Highest Interest Rate on Recurring Deposits (RD) – March 2019

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 Ratnakar Bank & Indus Ind Bank offers 8.00%
  2. For 2 years DCB Bank & Ratnakar Bank offers 8.05%
  3. For 3 to 4 Years the best interest rate offer is by DCB Bank at 8.05% 
  4. For 5 Years RD duration the best interest is offered at 8.25% by  Deutsche Bank
  5. For 5+ Years RD duration the best interest is offered at 7.75% by Lakshmi Vilas Bank
  6. The Post Office offers 5 Year Recurring Deposit Scheme offering 7.30% 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.

Last Updated: March 3, 2019
Banks1 Years2 Years3 Years4 Years5 Years5+ Years
Allahabad Bank6.65%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Andhra Bank6.80%6.80%6.75%6.75%6.75%6.50%
Axis Bank7.30%7.30%7.50%7.25%7.25%7.25%
Bandhan Bank7.35%7.65%7.40%7.40%6.40%6.40%
Bank of Baroda6.85%6.80%6.70%6.70%6.70%6.70%
Bank of India6.65%6.70%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Bank of Maharashtra6.50%6.60%6.60%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Canara Bank7.00%7.00%6.70%6.20%6.20%6.20%
Catholic Syrian Bank7.00%6.75%6.75%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Central Bank of India6.65%6.65%6.55%6.55%6.55%6.55%
City Union Bank7.35%7.35%7.35%7.35%7.35%6.70%
Corporation Bank6.80%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
DCB Bank7.40%8.05%8.05%7.75%7.75%7.25%
Dena Bank6.75%6.75%6.60%6.25%6.30%6.30%
Deutsche Bank6.50%8.00%7.50%7.50%8.25%NA
Dhanalakshmi Bank7.00%7.00%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Digibank by DBS7.50%7.00%7.50%7.00%7.50%NA
Federal Bank7.30%7.40%7.40%7.25%7.25%7.25%
HDFC Bank7.30%7.30%7.40%7.25%7.25%6.50%
ICICI Bank7.10%7.50%7.50%7.25%7.25%7.00%
IDBI Bank7.25%7.20%7.05%6.85%6.85%6.25%
IDFC First Bank7.25%7.25%7.25%7.20%7.20%7.20%
Indian Bank6.75%6.60%6.75%6.75%6.90%6.50%
Indian Overseas Bank6.60%6.75%6.80%6.80%6.80%6.80%
Indus Ind Bank8.00%8.00%7.50%7.50%7.50%7.25%
J&K Bank7.30%7.30%7.30%7.30%7.30%6.50%
Karnataka Bank7.50%7.50%7.00%7.00%7.00%6.50%
Karur Vysya Bank7.25%7.25%7.00%7.00%7.00%7.00%
Kotak Mahindra Bank7.30%7.25%7.25%7.10%7.00%6.50%
Lakshmi Vilas Bank7.60%7.60%7.60%7.75%7.75%7.75%
Oriental Bank of Commerce7.00%6.75%6.75%6.70%6.75%6.75%
Post Office 5 Year RDNANANANA7.30%NA
Punjab and Sind Bank7.00%6.80%6.80%6.55%6.55%6.55%
Punjab National Bank6.75%6.75%6.75%6.25%6.25%6.25%
Ratnakar Bank8.00%8.05%7.60%7.60%7.60%7.60%
Repco Bank7.70%7.70%7.00%7.00%7.00%NA
South Indian Bank6.90%7.60%7.60%7.00%7.00%6.50%
Standard Charted Bank7.25%7.40%NANANANA
State Bank of India6.80%6.80%6.80%6.80%6.85%6.85%
Syndicate Bank6.70%7.15%7.15%7.15%6.50%6.50%
Tamilnad Mercantile Bank7.40%7.00%7.00%6.90%6.90%6.90%
UCO Bank6.60%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%6.50%
Union Bank of India6.75%6.60%6.60%6.70%6.70%6.70%
United Bank of India6.25%6.25%6.25%6.00%6.00%6.00%
Vijaya Bank6.80%6.80%6.80%6.80%6.80%6.80%
Yes Bank7.25%7.25%7.25%7.25%7.25%7.25%

Source: Bank Websites

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

Highest Interest Rate on Recurring Deposits - March 2019

Highest Interest Rate on Recurring Deposits – March 2019

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.

Tax on Recurring Deposits:

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

Since June 1, 2015 banks would deduct TDS at 10% in case the interest on Recurring Deposit is more than Rs 10,000 in the financial year. This interest would be added across all branches of a bank and across all RDs for a customer to calculate the TDS.

Also Read: How to Fill Form 15G/H to avoid TDS?

96 thoughts on “Highest Interest Rate on Recurring Deposits (RD) – March 2019

  1. Amit , how safe is Deutsche Bank

    • In general all banks are safe as they are very closely regulated. Co-operative banks are the riskiest of the lot mainly due to mismanagement and political interference. Even government owned banks have poor lending practice as the recent NPAs show but the depositors need not worry as in worst case government would print money and pay back depositors. Also government would not let big private banks to fail as it would have very adverse impact on economy and other banks. As far as foreign banks are concerned I would say they are safer than co-operative banks and riskier than big private banks. Deutsche is in this category!


    • I am not sure about Rs 50/month RD but most public sector banks offer Recurring deposit with minimum monthly installment of Rs 100

  3. really you provide a great list and i appreciate you from bottom of my heart.

  4. Can I open an RD for 9 months?

  5. Deepak Panchal says:

    can you provide goverment sector bank list

  6. can you provide goverment sector bank list

  7. could we invest in Ratnakar

    • Yes there is nothing wrong in Ratnakar bank, its a small private sector bank. Also if you are worried you can limit your exposure to Rs 1 lakh as that amount is insured against default

  8. State bank of Mysore is not in the list?

  9. Bandhan bank is not co operative bank from wb.

  10. Awesome List!

  11. EmMI Rinkesh Paul says:

    I want to invest 10000/- month ,which bank is perfect for me.

    • You can invest in any of the above listed banks depending on your convenience and interest rate offered. You should be careful in case you deal with co-operative banks.

  12. Hi Amit:

    I am paying tax for salary. But I want to invest 5 lakhs for 5 year on a tax saving FD. After 5 years, how much I have to pay for tax from income.

    • Ideally TDS would be deducted from the interest you receive on FD every year, so it’s good practice to show interest received every year as income and pay tax on it.
      The interest received is added to your income and taxed at your tax slab.
      You can get more details and comparison of Tax Saving FDs here.

  13. Can u explain WT IS TDS 10% …? if i opened RD 1000/- for 1yrs on ICICI .. hw much will i get with interest …and wht will be TDS amount …

    • Assuming you open RD at the interest rate of 8% for 1 year. You would get Rs 530 as interest in a year. At TDS rate of 10% – Rs 53 would be deducted by bank and submitted to I-T department. So you would get Rs 477 as interest.

      However remember, in case you are in higher tax bracket, you would need to pay additional tax.

  14. Hi
    I want to invest 2000rs per month, which savings is best for me

  15. Is matured RD proceeds amenable for TDS?

    • Yes effective June 1, 2015 there would be TDS on interest paid on Recurring Deposit, if the interest exceeds Rs 10,000 in a financial year. You can read more details here – TDS of Recurring Deposit.

  16. sir iam open rd account 5000 p m plz advice high interest bank or post office

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