Yes, you heard it right. You can get your Credit Score (generally referred as CIBIL score) for free from Credit Information Companies(CICs). The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September 2016 had mandated every Credit Information Company (CIC) in the country to give one Free Full Credit Report (FFCR) to every individual starting from 1st January 2017. This detailed report mainly carries the Credit Score, among other things financial points. Due to this mandate, you can now check your CIBIL score for free once in a year. Many people are finding it hard to know how to check CIBIL score online for free. So here I am to help you out with this my latest post.
Individuals can get this credit report/credit score once a year between January and December from one of the three CICs, i.e., Experian, Equifax, and the CIBIL TransUnion. All these CIC’s maintain your detailed records of your credit card bills and any current or previous loans. However, the scores could be different for these CICs as they have their own set of methodology or rules. Also, processes for applying to these companies are different.
What is a Credit Score?
The Credit Score is a number that indicates an individual’s credit worthiness. It impacts the individual’s capability to borrow and take new credit from lenders. Usually, banks or lenders use this credit score to evaluate the probability of whether an individual repay his debts or not.
A credit score is a summary of the credit report, which catches in depth an individual’s credit history, both from the past as well as current. This information includes all the history of credit cards, a number of accounts held, various loans (personal, vehicle, etc.) and the type of accounts as well.
Higher your Credit Score, higher are the chances of loan approval such as personal loan, business loan, home loan, loan against property, credit cards in India.
A CIBIL Score is a score or rating given to individuals as an indicator of the individual’s credit behavior. The CIBIL score range is 300 to 900 (low to high). The credit score of 750 and above is considered good and is in most cases you are seen as loan worthy. The score below 750 is a pointer of a possible underlying issue in the individual’s credit worthiness.
Importance of CIBIL Score\ Credit Score reports
These reports are a highly valued information bunch that helps banks and financial institutions analyze an individual’s credit worthiness based on his/her borrowing history and repayment discipline. The major importance of CIBIL reports are:
- Better Credit Score\ CIBIL score helps you get loans at much better rates from lenders. A better Credit Score also helps you get offers from multiple lenders – giving you a better deal.
- A unified report with all your past and current credit history.
- A good credit score helps borrowers to get loans easily from banks.
- Credit score reports form the basis of releasing loans to a borrower.
- An exhaustive report to help you nurture better financial discipline.
- Helps in staying clear of debt traps.
- Better score on the credit report gives leverage when negotiating interest rates.
In India, three credit rating bureaus or agencies compute your score.
- CIBIL (Credit Information Bureau India Limited)
- Equifax and
Each of these rating agencies has various ranges for their credit scores. The most popular credit score in India is the one issued by CIBIL.
This is one of the most known or trusted Credit Information Company. People generally refer Credit score as CIBIL score due to its popularity and wide use.
I have given a detailed Do It Yourself (DIY) Guide on how to check CIBIL score and get a free credit report from CIBIL under next heading.
Equifax (App based – Mobile)
To get your FFCR from Equifax, you need to download the Equifax India App from the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. Once download the application, you have to provide your email ID and create a 6-digit PIN to access the app. You can
The procedure to get your FFCR and score from Experian is similar to that of CIBIL. We will cover the detailed procedure in some other post. For now, just know that you can also get one free report from Equifax and Experian.
How to check CIBIL score or Credit score online for free?
Now that you have completely understood the importance of credit score. Also, you must be feeling happy that RBI made it mandatory to all Credit Information Companies (CIC’s) to provide one free credit report per year.
Let’s go ahead with my Do It Yourself (DIY) Guide on how to check CIBIL score\ Credit score online for free. There are three steps to getting free CIBIL score.
- Complete the Form
- Authenticate Yourself – Here you may be asked 3-5 questions about your loans and credit cards
- Access your free CIBIL score and report
Complete Form –
Go to CIBIL homepage.
