MINOR PROJECT REPORT ON ICICI PRU LIFE INSURANCE

Submitted in the partial fulfillment for the award of the degree of

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Under the Supervision & Guidance of:
DR. AJAY PRATAP SINGH

Submitted by:
VIVEK KUMAR BBA- IIIrd SEM(M)
ENROLL. NO.: 0111701708

SESSION: 2009 – 2010

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Acknowledgement

I would like to thanks Dr. Ajay Pratap Singh (project guide) for his extensive guidance, cooperation and support.

Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to all those who have in one way or other helped me in the successful completion of my project report.

VIVEK KUMAR

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This project is based on the Business environment of the ICICI PRUDENTIAL life insurance Company ltd. Further, in this Project Chapter 1 includes the introduction of the company wherein I told about the Objectives of the study and profile of the ICICI Prudential. Chapter 2 includes review of literature wherein I have discussed about various sources of data collection. Chapter 3 shows the Situation Review Chapter 4 includes the Findings & suggestions. Chapter 5 Bibliography.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Declaration Acknowledgement Executive Summary Chapter-1 Problem & Purpose:

1.1 Profile of the Company Overview of ICICI PRUDENTIAL - Vision & Values - Promoters Fact Sheet

Sales Distribution

- Brand Values - Achievements Products

1.2Overview of Industry 1.3Objectives of the study 1.4 Scope of the study

Chapter-2

Review of literature

2.1 Customer satisfaction 2.2Data Collection

Chapter-3 3.1Swot analysis Chapter-4 Chapter-5

Situation Review Interpretation of data Conclusion and Suggestions

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Chapter-6

Bibliography

COMPANY PROFILE

About ICICI BANK:
ICICI Bank is India's second-largest bank with total assets of Rs. 3,997.95 billion (US$ 100 billion) at March 31, 2009 and profit after tax of Rs. 41.58 billion for the year ended March 31, 2009. ICICI Bank is second amongst all the companies listed on the Indian stock exchanges in terms of free float market capitalisation*. The Bank has a network of about 1,308 branches and 3,950 ATMs in India and presence in 18 countries. ICICI Bank offers a wide range of banking products and financial services to corporate and retail customers through a variety of delivery channels and through its specialised subsidiaries and affiliates in the areas of investment banking, life and non-life insurance, venture capital and asset management. The Bank currently has subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Russia and Canada, branches in United States, Singapore, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Dubai International Finance Centre and representative offices in United Arab Emirates, China, South Africa, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Our UK subsidiary has established branches in Belgium and Germany. ICICI Bank's equity shares are listed in India on Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India Limited and its American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Overview
ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company is a joint venture between ICICI Bank one of India's foremost financial services companies-and Prudential plc - a leading international financial services group headquartered in the United Kingdom. Total capital infusion stands at Rs. 42.72 billion, with ICICI Bank holding a stake of 74% and Prudential plc holding 26%. We began our operations in December 2000 after receiving approval from Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA). Today, our nation-wide team comprises of over 2000 branches (inclusive of 1,095 micro-offices), over 261,000 advisors; and 24 bancassurance partners. ICICI Prudential is the first life insurer in India to receive a National Insurer Financial Strength rating of AAA (Ind) from Fitch ratings. For three years in a row, ICICI Prudential has been voted as India's Most Trusted Private Life Insurer, by The Economic Times - AC Nielsen ORG Marg survey of 'Most Trusted Brands'. As we grow our distribution, product range and customer base, we continue to tirelessly uphold our commitment to deliver world-class financial solutions to customers all over India.

The ICICI Prudential Edge

The ICICI Prudential edge comes from our commitment to our customers, in all that we do - be it product development, distribution, the sales process or servicing. Here's a peek into what makes us leaders.

1. Our products have been developed after a clear and thorough understanding of customers' needs. It is this research that helps us develop Education plans that offer the ideal way to truly guarantee your child's education, Retirement solutions that are a hedge against inflation and yet promise a fixed income after you retire, or Health insurance that arms you with the funds you might need to recover from a dreaded disease. 2. Having the right products is the first step, but it's equally important to ensure that our customers can access them easily and quickly. To this end, ICICI Prudential has an advisor base across the length and breadth of the country, and also partners with leading banks, corporate agents and brokers to distribute our products . 3. Robust risk management and underwriting practices form the core of our business. With clear guidelines in place, we ensure equitable costing of risks, and thereby ensure a smooth and hassle-free claims process. 4. Entrusted with helping our customers meet their long-term goals, we adopt an investment philosophy that aims to achieve risk adjusted returns over the longterm. 5. Last but definitely not the least, our 28,000 plus strong team is given the opportunity to learn and grow, every day in a multitude of ways. We believe this keeps them engaged and enthusiastic, so that they can deliver on our promise to cover you, at every step in life.

