SSC CPO 2021 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme and Syllabus

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May 4, 2021

To crack the SSC CPO 2021 Exam, the primary step is to get a good knowledge of the Exam Pattern and the proper syllabus of each stage. SSC CPO 2021 includes two written tests - Paper-I and Paper-II.

  • The language of the question papers will be in English and Hindi except for the English section.
  • Questions in both papers will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I & Paper-II.
  • Marks scored by candidates in Computer Based Examination will be normalized.
  • To understand the papers better, download the previous years’ questions and go through them.

National Cadet Corps (NCC) certificate holders (as on 01-01-2021) will be given bonus marks in Paper-I and Paper-II

CPO Exam Pattern

SSC CPO Exam Pattern

Subjects Total Questions Total Marks Duration
Paper 1
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
General Knowledge & Awareness 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50
Paper 2
English Language & Comprehension 200 200 2 hours

At the end of paper I and paper II exam, the candidates have to clear the Physical Test and Medical Examination. Go through the following content to know more about the exam pattern of SSC CPO Physical Test and Medical Examination:

PET/PST Pattern

SSC CPO PET/PST Exam Pattern

Candidates Male Female
Height Chest (Expanded/Unexpanded) Height Chest -
General 170 80/85 157 NA
Belonging to Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim 165 80/85 155
Scheduled Tribes 162.5 77/82 154

Both the female and male aspirants have to qualify the PET test. The candidates should keep in mind the following points:

Male Candidates Female candidates
  • 100 metre race – 16 seconds
  • 1.6 Km Race in – 6.5 minutes
  • Long Jump: 3.65 metres – 5 chances
  • High Jump: 1.2 metres – 3 chances
  • Short put 16 LBS: 4.5 metres – 3 chances
  • 100 metre race – 18 second
  • 800 metre race – 4 minutes
  • Long Jump: 2.7 metres or 9 feet – 3 chances
  • High Jump: 0.9 metres or 3 feet – 3 chances
  • SSC CPO Medical Test
Medical Test

Criteria for Medical Test

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

Marking Scheme of SSC CPO 2021

  1. Questions in both papers will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.
  2. Questions will be set in Hindi and English in Parts-I, II and III of Paper-I.
  3. Questions of Part-IV and Paper-II will be in English.
  4. Each question of Paper-I and Paper-II will contain 1 mark.
  5. Marks scored by candidates in Computer Based Examination will be normalized by using the formula published by the Commission.
  6. The SSC (Staff Service Commission ) reserves the rights of altering the exam pattern.
  7. National Cadet Corps (NCC) certificate holders (as on 01-01-2021) will be given bonus
  8. marks in Paper-I and Paper-II as follows:
Type of NCC Certificate Bonus Marks in each Paper (Paper-I and Paper-II)
NCC “C” Certificate 10 marks (5% of the maximum marks)
NCC “B” Certificate 6 marks (3% of the maximum marks)
NCC „A‟ Certificate 4 marks (2% of the maximum marks)
SSC CPO Syllabus

SSC CPO 2021 Syllabus

SSC CPO syllabus 2021 is for two written exams Paper I & Paper-II. The syllabus of these two papers is different. Both paper I and paper II examinations of SSC CPO are conducted online.

While preparing for Paper-I and Paper-II, the below-mentioned syllabus will definitely guide you throughout your preparation days:

Syllabus of Paper-I

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

Syllabus of Paper-II

SSC CPO Syllabus Paper II is a descriptive exam comprising only the English section. Relevant questions asked in this paper are as follows.

  • Error recognition, filling in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles etc), Vocabulary, Spellings, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words, comprehension.

Aspirants who have applied for the exam are advised to begin their preparations well in advance in order to clear the exam in one attempt. To help candidates with the preparation, we have assembled a list of best books that you can refer to during your preparation for the SSC CPO 2021 Exam.



Ques. Who releases the SSC CPO exam pattern?

Ans. Staff Selection Commission released the SSC CPO Exam Pattern.

Ques. What is the full form of SSC CPO?

Ans. SSC stands for Staff Selection Commission and the CPO stands for Central Police Organisation.

Ques. What is the duration to complete the SSC CPO exam?

Ans. The duration for Paper-I and Paper-II of SSC CPO 2021 exam is 2 hours.

Ques. Is there any negative marking on the SSC CPO exam?

Ans. Yes, 0.25 marks i.e. ¼ of the assigned marks to each question will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Ques. How many subjects are there in the SSC CPO 2021 Paper-I Exam?

Ans. There are four sections in Paper-I, such as General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Knowledge & Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.

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


divakar sharma
What is the main role of SSC CPO employees?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. This job of Sub-Inspector (SI) comes with some rights and responsibilities. The main responsibility of SSC CPO is to maintain law and order in the city of which they are given the charge of. To maintain the law and order, Sub-Inspector is expected to use the powers and rights provided to them by the Govt. of India.