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How To Prepare For SSC CPO – 30 Days Study Time Table ?

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How To Prepare For SSC CPO – 30 Days Study Time Table

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Staff Selection Commission regulates number of exams to recruit staff of different post for various Ministries & Departments. SSC CPO(Central Police Organisation) exam is one of the most awaited exam among youngsters which is conducted every year. In large number, students apply for this exam which is to fill the vacant position for the post of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police, Sub Inspector in CAPFs (Central Armed Police Forces), and Assistant Sub Inspector in CISF (Central Industrial Security Force).

For any student who is preparing for competitive exam such as SSC CPO where the competition level is sky-high (due to large scale vacancies) there is a definite need of study plan as their single aim is to crack the exam in the very first attempt. Preparing a convenient SSC CPO study plan can undoubtedly act as a stepping stone for aspirant which will help them to make progress towards their specified goal.

Now when it comes to make study plan aspirants come across number of questions like – What strategies should they follow for each section of SSC CPO exam? how to separate important topics? how to cover all the syllabus and distribute their exam time adequately? so, there are numerous factors that need to be kept in mind before one prepares the study plan.

We understand how challenging it can be to draw-up the best study plan that is flexible, effective and most importantly assist you in giving your best performance in the examination. Considering this, our experts have framed 30 days SSC CPO study plan and have given time management tips to help all the aspirants work with their full efficiency.

Importance Of Study Plan For SSC CPO Exam

It is a well known fact that planning is an essential to succeed in any field. Having a study plan is important because this helps in achieving your goals, and mostly helps you get through the exam without worrying whether you have completed your syllabus or not. It won’t be wrong to say that without a proper study plan you cannot accomplish to crack the SSC CPO exam.

The principal of study plan is quite different then a time-table.  In time-table you merely set time duration assigned for a particular subject whereas study table is more comprehensive. And hence preparing a study plan is definitely not a piece of cake.

A study plan can be a key part of your success. Among the number of benefits  that study  plan yield, the best one is that there is everyday progress, and the achievement of each target encourage you to achieve next.


Here are few of the silent features of 30 days study plan of SSC CPO exam

  • The study schedule covers all the detailed syllabus of Tier I and is made after examining every section of exam pattern separately.
  • Easy and achievable targets are set for aspirants while focusing on the importance of regular study.
  • In-between regular study, time for revision and practicing for mock test is also taken into consideration so you can analyse your performance.
  • It is set up in such a way that work does not get accumulated, and hence there is no need to study at unearthly hours.
  • Aspirants can complete the syllabus within given period, and hence there will be no last minute pressure on them.
  • All the chapters/topics of all subject are ordered based on difficulty level(easy to difficult)

# Points To Keep In Mind While Following Study Plan

  • No study plan can be successful if it is not followed and executed sincerely.
  • Stick to the study plan. Initial difficulties like lack of concentration, urge to use mobile phones or watching tv etc should be conquered with determination.
  • Utilize your time in the best way possible. You can give short quiz of 10-20 min when you complete one topic.
  • Read newspaper, magazine/yearbook to keep yourself updated regarding current affairs.
  • While you are giving mock test try to score high marks then you achieved in previous mock test every time. But don’t get dishearten if you don’t score good, just keep on practicing.
  • Don’t take notes of everything. Take notes depending upon your style of learning.

Now that you are aware how this study plan is going to help in bringing the best out of you, and what you need to focus on while following this schedule, we are sure you will crack the SSC CPO exam.

Study Plan For SSC CPO Exam (Paper I)

There are 3 important phases when it comes to qualify SSC CPO examination i.e preparation, evaluation and revision. As, we know that the first stage to crack SSC CPO exam is to qualify Paper I which includes 4 different sections General Awareness, English, Mathematics and Reasoning and hence aspirants have to cover vast syllabus and most of time they get confused.

So, we have done the spadework for you and have prepared the best study plan to make sure you achieve success.

Note: Before commencing with this study plan make sure that you are completely aware with the syllabus and exam pattern.



2 hours (Maths) 2 hours (English) 2 hours (Reasoning) 1 hours (General Awareness)
        1 Simplification, Decimal, Fraction Basic Grammar: Noun, Pronoun and Verb Analogy: Symbolic/Numerical and Figural Analogy Ancient History: Indus Valley Civilization, Vedic India,Gupta Period etc.

