights;
To create a Depositor Education and Awareness Fund by utilizing the
inoperative deposit accounts;
To provide prior approval of RBI for acquisition of 5% or more of shares or
voting rights in a banking company by any person and empowering RBI to
impose such conditions as it deems fit in this regard;
To empower RBI to collect information and inspect associate enterprises of
banking companies;
To empower RBI to supersede the Board of Directors of banking company
and appointment of administrator till alternate arrangements are made;
To provide for primary cooperative societies to carry on the business of
banking only after obtaining a license from RBI;
To provide for special audit of cooperative banks at instance of RBI by
extending applicability of Section 30 to them; and
To enable the nationalized banks to raise capital through bonus and
rights issue and also enable them to increase or decrease the authorized
capital with approval from the Government and RBI without being limited by
the ceiling of a maximum of Rs. 3000 crore under the Banking Companies
(Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970/1980.

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Certain additional official amendments have been proposed on the basis of
recommendations of the Standing Committee of Finance which gave its
report on the Bill on the 13th December, 2011 and has recommended
enactment of the Bill, subject to the following modifications:
i) Voting rights in banks may be restricted up to 26%.
ii) The Depositors' Education and Awareness Fund may be used for the
purpose of promoting depositors' interests.
Further, pursuant to the discussion with Indian Banks' Association (IBA),
RBI and Industry Associations, the following additional amendments are
a) to exempt guarantee agreements of banks from the purview of the
section 28 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 to bring finality to redemption of
such guarantees;
b) to allow select Directors on the Board of RBI a fixed maximum tenure of
eight years with terms of not more than two terms of four years each either
continuously or intermittently in consonance with the directions of the ACC;
c) to exempt conversion of branches of foreign banks to wholly owned
subsidiary entities of foreign banks and transfer of shareholding of banks to
the Holding Company structure pursuant to guidelines of RBI from payment
of stamp duty; and
d) to ensure that unnecessary inspections are avoided and to encourage
regulatory coordination, a condition has been added such that the
inspection of the associate enterprise of a banking company would be
conducted by RBI jointly with the sector regulator.
Base Rate:Base Rate is the minimum rate below which Bank's are not permitted to
lend barring certain exceptions. It is the minimum rate of interest that a
bank is allowed to charge from its customers. Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
rule stipulates that no bank can offer loans at a rate lower than the Base
Rate to any of its customers.
Base Rate replaced Bank Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) on July 1, 2010.

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Present Base Rate: 9.80% 10.25%
RBI Issued Final Guidelines for New Bank Licenses:Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Issued Final Guidelines for New Bank
Licenses in Private Sector.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the central banking authority of India, on
February 22, 2013 issued the final guidelines for new bank licenses,
allowing any type of company to apply for a permit, paving the way for new
banks after nine years.
RBI-Reserve-Bank-of-IndiaReserve Bank of India (RBI) said it would allow
applications till July 1, 2013. No specific industry was barred from applying,
although draft rules issued in August 2011 had barred real estate
companies and brokerages.
The players which are expected throw their hat in the ring to get banking
licenses are: L&T Finance Holdings, Tata Capital, Aditya Birla Financial
Services, Reliance Capital, LIC Housing Finance, Mahindra & Mahindra
Financial Services, Religare Enterprises, and Indiabulls.
The guidelines come three years after the then Finance Minister Shri
Pranab Mukherjee announced that the RBI is considering giving some
additional banking licenses to private sector players.
The last time that the central bank gave banking licenses was a decade ago
when Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd got converted into a commercial bank
and YES Bank was floated.
Abstracts of Final Guidelines for new bank licenses issued by RBI:
Everyone is welcome, but with caveats:
Corporates, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and public sector
entities can set up banks. Broking and real estate companies can also
Promoters need to be financially sound with track record of 10 years.
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Ring fenced structure:
Promoters must set up banks through wholly-owned non-operative
financial holding companies.
Holding company and bank not permitted to lend or invest in any entity
belonging to the promoter group.
Shares of holding companies cannot be transferred to entities outside the
promoter group.
Shareholding in the bank:
Holding company to hold 40% stake in bank for 5 years.
Holding company to reduce stake in the bank to 20% in 10 years, 15% in
12 years.
Foreign shareholding capped at 49% for 5 years.
Capital requirements:
Minimum paid-up capital of the bank must be Rs 500 crore.
The bank needs to maintain capital adequacy ratio at 13% for initial 3
The bank must get listed within 3 years.
Other conditions:
At least 25% of new branches must be in unbanked rural centres.
At least 50% of the directors of holding company must be independent
The bank's board must have a majority of independent directors.
Application process:
Applications for banking licenses need to be submitted by July 1, 2013.
RBI to issue in-principle approval after considering recommendations
from a high level advisory committee.
The in-principle approval will be valid for 1 year.

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RTGS: Real-time gross settlement:RTGS. What is RTGS? Short Notes on Real-time gross settlement
(RTGS). All about Real-time gross settlement (RTGS).
Real-time gross settlement (RTGS) maintains by the Reserve Bank of India
(RBI). RTGS systemRTGS is a funds transfer mechanism where transfer of
money takes place from one bank to another on a 'real time' and on 'gross'
basis. This is the fastest possible money transfer system through the
banking channel. Settlement in 'real time' means payment transaction is
not subjected to any waiting period. The transactions are settled as soon as
they are processed. 'Gross settlement' means the transaction is settled on
one to one basis without bunching with any other transaction. Considering
that money transfer takes place in the books of the Reserve Bank of India,
the payment is taken as final and irrevocable.
RTGS is a large value funds transfer system whereby financial
intermediaries can settle interbank transfers for their own account as well
as for their customers. The minimum value of transaction in RTGS system
is Rs 2,00,000. The system effects final settlement of interbank funds
transfers on a continuous, transaction-by-transaction basis throughout the
processing day. Customers can access the RTGS facility between 9 am to
4:30 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 1:30 pm on Saturdays.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan on October 19,
2013 launched new Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system for fund
transfers will improve the efficiency of the country's financial markets.
The new ISO 20022 compliant RTGS system provides three access
options to participants thick-client, Web-API (through INFINET or any
other approved network) and Payment Originator module.
Participants can decide the mode of participation in the system based on
the volume of transactions and the cost of setting up the infrastructure.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). All about MSME Act
2006:The Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act 2006
was become operational from 2nd October 2006. The Act replaces the
concept of Industry with Enterprises.

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The definition of micro, small and medium enterprises is as under:
(a) Enterprises engaged in the manufacture or production,
processing or preservation of goods as specified below:
A micro enterprise is an enterprise where investment in plant and
machinery does not exceed Rs. 25 lakh;
A small enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in plant and
machinery is more than Rs. 25 lakh but does not exceed Rs. 5 crore;
A medium enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in plant and
machinery is more than Rs.5 crore but does not exceed Rs.10 crore.
(b) Enterprises engaged in providing or rendering of services and
whose investment in equipment (original cost excluding land and
building and furniture, fittings and other items not directly related to
the service rendered or as may be notified under the MSMED Act, 2006
are specified below.
A micro enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment does
not exceed Rs. 10 lakh;
A small enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment is
more than Rs.10 lakh but does not exceed Rs. 2 crore; and
A medium enterprise is an enterprise where the investment in equipment is
more than Rs. 2 crore but does not exceed Rs. 5 crore.

BSBDA: Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account:Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA). What is BSBDA? What is
the definition of Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA)?
The Basic Savings Bank Deposit AccountBasic Savings Bank Deposit
Account-BSBDA allows you to bank with a zero minimum balance
requirement. All the existing 'No-frills' accounts opened by the banks are
now converted into BSBDA in compliance with the guidelines issued on
August 22, 2012 by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

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Under the Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA) scheme of
Reserve Bank of India:
The Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account should be considered as a
normal banking service available to all customers (Any individual, including
poor or those from weaker section of the society), through branches.
BSBDA guidelines are applicable to all scheduled commercial banks in
India, including foreign banks having branches in India.
The services available in the account will include deposit and withdrawal of
cash at bank branch as well as Free ATMs-cum-Debit Card; receipt/credit
of money through electronic payment channels or by means of
deposit/collection of cheques drawn by Central/State Government
agencies and departments.
There will be no limit on the number of deposits that can be made in a
month, account holders will be allowed a maximum of four withdrawals in a
month, including ATM withdrawals.
No charge will be levied for non-operation/activation of in-operative 'Basic
Savings Bank Deposit Account'.
Holders of 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account' will not be eligible for
opening any other savings bank deposit account in that bank. If a customer
has any other existing savings bank deposit account in that bank, he/she
will be required to close it within 30 days from the date of opening a 'Basic
Savings Bank Deposit Account'.
One can have Term/Fixed Deposit, Recurring Deposit etc., accounts in the
bank where one holds 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account'.
The 'Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account' would be subject to RBI
instructions on Know Your Customer (KYC) / Anti-Money Laundering
(AML) for opening of bank accounts issued from time to time. If such
account is opened on the basis of simplified KYC norms, the account would
additionally be treated as a 'Small Account'.

