What is IMPS(Immediate Payment Service)?– Limit, Timings, Fees, MMID

What is IMPS(Immediate Payment Service)?– Limit, Timings, Fees, MMID

IMPS[Immediate Payment Service] is an instant money transfer service facilitated by NPCI (National Payment Corporation of India). The full form of IMPS is Immediate Payment Service which allows people to send and receive funds from saving accounts in real-time. The service facilitates inter-bank transactions through mobile banking and internet banking. The major reason behind using Immediate Payment Service is that it is available 24×7, 365 days which makes it highly flexible and dependable.

Unlike bank branches that are closed on public and gazetted holidays, IMPS is always available. This means that you can be assured that the funds you have transferred reach the destination even on bank holidays.

Features of IMPS:

How does IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) Work?

  • Flexible: IMPS is highly flexible in various aspects. Some of such aspects include:
  • Availability: IMPS is available 24×7, 365 days. You do not have to go to the bank and wait in long queues to deposit or transfer money.
  • Multi-Platform Support: Although IMPS is typically designed for mobile banking, it supports net banking.
  • Versatile: IMPS is versatile as it can be used for several other purposes rather than just sending and receiving money. The payments can be classified as P2P and P2M payments. Both P2P and P2M modes can be used for making payments for online shopping, online merchant payments, insurance premium payment, OTC payments, fees payments to schools and colleges, utility bill payments, and travel and ticketing.
  • Easy to Use: As compared to other modes of funds transfer, IMPS is quite easy to use. You would only require the mobile number (linked to the bank account) and the unique MMID of the receiver to transfer the money.
  • Fast Money Transfer: As the name suggests, IMPS is an instant money transfer medium that facilitates funds transfer in real-time.
  • A Secure Medium: Despite using the internet as a fund transfer medium, IMPS is one of the safest mediums of fund transfer. Bank servers are fairly protected through firewalls whereas the data traveling on the web is encrypted which is almost impossible to crack. However, there is no safety net for human errors.
  • Mobile alerts: IMPS utilizes mobile banking to its full capacity. As soon as you transfer funds to the receiver, both sender and receiver receive text messages from the bank as alerts from the app.

IMPS Transaction Limit:

IMPS charges are largely subject to the amount which is being transferred along with the bank’s policies. However, the regular IMPS charges range from Rs. 2.50 to Rs. 25 for amounts of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 5 lakh. IMPS charges for some prominent banks of the country are given here.

Note: The above-mentioned charges are exclusive of GST and are subject to change.

Why is IMPS Useful?

IMPS is, without a doubt, a convenient option to make fund transfers easily. There are several benefits of using this service such as:

  • You can access IMPS 24×7, even on bank holidays.
  • This service allows you to transfer funds anywhere and at any time.
  • You can transfer up to Rs. 2 lakh each time instantly to the beneficiary of your choice.
  • The SMS alert with each transaction allows you to keep track of the number of funds that you have transferred.
  • IMPS charges are quite nominal.

IMPS Eligibility:

Being a service integrated into mobile banking, IMPS requires a person to have savings bank accounts with mobile banking enabled. Even if you are transferring money through IMPS using the internet, you need to have the MMIDs of both parties. This makes it mandatory to have a functioning bank account.

Having said that, banks are also required to fulfil various eligibility criteria to facilitate IMPS. As per the RBI regulations, only the banks that offer mobile banking facilities approved by RBI can participate in this payment system.

How to Transfer Funds through IMPS:

You can make IMPS transfers using internet banking, mobile banking facility, or using a Pre-Paid Payments instrument issuer (PPI). To carry out these transfer electronically, you will be required to follow the below-mentioned steps:

Step 1: Install the mobile banking application of the respective bank. For example – SBI Anywhere, iMobile Pay, etc. Alternatively, you can also transfer funds via IMPS using internet banking and following the same steps mentioned below.

Step 2: Log in using your credentials (User ID / Customer ID and Password)

Step 3: After successful login, click on “Transfer” and select add beneficiary or select One Time Transfer method.

Step 4: Transfer funds using IMPS by providing either MMID & mobile number details or account number & IFSC Code.

Step 5: Enter the required details such as the name of the beneficiary, registered mobile number of the beneficiary, beneficiary MMID, and the amount to be transferred. Alternatively, you can also provide the account number and IFSC code instead of the registered mobile number and MMID.

Step 6: Click on ‘Accept Terms of Service (Terms & Conditions)’ and confirm the transaction.

How to track IMPS Transactions:

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How to track IMPS Transactions:

IMPS reference number tracking is a simple way of knowing the details of your last transaction. You can log into your mobile banking account or net banking account to check the status of your IMPS transaction. IMPS Reference Number Tracking can be easily done by using the unique IMPS reference number which is provided by the bank after every successful IMPS transaction.

You may also have the option of calling your bank for any IMPS reference number tracking or to get details of your last transaction.

