While the rates seem relatively lower due to benign interest rates in the system, these are still higher than secured loans such as gold loans, where interest rates start at 7 percent, and top-up home loans. So, comparatively, personal loans are expensive as these are unsecured loans. These are best avoided unless you have exhausted all other options of raising funds, including loans against endowment insurance policies, employees’ provident fund (EPF), public provident fund (PPF), stocks and mutual funds.
Leading private banks which include - HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank charge 10.5 percent interest on personal loans. Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank charges 10.49 and 10.75 per cent interest respectively on personal loans.
A note about the table
The Interest rate on personal loans for all listed (BSE) public and private banks considered for data compilation. Banks for which data is not available on their websites are not considered. Data collected from respective banks’ websites as on March 25, 2021. Banks are listed in ascending order on the basis of interest rate, that is, bank offering lowest interest rate is placed at the top and highest at the bottom. EMI is calculated on the basis of interest rate mentioned in the table for a Rs 5-lakh loan with a tenure of five years (processing and other charges are assumed to be zero for EMI calculation).