NPS Withdrawal and Exit Rules 2017 – FAQ

NPS Withdrawal and Exit Rules 2017 – FAQ

NPS Withdrawal and Exit Rules :

NPS withdrawal and Exit Rules is amended by the Government time to time. Now the PFRDA has issued a FAQ to clear the doubts through updated information. Thus we will be able to know the withdrawal conditions and what will one get when he/she exits from National Pension System.

NPS Withdrawal and Exit Rules


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

on Exit from NPS

for Central Government Sector (CG) and Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs)

DISCLAIMER: For detailed provisions and regulations, please refer PFRDA (Exit and Withdrawal under National Pension System) Regulations 2015 and subsequent amendments under it. The same are also available on website of PFRDA at

1. What is an exit?
An exit is defined as closure of individual pension account of the subscriber under National Pension
2. When can I exit from NPS?
A subscriber can exit from NPS at any point but complete withdrawal is subject to certain conditions.
3. Whether pre-mature exit and voluntary retirement are same or not?
Yes, under NPS both are same Pre-mature exit is defined under NPS as exit re the superannuation/retirement age. Under NPS, Voluntary retirement is treated as pre-mature exit.
However, eligibility & terms of Voluntary retirement are defined/governed by service rules and regulations of the respective organization.
4. What shall be my benefits, if I opt for pre-mature exit from' NPS?
Pre-mature exit or Voluntary retirement-
Minimum Annuitisation- 80% of accumulated wealth.
Maximum Lump Sum Withdrawal- 20% of accumulated wealth.
If the accumulated pension wealth of the subscriber is equal to or less than one lakh rupees or a limit to be specified by the Authority, such subscriber shall have the option to withdraw the entire accumulated pension wealth without purchasing any annuity.
5. What shall be my benefits, if I retire/ superannuate from NPS?
6. What are the provisions to settle the cases in the unfortunate death of the NPS subscriber during the service?
7. What are the provisions to settle the cases in the unfortunate death of the NPS subscriber during the service and no nomination has been provided in the account?
Where no valid nomination exists in accordance with these regulations, at the time of exit of such subscriber on account of death, the nomination if any existing in the records of such subscriber with his or her employer for the purpose of receiving other admissible terminal benefits shall be treated as nomination exercised for the purposes of receiving benefits under the National Pension System. The employer shall send a confirmation of such nomination in its records, to the National Pension System Trust or the central recordkeeping agency, while forwarding the claim for processing.
8. Can I defer my lump sum in case of pre-mature exit from the system?
9. Can I defer my lump sum in case of retirement superannuation? If yes, what are the provisions   and requirements to avail this facility?
The lump sum can be deferred till the age of 70 years which can be withdrawn at any time between superannuation and 70 years of age or every year till age of 70 years. The subscriber has to give in writing (intimation to the employer) in the specified form at least fifteen days before the attainment of age of superannuation and same should be authorized by the associated Nodal office in the CRA system. If deferment is availed by the subscriber, subscriber has to bear the maintenance charges like CRA, PFM etc.
10. Can I defer my annuity at the time of retirement/superannuation? yes, what are the provisions?
Annuity purchase can also be deferred for maximum period of 3 years. The subscriber has to give in writing (intimation to the employer) at least fifteen days before the attainment of age of superannuation and same should be authorized by the associated Nodal office in the CRA system.
If the death of the subscriber occurs before such due date of purchase of an annuity after the deferment, the annuity shaft mandatorily be purchased by the spouse.
11. Can I defer both lump sum and annuity at the time of retirement/superannuation?
12. Can I keep on contributing in my Tier-I -account even after retirement / superannuation?
Yes. The Subscriber shall have the option to do so by giving in writing and up to which age he would like to contribute to his individual pension account but not exceeding seventy years of age.
In such scenario, subscriber has to shift his/her PRAN to any POP or e-NPS. Nodal office shall not assist in uploading of contribution after the date of superannuation. Subscriber has to operate account in his/her individual capacity only.
Such option shall be exercised at least fifteen days prior to the age of attaining sixty years or age or superannuation, as the case may be, and same should be authorized by the associated Nodal office in the CRA system.
Subscriber has to bear the maintenance charges like PoP, CRA, PFM etc.
13. I continue my Tier-I account even after retirement / superannuation, Can I avail the facility of deferment of lump sum and annuity during the extended period?
No, Upon exercise of the option of continuation after the superannuation, the other options of deferment of benefits (lump sum and annuity) shall not be available to such a subscriber.
