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Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is an organisation that ensures social security of workers by managing social security funds in partnership with organisations for employees of organised sectors. To manage its affairs, Upper Division Clerks (UDCs) are appointed.


As per 7th Central Pay Commission, the entry pay for the post as per Level-4 of the pay matrix (Direct Recruits) is Rs 25,500. 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 in ESIC-UDC 2019 were 1709 across India.

Exam date and registration:

In 2019, the registration started in the month of March. The phase-wise exams were conducted between July-October.

Essential academic qualifications and experience:

Graduation/Degree in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the central government is required with a working knowledge of computers including use of Office Suites and databases.

Age and number of attempts:

General candidates should be between 18 years to 27 years of age. There are provisions for age relaxation for employees of ESIC and government servants in accordance with the instructions or orders issued by the central government.

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), is required to register online for the recruitment process. The application fees for general candidates was Rs. 500 and for reserved category candidates was Rs. 250. To know about the procedure in detail, you can refer to the region-wise official notification below.

ESIC UDC 2019 Official Notification
PS: ESIC releases region based notification for the post of UDC

The examination is held in three phases i.e. Phase I - Preliminary examination, Phase II - Mains examination Phase III - Computer Skills and Descriptive Test. The candidates who are shortlisted after Preliminary examination appear for Main examination. The candidates shortlisted after the main examination are subsequently called for Computer Skill and Descriptive Test.

Phase-I: Preliminary examination:

In the Preliminary Examination, an Objective Test for 200 marks is conducted. The test contains 4 Sections. Total time is 1 hour. The mode of exam is online. The questions are Bilingual (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).

Preliminary exam pattern (2019)

Section No. of questions Maximum Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200

Phase I is qualifying in nature. Marks obtained in this will not be taken into account for the final merit list. Normally, candidates numbering approximately 10 times the number of vacancies are shortlisted for the main examination.

Phase – II: Mains examination

Mains Examination consists of an online Objective test for 200 marks and composite time of 2 hours. The questions in Objective test are Bilingual (in English and Hindi both) (except English Language). There is negative marking for wrong answers in the Objective test (1/4th of total marks allotted for that question).

Main exam pattern (2019)

Section No. of questions Maximum Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50
General Awareness 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50
Total 200 200

The marks obtained in the mains exam will be considered for final selection. Normally, candidates numbering approximately 5 times the number of vacancies are shortlisted for the next round (Computer Skills and Descriptive Test).

Phase – III: Computer Skill test

Computer Skill Test (CST), which is of 50 marks, comprises of the 3 activities with a total time duration of 30 minutes.

Computer Skill Test (CST) is qualifying in nature.

  • Preparation of 02 Power Points Slides – 10 marks
  • Typing matter on MS Word with formatting - 20 marks
  • Preparation of Table on MS Excel with use of formulae – 20 marks

Final selection

The marks obtained in the Phase-I, III, being qualifying in nature are not added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Final selection will be through merit list which will be prepared by adding marks secured by candidates in Phase-II examination.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as this, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)

Lectures for Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains)

Lectures for Descriptive Paper (Prelims and Mains)

Our Paid Program
While we do not conduct a separate program for ESIC UDC, 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 cut-offs for 2019 have been released state-wise which can be found on the ESIC website . The cut-offs 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.

The Minimum Qualifying Marks in Phase – II Main Exam are 45% for UR & EWS, 40% for OBC, 35% for SC/ST/Ex-Servicemen and 30% for PWD. Adhering to these base cut-off criteria, each of the regions had their own category-wise cut-offs.

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