PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) 2021 Exam Highlights

PFRDA or Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority is the regulatory body under the Ministry of Finance and responsible for the supervision of pension funds in India. PFRDA recruit Officer in Grade A i.e Assistant Manager pan India thus giving eligible aspirants a golden chance to embark a career in the government sector.  Let's get an insight of PFRDA Grade A Officer exam 2021 given below.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) 2021 Exam Highlights

Conducting BodyPFRDA
Exam Name PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) 2021
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) Will be notified soon
Group Discussion and Interview
(Phase II)
Will be notified soon

PFRDA Grade A ( Assistant Manager ) Notification 2021 

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 recruitment notification for filling vacancies under PFRDA Officer Grade A post or Assistant Manager post may be expected soon. The online process for filling up PFRDA Grade A officer will start once the notification is out.

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

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 35 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 35 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

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 the online test. The merit of PFRDA Grade A (Assistant Manager) for Legal stream Phase II will be prepared on the marks obtained in Professional Knowledge and Descriptive Test. 

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 phases. The final merit consists 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) Exam Syllabus

The 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 with the complete syllabus for the PFRDA Exam 2021. The syllabus varies according to the stream you are applying for. For the 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 PFRDA Grade A  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 Percentages, Ratio and proportion, Averages, Mixture and allegation, Time and work, Speed, distance and time, Stocks and shares, Partnership, Clocks, Volume and surface Area, Height and Distances, Logarithms, Permutation and combinations, Simple and compound interest, Equations, Probability, Trigonometry, Profit, loss and discount, Mensuration, Data Interpretation
Reasoning Ability 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
Financial Awareness Break-even Analysis, Time Value of Money, Mutual Funds, Basel Norms, Factoring, World Monetary Policy, Budget and Economic Survey, Overview of Banking and Banking Reforms in India Bank, Financial Regulations, Rule 72, 114 and 144, Working Capital and Banking Policy, Regulatory organizations: SEBI/NABARD/RBI, Accounts of Special Individuals Organisations, Deposits, Credit Loans, Advanced Non Performing Assets, Asset Reconstruction Companies NPAs
Computer knowledge Computer Fundamentals, Computer Abbreviations, Software and Hardware, Fundamentals Shortcut Keys, Networking, Basic Knowledge of Internet, MS Office, History of Computers, Database Security Tools, History and Future of Computers, Virus, Hacking

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 the PFRDA Exam-Legal stream 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) 2021 Exam Dates

As the PFRDA Notification 2021 is not out, so the dates for its online exam and the further process cannot be told. Therefore you are advised to keep visiting the page. Also, we will update further details as soon as the official dates for the 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 Will be notified soon
Availability of Call Letters(for On-Line Examination) Will be notified soon
On-Line Examination (Phase I) Will be notified soon
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 for one year from the date of your joining.

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager)
  • 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  2021 will vary according to the stream you are applying for. Further, the vacancies will also be divided between reserved and unreserved categories. To know the actual number of vacancies in PFRDA notification 2021-Grade A (Assistant Manager), you need to wait for its official notification. Till then you can have a look at the previous year vacancies (2020)  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.


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 fulfil 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 2021. Given below is the eligibility criteria  in detail

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) Educational Qualification

The educational qualification for PFRDA exam 2021 varies for both General and Legal stream. For the General stream, you need to possess a Master's Degree in any discipline while for the 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
PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager)
  • 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 the date mentioned in the official notification. 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 cancelled.

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 in the details very carefully because any misinformation filled by you can lead to disqualification in the exam. The detailed procedure for filling the application form is provided below.

  • Visit the official website of PFRDA
  • Open the Link Careers. After that, click on the APPLY NOW link.
  • 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 in 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.
  • A 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 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. Any change in the fee will be updated.

CategoryApplication Fee
Unreserved, EWS & OBC Rs. 500

PFRDA Officer Grade A (Assistant Manager) 2021 Exam Centres

The exam centre for PFRDA Grade A 2021 exam Phase 1 (Online examination) will be asked at the time of filling the application form. PFRDA will specify the exam centres 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 to the list of exam centres. Given below are the examination centre for the 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 a copy of the admit card along with a copy of your valid identity proof in original and photostat 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.
  • Study Notes designed by expert faculty covering PFRDA Grade A syllabus for Phase 1.
  • Full-length Mock Tests for PFRDA Grade A Phase 1, adhering to PFRDA Grade A 2020 new exam pattern.
  • Practice questions apart from mock tests covering all the new subjects/topics.
  • Daily Live Online Classes for doubt clarification with the subject experts.
  • You will be assisted by our experts for Phase 2 (Group Discussion and Interview).

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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 examination 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 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 2021 Exam.

Full Form Of PFRDA

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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.

PFRDA Grade A Exam Useful Videos

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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I improve my score in PFRDA Grade A online exam?


To improve your score, you should practice PFRDA Grade A free mock tests available at ixamBee. All these tests are completely free and have been designed based on the latest exam pattern. 


How will PFRDA Grade A free mock tests be useful in exam preparation?


By practicing online free mock tests a candidate will be able to check his/her performance, analyse and recognize the areas that need to be worked hard on. PFRDA Grade A free mock tests will help you in covering the syllabus and to boost up your score.


Will there be any cut-off in PFRDA Grade A Exam?


Yes. There will be sectional as well as an overall cut-off for PFRDA Grade A Exam.


Will there be an interview and group discussion  in PFRDA Grade A Exam?


Yes, there will be an interview and group discussion stage in PFRDA Grade A selection process.


What all subjects do I need to study for PFRDA Grade A?


PFRDA Grade A exam will take place in two phase. Phase 1 will includes section like Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English, General Awareness just like other banking exams for post under General Stream. In Addition to this you also need to prepare for Computers and more focus on Financial awareness. For Legal besides the above mentioned subjects you should also have a good knack in your Professional Subject. Along with this you need to practice writing skills to get a good hold over descriptive section

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