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Limits in BSBDA (Accounts with introduction/ Small Accounts):
Aggregate of all credits in a financial year does not exceed Rs.1.00 lac
The aggregate of all withdrawals and transfers in a month does not exceed
Rs.10,000/Balance at any point of time does not exceed Rs.50,000/-.
The aim of introducing BSBDA is part of the efforts of RBI for furthering
financial inclusion objectives.
Bancassurance:In India, ever since espousing of financial reforms following the
recommendations of First Narasimham Committee, the contemporary
financial landscape has been reshaped steadily.
Banks have been striding into several new areas and offer innovative
products, viz., merchant banking, lease and term finance, capital market /
equity market related activities, hire purchase, real estate finance and so
So, banking business has become far more diversified than ever before.
Therefore, their entering into insurance business is only a natural corollary
and is fully justified too as 'insurance' is another financial product required
by the bank customers.
Definition: Bancassurance or Bank Insurance Model refers to the
distribution of the insurance and related financial products by the Banks
whose main business is NOT insurance. So, simply Bancassurance, i.e.,
banc + assurance, refers to banks selling the insurance products.
Bancassurance term first appeared in France in 1980, to define the sale of
insurance products through banks' distribution channels.
It helps both the banks and Insurance Companies as follows: This is a
referral business in which the banks tend to leverage the existing clientele.
Insurance companies get the benefit because they can have distribution
relationships with multiple insurers.

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Business Model:
For Bancassurance, the Banks need to obtain a prior license from the IrDA
or Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, so that they can work
as "Composite Corporate Agent" or may have "Referral Arrangement" with
the Insurance Companies.
RBI Guidelines: As per the Government of India Notification dated August
3, 2000, specifying 'Insurance' as a permissible form of business that could
be undertaken by banks under Section 6(1)(o) of the Banking Regulation
Act, 1949. The RBI, in line with this issued its guidelines for the
Bancassurance as follows:
Agent Business
Any scheduled commercial bank would be permitted to undertake
insurance business as agent of insurance companies on fee basis, without
any risk participation.
The subsidiaries of banks will also be allowed to undertake distribution of
insurance product on agency basis.
Joint venture:
Only the Banks which satisfy the eligibility criteria given below will be
permitted to set up a joint venture company for undertaking insurance
business with risk participation, subject to safeguards. The maximum
equity contribution such a bank can hold in the joint venture company will
normally be 50 per cent of the paid cup capital of the insurance company.
On a selective basis the Reserve Bank of India may permit a higher
equity contribution by a promoter bank initially, pending divestment
of equity within the prescribed period:
The net worth of the bank should not be less than Rs.500 crore;
The CRAR of the bank should not be less than 10 per cent;
The level of non-performing assets should be reasonable;
The bank should have net profit for the last three consecutive years;
The track record of the performance of the subsidiaries, if any, of the
concerned bank should be satisfactory.

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JV with Foreign partners:
In cases where a foreign partner contributes 26 per cent of the equity with
the approval of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority/Foreign
Investment Promotion Board, more than one public sector bank or private
sector bank may be allowed to participate in the equity of the insurance joint
venture. As such participants will also assume insurance risk, only those
banks which satisfy the criteria given above, would be eligible.
A subsidiary of a bank or of another bank will not normally be allowed to join
the insurance company on risk participation basis. Subsidiaries would
include bank subsidiaries undertaking merchant banking, securities,
mutual fund, leasing finance, housing finance business, etc.
Investment in Insurance:
Banks which are not eligible for 'joint venture' participant as above, can
make investments up to 10% of the net worth of the bank or Rs.50 crore,
whichever is lower, in the insurance company for providing infrastructure
and services support. Such participation shall be treated as an investment
and should be without any contingent liability for the bank.
The eligibility criteria for these banks will be as under:
The CRAR of the bank should not be less than 10%;
The level of NPAs should be reasonable;
The bank should have net profit for the last three consecutive years.
Prior Approval:
All banks entering into insurance business will be required to obtain prior
approval of the Reserve Bank and have to be compliant with IrDA
regulations. The Reserve Bank will give permission to banks on case to
case basis keeping in view all relevant factors including the position in
regard to the level of non-performing assets of the applicant bank so as to
ensure that non-performing assets do not pose any future threat to the bank
in its present or the proposed line of activity, viz., insurance business.
It should be ensured that risks involved in insurance business do not get
transferred to the bank and that the banking business does not get
contaminated by any risks which may arise from insurance business. There
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Current Issue with Bancassurance:
Now, we know that Banks have to follow RBI as well as IrDA regulations for
Bancassurance Business. The present regulations do not allow banks to
sell insurance products of more than one insurance company.
The current issue is that the Banks might get to tie up with multiple
insurance companies to distribute their products if a panel set up by the
industry regulator comes to a consensus on the issue. Following requests
from various life and general insurance companies asking Insurance
Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to allow banks to have
distribution relationships with multiple insurers, the regulator had formed a
seven-member committee in Mid of 2009 to look into the matter.
These 7 members are the veterans of the market viz. Deepak Satwalekar,
G V Rao, S V Mony, Sandeep Bakshi, R Krinshnamurthy, N M Govardhan
and A Giridhar. The committee was given the job to examine the desirability
for a differential treatment of insurance intermediation by banks under the
Bancassurance model consistent with international best practices and
modified suitably to meet domestic regulatory requirements.
In September 2010, speaking at an insurance summit organized by
industry body Assocham, Mr Harinarayan said IrDA would be coming up
with new regulations on Bancassurance. Most insurers expect the
regulators to break the exclusive deals that insurers have with banks for
selling insurance. It is also expected that the regulator will put in place
norms to ensure that banks continue to service policyholders even if they
decide to discontinue their insurance partnerships.
Concept of Narrow Banking:Consider the following statements:
In Narrow Banking, Banks just accept deposits and provide loans.
In Narrow Banking, there is rarely Asset Liability Mismatch.
Which among the above statements is / are correct?
In the above question, only statement 2 is correct. The Narrow Banking is
very much an antonym to the Universal Banking. In Narrow Banking, the
Bank places its funds under the risk free assets and the maturity of the
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Narrow Banking means Narrow in the sense of engagement of funds and
not in activity.
So, simply, Narrow Banking involves mobilizing the large part of the
deposits in Risk Free assets such as Government Securities. Now, please
note the following:
Banks in India partially implement the Narrow banking.
The RBI prescribes a 25% SLR Statutory Liquidity Ratio, but Banks invest
much more than that in Government securities which provides them a low
The Government securities have a 0% risk weightage and the Government
approved Securities have a risk weightage of 2.5% , compared to the loan
assets which have around 50-75%.
Narrow Banking, in Narrow sense helps the Banks to reduce the Non
Performing Assets (NPA) as the engagement brings them some returns
Narrow Banking and Tarapore Committee:
The Tarapore Committee had recommended that to bring down the NPAs,
the incremental sources of the banks (called narrow banks) should be
restricted only to investments in Government Securities.
Thus Tarapore Committee is best known for giving the Concept of Narrow
Banking as a solution to the problem of Non Performing Assets.
Functions of RBI:The RBI established by RBI Act 1934 in 1935 and nationalized in 1949 is
the central banking and monetary authority of India. It acts as a regulator
and supervisor of the Banks.
Every country has its own central bank such as Federal Reserve of United
Please note that most of the central banks of the world were established
during the early 20th century and RBI was one of them. Following is the list
of the establishment of some of the major banks in the world.

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Federal Reserve Bank of United States was established via Federal
Reserve Act 1913
Bank of England is the oldest established central bank among the major
countries. It was established in 1694 as a private entity and remained so till
1946 when it was nationalized.
The central Bank of China is People's Bank of China and it was established
in 1948
One more older bank is Banque de France , the central Bank of France
which was established in 1800.
Following are major functions of RBI:
Currency authority
Control of Money supply and credit
Management of Forex
As banker to the government
Maintenance of India's financial infrastructure
Banker of the banks Supervision of the Banks.
In the commercial Banking system, the two functions of RBI viz. Banker of
the Banks and Supervision are very important. As the Banker's Bank , RBI
carries out the following functions:
Holds a part of the Cash Reserves of the banks
Short term lending Centralized clearing facilities.
LORL: RBI is known as Lender of Last Resort because, banks are
supposed to meet their shortfalls of cash from other sources and if the other
sources don't meet the demand, then they approach RBI.
CRR: CRR is Cash Reserve Ratio , the share of the liquid cash that the
banks have to keep with the RBI. Current CRR 6%.
Supervisory Functions: These functions are related to banking license,
branch expansion, liquidity, management and working methods,
amalgamation, reconstruction and liquidation.

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Types of Deposits accounts in India:There are two types of deposits:
Demand deposits: The money we keep in our saving accounts is like a
medium of exchange and this is called Demand deposits. This is because
ownership of this deposit may be transferred from one person to another
via cheques or electronic transfers. There is no fixed term to maturity for
Demand Deposits.
Time Deposits: If we deposit our money has an FD in the bank it becomes
a Time Deposit on which NO cheque is drawn. They are paid on maturity at
a particular time.
Current Account and Savings Accounts:
A current account is always a Demand Deposit and the bank is obliged to
pay the money on demand. The Current accounts bear no interest and they
account for the smallest fraction among the current, saving and term
deposits. They provide the convenient operation facility to the individual /
firm. The cost to maintain the accounts is high and banks ask the customers
to keep a minimum balance.
On the other hand, Savings deposits , which are also demand deposits, are
subject to restrictions on the number of withdrawals as well as on the
amounts of withdrawals during any specified period. Further, minimum
balances may be prescribed in order to offset the cost of maintaining and
servicing such deposits.
Savings deposits are deposits that accrue interest at a fixed rate set by RBI
(3.5 percent as of January 2010).
Difference between Current Account and Saving Accounts:
The basic objective of a Savings Bank Account is to enable the customer
save his / her liquid assets and also earn money on that saving. The
Savings banks Accounts are preferred by individuals and provide
liquidity for private and small businesses sometimes. On the other hand
the current account is basically a transactional account which is
preferred by business people. The basic objective of the current
accounts is to provide flexible payment methods to the business people
and entities. These payment methods include special arrangements
such a overdraft facility, accommodation of standing orders, direct
debits, offset mortgage facility.

