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Annual publications


Annual Report

The annual report is a statutory report of the Reserve Bank and is released every year in August. It is a report of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank to the Central Government of India and includes (a) an assessment and prospects of the Indian economy; (b) a review of the state of the economy; (c) the working of the Reserve Bank during the year; (d) the Reserve Bank’s vision and agenda for the following year; and (e) the annual accounts of the Reserve Bank (July – June).

Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India

This is also a statutory publication produced by the central bank. Presented annually, this document is a review of the policies for and performance of the financial sector for the preceding year. The publication, covering period from April to March, is generally released around November/December. From December 2014, this publication will be a part of the Financial Stability Report.


The Reserve Bank of India has instituted three annual lectures. Two of these commemorate past Governors of the Reserve Bank and one a noted monetary economist.

Report on Currency and Finance

A favourite of researchers, this document is presented by the staff of the central bank. Since 1998-99 the Report has focussed on a particular theme and presents a detailed economic analysis of the issues related to the theme. The theme of the last Report (2009-12) was “Fiscal-Monetary Co-ordination”. After tracing the evolution of macroeconomic theory and international experience in major advanced and select EMDEs, the Report undertakes an in-depth assessment of fiscal-monetary co-ordination in India in terms of its macroeconomic and monetary implications, impact on the Reserve Bank’s balance sheet and the medium-term outlook for fiscal-monetary coordination as well as the institutional arrangements for debt and cash management.

Handbook of Statistics on the Indian Economy

This publication is a major initiative by the Reserve Bank to improve data dissemination. It is a useful storehouse of statistical information. The publication provides time-series data (annual/quarterly/monthly/fortnightly/daily) pertaining to a broad spectrum of economic variables, including data on national income, output, prices, money, banking, financial markets, public finance, trade and balance of payments. The publication is available in hard copy as well as CD-ROM format.

State Finances: A Study of Budgets

Again a favourite of researchers, this publication is a major source of disaggregated state-wise fiscal data and provides an analytical discussion on the fiscal position of state governments. The analysis, orientation, coverage and format of the report have been restructured periodically to make it more informative and analytical. From 2005-06 onwards, the report also incorporates a special theme based on a specific issue of relevance.

Statistical Tables relating to Banks in India

This annual publication contains comprehensive time series data relating to the Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) (excluding Regional Rural Banks). It covers balance sheet information as well as performance indicators of each SCB in India. The publication also includes disaggregated data on some important parameters bank-wise, bank group-wise and state-wise.

Basic Statistical Returns

This is yet another data-oriented annual publication. The publication presents comprehensive data on number of offices, employees, deposits and credit of Scheduled Commercial Banks in some granularity, such as, region-wise, state-wise and district-wise information, as also, place (district and population-group) of utilisation of credit, type of accounts, type of organisation of borrowers, activity/occupation of borrowers, rate of interest and credit limits, break-up of deposits into current, savings and term deposits. deposit accounts of females term deposits according to different maturity periods and interest rates, staff strength, classified according to gender and category (i.e., officers, clerical and subordinates).

Half-yearly Publications

Monetary Policy Report

The first issue of the Reserve Bank’s Monetary Policy Report was placed in public domain on September 30, 2014. Now the Report will be released along with the First (generally announced in April) and the Fourth Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy (generally announced in October) Statements each year. It has all data/inputs that go into the formulation of monetary policy – the internal macroeconomic assessment and results of surveys – as also projections of growth and inflation over a short to medium term.

Earlier, the Reserve Bank used to publish the Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments – a quarterly publication issued along with the monetary policy statement of the Reserve Bank of India. This publication provided an analytical overview of macroeconomic and monetary developments during the quarter under review. The publication served as a backdrop and rationale of the monetary policy and was typically released a day before the monetary policy was announced.

Financial Stability Report

The Reserve Bank of India published the first Financial Stability Report (FSR) in March 2010. To be published every six months, these reports are an attempt at institutionalising the implicit focus and making financial stability an integral driver of the policy framework. In general, Financial Stability Reports focus on reviewing the nature, magnitude and implications of risks that have bearing on the macroeconomic environment, financial institutions, markets and infrastructure. They also assess the resilience of the financial sector through stress tests.

Quarterly Publications

Quarterly Statistics on Deposits and Credit of Scheduled Commercial Banks

This publication provides data on deposits and credit of Scheduled Commercial Banks for each quarter. The data captured through “Basic Statistical Return-7” submitted by all Scheduled Commercial Banks to the Reserve Bank, are presented centre-wise, region-wise, state-wise, district-wise, population group-wise and bank group-wise. The “Quarterly Statistics on Deposits and Credit of Scheduled Commercial Banks” is available for the quarters ending March, June, September and December.

