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The Staff Selection Commission has recently come out with a notification to recruit 1564 Sub-Inspectors in the Delhi Police and the Central Armed Police Forces such as BSF, CISF, ITBP, etc. The application process is going on and the examination will be held in September-October, 2020. Well, this is the correct time to start for the examination because the competition is going to be very high even though the number of vacancies in quite high. So, here, we are going to equip you with everything that you need in this journey to become a police officer with one of the esteemed central police forces in the country. Candidates should get to know How to crack SSC CPO by end of this article.

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How to crack SSC CPO & What is the Exam Pattern of SSC CPO 2020?
The SSC CPO Examination is going to be held in three phases –

  • Paper I
  • Physical Endurance Test (PET)
  • Paper II

In the Paper I, there will be 200 questions of 1 mark each and the questions will be based on the following subjects:

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • General Knowledge and General Awareness
  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude

It will be followed by the Physical Endurance Test which will include:

  • 100 m race
  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • 800 m / 1.6 m race

The third phase of the recruitment process is the Paper II which will have 200 questions of 1 mark each. The questions will be based on English Language.

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How to crack SSC CPO & What is the Syllabus of the SSC CPO Exam 2020?
Basically we can see that there are four subjects that you need to prepare to get selected in this examination. Let us see what are the areas in these subjects that you need to focus on:

SSC CPO Quantitative Aptitude – Division of Marks

Topic Number of Questions
Simplification 4-6
Ratio and Proportions 1-3
Mixture Problems 0-1
Number System 0-1
Algebra 4-6
Profit & Loss 4-5
Interest 0-2
Speed, Time & Distance 0-2
Mensuration 3-5
Geometry 4-6
Trigonometry 2-4
Data Interpretation 7-10
Average 1-2
Percentage 1-2
Time & Work 1-2

SSC CPO Reasoning Ability Syllabus:

1. Analogy: Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Letter & Number, Image & Meaning based.

2. Classification: Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification.

3. Series: Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Mixed Series, Series based on General Knowledge.

4. Coding Decoding: Coding by analogy, coding by words, coding-decoding by letter shifting, etc.

5. Blood Relations: Family Tree, Coded Blood Relation.

6. Ordering & Ranking

7. Alphabet or Word Test: Matrix, Jumbled words, sequence & word formation, Suffix etc.

8. Direction & Distance: Problem based on route & network

9. Venn Diagrams: Syllogisms, Logical, Venn Diagrams, etc.

10. Missing Number: Matrix & Diagrams (Number & Alphabet based)

11. Puzzles: Seating Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Linear Arrangement, Double Line Up etc.

12. Data Sufficiency: Arithmatic Operations, Cubes & Dices, etc.

13. Non-Verbal Reasoning: Cubes, Dices, Paper Folding, Counting Figures etc.

SSC CPO Reasoning Ability Section – Division of Marks

Topic Number of Questions
Analogy 5-7
Classification 7-9
Series 3-5
Coding–Decoding 2-3
Blood Relations 1-2
Ordering & Ranking 0-2
Alphabet & Word Test 4-5
Direction & Distance 1-3
Venn Diagram 4-5
Missing Number 1-3
Puzzles 4-6
Data Sufficiency 5-7

SSC CPO English Language Syllabus – Paper I:

1. Grammar Section: Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks etc.

2. Vocabulary: Cloze Test, Synonym Antonym, Spellings, Idiom Meaning, One Word Replacement.

3. Reading Comprehension: The passage will focus on topics like moral stories, humanities (medicine, psychology, arts, human behavior, etc.), social issues economy, business, etc.

SSC CPO English Language Section – Division of Marks

Topic Number of Questions
Grammar Section 8-10
Vocabulary 20-30
Reading Comprehension 5-10

SSC CPO General Awareness Syllabus – Paper I

1. Polity: Constitution of India, Judiciary, Government Portfolios etc.

2. Science & Technology: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Environment, Nutrition, Diseases, etc.

3. History: Indian Freedom Struggle, Ancient & Medieval History.

4. Geography: Indian Geography & World Geography.

5. Economy: Indian & World Economy, Economic Organisation.

6. National & International Affairs: National & International News, Days & Events, Government Policies & Schemes, etc.

SSC CPO General Awareness Section – Division of Marks

Topic Number of Questions
Indian History 4-5
Polity 3-5
Science & Technology 10-13
Geography 5-6
Economy 4-5
National & International Affairs 10-11

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How to crack SSC CPO – So much to study, how to do it
So, we shall start with a way in which you have to be very systematic in your approach as to what to study and what to be left.

