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Scheme Preference & Investment Option in Tier I Account

As per Ministry of Finance Gazette Notification dated January 31, 2019, the Central Government Subscribers, from April 1, 2019, will have the option of selecting the Pension Funds (PFs) and Investment Pattern in Tier I account. A Subscriber can choose any one of the available PFs and Investment Option as per their choice. If the choice is not exercised by the Subscriber, NPS contributions will be invested in the existing schemes – LIC, SBI and UTI will act jointly as default PFs as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India/ PFRDA. For more details on ‘Investment Option’, please refer ‘Information on Scheme Preference’ available on CRA website (www.npscra.nsdl.co.in).

Yes, a Subscriber is allowed to select the Pension Fund and Investment Pattern as per his/her choice at the time of registration under NPS. The Subscriber is required to provide the relevant details in the Subscriber Registration Form (CSRF).

The Subscriber can select any one of the following investment schemes:

  • Scheme G: 100% of contribution will be invested in Government Bonds and related instruments.
  • Scheme LC 25 : It is the Life cycle fund where the Cap to Equity investments is 25% of the total asset.
  • Scheme LC 50 : It is the Life cycle fund where the Cap to Equity investments is 50% of the total asset.

If the choice is not exercised by the Subscriber, NPS contributions will be invested in the existing schemes - LIC, SBI and UTI as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India/ PFRDA. For more details on ‘Investment Option’, please refer ‘Information on Scheme Preference’ available on CRA Website (www.npscra.nsdl.co.in).

There are two options available to the Subscriber – Online as well as offline.

Online: The Subscriber can change Scheme Preference online through his/her NPS account log-in. Subscriber can follow the simple steps as given below::

  • a. Go to his/ her NPS account and log-in.Superannuation
  • b. Click on sub menu "Scheme Preference Change" under main menu "Transaction".
  • c. Select Tier type and change the Scheme Preference as you intended to do.

Alternatively, the Subscriber can also submit physical request (Form GOS-S3) to his/her associated Nodal Office. The form GOS-S3 can be freely downloaded from CRA Website. On receipt of physical request, the Nodal Office will update the Scheme Preference in the CRA system.

Yes, you have the option to change your Pension Fund Manager. At present, the Subscriber can change the Pension Fund Manager once in a Financial Year.

The legacy contributions i.e. contributions accumulated in NPS account till March 31, 2019 will remain invested in the existing schemes – LIC, SBI and UTI will act jointly as default PFs as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India (GOI)/ PFRDA. Redemption and transfer of accumulated contributions will be carried out once guidelines and modalities are provided by GOI/ PFRDA.

Yes. Transaction Statement will undergo a change for the PRANs having legacy contributions i.e. contributions accumulated in NPS account till March 31, 2019. For the Subscribers who have opted new schemes, the Investment details of the legacy schemes and of the new scheme will be shown in two separate tables in the Transaction Statement.

The Subscriber will have the option of selecting the Pension Funds (PFs) and Investment Pattern in Tier I account at the time of shifting to Central Government. The Subscriber is required to provide the relevant details in Inter Sector Shifting (ISS) Form.

At present, Non-IRA Subscribers do not have the option of ‘Scheme Preference’ change. A Non-IRA Subscriber should first submit the physical registration form to become an IRA compliant Subscriber. Once he/ she becomes IRA, the Subscriber can change the Scheme Preference.

At present, the Subscribers under CABs do not have the option of selection of Pension Fund and Investment Pattern under NPS. In case of CABs, NPS contributions will be invested in the existing schemes – LIC, SBI and UTI as per the guidelines issued by the Government of India/ PFRDA.