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Best Term Insurance Plans in India with Claim Settlement Ratio

Finding the best term insurance plan is an impertinent necessity for an individual who has dependents or a family. It is a proven fact that a term plan offers the most ‘value for money’ proposition. It is the basic form of life insurance where a fixed sum assured is paid on the death of the policyholder. In case of survival of policy term, the insured gets nothing in return. The premium on even the best term plans depends on three basic factors: age, term of the policy and the sum assured you choose

Now as you know what term insurance means. Let us look at the claim settlement ratio of term insurance providers according to IRDA in the year 2015-2016. We will update the table according to the latest data available. 

Best Term Plans in India 

Insurance Provider

Death claims received

Claim settlement ratio

Death Claims Paid

Claims Pending

LIC

7,55,901

98.33%

7,42,243

0.50%

Max Life

9,223

96.95%

8,804

0.10%

Birla Sunlife

8,436

88.45%

8,055

1.70%

Tata AIA Life

3,873

96.80%

3,659

1.00%

Star Union Daichi

1,266

80.73%

1,191

0.30%

ICICI Prulife

12,309

96.20%

11,546

0.80%

PNB MetLife

2,466

85.36%

2,290

1.50%

Bajaj Allianz

20,661

91.30%

18,978

3.00%

Kotak Mahindra Life

2,686

89.09%

2,437

3.20%

HDFC Std

12,189

95.02%

11,031

2.30%

SBI Life

14,876

93.39%

13,303

3.20%

Sahara Life

778

90.30%

700

3.60%

Aegon Life

460

95.31%

413

0.20%

Canara HSBC

576

92.99%

516

3.10%

Exide Life

3,432

89.36%

2,955

1.60%

Reliance Life

18,142

93.82%

15,211

5.80%

Future Generali

2,160

90.26%

1,808

1.80%

Aviva Life

1,690

81.97%

1,396

0.50%

Bharti AXA Life

1,112

80.02%

900

2.90%

IDBI Federal Life

1,017

84.79%

736

4.30%

India First Life

1,655

71.87%

1,195

5.00%

Shriram Life

1,960

60.24%

1,307

11.20%

DHFL Pramerica

953

83.64%

545

6.50%

Edelweiss Tokio

119

85.11%

68

5.00%

**Claim settlement ratio for the year 2015-16   

Best Term Insurance Plans in 2017 with Rider Benefits  

Term Plan

Entry Age (Min-Max)

Policy Term (Min-Max)

Accidental Death Benefits

Critical Illness Benefit

Waiver of Premium

Terminal Illness

ICICI Prudential iProtect Smart

18 - 60 Years

5 - 40 years

Paid

N/A

Free

Free

HDFC Life click2Protect Plus

18-65 years

10 - 40 years

Paid

Paid

N/A

N/A

Max Life Online term Plan Plus

18-60 years

10 - 40 years

Paid

N/A

Included

N/A

Aegon Life iterm Plan

18-65 years

5 - 40 years (or upto 80 Years)

Paid

N/A

Paid

Free

PNB MetLife Mera Term plan

18-65 years

5 - 40 years

Paid

Paid

N/A

N/A

Birla Sun Life Protect @Ease Income Lump Sum

18-65 Years

5-40 years

Paid

Paid

N/A

Free

Canara HSBC OBC iSelect Lumpsum

18-70 Years

5 - 40 years

Paid

N/A

N/A

Free

Edelweiss Tokio Life TotalSecure+

18-65 years

80 years

Paid

Paid

Paid

N/A

Future Generali Flexi Online term

18-55 years

10 - 65 years (non-smoker)- 75 years(smoker)

Paid

N/A

N/A

N/A

Aviva iLife Plan

18- 55 years

10 - 35 years

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

TATA AIA iraksha Supreme

18 - 70 years

10 - 40 years

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

IDBI Federal iSurance Flexi Lump Sum Plan

18 - 60 Years

10 - 62 years

Paid

Free

N/A

N/A

Bajaj Allianz eTouch Lumpsum

18 - 65 years

10 - 40 years

Paid

Paid

Free

N/A

SBI Life eShield Plan

18 - 65 years

5 - 30 years

Paid

N/A

N/A

N/A

LIC E-term Plan

18 - 60 years

10 - 35 years

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

**Note: The above plans require mandatory medical proofs. 

Claim settlement Ratio of term Insurance Companies 

While looking for a term insurance policy, one of the major points to consider is claim settlement ratio.Claim Settlement ratio of a company informs you about the number of policies that are settled by paying back the claims in case of death. 