First start with the previous year question papers so that you can get a first-hand idea about what kind of questions have been asked. That should form the base of your preparation. You can access these previous year papers from Here. A suggestion here is that rather than just going through, attempt one or two papers as tests to see where you stand. However, please don’t get disheartened with the score, please!!

Okay, so now you know where you need to put your work on? You know whether you are an English person or math wizard or GK enthusiast. Now comes the next step where you have to work hard to ensure that your weak area doesn’t remain so and at the same time, your strong area doesn’t become weak during your whole preparation process. Here we shall discuss about all the four subjects for comprehensive coverage.

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How to crack SSC CPO English Language
This is the most important section in the whole process since 250 marks are allotted to English, if we combine both the Paper I and Paper II. English Language can be divided in three broad areas:

Reading Comprehension:
The main objective of RC questions is to realize how well you can understand something that you have read. So, the best way is to do that only while preparing. Do not fall prey to RC classes etc. because nothing helps other than practice in this. The trick is to understand the point of view of the author and then approach the questions.Pick up any practice work book and practice at least 2-3 passages daily from today onwards.

This is one area in which you need to study first. English is sometimes a strange language and in the examination, you will be made to feel it the hard way. Hence, do go through all the rules in a chapter, say, voice change, narration change, tense etc. More importantly, pay special attention to the exceptions in every chapter (there will certainly be one). There are always high chances that questions will be asked on those exceptions and if not, you know the norm, anyway.

One of the pain points during your preparation for the English section. Not a single person can say that he is good in vocabulary because here learning has no limit. Do not go through newspapers extensively for this since the cost-benefit ratio will be poor in that. Learn 5 words per day from today onward – learning includes understanding the meaning along with application of the word. Always relate a word to something in your mind – for example, altercation means argument (Try to remember an argument you had in your life and relate this word with that image. This will work wonders). Also, if you come across the synonym of one word while learning, relate that with the similar image to get the best results.

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How to crack SSC CPO Reasoning
Normally, it is a bit easier section in the SSC Exams (not a generalized things though) but that also implies it is the section where you should not miss even a single mark. The problem with English Section is that the options are at times too close and you will end up losing marks in this case. But that is hardly the case in the Reasoning section. So, what to do to maximize marks in this section?

First thing is understand the basics of each chapter. Any standard reasoning book will do the trick (You may refer to This Book for your concept building purpose and also for practice)

Well, the point with reasoning section is that you need to check whether you are able to solve the problems within the timeline. There will be a lot of difference in solving a question in the normal course of learning and doing it within a time-constrained environment in the exam.

The best way to deal with it is to take sectional tests for Reasoning. But this should be done once you have finished the primary textbook you are referring to. Revise those chapters in which you feel not comfortable enough because our objective is to solve the problems in the examination and not do PhD in Reasoning by revising a book again and again.

Once the theory part and organic practice part are over, move to any sectional test series so that you get the first hand idea about how fast you are in solving a problem. Remember, the slower you are, lesser are your chances of selection.

Now in Reasoning, there are short-cut tricks available to solve a problem and they are quite useful especially when you have limited time. But, be very cautious that you should not jump into the tricks if you are not comfortable with the basics of any chapter. That will lead you to nowhere.

Also, do not try to go for tricks if you are fast enough in solving a problem in the conventional method. The main thing is you have to solve the question quickly and your level of comfort while attempting the question matters the most.

Keep some time for revision also in this section because in the exam pressure you may do some silly mistakes and we certainly cannot afford to lose marks in this section.

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How to crack SSC CPO Quant Section
This is similar to the Reasoning Section in the sense that here also it takes practice and speed to solve the questions within the given time period. That is the main challenge here. So, the approach to overcome this will be the same as the reasoning section.