Vision & Values
vision:-

To be the dominant Life, Health and Pensions player built on trust by world-class people and service. This we hope to achieve by: • • • • Understanding the needs of customers and offering them superior products and service Leveraging technology to service customers quickly, efficiently and conveniently Developing and implementing superior risk management and investment strategies to offer sustainable and stable returns to our policyholders Providing an enabling environment to foster growth and learning for our employees

And above all, building transparency in all our dealings The success of the company will be founded in its unflinching commitment to 5 core values -- Integrity, Customer First, Boundaryless, Ownership and Passion. Each of the values describe what the company stands for, the qualities of our people and the way we work. We do believe that we are on the threshold of an exciting new opportunity, where we can play a significant role in redefining and reshaping the sector. Given the quality of our parentage and the commitment of our team, there are no limits to our growth. Our values:Every member of the ICICI Prudential team is committed to 5 core values: Integrity, Customer First, Boundaryless, Ownership, and Passion. These values shine forth in all we do, and have become the keystones of our success.

About the Promoters ICICI Bank
ICICI Bank Limited (NYSE:IBN) is India's largest private sector bank and the

second largest bank in the country, with consolidated total assets of $1 1 2.6 billion as of June 30 , 2008. ICICI Bank’s subsidiaries include India’s leading private sector insurance companies and among its largest securities brokerage firms, mutual funds and private equity firms. ICICI Bank’s presence currently spans 19 countries, including India. Established in London in 1848, Prudential plc, through its businesses in the UK, Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East, provides retail financial services products and services to more than 21 million customers, policyholder and unit holders and manages over £256 billion of funds worldwide (as of June 30, 2008). In Asia, Prudential is the leading Europe-based life insurer with life operations in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Prudential is one of the largest asset management companies in terms of overall assets sourced in Asia ex-japan, with £34.3 billion funds under management (as of June 30, 2009) and operations in ten markets including China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and United Arab Emirates.

Prudential Plc
Established in London in 1848, Prudential plc, through its businesses in the UK and Europe, the US and Asia, provides retail financial services products and services to more than 16 million customers, policyholders and unit holders worldwide. As of June 30, 2004, the company had over US$300 billion in funds under management. Prudential has brought to market an integrated range of financial services products that now includes life assurance, pensions, mutual funds, banking, investment management and general insurance. In Asia, Prudential is the leading European life insurance company with a vast network of 24 life and mutual fund operations in twelve countries - China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Fact Sheet
The Company

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company is a joint venture between ICICI Bank, a premier financial powerhouse, and Prudential plc, a leading international financial services group headquartered in the United Kingdom. ICICI Prudential was amongst the first private sector insurance companies to begin operations in December 2000 after receiving approval from Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA). ICICI Prudential Life's capital stands at Rs. 42.72 billion (as of June 30, 2009) with ICICI Bank and Prudential plc holding 74% and 26% stake respectively. For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, the company garnered Retail Weighted New Business Premium of Rs. 1,174 crores as against Rs 810 crores for the quarter ended June 30, 2008, thereby posting a growth of 45% and has underwritten over 6 lakh policies over this period. The company has assets held over Rs. 30,600 crore as on August 31, 2009. ICICI Prudential Life is also the only private life insurer in India to receive a National Insurer Financial Strength rating of AAA (Ind) from Fitch ratings. The AAA (Ind) rating is the highest rating, and is a clear assurance of ICICI Prudential's ability to meet its obligations to customers at the time of maturity or claims. For the past seven years, ICICI Prudential Life has retained its leadership position in the life insurance industry with a wide range of flexible products that meet the needs of the Indian customer at every step in life.

SALES DISTRIBUTION

Tied Agency
Tied Agency is the largest distribution channel of ICICI Prudential, comprising a large advisor force that targets various customer segments. The strength of tied agency lies in an aggressive strategy of expanding and procuring quality business. With focus on sales & people development, tied agency has emerged as a robust, predictable and sustainable business model.

