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Guide to Applying for Sovereign Gold Bonds: 15 Key Considerations


Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Kanakkupillai

Investing in Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGB) is an attractive option for individuals looking to diversify their investment portfolio with the security of gold. To assist potential investors in navigating the application process seamlessly, here are 15 crucial considerations to remember when applying for the new SGB tranche.

  1. PAN Details: Ensure you provide accurate PAN details issued by the Income Tax Department and your application.
  2. Investor ID: Obtain a unique Investor ID generated from RBI’s E-Kuber while applying for SGB, ensuring consistency for subsequent applications.
  3. Existing Investor ID: If you have an existing one from earlier tranches, quote the same to streamline the application process.
  4. Payments for Applications: Pay Indian Rupees through cash (up to Rs.20,000), cheques, demand drafts, or electronic banking, ensuring they are made out to the Receiving Officer (RO).
  5. Incomplete Applications: Submit a complete application, as incomplete applications are liable to be rejected.
  6. Email ID of the Investor: ROs can facilitate online applications for better customer service. Ensure all relevant details are provided, including the email ID, which should be uploaded on the E-Kuber portal.
  7. Acknowledgement Receipt: Upon receiving a complete application, ROs will issue an acknowledgement receipt in Form B.
  8. Requirements Fulfillment Period: Fulfill all application requirements within the specified subscription period to avoid rejection.
  9. Cancellation of Bonds: Bond cancellation is allowed until the issue’s closure; however, partial cancellation is not permitted.
  10. RO Confirmation: ROs must enter subscription data into RBI’s E-Kuber portal to ensure accuracy. Immediate confirmation and a confirmation scroll for file uploads will be provided.
  11. Payment of Interest: Investors are eligible for interest on the subscription amount at the savings bank rate from the application date until allotment.
  12. Status of Application: ROs should promptly notify the status of applications rejected by the E-Kuber system, refunding the subscription amount without delay.
  13. Penalty: Delay in refunding rejected application amounts may attract a penalty at Repo rate +2% for each day of delay.
  14. Certificates of Holding: Certificates of Holding are generated on the allotment date and sent to customers with provided email IDs. ROs can also download certificates from RBI’s E-Kuber portal.
  15. How to Buy SGB Online: Follow these steps to buy SGB online via SBI Net Banking, including the registration process for first-time investors.
  • Registration Steps:
    • Login to SBI Net Banking.
    • Click on ‘e-Service.’
    • Select ‘Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme.’
    • Register by accepting the terms and conditions.
  • Purchase Steps:
    • Login to SBI Net Banking.
    • Click on ‘e-Service.’
    • Select ‘Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme.’
    • Choose ‘Purchase’ from the header tab.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions, including OTP confirmation.
  • Review Investments:
    • After completion, find detailed information about your SGB investments on a new page.


By adhering to these 15 key considerations, prospective investors can confidently navigate the Sovereign Gold Bond application process, ensuring a smooth and successful investment experience.


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