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Fixed Deposit (FD) Return & Rates Calculator

FD Calculator to Calculate the Return and Fixed Deposit Interest Rates on your investment. Input your investment amount, FD Period & Interest Rate to know your mature amount.





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What is the FD Calculator?

A fixed deposit (FD) is a financial instrument provided by banks and NBFCs. The rate of interest of an FD is higher than the rate of interest of a savings bank account.

The interest earned on FD is either paid at regular intervals to an investor or paid at maturity, as opted by an investor. A separate bank account is not required to invest in a fixed deposit account

The fixed deposit calculator helps an investor estimate the maturity amount and the wealth to be gained meeting his financial goals. The more the deposit amount for a longer period, the higher will be the applicable rate of interest and interest earned due to the power of compounding.

The fixed deposit calculator only provides an estimation of wealth gained and does not provide any assurance or claim the value estimated based on the inputs provided.

How to use Scripbox’s Fixed Deposit Calculator?

Scripbox fixed deposit online calculator is available on our website. Calculate the return and interest on your fixed deposit on the maturity of the fixed deposit.

Follow the below-listed steps to get the maturity amount and estimated returned earned

1. Visit our website.

2. To use the fixed deposit calculator, the below information is required.

  1. Fixed deposit amount
  2. Select the compounding period i.e. monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly. The interest earned depends on the power of compounding, hence select the appropriate period.
  3. Adjust the FD period in years
  4. Rate of interest

On the basis of the above details provided the online calculator calculates the following

  1. Total initial investment
  2. The wealth gained
  3. The maturity amount

You can also refer to the Fixed Deposit Investment Graph. This graph provides a visualization of the maturity amount and the wealth gained at the end of the tenure of investment.

The fixed deposit interest calculator can be used by any investor who wants to invest in fixed deposit and wants to get an estimate of wealth to be gained for a given investment amount can use the simple and easy to use fixed deposit calculator.

It is very important for an investor to know the expected amount in advance and before making the investment. This will ensure whether the selected investment option will serve the financial goal of the investor at the maturity or not. Once an investor has the financial goal in his mind, he can also decide on which investment option to select.

For example- If Mr. Arun wants to invest a lump sum amount of Rs 1 lakh, he has a couple of investment options in place like fixed deposit, debt mutual fund, PPF. He can use Scripbox’s fixed deposit interest calculator along with a mutual fund calculator and PPF calculator. And once he knows the wealth expected to be gained at the maturity under each option, he can take the best-suited investment option.

Fixed Deposit Calculation Formula

The interest rate on the fixed deposit is pre-determined at the time of making the investment and remains constant over the period of investment. There a couple of factors that affect the fixed deposit interest rates mentioned below:

  1. The tenure of the investment is a factor driving the interest rate, the longer an investor stays invested higher will be the interest rate
  2. The rate of interest is higher for a senior citizen that ranges from 0.25% to 0.75% over the normal rate of interest. This excess interest is called a preferential interest rate. The age to be considered for determining a senior citizen differs from one bank to another bank. Few of them consider 60 years while others consider 55 years or so.
  3. The existing economic condition is also a direct determining factor, the financial institutions and banks consider economic conditions including repo rate, inflation rate to determine the interest rate.

The interest on fixed deposit is calculated by two methods, simple interest, and compound interest.

We have explained the calculation formula through both the methods below.

Simple Interest

Simple interest is the interest earned on the principal amount invested at the predetermined rate of interest during the investment tenure.

Formula for calculation

Simple Interest = (P * R * T)/ 100

P- Principal amount invested

R- Rate of interest (%)

T- Tenure


Mr. Arun invested Rs 100,000 for 10 years at an interest rate of 5% per annum.

Simple Interest = (Rs 100,000 * 5 * 10 years)/ 100 = Rs 50000


The principal amount invested is Rs 100,000

Rate of interest (%) is 5% per annum

The tenure of the investment made is 10 years

Maturity Amount = Principal amount + Simple Interest

= Rs 100,000 + Rs 50,000

= Rs 150,000

Compound Interest

Compound interest is the interest earned on the principal amount invested and the interest earned. The interest rate is raised to the number of periods (years) for which the interest will be compounded and multiplied to the principal amount invested.

