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UPSC EPFO 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Feb 17, 2021

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UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2020 consists of an offline written exam and an Interview. A pen & paper based Recruitment Test (RT) to short-list the candidates for the Interview round. The EPFO Recruitment written test will be held across different exam centres of India. The final selection of a candidate will be based on the marks obtained in Recruitment Test and Interview.

UPSC EPFO exam for the post of Enforcement officer was scheduled to be held on October 04, 2020, but now has been postponed. It is expected to be scheduled in the month of November 2020.

UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2020 Exam Pattern

UPSC EPFO 2020 Recruitment will be conducted in two stages: a Recruitment Test (RT) and an Interview. Here is the exam pattern of the written test:

  1. The total duration of the recruitment test will be of 120 minutes.
  2. The exam will be held in offline mode i.e. candidates will have answer using pen and paper.
  3. The Recruitment test will contain a mixed type of questions.
  4. All questions will carry equal marks.
  5. The test will be objective type questions with multiple choices of answers.
  6. The medium of the test will be both Hindi and English.
  7. Every wrong answer will carry a deduction of 1/3 of the marks assigned to that question.
  8. If no answer is marked for a question, there will be no penalty for that question.
Exam Marks Duration
Recruitment Test  100 Marks 2 Hours
  • PwD candidates shall be allowed compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour in the RT and facility of Scribe

UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2020 Syllabus

When it comes to UPSC exams, one of the most asked questions is “what is the syllabus?”. In the following part of the article, we are providing UPSC EPFO 2020 syllabus with all the aspiring candidates.

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.

To prepare for one of the most prestigious positions in India, every candidate needs to have a detailed syllabus and the proper books. Check UPSC EPFO 2020 Detailed Syllabus and Books for better preparation.


Ques. Is there any negative marking in UPSC EPFO?

Ans. Yes, there is negative marking. Every wrong answer will carry a deduction of 1/3 of the marks assigned to that question.

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


Will the UPSC EPFO 2020-21 Exam be conducted in ONLINE OR OFFLINE mode?
kavita rani

Hi Sameer. The mode of the exam is offline.

Will there be any NEGATIVE MARKING in UPSC EPFO 2020-21 Exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sameer. Yes, there will be a negative marking for each incorrect answers. 1/3rd of the marks allotted for each question will be deducted for each wrong answer. Other details related to the same are presented here.

deep jyoti das
What is the EXAM PATTERN for UPSC EPFO 2020-21 Recruitment?
kavita rani

Hi Deep. UPSC EPFO exam will be of two hours duration and all the questions hold equal marks. The test will have both objective type questions with multiple choices of answers. Detailed exam pattern is mentioned here.

utkarsha khatri
In which medium of language UPSC EPFO 2020-21 exam will be conducted?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. The medium of the UPSC EPFO test will be both Hindi and English. You can refer here to get other details.