Government of India announces interest rate on small saving schemes like PPF, Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, Post Office Fixed and Recurring Deposits and Sukanya Samriddhi Account every quarter effective April 2016.
This is done to keep these interest rates in sync with the market rates.
The table below shows the interest reset schedule:
Interest Rates for Q4 FY 2016-17 (Jan – Mar’17)
The interest rates for January to March’17 quarter have been left unchanged. The table below gives the details:
How are Interest Rates Determined?
For long term and socially important small saving schemes like PPF, SCSS, Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme, NSC and 5 Year post office fixed deposit the rates are fixed as slight mark up to the government bond yields.
For other small saving schemes namely Post Office Fixed Deposits (1, 2 and 3 years tenure), Recurring Deposits and Kisan Vikas Patra the interest rates would be market determined, which means would be similar to that offered by banks on corresponding deposits.
The table below gives the markup factor:
Unfortunately government is not following the above rules. There have been substantial reduction in benchmark yields but is not reflected in small saving schemes – which is good news for investors.
Small Saving Scheme Interest Rates History:
You can click on relevant links to go to historical interest rates:
- Interest Rates for Q3 FY 2016-17 (October – December)
- Interest Rates for Q2 FY 2016-17 (July – September)
- Interest Rates for Q1 FY 2016-17 (April – June)
- Interest Rates for FY 2015-16
- Interest Rates for FY 2014-15
- Interest Rates for FY 2013-14
- Interest Rates for FY 2012-13
- Interest Rates for FY 2011-12
The interest offered are locked-in for Post Office Fixed Deposits, Recurring Deposits, POMIS, KVP, NSC and Senior Citizen Savings Scheme and so the interest offered is as on the date of investment for the entire tenure.
However for Sukanya Samriddhi Account and PPF the interest is offered as declared every quarter irrespective of the time of opening of account.
You can bookmark this page as we would update this every quarter as and when the new interest rates are declared.