Monthly Publications

RBI Bulletin

This is a monthly publication released around 15th of every month. The Bulletin publishes the speeches of the top management as well as Monetary Policy Statements. The Bulletin also carries research articles on various topics of policy relevance that help inform and guide public debate. Every month, the article titled "State of the Economy" tracks a host of indicators of various facets of the economy with a view to providing an assessment of the evolving trends in the Indian economy. Other research articles deal with issues of contemporary policy relevance. In addition, the Bulletin provides updated statistical tables covering various sectors of the economy. Major reports released by the Reserve Bank, including the Annual Report, Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India, the Monetary Policy Report, and the Financial Stability Report are issued as supplements to this monthly publication.

Monetary and Credit Information Review

This is a monthly four-page periodical useful at operational level bankers. The periodical summarises important instructions issued to banks and other regulated entities by the central bank during the month. It is published on 1st of every month.

Weekly Publications

Weekly Statistical Supplement to the RBI Bulletin

The Weekly Statistical Supplement (WSS) contains high frequency current data along with their variations (weekly, fortnightly, monthly, yearly). The current version of WSS contains 14 tables which present weekly balance sheet of the Reserve Bank, forex reserves, liquidity operations by Reserve bank and other developments relating to financial markets. This is published every Friday at 5 pm.

The time series version of this publication along with “Notes on Tables” is also made available in Database on Indian Economy (DBIE).

Various data items and linkage among different tables are explained in the ‘Handbook on RBI’s Weekly Statistical Supplement’ to enhance the understanding of the data.

Occasional Publications

Occasional Papers

Each issue of the RBI Occasional Papers carries research papers presented by the professional staff of the Reserve Bank. The publication reflects the views of the authors. The Occasional Papers was published thrice a year till 2011. Since 2012, it is has two issues in a year.

DRG Studies

These are research studies conducted by external experts in India in collaboration with the internal staff members of the Reserve Bank. The Development Research Group (DRG) is a forum that institutionalises participation of external expertise in in-house research.


The Reserve Bank also publishes, for wider dissemination and feedback reports of committees/working groups set up by it.


Database on Indian Economy

In addition to traditional channels, such as, data publications, reports, press releases etc., the Reserve Bank also disseminates data through a public website, called Database on the Indian Economy (DBIE). This is the most popular data communication channel for the Reserve Bank to disseminate large volume of macro-economic and financial sector data to researchers, market participants and various other stakeholders. Time series data is presented on this site subject area wise and periodicity wise. Data pertaining to each dataset (subject area) are presented through one or more fixed format tables. Most of the tables in the Reserve Bank’s major data publications, such as, Handbook of Statistics on Indian Economy, Current Statistics section of the RBI Bulletin and other Banking Statistics related publications are also presented in time series format. This obviates the need for users to collate data from multiple releases of various publications.

Bank-wise and Bank group-wise list of branches of scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) functioning in India with details, such as, bank, state, district, centre name, address, etc., are available on the DBIE website with the hyperlink ‘Branch Locator’.

A major highlight of DBIE is time series data on aggregates in a flexible and reusable format. These tables can be downloaded and saved as excel files for further processing and analyses.

The DBIE can be accessed through web browsers using the URL

Data-releases on Survey/Census Results

Results of the Reserve Bank’s periodic surveys that provide input to formulation of monetary policy are made available through press releases. These are:

Inflation Expectation Survey of households (IESH), Consumer Confidence survey (CCS), Industrial Outlook survey (IOS), Order book, Inventory and Capacity utilisation survey (OBICUS) and Survey of Professional Forecasters (SPF).

Detailed results of other regular studies, including corporate and external sectors/surveys/census are also placed in public domain in a similar manner, in addition to publication of analytical articles based on their various rounds, in the RBI Bulletin.

Publications available on subscription

- Reserve Bank of India Bulletin (Single Issue) ₹ 350 (Regular)
₹ 250 (Concessional#)
US$ 15 (Abroad)
- Reserve Bank of India Bulletin (One Year Subscription) ₹ 4000 (Regular)
₹ 3000 (Concessional#)
US$ 150 (Abroad)
* Including RBI Annual Report, Report on Trend and Progress of Banking, Financial Stability Report and Monetary Policy Report which are also issued as supplements to the RBI Bulletin.
# Concessional price is applicable for students, faculty, academic/education institutions, public libraries, and book sellers in India provided the proof of eligibility is submitted.


The publications are available on the Reserve Bank's website (URL: Hard copies can either be purchased over the counter or subscribed.

General Information

1. All communications should be addressed to:

Director, Division of Reports and Knowledge Dissemination,
Department of Economic and Policy Research (DRKD, DEPR),
Reserve Bank of India, Amar Building, Ground Floor,
Sir P. M. Road, Fort, P. B. No.1036, Mumbai - 400 001.
Telephone: 022- 2260 3000 Extn: 4002, Email.

2. Publications are available for sale between 10:30 am to 3:00 pm (Monday to Friday).

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4. Publications once sold will not be taken back.

5. Back issues of the publication are generally not available.

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