Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-2017 : Application form & Instructions

The Central Government has launched ‘Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme‘ as an alternative to purchasing physical gold. The application forms for subscribing to seventh tranche of Sovereign Gold Bonds issue are available from 27th February, 2017 to 3rd March, 2017. The bonds will be issued on 17th March, 2017.

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme is an indirect way of investing in Gold. Instead of buying Physical Gold, investors can invest in gold in a paper form through Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme. The under-lying asset for these bonds is Gold. These bonds will track the price of gold, plus an extra interest earning on top of that.

Bonds will be issued on behalf of the Government of India by RBI (Reserve Bank of India). These will be marketed through Post Offices / Banks / NBFCs (Non-banking Finance Companies) and by various brokers/agents (including National Saving Certificate (NSC) agents). Gold Bonds can now be purchased from NSE and BSE, besides all Bank branches and select Post Offices.Sovereign gold bonds by govt pic

Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-2017 : Application Form

The application forms for buying Sovereign Gold Bonds are available at banks (all schedule commercial banks) or at designated post office branches. You may click on the below image to download the application form (Form A).



  • The gold bonds can be applied in joint names. In case if you are applying on behalf a minor, you have to submit an attested copy of  the birth certificate (minor’s) from the School or Municipal Authorities for verification. Kindly note that nomination facility is not available in case the investment is on behalf of a minor. Also mention the application status as Resident Individual or HUF or Trust etc.,
  • You have to provide the investment details. The minimum permissible investment will be 1 unit (i.e. 1 gram of gold) and the maximum buying limit is 500 gms per person per fiscal year.
  • The issue price for sixth Tranche Gold Bonds (Oct to Nov 2016) has been fixed at Rs 3,007 per gram. However, the Govt has decided to issue the Gold bonds at a discounted price of Rs 2,957 per gram (a discount of Rs 50). You also have to provide the mode of payment (cash / cheque / electronic transfer. cash payment upto a maximum of Rs. 20,000).
  • If you wish to hold the Sovereign Gold Bonds in ‘Demat‘ form, you have to provide your ‘depository participant’ details. Even if you subscribe to physical bonds, you can still convert them into demat form in future.
  • If you wish to receive the interest payments & maturity payment (redemption payment) through electronic mode (direct credit to your bank account), you can provide your bank account details.

Important instructions

  • In case the application is submitted by a Power of Attorney (POA) holder, please submit original POA for verification, along with an attested copy.
  • Please note that nomination facility (maximum two nominees) is available to a Sole Holder or all the joint holders (investors) of an SGB. The nomination will be registered at the Office of Issue and a Certificate of Registration will be issued to the holder. The existing nomination can be cancelled or altered by a request to the Office of Issue.
  • In case nominee is a minor, please indicate the date of birth of the minor and a guardian can be appointed. Nomination facility is not available in case the investment is on behalf of minor.
  • In case of change of bank account, you can notify the change and get the details updated.
  • You have to submit KYC documents along with the application form.
  • The interest on the bond is paid half-yearly. The payment of Interest amounts will be done through the bank A/c provided in the Application form (or) to your bank A/c that is linked to the Dmat, as the case may be. Post maturity date, interest amount is not payable on gold bonds.
  • The designated banks may soon provide online application facility too.

You may also like reading my article – “Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme – Features, FAQs & Review“.

  • Samy says:

    I I hold SGB RBI – IV issued on 21 July 2016. Currently interest is credited in KVB. I want to receive this in SBI. Please let me know what form to use

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Samy,
      You can visit the concerned banker/broker where you have applied for SGB and get your (new) bank account details updated for SGB.

  • Smitha says:

    Sir, I had purchased gold bond from post office. As my bank was merged with another bank my account no. has changed . How do I update my new account no. Should I approach the post office from where I purchased the bond or the bank which got merged. Please advise

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Smitha,
      Yes, you can approach the concerned Post office branch and can get your bank a/c number updated.

