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EPFO SSA Exam pattern, Papers & Books

February 11, 2012

EPFO SSA Exam pattern Papers  BooksEmployees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) conducts written exam for selection of Social Security Assistants (SSA) from time to time. This year too, EPFO SSA Exam is going to be conducted on 15th April,2012. How do you prepare for this exam? Where to find the prep materials - the sample papers & books for EPFO SSA Exam? This is the subject matter of this blog post. It points you to the sample papers & books for the SSA exam along with a discussion on the exam pattern, as given in the recruitment notification.

In another previous blog article titled: EPFO Recruitment 2012 (SSA) Notification, Eligibility & Forms, I had covered how to apply for this exam.

At first let us know that the job of a Social Security Assistant (SSA) in EPFO is something very similar to the clerical jobs in the banking industry. The job role as defined in the EPFO recruitment notification is: Maintenance of Accounts and Compliance Records and Settlement of Claims; Preparation of Reports, Cash Books, R & P Accounts etc. and assisting functions of EDP and Administration.

Therefore, as you would find out, EPFO SSA exam pattern (and also questions) is similar to Bank Clerical exam pattern and hence you may use the study materials of Bank Clerical exam as the study materials for EPF SSA written exam (this does not includes the Data entry operator test).

EPFO SSA exam pattern/ Selection procedure:
Selection process for SSA in EPFO is of two stage:
Stage-I: Written exam. From this exam, 3-times the number of vacancies would be shortlisted for Stage-II.
Stage-II:  Skill test (Data entry operator).

Pattern of EPFO Written test:
The Written exam consists of objective type questions from following four test areas:
i) Test of Reasoning,
ii) Test of Numerical ability,
iii) Test of office work aptitude.
iv) Test of English language.
You can find the test section-wise distribution of marks in the table at right. Test of English language is of qualifying nature only. Duration for this 200 question, 275 mark EPFO SSA exam is 2 hours.

On the other hand, Data entry operator test would assess your speed and accuracy in Data Entry Work. Minimum requirement set by EPFO is 5000 key depressions per hour. The mark allotted for this skill test is 50 and you need to score minimum 25 to qualify the same.

EPFO SSA exam sample papers:
I had tried hard to find previous years EPF SSA exam papers for you on the net – but could not locate any. However, I am very sure that following sample papers for bank clerical exam is going to help you prepare for the SSA exam.

These sample papers have been published by Competition Master – a website I most frequently give reference to, for its years of publishing good quality materials. To access the links given below, you have to register (which is for free) in Competition Master website and use the menu option “Bank Recruitment Exams”:
After registering in Competition Master website, come back to this blog and click at links given below:

Sample papers for EPFO SSA exam: Test of Reasoning section:
SBI Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Reasoning - Part1: 40 solved questions.
SBI Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Reasoning - Part2: 40 solved questions.
Andhra Bank Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Reasoning: 100 solved questions.
United Bank of India Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Reasoning : 100 solved questions.

Sample papers for EPFO SSA exam: Test of English language section:
Bank of Maharashtra Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of English language: 50 solved questions.
Dena Bank Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of English language: 50 solved questions.
Oriental Bank of Commerce Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of English language: 50 solved questions.
Vijaya Bank Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of English language : 50 solved questions.

Sample papers for EPFO SSA exam: Test of Numerical ability section:
Vijaya Bank Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Quantitative Aptitude: 50 solved questions.
Corp Bank Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Quantitative Aptitude: 50 solved questions.
SBI Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Quantitative Aptitude: 40 solved questions.
UCO Bank Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Quantitative Aptitude: 50 solved questions.
Union Bank of India Clerical Exam Sample Paper: Test of Quantitative Aptitude: 50 solved questions.

Apart from Competition Master, I also found these websites offering sample papers for Bank Clerical exams:
Allinterview: It gives 130 model questions with answers.
Allexam: It gives 25 SBI Bank Clerk GK model questions with answers.
Edutalkindia: Numerical Ability/Maths samle Paper: 40 Q

Sample papers for EPFO SSA exam: Test of office work aptitude section:

Clerical Aptitude tests your ability to notice similarities and differences between pairs of names and numbers. Questions asked also assesses ability to handle office routine work, like filing, abbreviating, indexing etc. Following links should help you prepare for it:
Psychometric-success: I particularly liked this site.

Skill test for EPFO SSA exam: Data entry operator test
How good are you in data entry work? This will be tested in the skill test of EPFO.
I had posted an earlier blog article titled: Data Entry Operators Skill Test, which explains you the technical terminologies of Data entry operator test as well as gives you the links to test yourself. You can use the same to know your data entry speed at present and  use the same to improve upon yourself.

