Updated 20/03/2016
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Post Office Monthly Income Scheme (MIS)

Post Office Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) is meant for investors who want to invest a sum amount initially and earn interest on a monthly basis for their livelihood. The scheme is, therefore, more beneficial for retired persons.

Recent Changes in the scheme :

Salient features of Post Office Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) Accounts

EligibilityAny individual singly or jointly with other one or two adults.

A guardian on behalf of minor or a person of unsound mind.

A minor who has attained the age of 10 years.

Minimum amountRs. 1,500/-
Maximum amountRs. 4.5 lakhs in single account and Rs. 9 lakhs in joint account.

Any number of accounts can be opened subject to the maximum prescribed limit.

Maturity periodSix years for accounts opened upto 30th November 2011.

Five years for accounts opened after 1st December 2011.
Nomination facilityAvailable
Interest Rate
PeriodInterest Rate
Upto 30.11.20118.00% per annum + bonus of 5 % of the deposit amount on maturity after six years)
01.12.2011 to 31.03.20128.20% per annum (No bonus is payable on accounts opened on or after 01.12.2011.)
01.04.2012 to 31.03.20138.50% per annum
01.04.13 to 31.03.20168.40% per annum
01.04.16 onwards7.80% per annum
Premature withdrawalCan be prematurely encashed after one year but before 3 years at the discount of 2% of the deposit and after 3 years at the discount of 1% of the deposit. (Discount means deduction from the deposit.)

No bonus is applicable to any premature closure of the Account.

Tax benefitsNot available.
Interest TaxabilityTaxable.
Other features
  • Deposits are exempt from Wealth Tax.
  • Non-Resident Indians and HUFs are ineligible to open the account.
  • Facility of automatic credit of monthly interest to saving account if accounts are at the same post office.
  • Interest not withdrawn do not earn any interest.
  • Minors have a separate limit of investment of Rs. 3 lakhs and the same is not clubbed with the limit of guardian.
  • No tax deduction at source.
  • A single Monthly Income Scheme Account can be converted into joint Account and vice versa.

Agency Commission0.5% w.e.f. 1st December 2011.