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  • SSC CPO Syllabus

    Candidates appearing for the SSC Combined Police Organization (CPO) Exam should be very particular about the latest SSC CPO Syllabus and exam pattern.The SSC has altered the exam dates and few other aspects related to the CPO. Therefore, candidates should be updated on every detail related to the SSC CPO exam.Before going through the detailed SSC CPO syllabus, candidates need to understand the SSC CPO exam pattern properly.For more details on other SSC Exams, refer to the linked article.

    SSC CPO Exam Pattern

    SSC CPO examination has four different phases that a candidate has to clear in order to get selected for various posts Central Police Organisation.

    SSC CPO Paper I is an Objective type Multiple Choice Question paper. The Physical Eligibility Test or PET/PST is conducted to ensure that a candidate is physically fit to be a part of the nation’s police force.

    SSC CPO Paper II is a descriptive English Comprehension Test to check candidates’ understanding of English Language while the Medical Test is conducted to check that the candidate is able-bodied.

    The four stages of SSC CPO exam pattern are as follows.

    1. Paper I
    2. Physical Test
    3. Paper-II
    4. Medical Examination

    Detailed SSC CPO Exam Pattern is as mentioned below:

    SSC CPO Paper Pattern – Paper I

    Subject Marks Duration
    General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 02 hours
    General Knowledge & Awareness 50
    Quantitative Aptitude 50
    English Comprehension 50

    SSC CPO Paper Pattern – Paper II

    Subject Marks Duration
    English Language & Comprehension 200 02 hours

    SSC CPO PET/PST Test Pattern

    Candidates Male Female
    Height Chest (Expanded/Un-expanded) Height Chest
    General 170 80/85 157 NA
    Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim 165 80/85 155
    Scheduled Tribes 162.5 77/82 154

    Both Male and Female candidates have to qualify the PET test. Some important points on the same is given below:

    SSC CPO PET Test Qualifications
    Male Candidates Female candidates
    100 metre race – 16 seconds

    1.6 Km Race in – 6.5 minutes

    Long Jump: 3.65 metres –5 chances

    High Jump: 1.2 metres – 3 chances

    Short put 16 LBS: 4.5 metres –3 chances

    100 metre race – 18 second

    800 metre race – 4 minutes

    Long Jump: 2.7 metres or 9 feet –3 chances

    High Jump: 0.9 metres or 3 feet –3 chances

    SSC CPO Medical Test

    Salient points about SSC CPO Exam Pattern:

    • As mentioned in the SSC CPO Exam Pattern, questions in both papers will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.
    • Questions will be set in Hindi and English in Parts-I, II and III of Paper-I.
    • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I & Paper-II.
    • The SSC (Staff Service Commission ) reserves the rights of altering the exam pattern.
    • As per the SSC CPO Exam pattern, the Physical test and Medical Exams are to be conducted only after a successful score in Paper I & II. This is to ensure that the candidate is perfectly fit for the applied post.
    • The physical test is done to determine the basic physical structure of the candidate like height, chest, etc.
    • Medical Exam is done to verify certain aspects like fitness, vision, flat foot, knock knee, squint eyes, etc. to ensure that is free from all sorts of deformities that would hinder the efficiency during the duties.

    The criteria for the Medical Test is given below:

    • Minimum Near Vision: (better eye)-N6  and (worse eye) N9
    • Minimum Distant Vision: (better eye) 6/6  and (worse eye) 6/9
    • Must not have flat foot, varicose vein, knock knee, or squint in eyes
    • Eye standards should be without visual correction of any kind even by glasses.

    SSC CPO Syllabus

    The syllabus for SSC CPO is decided by the conducting body i.e. the Staff Selection Commission itself. The below mentioned SSC CPO syllabus  is for two written exams Paper I & Paper II. Both paper I and paper II examination of SSC CPO are conducted online.

    Let’s take a look at detailed SSC CPO Syllabus  (Topics and section-wise) for Paper I.

    • General Intelligence & Reasoning

    SSC CPO Syllabus for General Intelligence & Reasoning ask questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This can be really scoring if prepared well. The complete reasoning syllabus for SSC CPO exam is given below.

