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How to Maximize Your Chances of Being Approved for a Credit Card

Apply for a credit card with Bajaj Finserv to ensure strong security, enjoy a host of rewards and benefits and get up to Rs 55,000+ annual savings.

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While you may see many credit card offers regularly, getting approved for one isn’t as easy. Maximising your chances of being approved begins way before the application stage and here are a few tips to help you:

Take your time to research

Jumping at the first credit card deal you see is often a mistake many make when they are starting out with a credit card. Just because a deal is advertised to you, doesn’t mean you will get approved.

Hence, you should take your time to assess three important things

  • Your requirements
  • The NBFC or bank
  • Terms offered by different issuers
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Terms like interest rates, annual fees, and rewards and bonuses are essential features of every card, which you should carefully check and compare.

For example, the Bajaj Finserv RBL Bank Credit Card offers up to 20,000 reward points as a welcome gift as well as the possibility of earning reward points on every transaction you make. Free movie tickets and other benefits can be enjoyed every time you reach a milestone.

Check the eligibility criteria

Every financial institutions issuer has different credit card eligibility criteria, like age, income and credit history, which you should check thoroughly before applying. Skipping this step may result in rejection which is going to negatively affect your credit score and the chances of getting approved for any other card as well.

Review your credit score

The first thing any credit card issuer looks at when you apply for a card is your credit score. It’s on the basis of this that the lenders assess your financial behaviour and the degree of risk they face in issuing you a credit card.

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A person using credit card for transaction, Pixabay

You should request for a copy of your credit report before applying for a card so you can review it and see if your credit score is ideal. If not, then you should take the time to improve your credit score before applying for a card to increase your chances of approval, by applying for a lower category card, and making other payments as well on time.  

Lower your credit utilisation ratio

The credit utilisation ratio shows how much of your available credit you actually utilise against the total available limit. Having a ratio of 30% or less is advised by financial experts because having a higher ratio is an indicator of being credit-dependent. Hence, maintaining a low credit utilisation ratio is going to help you improve your chances of getting approved for a credit card.

Be careful with the details and the documents

While applying for a credit card, you will be required to provide a lot of information in your application including current and previous employment, salary, current debts, contact numbers and addresses among other things.

Make sure to be accurate with even the minutest of details and ensure to not miss out on any field because an incomplete application is grounds for rejection. The application usually requires several other documents which you must submit as per the issuer.

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Every financial institutions issuer has different credit card eligibility criteria. Flickr

Apply for a credit card online and get instant approval with minimal annual and joining fees.

Ask your spouse to add you as an authorized user

If your spouse has good credit history, ask them to add you as an authorized user on their credit card. This is easy to do and will give your credit score a boost, increasing your chances of being approved for a credit card.

Things to note

In addition to the above tips, remember to pay of all your outstanding bills on any other credit cards you own, and steer clear of applying for multiple cards at once or within a short time period.

Instead, opt for a credit card that offers multiple benefits. For example, the Bajaj Finserv RBL Bank SuperCard is a card that gives you the power of 4 cards in 1. It’s a credit card, cash card, loan card and an EMI card, all rolled into one that provides industry-first features.

Also Read: Mobile Banking Becomes Main Personal Banking Channel In Singapore

Apply for a credit card with Bajaj Finserv to ensure strong security, enjoy a host of rewards and benefits and get up to Rs 55,000+ annual savings.

You can also avail easy financing by the way of pre-approved offers for a host of financial products. The pre-approved offers make the process of availing loans easier and quicker like never before.

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RBI’s Governor Quits After Months of Pressure From The Central Government

The timing just before this week's board meeting suggests that there's still a huge gap between the government and RBI positions on key issues

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel attends a news conference in Mumbai, India. VOA

The Governor of India’s central bank, Urjit Patel, resigned abruptly Monday after a months-long tussle over policy with the government that has raised concerns about the bank’s independence as a national election nears.

