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Understanding Terms & Abbreviations On Your CIBIL Report

Understanding Terms On Your CIBIL Report
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Along with your CIBIL report are many terms, abbreviations, and shorthand you need to be familar with while trying to make sense of your report. It’s always good to be familar with them before you need them, so consider this your study guide. Here are the terms you’re likely to encounter on your CIBIL report:



Key Term  Explanation
AC (Asset Classification) It is important to note that some banks report DPD (please refer to the DPD description for more information) as per the Asset Classification norms EMPOWERING YOU
defined by RBI. which are as follows:
DPD    Denotes                         Explanation
STD     Standard                       Payments are being made within 90 days. Any accountoverdue by more than 90 days is classified a Non-Performing Asset (NPA) by banks.
SMA    Special Mention            Special account created for reporting Standard account,Account                    moving towards Sub -Standard
SUB    Sub -Standard              An account which has remained an NPA for up to 12

DBT    Doubtful                        The account has remained a Sub -standard account for

a period of 12 months
LSS     Loss                             An account where loss has been identified and remains


ACTUAL PAYMENT AMOUNT Is the amount you have paid to your lender if it is different from the EMI Amount? This may be more or less than the EMI Amount.
AMOUNT OVERDUE Indicates the total amount that has not been paid to the lender in a timely fashion (includes principal and interest amount).
CASH LIMIT Applies to credit cards specifically. It is the amount of cash you are permitted to withdraw from your credit card.
CN (CONTROL NUMBER) This is your report number and is essential if you feel you need to raise a Dispute Request.
COLLATERAL Is provided to a lender as security to protect the lender in the event you are unable to repay your loan. This may be property, shares, gold, etc.
CREDIT LIMIT Applies to credit cards and overdraft facilities. It reflects the total amount of credit you have access to with regard that credit card or overdraft facility.
CURRENT BALANCE Is the amount you still owe on a particular credit facility? Lenders typically take 30-45 days after your payment is received to update this information with CIBIL
ENQUIRY Enquiries are added to your report when you apply for a loan or credit card and the lender decides to access your CIR. Details such as the name of the loan provider
size and type of loan are captured in this section. Please note that the date of the enquiry may differ from your actual application date because the
lender may access your CIR a day or more after you have applied.
HIGH CREDIT Applies to credit cards and facilities. It reflects the highest amount ever billed (Including interest and fees) for that particular credit card or overdraft.
OWNERSHIP This field tells the lender who is responsible for payments on that loan or credit card. There are 4 types of indicators that can appear on your CIR:
1. Single: You are solely responsible for making payments on the account.
2. Joint: You and someone else bear joint responsibility for payments on these accounts. This will also reflect on the other individual’s CIR
3. Authorized User: This is used for ‘add-on’ credit cards that you may have. While this reflects on your CIR, lenders know that you are not responsible for paying
dues on that particular account.
4. Guarantor: A guarantor pledges to repay a loan on behalf of a third party who has taken a loan. Hence, he provides a guarantee to the lender that he will honour
the obligation, in case the principal applicant is unable to do so.
REPAYMENT TENURE Is the term of your loan? This field is to be read with the “PAYMENT FREQUENCY” field in order to accurately understand the term of the loan. For example, 120 at a
monthly payment frequency would mean the term of the loan is 10 years.
SANCTIONED AMOUNT This is the loan amount disbursed to you. Applies to account types other than credit cards and overdraft.
SETTLEMENT AMOUNT When an amount owed on a loan account is disputed, the individual and lender settle at some amount in between. It’s what the lender believes is owed and what the
individual believes he should pay. This is the amount the individual has agreed to pay. The rest of the amount (that the lender believes is owed) is written -off by the lender.
SUIT -FILED / WILFUL DEFAULT In case the lender has filed a suit against you, there is specific reporting prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This is as follows:
1. No Suit Filed (or the field will be blank)2. Suit filed3. Wilful Default4. Suit filed (Wilful Default)
WRITTEN -OFF AMOUNT (PRINCIPAL) This field reflects the principal amount written -off by the lender. It follows that the difference between the total and principal written -off amounts is the interest
amount that has been written -off on this account.
WRITTEN -OFF AMOUNT (TOTAL) When a loan is written -off there is an interest and principal component. This field reflects the total interest and principal amount written -off.
WRITTEN -OFF AND SETTLED STATUS If this section is populated, the lender has either restructured your loan by offering you different terms (extended the loan tenure or reduced the interest rate, etch
written -off this amount, or settled at some amount less than what the lender believes it was owed.
The possible values are as follows:
1. Restructured Loan 2. Restructured Loan (Govt. Mandated) 3. Written -off (WO) 4. Settled 5. Post (WO) Settled

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