Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination
Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination

SSC CGL Books: Know Subject wise Best Books for Math, Reasoning, and English

SSC CGL 2024 exam will be conducted with a revised exam pattern. Hence, it is necessary for candidates to update their SSC CGL books and study material from previous years since there will be changes in the difficulty level and the questions asked.
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SSC CGL 2024 Books: The Staff Selection Commission has revised the examination pattern for CGL 2024. With this revision, candidates need to update the SSC CGL books and study material from the previous years because the difficulty level and questions asked in the examination will also change in accordance with the overall SSC Selection process.

Considering the intense competition for the SSC CGL examination, aspirants should make sure that they are studying from the best books. When preparing, students typically check a variety of credible sources, to optimize their exam preparation. Having books that are considered best on a particular subject is essential for preparation.

To ascertain that aspirants have the best preparation for cracking the CGL examination, in this article, candidates can check SSC CGL books and Online and offline resource materials for each subject i.e. English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and GK (General Awareness).

Also Read: 

SSC CGL Preparation SSC CGL Syllabus 2024

SSC CGL Books For Reasoning

The reasoning is one of the most scoring SSC CGL subjects as it requires logical derivation towards solving problems. Candidates preparing for the examination must ensure that they get hold of the best Reasoning books along with online and offline study resources. This will help them to grasp the concepts and fundamentals of verbal and non-verbal reasoning topics. Here is the list of all the SSC CGL Reasoning books that candidates can refer for preparation. 

SSC CGL Reasoning Books

Authors/ Publishing House

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning

Arun Sharma

Logical and Analytical Reasoning

A.K. Gupta

Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Dr. R.S. Aggarwal

Analytical Reasoning

M.K. Pandey

SSC CGL Books For English

Candidates appearing for the SSC CGL 2024 need to strengthen their understanding of English languages as the subject plays a crucial role in qualifying for both Tier 1 and Tier 2 examinations. Candidates can check the list of the best SSC CGL Books for the English subject that will definitely provide an edge to all the candidates appearing for the CGL Examination:

English Book for SSC CGL


Objective General English


Competitive General English

Kiran Prakashan

A Plinth to Paramount

Neetu Singh

A Mirror of Common Errors

A.K Singh

Corrective English

A.K Singh

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Quick Learning Objective General English

RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal

Previous Year Papers

MB Publication

SSC CGL Books For Quantitative Aptitude

The performance of a candidate in the Quantitative Aptitude test determines whether they will be shortlisted for the SSC CGL appointment. Check below the list of SSC CGL books of Maths that will help the candidates in acquiring a thorough knowledge of the complete SSC Quantitative Aptitude syllabus. 

SSC CGL Maths Books

Authors/Publishing House

Quantitative Aptitude

Dr. R.S Agarwal

NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11


Advance Maths

Rakesh Yadav

Magical Book on Quicker Maths

M Tyra

SSC Elementary and Advanced Maths


SSC CGL Books For General Awareness

The General Awareness section is dynamic in nature, and in order to score well in the subject, candidates must be well-versed in current events pertaining to both national and international issues. The candidates must go through Newspapers and current affairs magazines to have a good command of the general knowledge. Candidates can check the list of the best SSC CGL Preparation Books for General Awareness subjects: 

SSC CGL Reasoning Books

Authors/ Publishing House

NCERT Books of Class X, XII- History, Economics, Geography


General Knowledge

Lucent Publication

Manorama Yearbook




Modern History

Spectrum Publication



SSC CGL Books For Statistics

SSC CGL Tier 2 exam will be conducted in three parts–Papers 1, 2, and 3. Paper I of Tier 2 is a compulsory paper for all posts, while Paper II- Statistics is for candidates applying for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) positions in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Here, aspirants can check the  list mentioned below to refer to  SSC CGL Book for Statistics for candidates appearing for the SSC CGL Tier 2 :

SSC CGL Statistics Books

Authors/ Publishing House

Programmed Statistics

B.L. Aggarwal


Rakesh Yadav

Practice Work Book

Kiran Prakashan

SSC CGL Books For General Studies (Finance and Economics)

The examination for General Studies (Finance and Economics) will be conducted in the SSC CGL Tier 2, for candidates who have applied for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer. Below we have provided a list of books that will help the candidates gain an upper edge while appearing for the Paper III of the SSC CGL 2024: 


SSC CGL General Statistic Books

Authors/ Publishing House

Economics and Governance

Indian Economy

Ramesh Singh

NCERT Books of Class 11 & 12


Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance for Bankers’

Macmillan Education

SSC CGL Finance and Economics (Tier-II)

Rph Editorial Board

SSC CGL Book List by Topper

Every year, students who pass the SSC CGL exam share their preparation strategy and the books they referred for each subject. Aspiring students can check the SSC CGL book list shared by various toppers below:

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R S Agarwal
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Agarwal
  • Objective General English by S P Bakshi
  • SSC CGL Mathematics by Rakesh Yadav
  • Manorama Year Book 2024 by Mammen Mathew
  • Ultimate Guide to SSC CGL by Disha Experts

SSC CGL Preparation Tips

SSC CGL exam is among the most difficult examinations to crack because of the steep competition. Every year around 15 lakh candidates appear for the examination. Therefore, it is essential that candidates must dedicate themselves to frequent and meticulous preparation. 

  • Aspirants must add reading newspapers, magazines and journals to their daily routine. In addition to helping with Current Affairs, they will also improve their English language skills.
  • Candidates should attempt solving previous year's questions in a time-constrained manner to improve their time-management skills.
  • Revision time must be set aside for topics studied during the week.
  • It's important to understand each topic or issue. Candidates should therefore review the toppers' subject-specific study tips to see what is effective for them.
  • For any topic, students need to make short notes that will help them revise right before an exam.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which is the best SSC CGL English preparation ?

Aspirants can use Chapterwise Solved Papers SSC Staff Selection Commission English Language by Arihant Publication along with  Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal

Which are the best books for SSC CGL Tier 1 Preparation 2023?

Candidates will have to use various books to prepare for the exam. Candidates should prefer subject-wise books to have a better idea.

Which is the best SSC CGL GK book ?

Candidates can refer to Lucent’s GK to study GK for SSC CGL exam.

What is the black book for SSC CGL English?

Black Book is a very good resource for enhancing English vocabulary.

Should I only use Lucent GK only for SSC CGL Preparation?

Lucent GK  is one of the best books for preparing for General Knowledge. Although, it is advised that candidates should refer to more resources to update their knowledge.