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What are the Best Books for SSC CHSL Tier I Preparation?

Last Updated - December 16, 2017

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (CHSL), a 10+2 level exam, for recruiting the vacant central government positions of Lower Division Clerk (LDC) and other Group C vacancies at ministries of Government of India. The exam is conducted almost every year and millions of candidates apply every year for just few thousand vacancies.

It is obvious that there are lots of books in the market available for you for preparation of SSC CHSL preparation. Then how would you make the decision? Don’t worry, this article covers the information related to some selective books for the SSC CHSL preparation. These books are identified as best after being analyzed by the top coaching institute faculty members. You should refer to these books to understand the topics better, prepare the problems well, and then retain the topics for longer.


SSC CHSL is carried out in three tiers or levels namely, Tier1, Tier 2 and Tier 3:

  • Tier 1: It is a preliminary exam on the following four topics – English, General Intelligence, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude. Each of these sections in Tier 1 contains 20 question with 50 marks in each section. So in total, candidates need to attempt 100 questions in one hour.
  • Tier 2: It is the descriptive round in which candidates need to attempt only 2 questions based on essay and letter writing.  This round is of 100 marks with 50 marks for each question.
  • Tier 3: This round is for skill testing. Candidates need to write 8,000 characters from the keyword of computer. Then for English language they should have the speed of 35 words in a minute. For Hindi language, they should have the speed of 30 words in a minute.

Best Books for Tier 1 Preparation

SSC Tier 1 exam is very crucial as it serves as the basis of qualifying exam for Tier 2. The competition is tough and there is a big battle for each and every seat. Remember that for the preparation of any competition or entrance examination, the first step for assured success is to select the best books.

A good set of books will provide you with the correct direction for the exam preparation. It is important for you to understand that self-study makes a student score well, coaching just facilitates towards achieving the target, good teachers are also very important, but the most important part is selection of best books that you use for the exam.

Following is the section-wise list of some excellent books for the SSC CSHL Tier I preparation that you must refer to crack the Tier 1 test:

Best Books for English

It is seen that the English section is the most important and difficult section from the selection standpoint. Because this is the section in which most of the participants flunk to score good. The section comprises of questions based on spelling, grammar, idioms, vocabulary and phrases.

So it is always a good practice to read English books and newspapers on a daily basis to score well in this section. This will make you familiar with good vocabulary of words and you will be able to identify correct usage of articles, adjectives, verbs and lots more.

You may use the following books for your preparation of this section:

S. No.Book NameDescriptionISBN Number
1.Objective General English by S. P. BakshiThis is one of the preferred books for SSC CHSL and other competition exams. It covers all the important topics of general English along with the multiple-choice questions of the exam-level.9789351768449
2.Common Errors in English by Kiran PrakashanThis book covers all the basic concepts of English Grammar along with the model papers and solved papers of various competitive exams.9781590282076
3.Plinth to Paramount by NeetuThis book is considered as one of the best books for preparing for SSC CHSL and other clerical and bank PO level exams. You may find lots of problems related to vocabulary and synonyms in this book.9788192921723
4.Word Power Made Easy by Norman LewisThis book is read on regular basis really improves your vocabulary and comprehension of passages. It covers a step-wise process for you to enhance your knowledge and score mastery in English.9780671474294

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is also the most important sections of SSC CHSL. It definitely plays a vital role in your success in the Tier I exam. Therefore, you must put in extra efforts for preparing this section. You should practice on it well and learn books containing short tricks to score well in this section.

You may use the following books for your preparation of this section:

S. No.Book NameDescriptionISBN Number
1.Quantitative Abilities Arithmetic Ability by Kiran PrakashanThis book develops your numerical and problem solving skills for sure. It is the best book for the preparation of SSC and other competitive exams.9788121924986
2.Fast Track by Rajesh VermaThis is the best arithmetic book for you that covers lots of problems on all topics covered in SSC CHSL Tier I exam.9789351760146
3.Quantitative Aptitude by RS AggarwalThe author is best known for writing lots of books for the preparation of SSC exams. The book covers so many multiple-choice questions that you could keep practicing for catching the pace.9788121924986
4.Class X NCERT Mathematics BookThis is the class X syllabus book of NCERT. You may refer to this book for clearing your basic concepts of Maths.9788174506344, 8174506349

General Intelligence and Reasoning

This section is considered as one of the easiest section of the whole exam. Here you can score very well by putting little efforts. It checks the smartness and presence of mind of the candidates. But being the easiest, aspirants often tend to leave this section without well preparation in over confidence. So you must take care of this section as well.

Following are the books that you may refer for preparing this section:

S. No.Book NameDescriptionISBN Number
1.Analytical Reasoning by M.K PandeyThis book covers lots of reasoning questions that seem beneficial for not only SSC but for bank PO exam as well.9788190458917
2.A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal by ArihentThis book aims at improving your reasoning and logical analysis skills. It covers the sections based on verbal and non-verbal reasoning and contains lots of problems with solutions.9789351765103
3.Reasoning by RS AggarwalAs told earlier, the author writes lots of good books for the preparation of SSC exams. This book also covers so many multiple-choice questions on reasoning that you can keep practicing for holding good command in this section.9789352535316

General Awareness

General Awareness is considered to be an unpredictable section of this exam. In most of the competitive exams, candidates find this section difficult to score. However, this section is believed to be well scoring and hence increasing your chances for getting through.

This section aims to assess your general knowledge and current affairs. General tips include to start reading a standard English newspaper on a daily basis like The Hindustan Times. Additionally, you should also start subscribing to some monthly and weekly magazine such as Competition Success Review (CSR) that contains most topics of current affairs.

Following are the books that you may refer for preparing this section:

S. No.Book NameDescriptionISBN Number
1.General Knowledge by Lucent PublicationThis book makes you aware of the latest general knowledge topics and current affairs. It also contains questions for your practice.9785111109682
2.Manorama YearbookThis book is read by almost all the aspirants preparing for the competitive exams. This is an annual magazine that covers all the social actualities happened in that year.9789386025203



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