SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2020 Check Age Limit, Educational Qualification

The Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CPO Exam every year to fill in numerous posts of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police, Sub Inspector in CAPFs, Assistant Sub Inspector in CISF, Inspector posts and Sub Inspector Posts. Aspirants willing to apply for CPO must go through the detailed SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2020 before filling the application form.

  • As per the recent reports, the SSC CPO Notification 2020 is released on 17th June 2020, through which more than 3000 vacancies are released.
  • Candidates aged above 25 years cannot apply for SSC CPO 2020 Exam. Also, candidates who do not follow SSC CPO Qualification will be unable to apply for the exam.
  • Along with the notification, the exam conducting authority will release the SSC CPO Application Form 2020. The entire application process is conducted in online mode.
  • It is advised for candidates to go through the complete post to know about SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2020 and apply for their desired post accordingly.

SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2020

In order to help candidates complete their application process successfully, we have provided SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria. Candidates must fulfil these factors before applying for the exam.

  • There is age relaxation for each category. Hence, candidates can check the age relaxation for different categories tabulated below.
  • In this post, candidates can find complete details about SSC CPO Eligibility 2020 like age limit, educational qualification, nationality, etc.
  • After applying for the exam successfully, go through the SSC CPO Syllabus for starting the preparation.

SSC CPO eligibility criteria

SSC CPO Eligibility [Reservation and Suitability of Posts]

Reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC)/ Scheduled Tribes (ST)/ Other Backward Classes (OBC)/ Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) etc are as determined and communicated by the Indenting Ministries/ Departments/ Offices, as per extant Government Orders.

  • It is noted that the Commission does not have any role in deciding the number of vacancies of any User Department.
  • Implementation of reservation policy, maintaining reservation roster and earmarking of vacancies for different categories comes under the domain of the User Departments.
  • For the post of Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police, reservation is available for ex-servicemen and special categories of ex-servicemen.
  • As per the SSC CPO Requirements, 50% of vacancies will be reserved for the persons served in the Special Force/ NSG (Special Action Group), received QI “Qualified Instructors” grading in the commando course, officers worked in the specialized commando-type units, out of the quota meant for ex-servicemen.
  • The unfilled vacancies will be filled from amongst other available ex-servicemen candidates if a sufficient number of Ex-servicemen candidates are not available.

SSC CPO Nationality 2020

As per the SSC Norms, a candidate from the following regions is eligible to apply for SSC CPO. Check the required SSC CPO Eligibility criteria 2020 here.

  • Citizen of India
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan Refugee came over to India before 1st Jan 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • A person belonging to Indian Origin migrated from Countries such as Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

SSC CPO Educational Qualification 2020

  • To apply for SSC CPO Examination, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university or equivalent.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year exams are also eligible to apply for the exam. However, they need to submit documentary evidence from the Board/ University in support thereof as on 01-01- 2021.
  • Male candidates applying for the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police must possess a valid Driving License for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) as on the date fixed for Physical Endurance and Standard Tests. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to undergo Physical Endurance and Standard Tests.
  • The programs in engineering, medicine, dental, nursing, pharmacy, architecture and physiotherapy etc are not permitted to be offered under Open and Distance Learning mode. However, B. Tech. degree/ diploma in Engineering awarded by IGNOU to the students who were enrolled up to the academic year 2009-10 shall be treated as valid.
  • All candidates who have been declared qualified by the Commission in Computer Base Examination will be required to produce all relevant Certificates in original such as Mark sheets/Provisional Degree/ Diploma Certificate as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before 01-01-2021 failing which the candidature of such candidates will be cancelled by the Commission.

SSC CPO Age Limit 2020

  • 20-25 years as on 01.01.2021 (i.e. candidates born not before 02.01.1996 and not later than 01.01.2001 are eligible).
  • The officials will accept the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/ Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate only, for determining the Age eligibility.
  • No subsequent request for the change of age will be considered or granted.

SSC CPO Age Relaxation 2020

As per the SSC CPO eligibility, age relaxation is not admissible to sons, daughters and dependents of ex-servicemen.
Therefore, such candidates should not indicate their category as ex-servicemen. Age relaxation will be provided to reserved categories as per the government norms.

  • Ex-servicemen (ESM) who have already secured employment in civil side under Government in Group C‟ & D‟ posts on regular basis after availing of the benefits of reservation given to ex-servicemen for their re-employment are not eligible for reservation in ESM category and fee concession.
  • Non-Graduate ex-servicemen who have not completed 15 years of service as on the last date for receipt of applications are not eligible for any post.
  • Candidates treated as Ex-servicemen must obtain the status within the stipulated period of one year from the closing date of receipt of applications.
  • The period of “Call up Service” of an ex-serviceman in the Armed Forces shall also be treated as service rendered in the Armed Forces for purpose of age relaxation as per rules.

