[Studyplan] Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC) by UPSC

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  1. Readymade books for APFC exam
  2. Cost Factor
  3. Paper 1 General English
  4. Paper 2 General Studies
  5. Two rules to crack this exam

Important Updates:

19 September
Accountancy Study Material Added: CLICK ME
11 August

  1. For Videos containing explaination of Aptitude questions of earlier APFC exams: Click ME
  2. The Previous Years’ Question papers of APFC exam are uploaded in a separate article, click me to download them.
  3. I’ve archived all the important articles related to APFC exam, on this link: www.mrunal.org/apfc

Question from a Visitor

Could you please tell me what should I study for the post of Assistant Commissioner of Employee provident fund I have checked the syllabus but if you could tell me what should I study(I mean reference books etc.).

Readymade books for APFC exam

  • Exams like APFC are not taken at regular interval, so whenever such exam comes, some bogus moneyminded publication houses, just copy paste few paragraphs and pages related to the syllabus topics, from other books and publish a Guidebook for APFC exam, containing 300 pages!
  • After 1 month, These people will just change the book cover release the same content for Sales Tax inspector’s exam! Therefore such bogus quality readymade books or study material does not serve much purpose.
  • Reason: Many candidates also prepare simultaneously for UPSC, State PSC, Banks, SSC and similar jobs therefore competitive level is always very high. You need to have your basic concepts clear and foundations strong. Don’t try to look for shortcuts using such readymade books. (Same Advice for RBI officer, LIC AAO and other similar exams.)

Cost Factor

The General Studies Manual (TMH, Unique, Spectrum)  are quite expensive. They’re written for UPSC exam hence very thick and heavy. But the entire manual is not relevant for APFC exam, you’ve to do selective study of only a few topics. So better just borrow it from some friend or try to get an old copy.

Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC) comprises the following major topics/ broad areas.
The medium of the test will be both English and Hindi.

Paper 1 General English

The questions in General English component of the test will be designed to evaluate candidate’s understanding of English language and workman-like use of the words.

Please go through the separate article on ( how to prepare English for APFC exam. Click Me)

Paper 2 General Studies

Note: whenever I mention NCERT, know that it is legally downloaded for free, in Hindi or English from the official website of NCERT (http://www.ncert.nic.in/ )
Now talking about specific topics under Assistant Provident Fund manager’s exam.
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Current Events
  1. Download this package to prepare current affairs since Jan’11. http://mrunal.org/studymaterial/current-affairs-package-2012
  2. From now, ask your newspaperman to throw either Read The Hindu or Indian Express.
Indian Culture  Heritage
  1. NCERT class 7 to 12 (History books), class 11/12 books on Art n Culture.
  2. (optional) History portion from Tata Macgrawhill General Studies Manual– read stuff related to art, painting, dance, music from Ancient, medieval and modern era.
Freedom Movements
  1. NCERT class 7 to 12 for History.
  2. History portion from Tata Macgrawhill General Studies Manual.

Note: Syllabus clearly says “Freedom movement” so read only Post-1857 period, no need to read Ancient (Harappa) or Medival (Mughals).
+ do all the mock tests given at the end of General Studies Manual.

PopulationDon’t know, what exactly this means! May be Human Geography class 11/12 book of NCERT could help.
Development and GlobalizationSee if there are some pdf files on www.egyankosh.ac.in (you’ll need to register there to download files, but it is free.)
Governance and Constitution of IndiaThe best book ever written: relevant for all exams
Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth (TMH Publication)
Thorough revision for 5-7 times.
Do all mock questions given at the end of his book.
Present Trends in Indian Economy

You may also use
Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh (Tata Macgrawhill Publication). Out of all the books on economy, that’re in market right now, this one is the best in my opinion. It gives comprehensive coverage of all the important topics of Indian Economy from exam point of view- without getting into numbers and dates. Whether you’re preparing for UPSC, State PSC or Bank/MBA interviews, it’ll be of great help to you.

NOT Recommended Books: Mishra Puri, Dutt Sundaram, Uma Kapila. Because they’re written from academic point of view, we only need some basic and essential concepts from “Exam point of view”. Similarly I donot recommend Pratiyogita Darpan’s “Special” book on Indian Economy for its obsession with numbers and other trivial information.

