EPFO Social Security Assistant Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
Employees Provident Fund Organization

The Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) is a central government organization, and it conducts this Social Security Assistant (SSA) exam once a year to recruit eligible candidates for the post of Social security officer. This post is a dream post for numerous aspirants, and it provides them with an excellent opportunity to work in government institutes.

The candidates will undergo 3 phases in the selection process that is, Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination, and Computer Skill Test. The Preliminary Examination is conducted for 100 marks and the Mains Examination is conducted for 153 marks. 

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam The purpose of EPFO SSA examination is to recruit candidates for the post of Social security assistant officer.
Conducting Body Employees Provident Fund Organization
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EPFO Social Security Assistant Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be either:
    a. a citizen of India, or
    b. a subject of Nepal, or
    c. a subject of Bhutan, or
    d. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    e. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
    f. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • Degree of a recognized university or equivalent as on the closing date for online registration of application.
    • Possessing a speed of at least 5000 key depressions per hour for Data Entry Work.

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the EPFO Social Security Assistant Exam should be minimum of 18 years and maximum of 27 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 32 years
    OBC-NCL 30 years
    Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (General) 40 years
    Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (SC/ST) 45 years
    Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (OBC – NCL) 43 years
    Ex-SM + General 30 years
    Ex-SM + OBC-NCL 33 years
    Ex-SM +SC/ST 35 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. There is no such restriction on the number of attempts as long as the age criteria is being fulfilled.

EPFO Social Security Assistant Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Admit Card release date To be notified
Preliminary Exam Date To be notified
Main Exam Date To be notified
Date of Skill Test To be notified

EPFO Social Security Assistant Exam Pattern 2021

Important points regarding the pattern of the exam: 

  • Phase–I is qualifying in nature and marks will not be reckoned for final merit.
  • The candidates will be shortlisted for Phase-II in the ratio of 1:10 i.e. about 10 times the number of vacancies in each category on the basis of their performance in Phase – I.
  • The marks obtained in Phase – II will be considered for final selection.
  • The descriptive paper will be conducted online immediately after completion of an online objective test of Phase-II Main Examination
  • The candidates will be shortlisted for Phase-III in the ratio of 1:5 i.e. about 5 times the number of vacancies in each category on the basis of their performance in Phase – II.
  • Computer Skill Test will be qualifying in nature. Marks obtained will not be reckoned for merit ranking

Pattern for Phase I – Preliminary Examination

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 English Language

This paper will test the English language proficiency of the candidates.

Qualifying Nature 30 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 30
2 Reasoning Ability

This paper will test the reasoning skills of the candidates

Qualifying Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 35
3 Numerical Aptitude

This paper will test the mathematical skills of the candidates.

Qualifying Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 35 35
Total Marks* 100

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Phase II – Main Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Reasoning Ability

This paper will test the reasoning skills of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 35 mins 0.25 60
2 General Awareness

This paper will test the general knowledge of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 40
3 English Language

This paper will test the English language proficiency of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 30 Objective (Multiple Choice) 30 mins 0.25 40
4 Quantitative Aptitude

This paper will test the mathematical skills of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 40 mins 0.25 60
5 Descriptive Paper

It is an English language paper with an emphases on analysis and comprehension

Qualifying Nature 3 Descriptive 45 mins 30
Total Marks* 230

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Phase III – Computer Skill Test (Computer Data Entry Test)

Candidates will be required to appear for the Skill Test to assess speed and accuracy for Data Entry Work.

EPFO Social Security Assistant Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Phase I – Preliminary Examination

1 English Language

  • Reading comprehension
  • Para jumbles
  • Cloze test
  • Error spotting
  • Error correction
  • Fillers

2 Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles
  • Input-output
  • Order and ranking
  • Alphanumeric series
  • Coding and decoding
  • Number series
  • Logical reasoning
  • Inequalities
  • Direction sense
  • Seating arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Data sufficiency

3 Numerical Aptitude

  • Simplification and approximation
  • Ratios
  • Averages
  • Percentage
  • Time and work
  • Distance and speed
  • Quadratic equations
  • Data sufficiency
  • Data interpretation
  • Arithmetic question

Syllabus for Phase II – Main Exam

1 Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles, Seating arrangement
  • Input-output
  • New pattern
  • Coding and decoding
  • Order and ranking
  • Blood relations
  • Syllogism
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Direction based problems
  • Series based problem

2 General Awareness

  • History and geography of India
  • Important dates and events
  • Indian economy
  • Science
  • Fundamentals of Computer
  • Current affairs
  • Sports
  • Financial policies in India

3 English Language

  • Reading comprehension
  • Para jumbles
  • Error spotting
  • Cloze test
  • Fillers
  • Error correction
  • Sentence correction
  • Fill the blacks
  • Passive  voice
  • Odd one out
  • Synonym
  • Paragraph completion
  • Error correction

4 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Time and speed
  • Investment
  • Time and work
  • Fundamental arithmetic operations
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Percentage
  • Bar graph
  • Data interpretation
  • Algebra
  • Profit and loss
  • Number system
  • Averages

5 Descriptive Paper

  • Letters
  • Comprehension
  • Precis

Syllabus for Phase III – Computer Skill Test (Computer Data Entry Test)

Computer Skill Test (Computer Data Entry Test): Minimum requirement is 5000 key depressions per hour.

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