UPSC EPFO Books 2022: Subject Wise Books List & Author

UPSC EPFO Books 2022: Subject Wise Books List & Author

ByArpit Kumar Jain  |  Updated on: Jan 13, 2022
Get the list of Best Books for UPSC EPFO preparation subject wise as per the EPFO exam pattern. Also check out some preparation tips for EPFO 2022 exam. Union Public Service Commission is going to release the EPFO 20220 notification soon.
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Best Books for UPSC EPFO 2022: Check out the list of best books that can be helpful to kickstart your UPSC EPFO preparation 2022. With the help of the best books available depending on your caliber, you will be able to cover up EPFO Syllabus in the minimum time possible and start your revision and solve UPSC EPFO Previous question papers and mocks. Read the article further UPSC EPFO books subject wise as per the exam pattern of UPSC EPCO written test

Important Booklist and Sources for UPSC EPFO Examination

To excel in the UPSC EPFO Exam, one needs to read standard books and have access to important study material, so that the topics enlisted in the syllabus can be covered effectively and multiple revisions can be ensured before the exam. Check the complete list of books for UPSC EPFO Exam 2022 below, 

The twelve subjects (segments) recommended for the UPSC EPFO exam are – General English, Indian Freedom Struggle, Current events and developmental issues, Indian Polity, Indian Economy, General Accounting Principles< Industrial Relations and Labour laws, General Science, Knowledge of Computer applications, General Mental Ability and Qualitative Aptitude. Social Security of India.  

Subject-wise UPSC EPFO AO/EO Books

Let us have a glance at the booklist with each subject in consonance of the UPSC EPFO Syllabus. We suggest these books based on Previous Years’ Papers analysis.


Recommended Books and Sources

General English

A candidate with good knowledge of English can easily attempt the questions with little effort. Some suggested books:

  • For Vocabulary - “Word Power Made Easy” and “30 Days”
  • For Grammar - “Basic English Grammar” and “Intermediate English Grammar” by Raymond Murphy and “Cambridge Phrasal Verbs Dictionary”

Indian Freedom Struggle

The questions asked in this section are mixed type, i.e., some are fact-based, and some are conceptual.

  • Lucent GK- for factual questions
  • NCERTs of Class XI-XII and Spectrum’s “A Brief History of Modern India” for having good command over basics
  • “India’s Struggle for Independence” by Bipan Chandra for further reference

Current Events and Developmental Issues

Covering one year’s current affairs is enough.

  • Stick to any national newspaper either “The Hindu” or “The Indian Express”. For Hindi medium students – “Jansatta” and “Business Standard” are recommended.
  • The second-best alternative would be to follow any of the monthly ‘Competition Magazines’
  • Govt publications such as - Kurukshetra and Yojana magazine

Indian Polity

  • M. Lakshmikant is the best source. Cover it thoroughly!

Indian Economy

  • NCERTs (Class XI- Indian Economic Development, Class XII- Macroeconomics)
  • Selectively read “Indian Economy” by Mishra and Puri
  • Budget Document
  • Economic Survey - At the very least, revise the introduction and summary of each chapter                 

General Accounting Principles

This section is exhaustive and requires a systematic and well-planned roadmap. It is advisable to take help of a mentor who can guide so that syllabus is covered in reasonably lesser time. Clarity of concepts is expected without divulging much. The recommended sources are:

  • NCERTs of Class XI & XII
  • TS Grewal’s Double Entry Bookkeeping
  • TS Grewal’s Analysis of Financial Statement
  • B.Com. Accountancy Book of IGNOU (selective)

Industrial Relations and Labour Laws

  • Industrial Relations is a dynamic topic and multidisciplinary academic field that requires regular updation. Candidate must know about the complex interrelations between employers and employees, labour/trade unions, employer organizations and the state.
  • Labour Laws: Among the four labour codes, Govt has come up with only two, i.e., (a) Code on wages and (b) Code on Social Security. Get a good hold of them.
  • Keep a track of recent initiatives of Govt. measures, such as Ease of Doing Business Index, Economic and welfare measures, etc.
  • Frequently refer to Govt websites, such as- EPFO website, Ministry of Labour and Employment Website, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Finance, PIB etc.                                                                                     

General Science and Knowledge of Computer Application

This is an extensive area covering Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Science and basics of computers.

  • Cover NCERTs of Class VI to X for basic concepts
  • Sci & Tech and recent developments can be covered from: (a)   Science Reporter Magazines and (b)  RSTV Science Monitor (refer selectively)
  • Awareness regarding Current developments helps in attempting questions.
  • For Computer Applications, stick to NCERTs of Class XI and XII for the basics                                                                            

Social Security in India

Since EPFO is a social security organization, candidates should have a proper understanding of recent social security developments, various forms of social security measures, such as PF, Insurance, etc. Most of the topics can be clubbed with polity to help understand it better. The schemes and institutions framed for this purpose like the ongoing schemes of GoI- Atal Pension Yojana, Shram ManDhan Yojana, PM-KISAN Yojana, etc., can be covered.

Do take help of the Internet for updation (be selective!): 

  • EPFO website
  • Ministry of Labour and Employment Website
  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Ministry of Women and Child development
  • Ministry of Finance
  • PIB                                                                                    

General Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude

The difficulty level of the questions asked in this section almost coincides with the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) of UPSC CSE. For Quantitative Aptitude, any basic book can be referred and practised thoroughly, along with previous years’ questions.

  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT manual 
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning by R.S, Agarwal

Preparation Tips for UPSC EPFO Exam 2022

With systemic planning and regular efforts, it is easy to crack the EPFO recruitment test. Remember, the resources are the same; what matters is the correct strategy with doable targets.

Each aspirant is unique with respect to their knowledge, socio-economic background, the opportunities received. Thanks to the digital revolution, we all have access to resources at least in the online world. So, wisely make use of most of it (make sure you remain focused on your objective and do not end up wasting time). The given source in this article is the bare minimum for the UPSC EPFO EO/AO 2021 exam. Be thorough with each topic and substantiate your preparation with enough practice through mocks and revisions.

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At last, some crucial tips:

  • Revision is the key! Do it multiple times. We suggest after you learn, try recalling as recalling empowers memory, and hence chances of mistakes in the exam is avoided.
  • Stick to what you have already covered. Do not attempt to absorb any new content or learn new topics a week before the examination. 
  • When exam approaches, spend more time going through mock tests and also analyze the mistakes that you commit in these. 

We wish you all the best for the exam preparation.

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  • Candidates can refer to the given below books to prepare for the UPSC EPFO exam:

    • Wren and Martin for English Grammar.
    • NCERT for social sciences
    • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal.


  • Candidates can refer to the mock test and previous year papers after they have completed UPSC EPFO Syllabus through books. Solving papers will help the candidates to improve a lot of skills like time management, calculation and various other.

  • Candidates need to complete the EPFO syllabus first and after that refer to the previous papers and mocks for revision. Try to complete the syllabus in minimum time possible and also work on your time management skills, calculation speed reasoning abilities which might be really helpful on the actual exam day.

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