SSC CPO 2021 Selection Process: Paper-I, PET & PST, Paper-II, Medical Test & Document Verification

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Jun 10, 2021

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SSC CPO 2020 Recruitment is a golden opportunity for Indian aspiring candidates who wish to join Delhi Police and the best paramilitary forces of India. SSC Central Police Organisation (CPO) Recruitment Process includes five stages such as Paper-I, Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET), Paper-II, Medical Test and Document Verification. All these stages of the examination are mandatory.

SSC CPO does not include any sort of interview in the selection process. However, the stages can vary depending on the posts. The written test will be taken online. Ex-Servicemen are not required to undergo PET. However, for the rest of the applicant, PET/ PST are mandatory but qualifying in nature.

SSC CPO Selection Process: Paper-I

  • The first stage of the selection process is the Paper-I exam.
  • This stage has been conducted from November 23, 2020, to November 26, 2020.
  • The question of this exam will be Multiple Choice Type.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for a wrong answer.
  • To know the exact details about the written exam, the candidates must download previous years’ question papers. 
Subjects Total Questions Total Marks Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
General Knowledge & Awareness 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50

Check SSC CPO 2020 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme.

SSC CPO Selection Process: Physical Test:

  • The second stage of the SSC CPO Physical Test is Physical Test.
  • The second stage comprises of 2 sub-stages: Physical Standards Test(PST) and Physical Standard Test(PST)
  • All candidates must qualify these two sub-stages to be eligible for the next stage.

Physical Standard Test(PST)

This test is common and mandatory for every candidate who will qualify the Paper-I exam. Such qualified candidates will be called for PST to check their eligibility as per the table mentioned below:

Category  Height Chest (cm)
Unexpanded Expended
UR Male 170 80 85
Male candidates belonging to Hill areas of Kumaon, Garhwal, Himachal Pradesh, Dogras, Gorkhas,
Marathas, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, Kashmir Valley, North-Eastern States and Sikkim
165 80 85
ST Male 162.5 77 82
UR Female 157  - -
Female candidates belonging to Hill areas of Kumaon, Garhwal, Himachal Pradesh, Dogras, Gorkhas,
Marathas, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, Kashmir Valley, North-Eastern States and Sikkim
155 - -
ST Female 154 - -
  • There shall be no minimum requirement of chest measurement for female candidates.
  • Ex-Servicemen applying for the posts are not required to undergo PET.
  • Weight standards for the candidates would be corresponding to the height standards for all posts.
  • Height and Chest standards relaxation are applicable for only those who would be producing a certificate in Proforma as prescribed in Annexure VIII from the competent authorities of the candidate’s home district.
  • Candidates failing to meet the standards of PET can appeal to the highest appellate authority on the PST/PET ground. The Appellate authority’s decision would be final, and no further appeals will be entertained.

Physical Endurance Test (PET)

  • The PET of SSC CPO contains such tasks which candidates should accomplish to qualify for the next stage.
  • PET includes tasks which need to be completed by both male and female.
  • The tasks of the PET are different for male and female candidates.
  • Here are the details of PET:

For male candidates only

  • 100 meters race in 16 seconds
  • 1.6 km 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 chances

For female candidates only

  • 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 Selection Process: Paper-II

  • The Paper-II is the third stage of the SSC CPO selection process.
  • This exam is expected to be conducted in March 2021.
  • It will be of a Qualifying in nature.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for a wrong answer.
Subject Number of Questions Total Marks Duration 
English Language & Comprehension 200 200 2 hours

SSC CPO Selection Process: Medical Exam

  • Based on their performance in Paper-I and Paper-II, candidates will be shortlisted for appearing in Medical Examination.
  • Candidates, who are successful in Medical Examination, will be called for detailed Document Verification.
  • Here are the medical standards that candidates need to qualify :


  • 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 a right-handed person, the right eye is better and vice versa.
  • The standards should be without visual correction of any kind even by glasses.

Physical and Mental Health

  • The candidate 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 or any other Medical Officer or Assistant Surgeon belonging to Grade-I of any Central/ State Govt. Hospital or Dispensary.
  • Candidates, who are found to be unfit, will be informed of the position and they can appeal to the Review Medical Board within the prescribed time limit of 15 days.
  • The decision of the 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 posts of Sub-Inspector and Assistant Sub-Inspector would, as part of training curriculum, have to pass seven obstacle events as mentioned below, failing which they may not be retained in 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.


It has been noticed that during the medical examination, the candidates having ‘tattoos’ in various parts of their body are appearing for medical examination. In this regard, Ministry of Home Affairs vide its letters No.I-45020/7/2012/Pers-II dated 12.01.2017 and 30-01-2017 issued the following guidelines regarding candidates having tattoos applying for Sub Inspector in CAPFs and CISF examination:

  • Content: Being a secular country, the religious sentiments of our countrymen are to be respected and thus, tattoos depicting religious symbols or figures and the name, as followed in Indian Army, are to be permitted.
  • Location: Tattoos marked on traditional sites of the body like the inner aspect of the forearm but only the left forearm, being non-saluting limb or dorsum of the hands are to be allowed.
  • Size: Size must be less than ¼ of the particular part (Elbow or Hand) of the body.
  • For Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police, above clauses on tattoos are not applicable.

Check SSC CPO 2020 Medical Standards

SSC CPO Selection Process: Document Verification/ Final Selection

  • All shortlisted candidates are supposed to verify their Documents for Final Selection.
  • Candidates are required to submit all documents in original for verification at the time of Document Verification.
  • Final selection will be made based on aggregate marks scored by candidates in Paper-I and Paper-II. Allocation of candidates to various User Departments/ Forces will be made based on their merit position and the preference of posts exercised by them at the time of Document Verification.
  • The final merit list will be tabulated based on a candidate’s performance in all the three phases of SSC CPO Exam.

Candidates, who are appointed based on the final merit list, shall be on probation for two years and during the period of probation, the candidates would be required to undergo such training or pass such examinations as prescribed by the Controlling Authority. On successful completion of the period of probation, the candidates shall, if considered fit for permanent appointment, be confirmed to their post by the Controlling Authority.


Ques. Are spectacles allowed in SSC CPO?

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

Ques. How is the tie resolved in SSC CPO Selection Process?

Ans. In cases where more than one candidate secures the equal aggregates marks, the tie will be resolved by applying the following methods one after another:

  • Total marks in Paper-I and Paper-II.
  • Total marks in Paper-I.
  • Total marks in Paper-II
  • Date of birth, with older candidates, placed higher.
  • Alphabetical order in the first names of the candidates.
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


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