[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:

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  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 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 Disha

931 Comments on “[Studyplan] Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner (APFC) by UPSC”

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

    1. what is the exam pattern for apfc 2015

    2. dear don’t asked cutt off try to secured top five position…all the beat….9712559044

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

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

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

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

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

  8. sir send me the details to prepare for aspf

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

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

  10. hi sir

    plz send me previous question and answer key

    my e mail id
    anandrajesinde @gmail.com

  11. 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…

    1. hello sir
      u have mentioned gyankosh site for the study material.. i have been trying to access this site from 1 month..bt its not working till the date.
      kindly help regarding this problem.

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

    Thanking you

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

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

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

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

  17. Sir when Will be the epfo exam ?

  18. 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?

    1. Yes I am facing the same problem, what to do can any one tell ?

  19. hello sir,
    I am a graduate in philosophy hons. please tell me whethr i m eligible for APFC exam or not.

  20. hello sir,
    i wanna know about APFC reference book or anyother online source. please help :(

  21. Sir,this is the first time i am applying for UPSC Exam so please give me a direction regarding the preparation for upcoming APFC 2015 Exam(Topic wise)
    Thanks in advance

  22. APFC 2012 Cutoff


  23. Sir, will the UPSC allow all the Registered students to appear for APFC written exam or only selected candidates

  24. Sir, egyankosh is under repair, plz provide some other way for industrial relations, labour law and insurance study material.

  25. Sir, egyankosh is under repair, plz provide
    some other way for industrial relations,
    labour law and insurance study material.



  28. hey,
    can someone tell me the exam pattern for epfo apfc examination?
    i know the syllabus and also the fact that there will be two sections viz. english and general studies, but may i knw the number of questions in each section??

  29. sir give suggestion on topic like Industrial Relations & Labour Laws and Development and Globalization
    pls sir give any specific guidence for it

  30. BA English Eligible for APFC exam sir

  31. Is Geography there in the Syllabus? I don’t find it in the Exam Notice. Please clarify…

    Thank you.

  32. ser please tipe of exam notice

  33. Sir plz suggest me useful books for APFC exam..sir plz forward also information

  34. Hv any idea about this exam in 2017.

  35. Sir .upsc in job of Required this latest news

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