What are Mortality Charges in ULIP?

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What Are Mortality Charges In ULIP?

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  • 14th Apr 2022
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What Are Mortality Charges In ULIP?

ULIP is a hybrid investment strategy that combines the advantages of insurance coverage with market-linked returns on your assets in a single package. It is subject to a five-year lock-in term. Experts generally advise that you keep your ULIP coverage for at least 10 -15 years to get the most out of your investment. All of these great attributes are enough to entice a big number of investors. However, there is a concept called mortality charges in ULIP that you should know of.

Everything About Mortality Charges in ULIP

When a person invests in ULIP, the insurer charges a mortality charge to pay insurance protection and other expenditures in the event of the insured’s death. It is generally taken along with other fees, before the policyholder’s money is invested.

The mortality fee is calculated using the amount at risk, which is equal to the sum assured minus the fund value. The sum at risk is the amount that the insurer must pay out of pocket if the insured dies. Further, the fee should ideally reduce as the fund value increases throughout the policy period.

Factors That Determine Mortality Charges in ULIP

ULIP mortality costs are determined by a variety of characteristics, including age, health condition and gender. A young person’s mortality costs are significantly lower than those spent by an older adult. Adult ULIPs, on the other hand, should not be mistaken with child ULIPs which have a higher death rate, especially in children aged 7 to 14.

Women get a lower mortality charge since it is based on gender. This fee in women’s ULIPs is determined over a three-year period. Simply put, a 35-year-old woman would have to pay the very same ULIP mortality fee as a 32-year-old male.

All You Need to Know About Calculating Mortality Charges in ULIP

In ULIP, the mortality charge is calculated as a percentage of the cover or the annual total at risk. As a result, the total at risk is the most important metric to consider when calculating the mortality charge in ULIP. The amount at risk varies depending on whether you have a Type I or Type II ULIP


As a death benefit, the nominee receives the greater of the guaranteed sum and the fund value. In this case, when the fund’s value grows, the amount at risk decreases.


The nominee receives the whole amount pledged as well as the fund value as a death benefit. As a result, the total at risk is equal to the guaranteed amount.

The mortality charges in ULIP are determined by parameters such as the country’s life expectancy ratio, the policyholder’s age, gender, financial condition, living area, and employment, in addition to the sum at risk. The formula for calculating the monthly mortality fee in ULIP is:

Mortality charge = [Mortality rate (for attained age) * Sum at Risk/1000] * 1/12

To summarise, after learning everything there is to know about mortality charges in ULIP and knowing how to calculate mortality charges in ULIP, it appears to be a great investment choice that provides you with two in one benefits.

- A Consumer Education Initiative series by Kotak Life

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