SSC CPO Tier II: Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Mock Tests

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  • Written by Hrushikesh Vyas
  • Last Modified on 22-07-2022
  • Written by Hrushikesh Vyas
  • Last Modified on 22-07-2022

About Exam

About Exam

Exam Brief

SSC CPO stands for Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organisation. The SSC conducts the CPO exam at the national level to recruit eligible candidates for the Central Police Organisation (CPO). The recruitment drive comprises Tier-I and Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET), followed by Tier-II, Medical Examination and Document Verification.

The SSC CPO 2021 exam is a good opportunity for anyone who wants to work as a Sub-Inspector or ASI (Executive) in the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces such as CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, and SSB. Only those candidates who clear the SSC CPO Tier-I and PET are eligible to appear in the Tier-II exam. As per the official notification, the SSC CPO Tier-II exam was scheduled to be conducted on November 08, 2021, at the designated exam centres across various cities. 



The SSC CPO exam is conducted every year to select and recruit eligible candidates for the posts of Sub-Inspector in CAPFs, Delhi Police and Assistant Sub-Inspector in CISF. There are two exams conducted by SSC CPO: Paper-I and Paper-II. Here, we have provided the direct link to access and download the SSC CPO recruitment notification.  

SSC CPO Official Notification

Exam Summary

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts SSC CPO 2021 to recruit candidates for the posts of sub-inspector in the Delhi Police, Sub-inspector in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), Assistant sub-inspector in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), inspector, and sub-inspector in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
Every year, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) administers the CPO exam. The SSC CPO examination is divided into four stages:

  • SSC CPO Paper 1
  • Physical Education Test (PET) or Physical Standards Test (PST)
  • SSC CPO Paper 2
  • Medical examination

Only SSC CPO paper 1 and SSC CPO paper 2 are administered online. Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 consist entirely of multiple-choice questions. The SSC CPO exam 1 and paper 2 question papers are available in both English and Hindi.


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Latest Update

The SSC CPO Tier-II was scheduled to be conducted on November 08, 2021, at the designated exam centres across various cities. The result for the same will be announced soon on the official website. 

Trending News

The Staff Selection Commission released the admit card for the SSC CPO Tier-II examination on October 28, 2021, and the exam was held on November 8, 2021.

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Selection Process

Candidates will have to clear five stages to secure their desired post in the Central Police Organisation. These levels are listed below:

  1. SSC CPO Tier-I
  2. PST/PET
  3. SSC CPO Tier-II
  4. Medical Examination
  5. Document Verification

Stages of Exam

Candidates must clear all the stages of the SSC CPO test in order to be considered for various positions in the Delhi Police, CAPFs, and CISFs, among others. Paper 1 of the SSC CPO Exam is an Objective Multiple Choice Question paper. The second exam is an English Comprehension Test, while the PET/PST test is used to assess the candidate's endurance (medical and physical strength).

Stages Type of Examination Mode of examination
Tier-I Objective Multiple Choice CBT (Online)
PET/PST Running, Long Jump, High Jump and Short Put Physical exam
Tier-II Objective Multiple Choice CBT (Online)

NOTE: The SSC CPO Tier-II exam is conducted after the PET/PST Test.


Exam pattern details - Scoring pattern (+/- Marking)

The total number of questions asked will be approximately 200. The medium of the exam will be both English and Hindi, with an English Comprehension section which is generally conducted online. The total time duration of the exam is 2 hours (120 minutes).  

Exam pattern details - Total time

SSC CPO Paper-2 Exam Pattern

Total Time Duration 120 minutes
Total Number of Questions 200
Language of conduction English and Hindi

Exam Calendar

The important dates for important events under the SSC CPO Tier-II are given below in the table:  

Tier-II Exam Admit Card October 28, 2021
SSC CPO Tier-II Exam November 08, 2021

Exam Syllabus

Exam Syllabus

Exam Syllabus

In the Tier-II examination, the conducting body checks candidates’ proficiency in English Language and Comprehension. The SSC CPO Tier-II question paper comprises 200 questions. Detailed SSC CPO Tier-II exam syllabus is given below. Candidates must go through the same for a better understanding. 

Sl No. Syllabus For English Language and Comprehension
1 Error Spotting
2 Vocabulary – Antonyms and Synonyms
3 Spellings
4 Fill in the Blanks
5 Cloze Tests
6 Sentence Structure – Subject Verb Agreement
7 Phrases and Idioms
8 Sentence Completion
9 Basic English Grammar – Parts of Speech, Voice Change, Direct and Indirect Speech
10 Comprehension Reading


Study Plan to Maximise Score

Study Plan to Maximise Score

Preparation Tips

For General Intelligence & Reasoning: The General Intelligence & Reasoning section is uniquely designed to test candidates’ quick decision-making ability and visualising power. This section is one of the uncomplicated and high scoring areas of the SSC CPO exam. Its difficulty level is easier than the rest of the sections. 

