Number of rural branches of scheduled commercial banks in India

Data on number of rural, semi-urban, urban and metropolitan branches of scheduled commercial banks in India are given in Table 1.1 of Basic Statistical Returns (BSR). The following table gives the data compiled from different issues of BSR.

Year Branches
1978 10856
1979 12534
1980 14171
1981 16111
1982 19453
1983 21626
1984 23782
1985 25541
1986 29408
1987 29700
1988 30585
1989 31641
1990 33572
1991 35206
1992 35269
1993 35389
1994 35329
1995 33004
1996 32995
1997 32915
1998 32878
1999 32857
2000 32734
2001 32562
2002 32380
2003 32303
2004 32121
2005 32082
2006 30579
2007 30551
2008 31076
2009 31667
2010 32624
2011 33683

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Notes

Ramakumar and Chavan (2011)\cite{ramakumar2011} have pointed out that the branches are classified as rural, semi-urban, urban and metropolitan on the basis of census data. This classification changes over time as RBI moves from one round of Census to the next. As a result, a branch classified as rural in one year may be classified as semi-urban in subsequent years. This needs to be taken into account while analysing data on trends in number of rural bank branches.

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