PFRDA Grade A (Information Technology)



The PFRDA Assistant Manager recruitment is out for various streams like General, Actuarial, Finance and Accounts, IT, Official Language (Rajbhasha) and Research (Economics and Statistics). PFRDA Grade A IT stream is a golden opportunity if you wish to enter the government domain. As per PFRDA Grade A recruitment 2021 you can apply for a maximum of 2 streams for which you are eligible as per your educational qualifications. You need to submit a separate online application form for each stream that you are applying for along with the requisite fees.

The online process for filling up PFRDA Grade A 2021 has started from August 13, 2021 and ends on September 16, 2021. PFRDA Grade A Assistant Manager application submission is an online procedure where you need to upload all the necessary documents failing which may lead to cancellation of your candidature.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Information Technology) 2021 Exam Highlights

Conducting BodyPFRDA
Exam Name PFRDA Officer Grade A (Information Technology)
Official Website
Exam Type Central Level
Mode of Exam Online
Phases Three Stages-
  • Phase 1- Online Screening Examination
  • Phase 2-Online Examination
  • Phase 3- Interview
Number of Questions / Marks Phase 1 (Two Stages)-
  • Paper 1 (All Streams) - 80 MCQ's / 100 Marks
  • Paper 2 (Information Technology) - 50 MCQ's / 100 Marks
Phase 2 (Two Stages)-
  • Paper 1 (All Stream) - 3 Descriptive questions
  • Paper 2 (Information Technology) - 50 MCQ's / 100 Marks
Exam Duration Two Stages-
  • Phase 1 (All stream) - 60 Minutes
  • Phase 2 (All stream) - 40 Minutes
Online Examination and Payment of Fee August 13, 2021 to September 16 ,2021
Number of Vacancy 2 (More Detail)
Official Notification PDF Click Here

Exam Pattern

The PFRDA Grade A exam for IT Stream will take place in three phases.

  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3

PFRDA Grade A Phase 1 and Phase 2, except the Test of English section, will be bilingual i.e Hindi and English. There is a negative marking of 1/4th marks assigned to the question for every wrong answer you attempt.

PFRDA Grade A Phase 1 Exam Pattern

PFRDA Grade A IT exam pattern for Phase 1 is a multiple-choice question-based online exam. It will consist of two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. The PFRDA Grade A Paper 1 exam is common for every stream whereas Paper 2 is different for different streams whose details is mentioned below.

PaperStream / SubjectMaximum MarksNumber of QuestionsTime Duration
Paper 1
All Stream: Multiple choice questions on the subjects
English Language 25 20 60 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 25 20
Test of Reasoning 25 20
General Awareness (including some questions related to financial sector) 25 20
Total 100 80  
Paper 2 Information Technology Stream: Multiple choice questions on Specialised subject related to stream. 100 50 40 minutes

Phase 1 is qualifying in nature and you need to secure separate cut-offs in each paper as well as aggregate cut-off marks in Phase 1 to be shortlisted for Phase 2.

PFRDA Grade A Phase 2 Exam Pattern

PFRDA Assistant Manager exam pattern for Phase 2 is a combination of multiple-choice and descriptive test. The exam pattern of PFRDA Grade A IT stream Phase 2 consist of two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is a test of Descriptive English and is common for all streams whereas Paper 2 is related to the respective subject domain. Further details on PFRDA Grade A Phase 2 exam pattern can be inferred from the table below.

PaperStream / SubjectMaximum MarksNumber of QuestionsTime Duration
Paper 1 All Stream: English (Descriptive Test) to test the drafting skills 100 3 60 minutes
Paper 2 Information Technology Stream: Multiple choice questions on Specialised subject related to stream. 100 50 40 minutes

A separate call letter will be issued for Phase 2. If you have applied in multiple streams, PFRDA Grade A exam 2021 Paper 2 will be conducted in various shifts whose timing will be intimated in the admit card. You need to secure separate cut-offs in each paper as well as aggregate cut-off marks in Phase 2 to be shortlisted for interview.

Phase 3- Personal Interview

Based on your performance in the Phase 2 exam, you will be called for PFRDA Grade A Interview. You can opt to reply in Hindi or English as per your convenience in the Interview. The final merit for PFRDA Grade A IT recruitment 2021 will be decided on the marks obtained by you in Phase 2 and Interview. PFRDA Assistant Manager Phase 2 has a weightage of 85% marks and the interview has a weightage of 15% marks.


