8 Unimaginable Reasons You May Be Denied A Loan Or Credit Card

By | June 22, 2019


While there are a wide array of Credit Cards and loan options available in the market, in reality, lenders are extremely cautious before they lend money to borrowers. Regardless of the fact that your Credit Card or loan may be pre-approved, all Credit Card issuers and loan providers adhere to their internal guidelines before sanctioning a loan or a Credit Card.

This is why it is important for you to understand the major reasons lenders reject loan or Credit Card applications. We’ve put together a list of 8 such reasons that could dampen your hopes of a successful application.

1. Insufficient or Poor Credit History

Credit Card and loan providers always refer to your Credit Information Report before taking a decision on your loan application. If you have had problems repaying debt in the past,  like on a Credit Card or loan, for example, it will show up on your credit report and may result in your loan application being rejected.

Remember, it is always advisable to check your Credit Score before applying for a loan or Credit Card.

Check Points On A Credit Report

  • Bad Credit Score: Your Credit Score is calculated and based on your credit behaviour. The points range from 300-900. Higher points mean a better score. A score above 750 is acceptable and makes you eligible for loans. However, do note that the final decision on granting a loan or a Credit Card lies with the issuer or issuing bank.
  • Financial delinquency: Credit Card and loan providers not only look at the type of delinquency, but they also consider how long it’s been since the non-payment of a particular loan or outstanding Credit Card bill. A 90-day late payment on your EMI or Credit Card from six years ago won’t hurt as badly as one from six months ago. So, stay on top of your payments!
  • Too many Inquiries: Applying for too many Credit Cards and loans within a short period can lead to the denial of your Credit Card application.

Additional Reading: Is Your Credit Score Good Enough To Get You Your Dream Job?

To Maintain A Higher Credit Score, Follow These Rules
  • Always pay your dues on time.
  • Do not max out your credit limit.
  • Do not take too many unsecured loans without closing out old loans.
  • Avoid too many hard inquiries.
  • Monitor your co-signed, guaranteed and joint accounts every month.
  • Check your credit report for inaccuracies from time to time.

2. You do not meet the minimum age criteria

The minimum age required for availing a loan or a Credit Card is 18 years. However, young adults who are more than 18 years old and less than 21 years of age can also be denied a Credit Card or loan if they do not have a valid income or co-signer. Banks desire income proof or a co-applicant, especially for applicants between 18 and 21 years of age.

3. Unstable Jobs

Inconsistent work history could land you in trouble when applying for a Credit Card or a loan. Lenders associate job consistency with repayment capability.

The minimum expectations are six months in the current job with a total work experience of more than 1 to 2 years. Switching jobs every six months may not be very well received by issuers. Additionally, you will also need to show the same consistency with regards to your residential address.

4. Low-Income

A successful application also depends on whether you meet the minimum income requirement. However, this varies from lender to lender. Your application could get rejected if you do not meet the minimum income criteria set for the bank you wish to apply for a loan or Credit Card with. Even the co-borrower, whose income is considered for loan eligibility, has to meet these requirements.

Additional Reading: Myths About Credit Cards That Won’t Go Away

5. Negative Field Investigation or physical verification                                    

Before sanctioning a loan, a lender will initiate the physical verification of your home and workplace. They will confirm your stability and standard of living through this process.

Your application has a high chance of being rejected if there is a discrepancy in what you’ve stated on your application against what they see physically. Eg: incorrect home address or incorrect work address

6. Too many EMIs or multiple cards

If you are already repaying multiple EMIs and the total amount paid each month is more than 50% of your monthly income, you risk being denied a loan or a Credit Card. While there is no defined maximum number of cards that one person can own, most banks might be less inclined to issue new cards if the applicant already has a significantly large number of existing cards.

7. Poor Banking

While lenders verify income documents for eligibility calculation, they also review your bank accounts to understand your banking behaviour. If the crediting of your salary is untimely or inconsistent, or you have an insufficient balance in your account that makes your cheques bounce, then you’re at risk of being denied a loan or a Credit Card.

