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Best Books For SSC CGL/CHSL/CPO exam 2017-18 -A Complete List of Good Books, Tier-1 and Tier-2

Recommended Books for Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exam (Updated)

Best Books For SSC CGL/CHSL/CPO exam 2017-18 -A Complete List of Good Books, Tier-1 and Tier-2Hello guys, As we know SSC exams are so popular since SSC offering the best career once you got selected. So it's necessary to prepare smartly for SSC exams.  Check All SSC exam vacancy 2017.

Many people waste their time on the internet under the pretext of downloading study material and books for SSC CGL exam. I hope you are not one of them.

Must Buy Books for SSC
Many candidates got confused when it's come to buy books. So I have provided Safest books for both Math and English. If you buy, you cannot go wrong with these books. These books are enough if you are one who wants to prepare for self-preparation. If you have any query or doubts you can ask us at by email.
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Name of Book
SSC English Previous Year Papers (English)
MB Publication

7300 Quantitative aptitude (Math) by rakesh yadav best book
Quantitative aptitude (Math)

Rakesh Yadav

Now below I have provided books in section wise. If you have enough time for preparation and want something more to prepare well then read continue to this post.
Books for English Section
In the English section, Questions are asked on Vocabulary, Grammar and Sentence Completion/ arrangement.

Name of book

Objective General English
RS Aggarwal
English for General Competitions
KD Kampus
English Volume-2 For General Competitions
KD Kampus
Objective General English by S P Bakshi
Common Errors in English
Kiran Prakashan
SSC CGL English
Language & Comprehension Tier-II
Kiran Prakashan

Vocabulary Books for SSC

Name of book
Word Power Made easy by Norman Lewis
Normen Lewis
30 Days to More Powerful Vocabulary Book
Normen Lewis

Idioms & Phrases for SSC CGL

Common Error Books
  • A Mirror Of Common Errors (English+Hindi)- Buy Now (Amazon) -- Buy (Flipkart)
  • Common Errors in English- Kiran Prakashan- Buy (Amazon) -- Buy (Flipkart)
  • A Bible of Common Errors- Ajay K Singh- Buy (Amazon) -- Buy(Flipkart)

Books for Quantitative Section

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Gocareer experts recommend you to choose Quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal and Fast Track by Rajesh Verma if you not want to buy books by Rakesh Yadav.
After these books, you can also practice from Chapter-wise by Kiran.

Name of book
Quantitative aptitude

RS Aggarwal

Fast Track



Quicker Maths

M Tyra


Chapter-wise Solved Papers

Kiran Prakashan


Quantitative Aptitude Quantum

Savesh K Verm


Advanced maths for SSC CGL
In SSC mains a large portion is cover from advanced math so it’s important to prepare for this separately. If you really want to score well in this section you have cover 9th and 10th NCRET books as well as Advance Math by Paramount also help you.
If you have purchase above mention chapter-wise by Kiran then you don`t need to buy books separately for advanced math
Name of book
Advanced maths for SSC
Elementary & Advance Mathematics
SSC Advanced Maths
K Kundan

In this post we will discuss books for SSC CGL Tier 1, if you came here looking for Tier 2 details – go to this link. Also, before reading this post, I hope you are aware of the new pattern of SSC CGL notification details.

General Awarness for SSC CGL
Among the options available here, nothing comes close to Manorama Yearbook. It is THE best book to prepare for GK section in competitive exams. Check out our detailed review of the book. If you are allergic to Manorama, then you can try Lucent’s GK Book.
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Step 1 – Stop Wasting Time in Looking For Free Books
Stop Wasting Time

If you are smart, you will appreciate that a book is more than just information. It is “organized” information.

Just imagine, even if you were to get all the study material for free, you would waste an enormous amount of time to organize it only. But of course, how much ever you try you will not get everything for free in the first place 😀
Also, time is money! Don’t waste it. Buy a few good books. And use them to prepare for your exam. The only way you can beat your competitors is by solving and practicing questions.
You have to understand; SSC CGL is a very competitive exam.
A large number of candidates are preparing very diligently for it. You may be talented. But without hard work, you will go nowhere.

