12 Credit Cards for Students in India or Going Abroad

Everyone wants credit card as the user gets free credit and interest free period every month.

However the income eligibility criteria makes it difficult for everyone to own a card. And it becomes more difficult for a student to get a card, simply because they typically do not have an income unless they run a business or do some freelancing or part-time work to earn money.

However there are few banks in India offering credit cards for students without asking for income or IT returns.

Features:

Since credit worthiness of the applicant cannot be evaluated because of lack of income, the credit limit offered is less. And this is true as well, as card holder will start learning about making use of money and keep a track on saving and spending.

Benefits:

  • Unlike others, there is no joining or annual fee
  • Helps in building credit history right at a very young age
  • There is no strict requirement for the documents unlike normal cards
  • No credit history is checked
  • Reward points and cashbacks are offered. This way student can spend and earn money on spending.
  • Some banks offer cash points on spending which are different from reward points, which can be used to pay the outstanding balance on your card.
  • Interest rate is low
  • ISIC card from HDFC Bank is also accepted as a student identity card

Listed in the below table are the student credit cards along with the issuing bank:

Sr. No.Card NameCard Issuing BankRecommended ForType of Card
1Student Plus AdvantageState Bank of IndiaEarning cash pointsCredit Card
2ISIC Student ForexPlusHDFC BankAccess to funds in multiple currenciesPrepaid Card
3Student Travel CardICICI BankPay fees and meet expenses while studying abroadPrepaid Card
4Multicurrency Platinum ForexPlusHDFC BankFor travellers Prepaid Card
5ForexPlus CardHDFC BankFor travellersPrepaid Card
6ForexPlus Chip CardHDFC BankFor travellersPrepaid Card
7Regalia ForexPlus CardHDFC BankFor travellersPrepaid Card

In the above table, cards for travelers is also applicable for students as well.

Eligibility Criteria for Students to Get Card

  • Minimum age of the applicant should be 18 years
  • Must be attending college accredited by the Government

Documents Required

  • Birth certificate
  • Address proof
  • Student ID card
  • Photograph
  • In case of forex card, student is required to produce – appointment/admission/university letter
  • Identity card of the university where he/she is going to pursue study.
  • Passport photocopy

What are the other ways through which student can get credit card in India?

Even if a student is not able to get above mentioned credit card or prepaid card there are other options as well to get credit card. Here are two best ways for a student to get credit card.

Against Fixed Deposit

This is an excellent way student (earning or studying) to get a credit card. Especially for an earning student, it is the best recommended option. Applicant needs to open a fixed deposit account with the bank with a minimum amount and then apply for a card.

Here are some of the credit cards offered against fixed deposit in India:

Sr. No.Credit Card NameMinimum Fixed Deposit Amount RequiredIssuing Bank
1PaylessRs. 15,000Development Credit Bank
2CoralRs. 20,000ICICI Bank
3Instant PlatinumRs. 20,000ICICI Bank
4Insta EasyRs. 20,000Axis Bank
5SignatureRs. 10,000Andhra Bank

Add-on or supplementary card

Almost every card issuer in India offers supplementary card which is nothing but an additional card for the family members of the primary card holder. So if the student’s parents/brother/sister owns a credit card and has good credit score, then they can get add-on card for their child/siblings. The credit limit gets shared and is offered mostly free of cost.

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