What is CIBIL Score and how to improve it?

What is a CIBIL Score and what factors affect my CIBIL Score?

CIBIL Score is a 3 digit numeric summary of your credit history, derived by using details found in the ‘Accounts’ and ‘Enquiries’ sections on your CIBIL Report and ranges from 300 to 900. The closer your score is to 900, the higher are the chances of your loan application getting approved.

How can I improve my CIBIL Score?
You can improve your CIBIL Score by maintaining a good credit history, which is essential for loan approvals by lenders. Follow these 6 steps which will help you better your score:

  1. Always pay your dues on time:
    Late payments are viewed negatively by lenders.
  2. Keep your balances low:
    Always be prudent to not use too much credit, control your utilization.
  3. Maintain a healthy credit mix:
    It is better to have a healthy mix of secured (such as home loan, auto loan) and unsecured loans (such as personal loan, credit cards). Too many unsecured loans may be viewed negatively.
  4. Apply for new credit in moderation:
    You don’t want to reflect that you are continuously seeking excessive credit; apply for new credit cautiously.
  5. Monitor your co-signed, guaranteed and joint accounts monthly:
    In co-signed, guaranteed or jointly held accounts, you are held equally liable for missed payments. Your joint holder’s (or the guaranteed individual) negligence could affect your ability to access credit when you need it.
  6. Review you credit history frequently throughout the year
    Monitor your CIBIL Score and Report regularly to avoid unpleasant surprises in the form of a rejected loan application.

Read also

How to read and interpret your Cibil Report?

Things to do while preparing for a Loan Application

Myths and Facts about CIBIL

How to correct mistakes on your Credit Information Report? – Credit Freak

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2 comments

  1. Hi Subham,

    There are various factors (not just the numeric score) which decides the loan or credit card approval such as;
    i. Utilised Credit (% of all your utilised limits among all your credit cards)
    ii. Recent enquiries for new loan/card
    iii.Any secured loan (Home/Car)
    iv. Total EMIs being paid per month
    v. Payment history (late payments affects negatively)
    etc.
    Usually below 750+ score with no late payments are considered as good score for credit cards.

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