Insurance contracts that do not come under the ambit of life insurance are called general insurance.

General Insurance helps us protect ourselves and the things we value, such as our homes, our cars and our valuables, from the financial impact of risks, big and small – from fire, flood, storm and earthquake, to theft, car accidents, travel mishaps – and even from the costs of legal action against us. And we can choose the types of risks we wish to cover by choosing the right kind of policy with the features we need.

Following are some of the common types of General Insurance

Motor Insurance Personal Accident Insurance Rural insurance
Health Insurance Householder Commercial Insurance
Travel Insurance Shopkeeper Financial Lines Insurance
Property Insurance Corporate Insurance Engineering Insurance
Marine Insurance Fire Insurance Energy Insurance
Liability Insurance Burglary Insurance Employee Benefits Insurance
Professional Indemnity Insurance Agriculture Insurance International Insurance Solutions


Motor Insurance

A motor insurance policy is a mandatory policy issued by an insurance company as part of prevention of public liability to protect the general public from any accident that might take place on the road. The law mandates that every owner of a motor vehicle must have one motor insurance policy.

Motor insurance offers protection to the vehicle owner against:

  • Damage to the vehicle
  • It also pays for any third party liability determined by law against the owner of the vehicle

A comprehensive motor insurance policy would include personal accident and liability only policy (third party insurance) in addition to own damage cover (damage to owner’s vehicle) in one policy.

Common motor insurance categories include:

  • Car Insurance
  • Two Wheeler Insurance
  • Commercial Vehicle Insurance

Some attractive benefits of motor insurance include roadside assistance, cashless servicing at a nation-wide network of workshops and garages, personal accident cover, towing assistance.


Health Insurance

Health care costs are increasing every year. Sedentary lifestyle and stress at work negatively affect the health and can result in a critical illness or medical emergency. Such a scenario is sure to adversely affect one financially, due to the massive outlay of money on medical expenditure. A health insurance policy is the only way to mitigate the financial risks, apart from leading a healthy lifestyle. Health insurance guarantees peace of mind in times of crisis and helps secure own health and that of one’s family.

Health insurance covers the medical and surgical expenses of the insured individual due to hospitalization from an illness. Additional riders enhance the benefits and scope of the cover.

Health insurance often includes cashless facility at empanelled hospitals, pre and post hospitalization expenses, ambulance charges, daily cash allowance etc.

Common types of health insurance policies include:

  • Individual Policy
  • Family Floater Policy
  • Surgery Cover
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance


Travel insurance

International travel, whether for vacation or business, can turn into a nightmare if one experiences contingencies like loss of baggage, loss of passport, delay in flight, medical emergency etc. Such eventualities will surely take the fun away from traveling.

Travel insurance, also referred to as visitor insurance, covers one against unseen medical and non-medical emergencies during overseas travel, ensuring a worry-free travel experience. It protects the insured against misfortunes while travelling. Backed up by travel insurance, the whole experience is like no other.

Different types of travel insurance policies include:

  • Individual Travel Policy
  • Family Travel Policy
  • Student Travel Insurance
  • Senior Citizens Travel Policy

In addition to the above, some insurance companies offer special plans like a corporate travel policy or comprehensive policy for travel to special destinations like Asia and/or Europe.

Property / Home Insurance

Home Sweet Home: This 3 words means comfortable place, relaxation, freedom, happiness, peace, family time etc. A house also entails a tremendous expenditure of money, emotions and time- a onetime investment in many of our lives. This home is made of walls and roof known as house.

Property insurance is a policy that provides financial reimbursement to the owner or renter of a structure and its contents, in the event of damage or theft. Property insurance can include homeowners insurance, renters insurance, flood insurance and earthquake insurance.

Home insurance covers losses to the structure and content of your home due to natural and man-made calamities.

Fire and peril covers

  • Aircraft damage
  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Riot, strike
  • Storm, cyclone, flood
  • Missile testing operations


Marine Insurance

Business involves the import and export of goods, within national borders and across international borders. Movement of goods is fraught with risk of mishaps which can result in damage and/or destruction of shipments. This leads to substantial financial losses for both the importers as well as the exporters.

