SSC CPO Syllabus and Paper Pattern for Paper 1 and 2

SSC CPO Syllabus

Staff Selection Examination board is one of the biggest India’s examination board that examines some of the finest jobs in the country, many young aspirants prepare for over a year to clear the SSC board examination. As we all know to clear any examination the knowledge of the syllabus is very important because the syllabus tells about the whole content of the examination. So it would be easy for the candidate to prepare for the examination, in this article we will tell you the syllabus and the examination structure of SSC CPO Exam plus the examination pattern as this is also an important thing to know, with the help of examination structure, examination pattern, and the syllabus it would be easy for the candidates to prepare for the “SSC CPO

” Exam.

Here are some details and structure of examination you can go through for the examination preparation.

Also Read: SSC CPO Notification


Pattern of SSC CPO Exam

SSC CPO Exam is divided into four phases and candidates have to clear all the four phases of examination with good marks, then only he/she will be able to get a satisfactory government job of his choice. Hence you have to focus on all four elements of the examination to get a job.

The SSC CPO Exam is divided into four phases which you need to clear for getting a job, these four phases are as follows.

  • Paper 1 –  The first phase of SSC CPO exam is named as paper 1, it is a multiple-choice questions type examination in which you will get a question paper and an OMR sheet on which you will be given four option of any question and you have to fill the right answer into the circle of OMR sheet with the help of a black or blue pen.
  • Physical test Physical test is the next phase of the SSC CPO exam which is related to fitness, i.e the candidates have to give the exam by showing their physical abilities like strength, power, etc to check that they are physically fit.
  • Paper 2Paper 2 consists of a theoretical English comprehensive examination that is taken to check the candidate’s understanding of knowledge of the English language.
  • Medical examination –  This is the final phase of the SSC CPO Exam in which the candidates have to give physically fittest checks the applicant is medically fit and fine and he/she doesn’t have any medical deformity.

SSC CPO: Paper 1 Examination Pattern 

SSC CPO: Paper 1 Examination Pattern is shown below with the help of a table.


Subject Total Marks Total Time Duration
English 50
Reasoning & General Intelligence 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50
GK & Awareness 50
Total  200 120 minutes

SSC CPO: Paper-2 Examination pattern

SSC CPO: Paper 2 examination pattern is shown below with the help of a table.


Subject Total Marks Total Time
Basic English 200 120 minutes

SSC CPO Physical Examination Pattern

SSC CPO Physical examination pattern is shown below with the help of a table 


Category Male Height Male Chest size (Expanded & un-Expanded) Female Height Female Chest
General Category 170 80/85 157 NA
Candidates belong to a hill station, such as J&K & Sikkim 165 80/85 155 NA
ST 162.5 77/82 154 NA

Note: Both the male & female applicants must clear the physical examination, so you have to focus on physical also and prepare accordingly.

SSC CPO Physical Examination Qualifications 

For clearing the SSC CPO Physical examination you need to perform some tasks, these tasks are mentioned below and shown with the help of a table based on gender.

Male Female
  • 100-meter race – 16sec.
  • 1.6km race – 6.5min.
  • Long jump – 3.65meters (5 attempts)
  • High jump – 1.2 meters (3 attempts)
  • Short put 16lbs – 4.5 meters (3 attempts)
  • 100-meter race – 18 seconds
  • 800-meter race – 4 minutes
  • Long jump – 2.7 meters (3 attempts)
  • High jump – 0.9 meters (3 attempts)
  • SSC CPO health Examination

SSC CPO Exam Syllabus

The SSC CPO Exam Syllabus is given by the member of SSC, paper 1, and paper 2 is an online-based examination.

We will tell you the Syllabus of SSC CPO of both paper 1 and paper 2 subject wise with the help of tables.


Also Read: SSC CPO Admit Card


Syllabus of SSC CPO for Reasoning & General Intelligence

You can score well in the General Intelligence and reasoning in case you prepare well, the syllabus of General Intelligence and reasoning is shown below with the help of a table.


Topic Questions Types No of Questions
Non- verbal reasoning Paper folding, Cubes, and dices counting figures, etc 5-7 Questions
Data sufficiency Cubes and Dices, Arithmetic operation, etc 4-5 Questions
Puzzles Double line-up arrangements, circular arrangements, seating arrangements, linear arrangements, etc 3 to 5 Questions
Venn diagram Venn Diagram, Logical, Syllogism, etc 4-5 Questions
Alphabet or word test Sequence and word formation, Matrix, jumbled words, suffix, etc 3 to 5 Questions
Missing numbers Numbers and alphabet-based Matrix and Diagrams 2 to 3 Questions
Distance & Direction Problems based on network, routes, and distances traveled 1 to 3 Questions
Order Ranking The sequence of order and ranking will be asked from the given data 1 to 2 Questions
Series Semantic, Figural, number and mixed series and series based on general knowledge 3 to 5 Questions
Classifications Semantic and Figural classifications, Symbolic/Numbers classification 6-7Questions
Coding-Decoding Coding decoding by letter shifting, coding by analogy and words 3 to 5 Questions
Analogy Semantic and Figural analogy, letters and numbers Symbolic/Numbers, images and meaning-based 6-8 Questions

Syllabus of SSC CPO for General knowledge and Awareness

This subject is very vast and you can score well as it is very vast, hence it contains more number of Questions. The syllabus for the General Knowledge and Awareness is shown below with the help of a table.


