LIC Bonus Rates for 2016-17 – A Complete Report

Recently LIC declared the bonus rates for the year 2016-17. Let us see the complete details about LIC Bonus Rates for 2016-17 and how they affect your life insurance returns.

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What is the meaning of bonus for LIC policies?

When you buy a traditional with profit product from LIC, then your returns from such policy mainly depends on what will be the rate of bonus. LIC declares bonus on the yearly basis. Usually, you will not find any such drastic change. But it is always better to track the bonus rates.

Let us say you bought LIC’s Jeevan Anand for the term of 20 years and sum assured as Rs.5,00,000. If LIC declared bonus as Rs.45 for this product, then the calculation will be as below.

The bonus rates will be based on three criteria.

# Term of policy-Higher the tenure means higher the rate.

# Sum Assured-LIC bonus depends on per Rs.1,000 of Sum Assured. Hence, if you bought higher sum assured policy, then your bonus accumulation will be at the higher end.

So from above example, if LIC declared you Rs.45 as bonus per Rs.1,000 sum assured for 20 years policy, then the bonus accumulation for that year will be as below.

Rs.22,500=(Rs.45 x Rs.5,00,000)/Rs.1,000.

Remember this Rs.22,500 will not be payable to you. But it will be with LIC and you receive this amount during the time of death claim or maturity. The most important point to note that they will not add any amount on this Rs.22,500. It will remain same till the period of death claim or maturity date.

How to calculate returns for your LIC policy?

In simple, I explained how to calculate bonus for a year. But LIC offers different products like the endowment, limited endowment or money back plans. In such a situation, you may find it difficult to calculate returns on your LIC plan. Hence, I created a video about this.

This below video will explain you about how to calculate returns on your LIC plans using excel sheet. It is too simple and convenient for you to calculate.

LIC Bonus Rates for 2016-17

Hope you got the clarity about the importance of bonus rates for your traditional plans. Now let us concentrate on recently declared LIC Bonus Rates for 2016-17.

The below rates are for the revisionary and interim period. Revisionary bonus rates are applicable for policy year entered upon during the inter-valuation period i.e. 01/04/2015 to 31/03/2016 and in force for full sum assured as on 31/03/2016.  It would apply to policies resulting into claims by death or maturity (including those discounted within one year of maturity) or surrendered on or after 01/01/2017.

The interim bonus rates are applicable to policies in respect of each policy year entered upon  after 31/03/2016 and result into claims by death or maturity (including those discounted within one year of maturity) or are surrendered during the period commencing from 01/01/2017 and ending 9 months from the date of next valuation.

This time, I separated the plans in two ways. One for the old policies which are closed and another list for the new policies which are currently available for purchase.

LIC Bonus Rates for 2016-17

Above rates are for all closed plans. Now let us see the LIC bonus rates for 2016-17 for existing new plans.

LIC Bonus Rates for 2016-17 for new plans

Points to be noted-

LIC’s One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus Rates

Along with this regular LIC Bonus Rates for 2016-17, this time, LIC declared “One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus” on the occasion of 60th 60th-year-anniversary celebrations.

The One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus Rates payable per Rs.1,000/- Sum Assured [Cash Option in case of New Jeevan Suraksha I (Plan 147) and New Jeevan Dhara-I (Plan 148), Death Benefit Sum Assured in case of Jeevan Madhur (Plan 182) & Premium Paid for Jeevan Amrit (Plan 186)] for policies in force as on 31.03.2016. The rates are as below.

The policies which are in paid-up condition or are lapsed without acquiring paid-up value as at 31st March, 2016 shall also be eligible for this One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus provided they are subsequently revived for full sum assured and otherwise eligible for reversionary bonus as per terms and conditions of the policy

One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus Rates

The above One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus Rates shall be applicable for policies which are in force on the book of the Corporation as at 31.03.2016 by payment of full premium and eligible for regular reversionary bonuses and continuing in the books of the Corporation on or after 01.09.2016.

So, One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus shall not be payable to policies during the free look up period if free cover period starts before 31.03.2016 even though policies are in force in such period.

One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus shall be decided in the same manner as simple Reversionary bonus rates are decided for the plan.

The One Time Diamond Jubilee Year Special Reversionary Bonus is not payable to without profit policies, the policies under which guaranteed additions have been added during the inter-valuation period and polices under which loyalty additions are payable as per terms and conditions of the plan.

Loyalty Addition for Jeevan Saral Plan 2016-17

Jeevan Saral was the unique plan. There will not be sum assured but MATURITY SUM ASSURED. Also, Jeevan Saral plan not offers you the bonus. Instead, LIC provides Loyalty Addition to Jeevan Saral plan. This LA will be applicable to those plans which completed 10 years or more.

The LA rates are as below.

Loyalty Addition of Jeevan Saral for 2016-17

There is a raise in LA rates of Jeevan Saral. However, I still feel the final returns will hover around 5% to 6%.

Under Jeevan Saral (Plan 165), provided at least 10 years premiums have been paid under the policy and policy has been in force for at least 10 years, the loyalty addition is payable on exits by maturity or death or surrender per thousand maturity sum assured for the complete duration for which the premiums have been paid. Provided further that loyalty addition is also payable if death claim occurs in the 10th year of the policy and the policy then is in full force.