    1. There are 50 questions in this section. 
    2. The major concern is analogies, coding and decoding, missing characters, Venn diagrams, syllogism, mathematical operations, etc. 
    3. Candidates must have a deep understanding of the basic concepts regarding these topics. 
    4. Candidates should develop their ability to think and increase problem-solving skills so that in the exam hall, they can answer with perfection. 
    5. Choose good books which cover the syllabus. 
    6. Aspirants can prepare for reasoning in their free period so that they can invest their time accordingly in other subjects as well. Invest at least 1-2 hours on this section daily, depending on your educational background and intellectual ability.

General Knowledge and General Awareness: The General Knowledge and General Awareness section is vaster than the other subjects of Paper-I. Therefore, quite evidently, this section can be a bit tricky to tackle. 

  1. Keep your focus on important topics and not on the whole subject. 
  2. Static GK mainly concerns Culture, Indian History, Geography (India+World), Environment, Science & Technology, Economy, and Polity. 
  3. Focus on Indian History and World History. Pay attention to the major areas- Ancient and Modern. 
  4. From Ancient History, questions are mostly asked on Buddhism, Jainism, Vedas, the Indus Valley Civilization, etc. 
  5. In the modern era, concentrate on the pre-independence and post-independence periods. You can start studying NCERT History books from Standard VII to X. 
  6. In the case of Geography and Economics, you need to concentrate on physical and Indian Geography. There is no need to go through world geography, only focus on climate change, diversity, major events, etc. 
  7. Questions might be asked from the economy, but very few. Start your studies with NCERT Geography from class 7th to 10th and Economics book of 11th class only. Roughly 35 – 40% of SSC CPO Paper-I questions are from Science. 
  8. Follow NCERT Science books from 7th to 10th classes. 
  9. Start resolving previous years’ question papers and sample papers to understand the types of questions better. Environment, Nutrition, Diseases, Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc., are the most important sections of Science. 
  10. To improve your knowledge of current affairs, go through newspapers daily such as The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Times of India etc. Remember information like names of people and places in the news, names of receivers of various awards, etc. Maintain daily notes of important events, which make it easier to revise. Monitor the national budget regularly. 

For Quantitative Aptitude: For the Quantitative Aptitude section, aspirants need to enhance their calculation speed. They need to learn shortcuts and tricks for the arithmetic section.

  1. If candidates are able to allocate about 4 hours per day to Maths, they can easily crack this section of SSC CPO with high marks. It is such a section that needs problem-solving and tactics. 
  2. It would be best if candidates are strong in the quantitative section for selection. This section requires grip and practice. At the starting stage of preparation, follow class 8th,9th, and 10th NCERT Maths books. This subject also requires special observation of Algebra, Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, and Mensuration.
  3. Prepare a chart of all the formulas and paste it into your room. Keep going through the formulas whenever you get the time. 
  4. If possible, understand the logic behind the formulas to remember them for a longer period. Try to give more time to the tough topics.

For English Language: There is no major discrepancy in the SSC CPO exam pattern as far as the syllabus is concerned. However, aspirants need to practise this section for at least 30 -60 minutes to prepare properly. 

  1. Candidates must read and abridge a lot of content such as newspapers, novels, or magazines to understand the flow. 
  2. Aspirants need to read English newspapers daily to work on building vocabulary and enhancing grammar. 
  3. Practise English questions from quizzes. Solving English quizzes and mocks will be very helpful for you to get familiar with the exam pattern. 
  4. Pick up classic books for SSC CPO preparation. Don’t follow random books. 

SSC CPO General Tips: Students who are preparing for SSC CPO need to follow the below general strategies to get higher marks and perform better. 

  1. Maintain a pleasant study plan that you can follow regularly. 
  2. Make use of your time in the best possible way. 
  3. You can give short quizzes or mock tests of 30-40 minutes when the topic is done. Try to save advanced analytics of mock tests for understanding your growth. 
  4. In the examination centre, give more time to quantitative aptitude and speed in the general awareness section. 
  5. Make sure you review your notes and revisit all the shortcuts and tricks, formulas, and techniques you have already learned. 
  6. Avoid new topics at the last minute because this will only lead you to a dilemma. 
  7. Stay concentrated and sleep well to maintain your physical and mental fitness. 
  8. All aspirants need to do one thing, and that is to stay focused. No exam is challenging if you decide to crack it with full dedication & hard work. 
  9. Make a sincere attempt at cracking the SSC CPO exam and give your 100%.

