Small Savings Interest Rates Increased for Q3 of FY 2018-19 (NSC, PPF, KVP, SSAS, SCSS)

Revised Interest Rates for Small Savings Schemes (NSC, PPF, KVP, SSAS, SCSS, etc.), as per Latest Govt. Notifications: Small Savings Interest Rates Increased for Q3 of FY 2018-19

On the basis of the decision of the Government, interest rates for small savings schemes are being notified by the Government before beginning of the each Quarter since FY 2016-17, to bring them somewhat closer to the prevailing market rates. These interest rates continue to be attractive as some of them enjoy income tax benefits and additional interest rate spreads.

A. Interest Rates on Small Saving Schemes for Q1/ Q2/ Q3 of FY 2018-19 (i.e. 1 Apr. 2018 ~ 30 Jun. 2018, 1 July 2018 ~ 30 Sept. 2018 and 1 Oct. 2018 ~ 31 Dec. 2018)

Govt. has notified that interest rates of Small Savings Schemes (NSC, PPF, KVP, SSAS, SCSS, etc.) have been increased by 0.3% to 0.4% in respect of Q3 of FY 2018-19 (i.e. 1 Oct. 2018 to 31 Dec. 2018), as compared to Q1/ Q2 of FY 2018-19.

It’s for the first time that Govt. has announced upward change in the interest rates of small saving schemes, since the quarterly review system of interest rates has been implemented in Q1 of FY 2016-17. Hopefully, the increased interest rates will be beneficial for the retired pensioners, old age persons, etc. those who are mainly dependent on the interest income from investments in small saving schemes.

Earlier, Govt. has notified that there will be no change in interest rates of various small savings schemes for the period 1 Apr. 2018 to 30 Jun. 2018 and 1 July 2018 to 30 Sept. 2018 (i.e. applicable during the Q1/ Q2 of FY 2018-19), as compared to Q4 of FY 2017-18.

GoI Notification dt. 19 Sept. 2018: Small Savings Interest Rates Increased by 0.3% to 0.4% for Q3 (1 Oct. 2018 to 31 Dec. 2018)

GoI Notification – No Change in Interest Rates for Q2 (1 July 2018 to 30 Sept. 2018)

GoI Notification – No Change in Interest Rates for Q1 (1 Apr. 2018 to 30 June 2018)

Summary of Interest Rates Applicable for Small Savings Schemes during Financial Year 2018-19

Summarised table of the revised rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the FY 2018-19 (i.e. Q1: 1 Apr. 2017 ~ 30 Jun. 2017, Q2: 1 July 2018 ~ 30 Sept. 2018 and Q3: 1 Oct. 2018 to 31 Dec. 2018):

InstrumentsInterest Rates (Q1/ Q2 of 2018-19)Interest Rates (Q3 of 2018-19)Compounding
Savings Deposit (SD)4.04.0Annually
1 Year Time Deposit (TD)6.66.9Quarterly
2 Year Time Deposit (TD)6.77.0Quarterly
3 Year Time Deposit (TD)6.97.2Quarterly
5 Year Time Deposit (TD)7.47.8Quarterly
5 Year Recurring Deposit (RD)6.97.3Quarterly
5 Year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS)8.38.7Quarterly and Paid
5 year Monthly Income Scheme (MIS)7.37.7Monthly and Paid
5 Year National Savings Certificate (NSC)7.68.0Annually
Public Provident Fund (PPF) Scheme7.68.0Annually
Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)7.3*7.7**Annually
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme (SSAS)8.18.5Annually

* will mature in 118 months | ** will mature in 112 months

Latest Interest Rates for Small Savings Schemes (Applicable during Q3 of 2018-19)

Revised interest rates of Small Savings Schemes (NSC, PPF, KVP, SSAS, SCSS, etc.) in respect of Q3 of FY 2018-19 (i.e. 1 Oct. 2018 to 31 Dec. 2018), as increased by 0.3% to 0.4% as compared to Q1/ Q2 of FY 2018-19, are as under:

i) Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme (SSAS) – 8.5%

ii) Public Provident Fund (PPF) – 8.0%,

iii) Senior Citizen Savings Scheme (SCSS) – 8.7%,

iv) Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) – 7.7%

v) National Savings Certificate (NSC) – 8.0%,

vi) Post office MIS (Monthly Income Scheme) is 7.7%,

vii) Post Office Recurring Deposit (RD) – 7.3%

viii) Savings Deposit – 4% (No Change)and

ix) Post Office Time Deposit – 6.9% to 7.8% based on tenure of 1 to 5 years.

