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  • 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
    & Reasoning
    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 Arithmetic
    Mathematics 7300+ objective by Rakesh Yadav
    Quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal
    Fast Track by Rajesh Verma
    NCERT books for Maths (Class 7th to Class 10th)
    English LanguageObjective General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant)
    High School Grammar by Wren and Martin
    Plinth to Paramount by Neetu
    Previous Year questions of SSC by Kiran Prakashan
    Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
    Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
    Reasoning AbilityAnalytical Reasoning by M K Pandey
    Kiran’s SSC Reasoning chapterwise
    Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
    A 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.MarksNegative
    Difficulty Level
    Paper 1Quantitative
    Paper 2English
    10+2 level
    Paper 3Statistics1002000.50
    Paper 4Finance &

    Economics &
    = 100 Qs.)
    =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 SystemDivisibility
    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 MathematicsBODMASNCERT Class 8 Chapter 1
    Surds and indicesNCERT Class 8 Chapter 12
    NCERT Class 9 Chapter 1
    M.Tyra Chapter 11
    Square & Cube RootNCERT Class 8 Chap 6 and 7
    M.Tyra Chapter 5 & 6
    AlgebraLinear equation
    Graphs of Linear Equations
    NCERT Class 8 Chap 2 and 9.
    NCERT Class 9 Chap 4
    NCERT Class 10 Chap 3
    Quadratic equations
    Basic algebraic identities
    NCERT Class 8 Chap 14
    NCERT Class 9 Chap 2
    NCERT Class 10 Chap 4
    Average, Ratio & ProportionAlligationM.Tyra Chapter 24
    Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal Chapter 20
    AverageM.Tyra Chapter 19
    Ratio & proportionNCERT Class 8 Chap 13
    M.Tyra Chapter 16
    PartnershipM.Tyra Chapter 17
    PercentagePercentageNCERT Class 8 Chap 8
    M.Tyra Chapter 18
    Time & DistanceTime, 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 & InterestProfit & Loss
    Simple Interest & Compound Interest
    M.Tyra Chapter 21 to 24
    GeometryTriangle 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
    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 interpretationData sufficiency & analysis
    Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart
    M.Tyra Chapter 34 & 35
    Quantitative 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:

    Kiran’s SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Exams Question bank 1999-2016
    Master Guide SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier-I Examination by Arihant
    SSC CGL Staff Selection Commission Combined TIER-II Exam Practice Work Book

    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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