MUMBAI: HDFC Bank, the country’s second-largest private sector lender, has cut its base rate by 5 bps to 9.3% bringing its rate at par with State Bank of India. The latestrate cut is effective from January 4, 2016.

HDFC Bank has reduced its base rate by 70 basis points since April. The bank had slashed its base rate by a steep 35 bps in September. It had also cut this rate by 15 basis points twice, in April and June.