Lic Vs Postal Life Insurance- Which is best? (Telugu)

Do you know your Post Office also offers Postal  Life Insurance(PLI) cover? Even if you know then there is a huge confusion among buyers like whether to buy with the Post Office or with Life Insurance Corporation of India(LIC), because the Government of India backs both. So, Let’s see which one best?

Lic vs pli
lic vs pli

lic vs pli

What is  Postal Life Insurance(PLI)?

PLI (Postal Life Insurance) is exactly like any Life Insurance company, for example, LIC or SBI Life Insurance. Post office runs Postal Life Insurance. Postal Life Insurance currently offers only traditional policies. Therefore, no term insurance or ULIPs(unit-linked policies).

Different types of policies PLI (Postal Life Insurance) offers are?

Currently, PLI offers below mentioned traditional endowment Policies.

1) Endowment Assurance (Santhosh).

This is a typical endowment plan where a policyholder gets sum assured along with a bonus in case he survives until the maturity period. In case of his death during the policy period, then his nominee will get the sum assured along with an accrued bonus.

Eligibility criteria are the same as that of Whole Life Assurance Policy (Suraksha).

2) Whole Life Assurance Policy (Suraksha).

This is exactly like LIC’s Whole Life Policy. The Nominee will get the accrued bonus and sum assured after the death of the policyholder.

Minimum age at entry is 19 Yrs and the maximum age at entry is 55 Yrs.

Minimum Sum assured is Rs.20, 000 and the maximum Sum Assured is Rs.10, 00,000.

3) Convertible Whole Life Assurance (Suvidha).

This plan is exactly like Endowment Assurance. The only difference is, if you don’t convert this policy into Endowment Assurance then it is treated as a Whole Life Assurance plan.

4) Anticipated Endowment Assurance (Santosh).

It is a typical money back endowment plan, where the maximum sum assured is restricted to Rs.5, 00,000. under this category, PLI offers two types of plans. One is 15 yrs and another is a 20 yr term.

5) Joint Life Assurance (Yugal Suraksha).

We can buy this policy with your spouse as a co-insured. To avail this facility one the spouse must be eligible to buy Postal Life Insurance.

Both Husband and Wife will get insurance coverage in this policy. The maximum sum assured in this plan is Rs.1, 00,000.

6) Policy for physically handicapped persons.

Handicapped persons are insured under this plan. Based on the condition of handicap person, a premium raised or increased. Rest of plan features are exactly like the other plans.

7) Children Policy

Postal Life Insurance started to offer child policy from 2006.

  • It mainly covers the life insurance for children.
  • In a Family maximum, two children can be insured in this plan.
  • Children between age 5 Yrs to 20 Yrs are eligible for this policy.
  • Maximum Sum Assured is up to Rs.1,00,000.
  •  Premium waiver benefit is there in case of the main policyholder dies.
  • In case of death of children, then sum assured mentioned in the policy along with bonus be payable to the main policyholder.
  • The responsibility for premium payment will be on the main policyholder.
 what is the difference between Postal Life Insurance and LIC?
Eligibility for Postal Life Insurance –

To buy PLI (Postal Life Insurance you must be an employee of the Central and State Governments, Central and State Public Sector Undertakings, Universities, Government aided Educational institutions, Nationalized Banks, Local bodies, etc.

Postal Life Insurance also extends the facility of insurance to the officers and staff of the Defense services and Para-Military forces. Whereas LIC of India offers its plans to all citizens of India. So when it comes to flexibility to buy then LIC of India holds an edge over PLI.

Plans offered Lic and PLI 

There is no such difference. Because of LIC of India and PLI   mostly dependent on traditional endowment type of Life Insurance Policies. But along with that Lic of India is offering ” Term Life Insurance”.

But PLI is not offering Term Life Insurance. Lic recently started Online Term Life Insurance.

Premium Rates 

When compared to LIC or any private insurance Companies, PLI offers cheap premium. So this is the most advantage of buying endowment plans with PLI compared with LIC of India.

Bonus Rate-Bonus offered by PLI(Postal Life insurance) is in the range of 7% or more. Whereas currently, Lic of India is offering around 4% to 5%.

Where to buy the policy 

In case of PLI(Postal Life Insurance), you have to visit to the Post Office where these schemes are offered. Whereas in the case of LIC, you easily get agents. These agents will come to your doorstep and offer the service. Along with that recently LIC launched an online buying facility also (restricted to online term plan and pension plan). Therefore, in case of buying LIC Of India offers more flexibility than PLI.

Age Limit

PLI(Postal Life Insurance) offers insurance to the age group of 19-55 yrs. Whereas in LIC  of Inda, we can get the insurance coverage up to 75 yrs ( in all policies).

Maximum Sum Assured

PLI(Postal Life Insurance) offers you the maximum sum assured of Rs.50 Lakh. Whereas, LIC Of India offers an unlimited maximum sum assured based on the Policy Holder Need.

Premium Payment

In the case of Lic, we can pay at the branch. The Recent update is that Post Office also offering online premium payment facility. But I have not checked this. Hence, better you to cross-check at Postal Officials and proceed.

Tax benefits-Both LIC and PLI qualify for deduction under Sec.80C.

Considering all these benefits and differentiation between PLI and LIC of India, I feel PLI is still in olden days. Because it is offering less insurance coverage, entry is restricted to only a few, some service issues, no term insurance available, and age limit. Whereas only two positive points that attract you towards PLI( Postal Life Insurance) are lesser premium and a higher bonus.

 It is prudent to buy endowment plans from PLI(Postal Life for you?

Even though PLI offers you higher rate return and lower premium compare to LIC of India and other private insurance companies, the returns, in the long run, may erode drastically if you consider the inflation effect. Along with that, you will be underinsured due to the restricted maximum insurance limit. Post Offices are still not customer friendly. So you may face service issues and claim settlement issues there.

One more important thing, Life Insurance is not an Investment.  We should take life insurance as a protection against financial loss, not as a saving.

Why Life Insurance and Investment should not be mixed?. Read this article

Overall, I found PLI(Postal Life Insurance) with limited positive points and unlimited negative points. So, LIC is better than PLI in my view.

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2 Comments

  1. G narayana
    December 23, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Very good explanation sir, thank you sir. In my opinion is pli serve is very bad. Mainly in pli surrender value is very low.

    1. Suda Bhanu Prasad
      December 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

      thank you very much for your comment.

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