SSC CGL Paper Pattern

It is better actually to read and practice a few good books than to download several and read none. I take it that the only reason you are continuing to read this post is that you want to know about SSC CGL Tier 1 books!
But before you buy books, it is important that you know about the SSC CGL Exam syllabus and the SSC CGL exam paper pattern. In case you know it, splendid. Otherwise, just go through those links.
Let us proceed now. I’ll take you through a brief summary of SSC CGL books suggestions, and them we will look at the books section wise.

Safest SSC CGL Books — If You Are Confused

If you are really in a hurry and can’t read the whole post, I am providing a summary of the best books in one place. You can not go wrong with these books.
But if you can read the sections, you will find a good comparison of multiple books.
At the time of writing this post, Amazon had the best deals (zero shipping charges on some popular books). So be sure to compare the prices on Amazon and Flipkart before you order. I have provided links for both wherever available.
Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic
Objective General English by S P Bakshi (Arihant)
Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey
General Awareness
Manorama Yearbook 2016 (English)
Previous Years Solved Papers
Arihant’s SSC CGL Solved Papers (2010-2015)

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Now let us get to through books for each of the four sections in detail.

Books for SSC CGL Quantitative aptitude section

Your level of comfort with math will decide which book is suitable for you. If the word ‘maths’ does not scare you, and you are Good with the subject up to high school level, then there is nothing to worry.

Does Math Love You?

If thinking about math does not give you a nightmare, I would suggest that you only revise using NCERT books from class 8  to 10. In case you don’t have NCERT books, Just go to NCERT website and download the PDF files. If you want to download complete NCERT books, check the links on this page.
If you are confident about these topics, then you can only practice previous years papers to increase your speed in solving exam oriented questions. Something like M Tyra will however still be useful as you can learn many useful shortcuts.

You Like Maths, But Need Practice

In case you think you know most of the topics, but need to practice a lot of problems, then you need – Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal. It is the largest selling book in this category.
It provides lots of practice questions. However, the only problem you may face is that the explanations may not always be very detailed. But if you only need practice, this should not be a problem.
In case you think R S Aggarwal is a little costly, then you can go for – Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic. It is an equally good book in less price, with great reviews on Amazon.

You Need More Than Practice?

So math gives you butterflies? Don’t worry. Whenever I hear people say that they don’t feel confident solving math problems, the solution is always the same — all they need is practice.
You just need to understand the basics and also practice problems.
Regarding book recommendation, your best bet would be – Magical Book On Quicker Maths by M. Tyra. This book covers the basics, and also includes two ways of solving a problem – typical method and short cut method! That is why it is MAGICAL Book called.
M. Tyra, however, does not have a lot of practice questions. After learning from this book, you will have to practice questions from actual previous years papers (SSC Mathematics Chapterwise Solved Papers 1999 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan). This Book is also help full. 

What’s Your Level
Book Recommended
Superb Fundas and need little practice
NCERT books
Okay fundas and need to practice
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (R S Aggarwal) OR
Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic
Need help with fundas
Magical Book On Quicker Maths

Quantitative Aptitude Bonus Section — What To Study & From Where

We have also compiled this fantastic table for you which has details on how to study.
NOTE: Use the NCERT book (link above) and the book you decided to buy. I have only written R S Aggarwal because more people use it. In case you are buying Arihant, use it wherever I have suggested Aggarwal.

Books To Follow
Number System
·         Divisibility
·         LCM and HCF
·         Fractions & Decimal fractions
·         NCERT Class 7 Chapter 2, 9
·         NCERT Class 10 Chapter 1
·         M.Tyra Chapter 4,7,8, 9 and 12
Basic Mathematics
·         BODMAS
·         NCERT Class 8 Chapter 1
·         Surds and indices
·         NCERT Class 8 Chapter 12
·         NCERT Class 9 Chapter 1
·         M.Tyra Chapter 11
·         Square & Cube Root
·         NCERT Class 8 Chap 6 and 7
·         M.Tyra Chapter 5 & 6
·         Linear equation
·         Graphs of Linear Equations