Recommended Books for SSC CPO Tier-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

Exam Taking Strategy

To prepare for the SSC CPO exam, candidates must follow an effective strategy, understand the syllabus and the requirements for the Physical Endurance Test and start preparing at the earliest.  

Detailed Study plan

  1. Every day, read an English-language newspaper. You will benefit in two ways as a result of this. You will be aware of current events on a regular basis, and your vocabulary and reading speed will improve as a result. 
  2. Start taking the fake test once you've mastered the basics and covered all of the topics. Attend 1 Mock Test per day and analyze your results. 
  3. After you've finished one topic, take a few short quizzes. Remember that the more you practise and take small tests, the faster you will become. 
  4. For SSC CPO preparation, we have created subject-wise quizzes. You must try to achieve the marks specified in the SSC CPO study schedule at the conclusion of each week. 
  5. Don't be discouraged if your grades are lower. Continue to work on your weak areas, and you will undoubtedly get good results.

Recommended Chapters

SSC CPO Syllabus for General Intelligence and Reasoning: 

  1. Semantic Analogy 
  2. Symbolic/ Number Analogy 
  3. Figural Analogy
  4. Semantic Classification
  5. Symbolic/ Number Classification
  6. Figural Classification
  7. Semantic Series
  8. Number Series
  9. Figural Series
  10. Problem Solving
  11. Coding & Decoding
  12. Numerical Operations
  13. Word Building
  14. Symbolic Operations
  15. Space Orientation
  16. Space Visualization
  17. Venn Diagrams
  18. Drawing Inferences
  19. Punched Hole/ Pattern-folding & Unfolding
  20. Trends, Figural Pattern Folding and Completion
  21. Indexing Address Matching
  22. Date & City Matching Classification of Centre Codes/ Roll Numbers
  23. Small & Capital letters/ Numbers Coding
  24. Decoding and classification
  25. Embedded Figures
  26. Critical Thinking
  27. Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, etc.  

SSC CPO Syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude:

  1. Numbers
  2. Decimals
  3. Fractions And Relationships Between Numbers 
  4. Percentage
  5. Ratio And Proportion
  6. Square Roots
  7. Averages
  8. Interest
  9. Profit & Loss
  10. Discount
  11. Partnership Business
  12. Mixture And Alligation
  13. Time And Distance
  14. Time & Work
  15. Basic Algebraic Identities Of School Algebra And Elementary Surds
  16. Graphs Of Linear Equations
  17. Triangle And Its Various Kinds Of Centres
  18. Congruence And Similarity Of Triangles
  19. Circle And Its Chords
  20. Tangents
  21. Angles Subtended By Chords Of A Circle
  22. Common Tangents To Two Or More Circles
  23. Triangle, Quadrilaterals
  24. Regular Polygons
  25. Circle
  26. Right Prism
  27. Right Circular Cone
  28. Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped
  29. Regular Right Pyramid With Triangular Or Square Base
  30. Trigonometric Ratio 
  31. Degree And Radian Measures
  32. Standard Identities
  33. Complementary Angles
  34. Heights And Distances
  35. Histogram
  36. Frequency Polygon
  37. Bar Diagram & Pie Chart

SSC CPO: English Comprehension   

In the Paper-I of SSC CPO, the English section consists of 50 questions which makes a total of 50 marks. However, Paper-II consists of 200 questions from English Comprehension.   

SSC CPO: General Knowledge and General Awareness General Awareness is an easy scoring part of gaining an edge in the exam. However, this section is comparably more vast than other sections of Paper-I. This section is designed to test the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around them and its application to society.

Previous Year Analysis

Previous Year Analysis

Year-wise Chapter to Question Distribution

SSC CPO General Intelligence and Reasoning (Expected)  

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

Exam Counselling

Exam counselling

Student Counselling

Do not believe in fate and instead believe in hard work and effort. Exam panic exists in many children and parents. Learning is about registration, recording and recall. Practising by writing helps in grasping information and recalling it. Writing once has the same effect as reading ten times. Recall the subjects/topics as many times as possible, and see your memory improve.  

Important Dates

About Exam

Exam Notification Date

Exam Notification Date: The Staff Selection Commission has postponed the SSC CPO Tier-II exam that was to be conducted on July 12, 2021. Now, SSC has released the SSC CPO admit card for SSC CPO Tier 2 on October 28, and the exam will be commenced on November 8.

Exam Date

Exam date ( Prelims/ Mains/Stages):  The SSC CPO Tier 2 examination will be conducted on November 8th 2021.