Banc assurance and Alliances
ICICI Prudential was a pioneer in offering life insurance solutions through banks and alliances. Within a short span of two years, and with nearly a large number of partners, B & A has emerged as a vital component of the company’s sales and distribution strategy, contributing to approximately one third of company’s total business. The business philosophy at B&A is to leverage distribution synergies with our partners and add value to its customers as well as the partners. Flexibility, adaptation and experimenting with new ideas are the hallmarks of this channel.

Brand Values
Market Research reveals that the values people associate with ICICI Prudential are, indeed, those that the company hopes to project: lifelong protection and value for money. The core value is protecting your loved ones, throughout life’s ups and downs. It is a powerful proposition; one, which ICICI Prudential, is taking into the market place.

Achievements
Beginning operations in December 2000, ICICI Prudential’s success has been meteoric, becoming the number one private life insurer within months of launch. Today, it has one of the largest distribution networks amongst private life insurers in India, with branches in 54 cities. The total number of policies issued stands at more than 780,000 with a total sum assured in excess of Rs.160 billion.

ICICI Prudential closed the financial year ended march 31, 2004 with a total received premium income of Rs. 9.9 billion; up 135% last years total premium income of Rs.4.20 billion. New business premium income shows a 106% growth at Rs. 7.5 billion, driven mainly by the company’s range of unique unit-linked policies and pension plans. The company’s retail market share amongst private companies stood at 36%, making it clear leader in the segment. To add to its achievements, in the year 2003/04 it was adjudged Most Trusted Private Life Insurer (Economic Times ‘Most Trusted Brand Survey’ by ACNeilsen ORGMARG). It was also conferred the ‘Outlook Money-Best Life Insurer’ award for the second year running. The company is also proud to have won Silver at EFFIES 2003 for its ‘Retire from work, not life’ campaign. Notably, ICICI Prudential was also short-listed to the final round for its ‘Sindoor campaign in EFFIES 2002. In Keeping with its belief that a happy customer is the best endorsement, ICICI Prudential has embraced the ‘SIX SIGMA’ approach to quality, an exercise that begins and ends with the customer from capturing his voice to measuring and responding to his experiences. This initiative is currently helping the company improve processes, turnaround times and customer satisfaction levels. Another Novel introduction is the ICICI Prudential Lifestyle Rewards Club, India’s first rewards programme for Life Advisors; it allows ICICI Prudential Advisors to redeem points for items ranging from kitchenware to gold, white goods, and even international holidays.

PRODUCT/SERVICES PROFILE
Insurance Solutions for Individuals
ICICI Prudential Life Insurance offers a range of innovative, customer-centric products that meet the needs of customers at every life stage. Its products can be enhanced with up to 4 riders, to create a customized solution for each policyholder.

Savings & Wealth Creation Solutions
Save'n'Protect is a traditional endowment savings plan that offers life protection along with adequate returns. CashBak is an anticipated endowment policy ideal for meeting milestone
expenses like a child's marriage, expenses for a child's higher education or purchase of an asset. It is available for terms of 15 and 20 years.

LifeTime Gold is a unit-linked plan that offers customers the flexibility and
control to customize the policy to meet the changing needs at different life stages. It offers 7 fund options - Preserver, Protector, Balancer, Flexi Balanced Multiplier, R.I.C.H and Flexi Growth.

LifeStage RP is unit linked plan that provides you with an option of lifecyclebased portfolio strategy that continuously re-distributes your money across various asset classes based on your life stage. This will help you achieve the right Asset Allocation to meet your desired financial goals.

LifeLink Super is a single premium unit linked insurance plan which combines
life insurance cover with the opportunity to stay invested in the stock market.

Premier Life Gold is a limited premium paying plan specially structured for long-term wealth creation. InvestShield Life New is a unit linked plan that provides premium guarantee
on the invested premiums and ensures that the customer receives only the benefits of fund appreciation without any of the risks of depreciation.

InvestShield Cashbak is a unit linked plan that provides premium guarantee
on the invested premiums along with flexible liquidity options.

LifeStage Assure a unit linked insurance plan that provide upto 450 % of first
year premium guarantee on maturity, with the additional advantage of a lifecycle based portfolio strategy that allocates the investor’s money across various asset classes based on his life stage and risk appetite.

Protection Solutions
LifeGuard is a protection plan, which offers life cover at low cost. It is available
in 3 options - level term assurance, level term assurance with return of premium & single premium.