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Usually saving accounts have low transactions while current accounts
have large transactions.
Savings accounts involve personal handling of assets, while current
accounts are aimed to make the account holder free of personal handling of
liquid funds. The current account facility helps the business to run without
hurdles due to non availability of funds and short term deficits.
Interest Income:
Usually the current accounts don't earn interests. The saving accounts
earn 3.5% interest at present in India. The interest is compounded half
yearly. (Please note that in case of death of the current account holder his
legal heirs are paid interest at the rates applicable to Savings bank deposit
from the date of death till the date of settlement)
As discussed above saving accounts have no overdraft facility, current
accounts have. The money can be borrowed for short term and to be paid
back with interest.
Minimum Balance: Usually saving accounts need a minimum balance in
the banks to keep the account active (however No Frill accounts require
either nil or low minimum balance to be maintained). In current accounts
there are no minimum balance requirements.
CASA Deposits:
CASA Deposits refers to Current Account Saving Account Deposits. As an
aggregate the CASA deposits are low interest deposits for the Banks
compared to other types of the deposits. So banks tend to increase the
CASA deposits and for this they offer various services such as salary
accounts to companies, and encouraging merchants to open current
accounts, and use their cash-management facilities.
The Bank is High CASA ratio (CASA deposits as % of total deposits) are in a
more comfortable position than the Banks with low CASA ratios , which are
more dependent on term deposits for their funding, and are vulnerable to
interest rate shocks in the economy, plus lower spread they earn.

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Term Deposits:
Term Deposits are of three kinds:
Fixed deposits: A fixed rate of interest is paid at fixed, regular intervals
Re-investment deposits: Interest is compounded quarterly and paid on
maturity, along with the principal amount of the deposit. In the Flexi
Deposits amount in savings deposit accounts beyond a fixed limit is
automatically converted into term-deposits.
Recurring deposits: Fixed amount is deposited at regular intervals for a
fixed term and the repayment of principal and accumulated interest is made
at the end of the term. These deposits are usually targeted at persons who
are salaried or receive other regular income. A Recurring Deposit can
usually be opened for any period from 6 months to 120 months.
NRO, NE(E)RA and FCNA(A) Accounts:
There are several kinds of accounts available for non resident Indians ,
Persons of Indian Origin and Overseas Citizens of India. They are as
Non Resident Ordinary Accounts: (NRO):
Any person resident outside of India can open this account. Normally, when
a resident becomes a non resident, his domestic rupee account gets
converted into the NRO account. This helps the NRI to get his credits which
accrue in India, for example rent or interest from investments.
Non-Resident (External) Rupee Account:
(NR(E)RA This account was introduced as NRE scheme in 1970. It's a
Rupee account and the NRI can remit money to India from the funds
abroad. This means that depositor is exposed to the Currency rates risk.
Foreign Currency Non-Resident Account: (FCNR) Foreign Currency
Non-Resident Account Bank or FCNR (B) was first introduced in 1993. It
replaced the existing FCNR (A) scheme.

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This account is opened by the NRIs in 6 designated currencies as
US Dollar (USD)
Great Britain Pound (GBP)
Euro (EUR)
Japanese Yen (JPY)
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Australian Dollar (AUD)
Please note that FCNR account is opened ONLY in the form of Term
Deposits and NOT in the form of Demand Deposits.
The term is from 1 year to 5 years. Repatriation of the principal and interest
is allowed for repatriation after maturity.
Interest is paid on maturity, in the same currency of the deposit. For
deposits of tenure up to one year simple interest is paid and for deposits of
tenure beyond one year the interest is compounded at half yearly rests. The
maturity proceeds inclusive of interest is fully reptriable.
The banks may decide the interest rates after approval from RBI and within
the limits fixed by RBI.
If a person has NRE account and wishes to transfer to FCNR, it is
permissible without prior approval of the RBI.
Negotiable Instruments Act 1881:Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 had been passed in 1882 and was
modified in 1989 and 2002, as some more sections were added into the age
old law. This act is applicable in entire India , including Jammu & Kashmir. J
& K was brought in the ambit of the act in 1956.
The act has provisions of Negotiable Instruments such as Promissory
Notes, Checks, Drafts , Bills of exchanges etc.

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What is a Negotiable Instrument?
Negotiability means transfer of an instrument from a person / entity to
another person / entity. The transfer should be without restriction and in
good faith.
Before we move ahead , please note the following:
The NI Act has 147 sections.
Draft was not included and was made included in the Section 85(a).
Currency Note is not a negotiable instrument as per section 21 of the Indian
Currency Act .
Section 4 deals with promissory notes
Section 5 deals with Bill of Exchange
Section 6 deals with Cheque
Section 9 deals with holder and holder in Due course.
Section 15 deals with Endorsements
Various other sections such as 123-131 deal with crossing of cheques.
In the next few articles , we discuss the salient features of the NI Act 1881.
Promissory Note:PN means a paper with a writing which has a promise. But it does not mean
that we write "I owe You" and it becomes a PN.
PN is always in writing
PN has an unconditional undertaking called promise
The promise is to pay money
The money has to be paid to the certain person.

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Please note that when a person issues a promissory note, he/ she would
have to stamp it as per the Indian Stamp Act and normally a revenue stamp
is affixed on the PN signed by the promissory.
The PN can be Demand Promissory Note or Usance Promissory Note.
Demand Promissory Note has to be paid immediately on demand and
Usance Promissory Note has to be paid after certain time period.
There are two parties in the PN. The maker is who promises to pay and the
payee is who is promised to pay.
Is a currency Note a promissory note?
The currency Notes bear the following note signed by Governor Reserve
Bank of India (for more than 1) and Finance Secretary (` 1) :
I promise to pay the bearer a sum of ________Rupee/ Rupees.
However , Currency notes are money and they don't fulfill the conditions of
the PN. The currency is excluded from NI act and governed by Indian
Currency Act. So Currency notes are Not promissory Notes.
Bill of Exchange:There are 3 parties in the bill of Exchange.
BEO is a written negotiable Instrument which contains an unconditional
order which is
Signed by the Maker
Directs a certain person to pay
Certain sum of Money only to
Certain person or the bearer.
The parties are Drawer, Drawee and Payee.
Drawer: The person who orders to pay
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Payee: The person who is authorized to obtain a payment
Please note that A minor can be a Drawer but not a Drawee because he can
not incur liability.
Once the Drawee accepts the BOE, he becomes acceptor.
Inland Bill & Foreign Bill
A bill that is drawn in India and paid in India or out of India to a person, who is
in India, whether Indian or Foreigner, is Inland Bill. Simply, a bill drawn in
India and paid in India is a Inland Bill.
A bill which is NOT drawn in India but is payable in India to a person, who is
in India and is Indian or a foreigner is a Foreign Bill.
Hundi: Hundi is the Desi version of a bill of Exchange.
They are used conventionally, not stamped and a vernacular language is
written on them. They are still in use and are governed by local practices
Darshani Hundi is akin to a Demand Promissory Note
Miadi Hundi is akin to a Usance Promissory Note
Khoka is also a Hundi which refers to a bill of exchange that has been paid
and canceled.
BOE , as per the NI act are charged at the rate of 18% per annum interest.
Cheque:A cheque is also a Bill of Exchange
A cheque is a bill of exchange in which one party (Drawee) is a Bank. So a
Drawer (account Holder) draws the Cheque on the (Drawee bank) in the
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The Drawer has to write the amount in both in figures and words.
If different values are written in Figures and words, the value of words can
be paid as per section 18 NI act. This means that if a person writes a check
with the following :
Figures : 5000
Words: Rupees Five Lakh Only
This means that amount of Five lakhs is to be paid.
If the amount is written in words only and NOT in figure than NO payment
will be made because it would be Inchoate. This means that a person writes
a check with the following:
Figures: _________ (Left Blank)
Words: Rupees Five Lakh Only
No payment would be made (Section 20 NI Act)
Bearer Cheque:
Bearer cheque is payable to the bearer. Sometimes "Self" is written, that is
also a bearer cheque payable to the account holder.
Dating: If a check does not bear a date, it will be returned.
The holder / bearer can fill a date , if there is no date written
If the date filled is a holiday, it can be paid only after that Holiday.
If a person opens an account on November 10, 2010 and gives a check to
somebody with date say October 25, 2010, then it is Valid and will be paid.
This is called "Ante dated Cheque".
Normal validity is 3 months but can be restricted by the account holder.
The check older than 3 months is called Stale Cheque and is NOT paid and
will be returned.

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After the state Cheque is returned , it can be revalidated for any number of
times J and each time it becomes valid for next 3 months.
A post dated check can bear any date of future and the payment can be
Crossing provides an additional security. Crossing means that sum of that
cheque can only recovered from a specified banker and it will be credited to
the holders account. The crossed cheques are not paid at the counter.
Crossing is applicable in case of cheques only and not in case of Bill of
Exchange or promissory notes.
Crossing may be General crossing or Special crossing. General crossing
(NI Act Section 123) is where a cheque bears two parallel lines with words
such as a/c payee etc.
In Special crossing (NI Act Section 124) the cheque bears the name of the
banker also. Section 126 directs that such cheques shall be paid to the
banker to whom it is crossed specially or to his agent for collection.
Difference between a Cheque and Draft:Cheque has been defined in Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 section 6. A
cheque is a bill of exchange drawn on a specified bank and not expressed
to be payable otherwise than on demand.
A demand draft has been defined by Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 in
section 85. A demand draft is an order to pay money drawn by one office of
a bank upon another office of the same bank bank for a sum of money
payable to order on demand.
Following are some more differences:
A cheque can be made payable to bearer but a Demand Draft cannot.
A demand draft can be cleared in a specified branch of the issuer bank
A cheque can get dishonored but Demand draft is always honored.
An issuer party of the cheque is liable to the cheque and not backed by a
Bank Guarantee, A demand draft is backed by a bank guarantee.

