If you are opening a new bank account within minutes, you may consider opening instant digital accounts with leading banks.
Many banks, these days, offer the facility of instant digital accounts. Usually, these digital accounts do not have any minimum balance requirements.
So customers are free to maintain a zero balance in these instant digital accounts. Some of these accounts also offer higher interest rates than usual savings accounts.
SBI or State Bank of India offers two savings accounts that can be opened via its app, the YONO app: digital savings account and instant savings account.
Axis Bank offers the facility of opening an Axis ASAP zero balance savings account. India Post Payments Bank or IPPB, which recently started its operations, also offers a digital savings account.
Given below is a comparison of zero balance digital savings accounts offered by SBI, India Post Payments Bank and Axis Bank:
SBI zero balance savings accounts
SBI’s digital savings account and instant savings account both offer the facility of zero balance till March 31, 2019, according to the website of the YONO app.
* SBI digital savings account
This SBI account can be opened in a paperless manner. Customers, however, are required to visit the SBI branch once.
This SBI account offers a personalised debit card.
SBI insta savings account
This SBI account can not only be opened in a paperless manner but also does not require customers to visit the SBI branch. A KYC or know-your-customer compliance is undertaken via an OTP or one-time password. KYC helps banks verify their customers.
This SBI account offers a free Rupay debit card, according to sbiyono.sbi.
Interest rate on both these instant digital savings account is the same as that on regular SBI savings account. On saving deposits balance up to Rs. 1 crore, SBI pays 3.5 per cent per annum. On saving deposits balance above Rs. 1 crore, SBI pays interest rate of 4 per cent per annum.
* India Post Payments Bank or IPPB digital savings account
IPPB’s digital savings account can be downloaded through the IPPB mobile app, said the lender. Anyone above the age of 18 years, having Aadhaar and PAN or permanent account number card, can open this account, said ippbonline.com. The account can be opened instantly from the comfort of your home, which means that you do not require visiting the branch.
No monthly average balance is required to be maintained in India Post Payments Bank digital savings account. The account can be opened with zero balance.
Customers get a free quarterly account statement, can do instant fund transfers through IMPS and initiate bill payments and recharges via this digital savings account of IPPB.
IPPB digital savings account offers an interest rate of 4 per cent per annum on a quarterly basis.
* Axis Bank Axis ASAP zero balance savings account
Axis Bank’s Axis ASAP zero balance savings account offers virtual or physical debit card. You are not required to visit the branch. Axis Bank does not require you to maintain any minimum balance in this account.
The interest rate offered by Axis Bank on Axis ASAP account is up to 7.25 per cent, much higher than SBI and IPPB.>