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EPFO Assistant Mains Exam Analysis – 7 November 2019

EPFO assistant mains exam analysis

The Employee’s Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO under Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India) has decided to conduct the Mains phase of EPFO Assistant 2019 exam on 7 November 2019. The prelims phase of the exam was conducted on 31 July 2019 by the authority. The notification was released by the EPFO for the 280 positions that are to be filled this year. In today’s blog, we will be seeing the EPFO Assistant Mains exam Analysis 2019 to understand the types of questions and the difficulty level that was adopted by the EPFO. Also, the exam pattern would help understand the future aspirant as to how should they plan their studies if they plan to appear for EPFO Assistant in the next season. Let us start with the blog:

EPFO Assistant Mains Exam Analysis 2019

Subject Good Attempts
English Language 22-24
Reasoning/Intelligence 34-36
Quantitative Aptitude 31-34
General/ Economy/ Financial Awareness 27-31
TOTAL 113-124

EPFO Assistant Mains Exam Analysis 2019 – Topic Wise

Quantitative Aptitude

Topic No. of Questions Level
Data Interpretation 16-18 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy
Quadratic Equation 3-5 Easy
Miscellaneous (Train Based, Boat & Stream, CI and SI, Profit & Loss, Time and Work, Partnership, Age-Based, Mensuration, etc.) 10 Easy-Moderate
Total 40 Easy-Moderate


English Language 

Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 6 Moderate
Error Detection 3 Easy
Cloze test 5 Easy-Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 6 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement 4 Easy
Match the column 4 Easy-Moderate
Idiom and phrase 2 Easy
Total 30 Easy-Moderate

General/Economy/Finance Awareness 

Most of the questions were asked from current affairs. Around 7-9 questions were asked from Septembers’ Current affairs (approx) and 3-4 questions from August current affairs (Approx). Approx 4 questions were asked from banking awareness. 2-3 questions were based on Economy survey. Very few static awareness questions were asked.

Reasoning Intelligence

Topic No. of Questions Level
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles 24 Easy-Moderate
Inequality 5 Easy
Syllogism (Only, few) 3-4 Easy
Alphabet Based 2 Easy
Number based 1-2 Easy
Miscellaneous 1 Easy
Total 40 Easy-Moderate

A separate test was conducted for Descriptive Paper (English Language with emphasis on comprehension and analysis) which was conducted in online phase immediately after the objective test of mains phase (paper 2)

Descriptive Paper

Letter writing:

1- Letter to a news editor (Formal)

2- Letter to a friend/Brother, asking for the places to visit while you are going to take the test in the city. (Informal)

Descriptive topic – Online content on Mobile

Keep in mind that the marks scored in this exam will be considered for the final evaluation at the time of selection and position allotment.

EPFO Assistant Mains Exam Analysis 2019 – Phase 2 Exam Pattern



Name of the Test

(Objective Tests)

No. of Questions Max.


Duration Version
1 Reasoning/ Intelligence 40 60 35 minutes Bilingual
2 General/ Economy/

Financial Awareness

40 40 20 minutes Bilingual
3 English Language 30 40 30 minutes English
4 Quantitative Aptitude 40 60 35 minutes Bilingual
TOTAL 150 200 2 hours


Descriptive Paper (English Language with emphasis on comprehension and analysis) 3

(Letter, {Precise, Comprehension)

30 45 minutes English
Grand Total 153 230 2 hours 45



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