14. Can terminate my extension any time before the attaining the age of 70 years or I have to continue the Tier -1 till the age of 70 years?
Even after exercise of such option, the subscriber may exit at any point of time from National Pension System, by submitting a withdrawal request as prescribed.
15. Who shall bear the transaction and other charges, if I avail the facility of continuation of Tier-I account after the retirement / superannuation?
Subscriber has to bear all the applicable charges including maintenance charges like POP, CRA, PFM etc., if he avails such facility.
16. Can I continue my Tier-2 account after the closure of Tier -1 account?
Upon exit from Tier 1 account, the Tier 2 account gets closed automatically.
17. Can I continue my Tier -2 account, if decide to continue Tier-I account even after the retirement / superannuation?
A subscriber can contribute to his Tier 2 account till the time he has an active Tier 1 account.
18. What is annuity?
An annuity is a product that pays out regular income. It is a contract for deferred payment. The main objective of an annuity is to give regular income to the subscriber even after retirement/working age.
19. In case of pre-mature exit, when will my annuity start i.e. immediately or after the age of 60 years?
Annuity starts immediately after the minimum age required for purchasing any annuity (depending upon choice of ASP and Annuity scheme. For e.g. 30, 35 or 38) from any of the empaneled annuity service providers. Subscriber need not wait till the age of 60 years.
20. What are the annuity options available to me under NPS?
21. Whether I have to go by the default annuity or I have a choice to decide other annuity type also?
The subscriber can choose any other annuity, other than default annuity, available with the empaneled Annuity Service Providers (ASPs).
22. Where can I check the rates offered by the annuity service providers on various type of annuities?
Details of annuity rates and other details may be checked on CRA website (link given below).
23. Can I change my annuity service provider or annuity type any time?
Once an annuity is purchased, the option of cancellation or reinvestment with another Annuity Service Provider or in other annuity scheme shall not be allowed unless the same is within the time limit specified by the Annuity Service Provider, for the free look period as provided in the terms of the annuity contract or specifically provided by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority.
24. What functions are performed by Annuity Service Providers (ASPs)?
Annuity Service Providers (ASPs) are empaneled by PFRDA to annuity to subscribers through their various schemes. Subscribers will have the option to invest their amount into one annuity scheme ' upon retirement/resignation. ASPs would be responsible for delivering a regular monthly pension (annuity) to the subscriber for the rest of his/her life.
25. Is it mandatory to purchase annuity under NPS at the time of exit?
Yes, but there are some scenarios where the subscriber/nominees/legal heirs can withdraw the whole accumulated wealth.
26. Which companies empaneled under PFRDA as Annuity Service Providers (ASPs)?
1. Life Insurance Corporation of India
2. SBI Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
3. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
4. HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co Ltd
5. Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. Ltd
*Subject to change from time to time.
27. Will I get back the amount invested for annuity purchase?
Only in annuity types where there is provision of return of purchase price.
28. In case of retirement / superannuation, when should I submit my withdrawal request i.e. after the date of retirement or before the retirement?
CRA network sends a communication 6 month before the superannuation/retirement date generating a Claim ID to the subscriber and nodal office. It' is advisable that the subscriber should submit all the documents to the nodal office atleast 1 month before the superannuation/retirement date.
29. Can I withdraw before attaining the age of retirement / superannuation?
Yes, it is termed as Partial Withdrawal.
30. If yes, how much amount can be withdrawn?
Up to 25% of the contribution made by the subscriber (without considering the appreciation /returns on the amount ) as on date of application of withdrawal.
31. Can I withdraw any number of times during the service?
A subscriber is allowed to withdraw only three times during the entire tenure of service.
32. What are the conditions under which partial withdrawal can happen?
33. If I avail partial withdrawal facility, will I get the same benefit as applicable at the time of retirement/ superannuation?
34.  Whether I am eligible for Gratuity?
Yes, as per latest 0M No.7/5/2012-P&PW(F)/B dt. 26.08.2016 issued by Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare, the Central Government employees covered under NPS are eligible for 'Retirement Gratuity and Death Gratuity
35. What are tax benefits available under IT Act, 1961 for Tier 1 Account?
36. What are tax benefits available under IT Act, -1961 for Tier 2 Account?
No tax benefit is available for Tier 2 account
37. Where can I find list of important forms related to exit and withdrawal?
Form No.
a Superannuation
b Pre- mature Exit
c Death

(Venkateshwarlu Peri)
Chief General Manager

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