UPSC EPFO

UPSC EPFO 2024: Exam Date Out, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

January 30, 2024

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The Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) Exam is a national examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Through this UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam, candidates are recruited for the posts of Enforcement Officer (EO), Accounts Officer (AO), and Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC). The position being offered through this recruitment is a Group-B Non-Ministerial position. This entire recruitment procedure is administered by the Ministry of Labor and Employment.

UPSC EPFO

The selection process for this EPFO Exam has two stages: written examination and personal interview. Candidates have to pass the written exam to get a chance to appear in the personal interview round. Candidates who are selected in this recruitment procedure will get a salary according to the level-8 scale of the 7th pay commission. The details regarding the UPSC EPFO Exam such as important dates, notification details, and other latest news are mentioned in this article.

Exam Summary

The Union Public Service Commission has published a detailed notification for the recruitment process through the EPFO Exam. In this official notification, all the information such as application procedure, eligibility criteria, salary structure, exam pattern, syllabus, exam mode, etc. is mentioned clearly. Here is some related information mentioned in the table below.

OrganizationEmployment Provident Fund Organization (EPFO)
Post NameEnforcement Officer (EO)/ Accounts Officer (AO), Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC)
Vacancy577 (EO & AO: 418, APFC: 159)
Participating BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOffline
Recruitment ProcessWritten Exam and Interview (separate exams for EO/ AO and APFC posts)
Educational QualificationAt least a Bachelors degree from a recognized college or University.
Age LimitGeneral Category: 18 to 30
Reserved Category: age relaxation will be there.
Salary INR 58000 – 65000
Official Websitehttps://www.upsconline.nic.in.

UPSC EPFO Exam Important Dates

All the important dates for the EPFO recruitment procedure are declared by the UPSC through an official notification in February 2024. Candidates can check the table below for the important dates related to this exam.

Important EventsDate
UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam Notification4th week of February 2024
Registration Starts4th week of February 2024
Registration Ends3rd week of March 2024
UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam Admit Card releaseMay 2024
UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam DateMay 2024
UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam ResultJune 2024

UPSC EPFO Exam Eligibility

A candidate must possess the required eligibility criteria to take the UPSC EPFO exam. Eligibility Criteria require a lot of factors such as Age, Educational Qualification, Nationality, etc. Here are all the details mentioned below.

Age limit

The minimum age limit to take the UPSC EPFO exam is 18 years. Similarly, the maximum age limit to take this exam is 30 years. However, there will be age relaxation for certain category candidates. The details are mentioned in the table below.

Age Relaxation

CategoryAge Relaxation
OBCUp to 3 years
Employees of EPFOUp to 5 years
SC/STUp to 5 years
Ex-servicemen, Central government employeesUp to 5 years
Physically handicappedUp to 10 years
Physically handicapped SC/STUp to 15 years
Physically handicapped OBCUp to 13 years
Candidates domiciled in J&K (from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989)Up to 5 years

Educational Qualification

There will be different requirements for educational qualification in EO/ AO and APFC posts. Candidates should check the official notification before applying for any of the posts mentioned above.

  • For the EO/ AO posts, a candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized university or institute.

Note: As per the notification, the Qualifications are relaxable for the candidates at the discretion of the Union Public Service Commission, for reasons to be recorded in writing, in the case of candidates otherwise well qualified.

  • For the APFC posts, a candidate must hold a degree from a recognized University or its Equivalent.
  • Desirable: Diploma in Company Law/Labour Laws/Public Administration.

 Nationality

A candidate must be of any of the categories mentioned below.

  1. A citizen of India.
  2. Or, a subject of Nepal.
  3. Or, a subject of Bhutan.
  4. Or, a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 01, 1962, to permanently settle in India.
  5. Or, 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 (2), (3), (4), and (5) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Experience

It is positive for the candidates who hold a reasonable involvement with the significant field. This expands their shot at being shortlisted. Applicants bearing at least two years of experience in Accounts, Administration, and Legal Matters are preferred.

UPSC EPFO Exam Application

The official date for the online application procedure started on February 2024. Candidates had the chance to apply till March 2024. Candidates have to wait for the release of the admit card as the exam date is May 2024 as mentioned by the UPSC.

Application Fees

The application fee for the general category candidate is Rs. 25. However, for the women candidates, SC, ST, and Physically disabled candidates the fees are waived. The unreserved candidates who want to apply for both posts, have to pay a sum of Rs. 50.

CandidatesApplication fee
UnreservedRs 25
ST/SC/Physically Handicapped/WomenNil
For both posts (EO/ AO and APFO)Rs. 50
  • Candidates have to pay the examination fees before submitting the online application. The application fees can be paid both online and offline.
  • Candidates can opt for Debit cards/ Credit cards/ UPI for the online payment method.
  • For the offline method, candidates can pay the fee by generating a challan while submitting the online application. In this method, candidates have to visit any branch of the State Bank of India.