  • Garvita Joshi says:

    Hi Sreekanth, I have purchased gold bond through ICIC bank netbanking salary account, Now I wanted to close my ICICI bank account due to change in job. What is procedure to update saving bank account in SBG gold bond.

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Mr Joshi,

      Dear Rashmi,

      As per the RBI operational guidelines on SGBs :

      Change of address, correction of name, change of account number and other miscellaneous requests in case of bonds held in the form of stock certificates.
      The requests of the customer (in plain paper) in case of bonds held in the form of BLA with RBI supported by the Certificate of Holding may be processed by the ROs through the EKuber portal after verification of the particulars and subject to their satisfaction. The ROs may call for additional documents if deemed necessary. The requests may be entered by
      ROs in the RBI portal for giving effect to the changes.

      RO here stands for Receiving offices.

      So, you may have to contact the bank branch (office) where you have applied for SGBs..

      Suggest you to first get the new bank account details updated and then close your icici bank account.

  • RASHMI JAIN says:


    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Rashmi,

      As per the RBI operational guidelines on SGBs :

      Change of address, correction of name, change of account number and other miscellaneous requests in case of bonds held in the form of stock certificates.
      The requests of the customer (in plain paper) in case of bonds held in the form of BLA with RBI supported by the Certificate of Holding may be processed by the ROs through the EKuber portal after verification of the particulars and subject to their satisfaction. The ROs may call for additional documents if deemed necessary. The requests may be entered by
      ROs in the RBI portal for giving effect to the changes.

      RO here stands for Receiving offices.

      So, you may have to contact the bank branch (office) where you have applied for SGBs..

  • Ashwin Metaliya says:

    My father purchase gold bond as on 03/03/2017, now my father was passed away on 24/08/2020.
    what is the procedure for this claim….

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Ashwin,
      The nomination would have been registered at the Office of Issue and a Certificate of Registration would have been issued to the holder (your father).
      So, suggest you to visit the concerned bank/Issuer to get the proceeds.

  • Naresh Chand Kuchal says:

    my name is Naresh Chand Kuchal,
    my gold bond certificate misplaced , how to issue duplicate certificate

  • sandeep dey says:

    I applied for SGB 4th series on October 2019. After applying through online SBI account I noticed that I have entered wrong DMAT no. and I received the certificate too in my email with the same wrong dmat no. It is because of this I could not see my bonds in my DMAT account. Please suggest me how can I correct this mistake and how can I contact RBI for change of my dmat no.?


    I have SGB in physical paper mode. how I can get it to demat form. I have already having demat account.

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Mahaveer,
      Yes, you can convert your physical holdings into demat mode. All you need to do is to fill up the Dematerialisation Request form (DRF) and submit the physical certificate along with the form to your banker/intermediary.

  • GOVINDARAJ P says:

    I subscribed for the sovereign gold bond through IDFC bank .I received the certificate through mail from RBI.i was unable to open that certificate.while I tried to open ,it was showing the error invalid file format unable to open .by using software ,can I open that certificate.

    • Dear GOVINDARAJ ..It’s a technical issue, you may try downloading the file through some other system (or) take help of any tech guy. Else, you can contact your banker and get the prints of certificates by providing the Application numbers.

  • Uma Rai says:

    SGB 2017 IV series allotted to me, applied through icicidirect demat.
    where to send 15H/nomination forms? Pl reply

    • Dear Uma..Even I am not sure on this..You may check with ICICI direct customer care.
      In case, you get a correct reply from them, kindly update the details here, can be useful to other blog readers as well. Thank you!
      (I believe, if bonds have been applied through a bank, the forms can be submitted to them I guess..)

  • Abhinav says:

    Hi, I have also applied for the SGB via ICICI bank online banking. The amount was debited on 17 Nov but till date bonds have not been credited in my Demat Account. ICICI has no clue about it. What can be done? Has anyone got the same in their Demat account? Is this a normal procedural delay or something to worry about?

