Know details of the SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2021 to strategize your preparation. Candidates can check the Changes in the Exam Pattern of SSC CPO in this article.
SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2021
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 tier of SSC CPO 2021.
SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2021: 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 2021: 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 the 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)|
Note:- For every wrong question there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks also.
SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2021: PET/PST
Candidates need to have these Physical Standard otherwise 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 the 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 km race in 6.5 minutes|
|Long Jump||3.65 meters in 3 chances|
|High Jump||1.2 meters in 3 chances|
|Shot put (16 Lbs)||4.5 meters in 3 chance|
Physical Endurance Test (PET) (For all posts) For Female Candidates
|Physical Endurance Test For Female Candidates|
|Race||100 meters race in 18 seconds|
|800 meters race in 4 minutes|
|Long Jump||2.7 meters in 3 chances|
|High Jump||0.9 meters in 3 chances|
Note:- Candidates have to qualify for the PET/ PST exam to appear for the Mains/ Tier 2 exam.
SSC CPO Exam Pattern 2021: Tier 2
SSC CPO Tier 2 exam will be conducted online comprising of a single paper with 200 questions in English Language and with maximum marks of 200. Candidates have to complete the 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 the 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 a negative marking of 0.25 marks.
SSC CPO Syllabus 2021
Candidates can check the syllabus of SSC CPO for both tiers by click on the link provided below.
SSC CPO Exam Pattern FAQ’s
Q 1. How many stages are there in the SSC CPO exam?
Ans. There are three stages in the 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 the SSC CPO Mains exam.
Q 5. What are 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 an interview in the SSC CPO exam?
Ans. No, there is no interview in the SSC CPO exam.