System-based asset classification of Urban Co-operative Banks: RBI Notify on 12-08-2020

DoR (PCB). BPD. Cir. No.1/13.05.001/2020-21

August 12, 2020

The Chief Executive Officer
All Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks

Madam / Dear Sir,

Sub: System-based asset classification – UCBs

Please refer to the Master Circular DCBR.BPD. (PCB) MC No.12/09.14.000/2015-16 dated July 1, 2015 containing consolidated instructions on income recognition, asset classification, provisioning and other related matters.

2. In order to improve the efficiency, transparency and integrity of the asset classification process, it has been decided to implement system-based asset classification1 in urban co-operative banks (UCBs). The relevant instructions in this regard are as under:

2.1 UCBs having total assets of ₹2000 crore or above as on March 31, 2020 shall implement system-based asset classification with effect from June 30, 2021.

2.2 UCBs having total assets of ₹1000 crore or above but less than ₹2000 crore as on March 31, 2020 and having self-assessed themselves as being under Level III or Level IV in terms of the circular DoS.CO/CSITE/BC.4083/31.01.052/2019-20 dated December 31, 2019 on Comprehensive Cyber Security Framework for UCBs shall implement system-based asset classification with effect from September 30, 2021.

2.3 UCBs which meet the above criteria as at the end of the current or subsequent financial years shall implement system-based asset classification within a period of six months from the end of the financial year concerned.

2.4 For smooth implementation of the system, all concerned UCBs may conduct pilot/parallel run and evaluate the results for accuracy/integrity of the asset classification in compliance with the applicable RBI instructions so as to ensure that they are ready for implementation of the system-based asset classification from the appointed date.

3. UCBs not meeting the above criteria are also encouraged to voluntarily implement the system-based asset classification in their own interest.

Yours faithfully,

(Neeraj Nigam)
Chief General Manager


1 ‘System-based asset classification’ would mean asset classification (downgrading as well as upgrading) carried out by the CBS / computerized systems of the bank in an automated manner on an ongoing basis, based on the relevant RBI instructions/guidelines.