  • jaya says:

    Hi , I applied for the SGB via icici bank online mode, received subscription certificate/receipt from rbi on 9th nov, amount auto debited from bank on 17th nov, I have not received the certificate of holding yet via you know when i can expect to receive it, or should i contact icici

  • Kamlesh Haria says:

    Did anyone get credit of Sovereign Gold Bond November 2016 tranche in DMAT? Date of allocation was 17th November. I still do not see in my dEmat account.

  • Samir Jain says:

    In case of application for bonds in demat form, does one need to fill in nomination form separately , or Nomination in Demat account will be operational for these bonds too.


    Timely discussion – I am thankful for the details ! Does someone know if my company could possibly obtain a fillable IN ECI-EPIC-002 document to use ?

  • g narayanan says:

    how i covert into demaat form certofictae isued in papaer

  • vikas says:

    i bought SGB through net banking, but not received any physical bond.
    afterward inquired in bank, they told i will get directly through post, i have not received.
    Bank has given me temporary certificate.
    what is the option to get my physical bond.

  • Vasudevan says:

    Is there any Portal for buying Online Tax Free Bonds of PSU’s from Secondary Matrket

  • Debashish Choudhury says:

    Dear Srikanth,
    I had applied for SGB (July 2016 Issue) via ICICI Direct.Com. Was of impression that allotment will be completed by 5th August 2016. However till date I have not received any e-mail confirmation for allotment or any DMAT credit for the units purchased.
    Can you please suggest how I can check its allotment status? Where can I lodge a complaint if its taking a long time than usual? Is it RBI? I have an application reference as is visible from my DMAT account (Order details).

    Waiting for your advice.

  • Gaurav says:

    I have purchased gold bonds issue 3….the receipt says SGB II. till now i have not received any physical bonds..

    My question is jow do i get the issue no. Rectified? Will i get any physical form/ paper bonds?

    Any idea about redemption process after 8 years?

    • Dear Gaurav ..Did you apply for Physical certificates or in demat form? Kindly contact your banker/post office branch.
      You can just submit the certificates to the concerned bank/PO and the redemption price will be in Indian Rupees based on previous week’s (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by IBJA (Indian Bullion Jewelers Association). So, you would be receiving cash and not psychical gold on maturity date.

  • Devendra Dhanesha says:

    Dear Sreekanth Reddy,

    Are you aware of the procedure for getting the Bonds in Demat once issued. HDFC Sec did not have any tick the box for selecting Demant. Further the Bank is not aware of the process for getting the bonds in certificate mode converted to demat.

    • Dear Devendra,
      The bonds can be held in demat account by making a specific request for the same at the time of application.Till the process of dematerialization is completed, the bonds will be held in RBI’s books.

      The facility for conversion to demat will also be available subsequent to allotment of the bond. You need to get it done through your banker.As of now, I am also not aware of the exact conversion process.

    • G K Kumar says:

      I have purchased some Soveriegn gold bonds in the February 2016 issue. Even though I recieved mail confirming allotment along with bond numbers., my Dmat account is yet to be credited. Has any one who purchased the bond got demat credit?

      • Sagar Biyani says:

        Hi G K Kumar,

        Same here. Even I had applied Soveriegn gold bonds in the February 2016, allotment email received but the bond still did not get credited to demat account. My bank people (SBI) have no idea about this.
        Did you receive SGB bonds in your demat account?


  • M. B. K. Rao. says:

    Hi! Srikanth. I invested in gold bond Scheme on 22/01/2016. I also mentioned my mobile no. as well as e-mail id in my appreciation. Others who also applied for the same got both sms as well as mail intimating allotment of gold bond as applied for. But I have not received any such communication so far. Please let me know to whom I should approach to enquire about the position.

  • Jazz says:

    I have applied for Sovereign Gold Bond through HDFC Netbanking.I have also got the acknowledgement and netbanking reference number.Till now,I have paid nothing.I just want to know when will I need to pay to buy this actually or it will be automatically deducted from my account.Also,when I will get this bond issued.

