SSC CPO 2018: Exam Pattern & Detailed Syllabus







SSC CPO 2018: Exam Pattern & Detailed Syllabus


The notification for the SSC CPO 2018 exam was released recently. The exam is scheduled to be held from 4th June to 10th June. Here we bring to you the detailed syllabus of the SSC CPO exam for both paper I and paper II. This post is brought to you by Oliveboard, an online exam preparation platform for government, banking and MBA exams. Let us first look at the exam pattern.


The examination will consist of Paper-I, Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET), Paper-II and Detailed Medical Examination (DME). All these stages of the examination are mandatory. Let us look at the exam pattern in detail.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern Paper I

SSC CPO Exam Pattern Paper II



·       both papers will be of objective multiple-choice type
·       there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in both Paper-I & Paper-II

SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper I

SSC CPO Syllabus : General Intelligence & Reasoning

This section will include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. Topics, as mentioned in the official notification are:

·       Semantic Analogy
·       Symbolic / Number 9 Analogy
·       Figural Analogy
·       Semantic Classification
·       Symbolic/ Number Classification
·       Figural Classification
·       Semantic, number and figural series
·       Problem Solving
·       Word Building
·       Coding & decoding
·       Numerical & symbolic operations
·       Trends
·       Space Orientation
·       Space Visualization
·       Venn Diagrams
·       Drawing inferences
·       Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding
·       Figural Pattern- folding and completion
·       Embedded Figures
·       Critical thinking
·       Emotional & social intelligence

SSC CPO Syllabus : General Knowledge & General Awareness
Questions will be designed to test the following:

·       general awareness of the environment 
·       knowledge of current events
·       matters of everyday observation

The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to the following:
·       History
·       Culture
·       Geography
·       Economic Scene
·       General Polity
·       Indian Constitution
·       Scientific Research 

SSC CPO Syllabus : Quantitative Aptitude

The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. Topics, as mentioned in the official notification, are:

·       Percentages and Partnerships
·       Profit, Loss, and Discounts
·       Ratio and Proportion
·       Squares and Square roots
·       Averages, Mixtures, and Allegation
·       Interest
·       Time and Distance
·       Time and Work
·       Basic algebraic identities and elementary surds
·       Graphs of linear equations
·       Triangles (centers, congruence, similarity)
·       Circles (chords, tangents, angles subtended, common tangents)
·       Mensuration
·       Trigonometry (ratios, degree-radian Measures, standard identities, complementary angles)
·       Height and Distance
·       Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

SSC CPO Syllabus : English Comprehension

Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, basic comprehension and writing ability etc. would be tested in this paper. Some question types are:
·       Error Recognition
·       Fill In The Blanks
·       Vocabulary
·       Spellings
·       Grammar 
·       Sentence Structure
·       Synonyms and Antonyms
·       Sentence Completion
·       Idioms and Phrases
·       Comprehension

SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper II

SSC CPO Syllabus : English Language and Comprehension

Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on:

·       Error recognition
·       Filling in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles etc)
·       Vocabulary and spellings
·       Sentence Structure
·       Synonyms & Antonyms
·       Sentence Completion
·       Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words
·       Comprehension

*Note that this syllabus is only indicative in nature.

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