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What is Term Life Insurance?

Term Life insurance is the purest and most cost effective form of life insurance. This type of life insurance provides financial protection to the nominee in case policyholder dies during policy term. Term Insurance policies provide high life cover at lower premiums. For eg: Premium for ₹1 Cr Term Insurance cover could be as low as ₹490** p.m. These fixed premiums can be paid at once or at regular intervals for the entire policy term or for a limited period of time. Premium amount varies basis the type of the premium payment method opted by the buyer.

Reasons to Buy Term Insurance Online


Why do you need Term Insurance?

  • Your family depends on you:The term insurance money can be used to meet your family’s monthly expenses and important goals like your child’s education.
  • Your assets need protection:You may take loans for assets like a house or a car. However, if something happens to you, your loved ones might be burdened with loan repayments. In such a situation, the term insurance payout which your family will receive can be utilized in paying off outstanding loans.
  • Lifestyle risks: Modern day lifestyle problems can lead to a host of ailments. Some term insurance plans don’t just protect your family after death but also during your lifetime by offering critical illness ^ protection. This feature pays out on the diagnosis of certain critical ailments like cancer or heart attack.

Who should buy a Term Insurance Policy?

Anyone with financial dependents should buy a term insurance policy. This includes married couples, parents, young professionals, SIP investors and in some cases, even retirees.

Life Insurance premiums paid are deductible from taxable income under Section 80C and hence carry a double benefit for taxpayers – protection and tax-saving. The payment (maturity value) received under an insurance policy is also exempt subject to conditions under Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act, 1961^^. Term insurance also has among the lowest premiums among the different types of insurance policies.

Hence, individuals who derive any of the three major benefits associated with term insurance should consider buying such policies. The three major benefits are – life protection, tax saving and affordable premiums.

  • Parents:Parents are generally the sole source of financial support for their children. The needs of children extend from school fees and living expenses to hefty university fees, later on in life. The unexpected demise of a parent can jeopardize this future and deprive children of life’s opportunities. Parents must ensure that this scenario does not come to pass, by taking out a term insurance policy. This policy will pay out a lump sum and/or income to satisfy their children’s expenses, in the event of the death of the parent(s).
  • Newly-married: Roses, chocolates and movie tickets are great, but here’s a truly long lasting gift for your spouse – term insurance. This gift will give your spouse more than momentary joy, it will secure their life’s future. Term insurance assures the spouse of financial support in case the insured person passes away and should be purchased as soon as possible by married couples.
  • Young Professionals:Young professionals are just starting their careers. Many of them are not yet married and have no financial dependents. However this is likely to change in the future as they get married or support their parents/relatives. Such individuals should buy term insurance now rather than wait. This is because once a policy is purchased, the premiums stay the same throughout an individual’s life. On the other hand waiting to buy term insurance in the future can force customers to pay higher premiums because term insurance premiums rise with age.
  • Taxpayers: Term insurance premiums paid are allowed as deduction from taxable income under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961^^. The term insurance payouts on maturity are also exempt from tax subject to conditions under Section 10(10D). Hence taxpayers can use term insurance to significantly reduce their tax burden.
  • SIP Investors:Investors in mutual fund SIPs (Systematic Investment Plan ) invest a fixed amount every month in a mutual fund. The wealth creation in an SIP is driven by a stream of regular installments which compound over time. However the untimely demise of the investor can stop the flow of installments. Term Insurance can protect the SIP by providing the nominees of the insured person with funds to continue the SIP.
  • Retirees: Retired persons need to have term insurance if they have dependant spouses or families. Buying term insurance can also be a way of leaving an inheritance for their families. This is because, term insurance is paid out to nominees on the death of the insured person. The payment of term insurance is also tax free subject to conditions under Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act,1961^^.

