Many of you may have used NEFT earlier to send money, but do you have the right information about what NEFT ?

Because bank rules change day by day, it is very important to have updated information in all these subjects.

Ever since online banking or internet banking has come, since then people have gone to the banks in a way, they now do all their work sitting at home.

This does not waste much of their time and they work smoothly.

There are three main ways of online fund transfer, namely NEFT, RTGS and IMPS. Today we will get detailed information about NEFT.

So if we talk about NEFT, then it is a medium to send money online, through which we can easily send or receive money online from one account to another.

So today I thought that why not even you people will get complete information about what NEFT is, how it works and what are our benefits. Then without delay let’s start and know about what NEFT is .

What is NEFT?

NEFT has a full form National Electronics Fund Transfer or it is also called ” National Electronic Funds Transfer ”  .

It is a nationwide electronic fund transfer system whereby money is sent and received easily from one bank account to another bank account.

All NEFT settlements are handled in a batch-wise format. In this, money is sent on an individual basis to all NEFT-enabled banks all over India through this system.

Before starting any NEFT transfer, it is very important for the bank to have an IFSC code , along with it other details such as bank account number, bank branch, account holder name are also very important.

The system of fund transfer is operated by the RBI . Which started in 2005 .

NEFT provides this facility to the bank’s customers in India, so that the bank’s customer can very easily transfer their capital to another NEFT enabled bank account. It is also very safe.

Fund transfers through the NEFT system do not take place on a real-time basis but a half-hour batch with 23 settlements occurring on the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the NEFT week between 8:00 am and 7:30 pm ( batch) to transfer money.

Apart from this, there is no settlement on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, on Sunday or even on public holidays.

NEFT facility, which is primarily two types of Offline Mode, which is of the branches of banks and other Online Mode that provides customers with online banking and in batch.

It is very popular due to the time saving and easy process done by NEFT because the transactions can be done very easily through online banking.

If seen, NEFT is slightly different from other measures like RTGS and IMPS.

Where your money sent in RTGS and IMPS is immediately credited to the bank account of the person in front. In the NEFT, your money is received by the bank in the time-table set by the bank.

Step By Step NEFT Transfer Procedure

Here I will provide you information about two different procedures of NEFT.

Online Procedure for NEFT:

Follow the steps given below to transfer funds through online

Step 1 : First login to your net banking account. If you do not have a net banking account, then you can also register it through your bank’s website.

Step 2 : After that you have to add beneficiary according to payee. Here beneficiary means that to whom you want to transfer money. And to do this, you will also have to fill some details of Beneficiary in the ‘Add New Payee’ section, which is:

  • Account Number.
  • Name.
  • IFSC Code.
  • Account Type.

Step 3 : Once the payee is added, then you have to choose NEFT according to the fund transfer mode.

Step 4 : Now you have to select account where you have to transfer money, here you have to select payee, after that enter amount as you want to transfer and then add comments (optional).

Step 5 : Then click on submit.

Offline Procedure for NEFT:

Step 1 : Go to the bank first.

Step 2 : Fill the NEFT / RTGS form there. Then provide the following details about your beneficiary in that form:

  • Name.
  • Account Number.
  • Bank Name.
  • Branch.
  • IFSC Code.
  • Account Type.
  • Account Number.
  • Amount as much as you have to transfer.

Step 3 : After that, submit your filled form so that they can further authorize to transfer the money.

How does NEFT Work?

Here I have tried to explain to you the generic process of NEFT transfer, but these specifics can vary in different banks, yet this process is almost same.

  1.  As I have already told you how you have to fill the form in details through online or offline mode, you have to provide complete information about the beneficiary. With this, how the bank authorizes it and processes it further.
  2.  After this, your bank issues a message and then sends it to their NEFT Service Center.
  3.  NEFT forward this message from your bank to NEFT Clearing Center which is operated by National Clearing Cell and is a part of Reserve Bank of India in Mumbai and includes it next available branch of transaction.
  4.  After this NEFT Clearing Center sorts all the fund transfer transactions according to its banks and decorates those entries in such a way that the bank on which your money is going to be sorted very easily. NEFT Service Center then receives messages where they get all the entries sorted, along with this they also get messages about money from NEFT Clearing Center, where they are instructed to send funds to the receiver’s account.