    SSC CPO Syllabus for General Intelligence & Reasoning
    Topics Types of Questions Weightage
    Analogy Semantic and Figural analogy, letters and numbers Symbolic/Numbers, images and meaning based 6-8 Questions
    Coding Decoding Coding decoding by letter shifting, coding by analogy and words 3-5 Questions
    Classifications Semantic and Figural classifications, Symbolic/Numbers classification 6-7Questions
    Series Semantic, Figural, number and mixed series and series based on general knowledge 3-5 Questions
    Order Ranking Sequence of order and ranking will be asked from the given data 1-2 Questions
    Direction & Distances Problems based on network, routes and distances travelled are asked 1-3 Questions
    Missing numbers Numbers and alphabet based Matrix and Diagrams 2-3 Questions
    Alphabet or word test Sequence and word formation, Matrix, jumbled words, suffix etc. 3-5 Questions
    Venn diagram Venn Diagram, Logical, Syllogism etc 4-5 Questions
    Puzzles Double line-up arrangements, circular arrangements, seating arrangements, linear arrangements etc. 3-5 Questions
    Data sufficiency Cubes and Dices, Arithmetic operation etc 4-5 Questions
    Non- verbal reasoning Paper folding, Cubes and dices, counting figures etc. 5-7 Questions


    • SSC CPO Syllabus for General Knowledge & Awareness

    General Awareness is always a scoring part to gain an edge in the exam. This section is really vast and consists of a number of topics. The list is given below.

    SSC CPO Syllabus for General Knowledge & Awareness
    Topics Types of Questions Weightage
    History Ancient and Medieval History, India’s freedom struggle 6-7 Questions
    Geography Indian and World Geography 5-6 Questions
    Polity Government Portfolios, Judiciary and Constitution of India 3-5 Questions
    Science & Technology Environment, Nutrition, Diseases, Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc. 10-13 Questions
    Books and Authors Authors and Famous books 1.2 Question
    Economy Economic Organisation, Indian and world organisation 4-5 Questions
    National & international Affairs Government policies and schemes, National and International days, events and news etc. 10-11 Questions
    International Organisations International Organisation headquarter and their year of establishments 1-2 Questions
    Current events Latest Sports events, Venues and Winners 2-3 Questions
    • SSC CPO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

    Huge list of Topics are covered in this section. It tests candidates ability to use numbers appropriately. The main and major to score good in this section is speed and accuracy. Below is the glance of complete QA syllabus for SSC CPO exam.

    SSC CPO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude
    Topics Types of Questions Weightage
    Mixture Problems Questions on mixtures of Two or Three quantities and their ratios 1-2 Questions
    Ratio Proportions Simple and compound ratios, Direct and indirect proportions 3-4 Questions
    Number Systems Rational, irrational Numbers, LCM, HCF, integers 1-3 Questions
    Simplification Fraction, BODMAS, Decimals, Ratios etc. 4-5 Questions
    Algebra Quadratic and Linear Equation, Identities etc. 4-6 Questions
    Profit and Loss Partnership, Discounts and Marked Prices, Problems on Profit and Loss, successive sellings, etc. 4-5 Questions
    Percentage Basic Percentage Questions 1-2 Questions
    Average Average problems on Average of height, weight, Age, Marks, money expenditure, temperature etc. 2-3 Questions
    Time and work Time and Work, Work and wages, Work efficiency, Pipes and cisterns etc. 1-2 Questions
    Speed, Time and Distance Problems on River, boats and streams, Relative speed etc. 1-3 Questions
    Mensuration Are, Surface Area and volume of Various Geometric Shapes 3-5 Questions
    Simple Interest Problems on Simple and compound interest 1-3 questions
    Trigonometry Height and distances, Identities, Trigonometric ratios etc 3-5 Questions
    Geometry Quadrilateral, Triangles, Circlies, Chords,Cubes, cones etc. 4-6 Questions
    Data Interpretations Questions on Bar graph, Table, Pie Chart, Line Chart 4-5 Questions

    To analyse the preparation level and understand the weak areas that need more attention for the main exam, aspirants of can take SSC CPO Mock Test daily.

    • SSC CPO Syllabus For English Comprehension

    English Syllabus has more weightage on Vocab, Grammar and Comprehension. It basically tests the understanding of correct english, basic grammar, comprehension and writing ability. Detailed syllabus for English section is as mentioned below.

    SSC CPO Syllabus For English Comprehension
    Topics Types Of Questions Weightage
    Idioms One word substitution, meaning of Idioms 3-5 Questions
    Error detection Finding error in a sentence or a phrase 4-5 Questions
    Vocabulary Spellings, Synonyms and Antonyms 5-10 Questions
    Cloze test Questions based on passages containing particular idea, cloze tests 5-10 Questions
    Reading comprehensions Passages will focus on topics related to social issues, business and economies moral stories and humanities like Art, human behaviour, Psychology, medicine etc. 5-10 Questions
    Grammar sections Spotting the error, Phrase Replacements, Fill in the blanks 8-10 Questions

    SSC CPO Syllabus – Paper II

    SSC CPO Syllabus Paper II is a descriptive exam comprising only English section. Relevant questions asked in this paper are as follows.

    SSC CPO Syllabus Paper II
    English Language & Comprehension 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.