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Every day, technology is making our lives easier. It's reasonable to say that the way we go about our everyday lives has undergone a sea change, or a paradigm shift. Since the internet has become an essential part of our daily lives, we can no longer envision existence without it.

What You Need To Know About NEFT vs UPI

Prior to the advent of credit cards, cash and checks were the most popular forms of payment. However, there are now a wide variety of ways to conduct business online. As long as you have a high-speed internet connection, you may use your smartphone or laptop to make transactions at your own pace, saving time and energy. You'll also have more control over your funds and fewer mistakes.

National Electronic Funds Transfer

You, the customer, can transfer funds from any bank branch in India to another individual/firm/corporate––––known as the beneficiary––––having an account with any bank's branch in India through the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) system, which was launched by the Reserve Bank of India in November 2005.

No minimum or maximum transfer amount limit exists in the case of NEFT, unlike with UPI. Fund transfers, in contrast to Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), do not occur in real time. While the transactions are completed throughout the day, they are processed hourly and the settlements are planned as follows:

  • From 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, there are 12 settlements open.

  • 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays (except 2nd and 4th): 6 settlements

After the cut-off time has passed, transactions will be completed the following business day.

Here's how a NEFT transaction is put into action:

  • An application for NEFT must be filled out by the sender, who must provide the recipient's name, bank and branch information as well as the IFSC (an alphanumeric code used to identify a specific bank), the kind of account and the account number, as well as the amount to be sent over the wire. In this way, the sender gives his or her bank branch permission to deduct the funds from the account and send them to the intended recipient.

  • The pooling centre, also known as the NEFT Service Center, receives a message from the originating bank, which it then prepares and sends.

  • The NEFT clearing centre adds the transaction to the available batch after the pooling centre transmits it.

  • As the NEFT clearing centre receives payments from the source banks (a debit), it creates accounting entries to receive (a credit) and distribute (a debit) them to their designated recipients. Sending bank-to-bank remittance communications is then done via their pooling centre (NEFT Service Centre).

  • The Clearing Center sends inbound remittance notifications to the destination banks, who then credit the accounts of the recipients.

Two business hours after the transaction was completed, the recipient may expect to get the credit to his account. Whenever a transaction fails or the beneficiary's account cannot be credited for any reason whatsoever, the destination bank returns the transaction to the branch of the originating bank within two hours of the batch in which the transaction was processed being completed.

NEFT transactions can be started in a variety of ways, the most common of which are as follows:

  • Using the internet Banking

  • Mobile Banking

  • It's time to go to the bank! (but remember, not all branches may be NEFT enabled)

An NEFT transaction costs a little amount, ranging from Rs 2.50 to Rs 25 depending on the amount involved. It's affordable and doesn't strain the wallet.

The following benefits may be obtained by transferring money through NEFT:

  • The recipient does not need to receive a physical cheque or demand draft.

  • Physical theft or encashment fraud will not be a problem because there is no physical instrument to lose or steal.

  • It significantly reduces the amount of paper that has to be processed.

  • The remittance is confirmed via SMS or email.

  • You may transact from any location (provided you choose internet banking or mobile banking as the mode)

  • Streamlines and secures near-real-time financial transfer.

For these reasons, a growing number of people are choosing NEFT as their preferred method of transferring money.

Unified Payment Interface:

The National Payments Corp. of India (NPCI) unveiled the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) last year (in August 2016), and it went live last year (in August 2016).

Multi-account management is made possible with a single mobile app (from any partner bank), which integrates numerous banking services and allows for smooth fund transfers and merchant payments.

With the Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) platform at its disposal round-the-clock, UPI may be used at any time. At least in terms of daily transactions, many banks now have their own UPI applications, which have displaced traditional payment methods, hence eliminating the need for physical cash.

UPI's 10 most important features include:

  • It makes it possible to send money to anybody, anywhere, at any time, at the lowest possible cost.

  • A single-click two-factor authentication system that complies with regulatory standards.

  • Transact with a UPI ID, also known as a Virtual Payment Address, instead of providing your bank account information (VPA)

  • There is no need to divulge or keep track of confidential information.

  • One UPI-based app may link several accounts, eliminating the need for multiple applications from various banks.

  • Paying for goods and services, both online and off, is made easier with the QR Code Scan function. To make everything easier, you may link all your accounts to a single app.

  • Do not bother with carrying large sums of money, making many trips to the bank, or trying to calculate the precise amount.

  • A new service called Collect Payment has made it easier to collect money.

  • On a real-time basis, funds are transferred

Using your mobile app, you may file a complaint directly with the company.

Please keep in mind that you can use the UPI app of any bank you choose. Bank-specific UPI apps are not required for UPI transactions.


Each of the two methods, UPI and NEFT, has its own advantages and disadvantages. Use technology to your advantage, but do it in a way that maximises effectiveness and minimises waste. It will allow you to do your banking in a matter of seconds. You'll be able to access your bank account at any time.

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