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

UPSC EPFO Exam 2023: Admit Card (Out), Vacancy, Salary, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

The EPFO EO/AO exam is conducted by UPSC in pen & paper mode. As per EPFO exam dates, the exam is scheduled to be conducted on July 02, 2023. Aspirants preparing for the exam must be familiar with the EPFO exam pattern and syllabus to pass the exam.
UPSC EPFO Exam 2023

UPSC EPFO Exam 2023

What's New?

The Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC EPFO admit card on its official website. Candidates who registered successfully for the exam can download their admit cards using their registration number and date of birth. The EPFO exam 2023 is scheduled to be conducted on July 02, 2023. Meanwhile, candidates can check the UPSC EPFO exam pattern and syllabus to get an idea of the questions asked in the examination and overall exam structure.

UPSC EPFO Exam 2023: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the EPFO exam to recruit candidates for the post of Enforcement Officer/Account Officer. UPSC will conduct the EPFO exam 2023 on July 02, 2023. The commission released the EPFO notification on February 21, 2023, on its official website containing the details like eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, and exam centres. The EPFO application form was also released along with the notification with a deadline to apply till March 17, 2023. Candidates fulfilling the EPFO eligibility criteria 2023 can apply for the exam from the official website of UPSC.

The EPFO selection process includes the written examination and the interview round. Candidates clearing the written examination are called for the interview/personality test. UPSC releases the final EPFO result after the successful completion of the interview process. The result is released in the form of a PDF containing the names and roll numbers of selected candidates. The result also indicates the marks obtained by selected candidates.

EPFO Exam 2023: Highlights



Exam Name


EPFO Full Form

Employee Provident Fund Organization

Medium of Exam

Hindi and English

Mode of Application


Application Fee

INR 25/-

Mode of Exam


UPSC EPFO 2023: Vacancy

The Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC EPFO vacancy 2023 on its official website along with the notification. Interested candidates can check the post-wise and category-wise vacancies for UPSC EPFO in the table below:

Post Vacancy
Enforcement Officer/Account Officer 418 (PwBD-25, SC-57, ST-28, OBC-78, EWS-51, UR-204)
Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner 159 (PwBD-08, SC-25, ST-12, OBC-38, EWS-16, UR-68)


Candidates selected for the EPFO EO/AO position are classified as Non-ministerial General Central Service Group "B" employees. Account officers work at desks and report to departments, whereas enforcement officers enforce laws and regulations in designated areas. There are a number of benefits available to the selected candidate, including a competitive salary and permanent employment.

EPFO Pay Scale & Grade Pay

EPFO officers' grade pay and pay scale rise as they advance in their careers. According to the position they hold, the grade pay and pay scale for enforcement officers and account officers are shown in the table below.


Pay Band

Pay Scale

Grade Pay

Enforcement Officer/Accounts Officer




Assistant PF Commissioner


15,600- 39,100 


Regional PF Commissioner-II


15,600- 39,100 


Regional PF Commissioner-I


15,600- 39,100 


Additional Central PF Commissioner- II


37,400- 67,000 


EPFO Perks & Allowances

Candidates who are selected as EO/AOs receive a variety of perks, allowances, and other incentives. Perks and remunerations are provided in accordance with government rules and regs. Some of the perks that Enforcement Officers/Account Officers receive are as follows:

  • Dearness Allowance (DA)
  • House Rent Allowance (HRA)
  • Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA)
  • Transport Allowance (TPA)

Read More: EPFO Salary 2023

UPSC EPFO Eligibility Criteria

Candidates preparing for the exam must fulfil the EPFO eligibility criteria in order to take the exam. Aspirants failing to fulfil the eligibility requirements will be barred from the exam process at any stage. The eligibility criteria for the EPFO exam is divided into three categories: Nationality, Age Limit, and Educational Qualification.


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 Commission may take into account the application of a candidate for whom a certificate of eligibility is necessary. If the applicant is recommended for appointment, that person may also be given a provisional appointment pending the Government of India's issuance of the necessary certificate.

