CIBIL Credit Scores are increasingly becoming important as nearly all institutions have started using it to scan through Individual Financial history. In this article we try to touch upon everything that you must know about CIBIL and your credit scores.
What role does CIBIL play?
Credit Information Bureau (India) ltd- CIBIL, is India’s first and leading Credit Information Company. They collect and maintain records of individuals’ payment pertaining to loan and credit cards. These records are submitted to CIBIL by banks and other lenders, on a monthly basis. This information is then used to create CIBIL Transunion Score and Credit Information Reports (CIR) which is provided to lenders in order to help evaluate and approve loan applications.
What is a Credit Score and a Credit Information Report?
A Credit Score ( is a three digit numeric summary of your credit history. The value ranges from 300 to 900; the higher the numerical value of the score, the more creditworthy is the individual. Your Credit Information Report (CIR) contains the details of all the loans and credit cards that you have taken across lenders along with their payment details and account status.
The Credit Report is broadly divided into the below sections:
- CIBIL TransUnion Score (Credit Score)
- Borrower Information
- Personal Information- This section contains your personal details such as DOB, Pan Card, Voters ID number among other identifiers
- Contact Information- This section contains up to 4 contact details (address and number) as reported by various lenders
- Employment Information- This contains the income details and income type as reported at the time of applying for credit
- Account Information- This is a critical section as it contains all the details pertaining to your Loan (Personal loan, Home loan and Credit card. It details out the payment pattern, account status, current balance, and credit limit among other information.
- Enquiry Information- The section highlights the enquiries that are being made by various lenders. So it details out the name of the lender who is making the enquiry along with for which product and the amount that it has been enquired for.
Where all is the Credit Score used and for what?
– A CIBIL TransUnion Score (and CIR) plays a critical role in the loan approval process. Lenders look at the Credit Score as one of the main eligibility criteria in the credit decisioning process. Higher the score better are the chances for a loan approval. 90% of the loans and credit cards sanctioned are for individuals with Credit Score greater than 700.
– Credit Card companies look at a CIBIL TransUnion Score (and CIR) for not only deciding on issuing the card but also in determining the Credit limit to be sanctioned
– Telecom operators are increasingly looking at the Credit Score for determining the Credit limit to be granted for its post-paid mobile subscribers.
– Lot of employers’ today request prospective candidates to share their CIBIL TransUnion score (and CIR) in order their credentials. The basic tenet of doing this check is to reduce the risk to the organization’s human, financial, informational, technological and physical resources.
What are the factors that affect your Credit Score?
- Late payments or defaults in the recent past
- High utilization of Credit limits
- High percentage of Credit Cards or Personal loans (commonly known as unsecured loans)
- Too many enquiries made in the recent past by lenders. (Generally, if you have applied for loan or Credit cards number of times)
How to improve your score?
- Always pay your installments on time
- Keep your balances low (i.e., the extent to which you use your Credit limit)
- Maintain a healthy mix of Credit (i.e., have a mix of secured and unsecured loans)
- Apply for new credit in moderation
- Monitor your co-signed accounts, joined accounts and accounts where you are acting as a guarantor closely
- Review your credit history frequently throughout the year
[This guest post has been compiled by the team at CIBIL Consumer Relations]