India became rich after [Evolution of Banking in India]

Evolution of Banking in India:??


Banks play a vital role in our daily life. It is the best investment platform for every person. 82 % of Indians directly or indirectly are involved in Indian Banking System. Have you ever thought about where it started?


So today we will discuss what is the bank? Its functions, origin, and evolution of banking in India. In this article, you know about evolution and everything about banking In India.


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What is Bank? ✌✌


The bank is an Institution of finance. It can access deposits, withdrawal, and make loans. It can help you in wealth management and financial literacy. 


Banks too further invest money like mutual funds do for better returns. We do then get interest on it. The loan is sanctioned on the basis of agreement. 


There are many other platforms but people like banks as it has more trust. Also, it is regulated via the Reserve bank of India. Banking is a Spinal cord for every country’s economy.


Origin of Banking in India:


The origins of banks in India started in the 18th century. It was in 1770 when the “Bank of Hindustan” was started in Calcutta. Later it started its operation in 1832. 


More two banks established general bank of India and oudh bank. But these banks didn’t get the success that the Bank of Hindustan got.


Also, banking in India can be divided into 3 parts: 


1) Before Independence 1947

2) Era of 1947 to 1991

3) After 1991 of New Policy


These three phases changed the evolution of banking in India.


Who started the banking System in India?


It was British merchants who started banking in India. It is quite related to the 1st bank of India in 1832. Britishers came were for trading purchase. 


They need organization for deposits, withdrawal, and other work. So was the reason banking was started in India.


Also, there was banking in the ancient and medieval periods. It was called by the names adseha and dastavez

Types of Banks in India:


There are about 3 types of banks in India. They are Commercial banks (both private n public), Cooperative and Regional banks. ??


Urban and young people prefer Commercial banks. While rural and old people go for the other two. 


There are about 4 types of bank accounts. Salary account, Savings account, Current accounts, and NRI accounts. 


Famous Banks of India:


Indians prefer following these 10 banks over others. These banks have more deposits and bank accounts.


1) HDFC Bank

2) State Bank of India

3) Axis bank

4) Union Bank of India

5) ICICI Bank

6) Kotak Mahindra Bank

7) Bank of Baroda

8) IDFC Bank

9) Central Bank of India

10) Punjab National Bank


These top 10 banks have most no branches. Also, they have the best-skilled workforce with them. Many of them are nationalized and give safe returns. These banks also have all facilities like ATM, Internet banking, Net banking, NEFT, and RTGS.


Stages of Evolution of banking in India:


There are basically 3 stages it can be divided.


1) Before Independence 1947.


As mentioned earlier it was the Bank of Hindustan that was established first. Then many banks came but didn’t work properly. These were banks that were supreme from the first Allahabad bank (1865), Punjab National bank (1894), Bank of India (1906), Bank of Baroda (1908), and Central bank of India (1911).


Calcutta bank(1806), Bombay bank(1840), and Madras Bank(1843). The imperial bank of India was created through the merger of Calcutta, Bombay, and Madras bank in 1921. Later on, the State bank of India was made through Act in 1955.


This stage is also called as pre-independence era.


The Reserve Bank of India was brought through the Hilton commission in 1926. 


2) Period of 1947 to 1991.


In these phases mainly nationalization took place. It was RBI which was nationalized on 1 Jan 1949. Again Indira Gandhi on 19 July 1969 nationalized 14 other banks. More than 5 banks were nationalized in 1980 again.


Narshiman committee started RRBs on 2nd Oct 1975. It helped the rural population of India to invest and become financially Independent. 


Various other organizations were est related to Banking. They were NABARD(1982), SEBI(1988), and EXIM(1982). This was the 2nd stage for the evolution of banking in India.


3) After 1991


The economy of India totally collapsed. India only had funds where a 9 days country would survive. Then, Finance Minister and PM made some bold decisions. LPG plan was introduced in 1991. The full form stands for Liberalization, Privatization, and Globalization. 


After this India had the highest GDP of 8 % in Indian history. Thanks to Manmohan Singh and Narasimha Rao.



evolution of banking in India


Functions of Bank: ?


1) Depositing, Withdrawal, and Holding funds per person.

2) To issue loans for education, business e.t.c

3) Fund collected is used in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Which then helps in the economic growth of the country.

4) It actually acts as a 3rd party between the government and the people.

5) Customers have lockers facilities for commodities.

6) It deals with foreign exchange.


Sub-Branches of State bank of India:


1) State bank of Mysore

2) State bank of Patiala

3) State Bank of Hyderabad

4) State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur

5) State Bank of Saurashtra

6) State bank of Indore

7) State bank of Travancore

Structure of banking in India:


Banking structure is like Scheduled banks, Unscheduled banks, and development banks. Scheduled banks can be later divided into commercial and cooperative banks. 


Commercial banks are divided into the public sector, private sector banks, RRBs, and Foreign banks. Cooperative banks can be divided into Rural cooperative banks and Urban cooperative banks.


Development banks are those like NABARD, IDBI, EXIM, and IFCI. These banks are all under the reserve bank of India act 1934. To be a scheduled bank you need a capital of paid 5 lakh.