Age Limit Criteria

Candidates taking the EPFO exam in 2023 must fit into the defined age range. The following table lists the UPSC EPFO age limit requirements:



Minimum Age Limit


Maximum Age Limit

30 years

The commission also grants candidates who fall into specific categories an age relaxation. You can view the EPFO age relaxation table 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

Candidates must meet the educational requirements outlined in the official notification in order to sit for the CAPF exam in 2023. The CAPF educational standards are divided into two categories: Qualifications that are required and preferred. The following list includes both the candidate's essential and desirable qualifications in detail:

Minimum Essential Qualification

It is required that candidates hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or institution in any discipline.

Minimum Desirable Qualification

Candidates who possess the desired qualification will be given preference over those who only possess the essential qualification. The following lists the desired educational prerequisites as stated in the official EPFO notification.

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


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


Company Secretary/Chartered Accountants/Cost and Management Accountant

  • Candidates should have two years of management, accounting, or legal experience in a publicly listed private or governmental organization.

EPFO Exam Pattern

To hire individuals for the position of Enforcement Officer/Account Officer in the Employees' Provident Fund Organization, UPSC administers the EPFO exam in a pen-and-paper format (EPFO). A written exam and an interview round make up the two stages of the EPFO selection procedure. The table below contains the EPFO exam schedule for candidates to review:



Number of Questions


Total Marks

300 Marks

Marks per question

2.5 marks

Negative Marking

⅓ marks allotted to question, i.e, 0.83 marks

Duration of Exam

120 Minutes

Medium of Exam

English & Hindi


For the written exam, candidates with physical disabilities will receive 20 minutes of additional time. Additionally, they will be given the facility of scribe.

UPSC will release the EPFO results following the written exam. For the interview round, the selected candidates are notified. Written and interview rounds of the EPFO exam are weighted 75:25.

Read More: EPFO Exam Pattern 2023

EPFO Syllabus

The EPFO written exam is divided into Parts A and B. A number of 20 questions make up Part A, which is General English. 100 questions make up Part B, which covers a wide range of topics like general science, social security, general accounting principles, Indian politics, the economy, and the Indian freedom struggle. The entire EPFO syllabus is summarized in the table below:



General English

  • Para Jumbles
  • Error Spotting
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Phrases/Idioms
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Completion

General Accounting Principles

  • Accounting Concepts – Separate Entity Concept
  • Money Measurement Concept
  • Cost Concept
  • Accounting Period Concept
  • Going Concern Concept
  • Consistency
  • Full Disclosure
  • Materiality
  • Dual Aspect Concern
  • Realization Concept
  • Matching Concept
  • Accounting Conventions - Conservatism

Indian Polity & Economy

  • Supreme Court
  • Meaning of Writs
  • 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

Indian Freedom Struggle

  • Causes of the Rise of the Indian National Movement
  • Revolt of 1857 – First War of Independence Against British
  • The Lucknow Pact, 1916
  • Important Indian Freedom Fighter
  • Revolutionaries in the Indian Freedom Movement
  • The Rise of Gandhi in the 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.
  • 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

Social Security in India

  • Status of Social Security in India
  • Social security schemes for the Unorganised Sector
  • New Social Security Schemes launched covering social insurance like Pension, Health Insurance and Medical Benefits, Disability Benefits, Maternity Benefits, Gratuity
  • 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
  • Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) and the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)
  • Atal Pension Yojna (APY)

General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude

  • General Mental Ability - Puzzle Test, Statement and Conclusion, Statement and Inferences, Sequence of figures, Series, Syllogism, Seating Arrangement, Data sufficient, Blood Relations, Directions
  • Quantitative Aptitude – Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Problems Based on Ages, Calendar and Clock, Algebra, HCF and LCM, Average, Mixtures and Alligation, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Percentage and its application, Probability, Permutations and Combinations

