SI Delhi Police & CPO Exam Introduction (EVERYTHING ABOUT)

SI Delhi Police & CPO Exam (Everything About)

Full name of this exam is Sub-Inspector (SI) in Delhi Police & Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) Exam. The Staff Selection Commission holds an Open Competitive Examination for recruitment of Sub-Inspectors (SI) in Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) every year.

NOTE-I: Departmental candidates amongst Constables, Head Constables and Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police with minimum three years service, who shall not be more than 30 years (33 years for OBC and 35 years for SC/ ST) of age, may also apply for filling up of Open and Departmental Vacancies of Sub-Inspector (Executive)-Male.

The departmental candidates of Delhi Police shall firstly be treated against the open vacancies for the post of SI (Executive) Delhi Police by granting applicable age relaxation and thereafter against departmental vacancies by the Delhi Police.

NOTE-II: SSC conducts this exam every year; for aspirants who are graduate. The process of the exam completes in four stages; namely

1. Paper-I (tier-I) online
2. Physical Endurance Test (PET/PST
3. Paper-II (tier-II) online
4. Detailed Medical Examination (DME)

NOTE-III: Only those candidates, who have scored above the cut off marks fixed by the Commission in Paper I (including bonus marks in case of NCC certificate holders) would be required to appear in the PET/PST.

NOTE-IV: Only those candidates, qualified in PET/PST will be allowed to appear in Paper-II.

NOTE-V: On the basis of their performance in Paper-I + Paper-II (including bonus marks in case of NCC certificate holders), candidates will be shortlisted for appearing in Medical Examination. Candidates, who are successful in Medical Examination, will be called for detailed Document Verification

NOTE-VI: Preference for posts:

During Document Verification, candidates shall be required to indicate the posts/ Force for which they would like to be considered, in the order of preference. The detail of various posts are as follows:

1. Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police (A)
2. Sub-Inspector in Border Security Force (B)
3. Sub-Inspector in Central Industrial Security Force (C)
4. Sub-Inspector in Central Reserve Police Force (D)
5. Sub-Inspector in Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (E)
6. Sub-Inspector in Sashastra Seema Bal (F)

NOTE-VII: Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates are not eligible to apply for this examination.

CAPFs = Central Armed Police Forces



1. Sub Inspector (Executive) – (Male/ Female) in Delhi Police: The post carries pay scale of Level-6 (Rs. 35,400-1,12,400/-) and is classified as Group ‘C’ (Non-Gazetted) by Delhi Police.

2. Sub-Inspector in CAPFs: The post carries pay scale of Level-6 (Rs. 35,400-1,12,400/-) and is classified as Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted), Non-Ministerial. Names of the organisations are:

    • Border Security Force (BSF)
    • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
    • Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
    • Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF)
    • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)



See this table for classification of cities in various classes i.e. Class-X, Class-Y & Class-Z



In Delhi Police reservation is available for Ex-servicemen and special categories of Ex-servicemen as detailed below:

Out of quota meant for Ex-servicemen, 50% of such quota will be reserved for the following categories of ex-servicemen:

1. Having served in the Special Force NSG (Special Action Group), or

2. Having received a QI (Qualified Instructors) grading in the commando course, or

3. Officers from the Navy/Air Force who have worked in the specialized commando type units

NOTE-I: In case sufficient number of Ex-servicemen candidates under categories at (1), (2) and (3) are not available, the unfilled vacancies will be filled amongst other available Ex-servicemen candidates.

NOTE-II: The benefit of age relaxation available to Central Government Civilian Employees is not applicable to the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police.

NOTE-III: OBC certificates issued by Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) to candidates for OBCs listed by GNCTD but not included in Central list of OBCs will be accepted for the post of SI in Delhi Police only for reservation and age relaxation purposes. Such candidates will be treated as OBC only for the post of SI in Delhi Police and as UR for all other posts.


Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only)

Fee can be paid through BHIM UPI, Net Banking or by using Visa MasterCard, Maestro RuPay Credit, or Debit cards or in cash at SBI Branch by generating SBI Challan.

Fee is exempted for all Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation as per Govt. orders.



20-25 for each post


Permissible relaxation in upper age limit prescribed and category codes for claiming age relaxation will be as follows:

Eligibility, Age Relaxation & % of Reservation for Ex-servicemen in SSC exams




A person seeking appointment on the basis of reservation to OBC/ EWS must ensure that he/ she possesses the caste/ community certificate and does not fall in creamy layer on the crucial date. The crucial date for this purpose will be the closing date for receipt of applications.

