SSC CPO - Exam Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Exam Syllabus - 2021


SSC CPO Exam – 2021, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Selection Procedure, Exam Pattern and Syllabus.

Staff Service Commission Central Police Organization (SSC CPO) examination is a national level test conducted every year by the Staff Service Commission. This exam is one of the best gateways to join the various posts under the Central Police Department. SSC releases the notification for the recruitment of Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), and Assistant Sub-Inspector in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) every year.

SSC CPO Exam, Important Dates

Exam Event Important Dates
Date of Notification February 2021
Date of online application March 2021
Admit card April 2021
Exam Date Tier-1 May 2021
Date of Result Tier-1 June 2021
PST, PET & Medical Test Date July 2021
PST, PET & Medical Result August 2021
Admit Card for tier-2 September 2021
Exam Date Tier-2 October 2021
Final Result November 2021

SSC CPO Exam, Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

Age of the candidate should be from 20-25 years and borne between 02 January 1996 to 01 January 2001.

Upper age relaxation of 05 years for ST/SC and 03 years for OBC (non-creamy) candidates is applicable only if posts are reserved for them.

03 years age relaxation for the Ex-Servicemen after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age on the closing date.

Nationality/ Citizenship

Candidates applying for the SSC CPO exam Must be either

A citizen of India or

A subject of Nepal or

A subject of Bhutan or

The foreign national subject of Nepal and Bhutan will be required to produce an eligibility certificate issued by Govt. of India. 

Educational Qualification

Candidate must Passed a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised University.

For the post of Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police (only), Male candidates must possess a valid Driving Licence for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) as on the date for Physical Endurance and Standard Test. However, a Driving License is not mandatory during filling an application form.

Physical Test

Candidates who passed the Tier-l will be called for physical examination. The Physical Test has two subdivisions PET and PST

Physical Standard Test

The eligibility detail for PST is explained below:

Category Height (in cm) Chest (unexpanded/ expanded)
UR Male 170 80/85
Male candidates who belong to hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh, Garhwal, Dogras, Marathas, Leh and Ladakh, Northeastern States 165 80/85
ST Male 162.5 77/82
UR Female 157 -
Female candidates who belong to hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh, Garhwal, Dogras, Marathas, Leh and Ladakh, North eastern States 155 -
ST Female 154 -

Physical Endurance Test

PET consists of tasks that are to be completed by the candidates.

The list of tasks is variable for the male and female candidates.

For Male Candidates:

Task Criteria
100 m Race 16 Seconds
1.6 km Race 6.5 Minutes
3.65 m Long jump 3 chances
1.2 m high jump 3 chances
Shot put (16 Lbs) 4.5 m, 3 chances

For Female Candidates:

Tasks Criteria
100 m Race 18 Seconds
800 m Race 4 Minutes
2.7 m Long jump 3 chances
0.9 m high jump 3 chances

Medical Examination

Candidates must be Medically fit according to the Medical standards set by the commission for SSC CPO.


Medical Ground Factors
Eyesight A Minimum Near Vision: -N6 Better Eye, N9 Worse Eye; Minimum Distant Vision: - 6/6 Better eye, 6/9 worse eye; In case the candidate is right-handed, the right eye is better and vice versa; The standard should be met without any sort of visual corrections.
Physical and Mental Health The aspirant needs to possess knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes; The candidate must be mentally sound and physically fit. Any sort of physical obligation that can be an obstacle in the duty, can be liable to rejection.


SSC CPO Exam, Selection Procedure

Written Exam Tier-

Physical Endurance Test (PET)/ Physical Standard Test (PST)

Written Exam Tier-

Medical Examination

Document Verification Process

Final Merit List

SSC CPO Exam Pattern

Written exam Tier-l will be online and of objective Type

The exam consists of 04 sections.

There are a total of 50 questions from every section and each question carries 01 marks. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

The distribution of marks and duration of the exam is explained below:

Subjects Total Questions Total Marks Duration
SSC CPO Tier-Ⅰ 2 hours
General intelligence and reasoning 50 50
General Awareness and Knowledge 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Language 50 50
Total 200 200
SSC CPO Tier-Ⅱ 2 hours
English Language and Comprehension 200 200

SSC CPO Exam Syllabus


General Intelligence and Reasoning

Semantic Analogy 

Symbolic/ Number Analogy 

Figural Analogy 

Semantic Classification 

Symbolic/ Number Classification 

Figural Classification 

Semantic Series 

Number Series 

Figural Series 

Problem Solving 

Word Building 

Coding & decoding 

Numerical Operations 

symbolic Operations 


Space Orientation 

Space Visualization 

Venn Diagrams 

Drawing inferences 

Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding 

Figural Pattern folding and completion 

Indexing Address matching 

Date & city matching Classification of centre codes/ roll numbers 

Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding 

Decoding and classification 

Embedded Figures 

Critical thinking 

Emotional Intelligence 

Social Intelligence

General Awareness and Knowledge

Current Affairs

India and its neighbouring countries




Economic scene

General Polity

Constitution of India

Scientific research updates

Quantitative Aptitude

Whole Numbers 


Fractions and Relationships Between Numbers 


Ratio and Proportion 

Square Roots 


Interest Profit & Loss 


Partnership Business 

Mixture and Allegation 

Time and Distance 

Time & Work 

Basic Algebraic Identities of School Algebra 

Graphs of Linear Equations 

Triangle and Its Various Kinds of Centres 

Congruence Along with The Similarity of Triangles

Circle and Its Chords 


Angles Subtended by Chords of a Circle 

Common Tangents to Two Or More Circles 



Regular Polygons 

Circle, Right Prism 

Right Circular Cone 

Right Circular Cylinder 



Rectangular Parallelepiped 

Regular Right Pyramid with Triangular or Square Base 

Trigonometric Ratio 

Degree and Radian Measures 

Standard Identities 

Complementary Angles 

Heights and Distances 


Frequency Polygon 

Bar Diagram & Pie Chart

English Language

Error Recognition

Filling in The Blanks 




Sentence Structure



Sentence Completion

Phrases and Idiomatic Use Of Words


SSC CPO Tier- Syllabus

SSC CPO Tier-ll will of English Language and have a total of 200 objective type of questions for 200 marks.

Error recognition

Filling in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles, etc)

Sentence Structure

Synonyms & Antonyms

Sentence Completion

Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words

Comprehension, etc.

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