Application Steps

The candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to apply online for the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam.

  1. First, candidates need to open the official website of the UPSC.
  2. After that, they need to click the link for the ‘Online Application Form’. It will take the user to a new tab.
  3. Here candidates need to log in using their mobile number/ email ID and password.
  4. Once the page opens in the new tab, the candidate needs to click on the “Apply Now” option.
  5. Then, on the next page, the candidate needs to check for the declaration at the bottom of the page, “Yes, I Agree”.
  6. After that, the candidate needs to fill in the personal details carefully.
  7. Finally, the candidate needs to submit Part I of the UPSC EPFO 2024 online Application Form.
  8. Next, the candidate needs to go to Part II of the form and make payment (if applicable), upload the photograph, signature image, required documents, and declaration.
  9. Finally, the candidate needs to verify all the credentials and then click on ‘Submit’.
  10. Candidates may save a copy of the filled-up application form for future reference.

UPSC EPFO 2024 Admit Card

The admit card for the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam will be available on the official website of the UPSC a few days before the exam. Candidates have to log in to the exam portal by entering their email ID/ mobile number and password to download the admit card from the official website of the UPSC. As of now, there is no official notification for the release of the Admit Card. It is expected to be released in the third week of May 2024.

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Steps to Download Admit Card

Once the admit cards are released, candidates can download them from the official website. Candidates can follow the below-mentioned steps to download the UPSC EPFO 2024 Admit Card.

  • First, a candidate needs to visit the official website of the UPSC.
  • After that, the candidate has to select the link for the UPSC EPFO Admit Card 2024 on the home page of the official website.
  • Then, the candidate needs to enter the login credentials such as email/ mobile number and password to enter the exam portal.
  • Next, the candidate needs to download the UPSC EPFO 2024 Admit Card.
  • Finally, he/ she can take the printout of the admit card to carry to the exam hall.

Admit Card details

The admit card for the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam is an important document that every single candidate has to carry with them to the exam centre. Without an admit card, not a single candidate will be allowed to enter the exam centre. After downloading the admit from the official website, candidates need to verify all the details mentioned on the admit card. The details that can be found on the Admit Card are as follows:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Candidate’s Signature
  • Candidate’s Photo
  • Registration number
  • DOB
  • Roll number
  • Parents name
  • Exam date and time
  • Exam centre
  • Important instructions

Exam Centre Details

Candidates have to provide options for the exam center at their convenience. There are a total of 79 exam centers across India as mentioned in the official notification. However, the allotment of exam centres will be on a first-apply first allot basis.

The centers are as follows:

Agartala               DharwarKohimaRanchi
AgraDispurKolkataRajkot
AhmedabadFaridabadKozhikode (Calicut)Sambalpur
AizwalGangtokLehShillong
AjmerGautam Buddh NagarLucknowShimla
AligarhGayaLudhianaShiliguri
Almora (Uttarakhand)GhaziabadMaduraiSrinagar
AnantapurGorakhpurMandi (Himachal Pradesh)Srinagar (Uttarakhand)
Aurangabad (Maharashtra)GurgaonMumbaiSurat
BareillyGwaliorMysuruThane
BengaluruHyderabadNagpurThiruvananthapuram
BhopalImphalNasikThiruchirapalli
Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh)IndoreNavi MumbaiTirupati
ChandigarhItanagarPanaji (Goa)Udaipur
ChennaiJabalpurPatnaVaranasi
CoimbatoreJaipurPortblairVellore
CuttackJammuPrayagraj (Allahabad)Vijayawada
DehradunJodhpurPuducherryVishakhapatnam
DelhiJorhatPuneWarangal
Dharmashala (Himachal Pradesh)KochiRaipur 

UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam Pattern

The official notification for the UPSC EPFO 2024 Examination was published before by the Union Public Service Commission. In this official notice, the UPSC has clearly mentioned the exam pattern for this exam. The recruitment process consists of two stages: Offline MCQ Exam and Personal interview. The final selection is based on the total marks obtained in both the written exam and personal interview.