Marine cargo insurance covers goods, freight, cargo and other interests against loss or damage during transit by rail, road, sea and/or air. Shipments are protected from the time the goods leave the seller’s warehouse till they reach the buyer’s warehouse. Marine cargo insurance offers complete financial protection during transit of goods and compensates in the event of any loss suffered.

The party responsible for insuring the goods is determined by the sales contract. Marine cargo insurance policy can be taken by buyers, sellers, import/export merchants, buying agents, contractors, banks etc. The policy usually covers the cargo, but can also be extended to cover the interest of a third party post transfer of ownership as determined by terms of sale.

Common types of policies:

  • Open Cover
  • Open Policy
  • Specific Voyage Policy
  • Annual Policy

The hull of a ship or boat can be insured under marine hull insurance.

Liability Insurance

Liability insurance is a policy that offers protection to businesses and individuals from risk that they may be held legally or sued for negligence, malpractice or injury. This insurance policy protects the insured from legal payouts and costs for which the policyholder is deemed to be responsible. However, contractual liabilities and intentional damage are usually not covered as part of this policy.

Types of Liability

  • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    PLI is mandatory for industries have an effect on third parties such as visitors, trespassers, etc. However, most companies procure PLI to avoid unnecessary risk. The premium related to PLI policies is quite high, but in the event of claim, the legal costs will usually outweigh the premium costs. Hence, having PLI is usually more prudent. This risk increases exponentially when these locations are shopping centres, theatres, stadiums, clubs etc and areas where sporting events are held and places that allow consumption of alcohol.

    In cases where the risk is extremely high, Insurance companies either refuse to insure these liabilities or charge a high premium.

  • Product Liability

    This is again not a compulsory insurance requirement in many countries, but it is highly important. This is procured by companies whose products are widely used such as chemicals, tobacco, medical products, food, recreational products and others.

  • Employer Liability

    This type offers cover to liabilities that an employer may incur if an employee is injured during his/her employment due to the job. Sometimes, companies do not deem this as important but if faced with a claim, they might be driven to bankruptcy.

  • Third-Party Liability

    This policy covers damages caused by the insured to another. The insured is considered as the first party, the insurance company is the second and the third is the injured or the person/company making the claims.


Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)

Professional Liability Insurance (PLI), is also known as Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) or as Errors & Omissions (E&O). 

This is a liability insurance cover that protects individuals from professional risks and related legal expenses. PII provides indemnity to all the professionals like Doctor, Chartered Accountant, Company secretary etc. It deals with the cases like third-party sustains injury, harm, death or damage to property due to professional service or advice provided by insured. This kind of cases are less in India then other countries. common cases  arose due to negligence or malpractice by professional and sued them in court.

Personal Accident Insurance

  • According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), total 4, 00,517 people died of unfortunate deaths in 2013, a rise of 14% over the previous year.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the death rate per 1, 00,000 of the population for road traffic accident was 18.9 in 2013.
  • 1214 road accidents occur every day in India.

Minor accidents can indispose you temporarily but Major ones can severely impact your life and well-being. A sound insurance plan to protect you from economic repercussions of having a mishap has become a necessity. The value of the human life is immeasurable, but with a view to providing some relief to the injured person or a dependent, insurance companies have devised this insurance policy. It refers to an insurance which offers compensation in the event of demise, bodily hurts, impairment or mutilation resulting from an event such as a violent, hazardous, visible and external means. The types of events that are included in such insurance are rail, road, and air injury because of collision or fall, burn injury, drowning etc. The policy guards your dependents (parents or family) from any economic repercussions if the unfortunate comes to pass. A person should purchase the policy that covers or provides reimbursements for all eventualities from short-term impairment to untimely demise, and safeguard the family’s future. Besides, online renewal of these plans is just a few clicks away. 

