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National Savings Certificates (India)

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National Savings Certificates (India)

Both sides of 1953 50R Post Office National Savings Certificate.

National Savings Certificates, popularly known as NSC, is an Indian Government Savings Bond, primarily used for small savings and income tax saving investments in India. It is part of the postal savings system of Indian Postal Service (India Post).

These can be purchased from any Post Office in India by an adult (either in his/her own name or on behalf of a minor), a minor, a trust, and two adults jointly. These are issued for five and ten year maturity and can be pledged to banks as collateral for availing loans. The holder gets the tax benefit under Section 80C of Income Tax Act, 1961.[1][2][3]

Other similar government savings schemes in India include: Public Provident Fund (PPF), Post Office Fixed Deposit, Post Office Recurring Deposit, etc.[4]


The certificates were heavily promoted by the Indian government in the 1950s after India's independence, to collect funds for "nation-building".[5]

References and sources

  1. ^ National Savings Certificates (NSC) National Savings Institute website.
  2. ^ "All you wanted to know about National Savings Certificates". Money Control. Nov 9, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Scrap NSC, Kisan Vikas Patra: RBI panel". The Times of india. Jul 23, 2004. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Interest on savings schemes cut". The hindu. January 15, 2000. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Minister's Call To Save More". Indian Express. Mar 20, 1950. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  • National Savings Certificate Act

External links

  • National Savings Certificates (NSC) at India Post
  • All about National Savings Certificates (NSC)
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