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Minimum Balance Rules Of Top Public, Private Banks Explained Here

Minimum Balance Rules: Banks charge a penalty from the customers failing to maintain the required average monthly balance in their savings accounts.

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Minimum Balance Rules Of Top Public, Private Banks Explained Here

Banks also offer accounts which do not require customers to maintain any minimum balance.


Banks today require their savings account customers to maintain a certain average monthly balance (AMB). From public sector lenders like State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) to their private sector peers HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank, most banks have fixed their own average monthly balance requirements. The average monthly balance requirements depend on the location of a customer's account in urban, metro, semi-urban and rural areas. Banks also charge a penalty from the customers failing to maintain the required average monthly balance in their savings bank accounts.

Here's a comparison of the average monthly balance requirement in SBI, PNB, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank:

State Bank of India

Customers having a regular savings bank account 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. Customers with SBI 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)

Punjab National Bank

Customers having a regular savings bank account in Punjab National Bank (PNB) branches located in metro, urban, semi-urban areas are required to maintain a minimum quarterly average balance of Rs. 2,000, according to its website, pnbindia.in. Customers with savings accounts in rural branches are required to maintain a minimum balance Rs. 1,000.

Branch TypeMinimum Quarterly Average Balance
RuralRs 1,000
Semi- UrbanRs. 2,000
UrbanRs. 2,000
MetropolitanRs. 2,000
(Source: pnbindia.in)

HDFC Bank

Customers having 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 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.

Branch typeAverage monthly balance
MetroRs. 10,000
UrbanRs. 10,000
Semi-urbanRs. 5,000
RuralRs. 2,500
(Source: hdfcbank.com)

ICICI Bank

Customers having 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, rural and gramin locations is Rs. 5,000, Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 1,000 respectively.

Branch typeAverage monthly balance
MetroRs. 10,000
UrbanRs. 10,000
Semi-urbanRs. 5,000
RuralRs. 2,000
GraminRs.1,000
(Source: icicibank.com)

Banks also offer savings accounts which do not require customers to maintain any particular minimum balance.



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