Why is there a vast difference in premiums of various term insurance plans?

Insurance premium is an amount paid by the policyholder to the insurance company in return for the risk cover.

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Last Updated - September 6, 2023
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The insurance premium is an amount paid by the policyholder to the insurance company in return for the risk coverage. Every insurance company assesses the risk differently and accordingly, decides the premium. So if Company A assesses your risk to be low, they will offer you lower premiums. But if Company B considers you to belong to a high-risk profile, then they will offer you a high premium amount.

There are some other factors also which determine the premiums. Much like any other product, competition is also a factor. Just as affordable prices for a product attract more customers, here too more affordable premiums for the same benefits will attract more customers. So some companies may charge a lower premium to attract more customers while some companies will continue with their premium pricing.

The Indian insurance market was opened up only in the year 2000. Before that, there was only LIC with no competition. So you will now find a lot of aggressive products and pricing being launched by different companies to reach out to a larger number of customers.

Even within the insurance companies, you will find rates dropping as the years pass as the understanding of the Indian market and associated risks gets better and better. You will find less risky customers get more attractive rates than others.

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Manoj is the co-founder and COO of MyInsuranceClub. He has experience in Financial Services, Internet, Insurance and Outsourcing business. He has done his Post Graduation from XLRI, Jamshedpur.