Whoever has Internet Banking facility may have come across NEFT or RTGS money transfer facility. However, do you know the timings of these facilities? Few times your money transferred instantly and few times, it will be delayed. It is all because of schedule timings of NEFT and RTGS. Also, RBI changed the RTGS timings effective from 29th December, 2014. So let us get clarity on that.
Note-NEFT and RTGS timings now changed. I updated the same in my new post. Please refer the same at “New NEFT Timings Effective from 10th July 2017“.
Before proceeding further, let us know what is NEFT and RTGS.
NEFT-National Electronic Funds Transfer
It is a nationwide payment system facilitating one-to-one fund transfers. Using this scheme, you can transfer funds from any bank branch to any individual having an account with any other bank within India.
Let us take an example. Mr.X has a bank account with HDFC and he wants to transfer the money to Mr.Y, whose account is with ICICI. Therefore, by using NEFT facility Mr.X can transfer money to Mr. Y’s bank account.
RTGS-Real Time Gross Settlement
In NEFT, money transfer requests are clubbed together called batches. Such batches are settled based on Deferred Net Settlement (DNS) on hourly base during NEFT timings. Whereas in RTGS it is real time. It means money transferred individually instead of batches instantly. Therefore, compare to RTGS system is faster than the NEFT.
Let us take an example. Mr.X has a bank account with HDFC and he wants to transfer the money to Mr.Y, whose account is with ICICI. Therefore, by using RTGS facility Mr.X can transfer money to Mr. Y’s bank account instantly. In this transaction, HDFC transfers the initiated transfer amount to ICICI bank instantly. However, ICICI bank has a maximum 30 minutes time to deposit into Mr. Y’s account. Hence, depending on the beneficiary bank’s procedure within two hours Mr.Y get the amount in his account.
Difference between NEFT and RTGS
- NEFT settlement will be in terms of batches and settled on hourly base, but RTGS is real time settlement.
- There is a timing difference between two (Detailed list is available below).
- There is no minimum or maximum limit for NEFT. Whereas for RTGS, minimum amount set is Rs.2, 00, 000.
- Charges differ and these details will be available in the below sheet.
Charges of NEFT and RTGS
NEFT and RTGS money transfer timings (Effective from 29th December, 2014)
Now let us come to the main purpose of this post. On 15th December, 2014, RBI changed the RTGS timings and these new timings will be effective from 29th December, 2014. Below are new schedules.
Note-Any fund transferred after the scheduled closure timings will be settled on the next day. In addition, you can not transfer on NEFT and RTGS holiday (which will be declared by RBI every year).
Do you know that you can set time schedule for future RTGS transfer too?
You can set schedule payment for your future payment too. However, you can do so only 3 days (working days) prior to the actual schedule. You can set such schedule for your future payments like tax, loan, VAT or any other future fixed payments.