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Every bank offers a wide range of credit products to its customers. With competitive interest rates on loans and credit cards, each lender wants to woo the consumers in the credit market.
With credit cards taking the centre stage of our lives, banks have come up with variety of credit cards for different needs. The individuals can choose the right one that matches their credit needs accordingly.
For everyone, the needs are plenty, and it could differ for each of us depending on the lifestyle. Clearly understanding the customer’s spending habits, banks offer varied credit cards under the following categories.
1. Shopping Card –Exclusive rewards, offers and discounts on online and offline shopping
2. Cashback Card – Helps in saving money on every purchase through cashback points
3. Rewards Card – Accumulate reward points to get various gifts of your choice
4. Travel Card – Lounge access at airports and discounts on ticket and hotel bookings
5. Life Time Free Card – Free credit cards with no annual fees
6. Business Card – For efficiently managing your business with advance credit
7. Lifestyle Card – Discounts, offers and rewards on basic utilities
8. Entertainment Card –Offers and discounts on recreational activities
From the above listed credit cards, you can choose the one that suits your priorities and spending behaviour. You can save a huge amount through offers and rewards provided in each category.
Individuals who want to apply for a credit card must meet the following eligibility criteria.
To apply for a credit card, you must fall into the age limit set by the bank. The applicant should be minimum of 18 years old. Anyone falling under this age limit can apply for a credit card. Add-on credit cardholder should be 18 years and above.
You must have a regular income to avail a credit card. The income criteria differ according to the features and specifications of the card. You can get a credit card against your fixed deposit and minimum income set by the bank. Income requirement may vary for different cards based on specifications and features.
The customer should show a proof of steady source of income to avail a credit card. You can either be a salaried employee working in an established company or a self-employed professional managing your own business.
Nationality: The applicant should be a resident of India or Non-Resident Indian.
To apply for a credit card, you need to submit the following documents.
Factors Affecting Credit Card Eligibility Criteria
The applicant must check the following things while applying for a credit card.
Income of the Applicant: Your income plays an important role while applying for a credit card. This is a proof to the bank that you will be able to pay your credit card bill.
You can also get a credit card against a fixed deposit. The minimum value generally ranges between INR 20,000 to INR 50,000.
Age of the Applicant: Using a credit card becomes a huge responsibility. An individual gets a steady source of income only after a certain period of years. Hence, the banks are certain about age criteria in giving a credit card as they expect a proper payment every month.
Credit History of the Applicant: Credit history is a clear proof of how an individual manages his/her credit related activities. A good credit history is highly preferred by the lender for offering a credit card.
Nationality Criteria of the Applicant: The applicant should be a resident of India or Non-Resident Indian.
How to Apply for Credit Card?
If you want to apply for a credit card, the process is simple, and you can follow the steps given below to get it.
The cardholder can get interest free credit period of up to 55 days, however, it is subject to change according the scheme, card and the lender. You won’t get an interest free period if the previous month’s balance is not cleared in full on or before due date. Similarly, interest free period is not applicable for withdrawing cash from ATM.
Annual Membership Fee: The cardholder will have to pay annual membership fee for primary and add-on cards as set by the bank. The charges may vary for different cards depending on the schemes. Annual fees will not be refunded to the cardmember at the time of closure of the credit card.
Cash Advance Fees: The cardholder can use the credit card to withdraw money from ATMs in India and abroad any time. For each transaction, a fee will be charged, and it will be added in the next monthly bill. The fee generally ranges between 2% to 3.5% of the amount withdrawn from ATMs. ATM transactions do not get interest free period unlike other purchases.
Late Payment Charges: Late payment charges are applicable if minimum amount due is not paid on or before the due date.
Each bank charges differently for late payments. The fee generally ranges between INR 100 to INR 750 based on the outstanding statement balance.
The credit limit on the credit cards are determined by the bank at its sole discretion. The available credit limit is communicated to the cardholder at the time of card delivery.
The customer who wants to increase the credit limit can write to the bank asking for increase in the credit limit. While requesting for the increase, the cardholder needs to submit the financial documents such as salary slip, bank statement, income tax returns etc. However, the credit limit increase is determined at the sole discretion of the bank.
How to Pay the Credit Card Bill?
You can use the following methods to pay your credit card bills.
Account Holders of the Same Bank:
You can register with the bank for net banking facility to make your credit card payments online. After the registration, you can submit a written standing instruction to automatically debit a pre-determined amount from your account. This can help you pay the bills on time and avoid paying interest on late payment.
NEFT: You can pay your credit card bill from any other bank account by using the NEFT facility. The instructions may vary slightly in different banks, but, in most cases you need to add your credit card number as the payee account number to make the payment through NEFT. Any payments made during the working hours on a weekday are credited on the same day while the payments made after working hours are credited on the next business day.
