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  • HDFC Life ProGrowth Plus

    HDFC Life Insurance


    A unit linked insurance plan offering life insurance coverage and options to invest in different funds based on the risk appetite of the policyholder. In addition to the life cover that the plan provides, it offers a choice of funds that can steadily add to the growth of investment. This is a regular premium paying plan meant for people wishing to build a corpus through investing their annual savings in mutual funds.

    Eligibility Conditions for HDFC Life ProGrowth Plus Plan

    The plan comes with two options and as per those, the eligibility conditions for availing this policy can be depicted in the table mentioned below -




    Policy Term (Years)



    Entry Age Life Option

    14 years

    65 years

    Entry Age Extra Life Option

    18 years

    55 years

    Maturity Age Life Option


    75 years

    Maturity Age Extra Life Option


    70 years

    Key Features of HDFC ProGrowth Plus Plan

    This plan meant for wealth creation has the following salient features -




    Plan Type

    Unit-linked insurance plan



    Individual policy


    Policy Term

    10 years to 30 years


    Policy Validity

    Will be for the chosen policy term in case all premiums have been paid


    Basic Sum Assured





    Age < 45 years

    Greater of 10x annualised premium or half the product of annualised premium times policy term

    40 times the annualised premium subject to a maximum of Rs. 40,00,000


    Age >= 45 years

    Greater of 7x annualised premium or a quarter of the product of annualised premium times policy term



    Maturity Benefit = Fund value of all balance units at the end of the policy term.


    Death Benefit

    Before insured life reaches 60 years

    On or after insured life reaching 60 years


    Greater of Sum Assured (minus withdrawals made for 2 years preceding death, Total Fund Value, 105% of the premiums paid

    Greater of Sum Assured (minus withdrawals after the age of 58), Total Fund Value, 105% of the premiums paid


    Accidental Death Benefit = Death Benefit + Additional Sum Assured


    Surrender Benefit

    Before completion of 5 years

    After completion of 5 years


    Fund value minus discontinuation charges moved to Discontinued Policy Fund and paid out with accrued interest after 5 years’ completion

    Fund value paid out immediately

    Free look Period

    30 days in case of online purchase. 15 days otherwise


    Grace Period

    15 days for monthly payment, 30 days for all other premium payment frequencies


    Partial Withdrawals

    Allowed after a period of 5 policy years, provided the following terms are met -

    • Life assured is 18 years old or more

    • The withdrawal amount is Rs. 10,000 or more

    • Less the withdrawal value and associated charges, the fund value is not less than 150% of the annualized premium

    • Maximum withdrawal throughout the policy term is subject to 300% of the original regular annualized premium


    Fund Choice Selection

    Is allowed through -

    • Switching - Moving accumulated funds from one fund to another

    • Premium Redirection - Changing the premium allocation into a different set of funds


    Settlement Option

    Allows the Maturity Benefit to be availed in installments over a period of five years


    Nomination and Assignment

    Nomination and assignment facility available but only one can be chosen at a time


    Reinstatement or revival

    Policy, if not surrendered, can be revived within two years from the date of last unpaid premium


    Benefits and Advantages of ProGrowth Plus Plan

    This plan from HDFC Life utilizes different investment funds in order to aid in the growth of wealth and can be opted for by anyone aiming to garner greater returns on planned savings. Life insurance provided by this policy throughout the policy term is an added benefit. The key advantages in opting for this plan can be mentioned in the following points -

    1. Life cover is present throughout the policy term
    2. Flexible long term policy tenures for an investment portfolio with variable risk and returns
    3. Applicable tax benefits can be availed as per Section 80C and 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act
    4. Multiple fund options and unlimited switches to and from different fund options

    The key benefits under this policy can be explained as below -

    1. Maturity Benefit - Paid once the policy reaches the maturity age, after the completion of the policy term, this amount can be paid to the policyholder or nominee. This amount includes the fund value of all the balance units in the account
    2. Death Benefit - In case of the death of the insured life, Death Benefit will be payable to the nominee. This will be less the withdrawals made by the policyholder made 2 years prior to the date of death or post 58 years of age as the case may be
    3. Accidental Death Benefit - In case of an accidental death, the nominee would receive an additional sum assured along with the death benefit that is applicable
    4. Surrender Benefit - Policy has a lock-in period of 5 years. If surrendered within the lock-in period, funds move to Discontinuance Policy Fund and get paid after 5 years are complete. In case surrender is done after 5 years, fund value is paid out immediately
    5. Tax Benefit - The contributions made towards the premiums of this policy can be tax deductible as per Section 80C and the received benefits can fall under Section 10(10D). Though these benefits are dependent on the prevailing tax laws

