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SSC CPO Syllabus 2020: Complete Syllabus for Paper 1 and 2

SSC CPO Syllabus: As the Staff Selection Commission has released the SSC CPO 2020 notification, know about the detailed SSC CPO syllabus of Paper-1 and Paper-2. Check out the topic wise syllabus for SSC CPO 2020 Exam.

SSC CPO Syllabus 2020

SSC CPO syllabus must be thoroughly covered by the aspirants to get an idea of the important topics to be asked in the exam. SSC CPO has four phases to get appointed for various posts in Central Police Organisation. SSC CPO Paper 1 exam will be held from 29th September 2020 to 5th October 2020. Understand the complete syllabus for SSC CPO exam in detail and study according to the latest exam pattern. We are providing you with the complete SSC CPO syllabus and important topics to be asked in SSC CPO 2020 exam.

SSC CPO 2020 Exam Pattern For Paper I 

SSC CPO Paper 1 comprises of 4 sections with 50 marks each. The total duration is 2 hours. The Exam pattern for SSC CPO exam is as follows: 


Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration/ Time Allowed
Part A General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50 Two Hours
Part B General Knowledge and General Awareness 50 50
Part C Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Part D English Comprehension 50 50
  • The questions in this paper will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type. 
  • Questions will be set in Hindi and English in Parts A, B and C of Paper I. 
  • Deduction of 0.25 marks will be made for each incorrect answer marked. 

SSC CPO Syllabus: General Intelligence and Reasoning

It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on:

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  • 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.
  • Semantic Analogy,
  • Symbolic/ Number Analogy,
  • Figural Analogy,
  • Semantic Classification,
  • Symbolic/ Number Classification,
  • Figural Classification,
  • Semantic Series,
  • Figural Series,
  • Problem Solving,
  • Word Building,
  • Numerical Operations,
  • Symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization,
  • Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences,
  • Punched hole/ pattern-folding & un-folding,
  • Figural Patternfolding and completion,
  • Indexing Address matching,
  • Date & city matching
  • Classification of centre codes/ roll numbers,
  • Small & Capital letters/ numbers
  • Embedded Figures,
  • Critical thinking,
  • Emotional Intelligence,
  • Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics if any.

SSC CPO Paper 1 Syllabus: General Knowledge and General Awareness

  • General awareness of the environment around him and its application to society.
  • Knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observations
  • India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, scientific Research etc

SSC CPO 2020 Syllabus For Quantitative Aptitude

  • 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,
  • 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

SSC CPO Syllabus: English Comprehension

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

Physical Standard Test (PST) Is Mandatory For The Posts

Category of candidates Height (in cms) Chest (in cms )
Unexpanded Expanded
(i) For male candidates only GENERAL 170 80 85
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 Sikkim 165 80 85
For all candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes 162.5 77 82
(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 Sikkim 155
For all candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribe 154

Physical Efficiency(Endurance) Test(PET) ( For all posts)

Only those candidates, who have scored above the cut off marks fixed by the Commission in Paper I would be required to appear in the Physical Endurance Test/Medical examination.

For male candidates only

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

For female candidates only

  • 100 metres race in 18 seconds
  • 800 metres race in 4 minutes
  • Long Jump: 2.7 metres (9 feet) in 3 chances.
  • High Jump : 0.9 metres (3 feet) in 3 chances.

Note: Only those candidates declared qualified in PET/ PST will be called for Paper – II and that the Medical Examination would be conducted subsequently.

SSC CPO Paper-2

Subject Maximum Marks /Questions Duration and timing
English language & Comprehension 200 marks/200 questions Two Hours
  • The questions in this paper will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.
  • Deduction of 0.25 marks will be made for each incorrect answer marked.

SSC CPO Syllabus:  Paper-II 

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.

Medical Examination 

  • All the candidates who qualify in the PET will be medically examined by the Medical Officer of the CAPFs or any other Medical Officer or Assistant Surgeon belonging to Grade I of any Central/ State Govt. Hospital or Dispensary.
  • Candidates who are found to be unfit, will be informed of the position and they can make an appeal before Review Medical Board within the prescribed time limit of 15 days.
  • Decision of Re-Medical Board/Review Medical Board will be final and no appeal/ representation against the decision of the ReMedical Board/Review Medical Board will be entertained.

Final Selection / Merit 

The merit list will be drawn on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the Written Examination and Physical Efficiency Test.

Eye sight

  • The minimum distant vision should be 6/6 and 6/9 of two eyes i.e. without wearing of glasses.
  • The candidate must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes and they should possess high colour vision.

SSC CPO Syllabus FAQs

Q. What is SSC CPO?

SSC CPO stands for Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organization.

Q. What are the posts under SSC CPO?

SSC CPO posts include Sub-Inspector (GD) in CAPFs and Sub-Inspector (Executive) in Delhi Police.

Q. How many tiers are there in SSC CPO?

There are 4 stages under SSC CPO examination.

Q. Is there any interview in SSC CPO?

No, there is no interview in SSC CPO.

Q. What is the selection procedure for the SSC CPO 2020 exam?

The selection procedure includes Paper 1, Physical Test, Paper 2 and Medical examination.

Q. What are the subjects asked in SSC CPO Paper 1?

The subjects asked in SSC CPO Paper 1 include:

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

Q. Where will I get the detailed syllabus for SSC CPO?

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Q. What are the subjects asked in SSC CPO Paper 2?

In Paper 2, questions from English language & Comprehension are asked.



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