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Transfer Funds Free with NEFT Facility in India to Any Bank Online

NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer) is the facility by which one can transfer funds from an individual bank to any bank in India free of cost and that too Online and thus one need not get into the hassle of making draft or sending cheques by postal mail.

This facility is available to the user free of cost. If the funds being deposited is one lakh or less than one lakh than one uses the NEFT facility and for an amount greater than this is called as RTGS facility.

One will appreciate that "Online NEFT / RTGS" funds transfer, has helped extending convenience and comfort to our net banking experience.

Benefits of NEFT

(a) This facility is available to all users of the banks. All the Net banking (existing & new) users are eligible to utilize this on-line facility.
(b) It's simple, convenient, quick and secure: Users can transfer funds to the beneficiaries in other banks in a simple, convenient and seamless manner.
(c) Funds transfer to other banks is faster, secure and safe
(d) Anytime, anywhere...Simple and easy to operate - from home / office anytime, anywhere.
(e) Save time and energy
(f) Get more for less: RTGS/NEFT is free and thus is always better than the conventional modes of remittance such as DD/MT

Through this post we have tried to answer queries being made in Google  by terms such as Neft Transfer, neft rtgs, neft timings, NEFT vs RTGS, neft transfer time, neft IFSC code, neft ICICI charges, neft banks, neft RBI and neft ICICI etc and it must be appreciated that this feature has made a life lot easier for online money transfer.

The details of the NEFT facility for transfer of funds from SBI to any bank in India is as given in succeeding paras. This is an illustration for one bank and same applies for all other banks:
  • You should be an active Internet Banking user with transaction rights.
  • Log on to www.onlinesbicom by using your SBI Internet Banking ID and Password.
  • Click on the ‘Manage Interbank Payee’ link in the ‘Profile’ tab.
  • Select the ‘Add’ option and provide the Beneficiary Name, Beneficiary Account Number, Beneficiary Bank and transfer limit to register the Beneficiary.
  • IFSC code of the Beneficiary’s bank can be keyed in by two ways:
  • Click the IFSC Code option and a textbox is displayed where you can enter the 11 digit IFSC Code of the Beneficiary Bank.
  • Click the Location option, the following are retrieved and displayed.
  • Beneficiary Bank Name – Dropdown Menu
  • Location - Dropdown Menu
  • Branch - Dropdown Menu
  • The confirm button will be enabled only after clicking the accept button in the terms and conditions window.
  • After providing all the details, the beneficiary will be added. It will be shown whether the added beneficiary bank is RTGS or NEFT enabled.
  • After adding the Beneficiary you will receive a high security password in your mobile number. This is done basically to double check your identity. Provide the password to authorize the Beneficiary After a Beneficiary is authorized you can start transferring funds.
  • You can proceed to make payments by clicking the ‘Inter bank Transfer’ link in the ‘Payments/Transfers’ tab.
  • According to the transaction type selected (RTGS/NEFT), the credit account details will be displayed depending on whether the branch is RTGS or NEFT enabled or both.
  • Select the Beneficiary from the list of registered Beneficiaries.
  • You can either confirm or cancel the transaction.
The Remitter has to provide the following details:
  • Amount to be remitted
  • Account number which is to be debited
  • Name of the beneficiary bank
  • Name of the beneficiary
  • Account number of the beneficiary
  • Remarks or description, if any
  • The IFSC code of the beneficiary branch
The credit for this post goes to Mr Niranjan K K who is our subscriber and is an avid day trader and has been able to make a mark for himself in the financial world especially day trading and people can look up to him for any guidance by virtue of his experience as experience matters the most in the market. He has been kind enough to send us the NEFT transfer details for the benefit of all other readers. He has executed the NEFT transfer facility successfully while subscribing for the services from our site.

Please note that you can use this facility free of cost to transfer funds to subscribe for Trading Plans being provided by the site to our premium clients. This means that you can have your bank account in any bank and still can deposit funds in our account online. Online is the new Mantra as it saves time and results are visible instantaneously.

Citibank NEFT Transfer to Any Bank in India

The credit for below information goes to Mr Anupam Singha who is our subscriber and is an ace invetsor and Trader. He has an account with Citibank and has successfully undertaken NEFT transfer to our HDFC bank. The below is detail for NEFT transfer for Citibank i.e. the steps that needs to be followed while transferring from CitiBank -

(a) First we need to register the account in which we will be transferring the money. For this we need to go to Transfer funds->non-citibank account (NEFT)
In there we will see a red tab called 'register payee'. We need to fill in all the required details like account no.,IFSC Code etc. and also provide a nick-name for future reference.
(b) In few seconds we will receive a SMS with the activation code to activate the payee. To activate a payee we need to goto payee list (It is located on left side of homepage) there we will be able to see the payee we want to register and the option to activate the payee. We need to enter the Activation code here.
 (c) Go to Transfer funds->non-citibank account (NEFT) -> Select from payee list. You need to select the payee here and enter the amount that needs to be transferred.