Application Process

About Exam

Dos and Donts of Form Filling

  1. All applications should be submitted in the online mode on the official website of SSC Headquarters i.e. SSC Official website. For instructions, please refer to Annexure-I and Annexure-II of the notice issued by SSC. A sample ‘Proforma of One-time Registration’ and the online application forms are attached as Annexure-IA and Annexure-IIA.
  2. The One-time Registration requires you to upload a recent colour passport size photograph scanned in JPEG format (size of the file: 20 KB to 50 KB). The dimension of the photograph must be about 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height). The photograph should not be more than three months old, without a cap or spectacles and both the ears must be visible. The date on which the photograph was taken should be printed on the photograph.
  3. Candidates are advised to submit online applications much before the deadline and not wait until the last minute to avoid inability or login issues on the SSC website owing to heavy traffic during the closing days.
  4. The Commission is not responsible for candidates not being able to submit their applications within the deadline on account of the aforesaid reasons or for any other reason beyond their purview.
  5. Before submission, candidates must check if they have filled in the correct details in all the fields. After submission, no change or correction or modification can be made. Requests received for the same in any form like post, fax, email, by hand, etc shall not be entertained.
  6. Fees: Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only)
  7. Female candidates and those from Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Ex-Servicemen (ESM) eligible for reservation are exempted from the fee.
  8. The fee can be paid via BHIM UPI, Net Banking or by using Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, RuPay Credit or Debit cards, or through cash at the SBI branches by generating a challan.
  9. Online fees can be paid up to 18-07-2020 (23:30 hours). However, candidates who want to make a cash payment through challan of SBI may make the payment at the designated State Bank of India (SBI) branches within the working hours of the bank up to 22-07-2020, provided the challan is generated by them before the deadline, that is, 20-07-2020 (2330 Hours).
  10. Applications, if received without the fee, will not be considered. No representation against such rejection of applications will be entertained. Fees, once paid, cannot be refunded, nor can they be used against other examinations.
  11. Non-exempted candidates must ensure that the amount has been deposited with SSC. If the fee is not received, the status of the application form will be shown as 'Incomplete'. The status of the fee can be checked using the “Payment Status” link provided. Fee payment after the deadline on the Notice of Examination shall not be entertained.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria

The acceptable age limit of candidates is from 20 to 25 years as of January 01, 2021, i.e. candidates born on or after January 02, 1996, and not later than January 01, 2001. Relaxation on the upper age limit prescribed and category codes for claiming age relaxation is as follows:  

Code No. Category Age-Relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit
01 SC/ ST 5 years
02 OBC 3 years
06 Ex-Servicemen (ESM) 3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.

For the post of SI in Delhi Police (Category Codes-12 and 13)

Code No. Category Age-Relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit
12 Widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands and who are not re-married. Up to 35 years of age
13 Widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands and who are not re-married. (SC/ ST) Up to 40 years of age

For departmental candidates of Delhi Police against the vacancies of Delhi Police only (Category Codes-17, 18 and 19)

Code No. Category Age-Relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit
17 Departmental candidates (Unreserved) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as on closing date. Up to 30 years of age
18 Departmental candidates (OBC) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as on closing date. Up to 33 years of age
19 Departmental candidates (SC/ ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as on closing date. Up to 35 years of age

Education Qualification

  • The minimum qualification for all the posts is a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or similar.
  • As per the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) notification, dated 10.06.2015, published within the Gazette of India, all the degree/ diploma certificates awarded through the Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the institutions listed below stand automatically recognised for employment to posts and services under the Central Government.
  1. Schools accepted by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature
  2. Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956
  3. Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament 
  • Accordingly, unless such degrees are recognised for the admissible period when the candidates qualify, they will not be accepted for Educational Qualification.
  • As per UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, issued in the official Gazette on 23-06-2017, under Part-III (8) (v), the programmers in engineering, medicine, dental, nursing, pharmacy, architecture and physiotherapy. are not authorised to be offered in Open and Distance Learning mode. However, B. Tech. Degree/ Diploma in Engineering awarded by Indira Gandhi National Open University to the scholars enrolled up to the tutorial year 2009-10 shall be treated as valid, wherever applicable.
  • Aspirants who haven't yet obtained but will obtain the tutorial qualification and produce documentary proof from the Board/ University in support thereof as of 01-01-2021 will also be eligible.
  • All aspirants who are announced qualified by the Commission in Computer Based Examinations, PET/ PST, and Medical Examinations are going to be required to supply all relevant Certificates in original like Mark sheets/ Provisional Degree/ Diploma Certificate as proof of getting obtained the minimum educational requirements on or before 01-01-2021 failing which the Commission will cancel the candidature of such candidates. Candidates who can prove by documentary evidence that the qualifying examination results were declared on or before the deadline and are declared passed will also be considered to possess the specified Educational Qualification. It's reiterated that the requisite educational qualification results must be declared by the Board/University by the required date. Merely processing the board/university's result by the crucial deadline doesn't fulfil the EQ requirement.
  • If the aspirants have similar educational qualifications, they should produce relevant Equivalence Certificates from the concerned authorities at Document Verification. However, the concerned User Departments/ Appointing Authorities will take the ultimate decision regarding such candidates.
  • For the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police only: Male candidates must have a legitimate driver's license for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) on the date fixed for Physical Endurance and Measurement Tests. However, the aspirants who don't have a legitimate driver's license for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) are eligible for all other posts in CAPFs.

