1. What is SSC CPO?

The SSC conducts a national Level test called the CPO exam for recruiting candidates into the Central Police Organization. This article will help the candidates to know every detail related to the SSC CPO Exam such as eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, SSC CPO cut off, etc.

The SSC CPO stands for Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organization.

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts an open competitive computer-based exam to select candidates for Sub-Inspector (SI) in Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). Departmental candidates among Constable, Head Constables and Assistant Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police with a minimum three years in service can also apply for the exam. The age of such candidates should not be more than 30 years (33 years for OBC and 35 years for SC/ST). The details of the posts and salary structure are given below.

2. Why SSC CPO?

1. Great Salary & Perks

The posts under SSC CPO come under the Central Government and like most Central Government jobs, they have great salaries and perks like Dearness allowance, medical allowance, conveyance allowance, house rent allowance, top of the line insurance, retirement benefits, etc. They’re also entitled to the 13th-month salary by the Central Government.

2. Female Encouraged To Take It Up

Due to the low number of female police officers, they’re highly encouraged to take up the SSC CPO exam to join the security forces and serve the country. The Government strives to have a workforce that reflects a good gender balance, and hence, provides the female candidates with special concession during the Physical standard and endurance tests.

3. Work-Life Balance

Working as an Assistant Sub-inspector in CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) enables you to have a great work-life balance. CISF is responsible for providing security to important infrastructures of national interest like Seaports, Airports, Power plants, Government buildings, Heritage sites, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, VIPs and to manage disasters. The CISF Officers are provided with the best accommodation with great facilities and their postings are mostly in urban cities or nearby. CISF officers generally have a team working under them and also get to interact with PSU Officers for networking.

4. Prestigious & Reputed Job

It goes without saying, that serving the country, by protecting its people, borders, and infrastructure, from threat, is a highly prestigious job. It gains you great respect and recognition in the society. It is a highly respectable service that offers you a sense of pride and satisfaction to serve the country.

5. Challenging

With great power, come great responsibilities. Serving in the police/army/other security forces not only comes with a lot of responsibility but also involves a lot of danger and uncertainty. The security forces never rest and are always combating criminals, preventing crimes, protecting the border and infrastructure. It’s quite a challenging job and it not at all monotonous. There’s also great adventure and thrill involved in serving what is considered the largest paramilitary force in India (CRPF).

6. Authority

Being in the police/army is not only highly rewarding but also gives you great power, executive authority, and social status. Police officers are authorized to give orders to maintain social balance.

7. Recognition

Working under the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which is considered the largest paramilitary force in India, gives you great recognition. It is one of the toughest jobs with diverse challenges. You can be posted anywhere in India and will always be exposed to new and adventurous areas around the country. The nature of the job is dynamic and the promotions are faster.

8. Safeguarding Borders

The BSF (Border Security Force), SSB, and ITBPF (Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force) are the border guarding forces. They spend most of their time at borders, safeguarding the country and preventing illegal trafficking and smuggling of goods. They’re extremely versatile and are always exposed to varied experiences in climate, people, topography, and, cultures.

3. How to prepare?

  • Candidates must solve different types of questions from each topic.
  • Analysis your mistakes and weak areas.
  • Strengthen your weak areas.
  • Candidates must make notes of topics.
  • Revise the topics regularly.
  • Clear concepts and basics.
  • Study at least three to four regularly.
  • Go through the previous years’ question papers.
  • Attempt sectional and full-length mock tests
  • Buy the best SSC CPO books.

4. Important materials:


SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper I

The SSC CPO Paper I consists of four subjects. Here we present you with the subject-wise syllabus of SSC CPO Tier 1.

SSC CPO Syllabus for 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

SSC CPO Syllabus for General Knowledge:

  • Current Affairs of National and Intentional Importance
  • Awards and Honours
  • Books and Authors
  • Sports
  • Entertainment
  • Obituaries
  • Important Dates
  • Scientific Research

SSC CPO Syllabus for 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

SSC CPO Syllabus for English Comprehension:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal Ability
  • Synonyms-Antonyms
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Error Correction

SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper 2

English Language and Comprehension
  • Error Recognition
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Vocabulary
  • Spellings
  • Grammar
  • Sentence Structure
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Sentence Completion
  • Phrases and Idiomatic Use of Words
  • Comprehension

a. E-books:

General Intelligence & Reasoning:

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

General Knowledge and General Awareness:

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

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publication
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Arithmetics For General Competition Vol 1 & 2 by Neetu Singh

English Comprehension:

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

SSC CPO Books for Paper 2

Paper 2 tests a candidate’s knowledge regarding English Language and Comprehension. There will be 200 questions in the paper. Candidates need to complete the paper within 2 hours. The total marks of the test are 200. Candidates can read the following books for this paper.

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Objective General English by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  • One Word Substitution by Kiran
  • A mirror of Common Error by Kiran

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5. Previous year question papers with answers:

SSC CPO 2017 question paper:

SSC CPO 2017 sample paper:

6. Important tips:

  • First, understand the complete syllabus and exam pattern of the CPO exam in and out.
  • After knowing the syllabus, collect the required study materials from a proper source including books from online.
  • A timetable should be laid down and every subject should be covered daily.
  • Then start your preparation with easy topics and then proceed to difficult topics.
  • Speed is an important factor in the exam. Try to solve questions faster and with accuracy.
  • Take up SSC CPO Mock Tests regularly and this will help candidates improve their speed and manage time in the exam.
  • Solving previous year papers and sample papers will help aspirants to do well in the exams and also work on their weaker subjects.
  • Make sure to finish the sample papers on time and after completion of solving, check all your answers, and allot marks yourself for each question.
  • Note down where you go wrong and know how to correct the mistakes.
  • Candidates are advised to solve General Awareness quiz on a daily basis and doing this will help increase your confidence levels.

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