FE INDIA'S BEST BANKS survey, launched in 1997, annually fetes banks that have delivered exemplary performance on various parameters including growth, profitability, strength & soundness amongst others. The survey differentiates between the various categories of banks - public sector, private sector: old and new and foreign banks - in recognition of their differing operating environments and awards those institutions that have maximized stakeholder value. The methodology adopted by the survey is rigorous and is based on extensive crunching of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data by our knowledge partner, Ernst & Young. .