The detailed UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam pattern is discussed as follows:

  • All the questions in this paper will be objective-type questions and they are multiple-choice questions (MCQ).
  • The offline test (MCQ) paper consists of a total of 120 questions and each question will carry equal values.
  • All the candidates will have 2 hours or 120 minutes to solve the entire paper.
  • The language of the question paper will be in Hindi and English.
  • There will be a negative marking for each wrong answer. The negative marking for each wrong answer is one-third (1/3).
  • The weightage for the written exam is 75 per cent and the interview is 25 per cent.
TopicsTotal MarksTotal Duration
English1202 hours or 120 minutes
Mathematics
General Science
General Awareness
Reasoning

UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam Syllabus

The written test of this exam will be based on objective-type multiple-choice questions (MCQ). Candidates need to check and understand the detailed syllabus to have a better idea about the topics included in the syllabus. The syllabus for the UPSC EPFO written exam includes the topics mentioned below.

i) General English: To evaluate the candidate’s understanding of the English language & workman – use of words.

ii) Indian Freedom Struggle.

iii) Current Events and Developmental Issues.

iv) Indian Polity & Economy.

v) General Accounting Principles.

vi) Industrial Relations & Labour Laws.

vii) General Science & knowledge of Computer applications.

viii) General Mental Ability and quantitative Aptitude.

ix) Social Security in India.

General English

Sentence Completion/ Para CompletionReading ComprehensionSynonyms/ Antonyms
Cloze Test, Error SpottingSpellingsFill in the Blanks
Para JumblesPhrase ReplacementPhrases/ Idioms

Indian Freedom Struggle

TopicsDetailed Syllabus
Consolidation of the British EmpireThe 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.
Indian Resistance to the British RuleEarly uprisings, The 1857 Revolt-reasons, character, course, and result. Indian Freedom struggles in 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.
The era of GandhijiCivil Disobedience, the Khilafat movement, the Non-Cooperation Movement, and the Quit India Movement; another strand in the National Movement-Revolutionaries, Subhash Chandra Bose, and the Indian National Army.

Current Events & Developmental Issues

Latest development in Indian PolityLatest Government Schemes
Major JudgementsLatest events related to national and international importance
Current events related to International Relations 

Indian Polity & Economy

TopicsDetailed Syllabus
Indian PolityIndian 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.
Indian EconomyEconomic 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.

General Accounting Principles

Principles of AccountingAnalyzing & Recording Transactions
Adjustments & Financial StatementsCompletion of the accounting cycles
Subsidiary LedgersSpecial Journals

Industrial Relations & Labor Laws

TopicsDetailed Syllabus
Labor Laws●      Overview
●      About
●      Types
●      Sectors applicable
●      Areas implemented
Industrial Relations●      Industrial Relations Code (IRC) Bill
●      Model of labour reforms

General Science & Knowledge of Computer Applications

TopicsDetailed Syllabus
General Science●      Physics
●      Chemistry
●      Life Science
Computer Applications●      Computer organizations
●      Operating Systems
●      Database management
●      Data structures
●      Data communications
●      Computer networks

Quantitative Aptitude and General Mental Ability

TopicsDetailed Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude●      Number Systems
●      Percentage
●      Profit & Loss
●      Average Ratio
●      SI & CI
●      Arithmetic Questions
General Mental Ability●      Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables)
●      Data Sufficiency Syllogism
●      Puzzles & More

Social Security In India

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

UPSC EPFO 2024 Results and Cut-offs

The Union Public Service Commission will publish the results of the EPFO Exam once the exam is over. As of now, the exam has not been conducted yet. Once the exam is conducted, the result will be declared soon. Candidates who will qualify for the written exam and the interview simultaneously will be selected in this recruitment process. Candidates need to follow the official website of the UPSC to get the update regarding the EPFO 2024 Exam. In this article, the results and exam-related information are discussed.

UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam Results

The results of the written paper of the EPFO exam will be announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) after the completion of the primary written exam. There will be a total of 300 marks in the written exam paper and all the candidates have a total duration of 2 hours or 12 minutes. The exam is going to be qualifying in nature for the interview. Hence, candidates need to score equal or higher marks in this written exam. Candidates will be able to check their UPSC EPFO 2024 Results on the official website of the UPSC once they are published.

Steps to Check the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam Results

The candidates who will qualify for the written exam, have to appear for the interview. Candidates who will qualify for the interview will be selected in this recruitment process. Here are the steps to check the UPSC EPFO 2024 Results as mentioned below.

  • First, candidates need to open the official website of the UPSC.
  • Then, they need to click on the login tab for candidates.
  • After that, candidates need to enter their EPFO Login credentials such as mail/ phone number and password to enter the exam portal.
  • Here, the candidates can check their results on the screen.
  • Finally, a candidate can download the PDF file of the UPSC EPFO 2024 Result.

UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam Cutoffs

The cut-off marks for the UPSC EPFO Exam will change every year. It will depend on various factors such as the number of candidates appearing for the exam, the difficulty of the question paper, and the total number of vacancies, etc.

Apart from the cut-off marks, candidates have to score minimum marks in the written exam to qualify for the interview round. Here are the category-wise minimum cut-off marks mentioned in the table below.

UR50%
OBC45%
EWS45%
SC/ ST/ PH40%

Here are the category-wise final cut-off marks for the UPSC EPFO 2022 Exam mentioned in the table below. Candidates will have a rough idea about the cut-off marks from this table.

