Employees' Provident Fund Organisation Examination
Employees' Provident Fund Organisation Examination

UPSC EPFO Eligibility 2023: Check Age Limit, Educational Qualification, and Nationality

EPFO eligibility criteria is released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on its official website. Candidates must satisfy nationality, educational, and age requirements to be eligible for the EPFO exam.
UPSC EPFO Eligibility 2023

UPSC EPFO Eligibility 2023

EPFO Eligibility 2023: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the EPFO exam to recruit aspiring candidates for the position of Enforcement Officer/Accounts Officer in the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, Ministry of Labour and Employment. Recently, the commission has announced 418 vacancies for the post of Enforcement Officers/Account Officers. Besides this, 159 vacancies have been released for the post of Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner. Candidates preparing for the exam, however, must ensure they meet the required EPFO eligibility criteria. Also Read: UPSC EPFO Exam 2023

The EPFO eligibility criteria require candidates to meet a number of requirements in order to be eligible for the exam. Candidates must satisfy age and citizenship requirements as well as educational qualification requirements in order to be eligible.

EPFO Eligibility 2023

UPSC releases the EPFO eligibility criteria along with the official notification. The EPFO notification contains all the details regarding the eligibility conditions that aspiring candidates must fulfil. Candidates failing to fulfil the eligibility requirements will not be called for the interview round.


A Candidate must be either:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 01, 1962, to permanently settle in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam intending to permanently settle in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Note: The application of a candidate for whom a certificate of eligibility is required may be taken into consideration by the Commission. If the candidate is recommended for appointment, he or she may also be appointed provisionally subject to necessary issuance of the required certificate from the Government of India.

Age Limit Criteria

Candidates preparing for the EPFO exam 2023 must fall in the age bracket as specified by the commission. The UPSC EPFO age limit criteria is tabulated below:



Minimum Age Limit


Maximum Age Limit

30 years

The commission also offers age relaxation to candidates belonging to certain categories. The EPFO age relaxation table can be checked below:



Other Backward Category (OBC) Candidates

3 years

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Candidates

5 years

Existing Employees of EPFO

5 years

Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned

 Officers including ECOs/SSCOs

5 years (subject to the condition that on the closing date for receipt of applications the continuous services rendered in the Armed Forces by an Ex-Serviceman is not less than six months after attestation)

Central Government Employees

5 years (as per instructions issued by the Govt. of India from time to time. 10 years for persons belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and 8 years for persons belonging to other Backward Classes in respect of the posts reserved for them in accordance with the instructions issued by the Government of India)

Physically Handicapped (PH) persons

Age relaxation of 10 years (15 years for SC/ST candidates and 13 years for OBC candidates). Age restrictions could be relaxed for those individuals who have a minimum 40% disability.

J/K Domiciled Person (from 1st January, 1980 to 31st December, 1989)

5 years

Educational Qualification

Aspirants preparing for the CAPF exam 2023 are required to fulfil the educational criteria as mentioned in the official notification. The CAPF educational criteria are divided into two: Essential qualification and Desirable qualification. The detailed essential qualifications and desirable qualification required by the candidate is given below:

Minimum Essential Qualification

  • Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institution.
  • It should be noted that if a candidate is well qualified, the educational requirements may be relaxed at the discretion of the UPSC or other competent authority.
  • If at any stage of the selection process, the competent Authority/Union Public Service Commission accepts that an adequate number of candidates from SC/ST categories holding the required experience are not likely to fill up the vacancies reserved for them, the qualification(s) regarding experience may be relaxed at their discretion.


  • The minimum requirements are the ones listed as essential, and meeting them alone does not entitle applicants to an interview call.

Minimum Desirable Qualification

Candidates who meet the desired qualification will be preferred over those who only meet the minimum essential requirements. The desired educational requirements stated in the official EPFO notification are given below.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law/Five year Integrated degree in law


Candidates possessing MBA/PGDM degree will fulfil the desired qualification criteria


Company Secretary/Chartered Accountants/Cost and Management Accountant

  • It is desirable for candidates to have two years of administration, accounting, or legal experience in a publicly listed private or government company.


If there are many applications, the commission will shortlist candidates by any or more of the following methods to limit the number of candidates to be interviewed:

  • If more than one DQ is required, "on the basis of Desirable Qualification (DQ) or any one or all of the DQs."
  • Based on a higher level of education than what the notification’s minimum requirements were.
  • Based on having more experience than the minimum in the relevant field.
  • By taking into account experience both before and after obtaining the essential qualification
  • By invoking experience even where there is no experience mentioned in the notification as a Desirable Qualification (DQ) or an Essential Qualification (EQ) (DQ).
  • By holding a recruitment exam.

Therefore, the candidate should mention all experience and qualifications in the related field over and beyond the minimum requirements


The UPSC EPFO eligibility is a set of requirements with respect to the educational qualification, nationality, and age limit that candidates must meet if they are applying for the exam. The EPFO exam eligibility is released by UPSC on its official website along with the notification.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the minimum and maximum age limit to apply for EPFO exam 2023?

The minimum age limit for the EPFO exam is not specified in the official notification. However, the maximum age limit to apply for the exam is 30 years. Candidates from backward categories are subject to age relaxation.

What is the educational qualification required for the EPFO exam?

The minimum essential qualification for candidates who are applying for the EPFO exam is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institution.

Is desired educational qualification necessary for applying for the EPFO exam?

No. For the EPFO exam, the desired educational qualification is not obligated. However, it becomes extremely important when the UPSC needs to shortlist candidates for the interview round due to a large number of applicants.

Do Jammu & Kashmir students get age relaxation in EPFO exam?

Yes, candidates from Jammu & Kashmir domiciled from 1st January, 1980 to 31st December, 1989 are eligible for the age relaxation of five years.

What is the age relaxation given to OBC & SC/ST category candidates in EPFO exam 2023?

Candidates belonging to OBC & SC/ST category candidates are given the age relaxation of 3 years and 5 years, respectively.

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