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Welcome to Indian Banks Website

India is home to biggest number of financial institutions and it is estimated about over 130 different banks and more than 50'000 bank branches in India. This project is one of the largest collection of banks in India along with their contact information. Our aim is to publish every bank in India, even the bank nearby your house or office. This website provides comprehensive source of information about banks in India.

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Imagine you are at new place in India and in a situation to open a bank account with a particular bank but you dont know where it is located in your city? You might want to locate a bank which is at short distance and of course nearby to your home.

NEFT vs RTGS Payments

Electronic payments have been implemented by most banks in India using NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer) or RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) for intra-india payment transactions. Both NEFT and RTGS payment systems use IFSC (Indian Financial System Code) which is a 11 digit unique alpha numeric number assigned to banks participating in these payment systems.

If you are using net banking online with indian banks then most probably you would be using NEFT or RTGS payment systems. Here is what the main difference between NEFT vs RTGS.

NEFT
RTGS
No mimimum or maximum. Any small amount can be sent with NEFT Minimum Amount is Rs. 1 Lac or more
It is bit delayed usually takes 24 to 72hrs for the funds transfer to take place. It is the fastest payment method and usually the amount credited to payee account in real time
NEFT payment settlement takes place 6 times a day (9.30 am, 10.30 am, 12.00 noon. 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm) and 3 times during Saturdays (9.30 am, 10.30 am and 12.00 noon). RTGS settlement takes place between 9.00 am to 16.30 pm on week days and from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon on Saturdays.
   

Most banks do charge a small fee of Rs.25 to Rs.50 for inward NEFT/RTGS while other banks waive their fee. You have to consult with your bank. More information about NEFT or RTGS can be found on Reserve bank of India website http://www.rbi.org.in

WARNING: Not all bank branches in India participate in NEFT/RTGS system. You have to consult your bank for specific information.

What is IFSC Code

IFSC code is mandatary for payment transactions involving intra-india NEFT/RTGS payments. IFSC (Indian Financial System Code) which is a 11 digit unique alpha numeric number assigned to banks participating in these payment systems.

Some of examples of IFSC code are

SBIN0006623 (State Bank of India)
ICIC0000037 (ICICI Bank)
HDFC0000558 (HDFC bank)

How to get IFSC Code?

RBI (Reserve Bank of India) had instructed all banks to print IFSC code in the check leaves given to the customer. If you cannot find one you have to ASK your bank for it.

IFSC code cannot be used for foreign payments and only used for intra-india payment transactions.

Here are the 4 ways to find out your IFSC code for your bank….

1. Open your checkbook and see whether you can find IFSC code for RTGS or NEFT.
2. Call the customer service of your bank and ask for IFSC code for NEFT or RTGS payment.
3. Visit your official bank website and see whether they have published IFSC codes for their branches. For indian bank websites see below

WARNING: DO NOT use IFSC codes published in this website or other third party websites in your payment transfers. IFSC codes are subjected to change from time to time and branch to branch. ONLY your bank can provide you true and correct IFSC code for your payment transaction. If you use incorrect IFSC code your payment might be rejected or delayed or will be penalized for defaulted payments.

How to Send & Receive Payments (within India)

Inorder to send or receive payments involving NEFT/RTGS it is mandatory to give the sender IFSC code of your bank. If you are receiving a payment from the sender through online or net banking, give the sender information like

  • Account Number
  • Account Name (must match the account name in your bank records)
  • Account Type (Savings/Current/Business)
  • Bank Name
  • IFSC Code

Here is a sample format.

Account Number # ___________________________________

Account Holder Name: ______________________________________

Account Type (Savings/Current) _______________________________________

Bank Name: _______________________________________

Bank Branch: ______________________________________

IFSC Code: _________________________________________

Amount in Rupees: ________________________________________

Note: It is very important that for these electronic payment systems, the account holder name must match exactly the name with bank records. If not the receiving bank may decline the payment.

How to Receive Payments to India from a Foreign Country

If you want to receive a foreign payment from US/UK Banks or from any other country (usually in US Dollars or Euro) then you might want to give the sender in foreign country SWIFT/BIC code of the bank in India where you have account with. Usually this is commonly called International Wire Transfer / TT. Most banks do charge a fee of about USD 25 to USD 35 to process an incoming wire transfer.

Inorder to obtain SWIFT/BIC code you have to talk to the manager of your bank and usually the you will need to forward the following information the the payer in foreign country.. .

  • Account No
  • Beneficiary Name
  • Beneficiary Addresss
  • Bank Name
  • Bank Address
  • SWIFT/BIC code

Most bank branches in India dont usually have a direct SWIFT code, instead they will give you correspondent bank (intermediary bank) information to receive inward foreign transfer. It takes about anywhere between 3-5 days for bank in India to receive the foreign payment and once they receive this, your account will be credited in Indian Rupees as per the prevailing exchange rate. You can always visit Official SWIFT Website to check whether your bank have a direct SWIFT code or not.

Inorder to receive a foreign wire transfer payment you will need to collect the following information from your bank and forward it to sender in a foreign country. You will need to consult the branch manager of your bank so that he could advice you with specific wire instructions.

Beneficiary Account No# ______________________________________

Beneficiary Name: ______________________________________

Beneficiary Address: (with postal code and country)

____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________

Beneficiary Bank Name: ___________________________________

Beneficiary Bank Address: (with postal code and country)
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________

Correspondent Bank Details(optional)
__________________________________________
_____________________________________________
_____________________________________________

SWIFT/BIC Code: ____________________________________

Amount in USD or Foreign Currency: ________________________________

 

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