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PFRDA Grade A Exam Syllabus

You will get the detailed syllabus for all the streams (posts) mentioned in the PFRDA recruitment 2022 notification for Grade A officers (Assistant Managers).

PFRDA Grade A Syllabus - Phase 2 Syllabus for All Streams 

Syllabus for Paper 2 for General Stream (Common Syllabus for both phases)

1. Commerce & Accountancy

  • Accounting as a financial information system.
  • Accounting Standards with specific reference to Accounting for Depreciation, Inventories, Revenue Recognition, Fixed Assets, Foreign Exchange Transactions, Investments.
  • Cash Flow Statement, Fund flow statement, financial statement analysis; Ratio analysis;
  • Accounting for Share CapitalTransactions including Bonus Shares, RightShares.
  • Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities.
  • Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts.

2. Management

  • Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organization, Staffing, Directing and Controlling.
  • The Role of a Manager in an Organization. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader.
  • Leadership Styles; Leadership Theories; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader.
  • Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD.
  • Motivation, Morale, and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale.
  • Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward, and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology.

3. Finance

Financial System

  • Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in Financial Sector.

Financial Markets

  • Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, and recent developments.

General Topics

  • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
  • Recent Developments in the Financial Sector
  • Financial Inclusion- use of technology
  • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
  • Direct and Indirect taxes; non-tax sources of Revenue, GST, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM),
  • Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI - components and trends.

4. Costing

  • Overview of Cost and Management Accounting - Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting, Objectives and Scope of Cost and Management Accounting.
  • Methods of Costing - Single Output/Unit Costing, Job Costing, Batch Costing, ContractCosting, Process/Operation Costing, Costing of ServiceSectors.
  • Basics of CostControl and Analysis - (i) Standard Costing,(ii) Marginal Costing,(iii) Budget and Budgetary Control.
  • Lean System and Innovation
  • Introduction to Lean System
  • Just-in-Time (JIT)
  • Kaizen Costing
  • 5 Ss
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Cellular Manufacturing/ One-PieceFlow Production Systems
  • Six Sigma (SS)
  • Introduction to Process Innovation and Business ProcessRe-engineering (BPR).

5. Companies Act

  • The Companies Act, 2013 – Specific reference to Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter VIII, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII and Chapter XXVII.

6. Economics

  • Demand and Supply, Market Structures, National Income: Concepts and Measurement, Classical & Keynesian Approach Determination of output and employment, Consumption Function, Investment Function, Multiplier and Accelerator, Demand and Supply for Money, IS –

LM, Inflation and Phillips Curve, Business Cycles.

Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Non-banking Financial Institutions.

7. Pension Sector

  • Status of the pension sector in India
  • Types of retirement schemes in India and their features
  • National PensionSystem
  • Atal Pension Yojana
  • Annuity Plans
  • Basics of investment

Syllabus for Paper 2 for Information Technology Stream (Common for both Phases)

Database ConceptsER‐model. Relational model: relational algebra, tuple calculus, Integrity constraints, normal forms. File organization, indexing (e.g., B and B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control.
SQL Queries

Select, view, truncate, delete, update, alter, Inner join, different types of outer joins, use of aggregate functions, Union, intersection, except, in and exist

clauses, nested queries

Programming Concepts (Java

/C C++)

Program control (iteration, recursion, Functions), Scope of variables, Binding of variables & functions, Parameter passing, Functional and Logic Programming, OOPS Concepts, Inheritance, Class and object, Constructors, Functions, Exception Handling
Data Analytics Languages (Python / R)

Regex, Slicing, Data reshaping, Data frames, Dictionaries and Sets, File Management, Classes and Functions, Data Mining, Lists, Importing and exporting

data, charts, and graphs

Algorithms for problem-solving

Tree and graph traversals, connected components, Spanning trees, shortest paths, hashing, Sorting,

Searching; Design techniques (Greedy, Dynamic Programming, Divide- and-conquer)

Networking ConceptsISO/OSI stack, LAN Technologies (Ethernet, Token ring), TCP/UDP, IP, Basic concepts of switches, gateways, and routers, Application layer protocols (DNS, SMTP, POP, FTP, HTTP), Firewalls
Information & Cyber Security ConceptsCyber Attacks, Software Development Security, Network Security, Authentication, CIA - Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability, Network Audit, Systems Audit
Data warehousing

