The SSC CPO Exam is a national-level test conducted by SSC for recruiting candidates into the Central Police Organization. There are different posts under SSC CPO which are SI in CAPF and Delhi Police. The SSC CPO stands for Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organization and Four different phases that candidates need to be clear

  • Stage 1- Paper I
  • Stage 2- Physical Endurance Test/Physical Standard Test
  • Stage 3- Paper-II
  • Stage 4-Medical Examination

Candidates must note that the recruitment pertains to the Group C and D posts in various ministries. The posts under CPO are as follows:

  • Sub-Inspector (SI) in Central Armed Police Forces
  • Sub-Inspector SI in Delhi Police
  • Sub-Inspector SI in Delhi Police- Female

SSC CPO Syllabus 2022

To get a fair idea about SSC CPO 2022 Syllabus, Knowing the SSC CPO Syllabus in and out will help the candidates understand the topics that need to be covered under each section of the examination. It will also help them in strategizing their preparation as most of the questions are framed based on the latest syllabus. we have provided the complete SSC CPO Syllabus & SSC CPO Exam Pattern as released by Staff Selection Commission.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern

SSC CPO exam has three different phases that candidates need to clear in order to get selected for various posts in Delhi Police, CAPFs, CISFs etc. SSC CPO Paper 1 is Objective Multiple Choice Question paper. The paper-II exam is the English Comprehension Test, while PET/PST Test is conducted to check the endurance (medical and physical strength) of the candidate.

TierType of ExaminationMode of examination
Tier-IObjective Multiple ChoiceCBT (Online)
PET/PSTRunning, Long Jump, High Jump and Short PutPhysical exam
Tier-IIObjective Multiple ChoiceCBT (Online)

SSC CPO Tier 1 Syllabus-

SSC CPO syllabus for Tier 1 exam which includes 4 sections- English Comprehension, General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Quantitative Aptitude. The detailed SSC CPO Tier 1 syllabus has been discussed in the sections below-

SSC CPO Paper-I Exam Pattern-

SubjectNo. Of QuestionsMax Marks
General Intelligence & Reasoning5050
Quantitative Aptitude5050
English Comprehension5050
General Knowledge5050

NOTE:- Total Duration for Paper-l is 2 hour.

The Topic-wise Syllabus of Tier 1 is given in Table below:-

SSC CPO Syllabus of General Intelligence and Reasoning

It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal types. This component may include questions on:

SN.SSC CPO General Intelligence and Reasoning Topics
1.Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy.
2.Similarities and differences.
3.Problem solving, analysis, judgment.
4.Decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation.
5.Relationship concepts.
6.Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification.
7.Arithmetic number series.
8.Non-verbal series.
9.Space Orientation and Space Visualization.
10.Coding and decoding.
11.Statement conclusion.
12.Syllogistic reasoning.
13.Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification.
14.Semantic Series, Figural Series.
15.Problem Solving.
16.Word Building.
17.Numerical Operations.
18.Symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization.
19.Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences.
20.Punched hole/ pattern-folding & un-folding.
21.Figural Pattern folding and completion.
22.Indexing Address matching.
23.Date & city matching.
24.Classification of center codes/ roll numbers.
25.Small & Capital letters/ numbers.
26.Embedded Figures.
27.Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence.

SSC CPO Paper-l Syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude–

The SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus for Paper 1 is designed to test the quantitative ability of the candidates. There will be 50 questions in this section, carrying a weightage of one mark each. Tabulated below is the SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus:

1. Arithmetic17.Advanced Maths
2. Average18.Geometry
3.Boat, Stream19.Mensuration
4.CI and SI20.Data Interpretation
5. LCM, HCF21.Trigonometry
6. Mixture and Alligation22Degree and Radian Measures, Histogram
7.Partnership23Standard Identities
8. Percentages24Complementary angles
9. Pipes, Cistern25Heights and Distances
10. Problem on Ages26Histogram
11.Profit loss, Discount27Frequency polygon
12.Ratio and Proportion28Bar diagram, Pie chart
13.Time, Speed and Distance29Miscellaneous
14.Work and Time30Quadrilaterals
15.Regular Polygons31Algebra

SSC CPO Paper-l Syllabus of English Comprehension-

Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, their basic comprehension and writing ability, etc., would be tested through this section. There will be 50 questions in this section, carrying a weightage of one mark each. Tabulated below is the SSC CPO English Comprehension Syllabus:

SNSSC CPO English Comprehension Topics
2.Spotting the Errors
3.Reading Comprehension
5.Sentence Completion
6.Cloze Test
7.Sentence Correction
8.Single Fillers
9.Synonyms & Antonyms
10.Phrases & Idioms

SSC CPO Paper-l Syllabus of General Knowledge-

SN SectionSSC CPO Syllabus for General Knowledge Topics
1.HistoryAncient, Medieval, Modern
2.GeographyPhysical and World Both
3.Polity, EconomyIndian Polity, Indian Economy (Basic)
4.Science& TechnologyPhysics, Chemistry, Biology.
5.Static GKImp. Books, Awards, Days, Location Based, Art & Culture, Miscellaneous
6.Current AffairsNational and international


SSC CPO Physical Test will be conducted for the candidates who will qualify in the SSC CPO Paper I Examination. The physical test is the second stage of the selection process. The Physical test is further divided into two tests Physical Endurance Test(PET) and Physical Standard Test(PST).

