Open SBI Account Online: How to Open Online SBI Bank Account Using Website, YONO App, and More

Here are a couple of ways to open SBI savings account right from your phone or PC.

The State Bank of India is also popularly known as SBI. This is one of the largest banks in India with over 45 crore customers along with over 22,000 branches across India. The SBI bank is also one of the most trusted and preferred banking partners in India. The bank offers multiple services such as mobile banking, SBI online banking, FASTag, debit card, balance enquiry, and more. 

To take advantage of these aforementioned features, having an SBI account is mandatory. In case you are looking to open a savings account in the SBI bank, in this guide, we will be taking a look at two ways to open SBI savings account using an online method. The first one will be using the SBI online portal and the second one will be using the SBI Yono mobile app. It is worth mentioning that, in both cases, you’d have to visit the branch once to submit a form (SBI online method) and for biometric (Yono app). Let’s get started with the first method. 

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How to Open SBI Account Online Using SBI Online Portal

In this method, you will have two fill out two forms and take a printout of the form and visit the bank branch. Here is how to open an SBI saving account using the SBI Online portal.

  1. Visit SBI Online website
  2. Select Apply for SB/ Current Account > Saving Bank Account > for Resident Individuals > Small SB account
  3. After the 6th point, click on “Start Now”, select “Fill Customer Information System”
  4. Fill in your personal details like name, address, PAN, KYC document, and Aadhaar
  5. Once you have filled and selected all the mandatory fields, click on “Proceed”
  6. Next, a Small Customer Reference Number (SCRN) will be generated which you have to note down. You will have to use the SCRN later to link the customer in the Account Opening Form
  7. After this, you will have to be taken to the “Account Information section”
  8. Here, first, you have to enter the SCRN, mobile number, Branch Code (use  Branch Locator to find the branch where you want to open the account)
  9. Further, fill in the additional mode of operations and select add ons like e-statement, mobile banking, credit card, ATM/ debit card, and more.
  10. Also, make sure you add nomination by selecting “I/We want to nominate the person as per details given below, in this account in form DA-1”
  11. Click on “Proceed”
  12. Once you have filled this you can come back to step 3 and select “ Print Account Opening Form”
  13. Enter your SARN, Date of Birth and click on proceed to download your form
  14. Once downloaded, you will have to take a printout using an A4 paper 
  15. Next, carry the printout taken along with your recent two photographs, and documents (mentioned below) and visit the nearest branch
  16. Once your documents are verified and approved, your SBI savings bank account will be activated in 3 to 5 days. 

Note: You can open a savings bank account as an individual in a single name or jointly with others and by certain organizations/agencies approved by RBI.

Once the account is opened you will have to maintain a minimum balance depending on your location. Here is what the SBI guideline suggests. 

Rural Rs 1,000
semi-urban Rs 2,000
Metro and Urban Rs 3,000

 

If you are not maintaining the minimum balance, you will be fined with a penalty. 

How to Open SBI Account Using Yono App

This method is a 100% paperless process and once you’ve opened the account, monthly bank statements will be mailed to your registered ID. You can also personalize your name on the debit card here. For this method, having a PAN and Aadhaar card is mandatory for this method, make sure you keep them handy before getting started.

