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How to improve CIBIL™ score?

CIBIL™ is one of the four authorized credit bureaus in India which provide a credit score, the others being Equifax, Experian and CRIF High Mark.

There are several ways in which you can improve your credit score. Depending on how good or bad your score is, it can take between 4-12 months to improve your score in order to become loan eligible. Here are some of the things you can do to improve your score:

Obtain your credit report immediately : When you read your report, you may find errors that are unnecessarily dragging down your score. For example, even after you have fully paid your loan with interest, it might be shown as outstanding due to a reporting or administrative error. If there are any errors in your credit report you can file a dispute to correct it. This will result in an immediate increase in your score.

Similarly, there may be instances of fraud that are bringing down your score for no fault of yours. For instance, you might notice a loan in your name that you have not taken. It is important to report any instance of suspicious activity and get it rectified at once. This will also have an immediate effect on your score.

Make sure you pay your bills on time : This is the single most important thing you can do to improve your score. If you make all your loan and credit card repayments on time and in full, it will have a significant positive impact on your score. Even a single missed or late payment affects your score adversely. Your payment record forms up to one third of your credit score, so if you make every payment on time, you will quickly improve your score. So start making your payments in time right away and see the resulting improvement in your score.

Ensure you limit your spending to 50% of your card limit: Make sure you don’t exceed more than 50% of your credit card limit at all times. For instance if your limit is Rs 1 lakh a month, limit your monthly spending to Rs. 50,000 or less. This will have a positive impact on your credit score. When you consistently spend more than 50% of your limit, it signifies a lack of spending discipline, and will have a negative impact on your score.

Do not apply for multiple loans or credit cards at the same time. When you apply to multiple lenders for loans or credit cards within a short period of time, it signifies that you are ‘hungry’ for credit and need to apply to various sources simultaneously. Lenders become nervous about your ability to repay and might reject your application. Each rejection further decreases your score.

You can do all these things to improve your credit score on your own. If you do not have the time or sufficient knowledge to do it on your own, CreditMantri can help guide you on how to increase your score in the quickest and most efficient way.

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