What is IMPS

IMPS means Immediate Payment Service which is a real time inter-bank fund transfer offered by NCPI. Initially there were four banks participated in this system. They are SBI, ICICI, BOI and UBI. And now, most of the leading banks are joined.

In most, NEFT and RTGS are being used for fund transfer across banking industry but it has some major drawbacks. The transfer timings of NEFT and RTGS are restricted. It can be used only on working hours and the transaction in NEFT done batch wise with limited number of Settlements. Its processing time is slower than RTGS and it is done through the electronic messages. RTGS the transaction processed on real time. In RTGS, though the transaction done within half an hour it also have some drawbacks.

Unlike RTGS and NEFT, the Immediate Payment Service is works all the time. IMPS make way to customers have to banking even on Sundays and public holidays. Using a Mobile application of the respective bank, one can do transfer at anytime. The sender can also transfer money through internet banking and ATM. It works with GSM services such as SMS, USSD service.

Just simply with the account number and the IFSC code one can send and receive money through IMPS. With minimum transaction charge it is being done.

For further understanding read NEFT vs RTGS

IMPS Limit

There is no minimum limit for sending money using IMPS system.

And the Maximum limit depends upon the bank that which bank we use to transfer the money. The amount limit varies with bank to bank. Let’s see the transaction limit of some banks.

HDFC Bank Transaction Limit

The maximum limit of amount could be 2 Lakh when the account number and IFSC Code are used for transaction.

The transaction limit is lowered to Rs.50000 per Customer ID when the MMID is used. When transfer done with USSD service the limit will be further reduced to Rs.1000 per transfer.

ICICI Bank Limit

ICICI bank has maximum limit of Rs.2 Lakh for each transfer done with account number and IFSC code and reduced to Rs.10000 for a transfer using mobile number with MMID.

Indian Bank Limit

Indian bank Customers can use IMPS service on their mobile devices to transfer money up to Rs.50000.

IMPS Charge

For each transaction, a minimum amount will be deducted as a charge for the service made. This transaction Charge will differ from bank to bank but mostly similar to NEFT.


In IMPS service the money credited to receiver account within some minutes from the transaction initiated by sender.  But in NEFT we have to wait for upcoming batch of transaction.

IMPS service is available on 24 x 7 and works on holidays including Sundays. NEFT transfer can be done only on working days.

Customer can use this IMPS service via Mobile, Internet, and ATM.

Customers can use IMPS service through USSD channel by just dialing *99# on mobile.

How to transfer using IMPS

In order to make transaction through mobile app, Internet, a customer need to register his mobile number and email id with the bank (Mobile registration is not mandatory for the transactions through Net banking and ATM).

Using the bank’s mobile application, one can add the receiver account detail and transfer money with the help of OTP which would be sent to the sender’s registered mobile number. A secret transaction pin known as MPIN is used by the sender for every transaction.

To transfer through net banking, one should have valid user ID and password registered with the bank. Using the user ID and password one can login to their account and transfer money.

The receiver can send the details to remitter such MMID which can be collected at the respective bank, alternately the receiver can send his Account number and IFSC Code.

Sender can initiate the transfer by entering receiver’s details such,

  1. MMID & Mobile Number (OR) Account number & IFSC Code.
  2. Transaction amount.

Details of the sender such as the MPIN and the login password can be changed manually and hence secured.

Stop Payment facility not available in this service hence it is an immediate payment system. Once the sender finish a transaction, the amount will be credited to the receiver account immediately. So one should be cautious when doing IMPS transaction.

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