Canara Smart Professional Scheme

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Status: Active

Classification: Public Sector Scheme

Release Date(s):
7th January 2023
24th June 2021

Offering: Loan/Credit

Entity Type: Public Sector Bank

Reading Time: 6 Mins

Ticket Size: ₹10 Lakhs to ₹2 Crores

Entity Name: Canara Bank

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The information contained herein is of a general nature and for information purposes only, with the intent of raising awareness around various resources, schemes etc. available for women entrepreneurs in India. It is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. It does not purport to be all-inclusive or necessarily contain all the information that may be relevant for the reader, and may be subject to updation, revision or amendment. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to remain accurate in the future. The reader, therefore, is required to exercise their discretion; and not act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation.

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About this scheme…
Canara Smart Professional Scheme was launched by Canara Bank as an MSME loan scheme recognizing various credit needs of Professionals – Architects, Civil Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants and Company Secretary, with special interest concessions for women entrepreneurs, to assist them in establishing and expanding their business.


How is it being implemented?
Under Canara Smart Professional Scheme, direct financial assistance is given to,

  •  Architects, Civil Engineers, Cost Accountants, Chartered Accountants and Company Secretary, with special interest concessions for women entrepreneurs

to meet their capital expenditure or working capital requirements.


What’s on offer?
I. Product:

  • Composite loan comprising of term loans and need based working capital limits (secured OD)
  • Ticket Size
    • For urban & metro centres – ₹10 Lakhs to ₹2 Crores
    • For other centres – ₹10 Lakhs to ₹50 Lakhs
  • Component of working capital facility, in the composite loan, up to a maximum of ₹5 Lakhs

II. Purpose:

  • Fixed asset acquisition
  • Working capital requirements
  • For more details around this, please refer here

III. Borrower Type:

  • Individuals (18-60 years)
  • For information around whether loans can be given to a Professional’s business structured as Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, or Company; please contact Canara Bank via the means mentioned below

IV. Security or Collateral or Guarantee or Insurance

  • Primary Security: First charge or hypothecation over assets created out of Bank’s finance
  • All eligible loans to be covered under prevailing guidelines of Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme for Micro and Small Enterprises
  • Collateral:
    • Nil for loans that are eligible to be covered under Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE)
    • For other loans:
      • Nil collateral security if realizable value of immovable properties mortgaged as primary security is more than 100%
      • Minimum 50% collateral security in the form of mortgage of immovable property or financial securities in addition to the primary security Financial securities as mentioned above include Term Deposits (TD) with the Bank(s), National Savings Certificate (NSC), Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP), Surrender Value (SV) of LIC policy, RBI Relief Bonds, Government or Trustee Securities, or Indira Vikas Patra (IVPs)
  • Guarantee: Personal Guarantee of partners or promoters or Directors may be stipulated wherever applicable as per prevailing guidelines of CGTMSE
  • For information on the requirement of insurance, please contact Canara Bank via the means mentioned below

V. Interest Rate

  • Repo Linked Lending rate (RLLR) + Credit Risk Premium (CRP) – Interest concession of 0.5% for women entrepreneurs – 0.25% for accounts covered under CGTSME
    • Interest concessions are subject to the ultimate interest rate not falling below the prevalent RLLR
  • Canara Bank’s RLLR w.e.f January 7, 2023 is 9.15%
  • Hence for women entrepreneurs, the interest rate is likely to range between the following based on their risk assessment and ticket size of the loan
    • For loans up to ₹50 Lakhs – 10.05% – 10.30%
    • For loans above ₹50 Lakhs – 10.30% – 10.55%

VI. Processing Fee

  • 50% of the applicable processing charges or upfront fee
    • On term loans – may range from 0.5% to 0.75% of the loan amount, net of concessions
    • On working capital facility – ₹125 per Lakh or part thereof with a minimum of ₹250, net of concessions
  • For the latest general applicable processing fee on term loan or working capital facility, please refer here
  • For information clarification around the same and information around any additional applicable charges like inspection or documentation charges etc, please contact Canara Bank via the means mentioned below

VII. Margin Money Requirement

  • Term loans: 25%
  • Working capital facility: Nil as Secured Overdraft

VII. Tenure, Repayments & Pre-Closures

  • Term loans: up to a maximum of 10 years inclusive of repayment holiday and moratorium period based on cash flows
  • For working capital facility: tenability for 1 year
  • For information around pre-closures, prepayments, their related charges etc., please contact Canara Bank via the means mentioned below

IX. Turnaround Time

  • 30-45 days depending on loan ticket size and whether the business is classified as Micro-Enterprise, Small-Enterprise or Medium-Enterprise.
    Note that the definition of Micro-enterprise or Small- enterprise or Medium-enterprise per MSMED Act has been changed since July 1, 2020. Please click here for concise details.


Interested? Read ahead to check your eligibility….
I. Are you a qualified Professional Architect, Civil
Engineer, Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant or Company Secretary?

If your answers to the questions above are an emphatic YES, you are all set to avail loan under Canara Smart Professional Scheme!


So…how big is this scheme and what has been done so fiar?
I. Details for Canara Bank’s Smart Professional Scheme is
not available in the public domain


So, now, how should you go about it?

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I. For submitting an application:

  • Please contact your nearest Canara Bank branch here OR Canara Bank SME focused branch here
  • Please find the updated link to apply online here OR here OR here (Click on Apply Online Tab)

II. For information on loan application and indicative list of required documentation in English & Hindi, please click here OR here (Click on Forms and Applications Tab)

III. For any queries, please contact Canara Bank’s MSME Banking Unit –


Go on then…and do spread the word!



  1. About the Scheme
  2. About interest rates
  3. About Repo Linked Lending Rate (RLLR)
  4. About processing fee
  5. About turnaround time

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