PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) 2021 Exam Highlights

PFRDA or Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority has come out with its recruitment notification of Officer Grade A i.e Assistant Manager 2020. The online registration for PFRDA Grade A Officer starts from June 16, 2020, and ends on  July 31, 2020. It is a good opportunity to embark your career in the government sector. You should apply for PFRDA Grade A Officer as soon as possible and start preparing. The main highlights of PFRDA Grade A Officer exam 2020 are given below-

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam Highlights

Conducting BodyPFRDA
Official Website
Exam Type Central Level
Mode Of Exam Online
Phases 2 (Online Examination / Group Discussion and Interview
Number Of Questions 190 MCQs (General Stream), 244 (Legal Stream)
Exam Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes (General Stream), 3 Hours 30 Minutes (Legal Stream)
Online Examination (Phase I) November 08, 2020
Group Discussion and Interview (Phase II) Will be notified soon

PFRDA Notification 2021 : Grade A ( Assistant Manager )

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority or popularly known as PFRDA, is a statutory regulatory body established under the PFRDA Act passed by the Indian Parliament. PFRDA works to promote, develop, and regulate the Pension industry in India. PFRDA has recently released a recruitment notification for filling vacancies in General and Legal Stream under PFRDA Officer Grade A post or Assistant Manager post. The online process for filling up PFRDA Grade A officer starts from  June 16, 2020, and ends on  July 31, 2020.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam Syllabus

Syllabus plays a very important role if you are preparing for any competitive exam. So to make your work easier and faster we are providing you the complete syllabus for the PFRDA Exam 2021. The syllabus varies for General and Legal Stream. For General stream, we have common sections that come in any bank exam ie English Language, Reasoning General Awareness + Financial Sector Awareness, Computer Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude. The detailed syllabus for General stream is listed below:

English LanguageQuantitative AptitudeReasoning AbilityFinancial AwarenessComputer knowledge
Anonyms Percentages Analogy Break-even Analysis Computer Fundamentals
Homonyms Ratio and proportion Classification Time Value of Money Computer Abbreviations
Antonyms Averages Word formation Mutual Funds Software and Hardware
Spelling Mixture and allegation Statement and conclusions Basel Norms Fundamentals Shortcut Keys
Word formation Time and work Syllogism Factoring Networking
Idioms and phrases Speed, distance and time Statement and assumptions World Monetary Policy Basic Knowledge of Internet
Fill in the suitable words Stocks and shares Statement and arguments Budget and Economic Survey MS Office
Grammar Partnership Coding decoding Overview of Banking and History of Computers
Spotting errors Clocks Blood relations Banking Reforms in India Bank Database Security Tools
Sentence correction Volume and surface Area Passage and conclusions Financial Regulations History and Future of Computers
Active/ passive voice Height and Distances Alphabet test Rule 72, 114 and 144 Virus
Phrases and idioms Logarithms Series test Working Capital and Banking Policy Hacking
Direct and indirect speech Permutation and combinations Number, ranking and time sequence Regulatory organizations: SEBI/NABARD/RBI  
Reading Comprehension Simple and compound interest Direction sense test Accounts of Special Individuals Organisations  
Passage completion Equations Decision-making test Deposits  
Theme detection Probability Figure series Credit Loans  
Deriving conclusion Trigonometry Input/output Advanced Non Performing Assets  
Rearrangement of passage Profit, loss and discount Assertion and reasoning Asset Reconstruction Companies NPAs  
  Mensuration Sitting arrangement    
  Elements of algebra Odd figure out    
  Data Interpretation Analogy    
    Series test    
    Miscellaneous test    

The above-mentioned sections in the table are the same for PFRDA Grade A ( Assistant Manager) irrespective of the stream for which you are applying for i.e. these sections will be common in both General and Legal stream of PFRDA Exam 2021 for Grade A.

Syllabus For Professional Knowledge (Legal Stream)

For Legal Stream, besides the above-mentioned sections one additional section is included i.e Professional Knowledge. Also, You need to give a Descriptive Paper if you are applying for the PFRDA Exam 2021 under the Legal stream. The detailed syllabus for both sections is given below-

