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Of the total insurers currently in operation, eight are in the public sector and the remaining are in the private sector
Of the total insurers currently in operation, eight are in the public sector and the remaining are in the private sector

Life Insurance Corporation’s market share falls below 70%

The market share of private insurers increased to 30.64% in 2017-18, from 28.19% in 2016-17

New Delhi: State-owned Life Insurance Corporation’s (LIC) market share fell below 70% in the financial year ended March 2018 as private insurers get more aggressive.

The market share of private insurers increased to 30.64% in 2017-18, from 28.19% in 2016-17.

“On the basis of total premium income, the market shares of LIC decreased from 71.81% in 2016-17 to 69.36% in 2017-18," said the annual report of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai).

Further, the market share of private insurers in new business premium also saw an increase during 2017-18 over the previous year.

In the case of renewal premium, LIC had a share at 69.35% (down from 72.31% in the previous year). This compares with 30.65% (27.69% in the previous year) share of private insure rs.

During 2017-18, life insurers issued 281.97 lakh new individual policies, out of which LIC issued 213.38 lakh policies or 75.7% of the total new policies issued and the private life insurers issued 68.59 lakh policies (24.3%).

“While the private sector achieved a growth of 8.47% in the number of new policies issued against the previous year, LIC achieved a growth of 5.99%," the report said.

At the end of March 2018, there are 68 insurers operating in India, of which 24 are life insurers, 27 are general insurers, 6 are standalone health insurers exclusively doing health insurance business and 11 are re-insurers including foreign reinsurer branches and Lloyd’s India.

Of the total insurers currently in operation, eight are in the public sector and the remaining are in the private sector.

In life insurance business, India is ranked 10th among the 88 countries, for which data is published by Swiss Re.

The country’s share in global life insurance market was 2.76% during 2017.

However, during 2017, life insurance premium in India increased 8% (inflation adjusted) when global life insurance premium rose by 0.5%.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed)

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