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Nidhi Company Vs NBFC Company


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India is a great platform for the emerging business giving rise to the need of both encouraging savings and providing the loans. With the nationalised banks it becomes quite easier to opt for both savings and lending. But what if someone wants to start their business in the finance? What all options are available or what to choose? We have numerous options available to start the finance business like- MIF, Nidhi Company, NBFC etc. The most common to register are Nidhi Company and NBFC.

Nidhi Company is a company aiming to develop the habit of savings and providing fuds to their members in case of need. It can be started with small or with less capital. Whereas NBFC Company can only provide loans to the needy and requires huge capital investment.

Both type of entities have many advantages as well as some restrictions on them. However, Nidhi Companies are have some more restrictions that NBFCs don’t have. NBFC’s have a benefit of some extended roles and benefits to the customer over Nidhi Companies.

When both are equally best in at their terms, then what to choose between them in order to run a financial business. Let’s check out.


Nidhi Company is governed under section 406 of the Companies Act 2013. These companies are incorporated with the sole object of encouraging the habit of saving among its members by providing them a benefit of deposits, RD and FD. These companies are also allowed to do the lending business but limited to its members only. These companies have “NIDHI LIMITED” as a suffix in their names so that they can be easily recognised. These companies serves as a bridge and helps the government to reach put those areas which are still devoid of nationalised banks and NBFCs.

Nidhi Company is considered as a mutual benefit organization which can’t be categorised as commercial company.

Eligibility for Nidhi Company

  • Minimum capital - INR 5 lakh
  • Minimum 3 directors and 7 members
  • No minors are allowed to be member
  • Nidhi Company have to increase their member to 200 within 1 year of its incorporation
  • Within 1 year the bet owner funds must be INR 10 lac
  • The deposit should not be lower than 10% of the outstanding deposits.


NBFC Company is incorporated under the Companies act 2013 and are regulated under RBI. These companies have a sole objective of lending business or providing credit to the individuals or the business holders. These have a restrictions of not accepting the credit from any one.

Eligibility for NBFC Company

  • Minimum net owned funds INR 2 crore
  • Not allowed to take deposits
  • The objective of the company should be as per Section 45I(a) of the RBI Act,1934
  • CIBIL defaulters can’t be part of board


Nidhi companies are incorporated basically to encourage the habit of savings among the people and to provide the credit or loan to its members in need. Whereas the NBFCs are incorporated to provide with the financial assistance section of the society who are in requirement of it. However, these are restricted from the accepting the deposit from anyone.

  • Other activities allowed –
    Nidhi is not allowed to start any activity or transactions other than mentioned in the Nidhi Rules 2014.
    Acquire securities –
  • Nidhi cannot acquire securities as form of stock or share whereas NBFCs can do.
    Chit fund or hire purchase business -
  •  Nidhi cannot perform chit fund and hire leasing business whereas NBFCs can do.
  • RBI license requirement -
    Nidhi do not require RBI approval for commencing the business however its mandatory for NBFC to have prior approval of RBI before commencing the business.
  • Issue of Preference Share Capital –
    Nidhi can’t issue Preference Share Capital for raising funds. Nidhi raise funds from accepting money from deposits or RDs or FDs. However, NBFC can issue both types of share capital i.e. Preference Share Capital or Debenture.
  • Current Account Opening –
    Nidhi are not allowed to open a current account. It’s mandatory for NBFCs to open a Current Account.
  • Opening branch –
    Nidhi are restricted from opening branches till the time they have profit for consecutive 3 years. Even after the profit these can operate with only 3 branches in a district only by the approval from the Registrar of Companies (ROC). However, NBFC are not restricted with such approval they can open as many of the braches.
  • Pay any brokerage –
    Nidhi is not allowed to pay any brokerage for the mobilization of deposits from the member
    Investment from outside –
  • Nidhi are not allowed to have any investment from investors but allowed from their members. Whereas NBFCs can have such investments.
  • Service area of work –
    Nidhi is allowed to work only within the state in which its registered office is located. However, it is not in the case of NBFC, they can work across India.
  • To enter into new entity
    Nidhi cannot enter into a Partnership or any other business for borrowing or lending purposes. Whereas there is no such restriction for NBFC.


Concept of running a financial business rising day by day in India. Out of the many options to register a financial business Nidhi and NBFCs are most preferred. However, Nidhi Companies have certain benefits over NBFCs. Apart from this Nidhi Companies also has some restrictions which ultimately effects on the growth of the business. Whereas the NBFCs are the extended financial services many benefits which ultimately provides them a good economic growth. NBFCs benefit are not only limited to the profit to the members but also plays a vital role in benefit the economy.

One has to choose out of the multiple options present. The choice is based on multiple factors like capital available, business objective, type pf credit to offer, etc. It always better take a experts advice. Feel free to call Corpseed.


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Shamshad Alam
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