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The SSC CPO exam is a national level test conducted by SSC for recruiting candidates into the Central Police Organization. The SSC CPO stands for Staff Selection Commission 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, cut-off, vacancy, etc.

SSC CPO 2021 –

  • The commission has not released SSC CPO Exam 2021 Notification yet, but it is expected to be released on 14th August 2022 according to SSC Calendar 2021-22.

SSC CPO Exam Latest Updates –

  • July 6th 2021 – The Staff Selection Commission has released the admit card for SSC CPO Paper II 2019 examination.
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  • July 5th 2021 – The Commission has announced the new dates for SSC CPO 2019 Paper-II exam. As per the latest notice released SSC has scheduled the SSC CPO 2019 Paper-II i.e Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police, CAPFs and ASI in CISF Examination (Paper-II), 2019 on July 26th 2021. Earlier the exam was scheduled to be conducted on May 8th, 2021 but was postponed due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.
  • June 4th 2021 – SSC has released a list of candidates qualified in PET/PST for appearing in Paper-II. Result of Paper-I of Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police, CAPFs and Assistant Sub-Inspector in CISF Examination, 2019 was declared by the Commission on February 14th, 2020, wherein 45923 candidates (4035 female, 41888 male) were declared qualified. Subsequently, the PET/PST test of these qualified candidates was conducted by the Nodal Central Armed Police Force and the final list of candidates selected is now out.

SSC CPO Notification

SSC CPO 2021 exam Notification is not released by the commission yet and it is expected to be released on 14th August 2022.

SSC released SSC CPO 2020 exam notification on the official website on June 17th, 2020. All the relevant details about the Central Police Organisation exam such as vacancy, eligibility, exam dates, exam pattern and syllabus, etc are given in the notification.

The online application window for SSC Central Police Organisation exam was open till July 16th, 2020. Aspirants willing to apply can go through the detailed SSC CPO Notification on the linked page.

Similarly, the notification for SSC CPO 2019 exam was published on the official website of the commission on September 17th 2019.

Considering the time-taking recruitment process for various Government posts, the Union Cabinet has approved the Common Eligibility Test (CET), which will be held to appoint candidates to Group B and Group C posts under SSC, RRB and IBPS. The conducting body for this Test will be the National Recruitment Agency. Aspirants can visit the linked article to learn more about the NRA.

SSC CPO Exam 2021 Dates

SSC CPO 2021 exam is not announced but given below are the tentative dates for the recruitment process –

SSC CPO Exam Dates 2021
Exam Events Important Dates [Tentative]
SSC CPO 2021 Notification/Advertisement Date 14th August 2022
Online Application Submission Starts on To be notified
Closing Date for Online Application Submission 13th September 2022
SSC CPO 2021 Paper I Admit Card Yet to be released
SSC CPO 2021 Paper I (CBE) December 2022
SSC CPO 2021 Paper II To be notified

SSC CPO 2020 Exam

The Staff Selection Commission released the SSC CPO Exam 2020 recruitment notification on June 17th to conduct the exam from September 29th onward. Owing to the prevailing situation of Coronavirus pandemic, the commission decided to postpone the dates of Paper I from September to November 2020.

The CPO exam is now scheduled from November 23rd to November 26th. The detailed notification released by the Staff Selection Commission on July 1st for rescheduling of the CPO 2020 is given below-

SSC CPO 2020 Exam Date

SSC has announced the revised dates of other exams as well, candidates willing to know the new dates of the examination by the commission can check the SSC exam date page.

The Selection Commission has given in detail the dates of CPO 2020 examination, check the table given below for the highlight of SSC CPO 2020 schedule.

SSC CPO 2020 Exam Dates
SSC CPO 2020 events SSC CPO 2020 Dates
SSC CPO 2020 Notification & Online Application June 17th 2020
SSC CPO Apply Online Last date July 16th 2020
SSC CPO Paper I (CBE) September 29th 2020 to October 5th 2020 (Postponed)
November 23rd to November 26th, 2020 (revised dates)
SSC CPO Paper II 1st March 2021 postponed

Candidates should keep updated with date-related information, hence keep a track of the SSC official website.

