EPFO Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2023 

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The exam pattern and Syllabus for the EPFO have been released. Candidates who wish to work in one of the world’s largest Social Security Organisations can apply for the EPFO Examination. This article includes the detailed EPFO Exam Pattern & Syllabus for the year 2023, along with the selection process and essential areas to cover for the examination.

Opportunities at EPFO:

The EPFO exam notification was released on 25 February 2023 for the Social Security Assistant & Stenographer post. Candidates with any degree can apply for the exam. Freshers can also apply for the job. Selected candidates will be placed all across India. The average pay range for Social Security Assistant would be Rs.29 200- 92,300/- per month, and for Stenographer would be Rs.25,500-81,100/- per month. Click on the EPFO Recruitment 2023 to learn more details and apply. The last date to apply would be 26 April 2023.

Selection Process of EPFO Recruitment 2023: 

  • The selection process involves a written test for both the posts of Social Security Assistant & Stenographer.
  • Shortlisted candidates should appear for a Computer skill test for Social Security Assistant and a stenography test for Stenographers.

EPFO Exam Pattern 2023:

Social Security Assistant

It consists of two phases: the written and Computer Skill Tests.

Phase 1 –  As of the written test, there are 150 questions, each with four marks resulting in a total of 600 marks. Negative marking is there ( 1 mark per question). English comprehension will be objective-type questions. The duration of the examination is 2 Hours and 30 minutes.

Phase 2 – Computer Skill Test requires the candidates to have a typing speed of 35 words per minute in English / 30 words per minute in Hindi on the computer.

Name of the Test (Objective Tests) No. of Qs.  Max. Marks 
General Aptitude 30 120
General Knowledge/ General Awareness 30 120
Quantitative Ability  30 120
General English with Comprehension 50 200
Computer Literacy 10 40
Total  150 600


It also comprises two phases – a written test & skill test in stenography. 

Phase 1 – The written test comprises 200 questions, each carrying 4 marks for a total of 800 marks in a duration of 2 Hours 10 minutes. All the questions will be objective-type questions. There is a negative marking ( 1 mark for each wrong answer).

Phase 2 – The stenography test includes Dictation & Transcription. Dictation will be for ten minutes at the rate of eighty words per minute. Transcription will be for Fifty minutes (English) / Sixty-five minutes (Hindi). Both will be computer-based tests.

Subject  No. of Questions Maximum Marks
General Aptitude  50 200
General Awareness [includes Computer Awareness ] 50 200
English Language and Comprehension  100 400
Total  200 800


EPFO Syllabus 2023 ( Social Security Assistant & Stenographer) 

Some topics to cover for exam preparation include English grammar, comprehension, Synonyms & Antonyms, Analogy, Spotting errors, Speeches, Spellings, Logarithms, Probability, Profit and Loss, Equations, Percentages, Pie Charts, Simple Arithmetic Operations, Problem-Solving, Visual Reasoning and Factual Analysis. These are just a general overview of topics for preparation. Candidates are advised to prepare holistically to score desired marks.

The exam pattern and Syllabus of EPFO are described above. Give it a thorough read and proceed further with exam preparation. Don’t forget to consider the weightage of marks ( given in the exam pattern area) to classify and categorise topics to learn for effective practice. For further details regarding EPFO Examination, Click this link: EPFO Recruitment 2023

Frequently Asked Questions on EPFO Exam Pattern & Syllabus( FAQs)

What are the posts vacant in the recent EPFO notification?

The Social Security Assistant and Stenographer posts are vacant as per the recent notification of EPFO.

Will the questions be MCQs or descriptive?

All the questions will be objective-type questions ( MCQs).

Who conducts the EPFO Examination?

The National Testing Agency conducts the EPFO Examination.

Will there be a skill test in addition to the written test for the EPFO Examination?

Yes, there will be a Computer skill test for Social Security Assistants and a stenography test for stenographers to check their speed.

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