EPFO Enforcement Officer Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 3rd November, 2021

Union Public Service Commission conducts the UPSC EPFO examination once a year to recruit fresh candidates to the posts of accounts and enforcement officer. The posts are of permanent in nature and come under Group B, non-ministerial category. The posts mentioned under the UPSC EPFO examination comes under Level 8 pay matrix.

Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university can apply for this examination. The examination is conducted in two phases that are offline examination and interview phase. Those candidates who successfully pass the offline written examination are eligible to take the interview for this examination. The offline written examination consists of questions from various subjects such as general studies, general awareness, accounting principles, general English, Indian freedom struggle, industrial relations and labour laws and social security. The offline examination consists of a total of a hundred marks and the time duration is two hours.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit candidates to the posts of accounts and enforcement officer.
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission

EPFO EO Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
    For other services, 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 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.
    Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in any subject.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The upper age limit to appear in the EPFO EO examination is 30 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 35 years
    OBC 33 years
    Employees of the EPFO 35 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no limit on the number of attempts provided the upper age limit has not exceeded.

EPFO EO Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application January 13, 2021
Last Date of Application January 31, 2021
Admit Card August 9, 2021
Date of Exam September 5, 2021
Result October 8, 2021
Starting Date of DAF November 3, 2021
Closing Date of DAF November 22, 2021

EPFO EO Exam Pattern 2021

UPSC EPFO exam will be segregated into two parts. The first stage comprises of pen and paper-based Recruitment Test (RT) carrying a total of 100 marks. After successful completion of the written examination, the shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. The interview will also carry a total of 100 marks.

Pattern for Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Written Test
Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins For each wrong answer there will be a deduction of 0.33 marks. 100
Total Marks* 100

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

Pattern for Interview

Total marks allotted: 100

The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to evaluate the mental calibre of a candidate.

EPFO EO Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written Exam

1 Written Test

  • General English: Phrase replacement, reading comprehension, sentence completion, cloze test, fill in the blanks, idioms, spellings, synonyms, antonyms.
  • Indian History: Extension of British rule in India, Early composition of the British raj, regulating and Pitt’s act, the early uprising against British rule, 1857 revolt, growth of Indian consciousness, stages of Indian freedom struggle, split in congress and development of extremism, the policy of divide and rule, congress pact 1916, Gandhian thoughts and techniques of mass mobilization.
  • Current Affairs: national and international events, developmental issues, schemes and laws made by the government to maintain decorum, ease of run of the constitution, public policies by the government.
  • Indian Polity and Economy: Economic growth and development, basic concepts of economics, use and transfer of resources, macro and microeconomic policies, the distributive impact of economic policies, fiscal policy, budget, expenditure, revenue, capital, cost, Indian constitutions and its underpinning and history, function and responsibilities of Union and states, Parliament and the state legislature, Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections, vital aspects of governance, accountability and transparency, e-government applications and mode, citizen charter, Panchayati raj system, public policy.
  • General Accounting: Principles of accounting, analysing and recording translations, adjustment of financial statement, completion of accounting cycles, special journals and subsidiary ledgers.
  • Industrial and labour laws: Types of labour laws, implementing areas of such laws, sector applicable, Industrial relations code bill, a model of labour reforms.
  • General Science and Computer Application: Physics, chemistry and life sciences, Computer organization and operating system, database management, data structure, data communication, computer network.

Syllabus for Interview

There is no specific syllabus for UPSC EPFO interview. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s assessment qualities but also interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.