To make your work easier and faster we are providing you with the complete PFRDA Grade A exam syllabus for IT Stream. The PFRDA Grade A IT syllabus is mentioned below in detail.

Phase 1 - Paper 1 Syllabus

PFRDA Grade A exam syllabus for Phase 1- Paper 1 is common for all the streams. It consists of four sections whose details can be inferred from PFRDA Grade A exam syllabus page.

English Language Anonyms, Homonyms, Antonyms, Spelling, Word formation, Idioms and phrases, Fill in the suitable words, Grammar, Spotting errors, Sentence correction, Active/ passive voice, Phrases and idioms, Direct and indirect speech, Reading Comprehension, Passage completion, Theme detection, Deriving conclusion, Rearrangement of passage
Quantitative Aptitude Simplification and approximation, Number Series, Quadratic Equation, Number System / HCF & LCM, Ratio and Proportion, Average, Partnership, Ages, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time, Speed & Distance, Problems on Trains, Boat and Stream, Time & Work / Pipes and Cisterns, Simple and Compound Interest, Mixture & Allegations, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Data Interpretation (DI), Caselet DI and Data Sufficiency
Reasoning Analogy, Classification, Word formation, Statement and conclusions, Syllogism, Statement and assumptions, Statement and arguments, Coding decoding, Blood relations, Passage and conclusions, Alphabet test, Series test, Number, ranking and time sequence, Direction sense test, Decision-making test, Figure series, Input/output, Assertion and reasoning, Sitting arrangement, Odd figure out, Analogy, Series test, Miscellaneous test
General Awareness Monetary Policies, Banking and Financial Awareness, Economic Terms, Current Affairs, Static GK, Financial and Economic News, Government Schemes. Agreement & Deals, Banking Terms- rates & processes, National Institutions

Phase 1 - Paper 2 Syllabus

PFRDA Assistant Manager syllabus 2021 Phase 1 - Paper 2 varies depending upon the stream you are applying for. You can check the detailed syllabus for PFRDA Grade A IT Phase 1 - Paper 2 in the table below.

1 Database Concept ER‐model. Relational model: relational algebra, tuple calculus, Integrity constraints, normal forms. File organization, indexing (e.g., B and B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control.
2 SQL Queries Select, view, truncate, delete, update, alter, Inner join, different types of outer joins,, use of aggregate functions, Union, intersection, except, in and exist clauses, nested queries.
3 Programming Concepts (Java /C C++ ) Program control (iteration, recursion, Functions), Scope of variables, Binding of variables & functions, Parameter passing, Functional and Logic Programming, OOPS Concepts, Inheritance, Class and object, Constructors, Functions, Exception Handling.
4 Data Analytics Languages (Python / R) Regex, Slicing, Data reshaping, Dataframes, Dictionaries and Sets, File Management, Classes and Functions, Data Mining, Lists, Importing and exporting data, charts and graphs .
5 Algorithms for problem solving Tree and graph traversals, Connected components, Spanning trees, Shortest paths; hashing, Sorting, Searching; Design techniques (Greedy, Dynamic Programming, Divideand-conquer).
6 Networking Concepts ISO/OSI stack, LAN Technologies (Ethernet, Token ring), TCP/UDP,IP, Basic concepts of switches, gateways, and routers, Application layer protocols (DNS, SMTP, POP, FTP, HTTP), Firewalls.
7 Information & Cyber Security Concepts Cyber Attacks, Software Development Security, Network security, Authentication, CIA - Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability, Network Audit, Systems Audit .
8 Data warehousing Data Extraction, Data Cleaning, Data Transformation, Data Loading, Metadata, Data Cube, Data Mart, Data Models.
9 Shell Programming Shell Scripting Basics, Shell Variables, Shell Script Arguments, If Statement, Loop, Return, Basic UNIX commands.

Phase 2 - Paper 1 Syllabus

PFRDA Grade A Phase 2 - Paper 1 is descriptive English and common for all. The detailed PFRDA Assistant Manager syllabus for IT stream Paper 1- Phase 2 consists of letter and essay to test your writing skills.

English Writing Skills Writing , Essay Writing , Comprehension

Phase 2 - Paper 2 Syllabus

Paper 2 of Phase 2 will again be an objective type test of multiple choice questions. The syllabus for Paper 2 of Phase 2 remains the same as of Paper 2 of Phase 1. Only the difficulty level will change.


