What is SSC CPO?


Central Police Organisations (SSC CPO) is national level central govt. exam which is conducted by Selection Staff Commission every year to recruit candidates to the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police, Sub Inspector in CAPFs, Assistant Sub Inspector in CISF, Inspector posts and Sub Inspector Posts in the Central Police Organization (CPO).


SSC CPO exam has four different phases that candidates need to clear in order to get selected for various posts in Delhi Police, CAPFs & CISFs. In phase 1, candidates have to pass paper 1, which is an Objective Multiple-Choice Questions paper from the subjects of English, Reasoning, Maths & General Studies. In phase 2, PET/PST Test is conducted to check the endurance (physical strength) of candidates. In phase 3, candidates have to qualify Paper II in which objective questions are asked from the subject of English only. In phase 4, detailed medical examination is done.


SSC CPO is one of the great opportunities for students looking forward for a reputed position in Central Police Organizations. Through this article, we will provide all relevant information regarding SSC CPO exam like important dates, eligibility criteria, the application process, exam pattern, syllabus, selection process, post-wise vacancies etc.


SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria


The criteria that an applicant has to fulfil for the eligibility to appear in the SSC CPO Exam are given below:


Educational Qualifications:


  • A candidate should possess a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a renowned University.
  • For the placement as Sub Inspector in Delhi Police (only) – Male candidates should hold a valid Driving License for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) as on the date set for Physical Endurance and Standard Tests. Otherwise, they will not be permitted to undertake Physical Endurance and Standard Tests.


Age Limit:


  • Minimum Age Limit for an applicant is 20 years
  • Maximum Age Limit for an applicant is 25 years


Age Relaxation:


CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ST5 years
OBC3 years
Jammu & Kashmir
domiciled during
01.01.1980 to
31.12.1989 (UR/GEN)
5 years
Jammu & Kashmir
domiciled during
01.01.1980 to
31.12.1989 (OBC)
8 years


SSC CPO Syllabus


SSC CPO Paper 1


General ReasoningGeneral KnowledgeQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension
Verbal ReasoningCurrent AffairsPercentageReading Comprehension
SyllogismAwards and HonoursRatio and PercentageGrammar
Circular Seating ArrangementBooks and AuthorsData InterpretationVocabulary
Linear Seating ArrangementSportsMensuration and GeometryVerbal Ability
Double LineupEntertainmentQuadratic EquationSynonyms-Antonyms
SchedulingObituariesInterestActive and Passive Voice
Input OutputImportant DatesProblems of AgesPara Jumbles
Blood RelationsScientific ResearchProfit and LossFill in the Blanks
Directions and Distances Number SeriesError 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


English Language and ComprehensionError Recognition
Fill in the Blanks
Sentence Structure
Sentence Completion
Phrases and Idiomatic Use of Words


SSC CPO Exam Pattern


SSC CPO Exam is held on objective mode with MCQs. It is bilingual i.e. in the languages Hindi and English. It observes negative marking with as much as 0.25 as a penalty for every mistake committed by the candidate. SSC CPO comprise of three stages as given below:


SSC CPO Paper 1 Exam Pattern


S.NoSubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1General Intelligence & Reasoning50502 hours
2General Knowledge5050
3Quantitative Aptitude5050
4English Comprehension5050


Note – SSC CPO Paper-2 will be held once you qualify PET/PST Test.


SSC CPO PET, PST and Medical Test.


Male (Gen)1708085
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim1658085
Scheduled Tribes162.57782
Female (Gen)157
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim155
Scheduled Tribes154


Details for SSC CPO PET Test


For Male Candidates


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


For Female Candidates


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


SSC CPO Medical Test


  • Eligibility Criteria for the Medical Test is mentioned 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 is conducted.


SubjectNumber of questionsMaximum marksDuration
English language & Comprehension2002002 hours


  • 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 Application Fee


Applicants can pay the FEE through SBI Challan/SBI Net banking or through credit/debit cards of any bank.


The SSC CPO application fees for various categories are given below:


  • General/OBC – Rs 100/-
  • Females/SC/ST/Ex-Servicemen – No Fees


SSC CPO Selection Procedure


  • Stage 1 – Candidates have to qualify in paper 1.
  • Stage 2 – Qualify PET/PST Test
  • Stage 3 – Candidates have to qualify in paper 2.
  • Stage 4 – Detailed Medical Examination


The final merit list will be determined on the foundation of the performance of the candidate in all the three stages of SSC CPO Exam.




Post NameLevelGroupSalary/ Pay Scale
Sub Inspector in Delhi Police (Male/ Female)6‘C’ Non-GazettedRs. 35400-112400/-
Sub Inspector in CAPF6‘B’ Non-GazettedRs. 35400-112400/-
Assistant Sub-Inspector(ASI) in CISF6‘C’ Non-GazettedRs. 29200-92300/-