General Science & Knowledge of Computer applications

  • Biology– Human Body, Nutrition in Plants and Animals, Diseases and their causes
  • Physics – Light, Wave, Energy, Electricity, S.I. units, Motion, Sound
  • Chemistry – Chemical Name of substances like Plaster of Paris, etc., Chemical Change and Physical Change, Chemical Properties of Substance and their uses,  Properties of Gases, Surface Chemistry, Chemistry in Everyday Life
  • Computer Applications: Development of computers, Input and Output Devices, MS Office

Industrial Relations & Labour Laws

  • Workers’ provisions
  • Laws for Female workers – Maternity Benefit Act, Vishakha Case, Factories Act, Equal Remuneration Act
  • Labor Laws in India – Workmen's Compensation Act, Employees State Insurance Act, Retirement Benefits, Emigration Act, Unorganised Labour, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Trade Union Act, Minimum Wages Act, Strikes and lockouts, Industrial Disputes Act (IDA), Labour Courts, Industrial Tribunals
  • Ministry of Labour in India – Important OFFICES/institutes with the Labour Ministry, Work done by offices with the labour ministry, Chief Labour Commissioner, Labour Bureau, Welfare Commissioners, Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Board of Arbitration

Current Events and Developmental Issues

  • Current Affairs (National & International)
  • Population Census
  • Sports
  • Politics
  • Finance and Banking sector
  • Awards and their importance
  • State Animals and Symbols
  • Nobel Prize Winners
  • Inventions and Inventors
  • Books and Writers

EPFO Selection Process

There are two stages to the UPSC EPFO Selection Process for the AO/EO recruitment exam. You must pass both of the following stages in order to be qualified to work as an enforcement officer for UPSC EPFO, Ministry of Labour and Employment:

  • First Stage: Written Exam
  • Second Stage: Interview

The ratio of the above stages will be used to prepare the final merit list, which will be 75:25. The selected candidate will also serve a two-year probationary period.

EPFO Exam Centers

The UPSC EPFO exam will be conducted in the following cities:




Prayagraj (Allahabad)

























Port Blair







Gautam Budh Nagar










EPFO Admit Card

The admit card for the UPSC EPFO exam will be available on the official UPSC website before the exam. You can access the UPSC EPFO admit card on the official website ten to fifteen days before the exam date using your login information. The admit card is required to be carried by candidates taking the exam so that their identity can be verified at the exam centre. 

Details Mentioned in the UPSC EPFO Admit Card

The following information about the candidates may be found on the UPSC EPFO 2023 Admit Card:

  • Name
  • Date of birth, a photo, and an ID number
  • Exam centre's name
  • Exam Day & Reporting Time

The candidates must get in touch with the appropriate officials right away if any discrepancies or errors are discovered in the UPSC EPFO Admit Card details. Applications must also read and adhere to the instructions on the admit card when taking the exam.

How to Download UPSC EPFO Admit Card?

The steps to download the UPSC EPFO Admit Card are listed below.

Step 1: Go to the UPSC official website

Step 2: Go to the UPSC EPFO announcements section to find the admit card.

Step 3: Enter your registration ID & password

Step 4: The admit card for the UPSC EPFO EXAM 2023 will show up on your screen. Save a copy for later use.

The UPSC EPFO Admit Card should be printed and brought to the exam centre. Along with the admit card, candidates are advised to bring a photo ID with them to the exam.

EPFO Result 2023

After the written exam is over, UPSC releases the EPFO results. The names and roll numbers of the selected applicants are included in the result, which is made public as a PDF. Only after the EPFO selection process is over will the marks be made public. Candidates are invited to the interview round if they pass the written exam. The weighted ratio for the written exam and the interview is 75:25.

How Can I Check My EPFO Results?

On the UPSC website, candidates who took the exam would be able to view their results. The steps that candidates must take in order to check their results are as follows:

  • Check out the UPSC website.
  • In the What's New section, look for the EPFO result link.
  • Candidates who click the link will be taken to a page with the EPFO PDF link displayed.
  • The PDF will be displayed when you click it on the given link
  • To find your name or roll number, press ctrl+F.
  • Download and save the EPFO result PDF for future reference.

