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Best Books For SSC CGL exam

In this post we will discuss books for SSC CGL Also, before reading this post, I hope you are aware of the basic SSC CGL notification details.

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.

Step 1 – Stop Wasting Time Looking For Free SSC CGL Books

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 will waste a huge amount of time to simply organize it. 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.

It is better to actually 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 because you really 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, very good. 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 a number of popular books). So be sure to compare the prices on Amazon before you order. I have provided links for both wherever available.

Section Books Amazon  
Math/Quant Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic

Quicker Maths By M Tyra

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English Objective General English by S P Bakshi (Arihant)

Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh Volume 1

Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh Volume 2

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Reasoning Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey Buy now  
General Awareness Manorama Yearbook 2019 (English)

GK by Lucent Publication

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Previous Years Solved Papers Arihant’s SSC CGL Solved Papers (2010-2017) Buy now  


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 OK with the subject up to high school level, then there is nothing to worry about.

Does Math Love You?

If thinking about math does not give you a nightmare, I would suggest that you simply 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 simply practice previous years papers to increase your speed in solving exam oriented questions. Something like M Tyra (check links below) will however still be useful as you can learn a number of 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 (if not better) good book, at a lesser cost, 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.

In terms of book recommendation, your best bet would be – Magical Book On Quicker Maths. This book covers the basics, and also covers two ways of solving a problem – normal method and short cut method! That is why it is MAGICAL.

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, which I have covered in the second last section of this post.

S. No. SSC CGL Maths Books Get Now
1. Quantum Cat Sarvesh Verma   Buy Now
2. Quicker Mathematics M. Tyra  Buy Now
3. Elementary and Advanced Mathematics Kiran Publication  Buy Now


Maths Book7300+ Maths Book

Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic

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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.

Chapter Topics Books To Refer
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
  • 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 centres
  • 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 – Trignometric 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 that you need more focused practice, let me recommend you some 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 good to go — Objective General English by S P Bakshi (Arihant) OR Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh

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.

S. No. SSC CGL English Books Get Now
1. Quick learning Objective General English RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal Buy Now
2. Perfect Competitive English V. K. Sinha Buy Now
3. Competitive General English Kiran Prakashan Buy Now
4. Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis Buy Now
5. Objective General English S. P. Bakshi Buy Now
6. A Plinth to Paramount Neetu Singh Buy Now Volume 1

Buy Now Volume 2

7. Previous Year Papers Kiran Publication Buy Now

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 – Buy on Amazon (Old Version) . For some weird reason, at the time of writing this post, Amazon is only selling the new version in a pack of 3.

Need To Build Your Vocabulary?

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


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 in mathematics, chances are high that you will do great with reasoning as well.

Practice, as you will learn, is very important. Your brain’s capacity to solve reasoning questions increases exponentially when you try to solve 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 need more explanations, I suggest you go with M K Pandey.

Another book with rave reviews is Sijwali & Sijwali, available from Arihant Publishers.

S. No. SSC CGL Reasoning Books Get Now
1. Analytical Reasoning M. K. Pandey  Buy Now
2. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R. S. Aggarwal  Buy Now
3. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Hindi) ( English/Hindi) Kiran Publication  Buy Now
4. A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal (English) B. S. Sijwali, Indu Sijwali  Buy Now
5. Logical & Analytical Reasoning (English) A. K. Gupta  Buy Now

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 very important 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.

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.

S. No. SSC CGL General Awareness Books  Get Now
1. General Knowledge Dr. Binary Karn (Lucent Publications)  Buy Now
2. General Knowledge Arihant Publications  Buy Now
3. NCERT Textbooks for Classes IX and X (History, Geography, Polity, and Economy)
4. Manorama Yearbook 2019 (English)

Manorama Yearbook 2019 (Hindi)

 Buy Now English Version

 Buy Now Hindi Version

Newpapers these days are not worth the paper they are printed on. So even though many people would advise you to read papers (even I have done in my several articles, but I’ll remove those when I get a chance to update those articles), it’s better that you use your time more efficiently elsewhere.IMPORTANT NOTE: Before buying GK book, carefully check the year of publication. And I don’t mean the year published 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 at 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 practicing 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 1999-2017 (45 solved papers of previous year exams) is undoubtedly the best book for solved papers –  Best Deal On Amazon.

However at the time of writing, the most updated book for solved papers is Arihant’s Solved Papers (upto 2017) – only available on Amazon. It cover’s 17 solved papers covering 2010-2017.

Solved papers are available in two flavors – full length solved papers and solved questions from previous years papers which are categorized chapter wise. Which one you should use will depend on when you plan to solve previous years questions.

Some people like to study all the sections individually and then they start practicing full-length previous years papers. The other kind of people, read the fundas of a chapter in a section, for eg. Algebra in Quantitative aptitude, and then they practice solving previous years questions from this topic.

I would personally prefer the second method. But what really matters is that you actually practice solving previous years questions.

Full-Length SSC CGL Previous Years Solved Papers 

Arihant and Kiran, both provide a large number of solved papers. These are full length papers organized year wise.

Book Amazon  
Solved Papers SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Pre Examination Tier-I by Arihant (2010-2017) Buy  
Kiran’s SSC CGL combined Graduate Level Exams Question Bank 1999-2017 Buy  
SSC CGL 50 Practice Papers Combined Graduate Level Examination Buy  

SSC CGL Solved Papers – Organized section-wise

As I said earlier, some people (including me) prefer that previous years papers are arranged section wise – topic wise. Especially if your fundas are good, 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) Book Amazon  
Only Quantitative Aptitude SSC Mathematics Chapterwise Solved Papers 1999 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan  Buy  
Only English Section SSC English Language Chapterwise Solved Papers 1997-Till Date by Kiran Prakashan Buy   
Only General Awareness SSC General Awareness Chapterwise Solved Papers 1997 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan Buy   
Only General Intelligence & Reasoning SSC Reasoning Chapterwise Solved Papers 1999 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan Buy   


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.

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