Best Ultra Short Duration Debt Mutual Funds

These funds invest in short term (one year) bonds. If you are saving for very short-term goals like a vacation or buying an automobile, then this category is ideal for gains within one year. It is also an excellent resort to park your money until you decide where to invest or spend next. Returns are taxed as per your income tax slab if sold before three years and have negligible tax post that period.

Purpose: Invest here for your short term goals like a vacation, buying a bike, jewelry or expensive gadget.

Top 10 Ultra Short Mutual Funds

Fund NameCategoryRisk1Y ReturnsRatingFund Size(in Cr)
Franklin India Ultra Short Bond FundDebtModerate7.9%5star14,643
Indiabulls Ultra Short Term FundDebtModerately Low7.1%4star551
Kotak Savings FundDebtModerately Low7.2%4star6,783
ICICI Prudential Ultra Short Term FundDebtModerate7.4%4star2,777
BOI AXA Ultra Short Duration FundDebtModerately Low7.4%4star1,010
BOI AXA Ultra Short Duration FundDebtModerately Low7.3%4star499
DHFL Pramerica Ultra Short Term FundDebtModerately Low7.3%4star673
Aditya Birla Sun Life Savings FundDebtModerately Low7.0%4star14,876
Baroda Pioneer Treasury Advantage FundDebtModerately Low6.8%4star1,125
UTI Ultra Short Term FundDebtModerately Low7.1%3star5,345
L&T Ultra Short Term FundDebtModerately Low7.2%3star1,512
Aditya Birla Sun Life Govt Securities Fund - Long Term PlanDebtModerately Low3.4%3star1,811
Invesco India Ultra Short Term FundDebtModerate7.2%3star1,113
Axis Treasury Advantage FundDebtModerately Low7.3%3star2,023
Reliance Ultra Short Duration FundDebtModerately Low7.5%2star0
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Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.82% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.93% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.93% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 5 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Sachin Padwal-Desai, Pallab Roy

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt10,000
Groww Rating5star
AUM14,643Cr
1Y Returns7.9%

Indiabulls Ultra Short Term Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.09% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.11% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.11% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 4 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Malay Shah

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt500
Groww Rating4star
AUM551Cr
1Y Returns7.1%

Kotak Savings Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 7.7% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.21% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.21% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 4 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Deepak Agrawal

Launch Date30 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating4star
AUM6,783Cr
1Y Returns7.2%

ICICI Prudential Ultra Short Term Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.89% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.36% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.36% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 4 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Rajat Chandak, Manish Banthia, Ritesh Lunawat

Launch Date9 Jan 2013
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating4star
AUM2,777Cr
1Y Returns7.4%

BOI AXA Ultra Short Duration Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.36% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.39% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.39% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 4 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Piyush Baranwal

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating4star
AUM1,010Cr
1Y Returns7.4%

BOI AXA Ultra Short Duration Fund - Direct - Bonus

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.23% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.3% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.3% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 4 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Piyush Baranwal

Launch Date29 Jun 2014
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating4star
AUM499Cr
1Y Returns7.3%

DHFL Pramerica Ultra Short Term Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided -100% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.35% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.35% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 4 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Kumaresh Ramakrishnan, Kunal Jain

Launch Date1 Jan 2013
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating4star
AUM673Cr
1Y Returns7.3%

Aditya Birla Sun Life Savings Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.03% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.05% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.05% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 4 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Sunaina da Cunha, Kaustubh Gupta

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt1,000
Groww Rating4star
AUM14,876Cr
1Y Returns7.0%

Baroda Pioneer Treasury Advantage Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.2% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 6.77% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 6.77% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 4 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Alok Kumar Sahoo, Hetal Shah

Launch Date1 Jan 2013
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating4star
AUM1,125Cr
1Y Returns6.8%

UTI Ultra Short Term Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.03% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.12% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.12% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 3 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Sudhir Agrawal, Ritesh Nambiar

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating3star
AUM5,345Cr
1Y Returns7.1%

L&T Ultra Short Term Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 7.81% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.15% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.15% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 3 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Jalpan Shah, Vikas Garg

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt10,000
Groww Rating3star
AUM1,512Cr
1Y Returns7.2%

Aditya Birla Sun Life Savings Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 7.82% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 3.44% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 3.44% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 3 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Kaustubh Gupta

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt1,000
Groww Rating3star
AUM1,811Cr
1Y Returns3.4%

Invesco India Ultra Short Term Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 8.23% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.22% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.22% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 3 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Nitish Sikand

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating3star
AUM1,113Cr
1Y Returns7.2%

Axis Treasury Advantage Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided 7.77% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.25% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.25% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 3 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Devang Shah, Aditya Pagaria

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt5,000
Groww Rating3star
AUM2,023Cr
1Y Returns7.3%

Reliance Ultra Short Duration Fund - Direct - Growth

Fund Performance: This fund has consistently beaten its benchmark in Ultra Short Duration segment and provided -100% annualized returns in the last 3 years. In the last 1 year, it gave 7.54% returns.

Why to invest: The fund has consistently beaten other funds in same category along with its benchmark and provided 7.54% returns in the last 1 year. Groww rated this fund as 2 Star. This is one of the best Debt mutual fund in India.

Fund Manager: Anju Chajjer, Vivek Sharma

Launch Date31 Dec 2012
Min Investment Amt100
Groww Rating2star
AUM0Cr
1Y Returns7.5%

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How to invest in Ultra Short Term Mutual Funds on Groww?

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