Development of Banking in India:


As discussed earlier, the evolution of banking in India was started in 1770. The 1st bank was the Bank of Hindustan which operated in 1832. Later On, every metro city had one bank back to back. 


Bank of Bombay, Calcutta, and Madras later got merged into the State bank of India. The Indira Gandhi government did Nationalization of banks 2 times. After the LPG plan in  1991, we had privatization which helped boost the banking sector. 


IT sector boosted which resulted in Digital India. Today banking can be done through Internet banking, Net banking, UPI e.t.c.?


More than 82 % of Indians are involved in banking. Jan Dhan’s accounts scheme played a major role in increasing bank accounts in India. 


There was an increase in 66 % bank accounts in 2019 compared to 2011 stats. Today we are happy that we have the evolution of banking in India. 


evolution of banking in India



Which banking system is adopted in India?


The banking system of India has one main bank. It is a reserve bank of India established in 1935. It has one governor and 4 other members. Other main banks are commercial, cooperative, and RRBs. 


We are divided into three types. They are scheduled, non-scheduled, and development banks. Also, there are some private organizations in India where people like to invest money.

Government-owned banks in India:


1) Bank of Baroda (71 %)

2) State bank of India (57 %)

3) Punjab national bank (85 %)

4) Union Bank of India (89 %)

5) Bank of India (89 %)

6) Canara bank (78 %)

7) Bank of Maharashtra (92 %)

8) Central bank of India (92 %)

9) Indian bank (88 %)

10) Jammu and Kashmir (69 %)


Who controls the banking system in India?


It is the only reserve bank of India which controls all banks. Also, the finance ministry and the Indian govt introduce bank policies. As per the banking regulation act of, 1949, it is decided. 


Current governor of RBI is Shaktikanta Das. He is MA in History and hails from Bhubaneswar.✌✌


Banking sectors in India:


There are about 5 sectors in the Indian banking system. They are the Retail sector, Global banking, Private banking, Investment banking, and corporate banking.


Today there are about 12 public sector banks, 46 foreign banks, 22 private banks, 56 regional rural banks. 


Also when it comes to cooperative banking. It can be divided into rural and urban. There are 1485 urban cooperative banks and 96000 rural cooperative banks.


Father of Banking:


Alexander Hamilton is regarded as the Father of Banking.  In India, it is Sir Obserne Smith who is the father of banking in India. He was the 1st governor of the reserve bank of India. 


C.D.Deshmukh was the 1st Indian Governor of RBI. Also, the Dakshina Kannada part is known as the Cradle of Indian Banking. Eugume fama is regarded as the father of financial Management. 


Richest bank in India:


HDFC bank is regarded as the richest bank in India. Also, SBI and ICICI are closer to it. HDFC has assets of 170 billion dollars. With a total of 4000 ATMs and 5300 branches across India.


Then comes SBI with assets of 520 billion dollars. Total ATMs and branches are 60000 and 2,60,000 across India.  ICICI Bank has assets of 140 billion dollars. Total ATMs and branches are 15,500 and 85000 across India.


Other banks which are rich include Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Punjab National e.t.c


Banking laws and technology:


1st let’s discuss technology. The technology used in banks is artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, deep learning, robotics, and process automation. 


Mainframe computers are used for saving the data of clients. Also, KYC is done i.e Know your customer. Still, these humans are needed for customer satisfaction and calling purpose. 


There are basically three important laws in the Indian Banking system. They are Reserve Bank of India 1934, Banking Regulation Act 1949, and Foreign exchange management 1999. The new banking regulations act was brought again in 2020.


New banks are introduced with the latest technology and laws.


Monetary Policy in India:


It is regulated by RBI. There are 4 basic terms in monetary Policy. They are repo rate, reverse repo rate, Statutory liquidity ratio, Cash reserve ratio, Liquidity coverage ratio, Open market Rate, and Marginal Standing Facility.


Evolution of E-Banking in India:


In the 1990s the Internet arrived in India. Soon there was customer demand for e-banking services. ICICI bank was 1st to start e-banking in 1996. Electronic banking helped banks work efficiently and made them progressive. 


Also, digital India and the Jio revolution have helped e-banking boost in India. In 2021 more than 65 cr people used the internet. Also due to the Jhan Dhan scheme, many had open bank accounts.


Famous Governors of RBI:


1) Manmohan Singh

2) Raghuram Rajan

3) Osborne Smith

4) C.D.Deshmukh

5) C.Rangarajan

6) Bimal Jalan

7) Urjit Patel

8) Venugopal Reddy

9) R.N.Malhotra

10) B.N.Adarkar 


Current Share Price of Famous banks: (March 2021) ???


1) HDFC Bank: 1519 rs

2) SBI Bank: 372 rs

3) ICICI Bank: 592 rs

4) Punjab National bank: 38 rs

5) Union Bank: 35 rs

6) Maharashtra Bank: 20 rs

7) Central bank of India: 17 rs

8) Bank of Baroda: 75 rs

9) Yes Bank: 15 rs

10 ) Federal Bank: 82 rs


With the aim of providing financial assistance to every Indian, the RBI set up two new banks, Payments Bank and Small Bank, and entered the fourth phase of the banking industry.


