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SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has already published a notice regarding the eligibility criteria for all kinds of candidates. The aspirants must satisfy the multi-level eligibility criteria which include conditions on age, educational qualification and nationality.

SSC CPO Eligibility – Nationality

  1. A citizen of India,
  2. A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary will be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

Note: a candidate belonging to 2nd category above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

SSC CPO Eligibility – Age Limit and Relaxation

  • The age limit of the candidates should be from 20 to 25 years
  • There is certain age relaxation depending on the category of candidates. Here are the details of the age relaxations:
Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC  3 years
Ex-servicemen (ESM) 3 years (after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date)

SSC CPO Eligibility – Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or equivalent.
  • Candidates who have pursued their degrees/diplomas through open and distance learning mode of education can apply for the exam.

Note: Candidates who have not acquired the educational qualification as on 1st January 2021 will not be eligible and need not apply.

SSC CPO Eligibility – Additional Qualification

  • For the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police only, Male candidates must possess a valid Driving License for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) on the date fixed for Physical Endurance and Measurement Tests.
  • The candidates who do not have a Valid Driving License for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) are eligible for all other posts in CAPFs.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020

SSC CPO exam has three different phases that candidates need to clear in order to get selected for various posts in Delhi Police, CAPFs, CISFs etc. SSC CPO Paper 1 is Objective Multiple Choice Question paper. Paper II exam is English Comprehension Test, while PET/PST Test is conducted to check the endurance (medical and physical strength) of candidate.

Tier Type of Examination Mode of examination
Tier-I Objective Multiple Choice CBT (Online)
PET/PST Running, Long Jump, High Jump and Short Put Physical exam
Tier-II Objective Multiple Choice CBT (Online)

SSC CPO Paper-1 Exam Pattern

Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
General Knowledge 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50


candidate Height Chest
Unexpanded Expanded
Male (Gen) 170 80 85
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim 165 80 85
Scheduled Tribes 162.5 77 82
Female (Gen) 157
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim 155
Scheduled Tribes 154


Male Candidates

  • 100 metre race in 16 seconds
  • 1.6 Km Race in 6.5 minutes
  • Long Jump: 3.65 metres in 5 chances
  • High Jump: 1.2 metres in 3 chances
  • Short put 16 LBS: 4.5 metres in 3 chances

Female Candidates

  • 100 metre race in 18 second
  • 800 metre race in 4 minutes
  • Long Jump: 2.7 metres or 9 feet in 3 chances
  • High Jump: 0.9 metres or 3 feet in 3 chances

SSC CPO Medical Test

Criteria for the Medical Test is given below:

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

SSC CPO Paper – 2 Exam Pattern

SSC CPO Paper-2 will be conducted after PET/PST Test for SSC CPO 2020 is conducted.

  • • The total time duration of the exam is of 120 minutes i.e. 2 hours.
  • • The total number of questions asked will be around 200 and the maximum marks for Paper-2 will be 200
  • • The test will be of English Language and Comprehension conducted online.

SSC CPO Syllabus 

The Syllabus of SSC CPO is for two written exams conducted online- Paper-1 & Paper-2. 

SSC CPO Paper-1 Syllabus

General Reasoning General Knowledge Quantitative Aptitude English Comprehension
Verbal Reasoning Current Affairs Percentage Reading Comprehension
Syllogism Awards and Honours Ratio and Percentage Grammar
Circular Seating Arrangement Books and Authors Data Interpretation Vocabulary
Linear Seating Arrangement Sports Mensuration and Geometry Verbal Ability
Double Lineup Entertainment Quadratic Equation Synonyms-Antonyms
Scheduling Obituaries Interest Active and Passive Voice
Input Output Important Dates Problems of Ages Para Jumbles
Blood Relations Scientific Research Profit and Loss Fill in the Blanks
Directions and Distances   Number Series Error Correction
Ordering and Ranking   Speed, Distance and Time  
Data Sufficiency   Time and Work  
Coding and Decoding   Number System  
Code Inequalities   Data Sufficiency  

SSC CPO Paper 2 Syllabus

Section Syllabus
English Language and Comprehension   Error Recognition

  Fill in the Blanks

  Vocabulary

  Spellings

  Grammar

  Sentence Structure

  Synonyms

  Antonyms

  Sentence Completion

  Phrases and Idiomatic Use of Words

  Comprehension

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