Term Insurance - Benefits

  • High Life Insurance Amount at affordable premiums:: Term insurance plans provide large amount life insurance cover at an affordable premium. This cover can compensate for several years of lost earnings.
  • Cover Against Critical Illnesses^: Along with providing life cover, a new-age term plan like ICICI Pru iProtect Smart also provides protection against critical illnesses. For a small additional premium, Critical Illness Cover provides lump sum payments when a critical illness like a heart attack, cancer, kidney failure etc is first diagnosed.
  • Support In Case Of Disability##:In new-age Term plans such as ICICI Pru iProtect Smart, the insurance company pays your future premiums in case of total and permanent disability. As a result, your life insurance cover continues even if you are unable to pay premiums.
  • Additional Security: To increase the security of your family, a Term Policy provides additional pay-out (up to ₹2 crores) in case of an accidental death+. For example, if your Life Cover is ₹1 crore, a Term Insurance plan with Accident Cover pays ₹2 crores to your family in case of an accidental death+.
  • Tax Benefits:Term Insurance plans offer tax benefits^^ on premiums paid up to ₹46,800 under Section 80C. New-age Term plans with critical illness cover also offer additional tax benefits on premiums paid up to ₹7800 under Section 80D. You also get tax benefits^^ subject to conditions under Section 10(10D) on the money that your family receives in case of an unfortunate event.

How to choose Best Term Insurance Plan?

While buying a Term Plan, we always have questions like which Term Plan is best and how to compare the best Term Insurance Plan. Here are some parameters which may help you choose the Best Term Plan for yourself:

  • Claim Settlement Ratio:This ratio tells you how many claims for life insurance have been paid out as a proportion of claims made. The higher this ratio is, the better.
    Fact: ICICI Pru Life has a claim settlement ratio~ of 98.6%
  • Solvency Ratio:Solvency ratio tells you whether the insurer you choose will be financially capable of settling your claim if the need arises. IRDAI mandates that every life insurer should maintain a solvency ratio of at least 1.5.
    Fact: ICICI Pru Life has a solvency ratio$ of 2.52
  • Option to add Critical Illness Benefit^: A critical illness like cancer or brain surgery can cost a lot of money and cripple the family’s finances. Critical illness protects your family from this risk. It pays out immediately on diagnosis and only medical documents confirming diagnosis are to be submitted3
    Fact:Critical illness covers with term insurance plans are very popular. One in three of our customers also attach a critical illness cover to their term plan`.
  • Option to add Accidental Death Benefit+:If you have opted for Accidental Death cover, your family will get additional pay out in case of death due to an accident, subject to maximum of ₹2 crore.
  • Waiver of Premium on Terminal Illness##:In case the person covered by the policy gets affected by terminal illness, his/her future premiums will not need to be paid.

Why Choose our Top selling Term Plan – ICICI Pru iProtect Smart?

  • It fits in your tight budget: After paying your monthly rent, phone and light bills, a term insurance premium can be difficult. ICICI Pru iProtect Smart’s affordable premiums make sure it isn’t.
  • It gives you longer cover: The best time to buy life insurance is now. Buying now will ensure that you get life cover at low premiums for the desired term. ICICI Pru iProtect Smart can cover you till the age of 85 and you also have option to get whole life insurance till age 99.
  • It gives you option to cover 34 critical illnesses^: ICICI Pru iProtect Smart pays on the diagnosis of any one of 34 critical illnesses. No hospital bills are required3.
  • It provides you option of lump sum or income:ICICI Pru iProtect Smart allows your family to get their life insurance payout as a lump sum, income or a combination of both. A lump sum payment is a single payment made to the nominee on the death of the insured person. An income payment is a series of annual or monthly payments, made to the nominee on the insured person’s death. The latter option can save your family from the hassle of managing and investing a large sum of money.
  • It gives you accelerated pay out in case of terminal illness##: ICICI Pru iProtect Smart pays out your insurance cover even before death, if you are affected by a terminal illness.
  • It provides you Protection against other claims: You can buy the insurance policy under the Married Woman’s Property Act++. This protects the money paid under the policy from other claims. It thus provides an additional layer of protection to your family.
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How to Buy Term Insurance online?


1. Calculate Term Insurance premium with Term Insurance Premium Calculator

2. Complete the application form by answering some simple questions about your personal & professional life and health details.

3. Review the form and make payment.

How Much Term Insurance Cover do you need?

You can get a simple, quick and clear answer to this question by calculating your Human Life Value or HLV. HLV is an easy-to-use numeric method of calculating the amount of Life Cover that you may need.

