The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released the official notification for SSC CPO 2020 exam to be conducted from September 29th 2020. Hence it is imperative for candidates to be well versed with the latest SSC CPO Syllabus and exam pattern mentioned in the notification.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern

SSC CPO examination has four different phases that a candidate has to clear in order to get selected for various posts Central Police Organisation.

SSC CPO Paper I is an objective type Multiple Choice Question paper. The Physical Eligibility Test or PET/PST is conducted to ensure that a candidate is physically fit to be a part of the nation’s police force.

SSC CPO Paper II is a descriptive English Comprehension Test to check candidates’ understanding of English Language while the Medical Test is conducted to check that the candidate is able-bodied.

The four stages of SSC CPO exam pattern are as follows.

  1. Paper I
  2. Physical Test
  3. Paper-II
  4. Medical Examination

Detailed SSC CPO Exam Pattern is as mentioned below:

SSC CPO Paper Pattern – Paper I

General Intelligence & Reasoning5002 hours
General Knowledge & Awareness50
Quantitative Aptitude50
English Comprehension50

SSC CPO Paper Pattern – Paper II

English Language & Comprehension20002 hours

SSC CPO PET/PST Test Pattern

HeightChest (Expanded/Un-expanded)HeightChest
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim16580/85155
Scheduled Tribes162.577/82154

Both Male and Female candidates have to qualify the PET test. Some important points on the same are given below:

SSC CPO PET Test Qualifications
Male CandidatesFemale candidates
100-meter race – 16 seconds1.6 Km Race in – 6.5 minutesLong Jump: 3.65 meters – 5 chances high Jump: 1.2 meters – 3 chancesShort put 16 LBS: 4.5 meters – 3 chances100 meter race – 18 second800 meter race – 4 minutesLong Jump: 2.7 meters or 9 feet – 3 chances high Jump: 0.9 meters or 3 feet – 3 chances CPO Medical Test

Salient points about SSC CPO Exam Pattern:

  • As mentioned in the SSC CPO Exam Pattern, questions in both papers will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.
  • Questions will be set in Hindi and English in Parts-I, II and III of Paper-I.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I & Paper-II.
  • The Staff Selection Commission reserves the rights of altering the exam pattern.
  • As per the SSC CPO exam pattern, the Physical test and Medical Exams are to be conducted only after a successful score in Paper I & II. This is to ensure that the candidate is perfectly fit for the applied post.
  • The physical test is done to determine the basic physical structure of the candidate like height, chest, etc.
  • Medical Exam is done to verify certain aspects like fitness, vision, flat foot, knock knee, squint eyes, etc. to ensure that is free from all sorts of deformities that would hinder the efficiency during the duties.

The criteria for the Medical Test is given below:

  • Minimum Near Vision: (better eye)-N6  and (worse eye) N9
  • Minimum Distant Vision: (better eye) 6/6  and (worse eye) 6/9
  • Must not have a flat foot, varicose vein, knock knee, or squint in eyes
  • Eye standards should be without visual correction of any kind even by glasses.

SSC CPO Syllabus

The syllabus for SSC CPO is decided by the conducting body i.e. the Staff Selection Commission itself. The below mentioned SSC CPO syllabus 2020 is for two written exams Paper I & Paper-II. Both paper I and paper II examinations of SSC CPO is conducted online.

Let’s take a look at detailed SSC CPO Syllabus 2020 (topics and section-wise) for Paper I.

  • SSC CPO General Intelligence & Reasoning Syllabus

SSC CPO Syllabus 2020 for General Intelligence & Reasoning ask questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This can be really scoring if prepared well. The complete reasoning syllabus for SSC CPO exam is given below.

SSC CPO Syllabus for General Intelligence & Reasoning
TopicsTypes of QuestionsWeightage
AnalogySemantic and Figural analogy, letters and numbers Symbolic/Numbers, images and meaning-based6-8 Questions
Coding/DecodingCoding decoding by letter shifting, coding by analogy and words3-5 Questions
ClassificationsSemantic and Figural classifications, Symbolic/Numbers classification6-7Questions
SeriesSemantic, Figural, number and mixed series and series based on general knowledge3-5 Questions
Order RankingThe sequence of order and ranking will be asked from the given data1-2 Questions
Direction & DistancesProblems based on network, routes and distances travelled are asked1-3 Questions
Missing numbersNumbers and alphabet-based Matrix and Diagrams2-3 Questions
Alphabet or word testSequence and word formation, Matrix, jumbled words, suffix etc.3-5 Questions
Venn diagramVenn Diagram, Logical, Syllogism etc4-5 Questions
PuzzlesDouble line-up arrangements, circular arrangements, seating arrangements, linear arrangements etc.3-5 Questions
Data sufficiencyCubes and Dices, Arithmetic operation etc4-5 Questions
Non- verbal reasoningPaper folding, Cubes and dices, counting figures etc.5-7 Questions
  • SSC CPO Syllabus General Knowledge & Awareness

General Awareness is always a scoring part to gain an edge in the exam. This section is really vast and consists of a number of topics. Candidates can check the SSC General Awareness page that collates the important topics for the general knowledge section in detail so that candidates can prepare conveniently.