Constitution of India – Preamble, Part I, Part III, Part IV, Part IVA, Part V, Part VI, Part VIII, Part IXA, Part IXB, Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII, Part XIV, Part XIVA, Part XX.
Law of Contracts – Indian Contract Act, 1872 (Chapters VIII to X), Indian Partnership Act, 1932, Specific Relief Act, 1963
Criminal Law – Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Chapters I, II, III, IV, V, VA, VI, IX, XVII, XXI, XXII, XXIII); Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
Law of Evidence – Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 – Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VII, Schedule I.
Administrative Law and Principles of Natural Justice
Jurisprudence and Interpretation of Statutes
Important Latin terms and maxims
Law of Torts and Consumer Protection Act, 2019
Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 – Part I, Part III, Part IV.
Transfer of Property Act, 1882 – Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V
Law of Trusts – Parties to a Trust Deed and Duties of Trustees.
  • Corporate Law – Companies Act, 2013 (Chapter I, Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV, Chapter V, Chapter VII, Chapter VIII, Chapter IX, Chapter X, Chapter XI, Chapter XII, Chapter XIII, Chapter XV, Chapter XVI, Chapter XXVII, Chapter XXVIII, Chapter XXIX);
  • Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008;
  • Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Part I, Part II)
Taxation – General principles, Capital Gains Tax, Securities Transaction Tax
Securities Laws – SEBI Act, 1992, SC(R) Act, 1956, Depositories Act, 1996

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam Pattern

Before you apply for PFRDA Notification 2021 for Grade A (Assistant Manager), it is very important that you are aware of the PFRDA exam pattern. The PFRDA Grade A ( Assistant Manager) exam will take place in two phases - online exam followed by Interview and Group Discussion. Further details are given below-

PFRDA Grade A Exam Phase 1: Online Exam

Exam Pattern for General Stream

The Phase 1 of PFRDA Exam 2021 for Grade A (Assistant Manager) will be different for General and Legal Stream. The PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager) online exam will be a multiple-choice question. For PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager) General stream, the online exam will have five sections with different time limits and marks. The number of questions also varies. Further details can be obtained from the table below.

StreamSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
General Stream English Language 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning 40 50 35 minutes
General Awareness + Financial Sector Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
Computer Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30 30 minutes
Total 190 200 2 hours 30 minutes

Exam Pattern for Legal Stream

The PFRDA Exam 2021 for the Legal stream will consist of six sections with a different number of questions and marks. The time limit also varies for each section. This online objective exam will be followed by a descriptive paper containing four questions of forty marks. The descriptive paper will have a separate time limit of 30 minutes. Further details in the table below-

StreamSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Legal Stream English Language 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning 40 50 35 minutes
General Awareness + Financial Sector Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
Computer Awareness 40 40 25 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge 50 100 30 minutes
Total(Objective) 240 300 3 hours
Descriptive Test (Subjective): Four (4) Legal Case Studies (situation-based questions) each carrying Ten (10) marks i.e. Total Forty (40) marks [for four (4) cases]. The time allotted for the descriptive paper would be thirty (30) minutes.
Overall Total(Objective + Subjective) 244 340 3 hours 30 minutes

Exam Pattern for Descriptive Test

The PFRDA Exam 2021 for Grade A (Assistant Manager) will be bilingual except the test for English Language and the Descriptive Test. If you have applied for both streams then you need to appear separately for common tests and marks obtained in Professional Knowledge and Descriptive Test will be considered for shortlisting for Phase II of Legal Stream.

PFRDA Grade A Exam Phase 2: Interview and Group Discussion

You will be shortlisted for PFRDA Phase 2 i.e Interview and Group discussion if you are able to secure minimum cut-off marks in each test as decided by the PFRDA. You can opt for group discussion and interview in Hindi or English as per your convenience. The final merit for PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager) will be decided on the marks obtained by you in both the phases. The final merit consist of a weightage of 80% marks obtained in PFRDA Exam 2021 Phase 1 and a weightage of 20% marks obtained in PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager) Phase 2.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) 2021 Exam Dates

Though the PFRDA Notification 2020 is officially out, the dates for its online exam and the further process has not been announced yet. So you are advised to keep visiting the page. Also, we will update further details as soon as the official dates for PFRDA exam dates are out. For all details, read the table below-

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam Dates

On-Line Application and Payment of fee June 16, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Availability of Call Letters(for On-Line Examination) November 2020
On-Line Examination (Phase I) November 08, 2020
Group Discussion and Interview (Phase II) Will be notified soon

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Salary

If you get selected as a PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager) you will receive a handsome salary that will amount to a total gross emolument of 16 lacs per annum which includes all benefits like Grade Allowance, Special Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance, Housing Allowance, etc and other benefits like Leave Fare Concession, Medical Expenses, Personal Accident Insurance, Eye Refraction/ Cost of Spectacles, etc. Also, you will be on probation of one year from the date of your joining.

