Preparation is definitely the key to success. If you are aiming to get into the Sub Inspector post in the Central Police Department of the Indian government then SSC CPO examination has to be considered very earnestly. Moreover, Entri provides beneficial platform for candidates to take mock tests in a very effective manner. Most importantly the aspiring candidates have to refer SSC CPO SI previous year paper on a regular basis. In this article you will be able to get information on the weightage of each subject thus providing a clear approach to SSC CPO SI previous year paper
Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Central Police Organization (CPO) has released the SSC CPO notification on its official website. SSC CPO examinations aims at recruiting candidates to the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police, Sub Inspector in (Central Armed Police Forces) CAPFs, Assistant Sub Inspector in (Central Industrial Security Force) CISF, Inspector posts and Sub Inspector posts.
SSC CPO SI Question Weightage Distribution
The SSC CPO SI examination comprises of four stages. Out of which Paper 1 and Paper 2 are the two online based examination.
- SSC CPO SI Paper 1 also known as Tier 1 exam is an objective type online based question paper. The Paper 1 consists a total of 200 questions for 1 mark each with a time duration of 2 hours i.e. 120 minutes.
- SSC CPO SI Paper 2 also known as Tier 2 exam focuses on English language and comprehension. Similarly, paper 2 consists of 200 questions for 1 mark each with a time duration of hours i.e. 120 minutes.
Firstly let us understand the weightage distribution across each topic of the examination in detail because understanding the syllabus and its question segregation plays a very important role in preparation.
SSC CPO SI Paper 1- Question Weightage Distribution
The SSC CPO SI paper 1 consists of four subjects as below.
- General Intelligence and Reasoning
- General Knowledge and General Awareness
- Quantitative Aptitude
- English Comprehension
Based on SSC CPO SI previous years paper analysis it is known that questions asked in the exam consisted of easy to moderate to difficult level questions in different subjects. Therefore let us now check the subject wise weightage segregation of the SSC CPO SI Paper. Also, there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for wrong answers.
1. General Intelligence & Reasoning
SSC CPO SI syllabus for General Intelligence & Reasoning consists of questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. However, this section can be very scoring if prepared well. The complete reasoning syllabus for SSC CPO exam and the type of questions are as given below.
|Type of Questions||Weightage|
|Analogy||Semantic and Figural analogy, letters and numbers Symbolic/Numbers, images and meaning based||6-8 Questions|
|Coding Decoding||Coding decoding by letter shifting, coding by analogy and words||3-5 Questions|
|Semantic and Figural classifications, Symbolic/Numbers classification||6-7 Questions|
|Series||Semantic, Figural, number and mixed series and series based on general knowledge||3-5 Questions|
|Order Ranking||Sequence of order and ranking will be asked from the given data||1-2 Questions|
|Direction & Distances||Problems based on network, routes and distances travelled are asked||1-3 Questions|
|Missing numbers||Numbers and alphabet based Matrix and Diagrams||2-3 Questions|
|Alphabet or word test||Sequence and word formation, Matrix, jumbled words, suffix etc.||3-5 Questions|
|Venn diagram||Venn Diagram, Logical, Syllogism etc.||4-5 Questions|
|Puzzles||Double line-up arrangements, circular arrangements, seating arrangements, linear arrangements etc.||3-5 Questions|
|Data sufficiency||Cubes and Dices, Arithmetic operation etc.||4-5 Questions|
|Non- verbal reasoning||Paper folding, Cubes and dices, counting figures etc.||5-5 Questions|
2. General Knowledge & Awareness
SSC CPO SI syllabus for General knowledge & Awareness consists of various topics in different areas. Even though the syllabus is vast it can be very scoring if prepared well. Most importantly candidates have to keep them self updated regularly with the current affairs as this section is most common one in almost all the government exams. Hence thorough preparation for this topic is mandatory from the beginning. The complete general knowledge syllabus for SSC CPO exam and the type of questions are as given below.
