SSC CPO Preparation Guide for Quantitative Aptitude

SSC CPO Tier 1 is scheduled for 9th -11th November 2022. Hence around 60 days left for the exam to prepare. As per the SSC CPO 2022 exam pattern, 50 marks have been allocated for Quantitative Aptitude section. The SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude section is one of the tougher sections of the exam. But if SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude section is prepared well then candidates have a good chance of scoring well in it. Majority of the candidates find the Quantitative Aptitude section very difficult, hence the candidates who score well in this section will be ahead of their competition.

To help you with the target of clearing SSC CPO 2022 exam by excelling in the Quantitative Aptitude section, we have come up with a perfect preparation guide in this blog. It will give you a clear preparation path for the Quantitative Aptitude section. We will tell you how to prepare for the Syllabus of SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude, the books to be referred and a few preparation tips to make sure you are on the right track.

SSC CPO 2022 Exam Pattern

The SSC CPO 2022 Exam Pattern of Paper 1 and Paper 2 is given below. The total time duration of the exam is 2 hours.


PartSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
1General Intelligence and Reasoning5050
2General Knowledge and General Awareness5050
3Quantitative Aptitude5050
4English Comprehension5050


SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
English language & Comprehension20020002 hours

Note:  There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I & Paper-II.

SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

The syllabus for SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude section has been clearly defined in the SSC CPO 2022 Exam notification. The details are as per below.

DecimalsBar diagram & Pie chart
Ratio and ProportionRegular Polygons
InterestRight Circular Cone
Partnership BusinessHemispheres
Time & workTrigonometric ratio
Triangle and its various kinds of centresComplementary angles
TriangleFrequency polygon
QuadrilateralsFractions and relationships between numbers
Right PrismSquare roots
SphereProfit & Loss
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square baseMixture and Allegation
Standard IdentitiesBasic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds
HistogramCongruence and similarity of triangles
CircleWhole numbers
Right Circular CylinderPercentage
Rectangular ParallelepipedAverages
Degree and Radian MeasuresDiscount
Heights and DistancesTime and distance
Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circlesGraphs of Linear Equations

SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude Books.

  • Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (RS Aggarwal)
  • Arithmatics For General Competition Vol 1& 2 by Neetu Singh

SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude – 2020 and 2017 Analysis

The number of questions in various topics asked in the 2020 and 2017 exam is given below. This analysis will help you understand the weightage of each topic.

SSC CPO 2020 Analysis

TopicNo of QuestionsLevel
S.I, CI3Easy-Moderate
Ratio & Proportion2Difficult
Time and Work/ Pipe & Cistern2Moderate
Speed and Distance5-6Easy-Moderate
Average & Percentage4-5Moderate

SSC CPO 2017 Analysis

TopicNumber of QuestionsLevel of Difficulty
Ratio and Proportion1Easy-Moderate
Mixture & Allegation1Easy-Moderate
Time, Speed and Distance4Easy-Moderate
Profit, Loss and Discount4Easy-Moderate
Work & Time, Pipes & Cisterns5Moderate-Difficult
Data Interpretation10Easy-Moderate

SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Tips

  • Speed along with accuracy would be the key to scoring high in the Quantitative aptitude section of the SSC CPO 2022 exam
  • Smart work + Hard work – Learn and memorise shortcut tricks for solving problems and practise them as much as you can.
  • Time management – not wasting time on 1 question, solving as quickly and as many as possible.
  • Prepare for Quant topics based on trends of previous years question papers
  • Solve previous 5 year’s question papers
  • Master the basic formulas of Maths in your SSC CPO preparation
  • Once Basics are good, then practice the Shortcut tricks for Maths
  • Give as many mock tests as possible 
  • Identify your weak zones as quickly as possible and work extra hard on them during your SSC CPO Preparation.
  • Practice, Practice and Practice. There is no alternative to this. Whatever has been studied, the candidate will have to practice it by solving questions based on the topic. This can be done by attempting mocks tests, online quizzes or solving question banks.
  • Most importantly, do not take Maths for granted. Even if you are good with it, you need to practice during your SSC CPO preparation. Otherwise, during exam time, you would fail to perform under pressure

This brings us to the end of this blog. We hope you liked this.

All the best!!


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What is the total marks of SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude ?

Total marks is 50 for Quant in SSC CPO

What is the time limit for SSC CPO Quant Section in SSC CPO?

The total duration of the exam for all sections is 2 hours.

What are some important topics in SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude?

Questions with highest weightage in Quant include DI, Speed and distance, Geometry, Averages, Percentage and Mensuration.

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