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SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2021: Check subject-wise paper pattern and marking scheme

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Fri, 22 Oct 2021 03:53 PM IST


Check SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2021 here at and know the section wise pattern, marking scheme, time duration and more.

SSC CPO exam pattern is a must for candidates applying for SSC CPO Exam to know. The exam pattern highlights the structure of the exam. It is important for candidates to know the syllabus and exam pattern to prepare well for the exam. There are three phases in SSC CPO Exam- Tier I, Tier II and PET/PST. The duration of Tier I exam is 2 hours and is objective in nature, while Tier II Exam is English Comprehension Test. Read this article to know all the details about SSC CPO Exam Pattern and other details. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our monthly FREE Current Affairs E-book- Download Now.



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SSC CPO Exam Important Dates and Vacancy

The important SSC CPO Exam dates 2020, as notified are given below.
 Important events Dates
Relapse of Notification and Online Application June 17th, 2020
Last date to apply July 16th, 2020
SSC CPO Paper I (CBE) September 29th, 2020 to October 5th, 2020(Postponed)
November 23rd – November 26th, 2020
SSC CPO Paper II 1st March 2021 Postponed

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12th July 2021.
November 8, 2021 -(latest dates )
Result of paper 2  Will be declared after the exam.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2021

SSC CPO Exam selection procedure comprises of the following three stages:

  • Paper I
  • Paper II
  • Physical Endurance Test

Candidates who qualify for Paper I and Paper II have to appear for Physical Endurance Test, however, the final merit list is prepared on the basis of the marks scored in Paper I and Paper II only.


SSC CPO Exam Pattern- Paper I

This is an objective multiple choice type paper where questions are asked from four subjects/sections- General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence and Reasoning, and English Comprehension. A total of 200 questions are asked in SSC CPO Paper I, wherein 50 questions are asked from each section. The total time duration of the exam is 2 hours. Each question carries one mark. There is negative marking and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. SSC CPO Exam Pattern Paper I is as follows:


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

General Intelligence & Reasoning



General Knowledge



Quantitative Aptitude



English Comprehension



Total 200 200


SSC CPO Exam Pattern- Paper II

This is the English Comprehension Test. A total of 200 questions are asked which carry 1 mark each. The total time allotted for the exam is 2 hours.  There is negative marking and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.

Subject No. of Questions Total Marks Time Duration
English Comprehension 200 200 2 Hours

SSC CPO Exam Pattern: Physical Standards Test and Physical Endurance Test

Candidates who qualify for Paper I and Paper II appear for SSC CPO Physical Standards Test and Physical Endurance Test. The details of both these tests are as follows:

Physical Standards Test

Male Candidates

Category Height Chest
General 170 cm Unexapanded- 80 cm
Expanded- 85 cm
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim 165 cm Unexapanded- 80 cm
Expanded- 85 cm
Scheduled Tribes 162.5 cm Unexapanded- 77 cm
Expanded- 82 cm

Female Candidates:

Category Height
Gen 157 cm
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim 155 cm
Scheduled Tribes 154 cm

Physical Endurance Test

Candidates are given certain tasks under Physical Endurance Test and they have to complete those tasks within the given time limit. The details of Physical Endurance Test are as follows:

Male Candidates

  • 100 metre race in 16 seconds
  • 1.6 Km Race in 6.5 minutes
  • Long Jump: 3.65 metres in 5 chances
  • High Jump: 1.2 metres in 3 chances
  • Short put 16 LBS: 4.5 metres in 3 chances

Female Candidates:
  • 100 metre race in 18 second
  • 800 metre race in 4 minutes
  • Long Jump: 2.7 metres or 9 feet in 3 chances
  • High Jump: 0.9 metres or 3 feet in 3 chances

SSC CPO Syllabus

After having understood the exam pattern, candidates should know the syllabus of the exam to know the topics they have to study in order to crack the exam. SSC CPO Syllabus for various subjects is as given below:

SSC CPO Syllabus General Awareness

  • Current Affairs
  • Indian Constitution
  • Books and Authors
  • Important dates and days
  • History
  • Geography
  • Polity
  • Economy
  • Sports
  • Culture

SSC CPO Syallbus Quantitative Aptitude

  • Percentage
  • Number system
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Data Interpretation
  • Mensuration
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Mixture and Allegation
  • Average
  • Partnership
  • Data Sufficiency
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SSC CPO Syllabus General Reasoning and Intelligence

  • Syllogism
  • Venn Diagram
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Input Output
  • Blood Relations
  • Order and Ranking
  • Analogy
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Arithmetic Series
  • Relationship

SSC CPO Syllabus English Comprehension

  • Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error Detection
  • Active and Passive Voice

SSC CPO Paper II Syllabus

  • Sentence Correction
  • Vocabulary
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Comprehension
  • Error Detection
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Sentence Completion

Thus the above details should have been able to give candidates an idea about SSC CPO Exam. By analysing the above details candidates can chart out a preparation stragtegy for themselves and start preparing today itself with

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SSC CPO Exam Pattern FAQs

Q. How many stages are there in SSC CPO Selection Procedure?

A. There are three stages in SSC CPO Selection Procedure- Phase I, Phase II and Physical Endurance Test.

Q. How many questions are asked in SSC CPO Phase I Exam?

A. A total of 200 questions are asked in SSC CPO Phase I Exam. 

Q. What is the duration of SSC CPO Phase I Exam?

A. The duration of SSC CPO Phase I Exam is 2 hours.

Q. What is SSC CPO Phase II Exam?

A. SSC CPO Phase II Exam is a test of English Comprehension.

Q. How many marks does SSC CPO Phase II Exam carry?

A. SSC CPO Phase II Exam carries a total of 200 marks. 


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