Formula for calculation

A = P (1+r/n) ^ (n * t)

A = Maturity Amount

P = Principal amount invested

r = Rate of Interest (in decimals)

n = number of compounding in a year

t = number of years


Mr. Arun invested Rs 1,00,000 for 10 years at an interest rate of 5% per annum compounded quarterly


The principal amount invested is Rs 100,000

Rate of Interest is 5%

Number of compounding in a year is 4 i.e. 1 every quarter

Number of years of investment is 10 years

A = 1,00,000 (1+0.05/4) ^ (4*10)

A i.e. maturity amount = Rs 1,64,361

Interest amount = Rs 1,64,361 - Rs 1,00,000 = Rs 64,361

Comparison of Mutual Funds Returns with Fixed Deposit Returns

Mutual funds and fixed deposits are both good investment options for an investor. Below is a table reflecting the differences between the two options:

Particulars Fixed Deposit Mutual Funds
Meaning A type of deposit made with a bank wherein investors put a specified sum of money for a fixed tenure. The investment made by different investors is pooled together and invested in shares, stocks, instruments, bonds.
Returns The rate of interest is pre-determined and guaranteed over a specific period of time The returns are dependent on the market fluctuations and performance of the mutual fund in the market in case of equity funds.
Risk Risk is close to zero as the investor will get a guaranteed return. This deposit guarantee is also backed by DICGC, a subsidiary of RBI up to Rs 5 lakhs The risk involved varies from fund to fund and is influenced by the market (in case of equity funds).
Expenses No expense from the creation of FD till maturity Mutual fund carries fund management charges and expenses
Withdrawal It cannot be liquidated before the maturity period. Penalty applicable for premature withdrawal It can be withdrawn free of charge after the lock-in period. Premature withdrawal is allowed with charges of 1% in the form of exit load.
Tax Implication Principal amount- Allowed as a deduction (if tenure is greater than 5 years) Interest Amount- Taxable Interest greater than Rs 10000- TDS deductible @ 10% STCG- Flat rate of 15% LTCG less than Rs 1 lakh- Tax-free LTCG more than Rs 1 lakh- Taxable @ 10% LTCG on Debt funds- Taxable at 20% post indexation

Features and Benefits of Fixed Deposit

Higher interest rate

The interest rate on a fixed deposit is higher than the interest rate offered on savings account deposits. The interest rate is higher for a longer tenure of investment.

Guaranteed returns

The returns on a fixed deposit are predefined and are considered guaranteed, this interest does not depend on any market fluctuations. At the time of making the deposit, an investor is well aware of the maturity amount to be expected.

This is the reason why an investor may consider investing a part of his investment in a fixed deposit.

Tax Benefit

The principal amount invested in a 5-year tax saver fixed deposit is allowed as a deduction under section 80C up to Rs 1,50,000 under the Income Tax Act, 1961. The interest is added to the income of the taxpayer and taxed at the applicable tax slab rates

Flexibility of tenure

The tenure on a fixed deposit is flexible. An investor can select any tenure ranging from 7 days to 10 years. An investor can invest in multiple fixed deposits with different tenures with the same bank or different bank.

Hence, an investor can invest in fixed deposit for the tenure that suits his/ her liquidity and investment goal


An investment is liquid when it can be easily converted into cash. In case of emergencies or otherwise, an investor is free to withdraw the investment. A small penalty fee will be levied and the balance amount will be credited to his bank account.

Alternatively, an investor can avail of a loan against the fixed deposit.

Avail a loan

An investor can avail of a loan against a fixed deposit in case of emergencies. A loan can be availed up to 90% of the principal amount invested.

An investor will earn interest on the fixed deposit and pay interest on the loan. Hence, effectively an investor will get a hit of the balance of these two interests.

Disadvantages of Fixed Deposit

Tenure of deposit

The investment is made for a fixed tenure at a predefined rate. So the fixed deposit interest rate will not change with changes in market and inflation. An investor might end up with a lower return due to inflation.

The fixed locked-in tenure puts an investor in a situation where the withdrawal is not allowed, a premature withdrawal comes with a cost i.e. a penalty. Due to this penalty the net amount to be received on maturity decreases.

An investor can then choose to invest for a shorter duration, but a duration less than 5 years will not attract tax benefit u/s 80C.

Interest rate

The interest rate is a factor of tenure and is predefined which means the inflation rate is not considered and the rate of interest is not adjusted to provide an effect of inflation on the investment.

Tax on interest earned

The principal amount is allowed as a deduction ( up to Rs 1.5 lakhs under Sec. 80C) but the interest earned is taxable. The interest earned is taxable as per the income tax slab rate applicable to an investor.