SSC CPO Physical Standard Test (PST)

The Candidates should fulfil the standards(Height, Weight) of the Physical Standard Test which are set by SSC. Below are the details of the Physical Standards required for the Male and Female candidates of various categories:

Category of the Candidates


1.Male Candidates Except listed in S.No (2) and (3)1708085
2.Candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States, Gorkhas, Dogras, and Sikkim.1658085
3.SC Male Candidates162.57782
4.Female Candidates Except listed in S.No (4) and (5)157
5.Female Candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States, Gorkhas, Dogras, and Sikkim.155
6.SC Female Candidates154

Note-Weight: Corresponding to the height of all the posts.

SSC CPO Physical Endurance Test (PET)

The PST test will be conducted once the candidate finishes the PET test. Physical Endurance Test is different for both Male and females. Below are the different activities to be performed by the candidates:

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
Important Points to be remembered for Physical Test-
  • There is no minimum requirement for chest measurement for female candidates.
  • The candidates who are declared as not qualified in Physical Standard Test may appeal to the authorities present on the ground.
  • The decision of the Authorities would be final and no further appeal is entertained.
  • Ex-Servicemen who applied for the post are not required to attend the PET.

SSC CPO Paper II Pattern-

Paper-IINo. of QsMax MarksDuration

English Language & Comprehension



2 Hour

SSC CPO Paper 2 Syllabus-

Questions in these components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of the English Language and Tabulated below is the SSC CPO English Language Syllabus:

English Language and Comprehension1. Error Recognition
2. Fill in the Blanks
3. Vocabulary
4. Spellings
5. Grammar
6. Sentence Structure
7. Synonyms &Antonyms
8. Sentence Completion
9. Phrases and Idiomatic Use of Words
10. Comprehension

SSC CPO Medical Test-

The candidates qualified in the test will be called for the SSC CPO Medical test. The SSC CPO Medical Test is done by the Medical officer of CPAF or any Medical officer/Assistant Surgeon. The candidates who are not fit for the post can appeal to the medical board within 15 days. Criteria for the Medical Test is given below:

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

Important Topics in SSC CPO Syllabus 2022

Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organization is a national-level examination that is conducted to recruit graduate aspirants for the Sub Inspector (SI) and Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) in CISF, CAPFs & Delhi Police. Every year, about 10 lakh candidates fill out the application form, more than 2 lakhs appear for the examination, and only a few are able to ace it. If you want to crack the upcoming SSC CPO exam, knowing the essential topics covered in the SSC CPO 2022 syllabus is very crucial. So, to help you out, we have mentioned subject-wise important topics that you just can’t miss!

1.Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusGeometry, Data Interpretations, Algebra, Simplification, Ratio Proportions, Profit and Loss, Speed, Time and Distance, Average and Percentage.
2.General Awareness SyllabusNational & International Affairs, Science & Technology, History, Indian Economy, Geography, and Sports.
3.General Intelligence and Reasoning SyllabusAnalogy, Coding-Decoding, Alphabet or word test, Puzzles, Data sufficiency, Classifications, Series, and Non-verbal reasoning.
4.English Comprehension and Language Syllabus Reading comprehensions, Cloze test, Vocabulary, and Error detection.

SSC CPO Syllabus FAQs:

The conducting authority has categorized the SSC CPO Paper 1 syllabus into 4 categories, which are as follows:

  • Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus: Ratio Proportions, Profit and Loss, Speed, Time and Distance, Average, Piper & Cistern, Age-related questions etc.
  • English Syllabus: Vocabulary, Spotting the Error, Single Fillers, Reading Comprehension, Phrases & Idioms etc.
  • General Knowledge Syllabus: Indian History, Geography, Polity, Economics, General Science & current affairs.
  • General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus: Classification, Analogy, Coding-Decoding, Alphabet or word test, Puzzles, Data sufficiency, Mirror & Water Image, Distance direction test etc.

The SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper 2 consists of only one section i.e. English Comprehension & Language. It consists of 200 questions carrying a weightage of one mark each. The topics covered in the SSC CPO Paper 2 syllabus are – Vocabulary, Para Jumbles, Sentence Completion, Spotting the Error, Single Fillers, Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Phrases & Idioms etc. 

Though it will be difficult, yes, it is possible to cover the entire SSC CPO Syllabus in 3 months. All you need to do is study the topics mentioned in the above post and work hard!

No, the Staff Selection Commission has not changed the SSC CPO Syllabus for over a decade. However, we will notify you if any changes are made to the Syllabus.

Candidates need to study four subjects for Paper 1 (General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Knowledge and General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension) exam and one subject for Paper 2 (English Language and Comprehension).

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