EPFO Assistant Recruitment

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EPFO Assistant Recruitment

EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Association) is a well-known and influential organisation that attracts a large number of aspirants from all over the world. This year, we’re looking forward to the EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021, which will be announced shortly. The number of openings is estimated to be about 280, similar to last year’s recruitment.


Candidates can apply for this examination with the registration link provided online. 


  • The EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 exam will be divided into two parts: preliminary and mains.
  • Candidates should have a degree from a recognised university to appear in this exam.
  • Candidates should be between 20 and 27 years of age. (Age relaxation applied)


Read on to know all the details regarding EPFO Assitant Recruitment. 

EPFO Assistant Exam Overview 


Name of Organization  Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)
Offered Post EPFO Assistant
Total vacancies 280+ (Expected)
Apply Mode Online 
Application Fee
  • SC/ST/PWD, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Female Candidates – Rs 250 (Expected)
  • All other Categories – Rs 500 (Expected) 
Job Location Pan India
Type of Employment Central Government Job
Last Date to Apply Yet to be announced
Official Web Portal http://www.epfindia.gov.in 
Exam Date Yet to be announced
Result Date Yet to be announced
Selection Procedure Online Exam – Preliminary and Main Examination. Candidates will be shortlisted as per total marks obtained in Main Examination

EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 Latest Updates

The official notification for the EPFO Assistant Recruitment will be released shortly. About 280 vacancies are expected to be released by the EPFO. Shortlisted candidates will be hired across EPFO’s India job locations.

EPFO Assistant Recruitment Notification 2021

The official notification of EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 is expected to be released soon by the concerned authorities. Candidates can start registering after this notification is published. 

EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 Vacancy

In 2019, EPFO announced about 280 job vacancies. The vacancies for EPFO Assistant is expected to remain the same this year. It has reserved several seats for the backward class. Applicants who want to make a reservation should make sure they have all of the necessary documentation.








113 28 42 21 76 280


Please note that the candidates recruited under the PwD quota would be adjusted with vacancies in the SC/ST/OBC-NCL/Unreserved (UR) categories.



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EPFO Assistant Apply Online

Candidates can apply for this examination only through online mode. Here are the steps to apply online: 


  1. Visit EPFO’s official website.
  2. Fill in the basic information such as your name, phone number, and email address.
  3. Save your provisional identification number and password for future use. If you are unable to complete the application, you can use this registration number and password to log in and complete the registration.
  4. After you’ve checked all the entered details, click the “Save & Next” button.
  5. Upload your scanned photo, signature, and handwritten declaration according to EPFO’s instructions.
  6. Make an online fee payment after you’ve uploaded your details.
  7. Submit the form and save a print copy or a PDF file for future reference.


Points to remember: 


  1. Scan your:
    1. photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm)
    2. left thumb impression (on white paper, black or blue ink)
    3. signature (black ink, capital letters will not be accepted.)
    4. handwritten declaration (on white paper, black ink)
  2. Should have a valid email id and mobile number. All the official notification will be sent there.


EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 Application Fee




SC/ST/PWD/EWS/Government & Female Employees 250
All other categories 500


EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 Selection Process

Candidates are selected based on their results in 2 phases. 

Phase 1- Preliminary Exam

The EPFO Assistant selection process begins with the Preliminary Exam. To be eligible for the mains exam that is Phase 2 of the selection process, candidates must pass this exam. The preliminary exam marks will not be considered when assessing final merit. For each incorrect answer, 1/4th of a mark will be deducted. It will consist of three tests and will be of one hour and carrying 100 marks. Except for the English Language article, all of the papers will be bilingual.

Phase 2- Main Exam 

Candidates who pass the preliminary exam are qualified to take the Main Exam. This exam will be worth 230 marks and will last 2 hours & 45 minutes. For final selection, the candidate’s performance in the Main Exam will be taken into account. For each incorrect answer,  1/4th of a mark will be deducted. Except for the English Language paper, all the papers will be bilingual.


Cut-offs will be applied in 2 stages: 

  • On the marks scored in individual tests and
  • On the total score


When more than one candidate scored the same marks in the Main Exam, the following methods will be used to break the tie (One after another):


  • Older candidates ranked higher based on their date of birth 
  • or in alphabetical order based on the candidate’s name.

EPFO Assistant Eligibility Criteria

EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 – Nationality Criteria

The candidate should be:


  1. An Indian citizen, or
  2. Nepalese or Bhutanese Subject, or
  3. A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1 January 1962 intending to settle in India permanently, or
  4. A Person of Indian origin and Migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, intending to settle in India permanently.


*Note: Candidates in categories (2), (3), and (4) must hold an Eligibility Certificate issued by the Indian government.


In this case, the candidate will be permitted to appear in the EPFO Assistant Recruitment examination, but they will not be offered an appointment until they receive an Eligibility Certificate from the Government of India.

EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 – Age Limit Eligibility

  • Minimum age –  20 years
  • Maximum age – 27 years


(Age Relaxation applicable for SC/ST/OBC, employees of EPFO and PWD as per rules)



Age Relaxation

SC/ST 5 years
OBC – Non-Creamy Layer 3 years
Employees of EPFO and Central Government General – 40 years

SC/ST – 45 years

OBC – 43 years

PwD General – 10 years

SC/ST – 15 years

OBC – 13 years


Candidates must provide copies of caste certificates, educational certificates, PwD certificates, and other documents at the time of registration.

EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 – Educational Qualification Criteria

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university as of the online registration deadline.


  • Candidates who are awaiting the results of their final examinations should not apply. 


