Best books for SSC CGL 2017 -18 Preparation Tips & Study Material

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination, often referred to as SSC CGL is an open- competitive written examination conducted to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India. It is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for selecting staff for various Group B and Group C posts.  SSC CGL is considered to be one of the biggest exams to be conducted for graduate students.  Every year a great number of candidates appear in this examination.  There are a variety of posts that one can opt for as per one’s preference. Please note that while filing up the application, your preference for a post will be considered as final and any request for change of post will not be entertained later. Whether you get through the post that you applied for or not, will depend on your performance in Tier I and Tier II exams and the Interview/ Computer Proficiency / Skill Test that follows if you successfully clear the Tier I and II exams.

In this post we are providing all the details of SSC CGL Exam for those Aspirants who wants to go for Central Government Jobs.  In the below section we are providing some exam preparation tips and the names of some books reading which can help you to crack SSC CGL 2017 easily.

SSC CGL 2017 – Preparation Tips & Study Material

SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) is undoubtedly the most prestigious among all recruitment exams that Staff Selection Commission conducts every year. Approximately 64,09,965 candidates have registered for the SSC CGL 2017 exam. Therefore, the competition has stiffen this year.

Here, in this post we are providing some exam preparation tips for those candodates who have applied for SSC CGL 2017.  But before that lets have a look at the exam pattern.


According to the new SSC CGL 2016 Exam Pattern, the exam pattern has been changed and the written examination will now be conducted in 4 stages – Tier I (Prelim), Tier II (Main), Tier III (Descriptive), Tier IV (Data Entry Skills Test/ Computer Proficiency Test). The particulars of the new SSC CGL 2016 Exam Pattern are given below.

Tier – I (preliminary exam)

  • The exam has become computer based.
  • There will be a time duration of 75 minutes in which 100 questions will have to be attempted.
  • These questions will be divided into four sections: quantitative aptitude, general intelligence and reasoning, English language and general knowledge.
  • There will be 25 questions of two marks each in all the four sections mentioned above.
  • The time duration is aggregate – section-wise time limits are not applicable.
  • Incorrect answers will be penalised. About 0.50 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Tier – II (main exam)

  • It will also be a computer-based exam.
  • Paper – I (quantitative aptitude) will be of 200 marks. There will be 100 questions of two marks each. Two hours will be allotted for Paper – I.
  • In Paper – I, there will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks for every wrong answer.
  • Paper – II (English language) will be of 200 marks. There will be 200 questions of one mark each. Two hours will be allotted for Paper – II as well.
  • In Paper – II, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.
  • Paper – III (statistics) and Paper – IV (General Studies – finance and economics) applicable to statistical investigator grade – II and group “B” gazetted officer and assistant audit officer positions respectively will be conducted as per the original scheme.

Tier – III (descriptive exam)

  • It will be a one hour paper conducted in pen and paper mode.
  • The paper will include writing tasks such as essay, letter, précis and application.
  • This 100 mark paper will be bilingual; the candidate can choose to attempt it in either English or Hindi.

Tier – IV (DEST/ CPT)

  •  Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) is applicable to Tax Assistant positions in Excise and Income Tax departments. It will only be of qualifying nature.
  • Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) is applicable to Assistant Section Officer position in Central Secretariat Services. It will only be of qualifying nature.



As the SSC CGL Exam is approaching near, (starting from 19 June 2017) the candidates should start their preparation.   Here we are providing some subject-wise preparation tips SSC CGL Exam 2017.

Quantitative Aptitude (Maths):

The Maths section consists of four major areas: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.

Geometry is the most important among all the areas. You must give it special emphasis.

Trigonometry must not be avoided at any cost. Focus on height and distance as well as trigonometric identities.

Data interpretation and analysis will become much easier if you have a good understanding of percentages and ratio and proportion.

Algebra, including simplification, is generally considered a tough nut to crack. It deserves more practice as compared to other areas.

Within arithmetic, profit and loss, simple interest and compound interest, time and distance and time and work happen to be the key topics.

Reasoning (general intelligence):

For almost all candidates, reasoning is the most scoring section of the exam.

Out here, you must focus on key areas such as: Analogy and classification, non-verbal reasoning, syllogisms, coding-decoding, blood relations, direction test and series.

Within non-verbal reasoning, the major types of questions asked in the exam are: (a) mirror image and water image (b) paper cutting, punching and folding (c) figural series completion (d) embedded figures. Make sure you cover all of them.

When it comes to series and finding the missing number questions, you can expect both number series and semantic series to be there in the exam.

Don’t neglect statement-conclusion & statement-assumption questions from inferential reasoning. Even with limited practice, you can score 2 to 3 marks as these questions are fairly simple.

English Language:

Preparation for this section would include focusing on the following topics: one-word substitution, idioms and phrases, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the blanks (sentence completion), sentence errors, reading comprehension, sentence rearrangement and jumbled-up sentences.

Narration and active voice / passive voice may or may not be there in tier-I exam. You may overlook them if there is a scarcity of time. However, make sure you cover them for the tier-II exam.

Quite often vocabulary-based questions (one-word substitution, synonyms and antonyms) as well as idioms and phrases from past SSC papers get repeated. So, it makes a lot of sense to go through previous year exam papers and focus specifically on these questions.

The difficulty level of reading comprehension passages is not high. However, some practice is needed to locate the answers to comprehension questions asked from these passages.

For cracking sentence error spotting questions, knowledge of grammatical rules is essential. If you find yourself lacking in grammar, you should focus on practicing English usage questions such as fill in the blanks, sentence rearrangement and jumbled-up sentences.

General Knowledge (GK):

Among all sections, GK has the most comprehensive syllabus and requires a lot of time for preparation. So, it is a must to understand the pattern of questions.

While going through past year SSC questions papers, pay attention to the frequently asked questions from science, politics, history and geography. It is quite common for these questions to get repeated in the exam.

Within GK, current affairs do not carry that much weightage. So, if you are not in a position to brush up current affairs, you need not worry too much.

You must surely focus on questions based on (a) the firsts in India (b) common chemical compounds (c) folk dances of India & traditional festivals (d) Indian constitution (e) socio-religious movements of pre-independent India (f) national income & market structure (g) important scientific phenomena (h) medieval & modern Indian history.

Best Books for Preparation of SSC CGLE 2017

Here are the names of some books which you can practise for your SSC CGL Exam preparation 2017.

  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Pre.Examination by arihant Experts
  • SSC CGL PRE practice sets-30 (contains 30 practice sets)
  • Ultimate Guide to SSC CGL by Disha Publication
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination For Tier I & II 1st Edition by Upkar Prakashan
  • SSC Graduate Level Tier-I & Tier-II Mathematics (Quantitative Aptitude) Year Wise Solved papers 1999-2013 Set-71
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude – by R.S. Aggarwal(English)
  • Quantitative Aptitude – by R.S. Aggarwal(Hindi)
  • Quicker Maths – by M. Tyra
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning – by R.S.Aggarwal
  • Enhance your Vocabulary with Fun – by Lalit Kumar
  • English for General Competitions from Plinth to Paramount (Volume 1) – by Neetu Singh (KD Publications)
  • SSC CGL Staff Selection Commission Combined TIER-II Exam Practice Work Book Including Solved Papers – by Kiran Publication

We hope that the information provided by us will be useful for those aspirants who are going to appear for the SSC CGL Examination 2017.

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