Highest Interest Rate on Recurring Deposits (RD) – February 2020

Recurring deposits (RD) with banks are one of the most popular investment options for people with regular income. RD enables to deposit fixed amount every month for a pre-defined period which earns interest similar to Fixed Deposits (FD).

You might want to bookmark this page as the RD interest rates would be updated every month which would help you in better decision making.

All about Recurring Deposits:

  • Most banks offer RDs for tenure of 6 months to 10 Years
  • The tenure of RD can be in multiple of 3 months
  • The amount of installment and number of installment cannot be changed after opening of the account
  • The interest on RD compounds quarterly
  • In most cases the interest rate on RD is similar to Fixed Deposits offered by Banks for similar tenures. However some banks like Bank of India gives 0.5% extra interest rate for RD as compared to FD for similar tenure
  • The minimum deposit amount can be as low as Rs 100 per month, though some banks may have higher limit
  • There can be penalty for missing even one installment.
  • In case you miss multiple installments the RD can be closed and amount returned to you
  • Most banks offer Loan/Overdraft against the amount available in Recurring Deposit. The interest is generally 0.5% to 1% more than that offered to RD.
  • There are penalty clauses for pre-mature withdrawal similar to Fixed Deposits

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Recurring Deposit Interest Rates:

Following are the highest Interest rates on Recurring Deposits based on duration:

  1. For RD duration of 1 Year Lakshmi Vilas Bank offers 7.50%
  2. For 2 years Lakshmi Vilas Bank offers 7.50%
  3. For 3 to 4 Years the best interest rate offer is by DCB Bank at 7.70% 
  4. For 5 Years RD duration the best interest is offered at 7.75% by  Deutsche Bank
  5. For 5+ Years RD duration the best interest is offered at 7.35% by Ratnakar Bank
  6. The Post Office offers 5 Year Recurring Deposit Scheme offering 7.20% interest rate.

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The table below gives the Interest Rates sorted by Bank Name. The best interest rates for all duration have been highlighted.

Banks1 Years2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years5+ Years
Allahabad Bank6.75%6.60%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Andhra Bank6.00%6.00%6.10%6.10%6.10%6.10%
Axis Bank6.55%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Bandhan Bank6.95%6.95%6.95%6.75%6.75%6.75%
Bank of Baroda6.10%6.10%6.10%6.25%6.25%6.10%
Bank of India6.40%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Bank of Maharashtra6.00%6.00%5.75%5.50%5.50%5.50%
Canara Bank6.30%6.00%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Catholic Syrian Bank6.50%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Central Bank of India6.25%6.20%6.20%6.20%6.20%6.20%
City Union Bank6.60%6.35%6.35%6.35%6.35%6.30%
Corporation Bank6.50%6.40%6.35%6.35%6.35%6.35%
DCB Bank7.25%7.40%7.70%7.50%7.50%7.25%
Deutsche Bank7.00%7.00%7.25%7.50%7.75%x
Dhanalakshmi Bank6.90%6.90%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Digibank by DBS6.50%6.25%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Federal Bank6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
HDFC Bank6.30%6.40%6.40%6.30%6.30%6.30%
ICICI Bank6.30%6.30%6.40%6.40%6.40%6.40%
IDBI Bank6.40%6.35%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%
IDFC First Bank7.25%7.25%7.25%7.20%7.20%7.20%
Indian Bank6.30%6.30%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Indian Overseas Bank6.25%6.35%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Indus Ind Bank6.65%6.75%6.75%6.75%6.75%6.65%
J&K Bank6.25%6.30%6.30%6.25%6.00%6.00%
Karnataka Bank6.50%6.50%6.40%6.40%6.40%6.30%
Karur Vysya Bank6.35%6.45%6.45%6.45%6.45%6.45%
Kotak Mahindra Bank6.10%6.00%6.00%6.00%6.00%5.90%
Lakshmi Vilas Bank7.50%7.50%7.50%7.50%7.25%7.25%
Oriental Bank of Commerce6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Post Office 5 Year RDxxxx7.20%x
Punjab and Sind Bank6.45%6.45%6.45%6.45%6.45%6.45%
Punjab National Bank6.30%6.30%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.30%
Ratnakar Bank7.40%7.45%7.45%7.20%7.35%7.35%
South Indian Bank6.55%6.70%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Standard Charted Bank6.50%6.60%xxxx
State Bank of India6.00%6.00%6.00%6.00%6.00%6.00%
Syndicate Bank6.30%6.30%6.25%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Tamilnad Mercantile Bank6.60%6.75%6.75%6.60%6.60%6.60%
UCO Bank6.30%6.30%6.30%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Union Bank of India6.30%6.30%6.30%6.30%6.30%6.30%
United Bank of India6.50%6.25%6.25%6.00%6.00%6.00%
Yes Bank7.25%7.25%7.25%7.25%7.25%7.25%

Last Updated: February 8, 2020
Source: Bank Websites

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Disclaimer: The Recurring Deposit Interest Rates keep on changing. You are advised to check the interest rates with banks before making your RD.

Who should open Recurring Deposit?

Recurring Deposit suits people with regular income and who want to accumulate a fixed amount for certain time frame.

It’s also for people who do not have lump sum amount to take advantage of high interest rates. Those can open a long term RD which offers same interest rate as FD and keep on depositing money regularly. But if you need to put a lump-sum amount use fixed deposit.

Highest Interest Rate on Recurring Deposits - February 2020

Highest Interest Rate on Recurring Deposits – February 2020

Tax on Recurring Deposits:

In case of RD the interest received is added to the income and taxed at marginal tax slab.

