How to Calculate EPF Interest Rate

Last Updated : 02 Jun 2020
EPF Interest Rate Calculation
EPF Interest Rate Calculation

The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) is a savings scheme for employees who are working for organisations that come under the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

  • Employer and employee make contributions
  • Interest rate is 8.65% p.a.
  • Wage ceiling is Rs.15,000
  • Mandatory for organisations with over 20 employees

Contributions made by employee and employer

It is vital that employees understand the contribution made towards the scheme before finding out the various methods for the calculation of interest. The employees’ contribution can be 8% (in the case of women for the initial three years of employment), 10%, and 12%. The employer’s contribution to the EPF scheme is 10% or 12%. The contribution made by the employer is 10% in case the number of employees working for the organisation is less than 20. However, the employer’s contribution is split among EPF, Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), and Employee Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI).

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The break-up of the employee’s and employer’s contribution to the scheme is mentioned below:

Contributions Employer’s contribution Employee’s contribution
EPF 3.67% 12%
EPS 8.33% Nil
EDLI 0.5% Nil

Salary more than the wage ceiling

In case the salary of the employee is more than Rs.15,000, one of the below-mentioned methods can be opted by employers:

  • The employer may allow the employee to pay 12% of his/her basic salary and dearness allowance and restrict their contribution to the Rs.15,000 wage ceiling.
  • The employer may match the employee’s contribution even if the salary is above Rs.15,000.
  • The employer can restrict both the contributions to the Rs.15,000 wage ceiling.

Methods for the calculation of interest rates

The EPFO decides the rate of interest for the EPF scheme on a yearly basis. The rate of interest is dependent on the market conditions and is vetted by the finance ministry. The interest rate can be calculated either by using the step method or the formula method. The rate of interest for the FY 2018-2019 is 8.65%. Given below is an example of the calculation of interest using both methods:


EPF Basic salary and dearness allowance: Rs.40,000

Rate of interest: 8.65%

Employee’s contribution towards EPF (12% of Rs.40,000): Rs.4,800.

Employer’s contribution towards EPF (3.67% of Rs.40,000): Rs.1,468

Employer’s contribution towards EPS (8.33% of Rs.40,000): Rs.3,332

Employer’s contribution towards EPS under the Rs.15,000 wage ceiling (8.33% of Rs.15,000): Rs.1,249.50

The contribution made by the employer towards EPS that is more than the wage ceiling (Rs.3,332-Rs.1,249.50): Rs.2,082.50

The excess contribution made by the employer is added to the EPF contribution (Rs.2,082.50+Rs.1,468): Rs. 3,550.50, which is rounded off to Rs.3,551

Therefore, the total contribution made by the employer and employee towards EPF (Rs.4,800+Rs.3,551) is Rs.8,351.

  • Formula method: Given below is the method to calculate the interest using the formula method:

(8.65%/12) x Rs.8,351 = Rs.60.19, which is rounded off to Rs.60

  • Step method: Mentioned below is the calculation of interest using the step method:

8.65%/12 = 0.72%

0.72% x Rs.8,351 = Rs.60.12, which is rounded off to Rs.60

Therefore, the calculations for the rate of interest are the same using both the methods. Interest can also be calculated with the help of the PF interest calculator that is offered by various third-party websites.

The balance that is available at the end of the year will be the opening balance that is present for the next year.

Example of calculation of interest for a financial year

The table below is an example of the calculation of interest for an entire financial year:

Months Basic salary plus dearness allowance Contribution made by the employer (Rs.) Contribution made by the employee (Rs.) Total balance that is available at the end of the month (Rs.) Interest that is generated (Rs.)
1 40,000 3,551 4,800 8,351 0
2 40,000 3,551 4,800 16,702 60
3 40,000 3,551 4,800 25,053 120
4 40,000 3,551 4,800 33,404 181
5 40,000 3,551 4,800 41,755 241
6 40,000 3,551 4,800 50,106 301
7 40,000 3,551 4,800 58,457 361
8 40,000 3,551 4,800 66,808 421
9 40,000 3,551 4,800 75,159 482
10 40,000 3,551 4,800 83,510 542
11 40,000 3,551 4,800 91,861 602
12 40,000 3,551 4,800 1,00,212 662

Calculation of the total EPF balance that will be present in the account at the end of the year is the addition of the total balance that is present at the end of the last month and the total interest that has been generated. Therefore, the total balance available in the account is:

Rs.1,00,212 + Rs.3,973 = Rs.1,04,185

History of EPF interest rates

Given below is the table for the EPF interest rates from 1952 till date:

Financial Year Rate of interest per annum p.a.(%)
1952-1955 3.00
1955-1957 3.50
1957-1963 3.75
1963-1964 4.00
1964-1965 4.25
1965-1966 4.50
1966-1967 4.75
1967-1968 5.00
1968-1969 5.25
1969-1970 5.50
1970-1971 5.70
1971-1972 5.80
1972-1974 6.00
1974-1975 6.50
1975-1976 7.00
1976-1977 7.50
1977-1978 8.00
1978-1979 8.25 (inclusive of 0.50% of bonus)
1979-1981 8.25
1981-1982 8.50
1982-1983 8.75
1983-1984 9.15
1984-1985 9.90
1985-1986 10.15
1986-1987 11.00
1987-1988 11.50
1988-1989 11.80
1989-2000 12.00
2000-2001 12.00 April to June 2001 11.00 from July 2001
2001-2004 9.50
2004-2005 9.50 (inclusive of Golden Jubilee Bonus of 0.50%)
2005-2010 8.50
2010-2011 9.50
2011-2012 8.25
2012-2013 8.50
2013-2015 8.75
2015-2016 8.80
2016-2017 8.65
2017-2018 8.55
2018-2019 8.65

News About EPF Interest Rate Calculation

  • Tamil Nadu State Government announces PF interest rates

    The Tamil Nadu State Government has recently announced the interest rates which will be applicable to Provident Fund. The officials have announced that the present interest rate of 8% will remain unaltered for the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) accounts.

    The interest rate of 8% for the Provident Fund (PF) accounts for the period of 1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019 was recently announced by the Central Government. Following the announcement from the Central Government, the state government of Tamil Nadu has also announced that the interest rate for the period of January to March 2019 will remain unchanged at 8%. An interest rate of 8.5% had already been announced and paid for the period extending from 1 October 2018 to 31 December 2018.

    24 January 2019

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