PFRDA Grade A Syllabus


PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager) Syllabus

The syllabus plays an important role in any competitive exam. Therefore, to make your work easier and faster we are providing you with the complete PFRDA Grade A syllabus for the exam. The syllabus varies according to the stream you are applying for. 

Phase 1 Syllabus – Paper 1

PFRDA Grade A syllabus 2021 for Phase 1-Paper 1 consist of various subjects - English Language, Reasoning, General Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude. This Paper is common for all the streams. The detailed PFRDA Grade A 2021 syllabus for Phase 1 is listed below.

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 Syllabus – Paper 2

PFRDA  Assistant Manager exam syllabus for General, Actuarial, Finance & Accounts, Information Technology, Official Language (Rajbhasha), Research (Economics) And Research (Statistics) is different. You can check the detailed PFRDA Grade A exam syllabus for Paper 2 in the table below.

Commerce and Accountancy
  • Accounting as a financial information system
  • Accounting standards with specific system ;
    Revenue Recognitions , Fixed Assets , Foreign Exchange Transactions ,Investment
  • Cash Flow Statement, Fund flow statement, Financial statement analysis; Ratio analysis
  • Accounting for Share Capital Transactions including Bonus Shares, Right Shares.
  • Employees Stock Option and Buy-Back of Securities.
  • Preparation and Presentation of Company Final Accounts
  • Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes ; Planning, Organization ,Staffing, Directing and Controlling
  • The Role of a Manager in an Organization. Leadership: The Tasks of a Leader
  • Leadership Styles ; Leadership Theories ; A successful Leader versus an effective Leader
  • Human Resource Development: Concept of HRD ; Goals of HRD
  • Motivation , Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation ; How Managers Motivate ; Concept of Morale ; Factors determining morale ; Role &gt ;Incentives in Building up Morale
  • Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication, Role of Information Technology
Finance Finance System
  • Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in Financial Sector
Financial Markets
  • Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments
General Topics
  • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap
  • Recent Developments in the Financial Sector
  • Financial Inclusion- use of technology
  • Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership
  • Direct and Indirect taxes ; Non-tax sources of Revenue , GST, Finance Commission , Fiscal Policy , Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM)
  • Inflation: Definition , trends, estimates , consequences , and remedies (control): WPI, CPI - components and trends
  • Overview of Cost and Management Accounting - Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting, Objectives and Scope of Cost and Management Accounting
  • Methods of Costing - Single Output/ Unit Costing, Job Costing, Batch Costing, Contract Costing, Process/ Operation Costing, Costing of Service Sectors
  • Basics of Cost Control and Analysis - (i) Standard Costing, (ii) Marginal Costing, (iii) Budget and Budgetary Control
Lean System and innovation:-
  • Introduction to Lean System
  • Just-in-Time (JIT)
  • Kaizen Costing
  • 5 Ss
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Cellular Manufacturing/ One-Piece Flow Production Systems
  • Six Sigma (SS)
  • Introduction to Process Innovation and Business Process Re-engineering (BPR)
Companies Act
  • The Companies Act, 2013 – Specific reference to Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter VIII, Chapter X, Chapter XI,Chapter XII and Chapter XXVII
  • Demand and Supply , Market Structures , National Income: Concepts and Measurement,Classical & Keynesian Approach Determination of output and employment , Consumption Function , Investment Function , Multiplier and Accelerator , Demand and Supply for Money , IS LM , Inflation and Phillips Curve,Business Cycles
  • Balance of Payments, Foreign Exchange Markets , Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy , Non-banking Financial Institutions
Pension Sector
  • Status of pension sector in India
  • Types of retirement schemes in India and their features
  • National Pension Yojana
  • Atal Pension Yojana
  • Annuity Plans
  • Basics of investment

Phase 2 Syllabus - Paper 1

Paper 1 of Phase 2 is descriptive English Language (common for all streams). The detailed PFRDA Grade A syllabus for Phase 2- Paper 1 for all streams is given below.

English Writing Skills Writing , Essay Writing , Comprehension

Phase 2 Syllabus - Paper 2

The PFRDA Assistant Manager exam syllabus for Phase 2- Paper 2 for General, Actuarial, Finance & Accounts, Information Technology, Official Language (Rajbhasha), Research (Economics) And Research (Statistics) is provided in the table below.

PFRDA Syllabus Paper 2 for Information Technology Stream (Common for Both phases)

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.

PFRDA Syllabus Paper 2 for Research(Economics) Stream (Common Syllabus for Both phases)

Economics Demand and Supply, Market Structures, National Income, Determination of output and employment, Investment Function, Multiplier and Accelerator, Demand and Supply for Money, IS – LM, Inflation and Phillips Curve, Business Cycles, Inflation, Monetary and Fiscal Policy, Banking Functions, Public Goods, Tax & Non-Tax Revenue, Direct & Indirect Taxes, Fiscal Balance, Public Debt, Public Budget and Foreign Trade and Balance of Payments.
Statistics and Econometrics Measures of Central tendency & dispersions, Correlation, Sampling methods, Sampling Distribution, Statistical Inferences, Hypothesis testing, Regression Analysis, Panel Data Analysis, Time Series Properties and Analysis.
Financial Institutions and Markets Asymmetric Information, Market Model, Market Efficiency, Money, Credit and Capital Markets, Primary Market, Secondary Market, Commodity Markets, Mutual Funds, Stock Exchanges, Credit Rating Agencies, Pension And Insurance Markets, Foreign Exchange Markets, Role of International Financial Institutions, IS, IMF & World Bank.

