UPSC EPFO Exam 2022: Latest News, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

UPSC EPFO Exam 2022: Latest News, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies
September 6, 2021
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About the UPSC EPFO exam

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
Headquarters New Delhi
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

Table of Contents

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 –

  • Written examination
  • Personal Interview

The written objective examination carries 75% weightage and the personal interview carries the remaining 25%.


UPSC EPFO Exam Important dates


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


Know More – UPSC EPFO Important Date & Notifications


UPSC EPFO Exam Notification

  • The notification for UPSC EPFO was released on January 11th, 2020. The registration commenced on the 13th of the same month and was opened till 31st January, 2020. On 8th December 2020, the recruitment body released the list of candidates’ names, whose fee payment confirmation was not obtained.
  • The exam was to be held on 9th May 2021. As per the latest notification on the 9th of July, the exam was postponed to September 5th, 2021. This is done as a nationwide program as per the Revised Programmed of Examinations on 25/6/2021.


Application fee payment

The application fee is exempted for Women candidates, SC, ST, and Physically disabled candidates. For the unreserved applicants, it is Rs 25.


Payment method

  • The payment of fees is done after the part 1 registration. The application fee can be paid both online and offline.
  • For online fee payment methods, any of the Debit cards/Credit cards, Visa/Master/RuPay cards can be used
  • For the offline method, pay the fee at the SBI bank. Challan can be generated online and taken as a printout


Candidates Application fee
Unreserved Rs 25
ST/SC/Physically handicapped/Women Nil


Eligibility criteria

If by any chance you can’t satisfy the UPSC EPFO Eligibility Criteria, your application stands material to be dismissed.


Nationality Indian citizen
Age Maximum age limit of 30
Qualification At least a Bachelors’ degree from a recognized college or University.


Educational qualification –

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.


 Nationality –

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.


Experience –

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.


Age relaxation –

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


Job profile –

  • General administration
  • Recovery of accounts
  • Managing cash flow
  • Maintaining cash book
  • Verifying bank statement
  • System work
  • Pension work


Vacancies for the UPSC EPFO Exam

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
Unreserved 168
OBC 116
SC 62
ST 33
Economically Weaker Section 42
Total Vacancies 421



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 –

  • Dearness allowance
  • Housing and rent allowance
  • Transport allowance
  • Mobile bill
  • Medical allowance
  • Insurance
  • Provident Fund
  • Newspaper and conveyance

Apart from these, loan facilities are also available for them.


Syllabus for the UPSC EPFO Exam

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 –

  • Indian freedom struggle
  • Indian Polity
  • General Awareness
  • General Accounting
  • Labour laws and Industrial relations
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Computer Knowledge
  • General English
  • General Science
  • Social security in India

The syllabus and exam pattern will help the candidates to constitute a focused study plan.


Exam Pattern for the UPSC EPFO Exam

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)
Duration 2 hours
No.of questions 120
Marking pattern 120*2.5
Total marks 300
Penalty marks 1/3rd negative for wrong answers
Medium of test English and Hindi


Admit Card for the UPSC EPFO Exam

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 –

  • Candidates name
  • Registration number
  • DOB
  • Roll number
  • Parents name
  • Exam date and time
  • Exam center
  • Important instructions


Name of the exam Admit card issue date End date
Enforcement Officer/Accounts Officer exam 2021 August 9, 2021 September 5, 2021
  • Visit the official website and click on the hall ticket link on the home page
  • Enter the asked details such as registration id or roll number
  • Download the hall ticket that appears on your home screen. Take a printout of the Admit card for future reference.
  • In case of any technical problem while downloading the Admit Card, then report to In case of any issue with the data then report to
  • Carry a photocopy of your given Id proof and also a passport size photo in case of emergency.