Householder Insurance Policy (HIP)

Householder Insurance Policy offers comprehensive protection for your home (residential building) and its contents against a variety of risks. This is a composite policy split into ten sections covering number of contingencies. Minimum of three sections are necessarily to be taken, out of which Section IB relating to coverage of contents against Fire and allied perils is compulsory. Section-wise coverage is as follows

 Householder insurance Types :

  • Fire Insurance: Residential building, household goods & personal effects as per fire policy also include Earthquake risk.
  • House Breaking: Including and Excluding Larceny and Theft
  • All Risks: Loss or damage to jewellery , Valuables etc due to accident or misfortune.
  • Plate Glass: Accidental breakage of fixed plate glass
  • Domestic Appliances : Television, Air Conditioner, Fridge etc
  • Personal Computer & Laptop: All risks subject to specified exclusions.
  • Pedal Cycle: Loss by Fire & allied perils Housebreaking / Theft, Accidental external means.
  • Baggage: Loss to accompanied baggage by accident or misfortune
  • WC: As per WC Act
  • Personal Accident: Death/injury by accident, external violence including Medical Expenses resulting from accident & weekly compensation during hospitalization
  • Public Liability: Legal liability of the Insured to the public for bodily injury or accidental death - Rs.25, 000/-
  • Risk of Terrorism can be covered at extra premium.

Shopkeeper's Policy

This is a package policy specially designed for small shopkeepers. It is a single policy combining the various insurance requirements of shopkeepers.

This Policy comprises of 11 sections

Building & Contents

Covers shop building and/or contents therein against loss or damage caused by Fire & Allied perils i.e.

  1. Fire, lightning, explosion of gas in domestic appliances
  2. Bursting and overflowing of water tanks, apparatus or pipes
  3. Aircraft or articles dropped therefrom
  4. Riot, strike, malicious damage, terrorist act
  5. Earthquake-Fire and/or shock, subsidence and landslide (including rockslide)
  6. Flood, Inundation, Storm, Tempest, Typhoon, Hurricane, Tornado or Cyclone.
  7. Impact damage by rail/road vehicle not belonging to the insured.

Burglary & Housebreaking

Covers contents of insured shop premises(excluding money and valuables) against loss or damage by burglary and/or housebreaking.

Money Insurance

Covers loss of money in transit, loss of money/valuables whilst contained in a locked safe, loss of money contained in cashier's till and/or counter by burglary/housebreaking.

Pedal - Cycles

Covers loss/damage to pedal cycles belonging to insured by:

  1. Fire, lightning or external explosion.
  2. Riot, strike, malicious or terrorist act.
  3. Burglary and/or Housebreaking or theft
  4. Accidental external means
  5. Flood, cyclone, storm, tempest, and other similar convulsions of nature and atmospheric disturbance
  6. Earthquake Fire and shock
  7. This section also covers legal liability of insured for death/injury to third parties or damage to their property arising out of use of the insured pedal cycles.

Plate Glass

Covers loss of or damage to fixed plate glass in insured's shop by accidental means.

Neon Sign/Glow Sign

Covers loss of or damage to neon sign/ glow sign by :

  1. Accidental external means
  2. Fire, lightning or external explosion or theft.
  3. Riot, strike, malicious or terrorist act
  4. Flood, inundation, storm, tempest, typhoon, hurricane, tornado, cyclone.


Covers loss or damage to accompanied personal baggage of insured or baggage in connection with his trade, whilst anywhere in India, by accident or misfortune.

Personal Accident

Covers insured and spouse and/or his children, named in the schedule and aged between 5&70 years, against bodily injury caused solely and directly by accident and resulting in death or permanent total or partial disablement or temporary total disablement within 12 calendar months of such injury.

Fidelity Guarantee

Covers direct pecuniary loss suffered by the insured due to fraud or dishonesty committed by any of insured's salaried employees.

Public Liability

  1. Legal liability in respect of accidental death or bodily injury to a third party or accidental damage to their property during performance of any act in connection with insured's business.
  2. Compensation to insured's employees under Workmen's Compensation Act or Common Law

Loss of Profit

Covers loss of profit due to interruption of business consequent upon loss or damage sustained by property insured under Section I of the policy due to insured perils.

Corporate Insurance

 Fire Insurance

 Fire insurance covers damage or loss to a property because of fire. It is a specific form of insurance in addition to homeowner’s or property insurance, and it covers the cost of replacement and repair or reconstruction above what the property insurance policy covers. Fire insurance policies cover damage to the property, and may also cover damage to nearby structures, personal property and costs because of not having the capacity to live in or use the property if damages occur

The risk of fire is among the top concerns for homeowners. Fire insurance is included as standard as part of both buildings and home contents policies from Finanza. 