The list is given below highlights the SSC CPO General Awareness Syllabus:

SSC CPO Syllabus for General Knowledge & Awareness
TopicsTypes of QuestionsWeightage
HistoryAncient and Medieval History, India’s freedom struggle6-7 Questions
GeographyIndian and World Geography5-6 Questions
PolityGovernment Portfolios, Judiciary and Constitution of India3-5 Questions
Science & TechnologyEnvironment, Nutrition, Diseases, Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc.10-13 Questions
Books and AuthorsFamous Books And Authors1.2 Question
EconomyEconomic Organisation, Indian and world organisation4-5 Questions
National & International AffairsGovernment policies and schemes, National and International days, events and news etc.10-11 Questions
International OrganisationsInternational Organisation headquarter and their year of establishments1-2 Questions
Current eventsLatest Sports events, Venues and Winners2-3 Questions

SSC CPO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

Huge list of Topics is covered in this section. It tests candidates ability to use numbers appropriately. The main and major to score well in this section is speed and accuracy. Hence candidates should know shortcuts and tricks to ace this section. Below is the glance of complete QA syllabus for SSC CPO exam.

SSC CPO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude
TopicsTypes of QuestionsWeightage
Mixture ProblemsQuestions on mixtures of Two or Three quantities and their ratios1-2 Questions
Ratio ProportionsSimple and compound ratios, Direct and indirect proportions3-4 Questions
Number SystemsRational, irrational Numbers, LCM, HCF, integers1-3 Questions
SimplificationFraction, BODMAS, Decimals, Ratios etc.4-5 Questions
AlgebraQuadratic Equation, Linear Equation, Identities etc.4-6 Questions
Profit and LossPartnership, Discounts and Marked Prices, Problems on Profit and Loss, successive sellings, etc.4-5 Questions
PercentageBasic Percentage Questions1-2 Questions
AverageAverage problems on Average of height, weight, Age, Marks, money expenditure, temperature etc.2-3 Questions
Time and workTime and Work, Work and Wages, Work efficiency, Pipes and cisterns etc.1-2 Questions
Speed, Time and DistanceProblems on River, boats and streams, Relative speed etc.1-3 Questions
MensurationArea, Surface Area and volume of Various Geometric Shapes3-5 Questions
Simple InterestProblems on Simple and compound interest1-3 questions
TrigonometryHeight and distances, Identities, Trigonometric ratios etc3-5 Questions
GeometryQuadrilateral, Triangles, Circles, Chords, Cubes, cones etc.4-6 Questions
Data InterpretationsQuestions on Bar graph, Table, Pie Chart, Line Chart4-5 Questions
  • SSC CPO Syllabus For English Comprehension

English Syllabus has more weightage on Vocab, Grammar and Comprehension. It basically tests the understanding of correct English, basic grammar, comprehension and writing ability. Detailed syllabus for English section is as mentioned below.

SSC CPO Syllabus For English Comprehension
TopicsTypes Of QuestionsWeightage
IdiomsOne word substitution, the meaning of Idioms3-5 Questions
Error detectionFinding an error in a sentence or a phrase4-5 Questions
VocabularySpellings, Synonyms and Antonyms5-10 Questions
Cloze testQuestions based on passages containing a particular idea, cloze tests5-10 Questions
Reading comprehensionsPassages will focus on topics related to social issues, business and economies moral stories and humanities like Art, human behaviour, Psychology, medicine etc.5-10 Questions
Grammar sectionsSpotting the error, Phrase Replacements, Fill in the blanks8-10 Questions

SSC CPO Syllabus 2020- Paper II

SSC CPO Syllabus Paper II is a descriptive exam comprising only the English section. Relevant questions asked in this paper are as follows.

SSC CPO Syllabus Paper II
English Language & ComprehensionError recognition, filling in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles etc), Vocabulary, Spellings, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words, comprehension etc.