  • Poman Gulab says:

    Dear Sreekant,

    i had purchased gold bond via HDFC netbanking yesterday and also received an acknowledgement copy along with application number, but now for personal reason i intend to cancel the application, please suggest the process for the same.

    Already visited the HDFC branch and they suggested to get in touch with Customer Care as they do not have process of cancellation in place for this request, however spoke to customer care as well but they also do not have any idea about cancellation process for this and again suggested to visit the bank.

    Kindly suggest the cancellation process of this application or how to go about it.


  • Shankaraiah G says:

    I applied for Sovereign gold bonds of 5 Grams on 9th Nov 2015 through hdfc securities. but till now its not credited into my demat account. Please tell me what is reason for it. The Hdfc sec people are saying that the bonds are not allotted to any one till now. is it true.

    • Dear Shankaraiah,
      While submitting the application form, did you select ‘demat form’ as the mode of holding?
      I believe that the bonds (first issue) have been already issued.

      • Shankaraiah G says:

        Hello Sreekanth… I placed the order online using HDFC Securities online demat account in IPO section. In satus its showing as “Executed”. But HDFC people r saying that the bonds are not alloted.

      • Vasantha Subramanian says:

        I also applied for Sovereign Gold Bonds in November, 2015 through SBICAPSEC online purchase mode. The transaction has been executed and amount has been debited to my account. I have also received confirmation of allotment by e-mail with mail copy of the certificate.
        But till date, the bonds have not been credited to my SBICAPSEC account. Can you please guide me in this regard as to what I should do?

        • Dear Vasantha..Kindly follow it up with your banker or service provider (SBI cap)

          • Shalini says:

            Dear All,
            Did anyone get the bonds deposited in their DEMAT account? For me as well they are not deposited though issued in Feb 2016. This case is Kotak Mahindra bank.

  • Ganesh Kudva says:

    Hello Sreekanth,
    Can I invest in Sovereign Gold Bonds now (in 2016) or is it closed?
    Unfortunately I missed the opportunity to invest in 2015.

    According to this RBI FAQ, people can invest in this scheme every year for a max of 500gm. I do not see application for this scheme available anywhere as of today.
    Can you kindly guide me regarding this.


    • Dear Ganesh,
      The first gold bond public issue was open for subscription in November. Govt may announce the dates of next issue soon. But as of now, no information about the next issue date.

  • rajesh says:

    Hi sir,
    I have already applied for 15 grams of gold bond through a public service bank.
    Expecting high value for these bonds/gold after 8 years of maturity.

    Can you guide me how to invest in securities/bonds/Mutual funds..
    i don’t know what all of these terms mean at the first place.

    But all i know is i can afford 5k for months for any kind of investment which yields good returns in the long run(even though returns are less i don’t mind but i don’t want to put myself in debt/loss situation)..

    Where do i start with???????????????

  • varun says:

    Hello, Srikanth
    I have asked a few questions already to you and have always got amazing replies.
    This time my question is reagrding these gold bonds.
    Should I at age 23 invest in these bonds. I am investing in SIP already since past 6 months. If i decide to invest say something around 5-10 grams through this and with intrest of 2.75% and thinking that gold prices will b much higher 5 years down the line, should i indeed put money in this?

  • Harish says:

    Do you see any pros / cons. Given the volatality of the market and other economic conditions it may be difficukt to understand if thegold price will be in upward trend in 5+ years. I was thinkingto put a considerable amount into the bonds please let me know your views.

    • Dear Harish,
      Investing in Gold is much riskier than investing in Equity related options. Also, over a long term, it may not beat inflation.
      You may review your decision to invest heavily in these bonds again.
      But,if you HAVE to invest in gold because of some goals (kid marriage etc) you may invest a small portion of your surplus money in these bonds. These bonds can be a better option than buying jewelry. Do note that they carry 5 year lock-in period.

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