Topic Questions Types No of Questions
Current events Latest Sports events, Venues, and Winners 2 to 3 Questions
International Organisations International Organisation headquarter and their year of establishments 1 to 2 Questions
International & National Affairs Government policies and schemes, National and International days, events and news, etc. 10 to 11 Questions
Economy Economic Organisation, Indian and world organization 4-5 Questions
Books and Authors Authors and Famous books 1.2 Question
Science & Technology Environment, Nutrition, Diseases, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc. 10-13 Questions
Polity Government Portfolios, Judiciary and Constitution of India 3 to 5 Questions
Geography Indian and World Geography 5-6 Questions
History Ancient and Medieval History, India’s freedom struggle 6-7 Questions

Syllabus of SSC CPO for Numerical Aptitude

For Numerical Aptitude, you need speed and accuracy for attempting Questions. This section contains a huge number of questions, so you have to focus on Quantitative Aptitude for clearing your SSC CPO Exam. Here is the syllabus for SSC CPO Exam for Numerical Aptitude, with the help of a table we have mentioned all the subjects and the topics covered in these subjects.


Topic Questions Types No of Questions
Data Interpretations Questions on Bar graph, Table, Pie Chart, Line Chart 4-5 Questions
Geometry Quadrilateral, Triangles, Circles, Chords, Cubes, cones, etc 4-6 Questions
Trigonometry Height and distances, Identities, Trigonometric ratios, etc 3 to 5 Questions
Simple Interest Problems on compound & simple interest 1 to 3 questions
Mensuration Area, Surface Area, and volume of Various Geometric Shapes 3 to 5 Questions
Speed, Time and Distance Problems on River, boats, and streams, Relative speed, etc 1 to 3 Questions
Time and work Time and Work, Work and Wages, Work efficiency, Pipes and cisterns, etc 1 to 2 Questions
Average problems on Average height, age, weight, Marks, temperature, money expenditure, and etc 2 to 3 Questions
Percentage Basic Percentage Questions 1 to 2 Questions
Profit and Loss Partnership, Discounts, and Marked Prices, Problems on Profit and Loss, successive sellings, etc 4-5 Questions
Algebra Quadratic and Linear Equation, Identities, etc 4-6 Questions
Simplification Fraction, BODMAS, Decimals, Ratios, etc. 4-5 Questions
Number Systems Rational, irrational Numbers, LCM, HCF, integers 1 to 3 Questions
Ratio Proportions Simple and compound ratios, Direct and indirect proportions 3-4 Questions
Mixture Problems Questions on mixtures of Two or Three quantities and their ratios 1 to 2 Questions

Syllabus of SSC CPO for General English

This examination is based on English and the main motive of this Exam is to test the applicant’s vocab, Grammer, comprehension, and writing ability. This exam has a great weightage so it is very important to focus on General English, in the below-shown table we have mentioned the syllabus of English.


Topic Questions types No of Questions
Grammar sections Spotting the error, Phrase Replacements, Fill in the blanks 8-10 Ques.
General Reading Passages with topics related to social issues, economic moral stories, medicines, business, humanities like human behavior, Art, psychology, and etc. 5-10 Ques.
Cloze test Questions based on passages containing a particular idea, cloze tests 5-10 Ques.
Vocabulary Spellings, Synonyms, and Antonyms 5-10 Ques.
Error detection Finding an error in a sentence or a phrase 4-5 Ques.
Idioms One word substitution, the meaning of Idioms 3-5 Ques.

SSC CPO: Examination Paper 2 Syllabus

SSC CPO: Paper 2 is a theoretical type based exam that contains English sections. Syllabus of SSC CPO: Paper 2 Examination is shown below with the help of a table.


Topic  Questions Type
General English Solving Error, Phrases, Idiomatic use of Words, Vocabulary, Grammar, Spellings, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Structure, Sentence Completion, comprehension

Frequently Asked Questions

How many tiers are there in the SSC CPO Exam?

There are three phases in the SSC CPO Exam.

How many marks does the physical section consist of?

There are no marks for the Physical section, you just need to clear the Physical section.

What is the mode of Exam?

The mode of examination is Online.

What is the Age limit for SSC CPO Exam?

The candidate should be between 20-25 years.