India’s largest bank, State Bank of India or SBI, has increased interest rates retail fixed deposits or FDs, below ₹ 1 crore. The revised rates came into effect from 30 July, just ahead of the RBI’s monetary policy announcement on 1 August. The higher rates are applicable on SBI fixed deposits of more than one year. SBI, for example, is offering an interest rate of 6.70% on FDs with maturity between one year and less than two years, up from 6.65% it was offering earlier.
For FDs maturing between 2 years and 3 years, SBI is offering 6.75% as compared to 6.65% earlier. The rate for deposits between 3 and 5 years has been revised to 6.80% from 6.70%. FDs with maturity between 5 and 10 years will fetch an interest rate of 6.85%, as compared to 6.75% earlier.
After the rate revision, the interest rate on SBI’s income-tax saving deposits also goes up. SBI’s tax-saving FDs will now offer 6.85% to the general public, as compared to 6.75% earlier. Tax-saving deposits have a minimum lock-in period of five years and the amount invested in a tax-saving fixed deposit is eligible for tax exemption under Section 80C.
Senior citizens get 0.50% higher interest rate than what SBI offers to the general public. The interest rate for senior citizens for tenures over one year has also been revised higher.
SBI’s latest interest rate on deposits below ₹ 1 crore
But SBI has lowered shorter term bulk deposit ( ₹ 1 crore to ₹ 10 crore) rates by 30 basis points (bps) to 45 bps. For example, SBI has cut interest rate on bulk deposits with maturity between 46 days to 179 days to 6.2% from 6.70%. On the other hand, SBI has increased the longer term bulk deposit rates by 15 bps to 60 bps. For example, SBI is offering interest rate of 6.85% on bulk deposits with maturity between 5 years and up to 10 years, up from 6.25%.
Similarly, SBI has reduced shorter term bulk deposit (above ₹ 10 crore) rates by 30 bps to 45 bps. For example, SBI is offering 6.25% on bulk deposits (above ₹ 10 crore) for 46 days to 179 days, lower than 6.70% offered earlier. For longer term bulk deposits more than 3 years, SBI has jacked up interest rate by up to 60 basis points.