Canara Bank Senior Citizen Scheme

Canara Bank Senior Citizen Scheme is a special savings account plan offered to a large customer base of the Canara Bank. This scheme is designed exclusively for senior citizens aged 60 years and above, providing them with numerous benefits to meet their financial needs.

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Features of Canara Bank Senior Citizen Schema

This scheme offers a wide range of benefits to senior citizens, including higher interest rates, tax benefits, and ease of access. 

Let's take a closer look at some of the key features of the Canara Bank Senior Citizen Scheme:

  • Minimum deposit for the investment scheme is Rs 1000/-

  • Maximum deposit allowed is Rs 30,00,000/-

  • Scheme maturity duration of 5 years and can be extended up to 3 years

  • Interest is compounded yearly

  • Senior citizens can prematurely withdraw their fixed deposit amount 

  • Facility of nomination is available for all – a senior citizen can nominate an individual to receive the deposit amount after their demise

Eligibility for Canara Bank Senior Citizen Scheme

An individual residing in India, either alone or with their spouse, is eligible Canara Bank Senior Citizen Scheme, and he or she should also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Senior citizens of age of 60 or above

  • Individuals between the ages of 55 and 60 (as per scheme guidelines)

  • Retired personnel from the Defense Services who have reached the age of 50

Please note that these exemptions do not apply to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) or Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs).

Interest Rate for Canara Bank Senior Citizen Scheme

Starting from 1 April 2023 until there is a change, the interest rate will be 8.20% per year, and interest will be paid quarterly. The interest rate for the Senior Citizen Savings Scheme is subject to change during different quarters of the year. 

Given below is the history of interest rates offered to its customers in the recent period:

Quarters Rate of Interest
(FY 2022-23) January to March 7.4%
(FY 2022-23) October to December 7.4%
(FY 2022-23) July to September 7.4%
(FY 2022-23) April to June 7.4%
(FY 2021-22) January to March 7.4%
(FY 2021-22) October to December 7.4%
(FY 2021-22) July to September 7.4%
(FY 2021-22) April to June 7.4%
(FY 2020-21) January to March 7.4%
(FY 2020-21) October to December 7.4%
(FY 2020-21) July to September 7.4%
(FY 2020-21) April to June 7.4%
(FY 2019-20) January to March 8.6%
(FY 2019-20) October to December 8.6%
(FY 2019-20) July to September 8.6%
(FY 2019-20) April to June 8.7%
(FY 2018-19) January to March 8.7%
(FY 2018-19) October to December 8.7%
(FY 2018-19) July to September 8.3%
(FY 2018-19) April to June 8.3%

How to Apply for SCSS?

There are two ways to apply for SCSS by Canara Bank:

  • Online – Using Net Banking/Mobile Banking

  • Offline – At Bank Branches

Documents Required 

To open a Canara Bank Senior Citizen Saving Scheme account, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Identity Proof: Passport, Voter ID Card, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, Driving License

  • Address Proof: Aadhaar Card, Utility Bill (Electricity Bill, Water Bill, Gas Bill, Telephone Bill, etc.), Bank Account Statement

  • Age Proof: Birth Certificate, Voter ID Card


  • Canara Bank Senior Citizen Saving Scheme is taxable under the Income Tax Act, 1961.

  • SCSS investment is eligible for tax benefits under section 80C, with a deduction limit of Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum.

  • Deduction under section 80TTB of up to Rs. 50,000 is available on interest earned from SCSS investment, as well as on interest earned on savings accounts and fixed deposits.

Senior Citizen Savings Scheme vs Fixed Deposit 

Factors Senior Citizen Savings Scheme Fixed Deposit
Interest Rate 7.4% - 7.9% p.a. 3.00% - 6.50% p.a.
Lock-in period 5 years 7 days-10 years
Taxation Taxable income Taxable
Premature Withdrawal After 1 year (1.5% charge) 1%
Eligibility Senior Citizens Anyone
Risk Involved Low Low

Premature withdrawal 

You can withdraw your money before the account maturity date after one year of opening. If you proceed with withdrawal, you will be charged a fee of 1.5% of the total deposited amount after one year. For withdrawals after two years, you will be charged a 1% penalty.


  • How can customers open an account under the scheme?

    Customers can visit their nearest Canara Bank branch to open an account under the Canara Bank Senior Citizen Saving Scheme. They need to fill out an application form and provide necessary documents such as age proof, identity proof, and address proof.
  • Can non-resident Indians (NRIs) invest in the scheme?

    No, non-resident Indians (NRIs) are not eligible to invest in the Canara Bank Senior Citizen Saving Scheme.
  • Is there any penalty for premature withdrawals?

    Yes, there is a penalty for premature withdrawals, and it varies depending on the duration of the investment.
  • What are the benefits of the Canara Bank Senior Citizen Saving Scheme?

    The scheme offers attractive interest rates, tax benefits under section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961, and regular income through quarterly interest payouts.

Past 5 Year annualised returns as on 01-05-2024

^The tax benefits under Section 80C allow a deduction of up to ₹1.5 lakhs from the taxable income per year and 10(10D) tax benefits are for investments made up to ₹2.5 Lakhs/ year for policies bought after 1 Feb 2021. Tax benefits and savings are subject to changes in tax laws.

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^^The information relating to mutual funds presented in this article is for educational purpose only and is not meant for sale. Investment is subject to market risks and the risk is borne by the investor. Please consult your financial advisor before planning your investments.

#The lumpsum benefit is calculated if policyholder invested ₹10000 monthly for 10 years in the fund with a policy term of 20 years. This Point To Point past performance data of last 10 years has been used to illustrate a scenario for the customers benefit. It is assumed that the past 10 years returns would have also been delivered in last 20 years. This is not guaranteed and not in anyway indicative of what the customer may actually get 20 years from now. The investment is subject to market risk and the risk is borne by the policyholder.

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