Who can subscribe for NPS?
The employee should be between 18-65 years of age as on the date of submission of his/her corporate NPS application to the POP/POP-SP. The employee should comply with the KYC normal as detailed in the Subscriber Registration form for corporate NPS. The registration form attached with Offer Document should be duly filled-in by the applicant along with the terms and conditions which should be duly complied with. All the documents required for KYC compliance need to be mandatory submitted.
Who cannot join NPS?
The following applicants cannot apply for corporate NPS:
- Undischarged insolvent: Individuals who are not granted an ‘order of discharge’ by a court.
- Individuals of unsound mind: An individual is said to be of unsound mind for the purpose of making a contract if, at the time when he makes it, he is incapable of understanding it and of forming a rational judgment regarding its effect upon his/ her self-interest.
- Pre-existing account holders under NPS.
If I have invested in any other Provident Fund, can I still invest in NPS?
Yes. Investments in corporate NPS are independent of your contribution to any Provident Fund.
I have invested in pension funds of non-government/private entities. Can I still invest in NPS?
Yes. Investment in NPS is independent of your subscription to any other pension fund.
What are the benefits of joining the NPS?
- It is voluntary : NPS is open to every Indian citizen. You can choose the amount you want to set aside and save every year. It extends old age security coverage and income to all citizens.
- It is flexible : You can choose your own investment option and Pension Fund Manager.
- It is portable : You can operate your account from anywhere in the country, even if you
- change your city, job or pension fund manager.
- It is regulated : NPS is regulated by PFRDA, with transparent investment norms, regular
- monitoring, and performance review of fund managers by the NPS Trust.
- Reasonable market-based returns over the long term.
- Tax benefits : Contributions to NPS are exempted under sections 80C & 80CCD (1B) &
- Low cost investment : Cost-effective mode of planning for one's retirement.
It is voluntary: NPS is open to every Indian citizen. You can choose the amount you want to set
aside and save every year. It extends old age security coverage and income to all citizens.
It is flexible: You can choose your own investment option and Pension Fund Manager.
It is portable: You can operate your account from anywhere in the country, even if you
change your city, job or pension fund manager.
It is regulated: NPS is regulated by PFRDA, with transparent investment norms, regular
monitoring, and performance review of fund managers by the NPS Trust.
Reasonable market-based returns over the long term.
Tax benefits: Contributions to NPS are exempted under sections 80C & 80CCD (1B) &
Low cost investment: Cost-effective mode of planning for one's retirement.
What are the Tax Benefits of NPS?
Your contribution amount to National Pension Scheme is tax free, that is, it is deductible from the total income), subject to upper limits
Eligible for tax deduction of up to 10% of salary (Basic + Dearness Allowance) or 10% of total gross income under section 80CCD(1), which is within the limit specified under section 80CCE of Rs. 1,50,000.
Eligible for additional tax deduction of up to Rs. 50,000 under section 80CCD(1B). This benefit will not attract the limit specified under section 80CCE. Hence contribution would be allowed over & above Rs. 1,50,000.
- Eligible for tax deduction of up to 10% of salary (Basic + Dearness Allowance) under section 80CCD(2) without any upper cap in terms of absolute value. Hence contribution would be allowed over & above Rs. 1,50,000 under section 80CCE and Rs. 50,000 under section 80CCD(1B)
An eligible contribution made by the employer is allowed as a business expense under Section 36 of Income Tax Act 1961.
What is the difference between Tier-1 and Tier-2 account?
In order to enroll for NPS, Tier-1 account is a mandatory account, whereas Tier-2 is optional. All the tax benefits available in NPS are associated to the Tier-1 account only. No tax benefit is available to Tier-2. Tier-2 functions as a mutual fund, as the withdrawal options are unlimited, whereas in Tier-1, withdrawal options are limited. Minimum contribution for Tier-1 is Rs. 1000/- per financial year.
Is there any maximum age limit for making further contribution to NPS Tier I Account?