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Difference between a Crossed cheque and A/C Payee cheque:A person who signs the cheque and transfers the instrument is an endorser
and in whose favor it is transferred is endorsee. The endorsee acquires a
right to negotiate the instrument to anyone he / she likes. By making an
endorsement the endorser promises that in case of dishonor, he / she
provides a guarantee to compensate the holder.
Crossing a cheque by making two parallel lines with or without such words
as ___& company is general crossing. Section 126 of the NI Act says that
this is a direction to the bank to not to pay the cheque across the counter.
This crossed cheque is no more a bearer cheque where anyone can
negotiate and get payment across the counter.
In case of a crossed cheque, the payee is free to make further
Conditions of Endorsements:The section 15 of the Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 defines endorsing
as "signing on the face or an instrument for the purpose of negotiating a
negotiable instrument (such as Cheque)."
Endorsing is signing in the instrument either on face or on back, for the
purpose of negotiation of a NI. The person who signs is called endorser.
The person in whose favor the instrument has been transferred is called
The holder of the instrument endorses the instrument.
If he signs only and does not mention anything else it is called Blank
If he endorses and adds a direction to pay the amount to a specified
person it is called Endorsement in full.
If he signs and adds direction for restriction on further negotiability, then
it is called Restrictive Endorsement.
Partial endorsement is NOT valid. This means that if Suresh issues you
a check of 10000 and endorses on the backside of the check that "Pay
Ramesh 5000" it is NOT a Valid endorsement.

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Again if Suresh issues you a check of 10000 and endorses with a direction
that " Pay Ramesh when he passes his examination", this is again NOT a
valid endorsement. Both these conditions are called partial endorsements.
A minor is NOT a valid endorser.
Commercial Papers:The Commercial papers are "Unsecured" Promissory Notes. Since these
papers are Unsecured and don't have any collateral security, only highest
credit rated firms are able to sell their CPs at reasonable price and "Trust"
over the company matters a lot in CP Business. The maturity of the CP is
from 7 days to 1 year.
Usually the CP is sold at a discount value and redeemed at face value. For
example, if Suresh buys a CP with face value at 100 at the discount value of
98, when he redeems the CP on its maturity which may be anything
between 7 days to 1 year ,2 would be his earning.
Certificate of Deposit:There is no difference between a Commercial Paper (CP) and Certificate of
Deposits (CD) except the CD is issued by the Commercial banks and
Finance Institutions. Using the CDs banks are able to mobilize the bulk
financial resources. CDS are again issued at a discount and the maturity is
maximum 1 year. Most common CDs are in the form of 90 days CDs in the
T-Bills:T-Bills mean Treasury Bills or the bills issued by the Government. The T-Bill
is issued by the Government to fulfill its short term money needs. The T-bills
are again issued at discount and the face value is higher than the discount
In India, the active T-Bills at present are 91-days T-Bills and 364-days TBills.
Please note that T-bills have an advantage over the other bills such as
Zero Risk weightage associated with them. They are issued by the
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High liquidity because 91 days and 364 days are short term maturity.
Transparency The secondary market is very active so they have a higher
degree of tradability.
Know Your Customer:What is Know your Customer?
Know your customer (KYC) is a bank regulation that financial institutions
and other regulated companies must perform to identify their clients and
ascertain relevant information pertinent to doing financial business with
What are Objectives of KYC?
Money laundering is a growing menace and it not only poses serious threat
to the stability and integrity of the financial system but also to the
sovereignty and safety of nations worldwide. In the coming days,
challenges before banks would primarily lie in saving themselves from the
growing threat of money laundering.
prevention of money laundering act (PMLA) was passed in 2002 and it has
been aligned with the financial action task force (FATF) recommendations
in 2009. Further, India has become a member of FATF in 2010.
Banks are being extensively sensitised about money laundering and KYC
In India Banks were advised to follow certain customer identification
procedure for opening of accounts and monitoring transactions of a
suspicious nature for the purpose of reporting it to appropriate authority.
These 'Know Your Customer' guidelines have been revisited time to time in
the context of the Recommendations made by the Financial Action Task
Force (FATF) on Anti Money Laundering (AML) standards and on
Combating Financing of Terrorism (CFT).
These standards have become the international benchmark for framing
Anti Money Laundering and combating financing of terrorism policies by
the regulatory authorities. Compliance with these standards both by the
banks/financial institutions and the country have become necessary for
international financial relationships.

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India-On Path of Unified KYC
KYC discipline assumes critical importance especially in the light of our
concerted efforts to widen the reach of banking as part of financial inclusion
Banks have to ensure a very high degree of KYC compliance and a very
robust AML regime. Once these standards are achieved, a unified KYC for
banking system could be thought of.
In 2011, SEBI said that it would also come out with Homogenous norms for
setting up a uniform Know Your Customer (KYC) Regulation Authority. It will
relieve the burden comparable on the intermediaries as well as the
common man, seeking to make investments. This mechanism once set
would make certain that KYC exercise is undertaken only once and
enabling all intermediaries to access a prospective client's number for
getting his KYC status.
Factsheet: Know Your Customer (KYC)
Know Your Customer (KYC) is the due diligence and bank regulation that
financial institutions and other regulated companies must perform to
identify their clients and ascertain relevant information pertinent to doing
financial business with them.
Know your customer policies are becoming increasingly important globally
to prevent identity theft fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing.
Beyond name matching, a key aspect of KYC controls is to monitor
transactions of a customer against their recorded profile, history on the
customers account(s) and with peers.
Banks doing KYC monitoring for anti-money laundering (AML) and checks
relating to combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) increasingly use
specialized transaction monitoring software, particularly names analysis
software and trend monitoring software. The generated alerts identify
unusual activity which is then subject to due diligence or enhanced due
diligence (EDD) processes that use internal and external sources of
information on the subject, including the internet. This helps to determine
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Some specialist consultancies help multinational companies and SMEs
conduct Know Your Customer processes when entering new markets.
The Reserve Bank of India introduced KYC guidelines for all banks in 2002.
In 2004, RBI directed that all banks ensure that they are fully compliant with
the KYC provisions before December 31, 2005. The purpose was to
prevent money laundering, terrorist financing and theft.
KYC and Damodaran Committee
The committee, headed by former SEBI chief M Damodaran, has proposed
a slew of consumer-friendly measures. The committee was set up by RBI
and if the recommendations are accepted, Bank account holders can
expect better standards of service and more secure ways of doing
In context with KYC, the committee recommended third-party Know Your
Customer data bank.
In January 2012, the Capital markets regulator SEBI's Chairman, Mr. U.K.
Sinha, launched India's first Know Your Customer Registration Agency
KRA at Bombay Stock Exchange.
The system avoids duplication of customer details and is interoperable,
which means that other market participants can share the data and bring in
more uniformity.
Financial Inclusion:The Inclusive Meaning of Financial Inclusion Financial Inclusion or
Inclusive Finance refers to the delivery of financial services (Not only
Banking) at an affordable cost to the vast sections of the disadvantaged
and low profile groups of the society.
So, Financial Inclusion helps vulnerable groups such as low income
groups, weaker sections, etc., to increase incomes, acquire capital,
manage risk and work their way out of poverty through secure savings,
appropriately priced credit and insurance products, and payment services.
Financial Inclusion should not be seen as a social responsibility of the
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but it is a potentially viable business proposition today which provides the
poor with opportunities to build savings make investments and get credit.
The upcoming Tech solutions such as UID project have a potential to make
a difference.
Rangarajan Committee on Financial Inclusion
Despite of the efforts made so far by the successive governments a
sizeable majority of our population; in particular the vulnerable groups
continue to remain excluded from the opportunities and services provided
by the financial sector.
In 2006, Government of India constituted a "Committee on Financial
Inclusion" which was headed by Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic
Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. The members of this committee
were the stalwarts of the Finance & Banking system in the country.
The terms of reference to this committee were as follows:
To study the pattern of exclusion from access to financial services
disaggregated by region, gender and occupational structure.
To identify the barriers confronted by vulnerable groups in accessing credit
and financial services, including supply, demand and institutional
To review the international experience in implementing policies for financial
inclusion and examine their relevance / applicability to India.
The committee was asked to recommend:
A strategy to extend financial services to small and marginal farmers and
other vulnerable groups, including measures to streamline and simplify
Reduce transaction costs and make the operations transparent;
Measures including institutional changes to be undertaken by the financial
sector to implement the proposed strategy of financial inclusion
A monitoring mechanism to assess the quality and quantum of financial
inclusion including indicators for assessing progress.