Medieval History: Mughal Empire, Significant Events, Prominent Personalities etc

        2 Ratio and Proportion+ Square/cuber roots Basic Grammar: Preposition, Adjective Classification: Semantic, Symbolic/number and Figural
        3 Number System (HCF and LCM) Basic Grammar: Tenses, Conjunction and Articles Series: Arthematic, Symbolic/ Number, Figural series Poilty: Silent Features of Constitution, Preambles, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Fundamental Rightss and Duties etc
        4 Average One word Substitution Missing Number and Alphabet
        5 Interest:

SI/ CI, Profit and Loss, Discount and M.P

Spelling Correction Coding-Decoding: Letter and Number Geography: Indian Boundaries, Folk Dances, Mineral Production, National Highways etc
        6 Cloze Test and Phrase Replacemet Syllogims
        7 Revision of all topics studied so far(all sections)
        8 Practice Full Mock Test
        9 Mixture and Alligation Idioms and Basic Phrases Verbal reasoning: Statement Conclusion and Statement Argument Famous/ Recent Books, Authors and Award/Honors
       10 Time and Work: Pipes and Cisterns,

Work Efficiency, Boat Stream Questions

Improve the Sentence and Sentence Error Blood Relation: Relationship concepts and Family Tree Recent Events (National &International)
       11 Jumbled sentences/words Important Days and Dates
       12 Speed, Time and Distance Antonyms and Synonyms Direction and Distance Science and Technology
       13 Basic Algebra: Liner, Quadratic Equations,

Polynomial and Word Problems

Fill in the Blanks+ Spotting Errors Ranking and Order: Logical/ Dictionary National and International Organisations
       14 Practice Online Test Sitting Arrangement Current Affairs
       15 Practice Full Mock Test
       16 Geometry: Triangle, Congruency, Circle, Sphere, Cords,

Lines &Angles, Quadrilateral, Coordinate Geometry

Vocabulary: Use of Verb with Preposition Word Formation+ Jumbled Words Indian Economy
       17 Miscellaneous Grammar Logical Venn Diagram Indian Freedom Struggle(National Movements)
       18 Practice Your Weak Area/Topics Numerical/ Symbolic Operations Revision + Short Quizz
       19 Trigonometric Ratio Reading Comprehension Practice Your Weak Area/Topics General Science:

Physics, Chemistry and Biology

       20 Height and Distance Practice Cloze Test and Phrase Replacement Revision of All Above Topics
       21 Practice Full Mock Test
       22 Mensuration: Area and  Perimeter,

Surface Area and Volume, 2D and 3D

Revise Grammar Rules Non Verbal: Punched Holes, Pattern( Folding and Unfolding, Figural) Important and Recent Govt Schemes and Policies
       23 Practice Antonyms and Synonyms Puzzles: Indexing, Address, Date and City Matching Revise Current Affairs
       24 Data Interpretation: Histogram, Pie Chart,

Bar Diagram, Line Graph, Tabular Graph

Practice Sentence Error + Fill in the Blanks Non Verbal: Mirror Images, Water Images, Embedded Figures Important Rivers, National Parks, Biosphere reserves, Sanctuaries etc
       25 Practice Your Weak Areas/ Topics Non Verbal: Missing Figures, Dices and Cubes, Counting Figures National and International Affairs
       26 Practice Full Mock Test
       27 Partnerships Aptitude Questions Revision of Reading Comprehension Matix Practice Quizz + Online test
       28 Practice Your Weak Area/ Topics  Revision of Idioms and Phrases Practice Your Weak Area/Topics Revision of History, Polity and Geography
       29 Revise Formulas + Revision of All Topics Practice + Online Test Revise Shortcut Tricks, Formulas + Online Test
       30  Practice Full Mock Test

The above table will surly help the SSC CPO aspirants to study systematically and will ensure that they crack the exam.

Time Management Tips

There are number of factors that leads the aspirant towards the success of qualifying the SSC CPO examination and time management is one of the major factor that one must not brush aside.  The result of good time management is increased effectiveness and productivity. Remember that the concept of time management is not difficult but the practical approach is what makes it hard.

Now let’s discuss how to allocate their time sectional wise.

# General Awareness

  • If you are well prepared then it won’t take you more then 15 min to attempt this section in the examination.
  • All the questions will be direct, you don’t need to use any formula or have to do any kind of calculation hence don’t waste time on single question.
  • Don’t make guess at the answer as there is negative marking of 0.25 marks which can effect your overall performance.
  • Aspirant can save a lot of time in this section and invest it to solve difficult questions of quantitative and reasoning section.

# English

  • Attempt questions of that section (Grammar, vocabulary and Comprehension) first in which you are strong.
  • You can allocate 25-30 min to this section.
  • The comprehension takes the maximum time as you have read the whole passage so, if your reading speed is good it can be beneficial for you.To save some time, you can first read the questions and then read the comprehension as this will help you answer the questions instantly when you see it in the comprehension.
  • Read all the options carefully before answering, as sometimes the questions are easy but the options are confusing and difficult.
  • Before exam, practice giving online test or mini quiz to keep track of your time and errors that you are making.

