UPSC EPFO 2021 Exam Dates (out), Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation Tips and Results

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May 3, 2021

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) EPFO 2020 recruitment authority had activated the exam center change window on 15 December 2020. Till 21 December, the aspirants got the chance to change their exam center if they want. In addition, the exam authority also provided the retrieve option of the aspirant’s application number. UPSC EPFO has 2 stages - Recruitment Test and Interview. The stage-1 will be an offline exam (Pen & Paper Based) and the next stage will be a face-to-face personality test. To know the exact details about the offline exam, the candidates must check the previous years’ question papers

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Latest news-

  • April 21, 2021: Several exams including UPSC EPFO has been postponed. Read more here
  • April 17, 2021: The UPSC EPFO Admit card has been released. Read more
  • April 13, 2021: UPSC EPFO 2021 Admit Card is releasing soon.  Check more details here
  • April 06, 2021: UPSC EPFO 2021 Exam is scheduled for May 09, 2021. Check the exam dates here. 
  • The Center change window for EPFO exam 2020 is now open. Read more
  • EPFO admit card for Social Security Assistant Skill test is out. Read more
  • EPFO SSA Phase 3 exam dates are out. Read more
  • ESIC has released a notice regarding 60 vacancies. Check details here

UPSC EPFO 2021: Highlights

Name of Organization Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Exam Type National
Total Vacancy 421
Job Location Across India 
Mode of Application Online
Application Fees INR 25/- 
Mode of Exam Offline
Negative Marking 1/3 of the mark
Language Medium Hindi and English.
Selection Process
  1. Written Test
  2. Interview
Official Website
Latest Updates: As per UPSC latest updates, the EPFO Recruitment Test for the posts of EO/AO in the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization earlier scheduled to be held on October 04, 2020, has been postponed. The new date for the exam is May 9, 2021 as per the UPSC exam calendar that has been released recently.

UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2021: Important dates

Events Important Dates
UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2020 Notification January 11, 2020
Starting of Application Process January 11, 2020
Last Date of Application Process January 31, 2020
Admit Card Release Date 15 days before the exam date
Exam Date May 9, 2021
Interview To be notified
UPSC EPFO Eligibility

EPFO Recruitment: Eligibility Criteria

The Eligibility Criteria for UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2020 are as follows:

  • Age Limit There is no minimum age specified in the eligibility criteria. The maximum age to apply for UPSC EPFO is 30 years.
  • Educational Qualification: Candidates having Bachelor Degree in Any Stream in Any Recognized University in India will be eligible for this post.
  • Desirable Qualification:
    • 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.
    • Two years of experience in Administration/Accounts/Legal Matters in any government or Listed – Private Organisation

Check UPSC EPFO 2020: Eligibility Criteria in details.

UPSC EPFO Application Process

EPFO Recruitment Application Process

The application process of UPSC EPFO 2020 involves two stages – Part-I Registration and Part-II Registration.

  • Visit the UPSC official website –
  • Click on the link that says “Online EPFO Recruitment Application(ORA) for the posts of Enforcement Officer (EO)/Accounts Officer (AO) in Employee Provident Fund Organisation, Ministry of Labour and Employment“

UPSC EPFO Recruitment Part I Registration

  • A new page opens. Now click on ‘Part-I Registration’. Enter the following details -
    • Name as per the matriculation/secondary examination certificate
    • Gender
    • Category
    • Date of Birth
    • Father’s Name and Mother’s Name
    • Nationality
    • Martial Status
    • Photo ID Proof and ID Number
    • Educational Qualification
    • Address, Email ID and Phone Number
  • Click on “Save & Continue”.
  • Verify the details that you have entered in the UPSC EPFO application form and click on the “I Agree” button.
  • Part I Registration will be complete. Your Registration ID will be generated. Note it down. An email will also be sent to the candidate’s email ID.

UPSC EPFO Recruitment Part-II Registration

  • Select the mode of payment and make the payment of UPSC EPFO application fee.
  • Upload scanned images of photograph and signature.
  • Select your preferred examination centre and submit your form.

UPSC EPFO Application Fee

  • In case of online payments, candidates can pay through credit card or debit card or SBI net banking.
  • The candidates who wish to pay in offline mode can do so by paying the cash at the nearest SBI branch along with the printout of the online generated challan.
Category Application Fees
Unreserved INR 25/-
SC/ST/PH/Women  Fees exempted

Check UPSC EPFO 2020 Application Process in details

UPSC EPFO Admit Card

UPSC EPFO Admit Card

The candidates who have completed the application process successfully will be able to download the UPSC EPFO admit card after releasing on the official website. Here are the steps to download the admit card:

  1. Visit the official portal of UPSC i.e.
  2. Now you are at the home page, find the Admit Card section.
  3. By clicking the Admit Card, you will be directed to another page.
  4. Now, search for the UPSC Enforcement Officer/ Accounts Officer Admit Card link.
  5. Click on the link and enter login details.
  6. Hit on Submit.
  7. Your UPSC EPFO Admit Card 2020 will be displayed on your screen.
  8. Download and make a few printouts for UPSC EPFO 2020 exam.