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Viewpoint of the Committee: (Very Important)
The committee is of the view that "while financial inclusion can be
substantially enhanced by improving the supply side or the delivery
systems, it is also important to note that many regions, segments of the
population and sub-sectors of the economy have a limited or weak demand
for financial services."
In order to improve their level of inclusion, demand side efforts need to be
taken including improving human and physical resource endowments,
enhancing productivity, mitigating risk and strengthening market linkages.
However, the primary focus is on improving the delivery systems, both
conventional and innovative.
Whose Inclusion?
The essence of Financial Inclusion is to ensure that a range of appropriate
financial services is available to every individual of the country. This should
Regular financial Intermediation such as Banking which includes basic no
frills accounts for sending and receiving money.
Saving Products which are suitable to the pattern of cash flow of the poor
Availability of the Money transfer facilities
Availability of small loans and overdrafts for productive , personal and other
Regional Rural Banks:Narasimham Committee and Genesis of RRBs
We all know that the first stage of nationalization that took place in 1969
boosted the confidence of the public in the Banking system of the country.
However, in the early 1970s, there was a feeling that even after
nationalization there were cultural issues which made it difficult for
commercial banks, even under government ownership, to lend to farmers.
This issue was taken up by the government and it set up a working group to
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The committee was Narasimham Working Group 1975.
On the basis of this committee's recommendations, a Regional Rural
Banks Ordinance was promulgated in September 1975, which was
replaced by the Regional Rural Banks Act 1976.
RRBs started their development process on 2nd October 1975 with the
formation of a single bank viz. Prathama Grameen Bank.
So, Prathama Grameen Bank is India's first Regional Rural Bank. The
making of RRB started with an ordinance which later was upgraded to an
The Regional Rural Banks Act 1976 allowed the government to set up
banks from time to time wherever it considered necessary.
The regional rural banks (RRBs) were owned by the central government,
the state government and the sponsor bank who held shares in the ratio as
follows (important)
Central Government : 50%
State Government : 15%
Public Sector Commercial banks (Sponsor Banks): 35%
Some Basic Banking Terms:1) RBI The Reserve Bank of India is the apex bank of the country, which
was constituted under the RBI Act, 1934 to regulate the other banks, issue
of bank notes and maintenance of reserves with a view to securing the
monetary stability in India.
2) Demand Deposit A Demand deposit is the one which can be
withdrawn at any time, without any notice or penalty; e.g. money deposited
in a checking account or savings account in a bank.
3) Time Deposit Time deposit is a money deposit at a banking institution
that cannot be withdrawn for a certain "term" or period of time. When the
term is over it can be withdrawn or it can be held for another term.
4) Fixed Deposits FDs are the deposits that are repayable on fixed
maturity date along with the principal and agreed interest rate for the
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5) Recurring Deposits These are also called cumulative deposits and in
recurring deposit accounts, a certain amounts of savings are required to be
compulsorily deposited at specific intervals for a specified period.
6) Savings Account Savings account is an account generally
maintained by retail customers that deposit money (i.e. their savings) and
can withdraw them whenever they need. Funds in these accounts are
subjected to low rates of interest.
7) Current Accounts These accounts are maintained by the corporate
clients that may be operated any number of times in a day. There is a
maintenance charge for the current accounts for which the holders enjoy
facilities of easy handling, overdraft facility etc.
8) FCNR Accounts Foreign Currency Non-Resident accounts are the
ones that are maintained by the NRIs in foreign currencies like USD, DM,
and GBP etc. The account is a term deposit with interest rates linked to the
international rates of interest of the respective currencies.
9) NRE Accounts Non-Resident External accounts are the ones in which
NRIs remit money in any permitted foreign currency and the remittance is
converted to Indian rupees for credit to NRE accounts. The accounts can
be in the form of current, saving, FDs, recurring deposits. The interest rates
and other terms of these accounts are as per the RBI directives.
10) Cheque Book - A small, bound booklet of cheques. A cheque is a piece
of paper produced by your bank with your account number, sort-code and
cheque number printed on it. The account number distinguishes your
account from other accounts; the sort-code is your bank's special code
which distinguishes it from any other bank.
11) Cheque Clearing - This is the process of getting the money from the
cheque-writer's account into the cheque receiver's account.
12) Clearing Bank - This is a bank that can clear funds between banks. For
general purposes, this is any institution which we know of as a bank or as a
provider of banking services.
13) Bounced Cheque - when the bank has not enough funds in the
relevant account or the account holder requests that the cheque is bounced
(under exceptional circumstances) then the bank will return the cheque to
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14) Credit Rating - This is the rating which an individual (or company) gets
from the credit industry. This is obtained by the individual's credit history,
the details of which are available from specialist organisations like CRISIL
in India.
15) Credit-Worthiness - This is the judgement of an organization which is
assessing whether or not to take a particular individual on as a customer.
An individual might be considered credit-worthy by one organisation but not
by another. Much depends on whether an organization is involved with high
risk customers or not.
16) Interest - The amount paid or charged on money over time. If you
borrow money interest will be charged on the loan. If you invest money,
interest will be paid (where appropriate to the investment).
17) Overdraft - This is when a person has a minus figure in their account. It
can be authorized (agreed to in advance or retrospect) or unauthorized
(where the bank has not agreed to the overdraft either because the account
holder represents too great a risk to lend to in this way or because the
account holder has not asked for an overdraft facility).
18) Payee - The person who receives a payment. This often applies to
cheques. If you receive a cheque you are the payee and the person or
company who wrote the cheque is the payer.
19) Payer - The person who makes a payment. This often applies to
cheques. If you write a cheque you are the payer and the recipient of the
cheque is the payee.
20) Security for Loans - Where large loans are required the lending
institution often needs to have a guarantee that the loan will be paid back.
This takes the form of a large item of capital outlay (typically a house) which
is owned or partly owned and the amount owned is at least equivalent to the
loan required.
21) Internet Banking - Online banking (or Internet banking) allows
customers to conduct financial transactions on a secure website operated
by the bank.
22) Credit Card - A credit card is one of the systems of payments named
after the small plastic card issued to users of the system. It is a card entitling
its holder to buy goods and services based on the holder's promise to pay
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23) Debit Card Debit card allows for direct withdrawal of funds from
customers bank accounts. The spending limit is determined by the
available balance in the account.
24) Loan - A loan is a type of debt. In a loan, the borrower initially receives or
borrows an amount of money, called the principal, from the lender, and is
obligated to pay back or repay an equal amount of money to the lender at a
later time. There are different kinds of loan such as the house loan, auto
loan etc.
25) Bank Rate - This is the rate at which central bank (RBI) lends money to
other banks or financial institutions. If the bank rate goes up, long-term
interest rates also tend to move up, and vice-versa.
26) CRR - Cash reserve Ratio (CRR) is the amount of funds that the banks
have to keep with RBI. If RBI decides to increase the percent of this, the
available amount with the banks comes down. RBI is using this method
(increase of CRR rate), to drain out the excessive money from the banks.
27) SLR - SLR stands for Statutory Liquidity Ratio. This term is used by
bankers and indicates the minimum percentage of deposits that the bank
has to maintain in form of gold, cash or other approved securities. Thus, we
can say that it is ratio of cash and some other approved to liabilities
(deposits). It regulates the credit growth in India.
28) ATM - An automated teller machine (ATM) is a computerised
telecommunications device that provides the clients with access to
financial transactions in a public space without the need for a cashier,
human clerk or bank teller. On most modern ATMs, the customer is
identified by inserting a plastic ATM card with a magnetic stripe or a plastic
smart card with a chip, that contains a unique card number and some
security information such as an expiration date or CVV. Authentication is
provided by the customer entering a personal identification number (PIN)
29) REPO RATE: - Under repo transaction the borrower places with the
lender certain acceptable securities against funds received and agree to
reverse this transaction on a predetermined future date at agreed interest
cost. Repo rate is also called (repurchase agreement or repurchase
30) REVERSE REPO RATE: is the interest rate earned by the bank for
lending money tothe RBI in exchange of govt. securities or "lender buys
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31) CASH RESERVE RATIO: specifies the percentage of their total
deposits the commercial bank must keep with central bank or RBI. Higher
the CRR lower will be the capacity of bank to create credit.
32) SLR: known as Statutorily Liquidity Ratio. Each bank is required
statutorily maintain a prescribed minimum proportion of its demand and
time liabilities in the form of designated liquid asset.
"Every bank has to maintain a percentage of its demand and time liabilities
by way of cash, gold etc".
33) BANK RATE: is the rate of interest which is charged by RBI on its
advances to commercial banks. When reserve bank desires to restrict
expansion of credit it raises the bank rate there by making the credit costlier
to commercial bank.
34) OVERDRAFT: It is the loan facility on customer current account at a
bank permitting him to overdraw up to a certain agreed limit for a agreed
period ,interest is payable only on the amount of loan taken up.
35) PRIME LENDING RATE: It is the rate at which commercial banks give
loan to its prime customers.
36) IFSC: IFSC stands for Indian Financial System Code. It is an alphanumeric code that uniquely identifies a bank-branch participating in the
NEFT system.
ii. This is an 11 digit code with the first 4 alpha characters representing the
bank, The 5th character is 0 (zero) and the last 6 characters representing
the bank branch.
iii. IFSC is used by the NEFT system to identify the originating / destination
banks / branches and also to route the messages appropriately to the
concerned banks / branches.
For ex: SBIN0015986 :
(a) First 4 character SBIN refers to State Bank of India.
(b) 0 is a control number.
(c) Last six characters (015986) represents the SBI branch name.
37) MICR : MICR stands for Magnetic Ink Character Recognition. MICR
Code is a 9 numeric digit code which uniquely identifies a bank branch
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i. First 3 digits represent the city (400)
ii. Next 3 digits represent the bank (229)
iii. Last 3 digits represent the branch (128)
The MICR Code allotted to a bank branch is printed on the MICR band of
cheque leaves issued by bank branches.
38) Cheque Truncation:
i. Truncation is the process of stopping the flow of the physical cheque
issued by a drawer at some point with the presenting bank en-route to the
drawee bank branch.
ii. In its place an electronic image of the cheque is transmitted to the drawee
branch by the clearing house, along with relevant information like data on
the MICR band, date of presentation, presenting bank, etc.
iii. Cheque Truncation speeds up the process of collection of cheques
resulting in better service to customers, reduces the scope for clearingrelated frauds or loss of instruments in transit, lowers the cost of collection
of cheques, and removes reconciliation-related and logistics-related
problems, thus benefiting the system as a whole.
Banking acts in India:The Bankers Books Evidence Act, 1891
The Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934
The Industrial Finance Corporation of India Act, 1948
The Banking Companies (Legal Practitioner Clients' Accounts) Act, 1949
The Industrial Disputes (Banking and Insurance Companies) Act, 1949
The Banking Regulation Act, 1949
The State Financial Corporations Act, 1951
The Reserve Bank of India (Amendment and Misc. Provisions) Act, 1953
The Industrial Disputes (Banking Companies) Decision Act, 1955
The State Bank of India Act, 1955

