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Best Books for SSC CGL 2017 Preparation

Last Updated - January 16, 2017

SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1 will be conducted from June 19, 2017- July 2, 2017. Application Forms will be available from March 11, 2017. Candidates can apply online on The application process comprises of 2 parts- Registration and Application form. Last date of form submission is April 15, 2017.

The exam comprises of 3 tiers. Tier 1 and 2 are computer-based tests whereas Tier 3 is a pen and paper based descriptive test that comprises of Application Writing. This descriptive paper was introduced last year only. All the 3 tiers of SSC CGL 2017 act as successive qualifying tests. After each tier cut-offs are released. On the basis of cut off, candidates are allowed to appear for next phase.

We are providing you a complete list of all the section-wise Preparatory books for SSC CGL 2017 which you will need to crack it. This is the best time to sharpen your axe because battle of SSC CGL is highly competitive.

Section Wise SSC CGL 2017 Preparatory Books

Books are an integral part of preparation for any examination, especially for candidates who are preparing without taking any coaching. Although they are essential for all candidates, since a large part of the preparation strategy involves self-study. Books help in providing direction and focusing the area of study. They are also a source of ready-made tricks and short-cuts and other simplified methods for solving questions, particularly for Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning sections.

For the SSC-CGL examination, there must be an equal focus on books concerning with concepts and practice books. However, it is very important not to get confused by hoarding too many books. Candidates must choose their source of reference and keep on practicing and revising the formulas and tricks.

List of Books for SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination is given below, subject wise.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

This part plays a significant role as it is easy to score and is not very time consuming. The focus should be more on the analytical part. Following are the most scoring topics:

  • Making series/ analogy
  • Number Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Problem Solving
  • Passage and conclusions type questions
  • Comprehension Reasoning etc.

Aspirants can consider the following books for preparing Reasoning Ability for SSC CGL Exam

BookAuthor’s nameBuy from Amazon
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal (English) 1st EditionB S Sijwali, Indu Sijwali9351765105
Analytical ReasoningM K Pandey8190458914
Logical and Analytical Reasoning (English)A.K Gupta8178120380
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal ReasoningR S Aggarwal8121905516

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is considered as the toughest and most time consuming of all sections. However, the secret to excel in this part is practice. For both the Tier I & Tier II, this section remains the same, but with increased level of difficulty. Candidate must focus on solving questions through various tricks and short cuts.

Following are the topics from which most of the questions are usually asked:

  • Data Interpretation (DI)
  • Sequence & Series
  • Number System
  • Quadratic Equations

Candidates can consider the following books for preparing Quantitative Section for SSC-CGL Exam

BookAuthor’s nameBuy from Amazon
Advance Maths for General CompetitionsRakesh Yadav8192921735
Arihant’s Fast Track Objective ArithmeticRajesh Verma9351760146
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal8121924987
Magical book on Quicker MathematicsM. Tyra8190458922

Check SSC CGL Syllabus

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 crucial that you base your preparations around a good book. Otherwise, you will be wasting time here and there collecting a list of books.

BookAuthor’s nameBuy from Amazon
Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective)Sangram Keshari Rout9350127946
India by Ministry of InformationPublications Division8123020813
Lucent’s General KnowledgeDr. Binay Karn9384761540
Manorama Year Book 2016Mathew & Mammen & Manorama9383197900


This section cannot be prepared in a day’s practice but requires consistent effort. The syllabus is based on the class 10th & 12th level and the exam basically tests the grammatical skills of the candidates. To excel in this scoring subject, candidate should start practice from the very beginning. For both the Tier I & Tier II, this section remains the same, but with increased level of difficulty. Major topics to ponder upon for preparing English Section are as follows:

  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Comprehension Passage
  • Phrases and idioms
  • Spotting Error Questions
  • Preposition
  • Sentence Rearrangement Questions.

Following are the preparatory books which a candidate can consider, while preparing for English section

BookAuthor’s nameBuy from Amazon
English Grammar & CompositionWren and Martin9352530144
Objective General EnglishRS Aggarwal8121915317
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis8183071007
English (From Plinth to Paramount)Neetu Singh8192921727
Objective General EnglishSP Bakshi9351768449

Check SSC CGL 2016 Tier-wise Preparation

SSC CGL 2017 Tier III (Descriptive Paper)

Descriptive English is designed on the premises of originality, lucidity, intelligibility and accessibility. It covers all relevant skills i.e. Writing skills (Essay, Paragraph, Expansion of Ideas, Precis, Report Writing, Letter Writing and Descriptive Comprehension), Verbal skills, Grammar skills to cater to the needs of aspirants.

BookAuthor’s nameBuy from Amazon
151 EssayS.C. Gupta8183482856
Contemporary EssayRamesh Singh0070655596
A Handbook for Letter WritingS.C. Gupta9350750392
The BEST approach to Precis WritingS.C. Gupta8183481469

Topics for Essay

DemonetizationThe age of advertisementsMy dream jobThe coalition politics
Should there be Reservations?Communal RiotsRole of MediaCriminalization of Politics

SSC CGL 2017 Preparation Tips

SSC CGL is a highly competitive exam, and candidates must approach the exam with proper planning. Tier I and Tier II – it is conducted in Online mode only while Tier III and Tier IV exams are conducted in paper-pen mode by SSC. The syllabus of Quantitative aptitude & English comprehension remains the same for both the Tier I & Tier II examination, but the difference is, increased level of difficulty. Also, the focus of the preparation should change to speed more than accuracy. Moreover, candidates must try to solve as many mock tests as possible.

The most important highlights of the SSC CGL 2017 Exam Pattern are detailed in this table:

TierMode of examinationScheme of ExaminationMarksTime
IComputer Based Examination (CBT)4 sections - General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension; 25 questions per section50 Marks Per section; Total – 200 Marks75 Minutes; 100 minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy
IICBTSeparate Paper for Quantitative Abilities, English Language & comprehension, Statistics and General Studies (Finance and Economics); 100 questions per paperTotal – 200 Marks Per Paper2 hours per paper; 2 hours and 40 minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy
IIIPen and paper modeA descriptive paper in English/Hindi (Essay/Letter/Application writing)Total Marks - 10060 Minutes; 80 minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy

SSC CGL Selection Process 2017

The entire SSC CGL 2017 Selection Process consists of 3 Tiers. Each Tier acts as a qualifying stage for the next Tier. The final shortlisted candidates are gauged on the basis of cumulative performance of all the 3 Tiers.

A tier IV is also available which is a Data Skill Test (DEST)/ Computer Proficiency Test (CPT). The Commission conducts it whenever applicable only for specific posts.

The SSC CGL Selection Process also has a document verification stage where the eligibility of the candidates will be counter checked along with the documents they produce.



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