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How to improve your CIBIL score with a personal loan? Here are 4 ways

If you use the funds from a personal loan to repay debts or to consolidate current loan obligations, it can certainly improve your credit utilisation ratio and exhibit responsible debt management, which collectively can positively impact your CIBIL score.

Adding a personal loan to your credit mix can diversify it, this potentially improving your score over a period of time.Premium
Adding a personal loan to your credit mix can diversify it, this potentially improving your score over a period of time.

When you want to improve your credit score, also commonly known as CIBIL score, there are a number of ways to do it. For instance, evaluating the credit score, correcting mistakes in it, paying credit card bills on time, maintaining a good credit mix and keeping credit utilisation low – collectively help raise the CIBIL score.

Meanwhile, procuring a personal loan, too, helps maintain a good credit score as it adheres to similar principles of improving the credit score overall. 

These are some of the ways in which a personal loan can help raise your CIBIL score:

Make regular payments: As with any credit product, making timely payments on your personal loan is vital. So, one should ensure that they pay their EMIs on time every month. Defaulting or payments can have an adverse impact on your CIBIL score.

Low credit utilisation ratio: Your credit utilisation ratio, which is the amount of credit you're using compared to your total available credit, plays a key role in your CIBIL score. By taking a personal loan and not utilising all of your available credit, you can improve this ratio, which can positively impact your CIBIL score.

Diversify your credit mix: Your credit mix, or the types of credit accounts you have, also influences your CIBIL score. Adding a personal loan to your credit mix can diversify it, thus potentially improving your score over a period of time.

Avoid multiple loan applications: Each time you apply for a loan, it creates a hard inquiry on your credit report, which can lower your CIBIL score for the time being. Avoid applying for multiple loans within a short span of time as this can signal to lenders that you are not financially sound.

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However, it is vital to remember that raising your credit score is a slow process that requires regular financial discipline.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does your income impact the credit score?

Unlike the widely-held perception, your income is not directly proportional to your credit score. 

Should one believe that closing an account removes the same from credit history?

It is not true. A closed credit account can stay on credit report for a number of years based on the type of account and payment history.

Would checking the credit score often lead to decline in the score?

Although it is believed that when you check your own credit score, it hurts your score but it is not true since checking amounts to a ‘soft inquiry’ which does not affect the score.

What is the case with joint bank account? Do credit histories get merged as well?

In a joint bank account, both the account holders are responsible for the debt, however, their credit histories remain separate.

Would closing a credit card improve credit score?

This is a myth whereas the reality is that when you close a credit card account, it can actually harm your credit score if it’s one of your oldest accounts or if it reduces your overall available credit limit.

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Published: 15 Apr 2024, 08:42 PM IST
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