India saw 9.36 billion transactions amounting to Rs 10.25 trillion during January-March quarter of 2022 via various payment modes led by Unified Payment Interface (UPI).
The UPI P2M (person to merchant) transactions emerged as the most preferred payment mode among consumers with a market share of 64 per cent in volume and 50 per cent in terms of value, according to the report by Worldline, a global leader in payments industry.
In Q1 2022, UPI clocked over 14.55 billion transactions in volume and Rs 26.19 trillion in terms of value.
Its transactions volume and value has almost doubled since last year recording about a 99 percent increase in volume and over 90 percent increase in value compared to Q1 2021.
The top UPI apps in terms of volume were PhonePe, Google Pay, Paytm Payments Bank App, Amazon Pay, Axis banks App while top PSP UPI Players were YES Bank, Axis Bank, State Bank of India, HDFC Bank and Paytm Payments Bank.
Among the top UPI Apps, Phone Pe, Google Pay and Paytm accounted for 94.8 percent of UPI transactions volume and 93 percent of UPI transactions value as of March 2022.
The average ticket size (ATS) for UPI P2P (peer-to-peer) transactions was Rs 2,455 and Rs 860 for P2M transactions (as of March).
Credit cards accounted for 7 percent of transactions, but 26 percent of value, indicating that customers still prefer to use their credit cards for high value transactions.
Debit cards account for 10 percent of transactions, but 18 percent in value. The volume has shrunk from previous years likely because of the rise of UPI.
As of March, the total number of POS terminals deployed by merchant acquiring banks were 6.07 million with over half a million POS terminals deployed during Q1 2022.
The POS deployment witnessed over 28 percent growth in Q1 2022.
As of March, the total number of Bharat QRs were 4.97 million, a 39 percent rise as compared to March 2021 while UPI QRs stood at 172.73 million, registering an increase of 87 percent as compared to March 2021.
The total number of credit and debit cards in circulation by the end of Q1 2022 was 991.28 million.
As of January, there were about 658 million Internet users and about 1.2 billion mobile subscribers in India.
In Q1 2022, consumers made 15.6 billion mobile based payments whereas net banking / Internet browser-based transactions were over 1 billion.