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The State Bank of India Act, 1955
The State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959
The Subsidiary Banks General Regulation, 1959
The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, 1961
The Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act,
Third Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy, 2014-15:The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its third bi-monthly monetary policy
statement for 2014-15 kept the repo rate unchanged at 8%. The reverse
repo rate was kept unchanged at 7% and Cash Reserve Ratio ( CRR) was
maintained at 4%.
The SLR was cut by 50 bps to 22%. "The moderation in CPI headline
inflation for two consecutive months, despite the seasonal firming up of
prices of fruits and vegetables since March, is due to both base base effects
and the steady deceleration in CPI inflation excluding food and fuel," RBI
Governor Raghuram Rajan said.
"The recent fall in international crude prices, the benign outlook on global
non-oil commodity prices and still-subdued corporate pricing power should
all support continued disinflation, as should measures undertaken to
improve food management," the bank said.
However the central bank said, "There are, however, upside risks also, in
the form of the pass-through of of administered price increases, continuing
uncertainty over monsoon conditions and their impact on food production,
possibly higher oil prices stemming from geo-political concerns and
exchange rate movement, and strengthening growth in the face of
continuing supply constraints.
Accordingly, the upside risks to the target of ensuring CPI inflation at or
below 8 per cent by January 2015 remain, although overall risks are more
balanced than in June, the bank said. "It is, therefore, appropriate to
continue maintaining a vigilant monetary policy stance as in June, while
leaving the policy rate unchanged," it added.

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According to RBI, the prospects for reinvigoration of growth have improved
modestly. The firming up of export growth should support manufacturing
and service sector activity.
The Reserve Bank will continue to monitor inflation developments closely,
and remains committed to the disinflationary path of taking CPI inflation to 8
per cent by January 2015 and 6 per cent by January 2016, the policy
statement said.
Some Special Banking Notes:GDP: It is the money value of all the final goods and services produced
within the geographical boundaries of the country during a given period of
GNP: It refers to the money value of total output or production of find goods
and service produced by the nationals of a country during a given period of
Producers Price Index: It is the cost incurred by the producer in producing
single unit in terms of GDP. It does not include any indirect taxes.
Credit Control: By credit control we mean to regulate the volume of credit
created by banks in India. It is the principal function of Reserve Bank of
India. The basic objective of credit control mechanism is to realize both
price stability and exchange stability in the economy. RBI uses two types of
methods to control credit: (i) Quantitative Methods, and (ii) Qualitative
Quantitative Measures are used to control the volume of credit or indirectly
to control inflationary and deflationary pressures caused by expansion and
contraction of credit. These are also known as general credit measures.
These consist of Bank Rate, Cash Reserve Ratio, Statutory Liquidity Ratio
and Open Market Operations.
Qualitative Measures are used to control the quantum as well as purpose
for which credits are given by banks. RBI uses measures like Publicity,
Rationing of Credit, Regulation of consumer credit, Moral suasion and
Variation in margin requirement for qualitative credit control.
Bank Rate: Bank rate is the rate at which the RBI is prepared to buy or rediscount eligible bills of exchange or other commercial papers. In simple
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to commercial banks. A change in the bank rate will result in a change in the
prime lending rate of banks and thus act as an independent instrument of
monetary control.

Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR): Cash reserve ratio is the cash parked by the
banks in their specified current account maintained with RBI. In other
words, it is the percentage of deposit (both demand and time deposit) which
a bank has to keep with the RBI. RBI was empowered to vary the CRR
between 3% to 15%. But now there is no minimum limit of CRR in India but
the maximum limit is still retained at 15%. The purpose of reducing CRR is
to leave large cash reserve with banks so as to enable them to expand bank
credit. Similarly increasing of CRR means squeezing the cash reserve of
the banks and limits their credit providing capacity.
Statutory liquidity Ratio (SLR): Statutory liquidity ratio is the liquid assets
commercial banks maintain with the RBI in the form of cash (book value),
gold (current market value) and balances in unencumbered approved
securities. The maximum limit of SLR is 40% and minimum limit of SLR is
23% In India. RBI can change SLR from time to time. Both CRR and SLR
reduce or increase the capacity to expand credit to business and industry.
Thus both of these are anti-inflationary.
Open Market Operations (OMO): The buying and selling of eligible
securities in the money market by RBI for the purpose of curtailing or
expanding the volume of credit. By selling securities the RBI can absorb
funds, and buying the securities can release funds also into the market. The
purpose of OMO is to influence the volume of cash reserves with the
commercial banks and thus influence the volume of loans and advances
they can make to the industrial and commercial sector.
Selective Credit Controls: Under the Banking Regulation Act 1949,
section 21 empowers RBI to issue directives to the banking companies
regarding their advance in order to check speculation and rising prices. The
controls are selective as they are used to control and check the rising
tendency of price and hording of certain individual commodities of common
use. However, while imposing selective control, RBI takes care that bank
credit for production and transportation of commodities and exports is not
affected. These are mainly focused on credit to traders who use such credit
for financing hoarding and speculation. Since 1956-57 RBI is employing
this method.
Prime Lending Rate (PLR): It is rate of interest of which commercial banks
lend to their prime high profile blue chip corporate borrowers. (From 1990's
banks are free to determine PLR).

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Repo Rate: Repurchasing option is traded in this market for a short time
periods. Repo is Repurchasing by RBI.
Priority Sector Lending: Priority sector refers to those sectors of the
economy which may not get timely and adequate credit in the absence of
this special dispensation. Typically, these are small value loans to farmers
for agriculture and allied activities, micro and small enterprises, poor
people for housing, students for education and other low income groups
and weaker sections.
Market Stabilization Scheme: It is a scheme under which RBI buys and
sells Government of India securities in order to control liquidity.
Money in Circulation: Money in use to finance current transactions as
distinct from idle money.
Investment Bank: A Bank that provides long term fixed capital for industry,
generally by taking up shares in limited companies.
Regional Rural Bank: It was established in 1975 under the provision of
RRB Act 1976, with a view to develop rural economy.
Lead Banking Scheme: Under this scheme all the nationalized banks and
few private sector banks were allowed specially and were asked to play the
Lead Role. The lead banks act as a leader to bring about co-ordination of
cooperative banks, commercial banks and other financial institutions in
their respective demises to bring about rapid economic development.
CAMELS: Capital Adequacy, Asset Quality, Management, Earnings
Liquidity and Systems.
Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR): It is the ratio of total capital fund of a bank
to its risk weighted assets. It is an indicator of banks financial health.
Over Heating of Economy: When the supply is not able to keep phase
with demand, it is as called over heating of economy. It leads to inflation and
shortage goods.
Cost-push Inflation: General prices of goods and services in the economy
rises due to an increase in production cost. Such types of Inflation are
caused by three factors (i) an increase in wages, (ii) an increase in profit
and (iii) imposition of heavy tax.