    Investment of Funds under HDFC Life ProGrowth Plus

    This unit-linked plan from HDFC Life come with four fund options that offer a variable mix of risk and return. The premiums paid could be used over all of the fund options, a specific few as chosen by the policyholder or even in a single one. The details about such funds have been mentioned in the table below -

    Fund Name


    Asset Categories


    Risk and Return Rating


    Money Market Instruments, Cash & Deposits

    Liquid Mutual Funds

    Govt. Securities, Fixed Income instruments & Bonds



    Fund Ratios


    Income Fund

    Potentially higher returns






    Balanced Fund

    Dynamically higher returns





    Moderate to High

    Blue Chip Fund

    Large-cap equities





    Very High

    Opportunities Fund

    Mid-cap equities





    Very High

    Charges in HDFC ProGrowth Plus Policy

    Being an insurance plan that relies on various funds to generate wealth on the investment made, the policy entails charges on quite a few aspects of itself. The applicable charges on this policy are as follows -




    Premium Allocation Charge

    On Premium paid - 2.5% for Year 1, 2% for Year 2, 0% for Year 3 onwards


    Fund Management Charge

    1.35% per annum of fund value, chargeable daily


    Policy Administration Charge

    On annualised premium per month - 0.42% for Years 1-5, 0.83% for Years 6-10, 0% for Years 11-15 and 0.83% for Year 16 onwards


    Mortality Charge

    Dependent on policyholder’s age and level of cover


    Miscellaneous Charges

    Rs. 250 for policy alteration


    Partial Withdrawal Charges

    Rs. 250 per request, Rs. 25 per request if made online


    Switching Charges

    Rs. 250 per request, Rs. 25 per request if made online


    Premium Redirection

    Rs. 250 per request, Rs. 25 per request if made online


    Policy Discontinuance Charge (calculated on Annual Premium or Fund Value (APFV) and for the first four years only, zero from fifth year onwards)

    Annual Premium <= Rs. 25,000

    Annual Premium > Rs. 25,000


    Lower of 20% of APFV <= Rs. 3000

    Lower of 6% of APFV <= Rs. 6000


    Lower of 15% of APFV <= Rs. 2000

    Lower of 4% of APFV <= Rs. 5000


    Lower of 10% of APFV <= Rs. 1500

    Lower of 3% of APFV <= Rs. 4000


    Lower of 5% of APFV <= Rs. 1000

    Lower of 2% of APFV <= Rs. 2000

    Premium Payment for HDFC Life ProGrowth Plus Policy

    The details of premium payment for this plan can be summarised in the table below -

    Premium Parameter



    Rs. 24,000, Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 2500 are the minimum limits and Rs. 1,00,000, Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 8333 are the maximum limits on the yearly, half-yearly and monthly modes of payment respectively

    Premium Paying Term (PPT)

    Regular premium payment term and is equal to the policy term

    Premium Paying Frequency

    Premiums can be paid in monthly, half-yearly and annual frequencies

    Premium Paying Modes

    ECS, debit cards, credit cards, cheques and other acceptable modes

    Premium Discontinuation Scenario for ProGrowth Plus

    Post the mentioned grace period, if in case premiums for the policy are not paid and the policy lapses, the risk cover will cease to exist after the policy discontinuation and the fund value (as on the date of policy discontinuance) minus the discontinuance charge will be shifted into a Discontinued Policy Fund and the interest rate applicable on this fund is 4% per annum as of September 2015. This fund shall attract an FMC of 0.50% per annum. If this scenario happens within the first five policy years, the funds shall be paid out at the end of the lock-in period of five years. If the discontinuance happens after 5 policy years, one can convert the policy into a paid-up policy or ask for a time extension of up to 2 years to revive the policy, else one can withdraw from the policy without any risk cover and the fund value will be paid out immediately.


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