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Difference between NEFT & RTGS


Difference between NEFT & RTGS


In the digital banking world, the importance of knowing the nitty-gritty of online transactions is paramount, especially at a time when going out in a crowded place is not advisable. The knowledge of undertaking online transactions cuts down the time spent in long queues at banks and subsequent paperwork. Besides the process being quick, one will always have the digital record of their transactions at the touch of a fingertip!


What is NEFT and timings for such transactions?

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) introduced The National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) for ease of business. The transactions are undertaken as per the rules and regulations set up by the RBI in a centralized system across the nation. NEFT transfers are done from one bank account to another bank account. The process is swift and timesaving, provided your account is enabled for NEFT transfers. Also, to keep in mind are the following rules about NEFT & NEFT time:

  1. NEFT transfers can be done round the clock and pan India
  2. Following the transfer from one account, the transactions stay in a queue which is cleared every hour
  3. Once the beneficiary receives the amount, confirmation of the successful transaction is sent to the registered email address and phone number in real-time
  4. The banking application — for both the sender and the beneficiary — will have the receipt of the transaction
  5. The RBI does not levy any charges on the NEFT transfers from customers having a savings bank account

What is RTGS and its timings?

Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) is used to transfer funds or securities on a continuous basis for undertaking online interbank transfer of money in real-time from one bank to another. Following are few points to remember about RTGS & RTGS timing:

  1. RTGS is the fastest way of online interbank transactions
  2. There is a cap of Rs 2 lakh on transfers. Any amount of Rs 2 lakh or over can be done via RTGS
  3. The transaction of money or securities happens in real-time
  4. Real-time essentially mean the transfers are processed immediately, as soon as received from the remitting bank, and deposited in the account of the beneficiary
  5. The transfers are overlooked as per the rules and regulations of RBI
  6. One has to check with their bank if they offer RTGS services

Difference between NEFT and RTGS

  1. The basic difference between the NEFT and RTGS is the value of money transfers. While NEFT is used to make online transfers. While NEFT is usually used to make small transitions, RTGS is usually used to make large transactions with utmost safety.
  2. Under NEFT transfers, multiple transfer requests and clubbed together and cleared on an hourly basis from the respective remitter’s account to the beneficiary’s account
  3. Under RTGS transfers, per requests are cleared in real-time as per the demand of the remitter’s account
  4. While NEFT transfers take some time, RTGS are processed as soon as the request is sent


Both NEFT and RTGS are important tools of online transactions and understanding the process is of utmost importance. Both can be undertaken online as well as offline, although, in the digital era, it is safer and easier to conduct transactions through one’s banking application on the cellphone.





Calvin M. Barker

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