28-Sep-2015 written by : FSI-Team
Regardless of your borrowing needs, it is prudent to keep track of your credit score regularly. If you find anything out of the ordinary, it would be wise to report it to the concerned lender immediately, and have it rectified.
As a consumer, you should be aware of your credit history, as any small error can play havoc with your score. Make sure that the information captured in your report is accurate and up-to-date, ideally checking at least once a year.
There are four credit bureaus in India licensed to operate by the RBI. You can apply for a report to any (or all) of the bureaus, and check the scores across each.
A good strategy is to spread out your report requests throughout the year, instead of getting them from each bureau at the same time. That way, you would be able to keep track of your score year-round.
You may want to check your report additionally if you are planning to avail of a new line of credit – a loan or a credit card – as the score plays a critical role in the approval process. A good score can ensure you get a loan on the best possible interest rates and terms.
Alternately, it would suffice to request for a report from the bureau once a year. Checking your personal credit history as often as you like does not impact your score.
While the bureaus themselves do not offer a free credit report to consumers, you can log on to www.freescoreindia.com, for a free credit score from Equifax, one of the bureaus in the country today.
To summarise, while a free credit report is not available currently, spending a relatively modest sum to know that your financial information is correct is well worth it. Know your credit score and earn yourself some well-deserved peace of mind.