To open a savings bank account in a commercial bank, you have to first decide what amount of money you would like to deposit initially. You may enquire and find out from the nearest bank what is the minimum amount to be deposited while opening a savings bank account. You have to deposit at least that amount or more, if you want. On entering a bank (any branch of a bank) you will find a counter for enquiry (or a counter with: ‘May I help you’ board). Having known the minimum amount to be deposited, you should ask for a form of application for opening Savings Bank Account. You are not required to pay anything for it. You should then take the following steps:
i. Filling up the Form
The application form has to be filled up giving the following necessary information:
- a. Name of the person (applicant)
- b. His/her occupation
- c. Residential Address
- d. Specimen signature of the applicant
- e. Name, address, account number and signature of the person introducing the applicant
Besides the above information you have to give an undertaking that you will abide by the rules and regulations of the bank, which are in force. At the end of the application form, you have to put your signature. (In some banks it is required to attach two passport size photographs of the applicant along with the application.)
ii. Proper Introduction
Every bank requires that a person known to the bank should introduce the applicant. It may be convenient to be introduced by a person having already an account in that bank. Some banks may accept the attested copy of Passport or Driving Licence, if any, of the applicant. In that case personal introduction is not necessary. Introduction is required to prevent the possibility of opening of account by an undesirable person.
iii. Specimen Signature
The applicant has to put his/her specimen signatures at the blank space provided on the application form for that purpose. In addition, specimen signatures have to be put separately on a card on which a photograph of the applicant may be pasted, along with his/her name and account number.
After the above steps have been taken and the officer concerned is satisfied that the application form is in order, money is to be deposited at the cash counter after filling in a printed ‘Pay-inslip’. An account number will then be allotted and written on the application form as well as the card having your specimen signatures. At the same time you will be issued a Passbook with the initial deposit recorded in it. All future deposits and withdrawals will also be entered in the passbook, and it will remain with you. If you want to use cheques for withdrawal or payment of money out of your deposits, a cheque book will be issued on your request. A cheque form is a printed form in which you may issue an order to the bank to pay the amount specified in it to a person