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UPSC EPFO Study Plan

UPSC EPFO Study Plan: UPSC announced the UPSC EPFO recruitment process on 25th February 2023. The registration for the same was from 25th February to 17th March 2023. Candidates must now be well into their preparation for the exam. Since UPSC has not yet announced the exam dates, candidates still have time to catch up. Here we will detail and preparation plan along with some really helpful tips and tricks to help you study. Let’s take a look at how to prepare for UPSC EPFO.


UPSC EPFO Study Plan – Syllabus & Exam Scheme

The UPSC EPFO Exam pattern involves two stages. Mainly a pen & paper-based Recruitment Test (RT) to short-list the candidates for Interview for recruitment to the posts of  Enforcement  Officers/Accounts Officers, and the interview itself. The weightage of the two stages are given below-

Recruitment Test10075%

UPSC EPFO Category-wise Qualifying Marks

The following are the category-wise qualifying marks for UPSC EPFO:

CategoryQualifying marks

UPSC EPFO Study Plan – Topic-wise UPSC EPFO Syllabus

The following table details the syllabus of each EPFO Exam subject. Candidates should go through the same carefully to demarcate topics on which they will focus.

EPFO Exam SubjectTopic-Wise EPFO Syllabus
General EnglishCloze Test, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Para Jumbles, Phrases/ Idioms, Phrase replacement, Reading Comprehension, Sentence completion/ para completion, Spellings, Synonyms/Antonyms. 
Current Events and Developmental IssuesCurrent Affairs (National & International); Sports; Politics; Finance and Banking sector; Population Census; Important Books and their writers; Awards and their importance; State Animals and Symbols; Name of the Scientist who got Noble prize for important discoveries; Important Days; Important Inventions and their inventor
Indian Polity & EconomySupreme Court; Meaning of Write; Facts about parliament; National political parties and their symbols; Fundamental Duties; Governor and his functions; Major Constitutional amendments and their importance; State legislature; Election of President and his functions; Important constitution bodies like CAG; Official Language; Emergency Provisions;
General Accounting PrinciplesAccounting 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 LawsConstitution 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 AptitudeGeneral Mental Ability – Sequence of figures, Series, Blood Relations, Directions, Syllogism, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle Test, Statement and Conclusion, Statement and Inferences, Data sufficient
Quantitative Aptitude – Algebra, 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 applicationsBiology– Important and Interesting facts about human body parts, Nutrition in Animals and Plants, Diseases and their causes like Bacteria;
Physics – S.I. units, Motion, Sound, Light, Wave, Energy, Electricity;
Chemistry – Chemical Properties of Substance and their uses, Chemical Name of Important substances like Plaster of Paris, etc., Chemical Change and Physical Change, Properties of Gases, Surface Chemistry, Chemistry in Everyday Life; Daily Science; Development of computers; Input and Output Devices; Memory; MS Office; Internet
Indian Freedom StruggleCauses of the Rise of Indian National Movement, Revolt of 1857 – First War of Independence Against British; The Lucknow Pact, 1916; Important Indian Freedom Fighter; Indian Nationalism–The Moderate Phase; Morley-Minto Reforms; The Rowlatt Act and the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre; Partition of Bengal 1905; Indian National Movement – Extremist Period; Revolutionaries in the Indian Freedom Movement; The Rise of Gandhi in Indian Freedom Struggle; Non-Cooperation Movement; Indian Independence Act 1947 Home Rule Movement; Salt Satyagraha; Moplah Rebellion of 1921; Simon Commission; Swaraj Party; Gandhi-Irwin Pact; First Round Table Conference 1930; Cripps Mission; Quit India Movement; Indian National Congress Sessions.
Social Security in IndiaStatus 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.

UPSC EPFO Exam Pattern – Details 

1. The test will be two hours in duration.

2. All questions will carry equal marks.

3. The test will be objective-type questions with multiple choices of answers.

4. The medium of the test will be both Hindi and English.

5. There will be a penalty for wrong answers. Every wrong answer will carry a deduction of one-third of the marks assigned to that question. If no answer is marked for a question, there will be no penalty for that question.


The recruitment Test (RT) and Interview carry weightage in the ratio of 75:25 for the candidates shortlisted based on Recruitment Test (RT) and qualify for the interview.

UPSC EPFO Study Plan 2023

Below tabulated is the 7 days study schedule to prepare well for the EPFO EO. The selection process of EPFO EO recruitment includes preliminary exam and interview.

All sections apart from current affairs is included in the plan. It is advised to keep an eye on the top and relevant news affairs of last 2 years in the field of accounting, industry, business, and more on a daily basis.

Day NumberSlot 1Revision – NotesMock Test
Day 1General English Sectional Mock Test Social Security NotesFull Syllabus Mock Test 1 (Free)
Day 2General Science Sectional Mock TestGeneral Science and Knowledge of Computer ApplicationsFull Syllabus Mock Test 2
Day 3Full Length Quant Mock TestIndustrial Relations & Labour LawsFull Syllabus Mock Test 3
Day 4Reasoning Sectional Mock TestGeneral Accounting PrinciplesFull Syllabus Mock Test 4
Day 5Full Syllabus Mock Test 5Indian Polity & EconomyCheck Solutions of Mock 1,2,3
Day 6Full Syllabus Mock Test 6Indian Freedom StruggleCheck Solutions of Mock 4,5,6
Day 7Full Syllabus Mock Test 7Check Solutions of Mock 7
Day Before ExamLight revision of topics you tend to forget

UPSC EPFO Study Material | Summary Notes & Mock Tests

1. 10 Mock Tests for EPFO EO in the latest pattern with detailed solutions

2. Summary Notes for all sections (except Quant, Eng)

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