UPSC EPFO 2021 Syllabus and Recommended Books

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Jun 10, 2021

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UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2020 has been postponed considering the deadly effect of COVID-19. However the authority has not released any notification on the tentative date, but the written test is expected to be scheduled in November - December 2020. Here are some important features of UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2020:

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  • The written test will be conducted in offline mode which means candidates will have to answer the questions by using the pen and paper.
  • Candidates who will clear the recruitment test will be eligible for the interview round.
  • The first stage involves Objective type questions.
  • The medium of the test will be both Hindi and English except the English section.
  • There will be a negative marking of one-third marks assigned to each question for a wrong answer.
  • There are nine major topics of the question paper yet the question paper will be a sort of mixture of all the topics.
  • To know more about the types of questions asked in the exam, the aspirants must check the previous years’ papers. 

UPSC EPFO 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.

Preferable Books for General English

  • Objective General English - RS Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal/ S Chand Publishing
  • Wiley's ExamXpert Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - Captain AK Kalia/ Wiley
  • Objective English - S. P. Bakshi
  • Plinth to Paramount (Volume I-II) - KD Publication

UPSC EPFO Indian Freedom Struggle

Syllabus for British Extension

The Carnatic Wars, invasion of Bengal. Mysore and its confrontation with British expansion: The three Anglo-Maratha Wars. Regulating and Pitt’s India Acts. Early composition of the British raj.

Syllabus for Confrontation to British Rule

Early uprisings; The 1857 Revolt-reasons, character, course and result, Indian Freedom struggle the first stage: Growth of national consciousness; creation of Associations; Establishment of the Indian National Congress and its Moderate stage; Swadeshi Movement; Economic Nationalism; The development of Extremism and the split in Congress; The policy of Divide and Rule; Congress-League Pact of 1916.

Syllabus for Gandhian Thoughts and Techniques

Civil Disobedience, the Khilafat movement, Non-Cooperation Movement, and Quit India Movement; another strand in the National Movement-Revolutionaries, Subhash Chandra Bose, and the Indian National Army.

Best Books on Indian Freedom Struggle

  • India's Struggle for Independence - Bipin Chandra
  • Freedom Struggle - Amales Tripathi, Barun De, and Bipan Chandra
  • Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule - Mahatma Gandhi

UPSC EPFO Current Events and Developmental Issues

Current events are primarily referred to as the daily current affairs and contemporary issues that have made an impact on the nation and also are important from the exam perspective. Developmental Issues confine to the schemes and laws made public by the government to maintain the decorum and for the ease of run of the constitution.

Sources of Current Events and Developmental Issues

  • Newspapers - The Hindu, The Times of India, the Indian Express
  • Magazines - IndiaToday, Pratiyogita Darpan, Down to Earth
  • Developmental Issues in India - Shivali Aggarwal

UPSC EPFO Indian Polity & Economy

Syllabus 2020 For Indian Polity

Indian Constitution, historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these, Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes, Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues.

Best Books on Indian Polity

  • Indian Polity - M. Laxmikant
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India – Durga Das Basu
  • Our Parliament - Subhash Kashyap

Syllabus for Economy

Economic growth and development – basic concept and definition of economy and economics, use and transfer of resources, distributive effects, macro and microeconomic policy, micro-macro balance, the distributive impact of economic policies, Inclusion – definition, relevance, types, financial inclusion, recent initiatives. Fiscal policy – definition, component, receipts, revenue and capital account, tax revenue, expenditure, budget.

Best Books on Economy

  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri
  • The Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma

Read UPSC EPFO Recruitment 2020 Preparation Tips

UPSC EPFO General Accounting Principles

Principles of Accounting, Analyzing & Recording Transactions, Adjustments & Financial Statements, Completion of the accounting cycles, Subsidiary Ledgers and Special Journals.

Books on General Accounting Principles

  • Financial Accounting - R. Narayanaswamy
  • Financial Accounting for Management - Ambrish Gupta

UPSC EPFO Industrial Relations & Labour Laws

  • UPSC EPFO Syllabus for Labour Laws:
    • About, Types, Areas implemented, sectors applicable, overview.
  • UPSC EPFO Syllabus for Industrial Relations:
    • Industrial relations code (IRC) Bill, Model of labour reforms.

Suitable Books on Industrial Relations & Labour Laws

  • Employers Guide for Labour Laws - S. L. Dwivedi
  • Elements of Industrial Laws - N. D. Kapoor
  • Labour and Industrial Laws by P. K. Padhi

UPSC EPFO General Science & Knowledge of Computer Applications

UPSC EPFO Syllabus for General Science

Physics, Chemistry, Life Science

Books on General Science

  • NCERT Chemistry Books - Standard VI - XII
  • NCERT Physic Books - Standard VI - XII
  • NCERT Biology Books - Standard VI - XII

UPSC EPFO Syllabus for Computer Applications

Computer organisations, Operating Systems, Database management, Data structures, Data communications, Computer networks.

Books on Computer Applications

  • Objective Computer Awareness - Arihant
  • Fundamental Of Computer - E Balagurusamy
  • Fundamentals of Computers Paperback by Reema Thareja

UPSC EPFO General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude

UPSC EPFO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

Number Systems, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Average Ratio, SI & CI and Arithmetic questions.

UPSC EPFO Syllabus for General Mental Ability

Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables), Data sufficiency Syllogism, Puzzles & More.

Books on Quantitative Aptitude and General Mental Ability

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations - R.S. Aggarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude - Arun Sharma
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning - Dr RS Aggarwal

UPSC EPFO Social Security in India

What is Social Security?, History of Social security, Social Security in India, Social Security: Constitutional Provisions Concurrent List, Part IV Directive Principles of State Policy, Difference between Organized and Unorganized Sectors SOCIAL SECURITY LAWS in India, Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 (ESI Act), Employees’ Provident Funds Act, 1952, Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1923 (WC Act), Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (M.B. Act), Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 (P.G. Act), Social Security In India: Different From Developed Nations, Provident Fund.

Books on Social Security in India

  • Social Security In India - Ravi Prakash Yadav

As aspirants are now pretty aware of the detailed syllabus and got the idea of what kind of books will be most helpful, they can start their preparation very easily. At the very beginning of your preparation candidates should make a proper study plan and follow some strategies so that they can be well prepared at the time of the exam. For more preparation tips, check UPSC EPFO Section-wise Preparation Tips.

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


Can you name some books on Indian Polity?
jaya garg

Hi. Some of the books that can be referred include Indian Polity - M. Laxmikant; Introduction to the Constitution of India – Durga Das Basu; Our Parliament - Subhash Kashyap, etc. Indian Constitution, historical underpinnings, evolution, etc. are some of the topics that needs to be thoroughly prepared for the exam.

mohammed najamuddin
Will there be any negative marking in the UPSC EPFO exam?
jaya garg

Hi. There will be a negative marking of one-third marks assigned to each question for a wrong answer. There are nine major topics of the question paper yet the question paper will be a sort of mixture of all the topics. So it is important to prepare harder for the exam.

lakshay kakkar
Will the written exam taken in an offline mode?
jaya garg

Hi. The written test is taken in an offline mode which means candidates will have to answer the questions by using the pen and paper. Candidates who will clear the recruitment test will be eligible for the interview round. More details related to UPSC EPFO are here.