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Banking Awareness Series – Types of Cards: Debit, Credit and Prepaid

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In this part of the Banking Awareness series, we would discuss the various types of Cards used in India for economic transactions. The information provided through the blogs in Banking Awareness Series is helpful for banking exams like  SBI PORBI Grade BRBI AssistantIBPS PO, IBPS RRB OfficerIBPS RRB Assistant, Indian Bank PO, NIACL Assistant, etc. So, let us begin with today’s blog

Banking Awareness Series – Types of Cards

1) Credit Cards

They are Issued by Banks and other such entities which are approved by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). It is a financial tool which allows the cardholder to borrow funds from the financial institutions at a fixed rate of Interest, which is charged after a specific period decided while issuing the card. If the borrowed sum along with the interest charged is not paid back within the appropriate time, then along with the late payment fees, the cardholders credit rating is also impacted negatively. Credit cards are not directly related to the Bank Account of the cardholder. The Limit of the credit card depends upon the income of the cardholder. Credit cards can be used for purposes like buying of goods and services at the Point of Sale (PoS), Online Stores, bill payments, etc. Cash can also be withdrawn from ATM by using a credit card, however, a high rate of interest is charged for such a withdrawal.

2) Debit Cards

This type of card is directly connected to the cardholders bank account, as a result, they can only be issued by registered banks. The limit of this card is equal to the amount available in the cardholders bank account. It is used for the purchasing of goods and services from a local store or online stores, online bill payment, cash withdrawal, funds transfer (domestic only) through ATM’s, etc.

3) Prepaid Cards

Prepaid Cards are issued by banks and non-bank entities. They are issued against an advance payment of a sum to the issuing entity. The limit for the value of one prepaid card is ₹50,000. This type of cards is not linked to any bank account. The Prepaid cards issued by banks can be used for the purchase of goods and services both offline and online, domestic transfer of funds to another person. However, the cardholder of a prepaid card which is issued by a non-bank entity cannot use it to transfer funds to another person.

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