Chhapra or Chapra is located in the Saran district of the Indian state of Bihar. This city is located near the confluence of the Ghaghara and the Ganges River. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, a freedom fighter and the first president of India was from Chhapra. Chhapra gained attention and prominence as a river-based market during the 18th century when the French, Dutch, Portuguese and English established saltpeter refineries in the region. It became a municipality in 1864. The city has good rail and road connections with the rest of the country and it is very close to the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh. Ambika Bhavani in Chhapra is a well-known shakti peeth temple.
In 1964 the head office of Indian Overseas Bank was inaugurated at Mount Road. The Indian Overseas Bank has been the first public sector bank to introduce mobile banking services using Wireless Application Protocol(WAP). On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. In 2005, the IOB began a representative office in Guangzhou; China followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, UAE. In 2007 The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by Bank Of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank (IIB Malaysia), began its operations in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank has a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has incorporated an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch. In 2014-15, the IOB bank has crossed the target of 3000 ATMs as on 2014.IOB also launched m passbook app as a new mobile banking initiative.