  • Pay: The pay scale of Officers in Grade ‘A’ is Rs. 28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)-46600-EB-1750(4)-53600-2000(1)-55600 (17 years)
  • Perks and Allowances: Other benefits include viz., Leave Fare Concession, Medical Expenses (Hospitalisation and Non-Hospitalisation), Personal Accident Insurance, Eye Refraction/ Cost of Spectacles, Education Allowance, Financial Dailies, Book Grant, Briefcase, Conveyance Expenses, House Cleaning Allowance, Staff Furnishing Scheme, Scheme for Purchasing Computers and all other benefits as are admissible to an Officer Grade ‘A’ in PFRDA.
  • Salary: Approx. Rs. 16Lacs per annum.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Vacancy 2021

The number of vacancies for PFRDA recruitment varies for both General and Legal Stream. Further, the vacancies are also divided between reserved and unreserved categories. A total of 5 vacancies has been released for both streams under PFRDA notification 2021Grade A (Assistant Manager). Further details are mentioned in the table below.

StreamNumber of PostsOut of which PwBD*Total Posts
General - - 1 - 2 1(D & HH) 3
Legal - - - - 2 - 2

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam Marking Scheme

For General Stream in PFRDA exam 2021 for Grade A (Assistant Manager), the online objective test will attract a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to that question while for Legal Stream also there is a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to that question for each wrong answer.

PFRDA Officer Grade ‘A’ (Assistant Manager) Exam Marking Scheme

Marking SchemeConsidered Marks
For wrong answers -1/4 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

PFRDA Grade A Eligibility Criteria 2021

Before filling the application form for PFRDA notification 2021, it is very necessary that you fulfill all the eligibility criteria for the post. So you are advised to check the eligibility criteria thoroughly so that you don't lack on any front and your candidature is not rejected at the later stage of the PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager) recruitment 2020. Given below is the eligibility criteria, you can check it.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Educational Qualification

The educational qualification for PFRDA exam 2021 varies for both General and Legal stream. For General stream, you need to possess a Master's Degree in any discipline while for Legal stream you need to have a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from any recognized University. Further details can be checked below from the table-

PostEducational Criteria
  • General Stream- Master's Degree in any discipline, Bachelor's Degree in Law, Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from a recognized University, CA, CFA, CS, CWA.
  • Legal Stream- Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognised University / Institute

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Age Criteria

Besides educational criteria, you also need to follow age criteria while applying for PFRDA recruitment 2021. You must not exceed the age of thirty (30) as on April 30, 2020, i.e. you should not have been born earlier than May 01, 1990. Further details are mentioned below:

PostAge Criteria
PFRDA OFFICER GRADE ‘A’ (ASSISTANT MANAGER) Maximum Age- 30 years as on April 30, 2020 i.e., candidate must have been born on or after May 01, 1990.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Age Relaxation

The government has certain norms to provide upper age relaxation to the reserved categories i.e. SC/ST/OBC/Ex-servicemen, etc. This upper age relaxation varies for different categories. If you want to claim the age relaxation then you have to produce all the certificates in support as and when asked by the PFRDA. If you fail to produce the supporting documents, your candidature will be canceled.

CategoryAge-Relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
  • PwBD- 10 years
  • PwBD (OBC)- 13 years
  • PwBD (SC/ST)- 15 years
Ex-servicemen 5 years

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam: How to Apply Online

In order to apply for the post of PFRDA Grade A 2020 Officer (Assistant Manager), you must go through the eligibility criteria first to avoid cancellation of the candidature in the future. After all this, you will be required to apply online by visiting the official website of PFRDA: ‘’. It is advised to fill the details very carefully because any misinformation filled by you can lead to the disqualification in the exam. The detailed procedure of filling the application form is provided below.

  • Visit the official website of PFRDA
  • Open the Link Careers. After that, click on the link that states: “PFRDA - RECRUITMENT OF OFFICER GRADE ‘A’ (ASSISTANT MANAGER) – 2020”.
  • After that, Go to the “Click on New Registration” button where you need to enter all the basic details like Name, phone number, and Email address along with other important details. Please make sure that the phone number and email address entered are correct because these will be used further for communication.
  • A Password and Registration Number will be generated by the system.
  • You need to use this system generated registration number and password to log in again.
  • After all this, you need to fill all the required details asked in the application form.
  • The next step would be uploading the picture of the photograph and Signature. There are certain dimensions that are specified by PFRDA for uploading the same. The specifications are provided below:
  • The size of the scanned photograph must lie between 20kb to 50 kb.
  • For the Signature, the size must lie between 10kb to 50kb.
  • Left thumb impression is also needed to fill the application form. The size of the Scanned Left thumb impression must lie between 10kb to 20kb.
  • Along with all this, you also need to scan and upload a handwritten declaration. The text for the handwritten declaration is as follows – “I, (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true, and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.” Please note that you need to write the exact sentence in English Only. The file size of the same must be in between 50kb to 100kb.
  • After completing the complete online application form of the PFRDA exam 2021, click on the submit button and you will be directed to the payment gateway for further process.