  1. Download the SBI Yono App and open it
  2. Select New to SBI option > Open Savings AccountOpen SBI Account Using Yono App
  3. Select “Without branch Visit” > Insta Plus Saving Account > Apply Now 
  4. In the apply now screen select “Open with Aadhaar using e-KYC (even if you select this, you will have to visit the bank branch for biometric authentication)
  5. On the next screen, enter your mobile number and EmailOpen SBI Account Using Yono App
  6. Enter the OTP you received on your phone (You will be asked to set a password here)
  7. You will be asked to confirm that you are paying tax in India, check the box, then enter your PAN number and tap on Next and again NextOpen SBI Account Using Yono App
  8. On this screen, you will be asked for personal detail, select either options of the following: Scan the Aadhaar QR code, Enter your Aadhaar number or Enter a Virtual ID number and tap on “Get OTP” button
  9. Enter the OTP that was sent to your Aadhaar linked mobile number and tap on “Submit”
  10. Your personal details will be pulled from Aadhaar, check once and tap on “Next”Open SBI Account Using Yono App
  11. In the next screen, select your state, district, sub-district,  and village/town and tap on “Next” (If your address is different, you can select the option shown in this screen to change the address)
  12. Enter your PAN card number and tap on “Next”
  13. On the next screen, your photo from your Aadhaar card will be shown, tap on “Next”
  14. In this step, you will have to select your educational qualification. Select one of the options provided. (Below SSC, SSC/HSC, Graduate, PG, Professional)
  15. Select/ Enter all the additional information asked on the screen (patent’s name, occupation, income, religion etc)
  16. Next, enter nominee details by filling in name, relationship, DoB, and address, tap on “Next”
  17. Select the branch where you want to open your saving account and click on “Next”
  18. Accept the T&Cs after going through it once and click on “Next”
  19. A new OTP will be sent, enter the OTP
  20. Enter the name, which you’d prefer to be printed on your Debit card and click “Next”
  21. A unique token number will be generated on your screen for your reference (take a screenshot), click on “Next”
  22. The final step is to complete the Video KYC process, read the instructions and tap on “Start /Scheduled a video call” and follow the on-screen instruction. Once you have scheduled the video KYC call, you can note down the timings and close the app. 
  23. A few minutes before the call, open the app > New to SBI > Open Savings Account > Without branch Visit > Insta Plus Saving Account > Resume Application
  24. Enter phone number and password
  25. You will be back on the token number screen, tap on “Next” and “Start /Scheduled a video call” 
  26. Tap on “Start Journey”, then “I am ready”, allow permission and the executive will join the call and will ask for certain details and a PAN card to scan
  27. As soon as the video KYC ends, your account opening process will be completed and will be moved further. 

After all these, your account number and related information will be sent to your registered mobile number. In case you need a cheque book, you will have to visit the bank branch as it requires your signature. 

Eligibility to Open SBI Account Online

  1. Any Indian Citizen
  2. A minor may submit information online for opening a Savings Bank account provided he/she is more than 10 years old and can sign uniformly
  3. The applicant must have a valid identity and address proof that is Government approved

Documents Required to Open SBI Account Online

To open an SBI savings account, you will have to provide at least one identity proof and at least one address proof to the bank.  Providing these details as are mandatory for  Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines. The purpose of KYC is to prevent misuse of the banking system intentionally or unintentionally for criminal purposes/ money laundering and other fraudulent activities. Here are the documents accepted for opening an online SBI savings account. 

Proof of identity (any of the following with photograph)

  • Passport.
  • Voter ID card
  • PAN Card
  • Govt./Defense ID card
  • ID cards of reputed employers
  • Driving License

Proof of current address (any of the following)

  • Credit Card Statement
  • Salary slip
  • Income/Wealth Tax Assessment Order
  • Electricity Bill
  • Telephone Bill
  • Bank account statement
  • Letter from reputed employer
  • Letter from any recognized public authority
  • Ration Card

SBI Saving Account Welcome Kit and Features

Once you have opened the SBI savings account, as a part of the welcome kit, you will get a few necessary things from the bank to your registered address. If you have opted for a debit card, you will get it separately. 

Welcome Kit

  • SBI ATM Debit card + ATM card 
  • Cheque Book
  • Booklet 

Features of SBI 

  • Interest rate: 2.70% per annum (effective from 31.05.2020)
  • Mobile banking
  • SMS Alerts
  • Internet  banking
  • Yono app access
  • SBI Quick Missed call facility
  • Restricted free withdrawals based on the monthly average balance maintained
  • The facility of transfer of accounts through Internet Banking channel
  • Monthly Average Balance: NIL
  • No limit on Maximum balance
  • Free Consolidated Account Statement
  • The first 10 cheques Leafs free in a financial year, thereafter, 10 Leaf Cheque Book at Rs 40 + GST and 25 Leaf Cheque Book at Rs 75 + GST

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