SSC CPO Exam 2020

The SSC conducts a national level test called the CPO exam for recruiting candidates into the 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.

The SSC CPO stands for Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organization.

SSC Central Police Organisation Exam Updates – 

SSC CPO 2020 Exam The Staff Selection Commission has released the Tier I admit card for 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.

  • Earlier, SSC has released the revised dates for the CPO. The exam is now scheduled from November 23rd to November 26th. Aspirants should know that the exam was earlier scheduled to take place from September 29th onward but stands postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic crisis. 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 Revised

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 Notification for SSC CPO 2020 was released on June 17th, 2020. The online application window for SSC Central Police Organisation exam is open till July 16th, 2020. Aspirants willing to apply can go through the detailed SSC CPO Notification on the linked page.

SSC CPO 2019 ExamThe commission has released the admit card for CPO 2019 PET/PST Test on November 9th 2020. Candidates who cleared the Paper I of CPO exam can download CPO PET/PST admit card. The dates for SSC CPO 2019 Paper-II is not notified yet. However, the result for CPO 2019 (Paper I ) is declared by the Commission on February 12th, 2020. The SSC CPO exam paper I was conducted from December 11 to December 13th, 2019. 

SSC CPO 2018 Exam – The commission has declared the SSC CPO Paper II Result for 2018 examination conducted on September 27th, 2019. The result was declared on 3rd February 2020.

Aspirants trying to get into the Central Police Force for various 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.

For more details on other SSC Exams, refer to the linked article.

Table of Contents:

  1. SSC CPO Notification
  2. SSC CPO Exam dates
  3. SSC CPO Recruitment
  4. SSC CPO Admit Card
  5. SSC CPO Eligibility
  6. SSC CPO Exam Pattern
  7. SSC CPO Syllabus
  8. SSC CPO Online
  9. SSC CPO Cut-off
  10. SSC CPO Results
  11. SSC CPO Preparation

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SSC CPO Notification:

Staff Selection Commission released CPO 2020 exam notification on the official website. 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. Candidates can download the detailed SSC CPO 2020 Notification from the PDF given below.

SSC CPO 2020 Exam Notification PDF:-Download PDF Here

Similarly, CPO Notification 2019 was published on the official website of the commission on September 17th 2019. Further details on the notification of the CPO exam can be checked on the PDF attached below.

SSC CPO Notification 2019:- Download PDF Here

Candidates can check the SSC Notification for other exams, by referring to the linked article.

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 Dates

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 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 events SSC CPO 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

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

For detailed and year-wise SSC CPO Exam Dates, check the linked article.

SSC CPO 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 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 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. As the SSC CPO Exam 2020 Paper I is scheduled from November 2020 onward, candidates can expect the release of admit card by end of the October.

Candidates can check relevant details of SSC CPO Admit card on the linked page.

The SSC CPO Admit Card (AC)/Admission Certificate for the exam indicating the time table 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.

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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

The SSC CPO Eligibility is elaborated on the given page, interested candidates can check the linked page.

For details on SSC Eligibility of other exams, refer to the linked article.

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.

For more details on the SSC CPO Syllabus, candidates can refer to the linked article.

SSC CPO Syllabus 2020 PDF:-Download PDF Here

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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. Candidates can check the year-wise SSC CPO Cut Off marks on the linked page.

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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.

For detailed tips and tricks, important preparation strategies and study materials, visit the SSC CPO Preparation page linked here.

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Frequently Asked Question – SSC CPO Exam

Q.1. What is the date of the SSC CPO 2020 exam?

Ans. SSC CPO 2020 exam paper I will be conducted from 29th September 2020 to 5th October 2020.

Q.2. What is the date of the SSC CPO Paper II 2020 exam?

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

Q.3. When will SSC release the SSC CPO result?

Ans. The Staff Selection Commission will release the SSC CPO 2020 result after the examination is conducted on September 29th 2020. But it has released the SSC CPO Exam Paper I 2019 result on 3rd February 2020.

Q.3. What is SSC CPO Application fee for the 2020 examination?

Ans. 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.4. What is the date of the SSC CPO Paper II 2019 exam?

Ans. 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.5. What are the topics covered in SSC CPO Syllabus?

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

Q.6. Is there negative marking for Wrong attempts in SSC CPO recruitment exam?

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

Q 7. What are the eligibility criteria for SSC CPO recruitment?

Ans. 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.


  1. My age is 19 years 7 month 20 days and I m a September born so,in September I will be 20 years ,am I able or eligible for applying in cpo exam in this vacancy

    1. Hi Nikita,
      The eligibility criteria of SSC CPO exams require candidates to be at least 20 years of age and must have graduation degree from a recognized university. so, if you fulfil the mentioned eligibility you can appear for the SSC CPO exam. Check SSC CPO eligibility in detail.
      Also, Check SSC CPO Mock Tests and SSC CPO Question papers for preparation.

  2. Can final year students apply for SSC CPO post???

    1. Hi Subhash,
      You can apply for the SSC CPO Exam but for the final qualification, you will be required to produce all relevant Certificates in original. Check SSC CPO Notification for further details.

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

    1. Hi,
      The SSC CPO Exam is now scheduled from November 23rd to November 26th 2020.

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