SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2024 - Age Limit, Qualification

    Savithri Suresh

    SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 

    The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is quite highly respected and revered in India. This is because it is an organization which conducts various recruitment opportunities for graduates through their competitive exams. One of those opportunities is the SSC CPO (Central Police Organization), recruitment. The SSC CPO offers plenty of opportunities for aspiring candidates. We advice you to check out the SSC CPO eligibility criteria in order to avoid your candidature being cancelled at a later stage. The eligibility criteria for the SSC CPO exam 2024 include age, educational qualification, physical standards etc. The educational criteria for SSC CPO must be fulfilled as of the specified date mentioned in the SSC CPO Notification. The notification for 2024  was released on March 04, 2024. Candidates keen on joining the SSC CPO  can apply for the exam from March 04, 2024 to March 28, 2024. If there are any corrections to be made to your application, it can be done from 30 March, 2024 to 31st March 2024. Whlile the exam was scheduled to take place on May 09, 10 and 13 respectively, the SSC CPO Exam Dates have been postponed owing to the Lok Sabha elections in India. As of now, the exams will be held on  27, 28 and 29 June. The eligibility criteria is one of the most important qualifiers for the SSC CPO Exam and all hopefuls need to ensure they fulfill it. Let’s take a look at the eligibility criteria for SSC CPO below.

    SSC CPO Educational Criteria

    One of the first qualifiers you need to be aware of is the SSC CPO Educational Criteria. In order to apply for the SSC CPO exam 2024, you are required to check the educational criteria first. To be eligible to apply for SSC CPO exam 2024 you must possess a Bachelor's degree in any subject from any recognized University. Besides that, there are other minor aspects you need to be aware of All other educational criteria-related information is provided below in the table. You can look at the table below for detailed SSC CPO educational criteria.

    PostEducational Criteria (As on August 30, 2022)
    SSC CPO Bachelor’s Degree From a Recognized University

    SSC CPO Age Criteria

    The SSC CPO invites young and eligible aspirants to become part of this elite force. These recruits will further be posted into various posts like Sub-inspector in Delhi Police/ CAPFs. Since the post requires its candidates to be young and agile, the age criteria for this recruitment is quite strict. This means that the SSC CPO age criteria requires candidates to be between the age of 20-25 years. Only candidates who fulfill this age criteria will be welcome into the Central police organization. Candidates must be within the age limit as per the deadline mentioned in the notification.

    PostAge Criteria (As on January 01, 2022)
    SSC CPO Age limit of the candidates should be from 20 to 25 years as on 01.01.2022 (i.e., candidates born not before 02.01.1997 and not later than 01.01.2002).

    SSC CPO Age Relaxation

    Like the case with any government jobs, there are government sanctioned age relaxations in place. This is specifically meant for those belonging to the reserved category. For those unaware, reserved categories refers to those who do not fall in the General/ Unreserved Candidates. This includes people who fall in the category of SC/ST/OBC/EX serviceman, etc. All the complete details related to SSC CPO 2024 exam age relaxation is provided in the table below.

    Code No.CategoryAge-Relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit
    01 SC/ ST 5 years
    02 OBC 3 years
    06 Ex-servicemen (ESM) 3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.
    For the post of SI in Delhi Police (Category Codes-12 and 13)
    12 Widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried. Up to 35 years of age
    13 Widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried. (SC/ST) Up to 40 years of age
    For Departmental candidates of Delhi Police against the vacancies of Delhi Police only (Category Codes-17, 18 and 19)
    17 Departmental candidates (Unreserved) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as on closing date. Up to 30 years of age
    18 Departmental candidates (OBC) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as on closing date. Up to 33 years of age
    19 Departmental candidates (SC/ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as on closing date. Up to 35 years of age

    Physical Standard test (PST) and Physical Endurance Test (PET)

    Besides the educational qualification and the age criteria, the SSC CPO recruitment also asks for a Physical Test. If you do qualify on the SSC CPO online exam , you will be called for the Physical Standard Test and Physical Endurance Test. The PST/PET will be qualifying in nature which means there are no marks allotted for both tests.

    Physical standard Test for all posts

    A physical standard test is prescribed by SSC for the SSC CPO. This standard will be applicable to all the posts. The physical standard for male and female is different and there is certain relaxation provided to candidates belonging to Garhwali or Kumaoni community. All the details are given in the tabular form below.

    CandidateHeightChest
    UnexpandedExpanded
    Male (Gen./OBC/SC) 170 CM 80 85
    candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States and Sikkim. 165 CM 80 85
    candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes 162.5 CM 77 82
    Female candidates only (UR) 157 cm - -
    female candidates belonging to Hill areas of Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal Pradesh, Gorkhas, Dogras, Marathas, Kashmir Valley, Leh & Ladakh regions of J&K, North-Eastern States and Sikkim 155 cm - -
    For all female candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes 154 cm - -

    Physical Endurance Test for all posts

    Other than the physical standard test(PST), candidates have to go through PET in which they have to undergo some tests like race, long jump and high jump. Three chances will be given to the candidates. Please note that an Ex-serviceman is not required to go through the physical endurance test(PET).

    For Male candidates

    Male candidate's PET details is given below. 

    Physical EnduranceParameters
    Race 100 meters race in 16 seconds
    1.6 Kms 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

    For Female candidates

    Three chances will be given in each exercise i.e. race, long jump, high jump, etc. Complete details are provided below.

    Physical EnduranceParameters
    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

    Medical Standard (For all posts)

    All the qualified candidates have to undergo the medical examination which will be examined by any Medical officer of CAPF or any Medical officer belonging to Grade 1 of Central/State government hospital.

    Eyesight: There are a few standard vision requirements prescribed by the SSC for the CPO post.

    • For near vision: Minimum is N6(better eye) and Maximum is N9(Worst eye)
    • For distant vision: Minimum is 6/6 best and maximum are 6/9 worst.

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    Ssc Cpo Eligibility Criteria FAQs

    Such candidates can avail relaxation and reservation only for the post of SI in Delhi Police. For all other posts, they will be treated under the UR category.
    Yes, The Indian Government provides age relaxation for the reserved category. If you belong to any of the reserved section like SC/ST/OBC/EX serviceman, you can claim age relaxation as per the Government Norms.
    Yes, depending on the category of your NCC Certificate, you are eligible for percentage bonus marks added to your normalized score of the online exam. All the details on this will be made clear once the SSC CPO notification is officially released.
    Yes, reserved category candidates need to have a valid caste certificate as on the deadline date mentioned on the notification to claim fee concession, reservation, age-relaxation, etc.
    Other than the physical standard test(PST), candidates have to go through PET in which they have to undergo some tests like race, long jump and high jump. Three chances will be given to the candidates and those who qualify after all the stages will qualify for the SSC CPO Post.
    Yes, former servicemen have relaxations when it comes to the age criteria. Besides that, they will not be required to appear for the physical test. Of course, all ex-servicemen will have to present their documents in this regard during the application process.

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