HomeAssure is a mortgage reducing term assurance plan designed specifically
to help customers cover their home loans in a simple and cost-effective manner.

Education Solutions
SmartKid New ULRP provides guaranteed educational benefits to a child
along with life insurance cover for the parent who purchases the policy. The policy is designed to provide money at important milestones in the child's life. SmartKid plans are also available in traditional form.

Retirement Solutions
ForeverLife is a traditional retirement product that offers guaranteed returns for
the first 4 years and then declares bonuses annually.

LifeTime Super Pension is a regular premium unit linked pension plan that
helps one accumulate over the long term and offers 5 annuity options (life annuity, life annuity with return of purchase price, joint life last survivor annuity with return of purchase price, life annuity guaranteed for 5, 10 and 15 years & for life thereafter, joint life, last survivor annuity without return of purchase price) at the time of retirement.

LifeStage Pension is a regular premium unit linked pension plan that provides
you with a unique lifecycle-based strategy that continuously re-distributes your money across various asset classes based on your life stage, eventually providing you with a customized retirement solution.

LifeLink Super Pension is a single premium unit linked pension plan. Immediate Annuity is a single premium annuity product that guarantees
income for life at the time of retirement. It offers the benefit of 5 payout options.

PremierLife Pension is a unique and convenient retirement solution with a
limited premium paying term of three or five years, to suit professionals and businessmen, especially those who require more flexibility and customization while planning their finances.

Health Solutions
Health Assure Plus: Health Assure is a regular premium plan which provides
long term cover against 6 critical illnesses by providing policyholder with financial

assistance, irrespective of the actual medical expenses. Health Assure Plus offers the added advantage of an equivalent life insurance cover.

Cancer Care: is a regular premium plan that pays cash benefit on the diagnosis
as well as at different stages in the treatment of various cancer conditions.

Cancer Care Plus: is a wellness plan that includes all the benefits of Cancer
Care and also provides an additional benefit of free periodical cancer screenings.

Diabetes Care: Diabetes Care is a unique critical illness product specially
developed for individuals with Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. It makes payments on diagnosis on any of 6 diabetes related critical illnesses, and also offers a coordinated care approach to managing the condition. Diabetes Care Plus also offers life cover.

Diabetes Care Plus: is a unique insurance policy that provides an additional
benefit of life cover for Type 2 diabetics and pre-diabetics

Hospital Care: is a fixed benefit plan covering various stages of treatment hospitalisation, ICU, procedures & recuperating allowance. It covers a range of medical conditions (900 surgeries) and has a long term guaranteed coverage upto 20 years.

Crisis Cover : is a 360-degree product that will provide long-term coverage
against 35 critical illnesses, total and permanent disability, and death.

MediAssure is a health insurance policy that provides assured insurability till
age 75 years, assured coverage for accepted pre-existing illnesses after 2 years and an assured price for 3 years.

Group Insurance Solutions
ICICI Prudential Life also offers Group Insurance Solutions for companies seeking to enhance benefits to their employees.

• Group Gratuity Plan: ICICI Prudential Life's group gratuity plan helps
employers fund their statutory gratuity obligation in a scientific manner and also avail of tax benefits as applicable to approved gratuity funds.

• Group Superannuation Plan: ICICI Prudential Life offers a flexible market
linked scheme that provides substantial benefits to both employers and employees. Both defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) schemes are offered to optimise returns for members of the trust and rationalise cost. Members have the option of choosing from various annuity options or opting for a partial commutation of the annuity at the time of retirement.

• Group Immediate Annuities: ICICI Prudential Life realises the importance
of prudent retirement planning. With this in mind, we have developed a suite of annuity products that not only give you an income for life but also provide you options to match your needs. In addition to the annuities offered to existing superannuation customers, we offer immediate annuities to superannuation funds not managed by us.

• Group Term Plan: ICICI Prudential Life's flexible group term solution helps
provide an affordable cover to members of a group. The cover could be uniform or based on designation/rank or a multiple of salary. The benefit under the policy is paid to the beneficiary nominated by the member on his/her death.

Flexible Rider Options
ICICI Prudential Life offers flexible riders, which can be added to the basic policy at a marginal cost, depending on the specific needs of the customer.