|Topics||Type of Questions||Weightage|
|History||Ancient and Medieval History, India’s freedom struggle||6-7 Questions|
|Geography||Indian and World Geography||5-6 Questions|
|Politics||Government Portfolios, Judiciary and Constitution of India||3-5 Questions|
|Science & Technology||Environment, Nutrition, Diseases, Physics, Chemistry, Biology etc.||10-13 Questions|
|Books and Authors||Authors and Famous books||1-2 Questions|
|Economy||Economic Organisation, Indian and world organisation||4-5 Questions|
|National & international Affairs||Government policies and schemes, National and International days, events and news etc.||10-11 Questions|
|International Organisations||International Organisation headquarter and their year of establishments||1-2 Questions|
|Current events||Latest Sports events, Venues and Winners||2-3 Questions|
3. Quantitative Aptitude
This topic is again a vast one. Moreover it tests the candidate’s ability in usage of numbers hence the name Quantitative. However the two main factors that the candidate should constantly be aware of is the speed and accuracy. This can be achieved by frequent practice of solving SSC CPO SI previous year paper. The following are the topics included in Quantitative aptitude
|Topics||Type of Questions||Weightage|
|Mixture Problems||Questions on mixtures of Two or Three quantities and their ratios||1-2 Questions|
|Ratio Proportions||Simple and compound ratios, Direct and indirect proportions||3-4 Questions|
|Number Systems||Rational, irrational Numbers, LCM, HCF, integers||1-3 Questions|
|Simplification||Fraction, BODMAS, Decimals, Ratios etc.||4-5 Questions|
|Algebra||Quadratic and Linear Equation, Identities etc.||4-6 Questions|
|Profit and Loss||Partnership, Discounts and Marked Prices, Problems on Profit and Loss, successive selling, etc.||4-5 Questions|
|Percentage||Basic Percentage Questions||1-2 Questions|
|Average||Average problems on Average of height, weight, Age, Marks, money expenditure, temperature etc.||2-3 Questions|
|Time and work||Time and Work, Work and wages, Work efficiency, Pipes and cisterns etc.||1-2 Questions|
|Speed, Time and Distance||Problems on River, boats and streams, Relative speed etc.||1-3 Questions
|Mensuration||Area, Surface Area and volume of Various Geometric Shapes||3-5 Questions|
|Simple Interest||Problems on Simple and compound interest||1-3 Questions|
|Trigonometry||Height and distances, Identities, Trigonometric ratios etc.||3-5 Questions|
|Geometry||Quadrilateral, Triangles, Circles, Chords, Cubes, cones etc.||4-6 Questions|
|Data Interpretations||Questions on Bar graph, Table, Pie Chart, Line Chart||4-5 Questions|
4. English Comprehension
English Syllabus has more weightage on Vocabulary, Grammar and Comprehension. It basically tests the understanding of correct English, basic grammar, comprehension and writing ability. Following are the areas included in the English section of the paper 1 examination.
|Topics||Type of Questions||Weightage|
|Idioms||One word substitution, meaning of Idioms||3-5 Questions|
|Error detection||Finding error in a sentence or a phrase||4-5 Questions|
|Vocabulary||Spellings, Synonyms and Antonyms||5-10 Questions|
|Cloze test||Questions based on passages containing particular idea, cloze tests||5-10 Questions|
|Reading comprehensions||Passages will focus on topics related to social issues, business and economies moral stories and humanities like Art, human behaviour, Psychology, medicine etc.||5-10 Questions|
|Grammar sections||Spotting the error, Phrase Replacements, Fill in the blanks||8-10 Questions|
SSC CPO SI Paper 2- Question Weightage Distribution
The SSC CPO SI Paper 2 consists of only one paper on English. The best way to improve your English is to immerse yourself in the language. By that, we mean read newspapers, online articles, books, magazines. The following the various areas included in the paper 2 of the exam. You have enough time to prepare for Tier 2 examination. Thus prepare well and score well.
|Topic||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Spotting the Errors||20||Moderate|
|One word substitution||8||Easy|
|Active and passive voice||28||Easy|
|Direct indirect speech||27||Easy|
|Fill in the blanks||5||Moderate|
SSC CPO Previous Year Question Paper
Candidates can download the free pdf of SSC CPO Previous Year Question Paper from here:
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