For most of the people, even the best term insurance plans become quite tricky to understand as the facts & figures used in these products are not easy to relate to. This is one of the major reasons that IRDA has made it mandate to use simple calculation methods to help users calculate Claim settlement Ratio.

The calculation of Claim Settlement Ratio is based on the total number of claims received by the insurance company against the total number of claims settled by it.

To further simplify, the formula used for it is: Total numbers of Claims Settled /Total number of Claims Made

Let’s say for an example, an insurance company has received 5000 claims in a financial year and it settled 4800 claims amongst those 5000 claims in the same financial year.

Thus, the CSR comes to be: 4800/5000 = 96 percent

Claim Rejection Ratio = (5000-4800)*100/5000 = 4 percent

Let’s suppose 100 claims are still waiting to be processed by the company. In that case, the pending ratio will be: 100/5000*100 = 2 percent

The reason behind keeping these calculations simpler is to make the buyers understand it easily, which eventually enables them to make a fair decision after looking into CSR details.

Claim settlement ratio has been chosen to rate the insurance companies because it is the only ratio which could be of use to customers while they select the policy. High claim settlement ratio shows the insurer is reliable and could be trusted for taking term plans whereas the low ratio indicates that the credibility of insurer is less and therefore they won't attract many customers because of their inability to settle claims.

Looking at the Claim settlement ratios of various companies it is clear that Life Insurance Corporation of India, MaxLife, Birla Sunlife, Tata AIA Life, Star Union are the top 5 insurance companies that have fared well in terms of settling their claims and hence stand a good chance of gaining customers' attention for a Term Insurance Plan.LIC performs the best in this regard because the company being a core Life Insurer has settled the maximum claims for Term plans and has rubbished the “Do not take Term insurance from a Life Insurer” Norm. 

It is a suggestion to all the customers that they make their choices wisely depending on the past performance of the insurers evaluated through their Claim Settlement ratios. Besides that age, health and income of the individual are of ample importance because depending on that only would the insurer decide on the sum insured, premium, term etc. Rest, the provided list is good enough to choose the best term insurance plan. 

However, there are also such factors that might lead to the rejection of your claim. Few of them include:

Misrepresentation of Data:

Sometimes, the lack of information or wrong information shared by the insured in the application form (provided by the insurance company) can lead to the claim rejection. If the person buying the insurance hasn’t answered the questions or provided the data & information clearly at the time of buying insurance, it might also lead to lapse of claim.

Fraud: 

There have been many cases where the customers have tried to fool the company and make extra money by making fraud claims. For instance, many times the customers quote a much higher value of the insured product than the real damage cost incurred, in order to extract more money from the insurer. Thus, insurance companies follow a thorough procedure to check the authenticity of the claims made, to avoid any losses.

Contracts:

 It’s a very common phenomenon amongst the policy buyers to ignore those teeny-weeny terms & conditions printed on the contract while signing it. For us, going through the list of terms & condition has always been an unimportant task; however, that’s where we get trapped and then we have to pay its price later on. That’s why, it advisable to take your time and thoroughly analyze the contract before signing it. In case, you get stuck at any point get it clear from the agent to avoid any confusion later on.

Nominee:

Every year, many claims are rejected by the insurer on the grounds that the nominee was not present at the time of claim settlement. Therefore, it’s really important for a nominee to be present for claim settlement; otherwise, the claim can be rejected. Furthermore, if there is any ongoing dispute going on between two parties that has got the involvement of the legal heir or the nominee of the insurance, its need to be settled before claiming the insurance as the insurance companies don’t entertain such cases in order to avoid any involvement in such disputes in future. 

Before we conclude this article, it’s important to mention that you shouldn’t make your decision solely based on the Claim settlement ratio of an insurance company.  This is because, though you get a fair idea with CSR about the number of claims settled by an insurer in one particular year, it’s still doesn’t give you any clear idea on why other claims were rejected.

There could be a lot of reasons leading to the rejection of claims by the insurance company such as fraud, misrepresentation/non-disclosure of the facts or delay in submitting the required documents by the buyer. Hence, you need to be smart and be true & clear about the facts shared with your insurer while buying a policy which will eventually make the life much easier for your nominee.

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