Prep Books for EPFO SSA exam:
EPFO SSA exam Prep Books
I also searched on the net for the available books for preparation of EPF SSA exam and found following books. These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below from which offers huge discounts up to 25%, apart from free shipping/postage in India if the total order exceeds Rs. 200/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

EPFO Social Security Assistant Exam Practice Work Book by Kiran Prakashan
List Price: Rs. 225; Offer Price: Rs. 169; Discount: Rs. 56 (25%)

EPFO SSA Social Security Assistant Recruitment Examination by Upkar Prakashan
Price: Rs. 195

EPFO SSA exam Hindi Guide Books

EPFO Samajik Suraksha Sahayak Bharti Pariksha (Hindi) By R Gupta Publisher:RPH
List Price: Rs. 240; Offer Price: Rs. 202; Discount: Rs. 38 (16%)

EPFO Samajik Suraksha Sahayak Pariksha Practice Work Book (Hindi) by Kiran
List Price: Rs. 195; Offer Price: Rs. 156; Discount: Rs. 39 (20%)

This completes all the test areas of the EPFO SSA exam – with sample papers for preparation in each section and books. Hope you would find the same useful. Kindly let me know your SSA exam experience by posting your comments below. Also visit this blog again. If I spot any more prep materials for EPFO SSA exam, I would post the same here.


posted by on February 11, 2012  
  • At June 29, 2009 at 2:43 PM, Blogger suri said…

    I very greatful to you for providing this information and referring books for SSA preperation.
    I searched almost all bookstalls in HYD for EPFO SSA books by LAL &Jain,Gulati SL Datason RP but nowhere I got these books.

    I request you to tell me where can I get any one of these books.

    Thanking you,


  • At June 30, 2009 at 9:08 AM, Anonymous Indra said…

    I greatly thankyou for the information published in this website and hope this will really help me to perform well in the EPFO Exam.

    With regards,

  • At July 13, 2009 at 2:46 PM, Blogger P***** said…

    Mr. Suri.
    EPFO SSA book by Mr LAL & Jain is available in Kolhapur (MAHARASHTRA). I had purchased it
    and it is very useful for the SSA exam.

  • At July 14, 2009 at 11:54 AM, Anonymous priya said…

    i wish to thank for ur great service to all youths .

  • At July 14, 2009 at 8:23 PM, Blogger Prasanta Bora said…

    Thank you for being such a nice soul!

  • At August 17, 2009 at 3:08 PM, Blogger Vinay G said…

    EPFO exam tips , if any one can share..?

    What is that 'office aptitude' test in that EPFO exam ?

    Some say its Accountancy of class XI and XII.

    Can any one load online copy of any useful book ?

    vinayforfriendship at gmail

  • At August 23, 2009 at 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    office work aptitude contains

    clerical aptitude
    i think....

  • At August 25, 2009 at 2:12 PM, Blogger arun said…

    if any one has any material on work apptitude kindly send to my emial
    All these days i was thinking work aptitude means clearical aptitude.
    plz send me notes if any have it & kindly suggest me on work aptitude.

    Thaks in Advance

  • At August 25, 2009 at 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Do result of this exam EPFO SSA is usually declared after one full year of written exam ?

    Do let me know as I'm planning to appear for Bank of India exam otherwise.

  • At August 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM, Anonymous Indhu said…

    Is negative marking there in EPFO SSA exam. Please confirm.

  • At August 30, 2009 at 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Friends,
    I Have Received an E-mail from EPFO, That is:

    Call Letters have already been dispatched. If you do not receive the Call Letter by 4th September 2009, you may contact the concerned Office of EPFO at the address given in the advertisement along with your written application, Xerox copy of Demand Draft / payment and your recent photograph.
    For Free Alerts on your Mobile, Just Create a message...
    and send it to: 9219592195
    from Your mobile.!!

    Thank you..!

  • At August 30, 2009 at 2:13 PM, Blogger gsr said…

    thank u very much for kind service ur providing . sir i brought one thing to every body is notice that on 06 of sept 09 there are 03 competitive exams are planed i.e Central police organization (SSC) Bank of India and EPFO .conductor of these exams should think before giving such dates so that dates are not clashing and it should not effect the candidate.

  • At August 31, 2009 at 3:28 PM, Blogger Manohar said…

    Is there any negative marking for this EPFO exam?

  • At September 4, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I Have 2 exams on sep 6th morng.EPFO& 2 attempt 2 xams.I didn't receive epfo hallticket,but i got a mail vth xam center and to download duplicate hallticket plz tell me .

  • At September 9, 2009 at 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    iam getting 155-160 exactly, i belongs to general category...

    will i get selected for typing test...iam from andhrapradesh...there are 87 positions from our state

  • At September 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi do any one know when will the results of EPFO held on 6th sep will be declared.
    will the Merit ranking will be based on the sectional cut off or based on the over all marks..

