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The CPO Recruitment 2024 Notification for 4187 positions has been posted by SSC. SSC CPO Recruitment is another name for the recruitment process for sub inspectors in the Central Armed Police Forces and Delhi Police. Millions of applicants take part in what is one of the SSC's most anticipated recruitment drives.

Important Dates

Some important dates for SSC CPO 2024 exam are as follows

Release of notification

March 4, 2024

Dates for submission of online applications

March 4, 2024

Last date to submit application form

March 28, 2024

Last date for online payment

March 29, 2024

Modification of Application

March 30, 2024 to March 31, 2024

Tier 1 exam date

May 9, 10 and 13, 2024

Admit Card

A week before the exam

Download Notifications PDF

Download Notifications PDF

Selection Process

The SSC CPO 2024 selection is done in four different stages. These are: -

  • Paper-I (Computer Based Test)
  • Physical Standard Test (PST), Physical Efficiency Test (PET)
  • Paper-II (Computer Based Test)
  • Detailed Medical Examination (DME)

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification: -The candidates must have a Graduation degree in any stream from any recognized university or equivalent.

Age Limit: - The age limit for the posts is 20-25 years as on 1.08.2024. Candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1999 and not later than 01.08.2004 to be eligible to apply. The age relaxation is given to the reserved category as per the government rules.

Syllabus & Exam Pattern

  • Negative Marking- Yes there is negative marking in paper I and paper II. For every wrong answer 0.25 marks would be deducted and no marks would be deducted for any unattempted question.
  • Time Duration- Paper I and Paper II would be conducted for duration of 2 hours.
  • No. of questions There will be a total number 200 questions in both paper I and paper II.
  • Type of question- The questions would be objective multiple-choice type questions. It will be conducted in bilingual language that is Hindi and English in three parts Part I, II and III.
  • Mode of Exam- Paper I and II would be conducted in online mode, i.e; it will be a computer-based test.
  • Qualifying Marks- The qualifying marks for paper I for the Unreserved is 30%, for OBC and EWS is 25% and all other categories is 20%. For the candidates who hold NCC certificates are:


 Bonus Marks I and II

NCC ‘C’ Certificate

10 marks (5% marks would be allotted)

NCC ‘B’ Certificate

6 marks (3% marks would be allotted)

NCC ‘A’ Certificate

4 marks (2% marks would be allotted)






General Intelligence and Reasoning



2 hours

General Knowledge and General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude    



English Comprehension






2 Hours



No. of Ques.

Max. Marks

Time Duration

English Language & Comprehension



2 hours

Physical Standard Test (PST)

S. No.

Category of Candidates

Height (in cm)

Chest (in cm)




Male candidates except those listed

at S. No. (ii) and (iii)





Candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras,

Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions, North-Eastern States and Sikkim.





All candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes





Female candidates except those listed at S. No. (v) and (vi)


Not Applicable

Not Applicable


Female candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions, NorthEastern States and Sikkim


Not Applicable

Not Applicable


All female candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes


Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Physical Endurance Test (PET)

For Male Candidates

  • 100 metre race in 16 seconds
  • 1.6 km race in 6.5 minutes
  • Long Jump: 3.65 metre in 3 chances
  • High Jump: 1.2 metre in 3 chances
  • Shot put (16 Lbs): 4.5 metre in 3 chances

For Female Candidates

  • 100 metre race in 18 seconds
  • 800 metre race in 4 minutes
  • Long Jump: 2.7 metre in 3 chances
  • High Jump: 0.9 metre in 3 chances

Medical Examination

  • All the candidates who qualify in Paper-II will be medically examined by the Medical Officer of the CAPFs or any other Medical Officer or Assistant Surgeon belonging to Grade-I of any Central/ State Govt. Hospital or Dispensary. Review Medical Examination (RME) of the candidates, who are found to be unfit during Detailed Medical Examination (DME), will be conducted in continuation of DME preferably on the next day of DME. Decision of Re-Medical Board/Review Medical Board will be final and no appeal/representation against the decision of the Re-Medical Board/Review Medical Board will be entertained.
  • Eye sight: The minimum near vision should be N6 (better eye) and N9 (worse eye). The minimum distant vision should be 6/6 (better eye) and 6/9 (worse eye) of both eyes without any correction like wearing glasses or surgery of any kind to improve visual acuity. In right handed person, the right eye is better eye and vice versa.
  • The candidate must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes and they should possess high colour vision.
  • They must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of the duties.
  •  Candidates selected for the posts of Sub –Inspector would have to pass seven obstacles as a part of training curriculum as mentioned below: -
  • Jumping over the vertical board
  • Holding the rope on jumping from the board
  • Tarzan Swing
  •  Jumping on the Horizontal Board
  • Parallel Rope
  • Monkey Crawl
  • Vertical Rope