The application fee can be done through online mode only as no other mode is valid.

It is advised to take out the print of the PFRDA Grade A online application form for the future.

PFRDA Officer Grade ‘A’ (Assistant Manager) Exam Application Fee

After entering all your correct details in the PFRDA Grade A Officer online application, you will be asked to submit the application fee. Your application will not be considered complete if you fail to submit the application fee.

The ‘Application Fee/Intimation Charges’ for PFRDA Exam 2021 is provided below:

CategoryApplication Fee
Unreserved, EWS & OBC Rs. 500

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) 2021 Exam Centres

The exam centre for PFRDA Grade A 2020 exam Phase 1 (Online examination) will be asked at the time of filling the application form. PFRDA has specified the exam centers where it is going to conduct the examination. It is advised to fill the choice of the examination centre very carefully because any changes in the examination centre will not be entertained by PFRDA after the application form is submitted. Also, once you are allocated a particular centre, no request to change it will be entertained. PFRDA also holds the right to change, cancel or add more centres in the list of exam centres.

Given below are the examination centre for PFRDA exam 2021 for Phase 1 exam:

East ZoneWest ZoneNorth ZoneSouth ZoneCentral Zone
Kolkata Mumbai / Navi Mumbai / Thane Chandigarh / Mohali Chennai Bhopal
Patna Ahmedabad / Gandhinagar Delhi / NCR Hyderabad Nagpur
Guwahati Jaipur Lucknow Trivandrum Raipur
Bhubaneshwar     Bangalore  

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Exam Admit Card

Few weeks before the PFRDA Grade A Phase 1 exam, PFRDA will release the admit cards for the same including the essential details such as exam date, exam time, and examination venue. The PFRDA exam 2021 admit cards will be released a few weeks before the examination. The admit cards for Phase 1 and Phase 2 (Group Discussion and Interview) will be released separately. To download the admit card, you need to visit the official website of the PFRDA. The admit card of the same will be available through online mode only. You will be required to produce the copy of the admit card along with a copy of your valid identity proof in original and xerox at the examination venue.

PFRDA Grade A Online Coaching 2021

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  • Video Lessons covering the entire Syllabus for all Papers of PFRDA Grade A Phase 1.
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  • Practice questions apart from mock tests covering all the new subjects/topics.
  • Daily Live Online Classes for doubt clarification with the subject experts.
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PFRDA Grade A Free Mock Tests 2021

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PFRDA Grade A Preparation Strategy 2021

PFRDA Grade A exam being a higher-level job and one of the most awaited examinations should be prepared, well in advance. You will be tested on various parameters. You should be very well aware of your strengths & weaknesses so that you can practice to overcome them. Your preparation will vary according to your intellect along with other parameters. 

PFRDA Grade A Books 2021

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 reading irrelevant books. To assist you with the preparation, some important books are mentioned below which can be useful for the PFRDA exam 2021.

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 of Management LN Prasad
Organisational Behaviour SP Robins
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
English Descriptive Descriptive English S.P. BAKSHI
151 Essays S.C Gupta
Letter writing S.C Gupta
Computer Awareness Objective Computer Awareness S.N. Prasad/Kiran Publication
Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams Pillai/Arihant Publication

PFRDA Grade A Exam Blogs

You should be open to all type sources of information which may add up to your preparation. Blogs are one such way of attaining valuable information and knowledge. You can go through the below-mentioned blogs that have some useful information relevant to the PFRDA Grade A 2020 Exam.

Full Form Of PFRDA

PFRDA Detailed Notification 

PFRDA Grade A Exam Analysis

PFRDA has been one of the most awaited exams, and therefore you must be well aware of all information related to the examination. This exam is not conducted frequently thus, to get a fair idea about the PFRDA Grade A Exam level, you will need the previous year’s exam analysis that will help you in making an effective preparation plan. Given below is the analysis video of the previous year’s exam:

To have an edge over your competitors, it is extremely necessary that you grab every opportunity that comes your way. This can also be additional information regarding the examination/study material in the form of Study notes or Videos. ixamBee provides some useful information through the videos which will help you in preparing for the PFRDA exam 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Is the PFRDA Assistant Manager Grade A 2021 Examination ONLINE or OFFLINE ?

The PFRDA Assistant Manager Grade A 2021 Exam will be in online mode.

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