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SSC CPO Exam Guide: All you need to know

Updated on 25 September 2020
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Updated on 25 September 2020

SSC CPO stands for Selection Staff Commission Central Police Organisations. The commission conducts the SSC CPO exam every year to recruit for the post of Sub Inspector and Assistant Sub Inspector in Delhi Police, CAPF and CISF. Following are some important SSC CPO Exam Guide points which you must know!

SSC CPO Exam Date

The SSC CPO exam notification has been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, as per the exam calendar, the SSC CPO Exam 2020 Paper 1 will take place from 23rd November to 26th November 2020 (CBE). We shall be updating other dates as soon as the SSC CPO notification is out.

SSC CPO Exam Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for the exam is based on some age, educational and physical standards. Please take a look below for details:

SSC CPO Exam Educational Qualification:

  1. Candidates need to have a graduation degree in any discipline from an authorized University or any equivalent degree recognized by the Central Government, on or before 1st August 2020.
  2. For Sub Inspectors in Delhi Police: Male candidates must have a valid Driving License (D/L) for LMV (Car & Motorcycle) as before the date fixed for PET (Physical Endurance and Standard Tests). However, Driving License is not mandatory at the time of filing an application form.

Age Limit for SSC CPO Exam

Candidates need to be at least 20 years old and not more than 25 years old as of 1st August 2020. However, there are certain age relaxations for the upper age limit, as shown below:

SSC CPO Exam Physical Standard Test 

Male Candidates must be able to do the following tasks:


  1. Female Candidates must be able to do the following tasks:


  1. The minimum distant vision of candidates, without wearing glasses, should be 6/6 and 6/9 of two eyes.

SSC CPO Vacancy

The SSC CPO exam notification for 2020 is still pending. Vacancy shall be uploaded as soon as it is out.

SSC CPO Exam Application Process

Following are the steps to apply for SSC CPO exam online

  1. Register on the official SSC CPO website,
  2. For SSC CPO posts, click on the ‘Apply’ link
  3. Fill in required details in the application form.
  4. Upload required scanned photograph and signature
  5. Pay the application fee and submit the form. Fee details are as given below:


SSC CPO Exam Admit Card

Admit card will be available on the official SSC website,, 10-15 days prior to the exam date. Please keep your login details handy for the process of downloading the admit card.

Salary Structure

Salary structure in the SSC CPO service is as given below:


SSC CPO Exam Selection Process

Final selection in SSC CPO is done in the following stage:

1) Tier I exam: Online objective exam

2) Tier II exam: Online objective exam 

3) Medical exam and physical standard test

SSC CPO Exam Syllabus

Exam syllabus for the SSC CPO exam is as follow:

1) Reasoning

a) General Mental Ability:

  1.  Alphabet Test
  2. Analogy 
  3. Arithmetic Reasoning 
  4. Blood Relation 
  5. Classification 
  6. Coding-decoding
  7. Distance direction test
  8. Matrix
  9. Venn diagram
  10. Missing Number

b) Non-Verbal Reasoning:

  1. Paper cutting and folding
  2. Embedded figures
  3. Figure formation and Analysis
  4. Series
  5. Cube and Dice
  6. Mirror Image
  7. Water Image
  8. Pattern Completion
  9. Counting of figures

2) General Awareness

a) History: Ancient, Medieval, Modern

b) Geography: Physical World

c) Polity: Indian Polity

d) Economy: Indian Economy

e) Science: Basics of Physics, Chemistry, Biology

f) Static GK: Important books, Awards, Art and Culture, Important Days

3) Quantitative Aptitude

a) Arithmetic

  1. Average
  2. Boat and Stream
  3. Compound interest and Simple Interest
  4. LCM and HCF
  5. Mixture and Alligation
  6. Partnership
  7. Percentages
  8. Pipes and Cistern
  9. Problem on Ages
  10. Profit loss and Discount
  11. Ratio and Proportion
  12. Speed
  13. Time, work and wages

b) Advance Maths

  1. Geometry
  2. Mensuration
  3. Data Interpretation
  4. Trigonometry
  5. Degree and Radian Measures
  6. Histogram
  7. Standard Identities
  8. Complementary angles
  9. Heights and Distances
  10. Histogram
  11. Frequency polygon
  12. Bar diagram and Pie chart


4) English

  1. Error recognition
  2. Filling in the blanks
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Spellings
  5. Grammar
  6. Sentence Structure
  7. Synonyms and Antonyms
  8. Sentence Completion
  9. Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words
  10. Comprehension


SSC CPO Exam Pattern

SSC CPO exam consists of two papers, tier I and Tier II. Both papers are of objective type conducted online. There is -0.25 marks negative marking for each incorrect answer in both the tier papers. Following are some more details:

SSC CPO Tier I exam:


SSC CPO Tier II exam:



SSC CPO Exam Cut Off

Following is the cut off for SSC CPO Tier 1 from year 2018:

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