SSC CPO 2021 Exam Dates, Application Form, Admit Card, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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Apr 15, 2021

Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CPO (Central Police Organisations) recruitment exam every year for the post of SI (Sub Inspector) in Delhi Police/CAPF /BSF /ITBP /SSB department in the Central Police Organization (CPO). The candidates, who are willing to apply for the SSC CPO exam, should not be more than 30 years old (33 years for the OBC candidates and 35 years for the SC/ST candidates). Check SSC CPO 2021 Vacancy, Salary, Job Profile, Career Growth & Allowances

The SSC CPO 2021 paper II exam will be conducted on 12 July 2021 (tentatively).

Latest Updates

March 31, 2021: SSC CPO SI Paper 1 2021 Result Declared: Check Direct Links Here

February 23, 2021: The SSC CPO 2020 Paper-I result will be released on February 26. Read more

January 28, 2021: SSC CPO option form 2018 and the final vacancies have been released. 

SSC CPO 2021 Highlights

Name of the Exam SSC CPO 2021
Conducting body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Post Sub-Inspector (SI) and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI)
Vacancies 3,237 (including females and ex-servicemen)
Exam level National
Salary INR 35,400 to 1,12,400 /-
Mode of Application Online
Application Fees Gen/OBC- INR 100/- 
Negative Marking Paper-I & II - 0.25
Selection Procedure
  1. Paper-I
  2. Paper-II
Official Website
SSC CPO Eligibility

SSC CPO 2021: Eligibility Criteria

There are 3 conditions that a candidate needs to fulfill in order to be eligible for the SSC CPO 2021 Exam. Check SSC CPO 2021 Eligibility Criteria in details

SSC CPO 2021: Nationality

Other than Indian citizens, the following candidates can apply:

  • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan ( having a certificate in favour of their category issued by the Indian Government
  • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary will be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India

SSC CPO 2021: Educational Qualification

  • There are no special eligibility criteria to be eligible for the SSC CPO recruitment exam. However, candidates need Graduation degree in any discipline from an authorized University or any equivalent degree recognized as such by the Central Government on or before 01-Jan-2021.
  • For the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police (only) – Male candidates 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.

SSC CPO 2021:Age Limit

  • Minimum Age Limit – 20 years
  • Maximum Age Limit – 25 years

SSC CPO 2021: How to Apply

In the following bulletins, you will find the complete procedure of the application process:

  • Log in to the SSC official website i.e.
  • Fill the basic details asked for in the registration window.
  • Submit the application form. You will be provided with a registration ID.
  • Log in using the Registration ID and password.
  • complete all other steps and submit relevant documents
  • Upload your photograph and scanned copy of the signature as per the desired dimensions.
  • Complete your payment process.
  • Check all the details provided by you for any mistakes.
  • Submit your application form. Your registration will be completed.
  • Take a printout of the application form for your reference.

Check SSC CPO 2021 Application Process

SSC CPO Exam Centres

SSC CPO 2021: Exam Centres

SSC releases the list of SSC CPO 2021 exam centres along with the notification. SSC will allot the exam centres of SSC CPO 2021 as per their preference and availability. Candidates need to submit their exam centres preference in the SSC CPO application form. The complete address of SSC CPO exam centres 2021 will be mentioned in the admit card of the SSC SI.

SSC CPO Admit Card

SSC CPO 2021: Admit Card

SSC CPO admit card 2020-21 for Paper-II will be released in February 2021.

SSC CPO 2021: How to Download Admit Card

  • Visit the official website of SSC
  • Candidates are redirected to the page that hosts the links to regional websites.
  • Click the relevant website link.
  • On the home page, click the admit card download link.
  • Enter the required login credentials.
  • Download the admit card and make several copies of the admit card.
SSC CPO Exam Pattern

SSC CPO 2021: Exam Pattern

SSC CPO exam pattern is such that it consists of Paper 1, Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET), Paper 2 and Detailed Medical Examination (DME). All these stages of the examination are mandatory. The details of the exam pattern are as follows:

SSC CPO Exam Pattern for Paper 1

  • All successful applicants will be able to appear in Paper-I
  • The Paper-I consists of 4 sections.
  • Each section will have 50 questions.
  • The paper will have a total of 200 objective type questions.
  • The duration of the test is 2 hours.
  • The total marks of the test are 200.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern for Paper 2

SSC CPO Paper-2 will be conducted after the PET/PST Test for SSC CPO 2021 is conducted.

  • The total time duration of the exam is 120 minutes i.e. 2 hours.
  • The total number of questions asked will be around 200 and the maximum marks for Paper-2 will be 200
  • The test will be of English Language and Comprehension conducted online.
SSC CPO Syllabus

SSC CPO 2021: Syllabus

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

Check SSC CPO 2021 Syllabus and Recommended Books

SSC CPO Selection Process

SSC CPO 2021: Selection Process

SSC CPO consists of 5 stages:

  1. Paper-I( online written test)
  2. Physical Test (PET & PST)
  3. Paper-II (written test)
  4. Medical Exam
  5. Document Verification/Final Selection.

