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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    UPSC EPFO
  • Mode of Conduction
    Offline
  • Exam Duration
    2 Hours
  • Official Website
    www.upsc.gov.in
  • Total Marks
    300
  • Total No. of Questions
    120
  • Medium of the exam
    Hindi and English
  • Marking Scheme
    Every wrong answer will carry a deduction of 2.5 of the marks assigned to that question.
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    June 2022
  • Start of Registration Process
    June 2022
  • End of Registration Process
    July 2022
  • Admit Card Release Date
    August 2022
  • Exam Date
    August/September 2022
Eligibilty Criteria

The UPSC EPFO eligibility criteria are as under. Only those candidates who meet these criteria should go ahead and apply for the exam:

  • Nationality

A Candidate must be either:

  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 01, 1962, to permanently settle in India, or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam intending to permanently settle in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d), and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • Age Limit

  • Minimum Age - Not Applicable
  • Maximum Age - 30 years
Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST Up to 5 years
OBC Up to 3 years
Employees of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) Up to 5 years
Ex-Servicemen Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs shall be relaxed by five years subject to the condition that on the closing date for receipt of applications the continuous service rendered in the Armed Forces by an Ex-Serviceman is not less than six months after attestation.
Central Government employees Up to 5 years as per instructions issued by the Govt. of India from time to time. (10 years for SC/ST and 8 years for OBC)
Persons who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of J&K during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 Up to 5 years
Physically Handicapped (PH) persons Up to 10 years
Physically Handicapped (PH) SC / ST candidates Up to 15 years
Physically Handicapped (PH) OBC candidates Up to 13 years
  • Educational Qualifications

The required educational qualification has 2 levels. Candidates should take a look at the following paragraph for the details of the educational criteria -

Essential Educational Qualifications

  1. Qualifications are relaxable at the discretion of the competent Authority/ Union Public Service Commission in the case of candidates otherwise well qualified.
  2. Qualifications(s) regarding experience is/are relaxable at the discretion of the Competent Authority/ Union Public Service Commission in the case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes if at any stage of selection the competent Authority/ Union Public Service Commission believes that a sufficient number of candidates from these communities possessing the requisite experience are not likely to be available to fill up the vacancies reserved for them.

Desirable Educational Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Law/Integrated Five years Degree in Law/ Masters in Business Administration/ Post Graduate Diploma in Management/ Company Secretary/ Chartered Accountants/ Cost and Management Accountant.
  2. Two years of experience in Administration/ Accounts/ Legal Matters in any government or Listed – Private Organisation.
Exam Pattern

UPSC EPFO 2022 Recruitment will be conducted in two stages: 

  1. Recruitment Test
  2. Interview.

Here is the Exam Pattern of the written test:

  1. The exam will be held in offline mode i.e. candidates will have answers using pen and paper.
  2. The Recruitment test will contain a mixed type of questions.
  3. All questions will carry equal marks.
  4. The test will be objective-type questions with multiple choices of answers.
  5. The medium of the test will be both Hindi and English.
  6. Every wrong answer will carry a deduction of 2.5 of the marks assigned to that question.
Exam (Phase I) No. of Questions Marks Duration Weightage
Recruitment Test 120 300 Marks 2 Hours 75
  • PwD candidates shall be allowed compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour in the RT and facility of Scribe
  • An Interview will be conducted after the clearance of the Recruitment test.