Number of Attempts

There is no defined number of attempts. Candidates can attempt the SSC CPO exam as many times as they are eligible and in the specified age group. For example, if candidates first appear for the exam at the age of 20, they can give exams until they turn 25, and not any later.

Language Proficiency

The medium of the question papers will be both English and Hindi except for the English section.

Admit Card

Admit Card

Admit Card Release Date

Admit cards for the selected aspirants for the SSC CPO Tier-2 exam were supposed to be released in June 2021. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the date was postponed, and the SSC released the SSC CPO Tier-II admit card on October 28, 2021.   Follow the steps shown below to download the admit card:

  • Visit the official website of SSC
  • Enter your Roll Number/ Registration ID provided to you at the time of registration for the SSC CPO 2021 exam.
  • Now enter your Date of Birth/ Password
  • Solve the verified human equation given there.
  • Click on the Download / Submit Button.


List of Exam Centres


S No Examination Centres & Centre Code SSC Region and States/ UTs under the Jurisdiction of the Region Address of the Regional Offices/ website
1 Bhagalpur (3201), Muzzaffarpur (3205), Patna (3206), Agra (3001), Bareilly (3005), Gorakhpur (3007), Kanpur (3009), Lucknow (3010), Meerut (3011), Prayagraj (3003), Varanasi (3013). Central Region (CR)/ Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Regional Director (CR), Staff Selection Commission, 34-A, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Civil lines, Kendriya Sadan, Prayagraj – 211001. (
2 Port Blair (4802), Ranchi (4205), Bhubaneshwar (4604), Kolkata (4410). Eastern Region (ER)/ Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal Regional Director (ER), Staff Selection Commission, 1st MSO Building, (8th Floor), 234/4, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata, West Bengal700020 (
3 Bengaluru (9001), Belagavi (9002), Hubballi (9011), Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)(9005), Mangaluru (9008), Mysuru (9009), Shivamogga (9010), Udupi (9012), Thiruvananthapuram (9211), Ernakulam (9213), Kannur (9202), Kollam (9210), Kottayam (9205), Kozhikode (9206) Thrissur (9212). Karnataka, Kerala Region (KKR)/ Lakshadweep, Karnataka and Kerala Regional Director (KKR), Staff Selection Commission, 1st Floor, “E” Wing, Kendriya Sadan, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560034 (
4 Delhi NCR (2201), Ajmer (2401), Alwar (2402), Bikaner(2404), Jaipur (2405), Jodhpur (2406), Kota (2407), Sriganganagar (2408), Udaipur(2409), Sikar (2411), Dehradun (2002), Haldwani (2003), Haridwar (2005), Roorkee (2006). Northern Region (NR)/ Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand Regional Director (NR), Staff Selection Commission, Block No. 12, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 (
5 Itanagar (5001), Dibrugarh (5102), Goalpara (5104) Guwahati (Dispur) (5105) Jorhat (5107) Lakimpur (5109), Silchar (5111), Tezpur (5112), Kohima (5302), Shillong (5401), Imphal (5501), Churachandpur (5502), Ukhrul (5503), Agartala (5601), Aizawl (5701) North Eastern Region (NER)/ Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Regional Director (NER), Staff Selection Commission, Housefed Complex, Last Gate, Beltola-Basistha Road, P. O. Assam Sachivalaya, Dispur, Guwahati, Assam-781006 (
6 Hyderabad (8002), Warangal (8003), Guntur (8001), Kurnool (8003), Rajahmundry (8004), Tirupati (8006), Visakhapatnam (8007), Vijayawada (8008), Chennai (8201), Coimbatore (8202), Madurai (8204), Puducherry (8401) Southern Region (SR)/ Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Regional Director (SR), Staff Selection Commission, 2nd Floor, EVK Sampath Building, DPI Campus, College Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu-600006 (
7 Ahmedabad (7001), Vadodara (7002), Rajkot (7006), Surat (7007), Mumbai (7204), Pune (7208), Amravati (7201) Nagpur (7205), Aurangabad (7202), Kolhapur (7203), Nashik (7207) Panaji (7801). Western Region (WR)/ Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra Regional Director (WR), Staff Selection Commission, 1st Floor, South Wing, Pratishtha Bhawan, 101, Maharshi Karve Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra400020 (
8 Bhopal (6001), Gwalior (6005), Indore (6006), Jabalpur (6007), Satna (6014), Sagar (6015), Ujjain (6016), Bilaspur (6202), Raipur (6204) Durg-Bhilai (6205) Madhya Pradesh Sub Region (MPR) Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Dy. Director (MPR), Staff Selection Commission, J-6, Anupam Nagar, Raipur Chhattisgarh-492007. (
9 Jammu (1004), Leh (1005), Srinagar (1007), Samba (1010), Hamirpur (1202), Shimla (1203), Jalandhar (1402), Amritsar (1404), Mohali (1406), Chandigarh (1601) Western Region (NWR)/ Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab Regional Director (NWR), Staff Selection Commission, Block No.3, Ground Floor, Kendriya Sadan, Sector-9, Chandigarh-160009 (