Check SSC CPO 2021 Selection Process in detail.

SSC CPO Results

SSC CPO 2021:Results and Cutoff Marks

SSC CPO cut off is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to secure to qualify the exam and become eligible for the next round of selection process. SSC CPO 2021 Results and Cutoff will be released by the conducting authority on the official website of SSC. The category-wise cut off is released separately for male and female candidates.

How to Check SSC CPO Paper-I Result

  • Visit the Official website of SSC — to check the SSC CPO Result.
  • Now Download the PDF file and Save the same.
  • SSC CPO Tier-I Result (PDF File) will be displayed on the screen.
  • Open the file. The list of qualified candidates will be shown. Now, press “Ctrl+F” and enter your Name/ Roll No.
  • If your Name and Roll No. are there in the list, you have qualified in SSC CPO Tier-I exam.

How to check SSC CPO Cutoff?

The steps to check SSC CPO cut off marks are given below:

  • Visit the official website
  • Candidates will find the result link on the home page
  • Clicking the link, a PDF will open
  • The PDF file will contain the category-wise SSC CPO cut off marks
  • Candidates can check the cut off marks and save the file

SSC CPO Expected Cutoff

Category Male Female
UR 101 - 104 104 - 106
OBC 91 - 93 96 - 98
SC 70 - 72 74 - 76
ST 74 - 76 74 - 76
EWS 86 - 88 92 - 94

SSC CPO 2021: Vacancies

The total number of vacancies has been declared with the notification of SSC CPO 2021. Staff Selection Commission of India has introduced 1564 vacancies for SSC CPO 2020-21 exam. The previous year, the total number of vacancies was 2745.

Post Names Vacancy
Sub-Inspector (SI) in Central Armed Police Forces 1395
Sub-Inspector SI in Delhi Police (Male) 91
Sub-Inspector SI in Delhi Police (Female) 78
Total Vacancy 1564
SSC CPO Salary and Job

SSC CPO 2021: Salary 

SSC CPO salary structure and job profile are one of the most crucial questions that come in the minds of aspirants. In the following paragraphs we will provide you with the information about the primary duties and the salary structure of an SSC CPO qualified candidate:

SSC CPO 2021: Salary

Post Level Group Salary
Sub Inspector in Delhi Police (Male/ Female) 6 ‘C’ Non Gazetted INR 35400-112400/-
Assistant Sub-Inspector(ASI) in CISF 6 ‘C’ Non Gazetted INR 29200-92300/-
Sub Inspector in CAPF 6 ‘B’ Non-Gazetted INR 35400-112400/-

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Ques. Does SSC conduct SSC CPO every year?

Ans. Yes, SSC conducts various exams to fill the vacancies in different government departments & ministries. In this year, SSC CPO 2021 Paper I exam will be conducted from 29th September to 5th October 2020 while Paper II is scheduled on 1st March 2021.

Ques. Can final year candidates apply for SSC CPO 2021?

Ans. Yes, you Can apply for SI, ASI CRPF and BSF Posts. Candidates should have a graduate degree on or before January 1, 2021.

Ques. What is the Application Fee for SSC CPO 2021 Exam?

Ans. For OBC and General male candidates, the application fee that needs to be paid is INR 100/-. Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Ex-servicemen (ESM) eligible for reservation are exempted from paying the fee.

Ques. Are spectacles allowed in SSC CPO?

Ans. No, spectacles are not allowed in SSC CPO exam.

Ques. Is there any interview in SSC CPO 2021?

Ans. No, there is no interview process for SSC CPO. Candidates have to clear only four stages of the exam- Paper 1, PET/ PST, Paper 2, and Medical Examination.

Ques. Is SSC CPO a good job?

Ans. The vacancies being offered through SSC CPO is one of the highly respectable jobs among the public.

Ques. What is the number of attempts allowed for the SSC CGL exam?

Ans. There is no restriction on the number of attempts. A candidate can apply until his/her age exceeds the maximum age mentioned in the eligibility criteria of SSC CPO.

Ques. Is there negative marking for Wrong attempts in SSC CPO recruitment exam?

Ans. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in both Paper-I and Paper-II of SSC CPO 2020 exam.

Ques. How many candidates apply for the SSC CPO exam?

Ans. According to official reports, more than 2 lakh candidates appeared for the SSC CPO Exam 2019. It has been said that a total of 8,20,683 candidates were registered.

Ques. Is SSC CPO tough?

Ans. SSC CPO 2020 is tough yet not impossible to crack. SSC CPO is a multi-staged examination that includes merit tests as well as a physical examination. Candidates are advised to go through the physical efficiency test before appearing the exam and prepare accordingly.