B. Interest Rates on Small Saving Schemes for Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 of FY 2017-18 (i.e. 1 Apr. 2017 ~ 31 Mar. 2018)

Govt. has notified the revised interest rates of various small savings schemes for the period 1 Apr. 2017 to 30 Jun. 2017, 1 Jul. 2017 to 30 Sep. 2017, 1 Oct. 2017 to 31 Dec. 2017 and 1 Jan. 2018 to 31 Mar. 2018 (i.e. applicable during the Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 of FY 2017-18).

It may be noted that Govt. has reduced/ cut Interest Rates for Q4 of 2017-18 by 0.2% as compared to Q2 and Q3 for most of the small savings schemes. In Q3 of FY 2016-17 there was no change in interest rates, whereas in Q1 and Q2 interest rates were mostly based on a cut of 0.1% for all small savings schemes, as compared to the corresponding previous quarters.

In general, the Govt. has pursued the policy of protecting the interest of small savers, especially savings for the benefit of girl child (SSAS), the senior citizens (SCSS), etc. However, it may be noted that a reduction of 0.2% in interest rates on small saving has been effected during Q4 (0.1% in Q1 and Q2) of FY 2017-18 across the schemes except the Post Office Savings Account, which has been left untouched since 2015-16. However there was no change in Q3 interest rates for small savings.

GoI Notification – 0.2% Cut in Interest Rates for Q4 (w.e.f. 1 Jan. 2018) for Small Savings

GoI Notification – No Change in Interest Rates for Q3 (w.e.f. 1 Oct. 2017) for Small Savings

GoI Notification – Revised Interest Rates for Q2 (w.e.f. 1 Jul. 2017) on Small Savings

GoI Notification – Revised Interest Rates for Q1 (w.e.f. 1 Apr. 2017) on Small Savings

Summary of Interest Rates Applicable for Small Savings Schemes during Financial Year 2017-18

InstrumentsInterest Rate (Q1 of 2017-18)Interest Rate (Q2 and Q3 of 2017-18)Interest Rate (Q4 of 2017-18)
Savings Deposit (SD)4.04.04.0 (note 1)
1 Year Time Deposit (TD)6.96.86.6
2 Year Time Deposit (TD)7.06.96.7
3 Year Time Deposit (TD)7.27.16.9
5 Year Time Deposit (TD)7.77.67.4
5 Year Recurring Deposit (RD)7.27.16.9
5 Year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS)8.48.38.3
5 year Monthly Income Scheme (MIS)7.67.57.3
5 Year National Savings Certificate (NSC)7.97.87.6
Public Provident Fund (PPF) Scheme7.97.87.6
Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)7.6*7.5**7.3***
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme (SSAS)8.48.38.1

* will mature in 113 months. | ** will mature in 115 months. | ***will mature in 118 months

C. Interest Rates on Small Saving Schemes for Q1 to Q4 of FY 2016-17 (i.e. 1 Apr. 2016 ~ 31 Mar. 2017)

During 2016-17, the Govt. has twice revised interest rates on various small savings schemes, i.e. interest rates for Q3 and Q4 of FY 2016-17 were similar and were mostly based on a cut of 0.1% compared to the rates notified for Q1 and Q2 of FY 2016-17. However, interest rates announecd for Q1 of FY 2016-17 were substantially reduced rates as compared to rates prevalent during the FY 2015-16. Relevant notifications, as issued by the Govt. from time to time are as under:

GoI Notification – Revised Interest Rates w.e.f. 1 Apr 2016 on Small Savings

GoI Notification – Revised Interest Rates w.e.f. 1 July 2016 on Small Savings

GoI Notification – Revised Interest Rates w.e.f. 1 Oct. 2016 on Small Savings

GoI Notification – Revised Interest Rates w.e.f. 1 Jan. 2017 on Small Savings

Summary of Interest Rates Applicable for Small Savings Schemes during Financial Year 2015-16 and 2016-17

InstrumentsInterest Rate 2015-16Interest Rate (Q1 & Q2) 2016-17Interest Rate (Q3 & Q4) 2016-17
Savings Deposit (SD)4.04.04.0
1 Year Time Deposit (TD)8.47.17.0
2 Year Time Deposit (TD)8.47.27.1
3 Year Time Deposit (TD)8.47.47.3
5 Year Time Deposit (TD)8.57.97.8
5 Year Recurring Deposit (RD)8.47.47.3
5 Year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme (SCSS)9.38.68.5
5 year Monthly Income Scheme (MIS)8.47.87.7
5 Year National Savings Certificate (NSC)8.58.18.0
Public Provident Fund (PPF) Scheme8.78.18.0
Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP)8.77.8*7.7**
Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme (SSAS)9.28.68.5

* will mature in 110 months. |** will mature in 112 months.

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