Kisan Credit Card

Kisan Credit Card scheme was introduced by NDA Government in August 1998 with the aim to provide adequate and timely short-term credit needs of farmers during the cropping season. It was first proposed in the Budget 1998-99 by then Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha. Consequent to this, NABARD had prepared a Model Kisan Credit Card Scheme in


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 In India, ever since espousing of financial reforms following the recommendations of First Narasimham Committee, the

What is Asset Liability Mismatch?

Asset Liability Mismatch or ALM is considered to be a comprehensive and dynamical framework for measurement, monitoring and managing the market risk of the Banks. Asset Liability Mismatch arises in the following situation: The Primary source of funds for the banks is deposits, and most deposts have a short- to medium-term maturities, thus need to

India’s Credit Rating Agencies

The Credit rating market taken a definite shape in India after the SEBI made it mandatory for any debenture that has maturity of more than 18 months maturity. There are four domestic credit ratings in India for standardized approach for credit risk calculation. They have been discussed below: CRISIL CRISIL is India’s first credit rating

What are Risk Weighted Assets?

The Risk Weighted Assets (RWA) refer to the fund based assets such as Cash, Loans, Investments and other assets.  They are the total assets owned by the Banks, however, the value of each asset is assigned a risk weight (for example 100% for corporate loans and 50% for mortgage loans) and the credit equivalent amount of

Commercial Papers

Commercial Paper (CP) is yet another money market instrument in India, which was first introduced in 1990 to enable the highly rated corporates to diversify their resources for short term fund requirements. They are issued either in the form of a promissory note or in a dematerialised form through any of the depositories approved by

Universal Banking

Universal banking is a system of banking where banks undertake a blanket of financial services like investment banking, commercial banking, development banking, insurance and other financial services including functions of merchant banking, mutual funds, factoring, housing finance, insurance etc. In simple words, Universal Banking means that Financial Institutions (FIs) and Banks are allowed to undertake

Current Targets in Priority Sector Lending

As of March 2015, the domestic banks and foreign banks with 20 and more branches have to disburse 40% of the Net Bank Credit (NBC) to Total Priority sector, out of which 18% should be total agricultural advances. The Foreign banks have been given a target of 32% of the Net Bank Credit to priority


Number of Branches and ATMs in India

The following table shows the number of the commercial bank branches in India as of March 2013. No. of branches of Scheduled Commercial Banks as on 31st March, 2013 Bank Group Rural Semi-urban Urban Metropolitan Total Public Sector Banks 23286 18854 14649 13632 70421 Private Sector Banks 1937 5128 3722 3797 14584 Foreign Banks 8

Cooperative Banks in India

Cooperative Banks in India have become an integral part of the success of Indian Financial Inclusion story. They have achieved many landmarks since their creation and have helped a normal rural Indian to feel empowered and secure. The story has not been smooth and has its share of procedural glitches and woes placed at various