How to transfer money using NEFT?


NEFT is National Electronic Fund Transfer System managed by RBI for transfer of funds from one bank account to another account irrespective of bank and location of accountholders. Many of the banks now permitting online transfer of funds across the banks. You can transfer upto Rupees one lakh and the amount will be credited to the destination account on the same day. The bank may charge you only Rs.6 per transaction. Some banks like KVB charges nothing.


To be part of the NEFT funds transfer network, a bank branch has to be NEFT- enabled.The list of bank-wise branches which are participating in NEFT is provided in the website of Reserve Bank of India athttp://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/bs_viewcontent.aspx?Id=2009

How does the NEFT system operate?

Step-1 : An individual / firm / corporate intending to originate transfer of funds through NEFT has to fill an application form providing details of the beneficiary (like name of the beneficiary, name of the bank branch where the beneficiary has an account, IFSC of the beneficiary bank branch, account type and account number) and the amount to be remitted. The application form will be available at the originating bank branch. The remitter authorizes his/her bank branch to debit his account and remit the specified amount to the beneficiary. Customers enjoying net banking facility offered by their bankers can also initiate the funds transfer request online. Some banks offer the NEFT facility even through the ATMs. Walk-in customers will, however, have to give their contact details (complete address and telephone number, etc.) to the branch. This will help the branch to refund the money to the customer in case credit could not be afforded to the beneficiary’s bank account or the transaction is rejected / returned for any reason.

Step-2 : The originating bank branch prepares a message and sends the message to its pooling centre (also called the NEFT Service Centre).

Step-3 : The pooling centre forwards the message to the NEFT Clearing Centre (operated by National Clearing Cell, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai) to be included for the next available batch.

Step-4 : The Clearing Centre sorts the funds transfer transactions destination bank-wise and prepares accounting entries to receive funds from the originating banks (debit) and give the funds to the destination banks(credit). Thereafter, bank-wise remittance messages are forwarded to the destination banks through their pooling centre (NEFT Service Centre).

Step-5 : The destination banks receive the inward remittance messages from the Clearing Centre and pass on the credit to the beneficiary customers’ account.

What is IFSC?

IFSC or Indian Financial System Code is an alpha-numeric code that uniquely identifies a bank-branch participating in the NEFT system. This is an 11 digit code with the first 4 alpha characters representing the bank, and the last 6 characters representing the branch. The 5th character is 0 (zero). IFSC is used by the NEFT system to identify the originating / destination banks / branches and also to route the messages appropriately to the concerned banks / branches.

How can the IFSC of a bank-branch be found

Bank-wise list of IFSCs is available with all the bank-branches participating in NEFT.List of bank-wise branches participating in NEFT and their IFSCs is available on the website of Reserve Bank of India athttp://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/bs_viewcontent.aspx?Id=2009 .All the banks have also been advised to print the IFSC of the branch on cheques issued to their customers. For net banking customers many banks have enabled online search / pop-up of the IFSC of the destination bank branch.

 

So what are all the steps in nut shell

  1. Log in to your banks net banking web site
  2. Go to bank accounts and click on fund transfer option
  3. Choose Fund Transfer outside the bank
  4. Click on add beneficiary
  5. Add name of the receiver, bank account number, account type, IFSC code then click add
  6. Some bank may ask you to input confirmation PIN sent through SMS. Fill the PIN and click confirm (one time addition)
  7. Again click on Fund Transfer to other banks. From drop down menu, choose the beneficiary and fill the amount
  8. Click , confirm and input transaction password.
  9. The beneficiary would get the amount with in next 4 hours.


Presently, NEFT operates in hourly batches - there are eleven settlements from 9 am to 7 pm on week days (Monday through Friday) and five settlements from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday.

The beneficiary can expect to get credit for the first nine batches on week days (i.e., transactions from 9 am to 5 pm) and the first four batches on Saturdays (i.e., transactions from 9 am to 12 noon) on the same day. For transactions settled in the last two batches on week days (i.e., transactions settled in the 6 and 7 pm batches) and the last batch on Saturdays (i.e., transactions handled in the 1 pm batch) beneficiaries can expect to get credit either on the same day or on the next working day morning (depending on the type of facility enjoyed by the beneficiary with his bank).

 

 

 

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