That means you are covered for loss or damage through fire, up to ₹30 Lakh for just ₹4100

  • ₹15,00,000 with buildings insurance, and
  • ₹15,00,000 with home contents insurance.

Finanza suggests following steps to avoid/reduce risk of the claim situation:

  • Make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, and test the batteries once a week. Never remove the batteries without replacing them.
  • Check your electrical equipment regularly for exposed wiring, cracks or other damage, and get faults repaired quickly.
  • Use only the correct gauge of fuse in your plugs and fuse box.
  • Don't overload your power supply – try to keep not more than one plug per socket.
  • If you're out of the house for more than 24 hours, unplug all unnecessary appliances
  • If faced with hot oil on fire, for example in a chip-pan, never throw water onto the flames – starve the fire of oxygen by putting the lid on the pan, or covering it with a thick damp cloth.
  • Keep matches and saucepans on the hob out of reach of children.
  • Before you go to bed, shut doors around your house where possible. This will contain fires for longer if one breaks out when you are asleep.

Fire insurance covers

  • Insurance which covers both structure and / or contents of your home against Fire & Allied Perils
  • Earthquake, Flood
  • Terrorism
  • Coverage for burglary & theft (if opted)

Burglary Insurance:

Burglary insurance refers to an insurance policy that covers losses resulting from a burglary. It is worth noting that burglary denotes the act of entering a property unlawfully with the intention of committing a crime (that might not always be theft). This insurance policy will cover property damage as well as financial losses arising from:

  • The theft of property from within the household premises or within the automobile
  • The entry of an intruder by force

In many cases, people use the terms robbery and burglary interchangeably. However, the definition of both terms in legal parlance is not the same. Burglary and robbery are both property crimes. Therefore, they typically involve:

  • The theft of property from an individual
  • The unlawful entry to a property with the intent of stealing something or for committing a felony

The law defines robbery as the act of taking or attempting to take something that has value from someone by using intimidation, force or threats. For the law to recognize an act as a robbery, a victim must be present at the scene of the crime. Bank hold-ups are typical examples of robbery.

On the other hand, burglary is the unlawful entry to a structure for committing theft or another felony. It is worth noting that a victim does not need to be present at the scene of a crime for a burglary to take place.

Insurance companies typically include burglary insurance as a part of other insurance policies. These policies could include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Home insurance
  • Personal property insurance

Before paying any claims, insurance companies require documented proof of ownership of the existence of the goods prior to the burglary. This enables them to avoid losses arising from individuals fabricating the ownership of goods for monetary gain.

Agricultural Insurance:

Agriculture plays a vital role in India’s economy. Over 58 per cent of the rural households depend on agriculture as their principal means of livelihood. Agriculture, along with fisheries and forestry, is one of the largest contributors to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Agricultural Insurance Company (AIC) aims to provide insurance coverage and financial support to the farmers in the failure of any of the notified crop as a result of natural calamities, pests and diseases to restore their creditworthiness for the ensuing season; to encourage the farmers to adopt progressive farming practices, high value in-puts and higher technology; to help stabilize farm incomes, particularly in disaster years. The plan provides comprehensive risk insurance for yield losses due to natural fire and lightning, storms, hailstorms, cyclone, typhoon, tempest, hurricane, tornado flood, inundation, landslide, drought, dry spells, pests/diseases, etc.

Type of Agricultural Insurance

  • Weather Insurance
  • Crop
  • Cattle
  • Kissan sarv suraksha kavach
  • Rainfall index insurance

Rural Insurance

Commercial insurance

 Commercial insurance encompasses solutions for all sectors of the industry arising out of business operations. Insurance solutions for automotive, aviation, construction, chemicals, food and beverages, manufacturing, oil and gases, pharmaceuticals, power, technology, telecom, textiles, transport and logistics sectors. It covers small and medium scale enterprises, large corporations as well as multinational companies. 

Common types of Commercial insurance-

  1. Property insurance
  2. Marine insurance
  3. Liability insurance
  4. Financial insurance
  5. Engineering insurance
  6. Energy insurance
  7. Employee benefits insurance
  8. International insurance solutions

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