To know more, click UPSC EPFO 2020 Admit Card

UPSC EPFO Exam Centres

UPSC EPFO Exam Centres

The UPSC EPFO exam will be conducted in the following centres:

Ahmedabad Bhopal Delhi Chennai
Prayagraj (Allahabad) Mumbai Dispur Nagpur
Agartala Kolkata Hyderabad Dehradun
Bengaluru Cuttack Jaipur Patna
Shillong Shimla Srinagar Kochi
Lucknow Jammu Chandigarh Panaji(Goa)
PortBlair Dharwad Madurai Ranchi
Gangtok Imphal Jorhat Aizawl
Kohima Itanagar Raipur Visakhapatnam
Tirupati Bareilly Udaipur Gautam Budh Nagar 
Ghaziabad Gurugram Faridabad Sambalpur
Thiruvananthapuram -- -- --

UPSC EPFO Recruitment: Exam Pattern

  1. The test will be of two hours duration.
  2. All questions will carry equal marks.
  3. The test will be objective type questions with multiple choices of answers.
  4. The medium of the test will be both Hindi and English.
  5. Every wrong answer will carry a deduction of one-third of the marks assigned to that question.
  6. If no answer is marked for a question, there will be no penalty for that question.

Check UPSC EPFO 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

UPSC EPFO Syllabus

UPSC EPFO Syllabus

The syllabus of the Test broadly comprises the following topics -

  1. General English
  2. Indian Freedom Struggle.
  3. Current Events and Developmental Issues.
  4. Indian Polity & Economy
  5. General Accounting Principles
  6. Industrial Relations & Labour Laws.
  7. General Science & knowledge of Computer applications
  8. General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude
  9. Social Security in India

Check UPSC EPFO 2020 Syllabus and Best Books

UPSC EPFO Preparation tips

At the beginning of the preparation, candidates mostly get confused about how to start and where to start. Here we are going to help to get through your beginning days and to get your desired marks in UPSC EPFO 2020. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Through Knowledge of Exam Patterns: you need to have a thorough and minute knowledge of exam pattern and note it down accordingly.
  • List of Important Topics: the first mistake beginners make is they prepare for all the topics but all the topics are not important. So make an elaborate list of important topics and include them in your study plan.
  • Study Plan: The study plan that you are going to follow must be designed by you. All you need to know is make a proper study plan that fits your daily life and does not exhaust you through the process. Dedicate time to each subject very precisely to that all the topics get equal importance.
  • Following Current Affairs: Current affairs are must for UPSC EPFO. dedicate at least 30 - 40 minutes to current affairs so that in this time being you can make note of the highlights.
  • Previous Year Papers: After you have started your preparation, collect previous year papers, and sample question papers. Therefore, whenever you complete a topic, you can check what kinds of questions are most predictable from that particular topic.
  • Make notes and Revise: Making notes in your won language is essential because this will help you in the time of revision and you will not need to read the topic as you did in the previous time.

Check UPSC EPFO 2020 Topic-wise Preparation tips

UPSC EPFO Selection Process

The UPSC EPFO consists of 2 stages - EPFO Recruitment Test (RT) and Interview. EPFO Recruitment Test (RT) and Interview carry weightage in the ratio of 75:25 for the candidates shortlisted based on Recruitment Test (RT) and qualify in the interview.

Exam Stage Weightage
EPFO Recruitment Test 75
Interview 25

Check UPSC EPFO 2020: Selection Process in details.

UPSC EPFO Results & Cutoff

UPSC EPFO Results and Cutoff Marks

Candidates must be aware of the UPSC EPFO Cutoff marks before appearing in the exam. UPSC EPFO previous year’s cutoff marks will provide you with an insight into what can be expected in the exam this year. In the following paragraph, the cutoff marks of 2017 have been provided:

UPSC EPFO 2017 Cutoff

Category EPFO Recruitment Test (Out of 300) Interview (Out of 100) Final Cutoff 
UR 160.00 50 237.50
OBC 142.00 45 219.72
SC 128.50 40 194.25
ST 133.00 40 --

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UPSC EPFO Recruitment Vacancy

The total number of vacancies available for the post of Enforcement Officer is 421. The vacancy is divided according to category-wise. The candidates can have a look at the category-wise distribution of the total vacancies in the table given below.

Category Vacancies
Unreserved 168
ST 33
SC 62
OBC 116
EWS 42
Total 421

UPSC EPFO Salary and Job Profile


The Payscale of EPFO Officer is at Level 8 in the Pay Matrix as per 7th CPC. The salary range of an Enforcement Officier will be in the range of INR 43,600/- to 55,200/-. Therefore the payscale becomes INR 9300-34800/-. Along with a handsome salary, the officer will have several allowances such as medical facility, loan facility, provident fund, gratuity, insurance, mobile facility etc.

