Digital savings accounts have made it easier for individuals to open a savings account. One can apply for a digital account online from the comfort of their home or office. The account is opened instantly and you can carry banking transactions out without any delay.
In this article, we will know more about digital savings accounts.
A digital savings account or instant savings account is a type of savings account that you can open online after filling in the required details. One can carry out the online account opening process from the bank’s website or from the bank’s app. Many banks offer digital accounts to new customers i.e. customers who don’t have any prior relationship with the bank. Kotak 811 is one such digital savings account.
You can open digital savings account online by visiting the bank’s website or downloading the bank’s app. Individuals need to enter their PAN and Aadhaar number along with other details to open the account instantly.
Here are the steps that you may have to go through to open a digital savings account.
After you complete the process, banks will provide you with your account number and other details. Keep the details handy for future reference. Your instant online savings account is now open.
As the account is opened without any in-person verification, you have to complete the full KYC of your account by visiting the nearest bank branch. After the KYC process is completed, you can use your online savings account without any limits.
Online account opening process: The paperless account opening process is one of the main benefits of a digital savings account. The account opening process can be carried out from your laptop or mobile with zero paperwork. As the process is online, you don’t have to visit the bank’s nearest branch to open the account.
Instant account opening:
In addition to the online account opening process being completely online, it is also an instant process. You just need to add your PAN, Aadhaar number and enter the OTP that you have received on your Aadhaar registered mobile number to open the account instantly.
Earn interest: Digital account customers receive interest rate on their deposits. While banks revise their interest rate regularly and may not be attractive when compared to other saving options, savings account is the safest avenue to park funds. Different banks offer different interest rate to their savings account customers. So, it is always a good option to compare the interest rate of different digital accounts before applying for a specific online savings account.
Debit card: Banks offer debit cards to their digital account customers. Most physical debit cards come with an nominal annual fee. Depending on the bank, one can receive VISA, Mastercard or RuPay debit card.
Monthly average balance(MAB): Savings account holders have to maintain minimum average balance every month. Banks may levy penalty if the average balance is not maintained. However, things are little different for digital accounts. Digital savings accounts can be zero balance or have a minimum average balance. Moreover, few digital accounts waive off the MAB if customers open a Recurring Deposit (RD) or book a Fixed Deposit (FD)
KYC process: To continue using the digital account, you need to complete the KYC process of your instant savings account. You can visit your bank’s nearest branch or schedule an appointment with a bank’s representative to get your documents verified. Few digital accounts such as Kotak 811 and ICICI InstaSave offer video KYC account opening process to their customers. Accounts opened through video KYC are full-fledged savings accounts and are valid for lifetime.
As per RBI regulations, there are certain restrictions on instant savings account. You don’t have to worry about these restrictions as these limits are removed after you complete the KYC process of your savings account.
You can open an instant online saving account from the comfort of your home. Before opening any digital account, compare the different features such as the online account opening process, minimum monthly balance and interest rate.Tags: digital saving account, online savings account
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