Along with LIC Bonus Rates for 2016-17, LIC declared Final additional bonus (FAB) and Loyalty addition (LA). FAB and LA are not applicable to all policies. They are paid as per the policy features and conditions. No LA will be payable if you surrender the policy in between (except Jeevan Saral).

59 Responses

  1. Hello Basu Sir, I am a ardent follower of your blog and would like to thank you for your views here! Your views help amateurs like us decide what is best for our hard earned money. I had a question about a Jeevan Saral policy. Could you provide your esteemed please?

    We have a Jeevan Saral policy taken in 2008 for a 35 years term. The death sum assured is Rs 7.5 lakhs. The premium amount is Rs36030 annual.. We would like to surrender the policy but we need some information regarding the policy and hence reaching out to you.
    1) What will be the surrender value of the policy? We have paid 14 years of premium of Rs 36030 (annual), no misses. It says that after 10 years loyalty benefits are added and the surrender value would be 100% of the maturity sum assured.
    2) The policy document states that the policy is Jeevan Saral Table 165 with Profits, but below there is a print which says “Jeevan Saral without profits”. So which one is it? What is the difference and how does it affect us? How does the policy differentiate between them? Is there a difference in premium?
    3) I think I know the answer to this but is it worth continuing the policy? The returns are too low for the investment/time.


    1. Dear Krishna,
      Thanks for your kind words.
      1) It is hard to say for me. Better you check with the branch. As you already completed 10 years, you are eligible for LA.
      2) Without profit means there is no bonus but LA will be available.

  2. SIR
    I had taken an professional education plan for child- 10lakhs and have received a total of 14.18 lakhs – which included five 20% return per year from 18 to 23 yrs and then final loyalty addition and guaranteed addition of 25 per thousand… is there an error in the calculation …as after 23 years we have got only a 40 percent return …is this correct ..should i apply for reappraisal to lic
    \thanks ..

  3. I have lic jeevan saral policy. Already Paid 19 quarterly premiums of (started in sep-2013 , ) Rs.6125/- per premium, sum assured Rs.500000 and please let me know what will be the amount I will receive if I surrender the policy
    1. after 5 years
    2.after 10 years

  4. I have received the maturity claim of Bima Gold policy (174-12-12). The IRR come to 3.45%. Premium Paid 12228 yearly, 30000 SB recd in 4th & 8th year, 104336 Recd as Maturity Claim. Did not get any working from them.

  5. Hi ,

    I have lic jeevan saral policy. Already Paid 6 yearly premiums(policy was in force for 6 years) and 7th yearly premium is on due. If I surrender this policy today then do I need to pay any taxes on the exceptions taken under IT section 80c in the previous 6 years?

      1. Thanks Basavaraj for reply but I have read some where on other blogs that surrendering a jeevan saral policy before minium period couses taxation on previously taken 80c benefits. Is there any minimum years criteria ?

  6. Hi Basavaraj , Your blogs are quite informative. Appreciate your good work.

    I hold a New Jeevan Shree 151 (Policy Term of 25 years with 16 Years of payment term) with a commencing date of 2003.

    Though I have only one more term pending for payment, I am confused on this policy now and thinking did I make a mistake or not 🙂

    Having said and done where I stand, it will be much appreciated if you can help me in identifying how I can calculate my maturity amount which I will get in 2027.

    Thanks in advance


  8. Hi Basu,
    I have a policy as follows
    Endowment Policy Table 14
    SA: 10 Lakhs
    Term: 31 years
    Year of Commencement: 5/2008
    Annual Premium: 29991

    I wish to know the following:

    Is Final Additional Bonus declared for Tabe 14 policies?
    If yes, could you please advise what can I expect as total returns when the policy matures in 2039?

  9. Hello Basu,

    I have a LIC policy – New bima gold started in 2013. I have given 4 premiums.
    I cant find any bonus rates or loyality addition info anywhere. Could you please provide some light on it


  10. As part of regular income, can my uncle who is 58 years old invest in Jeevan Akshay.His purpose is to get a monthly income.The only issue is he does nt want to lock tha amount forever, he is however ready to hold the amount for 5 to 7 years.

    Is it better to go with a mutual fund such as SBI Magnum Monthly Income Plan Direct-Dividend monthly?

    Your advice on this matter is highly appreciated

    1. Darsana-Why you need those mail ids? It is their privacy matters, which they share on this platform with the reason and belief that I will not share these to others or with public. If I start to share those 42,581 emails of what people shared with me with strong belief on me, then I loose the trust which they have on me. It’s their privacy and I respect and not share with anyone including you or to GOD too. Hope you know the privacy rules of online portals 🙂

  11. Dear Mr.Basu Please stop answering queries and mis-directing people.. Dear LIC Policyholders please contact your servicing branch.. Official in PS or Claims Dept can guide you correctly.. Or else you may contact near by customer zone or call to LIC `s Toll free number or send mail to your Divisional Office Concerned Department.. Dont rely on this guy.. Check our website for services

  12. Dear Basavaraj,
    I have lot of appreciation for your advices. They are really nice and truthful.
    Please comment on New Bima Dimond Plan. Is it worth buying for 20 year term?