Government officials have been pressuring the Reserve Bank of India to allow some bad-debt-laden public sector banks to lend more easily, and pushed for it to hand over some of its surplus reserves to help fund the fiscal deficit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which must call national polls by May, faces anger in rural communities because of slumping farm incomes, and broader concerns about a lack of jobs growth in small businesses that are finding it hard to get banks to lend them money.

Getting control of the reserves would give the government more flexibility in spending on welfare policies and farm support schemes.

Patel cited “personal reasons” for his decision to immediately step down.

His resignation came four days before an RBI board meeting, and at a sensitive time for the government.

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Reserve Bank of India. VOA

 

On Tuesday, votes in key state elections are due to be counted, with exit polls suggesting the BJP could suffer some major defeats at the hands of the opposition Congress party.

That scenario, and Patel’s resignation, are expected to roil Indian markets. On Monday, forward contracts tracking the rupee against the dollar outside of market hours posted their biggest fall in more than five years.

That added to earlier losses caused largely by concerns — triggered by the state exit polls — that next year’s election might end with a defeat for the pro-business Modi and a weak coalition government, leading to policy uncertainty.

Investors will want to know quickly who Patel’s replacement will be, and how that will affect the direction of financial and monetary policy, analysts said. There was no clear front-runner, but one name being mentioned was former Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia who retired at the end of November.

While not commenting directly on Patel’s exit, Moody’s Investors Service said on Monday any signs the government was attempting to curtail the RBI’s independence would be a credit negative.

“We currently assume that the RBI will continue to pursue price and financial stability and implement policies towards these goals,” the agency said in an emailed statement.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India. VOA

 

Patel announced his departure in a short statement on the RBI’s website in which he said that “on account of personal reasons, I have decided to step down from my current position effective immediately.”

Modi suggested he had not wanted Patel to leave. On Twitter, the Indian leader praised Patel as a “thorough professional with impeccable integrity.”

“He steered the banking system from chaos to order and ensured discipline. Under his leadership, the RBI brought financial stability,” Modi tweeted. “He leaves behind a great legacy. We will miss him immensely.”

Building for months

Even before Patel’s announcement, the 10-year benchmark Indian government bond yield rose the most since September, and stocks posted their worst close in four weeks, with the broad NSE index losing 1.9 percent.

The pressure on him had been building for some months.

The government has made clear it was not happy with the RBI’s policies and stacked its board with pro-BJP representatives.

Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, who did not take an extension after his term ended in September 2016, said Indians should be concerned about what was happening.

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Police try to stop farmers during a protest demanding a better price for their produce on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. VOA

 

“We should go into the details on why there was an impasse which forced (Patel) to take this ultimate decision,” Rajan told the ET NOW television channel. “The strength of our institution is really important.”

Within the RBI there was a combination of anxiety and relief at the announcement.

“It was very shocking. … Morale of employees is very down,” said one RBI official who has been with the central bank for more than a decade. “This is very sad moment.”

But another official said Patel was often inaccessible to key financial market players and had stifled discussion within the RBI, and that now it might be possible to open up more.

“Finally things will come to peace. I can talk more openly,” this official said.

The officials asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.

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Urjit Patel’s resignation signals dangerous trend: AIBEA. VOA

 

Argentine warning

The rift between the government and the central bank became very public in late October when RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya warned in a speech that undermining a central bank’s autonomy could be “catastrophic.”

He referred to a meltdown in Argentina’s financial markets in 2010 after a struggle between the government and the central bank over who controlled the bank’s reserves.

Last week, Patel declined to answer reporters’ questions about the rift with the government, which former government officials and analysts said they were convinced was a major factor in his decision to quit.

Also Read: Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

There was speculation a month ago that Patel might quit over the government pressure, but the rumors eased after the two sides reached an uneasy truce ahead of last month’s RBI board meeting.

“The timing just before this week’s board meeting suggests that there’s still a huge gap between the government and RBI positions on key issues,” said A. Prasanna, head of research at ICICI Securities Primary Dealership in Mumbai. “Markets will now hope that the government has a plan of action ready so as to restore calm.” (VOA)