A government job means security for life in a common Indian view. Hence, there is a rush to secure one in every family. This has created a race to prepare well for exams which open door to getting this job. Often, preparing for these exams itself becomes a goal.

To help students prepare for these exams, there are a few must-have study materials. These books and materials will sid in better preparation for these exams.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern:

The SSC CGL Notification 2017 states that the exams will be conducted in four tiers.

Tier -I Written Examination (Objective MCQ Type)

Tier -II Written Examination (Objective MCQ Type)

Tier -III Descriptive Paper in either English or Hindi (Essay/Precis/Letter /Application Writing)

Tier -IV Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test/ Document Verification

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

General Intelligence& Reasoning2550
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Language2550

Books to refer for this exam

The below-listed books can be found on these sites

Subject Reference books
Quantitative AptitudeArihant s Fast Track Objective ArithmeticMathematics 7300+ objective by Rakesh YadavQuantitative aptitude by RS AggarwalFast Track by Rajesh VermaNCERT books for Maths (Class 7th to Class 10th)
English LanguageObjective General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant)High School Grammar by Wren and MartinPlinth to Paramount by NeetuPrevious Year questions of SSC by Kiran PrakashanWord Power made easy by Norman LewisQuick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
Reasoning AbilityAnalytical Reasoning by M K PandeyKiran s SSC Reasoning chapterwiseReasoning by RS AggarwalA New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal by Arihant
General AwarenessManorama Yearbook 2016 (English)Arihant s SSC CGL Solved Papers (2010-2015)Lucent's General Knowledge

SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern

S. No.SubjectNo. of Qs.MarksNegativeMarkingperQsDifficulty Level
Paper 1QuantitativeAptitude1002000.50marks10th+12thstandardlevel
Paper 2EnglishLanguage2002000.25marks10+2 level
Paper 3Statistics1002000.50marksGraduationlevel
Paper 4Finance &Accounting40800.50marksGraduationlevel
Economics &Governance60(Total= 100 Qs.)120(Total=200 Marks)

Books to be followed:

In addition to the books to be followed for the Tier I examination, these books need to be studied too.

All the NCERT books can be found here:

M Tyra can be bought at

Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal :

ChapterName of the TopicsSuggested reference books
Number SystemDivisibilityLCM and HCFFractions & Decimal fractionsNCERT Class 7 Chapter 2, 9NCERT Class 10 Chapter 1M.Tyra Chapter 4,7,8, 9 and 12
Basic MathematicsBODMASNCERT Class 8 Chapter 1
Surds and indicesNCERT Class 8 Chapter 12NCERT Class 9 Chapter 1M.Tyra Chapter 11
Square & Cube RootNCERT Class 8 Chap 6 and 7M.Tyra Chapter 5 & 6
AlgebraLinear equationGraphs of Linear EquationsNCERT Class 8 Chap 2 and 9.NCERT Class 9 Chap 4NCERT Class 10 Chap 3
Quadratic equationsPolynomialsBasic algebraic identitiesNCERT Class 8 Chap 14NCERT Class 9 Chap 2NCERT Class 10 Chap 4
Average, Ratio & ProportionAlligationM.Tyra Chapter 24Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal Chapter 20
AverageM.Tyra Chapter 19
Ratio & proportionNCERT Class 8 Chap 13M.Tyra Chapter 16
PartnershipM.Tyra Chapter 17
PercentagePercentageNCERT Class 8 Chap 8M.Tyra Chapter 18
Time & DistanceTime, speed & distanceProblems on trainsBoat & streamsTime, Work and WagesPipes and CisternsM.Tyra Chapter 25 to 30Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal Chapter 15 to 19
Profit & Loss & InterestProfit & LossSimple Interest & Compound InterestDiscountM.Tyra Chapter 21 to 24
GeometryTriangle and its centresCongruence and similarity of trianglesCircle and its chordsTangents & angles subtended by chords of a circleCommon tangents to two or more circlesNCERT 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 13M.Tyra Chapter 31 & 32
Trigonometry: Trignometric ratiosDegree and Radian MeasuresStandard IdentitiesComplementary anglesHeights and DistancesNCERT Class 10 Chapter 8 and 9Quantitative Aptitude bookM.Tyra Chapter 36
Data interpretationData sufficiency & analysisHistogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chartM.Tyra Chapter 34 & 35Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal Chapter 36-39
MiscellaneousProgression (AP + GP)NCERT Class 10 Chapter 5
SeriesM.Tyra Chapter 33

Top 10 books for the overall preparation of the SSC Examination.

Sr. No.Name of BookAuthor/PublicationBuy NowAreas Covered
1English for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume 1)Neetu Singh (KD Publications)Click HereEnglish
2English for General Competitions: (Volume 2)Neetu Singh (KD Publications)Click HereEnglish
3Advance maths for General CompetitionsRakesh Yadav (KD Publications)Click HereQuantitative Aptitude
4Arithmetic for General CompetitionsNeetu Singh(KD Publications)Click HereQuantitative Aptitude
5A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-VerbalBS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali (Arihant)Click HereReasoning
6General Knowledge Dr. Binary Karn (Lucent)Click HereGeneral Awareness
7India Year BookContributed by Various AuthorsClick HereGeneral Awareness
8Kiran s SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Exams Question bank 1999-2016 Kiran PublicationClick HerePrevious Papers
9Master Guide SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier-I ExaminationArihnat ExpertsClick HereTier 1 Comprehensive Guide
10SSC CGL Staff Selection Commission Combined TIER-II Exam Practice Work Book Including Solved PapersKiran PublicationClick HereTier 2 Comprehensive Guide

SSC CGL Overall Exam Guides:

Assess yourself

As you do your preparation it is also wise to assess yourself and where you stand in your preparations. To help you with this, you can attempt a series of mock tests and try to solve the previous year s question papers. This will accurately tell you your progress with your preparation.

These are a few books which will help you with your preparation.

SSC CGL Previous year question papers and SSC CGL practice setsBooks to be followedLink to Buy/ download
Quantitative AptitudeSSC Mathematics Chapter wise Solved Papers 1999 Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
English SectionSSC English Language Chapter wise Solved Papers 1997-Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
General AwarenessSSC General Awareness Chapter wise Solved Papers 1997 Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
General Intelligence & ReasoningSSC Reasoning Chapter wise Solved Papers 1999 Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
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