Best Books for SSC CGL Recruitment Exam Preparation

Best Books for SSC CGL Exam

A student should prefer to study and practice from few excellent books rather than downloading all kinds of material available from the internet. Take this part seriously because not all books and study material is worth your time and hard work.Books plays a good role in preparing for the examination as it helps the students to manage the syllabus and the pattern from which the question has been to asked so in order to prepare for the examination one should has to prepare good and that too can be done only with the help of using books.

It is important to know about what books a candidate should prefer while studying for SSC CGL 2017 exam. But before this, you must be well versed with the exam pattern and syllabus of CGL 2017.

So let us now proceed with the 2017 paper pattern and syllabus.


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Syllabus and Pattern for SSC CGL 2017

The syllabus for this exam has five main sections. These sections are English, General Knowledge, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning.

Books for the SSC CGL Exams

For our reader’s comfort, we are providing the books list section wise. This means we will provide you with best books for each section of SSC CGL.


There are various best books available in the market for quantitative aptitude. But what book you should buy depends on how much maths is in love with you. It completely depends on your level of understanding of maths.

If you are well versed with maths and require only revision than going for NCERT books of maths from 8th to 10th standard and then start practicing with previous year question papers.

In case you think you know the topics and need to practice a lot of question of this section you should refer to-  practise Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal.

This book has practice questions though there may not be enough and satisfactory solutions. But as you need practice this is the best option.

In case this book seems a little costly, you can always opt for – Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic.

Is maths a subject that gives you butterflies and you keep scratching your head over it. Worry not, you need a book that helps you understand the basics. I would recommend the book – Magical Book on Quicker Maths by M.Tyra.

After you study the complete basics this book provides, go for practicing questions and previous papers.


For most of us, the medium of education has been English for quite some 10-12 years. It is the time that students should be aware of basic concepts of English grammar and its structure.

In this case, all you need to work on is practicing. There is quite a few good book available in the market for practicing the English for SSC level exam. These books are:-

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

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There are chances that you are worried about the basics of English Grammar. There is nothing to be afraid of it. There is this famous book called – High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin. Many students have already been benefitted with this book. So go for it and start working on English Grammar.

General Awareness and Knowledge

This section has a numerous number of topics. You may be tempted to not waste money by buying books for this section. But collecting the information for this vast subject is difficult. There will be those good wishes relatives and friends who may swear about reading a newspaper daily for covering this section, but from SSC CGL exam point of view, don’t listen to them. Making lists, keep notes, etc gets tacky to handle. And above all, this procedure is very time-consuming. So get your hands on a book that will cover all the sections.

I would suggest these four books for the preparation of complete General Awareness and Knowledge section of SSC CGL. These books will cover all topics of this section as Indian History, Geography, Politics, current affairs, who is who, Invention and Discoveries, Awards and Honours, important dates, and with many others.

  • Manorama Yearbook 2017
  • Manorama Yearbook 2016
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge (English)
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge (Hindi)

TIP:  – While you are purchasing these book, look for the year of publication. Make sure the cover o the page and the actual publication year are the same.


To test how accurately you are able to reach a solution to a given problem – a logical thought process and exposure to various such problems are the key factor.

If you are already good at maths, chances are you will do great in this section. Nonetheless, practicing is the only option you can improve your result of this section. That too, regularly. Put your brains to work in all different types and variety of Reasoning question and you will be good to go. Here are a few books you can refer to:-

  • 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

What Not To Do

The not to do things are equally important to know. Even there are books suggested here for you to buy, but I explicitly caution you not buy books that are ‘all in one’ type. This is because such books don’t cover the subject material properly.

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Also, don’t buy all the books that you are suggested by friends and families. Browse books and look for which books have kind of material you are looking for.

Also, these books are not only subjected to a particular exam and can be used for reference later on.

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Updated: April 28, 2018 — 4:46 am

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