CSB Bank Limited

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CSB Bank Limited
Private-sector bank
Financial services
Founded26 November 1920
HeadquartersThrissur, Kerala, India.
Number of locations
426 branches [1] (2016-17)
Key people
C.VR. Rajendran (MD & CEO)
ProductsConsumer banking, Corporate banking, Mortgage loans, Private banking, Wealth management, Investment banking
RevenueIncrease1,617.49 crore (US$230 million) (2017)[1]
Increase 151.71 crore (US$21 million) (2017)[1]
Increase 1.55 crore (US$220,000) (2017)[1]
Total assetsIncrease16,223.24 crore (US$2.3 billion) (2017)[1]
Number of employees
2,716 (2017) [1]
Capital ratio12.15% [1]

CSB Bank Limited (formerly The Catholic Syrian Bank Limited) is an Indian private sector bank with its headquarters at Thrissur, Kerala, India. It is one of the oldest banks in India. The bank has a network of over 426 branches and more than 257 ATMs across India.[2][3]


CSB was founded on 26 November 1920,[4] well before Indian independence, and opened for business on 1 January 1921 with an authorised capital of Rs.5 lakhs and a paid up capital of Rs. 45270/-.[citation needed]

During the first two decades of its functioning, the Bank concentrated only in Kerala. Banks and credit institutions which proliferated especially in Kerala received a jolt and many of them came to their doom following the crash of the Travancore National Quilon Bank in 1938 followed by Palai Central Bank in 1960. During the period many small banks came to the verge of collapse shaking the confidence of the public and what followed was a process of consolidation. The strategy of mergers and amalgamations of small banks with bigger banks brought the number of banks within controllable limits, thereby making the industry's base strong. In 1964-65, The Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd took part in taking over the liabilities and assets of five small/medium-sized banks in Kerala. The expansion programme initiated during these years gathered momentum in the subsequent years.[citation needed]

In August 1969, the Bank was included in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act 1934. In 1975, the Bank attained the status of "A" Class Scheduled Bank when its total Deposits crossed Rs.25 crores. The necessity of imparting training to staff looked very important and a modest beginning was therefore, made in setting up a Training College in 1975. In the same year the Bank entered the field of foreign Exchange. At a very early stage, the Bank recognised mechanisation as an effective tool of management and streamlined its accounting procedures by introduction of Data processing system. From November 1975, reconciliation of inter-branch accounts was mechanised by using IBM Data processing machines.[citation needed]

The decade of the seventies saw the evolution of a new culture in Indian Banking. Nationalisation of banks imposed "Social Control" and imparted new ethos to commercial banking . What followed was a massive expansion of bank branches with a distinct thrust on remote rural belts. Special schemes were formulated to cater to the diverse credit needs of small scale industries, road transport operators, agriculturists, and other self-employed entrepreneurs.[citation needed]

In 2018 the Reserve Bank of India approved Fairfax Financial (via Fairfax India Holdings Corporation) to purchase a 51% share in exchange for Rs 12 billion.[5][6]

At present, the bank has a network of over 430 branches and more than 240 ATMs across India. The Bank also plans to open more number of branches in a phased manner. The newly appointed MD & CEO of the bank is Mr. CVR Rajendran.

  • Mr. CVR Rajendran - Managing Director & CEO
  • Mr. Bobby Jos C - Director
  • Mr. M Madhavan Nambiar - Director
  • Smt.Radha Unni - Director
  • Mr. Madhavan Karunakaran Menon - Director
  • Mr. Ashish Ahluhwalia - Director (Non-executive)
  • Mr. V G Venkatachalapathy - Additional Director - RBI Nominee
  • Mr. Alok Kochhar - Additional Director (Non-executive)
  • Mr. Thomas Mathew - Additional Director
  • Dr. Subbaiah Singala - Additional Director - RBI Nominee


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Balance Sheet 31.03.2017" (16 March 2018).
  2. ^ "RBI lets Watsa's Fairfax to buy 51 per cent in Catholic Syrian Bank". Economic Times. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Canadian firm gets RBI nod to acquire Catholic Syrian Bank". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  4. ^ Catholic Syrian Bank, Private Sector Banks In India Archived 22 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "RBI nod for Fairfax's 51% stake acquisition in Catholic Syrian Bank". Business Standard. Business Standard. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Fairfax India Holdings Corporation". Fairfax India to Acquire 51% of The Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd. Fairfax India Holdings Corporation. Retrieved 13 August 2019.

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