The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released SSC CPO Recruitment Notification on 17th June 2020 for filling up more than 3000 vacancies in Delhi Police department. As there is an ample amount of time for the exam, candidates can go through the SSC CPO Exam Pattern and begin their preparation well in advance. Check out the marking scheme, the number of questions asked, and important topics for SSC CPO 2020 here.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020

Every year Staff Selection Commission conducts the SSC CPO Recruitment to fill in numerous vacancies in CAPF, ASI, and SI of Delhi Police department. For beginning the preparation, one must be thorough with the detailed SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020. 

  • As per the SSC CPO Selection Process, there are four stages involved in the selection including Paper 1, PET/PST, Paper 2, Medical Exam.
  • Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are conducted in online mode and include Multiple Choice Questions. All the stages are qualifying in nature and mandatory to score above the cut off marks.
  • Along with exam pattern, go through the SSC CPO Syllabus and know which topics to be studied. Ensure not to waste time in reading all topics. 
  • Have a look at the below glance of exam pattern for all stages of SSC CPO 2020.
Stages  Type of Examination Mode of examination
Paper 1 Online Mode of Exam; Multiple Choice Questions CBT (Online)
PET/PST Running, Long Jump, High Jump and Short Put Physical exam
Paper 2 Online Mode of Exam; Multiple Choice Questions CBT (Online)
DME Detailed Medical Exam Physical Exam
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SSC CPO Paper 1 Exam Pattern 2020

Check SSC CPO Tier I Exam Pattern below. 

  • The first stage of SSC CPO includes four sections with 50 questions in each section.
  • Each section carries 50 marks
  • The time duration for completion of SSC CPO Paper 1 is 2 hours.
Section No. of Questions Marks Time Duration
Reasoning Ability 50 50 2 hours
General Awareness 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Language 50 50
Total 200 200

SSC CPO PET/PST Exam Pattern 2020

Have a look at the Physical Examination Test pattern in the below table.

  • Candidates must be physically and medically fit to clear this exam with high score. 
  • The SSC CPO PET Exam Pattern varies for males and females.
  • Aspirants qualifying this stage above the fixed measurements will be eligible for next stage.

SSC CPO PST for Males (All Posts)

Go through the Physical Standard Test pattern for Male candidates from the below table.

Category of candidates Heights (in cms) Chest (in cms)
Unexpanded Expanded
For candidates from General Category 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

SSC CPO PST for Females (All Posts)

Check out the below table to know the Physical Standard Test Pattern for Females from the below table:

  • There is no chest measurements required for female candidates
  • Relaxation in height and chest (as the case may be) as mentioned above will be permissible only on production of certificate in the Performa as prescribed in Annexure-VIII from the competent authorities of the District where they ordinarily reside.
Category of candidates Heights (in cms)
For candidates from General Category 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 PET for Males (All Posts)

Go through Physical Endurance test (PET) for males as tabulated below:

Category Parameters
Race 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 chance

SSC CPO PET for Females (All Posts)

Check out the Physical Endurance Test pattern for female candidates from the below table:

Category Parameter
Race 100 metres race in 18 seconds
800 metres race in 4 minutes
Long Jump 2.7 metres in 3 chances
High Jump 0.9 metres in 3 chances

SSC CPO Paper 2 Exam Pattern 2020

Check SSC CPO Tier-II Examination Pattern below:

  • The third stage of SSC CPO is also an online mode of the exam with just one subject i.e., English Language.
  • There are a total of 200 Multiple Choice Questions for 200 marks.
  • The time duration for the exam is 2 hours.
Section No. of Questions Marks Time Duration
English Language 200 200 2 hours (Shift 1st: 10.00 A.M. to 12.00 P.M., Shift 2nd: 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM)

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SSC CPO DME Pattern 2020

The last stage of SSC CPO is the detailed medical examination for all posts that include checking Eye Sight, Physical and Mental Health, Medical Examination, Seven Obstacle Test. Based on the performance of candidates in Paper 1 and 2, candidates will be shortlisted for Medical examination. After Medical examination shortlisted candidates will be called for Document Verification.