Yes. You can make a contribution in your NPS account anytime between the ages of 18 to 60 years. After attaining 60 years of age, you have an option to continue investing in NPS up to the age of 70 years.
How can a subscriber get registered for Subscriber?
Any individual who wants to be registered as a subscriber and wants to open a Permanent Retirement Account (PRA) (Tier I) in NPS, should submit the duly-filled form (Composite application form for subscriber registration) with other supporting KYC documents to one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities Ltd.
Can an NRI open an NPS account?
Yes, a NRI can open a corporate NPS account. Contributions made by an NRI are subject to regulatory requirements as prescribed by RBI and FEMA from time to time. If the subscriber's citizenship status changes, his/her corporate NPS account would be closed.
Where do I get the registration forms?
The application form for registration for NPS can be downloaded from the www.hdfcsec.com website. You need to forward the duly-filled subscriber egistration form, a photograph, first contribution cheque and self-attested KYC documents to one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities’ corporate office at Kanjurmarg, Mumbai.
How much does a subscriber need to contribute?
For Tier-I, you are required to make your first contribution at the time of applying for registration with the POP–SP (i.e. one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities).
You are required to make contributions subject to the following conditions:
- Minimum amount per contribution-Rs 500.
- Minimum contribution per year-Rs 1,000.
- Minimum number of contributions-01 per year
Over and above the mandated limit of a minimum of 1 contribution, you may decide on the frequency of the contributions across the year as per your convenience. PFRDA will impose penalties on intermediaries in case of a delay beyond this period.
Is there any upper limit of Investment?
No there is no upper limit on investment in NPS.
In whose favour should I to give the NPS contribution cheque?
The cheque needs to be in favour of: "one电竞(新疆)在线登录 Securities Ltd –NPS A/C"
What are the POP charges at time of subscription & subsequent contribution?
The subscriber needs to pay the service charges to POP (one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities) for subscribing to the NPS scheme.
An Initial subscriber registration charge of Rs.125/- and an ad valorem transaction charge of 0.25% of the initial contribution amount* from the subscriber, subject to a minimum of Rs.20 and a maximum of Rs. 25,000/-.
Any subsequent transaction involving contribution* – 0.25% of the amount subscribed by the NPS subscriber, subject to a minimum of Rs.20/- and a maximum of Rs.25000/-.
Any other transaction# not involving a contribution from the subscriber – Rs.20/-
- Other transactions include:
- Change in subscriber details.
- Change of investment scheme/fund manager.
- Processing of withdrawal request.
- Processing of request for subscriber shifting.
- Issuance of printed account statement.
- Any other subscriber services as may be prescribed by PFRDA.
Do I need to include the POP (one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities) charges in the contribution amount while registering for NPS (applicable for individual subscriber)?
Yes, the cheque amount needs to include POP charges + the minimum investment amount of Rs.500. (e.g. contribution amt: Rs.1000 + Rs.125 + (0.25% or Rs.20, whichever is higher) + service tax @15% = Rs.1166.75)
What is CRA?
CRA stands for “Central Record Keeping Agency”. It is the core infrastructure for the National Pension System. It is managed by NSDL and the main functions are record keeping, administration and customer service for all subscribers of the NPS. Issuing of unique Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN) to each subscriber, maintaining a database of all PRANs issued and recording transactions relating to each subscriber's PRAN.
How much time is required for registration?
After the registration forms are submitted to one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities Ltd, online PRAN is generated. Within 20 working days of the PRAN number generation, the PRAN card is printed and dispatched by NSDL-CRA.
When would my contribution be debited from my account?
The first contribution cheque would be debited post PRAN generation.
How can I check the status of my PRAN application?
The subscriber needs to contact the POP (i.e. one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities Limited) for checking the status of the NPS application.
How do I get to know about their PRAN?
Once the PRAN is generated, an email alert as well as SMS alert will be sent to the registered email ID and mobile number of the subscriber by NSDL-CRA.
What are PRAN and PRAN Kit?
