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What is CBS? Why do the Banks Need it?

December 01, 2017

CBS stands for Core Banking Solution, which is the networking of various bank branches through a robust IT infrastructure. It allows the customers to operate their bank accounts and avail the banking services with a centralized network. In other words, with CBS, their accessibility is not limited to just their bank branch, but the bank as a whole.


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CBS has been greatly used by the banks across India because of its numerous advantages. For starters, it helps to speed up the majority of transactions that are carried across the bank branches on the network with the help of a centralized server. CBS also offers powerful software programs that help the banks with their basic operations like calculations of deposits and loans, interest, etc.

A Brief History

Until the 1970s, it would take at least a day for a transaction to reflect in the bank accounts. This is because each bank had its own local server and the transactional data was collected for each day and sent at the same time in a batch.

In 1984, an initiative regarding the CBS was taken with the ‘First Rangarajan Committee report’ that shed light on the importance of banking computerization. Although many banks were initially reluctant to adopt the software solutions, by 1994-1996 the majority of these had moved to CBS services.

What is CBS important for the banks?

Banks need CBS to:

  • Meet the growing demands of their customers
  • Simplify and speed up the basic banking processes so that the banking staff can focus on other areas like upselling and cross-selling, marketing, etc.
  • Minimize the time taken for the banking transactions
  • Making banking services more accessible and convenient for the customers

What are the top CBS software providers?

The major CBS software providers are also the top IT companies in the world. Some of these are:

  • I-flex solutions Ltd. by Oracle.
  • Finnacle by Infosys Technologies Ltd.
  • TCS FNS (Financial Network Services Limited) by TCS.
  • Canopus EpaySuite by Canopus Innovative Technologies


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