SSC CPO – Important Dates, Vacancies, Selection Process

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The SSC CPO stands for Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organisation. The SSC CPO is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to recruit eligible candidates for various posts in the Delhi Police, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). 

Candidates interested in the SSC CPO exam can apply through the official website noted in the below table:

Exam Name SSC CPO 
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Name of Posts Sub Inspectors & Assistant Sub Inspectors
Selection Process Paper I (Objective)Physical Efficiency Test & Physical Strength Test (PET & PST)Medical TestPaper II (English Comprehension Test)
Application Fee INR 100
Official Website

SSC CPO Latest Updates

The result of Paper I have already been declared with the cut-off list on the official website. Shortlisted candidates are now required to appear for the PET and PST. However, the dates for PET and PST are yet to be notified and shall be communicated to the shortlisted candidates in due course.

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SSC CPO Important Dates

The notification for the SSC CPO 2022-23 exam was released by the Staff Selection Commission on 10th August 2022. All the important dates related to the SSC CPO 2022-2023 exam are mentioned in the table below:

Important Dates Events
Release of Notification 10th August 2022
Last Date to Apply 30th August 2022
Last Date for Offline Payment 31st August 2022
Release of Admit Card 3rd November 2022
Paper I Exam Dates 9th to 11th November 2022
Paper I Result Declaration 27th December 2022
PET & PST Dates To be notified
Paper II To be notified
Final Result To be notified

SSC CPO Syllabus

The SSC CPO exam contains two written exams; Paper I and Paper II. The syllabus for both papers is different. Candidates preparing for the SSC CPO exam must attempt to cover all aspects of the syllabus in order to clear the examination. The detailed syllabus is discussed below:

Paper I

The Paper I of the SSC CPO exam contains 4 different sections. These 4 sections are:

The table below illustrates the different topics covered by each of the 4 above-noted sections. Candidates must attempt to acquaint themselves with each aspect of the syllabus before the exam in order to perform better in the examination.

Sections Subject Topics
A English Language Reading comprehension
Synonyms & Antonyms
Fill in the Blanks
Sentence completion
Error recognition
B Quantitative Aptitude Profit & Loss
Mixture & Allegation
Simple Interest
Compound Interest
Ratio & Proportion
Quadratic Equations
Number System
Time & Work
Time, Speed & Distance
C General Reasoning Number Series
Sitting Arrangement
Verbal Reasoning
Direction & Distance
Blood Relations
Venn Diagram
D General Knowledge International Events
Indian History
General Polity
Current Affairs

Paper II

The SSC CPO paper II will be an English Comprehension Test. Paper II is considered one of the toughest stages of the SSC CPO examination process. Candidates who will clear the paper I and PET & PST will be called for this stage of the examination process. Paper II is entirely based on English language and comprehension and includes questions like filling in the blanks, detecting misspelt words, synonyms, antonyms, etc.  

SSC CPO Exam Pattern 

While preparing for any exam, candidates will really benefit by having all the detailed information about the exam pattern of that exam. The exam pattern includes information about the subjects, number of questions, marks, marking scheme, and total marks in the exam. Both the Paper I & II of SSC CPO have different exam patterns which are discussed in detail below:

Paper I Exam Pattern

Section Subjects Number of Questions Marks Exam Duration
A English Language 50 50 2 hours(120 minutes)
B Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
C General Reasoning 50 50
D General Awareness 50 50
Total 200 200

Paper II Exam Pattern

Subject Number of Questions Marks Exam Duration
English Comprehension 200 200 2 hours

Eligibility Criteria 

In order to appear for the exam, candidates must first fulfil the eligibility criteria first. The eligible criteria include different factors such as age, qualifications, nationality, etc. The criterion is discussed in detail below:

Educational Qualifications

  • Candidates applying for the exam should possess a graduation degree in any field from a university recognized by the government.
  • Candidates appearing in their final year of graduation will also be considered eligible.