Accident & disability benefit: If death occurs as the result of an accident
during the term of the policy, the beneficiary receives an additional amount equal to the rider sum assured under the policy. If an accident results in total and permanent disability, 10% of rider sum assured will be paid each year, from the end of the 1st year after the disability date for the remainder of the base policy term or 10 years, whichever is lesser. If the death occurs while travelling in an authorized mass transport vehicle, the beneficiary will be entitled to twice the sum assured as additional benefit.

Overview of the Industry
The insurance industry provides protection against financial losses resulting from a variety of perils. By purchasing insurance policies, individuals and businesses can receive reimbursement for losses due to car accidents, theft of property, and fire and storm damage; medical expenses; and loss of income due to disability or death.

The insurance industry consists mainly of insurance carriers (or insurers) and insurance agencies and brokerages. In general, insurance carriers are large companies that provide insurance and assume the risks covered by the policy. Insurance agencies and brokerages sell insurance policies for the carriers. While some of these establishments are directly affiliated with a particular insurer and sell only that carrier’s policies, many are independent and are thus free to market the policies of a variety of insurance carriers. In addition to supporting these two primary components, the insurance industry includes establishments that provide other insurance-related services, such as claims adjustment or third-party administration of insurance and pension funds. Insurance carriers assume the risk associated with annuities and insurance policies and assign premiums to be paid for the policies. In the policy, the carrier states the length and conditions of the agreement, exactly which losses it will provide compensation for, and how much will be awarded. The premium charged for the policy is based primarily on the amount to be awarded in case of loss, as well as the likelihood that the insurance carrier will actually have to pay. In order to be able to compensate policyholders for their losses, insurance companies invest the money they receive in premiums, building up a portfolio of financial assets and income-producing real estate which can then be used to pay off any future claims that may be brought. There are two basic types of insurance carriers: direct and reinsurance. Direct carriers are responsible for the initial underwriting of insurance policies and annuities, while reinsurance carriers assume all or part of the risk associated with the existing insurance policies originally underwritten by other insurance carriers. Direct insurance carriers offer a variety of insurance policies. Life insurance provides financial protection to beneficiaries—usually spouses and dependent children—upon the death of the insured. Disability insurance supplies a preset income to an insured person who is unable to work due to injury or illness, and health insurance pays the expenses resulting from accidents and illness. An annuity (a contract or a group of contracts that furnishes a periodic income at regular intervals for a specified period) provides a steady income during retirement for the remainder of one’s life. Property-casualty insurance protects against loss or damage to property resulting from hazards such as fire, theft, and natural disasters. Liability insurance shields policyholders from financial responsibility for injuries to others or for damage to other people’s property. Most policies, such as automobile and homeowner’s insurance, combine both property-casualty and liability coverage. Companies that underwrite this kind of insurance are called property-casualty carriers. Some insurance policies cover groups of people, ranging from a few to thousands of individuals. These policies usually are issued to employers for the benefit of their employees or to unions, professional associations, or other membership organizations for the benefit of their members. Among the most common policies of this nature are group life and health plans. Insurance carriers

also underwrite a variety of specialized types of insurance, such as real-estate title insurance, employee surety and fidelity bonding, and medical malpractice insurance. In addition to individual carrier-sponsored Internet sites, several “lead-generating” sites have emerged. These sites allow potential customers to input information about their insurance policy needs. For a fee, the sites forward customer information to a number of insurance companies, which review the information and, if they decide to take on the policy, contact the customer with an offer. This practice gives consumers the freedom to accept the best rate. The insurance industry also includes a number of independent organizations that provide a wide array of insurance-related services to carriers and their clients. One such service is the processing of claims forms for medical practitioners. Other services include loss prevention and risk management. Also, insurance companies sometimes hire independent claims adjusters to investigate accidents and claims for property damage and to assign a dollar estimate to the claim.

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA)
Reforms in the Insurance sector were initiated with the passage of the IRDA Bill in Parliament in December 1999. The IRDA since its incorporation as a statutory body in April 2000 has fastidiously stuck to its schedule of framing regulations and registering the private sector insurance companies.

The other decisions taken simultaneously to provide the supporting systems to the insurance sector and in particular the life insurance companies were the launch of the IRDA’s online service for issue and renewal of licenses to agents. The approval of institutions for imparting training to agents has also ensured that the insurance companies would have a trained workforce of insurance agents in place to sell their products, which are expected to be introduced by early next year. Since being set up as an independent statutory body the IRDA has put in a framework of globally compatible regulations. In the private sector 12 life insurance and 6 general insurance companies have been registered.

OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
This study is based upon some objectives and these are as follows. 1. To understand the insurance business and products of ICICI Prudential life insurance co.

2. To come out with conclusion and suggestions based on the analysis and Interpretation of data.

SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The project is concerned with the “STUDY ON CONSUMER BEHAVIOR AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AT ICICI PRUDENTIAL LIFE INSURANCE. This study is very useful as the financial market become more sophisticated and complex, investor needs a financial intermediary

who provides the required knowledge and professional expertise on successful investing and Life insurance is a form of insurance that pays monetary proceeds upon the death of the insured covered in the policy. Essentially, a life insurance policy is a contract between the named insured and the insurance company wherein the insurance company agrees to pay an agreed upon sum of money to the insured's named beneficiary so long as the insured's premiums are current.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Customer Satisfaction
What is customer satisfaction?
Custo0mer satisfaction refers to how satisfied customers are with the products or services they receive from a particular agency. The level of satisfaction is determined not only by the quality and type of customer experience but also by the customer’s expectations. A customer may be defined as someone who: • • has a direct relationship with, or is directly affected by your agency and receives or relies on one or more of your agency’s services or products.

Customers in human services are commonly referred to as service users, consumers or clients. They can be individuals or groups. An organisation with a strong customer service culture places the customer at the centre of service design, planning and service delivery. Customer centric organisations will: • • • determine the customers expectations when they plan listen to the customer as they design focus on the delivery of customer service activities.

Why is it important?
There are a number of reasons why customer satisfaction is important in Insurance Sector: • • • Meeting the needs of the customer is the underlying rationale for the existence of community service organizations. Customers have a right to quality services that deliver outcomes. Organizations that strive beyond minimum standards and exceed the expectations of their customers are likely to be leaders in their sector. Customers are recognized as key partners in shaping service development and assessing quality of service delivery.

The process for measuring customer satisfaction and obtaining feedback on organizational performance are valuable tools for quality and continuous service improvement.

Sources of Data Collection:Research will be based on two sources:
1. Primary data 2. Secondary data

1) PRIMARY DATA: Primary data was collected from the different theories given
on the company’s website- www.iciciprulife.com.

2) SECONDARY DATA: Secondary data will consist of different literatures like
books which are published, articles, internet and company manuals.

SITUATION REVIEW

ICICI Prudential Life, introduced E-Portfolio statement for consumers. This first of its kind service in the life insurance industry will provide consumers with a customized e-statement with their complete investment details on a monthly basis. ICICI Prudential Life has always pioneered innovative initiatives towards enhancing customer convenience. The E-Portfolio statement will provide the customer a detailed summary of all his ULIP policies with the company. It will also give the policyholder a fund wise break up of their investments in the

company’s equity and debt funds. Additionally, the statement will also advise the policyholder on the ideal asset allocation strategy for the consumer. This will not just help the customer in keeping a track of their investments but also to follow an ideal asset allocation strategy enabling him to derive the benefit of long term investment. Customers can easily access their E-Portfolio statement by logging in on the company website www.iciciprulife.com using their policy number and password. The E-Portfolio statements will also be e-mailed to customers on a monthly basis as a ready reckoner of their investments with the company. The company is sensitive to the needs of the customers and realizes the importance of innovative service offerings towards customer convenience and satisfaction. ICICI Prudential Life has a multi-channel distribution strategy to reach customers.The company has scaled up its customer touch-points and actively drives awareness and education campaigns amongst consumers towards providing a seamless service delivery experience for customers across the country.

SWOT ANALYSIS STRENGTHS:
i. ICICI Prudential is the largest private player in India, with a market share of around 36% amongst the private players ii. ICICI Prudential has deposited a paid up capital of Rs 925 crore with IRDA caution deposit, the highest among all the life insurance company in India where as LIC has deposited Rs 60 crore so far. iii. iv. ICICI Prudential is the first life insurance company to offer ECS debit facility. ICICI Prudential is the first company to introduce unit link life insurance and pension products. Presently the maximum numbers of ranges are under ULIP life insurance, investment as well as pension plan. v. Products

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Flexibility to switch your fund value at your own discretion four times a year viz. maximizer, protector, balancer, preserver. Greater transparency-policy holder knows what is happening to his money and where the company has invested his money. Liquidity options-you can make complete or partial withdrawals any time after 3 years. Life insurance plans are eligible for deduction under sec 80.