Data Extraction, Data Cleaning, Data Transformation, Data Loading, Metadata, Data Cube, Data Mart, Data


Shell ProgrammingShell Scripting Basics, Shell Variables, Shell Script Arguments, If Statement, Loop, Return, Basic UNIX commands

Syllabus for Paper 2 for Research (Economics) Stream (Common Syllabus for both phases)

  1. Economics: Demand and Supply, Market Structures, National Income, Determination of output and employment, Investment Function, Multiplier and Accelerator, Demand and Supply for Money, IS-LM, Inflation and Phillips Curve, Business Cycles, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Banking Functions, Public Goods, Tax & Non-Tax Revenue, Direct & Indirect Taxes, Fiscal Balance, Public Debt, Public Budget and Foreign Trade and Balance of Payments.
  2. Statistics and Econometrics: Measures of Central tendency & dispersions, Correlation, Sampling methods, Sampling Distribution, Statistical Inferences, Hypothesis testing, Regression Analysis, Panel Data Analysis, Time Series Properties and Analysis.
  3. Financial Institutions and Markets: Asymmetric Information, Market Model, Market Efficiency, Money, Credit and Capital Markets, Primary Market, Secondary Market, Commodity Markets, Mutual Funds, Stock Exchanges, Credit Rating Agencies, Pension and InsuranceMarkets, Foreign Exchange Markets, Role of International Financial Institutions, IS, IMF & World Bank.

Syllabus for Paper 2 for Legal Stream (Common Syllabus for Both Phases)

  1. PFRDA Act, 2013,
  2. IRDAI Act, 1999,
  3. SEBI Act, 1992
  4. Constitution of India –Preamble, Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part IVA, Part V, Part VI, Part VIII, Part IXA, Part IXB, Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII, Part XIV, Part XIVA, Part XX,
  5. Law of Contracts –Indian Contract Act, 1872 (Chapters I to VI and VIII to X), IndianPartnership Act, 1932, Specific Relief Act, 1963,
  6. Criminal Law –Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VA, VI, IX, XVII, XXI, XXII, XXIII); Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973,
  7. Law of Evidence –IndianEvidence Act, 1872,
  8. Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 –Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VII, Schedule-I,
  9. Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice,
  10. Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes,
  11. Important Latin terms and maxims,
  12. Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act, 2019,
  13. Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 –Part I, Part III, Part IV,
  14. Transfer of Property Act, 1882 –ChapterIII, Chapter IV, Chapter V,
  15. Law of Trusts –Parties to a Trust Deed and Duties of Trustees,
  16. Corporate Law –Companies Act, 2013 (Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V, Chapter VII, Chapter VIII, Chapter IX, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, Chapter XIII, Chapter XV, Chapter XVI, Chapter XXVII, Chapter XXVIII, Chapter XXIX); Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008; Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Part I, Part II),
  17. Taxation –General principles

Syllabus for Paper 2 for Finance and Accounts Stream (Common for both Phases)

  1. The Basic Financial Statement Trial Balance: Balance Sheet, Cash flow statement, Income Statement
  2. Analysis of Financial Statement Ratio
  3. Break Even Analysis
  4. IND AS
  5. Standard on Auditing
  6. Cost accounting concepts(basics): Marginal costing, Cost volume profit analysis, Cost sheet, Forecasting
  7. Management Accounting: Cost of capital, Capital structure, Capital budgeting, Sources of finance
  8. Corporate accounting
  9. Business law: Negotiable instruments, Contract act, Partnership act, Company law (Go through all these laws with amendments)
  10. Income Tax Act
  11. GST
  12. Knowledge of IT and DigitalTransaction
  13. Compliance with KYC Norms
  14. Financial System: Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in Financial Sector.
  15. Financial Markets: Primary and Secondary Markets(Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, and recent developments.
  16. General Topics:
  • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
  • Recent Developments in the Financial Sector
  • Financial Inclusion - use of technology
  • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
  • Direct and Indirect taxes; non-tax sources of Revenue, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM),
  • Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI - components and trends.
  • Economics: Capital market, Money market, Micro and macroeconomics concepts and Updates related to money market and RBI policies.