Any preparation is incomplete without relevant and good study material. Therefore, before starting your preparation, you must know which books to go for, so that you do not waste your precious time in reading irrelevant books. To assist you with the preparation, some important books for the PFRDA Grade A exam 2021 for IT stream is mentioned below.

Securities Markets Capital Markets & Securities Laws N.S.Zad
Economic and Social Issues Indian Economy Uma Kapila or Mishra Puri
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
Sociology CN Shankar Rao
Finance & Management Financial Management Prasanna Chandra or IM Pandey
Indian Financial System Bharti Pathak
Principles & Practise of Management LM Prasad / Sultan Chand & Sons
Organisational Behaviour SP Robins
Principles of Management Harold Kootz & Cyril J.O’Donnell / McGraw Hills
Quantitative Aptitude Quicker Mathematics BSC Publications
Quantitative Aptitude RS Agarwal
Class Notes SS Bharti
Reasoning Ability A modern approach to verbal & Non-verbal reasoning R.S. Agarwal
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning S.Chand
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Arihant Publication
English Language English Grammar Wren & Martin
Word power made easy Norman Lewis
Descriptive General English SP Bakshi
General Awareness Lucent GK Knowledge Lucent Publication
BeePedia ixamBee
English Descriptive Descriptive English S.P. BAKSHI
151 Essays S.C Gupta
Letter writing S.C Gupta
Indian Economic Since Independence Uma Kapila Academic Foundation
Business Law Including Company Law SS Gulshan New Age International Publishers

Exam Calendar

The PFRDA Notification 2021 for Assistant Manager in IT domain along with other stream is out. The application window to fill the online PFRDA Grade A IT application form has started from August 13, 2021. The last date to apply is September 16, 2021. The PFRDA Grade A exam dates 2021 for various phases is not yet out. For more details, refer to the table below.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam Dates 2021

EventsExam Dates
PFRDA Officer Grade A Online Application and Payment of fee August 13, 2021 to September 16, 2021
PFRDA Officer Grade A Availability of Call Letters To be notified later
PFRDA Officer Grade A Online Examination (Phase I) To be notified later
PFRDA Officer Grade A Online Examination (Phase II) To be notified later
PFRDA Officer Grade A result Declared date To be notified later
PFRDA Officer Grade A Interview (Phase III) To be notified later


The PFRDA Grade A eligibility criteria 2021 for the IT stream differs from other streams that you will apply for. You need to possess Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or a Post Graduate degree in IT related field along with some years of experience. Further details for PFRDA Assistant Manager educational criteria is mentioned below.

StreamEducational Criteria
Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (electrical / electronics and communication / information technology / computer science) / Masters in Computer Application / Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with a post graduate qualification (minimum 2 years duration) in computers / information technology.Minimum Experience: Post Qualification experience of two (02) years in the field of Information Technology.

Further, you need to lie within the PFRDA Grade A 2021 age limit criteria so that your candidature is not cancelled at a later stage.


The number of vacancies for PFRDA Grade A recruitment 2021 will vary according to the stream you are applying for. Further, the PFRDA vacancies will also be divided between reserved and unreserved categories. To know the total number of vacancies for IT Stream in PFRDA Assistant Manager recruitment, check the table below.

StreamNumber of PostsOut of which PwBDTotal Posts
Information Technology - - 01 - 01 - 02


You will be on a probation for one year if you got selected as a PFRDA Officer in Grade ‘A’. The PFRDA Assistant Manager salary structure is given below. Besides, this you will be eligible for other benefits like Leave Fare Concession, Medical Expenses, Cleaning Allowance, Grade Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance and others. You will also be eligible to be covered under National Pension System. At present, the PFRDA Assistant Manager total CTC is approx. Rs. 18.00 lakh / annum.

PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager)
  • Pay Scale- Rs. 28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)-46600- EB1750(4)-53600- 2000(1)-55600 (17 years)
  • Annual Income - 18 lacs per annum approximately

In addition to pay and benefits, the PFRDA Assistant Manager salary also has a provision of allowances as per your qualification. For IT stream the allowance per month is Rs 3500.

Frequently Asked Questions


How many vacancies are announced for the PFRDA Grade A IT exam?


There are overall 2 vacancies in the PFRDA IT stream divided among various categories.


How many attempts can be given in the PFRDA Grade A Exam?


There is no restriction on the number of attempts in the PFRDA Grade A recruitment 2021.


Do I need to possess any experience while applying for PFRDA Grade A exam?


Depending upon the stream you have applied for in the PFRDA Assistant Manager exam, you need some years of experience.