For Paper-I

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning: -Analogies; Similarities and differences; Space visualization, Spatial orientation; Problem-solving, analysis, judgment; Relationship concepts; Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification; Arithmetic number series; Non-verbal series; Coding and decoding; Statement conclusion; Syllogistic reasoning etc.
  • General Knowledge and General Awareness: -General awareness of the environment; India and its Neighboring Countries; Current Affairs; Sports; Books and Authors; Geography; General Polity; Indian Constitution etc.
  • Quantitative Aptitude:- Whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and relationships between numbers; Percentage; Ratio and Proportion; Square roots; Averages; Interest; Profit & Loss, Discount; Partnership Business; Mixture and Allegation; Time and distance; Time & work; Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds; Graphs of Linear Equations; Triangle and its various kinds of centers; Congruence and similarity of triangles; Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles; Triangle; Quadrilaterals; Regular Polygons; Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder; Sphere; Hemispheres; Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with Triangular or square base; Trigonometric ratio; Degree and Radian Measures; Standard Identities; Complementary angles; Heights and Distances; Histogram; Frequency polygon; Bar diagram; Pie chart
  • English Comprehension: -Antonym; Synonym; Active and Passive Voice; Reading Comprehension; Error Correction; fill in the blanks etc.

For Paper-II

  • English Comprehension: -Error recognition; Filling in the blanks (using verbs, prepositions articles, etc.); Vocabulary; Spellings; Grammar; Sentence Structure; Synonyms; Antonyms; Sentence Completion; Phrases and Idiomatic Use of Words; Comprehension etc.

Exam Analysis

The exam analysis of SSC CPO 2023 is as follows


Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

General Intelligence and Reasoning         

Easy to Moderate


General Knowledge and General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Comprehension

Easy to Moderate





Admit Card

The admit card for SSC CPO exam is released by the SSC on their official website. The candidates can download their admit card by following the steps given below:

  • Click on the given link of your regional website of SSC https://ssc.gov.in/.
  • Enter your details such as registration number, date of birth, Mother’s name, etc
  • Click on the submit button.
  • Your exam city and exam date will appear on the screen.
  • Click on the download admit card.


The result for SSC CPO exam is announced by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) on their official website. The candidates can check their result through the following steps:

  • Visit the direct link provided above or link on https://ssc.gov.in/.
  • On the homepage go to the Result section. or you will get the official SSC CPO Result PDF links in this post.
  • You will get the official PDFs containing the result write-up and the list of selected candidates.
  • Click on the SSC CPO Result link given.
  • Enter ‘Ctrl+F’ or the search bar and enter your roll number in the same.
  • Your name will be highlighted.

Cut Off

The SSC CPO cut-off for the year 2023 are: -


Cut-off (Male Candidates)

Cut-off (Female Candidates)
















Answer Key

The candidates can check the SSC CPO Answer Key by following the below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit the official website of SSC or click on the link shared above (https://ssc.gov.in/).
  • Click on the Answer Key tab.
  • Then click on the link that reads, "Uploading of tentative answer key(s) along with candidates' response sheet(s)”, for various post. A new page will open.
  • Scroll down the page and then click on "Link for candidate's response sheet, tentative answer keys, and Submission of Representation, if any link." The login page will open.
  • Enter your User ID (i.e. Roll Number) and Password as per your admission certificate.
  • SSC CPO answer key will appear on the screen.