Syllabus for Paper 2 for Official Language (Rajbhasha) Stream (Common for both Phases)

  1. भारत सरकार की राजभाषा नीतत (Official LanguagePolicy of the Govt. of India) से संबंधित प्रश्न
  2. हिन्दी से अंग्रेजी अनुवाद [शब्द/ वाक्ांश / वाक् / Terms / Phrases/ Sentences]
  3. अंग्रेजी से हिन्दी अनुवाद [शब्द/ वाक्ांश / वाक् / Terms / Phrases/ Sentences]
  4. हिन्दी से अंग्रेजी-ववधिक शब्दावली(Legal Terminology)
  5. अंग्रेजी से हिन्दी - ववधिक शब्दावली(Legal Terminology)
  6. हिन्दी से अंग्रेजी – पेंशन / प्रशासतनक / बकैं कं ग / पं जी बाजार / अर्शास्त्र / सामाजजक सुरक्षा शब्दावली (Pension/Administrative/Banking)

Paper 1 of Phase 2 - English Writing Skills

The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expression and understanding of the topic including precis writing/ essay writing/ comprehension.


Q. Can I apply for two posts (streams) given in PFRDA Grade A 2022 exam notification?

A. Candidates are permitted to apply for a maximum of 2 streams only for which he/she is eligible to apply, as per their educational qualifications. Separate online applications for each stream will have to be submitted and requisite fees are to be paid for each application. In case a candidate applies more than once in a Single Stream and/ or applies for more than 2 Streams, only the latest applications shall be considered valid and the other applications shall be rejected.

Q. In how many phases will the PFRDA Grade A Exam be conducted? +

A. The mode of selection would be a three-stage process i.e.
Phase 1 (online screening examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each),
Phase 2 (online examination consisting of two papers of 100 marks each) and
Phase 3 (Interview).

Q. How many vacancies are released under PFRDA Recruitment 2022 Notification? +

A. In the PFRDA recruitment 2022 notification, a total of 22 vacancies are released for Assistant Manager Post.

Q. Is there any sectional cutoff in PFRDA Grade A exam? +

A. You would need to secure separate cut-offs in each paper as well as aggregate cut-off marks in Phase 1 to be shortlisted for Phase 2.
The minimum aggregate cut-off marks for being shortlisted for Phase 2 will be decided by the Authority in relation to the number of vacancies.
Marks obtained in Phase 1 shall be used only for shortlisting for Phase 2 and will not be counted for the final selection of the candidates.

Q. What is full form of PFRDA? +

A. About PFRDA: Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA/Authority), is a statutory regulatory body in the financial sector established under the PFRDA Act (23 of 2013) passed by the Parliament of India with the mandate to promote, develop and regulate the Pension Sector in India.

Q. What is the gross salary received by the PFRDA Grade A officer? +

A. Presently, the gross emolument, including PFRDA's contribution towards the National Pension System (NPS), GradeAllowance, Special Allowance, Special Grade Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Local Allowance, Family Allowance, SpecialCompensatory Allowance, LearningAllowance and Housing Allowance, etc. at the minimum of scale, is approximately Rs. 1,40,000/- per month.

PFRDA Grade A Officer's Payscale: The pay scale of Officers in Grade ‘A' is Rs. 44500-2500(4)-54500-2850(7)-74450-EB-2850(4)- 85850-3300(1)-89150 (17 years).

PFRDA Grade A Officer's Probation Period: The successful candidates recruited for the post of Officer Grade ‘A' (Assistant Manager) shall undergo probation of one year.

PFRDA Grade A Officer's Allowances
Contribution to National Pension System (NPS), Grade Allowance, SpecialAllowance, Special Grade Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Local Allowance, Family Allowance, Special Compensatory Allowance, Learning Allowance Housing Allowance

PFRDA Grade A Officer's Benefits and Perks: Other benefits include viz.,
Leave Fare Concession, Medical Expenses (Hospitalisation and Non-Hospitalisation), Personal Accident Insurance, Eye Refraction/ Cost of Spectacles, Education Allowance, Financial Dailies, Book Grant, Briefcase, Conveyance Expenses, House Cleaning Allowance, Staff Furnishing Scheme, Scheme for Purchasing Computers, Sodexo Meal Card and all other benefits are admissible to an Officer Grade ‘A' in PFRDA.

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