When I wrote post related to LIC’s recent bonus declaration, I flooded with lot of quarries related to Jeevan Saral plan. Why so much confusion about this plan? Is it due to few new features of this plan or exaggerated returns shown by agents? I think both. So let us understand what this plan is and how you can calculate your returns.
This plan is different to other plans of LIC in case of accumulation what LIC provides, sum assured calculation and about surrender. Also I think this is highest selling plan in LIC after Jeevan Anand. I am not going in detail about plan feature but will point out the highlights.
- In this plan you can choose your premium amount which is not possible with other plans. Minimum monthly contribution in this plan is Rs.250.
- Sum Assured will be 250 times of your monthly premium payment. Hence suppose your monthly contribution is Rs.1,000 then sum assured will be Rs.2,50,000. You may call this benefit as “death benefit sum assured” as this benefit is only meant for deaths. Hence don’t misunderstand that Sum Assured is the amount you get after maturity (which is the case with other plans). Hence I will call it as Death Benefit SA or DBS. So this option is bit advantages for age old buyers as irrespective of your age this DBS is fixed on your premium payment but not on your age and term you selected. This is not the case with other plans of LIC. So two persons paying same premium but age different is around 30 yrs then too they will get the same sum assured benefit under this plan.
- In this plan if death occurs during the policy period then your nominee will receive this Death Benefit SA+Return of premiums paid (but excluding 1st year premium)+LA till that period.
- Now the biggest confusion arises is, what you will receive after the maturity. Usually in all LIC policies you will receive Sum Assured+Accrued Bonus+Final Additional Bonus if any. But in this plan depending on your age and term of the policy your sum assured which is also called as Maturity Sum Assured will change. So during the period of taking this policy you will come to know what is your Maturity Sum Assured you will receive at the end of policy. This is fixed and will not change during the policy term. Will show you how to calculate it.
In this plan their are two types of premiums. One is called Basic Premium and another is called Net Premium. Basic premium is the base premium without adding any cost, but Net Premium is the premium which you actually pay to LIC and includes premium mode rebate (rebate of 2% for yearly and 1% for half yearly payment)+charges for providing you the death benefit SA (@1% DBS). Below table will give you the clear picture about this.
Note-Death Benefit SA charges are arrived as below-
Yearly premium of Rs.3,000 is divided into 12 and then multiplied by 250 times this will be (3,000/12)*250=62,500. This is the DAB and charges for this will be @1 hence Rs.62.
Now notice from above table that basic premium is nothing but base premium but net premium will add rebate and costs of this plan (which includes mode rebate and DAB charges @1%).
If it is so confusing to you then the simple formula to come to net premium will be multiply your basic premium by the factor 1.00083 this will result into net premium which you need to pay to LIC.
Now what you will get after maturity?
In this plan you will receive Maturity Sum Assured which is fixed and known to you in advance during the start of the policy once your age and term you chose. With this Maturity Sum Assured LIC will also provide you Loyalty Additions. This Loyalty Addition will be declared annually and currently LIC declared Loyalty Addition (LA) for 10 yrs and 11 yrs of policies only and which are Rs.250 and Rs.300 respectively. Based on this declaration we may presume the returns from this policy which hover around 6-7%. But for 10 yrs policy it is just around 3-4%.
How to calculate Maturity Sum Assured yourself?
LIC provided Basic Maturity Sum Assured list for the premium of Rs.100 per month for all ages. So just you need to select your age and policy term then multiply that to your Basic Premium. I am working on this chart and soon will upload the whole Basic Maturity Sum Assured Chart.
- Surrender Value-Their are three types of surrender values under this plan. To avail these option policy need to complete atleast 3 years.
a) Guaranteed Surrender Value-In this you will receive 30% of total premiums paid excluding 1st year premium, all extra premiums and accident benefit/term rider premiums.
b) Special Surrender Value-It will be of 1+2 options given below.
1) 80% of MSA will be paid if less than 4 years premium paid, 90% of MSA if between 4 to less than 5 years of premium paid and 100% of MSA if premiums are paid for 5 years or more.
2) Loyalty Addition till that period.
c) Can be made anytime after completion of 3 years or more from the start of the policy provided full premiums are paid.
So surrender will be bit easier once policy completes 5 yrs or more which is not the case with other LIC plans.
Hope this post will make easier in understanding this plan.