Preparation Tips

  • Make Study Schedule: -As per their capabilities and the SSC CPO exam pattern and syllabus, applicants must make a proper study plan to prepare for the exam. This timetable should be prepared on the basis of the positives and negatives of the applicant and cover all aspects of the SSC CPO recruitment process.
  • Study Regularly: - Aspirants must develop a habit of studying regularly for the SSC CPO exam. They must follow the SSC CPO preparation strategy in all spirit and letters. Candidates should develop a habit of reading the newspaper regularly as it will help them in the general awareness end English section of the examination too. It is also one of the best ways to learn and remember things too.
  • Which Study Material to Refer: - First of all applicants should develop a habit of reading which will help to improve their grammar skill set, current affairs and other related aspects. While preparing for the SSC CPO exam applicants must choose the right books and other study material to refer. This is applicable for both SSC CPO paper 1 and paper 2. Aspirants should not refer to too many SSC CPO preparation books as it will create a lot of confusion in their minds. Only standard and most referred SSC CPO books must be preferred and revised multiple times.
  • PET/ PST/ Medical Test: - The SSC CPO selection process has four stages - paper 1, PET/ PST, Paper 2 and medical test. Other than the theoretical portion of the SSC CPO exam applicants must also pay attention to the physical aspect of the examination. The physical endurance test and medical test stages of the exam are qualifying in nature. To prepare for this applicant must work out daily for 40 to 60 minutes.
  • Sample Papers and Self-Assessment Aspirants must practice as many SSC CPO sample papers as possible for the SSC CPO paper 1 and 2 exams for self-assessment. For the PET/ PST and medical test candidates are advised to work out daily for around an hour to keep them fit. Aspirants should attempt the SSC CPO sample papers and the previous year's question papers after covering the full SSC CPO syllabus. This will help applicants to know about their weak areas which need to be worked on.
  • Time Management The SSC CPO exam preparation should start with a clean slate. Applicants should get rid of all the preconceived notions about the SSC CPO examination. They should focus on the final goal i.e. how to prepare for the SSC CPO exam and how to clear it. The SSC CPO preparation should be started well in advance before the actual CPO exam, to cover all aspects of the examination. Time management is key in this exam as well as other exams. So applicants need to learn how to improve their accuracy in less time. Different aspirants have different ways of time management, so time management tactics may vary from person to person.
  • Stay Positive and Determined The most important tip while preparing for any exam is that the applicant must not lose hope and give up. If they are dedicated, success will surely come to them one day. So candidates must remain positive and healthy throughout the SSC CPO exam.

Apply Online

The candidates can apply for SSC CPO 2024 via online mode only. Below are the steps that one needs to take for successful online registration for the exam:

  • Click on the official link which is provided on this page (https://ssc.gov.in/).
  • Click on link of Apply Link given on the official page. The registration link will open up in the new window.
  • Click on New Registration in SSC CPO 2024 application window and then click on the register button.
  • To begin with the registration, candidates need to provide basic details like name, parents’ name, date of birth, email id, mobile number etc.
  • Click on submit button to submit your online registration form of SSC CPO 2024.
  • In the next step, candidates would have to upload photographs and signatures following the requisites mentioned by SSC.
  • Login with a registered ID and password to complete the Part-II of the application form of SSC CPO 2024.
  • After filling up the application form, candidates must preview the entire application form of SSC CPO 2024 once to look for any glitches in the form.
  • Click on the Final Submit button after previewing the complete online SSC CPO 2024 application form.
  • Pay the required application fee to submit your form successfully.
  • It is advised that Candidates download and get print copies of the submitted application form for SSC CPO 2024.


How tough is SSC CPO Exam?
Rigorous practice and focused preparation can make cracking SSC CPO exam much easier. It is definitely competitive but following an effective preparation strategy and having the right set of study material will help you crack the exam in the first attempt itself.

Is there any negative marking in the SSC CPO 2024 exam?
Yes, there is a negative marking of 1/4th (0.25) marks for every wrong answer in the SSC CPO paper I and paper II exam. No marks are deducted for any unattempted question.

How many numbers of times a candidate can appear for SSC CPO?
There are no restrictions to the number of attempts the candidates take for SSC CPO. As long as the candidates fulfill all the eligibility parameters and fall within the prescribed age limit, candidates can apply for SSC Sub Inspector exam. It must be noted that the age limit for each post and category varies.

When will the SSC CPO 2024 admit card be released?
The Commission will release the SSC CPO 2024 admit card for all respective regions a week before the exam date.

What are the passing marks for SSC CPO?
The minimum qualifying marks prescribed by SSC for SSC CPO Paper-I and Paper-II for UR is 30%, for OBC/EWS it is 25% and for all the other categories it is 20%.

What is the applicable fee for the SSC CPO Examination?
For the unreserved category the applicable fees is 100. And the women, SC, ST and Ex- Servicemen are exempted from the fee payment.

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