Difference between Overdraft and Cash Credit

Overdraft and cash credit are widely used external sources of finance to avail short-term borrowing at some cost. Both cash credit and overdraft are used by businesses to manage short-term working capital requirements. The difference between overdraft / Bank overdraft and cash credit is on various aspects, which include nature of the account, charges, and fees, amount, purpose, type of security, use of funds, interest rate, etc. Let us see in detail the difference between overdraft and cash credit.

Both these facilities are repayable on demand and classified as sources of finance payable on demand or loans payable on demand. However, these facilities are rarely recalled in real-life scenarios except in very rare circumstances like a customer’s business and financial position is going from bad to worse phase as time passes by or in a case when the value of the security is found to be extremely low during a period re-valuation of the security or during the renewal of the facility.

Also, refer to Overdraft Vs. Loan

Although both these facilities are very similar in nature, one needs to understand the difference between overdraft and cash credit to understand them better.

Difference between Overdraft and Cash Credit



Cash Credit 

Account requirement

An overdraft can be availed on the existing current account. It is a facility of “excess withdrawal” given in the current account and, at times, even in the savings account.One needs to usually open a separate cash credit account with a bank to avail cash credit facility.

Security Requirement

An overdraft facility does not necessarily require current assets as security. An overdraft facility may be extended by taking shares, other investments like FDs, and insurance policies as security. At times even based on the person’s credibility, an overdraft limit may be approved.Company inventory and receivables are usually taken as security for allowing cash credit facility.

Limits Sanctioning Rationale

The limit is usually allotted, taking into consideration the assets collateralized and also on the basis of the financial statements of the company.The limit is usually a percentage of the stocks or receivables.


Overdraft Facility can be used for any purpose and not necessarily for business.This is generally given specifically for the purpose of the business operation (as working capital).

Length of Credit Period

Overdraft facility is allowed for a very short duration at times (Say a month or even a week in some cases) but can be allowed for up to 1 year.Cash Credit is usually for a short period. That means the limit is allowed for a period of 1 year and is renewed every year. In some cases, renewals or reviews may be stipulated half-yearly as well.

Limits Availability

The amount or the overdraft limit that the customer gets remains constant since the limits sanctioned are not based on current assets. However, if OD is against shares or insurance policy surrender value, the limit changes at periodic intervals based on the underlying security value.The cash credit withdrawal limit keeps changing with the change in the amount of current assets kept as security. The withdrawal limit from the CC facility is called drawing power.

Rate of Interest

The interest rate charged under the overdraft facility is higher than what is usually charged under the cash credit facility.The interest rate charged under the cash credit facility is lesser than what is usually charged under the overdraft facility.

Sanjay Borad

Sanjay Bulaki Borad

Sanjay Borad is the founder & CEO of eFinanceManagement. He is passionate about keeping and making things simple and easy. Running this blog since 2009 and trying to explain "Financial Management Concepts in Layman's Terms".

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