UPSC EPFO: Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 9, 2022

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UPSC EPFO Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The UPSC EPFO Syllabus for Written Examination has been made available by the Union Public Service Commission. This UPSC EPFO Syllabus covers every subject that is significant from your perspective as an examinee. The recruitment process includes two stages –

  • Offline MCQ test
  • Personal interview

The weightage for the written exam is 75% and the interview is 25%. The final selection is based on the marks obtained in both the written exam and personal interview.

Understanding the syllabus and exam pattern will help the candidates to make a focused study plan and eventually help in the betterment of their results.

UPSC EPFO Exam Syllabus

The syllabus includes General Studies, General English, Indian polity and economy, Quantitative Aptitude, General mental ability questions, Computer knowledge, Accounting principles, Social Security, Industrial and labor laws.

General EnglishError spotting, Jumbled sentences, fill in the blanks, Cloze test, Reading comprehension, Paragraph Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms, Spelling correction, Idioms, and Phrases.
Indian Freedom StruggleConfrontation to British Rule (1857 revolt, uprisings, INC and other associations, National movements, Pacts, Divide and rule policy, etc.,). Gandhian thoughts and techniques (Civil disobedience, Quit India, Khilafat movement, Non-cooperation movement, Indian National Army, etc.,). British extension policies and wars.
(Carnatic war, Maratha war, Regulating acts, Invasion of Bengal, etc.,)
Indian PolityConstitution, features and amendments, Functions and responsibilities of Union and State. Parliament, Welfare schemes, citizen’s charter, Panchayati raj, Right issues.
Important aspects of governance, accountability, and transparency.
Indian economyMicro and Macroeconomics, Fiscal policy, economic policies, and its impact. The concept of revenue, receipts, and capital accounts. Expenditure, budget, and tax revenue.
Current AffairsSchemes and policies related to developmental issues are important. Cover all related yojanas by the government.
General Accounting principlesAnalyzing and recording transactions, Adjustment of financial statements, accounting cycles, Special Journals, and Subsidiary Ledgers.
Industrial relations and labor lawsOverview of labor laws, Industrial relations code (IRC) Bill, Model labor reforms.
General SciencePhysics, Chemistry, and Life Sciences
Computer KnowledgeOperating Systems, Database management, computer organizations, computer networks, and Data communications.
Quantitative AptitudePercentage, Profit and Loss, Average, Number Systems, Ratio, Simple and Compound Interest
ReasoningData interpretation (charts, graphs, and tables), Syllogism, Puzzles.
Social SecurityConstitutional Provisions, Directive Principles of State Policy, Organized and Unorganized sectors, Social Security laws
Definition of social security, Insurance act (1948), Payment of Gratuity act (1972), Employees Provident Fund Act (1952), Maternity benefit act (1961), Workmen’s compensation act (1923).

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UPSC EPFO Exam Pattern

The recruitment test is conducted offline through the pen and paper method. Candidates have to choose the correct option from the given MCQ and shade the OMR sheet. The exam is conducted across 72 centers in India.

Mode of ExamOffline (Pen and Paper)
Type of ExamMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
No. of questions120
Marking pattern120*2.5=300
Total marks300
Penalty marks1/3rd negative for each wrong answer
Duration2 hours

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Recommended Books

EnglishHigh School Grammar and composition Objective General EnglishWren and Martin   S.P.Bakshi
Indian Freedom StruggleModern Indian History India’s struggle for independenceBipin Chandra
Current AffairsYearly current affairs book (2020)Arihant
Indian polityIndian Polity World Politics (NCERT)Laxmikanth
General Accounting PrinciplesAccountancy class 11th -12th NCERT 
Social Security in IndiaSocial Security in IndiaRavi Prajash Yadav
Industrial relations and Labour lawsIndustrial relations and Labour lawsDr. Nikita Agarwal
Computer ApplicationsHandbook for Computer Science and ITArihant Publications
General ScienceEncyclopedia for General ScienceArihant Publications
Mental ability and Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative AptitudeAbhijit Guha

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Q.1 What is the syllabus of UPSC EPFO?

Ans. The written UPSC EPFO test has no set syllabus. However, the topics covered by the UPSC EPFO syllabus are as follows:

  • General English
  • Indian Freedom Struggle.
  • Current Events and Developmental Issues.
  • Indian Polity & Economy
  • Industrial Relations & Labour Laws
  • General Accounting Principles
  • General Science & knowledge of Computer applications
  • General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude
  • Social Security in India.

Q.2 What is the selection process of UPSC EPFO?

Ans. For recruitment, there are two parts to the selection process. The UPSC EPFO Selection procedure would put the registered candidates to a recruitment test and an interview. Depending on how well the candidate performed during both stages, they will be shortlisted. For the candidates that made the cut, the weighting of the Recruitment Test (RT) and Interview is 75:25.

Q.3 What is the total number of marks in the written exam?

Ans. The total number of marks in the written exam is 300. The UPSC EPFO exam will consist of 120 multiple-choice questions on an objective-type paper. The exam lasts for two hours.

Q.4 Is there any negative marking in the UPSC EPFO exam?

Ans. A penalty of one-third of the total marks allotted to the question will be deducted for each incorrect response provided by the applicant. No points are deducted for not attempting a question.

Q.5 How many questions will be asked in EPFO Enforcement Officer and Account Officer exam?

Ans. The UPSC EPFO exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions and carries a total of 300 marks. There are equal marks for each question(2.5 Marks each).