On successful registration, a PRAN (Permanent Retirement Account Number) will be allotted to the subscriber. A PRAN Kit containing the PRAN card, subscriber details (referred to as Subscriber Master List) and an information booklet is sent to the subscriber's registered address by NSDL-CRA within 20 working days from the date of PRAN generation. The T-Pin and I-Pin are sent separately to the registered address.
The PRAN card is a document with PRAN, subscriber’s name, father's name, photograph and signature/thumb impression. This card proves the completeness of information in the CRA system.
The Subscriber Master List shows all the information as provided by the subscriber in his / her application, and accordingly captured in the CRA system. A subscriber may verify the correctness of the information submitted for registration by looking at the Subscriber Master List.
Who should be contacted in the case of non-receipt of the PRAN Card?
The PRAN Card is dispatched to the registered address within 20 working days from the day of PRAN generation by NSDL-CRA. During this period, a subscriber can go to https://cra-nsdl.com/CRA/ and check the status of the PRAN kit using the PRAN number.
How do I make subsequent contributions to my NPS account?
- one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities trading account holder - can visit to www.hdfcsec.com Go to Product and Services, and click on Subscribe Online. Enter the trading credentials. Here, you will get an option to make a lumpsum contribution as well to give standing instructions.
Non one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities trading holder but one电竞(新疆)在线登录 Bank account holder –
can visit to
Go to Product And Services and click on Register Now. Create a portal id. Enter your PRAN, PAN card and DOB. Here you will get an option to make a lump sum contribution.
Otherwise, the subscriber can visit one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities website www.hdfcsec.com & download the one电竞(新疆)在线登录 Bank’s standing instructions form, which will can be filled and duly signed with PRAN a/c no., contribution amount, frequency and date of debit. The same needs to be forwarded to any of the nearest one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities’ branches.
- Other Bank account holder - The customer can download the subscriber contribution slip from www.hdfcsec.com and attach the Contribution cheque, and submit the same to the nearest one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities branch, or can courier the same to one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities’ corporate office at Kanjurmarg, Mumbai.
How do I make changes in personal details or address, if required?
For any change in records, you would need to fill and sign the Subscriber Details Change request form and attach a cheque of Rs. 23/- in favour of one电竞(新疆)在线登录 securities Ltd–NPS A/C”. This amount is charged towards POP service charges.
What should I do if I have not received my IPIN password or I want to place a request for a new IPIN password?
You can generate the I-Pin online itself. Follow the below-mentioned steps:
- Generate I-Pin online
Select the below mentioned url:
- Follow the mentioned Steps
After providing the respective PRAN, the subscriber is required to enter certain mandatory details (* marked fields) along with the new password (IPIN) as per his/her choice, and then click on Generate OTP.
Once the user clicks on the Generate OTP button, a six-digit OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number of the subscriber. The subscriber needs to enter the OTP in the designated field (Enter OTP) and submit it.
If the OTP entered by the subscriber matches with the system-generated OTP, then the subscriber’s new password (entered by the subscriber along with the personal information) will be activated, and a confirmation message will be displayed on the screen, stating that “Reset IPIN request has been successfully processed”.
- The subscriber can now login with his/her User ID (PRAN Number) and new IPIN.
What investment choice / scheme preference does the subscriber have?
The NPS offers you a choice of two methods to invest your money:
- Active choice - Individual Funds (Asset Class E, Asset Class C, and Asset Class G )
- Auto choice - Lifecycle Fund
What is Active choice option?
You will have the option to actively decide as to how your NPS pension wealth is to be invested in the following three options:
Asset Class E - Investments in predominantly equity market instruments.
Asset Class C - Investments in fixed income instruments, other than government securities.
Asset Class G - Investments in government securities.
