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What are the Best Books for SSC CGL Preparation?

SSC CGL exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) every year consists of 4 stages namely, Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III, and Tier-IV. The major subjects included in the official SSC CGL syllabus are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, General Intelligence and Reasoning, and General Awareness. These subjects carry equal weightage in both Tier-I and Tier-II exams, so to secure a good score in both Tier-I and Tier-II exams, candidates must ensure they are referring to the best books available for preparing each of the aforementioned subjects.

Buying books is the initial step that aspirants take to start their SSC CGL or any other competitive exam preparation. During this time, they must make sure that the books they are buying are reliable and updated as per the current SSC CGL exam pattern and syllabus.

On that note, let’s talk about some reputed and credible books for each subject that might help you to boost your SSC CGL exam preparation. 

English Language and Comprehension

  1. English Is Easy by Chetananand Singh

This is truly an outstanding and complete book for English preparation for SSC CGL or any other competitive exam. It comprises three segments: Grammar, Vocabulary, and comprehension. The Grammar section involves detailed and engaging explanations of various rules in grammar. The Vocabulary part includes an extensive collection of words, phrases, and idioms since words can’t be learned in isolation, an attempt has been made to fit them in an interesting context for readers’ engagement. The Comprehension part is packed with comprehension exercises and passages.

2.Word Power Made Easy

One of the books recommended by mentors for improving vocabulary skills is Word Power Made Easy. Candidates starting with their preparation can find this book of great help. They must learn root as well as new words by going through this book on a regular basis. Also, candidates can retain them by inculcating a habit of using these words in daily life.

Quantitative Aptitude

3.SSC Mathematics By Rakesh Yadav

A book preferred by most SSC CGL aspirants, SSC Mathematics is compiled with the questions from the previous year’s SSC CGL question papers. It is advised that the candidates must start with this book only after they have a clear understanding of the basics, as the solutions given in the book are in a concise manner with shortcuts.

4.Competitive Aptitude By R.S  Agrawal

This book covers every topic with fully solved examples at the beginning of each topic. After each whole lot of objective-type questions, detailed solutions and shortcuts are given for candidates to practice different types of questions as much as possible. A different section for data interpretation and questions from previous years’ papers make it the best book for the SSC CGL exam preparation.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

5.Perfect Verbal Reasoning By Ajay Chauhan

The point of difference between this and others is that it consists of a large collection of questions with detailed solutions. Also, the book is updated with fresh questions every now and then.

6.A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning 

The book is published in English and the level of the questions compiled in the book match that expected in the SSC CGL exam. Practicing questions from this book on a regular basis can help you crack the exam.

General Awareness


Used by almost every aspirant, Lucent covers all major static GK topics in different subjects. The facts, details, and explanation are condensed and are on point. The important events and dates are mentioned separately for the reader’s convenience.  

8.Current Affairs By Testbook

Testbook offers a one-stop solution to the candidates for their daily, weekly, and monthly current affairs needs. The regularly updated content includes all major news and events such as awards, books and authors, appointments, the economy, and more.


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