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How much money has been made by investing in the Public Provident Fund (PPF)?

This article shows the maturity amount of investing in the Public Provident Fund (PPF) for 15 years as per historical interest rates.

How much money has been made by investing in the Public Provident Fund (PPF)?


Posted on 22 Oct 2023 • Updated on: 13 Jan 2024
Author: Sayan Sircar
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This article shows the maturity amount of investing in the Public Provident Fund (PPF) for 15 years as per historical interest rates.

How much money has been made by investing in the Public Provident Fund (PPF)?

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What is the public provident fund (PPF)?

As per Wikipedia, the Public Provident Fund (PPF) is a savings-cum-tax-saving instrument in India introduced by the National Savings Institute of the Ministry of Finance in 1968. PPF allows you to save small sums of money, and offers a guaranteed interest rate and tax benefits that make it attractive for many conservative investors.

PPF is a fantastic debt instrument which has guaranteed return (though it has fallen over time) but it is still higher than the market rate in other options. Since there is a 15 years lock-in (which can be extended in blocks of 5 years) and to keep the account active you need only ₹500/year, open it and keep it active. Later when you need to invest more amount in long-term debt investments, both the maturity of PPF will be closer and you will have many options like debt mutual funds. You can open PPF in your own name plus in the name of your parents if they don’t have one already. When you get married and have children, you repeat this for your spouse and children.

PPF is an EEE-class instrument which means that it is exempt from tax on investment up to 1.5 lakhs/year under 80C, exempt from taxation during growth and there is a full exemption on taxes at maturity.

The latest PPF rate is 7.1%

However, the interest rate, as well as the limits of investment has varied over the years like this:

Historical interest rate and investment limits of PPF

How much money has been made by investing in the Public Provident Fund (PPF)?

We have calculated how much anyone could have got by investing the maximum allowed amount per year as per historical interest rates and created this table:

Money Made Via 15 Years Of Investment In PPF (₹ Lakhs)

Each value in the table is for a 15 year investment in PPF ending on the 1st of that month. Please note that in actual life, PPF is not an exact 15 year investment as the account can be opened anytime but the maturity happens on 1st April as explained here: When does a PPF account mature?.

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How much was allowed to be invested in PPF as per historical data?

Using the same logic, we have also plotted the maximum amount that was allowed to be invested over the years in PPF:

Total Invested In PPF Over 15 Years (₹ Lakhs)

You can see that over time, limits of investment in PPF has been steadily increased.

This article is a part of our detailed article series on Public Provident Fund (PPF). Ensure you have read the other parts here:

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