How to Fill EPFO DAF Form?

In the event that a candidate passes the written exam and is invited to the interview round, they must complete the detailed application form (DAF). Candidates will be disqualified if they do not complete the DAF form and submit it subsequently. Additionally, candidates are advised to print their detailed application form. The following are the steps to complete the DAF:

  • Check out the UPSC website.
  • On the homepage, click "DAF: Enforcement Officer - Accounts Officer, EPFO."
  • Select the DAF link.
  • You can access the portal using the login information you registered.
  • The form must be filled out with the required information, then it must be sent.
  • After completing and submitting the form, print a copy for your records.

EPFO Cutoff 2023

When the selection process is done, the Union Public Service Commission publishes the EPFO cutoff. The cutoff indicates the minimum marks that candidates must receive in order to be included in the final merit list. The remaining candidates will be added to the reserve list if more applicants pass the exam than there are released vacancies.

When two candidates receive the same marks, the older candidate will be taken into consideration for the final recommendation, per the EPFO tie-breaking policy rule.

EPFO Previous Years’ Cutoff 

In order to gain insight into past trends in cutoffs, candidates can check EPFO cutoffs from previous years. Candidates can use it to get a sense of the EPFO expected cutoff. The table below shows the cutoff scores from previous years.

UPSC EPFO 2017 Cutoff Marks


Written Exam (Out of 300)

Interview (Out of 100)

Final Cutoff

















Note: The year 2017 saw a weightage of 75:25 for both the written exam and the interview.

UPSC EPFO 2016 Cutoff Marks


Written Exam (Out of 300)

Interview (Out of 100)

Final Cutoff

















Note: In 2016, there was a 50:50 weightage between the written exam and the interview.

Factors Affecting Cutoff

The following are a few of the factors that affect the EPFO cutoff:

  • The number of candidates who have applied and are taking the exam.
  • The exam's degree of difficulty
  • Number of available vacancies

EPFO Qualifying Marks

To qualify for the interview round, candidates must have a minimum qualifying mark in their EPFO written examination. The following are the UPSC EPFO qualifying marks on the basis candidates' categories:


Qualifying marks







EPFO Question Paper 2023

EPFO previous year question papers are useful for understanding the UPSC EPFO Exam pattern and question trend. The UPSC EPFO Question Paper also allows you to analyze the types of questions that will be asked, allowing you to strategize your exam preparation accordingly.  Solve all of the UPSC EPFO question papers to evaluate your level of preparation and make any necessary modifications in your preparation. This will enhance your chances to maximize your overall score in the exam.


UPSC administers the EPFO exam to select candidates for the position of Enforcement Officer/Account Officer. Along with the official notification, the EPFO vacancies are made public. Last year, there were 421 vacancies. UPSC will soon release the vacancies for this year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the UPSC EPFO exam 2023?

Every year, the Union Public Service Commission recruits EPFO Enforcement Officers/Account Officers through the UPSC EPFO EO/AO exam. The Enforcement Officer/Account Officer is a non-ministerial central service Group 'B' post.

What is the date of the UPSC EPFO Exam 2023?

The UPSC EPFO exam will be conducted on June 02, 2023 for a total of 577 vacancies

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

The maximum age limit to apply for the UPSC EPFO exam is 30 years. However, there is no minimum age limit to apply for the exam. However, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or be appearing in the final year.

How to prepare for the UPSC EPFO exam?

Candidates must cover the entire syllabus outlined in the official notification. All topics must be covered thoroughly and EPFO previous year question papers must be solved to enhance your preparation level.

Is it possible to cover the EPFO syllabus in 3 months?

No, it is not possible to finish the EPFO syllabus in three months if you are just starting out. Aspirants require adequate time to prepare for the exam and to revise for better preparation.

What is the basic salary of an Enforcement Officer?

The basic salary of an Enforcement Officer/Account Officer selected through EPFO exam is Rs 47,600. The in-hand salary includes perks and allowances totaling approximately Rs 79,000.

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