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SSC CPO Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2023

Last updated on 23-May-2023

SSC CPO Syllabus 2023

The SSC CPO Notification 2023 will be soon released by the SSC. The Notification will be released for the vacancies for the post of Sub-Inspector (SI) in Delhi Police, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) in CISF. The SSC CPO Recruitment exam will have 2 papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Both the papers would be of objective type. In this blog, we take a look at all the topics covered under SSC CPO Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern. So, let's begin with our section-wise SSC CPO Syllabus. Before moving on to the Syllabus let's have a look at the SSC CPO Exam Pattern.

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SSC CPO Exam Pattern

The SSC CPO (Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organization) exam pattern comprises two stages: Paper I and Paper II. Paper I is conducted in online mode and consists of four sections: General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Knowledge and General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. Each section carries 50 questions with a maximum of 50 marks, making a total of 200 questions and 200 marks for Paper I. There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates have 2 hours to complete Paper I.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern Paper I 

SubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
General Intelligence & Reasoning50502 hours
General Knowledge5050 
Quantitative Aptitude5050  
English Comprehension5050 

SSC CPO Exam Pattern Paper II

• 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 PET/ PST Test Pattern

HeightChest (Expanded/Un-expanded)HeightChest 
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim16580/85155 
Scheduled Tribes162.577/82154 

Both Male and Female candidates have to qualify the PET test. Some important points on the same are given below:

SSC CPO PET Test Qualifications 
Male CandidatesFemale candidates
100 metre race – 16 seconds
1.6 Km Race in – 6.5 minutes
Long Jump: 3.65 metres – 5 chances
High Jump: 1.2 metres – 3 chances
Short put 16 LBS: 4.5 metres – 3 chances
100 metre race – 18 second
800 metre race – 4 minutes
Long Jump: 2.7 metres or 9 feet – 3 chances
High Jump: 0.9 metres or 3 feet – 3 chances
SSC CPO Medical Test

The criteria for the Medical Test is given below:

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

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SSC CPO Exam Syllabus 2023

To clear the SSC CPO Paper 1 and Paper 2 candidates must prepare all the topics of each section of the SSC CPO 2023 Exam. Let's go through the complete SSC CPO Exam Syllabus for each section of both papers.

SSC CPO Syllabus - Paper 1

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

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

SSC CPO Syllabus - Paper 2

Paper 2 will be an objective paper on English Language and Comprehension for 200 Marks.

English Comprehension Topics

Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidates' understanding and knowledge of the English Language and will be based on:

  • Error recognition
  • Filling in the blanks (using verbs, prepositions, articles, etc)
  • Vocabulary and spellings
  • Sentence Structure
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Sentence Completion
  • Phrases and Idiomatic Use of Words
  • Comprehension

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What is the SSC CPO 2023 exam date?

The SSC CPO Exam date is 3rd Oct- 6th October 2023.

What is the application fees for SSC CPO? +

The fee payable is Rs.100 for SSC CPO for Unreserved and OBC Category candidates. Women, candidates from Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Ex-servicemen (ESM) are exempted from paying application fee.

What is the age limit for SSC CPO? +

Minimum Age: 20 Years and Maximum Age: 25 years

What is the recruitment process of SSC CPO? +

The SSC CPO recruitment process consists of Paper-1, Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET), Paper-2 and Detailed Medical Examination (DME).

What will the SSC CPO Notification 2023 be released? +

SSC CPO Notification 2023 was released on 21sr July 2023.

When can I download SSC CPO 2023 Admit Card? +

Candidates will be able to download the SSC CPO Admit card a week before the examinations.

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