·         NCERT Class 8 Chap 2 and 9.
·         NCERT Class 9 Chap 4
·         NCERT Class 10 Chap 3
·         Quadratic equations
·         Polynomials
·         Basic algebraic identities
·         NCERT Class 8 Chap 14
·         NCERT Class 9 Chap 2
·         NCERT Class 10 Chap 4
Average, Ratio & Proportion
·         Alligation
·         M.Tyra Chapter 24
·         Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal Chapter 20
·         Average
·         M.Tyra Chapter 19
·         Ratio & proportion
·         NCERT Class 8 Chap 13
·         M.Tyra Chapter 16
·         Partnership
·         M.Tyra Chapter 17
·          Percentage
·         NCERT Class 8 Chap 8
·         M.Tyra Chapter 18
Time & Distance
·         Time, speed & distance
·         Problems on Trains
·         Boat & streams
·         Time, Work and Wages
·         Pipes and Cisterns
·         M.Tyra Chapter 25 to 30
·         Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal Chapter 15 to 19
Profit & Loss & Interest
·         Profit & Loss
·         Simple Interest & Compound Interest
·         Discount
·         M.Tyra Chapter 21 to 24
·         Triangle and its centers
·         Congruence and similarity of triangles
·         Circle and its chords
·         Tangents & angles subtended by chords of a circle
·         Common tangents to two or more circles
·         NCERT Class 9 Chapter 6, 7, 8 and 10.
·         Mensuration (Area and Volume)
·         NCERT Class 8 Chap 3 & 11.
·         NCERT Class 9 Chap 9, 12, 13.
·         NCERT Class 10 Chapter 13
·         M.Tyra Chapter 31& 32
·         Trigonometry – Trigonometric ratios, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances
·         NCERT Class 10 Chapter 8 and 9
·         Quantitative Aptitude book
·         M.Tyra Chapter 36
Data interpretation
·         Data sufficiency & analysis
·         Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart
·         M.Tyra Chapter 34 & 35
·         Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal Chapter 36-39
·         Progression (AP + GP)
·         NCERT Class 10 Chapter 5
·         Series
·         M.Tyra Chapter 33

Books For SSC CGL English Section

English section is quite easy, and should not take a lot of time to prepare. In the post linked above (the one I asked you to read), we have given a detailed breakup of the expected questions for English, as well as other sections.
If your English is mediocre, just practice using the solved previous years question papers. If, however, you think, you need more focused practice, let me recommend you some more books.

English Books For Exam Pattern Questions Practice

There are two good exam-oriented English books which adequately cover different types of questions. Choose any one and you are ready to go — Objective General English by S P Bakshi (Arihant) OR Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal &  Vikas Aggarwal.
Apart from these, there is another book which has great reviews — Objective English for Competitive Examinations by Hari Mohan Prasad, but I have not had a chance to try it.
Are you confused, about which English book to choose?
Well, I think all the three would be of a similar level. To be honest, if your basics are clear, all you need is practice. So choose anyone which is most recently updated and is also within your budget.

Objective General English by S P Bakshi (Arihant)
Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
Objective English for Competitive Examinations

Do You Also Need To Revise Grammar?

In case you need to work on your basics, then you HAVE to revise English grammar. There is no other option.
And to revise grammar, there has never been a book better than Wren And Martin (it has remained the top seller in multiple categories on Amazon for as long as I can remember). The book is available in two editions – one has colorful illustrations the other one is the regular black and white.
High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin  . For some weird reason, at the time of writing this post, Flipkart is only selling the new version in a pack of 3.

Need To Build Your Vocabulary?

Check out Word Power Made Easy on Amazon/ Flipkart. Not much to say – nothing compares to this one!

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Books For SSC CGL Tier 1 General Intelligence & Reasoning Section

There are two important factors which will decide how fast and accurately you can solve reasoning problems — a logical thought process, and exposure to different types of problems.
If you are naturally good at mathematics, the chances are high that you will do great with reasoning as well.
Practice, as you will learn, is crucial. Your brain’s capacity to solve reasoning questions increases when you try to answer different types of questions.
R S Aggarwal is the highest selling book. It is a good choice if you don’t need a lot of explanations and are mainly looking for practice questions. If you require more question to solve, then I would suggest you go with M K Pandey.
Another book with rave reviews is Sijwali & Sijwali, available from Arihant Publishers.

Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey
Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
New Approach to Reasoning Verbal, Non-Verbal & Analytical by B S Sijwali, Indu Sijwali


Books Available For General Awareness

General awareness (more commonly called as General Knowledge or GK) is not something you can expect to master in a day. But from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you will reach a good level in a month or so.
But it is crucial that you base your preparations around a good book. Otherwise, you will be wasting time here and there collecting a list of this, and an article on that.

