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.
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:
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.
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|
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.
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|
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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|
Questions in this paper of SSC CPO are asked from English Language and Comprehension. Candidates can check the topics below-
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.