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EPFO SSA Mains Exam Analysis 2019: Know Questions Asked,Difficulty Level & Good Attempts

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : April 3, 2023


The officials of EPFO has declared the EPFO SSA Prelims Result on 21st October 2019 the candidates who qualified the Prelims exam are eligible to give the EPFO SSA Mains Exam which will be conducted on 14th November 2019. Here in the article, we have mentioned the number of questions, the difficulty level, and the good attempts of the EPFO SSA Mains 2019.

  • It is recruitment for a total of 2189 for the post of Social Security Assistant in all over the country.
  • The exam has been conducted. The level of the question paper is "Moderate".
  • Candidate can go through the EPFO SSA Cut Off for the exam to know the level of the exam on the basis of the expected and last year cut off.

EPFO SSA Mains Exam Analysis 2019

  • The marks obtained in the Phase 2 exam will be considered as the final marks for the final selection.
  • There are negative marking of 0.25 (¼) marks from each correct answer.
  • The Descriptive Test of Phase 21 will be Online- Candidates have to type the answer using a keyboard for the questions displayed on the screen.
  • The Descriptive Test for Mains Exam will be conducted immediately after the Objective Test.

EPFO SSA Mains Exam Schedule 2019

Know the exam shift timings for the EPFO SSA Phase 2 Exam in the below table-

Date Shift 1 Timings 
14th November 2019 Exam Timing: 09:00 AM to 11.45 AM

EPFO SSA Phase 2 Good Attempts

Subject Good Attempts Difficulty Level
General/ Economy/ Financial Awareness 23 Moderate
General English 26 Easy-Moderate
Reasoning Ability 32-35 Easy
Quantitative Aptitude 33 Easy-Moderate 
Total 155+ Moderate 

EPFO SSA Exam Analysis
EPFO SSA Exam Analysis

EPFO SSA Mains Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude (Shift 1 & Shift 2)

Here are the topics asked in the exam for the numerical ability/quantitative aptitude part of the exam-

Topic Number of Questions
Wrong Series 05
Approximation 06
Comparison 04
DI (Tabular Based) 05
Caselet 05
Pie Chart 06
Miscellaneous 09

EPFO SSA Phase 2 Exam Analysis 2019 for the English Language

Know the list of the question asked in the English section of the exam-

Topic Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension 07
Match the following 02
Cloze Test 05
Correct Usage 03
Jumbled Sentences 05
Fillers 04
Word Rearrangement 04

EPFO SSA Mains Exam Analysis for Reasoning Ability

The level of this section is "Easy". Candidates can easily clear the Reasoning Section of the exam. Go to the following table to know the number of questions asked in the exam-

Topic Number of Questions
Syllogism 04
Data Sufficiency 04
Stack-Based Puzzle 05
Circular Arrangement 05
Floor-Based Puzzle 05
Designation-Based Puzzle 05
Number-Based Puzzle 05
Inequality 04
Miscellaneous 03

epfo ssa mains exam analysis

EPFO SSA Mains Exam Analysis 2019 for General Economy/ Financial Awareness

Here is the list of a few questions asked in the current affairs section of the exam and the number of questions asked in the General Economy/ Financial Awareness part of the exam-

Topic Number of Questions
Current Affairs 32-34
Static GK 6-8

1. Who is the governor of Telangana?

Ans: Tamilisai Soundararajan

2. Anshula Kant is CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of which organization?

Ans: World Bank Group 

3. TN Manoharan Committee is related with- 

Ans: for the development of the secondary market

4. The 5th Eastern Economic Summit was held in___. 

Ans: Vladivostok, Russia

5. What is ‘F’ stands for in SFIO? 

Ans: Fraud (Serious Fraud Investigation Office)

6. The Seventh Economic Census was started from which state?

Ans: Tripura

7. Asian Development Bank will provide how much dollar loan amount for a piped water supply project for rapidly urbanizing small towns, covering 3 lakh households, in Madhya Pradesh?

Ans: USD 275 million

8. 22nd National e-Governance Summit was held in which place?

Ans: Shillong, Meghalaya 

9. ASEAN Summit 2019 was held in which country?

Ans: Bangkok, Thailand 

10. What is the rank of India in Global GDP ranking as of August 2019?

Ans: Seventh

11. Who has been awarded by the Ramon Magsaysay award 2019 from India?

Ans: Ravish Kumar

12. Who has been selected for the Dada Saheb Phalke award for the year 2018?

Ans: Amitabh Bachchan

13. Shyam Ramsay passes away. He belonged to ___.

Ans: Films Industries

14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Gandhi Solar Park in _.

Ans: New York 

15. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched the book “New-Age Technology and Industrial Revolution 4.0. authored by MP Rajya Sabha.

