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Best Websites to Prepare for SSC CGL

Last Updated - May 30, 2017

SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Exam) is a national level exam held each year for recruiting graduate candidates for various posts in central government’s ministries and departments.

The exam is conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) which works as an attached office of Department of Personnel and training, under government of India. Few changes were introduced in SSC CGL last year. As per the new exam pattern, the entire examination process has been shifted to online mode from the previous pen and paper mode and the number of questions and time allotted for Tier 1 exam has also been reduced to 60 minutes.

Another significant change that the exam pattern went through was the scrapping of the personal interview as the final stage of recruitment process. The interview process has been replaced by a descriptive test of English knowledge (Essay writing). Read More About SSC CGL 2017 Exam Pattern

Most of the candidates who prepare for the exam generally rely on traditional sources or coaching material for the entire length of their preparation. However, it seems monotonous sometimes to go through same sources again and again. Also, for some areas like reasoning and aptitude more than book a verbal explanation is what that is required.

To change this traditional orthodox and monotonous way of preparation candidates can utilize the online hub to minimize their efforts and maximize their outputs. Yes, you got it right we are talking about the preparation of SSC CGL through online modes and this article we talk about the best online resources that candidates can bank on for their preparations.

Websites for SSC CGL

Studying from online sources has its own benefits and advantages but at the same time it is quite confusing to pick up the best sources out of the ocean of information. Well to help you out in this regards we have listed below some best online sources for your SSC CGL preparations. 

Study Smart SSC

It is a YouTube channel which provides free online lessons on general aptitude, reasoning, English and general awareness. The explanation provided by the tutors is lucid and easy to understand. Most of the lessons are recorded by professional coaching teachers who are associated with reputed coaching centers. Candidates preparing for banking exams can also utilize this platform for their preparations.

SSC Portal

The website is a one stop shop for SSC preparations. There are daily and weekly quiz, sectional quiz and study material that are freely available for download. Candidates can also have an access to previous year’s papers through this website. Apart from these monthly current affairs compilations are also updated on the website on regular basis.

SSC Adda

This is another website which would come in handy for your SSC CGL preparations. The website offers quality study material and updates regarding the exam. It also offers daily recruitment updates related to many other government exams. The platform is quite effective for someone looking for one source for all updates related to various government exams.


It is India’s largest online learning platform. The videos are recorded by previous year toppers and expert faculty who have in depth knowledge of various facets of competitive exams. Apart from study related videos candidates can access videos on many other topics like power of focus for students, strategy and time table for preparation, motivational lectures etc. The platform covers a wide range of government exam right from IIT JEE to UPSC civil services.

Grade up

This website offers some quality test material and affordable test series for candidates. The information provided on the portal is quite detailed and of analysis nature. Candidates can test themselves by checking out there performance on daily basis with thousands of candidates participating in the weekly and daily mock tests. Overall it’s a good source for preparations.

Advantages of online coaching

Many of you might still be feeling doubtful about the online mode of preparation for SSC CGL exam. Well it’s natural to have doubts as so far you have been following the traditional old way of learning. To dispel your doubts and in order to build your faith in online coaching we have listed few advantages of online coaching over traditional method of offline preparation.

  • Saves your cost of transportation by eliminating the need of visiting the institute daily.
  • Instant clarification of doubt through online peer to peer and students teacher interactions. 
  • Candidates can watch the lessons as many times as they want so as to gain a strong hold over the topic.
  • Candidates can get the crux of the entire topic in 10 to 15 minutes for which they have otherwise spent 10 to 15 hours.
  • Online test series offers best analysis of your performance by providing exam like conditions.
  • Candidates can carry on their preparations on the go that is while travelling, working, walking etc.
  • Very beneficial for candidates who are working professionals and have comparatively less time for preparations.
  • You can study whenever you want that is late in the night or early morning without any restrictions. 

SSC CGL 2017 exam pattern

SSC CGL 2017 will be conducted in 3 tiers or we can say three stages. The first two stages are conducted in online mode (computer based) where the questions asked are in MCQ (multiple choice questions) format. The third stage of the exam involves a descriptive paper of essay in English/Hindi language.

The detailed examination pattern for each tier of the exam is mentioned below.

Tier-1 (Qualifying only)

SubjectQuestions askedMaximum MarksTime allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning255060 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General English2550
General Awareness2550

Tire-2 (Marks added for calculating rank)

SubjectQuestions askedMaximum MarksTime allotted
English and Comprehension200200120 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude100200120 Minutes

Tier-3(Marks added for calculating rank)

SubjectQuestions askedMaximum MarksTime allotted
Descriptive paper (Essay)110060 Minutes

Tier-4(Only for certain posts)

SubjectQuestions askedMaximum MarksTime allotted
Computer Proficiency test for assistant section officer in CSS and MEA onlyvariousqualifying45 Minutes



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