Soon UPSC would release the notification of UPSC APFC Recruitment 2021-2022. Every year UPSC organizes the APFC examination for the recruitment of officers under EPFO i.e Employees Provident Fund Organization. It offers a lucrative salary to its employees and also provides a growth opportunity to climb up to the top of the ladder.

If you are also inspired to become an APFC officer then you need to know everything about it. As the preparation begins by understanding the core structure of any examination.

In this article, we will provide you with full information about the UPSC APFC examination including the eligibility exam pattern syllabus and many more.


UPSC Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner is the backbone of the EPFO that is the Employees Provident Fund organization. And APFC is responsible for recovering the provident fund dues of the employees. Moreover, it also has the power to arrest the defaulter, seal their bank account or even auction their property.

They also have other important activities such as carrying out social security agreements and also after their retirement they can be selected for international organizations such as UNDP, World Bank, and Social Security Divisions.

Highlights of the UPSC APFC

Organization Name Union Public Service Commission
Role Assistant Provident Fund Commissioners (APFC)
Hiring Organization Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), Ministry of Labor and Employees
No of Vacancies Various
Name of the Examination UPSC APFC Exam
Application Mode Online Mode
UPSC APFC Job Location All over India
UPSC APFC Official Website

UPSC APFC Notification

Events Date
Application form starts To be notified soon
Last date to apply To be notified soon
Written Exam Date To be notified soon

Also Read: What is UPSC EPFO Salary? What is the Exact in-hand Salary? Check Here!

UPSC APFC Recruitment Process

There are two main modes of recruitment for the provident fund commissioner in EPFO as prescribed by the constitution

#1. Direct recruitment through UPSC competitive written exam followed by an Interview

#2. Through promotions of group B enforcement officers or account officers

Eligibility Criteria

Here are the following eligibility criteria a candidate must fulfill to become an APFC:

#1. Age Limit

A candidate must be not above 28 years and no less than 20 years.

#2. Educational Qualifications

A candidate must hold a graduation degree or diploma from a relevant university or institute.

How to Apply for UPSC APFC

# Visit the official website

# Click on the recruitment on the home page

# Register yourself and note down the registration number and password.

# Log in using the following creditionalls and then fill the application form.

# Carefully read the whole application form and then submit the fees to complete the process.

Application Fees

Application fees for the candidate belonging to General and OBC categories are Rs 600/-. While SC, ST, and PWD are exempted from the application fees.

Selection Procedure of UPSC APFC

The whole selection process is divided into four phases:

# Written Examinations

# Group Discussion

# Physical Efficiency

# Personal Interview

Also Read: UPSC EPFO New Exam Date 2021: Here’re the Latest Updates for You to Know

UPSC APFC Exam Pattern

Exam Type Sections Subjects Marks
Objective Type Section A General English 50 Marks
Section B General Studies 50 Marks

UPSC APFC Syllabus 2021


Cloze Test, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Para Jumbles, Phrases/ Idioms, Phrase replacement, Reading comprehension, Sentence completion/ para completion, Spellings, Synonyms/Antonyms.

General Studies

Indian National Movement

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

Current Events and Developmental Issues

Current Affairs (National & International); Sports; Politics; Finance and Banking sector; Population Census; Important Books and their writers; Awards and their importance; State Animals and Symbols; Name of the Scientist who got Nobel prize for important discoveries; Important Days; Important Inventions and their inventor.

Indian Polity and Economy

Supreme Court; Meaning of Write; 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;

General Accounting Principles

Accounting Concepts – Separate Entity Concept, Money Measurement Concept, Going Concern Concept, Dual Aspect Concern, Realisation Concept, Cost Concept, Accounting Period Concept, Matching Concept; Accounting Conventions – Conservatism, Consistency, Full Disclosure, Materiality

Industrial Relations & Labour Laws

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

Social Security in India

Status of Social security in India, Social security schemes for Unorganised Sector; New Social Security Schemes launched covering social insurances like Pension, Health Insurance, and Medical Benefit, Disability Benefit, Maternity Benefit, Gratuity; Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) and the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC); Atal Pension Yojna (APY); Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY); Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY); Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PMKSN)

General Science

Biology– Important and Interesting facts about human body parts, Nutrition in Animals and Plants, Diseases and their causes like Bacteria;

Physics – S.I. units, Motion, Sound, Light, Wave, Energy, Electricity;

Chemistry – Chemical Properties of Substance and their uses, Chemical Name of Important substances like Plaster of Paris, etc., Chemical Change and Physical Change, Properties of Gases, Surface Chemistry, Chemistry in Everyday Life; Daily Science;

Knowledge of Computer Applications

Development of computers; Input and Output Devices; Memory; MS Office; Internet

General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude

General Mental Ability – Sequence of figures, Series, Blood Relations, Directions, Syllogism, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle Test, Statement and Conclusion, Statement and Inferences, Data sufficient

Quantitative Aptitude – Algebra, HCF and LCM, Average, Mixtures and Alligation, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Percentage, and its application, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, Problems Based on Ages, Calendar and Clock, Probability, Permutations and Combinations.

Also Read: UPSC EPFO 2021 Exam Postponed: Here’s Everything Important about the Latest UPSC Notification 

Training Period

The newly recruited officers undergo on-the-job training for 45 days. During which they have to complete their training module as provided by the head office under the guidance of the regional commissioner. The job training program includes orientation of several functional areas such as:

# Preparation of concept papers on Social Security

# Field visits to government establishment and courts

# Preparation of Inspection Reports

# Quasi-judicial functions

# Preparations of draft speaking orders

# Preparation of Draft replies for cases in CDRF, tribunal, High court, and Supreme court.

# Recovery machine

# Visiting court

# Attending Bhavishya Nidhi Adalat

# Meeting with Employees association labour union or employer association and many more

After the successful completion of the job training program, the candidates undergo another 5 months foundation course at the National Academy for Training and Research in Social Security, New Delhi and the National academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur.

Also Read: UPSC EPFO Preparation Strategy: Here’s How to Crack the Recruitment Test

UPSC APFC Salary and Designations

S.No. Designation Scale / Rank / Pay band Remarks
1. Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC) Junior Time Scale PB-3 (15600-39100 + 5400 GP) Grant of STS 6600 GP on completion of 4 years of service.
2. Regional Provident Fund Commissioner – II (RPFC-II) Senior Time Scale (15600-39100 + 6600 ) On completion of 5 years as APFC.
3. Regional Provident Fund Commissioner – I (RPFC-I) Junior Administrative Grade (15600-39100 + 7600).

Selection Grade PB-4 (37400-67000 + 8700)

On completion of 5 years as RPFC-II. Granted NFSG in PB-4 with GP 8700 on completion of 13 years of Group A service.
4. Addl. Central PF Commissioner –II (ACC-II) Selection Grade (37400-67000 + 8700) On completion of 5 years as RPFC-I.
5. Addl. Central PF Commissioner –I (ACC-I) (37400-67000 + 8900) On completion of 5 years as ACC-II.
6. Addl. Central PF Commissioner -HQ (ACC-HQ) Super Time Scale (37400-67000 + 10000). Joint Secretary Rank On completion of 4 years as ACC-I.
7. Central PF Commissioner Apex Scale (80000 fixed).

Secretary Rank

Eligible for consideration on completion of 5 years service in the grade of ACC.

UPSC APFC is one of the prestigious jobs but not many candidates know about it. I hope this article gave you a clear insight into the exam.

It is not an easy paper; you can only clear it with proper strategy and dedication. To take your preparation to the next level you can take the help of the UPSC Pathshala. This website offers you preparation material and exam-related information.

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