Know More – UPSC EPFO Admit Card and Interview call letter


Exam centers

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 –


Delhi Kochi Chennai Coimbatore Agartala Dispur
Lucknow Kolkata Vellore Madurai Jorhat Dharwad
Ahmedabad Kohima Calicut Ghaziabad Ajmer Aizwal
Allahabad Gangtok Ludhiana Aurangabad Agra Gaya
Imphal Gurgaon Bhopal Indore Bilaspur Mumbai
Nagpur Navi Mumbai Anantpur Puducherry Udaipur Varanasi
Chandigarh Cuttack Jammu Vijaywada Thane Mysore
Pune Panaji Itanagar Warangal Shillong Rajkot
Sambalpur Vishakapatnam Faridabad Siliguri Hyderabad Deharadun
Srinagar Thiruvananthapuram Jabalpur Port Blair Jaipur Gautham Budh Nagar
Jodhpur Nagpur Trucchi Bangalore Tirupati Ranchi
Bareilly Shimla Nagpur Gorakhpur Aligarh Raipur

The cities of Kolkata and Jaipur were added this year.


Results for the UPSC EPFO Exam

The UPSC will declare the result within few months of the exam. Always check the results from the official website of UPSC.

  • Click on the Recruitment Results tab from the UPSC website.
  • Enter the required details such as Roll number or Registration number and Password/DOB.
  • The results appear on the screen and can be downloaded for future reference.

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
General 160 50 237.50
OBC 142 45 219.72
ST 133 40 228.58
SC 128.50 40 194.25

The weightage for written exam and interview is given in the ratio of 75:25.


How to apply for the UPSC EPFO Exam?

  • Visit the official website of UPSC and click on the link containing the registration process for UPSC EPFO.
  • The part 1 registration process requires the applicant to fill in all basic details such as candidate’s name, parent’s name, education, nationality, qualification, DOB, address, email id, id proof, etc.,
  • Snap-on “Save and Continue”.
  • Check the data that you have entered in the UPSC EPFO application structure and snap on the “I Agree” button.
  • Part I Registration will be finished. Your Registration ID will be produced. Note it down. An email will likewise be shipped off the candidate’s email ID.
  • In the Part-II Registration, there are 3 phases of registration – Payment of application fee, Uploading required reports, and picking the exam center.
  • The fee payment can be done both offline and online. The female/SC/ST and Physically handicapped candidates are exempted from paying fees. The unreserved category candidates must pay a fee of Rs 25
  • Scanning and uploading photographs and signatures are as follows


Photograph (Jpg) 350*350 pixel 20-300 kb
Signature (Jpg) 1000*1000 pixel 20-300 kb


Complete the final process by selecting the desired center locations.


Important points for the UPSC EPFO Exam

  • There are no sectional time limits and the sectional cut-off for this exam. Hence, make a proper study plan and focus on the syllabus to clear the expected cut-off.
  • Read magazines and newspapers to keep yourself updated and solve the previous year’s question paper to get clarity.
  • There are no attempt limits and experience required for this exam.


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Q1. What is the selection process for UPSC EPFO?

The selection process comprises of two stages which include a written examination (MCQ) and a personal interview

Q2. Is UPSC EPFO a group A service?

No. The Employee Provident Fund Officer/Accounts Officer is a Group B Non-ministerial service. The post comes under gazetted officer post.

Q3. How many attempts are there for the UPSC EPFO exam?

There are no limits to attempt this exam and hence candidates can reappear for unlimited times.

Q4. What are AO and EO are EPFO?

AO is Accounts Officer and EO is Enforcement Officer. The vacancies have been announced to fill both these posts.

Q5. How many days will it take for the prelims result to be announced?

The results for the preliminary objective exam are released usually within a month.

Q6. Is the recruitment test offline or online?

The preliminary recruitment test is conducted offline in pen and paper method.

Q7. What is the salary of an EO/AO?

Their salary will be approximately 43600-55200. They are paid according to the level 8 pay scale of 7th pay commission.

Q8. Is there any age relaxation for candidates?

Yes. There are special age relaxations for SC/ST/Physically handicapped/Ex-servicemen etc.,

Q9. Is there any probation period for the officers?

Yes. The officers have an average probation period of 2 years as soon they are appointed.

Q10. Is the UPSC EPFO EO/AO a permanent job?

Yes, it is a permanent job.

Q11. Is the UPSC EPFO exam tough in nature?

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.

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