SSC CPO Syllabus

SSC CPO Syllabus

ByNeha Uppal  |  Updated on: Nov 3, 2020SSC CPO 2020-21 Released declared. Check SSC CPO result, cutoff. Candidates must check details about the exam such as important dates, exam pattern, vacancies, syllabus, preparation strategy and more.
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SSC CPO Syllabus 2020 Notification

SSC has released the SSC CPO syllabus 2020 details along with the official notification. SSC CPO exam notification 2020 for the recruitment of Sub Inspector (SI) in CAPF, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) in CISF & Sub Inspector (SI) in Delhi Police. The last date to apply for SSC CPO 2020 is 16th July 2020. SSC CPO Exam will be conducted from 29th September to 5th October 2020.

You've got almost 100 days to ace your preparation. Aspirants who have submitted their online application form must check the latest exam pattern and SSC CPO syllabus of Paper 1 & Paper 2 to kick-start their exam preparation in the right direction.

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SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020

The exam schedule of the SSC CPO Exam 2020 is out, and the candidates are hereby requested to check the website for detailed information. You can get all types of updates regarding every SSC and other government examinations from the official website of BYJU'S Exam Prep. According to the SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020, the candidates have to write two papers- Paper 1and Paper 2. 

Next stage is the Physical Endurance Test (PET) or Physical Standard Test (PST). Paper 2 is based on the English language and comprehension. The last stage before the final selection is Detailed Medical Examination (DME). As per the SSC CPO New Exam Pattern, every post will have a separate exam pattern for the exams. Thus, you have to first read the SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020 thoroughly and identify the one applicable for you.

Highlights of the SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020

The highlights of the SSC CPO New Exam Pattern will draw your attention towards the following information;-

  • Topic-wise marks distribution for the exam
  • Aggregate marks and marking pattern
  • Duration of the exam
  • Number of sections in the full paper.

The SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020 in full details is shown in the table below;-

Exam stages

  • Paper 1: Physical Endurance Test(PET)/Physical Standard Test (PST)
  • Paper 2: 
  • Detailed Medical Examination


2 hours for both Paper 1 and Paper 2

Total Marks

200 marks for each paper

Number of sections

  • Paper 1 comprises 4 sections
  • Paper 2 comprises sections for English language and comprehension

Question type

Multiple-choice objective type questions

Number of questions

200 questions for both Paper 1 and Paper 2

Language of the paper

English and Hindi (as per the choice of the candidates)

SSC CPO Paper 1 Exam Pattern

All the applicants who have registered themselves successfully on the website for the SSC CPO Exam 2020 are eligible to sit for the Paper 1 exam. As per the SSC CPO new exam pattern, there are four different sections in the SSC CPO Paper 1 Exam Pattern. The four parts are;-

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • General knowledge and General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension

There are 200 questions in total in the entire question paper of one mark each. For each correct answer, you will get one mark. However, for every question answered wrong, there will be a deduction of 0.25 marks. Every section of the paper consists of 50 questions. The detailed SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020 Paper 1 is given in the table below;-

SSC CPO Paper 1 Exam Pattern




Total Number of Questions


General Intelligence and Reasoning




General Knowledge and Awareness




Quantitative Aptitude




English Comprehension



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SSC CPO Paper 2 Exam Pattern

As per the SSC CPO Paper 2 Exam Pattern, there will be 200 questions on English Language and Comprehension in this paper. The main objective of the question pattern is to test your ability to understand the English language. You have to complete the paper within 2 hours.

Both the papers will be normalized to arrive at the final result.

Exam Pattern for Physical Endurance Test

The SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020 for the Physical Endurance Test is explained below;-

For Male:

  • High jump of 1.2 meters ( 3 chances)
  • Race of 1.6 Kms for 6.5 minutes
  • 16 lbs short put of 4.5 meters (3 chances)
  • Long jump of 3.65 meters (3 chances)
  • 100-meter race for 16 seconds

For Female:

  • High jump of 0.9 meters (3 chances)
  • The 4-minute long 800-meter race
  • 100-meter race of 18 seconds duration
  • Long jump of 2.7 meters (3 chances)

Pattern of Medical Examination

Those of you, who qualify the Paper 2 exam, will be called for the medical examination to check the medical fitness. A medical officer of CAPF or Grade I Assistant Surgeon or any other medical officer will examine the candidates. The Assistant Surgeon should belong to any Central or State Government hospital or dispensary.

After selection, you should also pass seven obstacles in the whole curriculum,-

  • Vertical rope
  • Parallel rope
  • Tarzan swing
  • Jumping over the vertical board
  • Jumping over the horizontal board
  • Monkey crawl
  • Holding the rope while jumping from the board

SSC CPO Syllabus 2020: SI in Delhi Police

SSC CPO SI Syllabus of General Intelligence & Reasoning

Reasoning Subject is divided into two parts:

1. General Mental Ability

2. Non-Verbal Reasoning

You can check the complete details of Reasoning in the below table.

General Mental Ability

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Alphabet Test

Papercutting & folding


Embedded figures.

Arithmetic Reasoning

Figure formation & Analysis

Blood Relation



Cube & Dice

Coding decoding

Mirror Image

Distance direction test

Water Image


Pattern Completion

Logical Venn diagram

 Counting of figures.

Missing Number


SSC CPO SI Syllabus of General Awareness



Polity, Economy


Static GK

Current Affairs



Indian Economy (Basic)


Imp Books, Awards, Days, Location Based




Indian Polity


Art & Culture







SSC CPO SI Syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude


Advanced Maths



Boat & Stream



Data Interpretation



Mixture & Alligation

  Degree and Radian Measures, Histogram


  Standard Identities


 Complementary angles

Pipes & Cistern

  Heights and Distances

Problem on Ages


Profit loss & Discount

 Frequency polygon

Ration Proportion

 Bar diagram & Pie chart

Speed time and work


Time work & wages


SSC CPO English Syllabus

Candidates’ ability to understand Correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.

Spotting the Error
Reading Comprehension
Sentence Correction
Single Fillers
Cloze Test

SSC CPO Paper-II Syllabus: English Language & Comprehension

Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on: 

  • Error recognition
  • Filling in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles etc.)
  • Synonym/ Antonym
  • Spellings
  • Sentence Correction
  • Cloze Test
  • Para Jumbles
  • Sentence Completion
  • Active Passive
  • Reported Speech
  • One word Substitution
  • Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words
  • Reading Comprehension etc.

SSC CPO Selection Process

Step I: Those candidates, who will score the cutoff marks fixed by the Commission in Paper I would be required to appear in the Physical Endurance Test & Physical Standard Test.

Step II: Only those candidates, qualified in PET/ PST and will be allowed to appear in Paper-II.

Step III: Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their total marks in the Written Examination in Paper- I & II. After Medical & Document Verification, candidates will be recommended for appointment by the Commission on the basis of total marks in the Written Examination.

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:

i) Jumping over the Vertical Board
ii) Holding the rope on jumping from the Board
iii) Tarzan Swing
iv) Jumping on the Horizontal Board
v) Parallel Rope
vi) Monkey Crawl
vii) Vertical Rope

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  • Normalization is done for adjusting the level of difficulty in different sections of the question paper.

  • Paper 2 contains only one section.

  • The SSC CPO Exam is entirely a computer-based examination.

  • Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 contain only MCQs.

  • No. The candidates should not carry any calculator or other electronic gadgets in the examination hall.

  • An eyesight test is conducted. The minimum near vision of N6 indicates a better eye, and N9 indicates a worse eye.

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