PFRDA Syllabus Paper 2 for Research(Statistics)Stream (Common syllabus for Both phases)

Statistics Definition of Probability, Standard Distribution, Large and Small Sample Theory, Analysis of Variance, Estimation, Testing of Hypothesis, Non Parametric Tests, Stochastic Processes, Linear Models and Economic Statistics, Multivariate Analysis, Numerical Analysis and Basic Computer Techniques, Panel Data Analysis, Time Series Properties and Analysis.

PFRDA Syllabus Paper 2 for Finance and Accounts Stream (Common for Both phases)

The Basic Financial Statement
  • Trial Balance
  • Balance Sheet,Cash Flow Statement,Income Statement
  • Analysis of Financial Statement Ratio,Break Even Analysis,IND AS,Standard on Auditing
  • Cost accounting concepts (basics)
  • Marginal costing,Cost volume profit analysis,Cost sheet,Forecasting
  • Managment accounting
  • Cost of capital,Capital structure,Capital budgeting,Sources of finance,Corporate accounting
  • Business Law
  • Negotiable instruments,Contract act,Partnership act,Company law (Go through all these laws with amendments)
  • Income Tax Act,GST,Knowledge of IT and Digital Transaction,Compliance of KYC Norms,Financial System : Role and Functions of Regulatory bodies in Financial Sector,Financial Markets: Primary and Secondary Markets (Forex, Money, Bond, Equity, etc.), functions, instruments, recent developments.
  • General Topics
  • Basics of Derivatives: Forward, Futures and Swap,Recent Developments in the Financial Sector,Financial Inclusion- use of technology,Alternate source of finance, private and social cost-benefit, Public-Private Partnership,Direct and Indirect taxes; Non-tax sources of Revenue, Finance Commission, Fiscal Policy, Fiscal ,Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM),Inflation: Definition, trends, estimates, consequences, and remedies (control): WPI, CPI - components and trends,Economics: Capital market, Money market, Micro and macro economics concepts and Updates related to money market and RBI policies

PFRDA Syllabus Paper 2 for Official Language (Rajbhasa) Stream (Common for Both phases)

  • भारत सरकार की राजभाषा नीति (Official Language Policy of the Government of India) से सम्बंधित प्रश्न
  • हिंदी से अंग्रेजी अनुवाद [शब्द / वाक्यांश / वाक्य / Terms /phases /sentences]
  • अंग्रेज़ी से हिंदी अनुवाद [शब्द / वाक्यांश / वाक्य / Terms /phases /sentences]
  • हिंदी से अंग्रेजी - विधिक शब्दावली(Legal Terminology)
  • हिंदी से अंग्रेजी - विधिक शब्दावली(Legal Terminology)
  • हिंदी से अंग्रेजी - पेंशन प्रशासनिक बैंकिंग पुजीबाज़ार और सामाजिक सुरक्षा शब्द वाली (Pension /Administrative / Banking / Capital Market / Economics / Social Security Terminology)
  • अंग्रेज़ी से हिंदी - पेंशन प्रशासनिक बैंकिंग पुजीबाज़ार और सामाजिक सुरक्षा शब्द वाली (Pension /Administrative / Banking / Capital Market / Economics / Social Security Terminology)

Syllabus for Paper 2 for Actuarial Stream (Common for both Phases)

  • History of indian insurance ,principal of insurance
  • Risk and uncertainty, pooling and diversification of risk, Indemnity and Insurable interest
  • Legal foundations of Insurance, basics in Group/Health Insurance/Pensions; Intermediation: role in mobilising savings, evolution of various types and Bancassurance in India
  • Functions performed by Insurers: Product design, pricing, distribution, underwriting, claims,Investment and Reinsurance; Group Insurance (Superannuation Funds)
  • Insurance lines and products: Life Insurance and Annuities and Health Insurance; Liability risks and Insurance, valuation and Solvency requirements, Specialist Insurance lines in India - Reinsurance, GIC of India, obligator sessions and retention of risk within the Country
  • Its nature and scope
  • Management Processes - Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; role of a Manager in an Organisation
  • Leadership: The tasks of a leader; leadership styles; leadership theories; A successful leader versus an effective leader
  • Human Resource Development- Concept of HRD; Goals of HRD; Career Planning – Training and Development
  • Performance Appraisal - Potential appraisal and development - feedback and performance counselling - rewards - employee welfare
  • Motivation, Morale and Incentives: Theories of Motivation; How Managers Motivate; Concept of Morale; Factors determining morale; Role of Incentives in Building up Morale
  • Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; upward, downward and lateral communication; Barriers to Communication
  • Role of Information Technology
  • Corporate Governance: Factors affecting Corporate Governance; Mechanisms of Corporate Governance


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 PFRDA Grade A books are mentioned below which can be useful in your preparation journey. Also for all current affairs related content you can refer our BeePedia.

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

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  • Practice questions apart from mock tests covering all the new subjects/topics
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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the best study materials available for PFRDA Grade A?


You can check the list of books mentioned in the books section above. The list has been prepared by our experts.


In how many days can I cover the whole syllabus of PFRDA Grade A?


It depends on how much time you are devoting to the preparation. Your syllabus can be covered accordingly.


What source should I follow for the General Awareness section?


For general awareness, you can refer to our Beepedia section. BeePedia is a comprehensive document to address the General Awareness (GA) content requirement of students preparing for various competitive exams.


Is there any negative marking in the PFRDA Grade A exam?


Yes, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty. Unattempted questions will not be assigned any marks.