Accountancy and AuditingUse National Open School (NOS) material: Click MEYou can use NCERT books. I think class 11/12 has these subjects.OR search www.egyankosh.ac.in  (may be in BA/MA Economics section)
Or if they’re asking deep questions, you may use Unique Publication’s book on “Commerce” optional subject for UPSC. It has elaborate chapters on Audit and Account. 
Industrial Relations & Labour LawsSearch www.egyankosh.ac.in
InsuranceOR search www.egyankosh.ac.in
Basic Knowledge of Computer ApplicationsIf you’re comfortable with computers, then I don’t think any special preparation is required.
Else use NCERT’s books on Computer (may be class 10,11,12)
or may be
Pdf files from www.egyankosh.ac.in for any certificate courses on computer.
General ScienceNCERT class 7 to 10 (Freely downloaded from official site)
(for additional grip) Science portion from Tata Macgrawhill General Studies Manual.
GeographyNCERT Class 7 to 10 (Social Science) + Class 11-12 (Geography) should be more than sufficient. And then you may solve the MCQs given in the
(for additional grip) GS Manual.
Elementary Maths & StatisticsMany people appear for IBPS and SSC have really good grip over aptitude portion. They’ll also appear for Asst. Provident fund. Hence competition becomes really tough. One should be thoroughly prepared for maths and aptitude topic.

  1. Mrunal’s articles on Aptitude (Free) to get the basic concepts clear.

The standard reference books for aptitude would be (relevant for any exam starting from Bank Clerk to CAT)

  1. Quantam CAT by Sarvesh Kumar
  2. RS Agarwal’s Verbal and Nonverbal reasoning.

However, if you don’t have so much time to go through both of above books, may be you can use IBPS Manual of Disha Expert , it covers all aptitude topics in brief with enough mock-questions.

General Mental AbilitiesSame as above.

There are only two rules to crack this exam

  1. For Non-aptitude (history, polity etc) Revise – revise – revise
  2. For aptitude (math,logical reasoning) practice- practice-practice.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  5. Spectrum Geography (selective) (Hindi | English)
  6. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  7. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  8. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  9. Oxford School Atlas with Census 2011
  10. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Arihant


So far 910 Comments posted

  1. krishna

    what was the cutoff for different categories?? kindly reply as this question will satisfy many students like me. thankyou

    1. jyothi

      what is the exam pattern for apfc 2015

  2. archana

    Hello sir,
    The link you have provided for egyankosh isn’t responding.could you upload the PDF files for the following sections – population, development and globalization, insurance, industrial relations and labour laws, basics of computer knowledge.

  3. sontu mukherjee

    please contact me in this number 9062013576. i purchased the book

    1. Lakshmi Narayana

      Hi sontu ji….
      which book did u purchase? and how is it ? is it helpful for APFC aspirants???

  4. kesav

    Were u able to get hold of the soft copy of the material for he relevant sections?

  5. saurav

    APFC notifications for 2015 are out….When can I expect the latest updates on mrunal.org ?

    1. Devashish

      Hello Frnds,
      Can someone guide me on below issue which I am facing while filling up Asst PF Commissioner form :

      “Pay Fee is not enabled and Experience tab is blue in color”

      I am having 3.5 yrs exp and tried to submit form multiple times with relevant information Unable to find where I am doing wrong because not getting any kind of error message in any section while filling up the form.

      Whats wrong in Exp Tab ??

  6. Amol

    Resp.sir,

    As you know the APFC notification is out.i was going through your study plan that you had mentioned the E-GYANKOSH site but it under construction.i am unable to open the Development & Globalization topic, Industrial Relations& Labour Law topic,Insurance.
    kindly suggest me about when UPSC will conduct the Re .test.where i can get above topics.

    Thank you.

  7. shashi

    sir send me the details of how to prepare for apfc interview

  8. shashi

    sir send me the details to prepare for aspf

    1. Lakshmi

      .hi sashi… plz forward me also if u get
      d information.
      I am new for these exams
      Thanking you

  9. abhinay lohakare

    sir its my first attempt for APFO exam so pls suggest me reference book to prepare in short time

  10. Anand Shinde

    hi sir

    plz send me previous question and answer key

    thanks
    my e mail id
    anandrajesinde @gmail.com

  11. A Lakshmi Narayana

    Respected Sir, I am new to this exams ..APFC exam is the first that I have applied. please give me suggestions to get the job…

  12. Lakshmi Narayana

    .hi sashi… plz forward me also if u get d information.
    I am new for these exams

    Thanking you

  13. uma

    Hello sir,
    Is there negative markings for wrong answer. Please reply me.
    Thank you.

  14. PRATIBHA SINGH

    sir plz suggest me useful books for APFC exam…………

  15. sangamesh angadi

    could anyone tell when is the short list of apfc will come out?

  16. KAMAL SHARMA

    Sir kindly tell me How i preparation of Apfc plz there is kindly know about Best for apfc

  17. pravin

    Sir when Will be the epfo exam ?

  18. nikhil

    When will the hall tickets for APFC be available? Also, I am not able to login in to the portal. It is saying my details are incorrect. IS anyone else facing the same problem?

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