SSC CPO Exam 2020 - Application Process, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Result

Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts a national level exam for filling various vacancies in the Central Police Organizations (CPO) such as Delhi Police, CAPF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, etc. The exam name is SSC CPO exam. It is conducted for posts viz. Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and Sub-Inspector. Candidates in Delhi Police at posts Constable, Head Constable, and Assistant Sub-Inspector with a minimum of three years of experience are also eligible to apply for the exam. For more information on eligibility, exam dates, pattern, syllabus, recruitment process, the application process, etc, read the complete article on SSC CPO exam 2020.

Latest Update - The SSC CPO official notification 2020 was scheduled to be released on 17th April 2020 as per the SSC Annual Calendar. However, the same has been postponed due to the Coronavirus situation. The new release date for the notification will be announced soon. Keep an eye on the official website for the same.

SSC CPO Exam 2020 - Highlights

Exam Name


Exam Conducting Body

Staff Selection Commission

Official Website

Exam Level


Exam Language

Hindi and English

Exam Fee

₹ 100 (SC/ST, Ex-Servicemen, and Female candidates are exempted)


To be notified

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SSC CPO Exam 2020 - Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates

Application process begins


Last date for application submission


Admit Card for Paper-1

Two weeks before the exam

CBT Paper-1

28th Sep to 1st Oct 2020

Admit Card for Paper-2

Two weeks before the exam

CBT Paper-2

1st March 2021

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Pape-II of SSC CPO 2019 recruitment process is also due on 21st June 2020.

Eligibility Criteria for SSC CPO Exam 2020


The candidate must either be:

  1. An Indian citizen or
  2. A subject of Nepal or
  3. A subject of Bhutan

Candidates belonging to 2 and 3 categories above are required to have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Age Limit

As on 1st January 2021, the minimum age limit should be 20 years and the maximum age limit should be 25 years. Permissible relaxation in the upper age limit is provided to reserved category candidates as under:


Relaxation in the Upper Age-Limit


3 years


5 years

Ex-Servicemen (ESM)

3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date

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For reservation categories, check out the official notification.

Educational Qualification (as on 1st January 2021)

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognised University.

Exam Pattern for SSC CPO Exam 2020

The SSC CPO exam pattern comprises of the following stages:

  1. Paper-I
  2. Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET)
  3. Paper-II
  4. Detailed Medical Examination (DME)

All the stages are compulsory. The detailed pattern for all stages are:




Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks

Time Duration


General Intelligence and Reasoning

50/ 50


2 Hours


General Knowledge and General Awareness

50/ 50


Quantitative Aptitude

50/ 50


English Comprehension

50/ 50

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Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks

Time Duration

English Language & Comprehension

200/ 200

2 Hours

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Important Points for Paper-1 and 2

  • Both Paper-1 and 2 will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Part-I, II, and III of Paper-1 will be in both Hindi and English while Part-IV of Paper-1 and Paper-II will be in English only.
  • There will be negative marking in both papers. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Physical Standard Test (PST)


Height (in cm)




Male (UR)




Male candidates belonging to Hill areas (HP, Garhwal, Kumaon, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, NE states, and Sikkim)








Female (UR)




Female candidates belonging to Hill areas (HP, Garhwal, Kumaon, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, NE states, and Sikkim)








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Physical Endurance Test (PET)

For Male Candidates

For Female Candidates

100-meter race in 16 seconds

100-meter race in 18 seconds

1.6 km race in 6.5 minutes

800-meter race in 4 minutes

Long Jump: 3.6 meters in 3 chances

Long Jump: 2.7 meters in 3 chances

High Jump: 1.2 meters in 3 chances

High Jump: 0.9 meters in 3 chances

Shot put (16 Lbs)” 4.5 meters in 3 chances


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PST/ PET will be of qualifying nature. These do not carry any marks.

Medical Examination

The medical examination is conducted by the Medical Officer of the CAPFs or any other Medical Officer or Assistant Surgeon belonging to Grade I of any Central/ State Government Hospital or Dispensary.

The candidates must be in good mental and physical health. He/ She must be free from any physical defects.

The candidate must not have a flat foot, knock knee, squint in eyes, varicose vein, or high colour vision.

“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) of both eyes without any correction like wearing glasses or surgery of any kind to improve visual acuity. In a right-handed person, the right eye is better-eye and vice versa.”

Syllabus for SSC CPO Exam 2020

The SSC CPO syllabus is prescribed by SSC and can be accessed through the official notification. The syllabus is as under:


  • General Intelligence and Reasoning: Analogies, similarities and differences, spatial orientation, space visualization, decision making,  problem-solving, analysis, judgment, visual memory, observation, discrimination, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, coding and decoding, non-verbal series, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.
  • General Knowledge and General Awareness: General Knowledge, Current Events, India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, Scientific Research etc.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit & Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & work, Algebra and Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle, Circle, Quadrilaterals, Trigonometric Ratio, Graphs.
  • English Comprehension: Comprehension, Correct Use of English.


  • English Language and Comprehension: Grammar, Error recognition, filling in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles etc), Spellings, Vocabulary, Sentence Completion, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, Phrases and Idioms, Comprehension, etc.

SSC CPO Application Process

The SSC CPO application forms are accepted only through the online mode. Candidates are advised to submit the same well before the last date. The SSC CPO 2020 notification has been postponed. Keep checking the official website for notification release. Till then, here are the steps for the application submission. If you are new to the SSC exams, complete the one-time registration.

Steps to apply for the SSC CPO Exam?

The application process can be completed in two stages:

  • One-Time Registration
  • Filling Online Application Form

One-Time Registration

The one-time registration is for candidates who have never appeared for any SSC exam. If you have appeared for any SSC exam before, you must have the registration ID and password. The same can be used for all the SSC exams. Here are the steps for one-time registration:

  • Go to the official website -
  • Click on the ‘New User? Register Now?’ link.
  • The application form will appear on the screen. Enter details such as Aadhaar number, name, Parents’ name, DoB, Educational details, Gender, Mobile Number, Email ID, Contact details, Photo and Signature details, etc. to complete the form.
  • When the registration process is complete, you will receive a registration number and password.

Filling Online Application Form

  • Login using the registration number and password.
  • The details you have entered at the time of registration will appear automatically.
  • Fill details regarding category, examination center choices, etc.
  • Go through the complete information and click on the “I Agree” declaration.
  • Make the application fee payment.
  • When the fee is submitted successfully, take a print of the application form.

Application Fee

The application fee for the SSC CPO exam can be paid through Net Banking, BHIM UPI, Debit Cards, Credit Cards, or in cash at any SBI branch. The application fee details are as under:


Application Fee Amount

General and OBC

₹ 100/-

Female, SC, ST, and Ex-Servicemen


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SSC CPO Admit Cards

The SSC CPO admit cards will be released 3 to 7 days before the exam. Candidates can download the same from the respective regional/ sub-regional office. The admit card can be downloaded using the registration ID and password. It is mandatory to carry the admit card along with two passport size coloured photographs and an original photo ID-proof.

SSC CPO Result

The SSC CPO results for both the papers are released separately. The result is made available at the official website. Candidates can access the same using their registration ID and password. The final result will be declared after all the stages are over. Document Verification will be conducted for finally selected candidates.