SSC CPO 2020-21 Recruitment

The SSC recruits candidates for the Group B & Group C posts under the Central Police Organisation. Last year, the SSC CPO recruitment for various posts was around 1200.

The SSC CPO Vacancy for the 2020 exam is 1564 as mentioned in the official notification. Check the detailed SSC CPO vacancy given below:

SSC CPO Vacancy 2020

However, the above-mentioned vacancies might change in the future. Any change in the number of vacancies will be intimated by the commission.

The SSC CPO recruitment vacancies are advertised by the Commission as per the indents that have been given by the User Departments. The vacancies are for the post of Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police (Male/Female), ASI Executive in CISF, Sub-Inspector in CAPFs.

Candidates can refer to the official notification of SSC CPO 2020 for more details on vacancies and posts.

SSC CPO Exam Admit Card

Staff Selection Commission will update the admit card and schedule of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police, CAPFs, and ASI in CISF Exam, 2020. The admit card of CPO exam releases according to the scheduled papers. The commission releases Central Police Organisation admit card at least one week before the exam and the same follows for Paper-II.

SSC has released the Tier I admit card for the SSC Central Police Organisation exam on November 12th, 2020. The admit card for the CPO exam is released on the official website. candidates appearing for CPO 2020 can download the region-wise SSC CPO Admit Card on the linked page.

The SSC CPO Admit Card (AC)/Admission Certificate for the exam indicating the timetable and also venues of examination for each candidate will be placed on the website of the concerned Regional Office. As per the rules, the admit card for the CPO exam will not be sent by post to the candidates.

If any candidate is unable to download the hall tickets/admit cards for the examination, he/ she must immediately contact the concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional Office(s) of the Staff Service Commission with details such as registration ID, proof of fee payment, copy of online application form submitted by the candidate, etc. for obtaining the desired admit card.

Steps to download Admit Card For CPO Exam 2020

Step 1- Go to the SSC official website(
Step 2- Enter your Registration ID & password
Step 3- Check the details and download the SSC CPO exam admit card.

SSC CPO Eligibility

The SSC CPO exam has certain eligibility criteria for candidates aspiring for the exam.

Candidates should check the SSC CPO eligibility criteria properly before applying for the Central Police Organisation 2020 exam. The Staff Service Commission might cancel the application at the last moment if the eligibility criteria for the exam is not met.

The eligibility conditions for the SSC CPO Exam 2020 is as follows:

Category SSC CPO Eligibility
  • Must be a citizen of India, Nepal or Bhutan.
  • Migrated candidates should have necessary citizenship documents from Govt. of India.
Age Limit
  • Minimum – 20 years
  • Maximum 25 years
  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University/Institute

SSC CPO Exam Pattern

The SSC CPO Exam Pattern has 4 stages-

    1. Paper I
    2. Physical Test
    3. Paper-II
    4. Medical Examination

All these above stages/sections are mandatory.

The exam pattern for SSC CPO Paper I is as follows:

Subject Marks Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 02 hrs
General Knowledge & Awareness 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50
English Comprehension 50

The SSC CPO Exam Pattern for Paper II is as follows:

Subject Marks Duration
English Language & Comprehension 200 02 hrs

SSC CPO Exam pattern- Salient points

  • As per the paper pattern of CPO examination, both papers will have multiple-choice questions.
  • Candidates can expect a deduction of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in both the papers.
  • Candidates who qualify in Paper I will be allowed to appear for Physical Test.
  • Paper-II will only be appeared by candidates who clear the Physical Test.
  • Paper-II will be followed by Medical Examination.


The syllabus of Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organisation is vast and comprehensive and covers all the topics in Paper I & Paper II that overlap with other competitive exams. Candidates need to prepare well for both the papers are they are equally important.

As per the syllabus, the SSC CPO Paper I that is a computer-based exam ask questions related to the following subjects-

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • General Knowledge and Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension

The syllabus of Paper-II in the SSC CPO exam is based on English Language & Comprehensions where the candidates’ skills on vocabulary, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc are tested.

SSC CPO Online

Candidates should follow the below steps while applying for the SSC CPO Exam.