You can choose to invest your entire pension wealth in C or G asset classes, and up to a maximum of 50% in equity (Asset class E). You can also distribute your pension wealth across E, C and G asset classes, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed by PFRDA. In case you decide to actively exercise your choice of investment options, you will be required to indicate your choice of Pension Fund Manager (PFM) from among the six Pension Fund Managers (PFMs) appointed by PFRDA. In case you do not indicate your preference of PFMs, your form shall not be accepted by the POP-SP
While exercising an Active Choice, remember that your investment allocation is one of the most important factors affecting the growth of your pension wealth. If you prefer this “hands-on” approach, keep the following points in mind:
Consider both risk and return. The E asset class has higher potential returns than the G asset class, but it also carries the risk of investment losses. Investing entirely in the G asset class may not give you high returns, but it is a safer option.
You can reduce your overall risk by diversifying your investment. The three individual asset classes offer a broad range of investment options; it is good not to put “all your eggs in one basket.”
The amount of risk you can sustain depends upon your investment time horizon. The more time you have before you need to withdraw from your account, the greater is the risk you can take. (This is because early losses can be offset by gains later).
Periodically review your investment choices. Check the distribution of your account balance among the funds, to make sure that the mix you choose is still appropriate for your situation. If not, rebalance your account to get the allocation you want.
What is Auto choice-Lifecycle Fund?
NPS offers an easy option for those participants who do not have the required knowledge to manage their NPS investments. In case you are unable/unwilling to exercise any choice as regards asset allocation, your funds will be invested in accordance with the Auto Choice option. You will, however, be required to indicate your choice of PFM. In case you do not do so, your form shall not be accepted by the POP-SP. In this option, the investments will be made in a life-cycle fund. Here, a pre-defined portfolio will determine the fraction of funds invested across three asset classes. At the lowest age of entry (18 years), the auto choice will entail an investment of 50% of pension wealth in “E” Class, 30% n “C” Class and 20% in“G” Class. These ratios of investments will remain fixed for all contributions until the participant reaches the age of 36. From age 36 onwards, the weight in “E” and “C” asset classes will decrease annually, and the weight in “G” class will increase annually till it reaches 10% in “E”, 10% in “C” and 80% in “G” class. Like the active choice, you must choose one PFM under the auto choice.
Net Asset Value (NAV) will be released on a regular basis so that you may be able to take informed decisions.
Can I select both investment choices when investing in NPS?
No. You have to select either Active Choice or Auto Choice as your option when making investments under NPS.
When can I change the scheme preference?
The subscriber shall be allowed to exercise the choice only once, at any time during the financial year.
How do I select the Pension Fund Manager for my NPS savings?
You are required to specify your Pension Fund Manager (PFM) at the time of applying for NPS registration. You will be required to indicate your preferred PFM out of the 7 PFM identified by PFRDA.
Who are the Pension Fund Managers available for NPS?
NPS allows you to choose from any one of the following six entities to manage your pension fund currently:-
- one电竞(新疆)在线登录 Pension Management Company Limited
- ICICI Prudential Pension Funds Management Company Limited
- Kotak Mahindra Pension Fund Limited
- Reliance Capital Pension Fund Limited
- SBI Pension Funds Private Limited
- UTI Retirement Solutions Limited
- LIC Pension Fund Ltd.
What are the other charges under NPS?
|Intermediary||Charge Head||Service Charges||
POP charges (Maximum) Permissible Charge for each subscriber)
To be collected
Initial & subsequent transaction upfront
Non – Financial transaction
0.25% of the contribution amount,
To be collected
Initial & subsequent transaction upfront
CRA (Central Record
PRA Opening Charges
Annual PRA Maintenance cost per
Charges per Transaction
Custodian (On asset
value in custody)
|Asset Servicing charges||0.0075% p.a||
|NPS Trust charges||NPS Trust charges||0.01%||
|PFM charges||Investment Management Fee||0.01%||
Exclusive of Applicable taxes.
* Service tax & other levies as applicable will be levied.
* Other Service request will attract additional Rs.20/- each + service tax.
Can I transfer my savings amount from NPS Tier II account to NPS Tier I account?
Yes. You transfer savings from Tier II to Tier I, but not vice versa.
What rate of return will my contributions earn?