1. Payment bank


These banks are allowed to accept nominal deposits (currently Rs. One lakh).


These banks are not allowed to give loans (both loans and credit cards), but they can operate both a current account and a savings account.


Other services include ATM/debit cards, net-banking, and mobile banking. Bharti Airtel launches the first payment bank in India.


Currently, the six most active payment banks are as follows –


1) Aditya Birla Payments Bank

2) Airtel Payments Bank

3) India Post Payments Bank

4) Fino Payments Bank

5) Geo Payments Bank

6) Paytm Payments Bank


2. Small Finance Bank


These banks are the main banks in basic banking services, including accepting deposits and lending.


The primary objective is to serve unorganized sectors such as small-scale industries, small and marginal farmers, micro and small-scale industries, and insecure sectors.


The following microfinance banks currently operating in India are –


1) Ujjivan Small Finance Bank

2) Jan Small Finance Bank

3) Equitas Small Finance Bank

4) AU Small Finance Bank

5) Capital Small Finance Bank

6) Fincare Small Finance Bank

7) ESAF Small Finance Bank

8) Northeast Small Finance Bank

9) Suryoday Small Finance Bank

10) Utkarsh Small Finance Bank


We believe that the rapid digitization of banks in relation to the new banking model will be an important topic in the fourth and current phase of the banking industry.



Statistics of Indian Banks: 


  • Nationalized Banks have 33600 branches and 60800 ATMs
  • State Banks have 13600 branches and 51700 ATMs.
  • Old private sectors have 4500 branches and 9300 ATMs.
  • New Private sectors have 1600 branches and 40000 ATMs.
  • Foreign banks have 240 branches and 1150 ATMs.



Retail and Wholesale banking:


Retail Banking:


This includes exhibitions of individuals or small businesses. Retail banking activities are identified based on four criteria: orientation, detail, product criteria, and personal risk appraisal values.


In short, this qualification should be for retail exposure individuals or small businesses (whose annual turnover is limited to Rs. 0.0 billion) and can take any type of credit like cash credit, overdraft, etc. 


Retail banking exposure is limited to one unit only. 0.2% of the bank’s total retail portfolio or Rs. 50 million.


On the liability side, retail banking products include all types of deposit accounts and mortgages and loans (personal, housing, educational, etc.) on the bank property side.


This includes other ancillary products and services such as credit cards, Demat accounts, etc.


At the end of March 200, banks accounted for about 21.3% of SCB’s total loans and adv Devans’ retail portfolio. A major component of a bank’s retail portfolio is home loans, followed by auto loans. 


The retail banking sector is a diverse business sector. Most banks have a significant share of their business in retail banking operations.


ICICI Bank, SBI, PNB, BOI, HDFC, and Canara Bank are the biggest players in retail banking in India.


Among the big banks, ICICI Bank is a major player in the retail banking sector, with a definite strategy to boost its retail portfolio. Emphasis has been placed on moving towards cheaper distribution channels.


SBI’s retail business is also growing rapidly and is a strategic business component for the bank. Young people, especially in the auto loan business, have a large presence.


These banks rely heavily on their retail portfolios, as many of these banks have forward portfolios, focusing on specific uses such as vehicles or consumer durables. 


Foreign banks have a relatively small portfolio recently, however, they are expanding rapidly in this business segment. The retail banking industry is likely to see a high level of competition in the near future.



Wholesale Banking:


In large-scale banking, corporates are more likely to have more tickets. The internal processes of most banks classify wholesale banking into medium corporate and large corporates in order to be in touch with the customers.


A large proportion of wholesale banking customers have balance in the business. Hedging solutions make up a significant portion of corporate exposure.


Therefore, wholesale banking customers are strategic for banks with the intention of taking other business from them. 


Various types of financing such as project finance, lease finance, working capital finance, term finance, etc. are part of wholesale banking transactions.


In addition to a wide variety of products and services, syndication services and commercial banking services are also provided to wholesale customers.


Wholesale rate banking is also a diverse banking vertical. There are many banks in wholesale banking. But large Indian banks are largely dominated by verticals.


Although the bulk of foreign banks’ trade comes from wholesale banking, their market share is still small compared to large Indian banks. 


Many big private players in Indian banks are also very active in this sector. The biggest players in the wholesale banking space are SBI, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, Canara Bank, Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, and Central Bank of India. Bank of Baroda is also showing good results from wholesale banking activities.


Some Important Facts:


1) Bank of India was the 1st overseas bank and established its branch in London in 1946.

2) 1st truly swadeshi bank is the central bank in 1911

3) Union Bank of India was inaugurated by Gandhiji in 1919.



In this article, we discussed the total phase of the evolution of banking in India. What are 3 important stages in Banking in India? What is the structure of Banking in India? Types of Banks? Functions of Banks?


From these articles you came to know banks are the most important factor for countries development. Many countries shifted their tag of developing to developed due to Banks.


It also provides employment, makes infrastructure strong. So the historical decision of the evolution of banks in India was best.


Bank of Madras, Bank of Bengal were also important bank when it comes to the history of banking.


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