Types of personal loans you must know about

Thinking about getting a personal loan? Here are the different types available based on your needs.

Types of personal loans you must know about

What is a Personal Loan?

A personal loan is a type of unsecured loan that can be used to fund just about anything that you need, whether it is to buy a new phone or for home repairs, etc. Many people choose personal loans when they are in immediate need of funds.

A basic set of documents that you would require to submit when availing a personal loan are:

  • Address proof: Telephone/ Rental agreement/ Electricity bill/ Ration card
  • Identity proof: Passport/ Voter's ID/ Driving License/ PAN Card/ Aadhaar Card
  • Income proof: Salary slips for last 3 months, IT returns for salaried professionals for last 2 years or Form 16
  • Bank statement for last 6 months of salary account or main operational bank account
  • Details of existing loan (Loan accounts statements for last 1 year and sanctions letters)
  • Job continuity proof: Current job appointment letter or employment certificate ?

Personal loans are available in many different kinds, based on their purpose. Listed below are some of the most common personal loans you can find today.

1. Festival Loan: (apply now)

Festivals are of immense importance in India, and celebrating them with pomp and enthusiasm, indirectly translates to expenses. A festival loan is a short-term loan that banks offer so that you can meet these expenses. Since most festive expenses aren’t exorbitant, the borrowing limit on this kind loan is relatively low. At the same time, they also have a low-interest rate.

Things you should know about festival loans: 

  • Tenure: 1 year
  • Rate of interest: Vary from bank to bank
  • Minimum loan amount:  Rs. 5,000 
  • Maximum loan amount: Rs. 50,000
  • Processing fees: Up to 2%
  • Prepayment charges: Up to 3%


2. Home Renovation Loan: (apply now)

Renovating your home is not something you do every day, which is why it is best to make all the changes you want at one time. A home renovation loan allows you to do this without exhausting your savings. Another benefit of this loan is that the interest you pay on it will be exempted from tax for up to Rs 30,000.

Things you should know about home renovation loans: 

  • Tenure: 20 to 30 years
  • Rate of interest: 10 to 12%
  • Maximum loan amount: 80% of the LTV of the estimate
  • Processing fees: 0.5% - 1% of the loan amount
  • Prepayment charges: Nil

3. Fixed Rate Loan: (apply now)

As the name suggests, a fixed rate loan is a loan where the rate of interest doesn’t change during the period of your loan. The benefit of this loan is that you, as a borrower, can predict your future payments. This loan eliminates the risk of having to deal with higher interest rates as the loan period progresses.

Things you should know about fixed rate loans: 

  • Tenure: 5 to 10 years
  • Rate of interest: 9.95 to 11.75%
  • Processing fees: Up to 1% of the loan amount 
  • Prepayment charges: Up to 2% on principal outstanding 

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4. Consumer Durable Loan:

Every day newer and better technology is emerging in the market. Are you someone who loves to stay updated with the latest trends of consumer durables such as electronic gadgets and home appliances? If yes, then you need not worry about funding. Consumer durable loans are specifically designed to fulfil these needs.

Things you should know about consumer durable loans: 

  • Tenure: Up to 2 years
  • Minimum loan amount: Rs. 8,000 
  • Maximum loan amount: 5 lakhs
  • Processing fees: Up to 2.5% of the loan amount
  • Please note: This may vary from bank to bank

5. Wedding Loan: (apply now)

Most people want a lavish wedding, but not all can afford it. A wedding loan is an ideal way to take care of some or most of your wedding requirements, including expenses like shopping for sarees or jewellery, decoration etc. Many people opt for these loans as it allows them to meet expenses with little worry.

Things you should know about wedding loans: 

  • Tenure: 1 to 5 years
  • Rate of interest: 10.5 to 34%
  • Minimum loan amount: 5 lakhs
  • Maximum loan amount: 30 lakhs
  • Processing fees: 0.5%-2.5% of the loan amount
  • Prepayment charges: 2%-5% of the outstanding loan amount

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6. Holiday Loan: (apply now)

Not sure you if you want to spend all of your savings on the next family trip? With a holiday loan, you can keep your savings intact while enjoying a vacation! This type of loan usually has higher interest rates compared to other loans but is a good idea when you know a big payout is coming to you and you need time to arrange it. The total loan amount you can be eligible for depends on your holiday location and credit history.

Things you should know about holiday loans: 

  • Tenure: 2 to 3 years
  • Rate of interest: 12.95 to 14.20%
  • Minimum loan amount: Rs. 10,000 
  • Maximum loan amount: 2 to 10 lakhs
  • Processing fees: 2% of the loan amount (minimum Rs. 1000 and maximum Rs. 10,000 excluding service tax)
  • Please Note: This may vary from one bank to another.

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7. Business Loan:

Since a personal loan is unsecured - i.e. you don’t have to maintain a collateral - such types of business loans are quite a good deal. This kind of a loan is particularly useful if you want to expand a business. Also, if you wish to start your own business, you can apply for a business start-up loan to meet your financial needs. Here, your loan amount is based on your credit history and eligibility.

Things you should know about business loans: 

  • Tenure:1 to 6 years
  • Rate of interest: 17 to 22%
  • Minimum loan amount: Rs. 50,000 
  • Maximum loan amount: Up to 75 lakhs
  • Processing fees: Up to 2.5% of the loan amount

Apart from the common documents mentioned above (identity proof, address proof, income proof, etc. ), you will also need the following documents to apply for a business loan: 

  • Bank statement for the last 6 months
  • Latest ITR showing the computation of income, balance sheet and P&L account (for the last 2 years). These documents must be CA verified
  • Proof of continuation which includes (ITR/ Trade License/ Establishment/ Sales Tax Certificate)
  • Either of the two documents - Sole proprietorship declaration, certified copy of Partnership Deed
  • True copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association 


Understanding the different loans available to you can ensure you get a loan that perfectly suits your needs. This way you don't end up spending more or getting a lower amount etc. 


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