Bank of Baroda NEFT Transfer to Any Bank in India

The same is as shown pictorially and one can click on Bank of Baroda NEFT link and use the facility free of cost.

HDFC Bank NEFT Transfer to Any Bank in India

The below info will help one to execute the HDFC NEFT Transfer and source of this info is HDFCbank site itself.

Steps for adding beneficiary: NetBanking along with Third Party Funds Transfer facility needs to be enabled
In case you are not registered for the same, please fill the form attached and submit the duly filled form at your nearest HDFC Bank Branch.
In case you are already registered for the service of Third Party Funds Transfer, this service will be made available to you automatically
 The IFSC code for effecting the credit card payment through NEFT has to be kept handy after obtaining the same from the credit card issuing bank

Step 1: Log into HDFC Bank NetBanking using your Customer ID and Password

Step 2: Go to Third Party Transfer

Step 3: Click on “add a beneficiary”. Select Beneficiary Type – Transfer to other bank (using NEFT) and continue

Step 4 : Input the Beneficiary account number/credit card number in the Beneficiary account no/credit card no

Step 5: Select the IFSC code by searching with the bank and branch name and add the beneficiary. (Adding a beneficiary is a one time process). Fill in the complete beneficiary details

For credit card payments, Input the IFSC code of the credit card as given by the card issuing bank
If you do not have the IFSC code, please contact your Credit card issuing bank. Payments using wrong IFSC code may get rejected

Step 7 : Click on "Add" and then "Confirm"

Step 8 : Once you have authenticated yourself at the secure access step, you will get a confirmation message

Please note, post completing addition of beneficiary, it will take 24 hours for the beneficiary / card to get added in the list of beneficiaries

Steps for making the funds transfer/credit card payments for HDFC Bank:
Step 1: Go to Third Party Transfer and click Transfer to other bank (using NEFT)
Step 2: Select account, beneficiary and fill in the other details, Do review the note mentioned at the bottom for understanding timelines for funds credit..
Step 3: Check the "I accept the terms and conditions" checkbox and Continue
Step 4: Review the details and Confirm. This completes the funds transfer/credit card payment through NEFT

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For ease of comprehending the NEFT transactions one can go through the below FAQ for said transactions and same are published at the RBI website.

Q.1. What is NEFT System?

Ans : National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) system is a nation wide funds transfer system to facilitate transfer of funds from any bank branch to any other bank branch.

Q. 2. Are all bank branches in the system part of the funds transfer network?

Ans : No. As on December 31, 52427 branches of 89 banks are participating. Steps are being taken to widen the coverage both in terms of banks and branches.

Q.3. Whether the system is centre specific or has any geographical restriction?

Ans : No, there is no restriction of centres or of any geographical area inside the country. The system uses the concept of centralised accounting system and the bank's account, that are sending or receiving the funds transfer instructions, gets operated at one centre, viz, Mumbai only. The individual branches participating in NEFT could be located anywhere across the country, as detailed in the list provided on our website.

Q.4. What is the funds availability schedule for the beneficiary?

Ans : The beneficiary gets the credit on the same Day or the next Day depending on the time of settlement.

Q.5. How does the NEFT system operate?

Step-1: The remitter fills in the NEFT Application form giving the particulars of the beneficiary (bank-branch, beneficiary's name, account type and account number) and authorises the branch to remit the specified amount to the beneficiary by raising a debit to the remitter's account. (This can also be done by using net banking services offered by some of the banks.)

Step-2: The remitting branch prepares a Structured Financial Messaging Solution (SFMS) message and sends it to its Service Centre for NEFT.

Step-3: The Service Centre forwards the same to the local RBI (National Clearing Cell, Mumbai) to be included for the next available settlement. Presently, NEFT is settled in six batches at 0900, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1500 and 1700 hours on weekdays and 0900, 1100 and 1200 hours on Saturdays

Step-4: The RBI at the clearing centre sorts the transactions bank-wise and prepares accounting entries of net debit or credit for passing on to the banks participating in the system. Thereafter, bank-wise remittance messages are transmitted to banks.