What is MMID:

  • To carry out an IMPS transaction, you will require a Mobile Money Identifier.
  • It is a seven-digit number that is issued to customers upon registering for mobile banking.
  • It is necessary for the remitter and the beneficiary to have an MMID to successfully carry out an IMPS transfer.
  • Using the mobile number and the MMID allows you to transfer funds without any mistakes or issues.
  • For every account of the customer, a unique MMID will be allocated. You can select the account for fund transfer using the MMID allocated.
  • The combination of the MMID and the mobile number of the beneficiary allows you to make transfers without any errors. If either number is entered incorrectly, the funds are not transferred.
  • MMID can be checked online by signing into your mobile banking app and choosing the “Know your MMID” option.
  • You can send an SMS to the number provided by your bank for IMPS reference number tracking. You will be able to receive your MMID through an SMS.

IMPS Participating Banks:

Below-mentioned public, private, and payment banks are active for the IMPS service:

Axis Bank


Bank of Baroda


Bank of India


Bank of Maharashtra


BNP Paribas


Canara Bank


Catholic Syrian Bank


Central Bank of India


City Union BankDBS
DCB Bank Ltd.


Dhanlaxmi Bank


Federal Bank










Indian Bank


Indian Overseas Bank


IndusInd Bank


Jammu and Kashmir Bank


Karnataka Bank


Karur Vysya Bank


Kotak Mahindra Bank


Punjab National Bank


South Indian Bank


Standard Chartered Bank


State Bank of India


Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited


UCO Bank


Union Bank of India



YES Bank Ltd.


RBL BankPunjab and Sind Bank


City Union Bank


Bandhan BankIDFC Bank


Barclays Bank


Airtel Payments Bank Ltd.


Fino Payments Bank


Paytm Payments Bank


India Post Payments Bank Limited


Emirates NBD Bank (PJSC)


JIO Payments Bank


NSDL Payments Bank Ltd.


Shinhan Bank


Bank of America


SBM Bank (INDIA) Limited.


Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait B.S.C.


Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Benefits of IMPS

Instant money transfer services such as IMPS come with certain benefits as well. The benefits are:

  • Accessibility: If you are carrying your mobile phone then you can use IMPS anytime and from anywhere.
  • Always Available: Anytime availability is the biggest advantage. It comes in handy as they can transfer money even on bank holidays and public holidays and at any time of the day.
  • Instant Fund Transfer: IMPS transfers money instantly to the beneficiary’s bank account. Even in the case of a technical issue, the money will be sent within an hour.
  • Does not Require Confidential Details: These transaction performed through mobile banking does not require beneficiary’s the account number and IFS code. It only requires a mobile number and MMID of the beneficiary. However, IMPS fund transfer through the internet requires the complete bank details of the beneficiary.
  • Inexpensive: Except for UPI, no other fund transfer medium is as economic as IMPS. The charges for fund transfer go from a minimum of Rs. 2.50 to a maximum of Rs. 25. Though the charges for NEFT are similar it does not transfer funds in real-time, giving it a definite advantage.

Factors to Consider While Using IMPS:>

IMPS is one of the easiest and fastest modes of money transfer but a slight mistake can lead to loss of funds. Here is a list of a few factors to consider while transferring funds through IMPS.

  • IMPS requires mobile banking for transferring funds. Even if you are transferring funds through IMPS using the web, you need to have the MMID of both parties and it cannot be generated without mobile banking.
  • IMPS through net banking requires beneficiary information such as bank details, IFS code, mobile number of the receiver, name of the receiver, and MMID.
  • Users must check the details twice before confirming the payment through UPI or IMPS. This is because the money transferred to the wrong bank account can only be returned with the consent of the beneficiary.
  • In any case, it requires an internet connection either on a mobile phone or on your computer to transfer funds.

What does IMPS P2A Mean

IMPS P2A means that you can make a fund transfer from your phone to the accounts of any beneficiary by providing their account details. This is an option when you do not have access to the Mobile Money Identifier or MMID number. With IMPS P2A, you can transfer money by providing the beneficiary account number and the IFSC code for the branch where the beneficiary account is held in.

What is the difference Between P2P and P2A

IMPS P2P means Phone to Phone transfer. The difference between P2A and P2P transactions lies in the beneficiary details that you provide when you make the transfer.

For a P2P transfer, you will require the MMID and mobile number of the beneficiary. The beneficiary will have to generate the MMID by downloading the banking app of his or her bank. For P2A, on the other hand, you do not require the MMID. All you need is the IFSC code and the account number of the beneficiary.

How to Make an IMPS P2A Transfer

A P2A transfer using IMPS can be made through your mobile banking account. IMPS P2A means that you only require the account number and IFSC code of the beneficiary account. You have to follow these steps to complete your transaction:

  • Log into your mobile banking account using the password and username.
  • Choose Funds Transfer and click on IMPS.
  • Under IMPS, choose the “Using IFSC code” option.
  • Then, you will be prompted to enter the beneficiary’s name and the amount you wish to transfer.
  • Once all these details have been entered, you will have to provide your MPIN and click on confirm.
  • When the transaction is complete, you will receive an IMPS transfer tracking number.
  • When the funds have been credited, both the remitter as well as the beneficiary will receive an SMS alert.

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