# Quantitative

  • On this section you can spend 35-40 min.
  • For this section the key factors to focus on are speed and accuracy, only then you will be able to attempt maximum questions.
  • To improve your calculations give regular speed test.
  • Within the given time you cannot attempt all the questions hence, make sure you know your weak and strong topics and pick questions according to that.
  • Use tricks and formulas to save your time but also keep your concepts clear so you don’t get confuse.

# Reasoning

  • This section can take 30-35 minute. Depending on your preparation it can be difficult for you or moderately easy.
  • Again if you know the formulas and tricks of this section, it gives you the edge to score well.
  • You can also use option elimination method to save time, and for that, you must have strong grip over this section.
  • First, attempt only questions of those topics which you are familiar with and have strong hand on. This will help you avoid the negative marking.
  • Some questions follow a certain pattern, so if you have a logical thinking, then it can help you a lot.
  • Once you get stuck on a question, don’t waste your time on it rather move on and try next question.

Follow the above mentioned tips to score highest marks in the examination, and remember that the right approach towards every section plays a very crucial role in SSC CPO exam.

# Sectional-wise time allocation

During the examination, keeping track of time is extremely difficult task, and most aspirants loose their concentration worrying about how much time they have spend in one section. For every aspirant who wants to optimize time they must section wise allocate time.

As, the whole examination is of 120 min and there is no sectional cutoff you have to worry about. Therefore, you have the liberty to divide your time accordingly. We know that quantitative and reasoning are the two difficult section which takes time, while general awareness can easily be managed.

 General Awareness        15 min
 English        30 min
 Quantitative        40 min
 Reasoning        35 min
 Total        120 min

In the above table we have divided the total time as per the difficulty level of the section. But remember it can take you more or less time depending upon the type of questions asked in the examination.

# Order of attempt

You must also  follow a certain pattern to attempt the section of SSC CPO exam so that you can utilize the time in the best possible way. Always attempt that section first which is easy and consumes less time, and then move on with difficult section. This is the best way to attempt the paper :

General Awareness > English > Reasoning > Quantitative 

Study Plan For SSC CPO (Paper II)

Well for those aspirants who have qualified paper I and Physical Endurance Test, they are still left with one hurdle to tackle, which to crack Paper II. Paper II of SSC CPO exam comprises of only one section which is English and it is of total 200 marks.

So in this paper aspirants only have to focus on one subject, but don’t overlook this. Many turn blind eye to this section and then regret it later for not taking it seriously. Everyone will surly agree that English is a language first and subject second. Hence, to obtain mastery over this subject you must understand the language properly and willingly.

You must prepare these topics thoroughly for Paper II – Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks, Cloze Test, Synonym Antonym, Spellings, Idiom Meaning, One Word Replacement, Para Jumbles, Active and Passive Voice, Sentence Improvement, Direct-Indirect Speech, Cloze Test and Reading Comprehension. 

Now that most of the syllabus of English section for both Paper I and Paper II is similar, therefore, you can follow the same study plan that we have mentioned for Paper I. But, this time you will only focus on English. While practicing keep the weightage of each topic in mind and prepare accordingly.

For those who have worked hard on English for Paper I, they obviously have an advantage and it would just require them to revise some topics. Remember that you are just one step away from your dream job and everything is at stake so give your best shot.

Last Minute Preparation Tips

Well! now when aspirants have covered all the syllabus of SSC CPO exam and have geared up to take the examination, we are providing some last minute preparation tips and simple hacks to ensure you face the exam with confidence.

Revision:  Make sure that you go through with yous notes at last and revisit all the shortcut/tricks, formulas and techniques that you have learned so far for every section.

Practice Mock Test: your performance rate in the mock test says a lot about your preparation and it helps you analyze your strategy too. Moreover you get the pre-exam experience through this.

Avoid New Topics: studying a new topic at the last minute will only confuse you and surly mess up your performance.

Don’t Take Any Section Lightly: whether it is General Awareness or Quantitative, each section is important.

Know Your Order of Attempt: even though we have mentioned the order of attempt(based on difficulty level), but it is not necessary that it work for everyone.

Keep your mind Focused: a calm and focused mind always work with full efficiency and hence give hundred percent output. Don’t panic in the examination hall.

Sleep Well Before Exam: a proper sleep is necessary a before examination as it helps to remain focused and reduces stress.

Ultimately remember that hard work always pays off. Just believe in yourself and let your result speak volume for your hard work.

Hope you like the above article and found all the necessary information that you have been looking for. In case you are left with any kind of doubt, then just write us in the comment box. Our team will assist you in every possible way.


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