  13. Can you advice me the expected returns on my Jeevan Saral Policy with the below parameters.

    Maturity Sum Assured – 56,36,700
    Death Benefit – 30,00,000
    Policy Term – 35
    Yearly Premium – 1,44,000
    Date of joining- 2010, April

    I could appreciate if you can share the excel sheet using for calculation.

  14. Hi Basu,
    I had started one LIC policy 5 years back. I didn’t have much idea about all these at that time and took a policy as if it was a custom to take an LIC policy at that time 🙂
    Now i want to get out of this as i already have term cover of 1 cr and mutual funds/FDs etc. Thanks to your detailed blogs on various investment instruments;)

    This month my LIC will be 5 years.
    Policy :Jeevan Anad Policy
    Commencement Date : 28-09-2011
    Sum assured : 7,50,000.00
    Term : 21 yrs
    Premium : 3260 monthly

    What will be the best option to discontinue with minimum loss. When i checked eventually i will loss up to 40% of money i invested.
    (1) Can i reduce the term, say to 6 yrs, and finish off the payment in next one year. Will i get back whole amount together back after a year with out any fine or deduction.
    (2) Can i reduce the sum assured to the amount i already paid and keep the already payed amount with LIC itself for 21 yrs.
    My main intention is not to lose payed amount and not to pay anything more to LIC.
    Basically what is the best option to get out of the LIC policy with out any deduction or with best minimum injury.

    1. Vidya-It is always hard to book the loss. But the reality is no option but to surrender at earliest and come out. If you do so, upfront you may feel some loss. But you can compensate it easily by investing wisely for rest of period. I will not suggest reduced term.

      1. If i surrender, i will get only, 30% of premium paid – first year payment which will be again a big loss. So i was thinking to reduce the term to say shortest possible, if possible end it very next month!! and get the whole amount without any deduction!. I don’t know whether its possible or any body have tried this before. LIC website shows reducing the term is possible.

  15. One more ploy by LIC to revive lapsed policies under the garb of Diamond Jubilee Celebration!!!

    God knows when people will understand that LIC plans won’t give them either risk cover or inflation beating return. The problem is with structure of these plans which are not transparent and are not in the long term interest of policy holders. These are “Na Ghar Ka Na Ghat Ka” plans as they say in Hindi.

    Also, it is being rampantly advertised that LIC has declared 6% Diamond Jubilee Celebration Bonus. However, after going through the table, I realized that 6% bonus is applicable only for policies in force prior to 31-03-1986. (30 years completed policies which is very small proportion of LIC plans). However, LIC agents have already started mis-informing gullible investors (as usual). What a shame!!!

    These plans do not have any future and it would be better to stick to combination of Term Insurance and Mutual Funds to generate long term wealth.

    Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hello,
    I hold a jeevan saral policy , my sum assured is 25 lac and premium is about 120000 pa.My daughter has the same for 12.5 lacs and I am paying a premium of 60000 pa. I had started the policy in Jan2009 and March2010 respectively. Please do let me know what should I do because according to the table given to me before 10 years, I will earn less than I invested. Please do let me know what should I do.

  17. Jeevan Shri Annual Premium 31667/- since 2003, to be paid till 2018…. Assured bonus 70 per 1000 Maturity 2028…. Expected Maturity amount?

          1. for your kind information mr basu in JEEVAN SHREE Policy plan number 112 guaranteed returned is 75 and not 70. and also give your assurance to client regarding mutual fund scheme that they will get 100% return in mutual fund and Sip and beat inflation rate

            1. Ajay-For your kind information, check when Mr.Rohit bought Jeevan Shree? It is after the closure of Jeevan Shree and he is now holding Jeevan Shree 1, which offers Rs.50 GA for first 5 Years only. The one you are talking is the old one which was closed by 2003. Refer this LIC LINK for the policy features of Jeevan Shree 1.
              Now for your information, which LIC policy will give you the 100% RETURN, can you please explain? 🙂

  18. Hello sir,

    I have one query regarding this kind of policies…
    just wanted to know that if LIC giving 5 to 6 % returns and also benefit of cover under 80C, is it better to go other insurance companies like Max new York life insurance or Birla sun life insurance??
    as premium is less compared to LIC for these companies ??

  19. Hi Basavaraj,

    Hope you are doing good. I have one query. Can you please clarify?

    Why the tables not mentioned about jeevan saathi policy details. I took this policy 4 years back and still I am paying yearly premium with out any delays. Could you please let us know why this policy was not listed to get to know bonus details.

  20. Hi,
    Policy name: jeevan saral
    premium : 24000 /year
    Enter year: nov-2011

    how much amount i can expect after 10 years ??? already 5 yrs premium i have paid shell i continue or stop for further years ??

    thanks in advance…

  21. Please give me detail calculation of Jeevan Saral Premium Rs.24000 yearly. What will be the maturity amount received after 10 years.

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