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Not Maintaining Required Balance In Savings Account? Find Out Penalty Charges You Have To Pay

Failing to comply with the monthly average balance or MAB rules set by banks attracts penalty charges applicable to the customer.

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Not Maintaining Required Balance In Savings Account? Find Out Penalty Charges You Have To Pay

Banks require their customers to maintain a certain monthly or quarterly average of deposit in their savings bank accounts. Failing to comply with the monthly average balance or MAB rules - or minimum balance rules - set by the banks attracts penalty charges applicable to the customer. Savings account holders are required to maintain a monthly average balance - which is the average of daily closing balances in a bank account - to the tune of Rs 1,000-10,000 in PSU lender State Bank of India, and its private sector peers HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank.

Failing to comply with the required minimum balance rules attracts penalty charges in the range of Rs 5-600. The minimum balance requirement as well as the penalty charges vary depending on the location of bank branch and degree of shortfall in account balance.

Here's a comparison of the minimum average balance requirements applicable to savings bank accounts in SBI, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank:

SBI

Individuals holding regular savings bank accounts in SBI branches located in metro and urban areas are required to maintain a monthly average balance of Rs 3,000, according to the bank's website - sbi.co.in. Those holding SBI savings accounts in semi-urban and rural branches are required to maintain a minimum average balance of Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000, respectively.

Branch typeAverage monthly balance
MetroRs 3,000
UrbanRs 3,000
Semi-urbanRs 2,000
RuralRs 1,000
(Source: sbi.co.in)

HDFC Bank

Those holding a regular savings account in HDFC Bank branches located in metro and urban areas are required to maintain an average monthly balance of Rs 10,000, according to the bank's website - hdfcbank.com. In semi-urban branches, the regular savings account holders are required to maintain an average balance of Rs 5,000 every month. In rural branches, the customers are required to either maintain an average quarterly balance (AQB) of Rs 2,500 or set up a fixed deposit of Rs 10,000 for a maturity period of a minimum one year and one day, according to the bank.

Branch typeAverage monthly balance
MetroRs 10,000
UrbanRs 10,000
Semi-urbanRs 5,000
RuralRs 2,000
(Source: icicibank.com)

ICICI Bank

Individuals holding a regular savings account in ICICI Bank branches located in metro and urban areas need to maintain an average monthly balance of Rs 10,000, according to the bank's website - icicibank.com. The average monthly balance required in semi-urban and rural locations is Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively. 

Branch typeAverage monthly balance
MetroRs 10,000
UrbanRs 10,000
Semi-urbanRs 5,000
RuralRs 2,000
(Source: icicibank.com)

Penalty charges for non-compliance with minimum average balance (MAB) rules

SBI

SBI charges a fee ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 15 (plus applicable GST) for non-maintenance of the required monthly average balance. The charges vary depending upon the branch location and degree of shortfall.

Shortfall from required average monthly balancePenalty for non-maintenance of average monthly balance (excluding GST)
 MetroUrbanSemi-urbanRural
Up to 50%Rs 10Rs 10Rs 7.5Rs 5
More than 50% but less than 75%Rs 12Rs 12Rs 10Rs 7.5
More than 75%Rs 15Rs 15Rs 12Rs 10
(Source: sbi.co.in)

HDFC Bank

HDFC Bank charges a penalty fee in the range of Rs 150-600 for failing to maintain the required average of balance in a regular savings account.

Shortfall (Rs)Penalty for non-maintenance of AMB/AQB (excluding taxes)
 MetroUrbanSemi-urbanRural
>=7,500 to < 10,000Rs. 150Rs. 150  
>=5,000 to < 7,500Rs. 300Rs. 300  
>=2,500 to < 5,000Rs. 450Rs. 450Rs. 150 
0 to < 2,500Rs. 600Rs. 600Rs. 300 
>= 1000 < 2,500   Rs. 270
0 - <1000   Rs. 450
(Source: hdfcbank.com)

ICICI Bank

ICICI Bank charges a penalty fee equal to the sum of Rs 100 and 5 per cent of the shortfall in the required monthly average balance. These charges are applicable to regular savings bank account customers failing to comply with the MAB rules in a month.

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