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UPSC EPFO Exam Reasoning Study Material 2021: Check General Mental Ability (GMA) Topics & Important Questions with Answers for EO/AO Recruitment Test (RT)

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UPSC EPFO Exam Reasoning Study Material 2021: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct EPFO 2020 Exam on 5th September 2021. The written exam will be conducted in offline mode across different exam centres for recruitment to 421 posts of Enforcement Officer/ Accounts Officer in Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), M/o Labour and Employment.

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The Recruitment Test (RT) will be an Offline Exam (Pen & Paper Based) consisting of Objective Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs):


Total Marks/ Duration

Recruitment Test (Offline)

(a) General English – To evaluate candidate’s understanding of English language and workmanlike use of words

(b) Indian Freedom Struggle

(c) Current Events and Developmental Issues

(d) Indian Polity and Economy

(e) General Accounting Principles

(f) Industrial Relations and Labour Laws

 (g) General Science and

Knowledge of Computer Applications

 (h) General Mental Ability & Quantitative Aptitude

 (i) Social Security in India

300 Marks

(2 Hours)

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a) The test will be of two hours duration.

b) All questions will carry equal marks.

c) The test will be objective-type questions with multiple choices of answers.

d) The medium of the test will be both Hindi and English.

e) 1/3rd marks will be deducted for wrong answers.

f) PwD candidates shall be allowed compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour in the RT and facility of Scribe

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UPSC EPFO 2021 Exam - Important General Mental Ability (Reasoning) Topics

Here are some important topics from the General Mental Ability (Reasoning) Subject of UPSC EPFO 2021 Exam:



General Mental Ability (Reasoning)

Sequence of figures, Series, Blood Relations, Directions, Syllogism, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle Test, Statement and Conclusion, Statement and Inferences, Data sufficiency, Non-Verbal Reasoning

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UPSC EPFO 2021 Exam - Important Questions for General Mental Ability (Reasoning)

Below are some important questions covering the main concepts of General Mental Ability (Reasoning):

1. Consider the following series:

11:20, 11:40, 12:20, ?, 14:40, 16:20

Which one of the following is the missing time in the series given above?

(a) 13:00

(b) 13:20

(c) 13:40

(d) 14:00

Answer: B

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2. In a certain language COLLEGE is coded as DNNJHDI. How will FOREIGN be coded in the same language?





Answer: A

3. Which one of the following statements must be FALSE if ABCD are to be seated in a row; C and D are not to be adjacent to each other; and B is not to be at the third place?

(a) A is at the fourth place

(b) A is at the third place

(c) A is at the second place

(d) A is at the first place

Answer: D

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4. If prime numbers are assigned to English letters from A to Z in order, then MAT will be:

(a) 31 1 67

(b) 41 1 67

(c) 37 2 71

(d) 41 2 71

Answer: D

5. Consider the following statements and conclusions:


  1. All the pens are papers
  2. All the papers are boats
  3. Some birds are papers


  1. Some boats are birds
  2. Some birds are pens
  3. No pens are birds

Which of the conclusions logically follow from the statements given above?

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 2

(c) 1 and 3

(d) 2 and 3

Answer: A

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6. A person goes 5 km towards the north from a fixed point. Then he goes 3 km after turning to his right. After this he goes 5 km after turning to his right. Finally, he goes 4 km after turning to his left. How far and in which direction is he now from the fixed point?

(a) 7 km east

(b) 7 km northeast

(c) 9 km east

(d) 4 km west

Answer: A

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7. Consider the following series:

2L4, 3O5, 4R6, 5U7, ?

Which one of the following is the missing figure in the series given above?

(a) 6X8

(b) 6V8

(c) 6W8

(d) 6Y8

Answer: A

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8. In the series of the first 24 natural numbers 1 to 24, if each four consecutive numbers from the left are written in the reverse order, then which one of the following numbers will be the 8th number to the left of the 10th number from your right?

(a) 12

(b) 7

(c) 6

(d) 5

Answer: C

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9. If ‘PXQ’ means P is the brother of Q, ‘P/Q’ means P is the son of Q and ‘P-Q’ means P is the sister of Q, then which one of the following will show that Q is the maternal uncle of P?

(a) P/R-Q and QXS

(b) P/R-Q and Q- S

(c) QXR/P and QXS

(d) PXR-Q and QXS

Answer: A


Answer: A

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