The PFM will invest your savings in a scheme of your choice. Remember that your investment allocation is one of the most important factors affecting the growth of your pension wealth. The rate of return earned by your contribution depends on the return provided by the asset classes you choose to invest in viz equity instruments, fixed income instruments, government securities. The NAVs of each PFMs are published routinely on the CRA website. The returns earned by the PFM on the scheme selected by you will be credited to your account.
Kindly refer the NPS Tier I Offer Document for details on the risks associated with your investments.
Do subscribers have the facility of loans/advances under NPS? Can lien can be marked on a NPS account?
No, as per extant guidelines, there is no such provision under NPS.
Will I receive a transaction statement on allotment of units in my NPS account?
Yes. An annual statement containing details of your unit holdings will be issued by CRA to your registered address within 3 months of the end of every financial year.
Can I appoint nominees for the NPS Tier I Account?
Yes. You can appoint up to 3 nominees for your NPS Tier I account.
You are required to specify the percentage of your saving that you wish to allocate to each nominee. The share percentage across all nominees should collectively aggregate to 100%.
In case of the death of the NPS account holder, the nominee(s) may opt to receive 100% of the NPS pension wealth of the deceased NPS account holder in lump sum or may continue with NPS.
In case the nominee (s) opt to withdraw the pension wealth, the nominee (s) are required to submit the withdrawal request to CRA directly with the supporting documents specified in the withdrawal request form
However, if the nominee wishes to continue with the NPS, he/she will have to subscribe to NPS individually after following due KYC procedures.
What is the transmission process in case of death of NPS account holder who has not selected a nominee?
It is advisable that the NPS subscribers indicate their nominee. CRA is in the process of defining the procedure for transmission in case of NPS account holders who have not selected a nominee. We will intimate clients of such process after the same is finalised by CRA. In such cases, the legal heir of the deceased NPS account holder may approach CRA for guidance regarding withdrawal of the pension wealth.
Can one exit before 60 years?
Yes, one can exit before 60 years, but in that case, he/she would get only 20% of the pension wealth as a lump sum. The subscriber would be required to invest at least 80% of the pension wealth to purchase a life annuity from any IRDA regulated life insurance company, which is empanelled by PFRDA.
Withdrawal option is not available for employer’s contribution
Withdrawal option is not available for employer’s contribution.
Subscriber will get an option to withdraw up to 25% of the amount invested after 10 years. Second withdrawal option of up to 25% of the amount invested will be available after 5 years from the date of 1 st t withdrawal. Third withdrawal option of up to 25% of the amount invested will be available after 5 years from the date of 2nd withdrawal (the said withdrawal option are available for specific purpose like children higher education/marriage, purchase/construction of residential property, and critical illness).
Death due to any cause: In such an unfortunate event, nominee will receive 100% of the NPS pension wealth in lump sum and the same is tax free.
Withdrawal at 60 years of age or superannuation
On attaining age of 60 years or superannuation age, the subscriber will have 2 options:
Option 1 - Subscriber can extend the investment up to the age of 70 years.
Option 2 - Subscriber needs to compulsorily invest at least 40 % of your accumulated savings (pension wealth) to purchase a life annuity from any IRDA-regulated life insurance company. He/she may choose to purchase an annuity for an amount greater than 40%. The remaining 60 % of your pension wealth can either be withdrawn in lump sum on attaining the age of 60 or it can be defer up to age of 70. Subscriber has an option to withdraw the deferred lump sum amount in maximum 10 annual installments up to the age of 70 years or withdraw the entire amount at once by giving 15 days advance notice during such period of deferment
Death due to any cause: In such an unfortunate event, option will be available to the nominee to receive 100% of the NPS pension wealth in lump sum. However, if the nominee wishes to continue with the NPS, he/she will have to subscribe to NPS individually after following due KYC procedure.
What is the tax treatment on NPS withdrawal at maturity?
At maturity, withdrawal up to 40% of the corpus amount is tax free and the remaining 20% can be withdrawn in maximum 10 annual installment, which will reduce the tax liability as the individual will fall in the lower tax bracket or nil tax bracket, OR the remaining 60% of the corpus can be used for purchasing an annuity, thus no tax liability on the corpus used for purchasing the annuity on the subscriber.
