EPFO Assistant Prelims 2019: Detailed Shift 1 Exam Analysis


EPFO Assistant Prelims 

EPFO is one of the largest organizations in India and it released its recruitment notification this year after a long period of time. It came as a golden opportunity for all those who were preparing for government jobs. EPFO is one such government organization which offers great work opportunities along with an attractive remuneration. EPFO released the recruitment notification for the post of EPFO Assistant 2019. For all those who applied for the same, the exam will be conducted in two phases: Prelims & Mains. EPFO Assistant Prelims was scheduled to be conducted on 31st July. The exam was to be conducted in four shifts and the first shift has already been wrapped up. EPFO Assistant 2019 is one of the most awaited and sought-after examinations of the year and thus taking a look at the detailed first shift analysis would be worth a reading. The date for EPFO Assistant Mains will be announced later.

EPFO Assistant Exam Analysis & Review (31 July 2019) – Shift 1 – (9am-10am):          

There were 3 Sections in the EPFO Assistant Prelims 2019 with a total of 100 Q and total time for the exam was 60 minutes. This time duration was not composite but divided into sectional timings of 20 min each. The questions were asked from various sections in the sequence of English Language, Reasoning Ability & Quantitative Aptitude. 

The level of today’s exam was Easy- Moderate. Good attempts in each section are given below:

English Language  26+
Reasoning Ability 30+
Quantitative Aptitude 30+

The level of all the sections can be put under ‘easy-moderate’. Though, the breakup of questions and the level may vary accordingly. The section-wise breakup is given below:

EPFO Assistant Prelims 2019: QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE (Easy- Moderate)

Quantitative Aptitude is a tricky section and thus the level of the questions may vary accordingly. 

Topic No. of Questions Level
DI – Table(Bakery sold on no. of days) 5 Easy
Quadratic Equation 5 Easy
Number Series(Wrong) 5 Easy
Miscellaneous (Arith.) 10 Easy
Simplification 10 Easy 
Total 35 Easy

EPFO Assistant Prelims 2019: ENGLISH LANGUAGE (Easy)

English Language always has been posing problems for most of the candidates. The candidates who have been familiar with the exam pattern of the competitive exams may find it a bit better but makes it difficult for those who have always been facing problems with the English subject. The answer options given in the EPFO Assistant 2019 English Language section were easy but some of them were also confusing. Look at the questions given below:

Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension  8 Easy
Sentence Rearrangement 5 Easy
Sentence error detection  5 Easy
Cloze test  7 Easy
Phrase Replacement  5 Easy
Total 30 Easy

Reading Comprehension – 

Neurosurgeon Parents set his son’ goal, he was a genius, mother left job for him to raise him well. He was surrounded by media and society, he gets tired of them and wanted to get away from all these things. He threatened his parents to damage the house if it was keep on going. He was presented in court as well but he kept the same attitude in court as well. When he was released he lived solitude and did jobs in different places with changed names. He published books as well with different pseudonyms to hide his identity. 

Three questions on synonyms were asked – 

(1) clear 

(a) Precise, (b) Clean, (c) Free (d) Clearly 

(2) Display 

(a) Show, (b) Demonstrate, (c) Present 

(3) Raise – 

(a) Nurture, (b) Enhance, (c) Increase 

Story Based Cloze Test

One day a professor entered his classroom, and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desk for the exam to begin. The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual. Once he had handed them all out, he asked the class to turn over the papers. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions- just a black dot in the center of the sheet of paper. The professor seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, told them the following: “I want you to write about what you see there” the students, confused, got started on the inexplicable task. At the end of the class, the professor took all the papers, and started reading each one of them out loud, in front of all the students. All of them with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet. After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor started to explain: “I’m not going to grade you on this, i just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the whitepart of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives. We have a white piece of paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a gift given to us with love and care, and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see every day… However, we insist on focusing on the dark spot – the health issues, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend. The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they the ones that pollute our mind.

EPFO Assistant Prelims 2019: REASONING ABILITY (Easy)

Topic No. of Q Level 
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles –

1. Uncertain person ranking puzzle – 3Q      

2. Floor Puzzle – 5Q 

3. Square – 4 middle & 4 at corner –facing inward & outward – 5Q 


13 Easy
Inequality 3 Easy
Direction Sense 3 Easy
Syllogism(only a few) 5 Easy
Alphabet series(only letter- vowel & Consonant) 3 Easy
Pair (backward, forward) 1 Easy
Alphabet (first arrange vowel, then constant and then +1 in all) 1 Easy
Alphabet Number(ascending order, unchanged) 1 Easy
Coding Decoding  5 Easy 
Total 35 Easy

The level of any particular section or question may vary based on the individual ability of a candidate. For instance, a question that may seem easy to one may be tough for another or vice-versa. The exam analysis may give you a closer look at the exam level and the pattern of questions. It may surely help you with forming a fair idea of what to expect in the exam. Those who will be able to clear EPFO Assistant Prelims 2019 will be called for EPFO Assistant Mains. If you are confident enough of your preparation, you may start your practice for EPFO Assistant Mains and get one step ahead of all.

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