    Please let me know.

  • At September 17, 2009 at 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If anybody know when will the result of epfo ssa exam be published, please tell me.
    thank you.

  • At October 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This exam was conducted by IBPS. And there was no descriptive paper so probably it will take almost a month. so hope result will be declared after 10th october.

  • At October 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Myself Bhaskar dave. Pls tell me when diclare SSA-2009 Exam's Result.

    Pls said it to my id :

  • At October 30, 2009 at 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i want to know about epfo exam result date

  • At October 30, 2009 at 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the only grand son of my mothers brothers sister-in-law is working in epfo ..he said that the results will be announced on the 16th day of 8 days before christmas..

  • At October 31, 2009 at 9:11 PM, Blogger preeti said…

    are u sure result wll b declared on 16th de..???

  • At November 3, 2009 at 3:03 PM, Blogger preeti said…

    result is going 2 be declared in
    2nd week of nov..........

  • At November 12, 2009 at 2:17 PM, Blogger dinesh said…

    when will the result of epf exam come please send it to my e-mail id

  • At November 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM, Anonymous JAWED said…

    Hi all,
    Along with result they used to publish skill test schedule, that why its getting late may be. Result is expected by 3rd week of nov,
    All the best to u and me.

  • At November 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM, Blogger veerareddy said…

    hi friends...

    if epfo results are announced in which site we can see????

  • At December 5, 2009 at 2:35 PM, Blogger Lokesh said…

    when will the result of epfo ssa exam 2009. please tell me the result on my website.

  • At December 15, 2009 at 9:52 AM, Blogger veerareddy said…

    hi my roll no is 1101137204
    please inform to my number if i get selected for epfo SSA interview.

    my number is 9966980096

  • At December 16, 2009 at 1:57 PM, Blogger Lokesh said…

    please tell me inform me the result of social security exam on my mobile telephone no.9211745625 and

  • At December 25, 2009 at 2:41 PM, Blogger Mukesh Gakhar said…

    Result has been declared. Pls visit the site of epfo.

  • At December 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM, Blogger Mukesh Gakhar said…

    Congrats Veerareddy u have cleared the written test of SSA.

  • At December 30, 2009 at 4:39 PM, Blogger varada said…

    hai please clarify my doubt......
    do u consider the skill test marks in final selection or skil test is only for quallifying.

  • At January 6, 2010 at 10:07 PM, Blogger anu said…

    hi friends,
    i selected in SSA Written Test.
    Plz Send me the Skill Test Details to my mail to get prepare with that i have not done any typing how to get success in second roung

  • At January 8, 2010 at 6:49 PM, Blogger kumar said…

    Hi, I am selected in ssa. I want to know about skill test and what should ask in skill test

  • At January 8, 2010 at 6:51 PM, Blogger kumar said…

    please mail me on my email id About skill test and what and how should i get it.

  • At January 15, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Blogger veerareddy said…

    hi friends ,

    received my call letter for data entry test on january 12 , the post was sent from mumbai on jan 7th and reached hyd on 12,

    the centre is at hyd only and it is on feb 2 ,

    all the best
    for the rest

  • At January 16, 2010 at 1:30 PM, Blogger amitabh bachchan said…

    i am alok kamal
    plz. mail me also the URL for typing test
    how i will prepare for the typing test in epfo
    plz mail me at this mail address-

  • At January 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM, Blogger anu said…

    hi friends,
    friends those who attended second round (data entry) can u send ur experience regard the exam to my id pls

  • At February 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM, Blogger rohini said…

    hi mala skill test che khup tension yet aahe plz guide me about the skill test at

  • At March 22, 2010 at 3:07 PM, Blogger Jishnu said…

    Hi All,

    Any idea when is the result of SSA will declared? What is the criteria for selection of SSA?? Please let me know on

  • At March 22, 2010 at 3:07 PM, Blogger Jishnu said…

    Hi All,

    Any idea when is the result of SSA will declared? What is the criteria for selection of SSA?? Please let me know on

  • At March 29, 2010 at 4:16 PM, Blogger hari said…

    plz send to mail id i.e hari.mba31@GMAIL.COM IF RESULTS R ANNOUNCED

  • At February 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM, Blogger Manthan said…

    i cant get book for preparation of epfo exam plz give me ans my email id is help me

  • At April 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM, Blogger swetha grao said…

    please any one tell me what is office aptitude. what is the syllabus for it. is it clerical aptitude test. please send to my id

  • At May 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM, Blogger vicky for girls said…

    hi swetha if u see this comment today then call me for inst. about office apt. test......on 08235111023

  • At May 15, 2012 at 7:58 PM, Blogger dum said…

    Hi friends this is arun from chennai. I want to know there is any state wise reservation for epfo like banks.

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