First things first, get your basics clear. You have got the syllabus and you know the chapters that you need to focus on. Pick up a standard book and go through the basics. Do not just understand the theory and put it aside. Solve all the examples and also the exercises along with that. It is very easy, especially in geometry and mensuration, to understand the theory but you will not understand anything when you face the questions, if you have not applied the theory while understanding the concepts.

You can take help of online classes in this regard because it becomes easier to understand any topic if a good teacher is explaining it to you. Quant is a subject in which the teacher plays a very important role because it is all about cultivation of interest. Hence, choose somebody who makes the subject easier to you. Remember the level of quant is of 10th standard mainly and you have already passed it once, so, it is not that difficult to grasp the concepts. Don’t fall into the trap of shortcuts and quant being very calculative, time consuming etc. non-sense when you are into concept building stage.

Once you are done with the book, the next important thing is to practice from the sectional tests. These tests will prepare you for the exam environment. In fact, these tests help more than full-length tests in case of quant and reasoning, where time plays a very important role.

Coming to shortcuts, you should understand the logic of using it at the first place so that you do not get it wrong in the examination. You may get confused if you have only crammed it and also panic in the exam hall situation. Do not rely on shortcuts only, without understanding the concepts of any chapter. That is the perfect recipe for disaster.

Calculation plays a very important role in this section. Hence try to increase the speed of your calculation. Remember squares and cubes to a certain extent. This will be easier if you practice questions based on them, rather than just cramming the cubes and squares out of context.

Do not use shortcuts if you are not comfortable. Please do follow this. Shortcuts will not fetch you marks but correct answers will. If you are fast enough in calculation using the conventional methods, there is no need to resort to shortcuts at all.

In this section, you have to know very well how much time you are willing to devote to one question. It may be the case that one question is too lengthy or calculative and you end up wasting a lot of time on it. Or, worse, you spend a lot of time but not able to crack it at all. You will lose that question and probably two more in the process. So, beware of this while taking the sectional mocks.

Check the calculation once after you are done with a problem. Include this time while calculating your time per question. The reason is later if you revise; you have to again start from the beginning. That will take more time in revision.

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How to crack SSC CPO General Knowledge and General Awareness
So, we come to the section with the most diverse syllabus and also a lot of things to remember. In this section, the key is to retain things rather than just learning things. How will you be able to retain things? Simple -by multiple revisions.

For SSC, there is one book that will do your job perfectly and that is Lucent GK ( You may also get the PDF Link)

Just go through this book at least twice. Your GK questions will mostly be solved. But you need to know how to approach this book properly.

Start with all the subjects simultaneously. SSC is very unpredictable and you may get questions of one subject stuffed in a large proportion in your paper during the exam (It is not the general case but can happen). Study for 6 days and then keep one day for weekly revision.

Keep on highlighting through book and do not make notes again from this book. This is the least you have to study for 50 marks in the examination.

For Current Affairs, do not waste your time in daily updates. Go through the monthly capsules of any institute / website, your job will be done. Mostly, current affairs questions are pretty easy and common ones in the SSC exams. You should cover 6 months current affairs. (It is the safest approach in the TCS-era of conduction of SSC exams)

Do not go for sectional tests etc. at all. Instead, keep on revising your material i.e. Lucent GK and one capsule every month (Do not go for multiple capsules in any case). The cost-benefit ratio will not be worth it in such cases.

Now during the examination, do not go for blind guesses in any case. It feels that you are getting it right but you are actually not. So, if you do not know, you don’t. There is no point in blind guessing and reducing your hard-earned marks.

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How to crack SSC CPO Physical Endurance Test (PET):
This is an integral part of the whole scheme of examination and hence, do not neglect it any cost. Keep on practicing the exercises that you will have to perform during the actual test. Remember the exercises have been mentioned in the advertisement for a reason and you should utilize this information. From today itself, start with exercises and keep a dedicated schedule for this every day.

So, that is all about how you can score well in the CPO examination and we shall come up with a lot of quality material related to this examination in the coming days. We hope that we shall be able to help you in realizing your dream.

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