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IMPS Simplified: Transfer with Just Bank Name and Mobile Number!


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New IMPS transfer rules now allow you to seamlessly send money using only the recipient's bank name and mobile number. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has introduced a new rule that allows customers to transfer up to Rs 5 lakh.

I hope you're doing well. I've got a bit of a money problem, and I'm hoping you can help me figure things out.

So, I tried to send money to someone, and guess what? I messed up big time. I put in the wrong account number, and everything was a mess. I feel really dumb for making such a silly mistake. I was only able to sort out the matter after a lot of time and heart burn. I literally had to run from pillar to post for this.

Have you heard about others who messed up like this before? What did they do to fix it? I'm kind of lost and need some advice on how not to commit such mistakes in future.

Your help means a lot to me. Thanks for taking the time.

– Suresh Nair (Mumbai)

Dear Suresh,

I can imagine this must be a challenging time for you. I'm here to offer support and guidance as we work through this together. Here’s some good news for you.

Starting February 1, 2024, a significant change is set to revolutionize money transfers between bank accounts in India through the Immediate Payment Service (IMPS). The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has introduced a new rule that allows customers to transfer up to Rs 5 lakh without the need for beneficiary details like account numbers or IFSC codes.

The streamlined IMPS rules aim to enhance user convenience by simplifying the transaction process. Users can initiate a transfer using only the recipient's mobile number and the name of their bank. This not only expedites the process but also reduces the risk of errors associated with entering detailed beneficiary information.

Real-time beneficiary validation, a key feature of the updated system, ensures accuracy before authorizing the transaction. This step minimizes the chances of incorrect transfers, providing more security to users.

To facilitate the transition to this user-friendly system, remitter banks are required to maintain a mapping of member bank names with default Mobile Money Identification Numbers (MMID). This ensures a seamless experience for users, eliminating the need for additional information during fund transfers. As mandated by the NPCI circular dated October 31, 2023, all member banks were required to comply with these changes by January 31, 2024.

The enhanced IMPS service maintains its 24x7 availability and instant fund transfer capabilities, continuing to play a pivotal role in transforming India's financial landscape.

For users looking to leverage this streamlined IMPS feature, the process is straightforward. Follow these steps:

1. Open your mobile banking app.
2. Navigate to the 'Fund Transfer' section.
3. Choose 'IMPS' as the preferred method.
4. Enter the recipient's mobile number and select the beneficiary bank—no need for account numbers or IFSC.
5. Specify the amount, within the limit of Rs 5 lakh.
6. Click 'Confirm.'
7. Proceed with the transaction after receiving the one-time password (OTP).

This user-friendly approach ensures that the enhanced IMPS system is accessible to more people, promoting financial inclusivity and ease of use.