SSC CPO 2021 Syllabus, Paper Analysis and Important Books

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Jun 10, 2021

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SSC CPO syllabus 2020 comprises the topics under each section which candidates need to cover for the exam. The primary strategy toward preparation is understanding the syllabus and know the weightage of each topic.

  • SSC CPO 2020 syllabus of Paper-I is divided into General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Knowledge and General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.
  • The syllabus for Paper 2 comprises English Language and Comprehension.
  • The standard of SSC CPO syllabus is of high school and graduation level.
  • To understand the difficulty of the exam, solve more and more sample papers.

SSC CPO 2020: General Intelligence and Reasoning

General Intelligence and Reasoning would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The questions in this section will be in Hindi and English. This can be scoring if prepared well. Here is the complete syllabus, expected the number of questions and suitable books are given below:

SSC CPO 2020 Syllabus for General Intelligence and Reasoning

Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & decoding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding, Figural Pattern folding and completion, Indexing Address matching, Date & city matching Classification of centre codes/ roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, etc.

General Intelligence and Reasoning: Expected Number of Questions

In the following tabular, the number of questions which can be expected from each topic after studying the previous years’ questions:

Topics Types of Questions Expected Number of Questions
Analogy Semantic and Figural analogy, letters and numbers Symbolic/Numbers, images and meaning-based 6 - 9 Questions
Coding/Decoding Coding decoding by letter shifting, coding by analogy and words 3 - 5 Questions
Classifications Semantic and Figural classifications, Symbolic/Numbers classification 6 - 7Questions
Series Semantic, Figural, number and mixed series and series based on general knowledge 3 - 5 Questions
Order Ranking Sequence of order and ranking will be asked from the given data 1 - 2 Questions
Direction & Distances Problems based on network, routes and distances travelled are asked 2 - 3 Questions
Missing numbers Numbers and alphabet-based Matrix and Diagrams 2 - 3 Questions
Alphabet or word test Sequence and word formation, Matrix, jumbled words, suffix etc. 3 - 5 Questions
Venn diagram Venn Diagram, Logical, Syllogism etc 3 - 5 Questions
Puzzles Double line-up arrangements, circular arrangements, seating arrangements, linear arrangements etc. 3 - 5 Questions
Data sufficiency Cubes and Dices, Arithmetic operation etc 4 - 5 Questions
Non- verbal reasoning Paper folding, Cubes and Dice, counting figures etc. 5 - 7 Questions

Books for General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning - R S Aggarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning - M K Pandey
  • Reasoning For General Competition - KD Campus
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical - B.S. Sijwali, Indu Sijwali

SSC CPO 2020: General Knowledge and General Awareness:

General Awareness is always a scoring part to gain an edge in the exam. However, this section is comparably more vast than other sections of the Paper-I. This section is designed to test g the candidates‟ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society.

Syllabus and Weightage of General Knowledge & General Awareness

In the following tabular, we are providing detailed syllabus and the expected number of questions of each topic to help you to study better:

Topics Types of Questions Weightage
History Ancient and Medieval History, India’s freedom struggle 6-7 Questions
Geography Indian and World Geography 5-6 Questions
Polity Government Portfolios, Judiciary and Constitution of India 3-5 Questions
Science & Technology Environment, Nutrition, Diseases, Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc 10-13 Questions
Books and Authors Authors and Famous books 1-2 Questions
Economy Economic Organisation, Indian and world organisation 4-5 Questions
National & International Affairs Government policies and schemes, National and International days, events and news etc. 10-11 Questions
International Organisations International Organisation headquarter and their year of establishments 1-2 Questions
Current events Latest Sports events, Venues and Winners 2-3 Questions

Books for General Knowledge and General Awareness

  • GS Set For General Competition - KD Campus
  • Manorama Yearbook - Mammen Mathew
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge - Lucent Publication
  • General Studies - Disha

SSC CPO 2020:Quantitative Aptitude Section

This section covers a long list of topics. The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The main and major to score well in this section is speed and accuracy.

Syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude

Numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit & Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

Weightage of Quantitative Aptitude

Topics Types of Questions Weightage
Mixture Problems Questions on mixtures of Two or Three quantities and their ratios 1-2 Questions
Ratio Proportions Simple and compound ratios, Direct and indirect proportions 3-4 Questions
Number Systems Rational, irrational Numbers, LCM, HCF, integers 1-3 Questions
Simplification Fraction, BODMAS, Decimals, Ratios etc. 4-5 Questions
Algebra Quadratic and Linear Equation, Identities etc. 4-6 Questions
Profit and Loss Partnership, Discounts and Marked Prices, Problems on Profit and Loss, successive sellings, etc. 4-5 Questions
Percentage Basic Percentage Questions 1-2 Questions
Average Average problems on Average of, weight, Age, Marks, money expenditure, temperature etc. 2-3 Questions
Time and work Time and Work, Work and Wages, Work efficiency, Pipes and cisterns etc. 1-2 Questions
Speed, Time and Distance Problems on the River, boats and streams, Relative speed etc. 1-3 Questions
Mensuration Area, Surface Area and volume of Various Geometric Shapes 3-5 Questions
Simple Interest Problems on Simple and compound interest 1-3 questions
Trigonometry Height and distances, Identities, Trigonometric ratios etc 3-5 Questions
Geometry Quadrilateral, Triangles, Circles, Chords, Cubes, cones etc. 4-6 Questions
Data Interpretations Questions on Bar graph, Table, Pie Chart, Line Chart 4-5 Questions

Books for Quantitative Aptitude

  • Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic - Arihant Publication
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations - RS Aggarwal
  • Arithmetics For General Competition Vol I & II - Neetu Singh

SSC CPO 2020: English Comprehension

In the Paper-I of SSC CPO 2020, the English section consists of 50 questions making a total of 50 marks. However, the Paper-II consists of 200 questions from English comprehension. However, the syllabus and suitable books for preparation are different.

Syllabus and Weightage of English Comprehension

In this section, more weightage is given to the Vocabulary, Grammar and Comprehension. Candidates need to prepare the following topics in this section.

Topics Types Of Questions Weightage
Idioms One word substitution, the meaning of Idioms 3-5 Questions
Error detection Finding an error in a sentence or a phrase 4-5 Questions
Vocabulary Spellings, Synonyms and Antonyms 5-10 Questions
Cloze test Questions based on passages containing a particular idea, cloze tests 5-10 Questions
Reading comprehensions Questions based on passages containing a particular idea, cloze tests 5-10 Questions
Grammar sections Spotting the error, Phrase Replacements, Fill in the blanks 8-10 Questions

Recommended Books For English Section of Paper-I

  • Quick Learning Objective General English - R.S. Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
  • Objective General English - S.P. Bakshi
  • High School English Grammar and Composition - Wren & Martin

SSC CPO Paper-II: Syllabus

Questions in this paper of SSC CPO are asked from English Language and Comprehension. Candidates can check the topics below-

  • 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 etc

Recommended Books for Paper-II:

  • Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
  • Objective General English - R.S. Aggarwal
  • Objective General English - S.P. Bakshi
  • One Word Substitution - Kiran
  • A mirror of Common Errors - AK Singh
  • English For General Competition - Neetu Singh
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.