SSC CPO Eligibility Criteria 2021: Educational Qualification, Age limit, Graduate Percentage

Exam Date

Mar 1, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


Before applying for the SSC CPO 2021 exam, the candidate must verify the eligibility criteria required to appear for the SSC CPO exam. There are various parameters related to the exam, that includes educational qualification, age limits, and citizenship. The eligibility criteria are set by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC).

SSC CPO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Mostly all the eligibility criteria are rigid, however, there are some relaxations for different categories. The candidates who satisfy the following eligibility criteria should analyse the SSC CPO Syllabus and start their preparation.

Education Qualification

The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a university recognized by the UGC. The degree can be in any discipline. 

Candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor's degree are also eligible for this exam, provided that their graduation must be completed before August 2021.

Age Limit and Relaxation

The candidate should have attained 20 years of age, as of August 1, 2021. The maximum age to apply is 25 years. However, age relaxation is provided to the candidates of different categories. The age relaxation for various categories is shown below

SSC CPO Age Relaxation Criteria
Category  Age Relaxation
ST/SC 05 Years
OBC 03 Years
For Group 'B' & 'C' posts
Ex-Servicemen (Unreserved/General) 03 Years
Ex-Servicemen (OBC) 06 Years
Ex-Servicemen (ST/SC) 08 Years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (General) Up to 40 Years of Age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (OBC) Up to 43 Years of Age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ ST) Up to 45 Years of Age 

Conditions for availing age relaxation:

  • The candidates who want to avail the age relaxation, need to submit certificates from a competent authority to the Commission. The certificates should be issued recently and the certificate should have the same particulars as in the application.
  • Candidates must ensure that they possess the caste/community certificate, and do not fall within the creamy layer to avail of the age relaxation benefits.

  • The male candidates who have applied for the post of Executive Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police must possess a Driving license for both Motorbikes and Light Motor Vehicles (LMV). Failing to do so, the candidates will not be allowed to appear in the Physical Endurance and Standard Tests.


The Staff Selection Commission has norms for the nationality of the aspirants. Candidates should check if they come under those categories or not.

As per the norms set by SSC, a candidate can be any of these:

  • Citizen of India
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan Refugee came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling permanently in India.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, East African countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Zaire with the intention of permanently settling in India.  

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