Bill Desk: You can use the bank’s Bill Desk web page which is set up to pay your credit card bills. Fill out the required details which also includes the credit card number and payment amount. The customers are then directed to bank’s net banking portal to complete the credit card bill payment. The customers will receive an online transaction confirmation as well as a Transaction Reference Number after a successful transaction.
You can pay your credit card bills by paying in cash at any one of the branches nearest to you. A processing fee per payment will be charged by the bank when you pay your credit card bill.
If you prefer to pay your credit card bills using cheques, then you can do so in the same way as you would pay your credit card bills by paying cash. You can also drop of the cheques mentioning your credit card number and other required details at the bank ATMs where there are drop boxes for this purpose. The payment will get cleared within 3 working days.
Credit Card Customer Care
You can call the credit card customer care toll-free numbers of the bank from your mobile and Landlines in India.
You can also write to bank’s zonal offices or to the email id given by the bank and post your queries related to credit cards.
It is now easy to check whether you are eligible to get a credit card at CreditMantri. You can follow the below steps to check your credit card eligibility.
1. Visit the CreditMantri website
2. Click on ‘Credit Cards’ option which will take you to the page where a credit cards from varied banks are listed.
3. You can sort the cards either by bank or categories such as entertainment, cashback, shopping, fuel, rewards, lifestyle and travel.
4. Click on ‘Check Eligibility’ which is displayed against the credit card you choose from the page.
5. You will now be directed to a page where you will have to fill up personal and contact details such as name, email id, mobile number, gender etc. Click on ‘Next’ to proceed to the next step.
6. You will now be asked to submit your income details and after which you will be shown credit cards that you are eligible for. You can choose any of them from the list and apply for it.
CreditMantri pre-screens your application and suggests the lender who suits your eligibility and is willing to lend to you. This increases the chances of approval rate and helps you get the right loan or credit card much easier.
1. What are the key factors affecting my credit card eligibility?
Your credit card eligibility is primarily determined based on several factors including:
2. Can I get a credit card even if I am not a salaried person?
The primary criteria for a credit card are your credit score and income. It is not necessary that you have to be a salaried individual. As long as you can submit proof for a stable income, you can get a credit card.
3. Why is my credit score important to get a credit card?
Your credit score shows your trustworthiness. It asserts to the banker your repayment power. As a credit card is a form of credit, an applicant with a good credit score is preferred by the banker.
4. How can I determine the best credit card for me?
The most suitable credit card is the one that gives you low interest rates and rewards you for using it. You can choose the right credit card based on your lifestyle spends. For example, if you are a frequent traveller, choosing a travel card will help you enjoy maximum rewards and discounts on your travel spends. On the other hand, if you are a frequent shopper, choose a card that gives you cashback or reward points on every purchase, irrespective of the transaction amount. You can also choose cards that have partnered with a lot of brands to give you shopping discounts.
5. Who is eligible to get add-on cards on my primary card account?
You can get add on cards for your spouse, children and parents.
6. What documentation do I to get a credit card?
The basic documentation you need to submit would be your identity proof, address proof & income proof. Any additional documents may be required at the discretion of the respective banks.
7. How is the credit limit on my credit card determined?
The credit limit on a credit card is usually determined based on your income. The credit limit is usually a multiple of your monthly net income.
8. How can I increase the credit limit on my credit card?
The credit limit on your credit card is initially based on the income you have submitted in the application form. Later, when your income increases, you can approach the bank for an increase in the credit limit. They will increase it based on your latest income.
9. Why is age a factor to determine my credit card eligibility?
Credit cards are a kind of credit and hence are given to individuals who have attained the age of 18. But, since income is a criterion, they prefer individuals who have attained at least an age of 21 and have started earning.
10. Can non-Indians apply for a credit card in India?
Indian banks usually offer credit cards only to Indians and NRIs.
11. Do I need to be the customer of the bank to apply for their credit card?
Not necessarily; most banks offer credit cards to non-customers too.
12. What are some of the charges on a credit card?
The common charges on a credit card are the joining fees, annual fees, late payment fees, cash advance fees and the interest charges.
13. Is the cash withdrawal facility available for all cardholders?
Yes, all credit cards are activated for cash withdrawal at ATMs. However, you should check with the bank on cash withdrawal charges and other associated charges before using this facility.
14. Can I request a specific kind of card or will the bank decide on the type of card given to me?
Banks have different kinds of credit cards like shopping cards, entertainment cards, travel offer cards, lifestyle cards and many more based on the different needs of the customer. You can go through all the cards available with a bank and choose the one that best suits your needs.
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