This contains details such as vacancies, eligibility, notification news, and other important details related to the UPSC EPFO Exam.
This recruitment examination conducted by UPSC to fill 421 posts of Enforcement Officers was to be held on the 9th of May, 2020. The examination got postponed due to the pandemic and is about to happen on September 5th, 2021.
Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) comes under the Ministry of Labour. It is responsible for running the pension scheme all over India. It is a state-run social security body with its headquarters in New Delhi.
|Organization||EPFO (Employees Provident Fund Organization)|
|Founded||March 4th, 1952|
|Owned by||Ministry of Labour and Employment|
|Exam conducting body||UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)|
|Central Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC)||Shri Sunil Barthwal, IAS|
|Key role||Pension, Insurance, and Provident Fund|
The postponed exam is conducted to fill the post of Employee Provident Fund Officer/ Accounts Officer. This comes under a non-ministerial Grade-B post. The salary is according to the level-8 scale of the 7th pay commission. The selection process consists of two stages –
The written objective examination carries 75% weightage and the personal interview carries the remaining 25%.
|Date of notification||January 11, 2020|
|Registration started on||January 13, 2020|
|Registration ended on||January 31, 2020|
|1st phase of center change||15th – 21st December 2020|
|2nd phase of center change||29th December 2020– 4th January 2021|
|Previous exam date||May 9th, 2021|
|New notification date||July 9th, 2021|
|Admit Card||August 9th, 2021|
|Exam date||September 5th. 2021|
|Result||Yet to be announced|
|Interview||Yet to be announced|
The application fee is exempted for Women candidates, SC, ST, and Physically disabled candidates. For the unreserved applicants, it is Rs 25.
If by any chance you can’t satisfy the UPSC EPFO Eligibility Criteria, your application stands material to be dismissed.
|Age||Maximum age limit of 30|
|Qualification||At least a Bachelors’s degree from a recognized college or University.|
To be qualified to sit for the EPFO entrance, an applicant should have something like a four-year college education in any undertaking. Applicants having four-year certification in Law, M.A. in Business Administration, Five years degree in Law, or postgraduate certificate in Company Secretary, Management, cost and the board bookkeeper, and sanctioned bookkeepers are likely to be preferred.
To be qualified for the said post, the applicants must be a resident of India or a resident of Nepal, or Bhutan
Note: Candidates from different states will be kept in everyday classification and can’t profit from relaxation in age limit and different relaxations.
It is positive for the candidates that 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.
The maximum age limit is 30 years for the UPSC EPFO exam. There is no minimum age limit
|OBC||Up to 3 years|
|Employees of EPFO||Up to 5 years|
|SC/ST||Up to 5 years|
|Ex-servicemen, Central government employees||Up to 5 years|
|Physically handicapped||Up to 10 years|
|Physically handicapped SC/ST||Up to 15 years|
|Physically handicapped OBC||Up to 13 years|
|Candidates domiciled in J&K (from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989)||Up to 5 years|
The total number of vacancies has been divided according to different categories of candidates. A total of 421 vacant posts to fill the position of enforcement officers have been initiated by the UPSC.
|Category of candidates||Vacancies|
|Economically Weaker Section||42|
The Enforcement officers/Accounts officers are paid according to the level 8 pay matrix. An accounts officer is someone who has more of a desk job and the Enforcement Officers have the responsibility to enforce the government norms. They come under Group-B non-ministerial services.
|Starting salary||Rs 47,600|
|Grade pay||Rs 4800|
|Total salary||Rs 60,000|
|Take-home salary||Rs 53,312|
The take-home salary also includes the allowances. The increments depend on the eligibility of the pay grade.
The allowances include the following –
Apart from these, loan facilities are also available for them.
The UPSC conducts recruitment tests for the most desired government jobs in India. Hence, they meet a high standard. The broad syllabus for UPSC EPFO is as follows –
The syllabus and exam pattern will help the candidates to constitute a focused study plan.
The exam for Enforcement Officers/Accounts Officers is in offline mode. Candidates have to pick the correct answer from the given Mcq. The exam happens for the total duration of 2 hours (10 AM to 12 PM)
|Exam type||Multiple Choice Questions|
|Mode of examination||Offline (OMR sheet)|
|Penalty marks||1/3rd negative for wrong answers|
|Medium of test||English and Hindi|
As the exam was postponed from 9th May to 5th September, the release of Admit Card was also postponed to 9th August 2021. The Admit Card must always be downloaded from the official website of UPSC. The following details can be found on the Admit Card –
|Name of the exam||Admit card issue date||End date|
|Enforcement Officer/Accounts Officer exam 2021||August 9, 2021||September 5, 2021|
The exam centers are allotted on a first-come basis. There are a total of 72 centers across India. The change in center allotment was done as a two-phase process once on 15th – 21st December and then on 29th December to 4th January.
The 72 exam centers are as follows –
|Srinagar||Thiruvananthapuram||Jabalpur||Port Blair||Jaipur||Gautham Budh Nagar|
The cities of Kolkata and Jaipur were added this year.
The UPSC will declare the result within few months of the exam. Always check the results from the official website of UPSC.
The cut-off marks depend on various factors like the number of candidates appearing for the exam, the difficulty of the question paper, and the total number of vacancies. A total of 1.46 lakhs candidates appeared for the exam last year for a vacancy of 257. The previous year’s cut-off will always give a rough idea to the candidates on their preparation.
|Category||Prelims cut-off (300 marks)||Interview cut-off (100 marks)||Total|
The weightage for written exam and interview is given in the ratio of 75:25.
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The selection process comprises of two stages which include a written examination (MCQ) and a personal interview
No. The Employee Provident Fund Officer/Accounts Officer is a Group B Non-ministerial service. The post comes under gazetted officer post.
There are no limits to attempt this exam and hence candidates can reappear for unlimited times.
AO is Accounts Officer and EO is Enforcement Officer. The vacancies have been announced to fill both these posts.
The results for the preliminary objective exam are released usually within a month.
The preliminary recruitment test is conducted offline in pen and paper method.
Their salary will be approximately 43600-55200. They are paid according to the level 8 pay scale of 7th pay commission.
Yes. There are special age relaxations for SC/ST/Physically handicapped/Ex-servicemen etc.,
Yes. The officers have an average probation period of 2 years as soon they are appointed.
Yes, it is a permanent job.
The recruitment exams conducted by the UPSC are always a bit tough in nature. Candidates have to prepare themselves in a certain standard to crack the exam.