Cut off

Previous Year Cut-off

Check the previous year's SSC CPO Cut-off and then plan your approach for taking practice tests and studying for the upcoming SSC CPO exams. Attempt the mock tests with a goal of scoring higher than the previous year's cut-offs.  The previous year's Paper 1 exam cut-off offers you an idea of the minimum marks required to pass the exam. In this article, we have provided the category-wise SSC CPO cut off for Males and Females selected for the next round of the SSC CPO test over the years for the Paper 1 and Paper 2 exam.

SSC CPO Cut Off: Factors to Consider The SSC CPO cut-off and its rationale are determined by a number of criteria. The following are the elements that go into calculating the cut-off:

  • The number of people who took the exam.
  • Scores are normalised.
  • Vacancies in general
  • The exam's difficulty level
  • The time period during which the exam was held

The overall cut-off of the SSC CPO 2019 exam after Paper 2 is given in the below table.

Category Cut-off Marks (Paper I+II) Out of 400 marks
Male Female
General 153.12724 205.33794
OBC 148.31084 175.13894
SC 113.37640 150.61185
ST 121.35579 126.26581
Ex-servicemen 82.73994 -
EWS 152.11302 205.33794

SSC CPO 2018 Final Cut-off: The Commission has issued the final male and female cut-offs for the general category, which are shown in the tables below.

For Male Candidates
Post Code Total Cutoff Marks ( Paper 1 & Paper 2)
Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police 349.02 {UR}
Sub-Inspector in Border Security Force(BSF) 322.46 {UR}
Sub-Inspector in Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) 317.04 {UR}
Sub-Inspector in Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force 342.87 {UR}
Sub-Inspector in Sashtra Seema Bal 338.98 {UR}
For Female:
Post Code Total Cutoff Marks ( Paper 1 & Paper 2)
Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police 320.66 {UR}
Sub-Inspector in Border Security Force(BSF) 310.61 {UR}
Sub-Inspector in Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force 318.18 {UR}

SSC CPO 2018 Cut-off (Paper 1+2)The following are the SSC CPO 2018 cut off marks for Paper 1 and Paper 2:

Category Cut-off Marks (Paper-I and Paper-II)
  Male Female
UR 300.15 286.81
OBC 196.50 258.38
SC 190.02 223.26
ST 169.03 207.46
ESM 211.93 -

SSC CPO 2017 Cut-off (Paper 1 and 2)The table below shows the overall cut-off for the SSC CPO 2017 test after Paper 2.

Category Cut-off Marks (Paper-I and Paper-II)
  Male Female
General 293.50 264.75
OBC 271.75 192.00
SC 217.50 161.00
ST 230.00 140.50
ESM 204 -

SSC CPO Paper-2 2016 Cut-off:-The SSC CPO 2016 cut-off for Paper 2 is provided below:

Category 2016
  Male Female
General 70.00 70.00
OBC 60.00 60.00
SC 50.00 50.00
ST 50.00 50.00
ESM 40.00 -

SSC CPO Final Cut-off 2016 – Post-wise

Posts Category Male Female
SI in Delhi Police General 287.25 260.75
OBC 282.25 247.25
SC 281 218.75
ST 247.25 191
SI in BSF Border Security Forces General 234.75 225
OBC 222.50 206.75
SC 153.75 169.50
ST 183 182
SI in Central Industrial Security Forces General 256 235
OBC 237.75 220.50
SC 193 182.25
ST 197.25 183
SI in Central Reserve Police Force General 233.25  
OBC 222.25  
SC 163  
ST 187.25  
SI in Indo – Tibetan Border Police General 259.25  
OBC 236.25  
SC 184.75  
ST - -
SI in Sashastra Seema Bal General 252 231
OBC 234.75 213.50
SC 185 172.50
ST 194 178.75
ASI in Sashastra Seema Bal General 226 212.25
OBC 214.50 198.75
SC 144.75 156
ST 173 171.50


Freaquently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

List of all FAQs for all the information on groups & sub-groups is as below:

Q1. What is the syllabus for SSC CPO Tier-II?