You will get the below shown page. Here you have to give your Email Address, Date of Birth, Gender and PAN card number. Then enter characters shown in below text box. Now accept the terms and conditions and click on Submit button.
Once you click on Submit button, you will get a new pop-up window as shown below. Here you have two options, either to go with paid subscription (Rs.800 for two reports and Rs.1200 for four reports) or Free (1 report per year) method. As we want to get a one-time free CIBIL score, click on “No, thanks” button.
CIBIL account is created successfully; you will get a congratulation message as shown below and requesting you to login to myCIBIL by using the password provided by CIBIL.
Authenticate Yourself –
Now check your email address for the email from CIBIL as shown below. To access your report, click on the link given in the email. CIBIL also provides a one time password to access your account first time.
Access your free CIBIL score and report –
Once you log in using these credentials, you will be asked to change your password. Enter desired password and re-login to your account once again to see your CIBIL score.
When you are logged into your account, you will get Consumer Details section. There are few fields which will be auto-populated like Name, Mailing Address, City and Pincode (shown in green color below). You need to enter your Mobile Number as it is compulsory (shown by orange color).
Click on Submit button once you enter Mobile Number. And here comes the much awaited CIBIL Score\Credit score on your account Dashboard. Here in below case, it is 799, which is a great score.
Under View Report you can see personal information, contact information, Account information (existing and past credit history) and Enquiry information (list of banks who asked for your credit report).
View Report Section –
- Personal Information – You can see your all personal information here.
- Contact Information – Here you see all your addresses that you have previously declared.
- Employment Information – Here your Account Type, Income (tentative), and Income Indicator, etc. are shown.
- Account Information – This section lists all your Credit Cards, Account Numbers, all Account Details and any dues on it. It also lists all your loans such as Personal or Car loans. You need to make sure that you have closed your unused accounts to have a healthy Credit score record.
- Enquiry Information – In this section, you can see who all have requested your Credit score\CIBIL score. This section also shows the Date of enquiry, Enquiry Purpose and the amount for which query was raised.
What your Credit score\ CIBIL score says?
Here is the detailed explanation of what your credit score says.
Great – 800-900: This is a great score. It reflects an ideal track record of repayments of all your previous borrowings that means you get the great offers on various loans and credit cards.
Good – 600-799: If you are planning to apply for a fresh loan or a new credit card, this score offers a good chance that your application will be granted. A score in this range shows that you have handled your previous borrowings judiciously and are a safe borrower.
Bad – 300-599: This is considered as a bad (low) CIBIL score and your chances being approved for the new loans or credit card are very less in this case. Primary reason for getting this score can include the default on loan payments or missing credit card payments.
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What affects your Credit Score?
- Irregularity in Credit card and loan repayments.
- Cheque bounce
- Too many unsecured loans such as credit cards and personal loans.
- Default as a guarantor
- Higher the rate of application for credit cards or unsecured loans.
- If you are defaulter for your friend’s loan for whom you are acted as guarantor.
- Using your credit cards to the full limit.
How to improve your score?
- Never utilize more than50-60 percent of your credit cards limit.
- Never default your Credit card bills or loan EMI. Pay them without fail and within a specified period.
- Don’t try to overburden yourself with the too many loans. If your credit score is good, then banks are ready to sanction more loan than what you asked for. In such cases limit yourself for needed amount.
- Avoid having many unsecured loans and credit cards on a single name.
- Do not forget to collect “No Due Certificate” from your banker after closing the cards accounts or loan.
- Have 6-9 months of a gap while applying for fresh loans.
- Never try to run away from your loans. Settle them as soon as possible in a friendly way with your banker.
This is a great opportunity to know your CIBIL score which is essentially required for every loan or cards that you take. The free full credit report will help you identify your credit outstanding, old loans or may fling up surprises against credit cards which you had not even applied for or loans which you might not have taken. Study the report and take necessary steps to get such things rectified to ramp up your future credit score.
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