Let us have a look at the table below to know the category wise Age relaxation:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Central Government Civilian
Employees who have rendered not less
than 3 years regular and continuous
service as on closing date.
5 years
Ex-servicemen (ExS) 3 years after deducting military service period from the actual age
For ASI in CISF:
(i) Central Govt. Civilian Employees
who have served not less than 3
years regular and continuous service as
on closing date
3 years after deducting military service period from the actual age
For ASI in CISF:
(i) Central Govt. Civilian Employees
who have rendered not less than 3
years regular and continuous service as
on closing date
Up to 40 years of age
(ii) Central Govt. Civilian Employees
(SC/ ST) who have rendered not less
than 3 years regular and continuous
service as on closing date
Up to 45 years of age
Candidates who had ordinarily been
domiciled in the State of Jammu &
Kashmir during the period from 1st
January 1980 to 31st December 1989.
5 years
For Group C posts only:
(i) Widows/ Divorced Women/
Women judicially separated and who
are not remarried.
Up to 35 years of age
(ii) Widows/ Divorced Women/
Women judicially separated and who
are not remarried (SC/ ST )
Up to 40 years of age
Departmental Candidates
(Unreserved) who have rendered
not less than 3 years of regular and
continuous service as on closing
date.
Up to 30 years of age
Departmental Candidates (OBC)
who have rendered not less than 3
years of regular and continuous
service as on closing date
Up to 33 years of age
Departmental Candidates (SC/ ST)
who have rendered not less than 3
years of regular and continuous
service as on closing date.
Up to 35 years of age

SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria for Physical Standard Test (PET)

  • The female candidates have no minimum requirement for the chest measurement.
  • The below table shows the SSC CPO 2020 eligibility criteria according to the physical standard test for both male and female.
  • It is important for candidates to check the SSC CPO Height for SC before applying for the post.
  • The candidates’ height should be 170 cm ca s per the SSC CPO Height for OBC in order to eligible for the Physical Standard Test.
  • SSC CPO Height and Chest measures are given below as per the category.
Category 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 Tribes 154

SSC CPO Eligibility for Physical Endurance Test (PET) 2020

As per the notification, the only candidates who will clear the SSC CPO Paper-I exam are eligible to appear in PST/ PET.

  • The required SSC CPO Eligibility criteria for PET is as tabulated below.
  • The weight is corresponding to the height of the candidate for all posts.
For Male Candidates 100 meters race in 16 seconds
1.6 km race in 6.5 min
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 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

SSC CPO Medical Examination Eligibility Criteria 2020

The candidates should have a minimum distant vision of 6/6 and 6/9 of two eyes without correction (without wearing glasses). The required SSC CPO Eligibility for Medical examination are:

  • Candidate must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes.
  • Must possess high colour vision.
  • Candidate must be in good mental and physical condition.
  • Candidate should be free from any physical defect.
  • There is no X-ray of the chest for the female candidate.
  • The aspirants have to fulfil all criteria in SSC CPO Physical Test and Medical Examination and be of proper weight, Height and BMI.

SSC CPO Selection Process 2020

As per the SSC CPO 2020 Notification, there are four stages involved in the selection of candidates. Candidates qualifying all these four stages will be eligible for receiving the appointment for their applied post. The four stages involved in the selection are

  • Paper 1 – There are four sections in this stage each having 50 questions for 50 marks. The total time duration for completing the exam is 2 hours.
  • Paper 2 – This stage includes English Language and comprehension having 200 questions for 200 marks. The time duration to complete the exam is 2 hours.
  • PST/PET – This is a mandatory test for all posts. Candidates need to qualify the respective parameters fixed for each category like Height, Long jump, high jump, shot put, and more.
  • DME – This is a detailed medical examination including checking of eyesight, good mental health, body health, and more.

SSC CPO Eligiility Criteria

SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria FAQs

Q. What is the SSC CPO minimum Age limit?

A: The minimum age limit to apply for the SSC CPO is 20 years. Candidates aged above 25 years cannot apply for SSC CPO 2020 Exam. Also, candidates who do not follow the CPO Qualification set by the commission will be unable to apply for the exam.

Q. I am in my final year degree. Can I apply for SSC CPO 2020?

A: As per the notification, candidates having a bachelor’s degree from any recognized Institute/ University can apply for SSC CPO. If you are acquiring a bachelor’s degree before 01.01.2021, then you can apply.

Q. What is the age limit to apply for the SSC CPO 2020 Exam?

A: As per the SSC CPO Age Limit, the candidate’s age should be between 20 to 25 years as on 01-01-2021 which means candidates born not before 02-01-1996 and not later than 01-01-2001 are eligible to apply for the exam.

Q. Is Physical Standard Test (PST) mandatory to be cleared?

A: To be a part of the Indian Armed Force, candidates have to clear all the stages in SSC CPO. Candidates who will clear the Paper 1 of the exam are eligible for the next process which is PET/ PST.

Q. What is the SSC CGL Age Relaxation for SC/ST category?

A: There is age relaxation for each category. As per the SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria, the upper age limit for SC/ST category is 5 years. Hence, candidates can check the age relaxation for different categories on the official website.

Q. Can I apply for more than one post in SSC CPO?

A: No, candidates can apply for anyone post under the SSC CPO 2020 category. All the applicants will get an equal opportunity to appear in the exam, so one can apply once for the post.

Q. What is the last stage in the SSC CPO Selection Process?

A: The Detailed Medical Examination (DME) is the last stage in the selection process. To reach the last stage of the exam, candidates have to go through- Paper 1, PET/PST, Paper 2, and the last stage Medical Exam.

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