A. The SSC CPO exam comprises four sections: Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension, General Awareness, and General Intelligence & Reasoning. In the Tier-II examination, they check the candidate’s proficiency in the English Language and Comprehension. The SSC CPO Tier-II question paper comprises 200 questions containing these topics. The entire syllabus can be accessed on the link: SSC CPO Exam - Syllabus

Q2. How many questions are asked in SSC CPO Tier-II?

A. There are a total of 200 questions asked in the SSC CPO Tier-II exam. All the questions are Multiple-Choice Questions.

Q3. Where can I find the SSC CPO Tier-II syllabus?

A. The SSC CPO Tier-II syllabus can be found on their official website, and can also be accessed using the following link:

Q4. Will there be a SSC CPO 2021?

A. The SSC CPO Tier-II exam was postponed due to the uncontrolled outbreak of Covid-19. However, SSC has released the admit card on October 28th 2021 and the SSC CPO Tier 2 exam will commence on November 8th 2021.

Q5. Is SSC CPO conducted every year?

A. Yes, SSC CPO exams are organised yearly to give opportunities to ambitious aspirants to work in reputed organizations.

Q6. Is there a cutoff for each section in the SSC CPO?

A. SSC CPO does not have a sectional cutoff.

Q7. How is the cut-off for the SSC CPO determined?

A. The SSC CPO cutoff is calculated independently for boys and females in each category.

Q8. Which SSC CPO post is the best?

A. In the SSC CPO, the SI (Sub Inspector) position is the best.

Q9. What is the starting wage for an Assistant Sub Inspector?

A. The following is the compensation of an Assistant Sub Inspector, according to the cities:

  • A Cities~ 39k-40k In Hand
  • B Cities~ 33k-34k In Hand
  • C Cities~ 31k-32k In Hand

Job Profile & Salary

salary structuire

Job Description

JD detail Post list & Vacancies   SSC CPO Job Profile SSC CPO allows you to contribute to the advancement of the country. You will hold the distinguished position of sub-inspector, acting as an investigative officer and dealing with the country's criminal challenges.

Take a look at the SSC CPO Job Profiles for other organisations:

Delhi Police: In the National Capital Territory of Delhi, he works as an investigating officer and is in charge of maintaining peace and order. Citizens must be protected, and criminal activity must be avoided. Maintain interpersonal peace and find solutions to problems.

Role of Central Armed Police Forces Border Security Force (BSF): Ensuring the security of India's borders To prevent trans-border crime, they can be stationed in tough terrain. Smuggling and other illicit actions should be avoided.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF): As and when necessary, control the crowd and riot-like scenarios. During calamities, rescue and relief actions are necessary.

During general elections, duty Operations against insurgents Installations that are critical, for example, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF): Ensure the safety of the country's industrial units and government infrastructure. Thermal power plants, mines, steel mills, PSUs, and other industrial plants are included.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP): Maintain border security between India and Tibet and prevent illicit immigration from Tibet.

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB): Smuggling, for example, is a type of cross-border crime that must be avoided. The probe focused on cross-border anti-national acts. Maintaining security and friendship amongst people on both sides of the border

Post list & Vacancies

Sub-Inspector (Exe.) in Delhi Police – Male

Type of vacancy UR EWS OBC SC ST Total
Open 32 09 06 11 15 73
Departmental candidates 04 01 02 01 01 09
Ex-Servicemen 05 - 02 01 01 09
Total vacancies 41 10 10 13 17 91


Sub-Inspector (Exe.) in Delhi Police – Female

Type of vacancy UR EWS OBC SC ST Total
Open 35 08 17 12 06 78


Sub-Inspector (GD) in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs)

Force Category UR EWS OBC SC ST Total   ExServicemen
CRPF Male 421 104 281 156 78 1040 1072 107
Female 13 03 09 05 02 32
BSF Male 94 23 63 35 17 232 244 24
Female 05 01 03 02 01 12
ITBP Male 22 03 07 04 00 36 43 04
Female 04 01 01 01 00 07
CISF Male 08 01 05 03 01 18 20 02
Female 02 00 00 00 00 02
SSB Male 08 01 04 03 00 16 16 02
Female 00 00 00 00 00 00
    577 137 373 209 99 1395 1395 139
  Male 553 132 360 201 96 1342
  Female 24 05 13 08 03 53

Salary Structure

The job description and salary details are listed below.