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Demand- pull inflation: The most common cause of inflation is the
pressure of ever-rising demand on a less rapidly increasing supply of
goods and services. The expansion in aggregate demand may be the result
of rapidly increasing private investment and/or spending government
money for war or for economic development.
Forward Market Commission: It is a regulatory body for commodity
futures, and forward trade in India. It was set up under Forward Contract
(Regulation) Act 1952. It's headquarter is in Mumbai.
CARE: Credit Analysis and Research Ltd. It was started in November
1993. It was set up by IDBI.
ICRA: Investment Information and Credit Rating Agents of India Limited. It
was established in 1991. It primarily rates short, medium and long debt
instruments. But, since 1995 it has been doing equity rating also.
NSDL: National Securities Depository Limited
CDSL: Central Depository Services Limited.
Some Key Financial Terms:APR: It stands for Annual Percentage Rate. APR is a percentage that is
calculated on the basis of the amount financed, the finance charges, and
the term of the loan.
ABS: Asset-Backed Securities. It means a type of security that is backed
by a pool of bank loans, leases, and other assets.
EPS: Earnings Per Share means the amount of annual earnings available
to common stockholders as stated on a per share basis.
CHAPS: Clearing House Automated Payment System. It's a type of
electronic bank-to-bank payment system that guarantees same-day
IPO: Initial Public Offerings is defined as the event where the company
sells its shares to the public for the first time. (or the first sale of stock by a
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FPO: Follow on Public Offerings: An issuing of shares to investors by a
public company that is already listed on an exchange. An FPO is essentially
a stock issue of supplementary shares made by a company that is already
publicly listed and has gone through the IPO process.
Difference: IPO is for the companies which have not been listed on an
exchange and FPO is for the companies which have already been listed on
an exchange but want to raise funds by issuing some more equity shares.
RTGS: Real Time Gross Settlement systems is a funds transfer system
where transfer of money or securities takes place from one bank to another
on a real time. ('Real time' means within a fraction of seconds.) The
minimum amount to be transferred through RTGS is Rs 2 lakh. Processing
charges/Service charges for RTGS transactions vary from bank to bank.
NEFT: National Electronic Fund Transfer. This is a method used for
transferring funds across banks in a secure manner. It usually takes 1-2
working days for the transfer to happen. NEFT is an electronic fund transfer
system that operates on a Deferred Net Settlement (DNS) basis which
settles transactions in batches. (Note: RTGS is much faster than NEFT.)
CAR: Capital Adequacy Ratio. It's a measure of a bank's capital. Also
known as Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR), this ratio is used
to protect depositors and promote the stability and efficiency of financial
systems around the world. It is decided by the RBI.
NPA: Non-Performing Asset. It means once the borrower has failed to
make interest or principal payments for 90 days, the loan is considered to
be a non-performing asset. Presently it is 2.39%.
IMPS: Inter-bank Mobile Payment Service. It is an instant interbank
electronic fund transfer service through mobile phones. Both the
customers must have MMID (Mobile Money Identifier Number). For this
service, we don't need any GPS-enabled cell phones.
BCBS: Basel Committee on Banking Supervision is an institution created
by the Central Bank governors of the Group of Ten nations.
RSI: Relative Strength Index.
IFSC code: Indian Financial System Code. The code consists of 11
characters for identifying the bank and branch where the account in
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MSME and SME: Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), and SME
stands for Small and Medium Enterprises. This is an initiative of the
government to drive and encourage small manufacturers to enjoy facilities
from banks at concessional rates.
LIBOR: London InterBank Offered Rate. An interest rate at which banks
can borrow funds, in marketable size, from other banks in the London
interbank market.
LIBID: London Interbank Bid Rate. The average interest rate at which
major London banks borrow Eurocurrency deposits from other banks.
ECGC: Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India. This organisation
provides risk as well as insurance cover to the Indian exporters.
SWIFT: Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. It
operates a worldwide financial messaging network which exchanges
messages between banks and other financial institutions.
STRIPS: Separate Trading for Registered Interest & Principal Securities.
CIBIL: Credit Information Bureau of India Limited. CIBIL is India's first
credit information bureau. Whenever a person applies for new loans or
credit card(s) to a financial institution, they generate the CIBIL report of the
said person or concern to judge the credit worthiness of the person and also
to verify their existing track record. CIBIL actually maintains the borrower's
CRISIL: Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited. Crisil is a
global analytical company providing ratings, research, and risk and policy
advisory services.
AMFI: Association of Mutual Funds of India. AMFI is an apex body of all
Asset Management Companies (AMCs) which have been registered with
SEBI. (Note: AMFI is not a mutual funds regulator)
FCCB: Foreign Currency Convertible Bond. A type of convertible bond
issued in a currency different from the issuer's domestic currency.
CAC: Capital Account Convertibility. It is the freedom to convert local
financial assets into foreign financial assets and vice versa. This means
that capital account convertibility allows anyone to freely move from local
currency into foreign currency and back, or in other words, transfer of
money from current account to capital account.

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BANCASSURANCE: Is the term used to describe the partnership or
relationship between a bank and an insurance company whereby the
insurance company uses the bank sales channel in order to sell insurance
Balloon payment: Is a specific type of mortgage payment, and is named
balloon payment because of the structure of the payment schedule. For
balloon payments, the first several years of payments are smaller and are
used to reduce the total debt remaining in the loan. Once the small payment
term has passed (which can vary, but is commonly 5 years), the remainder
of the debt is due - this final payment is the one known as the balloon
payment, because it is larger than all of the previous payments.
CPSS: Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems
FCNR Accounts: Foreign Currency Non-Resident accounts are the ones
that are maintained by NRIs in foreign currencies like USD, DM, and GBP.
M3 in banking: It's a measure of money supply. It is the total amount of
money available in an economy at a particular point in time.
OMO: Open Market Operations. The buying and selling of government
securities in the open market in order to expand or contract the amount of
money in the banking system. Open market operations are the principal
tools of monetary policy. RBI uses this tool in order to regulate the liquidity
in economy.
Umbrella Fund: A type of collective investment scheme. A collective fund
containing several sub-funds, each of which invests in a different market or
ECS: Electronic Clearing Facility is a type of direct debit.
Tobin tax: Suggested by Nobel Laureate economist James Tobin, was
originally defined as a tax on all spot conversions of one currency into
Z score is a term widely used in the banking field.
POS: Point Of Sale, also known as Point Of Purchase, a place where sales
are made and also sales and payment information are collected
electronically, including the amount of the sale, the date and place of the
transaction, and the consumer's account number.

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LGD: Loss Given Default. Institutions such as banks will determine their
credit losses through an analysis of the actual loan defaults.
Junk Bonds: Junk bonds are issued generally by smaller or relatively less
well-known firms to finance their operations, or by large and well-known
firms to fund leveraged buyouts. These bonds are frequently unsecured or
partially secured, and they pay higher interest rates: 3 to 4 percentage
points higher than the interest rate on blue chip corporate bonds of
comparable maturity period.
ARM: Adjustable Rate Mortgage is basically a type of loan where the rate of
index is calculated on the basis of the previously selected index rate.
ABO: Accumulated Benefit Obligation, ABO is a measure of liability of
pension plan of an organisation and is calculated when the pension plan is
Absorption: A term related to real estate, it is a process of renting a real
estate property which is newly built or recently approved.
AAA: A type of grade that is used to rate a particular bond. It is the highest
rated bond that gives maximum returns at the time of maturity.
DSCR: Debt Service Coverage Ratio, DSCR is a financial ratio that
measures the company's ability to pay their debts.
FSDC: Financial Stability and Development Council, India's apex body of
the financial sector.
ITPO: India Trade Promotion Organisation is the nodal agency of the
Government of India for promoting the country's external trade.
FLCC: Financial Literacy and Counseling Centres.
ANBC: Adjusted Net Bank Credit is Net Bank Credit added to investments
made by banks in non-SLR bonds.
Priority sector lending: Some areas or fields in a country depending on its
economic condition or government interest are prioritised and are called
priority sectors i.e. industry, agriculture.
M0, M1, M2 AND M3: These terms are nothing but money supply in
banking field.

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BIFR: Bureau of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction.
FRBM Act 2003: Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management act was
enacted by the Parliament of India to institutionalise financial discipline,
reduce India's fiscal deficit, improve macroeconomic management and the
overall management of the public funds by moving towards a balanced
The main objectives of FRBM Act are:1. To reduce fiscal deficit.
2. To adopt prudent debt management.
3. To generate revenue surplus.
Gold Standard: A monetary system in which a country's government
allows its currency unit to be freely converted into fixed amounts of gold and
vice versa.
Fiat Money: Fiat money is a legal tender for settling debts. It is a paper
money that is not convertible and is declared by government to be legal
tender for the settlement of all debts.
BCSBI: The Banking Codes and Standards Board of India is a society
registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and functions as an
autonomous body, to monitor and assess the compliance with codes and
minimum standards of service to individual customers to which the banks
agree to.
OLTAS: On-Line Tax Accounting System.
EASIEST: Electronic Accounting System in Excise and Service Tax.
SOFA: Status of Forces Agreement, SOFA is an agreement between a host
country and a foreign nation stationing forces in that country.
CALL MONEY: Money loaned by a bank that must be repaid on demand.
Unlike a term loan, which has a set maturity and payment schedule, call
money does not have to follow a fixed schedule. Brokerages use call
money as a short-term source of funding to cover margin accounts or the
purchase of securities. The funds can be obtained quickly.
Scheduled bank: Scheduled Banks in India constitute those banks which
have been included in the Second Schedule of RBI Act, 1934 as well as
their market capitalisation is more than Rs 5 lakh.

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RBI in turn includes only those banks in this schedule which satisfy the
criteria laid down vide section 42 (6) (a) of the Act.
FEDAI: Foreign Exchange Dealers Association of India. An association of
banks specialising in the foreign exchange activities in India.
PPF: Public Provident Fund. The Public Provident Fund Scheme is a
statutory scheme of the Central Government of India. The scheme is for 15
years. The minimum deposit is Rs 500 and maximum is Rs 70,000 in a
financial year.
SEPA: Single Euro Payment Area.
GAAP: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The common set of
accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to
compile their financial statements.
Indian Depository Receipt: Foreign companies issue their shares and in
return they get the depository receipt from the National Security Depository
in return of investing in India.
Hot Money: Money that is moved by its owner quickly from one form of
investment to another, as to take advantage of changing international
exchange rates or gain high short-term returns on investments.
NMCEX: National Multi-Commodity Exchange.
PE RATIO: Price to Earnings Ratio, a measure of how much investors are
willing to pay for each dollar of a company's reported profits.
CASA: Current Account, Savings Account.
CAMELS: CAMELS is a type of Bank Rating System. (C) stands for Capital
Adequacy, (A) for Asset Quality, (M) for Management ,(E) for Earnings, (L)
for Liquidity and (S) for Sensitivity to Market Risk.
OSMOS: Off-site Monitoring and Surveillance System.
Free market: A market economy based on supply and demand with little or
no government control.
Retail banking: It is mass-market banking in which individual customers
use local branches of larger commercial banks.

