All You Need To Know About Nine Small Savings Schemes Available At Post Offices

All You Need To Know About Nine Small Savings Schemes Available At Post Offices

Here are key features of each of the nine small savings schemes, available at the designated branches of the post office and commercial banks:

Post Office Savings Account

A savings account in a post office is opened against cash payment of a minimum Rs 500. The account holder is required to keep a minimum balance of the same amount. Failing to maintain the required balance leads to a maintenance fee of Rs 100 on the last working day of each financial year.

National Savings Recurring Deposit Account​​

This scheme is similar to a fixed deposit account, except the investment is made every month. Investors can transfer the account from one designated branch to another. The instalment is paid up to the 15th day of each month if the account is opened up to 15th of a calendar month, and up to the last working day of the month it is opened between the 16th day and the last working day of a month.

​National Savings Time Deposit Account

The time deposit or term deposit account comes in four maturity options: one year, two years, three years and five years. The account can be opened by cash or cheque, and can be extended beyond the term by submitting an application in the branch.

National Savings Monthly Income Account

In this scheme, the investor puts a lump sum amount in the account by cash or cheque, and earn a monthly interest income for the maturity period of five years. A maximum investment of Rs. 4.5 lakh is allowed in this scheme. 

Senior Citizens Savings Scheme Account​

This scheme is meant for senior citizens and comes with a maturity period of five years. The account can be opened against a cash payment up to Rs 1 lakh and cheque payment above Rs 1 lakh.

​Public Provident Fund Account ​

This savings scheme comes with a maturity period of 15 years, which can be extended for five years at a time. The account can be set up with a deposit of Rs 500, and a minimum of Rs 500 every financial year up to Rs 1,50,000.

National Savings Certificates Account​

These certificates can be purchased with a minimum investment of Rs 1,000, and in multiples of Rs 100 without an upper limit. For example, a sum of Rs 1,000 invested in the NSC small savings scheme grows to Rs 1,389.49 over a period of five years.

Kisan Vikas Patra Account

The KVP certificates can be purchased against a minimum investment of Rs 1,000, and in multiples of Rs 100 without an upper limit. The amount invested in the Kisan Vikas Patra scheme doubles in a period of 124 months (10 years and four​​​ months). The KVP certificates can be transferred from one person to another, and from one post office branch to another.

​Sukanya Samriddhi Account

A guardian can opens this account in favour of gild children up to 10 years of age. The account can be set up against a minimum investment of Rs 25​0, up to Rs 1,50,000 in a financial year. 

Small Savings Scheme Interest Rates 

Post Office SchemeInterest Rate
Post Office Savings Deposit4.00%
One-Year Time Deposit*5.5%
Two-Year Time Deposit*5.5%
Three-Year Time Deposit*5.5%
Five-Year Time Deposit*6.7%
Five-Year Recurring Deposit5.8%
Five-Year Senior Citizen Savings Scheme7.4%
Five-Year Monthly Income Scheme6.6%
Five-Year National Savings Certificate6.8%
Public Provident Fund Scheme7.1%
Kisan Vikas Patra6.9%
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme7.6%
(Source: India Post)

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