Following four ELSS schemes make the cut based on their 5 years, 3 years and 1 year performance put together (see tables). These schemes have remained in the Top 10 ELSS schemes for all these durations :
Canara Robeco Equity Tax Saver
Sahara Tax Gain
Birla Sun Life Tax Relief 96
Investment in ELSS schemes qualify for deductions under section 80C. So, you could max your returns by investing the entire Rs 1 lakh limit of your Section 80C deductions through ELSS investments alone. However, be cautious as ELSS schemes have a risk grade higher than other investments that qualify under section 80C such as life insurance, PPF, NSC, etc.
Another important factor to consider is the lock-in period. ELSS schemes have a 3 year lock-in, that means you can not sell the investment before this period.
Top 10 Tax Saving Mutual Funds (ELSS)
The following 3 tables lists the Top 10 ELSS Schemes in descending order of their 5 years, 3 years and 1 year returns. This may help you in selecting the best ELSS scheme for your needs.