SSC CPO Books, Important Topics, Syllabus and more

Staff Selection Commission(SSC) has released the SSC CPO notification 2022 for the recruitment of Sub-Inspector (SI) in Delhi Police, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs)on 10 August 2022. The exam will be conducted in November 2022

The key to succeeding in an exam is diligent and consistent preparation and same goes for the SSC CPO exam. An important part of preparation is the study material you refer to and the topics you focus on. This significantly impacts your performance and plays a key role.

In this article, we would be listing the important topics for the exam and would also be recommending some books for preparation. Also know how to combine your preparation from these books as well as online mocks or tests to achieve the maximum results.

Let us first take a look at SSC CPO 2022 exam pattern.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern

  • The examination will consist of Paper-I
  • Paper-II and Detailed Medical Examination (DME)
  • Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET)

All these stages of the examination are mandatory. Details of these Papers/ Tests are as follow:

SSC CPO Paper-I Exam Pattern 

SubjectNo. of Questions/Maximum MarksTime Duration
General Intelligence and Reasoning50/502 Hours
General Knowledge and General Awareness50/50
Quantitative Aptitude50/50
English Comprehension50/50

SSC CPO Paper-II Exam Pattern

SubjectNo. of Questions/Maximum MarksTime Duration
English Language & Comprehension200/2002 Hours

SSC CPO 2022 – Important Topics

Lets check some important topics to study for SSC CPO 2022

General Intelligence and Reasoning Topics

This section will include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. Topics, as mentioned in the official notification are:

  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic / Number 9 Analogy
  • Figural Analogy
  • Semantic Classification
  • Symbolic/ Number Classification
  • Figural Classification
  • Semantic, number and figural series
  • Problem Solving
  • Word Building
  • Coding & decoding
  • Numerical & symbolic operations
  • Trends
  • Space Orientation
  • Space Visualization
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Drawing inferences
  • Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding
  • Figural Pattern- folding and completion
  • Embedded Figures
  • Critical thinking
  • Emotional & social intelligence

General Knowledge & General Awareness Topics

Questions will be designed to test the following:

  • General awareness of the environment
  • Knowledge of current events
  • Matters of everyday observation

The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to the following:

  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Scientific Research

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Quantitative Aptitude Topics

The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. Topics, as mentioned in the official notification, are:

  • Percentages and Partnerships
  • Profit, Loss, and Discounts
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Squares and Square roots
  • Averages, Mixtures, and Allegation
  • Interest
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Basic algebraic identities and elementary surds
  • Graphs of linear equations
  • Triangles (centers, congruence, similarity)
  • Circles (chords, tangents, angles subtended, common tangents)
  • Mensuration
  • Trigonometry (ratios, degree-radian Measures, standard identities, complementary angles)
  • Height and Distance
  • Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

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English Comprehension

Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, basic comprehension and writing ability etc. would be tested in this paper. Some question types are:

  • Error Recognition
  • Fill In The Blanks
  • Vocabulary
  • Spellings
  • Grammar
  • Sentence Structure
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Sentence Completion
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Comprehension

Important books and Preparation tips for General Intelligence and Reasoning

The SSC CPO books mentioned above will help you improve and build your analytical skills. Go through all the concepts thoroughly. Books that are useful for preparing for the reasoning section are:

  1. A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – RS Agarwal
  2. A New Approach to Reasoning: Arihant Publication
  3. Analytical Reasoning  by MK Pandey


Practice all question types to master this topic. Here is a preparation video for reverse syllogisms for your reference.

Alphanumeric series / Number Series / Alphabet Series

The key to this topic is a good observation skill which can only be developed through practice and clear concepts. Learn some shortcuts and common series patterns to be able to identify them quickly. Here is a video for the preparation of this topic.

The puzzles and seating arrangement questions consisting of negative information are usually on the tougher side. So practice them well. Also, for seating arrangement questions, be thorough with the inward-outward facing concepts. Here’s a preparation video for your reference.

Blood Relations

A technique that many people find useful in solving the blood relation questions is to apply the question to oneself and solve accordingly. A caveat here is, never to assume the gender. Only consider what is mentioned explicitly in the question.

Direction Sense

Learn the concepts of directions, cardinal directions, sunrise, sunset etc. It’s preferable not to solve these questions verbally. Always draw a sketch. Watch the video to learn this topic:-

Order and Ranking

There are rules and formulas for this chapter which you must know in order to solve them accurately in minimum time. Understand questions of left and right as well as top and bottom and between. Watch the following video to learn the tips and trick of this topic.