  • The minimum near vision should be N6 (better eye) and N9 (worse eye).
  • The minimum distant vision should be 6/6 (better eye) and 6/9 (worse eye).
  • In right-handed person, the right eye is better eye and vice versa.
  • The standards should be without visual correction of any kind even by glasses.

Physical and Mental Health

  • Candidates must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes.
  • They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

Medical Examination

  • All the candidates who qualify in Paper-II will be medically examined by the Medical Officer of the CAPFs. 
  • 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.
  • The decision of Re-Medical Board/ Review Medical Board will be final and no appeal/ representation against the decision of the Re Medical Board/ Review Medical Board will be entertained

Seven Obstacle test

Finally selected candidates for the post of  Sub-Inspector and Assistant Sub-Inspector will have to pass the obstacle test. Candidates who fail to pass this obstacle test as listed below will not be a part of the force.

  1. Jumping over the Vertical Board;
  2. Holding the rope on jumping from the Board;
  3. Tarzan Swing;
  4. Jumping on the Horizontal Board;
  5. Parallel Rope;
  6. Monkey Crawl;
  7. Vertical Rope.


Tattoos will be allowed as per following stipulations only:

  • Content: Tattoo depicting religious symbol or figures and the name, as followed in Indian Army are permitted.
  • Location: Tattoos marked on traditional sites of the body like inner aspect of forearm but only left forearm, being non-saluting limb or dorsum of the hands will be allowed.
  • Size: Size must be less than ¼ of the particular part (Elbow or Hand) of the body.

SSC CPO Syllabus 2020

Here is the brief syllabus for SSC CPO Exam. After going through the detailed SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020, candidates are advised to go through the syllabus and begin their preparation.

General Reasoning General Knowledge Quantitative Aptitude English Comprehension
Verbal Reasoning Current Affairs Percentage Reading Comprehension
Syllogism Awards and Honours Ratio and Percentage Grammar
Circular Seating Arrangement Books and Authors Data Interpretation Vocabulary
Linear Seating Arrangement Sports Mensuration and Geometry Verbal Ability
Double Lineup Entertainment Quadratic Equation Synonyms-Antonyms
Scheduling Obituaries Interest Active and Passive Voice
Input-Output Important Dates Problems of Ages Para Jumbles
Blood Relations Scientific Research Profit and Loss Fill in the Blanks
Directions and Distances - Number Series Error Correction
Ordering and Ranking - Speed, Distance and Time -
Data Sufficiency Time and Work -
Coding and Decoding - Number System -
Code Inequalities - Data Sufficiency -


who releases ssc cpo exam pattern?

Staff Selection Commission released SSC CPO Exam Pattern.

What is the duration to complete the SSC CPO exam?

Duration of ssc cpo exam is 2 hours

Is there any negative marking SSC CPO exam?

Yes, There is 0.25(1/4) negetive marking in exam

IS Specs allowed in SSC CPO?

No, Specs are not allowed in ssc cpo exam.

What is SSC CPO job?

SSC CPO is the exam for the recruitment of different armed force of the country. In the Central Police Organization, there are various posts like- Delhi Police, CISF (Central Industrial Security Force), CAPF (Central Armed Police Force), ASI (Assistant Sub-Inspector), SI (Sub Inspector).

How do I prepare for CPO?

The applicants who are applying for the SSC CPO can go through the SSC CPO Preparation Tips in which the tips and tricks are there to qualify all stages of the exam. Before that candidate must the knowledge of SSC CPO Exam Pattern and Syllabus. Also, prepare a proper study plan and prepare for the exam accordingly.

What is SSC CPO Exam Analysis?

With the help of SSC CPO Exam Analysis, you will get the complete detail about the Good Attempts, Difficulty Level of the exam, and the Topics asked in the exam from each section with the number of questions. There are 4 sections in the exam- English Language, Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness. Click Here to get the SSC CPO Exam Analysis for all shifts.

Which is better SSC CGL or SSC CPO?

To know the difficulty level of both the exams, candidates have to go through the Syllabus for both CGL and CPO. However, the Syllabus is almost the same but the level of SSC CGL is higher than the SSC CPO. Both are different profession and depends on the candidate's interest. Hence go through the job profiles and decide about applying for the most suitable job.

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