Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited or CIBIL is a Credit Information Company (CIC) founded in August 2000. Post Inception, we have come to play a critical role in India’s financial system. Whether it is to help loan providers manage their business or help consumers secure credit faster and at better terms, the use of CIBIL’s products have led to a massive change in the way the credit life cycle is managed by both loan providers and consumers.
So what exactly do we do?
CIBIL collects and maintains records of an individual‘s payments pertaining to loans and credit cards. These records are submitted to CIBIL by banks and other lenders, on a monthly basis. This information is then used to create Credit Information Reports (CIR) and credit scores which are provided to lenders in order to help evaluate and approve loan applications.
What is our role in the Loan Approval Process?
CIBIL’s products, especially the CIBIL Score and the CIR are very important in the loan approval process. The credit score helps loan providers quickly determine, who they would like to evaluate further to provide credit. The CIBIL Score ranges from 300 to 900. Our data indicates that loan providers prefer credit scores which are greater than 750.
Once the loan provider has decided which set of loan applicants to evaluate, it analyzes the CIR in order to determine the applicant's eligibility. Eligibility basically means the applicant's ability to take additional debt and repay additional outflows given their current commitments.
Post completion of these first 2 steps the loan provider will request for the applicant's income proof and other relevant documents in order to finally sanction the loan.
What this means for you as an individual?
Since, the credit score and CIR not only helps loan providers identify consumers who are likely to be able to pay back their loans, but also helps them to do this more quickly and economically. This translates into faster loan approvals.
Until recently, there was little visibility and transparency with regards to the loan approval process and the elements that loan providers used to evaluate your loan application. Since, CIBIL has made your credit score and CIR available to you, you will be able to see how valuable a customer you are to loan providers.
In alignment with our creed, CIBIL empowers both loan providers and individuals to see their world more clearly and hence, take better and more informed decisions.