Crucial date for claim of SC/ ST/ OBC/ EWS status or any other benefit viz. fee concession, reservation, age-relaxation, etc, where not specified otherwise, will be the closing date for receipt of online applications.



NOTE-I: For the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police only: Male candidates must possess a valid Driving License for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) on the date fixed for Physical Endurance and Measurement Tests. However, the candidates who do not have a Valid Driving License for LMV (Motorcycle and Car) are eligible for all other posts in CAPFs.

NOTE-II: As per Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification dated 10.06.2015 published in the Gazette of India all the degrees/ diplomas/ certificates awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government provided they have been approved by the Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission. Accordingly, unless such degrees are recognized for the relevant period when the candidates acquired the qualification, they will not be accepted for the purpose of Educational Qualification.

Further, as per UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017 published in official Gazette on 23-06-2017, under Part-III (8) (v), the programmes in engineering, medicine, dental, nursing, pharmacy, architecture and physiotherapy etc are not permitted to be offered under Open and Distance Learning mode. However, B. Tech. degree/ diploma in Engineering awarded by IGNOU to the students who were enrolled up to academic year 2009-10 shall be treated as valid, wherever applicable.

NOTE-III: The candidates who are able to prove by documentary evidence that the result of the qualifying examination was declared on or before the cut-off date and he/ she has been declared passed will also be considered to have the required Educational Qualification.

It is reiterated that the result of requisite educational qualification must have been declared by the Board/University by the specified date. Mere processing of the result by the Board/University by the crucial cut-off date does not fulfill the EQ requirement.



1. PAPER-I (Tier-I)

It consists of 200 questions to be attempted in 2 hours. Here is the detail of the examination:

Part Subject Number of Questions Marks
I Reasoning 50 50
II General Knowledge 50 50
III Mathematics 50 50
IV English 50 50

2. Physical Endurance Test (PET)

3. PAPER-II (Tier-II)


  • Questions: 200
  • Each question: 1 mark
  • Time Duration: 2 Hours


NOTE-I: Negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer both in PAPER-I and PAPER-II.

NOTE-II: The examination will be conducted ON-LINE.

NOTE-III: Marks scored by candidates in online Examination will be normalized and such normalized scores will be used to determine final merit and cut off marks.

NOTE-IV: National Cadet Corps (NCC) certificate holders as on the date of educational qualification will be given bonus marks in Paper-I and Paper-II which will be added to the normalized scores of such candidate as per following scheme:

S. No. Type of NCC Certificate Bonus Marks in each paper (Paper-I and Paper-II)
1. NCC ‘C’ Certificate 10 marks (5% of the maximum marks)
2. NCC ‘B’ Certificate 6 marks (3% of the maximum marks)
3. NCC ‘A’ Certificate 4 marks (2% of the maximum marks)

NOTE-V: Minimum qualifying marks in Paper-I and Paper-II (without adding bonus marks to NCC certificate holders) are as follows:

1. UR 30%
2. OBC / EWS 25%
3. All other categories 20%




  • Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution & Scientific Research, etc.


  • It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern-folding & un-folding, Figural Pattern- folding and completion, Indexing Address matching, Date & city matching Classification of centre codes/ roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics if any


    1. Semantic Analogy
    2. Symbolic/Number Analogy
    3. Figural Analogy
    4. Semantic Classification
    5. Symbolic/Number Classification
    6. Figural Classification
    7. Semantic Series
    8. Number Series
    9. Figural Series
    10. Problem Solving
    11. Word Building
    12. Coding and de-coding
    13. Numerical operations
    14. Symbolic operations
    15. Trends
    16. Space Orientation
    17. Venn Diagrams
    18. Drawing inferences
    19. Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding
    20. Figural Pattern – folding and completion
    21. Indexing
    22. Address matching
    23. Date & city matching
    24. Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
    25. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification
    26. Embedded figures
    27. Critical Thinking
    28. Emotional Intelligence
    29. Social Intelligence
    30. Other sub-topics, if any


English Language & Comprehension: Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate‘s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on:

