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SSC CPO Selection Process

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SSC CPO Selection Process

SSC CPO Selection Process 2020

shape Introduction

The SSC CPO Selection Process has involves three phases: Paper-I, Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET), Paper-II and Detailed Medical Examination (DME). All these stages of the examination are mandatory. The Paper 1 Objective type written examination would be held from 29-09-2020 to 05-10-2020 and Paper 2 examination is on 01-03-2021. Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in Paper-I & Paper-II of the examination.


shape Dates

The Candidates those who are competing for the Recruitment through SSC CPO 2020 Exam must note down the important dates.

The Candidates those who are competing for the Recruitment through SSC CPO 2020 Exam must note down the important dates.

Event Date
SSC CPO Applications available from 17-06-2020
Closing date of SSC CPO Online applications 16-07-2021
SSC CPO Paper-I Exam Admit Card September 2020
SSC CPO Paper-I Exam 29-09-2020 to 05-10-2020
SSC CPO Paper-I Exam Result Will be Announced Soon!!!!!
PET, PST and Medical Test Will be Announced Soon!!!!!
SSC CPO Paper-II Exam 1st March, 2021
Final Result Will be Announced Soon!!!!!


shape Phases

  • Question’s in Paper 1 will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type Questions.

  • Questions will be set in Hindi and English in Parts A, B and C of Paper I.

  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I.

  • Total question papers will be 200 marks for 200 questions. Each question carry one marks.

  • The Duration of the Exam will be 2 hours.

  • The Commission shall have the discretion to fix different minimum qualifying standards in each part of Paper I taking into consideration among others, category-wise vacancies and category-wise number of candidates.

  • Only those candidates, who have scored above the cut off marks fixed by the Commission in Paper I would be required to appear in the Physical Endurance Test/Medical examination.


Date of Exam Part Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
/Time Allowed
29-09-2020 to 05-10-2020 I General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
II General Knowledge and General Awareness 50 50
III Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
IV English Comprehension 50 50
Total 200 200


Physical Standards: Eligibility tests for all Posts

Category of candidates Height(in cms) Chest(in cms)
Unexpanded Expanded
1. For male candidates only General 170 80 85
For candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States and Sikkim 165 80 85
For all candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes 162.5 77 82
2. For Female candidates only General 157
For candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States and Sikkim 155
For all candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribe 154

Physical Efficiency(Endurance) Test(PET): For all posts

For male candidates:
1. 100 meters race in 16 seconds
2. 1.6 Kms race in 6.5 minutes
3. Long Jump : 3.65 metres in 3 chances
4. High Jump : 1.2 metres in 3 chances
5. Shot put (16 Lbs): 4.5 metres in 3 chance

For female candidates:
1. 100 metres race in 18 seconds
2. 800 metres race in 4 minutes
3. Long Jump: 2.7 metres (9 feet) in 3 chances.
4. High Jump : 0.9 metres (3 feet) in 3 chances.



Weight: Corresponding to height for all posts.

Medical standard: For all posts

Eye sight: The minimum near vision should be N6 (better eye) and N9 (worse eye). The minimum distant vision should be 6/6 (better eye) and 6/9 (worse eye). In right handed person, the right eye is better eye and vice versa. The standards should be without visual correction of any kind even by glasses.

The candidate must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes. They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.

Tattoo: It is noticed that during medical examination, the candidates having „tattoos‟ in various parts of their body are appearing for medical examination. In this regard, Ministry of Home Affairs vide its letters No.I-45020/7/2012/Pers-II dated 12.01.2017 and 30-01-2017 issued the following guidelines regarding candidates having tattoos applying for SI in Delhi Police, CAPFs and CISF examination:

1. Content: Being a secular country, the religious sentiments of our countrymen are to be respected and thus, tattoo depicting religious symbol or figures and the name, as followed in Indian Army are to be permitted.

2. Location: Tattoos marked on traditional sites of the body like inner aspect of forearm but only left for earm, being non saluting limb or dorsum of the hands are to be allowed.

3. Size: Size must be less than ¼ of the particular part (Elbow or Hand) of the body. For Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police, above clauses on tattoo are not applicable.
SSC CPO Paper 2 examination is an objective type written examination. There is only English Language and Comprehension section in paper 2.


  • Question’s in Paper 2 will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.

  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II

  • The Commission may at the discretion fix qualifying marks in Paper-II.

  • Only those candidates, qualified in PET/PST and found medically fit will be allowed to appear in Paper-II.


Date of Examination Subject Maximum Marks Maximum Questions Duration and timing
To be notified later English language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours


  1. On the basis of their performance in Paper-I, candidates will be shortlisted for appearing in PET/PST Examination. The Commission shall have the discretion to fix different minimum qualifying marks in each part of Paper-I taking into consideration among others, category-wise vacancies and category-wise number of candidates.

  2. Only those candidates who qualified in PET/ PST Examination will be allowed to appear in PaperII Examination. PET/ PST are mandatory but qualifying in nature. Ex-Servicemen are not required to undergo PET.

  3. On the basis of their performance in Paper-I + Paper-II, candidates will be shortlisted for appearing in Medical Examination. Candidates, who are successful in Medical Examination, will be called for detailed Document Verification.

  4. All shortlisted candidates are required to come for Document Verification. Those failing to do so will not be considered for final selection. Candidates are required to submit all documents in original for verification at the time of Document Verification.

  5. Final selection will be made on the basis of aggregate marks scored by candidates in Paper I+Paper II. Allocation of candidates to various User Departments/ Forces will be made based on their merit position and the preference of posts exercised by them at the time of Document Verification.

  6. SC, ST, OBC and Ex-servicemen candidates, who are selected on the same standard as applied to general candidates, will not be adjusted against the reserved vacancies. Such candidates will be accommodated against the general/ unreserved vacancies as per their position in the overall Merit List or vacancies earmarked for their category, whichever is advantageous to them. The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible SC, ST, OBC, Ex-servicemen candidates.

  7. An SC, ST, OBC and Ex-serviceman candidate, who qualifies on the basis of relaxed standards viz. age limit, experience, qualifications, permitted number of chances in examination, extended zone of consideration larger than what is provided for general category candidates, etc is to be counted against reserved vacancies. Such candidates would be deemed as unavailable for consideration against unreserved vacancies.

  8. To fill up all the vacancies in reserved categories, candidates may also be recommended at the relaxed standards.

  9. The benefit of age-relaxation as admissible for ex-servicemen will not be termed as relaxed standards in regard to age.

  10. Success in the examination confers no right to appointment unless government is satisfied after such enquiry as may be considered necessary that the candidate is suitable in all respects for appointment to the service/ post.

  11. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If, on verification, at any time, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

  12. Candidates, who are appointed on the basis of this examination, shall be on probation for a period of two years and during the period of probation, the candidates would be required to undergo such training or pass such examinations as prescribed by the Controlling Authority. On successful completion of the period of probation, the candidates shall, if considered fit for permanent appointment, be confirmed to their post by the Controlling Authority.

In cases where more than one candidate secure the equal aggregates marks, tie will be resolved by applying the following methods one after another:

  1. Total marks in Paper-I and Paper-II.

  2. Total marks in Paper-I.

  3. Total marks in Paper-II.

  4. Date of birth, with older candidates placed higher.

  5. Alphabetical order in the first names of the candidates

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