The above graph represents the total value of Card Transactions in India, by month. In July 2019, about 1,416.09 million number of card transactions were completed in India. The total amount transacted through either credit or debit cards in India was Rs 4,002.56 billion. That represents a 0.6% M-o-M increase when the total card transactions valued at Rs 3,977.62 billion.

RegionIndia
SourceReserve Bank of India (RBI)
Last Updated11 September 2019
Graph ID446
NoteIndia’s Fiscal Year – April 01 – March 31

In December 2018, a total of 1,460.21 million card transactions worth Rs 4,215.66 billion were completed in India – that’s the highest-ever amount transacted in a single month to date in the country.

It’s important to note that India has seen a sudden decline in the volume and value of card transactions in November 2016, due to the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in the country. The number of transactions carried out through either credit or debit was 896.14 million in the month of November 2016, declined from 1,032.14 million in October 2016. While the total amount transacted through cards declined from Rs 3,069.65 billion to Rs 1,823.25 billion during the same period. That represents a notable 40.6% month-over-month decline.

Note: From April 2011, RBI started releasing the data for Credit and Debit cards usage at ATMs. Before that, the total number of Credit/Debit card transactions includes only Credit/Debit usages at POS, not usage at ATMs. That’s the reason, a huge jump of 894.7% M-o-M in the total number of card transactions (Credit + Debit cards) in India noted in the month of April 2011. The total value of card transactions in India also increased from Rs 103.24 billion in March 2011 to a whopping Rs 1 billion in April 2011.

Digital Transactions In India: Additional Information

The internet revolution has resulted in exploded adoption of digital methods of transactions worldwide. The users of Credit & Debit cards, mobile and internet nowadays are far more aware and digitally empowered with making financial transactions. In the last few years, however, digital transactions have branched out into multiple types of financial transactions.

Started with the use of Credit and Debit cards at POS in large retail stores, digital transactions industry has come a long way. The introduction of mobile wallets and UPI have transformed the whole digital transaction industry in India. RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement), NEFT (National Electronic Fund Transfer), CTS (Cheque Truncation System), IMPS (Immediate Payment Service), NACH (National Automated Clearing House), UPI (Unified Payments Interface) and PPI (Prepaid Payment Instruments) are the main type of financial transactions that fall under the Digital transaction category.

Digital transactions save time and money, resulting in a better bottom line. Customer experiences are also enhanced (think of the convenience of eSigning versus having to print a contract, sign it, and then return it by mail or fax). And digital transactions improve tracking capabilities, which helps reduce errors.

The exploded adoption of smartphones, mobile apps and mobile internet has helped Digital transaction industry to grow at an unprecedented rate. With more than 500 million smartphone users, India is one of the largest countries by the number of digital transactions that are recorded every month.


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