Important books and Preparation tips for General Awareness

Some SSC CPO books / resources which will help you prepare for the general awareness section daily are:

  1. Manorama Year Book
  2. Daily Newspaper

General knowledge/awareness is divided into 2 main parts: STATIC GK &  CURRENT AFFAIRS.

Important topics for Static GK Preparation
  • International Organizations:  Major world organizations including economic organizations like WTO, IMF, and WB are important. Various political global groupings like UN and regional groups like ASEAN, SAARC, etc. are also important.One can expect regarding headquarters, chairpersons, functions of the organization or any other major reform/ event that took place (pertaining to the organization).
  • Geography: You can expect general questions from geographical features from India and across the world. Questions on theoretical aspects of geography, like the mechanism of earthquakes, volcanoes etc. are rarely asked.
  • Everyday Science: Focus is more on questions from the application of science rather than theoretical aspects of Physics and Chemistry. Further, expect questions on technologies involved in communication, IT, space, biotechnology etc. Questions are generally of the School level.
  • Awards and Honors
  • History: It can be further divided into Indian and World History. Indian History, especially after the 1857 revolt is more important.
  • Economy: This is an important section for all entrance tests. You can expect questions from theoretical as well as practical aspects of Indian and World Economy, with a special focus on India’s macroeconomic indicators, like inflationary trends, GDP etc.
  • Constitution & Polity: In this, you may be asked questions on the working of the Indian Political System e.g. political parties, pressure groups etc. Also, as far as the constitution is concerned, expect questions on major Articles, Schedules and Constitutional Amendments. Further, features of major social schemes launched by the central government in the past are very important. Use “Comparative Reading“. For instance, read in the following manner –  First read about the President, then the governor, then read about PM, then CM, Parliament and then State Legislature, Supreme Court and then High court and so on.

Though the syllabus may seem vast, a good way to prepare is to refer to reliable resources. Consider custom-made e-books for each exam. One can also peruse NCERT ( up to class 10) books for preparing static GK. Some of Oliveboard’s e-books for general awareness preparation are mentioned below:-

1. Free E-books For General Awareness Preparation For Banking, Government & MBA exams

2. Static GK Notes

The GK section has the potential to  help you clear those overall cutoffs and seal the deal as it:

  • Provides 100% accuracy (unless you indulge in blind guesswork)
  • Is highly time-efficient and,
  • Extremely scoring

Thus, to aid your preparation Oliveboard NOW has GK tests which cover the following topics:

  • Current Affairs
  • Banking & Insurance
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Polity & Governance
  • Culture, Books & Awards
  • Countries and Capitals
  • Geography
  • Dates and Committees
  • Economy
  • Science and Technology
  • History
  • Sports

The tests are extremely comprehensive and cover all important questions and aspects. FREE Tests are available for all of these categories.

Preparation Tips for Quantitative Aptitude

The most important things required for acing this section are:

  • Clarity of concepts: develop a stronghold over your basics
  • Knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses: space out your mocks attempts evenly throughout the course of your preparation and devote a good amount of time analyzing your attempts
  • Build your own question selection and attempt strategy
  • Some common series types in number series are Squares and cubes, geometric, two-staged and mixed number series. Thus, it is advisable to memorize all squares up to 25 and cubes up to 20. This will make it easier for you to identify series at the first glance and hence, will help you improve your speed. The key to mastering this particular topic is daily practice. Attempting 4-5 questions, daily without fail and from various sources will go a long way.
  • Data interpretation is one topic that can be calculation intensive. Some recurring question types are tables, bar graphs, line graphs and pie charts. Make sure you practice at least question of each type. This will help you comprehend the data sets more quickly as you will be familiar and also will help you increase your speed. Another important thing to do here would be to remember some fraction to decimal conversions. This will help you increase your speed of solving questions.

The SSC CPO books mentioned will cover all the topics required for the examination. These books that you can use for additional practice are:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R S Aggarwal
  2. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publications
  3. Magical Book on Quicker Math by M Tyra

Preparation Tips for English Comprehension

For this section, you will need to have strong reading skills and you need to be well equipped with grammar. Keep reading articles from newspapers, books, blogs and other content to improve your reading skills.

Some SSC CPO books that can help you strengthen your preparation are:

  1. Objective General English by S. P. Bakshi
  2. High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
  3. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Hope this helps.

All the best!

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