WEAKNESSES:
i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. Industry in nascent stage. Rural areas still not covered. Not very known among Indian population. Lack of credibility among the people because ICICI being a private player. Premiums are high as compared to its competitors. Very few branches in the country. Products: • • • The policy doesn’t have the surrender option before third year. Plan does not offer any guarantee or assured return. Product profile is not very comprehensive.

Mortality,

management

and

administrative

charges are sky scrapping as compared to its competitors.

OPPORTUNITIES
i. ii. iii. Liberalization of Indian economy. As the industry is growing the whole market is virgin. The whole private sector is opened to be trapped even though the competition is fierce from government owned insurance companies. iv. It’s a volume business that is even if the company has few good corporates the turnover cease to increase by manifold. v. • Products: Preserver funds look good due to comfortable liquidity in the economy and there is little chance hike in shortterm rate by RBI. • Finance minister unveiled a budget favoring consumer spending, boosting demand and therefore higher economic growth.

THREATS
i. ii. iii. iv. The government players will become aggressive thus growth is going to be tough. Entry of other players is not ruled out. Apprehension towards ICICI Prudential being a private life insurance company. We expect the industry to rationalize in future that is mergers and acquisitions will happen, which will impact the industry and ICICI Prudential fortunes. v. Products:

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Past performance of these plans is not indicative of the future performance of the plan. The sum invested in the funds is subject to market risks and there can be no assurance that the objective of plan will be achieved.

CONCLUSION
After overhauling the all situation that boosted a number of Pvt. Companies associated with multinational in the Insurance Sector to give befitting competition to the established behemoth ICICI in private sector, we come at the conclusion that

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There are very tough competition among the private insurance companies on the level of new trend of advertising to lull a major part of Customers. ICICI is not left behind in the present race of advertisement. The entry of more Pvt. players in the Insurance Sector have expanded the product segment to meet the different level of the requirement of the customers. It has brought about greater choice to the customers. ICICI has vast market and very firm grip on its traditional customers and monopoly of life insurance products..

IRDA, is also playing very comprehensive role by regulating norms mandating to private players in this sector, that increases the confidence level of the customers to the private players.

SUGGESTIONS TO COMPANY:
Since ICICI Prudential Life Insurance co. ltd is the largest in terms of FDI invested, in terms of work force, in terms of market share, in terms of no. of customers. All these positive stands of the company place at the number one position. On second aspect whatever amount of money ICICI Prudential save, can be used to increase the no. of policies, which will helpful to increase the market share of the company. Since the customers think about the companies in the industry, when they invest money in the life insurance industry. So it’s

necessary to increase the market share of the company. There are some recommendations.

Open some more branches in semi urban and rural area. ICICI Prudential has almost its branches in urban area or metros. So in order to increase the no. of customer, ICICI Prudential should increase the approach towards potential customers. For that it has to increase the branches in the semi urban cities like C, D grade cities. And the rural marketing is the best option for ICICI Prudential to increase its base in the market

Improve customer services. In order to take the advantage of being industry leader in private sector, ICICI Prudential has to improve its customer services. According to my experience in the company, a good number of customers forget to pay their premium at time so it causes a big loss to the company. ICICI Prudential has already collaborated with the ICICI bank for its Bancassurance facility and then can include another feature in it. ICICI bank can offer a bank account with the life insurance policy in which an ATM card will be provided. This card will have all the information regarding the policy as like future premium payment dates, payment made, money value of the policy at that date, value of the unit linked plan and all other information what the customer want. This will help the customer to pay premium on time and save their losses. This will be mutually helpful for both sister companies, ICICI bank will get new account and ICICI prudential will be able to more efficient services to their customers.

Bring some unit linked life insurance plans in the market.

Being a market leader doesn’t ensure the leadership in the future. Since after increment in FDI from 26% to 49% all player will have the opportunity to capture the market share. So in order to maintain its position ICICI Prudential should Introduce some new market linked insurance plan, which will give a competitive advantage to the ICICI Prudential against its competitors. • Trained the financial advisors more efficiently. In the changed scenario, more efficient training will be needed, so ICICI Prudential should provide good and efficient training to their financial advisors. Because they are the one who interact directly with the customers. So good training will give them the right way to deal with the potential customers.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

• ICICI Prudential Company magazines • Newspaper and Business magazines Websites • www.iciciprulife.com

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