1. Spot the Error

2. Fill in the Blanks

3. Synonyms

4. Antonyms

5. Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words

6. Idioms & Phrases

7. One word substitution

8. Improvement of Sentences

9. Active & Passive Voice

10. Direct & Indirect Speech

11. Shuffling of Sentence parts

12. Shuffling of Sentences in a passage

13. Cloze Passage

14. Comprehension Passage


Numerical Aptitude

1. Numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals,fractions and relationships between numbers

2. Percentage

3. Ratio & Proportion

4. Square roots

5. Averages

6. Interest

7. Profit and Loss

8. Discount

9. Partnership Business

10. Mixture and Allegation

11. Time and distance

12. Time & Work.


1. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds

2. Graphs of Linear Equations.


1. Triangle and its various kinds of centres

2. Congruence and similarity of triangles

3. Circle and its chords

4. Tangents

5. Angles subtended by chords of a circle

6. Common tangents to two or more circles.


1. Triangle

2. Quadrilaterals

3. Regular Polygons

4. Circle

5. Right Prism

6. Right Circular Cone

7. Right Circular Cylinder

8. Sphere

9. Hemispheres

10. Rectangular Parallelepiped

11. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base.


1. Trigonometric ratio

2. Degree and Radian Measures

3. Standard Identities

4. Complementary angles

5. Heights and Distances


1. Histogram

2. Frequency polygon

3. Bar diagram

4. Pie chart


1. PHYSICAL STANDARD (for all posts)

Weight: Corresponding to height (for all posts)

2. PET (for all posts)


1. 100 meters race: 16 seconds

2. 1.6 Kms race: 6.5 minutes

3. Long Jump: 3.65 metres in 3 chances

4. High Jump: 1.2 metres in 3 chances

5. Shot put (16 Lbs): 4.5 metres in 3 chances


1. 100 metres race: 18 seconds

2. 800 metres race: 4 minutes

3. Long Jump: 2.7 metres (9 feet) in 3 chances.

4. High Jump: 0.9 metres (3 feet) in 3 chances


1. There shall be no minimum requirement of chest measurement for female candidates.

2. PET is mandatory for all posts.

3. Relaxation in height and chest (as the case may be) as mentioned above will be permissible only on production of certificate in the proforma as prescribed in the following link from the competent authorities of the District where they ordinarily reside.


4. The relaxation in physical standards(height/chest) once granted at the time of initial appointment in Delhi Police will hold good till the individual concerned remains in Delhi Police.

5. Those candidates who are declared not qualified in Physical Standards, i.e. height and chest, may prefer an appeal, if they so desire, to the appellate authority present on the PET/PST ground. The decision of the appellate authority will be final and no further appeal or representation in this regard will be entertained.

6. Ex-Servicemen applying for the posts are not required to undergo PET. However, all Ex-Servicemen are required to pass the written tests and fulfill the physical standards prescribed herein. They should also pass the medical standards prescribed for direct recruits.


3. Medical standards (For all posts)

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. Candidates, who are found to be unfit, will be informed of the position and they can make an appeal before Review Medical Board within the prescribed time limit of 15 days.

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.

1. 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.

2. The candidate must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes and they should possess high colour vision i.e. they should not be colour-blind.

3. 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.

NOTE: Finally selected candidates for the posts of Sub-Inspector would, as part of training curriculum, have to pass seven obstacle events as mentioned below, failing which they may not be retained in the Force:

1. Jumping over the Vertical Board

2. Holding the rope on jumping from the Board

3. Tarzan Swing

4. Jumping on the Horizontal Board

5. Parallel Rope

6. Monkey Crawl

7. Vertical Rope


It is noticed that during medical examination, the candidates having ‘tattoos’ in various parts of their body are appearing for medical examination. In this regard, Ministry of Home Affairs vide its letters No.I-45020/7/2012/Pers-II dated 12.01.2017 and 30-01-2017 issued the following guidelines regarding candidates having tattoos applying for SI in Delhi Police and CAPFs examination:

1. Content: Being a secular country, the religious sentiments of our countrymen are to be respected and thus, tattoo depicting religious symbol or figures and the name, as followed in Indian Army are permitted.

2. Location: Tattoos marked on traditional sites of the body like inner aspect of forearm but only left forearm, being non saluting limb or dorsum of the hands are to be allowed.

3. Size: Size must be less than ¼ of the particular part (Elbow or Hand) of the body.

NOTE: For Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police, above clauses on tattoo are not applicable.

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Founder of and guiding aspirants on SSC exam affairs since 2010 when objective pattern of exams was introduced first in SSC. Also the author of the following books:

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