Citibank vs IDFC First Bank: Children’s Savings Accounts

Citibank offers a single dedicated children’s savings account called Citibank Junior Account. Likewise, IDFC First Bank offers a dedicated savings bank product for children called the Minor’s Savings Account.

Children’s Savings Accounts from Citibank

Citibank offers the Citibank Junior Account as a children’s savings account.

Citibank Junior Account

The account is available for all children below the age of 18 years.

Features

  • Need at least two accountholders of whom the first is the minor and the second the parent or guardian
  • Comes with Systematic Investment Plans that helps the parent plan the child’s future
  • Children above the age of 15 years also get a debit card
  • The Citibank Junior Account comes with two insurance plan options – BSLI Classic Child Plan and Dream Child Plan – that allow the parent to plan for the child’s education. The bank offers 10 different investment funds under the Classic Child Plan
  • Accountholders can open their children’s Investment Services Accounts with the bank. They get online access to the investments and also get comprehensive reports on financial markets

Children’s Savings Accounts from IDFC First Bank

IDFC First Bank has a dedicated savings bank product for children, which it simply calls the Minor’s Savings Account.

Minor’s Savings Account

The account is available to all children below 18 years of age provided the parent or guardian has an account with the bank.

Features

  • Children accountholders above 10 years of age can open and operate the account in their own name
  • The bank requires a minimum deposit of Rs. 25,000 at the time of opening the account
  • There is no obligation to keep a minimum balance but there is a mandatory stipulation under which a sum of Rs. 2,000 per month must be transferred for a period of 2 years from the parent’s account to the child’s account
  • A debit card is only provided if it is opted for. Plus, the Minor’s Savings Account comes with specific limits of Rs. 10,000 each at domestic ATMs and POS sales
  • The account comes with a sweep facility under which when the account balance crosses Rs. 15,000, the balance over and above Rs. 10,000 is transferred into a fixed deposit with a tenure of one year and one day

Reference Facts

  • Citibank Website: www.online.citibank.co.in
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Call Centre Number: 1860 210 2484, +91 22 4955 2484 (from outside India)
  • IDFC First Bank Website: www.idfcfirstbank.com
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Call Centre Number: 1800 419 4332