How much should be the Term Insurance policy period?

The policy term offered by most life insurers ranges from 5 years to 40 years. One should always opt for a policy term depending on their retirement age. In India, 60 years is the general age of retirement. If you buy a Term Insurance policy till 60 years, by that age all your financial liabilities and responsibilities will be cleared. Policyholders can opt for life cover for up to 99 years age if they have a number of dependents and would like to cover them for his complete life span.

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Term Insurance - FAQs

⭐ What is Term Insurance?

Term Insurance plan or Term Life Insurance plan is a pure risk cover and most cost-effective form of life insurance. This type of life insurance provides financial protection to your family in your absence. This helps the family members to live a life that they have been living and also pay off loans if any.

⭐ Should I buy a term plan or traditional life insurance plan?

If your main purpose is to financially protect your family like your wife, children or parents in your absence, then you could opt for a term insurance plan. Term insurance plans give you adequate life insurance cover at a much lower cost. However, if you are looking for insurance as well as savings returns, then you may go for traditional life insurance policies like endowment plans or ULIPs.

⭐ How to choose the right term plan for me?

You must consider these 4 important points before buying term insurance

I. Added Benefits – Consider the added benefits that come by default or as additional options with a term plan e.g. critical illness cover terminal illness cover or waiver of premium due to disability.

II. Brand Strength - Understand how strong the insurance brand is and how likely it is to make a payment in case a claim is made. Important parameters here would be the ‘Claim settlement ratio’, time taken to pay the claims and ‘Amount of claims paid’.

III. Right cover and policy term – Choosing the right cover and policy term helps you save money too. You must select these as per your requirements. It is recommended that you should have a term insurance cover of 10-12 times your income. Also, the policy term should ideally be till your retirement age (typically 60 years).

IV. Budget – Choose a term plan that fits in your budget & offers premium pay-out options to suit your needs. E.g. If budget is a problem, one could go for a plan that provides monthly premium payment option over a yearly commitment.

⭐ Do I need Term Insurance?

If your family is financially dependent on you or if you have liabilities like home loans etc. then you should buy a term plan. Term insurance plans provide a sufficiently large life cover at a very affordable cost. This takes care of your family members in case of your absence. Tip – ICICI Pru iProtect Smart is our top selling term insurance plan online~~.

⭐ Which is the best Term Plan for me?

In your absence, the best term plan for you will be the one that pays money to your family members quickly and without any hassle. ICICI Pru Life claims settlement is one of the highest at 98.6%* and we settle most our claims in less than 3 days#.

⭐ How much cover should I take in a term plan?

We suggest, you term insurance cover should be about 10-12 times your annual income. For eg: if you are earning ` 7.5 Lakhs per annum, you must secure yourself with a cover of about 75 Lakhs.

Additionally, you may also consider the following liabilities if applicable:

I. Loans & Liabilities

II. Children’s’ Education Cost

A simple rule of thumb for calculating Sum Assured in a Term Insurance policy is -
Minimum Sum Assured = Annual Income x 10 times + Loans/Liabilities $$

⭐ What is the policy term that I should select?

As a thumb rule, you should opt for a policy term depending on your retirement age. By then you would have paid off all your liabilities. However, in case you have some loans or liabilities, which will continue even after your retirement, you may choose your policy term accordingly.

Eg: If your current age is 30 and you expect to retire at the age of 60, you should opt for a term life cover for 30 years policy term.

Ideal Policy Term = Your Expected Retirement Age – Your Current Age1


Your Expected Age to attain Zero Liability – Your Current Age2

⭐ When is the right time to buy term insurance?

The earlier you buy, the better it is. This helps you save on premium for the entire policy term. Another important factor is that with age you may catch some lifestyle diseases and at that point in time, you may either not get a policy or you may get it at a very high price.

⭐ Is there any advantage of limited pay option in term insurance?

You can save up to 68%`` on the total premium if you opt to pay off your premiums early with Limited Pay option of 5, 7 or 10 years. This also ensures lesser liabilities but sufficient cover for the later part of your life.

