EPFO Assistant vs EPFO SSA 2019: Which One is Better?

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EPFO Recruitment 2019

Employees’ Provident Fund Organization or EPFO is one of the largest organizations in India which handles all the data and records of the ‘Provident Fund’ of all government employees. It also deals with various schemes like ‘Pension Scheme’, ‘Provident Fund Scheme. It is considered as the world’s largest social security organization as it handles large volumes of data and clients. EPFO gives opportunity to eligible candidates of India to work in this large organization at various posts. EPFO released its recruitment notification for the post of ‘Assistant’ few weeks back and now it has released the notification for the post of ‘Social Security Assistant’. Both the posts will give a chance to work in an organization as big as EPFO, therefore both are golden opportunities for the candidates who are preparing for government jobs. To make the task easier, we have listed down some points of comparison between EPFO Assistant & Social Security Assistant that may give you better clarity regarding both exams.

EPFO Assistant vs EPFO SSA: Name of the Posts/Examination 

Employer Post
EPFO Assistant
EPFO Social Security Assistant

 

EPFO Assistant vs EPFO SSA : Exam Dates

The notification for EPFO Assistant had been released long back and EPFO Social Security Assistant was released just a day back. Therefore, the examination process for both the exams will vary at large. Both the exams will contain online examination which will be held in various phases. The dates for Phase I have been released and for the subsequent phase/s, the dates will be released later.

EPFO Assistant EPFO SSA
Prelims: 30th July & 31st July 2019 Prelims: 31st August & 1st September 2019

EPFO Assistant vs EPFO SSA : Vacancy

The number of vacancies released by EPFO for both the posts of Assistant and Social Security Assistant are different. 

  • The number of posts in EPFO Assistant: 280
  • The number of posts in EPFO Social Security Assistant: 2189

EPFO Assistant vs EPFO SSA : Eligibility Criteria

EPFO Assistant & EPFO Social Security Assistant  are two different posts but there is a slight difference in the eligibility criteria. In order to start the application process for any exam, it is extremely necessary to ensure that you are eligible and possess the minimum educational qualification required to apply for the post. Without the required eligibility, you will not be able to apply/appear for the exam.

 

                        

Educational Qualification 

EPFO Assistant EPFO SSA
Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University. (i) Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.

(ii) Must possess a typing speed of at least 5000 key depressions per hour.

(iii) A Computer Training Certificate from a recognized Institute is desirable.

Age Criteria Candidate should not be less than 20 years and not more than 27 years. Candidate should not be less than 18 years and not more than 27 years.

 

EPFO Assistant vs EPFO SSA : Exam Pattern

For both the posts of EPFO Assistant and EPFO Social Security Assistant (SSA), there will be an online examination which will be held in various phases. For EPFO Assistant there will only be two phases, whereas for EPFO SSA, there will be three phases. The exam pattern for the online examination for both the posts will be similar except that there will be an additional phase in EPFO SSA Exam.

EPFO Assistant EPFO SSA
Conducted in two phases: 

Phase I: Prelims

Phase II: Mains

Conducted in three phases: 

Phase I: Prelims

Phase II: Mains

Phase III: Computer Skill Test

Phase I consists of 3 tests – English Language, Reasoning Ability & Numerical Aptitude. Phase I contains 3 tests-  English Language, Reasoning Ability & Numerical Aptitude.
Phase II of EPFO Assistant will consist of 4 tests: English Language, Reasoning/Intelligence, General/Economy/Financial Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude. Phase II of EPFO SSA will also consist of  4 tests: English Language, Reasoning/Intelligence, General/Economy/Financial Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude.
There will be an additional paper on Descriptive English where you are required to write an essay/letter. Descriptive English paper will be here too, where you will be required to write an essay/letter.
Phase II will be the final stage of selection. Phase III will be a Computer Skill Test where the candidates’ speed & accuracy for data entry work will be assessed.
Phase I & II will consist of a negative marking of 1/4th marks. Phase I & II will consist of a negative marking of 1/4th marks.

EPFO Assistant vs EPFO SSA : Salary

EPFO Assistant & EPFO Social Security Assistant both are good job posts and any one of them can be chosen or preferred by the job aspirants. Both the jobs being of EPFO will provide almost similar career opportunities, growth, facilities and salary. 

  • A candidate selected as an EPFO Assistant will receive salary under Level 7 of pay matrix which comes under 7th Pay Commission. 
  • A candidate selected as an EPFO Social Security Assistant will receive salary under Level 4 of pay matrix which also comes under 7th Pay Commission.
  • The starting salary of an EPFO Assistant will be around Rs 44,900/-.
  • The starting salary of an EPFO Social Security Assistant will be around Rs 25,500/-
  • Other Allowances: DA,HRA,Transport Allowance & others.
  • An EPFO SSA will also receive all allowances as per requirement.

Conclusion: All the major points of distinction have been stated above and might bring a lot of clarity regarding the two examinations and help you in making a fair decision for yourself if you should focus on one or both or none at all. The final decision rests at your discretion.

Also Read: 

EPFO Assistant Study Plan

EPFO Comprehensive Online Course

Practice EPFO Assistant Free Mock Tests

Practice EPFO Social Security Assistant Free Mock Tests

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