For salaried individuals, it is mandatory to provide the last six months’ salary account statement, while for self-employed individuals, the last twelve months’ bank statement is required. There should be no inward cheque returns and no minimum balance charges in your statement.

8. Property-specific rejection reasons:

a) Property Valuation: Before approving a mortgage loan, banks and financial institutions always do the valuation of the property, which checks for the property value, the age of the property, construction type, and quality, locality, sanction plan and the area of the property.

Loan providers have policy guidelines on the minimum acceptable property value. The minimum value varies from region to region and can range from Rs. 5 lakhs to Rs.15 lakhs. You can be denied a loan if the value of your property is less than the acceptable guidelines of the loan provider.

Banks avoid funding against a property that is more than 20-25 years old. You may be asked to offer additional property as security to mitigate their risk if the age of your property is more than their acceptable limits.

If your property is not located within the permissible limits, or is not constructed as per the sanction plan or is unsaleable due to any reason, then the bank reserves the right to reject your mortgage loan.

b) Legal or Title Verification: You are always expected to provide the complete chain of titles or property documents before you get approval for your mortgage loan.

Whenever you buy a property, it is always advisable to understand and collect the complete chain of titles from the seller. Understanding the title of the property refers to knowing “who sold the property to whom and when”.

Banks sometimes accept only the last 13 years’ title documents in case there is any missing previous title. You should always consult a property lawyer before buying a property and should get the title verification done at your end. The lawyers should be able to guide you in case of any missing title document.

Now that you’re aware of the reasons for rejection, you may want to be diligent and wise about your choices.

And if you want to go ahead and apply for any of these products, we have a smorgasbord of different offerings from different issuers. Care to check?

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7 thoughts on “8 Unimaginable Reasons You May Be Denied A Loan Or Credit Card

  1. Mohit

    got so many repeated calls from HDFC bank regarding credit card. when I applied; verification completed and waiting for the card. I got to see a DISAPPROVED STATUS from their site.

    Things I am annoyed with…

    1. I did not get any SMS / call / E-mail regarding the disapproval of credit card
    2. The reason for disapproval is not at all given.. (Wondering why did they disapprove)
    3. Time spent in this process is completely waste. (Stop giving repeated calls)

    I need to know why application has been disapproved.

    The status of the credit card is showing as “DISAPPROVED” with remarks as follows:-

    Can you help me with that?

    1. Team BankBazaar

      Hi Mohit, It’s possible that the application might have been rejected due to a low Credit Score. Banks give Credit Cards based on a number of factors including your Credit Score and income. We suggest that you check your Credit Score or get your Credit Report.

  2. Kulwant

    None of the commercial bank (both in public and private sector) I approached, were not willing to give personal loan to farmers against hypothecation of agricultural land in Delhi. While the loans are available for purchase of tractors and other machinery and related activities, but not for personal loans – e.g. for marriage and higher education of children if the family is solely dependent on agriculture income. The overdraft allowed under Kisan Credit Credit is too meagre to meet expenditure on marriages, higher education of children and construction of house within Lal Dora of villages etc.. Under Kisan Credit Credit one can expect a maximum of Rs one lakh per acre against the prevailing value of above Rs 150 lakh per acre.
    Are there any options available to the farmers have except to be at mercy of private financiers/sharks ?

    1. Team BankBazaar

      Hi Kulwant,

      Unfortunately, at the moment we aren’t able to find enough information on Personal Loans for farmers. However, if you can give us a few days, we could get some details for you and post it on our blog. In the meantime, please keep an eye on our blog.

      Team BankBazaar

  3. Santosh Kumar

    I got a lot of calls from HDFC to apply for credit card. After a lot of calls, I applied for the credit card before applying I informed my salary is 21k. Its okay you will get the credit card. They processed and verification also completed . after 14days they sent an email that you are disapproved. So why to waste our time we are not interested they insisted to apply the credit card after applying they rejected. I have good background except salary . I have own house, car, 2 bikes everything even tho they rejected this is very embarrassing .

    1. Team BankBazaar

      Hi Santosh Kumar,

      We are so sorry that you had to go through this. However, if you’re still interested in getting a Credit Card you can read this article for various options.
      Team BankBazaar


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