Time-Saving Tip

Most aspirants are confused when it comes to preparing for the General Awareness section. They spend waste their time either for memorizing stupid lists or for collecting them. So we have put together an exhaustive post to prepare for SSC CGL General Awareness Section.

Manorama Yearbook 2017 (English)
Manorama Yearbook 2017 (Hindi)
Lucent’s General Knowledge 2015 (English)
Lucent’s General Knowledge (Hindi)

 Before buying GK book, carefully check the year of publication. And I don’t mean published year in the name! For marketing purpose, publishers sell books with next years name in the current year. For example, a book may have its name as “General Knowledge 2016” even though it was published in 2015. So look for the actual ‘year of publication’.

What About SSC CGL Solved And Practice Test Papers

CAUTION: Solved-papers books tend to have some errors and mistakes, higher as compared to sectional books. But people don’t complain because of the price at which these things sell. Just keep this in the back of your mind.
If you are not buying ANY of the books above, you have to buy, study and thoroughly practice through solved papers. Questions that are asked in SSC CGL repeat from year to year – just like many other exams.
So by practising solved papers you will prepare yourself for exactly the type of questions which are asked in the exams.
Kiran’s SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Exams Question Bank 1999-2014 (45 solved papers of previous year exams) is undoubtedly the best book for solved papers.
However, at the time of writing, the most updated book for solved papers is Arihant’s Solved Papers (up to 2015) – only available on Amazon. It cover’s 17 solved papers covering 2010-2015.
Solved papers are available in two flavours – full length solved papers and answered questions from previous years papers which are categorised chapter wise. Which one you should use will depend on when you plan to solve previous years questions and paper.
Some people like to study all the sections individually and then they start practising full-length last years papers. The other kind of people, read the fundas of a chapter in a section, for, e.g.. Algebra in Quantitative aptitude, and then they practice solving previous years questions from this topic.
I would personally prefer the second method. But what matters is that you practice previous years questions.

Full-Length SSC CGL Previous Years Solved Papers 

Arihant and Kiran, both provide a significant number of solved papers. These are full-length papers organised year wise.
Solved Papers SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Pre Examination Tier-I by Arihant (2010-2015)
Kiran’s SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Exams Question Bank 1999-2014
SSC CGL 50 Practice Papers Combined Graduate Level Tier-I Examination

SSC CGL Solved Papers – Organised section-wise

As I said earlier, some people (including me) prefer that previous years papers are arranged section wise – topic wise. Especially if your concepts are clear, you are comfortable with the syllabus and you feel that all you need is practice – it makes sense to choose the books listed below. Of course, if you want solved questions from all the sections better stick to the options above (single book to buy).

Section Covered (Previous years solved questions arranged topic-wise)
Only Quantitative Aptitude
SSC Mathematics Chapterwise Solved Papers 1999 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
Only English Section
SSC English Language Chapterwise Solved Papers 1997-Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
Only General Awareness
SSC General Awareness Chapterwise Solved Papers 1997 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
Only General Intelligence & Reasoning
SSC Reasoning Chapterwise Solved Papers 1999 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan

What Not To Do

If you want to know what to do, it is equally important to know what not to do. Even though I am suggesting you to buy books, I want to explicitly caution you to not buy “all in one” type of books (apart from solved papers). The problem with these all in ones is that they don’t cover the subject material properly.
On the other hand, section/subject books will come handy for multiple exams. And you can pass them to your juniors, or keep them with you later reference.
The other thing which you should not do is buy too many books and not study them at all. Be realistic.

Final Words

I have tried to compile a useful list of, what I believe to be the best books for SSC CGL exam preparation. Hope you will use this to prepare well for the exam. Please share this post with your friends who you think will benefit from it.
In case you have any questions, suggestions or remarks – let me know in the comments below.
Best of Luck.

Best Books For SSC CGL exam 2016 - Complete List of Good Books, Tier-1 and Tier-2, Pre and Mains
Best Books For SSC CGL exam 2016 - Complete List of Good Books, Tier-1 and Tier-2, Pre and Mains