For instance, if you are 30 years old and bought a term plan with a policy term of 30 years. You may pay off your premium in the first 10 years itself. By then you would have turned 40 and you will not have to pay any premium anymore but you will be sufficiently covered till you are 60.

⭐ What happens to term life insurance at the end of the term?

Once your policy matures or reaches the end of its term, it ceases to exist which means the term life insurance policy expires and your coverage stops.

⭐ What is Terminal illness in Term insurance?

Terminal Illness, as defined for ICICI Pru iProtect Smart, is a condition which, in the opinion of two independent medical practitioners’ specializing in the treatment of such illness, is highly likely to lead to death within six months. The terminal illness must be diagnosed and confirmed by medical practitioners’ registered with the Indian Medical Association and approved by the Company. The Company reserves the right for an independent assessment.

⭐ What is the age limit to buy a term plan?

The minimum age to buy ICICI Pru iProtect Smart term plan is 18 years and the maximum age is 65 years.

⭐ How Term Insurance plans work?

Term Insurance plans provide life cover to policy holder, so if policyholder dies before the policy term period then a death benefit is paid to the nominee of policyholder.


*Source: ICICI Prudential Life Annual Report FY2018-19

#The Average Claims Turn Around Time (TAT) for FY2019 for Death Claim (Individual) is 2.34 days* The TAT is calculated for Non-investigated claims from Last document received to Disbursal date

"The percentage saving computed is purely in terms of premium paid over the term (Difference between Limited Pay: 5 years and Regular pay) of the policy and does not account for time & other factors that may happen during this period. It is one of the many features that the product offers and you can opt for it based on your individual needs. The percentage saving is for ICICI Pru iProtect Smart - Life Option for `2.00 Crores life cover for a 20 year old healthy Male for a policy term of 61 years with regular income payout option. The monthly premium will be `1,441. The premium amounts are inclusive of taxes and online discount is applied.

~~(Source: Company BuyOnline data - Dec 2015 till Sep 2018)




** The premium rate is of life option, regular pay and Income Payout option of ICICI Pru iProtect Smart for 25 year healthy male for policy term of 15 years and inclusive of tax. Yearly premium will be `5,444. You can choose to purchase other variants of the product as per your needs. For more details, please refer the product brochure.

~Claim statistics are for Financial Year 2018-19 and is computed basis individual claims settled over total individual claims for the financial year. For details, refer to Public Disclosures in our Website.

^Critical Illness Benefit is optional and available under Life and Health and All in One options. This benefit is payable, on first occurrence of any of the 34 illnesses covered. The CI Benefit, is accelerated and not an additional benefit which means the policy will continue with the Death Benefit reduced by the extent of the CI Benefit paid. The future premiums payable under the policy will reduce proportionately. If CI Benefit paid is equal to the Death Benefit, the policy will terminate on payment of the CI Benefit. To know more in detail about CI Benefit, terms & conditions governing it, kindly refer to sales brochure. Critical Illness benefit is available till age of 75.

+Accidental Death benefit is up to `2 Crores. Accidental Death Benefit is optional and available in Life Plus and All in One options. Accidental Death Benefit cover is available upto age 80.

++Nothing herein contained shall operate to destroy or impede the right of any creditor to be paid out of the proceeds of any policy of assurance, which may have been effected with intent to defraud creditors. Unless taken otherwise with the intent to defraud creditors. In case of any third party claim in the Courts of India with regards the insurance proceeds, the amount shall be subject to the judiciary directions. Please seek professional legal advice for the applicability of this provision.

^^Tax benefits under the policy are subject to conditions under Section 80C, 80D, 10(10D) and other provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961.Tax laws are subject to amendments made thereto from time to time. Please consult your tax advisor for details, before acting on above.

## Refer the product brochure for the definitions, exclusions and other terms and conditions applicable for  Permanent Disability due to accident and Terminal Illness.

`Based on number of policies sold online between January 2016 - February 2017.

$As per IRDA Annual Report 2017-18.

3. Only doctor’s certificate confirming diagnosis needs to be submitted. The benefit is payable only on the fulfillment of the definition of the diagnosed critical illness.

ICICI Pru iProtect Smart UIN 105N151V04.