India’s life insurance sector sees 11% CAGR since 2017

New report shows India’s life insurance market has swelled by 11% CAGR between 2017 and 2022 due to greater availability and fewer regulations

A new report documenting the growth of India’s Life insurance market has reported a CAGR of 11% in the sector that has occurred consistently, between 2017 and 2022.

The study, which was carried out by Benori Knowledge, shows the sector has a compound annual growth rate of 11% in terms of total premiums, and 17% in terms of new business premiums. 

Furthermore, Benori, which is a global provider of custom research and analytics solutions, has estimated that the industry will continue to grow at a CAGR of 9% until 2027.

Life insurance GWP on the rise in India

The think tank also found that life insurance penetration rate in India increased to 3.2% in December 2021 from 2.8% in December 2019, almost on a level with the global average of 3.3%.

The data shows that India is a huge leader in terms of life insurance uptake. A 3.2% penetration means India ranks 10th in the global life insurance market and ahead of China (at 2.4%) and the UK (at 3%).

Multiple factors for increased life insurance uptake

The report highlights the fact that adoption of life insurance in India is expected to increase because there is great awareness of the need for financial security, regulations regarding approval, product customisation and distribution have been updated, and mobile-ready insurtech products are far more palatable to the consumer. 

This is bourne out in the 91% of respondents who said their perception of life insurance has changed, from being viewed as an investment to being for protection. Furthermore, 55% revealed they’d purchased their cover through an insurance agent, while 23% bought it online, from bank portals, web aggregators, and website direct purchase

The report stated; “The instability of the covid-19 pandemic highlighted the necessity for consumers to invest in products that would increase financial security, one of them being life insurance.”


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