3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


divakar sharma

How many stages are there in the SSC SI Delhi Police & CAPF Exam ?

kavita rani

Hi Divakar. There are 4 stages in the SSC SI CAPF exam. For the selection, a candidate must clear all the 4 stages of the SSC SI CAPF Exam including Written test, Physical test, Personality Interview, and Medical test. Further details are mentioned here.

koyena biswas
What is SSC CPO salary?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. The pay scale of a Sub Inspector in Delhi Police is of Level 6, so the salary would be anywhere between INR 35,400 to 1,12,400 per month. Moreover, the employees are eligible for various allowance and perks mentioned here in addition to getting attractive salary. Other details are mentioned here.

sadim ansari
What is SSC CPO job?
kavita rani

Hi Sadim. SSC CPO exam is taken to recruit appoint the most eligible to the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police, Sub Inspector in CAPFs, Assistant Sub Inspector in CISF, Inspector posts and Sub Inspector Posts.
Further details are mentioned here.

Can a final year student apply for SSC CPO 2020 exam?
kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. Candidates who are in their final year of graduation can also apply. Other details are mentioned here.

Can a final year student apply for SSC CPO 2020 exam?
kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. Candidates who are in their final year of graduation can also apply. Other details are mentioned here.

puja sao
What is expected vacancies in SSC CPO 2020?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. Staff Selection Commission of India has announced a total of 1564 vacancies for SSC CPO exam. Last year, the Staff Selection Commission of India increased the overall SSC CPO Vacancy to 1564. Further details are mentioned here.

divakar sharma
Can a final-year student do the SSC CPO SI exam in 2020?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent to give the exam. Check out other details here.

what is the full form of ssc cpo?
kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. CPO means Central Police Organization. SSC CPO exam is taken by the Staff Selection Commission for the recruitment of candidates for the post of Sub-inspector (SI) of Police.

what should be the post preference in ssc cpo?
kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. Candidates are supposed to fill posts in order of your preference while applying online. Some of the posts include:
Sub Inspector in Delhi Police., Sub Inspector in Border Security Force(BSF), Sub Inspector in Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB), Sub Inspector in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), etc.

fauzia shahid
How many students are appearing in the SSC CPO Tier 2 exam?
kavita rani

Hi Fauzia. As per the media reports, close to 2 lakh candidates gave SSC CPO Exam in 2019.

How difficult is the level of the SSC CPO Tier 2 exam?
kavita rani

Hi Pradeepraj. Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is conducting SSC CPO exam 2019 for Tier 1 from December 9 to 13. ... The overall difficulty level of the test was moderate. English, Reasoning and General Awareness sections were easy whereas Quantitative Aptitude section was tough.

fauzia shahid
What are some last minute exam tips for SSC CPO 2021?
kavita rani

HI Fauzia. In case you are planning to crack the SSC CPO 2020 exam, your primary aim must be to stay focused and dedicated. Do different kinds of questions so that you can understand the difficulty level and pattern, but try to not to take difficult chapters a few days before the exam. Refer to other last minute tips here.

mohammed najamuddin
Which test series is the best for the SSC CPO 2020 exam?
kavita rani

Hi Mohammed. If you are planning to crack the SSC CPO 2020 exam, then you must refer to the latest Mock Tests, Sectional Quiz, test series that help get a good score in the exam. You can refer here to check the latest test series.

yash raj singh
What strategy should I follow to crack the SSC CPO sub inspector exam, especially quantitative aptitude?
kavita rani

Hi Yash. For the Quantitative Aptitude section, candidates must improve their calculation speed and must learn short methods and tricks for the Arithmetic section. Try to spend at least 3-4 hours each day to Maths, they can effortlessly crack the Maths section of SSC CPO with high marks. Check other preparation tips here.

yash raj singh
Where is the SSC CPO physical exam held? What is the actual location?
kavita rani

Hi Yash. SSC CPO Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & Physical Standard Test (PST) are conducted across different centres of CAPFs.

sourajit mukherjee
Is there any problem in the SSC CGL and CPO exam with an extended degree by one year in B.Tech with 59.41%?
kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. In case you meet the minimum eligibility criteria, you are allowed to give the SSC CGL and CPO exam. You can check detailed eligibility criteria here.

My height is 168cm but SSC CPO demands 170. Do I need to skip the exam?
kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. In case your height is 168cm and the it is clearly mentioned that height should be 170cm. You will not be able to clear the medical exam. They don't even recommend the person with height 169.5 cm.

Can we select our location of job in SSC CPO (SI exam)?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. Allocation of candidates to various User Departments/ Forces and locations will be made based on their merit position and the preference of posts exercised by them at the time of Document Verification. Check out other details here.

I have OBC certificate am I eligible for SSC CPO exam especially for SI in Delhi?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. Yes but you need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria to get considered for this exam. Detailed eligibility is mentioned here.

arushi thankur
Can you suggest me some good books on General awareness for SSC CGL and CPO exams?
kavita rani

Hi Arushi. Books that can be referred include The Gist of NCERT History by Kalinjar Publications; The History Compendium for IAS Prelims General Studies CSAT Paper 1, UPSC & State PSC by Disha Publication. Check other books here.