Step-5: The receiving banks process the remittance messages received from RBI and effect the credit to the beneficiaries' accounts.

Q.6. How is this NEFT System an improvement over the existing RBI-EFT System?

Ans : The RBI-EFT system is confined to the 15 centres where RBI is providing the facility, where as there is no such restriction in NEFT as it is based on the centralised concept. The detailed list of branches of various banks participating in NEFT system is available on our website. The system also uses the state-of-the-art technology for the communication, security etc, and thereby offers better customer service.

Q.7. How is it different from RTGS and EFT?

Ans : NEFT is an electronic payment system to transfer funds from any part of country to any other part of the country and works on Net settlement, unlike RTGS that works on gross settlement and EFT which is restricted to the fifteen centers only where RBI offices are located.

Q.8. Any limit on the amount of individual transaction?

Ans : There is no value limit for individual transactions.

Q.9. What about Processing Charges/Service Charges

Ans : While RBI has waived the processing charges till March 31, 2009. With a view to rationalize the service charges levied by banks for offering various electronic products, a broad framework has been mandated as under: –

a) Inward transactions – Free, no charge to be levied
b) Outward transactions –
Upto Rs. 1 lakh - not exceeding Rs.5 per transaction.
Rs. 1 lakh and above – not exceeding Rs. 25 per transaction.

Q.10. How will I know which are the branches participating in the NEFT?

Ans : RBI publishes the list of bank branches participating in the NEFT on its website i.e. NEFT Participating Branches List

Q.11. What is IFS Code (IFSC)? How it is different from MICR code?

Ans : Indian Financial System Code (IFSC) is an alpha numeric code designed to uniquely identify the bank-branches in India. This is 11 digit code with first 4 characters representing the banks code, the next character reserved as control character (Presently 0 appears in the fifth position) and remaining 6 characters to identify the branch. The MICR code has 9 digits to identify the bank-branch.

Q.12. How I will know, what is the IFS Code of my bank-branch?

Ans : RBI had since advised all the banks to print IFSC on cheques leaves issued to their customers. You may also contact your bank-branch and get the IFS Code of that branch.

Q.13. Whom I can contact, in case of non-credit or delay in credit to the beneficiary account?

Ans : Contact your bank / branch. If the issue is not resolved satisfactorily, the Customer Service Department of RBI may be contacted on nefthelpdeskncc@rbidotorgdotin or write to - 

The General Manager,
Reserve Bank of India,
National Clearing Centre
First Floor, Free Press House
Nariman Point
Mumbai – 400 027

Q.14. Is it necessary to have a bank account to originate the NEFT transaction?

Ans : Yes, NEFT is an account to account funds transfer system.

Q.15. Is it necessary that the beneficiary should have an account at the destination bank-branch?

Ans : Yes, NEFT is an account to account funds transfer system.

Q.16. Can I receive foreign remittances through NEFT?

Ans : This system can be used only for remitting Indian Rupee among the participating banks within the country.

Q.17. Can I send remittances abroad using the NEFT?

Ans : No

Q.18. Can I originate a transaction to receive funds from another account?

Ans : No

Q.19. Can I send/receive funds from/to NRI accounts?

Ans : Yes, subject to applicability of provisions of FEMA

Q.20. Would the customer receive an acknowledgement of money credited to the beneficiary?

Ans : No, however electronic acknowledgement is generated for the customer that his money is received by the beneficiary at the sender branch.

Q.21. Would the remitting customer get back the money if it is not credited to the beneficiary’s account?

Ans : Yes, the remitting customer gets back the money if it is not credited to the beneficiary account.

Q.22. Till what time NEFT service window is available?

Ans : There are six settlements at 0900, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1500 and 1700 hours on weekdays and 0900, 1100 and 1200 hours on Saturdays.

Q.23. What is the essential information that the remitting customer would have to furnish for the remittance to be effected?

Ans : The essential information that the remitting customer has to furnish is:
Beneficiary details such as beneficiary name and account number
Name and IFSC of the beneficiary bank branch.

Q.24. Is there any way a remitting customer can track the remittance transaction?

Ans : The remitting customer can track the remitting transaction through the remitting branch only, as the remitting branch is informed about the status of the remitted transactions.

Thus one will see that banking has become a pleasure post introduction of all these facilities in India and all these efforts are in turn reducing the cost of transactions for the banks as it means that fewer customers visit the branch and thus banks have to hire less manpower and have to rent lesser space for the bank premises. 

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