EPFO Assistant Syllabus 2021


Subjects Syllabus
Reasoning Ability  Puzzles & Seating Arrangement


Alphanumeric Series



Blood Relations

Data Sufficiency


Verbal Reasoning

Order and Ranking

Direction Sense

Quantitative Aptitude Simplification

Number Series

Mixture and allegation

Data interpretation


Data Sufficiency

Speed, distance, and time

Mathematical Inequality

Quadratic Equation

Time and work


Simple and compound interest

Profit and loss

English Language Error Spotting

Theme based questions

Reading comprehension

Odd one out

Sentence Connectors


Sentence Improvement

Sentence rearrangement

Para jumbles

Cloze Test

General/ Economy/ Financial Awareness National/International Affairs

Sports News

Important Days

Summits & Conferences


Awards and Honours

Schemes, Committees


Books and Author

National and International Organization


Sports News

Important Days

Summits & Conferences


International/National Affairs

Awards and Honours




Books and Authors

Science and Defence


EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 Exam Pattern

EPFO Assistant Prelims Exam Pattern


The EPFO Assistant Prelims Exam will be conducted online and will be an objective exam. 


The EPFO Recruitment Prelims Exam consists of the following sections:


Name of Section

No. of Questions



English Language 30 30 20 mins
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 mins
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 min
TOTAL 100 100 1 Hour


As mentioned above, each test will have separate timing. 


  • In the Objective tests, incorrect answers would result in negative marks. For each incorrect answer, a 1/4 of the mark assigned to the question will be deducted.
  • Based on their results in Phase I, candidates will be shortlisted for Phase II in a ratio of 1:10, or approximately 10 times the number of vacancies in each category.



EPFO Assistant Mains Exam Pattern

The EPFO Assistant Mains exam will be an online objective test with 150 questions and a total of 200 marks. Each section will be given a time limit; if the time date is exceeded, you will be directed to the next section.


Name of Section

No. of Questions



General/Economy/Financial Awareness 40 40 20 minutes
English Language 30 40 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 60 35 minutes
Reasoning/Intelligence 40 60 35 minutes
TOTAL 150 200 2 hours


Note: Final selection for EPFO Recruitment 2021 will be based on Phase-II results.

EPFO Assistant Descriptive Exam Pattern

This exam will be conducted just after completing the online objective test of Phase II Mains. 





Mode of test

Descriptive Test English Language (Letter writing, Precis & Comprehension) 45 minutes Online

EPFO Assistant Exam Dates 2021 


Exam Events


Start of Online Process Yet to be released
Last date of Online Process Yet to be released
Main Examination(Phase II) Yet to be released


EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 Admit Card

Step 1: Go to the link. (After the call letter is issued, the link will be activated.)


Step 2: Enter your Registration Number/Roll Number and Password/Date of Birth to log in. 


Step 3: Download the admit card and attach the same image you used to register for the EPFO Recruitment.


Step 4: Print and save the admit card for future use.


Step 5: If you are unable to access the link provided above, you can also visit EPFO’s official website.

EPFO Assistant Salary Details

Selected candidates would be given a generous package of benefits in addition to a competitive salary. Employees will be paid according to Pay Matrix Level 7. They will be eligible for DA, HRA, and Transport Allowance, and other allowances as determined by the rules in effect at the time.




Additional Benefits

Level-7 Entry Pay – Rs 44,700 Dearness Allowance

House Rent Allowance

Transport Allowance 


EPFO Assistant Cut Off

EPFO willthrough release the cut-off of the exams once the exams are over. If you want to get the idea of cut-off, here’s a table showing cut-off marks of 2019 examinations. 


EPFO Assistant Prelims Cut Off Marks 2019 (Out of 100)



Cut off

General 94.75
EWS 91.50
OBC 91.25
SC 87
ST 81.25
PwD 89.75 (CAT-A)

69.25 (CAT-B)

85.75 (CAT-C)

68 (CAT-D)

EPFO Assistant Mains Category-wise Cut Off (Out of 230)


Cut off

General 184.17
EWS 175.09
OBC 176.43
SC 160.76
ST 145.21
PwD 171.63 (CAT-A)


164.30 (CAT-C)

134.21 (CAT-D&E)

EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 Answer Key 

Within 2-3 weeks of the exam, the EPFO Answer key is expected to be published by the authority. Candidates can go thorugh the answer key and calculate their scores. 

Recommended Books for EPFO Assistant Recruitment






EPFO Assistants Phase I Preliminary Exam Books English

Numerical Ability

Reasoning Ability

Quick learning Objective General English  English S Chand’s RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
NCERT IX & X Books

(History, Civics, Geography)

General Awareness NCERT
A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Ability Arihant  By B.S. Sijwali & Indu Sijwali
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Paperback Quantitative Aptitude S Chand RS Aggarwal

EPFO Assistant Result 2021

EPFO Results 2021 can be downloaded directly from this page. Please note that the link will be enabled once the results are available.


Step 1: Log in with your credentials at the link mentioned above.


Step 2: Download and print your scorecard for future reference.


Step 3: Alternatively, you can also visit the official website to download the results.

EPFO Assistant Recruitment 2021 FAQs


When will the EPFO Recruitment Notification 2021 release?

EPFO Recruitment Notification 2021 is expected to be released soon. 


What is the Eligibility Criteria for the EPFO Recruitment 2021?

Check the eligibility criteria discussed in this article. 


In which mode will be the examination conducted for the applicants?

Online mode only 


Will the EPFO examination be bilingual?

Yes. Except for the English section, the online exam will be bilingual. (Both in English or Hindi)


Will there be negative marking for the examination?

Yes. 1/4th of the marks will be deducted for incorrect answers. 


How will I know when the EPFO call letter is released?

The EPFO organisation will send a notification to the candidates on their registered email address.

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