If the interest earned is greater than Rs 10,000 TDS @ 10% will be deducted. This lowers the interest amount credit in-hand for an investor.

Penalty for premature withdrawal

Before investing, an investor must be sure about the tenure of investment and liquidity position during the investment tenure. A premature withdrawal attracts a penalty and lowers interest.

Hence, an investor can invest for a shorter duration and keep reinvesting. But doing this will not give an investor tax benefit u/s 80C.

Insurance of the amount deposited

The amount invested in fixed deposits is insured by the DICGC up to Rs 1 lakh per bank per account. So, if an investor has invested say Rs 3 lakh and the bank fails the DICGC will secure only Rs 1 lakh. This is a major drawback.

An investor must diversify his/ her investment among various banks to be insured

Comparison of Tax Saving Fixed Deposit with ELSS Funds

ELSS and fixed deposits are both good investment options for an investor.. Below is a table reflecting the differences between the two options:

Particulars Fixed Deposit Elss
Meaning A type of deposit made with a bank wherein investor puts a specified sum of money for a fixed tenure. A category of mutual funds in which funds are invested in the equity market.
Returns Fixed return as per the rates offered by the bank Dependent on the market conditions and returns vary as per the performance of the market.
Liquidity It cannot be liquidated before the maturity period (5 years at least). Penalty applicable for premature withdrawal It cannot be liquidated before the specified period of 3 years.
Tax Implication Principal amount- Allowed as a deduction (tenure is greater than 5 years)Interest Amount- Taxable Capital Gain less than Rs 1 lakh- Tax-free Capital Gain more than Rs 1 lakh- Taxable @ 10%
Lock-in period Normal FD- Tenure of investment Tax Saving FD-5 years 3 years

Both the investment options have their own benefits and drawbacks but it depends on an investor, his financial goal and the risk he is ready to put. No doubt, investing in equities brings a market fluctuation risk with itself but also carries returns higher than fixed deposits.

The definition of risk is different for every individual investor, for a middle-aged man with high income and controlled expense and cost of living the risk tolerance level will be different from a just graduated medium income earning investor who does not have any commitments.

Fixed deposits are secure and chances of a fixed deposit failing are marginal but the call to invest in which option depends on an investor.

Insurance on Fixed Deposit

An investor might consider the risk of a bank closing down and the risk of losing the entire invested amount.

Every bank secures all the deposits made by account holders and investors including savings, fixed and recurring deposits. The bank deposits are secured by Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India.

The deposit insurance scheme covers private banks, public sector banks, and co-operative banks.

The deposit guarantee can be released only in the event of the failure of a bank. This deposit guarantee covers Rs 5 lakh including principal amount and interest earned.

All the deposits and interest in any branch are clubbed together and up to Rs, 5 lakhs repaid to the investor in the event of failure.

Loan on Fixed Deposit

During an emergency of liquidity, people tend to take a loan through many sources. The amount of loan is dependent on the FD deposit amount. A loan can be availed up to 90% – 95% of the deposit amount.

A fixed deposit as a collateral

One such source is keeping a fixed deposit as collateral and taking a loan against it rather than paying a penalty and breaking an FD

Since the loan is taken against a collateral i.e FD, it is a secured loan and hence the rate of interest is lower than a personal loan and other types of loans

Eligibility for availing loan

  1. The loan can be availed by an individual investor or those with joints accounts
  2. The Loan cannot be availed against a tax-saving fixed deposit
  3. A fixed deposit in the name of a minor does not qualify for a loan.

The benefit of availing a loan against an FD is listed below

  1. No processing fee
  2. Quick loan disbursal
  3. Lower rate of interest compared to personal loan interest rate
  4. Loan available against domestic FD and NRI FD
  5. It can be repaid in lump sum or installment but before the expiry of FD tenure.

How does FD work in India?

A bank operates in two verticals i.e. borrowing and lending. A bank borrows from its customers i.e deposits and lends to its customers i.e loans.

A bank provides a safe house to its customers to park their earned money and deposit with the bank. The deposit can be in the form of savings account, fixed deposits or recurring deposits. The banks provide loans such as home loan, education loan, personal loan, business loan and others

On one hand, the bank borrows funds from its customers and on the other hand, it lends to its customers. Both come with an interest receivable and payable, this is how the banks work.

