Police Sub-Inspector (PSI)

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

A police officer whose rank comes under an inspector or some head constables is sub-inspector of police. Sub-inspector is the lowest ranking officer who can file a charge sheet in court under Indian police rules and regulations. Subordinates can only investigate a case on behalf of sub-inspector and cannot file a charge sheet.


Sub-inspector ranking is above an Assistant sub-inspector and below the inspector. Most of the candidates, who have high educational qualifications than other low ranking police officers, are directly selected for the post of sub-inspector of police. In this case, directly selected sub-inspector in charge is mentioned as the principal sub-inspector.


To become sub-inspector, candidates must apply for SI Examination first. This exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. Only graduated candidates are eligible to apply for this examination. In this examination, the first candidates have to clear the Physical Endurance Test.


Eligible candidates must go under the process of Physical Endurance Test (PET). Candidates who have cleared Physical Endurance Test will be called for Written Examination and after clearing the written exam candidates have to attend the interview and medical examination. Candidates who will get selected in the interview and medical examination will be taken to their training modules.


Some points of eligibility which is necessary to keep in mind while applying for this post are mentioned below:

To become the Sub Inspector in the Department of Indian Police, one must have an Indian Citizenship.

The minimum educational qualification to become Police Sub-inspector is Bachelor degree (Must be graduate) in any discipline with 50% marks from a recognized university / Institute.


Those individuals who’re passing put from the 12th standard will not be eligible to get the SI Jobs in Police Department.

Applier’s age must be resided in between 20 to 25 years as on the last date of official notification.

Candidates must have a Height of 170 cm with Chest of 80-85 cm to get the Sub Inspector Recruitment in Police Department.

SSC CPO 2019-20 Notification out

Good News, Staff Selection Commission has released the notification for SSC CPO 2019-20. This exam is taken to recruit posts like Sub-inspector in CAPF's, Assistant Sub-Inspector in CISF, Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police and other various sub-inspector(SI) posts.  The paper is expected to start tentatively between 9th December and 13th December 2019.

Here are the official exam dates for SSC CPO 2019-20 exam:

Official Exam Calendar for SSC CPO 2019-2020

EventsDate Official Website
SSC CPO 2019-20 released date17th September 2019Click Here
Online Application Last Date16th October 2019Click Here
Offline/Online fee payment last date18th October 2019Click Here
Release date of SSC CPO Tier-1 Admit CardWIthin week of Exam Date i.e. 10-15 days before the examClick Here
Exam Date of SSC CPO Tier 1Tentatively Onwards from 9th December to 13th DecemberClick Here
Exam Date of SSC CPO Tier 2June 21, 2020Click Here

Application fees

Male Candidates (General & OBC Category)100
Woman Candidatures and applicants belonging to SC, ST, and Ex-ServicemanExempted from Fees

Salary Grades

PostsSalary/Pay ScaleGroupLevel
Delhi Police Sub-Inspector (Both Male and Female)From Rs. 35,400 onwards to Rs. 112400Group C Non-Gazetted 6
CAPF Sub InspectorFrom Rs. 35,400 onwards to Rs. 112400Group B Non-Gazetted6
CISF Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI)From Rs. 29200 onwards to Rs. 92,300Group C Non-Gazetted6

Exam Pattern (SSC CPO 2019)

The SSC CPO is conducted in three stages with first in order is SSC CPO Paper-1 followed by a PET/PST and medical test and the last again a written exam SSC CPO paper-2. The exam will be an MCQ based test conducting in dual languages Hindi & English. There will be 1/4 of marks deduction for every wrong answer. 

SSC CPO Exam 1 pattern with exam lasting for 2 hours

S. NO.SubjectTotal QuestionsMarks allocation
1.English Comprehension5050
2.General Knowledge5050
3.Quantitative Aptitude5050
4.General Intelligence and Reasoning  5050

PET/PST and Medical Test

Male (General Category)1708085
Males belonging to following areas: Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim1658085
Male category in Scheduled Tribes162.57782
Female (General Category)157NilNil
Females belonging to following areas: Hilly regions & areas of J&K, North East & Sikkim155NilNil

Female category in Scheduled Tribes



Other details for the SSC CPO PET/PST test

Male Candidatures

  • Completion of 100 meters race in 16 seconds time duration
  • Completion of 1.6 meters race in 6.5 minutes time duration 
  •  Long Jump test with  3.65 meters in 5 chances
  • High Jump test with 1.2 meters in 3 chances
  • Short put 16 LBS completion. 4.5 meters in 3 chances

Female Candidatures

  • Completing the 100-meter race in 18 seconds
  • 800-meter race completion  in 4 minutes time duration
  • Long Jump test with  9 feet in 3 chances
  • High Jump test with 3 feet in 3 chances
Medical test requirements
  • Minimum Near Vision with classification as follows: N6 for  better eye and N9 for worse eye
  • Candidate must have a minimum Distant Vision as follows: 6/6 for better eye and 6/9 for worse eye
  • Candidate should not have the following disabilities: knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes
  • Eyes should not have any kind of visual correction standards including glasses 

SSC CPO Tier-II Exam

S. No.SubjectsTotal QuestionsMarks AllocationExam Duration
1.English  2002002 Hours

Exam Pattern

To become the Sub Inspector of Police SI or PSI, Candidates will have to undergo the following tests. The overall performance of the applicants will be judged for final recruitment on the basis of these processes.

Written Examination

The written exam consists of 2 papers for 200 Marks (100 Marks each).

Physical Endurance Test qualified candidates to have to pass the written examination with at least 50% marks in each written paper (excluding Interview) and 55% marks in aggregate (including Interview).

The SC/ST candidates will be permissible for concession up to 5% marks as per Govt. of India instructions.


Total 20 Marks is set for the interview round.

The Candidates, who acquire the required passing marks in written examination, will be called for Interview to check personal bearing, response, aptitude, a general level of intelligence etc.

Physical Standards

Contenders who are found eligible on verification of documents will go for Height, Chest (for male candidates only) and Weight measurements. Those who do not fulfill the Physical Measurement Tests requirement will disqualify from the selection process and will not be allowed to appear in further tests.

Medical Standards

Candidates shortlisted in order of merit will be put through a Detailed Medical Examination to review their fitness. All the candidates are medically examined by the Medical Officer of the CAPFs or any other Medical Officer.

Final Merit List

Finally, after the completion of all processes, the Commission will draw up an All India Merit List.

In the order of list as many candidates are found qualified, they are recommended for the appointment up to the number of vacancies.

Age Limit

The upper age limit as prescribed above will be relaxed only in the following cases:-

Up to a maximum of 05 years, for ST

Up to a maximum of 3 years, for OBC

Relaxation in the upper age limit is admissible up to 40 years (43 years for OBC, 45 years for SCs/STs) for departmental candidates of Police.

Subject to the exceptions above, here is the prescribed age limit

Minimum Age Limit20 years
Maximum Age limit25 years

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