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Key Features of G-sec, SDL and T-bill


  • Government bonds and Treasury bills are issued by the Government of India
  • State Development Loans are issued by the State Government
  • Government bonds, State Development Loans and Treasury bills are Issued through Reserve Bank of India
  • Government bonds, State Development Loans have longer tenor maturities extending above 30 years
  • Treasury bills have maturity of 91 days, 182 days and 365 days
  • Government bonds and State Development Loans pay interest every six months
  • Treasury bills are zero coupon bonds. They are issued by discount and redeemed at face value

Advantages of investing in G-sec, SDL and T-bill

  • Safety: Being Sovereign security, no default risk
  • Ease of Exit: Investor can sell the government bonds in the secondary market
  • Fixed income investment available across the maturities
  • No TDS applicable on interest
  • Can be held in existing demat account
Updated on: 09/03/2020
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