TDS (Tax deduction at source) at the rate of 10% is deducted, if the interest income is more than Rs 40,000 in financial year per bank (changed from Rs 10,000 limit in Budget 2019). In case of Senior citizens TDS would be deducted at the rate of 10%, if the interest income exceeds Rs 50,000. This interest would be added across all branches of a bank and across all RDs/FDs for a customer to calculate the TDS.

96 thoughts on “Highest Interest Rate on Recurring Deposits (RD) – February 2020

  1. Hii
    Can I withdraw Online,my RDwhich is matured.

    • When you open your RD, you are asked to choose if you want to invest the maturity amount back automatically or want to credit the maturity amount to the linked saving account. On maturity Rd will do what you had chosen then.

      The good thing is you can close your RD prematurely mid-way online.

  2. Is Rd deposite in post office is taxable at final withdrawl?

    • There is no TDS on Post office Recurring Deposit. But if your income falls in taxable range you need to pay taxes on the interest earned on RD.

  3. Hi Amit,
    Are these listed banks reliable for investing. There are some banks which offer attractive rates but I have’nt heard their names before like The Ratnakar Bank

    • The interest rates offered are generally lower by bigger banks and higher by smaller banks. As The Ratnakar Bank is concerned it’s small private bank and is not listed. Also as it’s small bank the branches and so the customer reach is limited – so relatively lesser known. It’s safer than co-operative banks but not as safe as larger private banks like HDFC, ICICI or Government Banks like SBI.

      You also might be aware that deposit up to Rs 1 Lakh is insured and so there is no risk up to that amount.

  4. Saleesh Satheeshchandran says:


    I think you should also include the recurring deposit scheme of India Postal Department. Just for comparison.

  5. I recently heard about one Pvt bank giving 12.5% ..

  6. Hi Amit,

    As per the chart shared over here does Ratnakar Bank is really above all the banks providing higher interest rate on RD’s.

    Are they always on the top of every bank on every month/year in terms of Interest rate.


    • Yes for most of the months I have compared Ratnakar Bank is among the top in terms of interest rate offered on fixed/recurring deposits. It’s among the smaller private banks and lower reach relatively due to less branches and hence have to offer more to compete.

      Also Tamilnad Mercantile Bank, DCB Bank, Dhanalakshmi Bank and Lakshmi Vilas Bank – all smaller private banks are among the banks offering higher interest rate on fixed/recurring deposits.

  7. Incorrect Rates mentioned for HDFC Bank for the Month of Sept 2015. Please don’t misguide People. Check HDFC website for further clarification

    • Please check the update date just before the table – it says last updated on – September 1, 2015. If you check HDFC Bank RD rates – it was updated on September 8, 2015.
      Also there is a disclaimer below the table “Disclaimer: The Recurring Deposit Interest Rates keep on changing. You are advised to check the interest rates with banks before making your RD.”
      Please read carefully before you accuse and I don’t gain anything by misguiding you 🙂

      We update the most recent RD rates every month. For October we would be doing after October 5 as many banks would be changing their lending and deposit rates then.

  8. Hi,
    Am in chennai, i am a student i want to open saving account… which deposit plan suit me recurring deposit or fixed deposit. ….. and which bank has highest interest rates…

    • You can find the highest interest rate looking at the table in the post above. To choose between fixed deposit Vs recurring deposit, it’s simple. If you have lump-sum amount go for FD and when you have regular income go for RD.

  9. Hi Amit,

    We can open RD account without having Saving account in same bank

    • Yes technically you can open RD account without savings account but I think bank is going to ask for linked savings account for regular auto debit and it also becomes more convenient both for the bank and the customer.

  10. Hey amit , nice stuff.
    Well I wanted to ask you about IF there is any special kind of loan available for engineers to startup their own buisness

    • I don’t think banks would give any kind of loan without any security (except for low ticket priority sector loans/ education loan). However there would be few Government schemes which might offer loans to upcoming startups. You will need to search for it.

  11. Which is the best bank to maximum RD rate?

  12. Pramod Pisal says:

    Thanx Amit for useful information… Would like to know about mutual funds.

    Thanks & regards

  13. RD is TAX Free?

    • No you need to pay tax on interest received on RD. There used to be no TDS on RD and so many people take it to be tax free. Going forward Budget 2015 has proposed TDS on RD, so this advantage is gone now.

  14. Madananjay Sharma says:

    thanks a Lot Amit for the one stop and comparative concise information.
    Kindly guide us about the Fate of Ratnakar Bank, which is offering the highest R.D Flat Interest rate of 9.5%? Is it something dicey since?
    Thanks & Regds
    Madananjay Sharma

    • Ratnakar Bank is a private bank and its safe to invest in its FD/RD. This is well regulated by RBI and so nothing much to worry about. The most worrisome lot is the cooperative banks!

      • If you are talking about cooperatives of North India could be true… But in places like Kerala and Karnataka where cooperatives are pretty strong and a lot safer than the small pigmie commercial Banks, deposits in these banks are as risky as in Commercial Banks.

        • May be what your are saying might be true – Some cooperative banks might be stronger. But if you look back in history co-operative banks had the maximum closures.

  15. Abhishek Verma says:

    Amit I just want to invest fix money on monthly basis for fix time so that i used for my children education or marriige.
    please sugges me what should i choose RD / SIp / simple saving or anything else

    • Its very hard to suggest in comment about investment for children marriage or education. But if you have risk appetite and your goal is more than 10 years away, you should start SIP in few good equity mutual funds. As you approach near the goal you need to redeem this and start putting that in Debt mutual fund or FD/RD.

    • Amandeep Singh says:

      Hi sir
      I m invest Rs 2000 every month in Franklin india high growth company fund . Mutual funds. Tell about fund right or wrong or choose other fund
      Invest plan 5 year

  16. thank you amit, it was informative.

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