IndiaLends Report | International Youth Day | 12th August 2019

Marriage accounts for 20% of all loans among young Indians: IndiaLends survey

 Education tops loans in Mumbai; lifestyle fuels demand in Delhi; maximum startup loans in Bengaluru ~

Around 20% of loan applications received from young Indians aged 20-30 years in 2018-19 were for funding their marriage; 11% sought loans to start their own business; 19% wanted loans for travel purpose; and 7% of applications received during the year were lifestyle-related.

These were some of the significant findings of a new survey on loan trends among young Indians conducted by IndiaLends — a new-age digital lending platform — on the occasion of International Youth Day on August 12.

The study was conducted among both salaried and self-employed young Indians across six major cities — Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. In all, 5200 respondents were evaluated for their loan requirements in seven main categories, namely marriage, startup, education, travel, lifestyle, home renovation, unexpected expenses, and others.

Some of the other findings were:

22% of all respondents in Mumbai — the highest in any category — applied for loans to fund their marriage, followed by education and travel (20% each)

A majority of young Indians from Delhi applied for loans to fund their marriage expenses (20%), education (18%), travel (15%), and startup (14%). The capital territory also led the tally — 27% — in the entire lifestyle category

Of the 11% respondents who applied for business loans, 27% were from Bengaluru, the Mecca of Startups. Bengaluru also accounted for maximum loan applications for education purpose – around 20%

Out of 20% of loan applications for travel purpose across all six cities, the maximum (20%) were received from Hyderabad

IndiaLends Founder and CEO Gaurav Chopra said, “Unlike the previous generation, which was prudent in spending, young Indians of today do not believe in just making ends meet. This generation is self-sufficient and self-reliant. Unlike their predecessors for them, leisure has become an essential component of their lifestyles. While our survey clearly indicates a sharp rise in loans, it also shows that young Indians are spending maximum on things they are keen about, such as higher studies, funding their own business, paying for their own wedding and travel expenses. This generation is also more proficient in applying for loans through digital means than their previous counterparts — 83% vis-a-vis 52%. The findings also give us a broad idea of the financial requirements of young Indians.”

In an interesting finding, the total loan applications across categories in all the six cities rose to 15%, from 9% in 2017-18 and 7% in 2017-16.