National Pension System (NPS) is a government promoted pension/annuity scheme under which any Indian citizen between the age of 18 and 65 years can open ‘Tier I’ or ‘Tier I and Tier II both’ types of pension accounts. NPS account can also be opened by a non-resident Indian or a person with an overseas citizenship of India (OCI). However, NRI and OCI persons can only ‘Tier I’ NPS accounts. NPS accounts are managed by NPS Trust which invests in different asset classes, such as government bonds, equity market instruments and corporate debt according to preference of an investor.
NSDL (National Securities Depository Limited) is the Central Recordkeeping Agency (CRA) for National Pension System (NPS). Each employee is identified by a unique number and has a separate Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN).
An NPS account can be opened by a citizen of 18-65 years of age in two modes: online and offline. The subscriber can either apply for an NPS account by visiting a Point of Presence (PoP), or do it online through the e-NPS website- enps.nsdl.com/eNPS, according to NSDL.
Under NPS, an exit is defined as closure of individual pension account of the subscriber. NPS also allows partial withdrawal from the mandatory Tier-I account under certain conditions, according to NSDL