 Age Limit

  • Candidate should be within the age limit of 20-25 years. However, there is an age relaxation of 3-5 years for candidates belonging to reserved categories or ex-servicemen. 

Nationality/ Citizenship

Candidates appearing for the exam should also fulfil nationality-related criteria. Candidates applying for the exam should be

  • A citizen of India, or
  • A citizen of Bhutan, or
  • A citizen of Nepal.

Candidates with citizenship of India and Nepal should have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Physical Eligibility

Candidates applying for the SSC CPO 2022-2023 should not only possess educational qualifications but also fulfil the physical fitness criteria. A number of physical activities or events are organised by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to test the candidates if they are physically fit or not.

The tables below show all the details about the physical eligibility required for the SSC CPO 2022-2023 recruitment process.

Categories Height Chest 
Male  170cm 80cm
Female  157cm NA

Application Process

Candidates interested in the exam can apply on the official website by the deadline. Post the notified deadlines, no application forms shall be accepted. The detailed application procedure is as follows:

  • Visit the official website of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) mentioned above.
  • Provide the information and documents requested by the portal. 
  • Once finished, click on submit which will prompt a verification OTP to be sent to your registered mobile number and email address. This will also create a registration ID and password for you to log in. 
  • After that, under the SSC CPO 2023-2023 section, click on ‘Apply Now’.
  • Fill out all the details required in the application form for the SSC CPO exam.
  • Upload your education certificates, passport-size photo, and signature.
  • Pay the application fee, which is INR 100. Candidates belonging to ST/ SC/ Ex. servicemen categories will be exempted from paying this application fee of INR 100.
  • The application fee can be paid both online and offline. For online payment, candidates can pay the application fee through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking.
  • Candidates paying the application fee offline will have to generate a challan which is to be paid at any State Bank of India (SBI) branch.

Admit Card

Candidates who have successfully applied for the exam will be able to download their admit card from the official website mentioned above. The SSC CPO admit card contains information like the date and venue of the exam, candidates’ information, and some other information about the exam of which the candidate should be aware.

To download the SSC CPO 2022-2023 admit card, follow the steps given below:

  • Visit the official website of SSC 
  • Check the notification section and click on ‘SSC CPO 2022-2023 Admit Card’.
  • A new tab will open where you will have to enter your SSC registration number and Date of Birth (DOB).
  • Check all the details mentioned on the admit card to make sure that everything is correct.
  • Download it and take a printout of it.

Candidates should ensure that they carry their admit card while appearing for the SSC CPO written exam.

Selection Process

The selection process for the SSC CPO is a step-by-step process involving 4 different stages. Candidates will have to clear all the stages to be selected for the notified vacancies. These stages are as follows:

  • Paper I (Objective type written exam)
  • Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & Physician Strenght Test (PST)
  • Medical Test
  • Paper II (English Comprehension Test)

Candidates who will clear all four stages will be recruited for  Delhi Police, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).

SSC CPO 2022-23 Vacancies

For the year 2022-23, the Staff Selection Commission has released the total number of vacancies under the SSC CPO Recruitment. The total number of vacancies for SSC CPO 2022-2023 is 4300. The category-wise details about SSC CPO vacancies are given below

Vacancies in Delhi Police

Categories  Un-Reserved EWS SC ST OBC
Male 103 23 30 18 54
Female 51 11 15 08 27
Total 154 24 45 26 81

The total vacancies for Delhi Police are 340.

Vacancies in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)

Categories  Un-Reserved EWS SC ST OBC
Male 33 07 11 05 21
Female 04 01 01 01 02
Total  37 08 12 06 23

The total number of vacancies in CISF are 86.

Vacancies in Border Security Force (BSF)

Categories  Un-Reserved EWS SC ST OBC
Male 133 20 58 21 104
Female 07 01 03 01 05
Total 140 21 61 22 109

The total number of vacancies in the BSF are 354.