  1. Log in to the official website(
  2. Fill the basic details asked for in the registration window.
  3. On submitting, you will be provided with a registration ID.
  4. Log in using the registration ID and password.
  5. Complete all other steps and submit relevant documents.
  6. Upload your photograph and scanned copy of the signature as per the desired dimensions.
  7. Complete your payment process.
  8. Check all the details provided by you for any mistakes.
  9. Submit your application form. Your registration will be completed.
  10. Take a printout of the application form for your reference.


The commission releases the cut off for SSC CPO exam along with the result. The cut off for SSC CPO 2020 Exam will be released once the Paper I is conducted successfully, as per the revised schedule given by the commission.

The result for SSC CPO Paper I for the year 2019 and 2018 is released as well as the cut off marks.

SSC CPO Results

The Staff Selection Commission will release the result for SSC CPO 2020 exam after a month from the date of examination. The commission releases SSC CPO exam result in three separate category-wise lists for male, female and departmental candidates.

The SSC released CPO Result 2019 for the paper I on February 12th, 2020 which was scheduled from December 11, 2019, to December 13th, 2019. Like the previous year,

All those who appeared for SSC CPO Exam 2019 can check the SSC CPO Results page for further information. The information on the result of the CPO 2018 examination is also available on the link provided above.

The marks of the candidates are uploaded on the website of the Commission. Candidates may check their marks by using their Registration Number/ Roll Number and Registered Password.

SSC CPO Preparation

As the SSC CPO Exam dates have been changing, candidates need to prepare properly to face the exams with confidence.

The top 8 Preparation tips for the CPO Exam is as follows:

  1. Keep a track of the official website.
  2. Understand the exam pattern properly and prepare the topics in the CPO syllabus thoroughly.
  3. Have a clear concept on the topics like Reasoning, Aptitude by taking the SSC Mock Test.
  4. Improve your solving speed and practice numerous times.
  5. Make notes on the difficult concepts in a precise way for your understanding.
  6. Make a flow chart for different lengthy concepts and topics.
  7. Practise previous years’ question papers and Online quiz for better preparation.
  8. Do not be stressed while preparing. Stay calm and prepare in a relaxed mood.

Candidates aspiring to get into the CPO should keep certain things in mind:

  • They should always be updated on the latest information through the official notification.
  • They should have all the necessary for the further valuation process.
  • They should avoid using any sort of malpractices in the exam.
  • They should abide by the rules and regulations as stated by the SSC for the CPO exam.

Frequently Asked Question – SSC CPO Exam

Q. What is the date of the SSC CPO 2020 exam?

SSC CPO 2020 exam paper I was conducted on November 23rd 2020.

Q. What is the date of the SSC CPO Paper II 2020 exam?

As per the SSC Exam notification, the SSC CPO 2020 Paper-II exam is postponed which was scheduled to conduct on March 1st 2021.

Q. When will SSC release the SSC CPO result?

The Staff Selection Commission has released the SSC CPO 2020 result on 26th February 2021.

Q. What is SSC CPO Application fee for the 2020 examination?

Male candidates belonging to General and OBC category have to pay a total of 100 rupees as the application fee. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Ex-servicemen and Women candidates eligible for reservation are exempted from paying SSC CPO application fee.

Q. What is the date of the SSC CPO Paper II 2019 exam?

SSC CPO 2019 Paper-II exam date was expected to be conducted on June 21st, 2020, but the commission has not yet released any notification regarding the same.

Q. What are the topics covered in SSC CPO Syllabus?

The SSC CPO syllabus covers General Intelligence & Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Knowledge and Awareness, and English Comprehension.

Q. Is there negative marking for Wrong attempts in SSC CPO exam recruitment?

Candidates appearing for SSC CPO recruitment can expect a deduction of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in both the papers.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for SSC CPO recruitment?

The SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria for CPO recruitment exam is as follows:

  • A citizen of Indian Nationality.
  • Must fulfil SSC CPO age Limit i.e. minimum 20 years and maximum 25 years of age.
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University.

Q. Has the notification fro SSC CPO 2021 exam released?

No, the commission has not yet released the notification for the recruitment of SSC CPO 2021 examination.

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