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UPSC EPFO Exam Pattern 2021:Check Section-Wise Paper Pattern And Marking Scheme

Safalta Expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Thu, 19 Aug 2021 03:29 PM IST


Check out UPSC EPFO Exam Pattern here with Safalta. Know Section-Wise Paper Pattern And Marking Scheme
Union Public Service Commission will conduct UPSC EPFO AO Exam 2019 on 5 September 2021. Admit cards for the exam are now available on the official website of UPSC.  This time there are 421 posts in the exam, this exam is being conducted after the 2107 recruitment cycle. The candidates who have applied for the exam must know UPSC EPFO Exam Pattern. Exam pattern will help them to prepare for the exam in a better way as well as handle questions in real examination in a more organized manner. The exam consists of 2 stages - the written test and interview round. The weightage of both rounds is 75%a and 25% respectively. The written round is conducted in pen and paper mode. This space will cover all the details related to UPSC EPFO Exam Pattern and marking scheme.If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance then download our app- 'Exam Taiyari App' and boost your preparation. Prepare for any competitive exam with Free Courses, E-books, and Mock-Tests on Safalta App.

UPSC EPFO Exam Pattern

The means exam pattern as per the official notification is as follows:
  • The written exam is known as General Ability Test.
  • The exam is conducted in offline mode.
  • Questions are objective type.
  • There is a total of 120 questions.
  • The exam is bilingual - Questions are framed in English and Hind.
  • The Test will carry a maximum of 300 marks.
  • There is negative marking and a 1/3 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • The total time duration of the exam is 2 hours.
The section-wise exam pattern is illustrated below:


No. of Questions

General English


Indian Freedom Struggle


Current Events and Developmental Issues

5 to  10 

Indian Polity and Economy

15 to 20

General Accounting Principles


Industrial Relations and Labour Laws

15 to 20

General Science & Knowledge of Computer Applications 10
General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude 15
Social Security in India 5 to 7

The marks and number of questions from each section are not fixed, they vary year to year. We recommend candidates should refer to the previous year questions to get a fair idea.

UPSC EPFO Interview 

The candidates who clear the cut-off in the written round are called for the interview round. The interview round is conducted for 100 marks. There is minimum qualifying marks for the interview round as well, which is given below:
Category Qualifying marks
General 50
OBC 45

UPSC EPFO Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for the exam is as follows:
EPFO Exam Subject Topic-Wise EPFO Syllabus
General English Error detection and  Vocabulary. 
Current Events and Developmental Issues Current Affairs (National & International)
Current affairs are majorly related to current events happening around us. It does not have a well-defined syllbaus. Candidates should follow a good newspaper daily. 
Indian Polity & Economy

Indian Constitution, historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, 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 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, 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 Accounting Concepts – Separate Entity Concept, Money Measurement Concept, Going Concern Concept, Dual Aspect Concern, Realisation Concept, Cost Concept, Accounting Period Concept, Matching Concept; Accounting Conventions – Conservatism, Consistency, Full Disclosure, Materiality
Industrial Relations & Labour Laws Constitution of India: workers’ provisions; Laws for Female workers – Maternity Benefit Act, Vishaka Case, Factories Act, Equal Remuneration Act; Labor Laws in India – Trade Union Act, Minimum Wages Act, Strikes and lockouts, Industrial Disputes Act (IDA), Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals, Workman’s Compensation Act, Employees State Insurance Act, Retirement Benefits, Emigration Act; Unorganised Labour; International Labour Organisation (ILO); Ministry of Labour in India – Important OFFICES/institutes with Labour Ministry, Work done by offices with labour ministry, Chief Labour Commissioner, Labour Bureau, Welfare Commissioners, Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Board of Arbitration
General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude General Mental Ability – Mirror image, direction test , other simple topics.

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Quantitative Aptitude –HCF and LCM, Average, Mixtures and Alligation, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Percentage and its application, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Problems Based on Ages, Calendar and Clock, Probability, Permutations and Combinations
General Science & Knowledge of Computer applications Basics of Physics, Chemistry, Life Science
Computer meaning of simple terms in :Computer organisations, Operating Systems, Database management, Data structures, Data communications, Computer networks
Indian Freedom Struggle 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.

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.

Gandhian thoughts and techniques of mass mobilization:

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.

Social Security in India Status of Social security in India, Social security schemes for Unorganised Sector; New Social Security Schemes launched covering social insurances like Pension, Health Insurance and Medical Benefit, Disability Benefit, Maternity Benefit, Gratuity; Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) and the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC); Atal Pension Yojna (APY); Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY); Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY); Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Yojana; Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana, etc.
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