NEFT Transfer  Fees & Charges

The thing to note here is that the recipient bank does not charge you any fees for the NEFT transaction. But for a sender, sending bank charges them for NEFT Transaction. You will get the following information about how much they charge.

Transaction Amount NEFT Charges
Amounts Rs 10000 तक Rs 2.50 + Applicable GST
Amounts above Rs 10000 and up to Rs 1 lakh Rs 5 + Applicable GST
Amounts above Rs 1 lakh and up to Rs 2 lakh Rs 15 + Applicable GST
Amounts above Rs 2 lakh and up to Rs 5 lakh Rs 25 + Applicable GST
Amounts above Rs 5 lakh and up to Rs 10 lakh Rs 25 + Applicable GST

Note: – These charges vary from time to time. So before sending NEFT, consult your bank.

NEFT Transactions Timings:

Speaking of the present time, NEFT works in hourly batches so these service centers work between the operational hours which is normal (8:00 AM to 7:00 PM in normal weekdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm In).

There are 8 to 6 batches to work with. Hence money is transferred from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM from Monday to Saturdays (except just on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month).

Apart from this, NEFT transactions do not work even in public and bank holidays.

Public Holidays when NEFT transactions cannot be completed are Republic Day, Good Friday, Annual Closing of Banks, RBI’s Annual Closing of Accounts, Ramzan Id (Id-ul-Fitr) / Ratha Yatra, Independence Day, Dasara / Vijaya Dashami and Muharram.

Who can transfer funds through NEFT?

Any Firm, Individual, Corporation can use NEFT to transfer funds from one Bank Account to another Bank Account but the thing to note is that they should have a Bank Account in that Bank Branch and NEFT in that Bank Branch Facility should also be Enable / Available.

Apart from this, also know that it is not compulsory to have a bank account.

If someone does not have a bank account in the Bank Branch and even then if he wants to transfer funds through NEFT,

Then fund transfer can be done by filling the NEFT Instruction Slip. But to transfer funds in this manner through NEFT,

Only Amount up to Rs 50,0000 can be transferred in a Transaction.

Who can receive funds through NEFT?

This work can be done by individuals, firms, corporations who have a bank account in the bank branch, then they can all receive the funds sent by NEFT.

But for this, it is mandatory for the Beneficiary customer to have a bank account in the bank branch in which NEFT facility is enabled / available.

What are the benefits of NEFT

  • Through NEFT, any Firm, Individual, Corporation etc. can easily send money from one account to another.
  • Here the Beneficiary Customer (to whom money is sent) does not need to go to the Bank Branch to receive funds nor do any kind of paper formalities.
  • The fees in NEFT are very low.
  • Fund transfer can be done from anywhere and anytime using Internet Banking. They are very safe and secure. And if for some reason your Transaction is not complete, then you do not need to panic, because in such a situation your money is not lost anywhere but goes back to the account sent.
  • It is more useful for low value transactions.
  • Here Receiver does not have to pay any additional cost.
  • Each Batch here is of one hour.

NEFT  FAQs

1. What is NEFT?
NEFT has full form National Electronic Funds Transfer, it is an electronic fund transfer process, through which money can be easily sent from one bank account to another bank account.

2. Is having IFSC code mandatory for all NEFT transactions?
the answer is yes. Having IFSC code is very important for any NEFT Transaction.

3. Do all banks have NEFT facility?
No. NEFT is not available on all banks.

4. How a customer will know whether their bank or payee’s bank is a part of NEFT or not?
The banks are NEFT-enabled with all these information cones, you can get all this information from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) website.

5. How long does NEFT transactions take to settle?
All fund transfer transactions are processed in batch-wise format and the money is credited within 2 working days.

Top Banks that provide NEFT facility

  • ICICI NEFT
  • SBI OIL
  • Central Bank of India NEFT
  • Bank of Baroda NEFT
  • HDFC NEFT
  • Axis Bank NEFT
  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) NEFT
  • Union Bank of India NEFT
  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) NEFT
  • Syndicate Bank NEFT

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