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SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2023: Check Paper I & II Pattern


SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2023: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) releases the SSC CPO exam pattern on its official website. A thorough understanding of the SSC CPO syllabus and exam pattern will also help candidates focus on important topics and prepare effectively for the exam. The selection process will consist of two written exams, a PET/PST exam, and a medical exam.

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The recruitment is conducted to fill the posts of Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assistance Sub-Inspector in CISF. Candidates willing to take up the SSC CPO exam must check this article to get a detailed idea about the exam pattern.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2023

The SSC CPO exam will consist of 5 stages. The 5 stages are as follows:

  1. Written Examination – Paper 1
  2. Physical Standard Test/ Physical Endurance Test
  3. Written Examination – Paper 2
  4. Medical Examination Test
  5. Document Verification

The detailed selection procedure for the SSC CPO Exam is as follows:

  • Candidates shortlisted based on their performance in Paper 1 will be eligible to appear for the Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET).
  • Candidates who qualify in the PET/ PST exam will be allowed to appear for Paper 2 of the exam.
  • However, the PET/ PST exam is only qualifying in nature. Based on their performance in Paper 1 and Paper 2, candidates will be shortlisted for the Medical examination.
  • Only selected candidates who qualify for the Medical exam will be called for document verification. 
  • The final selection of candidates will be made based on the aggregate marks secured by candidates in Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the SSC CPO exam.

How to Practice SSC CPO Paper 1 Questions at Embibe?

Candidates can improve their understanding of all topics by practising SSC CPO Paper 1 exam questions on a regular basis. Embibe provides an array of SSC CPO Paper 1 practice questions for all subjects, which are created by experts in line with the latest syllabus. To access these practice questions, aspirants can follow the steps outlined below.

  • 1st Step: Visit the official website of Embibe, i.e., embibe.com.
  • 2nd Step: Use the Mobile Number or Email ID to log in to the platform.
  • 3rd Step: Click on the menu bar titled “Getting a government job”
  • 4th Step: Select the Goal “SSC” from the Dropdown and click on “Next”.
  • 5th Step: Search and Select “SSC CPO Paper I” on the search bar and click on “Next”.
  • 6th Step: Select the preferred language and click on “Done”.
  • 7th Step: Click “Practice” from the Header Menu Section.
  • 8th Step: Scroll down to the “Subjects” section.
  • 9th Step: Click on any SSC CPO Paper I subject.
  • 10th Step: Scroll down and choose any chapter from the selected subject to start practising the questions.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2023

Candidates must know the SSC CPO exam pattern of all the stages before starting their preparation. The exam pattern for each stage is given in this article below.

SSC CPO Paper 1 Exam Pattern

The SSC CPO exam pattern for Paper 1, i.e. the different sections of the paper, the total number of questions and the maximum marks in each section are given in the table below.

Sections Number of Questions/ Maximum Marks Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 50/50 2 Hours
English Comprehension 50/50
General Intelligence and Reasoning 50/50
General Awareness 50/50
Total 200/200


Check the detailed information about SSC CPO PET/PST in the section below.

Physical Standard Test (for all Posts and both male and female)

CategoryHeightChest (Unexpanded/Expanded)
Male (General)17080/85
Male Candidates belonging to Hilly regions and areas of J and K, North East and Sikkim16580/85
Male Scheduled Tribes162.577/82
Female (General)157
Female candidates belonging to Hilly regions and areas of and K, North East and Sikkim155
Male Scheduled Tribes154

Physical Endurance Test (PET) (For all posts)

Male Candidates100-metre 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 chance
Female Candidates100-metre race in 18 seconds
800-metre race in 4 minutes
Long Jump: 2.7 metres in 3 chances
High Jump: 0.9 metres in 3 chances.

SSC CPO Paper 2 Exam Pattern

The SSC CPO exam pattern for Tier 2 is tabulated below:

SubjectNumber of Questions / Maximum MarksDuration
English Language and Comprehension 200/200 2 Hours

Important Points:

  1. Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 will have objective questions of Multiple Choice Type.
  2. Except for the English Language section, all other three sections will be available in both English and Hindi.
  3. There is a penalty for wrong answers in the SSC CPO exam. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Practice From Embibe’s Best SSC CPO Paper 1 Books

Learning and practising from the best books is key to acing the SSC CPO Paper 1 exam. Below are some of Embibe’s best SSC CPO books for candidates to study from.

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SSC CPO Medical Test

Candidates who clear paper 2 must undergo a detailed medical examination (DME) by the medical officer of the CAPFs. Besides this, candidates who are declared unfit are allowed to appeal before Review Medical Board within the prescribed time frame. Check the following points of the SSC CPO medical examination below:

  1. The minimum eyesight should be N6 and the minimum distant vision should be 6/6 of both eyes without any corrections in terms of wearing glasses or surgery.
  2. The candidate should not have a knock knee, flat foot, varicose veins or squint eyes.
  3. Candidates should be healthy and from any physical defects.
  4. Candidates will be asked to perform activities like Jumping over the vertical boards, holding the rope on jumping from the board, Tarzan swing, jumping on the horizontal board, parallel rope, monkey crawl and vertical rope.

FAQs on SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2023

The following are some of the most common questions asked by SSC CPO aspirants.

Q: How many subjects are there in SSC CPO Paper 1 exam?

Ans: There are 4 subjects in SSC CPO Paper 1 exam, i.e. General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Knowledge & General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.

Q: How many questions will be asked in the SSC CPO Paper 1 exam?

Ans: There will be 50 questions in each section of the Paper 1 exam. A total of 200 questions will be asked in Paper 1.

Q: How many rounds are there in the SSC CPO 2023 exam?

Ans: There are 5 rounds – Paper 1, Physical Efficiency Test (PET), and Paper 2 followed by medical test and document verification.

Q: Which are the subjects that I need to study for the SSC CPO exam?

Ans: Candidates need to study four subjects for Paper 1 (General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Knowledge and General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension) exam and one subject for Paper 2 (English Language and Comprehension).

Q: Where can I get the complete SSC CPO syllabus?

Ans: SSC CPO syllabus will be available on the official website. Candidates can also the detailed syllabus here at Embibe.

Also, check,

SSC CPO Exam AnalysisSSC CPO Tier 2
SSC CPO Exam PatternSSC CPO Syllabus

We hope this detailed article on the SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2023 has provided you with all the information about the exam pattern and syllabus. Stay tuned to Embibe to get the latest updates on SSC CPO Exam 2023.

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