Credit Rating

  • Credit Rating is an assessment of the borrower (be it an individual, group or company) that determines whether the borrower will be able to pay the loan back on time, as per the loan agreement. A good credit rating depicts a good history of paying loans on time in the past. This credit rating influences the bank’s decision of approving your loan application at a considerate rate of interest. A credit rating can be assigned to any entity that seeks to borrow money — an individual, corporation, state or provincial authority, or sovereign government.
  • Credit Rating is usually expressed in alphabetical symbols. Although, it is a new concept in Indian financial market but slowly its popularity has increased. It helps investors to recognize the risk involved in lending the money and gives a fair assessment of the borrower’s creditability.

How Credit Rating Works

  • Credit rating determines the likelihood that the borrower will be able and willing to pay back a loan within the limits of the loan agreement, without defaulting. A high credit rating indicates a high possibility of paying back the loan in its entirety without any issues.  The poor credit rating suggests that the borrower has had trouble paying back loans in the past, and might follow the same pattern in the future. The credit rating affects the entity’s chances of being approved for a given loan or receiving favorable terms for said loan.
  • Credit Rating is basically a credit worthiness of a business or a company. However, it is not really used to individuals. It gives an understanding the ability of the company.
  • Whereas credit score is a number, calculated by credit bureau and given to individuals based on the credit information report. This number can be in between 300 and 900. Credit report plays an important role in loan and credit card approval process.

Importance of Credit Rating

  • A credit rating not only determines whether or not a borrower will be approved for a loan but also determines the interest rate at which the loan will need to be repaid. Since companies depend on loans for many start-up and other expenses, being denied a loan could spell disaster, and a high interest rate is much more difficult to pay back.
  • Credit ratings also play a large role in a potential investor’s determining whether or not to purchase bonds. A poor credit rating is a risky investment; it indicates a larger probability that the company will be unable to make its bond payments.

For The Money Lenders

  1. Better Investment Decision: No bank or money lender companies would like to give money to a risky customer. With credit rating, they get an idea about the credit worthiness of an individual or company (who is borrowing the money) and the risk factor attached with them. By evaluating this, they can make a better investment decision.
  2. Safety Assured: High credit rating means an assurance about the safety of the money and that it will be paid back with interest on time.

For Borrowers

  1. Easy Loan Approval: With high credit rating, you will be seen as low/no risk customer. Therefore, banks will approve your loan application easily.
  2. Considerate Rate of Interest: You must be aware of the fact every bank offers loan at a particular range of interest rates. One of the major factors that determine the rate of interest on the loan you take is your credit history. Higher the credit rating, lower will the rate of interest.

Factors Affecting Credit Ratings and Credit Scores

  • There are a few factors credit agencies take into consideration when assigning a credit rating to an organization. First, the agency considers the entity’s past history of borrowing and paying off debts. Any missed payments or defaults on loans negatively impact the rating. The agency also looks at the entity’s future economic potential. If the economic future looks bright, the credit rating tends to be higher; if the borrower does not have a positive economic outlook, the credit rating will fall.

Steps Involved in Credit Rating


Step 1: Request from issuer and analysis

Step 2: Rating Committee

Step 3: Communication to management and appeal

Step 4: Pronouncement of Rating

Step 5: Monitoring of the Assigned Rating

Step 6: Rating Watch

Step 7: Rating Coverage

Step 8: Rati8ng Score

Credit Rating Agencies in India

  • Credit rating agency is an organization that evaluates the credit worthiness of an individual, business or company who wishes to borrow money or apply for a credit card in the bank. Let’s have a look at the credit agencies in India.


  • Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited is the first credit rating agency of the country which was established in 1987. It calculates the credit worthiness of companies based on their strengths, market share, market reputation and board. It also rates companies, banks and organizations, helping investors make a better decision before investing in companies’ bonds. It offers 8 types of credit rating which are as follows:
  • AAA, AA, A – Good Credit Rating
  • BBB, BB – Average Credit Rating
  • B, C, D – Low Credit Rating


  • Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India was formed in 1991 and is headquartered in Mumbai. It offers comprehensive ratings to corporates via a transparent rating system. Its rating system includes symbols which vary with the financial instruments. Here are the types of credit ratings offered by ICRA:
  • Bank Loan Credit Rating
  • Corporate Debt Rating
  • Corporate Governance Rating
  • Financial Sector Rating
  • Issuer Rating
  • Infrastructure Sector Rating
  • Insurance Sector Rating
  • Mutual Fund Rating
  • Public Finance Rating
  • Project Finance Rating
  • Structured Finance Rating
  • SME Rating

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  • Credit Analysis and Research Limited (CARE) offers a range of credit rating services in areas like debt, bank loan, corporate governance, recovery, financial sector and more. Its rating scale includes two categories – long term debt instruments and short term debt ratings.


  • Onida Individual Credit Rating Agency of India established in 1993 which offers credit assessment and credit scoring services to both individuals and businesses. Along with this, it also offers risk assessment reports to individuals, small and medium businesses and corporate. Its ratings are based on two factors – Financial Strength and Performance Capability.


  • Small Medium Enterprises Rating Agency Of India Limited has two divisions – SME Ratings and Bond Ratings. It was established in 2011 and is a hub of financial professionals. It offers credit ratings in the following format:

AAA, AA, A – Low Credit Risk

BBB, BB – Moderate Credit Risk

B, C – High Credit Risk

D- Defaulted

Brickwork Ratings India Private Limited

  • Headquartered in Bangalore, this credit rating agency is responsible to rate bank loans, municipal corporation, capital market instrument and SMEs. Other than this, it is also responsible to grade real estate investments, hospitals, NGOs, MFI, etc. It offers various rating system depending upon the different financial instrument.