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

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Mon, 05 Jul 2021 09:20 AM IST


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

Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CPO Exam to recruit eligible and interested candidates to Sub Inspector in Delhi Police, Sub Inspector in CAPFs, Assistant Sub Inspector in CISF, Inspector posts and Sub Inspector Posts. SSC CPO 2020 Paper-II exam is scheduled to be conducted on July 26, 2021. Candidates who are aspiring to appear for SSC CPO Exam, should know all the details about SSC CPO Exam Pattern to understand the selection procedure of the exam.  In this article we have explained SSC CPO Exam Pattern to help candidates understand the nature of the exam so that candidates can strategise their preparation accordingly.

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SSC CPO Exam Pattern: Selection Procedure

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

  • Paper I
  • Paper II
  • Physical Endurance Test

Candidates who qualify 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 a 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 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 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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