EPFO (Employee’s Provident Fund Organisation) assists the Central Board in administering a compulsory contributory Provident Fund Scheme, a Pension Scheme and an Insurance Scheme for the workforce engaged in the organized sector in India.
Selected candidates would be eligible for Level- 7 of Pay Matrix (Civilian employees) under 7th Pay Commission with Entry Pay Rs. 44,900/-. In addition to Pay they will also be eligible for DA, HRA and Transport Allowance and other allowances as per rules in force from time to time.
The total vacancies for the post of EPFO ASO 2019 were 280.
Exam date and registration:
In 2019, the registration started in the month of May and the exams scheduled in July (Prelims) and November(Mains).
Essential academic qualifications and experience:
You need to have a graduation degree from a recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized as by Central Government before the due date of the exam.
General Candidates should not be below 20 years and 27 years and above. There are provisions for category based age relaxation according to existing government norms. There is no limit to the number of attempts.
Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join EPFO as an ASO is required to register online for the recruitment process. In 2019, application fees for general candidates is Rs. 500 and for reserved category candidates was Rs. 250.
To know about the procedure in detail you can click on the link given below.
The examination will be held in three phases i.e. Phase-I (Prelims Examination), Phase-II (Mains Examination).
Phase-I: Prelimary Examination:
The EPFO ASO Preliminary exam consists of an objective test which will be conducted online. This test is bilingual (available in both English and Hindi) except for the English section. There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the Objective tests. 1/4th of the mark assigned for the question will be deducted for each wrong answer. Phase –I is qualifying in nature and marks will not be reckoned for final merit.
Phase-I Exam pattern (2019)
|Section||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Time Duration|
|English Language||30||30||20 mins|
|Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 mins|
|Numerical Aptitude||35||35||20 mins|
The candidates will be shortlisted for Phase-II in the ratio of 1:10 i.e. about 10 times the number of vacancies in each category on the basis of their performance in Phase I.
Phase – II Examination:
Phase-II Examination consisting of Objective and Descriptive Test for 200 marks is conducted. The mode of exam is online. The questions are in English and Hindi both (except English Language Section). There is negative marking for wrong answers (1/4th of total marks allotted for that question). The marks obtained in Phase – II will be considered for final selection.
Phase-II Exam pattern (2019)
|Section||No.of Questions||Maximum Marks||Time Duration|
|General/Economic/Financial Awareness||40||40||20 mins|
|English Language||30||40||30 mins|
|Quantitative Aptitude||40||60||35 mins|
|English Language Descriptive (Precis/Essay/Letter Writing)||3||30||45 mins|
|Total||153||230||2 hours 45 mins|
Only such candidates who score the cut off marks or above in the Main Examination will be shortlisted for selection. Final selection will be on the basis of candidate's performance in the online Main examination in the order of merit and biometric verification. The decision of the EPFO in this regard will be final.
In cases where more than one candidate secure the equal aggregates marks in Phase-II, tie will be resolved by applying the following methods one after another:
i) Date of Birth, with older candidates placed higher.
ii) Alphabetical order in which names of the candidates appear.
Candidates should realise that to perform in a highly competitive exams such as EPFO ASO, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on regular practice once the concepts are cleared. Practicing regularly is the key to performing in competitive exams like these. Playlists of important concept lectures have been provided below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their basic concepts.
Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)
Lectures for Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains)
Lectures for Phase-II
Lectures for Descriptive Paper (Mains)
Lectures for Interviews
Our Paid Programs
While we do not conduct a separate program for EPFO-ASO, our other paid courses such as IBPS PO and SBI PO are designed on similar lines and we recommend them to the aspirants for all such exams. Look out and register for these programs for a more intensive preparation.
The final cut-off of EPFO ASO 2019 is given below. They differ every year according to the competition and the paper’s difficulty level. One year's cut-off is in no way predictive of subsequent years' cut-offs.
EPFO ASO 2019 Cut-offs
|Stage of Examination||General||OBC||SC||ST|
|Phase-I (Out of 100)||94.75||91.25||87||81.25|
|Phase-II (Out of 230)||184.17||176.43||160.76||145.21|