What is a Term Rider?

A term insurance plan is a type of life insurance that provides financial protection to the policyholder for a set period of time. The death benefit is paid to the beneficiary if the insured person dies during the policy period and while the policy is active. Furthermore, because term insurance policies have no cash value, they are much less expensive in the beginning than permanent life insurance policies. To put it another way, the only value of term insurance plans (pure life insurance) is the guaranteed death benefit received by the beneficiary, whereas other life insurance plans, often known as endowment plans, include a built-in savings component.

As a result, term insurance policies are more simple and less expensive than other types of life insurance. When compared to endowment plans, this allows policyholders to pick a bigger life cover at lower rates. Furthermore, while many term policies have fixed premiums for the duration of the policy, others have benefits that increase or decrease over the course of the policy's term, as well as the opportunity to convert the term policy to a permanent insurance plan.

Why are riders required in your Term Plan?

We all wish we had more perks than our basic plans at some point in our lives. Riders can upgrade a basic term insurance plan with additional benefits to fulfil their wish when it comes to term insurance. We may have to spend a few additional dollars, but it will be well worth it. As a result, riders provide additional insurance coverage or benefits in exchange for an additional premium, eliminating the need for a separate policy. Riders must typically be chosen and selected at the time of purchasing the basic term insurance. However, if indicated specifically in the policy paperwork, certain insurers may enable riders to be added at a later date.

When do riders get terminated?

The riders linked to most policies are immediately terminated when the base insurance is cancelled. It may also be cancelled if its benefit is paid as a result of the occurrence of an event, such as an accidental benefit rider. Depending on the rider terms you agreed on with your insurance provider, you may also be able to cancel a portion of your policy and opt out of the rider coverage. In this situation, future premiums will simply be equal to the policy's standard premium minus the rider part that was opted out of.

Are there any tax advantages for riders?

Currently, tax benefits on premiums are applied to the entire cost of a life insurance policy, including premiums on riders. Except for health and critical illness, all premiums paid to riders are tax deductible under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act of 1961. The tax is payable under Section 80D in the event of health and critical illness riders, and all rider benefits are tax-free when claimed under Section 10(D) of the Income Tax Act. Tax laws, on the other hand, are subject to change from time to time and are only applicable to the laws in effect at the time the insurance company provides the service.

Types of Riders Associated with Term Plans

When acquiring a term insurance policy, there are six significant riders that provide additional advantages to policyholders.

  • Death Rider by Accident

If the insured dies as a result of an accident during the policy term, this rider pays the beneficiary an additional sum assured based on the term plan's original sum assured. The percentage of the additional payment may differ from one business to the next, and the maximum value assured on the accidental death rider may be capped. The premium, on the other hand, remains constant during the policy period. This rider only applies in the event of an accident; if the insured dies for any reason other than an accident, the beneficiary will get the sum assured by the term plan.

  • Rider of Critical Illness

Critical illness riders protect policyholders against serious illnesses like cancer, heart attack, kidney failure, and paralysis, to mention a few, that would otherwise necessitate excessive medical costs. If a policyholder is diagnosed with a medical disease that is pre-specified in the policy, these riders recompense them with a lump sum payment. As a result, it is critical that the policyholder carefully reads the policy contract and is aware of the illnesses covered by the rider.

  • Rider for Accelerated Death Benefits

The accelerated death benefit rider allows the policyholder's family to receive a portion of the sum assured in advance, which can be used to cover medical bills, if the policyholder chooses it and is diagnosed with a terminal disease. This low-cost rider defines the proportion of the sum assured that will be paid in advance, with the remaining amount going to the beneficiary after the policyholder's death.

  • Rider for Accidental Disability Benefits

The disability benefit rider protects the insured in the event that they become partially or permanently incapacitated as a result of an accident. For a period of five to 10 years after the accident, most policies reimburse the crippled policyholder a portion of the total assured. As a result, these riders might be viewed as a source of income for the individual and their family. This rider is frequently combined with the accidental death rider, and it only applies if the policyholder is crippled as a result of an accident.

  • Premium Rider Waiver

This rider is useful if the policyholder is unable to pay premiums due to disability or loss of income. The coverage stays active while future premiums are waived with this rider. Without the rider, the policy will expire if the insured is no longer able to pay premiums due to a loss of income or a disability, and the beneficiary would not get a death benefit.

  • Rider for Income Benefits

This rider is intended to provide income to the policyholder after his or her death. Apart from the sum assured in the term plan, the policyholder's family would get additional income every year for the next five to ten years after the insured's death if this rider is included in the insurance plan.


With riders, you can increase the value of your term insurance policy. If you're searching for a premium decrease due to an accident, you can select the waiver of premium rider. The riders for permanent disability and accidental death ensure that your family is not left in financial ruin after you pass away. If you have a terminal disease, the hastened death rider can help relieve your family's financial burden. Before choosing a rider, make sure to read the terms and conditions.

Why make concessions to your loved ones when you can easily add term plan riders at Bajaj Markets? Give your people a chance to stay afloat financially. Allow them to live in peace with your memories, whether or not you are present.

FAQs on Term Insurance Riders

Should we include riders that are covered by term insurance?

Riders are optional coverages offered by insurers to broaden the scope of a life insurance policy. For an additional fee, riders can be combined to meet your current and future insurance needs. Purchasing a rider, on the other hand, entails paying an additional fee for this added service.

Is there a way to add riders to term insurance?

A term insurance rider is a feature that can be added to a permanent life insurance policy, most commonly a whole life policy. The term rider adds more life insurance, but rather than being permanent, the extra coverage expires. The death benefit is enhanced by the amount of the term rider for the duration of the rider.

What is the difference between a primary insured term rider and a secondary insured term rider?

A policy rider that provides the primary insured with level term insurance. When paired with base coverage, the Primary Insured Rider can lower premium rates for the same amount of coverage when compared to the cost of a permanent life insurance plan with the same face amount.

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