NIC (National Insurance Company Ltd.) is Indiaâ€™s oldest general insurance Company. It was incorporated in Kolkata on 5th December, 1906 to fulfil the nationalist aspiration for Swaraj. 66 years later, after nationalisation it was merged along with 21 foreign and 11 Indian companies to form National Insurance Company Ltd, one of the 4 subsidiaries of the Govt. owned General Insurance Corporation of India.
The only PSGIC with Headquarters in Kolkata, National Insurance has several Firsts to its credit â€“ it was the first to introduce Product customisation both Corporate and rural - an extension of which is the specialised Techno Marketing Project Cells for insuring mega projects and the Farmers Package Policy to suit the agrarian customer. It was also the first Indian insurance Company to enter into Strategic Alliances with the countryâ€™s largest Automobile manufacturer M/s Maruti and Two Wheeler major M/s. Hero Moto Corp and many others. These Tie ups ushered in a paradigm shift in Service Delivery method for Motor insurance. NIC also pioneered Bancassurance in India, by forging tie-ups with the countryâ€™s largest Banks.
With a work force of 14902 skilled personnel and 1998 offices all over India including operations in Nepal, National Insurance stands tall today as Indiaâ€™s 2nd largest non life insureras measured by its gross direct written premiums (GDWP). Motor insurance is the marketâ€™s largest segment, and National had the largest market share in motor business among Indiaâ€™s insurers in terms of GDWP in FY 15.Leader in 2 zones ie North and East, NIC recorded a premium of Rs 11282.64 crore in FY 15 recording its highest PBT of Rs 1196.74 crore as against 1007.82 crore in the previous year. Investment Income increased to Rs 2654 crs from the earlier 2263 crs. NIC contributed a handsome Dividend of Rs 165 crs to the National Exchequer in 2013 -14, the Dividend for FY 15 is Rs 194 crs .
National Insurance enjoys A.M. Best financial strength rating of B++ (Good) and issuer credit rating of "bbb+". The ratings reflect the Companyâ€™s strong risk adjusted capitalization, consistent investment performance and strong presence in Indiaâ€™s insurance market.