UPSC EPFO Job Profile:

  • Enforcement, Recovery, Accounts, Administration Cash, Legal, Pension and Computer will remain the main areas to look after for a UPSC EPFO Officer.
  • Appointed candidates will need to to take care of inquiry settlement of claims, general administration maintenance of Cash Book/Reconciliation of Bank Statement, MIS returns.
  • Other basic responsibilities include attending prosecution cases, conducting surveys etc.

Check UPSC EPFO 2020 Vacancies, Salary, Allowances and Job Profile in detail.



Ques. What is the full form of EPFO?

Ans. The full form of EPFO is Employee Provident Fund Organization.

Ques. What is UPSC EPFO salary?

Ans. UPSC EPFO Enforcement Officer/ Accounts Officer posts come under Level-8. The salary range of an Enforcement Officier will be in the range of INR 43,600/- to 55,200/-

Ques. Is UPSC EPFO a permanent job?

Ans. Yes, UPSC EPFO Enforcement Officer/ Accounts Officer posts are permanent.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


sidharth kunal
Hlo Ma'am I am a final year student of BSC (Ag and fb).Can I apply?

HI Sidharth

Visit on our official website of UPSE EPFO Eligibility to know the whole eligibility criteria of the exam. You need to be a gradudate to apply for the exam.

huma khan
I forgot my form details plz help me to recover how I will get details
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi Huma, The details can be recovered from UPSC official website. There is an option for getting all the details by entering details like e-mail id, date of birth, and validation code or captcha. Your registration id will be recieved over mail id provided at the time of registration. To know more visit UPSC EPFO exam.

Since the exam this year is going to be conducted next in may 2021 ,when can we expect 2021-22 EPFO exam notification and dates?
I have graduated on 10/7/2020. My all 7th sem results were published by November 2019 only 8th sem project was remaining to be completed. I filled the form in January but in notification the cut off date was given 31/01/2020. So whether am I eligible or not for the exam please reply. I graduated on 10/07/2020 and I have degree now.
arvind kumar

Hi Ram, Greetings. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts UPSC EPFO exam. The candidate must be a graduate in order to apply for the exam. For more details visit: UPSC EPFO EXAM

I lost my resgistration ID for UPSC EPFO 2020 . How can i recover it?
abdul nazir

Hi Nancy, The registration id can be recovered from UPSC official website. There is an option for getting registration id by entering details like e-mail id, date of birth, and validation code or captcha. Your registration id will be recieved over mail id provided at the time of registration. To know more visit UPSC EPFO exam.

deep jyoti das
When was UPSC EPFO 2020-21 Recruitment Notification Released?
kavita rani

Hi Deep. The official notification for UPSC EPFO 2020-2021 Recruitment was announced on 11th January 2020. Get more information related to this exam here.

utkarsha khatri
What is the detailed strategy to prepare for the UPSC EPFO Enforcement Officer 2020?
kavita rani

HI Utkarsha. UPSC EPFO has officially announced 421 vacancies for the candidates. Since the exam got delayed amid COVID-19, so it’s high time to start preparing for the examination. For the beginners, it is important to study from 12 Class NCERT for Indian History as it helps cover every topic of Modern Indian History. For UPSC EPFO 2020 Topic-wise Preparation Tips, refer here.

Can I prepare for UPSC EPFO exam in 20 days and if yes, which book should I refer? What is the pass percentage of EPFO exam?
kavita rani

Hi Devisingh. To be honest, you can’t prepare for the UPSC EPFO exam in just 20 days. Since the syllabus is huge so it takes at least 6-8 months , to prepare for the exam. So try next year, check the detailed admission process and useful tips here.

vishal sharma
What is the UPSC EPFO exam pattern?
kavita rani

HI vishal. UPSC EPFO is an online exam in which multiple choices of answers will be asked. For each wrong attempt, one third marks will be deducted. To know more about the latest exam pattern, refer here.

What are the best books for the UPSC EPFO Enforcement officer exam?
kavita rani

Hi pradeepraj. India's Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra, Freedom Struggle by Amales Tripathi, Barun De, and Bipan Chandra, Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule by Mahatma Gandhi, are some of the books that are most recommended while preparing for the UPSC EPCO exam. Refer here to check out other relevant books.

sourajit mukherjee
How do I prepare for the UPSC EPFO enforcement officer exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. Doing more last year sample papers and mock tests helps get a good score in the UPSC EPFO exam. You can refer here to get the latest previous year sample papers.

dharshini rajendran
How tough is the UPSC EPFO exam?
kavita rani

Hi Dharshini. EPFO exam is taken by the UPSC by compared to the UPSC, the level of UPSC EPFO is slightly easier. There are 9 subjects in this exam but in case you study well, you can get a good score in the exam.