Vacancies in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)

Categories Un-reserved EWS SC ST OBC
Male 1217 301 450 226 812
Female 43 10 16 08 29
Total 1260 311 466 234 841

The total number of vacancies in the CRPF are 3112.

Vacancies in Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

Categories  Un-Reserved EWS SC ST OBC
Male 66 14 22 09 51
Female 12 02 04 02 09
Total 78 16 26 11 60

The total number of vacancies in ITBP are 191.

Vacancies in Services Selection Board (SSB)

Categories  Un-reserved EWS SC ST OBC
Male 65 21 44 24 56
Female 03 0 02 02 01
Total 68 21 46 26 57

The total number of vacancies in the SSB are 218.

SSC CPO Preparation Tips

Candidates applying for the SSC CPO exam must ensure that they are adequately prepared for all stages of selection including the knowledge-based examination and physical tests. Here are some of our preparation tips aimed at helping candidates perform better in the exam:

  • Prepare a proper study plan and stay consistent with it.
  • Focus on your weak points but make sure not to devote your entire time to those topics/ subjects.
  • Read newspapers daily. This will improve your vocabulary, reading and sentence formation skills.
  • Make short notes and daily go through them so that they all are well-revised.
  • Solve practice papers and give mock tests. 
  • Make sure your revision covers all the subjects and topics that you have studied during your preparation time.

In order to prepare comprehensively and properly for any examination, it is imperative that candidates choose the best literature which covers all important aspects of the syllabus. Here are some suggested books for candidates to prepare for the SSC CPO exam:

Subject Name of Books & Author
English Language Objective General English by S. P Bakshi
Quantitative Aptitude Bible to Mathematics by Pragati Agarwal
General Awareness Lucent’s General Knowledge by Lucent
General Reasoning Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

SSC CPO Answer Key

The answer key for the SSC CPO 2022-2023 exam is released by the Staff Selection Commission after the exam is over within 15-20 days of the examination.

Candidates who appeared in the SSC CPO Paper I can download their answer key by visiting the official website of SSC and entering their registration number and date of birth. 

The answer key contains the solved question paper and the options marked by the candidate in their response sheet.

SSC CPO Paper I Result

The SSC conducted Paper I from 9th to 11th November 2022. On 27th December 2022, SSC released the result for SSC CPO 2022-2023 Paper I.

Candidates who had appeared in Paper I can check their results by following the steps given below:

  • Visit the official website of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC).
  • Click on the result section at the top of the page.
  • Select the exam name; SSC CPO 2022-2023.
  • Download the result sheet and check for your roll number in the result sheet


The cut-off for SSC CPO is released separately for males & females along with the announcement of the result. The SSC CPO cut-off marks are the minimum required marks that the candidates have to score to qualify for the next stage of the examination process.

The cut-off for SSC CPO Paper I for males and females is given separately in the tables below:


Categories  Cut-Off Candidates Available
General (UR) 115.04 6587
SC 79.31 13788
ST 78.13 7254
OBC 102.96 23319
EWS 103.97 9313
Ex.Servicemen 40 3684
Total 63945


Category  Cut-Off Candidates Available
General (UR) 126.29 811
SC 95.73 983
ST 88.60 468
OBC 118.22 1582
EWS 120.67 620
Total 4419


Who conducts the Delhi Police sub inspector recruitment exam?

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the recruitment process for Sub Inspectors in Delhi Police.

How to apply for the SSC CPO exam?

The application form for the SSC CPO examination is available online and the application fees can be paid both online and offline.

What is the eligibility for SSC CPO?

The eligibility criterion is discussed in detail above and includes factors like age, nationality, qualifications, etc.

In this blog we have comprehensively discussed the finer details of the SSC CPO exam. Interested candidates can use this blog as a starting point for their preparation. For more such updates on Indian Exams, keep an eye on Leverage Edu, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter for up-to-date information.

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