PFRDA Recruitment 2021: Exam Date Announced!


PFRDA Recruitment 2021 Exam Date Announced

On October 4, 2021, the PFRDA recruitment 2021 exam date has been formally announced. The exam is scheduled to be held on October 17, 2021. Further information about the admit cards will be intimated on the website in due time.

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PFRDA Recruitment 2021

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority or PFRDA released an official notification on August 12, 2021, for the recruitment of officers in Grade ‘A’. There are 14 vacancies in all, 5 for the Generalist post and 9 for Specialist Officers. 

In order to understand how candidates can prepare for one or more streams simultaneously, we need to identify which parts are common. As you will see, some of the papers and their syllabi are common for all streams whereas some are stream/subject-specific. We will capitalize on these commonalities so that we can get a head start on our preparation. 

We will begin by discussing the exam pattern and syllabus for the PFRDA exam. We will try to analyse how aspirants can prepare for more than one stream simultaneously. 

Take a look at all the PFRDA vacancies for 2021.

PFRDA Recruitment Exam Pattern 

The exam pattern comprises three stages:

  • Phase 1 (Online screening-qualifying in nature)
  • Phase 2 (Online examination) (MCQ + Descriptive)
  • Phase 3 (Interview)

Phase 1

This phase consists of two papers. The first paper is common for all the streams. Paper 2 will be assessed on stream-specific subjects.

Paper 1

SubjectTypeMaximum MarksMaximum No. of Questions
1English Language MCQ2520
2Quantitative Aptitude MCQ2520
4General Awareness (including some questions related to financial sector)MCQ2520

Phase 2

Paper 1

Paper 1 for Phase 2 is common for all streams. The total time allotted is 1 hour. 

SubjectTypeMaximum MarksMaximum No. of Questions
1All Streams (Descriptive English) Descriptive 1003

Please note: Paper 2 for both phases 1 & 2 is stream-specific. 


Candidates will be invited for the Interview based on their performance in Phase 2. The final merit is announced based on 85% marks obtained in the PFRDA Exam Phase 2 and 15% of marks earned in the Interview.

PFRDA 2021 Syllabus 

Let us look at the common subjects that will be assessed in all the exams. 

Phase 1: Paper 1

There are 4 subjects assessed in this paper. They are:

  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning 
  • General Awareness

Phase 2: Paper 1

This paper is on Descriptive English. 

Take a look at the detailed PFRDA syllabus before you begin your preparation or make your study plan. 

PFRDA 2021 Important Books 

Now that we have outlined the common parts for the different streams of the PFRDA exams for you, we have listed some books below that you can refer to as you prepare. 

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quicker Mathematics by BSC Publications
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma


  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  • How to Crack Test of Reasoning by Jaikishan and Premkishan
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey


  • Descriptive General English by SP Bakshi
  • English Grammar by Wren & Martin
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

General Awareness

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge with General Knowledge 2021 Edition by Lucent Arihant Experts

PFRDA 2021 Tips to Prepare for All Streams

  • The Prelims (Paper 1) syllabus is quite simple and basic. It is more or less the same for any competitive exam. 
  • Dedicate time to practicing your mathematics. 
  • Quants and Reasoning are the subjects that candidates generally find more challenging. So, right from the initial stage, it will be advantageous for you to dedicate more time to it. 
  • For your Descriptive English paper, you can read some sample essays and letters that will help you understand how you should frame your answers. 
  • Use ixamBee’s BeePedia to prepare for General Awareness. We provide succinct capsules on all matters of current affairs that you can read anytime you like. 
  • Most importantly, you have time on your side. So, if you do wish to appear for more than one stream, you can absolutely do it!

Important Points to Remember

  • Unlike earlier, the selection process has been divided into 3 phases. The first two phases are written whereas the third is an interview and group discussion round. Earlier there were only 2 phases in the selection process. 
  • 2 out of 4 papers are common for all these exams. So that’s half the battle won. 
  • 3 out of 4 papers will have MCQ-type questions. Only one paper (Phase 2, Paper 1) will be of Descriptive nature. 
  • You can take our PFRDA free mock tests to gauge your preparation. 
  • If you are planning to take this exam, the last day to send in your application is September 16, 2021.

Why ixamBee?

ixamBee is your one-stop solution for all competitive exam needs. For the PFRDA exam, our PFRDA Online Course will provide you with all the study material you need to clear this exam with flying colours. Moreover, our courses also offer interview guidance and practice questions that will ensure you make it through till the end.  

We also have exclusive courses on the separate Specialist Officer openings as well that are at your disposal. For your convenience we have listed our specialist courses for you below. 

PFRDA Finance 


PFRDA Rajbhasha

Additionally, we also offer PFRDA previous years’ papers that you can utilize at any stage of your preparation. 

At ixamBee you can find a number of Online Courses, GK updates in the form of BeePedia, as well as latest updates for Bank PO, Bank Clerk, SSC, RBI, NABARD and Other Government Jobs.

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