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All About SSC CPO

SSC – CPO examination is conducted by Staff Selection Commission every year to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments, and organizations of Government of India. It selects staff of SI(Sub Inspector) & ASI (Assistant Sub Inspector) for different location across India. The examination is conducted in four successive tiers as follows:


1.  SSC - CPO: Selection Process

2. SSC - CPO: Paper I   2018

3. SSC - CPO: Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET)

4. SSC - CPO: Paper II  2018

5. SSC - CPO: Syllabus 2018

6. SSC - CPO: Eligibility Criteria

1.  SSC - CPO: Selection Process

The selection process will consist of the following:

A. Paper-I

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

C. Paper-II

D. Detailed Medical Examination (DME)

2. SSC - CPO: Paper I 2018

A. Part I (Objective Multiple Choice Type ):

Sr. No.Name of Tests
No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1English Language5050Composite times of 120 minutes (2 Hours)
2General Intelligence and Reasoning  5050
3Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)5050
4.General Awareness5050


3. SSC - CPO: Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET)

A. Physical Standard Test (for all Posts):

Category of candidates
Height (in cms)
Chest (in cms )
(i) For male candidates only (General)1708085
For candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States and Sikkim1658085
For all candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes162.57782
(ii) For Female candidates only (General)157--
For candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States and Sikkim155--
For all candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribe154--

B. Physical Endurance Test (PET) (For all posts)

For male candidates only:

  • 100 meters race in 16 seconds
  • 1.6 Kms race in 6.5 minutes
  • Long Jump: 3.65 meters in 3 chances
  • High Jump: 1.2 meters in 3 chances
  • Shot put (16 Lbs): 4.5 meters in 3 chance

For female candidates only:

  • 100 meters race in 18 seconds
  • 800 meters race in 4 minutes
  • Long Jump: 2.7 meters in 3 chances
  • High Jump: 0.9 meters in  3 chances

4. SSC - CPO: Paper II 2018

Paper-II (Objective Multiple Choice Type):

S. No.SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration

English language & Comprehension

2002002 hours

Questions in both papers will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.  There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I & Paper-II.

5. SSC - CPO: Syllabus 2018

Syllabus for Computer Based Examinations:


I. General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, 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 & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern-folding & un-folding, 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, Other sub-topics if any.
II. General Knowledge and General Awareness: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates‟ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, scientific Research etc.
III. Quantitative Aptitude: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit & Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time & work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
IV. English Comprehension: Candidates‟ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension, and writing ability, etc. would be tested.
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), Vocabulary, Spellings, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words, comprehension etc.

6. SSC - CPO: Eligibility Criteria

(a) Age limit :

20-25 years as on 01.08.2018 (i.e. candidates born not before 02.08.1993 and not later than 01.08.1998 are eligible).

(b) Educational Qualification (As on 01.08.2018)

Educational Qualification for all posts is Bachelor's degree from a recognized university or equivalent.

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