What will happen to my savings if I decide to retire before age 60?
To withdraw from your Tier I account at any time before 60 years of age, you would be required to invest at least 80% of your pension wealth to purchase a life annuity from any IRDA-regulated Life Insurance Company. You may withdraw the remaining 20% of your pension wealth as a lump sum.
What happens to my investments if I discontinue the scheme?
If a subscriber wishes to exit from NPS before attaining the age of 60, he/she can withdraw up to 20% of the sum accumulated after 10 years. The subscriber has to buy an annuity with the rest of the money. The commencement of the annuity depends on the annuity plan / scheme offered by the ASPs. If minimum contributions are not made as stipulated, the account will be frozen and can be reactivated only by paying the penalty of Rs. 100 + minimum contribution amount.
What happens to the accumulated amount at the time of death of the subscriber?
In the event of death of the subscriber, the beneficiary submits a withdrawal request to the associated POP-SP who will enter the request in the CRA system. After the request is processed, a cheque is issued favouring the beneficiary and forwarded to the associated POP.
What is Annuity?
Annuity in the context of NPS refers to the monthly sum that will be received by the subscriber from the Annuity Service Provider after he attains the age of 60.
Who is the Annuity Service Provider (ASP) for NPS accounts?
Annuity Service Providers (ASPs) is the entity who will be responsible for managing the funds (allocated for buying annuity) and payment of the pension after a subscriber attains the age of 60. The ASPs will be the entities regulated by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.
Below are the 5 ASPs currently tied up with PFRDA:
Below are the 5 ASPs currently tied up with PFRDA:
Life Insurance Corporation of India
- SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
- ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
- Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
What are the different types of annuities providing for monthly pension available to the subscribers of NPS?
The following are the generic annuities that are offered by Annuity Service Providers to the subscribers of NPS. However, some of the ASP’s may offer some variants which have slightly different or combination type of annuities.
- Pension (Annuity) payable for life at a uniform rate to the annuitant only.
- Pension (Annuity) payable for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years certain and thereafter as long as you are alive.
- Pension (Annuity) for life with return of purchase price on death of the annuitant (Policyholder).
- Pension (Annuity) payable for life increasing at a simple rate of 3% p.a.
- Pension (Annuity) for life with a provision of 50% of the annuity payable to spouse during his/her lifetime on death of the annuitant.
- Pension (Annuity) for life with a provision of 100% of the annuity payable to spouse during his/her lifetime on death of the annuitant.
- Pension (Annuity) for life with a provision of 100% of the annuity payable to spouse during his/her lifetime on death of the annuitant and with return of purchase price on death of the spouse. If the spouse predeceases the annuitant, payment of annuity will cease after the death of the annuitant and purchase price is paid to the nominee. Pension (Annuity) payable for life at a uniform rate to the annuitant only.
Pension (Annuity) payable for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years certain and thereafter as long as you are alive.
Pension (Annuity) for life with return of purchase price on death of the annuitant (Policyholder).
Pension (Annuity) payable for life increasing at a simple rate of 3% p.a.
Pension (Annuity) for life with a provision of 50% of the annuity payable to spouse during his/her
lifetime on death of the annuitant.
Pension (Annuity) for life with a provision of 100% of the annuity payable to spouse during his/her
lifetime on death of the annuitant.
Pension (Annuity) for life with a provision of 100% of the annuity payable to spouse during his/her
lifetime on death of the annuitant and with return of purchase price on death of the spouse. If
the spouse predeceases the annuitant, payment of annuity will cease after the death of the
annuitant and purchase price is paid to the nominee.
Who can select ASP?
The option to select the ASP and the annuity scheme lies with the subscriber.
In case of normal retirement, how much time would it take to start pension?
The pension payment would start from the next month after the subscriber chooses the Annuity Service Provider, Annuity Scheme and furnishes all the necessary documents related to it.