Income Tax

Parameter PPF NSC ELSS
Tenure 15 years 6 years 3 years
Returns (Compounded Annually) 8.80% (Compounded half-yearly) 8.60 to 8.9% Not assured dividends/ returns
Minimum investments Rs.500 Rs.100 Rs.500
Maximum investments Rs.100,000 No limit* No limit*
Amount eligible for deduction under Section 80C\ Rs.100,000 Rs 1,00,000 Rs 1,00,000
Taxation for interest Tax free Taxable Dividends and capital gain tax free
Risk Profile Conservative Conservative Moderate

Instrument Lock In Period
ELSS 3 Years
Bank Fixed Deposit 5 Years
PO Time Deposit 5 Years
NSC 6 Years
PPF 15 Years (Partial Withdrawal)