Citibank vs Karur Vysya Bank: Children’s Savings Accounts

Citibank offers a single dedicated children’s savings account called Citibank Junior Account. Karur Vysya Bank offers two dedicated accounts for children called the Jumbo Kids Savings Account and the Student 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 Karur Vysya Bank

Karur Vysya Bank offers two dedicated accounts for children called the Jumbo Kids Savings Account and the Student Savings Account.

Jumbo Kids Savings Account

Unlike most other banks that offer children’s accounts for kids up to the age of 18 years or more, Karur Vysya offers this account for children below the age of 12 years. This by itself is something that makes this account special. Let us look at features too.

Features

  • The account is available for children up to the age of 12 years (we are repeating what we have written above but we like what the bank has done and so there)
  • There is no minimum balance requirement
  • The account is in the name of the child though the authorised signatory is the guardian
  • All cash withdrawals are to be done through the ATM and the bank offers a Visa ATM card for that purpose
  • One can send or use (remittance is the word used on the bank website) up to Rs. 50,000 per day at the branch
  • Children who open a Jumbo Kids Savings Account get a Jumbo (elephant) Doll
  • The account does not come with a chequebook and neither does it have online or mobile banking facilities

Student Savings Account

The second account offered by the bank for children. It is meant for kids who have go to school or college and offers facilities that are meant to help children with school fees and other education-related payments.

Features

  • The account can be opened by kids below 12 years of age through a guardian, while they can open and operate one on their own if they have reached the age of 12 years
  • The maximum age limit up to which one can have the account is 29 years
  • The ATM debit card can be used for cash withdrawals for free at Karur Vysya ATMs and up to 5 times for free at other ATMs of banks that belong to the National Financial Switch. There is an annual maintenance charge of Rs. 75 on the card
  • The chequebook is only offered to students after they have crossed 18 years of age
  • There is no limit on cash remittance at the base branch though it is capped at Rs. 10,000 at non-base branches for the Student Savings Account
  • An important thing to note here is that the total number of debit transactions on the account and any other linked accounts for the same person cannot be more than 90 for every six months

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)
  • Karur Vysya Bank Website: www.kvb.co.in and www.kvbin.com (net banking)
  • Headquarters: Karur, Tamil Nadu
  • Call Centre Number: 1860 200 1916