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What are the NEFT timings for top banks in India?

[ecis2016.org] Knowing the NEFT transfer timings is crucial before making any NEFT transfers. Check out the NEFT timings for top banks in India.

One-to-one fund transfers are facilitated by NEFT or National Electronic Fund Transfer. Using the payment mode, companies, firms, corporations, and individuals can electronically transfer funds within the country. A bank must be a member of the NEFT network to participate in an NEFT transaction. Knowing the NEFT transfer timings are therefore crucial before making any NEFT transfer.

Who can use NEFT?

  • The NEFT system can be used by individuals, corporations, firms and companies with bank accounts.
  • A bank must be a member of the network to participate.
  • You can easily transfer funds using NEFT if your bank supports it.
  • The only thing you need to do is enable internet banking for your bank account.
  • You need to know the bank account information, contact information, and IFSC code of the recipient to use NEFT.

How does NEFT work?

  • The beneficiary’s details must be filled out on an NEFT form.
  • IFSC code of the branch where the beneficiary has their account, the name of the beneficiary, the account number, and the amount to be transferred.
  • Your bank will debit the mentioned amount from your account and pass it along to the beneficiary after receiving these details.
  • Internally, your bank will send a message to the NEFT Service Centre or Pooling Centre once you request the transfer.
  • NEFT Clearing Centre receives the message from the pooling centre.
  • NEFT Clearing Centre is managed by the Reserve Bank of India’s National Clearing Cell.
  • The orders are then arranged according to the destination bank. Additionally, it accounts for the sending and receiving banks.
  • By using the NEFT Service Centre or the pooling centre, messages are forwarded to the destination bank.
  • The funds are then transferred to the beneficiary’s account as soon as the destination bank receives the message.
  • NEFT timings and a maximum amount of Rs. 50,000 per transaction (for all card-based transfers) are the downsides.

Benefits of NEFT

  • NEFT is an economical method of transferring money.
  • NEFT is based on a secure platform.
  • You do not need to use a check or a demand draft (DD) to transfer money.
  • You do not need to visit the bank to transfer money.
  • An online funds transfer is possible.
  • Transferring data can be done more quickly and conveniently.

What are NEFT transfer timings?

To facilitate transactions from one bank account to another at your convenience, most banks today offer NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer). To comply with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulations, all such transactions must be conducted within the set NEFT time frame. NEFT timings for online transactions now cover 24 hours, seven days a week, including Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays, according to the revised guidelines that took effect in December 2019. Following the closing of branch banking hours, NEFT transactions are processed automatically via ‘Straight Through Processing (STP)’.

NEFT transaction time for top banks in India

Bank NEFT Timings on Weekdays (Monday-Friday) NEFT Timings on Saturday
Axis Bank 8 am to 4:30 pm 8 am to 4:30 pm
Bank of Baroda 9 am to 6:45 pm 9 am to 6:45 pm
Citibank 8 am to 7 pm 8 am to 1 pm
HDFC Bank 8 am to 6:30 pm 8 am to 6:30 pm
ICICI Bank 8 am to 6:30 pm 8 am to 6:30 pm
Kotak Mahindra Bank 8 am to 6 pm 8 am to 12 pm
Punjab National Bank 8 am to 7 pm 8 am to 1 pm
State Bank of India 8 am to 7 pm 8 am to 1 pm
Union Bank of India 8 am to 6:30 pm 8 am to 6:30 pm
Yes Bank 8 am to 7 pm 8 am to 1 pm

Even though NEFT transactions can be requested throughout the 24-hour service time, they are processed in batches. The NEFT batch timing is divided into 30 minutes increments, resulting in 48 half-hourly batches per day. The first batch of NEFT transactions is cleared at 12:30 AM, and the last batch is cleared at midnight.

Moreover, some banks also offer dedicated NEFT transfer times based on NEFT transfer limits, modes, or days. We can better understand this by examining the NEFT time schedules for some of the popular banks in the country.

What are NEFT Holidays?

Previously, NEFT settlements were limited to bank working days, i.e. from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday. In other words, if you made an NEFT transaction on a Saturday, Sunday, or any other bank holiday, it would take until 8:00 AM on the next working day to clear. NEFT’s time limit was extended to 24 hours per week after December 2019. Therefore, there are no NEFT holidays, and the NEFT timings on Saturday, as well as any other holiday, are the same as those on a bank working day.

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FAQs

Is it possible to initiate an NEFT transfer on a Sunday?

Yes. It is possible to initiate a fund transfer on a Sunday. Money will be credited to the recipient the following working day.

Is it possible to make any other transaction via NEFT?

NEFT can be used to pay credit card bills and send money to a recipient.

Is it possible to transfer money to a bank account outside India using NEFT?

No. NEFT allows you to transfer money to any account held at a bank branch in India that supports NEFT.

How long does it take for funds to be transferred through NEFT?

NEFT may take up to two working days to credit the beneficiary’s account.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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