Job Pay Scale Classification
Sub-Inspector (GD) in CAPFs Level-6 (Rs.35,400- 1,12,400/-) Group “B” (Non-Gazetted), Non-Ministerial
Sub-Inspector (Executive) in Delhi Police Level-6 (Rs.35,400-1,12,400/-) Group “C” (Non-Gazetted)
Assistant Sub-Inspector (Executive) in CISF Level-5 (Rs.29,200-92,300) Group “C” (Non-Gazetted)

The salary breakdown for all SSC CPO positions may be found here. The following are the approximate in-hand salaries for all of the positions:

Post SI (Sub Inspector) in Delhi Police SI (Sub Inspector) in CAPFs ASI (Assistant Sub Inspector) in CISF
Payscale Rs.35,400-1,12,400/- Rs.35,400-1,12,400/- Rs.29,200-92,300
Basic pay Rs 35,400 Rs 35,400 Rs. 29,200
HRA 8496 A Cities (24%)- 8496 B Cities (16%)- 5664 C Cities (8%)- 2832 A Cities (24%)- 7008 B Cities (16%)- 4672 C Cities (8%)- 2336
DA 4248 (12% of basic) 4248 (12% of basic) 3504 (12% of basic)
TA 3600 Cities- 3600 Other Places- 1800 Cities- 3600 Other Places- 1800
Other Extra Allowances Like Petrol, Diet etc Rs 500-Rs 700 Plus Other benefits Rs 500-Rs 700 Plus Other benefits Rs 500-Rs 700 Plus Other benefits
Gross Salary ~52,400 A CIties~ 52,400 B Cities~ 47,812 C Cities~ 44,980 A CIties~ 44,012 B Cities~ 39,876 C Cities~ 37,540
Deductions Approx 5-6k Approx 5-6k Approx 5-6k
Total In Hand Salary (Approx) ~46k-47k In Hand A Cities~ 46k-47k In Hand B Cities~ 41k-42k In Hand C Cities~ 39k-40k In Hand A Cities~ 39k-40k In Hand B Cities~ 33k-34k In Hand C Cities~ 31k-32k In Hand

Basic Allowances Provided by SSC CPO Salary:HRA: The amount of money you can set aside for rent is determined by the city you live in. HRA in A, B, and C class cities shall not be less than Rs. 5400/- pm, Rs. 3600/- pm, and Rs. 1800/- pm, respectively.

  1. 24% of Basic pay for A category of cities
  2. 16% of Basic Pay for B category of cities
  3. 8% of Basic Pay for C category of cities

When Dearness Allowance (DA) passes 25%, HRA shall be revised to 27%, 18%, and 9% of Basic Pay in A, B, and C cities, respectively, and further to 30%, 20%, and 10% of Basic Pay in A, B, and C cities, respectively, when DA crosses 50%.

Dearness Allowance: Under the 7th Pay Commission, the Dearness Benefit is a cost of living adjustment allowance that is now 12 per cent of basic pay.

Travel Allowance: The monthly rate of transportation allowance varies depending on where you live, as shown below:

  • Employees stationed in cities are paid Rs.3600 per month plus DA.
  • Employees posted in all other locations: Rs.1800 plus DA

Diet allowance/Ration Money: Diet Allowance or Ration money is given to CPO employees to help them meet their nutritional demands. SIs in the Delhi Police receive a daily allowance of Rs 101.5. SI in the CISF is entitled to ration money of Rs.97.85 per head per day.

CEA (Children's Education Allowance/Hostel Subsidy): 

  • Rs.2250 per month (total Rs.27000 per year) for children in classes Nursery to 12. CEA will increase by 25% once DA climbs by 50%.
  • Children studying in hostels are eligible for a hostel subsidy of Rs.6750 per month (total Rs.81000 per year). CEA will increase by 25% once DA climbs by 50%.

Dress Allowance: Constable to Inspector, Rs.10,000/- (Annual) in the month of July each year.

Risk /Hardship Allowance: The risk/hardship allowance is determined by the location. This allowance is offered to sub-inspectors who work in remote and risky places based on the level of risk. Officials assigned to high-risk zones are awarded a supplemental allowance.

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Future Exams


List of Future Exam

After completing SSC CPO, if the aspirant is qualified or disqualified, they can take other exams conducted by UPSC or any other parallel exams conducted by SSC,  based on the age criteria.

UPSC posts for 24 several government officials are filled through the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. There are 23 different Civil Services. The allotment of services to successful candidates depends on the rankings within the examination. After getting selected in the commission, a candidate is appointed to varied posts (in the span of his career) within that service except in some cases where they may continue delegation to a different department in another service.

There are different streams in UPSC, namely: 

  1. Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  2. Indian Police Service (IPS)
  3. Indian Forest Service (IFoS)
  4. Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS)
  6. Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  7. Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
  8. Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
  9. Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
  10. Indian Information Service (IIS)
  11. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  12. Indian Communication Finance Services (ICFS)
  13. Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
  14. Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  15. Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  16. Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  17. Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
  18. Indian Trade Service (ITS)
  19. Railway Protection Force (RPF)

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