There are different Qualifying marks for different categories:

Category UPSC EPFO Qualifying Marks
General 50
SC/ST 40
OBC 45

Section-wise Exam Pattern

UPSC EPFO Question Paper consists of Questions from different sections which are illustrated below:

Topics Number of Questions
General English 18 to 20
Social Security in India 3 to 5
Industrial Relations & Labour Laws 3 to 5
Current Events & Developmental Issues 5 to 7
Indian Polity & Economy 5 to 7
Indian Freedom Struggle 13 to 15
General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude 13 to 15
GS & GK of Computer Applications 8 to 10
General Accounting Principles 8 to 10
Total No. of Questions 120
Syllabus
Subject Topics
General English Cloze Test, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Para Jumbles, Phrases/ Idioms, Phrase replacement, Reading comprehension, Sentence completion/ para completion, Spellings, Synonyms/Antonyms.
Indian Freedom Struggle Causes of the Rise of Indian National Movement, Revolt of 1857 – First War of Independence Against British; The Lucknow Pact, 1916; Important Indian Freedom Fighter; Indian Nationalism–The Moderate Phase; Morley-Minto Reforms; The Rowlatt Act and the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre; Partition of Bengal 1905; Indian National Movement – Extremist Period; Revolutionaries in the Indian Freedom Movement; The Rise of Gandhi in Indian Freedom Struggle; Non-Cooperation Movement; Indian Independence Act 1947 Home Rule Movement; Salt Satyagraha; Moplah Rebellion of 1921; Simon Commission; Swaraj Party; Gandhi-Irwin Pact; First Round Table Conference 1930; Cripps Mission; Quit India Movement; Indian National Congress Sessions.
Current Events and Developmental Issues Current Affairs (National & International); Sports; Politics; Finance and Banking sector; Population Census; Important Books and their writers; Awards and their importance; State Animals and Symbols; Name of the Scientist who got Noble prize for important discoveries; Important Days; Important Inventions and their inventor
Indian Polity & Economy Supreme Court; Meaning of Write; Facts about parliament; National political parties and their symbols; Fundamental Duties; Governor and his functions; Major Constitutional amendments and their importance; State legislature; Election of President and his functions; Important constitution bodies like CAG; Official Language; Emergency Provisions;
General Accounting Principles Accounting Concepts – Separate Entity Concept, Money Measurement Concept, Going Concern Concept, Dual Aspect Concern, Realisation Concept, Cost Concept, Accounting Period Concept, Matching Concept; Accounting Conventions – Conservatism, Consistency, Full Disclosure, Materiality
Industrial Relations & Labour Laws Constitution of India: workers’ provisions; Laws for Female workers – Maternity Benefit Act, Vishaka Case, Factories Act, Equal Remuneration Act; Labor Laws in India – Trade Union Act, Minimum Wages Act, Strikes and lockouts, Industrial Disputes Act (IDA), Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals, Workman’s Compensation Act, Employees State Insurance Act, Retirement Benefits, Emigration Act; Unorganised Labour; International Labour Organisation (ILO); Ministry of Labour in India – Important OFFICES/institutes with Labour Ministry, Work done by offices with labour ministry, Chief Labour Commissioner, Labour Bureau, Welfare Commissioners, Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Board of Arbitration
General Science & Knowledge of Computer applications Biology– Important and Interesting facts about human body parts, Nutrition in Animals and Plants, Diseases and their causes like Bacteria;
Physics – S.I. units, Motion, Sound, Light, Wave, Energy, Electricity;
Chemistry – Chemical Properties of Substance and their uses, Chemical Name of Important substances like Plaster of Paris, etc., Chemical Change and Physical Change, Properties of Gases, Surface Chemistry, Chemistry in Everyday Life; Daily Science; Development of computers; Input and Output Devices; Memory; MS Office; Internet
General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude General Mental Ability – Sequence of figures, Series, Blood Relations, Directions, Syllogism, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle Test, Statement and Conclusion, Statement and Inferences, Data sufficient
Quantitative Aptitude – Algebra, HCF and LCM, Average, Mixtures and Alligation, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Percentage, and its application, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Problems Based on Ages, Calendar and Clock, Probability, Permutations and Combinations
Social Security in India Status of Social security in India, Social security schemes for Unorganised Sector; New Social Security Schemes launched covering social insurances like Pension, Health Insurance, and Medical Benefit, Disability Benefit, Maternity Benefit, Gratuity; Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) and the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC); Atal Pension Yojna (APY); Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY); Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY); Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Yojana; Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana, etc.

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