SSC CPO Full Form: Know SSC CPO Stands For, Selection Process, and Eligibility

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : November 3rd, 2021

Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organisation Exam, popularly known as SSC CPO Exam is conducted once a year to recruit for the position of Sub Inspector in various departments such as Delhi Police, CAPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB department of  Central Police organization. Candidates who aspire to join the police and are not more than 25 years of age can apply for the SSC CPO posts. There is also some relaxation provided in the upper age limit for different categories, for instance, an OBC candidate can apply for the post up till the age of 33 years and the SC/ST candidates can apply till the age of 35 years.

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CPO full form in SSC is Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organisation Exam. It is conducted once a year to recruit for the position of Sub Inspector in various departments such as Delhi Police, CAPF, BSF, ITBP, SSB department of  Central Police organization.  Candidates who aspire to join the police and are not more than 25 years of age can apply for the SSC CPO posts. There is also some relaxation provided in the upper age limit for different categories, for instance, an OBC candidate can apply for the post up till the age of 33 years and the SC/ST candidates can apply till the age of 35 years.

Full-Form of SSC CPO

SSC CPO: Mode of Examination and Selection Procedure

The mode of SSC CPO (full form in SSC being Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organisation Exam) Examination is online and the exam process is categorized into three stages: Stage 1 is Paper 1, Stage 2 is a compulsory Physical Efficiency Test/ Physical Standard Test (PET/PST) and the third and the final stage is Paper 2. In order to get qualified, one needs to score more than the cut-off marks for both papers.

Stage 1: SSC CPO Paper 1

It comprises 200 questions from different sections namely English comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness. Each question carries 1 mark and there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks.

Stage 2: SSC CPO PET/PST

After clearing SSC CPO Paper 1, the candidates appear for the physical standard test, and only after clearing PST can one sit for SSC Paper 2.

Stage 3: SSC CPO Paper 2

In SSC CPO Paper 2, a candidate is tested on his knowledge of basic English and language skills. The question paper in SSC paper 2 carries 200 questions and there is a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer. After qualifying all three stages of the SSC CPO Selection Process successfully, a candidate is called for document verification.

SSC CPO Salary and Allowances

The below table enlists the SSC CPO Group and Grade pay provided to Assistant Sub-Inspector and Sub-Inspector of CAPF and Delhi Police as per 7th Pay Commission.

Name of the Post

Group

Grade Pay

In-hand Salary

Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police

Group ‘C’ Non-Gazetted

Rs 4200

Rs 35,400 to Rs 1,12,400

Sub-Inspector in CAPF

Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted and Non-Ministerial

Rs 4200

Rs 35,400 to Rs 1,12,400

Assistant Sub-Inspector in CISF

Group ‘C’ Non-Gazetted 

Rs 2800

Rs 29,200 to Rs 92,300

SSC CPO: Allowances 

Other than SSC CPO Salary, SI and ASI selected through SSC CPO exam are also entitled to various allowances that are listed below

  • House Rental Allowance (HRA)
  • Dearness Allowance (DA)
  • Travelling Allowance (TA)
  • Diet Allowance/ Ration Money
  • Children Education Allowance (CEA) and Hostel Subsidy
  • Dress Allowance
  • Risk/ Hardship Allowance
  • Special Duty Allowances
  • Hair Cutting Allowances
  • Soap Toilet Allowances
  • Medal Allowances
  • Non-practicing Allowances (Only for Medical Officials)
  • Detachment Allowances
  • HP CA Allowances
  • Cash Handling Allowances
  • Training Allowances
  • Island Special Duty Allowances
  • Nursing Allowances 

SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria

Nationality:

  • The candidate has to possess Indian Nationality.
  • Apart from Indian nationals, the following candidates can also take interest in the application
    • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan having a certificate in favor of their category issued by the Indian Government
    • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary will be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India

Age Limit:

In order to be eligible for the post in SSC CPO, one needs to be at minimum 20 years of age and the maximum age limit is 25 years of age. Check SSC CPO Eligibility to know about the age relaxation for different categories

Educational Qualification

There is no special qualification that one requires to sit for this exam other than holding a graduate degree recognized as such by the Central Government.

Male candidates who are interested in the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police must possess a valid Driving License for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) as on the date fixed for Physical Endurance and Standard Tests. Failing the foresaid condition, they would not be allowed to undergo Physical Endurance and Standard Tests.

Physical Standards

Candidates aspiring to crack SSC CPO are required to have specific physical standards with respect to chest and height. Once candidates qualify SSC CPO Paper 1, they have to appear for PET/PST test where they have to go through a physical efficiency test to prove their physical fitness required for the SI and ASI posts 

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FAQs

  • No, LMV is required only at the Male candidates end failing which they would not be allowed to undergo Physical Endurance and Standard Tests.

  • SSC CPO Selection Process consists of three stages: Stage 1 is Paper 1, Stage 2 is a compulsory Physical Efficiency Test/ Physical Standard Test (PET/PST) and third and the final stage is Paper 2.

  • SSC CPO Female Cut off was in the range of 73.59 - 104.12

    SSC CPO Male Cut off was in the range of 70.67 - 101.19

  • In order to be eligible for the post in SSC CPO, one needs to be at minimum 20 years of age and the maximum age limit is 25 years of age. Check SSC CPO Eligibility to know about the age relaxation for different categories.

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