If you know how banks work, let us understand how fixed deposits work in India. Banks need a way to raise funds to lend their customers and so fixed deposits are available with all of the banks in India.

In a fixed deposit, the amount deposited is blocked for the period the deposit is made. The FD rate of interest depends on the period of investment. The interest amount depends on the rate of interest, amount invested and the period of deposit.

The depositor has the flexibility to choose a deposit period from 7 days to 10 years, but no flexibility when it comes to withdrawal. A premature withdrawal comes with a withdrawal penalty making it difficult and demotivating to withdraw, instead, a depositor can take a loan from the bank by putting the FD at stake.

Given the above parameters, an investor must choose the period very carefully and try to split the deposits in different banks as the DICGC will insure the FD amount up to 1 lakh only per bank.

But before investing it is always advisable for an investor to first calculate the maturity amount which depends on the interest rate. The fixed deposit interest rate differs for every bank. Hence, use an FD online calculator and know the expected amount.

What’s the difference between Fixed Deposits and other investments?

When it comes to saving and parking money, a fixed deposit is the most option thought of in an investor’s mind. The reason is fixed deposit is considered as the safest and oldest saving instrument.

But with a change in time and market opportunities, the preference is getting switched from fixed deposit to debt mutual funds.

A debt mutual fund majorly invests in debt instruments like government instruments and bonds, corporate bonds, bills of exchange, etc. It also invests a portion of the fund in equity mutual funds which invest in debt instruments

Both the investment options have few differences as mentioned below:


Fixed deposits are not liquid and not flexible when it comes to withdrawal. The amount is locked and premature withdrawal comes with a penalty. But debt mutual funds are liquid enough, an investor can withdraw the investment without any lock-in period constraints without depreciating the fund value.


The interest rate on a fixed deposit account is pre-determined at the prevailing rate at the time of making the deposit. It does not consider inflation and loss of currency value. The rate of return on a mutual fund is inflation-adjusted and has the ability to generate better returns.


The rate of interest on a fixed deposit is fixed and does not get affected by any factor during the entire deposit period. The rate of return on a debt mutual fund changes with changes in the market conditions i.e. when the market goes high, the rate of return increases and vice-versa.

Tax Implication

The interest on FD is added to the total income of the taxpayer and taxed as a tax slab rate. The return on a mutual fund is taxed on the basis of the period of holding. The period of holding drives a long-term capital gain and a short-term capital gain and the applicable tax rate.

What are the advantages vs. disadvantages of FD vs. other investments?

The advantages vs. disadvantages of FD vs. other investments i.e. debt mutual funds are listed below:

Advantages of FD vs. other investments

  • The fixed deposit if deposited for a period of 5 years is termed as tax-saving fixed deposit and allowed as a deduction under section 80C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 up to Rs 1.5 lakh. Unfortunately, the debt mutual funds do not carry such benefits
  • Since the debt mutual fund is moved by the market fluctuations, a downward trend in the market will affect the returns and inflation adjustment in the returns. But with a fixed deposit, there is no such matter to worry about, the rate of interest if fixed with no changes expected
  • An investor can claim a loan by putting his/ her fixed deposit as collateral. The debt mutual fund carries no such option.
  • An investment in debt mutual fund comes with an expense ratio, this is the annual maintenance charge charged by the fund manager in exchange for the portfolio management. A fixed is free from any of such expenses.

Disadvantages of FD vs. other investments

  • The debt mutual funds have the benefit of liquidity, i.e. no lock-in period and withdraw the investment any time. But the amount invested in a fixed deposit is locked for the period of deposit. The hands of an investor will be tied up until he/ she withdraws bearing a penalty or wait for the lock-in period be over
  • The interest rate on a fixed deposit is fixed on the day of deposit, leaving any effect of inflation or market fluctuations behind. The debt mutual fund on the other hand, since moved by market fluctuations is inflation-adjusted and with high market movement, the interest also increases.
  • A fixed deposit is a better option than a savings bank account or similar investment option under the same investment category but carries a lower return earning opportunity than a debt mutual fund

Now we know in detail the advantages and disadvantages of FD vs. other investment, the decision to invest in a fixed deposit or a debt mutual fund depends on the investor. It depends on his/ her risk-bearing capacity.

The risk, on the other hand, varies from person to person, for a young medium earner with the average cost of living the risk appetite will different from a man who is aged 51 years waiting for his retirement in the next 9 years seeking a known and low-risk investment option.

Frequently Asked Questions

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