SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020: Check Prelims And Mains Exam Pattern

Know details of the SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020 to strategize your preparation. Candidates can check the Changes in Exam Pattern of SSC CPO in this article.

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SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Police Organization (CPO) Examination in Three Tiers namely Tier 1, PET/ PST, and Tier 2. While SSC CPO Tier 1 and Tier 2 are conducted in Online Mode on the other hand PET/PST is conducted in Physical mode. Candidates can go through this article for more information about the different tiers of SSC CPO. This article also explains each Tiers of SSC CPO.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020: Tiers of Exam

SSC CPO Comprises of Three Tiers. Exam Pattern of SSC CPO is explained below:

Tier Type of Examination Mode of examination
Tier 1 Objective Multiple Choice CBT (Online)
PET/PST Physical Efficiency Test/Physical Standard Test Physical
Tier 2 Objective Multiple Choice CBT (Online)

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020: Tier 1

SSC CPO Tier 1 comprises 200 questions in total with maximum marks of 200. SSC CPO Tier 1 is of 120 minutes. SSC CPO Tier I is divided into four sections with 50 questions each and maximum marks of 50. Normalization is done by SSC if an exam is conducted in multiple shifts.
The sections asked in SSC CPO Tier 1 Exam are:

  • General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Reasoning
  • English Comprehension

The Schema of Tier 1 is explained in Table given below:

Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning 50 50 A cumulative time of 120 minutes (160 minutes for disable/Physically handicapped Candidates)
General Awareness 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50
Total 200 200

Note:- For every wrong question there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks also.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020: PET/PST

Candidates need to have these Physical Standard other wise they will be disqualified from the exam.

Category Height Chest (Normal in cms) Chest (Expanded in cms)
Male (General) 170 cms (5’7”) 80 cms 85 cms
Male (Hill area) 165 cms (5’5”) 80 cms 85 cms
Male (ST) 162.5 cms (5’4”) 77 cms 82 cms
Female (General) 157 cms (5’2”)
Female (Hill Area) 155 cms (5’1”)
Female (ST) 154 cms (5’0”)

Candidates have to complete Physical Test given in the table.
Physical Endurance Test (PET) (For all posts) For Male Candidates.

Physical Endurance Test For Male Candidates
Race 100 meters race in 16 seconds
1.6 Kms race in 6.5 minutes
Long Jump 3.65 metres in 3 chances
High Jump 1.2 metres in 3 chances
Shot put (16 Lbs) 4.5 metres in 3 chance

Physical Endurance Test (PET) (For all posts) For Female Candidates

Physical Endurance Test For Female Candidates
Race 100 metres race in 18 seconds
800 metres race in 4 minutes
Long Jump 2.7 metres in 3 chances
High Jump 0.9 metres in 3 chances

Note:- Candidates have to qualify the PET/ PST exam to appear for the Mains/ Tier 2 exam.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2020: Tier 2

SSC CPO Tier 2 exam will be conducted online comprising of single paper with 200 questions in English Language and with maximum marks of 200. Candidates have to complete Exam in 120 minutes. Normalization will be done by SSC if an exam is conducted in multiple shifts.
The questions asked in SSC CPO Tier 2 Exam is of English Language & Comprehension.

The schema of Tier 2 is explained in Table given below:

Section No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
English Language and Comprehension 200 200 120 minutes
(160 minutes for disable/Physically handicapped Candidates)

Note: For every wrong question there is negative marking of 0.25 marks.

SSC CPO Syllabus 2020

Candidates can check syllabus of SSC CPO for both tiers by click on the link provided below.

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SSC CPO Exam Pattern FAQ’s

Q 1. How many stages are there in SSC CPO exam?
Ans. There are three stages in SSC CPO exam i.e., Prelims, Mains and Physical.

Q 2. How many sections are there in SSC CPO Prelims?
Ans. There will be four sections, Reasoning, General Studies, Mathematics and English.

Q 3. Is there negative marking in SSC CPO Exam?
Ans. Yes. There will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.

Q 4. How many sections are there in SSC CPO Mains?
Ans. There is only one section i.e., English language and comprehension in SSC CPO Mains exam.

Q 5. What is the physical criteria for SSC CPO?
Ans. Candidates must have 170 cm height for general, 165 cm for hilly areas and 162.5 cm for ST candidates. The chest measurement is 80 cm for general and hilly candidates and 77 cms for St candidates. Check detailed physical criteria in the article.

Q 7. Is there interview in SSC CPO exam?
Ans. No, there is no interview in SSC CPO exam.

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