SSC CPO Exam Analysis

SSC CPO exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for recruiting candidates into the Central Police Organisation. The SSC released the CPO 2020 notification on June 17th 2020. Aspirants willing to apply can go through the detailed SSC CPO Notification on the linked page.

In this article, we will share the detailed SSC CPO exam analysis for Central Police Organisation exam. Since the exam for CPO 2020 is scheduled from November 2020 (check SSC CPO exam date page for detailed information), candidates will get the SSC CPO exam analysis for the last recruitment examination i.e. CPO 2019 exam. 

Candidates who are willing to appear for the upcoming SSC CPO exams can know more about SSC CPO, at the linked page.

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SSC CPO Exam Pattern

Aspirants trying to get into the Central Police Force for posts like Sub-Inspectors in Delhi Police, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assistant Sub Inspectors in CISF should have detailed information regarding this exam. Candidates willing to know about other SSC Exams can refer to the linked article. 

SSC CPO 2020 Highlights:

  • CPO notification released on June 17th 2020
  • CPO Paper-I 2020 is scheduled from November 2020

SSC CPO 2019 Highlights

  • The SSC CPO 2019 notification released on 17th September 2019.
  • SSC CPO Paper I was conducted from December 11, 2019, to December 13th, 2019.
  • The result for Paper I was released on 12th February 2020
  • SSC CPO Paper-II was scheduled from 21st June 2020(now postponed), new dates yet to be announced.

The examination pattern for CPO remains the same each year. The table below provides the details of SSC CPO paper pattern:

SSC CPO Paper I Exam Pattern
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:

SSC CPO Paper-II Exam Pattern
Subject Marks Duration
English Language & Comprehension 200 02 hrs

Given below is the SSC CPO Paper I exam analysis for the exam conducted from December 11, 2019, to December 13th, 2019. 

SSC CPO Paper I Exam Analysis (Overall Difficulty Level) 

The SSC CPO Exam (Paper I) consists of four sections namely: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence and General Awareness. The table below gives us information about the overall difficulty level of the SSC CPO Paper I Exam 2019.

SSC CPO Exam Analysis (December 11, 2019, to December 13th, 2019)
Sections Level of Difficulty Good Attempts
General Intelligence & Reasoning Easy-Moderate 40-42
General Knowledge & Awareness Moderate 35-38
Quantitative Aptitude Moderate to Difficult 30-35
English Comprehension Easy to Moderate 35-40
Overall Moderate 140-155

Therefore, the overall difficulty level for the exam was moderate. Candidates who appeared for the SSC CPO Paper I exam can check the SSC CPO Result from the linked page.

Along with the result the Staff Selection Commission has also released the SSC CPO Cut Off, candidates can check the given link for year-wise and category-wise cut off trend.

SSC CPO Section-wise Exam Analysis

SSC CPO 2019 Paper I exam was conducted online and consisted of a total of 200 MCQs for 200 marks. Each of the four sections consisted of 50 questions. 

This exam analysis will help the candidates to prepare for the upcoming SSC CPO exam. 

Aspirants of upcoming SSC CPO exam can refer to the links:

Candidates willing to know the SSC Syllabus of other examinations conducted by the commission can visit the given link.

Given below is the exam analysis for the four different sections of SSC CPO Paper I along with the level of difficulty. 

SSC CPO Exam Analysis – English Language

The overall level of the English language section in the SSC CPO Paper I exam was easy to moderate and the number of questions that could be easily attempted was high.

The table below contains the list of topics from which questions were asked in the English language section along with the number of questions asked from the same topic in the SSC CPO 2019 exam. 

SSC CPO 2019 Exam Analysis (English Language)
Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Cloze test 5 Moderate
Indirect Direct 5 Easy
Spelling check 5 Easy
One word substitution 5 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous 4-5 Easy-Moderate
Antonym/ Synonym 6 Easy-Moderate
Reading Comprehension 6-7 Easy-Moderate
Sentence Improvement 4-5 Easy-Moderate
Error Detection 3-4 Moderate
Idioms/Phrases 3 Easy-Moderate
Total 50 Easy to Moderate

Check the following links for preparation of English section:

For more important topics on English For Competitive exams, such as letter writing format, rules and list of prepositions, articles conjunctions etc. Candidates can check the link provided. Also, check out a few questions and answer pages for practice exercise on important topics.

For more such practice exercise or questions and answers on important English topics please check Verbal Ability page linked here.

SSC CPO Exam Analysis – Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section is considered to be one of the toughest sections in the SSC CPO exam. The questions in this section are lengthy and time-consuming. The overall difficulty level for this section was easy to moderate to difficult.

Given below is the Quantitative Aptitude exam analysis for the SSC CPO:

SSC CPO 2019 Exam Analysis (Quantitative Aptitude)
Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Ratio & Proportion 2 Difficult
Simple & Compound Interest 3 Easy-Moderate
Profit/Loss 3-4 Easy-Moderate
Mensuration 4-5 Difficult
Trigonometry 5 Moderate-Difficult
Algebra 4 Difficult
Direct Indirect 10 Easy-Moderate
Average & Percentage 5-6 Moderate
Speed and Distance 5-6 Easy-Moderate
Geometry 4-5 Moderate
Time and Work 2 Moderate
Total 50 Moderate to Difficult

Check out a few important topics of quantitative aptitude for assistance in preparation:

Candidates can check more such Quantitative Aptitude – Topics on the linked page for detailed concepts and practice questions.

For the preparation of Quantitative Aptitude check the following links:

SSC CPO Exam Analysis – General Intelligence & Reasoning

The overall difficulty level for this section was easy to moderate. The Reasoning Section of SSC CPO tests the logical thinking ability of the candidates. 

The table below contains the list of topics from which questions were asked in the General Intelligence & Reasoning section along with the number of questions asked from the same topic in the SSC CPO 2019 exam. 

SSC CPO 2019 Exam Analysis (General Intelligence & Reasoning)
Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Mathematical Operations 2-3 Moderate
Blood Relations 2-3 Easy
Matrix 1 Easy
Syllogism 1 Moderate
Non-Verbal (Mirror Image, Counting figure, Embedded figure) 6-7 Easy
Coding-Decoding 5-6 Easy-Moderate
Odd one out 4-5 Easy-Moderate
Direction Sense Test 3-4 Easy-Moderate
Analogy 3-4 Moderate
Series 7-8 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous 15 Easy-Moderate
Total 50 Moderate

Check important topics for Reasoning section preparation:

Candidates will find more such topics on the Logical Reasoning page giving a detailed explanation of the basic concepts.

SSC CPO Exam Analysis – General Awareness

General Awareness section of SSC CPO exam comprised questions from Static GK, Current Affairs and General Awareness of India and its neighbouring countries. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate. 

Given below is the General Awareness exam analysis for the SSC CPO exam 2020:

SSC CPO 2019 Exam Analysis (General Awareness )
Topics Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Polity 3-4 Moderate
Economics 4 Easy-Moderate
Current Affairs 8-10 Moderate
History 5-7 Easy-Moderate
Geography 5 Easy-Moderate
Science 10-12 Moderate
Miscellaneous 10 Moderate
Total 50 Moderate

Given below are a few important general awareness topics:

Candidates can check the following links for important general awareness topics that might be asked in the general awareness section of the exam.

This exam analysis given in this article shall help candidates who are planning to appear for the upcoming SSC CPO exam. Candidates must note that similar questions may or may not be asked in the upcoming days of examination but the overall level of the exam shall remain similar. 

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