What is a personal loan

Source: HDFC Bank

Personal loans are loans that do not require collateral or security and is offered with minimal documentation. You can use it for any legitimate personal need. Like any other loan, you must repay it according to agreed terms with the Bank usually over a few months to a few years in easy equated monthly instalments.

What is a personal loan used for?

You are free to use the funds you get from a personal loan any way you wish – fund a holiday, buy a gadget, pay for medical treatment, use on home renovation, spend on a wedding, finance your children’s education, etc.

How do personal loans work?

Personal loans work pretty much the same way as most loans. You apply for a loan, submit your documents, the bank checks your credit worthiness and makes a loan offer. If you accept it, the funds are transferred to your bank account, and you can use them any way you like.

You must repay the loan in equated monthly instalments (EMI), which will depend on factors such as loan amount, tenure and interest rate.

How quickly can I get a personal loan?

Very. Banks offer personal loans to its pre-approved customers in 4 hours*. Others can get funds in as little as 48 hours*.

What about interest rates, tenure etc?

Interest rates on personal loans: Interest rates can range will depend on your credit history, tenure, income, occupation etc.The rates are fixed and not floating rate.

How to get a personal loan: Getting a personal loan is fairly easy, especially if you have your documents are in order and you have a good credit track record. It helps if you are an existing customer. You can apply for a loan via Netbanking, on the Bank website, at an ATM, or by visiting a branch near you.

Tenure and repayment: You can get a loan for a tenure that suits your needs. You must repay the loan in equated monthly instalments or EMIs, a fixed sum every month. The EMI will depend on the loan amount, tenure and interest rate.

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