SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2023, Check Age Limit, Educational Qualifications

Home » SSC & Railways » SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2023

SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2023

The SSC CPO (Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organization) Eligibility Criteria serves as the fundamental guidelines for aspiring candidates to determine their eligibility for participating in the SSC CPO examination. The eligibility criteria are a set of essential requirements related to age, educational qualifications, and citizenship that candidates must meet to apply for the various posts offered under the SSC CPO.

These criteria are established to ensure that only eligible and competent individuals are considered for the recruitment process, maintaining the integrity and fairness of the selection process. Aspirants are advised to carefully review and satisfy all the eligibility conditions before proceeding with their application to avoid any potential disqualification during the selection procedure.

SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria

Staff Selection Commission has its set of criteria that need to be fulfilled by the candidates in order to be eligible to apply online for recruitment. Candidates must be fully aware of the SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2023 before applying online. We have mentioned below the detailed eligibility criteria for all the candidates.

SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria – Nationality

In order to apply for SSC CPO 2023, You must be 

  • A citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A subject of Bhutan

SSC CPO Eligibility CriteriaAge Limit

The age limit of the candidates should be from 20 to 25 years.

SSC CPO Eligibility CriteriaAge relaxation

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ST5 years
OBC3 years
Ex-servicemen (ESM)3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.
Widows, divorced women, and women judicially separated from their husbands and who are not re-married.Up to 35 years of widows
Widows, divorced women, and women judicially separated from their husbands and who are not re-married. (SC/ ST)Up to 40 years of departmental
Departmental candidates (Unreserved) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as of the closing dateUp to 30 years of departmental
Departmental candidates (OBC) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as on the closing date.Up to 33 years of departmental
Departmental candidates (SC/ ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as of closing date.Up to 35 years of age

SSC CPO Eligibility CriteriaEducational Qualification

  • Educational Qualification for all posts is a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent.
  • Candidates who have not yet acquired but will acquire the educational qualification, and produce documentary evidence from the Board/University in support thereof, will also be eligible.
  • 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. However, the candidates who do not have a Valid Driving License for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) are eligible for all other posts in CAPFs.

After clearing the written exam a candidate will be tested for their physical fitness as mentioned below :

SSC CPO Eligibility CriteriaPhysical Standard Test (PST) and Physical Endurance Test (PET)

1. Physical Standard Test (for all Posts)

S. No.Category of candidatesHeight (in cm)Chest 
(in cm)
(in cm)
(i)Male candidates except those listed at S No (ii) and (iii)1708085
(ii)Candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley,  Leh & Ladakh regions, North-Eastern States and Sikkim.1658085
(iii)All candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes162.57782
(iv)Female candidates except those listed at S No (v) and (vi)157
(v)Female candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions, North-Eastern States and Sikkim155
(vi)All female candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes154

2. Weight 

Corresponding to height (for all posts).

Physical Endurance Test (PET) (For All Posts)

1. For Male Candidates Only:

  • 100-metre race in 16 seconds
  • 1.6 Kms race in 6.5 minutes
  • Long Jump: 3.65 metres in 3 chances
  • High Jump: 1.2 metres in 3 chances
  • Shot put (16 Lbs): 4.5 metres in 3 chance

2. For Female Candidates Only

  • 100-metre race in 18 seconds
  • 800-metre race in 4 minutes
  • Long Jump: 2.7 metres in 3 chances
  • High Jump: 0.9 metres in 3 chances


  • There shall be no minimum requirement of chest measurement for Female candidates.
  • Relaxation in height and chest (as the case may be) as mentioned above will be permissible only on production of certificate in the Performa as prescribed in Annexure-IX from the competent authorities of the District where they ordinarily reside(s).
  • The relaxation in physical standards (height/ chest) once granted at the time of initial appointment in Delhi Police will hold good till the individual concerned remains in Delhi Police.

Medical Standard (For All Posts)

1.  Medical Examination

  • All the candidates who qualify in Paper-II will be medically examined by the Medical Officer of the CAPFs or any other Medical Officer or Assistant Surgeon belonging to Grade I of any Central/ State Govt. Hospital or Dispensary.
  • Candidates, who are found to be unfit, will be informed of the position and they can make an appeal before Review Medical Board within the prescribed time limit of 15 days.
  • The decision of the Re-Medical Board/ Review Medical Board will be final and no appeal/ representation against the decision of the Re-Medical Board/ Review Medical Board will be entertained.

2. Eye Sight

  • The minimum near vision should be N6 (better eye) and N9 (worse eye). The minimum distant vision should be 6/6 (better eye) and 6/9 (worse eye) of both eyes without any correction like wearing glasses or surgery of any kind to improve visual acuity. In a right-handed person, the right eye is a better eye and vice versa.

3. The candidate must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes and they should possess high colour vision. 

4. They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties. 

5. Finally selected candidates for the posts of Sub-Inspector and Assistant Sub-Inspector would, as part of training curriculum, have to pass seven obstacle events as mentioned below, failing which they may not be retained in the Force:

  • Jumping over the Vertical Board
  • Holding the rope on jumping from the Board
  • Tarzan Swing
  • Jumping on the Horizontal Board
  • Parallel Rope.
  • Monkey Crawl
  • Vertical

6. Tattoo

Tattoos will be allowed as per the following stipulations only:

  • Content: Tattoo depicting religious symbols or figures and the name, as followed in the Indian Army are permitted.
  • Location: Tattoos marked on traditional sites of the body like inner aspect of forearm but only left forearm, being non-saluting limb, or dorsum of the hands will be allowed.
  • Size: Size must be less than ¼ of the particular part (Elbow or Hand) of the body.

We hope this blog gave you a better understanding of the SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2023. To read more such blogs, visit the Oliveboard website!


Oliveboard Mobile App
  • Video Lessons, Textual Lessons & Notes
  • Topic Tests covering all topics with detailed solutions
  • Sectional Tests for QA, DI, EL, LR
  • All India Mock Tests for performance analysis and all India percentile
  • General Knowledge (GK) Tests

Free videos, free mock tests, and free GK tests to evaluate course content before signing up!

SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2023 – Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1 What is the minimum educational qualification for SSC CPO 2023?

Ans. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a government-recognized university/institute.

Q.2 What is the upper age limit for the UR category candidates?

Ans. 25 years is the upper age limit for the UR category candidates.

Q.3 Is tattoo allowed for the candidates willing to join as Sub-Inspectors?

Ans. Candidates can have tattoo only as per the rules of the authority. Candidates can check the detailed limitations in this blog.


Download 500+ Free Ebooks (Limited Offer)👉👉