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Eurobond: A bond issued in a currency other than the currency of the
country or market in which it is issued.
PPP: Purchasing Power Parity is an economic technique used when
attempting to determine the relative values of two currencies.
FEMA Act: Foreign Exchange Management Act, it is useful in controlling
Hawala transaction: It's a process in which large amount of black money
is converted into white.
Teaser Loans: It's a type of home loans in which the interest rate is initially
low and then grows higher. Teaser loans are also called terraced loans.
ECB: External Commercial Borrowings, taking a loan from another
country. Limit of ECB is $500 million, and this is the maximum limit a
company can get.
CBS: Core Banking Solution. All the banks are connected through internet,
meaning we can have transactions from any bank and anywhere. (e.g.
deposit cash in PNB, Delhi branch and withdraw cash from PNB, Gujarat)
CRAR: For RRB's it is more than 9% (funds allotted 500 cr) and for
commercial banks it is greater than 8% (6000 cr relief package).
NBFCs: NBFC is a company which is registered under Companies Act,
1956 and whose main function is to provide loans. NBFC cannot accept
deposit or issue demand draft like other commercial banks. NBFCs
registered with RBI have been classified as AssetFinance Company (AFC),
Investment Company (IC) and Loan Company (LC).
IIFCL: India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited. It gives guarantee to
infra bonds.
IFPRI: International Food Policy Research Institute. It identifies and
analyses policies for meeting the food needs of the developing world.
Currency swap: It is a foreign-exchange agreement between two parties
to exchange aspects (namely the principal and/or interest payments) of a
loan in one currency for equivalent aspects of an equal in net present value
loan in another currency. Currency swap is an instrument to manage cash
flows in different currency.

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WPI: Wholesale Price Index is an index of the prices paid by retail stores for
the products they ultimately resell to consumers. New series is 2004 2005.
(The new series has been prepared by shifting the base year from 1993-94
to 2004-05). Inflation in India is measured on WPI index.
MAT: Minimum Alternate Tax is the minimum tax to be paid by a company
even though the company is not making any profit.
Future trading: It's a future contract/agreement between the buyers and
sellers to buy and sell the underlying assets in the future at a predetermined
Reverse mortgage: It's a scheme for senior citizens.
Basel 2nd norms: BCBS has kept some restrictions on bank for the
maintenance of minimum capital with them to ensure level playing field.
Basel II has got three pillars:
Pillar 1- Minimum capital requirement based on the risk profile of bank.
Pillar 2- Supervisory review of banks by RBI if they go for internal ranking.
Pillar 3- Market discipline.
Microfinance institutions: Those institutions that provide financial
services to low-income clients. Microfinance is a broad category of
services, which includes microcredit. Microcredit is provision of credit
services to poor clients.
NPCI: National Payments Corporation of India.
DWBIS: Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence System, a type of
system which is launched by SEBI. The primary objective of DWBIS is to
enhance the capability of the investigation and surveillance functions of
TRIPS: Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights is an international
agreement administered by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that sets
down minimum standards for many forms of intellectual property (IP)
regulation as applied to nationals of other WTO Members.
TRIMs: Trade Related Investment Measures. A type of agreement in WTO.

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SDR: Special Drawing Rights, SDR is a type of monetary reserve currency,
created by the International Monetary Fund. SDR can be defined as a
basket of national currencies. These national currencies are Euro, US
dollar, British pound and Japanese yen. Special Drawing Rights can be
used to settle trade balances between countries and to repay the IMF.
American dollar gets highest weightage.
LTD: Loan-To-Deposit Ratio. A ratio used for assessing a bank's liquidity by
dividing the bank's total loans by its total deposits. If the ratio is too high, it
means that banks might not have enough liquidity to cover any fund
requirements, and if the ratio is too low, banks may not be earning as much
as they could be.
CAD: Current Account Deficit. It means when a country's total imports of
goods, services and transfers is greater than the country's total export of
goods, services and transfers.
LERMS: Liberalized Exchange Rate Management System.
FRP: Fair and Remunerative Price, a term related to sugarcane. FRP is the
minimum price that a sugarcane farmer is legally guaranteed. However
sugar Mills Company gives more than FRP price.
STCI: Securities Trading Corporation of India Limited was promoted by the
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in 1994 along with Public Sector Banks and All
India Financial Institutions with the objective of developing an active, deep
and vibrant secondary debt market.
IRR: Internal Rate of Return. It is a rate of return used in capital budgeting to
measure and compare the profitability of investments.
CMIE: Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy. It is India's premier
economic research organisation. It provides information solutions in the
form of databases and research reports. CMIE has built the largest
database on the Indian economy and companies.
TIEA: Tax Information Exchange Agreement. TIEA allows countries to
check tax evasion and money laundering. Recently India has signed TIEA
with Cayman Islands.
Contingency Fund: It's a fund for emergencies or unexpected outflows,
mainly economic crises. A type of reserve fund which is used to handle
unexpected debts that are outside the range of the usual operating budget.

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FII: Foreign Institutional Investment. The term is used most commonly in
India to refer to outside companies investing in the financial markets of
India. International institutional investors must register with the Securities
and Exchange Board of India to participate in the market.
P-NOTES: P means participatory notes.
MSF: Marginal Standing Facility. Under this scheme, banks will be able to
borrow upto 1% of their respective net demand and time liabilities. The rate
of interest on the amount accessed from this facility will be 100 basis points
(i.e. 1%) above the repo rate. This scheme is likely to reduce volatility in the
overnight rates and improve monetary transmission.
FIU: Financial Intelligence Unit set by the Government of India on 18
November 2004 as the central national agency responsible for receiving,
processing, analysing and disseminating information relating to suspect
financial transactions.
SEBI: Securities and Exchange Board of India. SEBI is the primary
governing/regulatory body for the securities market in India. All
transactions in the securities market in India are governed and regulated by
SEBI. Its main functions are:
1. New issues (Initial Public Offering or IPO)
2. Listing agreement of companies with stock exchanges
3. Trading mechanisms
4. Investor protection
5. Corporate disclosure by listed companies etc.
Note: SEBI is also known as capital regulator or mutual funds regulator or
market regulator. SEBI also created investors protection fund and SEBI is
the only organization which regulates the credit rating agencies in India.
ASBA: Application Supported by Blocked Amount. It is a process
developed by the SEBI for applying to IPO. In ASBA, an IPO applicant's
account doesn't get debited until shares are allotted to him.
DEPB Scheme: Duty Entitlement Pass Book. It is a scheme which is
offered by the Indian government to encourage exports from the country.
DEPB means Duty Entitlement Pass Book to neutralise the incidence of
basic and special customs duty on import content of export product.
LLP: Limited Liability Partnership, is a partnership in which some or all
partners (depending on the jurisdiction) have limited liability.

Banking Awareness
Balance sheet: A financial statement that summarises a company's
assets, liabilities and shareholders' equity at a specific point in time.
TAN: Tax Account Number, is a unique 10-digit alphanumeric code allotted
by the Income Tax Department to all those persons who are required to
deduct tax at the source of income.
PAN: Permanent Account Number, as per section 139A of the Act obtaining
PAN is a must for the following persons:1. Any person whose total income or the total income of any other person
in respect of which he is assessable under the Act exceeds the maximum
amount which is not chargeable to tax.
2. Any person who is carrying on any business or profession whose total
sales, turnover or gross receipts are or are likely to exceed Rs. 5 lakh in any
previous year.
3. Any person who is required to furnish a return of income under section
139(4) of the Act.
JLG: Joint Liability Group, when two or more persons are both responsible
for a debt, claim or judgment.
REER: Real Effective Exchange Rate.
NEER: Nominal Effective Exchange Rate.
Contingent Liability: A liability that a company may have to pay, but only if
a certain future event occurs.
IRR: Internal Rate of Return, is a rate of return used in capital budgeting to
measure and compare the profitability of investments.
MICR: Magnetic Ink Character Recognition. A 9-digit code which actually
shows whether the cheque is real or fake.
UTR Number: Unique Transaction Reference number. A unique number
which is generated for every transaction in RTGS system. UTR is a 16-digit
alphanumeric code. The first 4 digits are a bank code in alphabets, the 5th
one is the message code, the 6th and 7th mention the year, the 8th to 10th
mentions the date and the last 6 digits mention the day's serial number of
the message.
RRBs: Regional Rural Banks. As its name signifies, RRBs are specially
meant for rural areas, capital share being 50% by the central government,
15% by the state government and 35% by the scheduled bank.

Banking Awareness
MFI: Micro Finance Institutions. Micro Finance means providing credit/loan
(micro credit) to the weaker sections of the society. A microfinance
institution (MFI) is an organisation that provides financial services to the
PRIME LENDING RATE: PLR is the rate at which commercial banks give
loans to its prime customers (most creditworthy customers).
BASE RATE: A minimum rate that a bank is allowed to charge from the
customer. Base rate differs from bank to bank. It is actually a minimum rate
below which the bank cannot give loan to any customer. Earlier base rate
was known as BPLR (Base Prime Lending Rate).
EMI: Equated Monthly Installment. It is nothing but a repayment of the loan
taken. A loan could be a home loan, car loan or personal loan. The monthly
payment is in the form of post dated cheques drawn in favour of the lender.
EMI is directly proportional to the loan taken and inversely proportional to
time period. That is, if the loan amount increases the EMI amount also
increases and if the time period increases the EMI amount decreases.
Basis points (bps): A basis point is a unit equal to 1/100th of a percentage
point. i.e. 1 bps = 0.01%. Basis points are often used to measure changes
in or differences between yields on fixed income securities, since these
often change by very small amounts.
Liquidity: It refers to how quickly and cheaply an asset can be converted
into cash. Money (in the form of cash) is the most liquid asset.
Certificate of Deposit (CD) is a negotiable money market instrument and
issued in dematerialised form for funds deposited at a bank or other eligible
financial institution for a specified time period.
Commercial Paper (CP) is an unsecured money market instrument issued
in the form of a promissory note. It was introduced in India in 1990.
Corporates and the All-India Financial Institutions are eligible to issue CP.