CategoryWritten Exam Cut-off (out of 300 marks)Interview Exam Cut-off (out of 100 marks)Total
General187.3950259.33
OBC173.1245244.51
ST160.5140234.39
SC156.3040231.87
EWS171.4350221.43
PH-HI101.6740141.67
PH-OH154.6140194.61

UPSC EPFO 2024 Salary Structure

The UPSC offers an attractive package for the employees selected through the EPFO Exam. Enforcement Officers(EO) and Accounts Officers (AO) are paid according to the level 8 pay matrix. However, the salary scale for the Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC) is determined by Pay Level 10. Those posts come under Group-B non-ministerial services.

The total salary includes several allowances. The increments depend on the eligibility of the pay grade.

The allowances are mentioned as follows:

  • Dearness Allowance (DA)
  • Housing Rent Allowance (HRA)
  • Transport Allowance (TA)
  • Medical Allowance (MA)
Post NameEnforcement Officers (EO) and Accounts Officers (AO)Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC)
Pay LevelLevel 8Level 10
Pay BandPay Band 2Pay Band 3
Basic PayRs. 9,300 – Rs. 34, 800Rs. 15,600 – Rs. 39,100
Grade PayRs. 4,800Rs. 5,400
FeaturesDetails
Starting salaryRs. 47,600
Grade payRs. 4800
Pay Level MatrixLevel 8
Dearness Allowance (DA)18,088
House Rent Allowance (HRA)12,852
Transport Allowance (TA)4,968
Medical Allowance (MA: fixed)Rs. 2,000
Total salaryRs. 85,508

UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam Preparation Tips

Candidates must prepare well to qualify for the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam. Over the years a large number of candidates have appeared in this exam. As there are a limited number of vacancies this year, therefore, the competition will be tough this year. Here are some preparation tips for the students to follow before the exam mentioned below.

  • To qualify for the written exam for the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam, a candidate must understand the exam pattern and the entire syllabus well. Candidates need to prepare strictly according to the syllabus to have better results in this exam.
  • Candidates need to start solving the previous year’s question papers during his/ her preparation to get better marks. There are many resources from where a candidate can download previous year’s question papers. It will help them to be familiar with the question standard.
  • Candidates must revise the entire syllabus part by part so that they can remember everything before appearing in this exam. Preparing throughout the entire week and revision over the weekend can be a good strategy.
  • Giving mock tests will help aspirants sharpen their preparation for the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam. Solving mock question papers can help aspirants cover up their gaps while preparing.
  • Preparing a suitable timetable will help the students to prepare well. Each student can prepare their individual timetable at their convenience.

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What are the posts a candidate can get after qualifying in the UPSC EPFO 2024 recruitment?

The posts that a candidate can get after qualifying in the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam are Enforcement Officer (EO), Accounts Officer (AO), Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC), etc.

Is the final merit list based on the performance in the written exam or interview?

Candidates who will qualify for the written exam will be called for the personal interview round. As per the UPSC, the written exam carries 75 percent weightage and the personal interview carries 25 percent weightage. The final selection is based on the marks obtained in both the written exam and personal interview as per the weightage.

What are the qualifying marks for the candidates of the general category?

The cutoff scores are calculated by taking into account the number of openings, the number of candidates, and the complexity of the exam. It is not a field for any category. The cutoff marks also change every year. Candidates who belong to the general category may check the cutoff marks of the previous years.

When will the UPSC EPFO 2024 Result be announced?

When the examination procedure is successfully completed, the UPSC EPFO 2024 Result will be released. Candidates will be able to see their UPSC EPFO 2024 Results through the EPFO Candidate Login. As of now, the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam has not been conducted yet. Hence, the result is not available at this moment.

When will the UPSC EPFO 2024 Admit Card be available?

The UPSC EPFO 2024 Admit Card will be available a few days before the exam. Usually, the UPSC releases the admit cards for a particular exam about 1 to 2 weeks before. When the admit cards are released, candidates can log in using their credentials and download them from the official website.

What is the age limit for the candidates to apply for the UPSC EPFO Exam?

For the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam, all the applicants must be at least 18 years old. The upper age limit of all the candidates must be 30. However, candidates who fall under one of the reserved categories are given age relaxation. Age relaxation for a particular category is mentioned in detail in the official notification.

What are the category-wise minimum cut-off marks in the written exam to qualify for the interview round in the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam?

There are category-wise minimum cut-off marks for the candidates in the written exam to qualify for the interview round in the UPSC EPFO 2024 Exam. For the General category, the minimum cut-off mark is 50%. The candidates in the OBC category have a minimum cut-off mark of 45%. For the SC, ST and PWD categories, the minimum cut-off mark is 40%. The candidates in the EWS category have to score 45% or more to qualify for the interview exam.