Ans: Narendra Jadhav

16. In order to discourage the practice of making business payments in cash, the Budget 2019-20 has proposed to levy TDS of __ on cash withdrawal exceeding 1 crore in a year from a bank account.

Ans: 2%

17. Who has become 1st Indian state to implement biofuel policy?

Ans: Rajasthan

18. Where is Sahyadri Tiger Reserve?

Ans:  Kathi, Maharashtra

19. Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI) is located in which city?

Ans: Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

20. Hollongi airport is situated in which state? 

Ans: Arunachal Pradesh

21. Indian (Hindi) Economic Summit 2019 was held in ___.

Ans: New Delhi

EPFO Descriptive paper for Mains Exam 2019

Topic Number of Questions
Letter Writing Branch Manager Regarding debit-card re-issue
Precise 1 Question (Inflation Combat-Related Topic)

EPFO Mains Exam Pattern 2019

Check out the EPFO Phase 2 Exam Pattern in the following table for both the objective and descriptive test-

Topics No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40 60 35 minutes
General/ Economy/ Financial Awareness 40 40 20 minutes
English Language 30 40 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 60 35 minutes
Total 150 200 2 hours
Descriptive Paper (English Language with an emphasis on comprehension and analysis) (Letter, Precise, Comprehension) 30 45 minutes
Grand Total 153 230 2 hours 45 minutes
  • The EPFO Assistant is a National Level Exam.
  • The EPFO Cut Off 2019 will go high comparatively from last year as the exam is between easy to moderate.
  •  There are more than 2500 vacancies for EPFO recruitment 2019.

Questions Asked in EPFO Assistant Mains Exam (7th November 2019)

  1. Growth of Agriculture and allied sectors according to Economic survey?
  2. which body constituted a 9 member committee on trade insurance or something.
  3. Gdp according to WB?
  4. Export of Agri products. Which state?
  5. Paid-up capital for SFB?
  6. carbon-neutral company?
  7. best Hindi film national award?

EPFO Assistant Mains Exam Analysis 2019

The EPFO Assistant mains exam involved 4 sections: Quantitative Aptitude, English, Reasoning, and General Economy/ Financial Awareness. Take a look at the complete analysis here.

EPFO Exam Analysis for Assistant 2019- Overall Good Attempts

  • Overall the exam was easy and moderate, all sections are easy to attempt.
  • English Questions were easy to moderate level difficulty.
  • The Paper for Quantitative Aptitude is Easy to Moderate level, as candidates can clear this part easily.

Below, candidates can check the EPFO Assistant 2019 Exam Mains Analysis Section-Wise

Reasoning/ Intelligence 34-36
English Language 22-24
Quantitative Aptitude 31-34
General/Economy/Financial Awareness  27-31
Total 113-124

EPFO Exam Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude

Topic No. of Questions Level
Data Interpretation 20 Moderate
Approximation 5 Easy
Quadratic Equation 5 Easy
Miscellaneous (Train Based, Boat & Stream, CI and SI, Profit & Loss, Time and Work, Partnership, Age-Based, Mensuration, etc.) 10 Easy-Moderate
Total 40 Easy-Moderate

EPFO Exam Analysis for Reasoning Ability

The reasoning section was also easy. There were a total of 3 sets of Puzzles and Seating Arrangement:

No. of Questions
Sitting Arrangement and Puzzles
5 Easy
Syllogism (Only a few & Direct)
5 Easy
Alphabet Based 2 Easy
Number based 1 Easy
Miscellaneous 1 Easy

EPFO Exam Analysis for the English Language

Reading Comprehension only had 9 sets of questions. The English Section was Easy to moderate level of difficulty according to the students who wrote the exam.

No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension
7 Moderate
Error Detection
4 Easy
Cloze test 5 Easy-Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement
5 Easy-Moderate
Phrase Replacement
4 Easy
Match the column
Idiom and phrase

EPFO Mains Exam Analysis for General/Economy/Financial Awareness

This section was of Moderate level. Most of the questions in this section were asked from Current affairs. The current affairs were asked from August and September month.

  • 4-5 questions were asked from Banking Awareness
  • 1-2 questions from Economy Survey were asked.
  • There were no questions from Static Awareness.

Descriptive Test

There were a total of 3 letters (Formal/informal) given out of which only one letter has to be written by the candidate. Only one topic was given in Precis and comprehension writing (Each) The topics were as follows:

Letter writing:

1- Letter to newspaper editor for Flood Furiod (Formal)

2- Letter to a friend/Brother, asking for the places to visit while you are going to take the test in the city. (Informal)

Precis topic:

Online Video Survey and Analysis


It was based on food and nature and there were around 5 questions based on it.

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